November 28, 2014

Court: Arias Testimony Must Be Open

An appeals court has overturned the trial judge's ruling that a witness in the penalty trial of Jodi Arias could testify behind closed doors. Wording in the Arizona Court of Appeals ruling may have indicated that the witness was Arias herself. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:58 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Suspect Admitted Abducting Realtor

An arrest report says a man accused of killing a real estate agent two months ago admitted to deputies that he had abducted the woman. An arrest report contradicts statements that Arron gave in a television interview. Lewis, 33, confessed to kidnapping Carter shortly after his arrest Sept. 30 but "refused to provide us with her location," according to the arrest report. The sheriff's office later found Carter's body, bound with duct tape, in a shallow grave at a Cabot construction site where Lewis once worked. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:57 AM Posted to Federal Offenses

Police Seeking Hernandez Sneakers

Authorities have returned to the home of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez seeking sneakers they believe were worn on the night of a 2013 killing he's charged in. State and local authorities went to Hernandez's North Attleborough home this week but seized no evidence. Authorities wanted the Nikes to compare with sneaker prints at the industrial park where the bullet-riddled body of Odin Lloyd was found in June 2013. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:57 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Widow Gets Life for Revenge Killing

A South Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man she claimed was behind her husband's fatal shooting. A Miami-Dade judge gave 37-year-old Janepsy Carballo the mandatory sentence right after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Carballo lured Ilan Nissim, her dead husband's business partner, to her North Miami home in 2008 and then shot him in the back multiple times. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:55 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Suspect Dead After Shooting Officer

A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said. Major Washington, 33, died after police were called to a home where he was hiding. Police say Washington broke into the home of his mother, 55-year-old Donna Washington, and killed her. He shot a responding University City police officer in the chest. The officer, Zachary Hoelzer, is hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:55 AM Posted to Fugitives

Missing Daycare Worker Found Dead

A Pennsylvania daycare worker who vanished has been found dead and her stepfather has been arrested and charged in her murder. Officials said that the body of 33-year-old Jessica Padgett was found on her stepfather's Northampton property and that an investigation led them to determine the stepfather - 53-year-old Gregory Robert Graf - fatally shot her and disposed of her body. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:54 AM Posted to Murders

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:29 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:28 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:28 AM Posted to Death Penalty

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:28 AM Posted to Appeals

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:27 AM Posted to Domestic Violence

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:24 AM Posted to Drugs & Alcohol

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM Posted to Cold Cases

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM Posted to Missing

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:37 AM Posted to Cold Cases

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

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..., Inc.

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM Posted to Child Endangerment

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:48 AM Posted to Cold Cases

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:47 AM Posted to Murders

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:47 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:46 AM Posted to Murders

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:46 AM Posted to Murders

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...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:45 AM Posted to Murders

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...


Posted by Webmaster at 01:44 AM Posted to Drugs & Alcohol