November 26, 2014

Murder Suspect Had Past Arrests

Prosecutors say a man accused in the killing of a Colorado mother who led a double life as a paid escort has a history of kidnapping women. Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubenstein recounted Lester Jones' criminal history in court in Grand Junction, arguing the 63-year-old was a flight risk. A judge agreed to hold him on $2 million bond in the 2007 death of Paige Birgfeld. Read more...

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Judge OKs Hernandez Trial Delay

A judge has agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men. Hernandez is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a chance encounter at a nightclub. His trial was scheduled to begin in May. Hernandez's lawyer asked a judge to delay the trial by six months, citing a separate murder trial Hernandez faces in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Read more...

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Couple Charged in Home Invasion

A man and woman were charged with capital murder for the death of a central Texas man killed during a home robbery in September. Police officers responded to a tip -- reportedly given to them by an inmate at the Travis County jail -- that a homicide had occurred in Round Rock. Deputies responded and found Jerrod Stanford, 33, inside his home. An autopsy later determined that Stanford died from a gunshot wound and the death was declared an homicide. After a lengthy investigation, two suspects -- Da Ryan Tarrell Simms and Lindsay Taylor Hanks -- were arrested. Read more...

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Inmate Freed After 39 Years

A man imprisoned nearly four decades for a slaying and freed when a witness said he lied as a boy came to Cincinnati on Tuesday to thank the law project that worked to win his freedom. A beaming Ricky Jackson told members of the Ohio Innocence Project and others at the University of Cincinnati that he would have walked to Cincinnati from Cleveland if necessary to thank the people he says "saved my life." Read more...

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Boyfriend Charged With Weekend Murder

A Willoughby man has been charged with murder after his live-in girlfriend was found dead in their apartment Sunday morning. Domenic A. Julian, 37, called 911 just before 9 a.m. Sunday to report his girlfriend was not responsive and her hands were freezing cold, police said. Officers and firefighters arrive to discover 24-year-old Nicole Devine dead in the couple's family room. Read more...

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Social Worker Charged With Smoking Crack

A manager of a Birmingham substance abuse treatment center faces charges after authorities said she was driving down I-65 smoking a crack pipe with a young child in her car. Bari Joy Williams, 44, of Gardendale, is charged with chemical endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, said Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. Read more...



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November 25, 2014

Station Wagon Sought in 1975 Cold Case

Investigators are seeking the public's help in the case of two young sisters who have been missing from Wheaton, Maryland since 1975. Police want help in locating a late 1960s or 1970s model station wagon that might be connected to the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon. Read more...

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Missing Daycare Worker Sought

Investigators in Pennsylvania are searching for a daycare worker who vanished during her lunch break. Jessica Padgett, 33, went missing Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. from Duck Duck Goose Child Care in Northampton, north of Allentown. Padgett was expected to return after the lunch break, but never showed, according to the station. Investigators reportedly found her car in the parking lot of a Dollar General about a mile from her work. Read more...

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Rapist Charged in 1981 Murder

A convicted rapist serving an 80-year prison term has been linked by DNA evidence to the 1981 stabbing death of a Chicago woman and charged with first-degree murder, prosecutors announced. Eugene Booker, 59, appeared in Cook County court on charges he fatally stabbed Carol Novak, 35, and was ordered held without bond in the murder. He previously was convicted of sexually assaulting women on the Chicago's North Side in the 1980s. Novak's body was discovered Oct. 2, 1981, in her North Side home after an attack in which she was stabbed 50 times in the back, right side and right eye. Her dog also was found stabbed in the head. Read more...

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Confession Allowed in Etan Patz Case

A suspect's confession to choking Brooklyn boy Etan Patz to death in 1979 may be used at his murder trial, a judge ruled, allowing what appears to be prosecutors' key evidence in one of the nation's most notorious missing children's cases. The suspect, Pedro Hernandez, 53, has pleaded not guilty to killing 6-year-old Etan, one of the first missing children ever pictured on a milk carton. He vanished while walking to his school bus stop. Hernandez's defense has said his confession to the wrenching crime was imaginary. Read more...

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Teen Who Faked Abduction Sentenced

A Michigan woman who admitted she faked her own disappearance and even put an ad on Craigslist to find an "abductor" has been placed on probation for three years. Hayley Turner, 18, of Temperance, didn't apologize or offer any explanation for her actions as she faced Monroe Circuit Court Judge Daniel White. "Anything you want to say for yourself," Judge White asked Turner. "No your honor," she said. Read more...

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Dad Fights to Protect Abused Daughter

A Florida father is nearly out of options in his desperate effort to protect his 8-year-old daughter from her 17-year-old half-brother, who he claims to have witnessed sexually assaulting her yet who still regularly visits the girl in their mother's home. "It was the most horrific thing I had ever witnessed in my life," Carl Sumner, of Boca Raton, said, adding that he sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident. "There's no question as to what happened to my daughter and when it happened. I saw it. I heard her crying." Read more...


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November 24, 2014

Man Arrested in Cold Case Murder

A man who became an early suspect in the case of Paige Birgfeld has been arrested and charged with her murder after an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's cold case team. Lester Ralph Jones has been charged with murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 34-year-old Birgfeld. Read more...

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Mom Who Shot Children Dies

A New Jersey mother who authorities say shot all three of her children, killing two, before turning the gun on herself has died from her injuries. State police say 44-year-old Jeannine LePage died three days after the shootings occurred at a home in Tabernacle. Authorities say LePage used a handgun that had been purchased legally and was in the family for decades. They say she used a pillow to muffle any noise so five other relatives who lived in the home wouldn't hear what was happening. Read more...

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Cop Shoots Kid Holding Replica Gun

A 12-year-old boy in Cleveland died a day after being shot by police who mistakenly believed he had a real gun, officials said. Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents, as the department investigates the shooting. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice. An attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting. Read more...

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Pregnant Woman, 3 Others Fatally Shot

A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed along with three other people in a shooting at a Cleveland home that also injured the pregnant woman's 9-year-old daughter but left the woman's toddler son unharmed, police said. Sherita Johnson was 28 weeks pregnant when she was shot outside her home, police said. A 17-year-old girl and two men, ages 19 and 60, were also killed, but the Cuyahoga County medical examiner didn't immediately release their identities and authorities didn't provide information about the victims' relationships. Read more...

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Gunman Sets Fiery Trap for Cops

A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff's deputy and wounded another when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers, officials said. Lt. James McQuaig of the Leon County Sheriff's Office said deputies and firefighters responded to the blaze. As the first deputy approached the house, he was fatally shot. The gunman picked up the deputy's gun, walked down the street and used it to shoot a second deputy before he was fatally shot by other law enforcement officers, McQuaig said. Read more...

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Ex-Convict Charged in Teen's Death

An ex-convict has been charged in the killing of a 15-year-old girl after DNA tests linked him to her badly burned body that was found in an Indianapolis backyard in August, a prosecutor said. DNA found on Dominique Allen's sandals and body matched samples from 46-year-old William Gholston in the state inmate database, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Investigators don't know of any connection between Allen and Gholston, who wasn't initially a suspect in the Aug. 31 slaying, Curry said. Read more...

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Beauty Queen Arrested in Meth Raid

A 23-year-old woman who was the 2009 winner of the Miss Teen Oregon-World competition was arrested when Keizer police raided two addresses as part of a long-running drug investigation. Jaime France was one of three people arrested on methamphetamine charges, but the more serious crimes in the case, which dates back to June of this year, involve Erin and Jarrod Wells. Each of them face child neglect charges because two young boys, ages 4 and 7, were home at the time a search warrant was served. Read more...


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November 21, 2014

Arias Porn Debate Heats Up

The debate over who deleted pornography from murder victim Travis Alexander's computer if there was any porn on the computer took another turn as Jodi Arias' defense lawyers filed a response motion to the prosecutor's counter claims made earlier this week. Attorney Jennifer Willmott answered prosecutor Juan Martinez' assertion that he had been given a copy, not of Alexander's computer hard drive, but a hard drive from "an individual named Tony (who) has nothing to do with this case." Read more...

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McStay Suspect Has Serious Heart Disease

The murder case filed against a former business associate of a Joseph McStay, found dead with his wife and small children in two shallow desert graves last year, has been reassigned to San Bernardino's central courthouse, officials said. The announcement comes the same day Merritt's attorney told reporters that his 57-year-old client is being treated for congestive heart failure. Read more...

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Man Kills Wife, Father-in-Law

A Michigan man accused of fatally shooting his wife and father-in-law was charged with murder, home invasion and kidnapping. Keith A. Ferguson, 40, of Kalkaska was arraigned on open murder, firearms and other charges in Kalkaska District Court. A judge set his bond at $10 million, and Sheriff David Israel said Ferguson will be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. Read more...

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2 Children Dead in Home Shooting

A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said. State police received a report of multiple shootings in the home on Holly Park Drive, Trooper Alina Spies said. Inside the home, troopers found a boy and a girl dead. Read more...

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Kendrick's Parents Challenge Timeline

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his Valdosta high school in January 2013, have released a video that focuses on two brothers who the family contends were on campus when Johnson was last seen alive, and who they say may have had a motive to harm their son. Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson and their attorney, Chevene King, disclosed what they called new information to challenge the police assertion that 25 students on the Lowndes High School wrestling team, including one of the brothers, were not at school at the time the 17-year-old went missing. Read more...

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Teen Beauty Arrested for Drugs

A former beauty pageant contestant's arrest on drug charges underscores a chilling pattern of drug abuse that police say they see time and time again among young people in the Salem-Keizer area. Jamie France, 23, was found by Keizer Police in a Salem hotel room as they were executing a search warrant on reports that Jarrod Wells was selling drugs out of his Keizer home. Read more...



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November 20, 2014

3 Injured in FSU Library Shooting

Three people were injured and a gunman killed when police armed with assault rifles swarmed Florida State University after the shooter opened fire inside Strozier Library, police said. At least two people with gunshot wounds were transported to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, the hospital said. Campus police responded first after receiving a report of an armed person near the library at 12:30 a.m. and promptly confronted the unidentified gunman. Read more...

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Grand Jury to Get Morris Case

A grand jury is set to take up the case of missing Texas woman Christina Morris, who vanished after a night out with friends Aug. 30. The Collin County Grand Jury will look at Enrique Arochi, the man last seen with the 23-year-old Morris. The two were seen on surveillance video walking in the parking garage of a Plano shopping and dining development in the early morning hours the day she disappeared. Read more...

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Hannah Died From 'Homicidal Violence'

A University of Virginia student whose disappearance sparked a monthlong search died from "homicidal violence" but the exact cause is unknown, authorities said. The Albemarle County Police Department outlined the findings from the Virginia medical examiner's office in the death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham but said a final autopsy report has not been issued. Read more...

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New Orleans Student Missing

A New Orleans student has been missing since Monday, Nov. 17 and police are now asking for help to find her. Shroq Aziz, 19, left her house for class at Delgado Community College around 7:30 a.m. Monday, but her family grew worried when she did not come home that night. Ali Aziz, the student's brother, told the station that before the family called the police, they had gone to campus looking for her. Read more...

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Utah to Revive Firing Squads

Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs. The proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield would call for a firing squad if the state cannot obtain the lethal injection drugs 30 days before the scheduled execution. Read more...

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Man Wrongly Convicted of 1978 Slaying

A 69-year-old man who has spent 36 years behind bars for murder was wrongly convicted and could be released after a court hearing next week, prosecutors in Southern California said. The Ventura County District Attorney's office announced that new evidence resulted in a judge overturning the conviction of Michael Hanline. He was found guilty in 1980 of first-degree murder in the death two years earlier of Ventura resident J.T. McGarry. Hanline was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read more...

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Hospital CEO, Wife Stabbed

The brother of a New Jersey woman whose body was pulled from a burning home in September says that she and her husband, a hospital executive, were both fatally stabbed. In separate interviews, Peter Mitchko told reporters that's what he has been told by sons of John and Joyce Sheridan, as well as the pathologist the sons hired to investigate the case. Read more...



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November 19, 2014

Missouri Executes 1994 Killer

A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday -- the ninth execution in Missouri this year. Leon Taylor, 56, was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre, minutes after receiving a lethal injection. With Taylor's death, 2014 ties 1999 for having the most executions in a year in Missouri. Taylor shot worker Robert Newton to death in front of Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter during a gas station robbery in Independence, Missouri. Taylor tried to kill the girl, too, but the gun jammed. Read more...

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