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February 25, 2013

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"I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva."

-- Oscar Pistorius to the Court in a written statement, during his bail hearing on premeditated murder charges of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

Top News Story!

The Rabbit's Arm!

Posted: May 08, 2014 9:37 PM PDT - Updated: 8:20 PM PDT June 4, 2014



PORTLAND, OR (WCJB) - Susan Walters' own husband paid to have her killed. Instead, the Portland woman killed her attacker with her bare hands. "Not having any clue why he was in my home, I knew, I could feel his intent to kill me," Walters said. "His last words on this earth were 'you're strong,'" Susan Walters said. She was strong enough to survive a 14 minute attack in her own home. She was strong enough to kill the man who was trying to kill her with a hammer.

It all started back in September 2006 when the ER nurse came home to Edward Haffey waiting inside. "We were within inches of each other. He said 'you're tough,'" she said in court almost exactly a year later. Walters struggled, bit back and eventually grabbed the hammer. Haffey fought through it all. In the moment that Walters had the upper hand, and when she had her attacker around the throat, she offered him an escape. "I told him 'tell me who sent you here and I will call you an ambulance.'" Haffey never said and later died.

Walters eventually got the answer to the question she posed to Haffey before he died. Her then husband, Michael Kuhnhausen, had paid the attacker $50,000 to kill her. Now, almost eight years later, her ex could walk free again. Kuhnhausen will go before a parole board and could get out later this year. "Although I've forgiven my ex-husband for what he became, and what he did to me and all those who he loved, I cannot forget what he's capable of," Walters said.

She hopes sharing her own desperate fight for life will inspire other women to fight back too. She's ready to fight again if she has to. "I didn't choose my attacker's death for him," she said. "I chose my life." She hopes her story can inspire other would-be victims to do the same. "If you feel like, 'wow I don't feel like I can do that.' You can. You're stronger than you know," she said.

After the attack, Walters agreed to a plea deal with her then husband that put him away for 10 years. She says she probably wouldn't do the same again. But, she will approach the parole board with her concerns now in hopes of keeping him away if he is released in September.

The Shield!


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Los Angeles, CA (WCJB) -- Monday night, Michael Jace, 51, called 911 to report that his wife had been shot, according to Det. Dean Vinluan. Neighbors who heard gunshots also called 911, he said. Police found April Jace, 40, shot to death in her south Los Angeles home, Los Angeles Police Det. Lyman Doster said. Investigators detained Jace at the couple's Hyde Park-area home Monday night. On Tuesday, police said Michael Jace, who played a Los Angeles cop in TV's "The Shield," had been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of April Jace. Jace was booked into the Los Angeles jail on a homicide charge early Tuesday, according to Doster. His bail was set at $1 million. Media sources have been unable to find the name of any lawyer Jace may have hired to defend him in this homicide case. He is not expected to appear in court before Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney said.

He married April Jace in June 2003, a year after divorcing his first wife, with whom he shared a son who is now a teen. Two children were in the home when their mother was shot, Vinluan said. The children were taken to a police station and then handed over to a representative of California's Department of Children and Family Services, he said. "At this moment, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence," a police statement said. Investigators have found no reports of domestic violence between the husband and wife at their south Los Angeles residence, LAPD Det. Iasparro said.


A woman described as a close friend of his first wife said in a sworn statement that she witnessed Jace physically abusing his wife in 1997. The declaration was in court records from Jace's 2005 custody case concerning his son with Jennifer Bitterman. Jace "choked and hit" his wife and "slammed her against the wall while (their infant son) screamed in his crib next to her," Maria De Le Vegas said in the sworn declaration obtained by media sources. Jace "was raging and out of control, and seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen," she said.

Jace appeared to be suffering severe financial strain in recent years, according to court documents obtained by media sources. The actor filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2011, citing $500,000 in debts and an annual income of around $80,000 from residuals from his TV and film work, the documents said. Jace had defaulted on the $411,000 mortgage on the south Los Angeles home where his wife died, according to the documents. His bankruptcy case is still active, according to his lawyer.

The FX police drama "The Shield" was the biggest and longest-running role in Jace's 22-year acting career. He appeared in 89 episodes as Julien Lowe, who started as a rookie officer in an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in 2002. His character rose through the ranks to become a detective before the series ended in 2008, according to the Internet Movie Database. He acted on several episodes of "Southland," another TV drama about Los Angeles police, between 2009 and 2012. Jace often played a law enforcement or military officer on television shows. He is credited with roles in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Private Practice," "The Mentalist," "Burn Notice" and "NYPD Blue."

He had the title role of Michael Jordan in the 1999 TV movie about the NBA star, "Michael Jordan: An American Hero." Jace played Officer Brown in Russell Crowe's 2009 film "State of Play," and he portrayed a Black Panther member in the 1994 blockbuster movie "Forrest Gump."

April Jace had worked for the past year as a financial aid counselor at Biola University, a private school in La Mirada, California, according to the school. "We are obviously shocked and saddened by this terrible news, to lose a wonderful colleague, mother and friend," Biola President Barry Corey said in a written statement. "April's radiant personality brought great energy to the financial aid office," financial aid director Geoff Marsh said. "Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethic earned the respect and love of her coworkers. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all."

Virginia Twins!

Updated: Feb 24, 2013 4:21 PM PST

(Angela Nolen, left, and Cathy Bennett were arrested in a murder-for-hire plot Wednesday.) Roanoke, Virginia -- A Virginia kindergarten teacher was busted along with her friend when she allegedly tried to hire a hit man for $8,500 to kill her ex-husband. Angela Nolen, 47, blew her cover when she and Cathy Bennett -- the 37-year-old nurse at her school -- hired an undercover cop to do the dirty deed, according to media sources. The two women, who work at Sontag Elementary School in Rocky Mount, were arrested Wednesday after plotting the murder of Nolen's former partner, 63-year-old Paul Strickler, police told the paper. Nolen was charged with solicitation to commit murder, and Bennett was slapped with accessory to solicitation.


Nolen allegedly met with an undercover state police agent on Feb. 19, asking him to take her husband's life, according to media reports. She reportedly promised the agent more than $4,000 up front, and another $4,000 when the job was done. State police got wind of her alleged scheme from an anonymous tip.

Officers declined to comment on Nolen's motive in the murder-for-hire plot, according to another source. Strickler told a reporter that he and Nolen were working on a deal for her to buy his house. "If I was dead, she would not have to give me the money," he told the paper. "That scares the H-E-L-L out of me. I'm just so glad that the state police found out about this and uncovered it." Strickler and Nolen have a 7-year-old adopted daughter, though it's unclear what effect the incident will have on custody.

A Father's Intent!

Posted: January 25, 2013 2:45 PM EST - Updated: 12:32 AM PST, Sun January 27, 2013

Camden, New Jersey -- Police say an 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the face by her father in a New Jersey home on Thursday night, media sources reports. Investigators said 27-year-old Byaer Johnson apparently entered the home to visit his young daughter. At point, they say, he was asked to leave, then picked up his handgun and shot his daughter in the face.

The girl was rushed to Cooper University Hospital where she is listed in critical but stable condition, according to media sources. Authorities said the girl could suffer paralysis as a result of her injuries.

Investigators say that after allegedly shooting his daughter, Johnson pointed the gun at a 28-year-old man in the home and pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed. The man reportedly wrestled with Johnson, obtained his gun and then fired it at him, hitting Johnson in the buttocks.

Police found Johnson running toward an apartment complex and took him into custody, media sources reports. The 28-year-old man is not expected to be charged in the shooting attack.

Johnson is being treated for his injury and is expected to be transferred to the Camden County Jail. He faces charges of criminal attempted murder and other weapons offenses.

A Family Affair!

Updated: Feb 24, 2013 4:21 PM PST

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Johannesburg, South Africa -- As Olympic icon Oscar Pistorius faces a murder trial for the shooting of his girlfriend, his older brother is charged in the death of another woman. Carl Pistorius is accused of culpable homicide in the 2010 death of a female motorcyclist, a media affiliate reported Sunday. Prosecutors allege Carl Pistorius was driving recklessly in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, when he crashed with the motorcyclist. An Attorney for Carl disputes allegations that his client was driving recklessly and said the motorcyclist rode into Carl Pistorius' vehicle.

Carl Pistorius was initially scheduled to go on trial Thursday -- the day before his brother Oscar was granted bail. But the trial has been rescheduled for the end of March, meaning Carl's trial could be completed before Oscar's trial is scheduled to begin in June. Pistorius family spokeswoman Janine Hills said she is in touch with the family and will issue a statement about Carl, but could not confirm when the statement will be released.

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter known as the "Blade Runner," is charged with premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius said he accidentally shot his girlfriend, thinking she was an intruder.

A[n] [Inter]National Tragedy!

The Cricket Bat!
Posted: Feb 24, 2013 3:00 PM CST - Updated: Feb 24, 2013 4:21 PM PST

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PRETORIA, South Africa — Police have told Reeva Steenkamp's family that Oscar Pistorius bashed in her skull with a cricket bat before fatally shooting her, the Daily Mail reports. Police withheld that information at Pistorius' bail hearing last week, preferring to conceal their case, but did brief the South African model's family on details of her post-mortem examination. Family members also saw her head wounds before her cremation on Tuesday, according to the Mail. Pistorius says he used the bat to break down his bathroom door after shooting Steenkamp by mistake.

What's more, the angry father of Steenkamp's best friend has emerged to describe how Pistorius treated her during courtship, according to media reports. "He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her. Oscar was hasty and impatient and very moody—that's my impression of him," said Cecil Myers, who once lived with Steenkamp in Johannesburg. Myers added that he talked to Pistorius about his behavior because she felt "felt caged in." Told to back off, Pistorius "agreed," said Myers, "but his face showed me what he was thinking: 'Oh, this guy is talking nonsense.'"

Bail Granted!
Published: Friday, February 22, 11:56 AM EST - Updated: Friday, February 22, 03:11 PM PST

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius walked out of a South African court Friday a free man. A magistrate agreed to release him on bail ahead of his premeditated murder trial over the shooting death of his girlfriend. As Pistorius was driven away from court and chased by videographers and photographers, questions continued to hound the Paralympian about what actually happened when he opened fire and killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day inside his home. Those questions were highlighted during the four-day bail hearing, which at times foreshadowed his coming trial. The lingering questions arose from Pistorius’ account that he felt threatened and mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, causing him to fire the four shots, three of which struck and killed her in his bathroom.


Prosecutors say he intended to kill Steenkamp as she cowered in fear behind the locked bathroom door after a loud argument between the two. Yet despite poking holes in Pistorius’ version of events and bringing up incidents they say highlight his temper, the state’s case started to unravel during testimony by the lead investigator, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha (pictured left). Botha, who faces seven charges of attempted murder in an unrelated incident, was removed from the case Thursday. On Wednesday, it was announced that the detective who was supposed to be leading the inquiry is to appear in court in May for attempted murder. It is alleged that two years ago, Detective Hilton Botha, while drunk, fired from a police vehicle at a minibus taxi full of black passengers. This kind of thing was a popular recreation for drunk, white policemen during the apartheid years. The case against Detective Botha was dropped, but has now been reopened, presumably because of the potential PR disaster.

During Friday’s long session in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, Pistorius alternately wept and appeared solemn and more composed, especially toward the end as Nair criticized police procedures in the case and as a judgment in Pistorius’ favor appeared imminent. Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair, who agreed to bail with harsh restrictions for the athlete, expressed his own doubts about Pistorius’ story. “Why would (Pistorius) venture further into danger?” Nair asked. Anticipating the shape of the state’s case at trial, he said he had serious questions about Pistorius’ account: Why didn’t he try to locate his girlfriend if he feared an intruder was in the house? Why didn’t he try to determine who was in the bathroom before opening fire? And why did he venture into perceived “danger” in the bathroom when he could have taken other steps to ensure his safety? “There are improbabilities which need to be explored,” Nair said, adding that Pistorius could clarify these matters by testifying under oath at trial. While Nair leveled harsh criticism at Botha for “errors” and “blunders,” he said one man does not represent an investigation and that the state could not be expected to put all “the pieces of the puzzle” together in such a short time.

Nair set the bail at 1 million rand ($113,000), with $11,300 in cash up front and proof that the rest is available. The magistrate said Pistorius must hand over his passports and also turn in any other guns that he owns. Pistorius also cannot leave the district of Pretoria without the permission of his probation officer, Nair said, nor can he take drugs or drink alcohol. Pistorius faced the sternest bail requirements in South Africa because of the seriousness of the charge, which carries a life sentence if convicted. Nair questioned whether Pistorius would be a flight risk when he stood to lose a fortune in cash, cars, property and other assets. Nair also said that while it had been shown that Pistorius had aggressive tendencies, he did not have a prior record of offenses for violent acts. Pistorius showed no reaction as he was granted bail. Nair set Pistorius’ next court appearance for June 4. The prosecution accepted the judge’s decision without protest. “We’re still confident in our case,” prosecution spokesman Medupe Simasiku said.

Pistorius’ supporters shouted “Yes!” when Nair made his decision after a nearly two hour explanation of his ruling to a packed courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Pistorius’ family members hugged each other after the decision was read, with tears in their eyes. The Olympian left the courthouse in a silver Land Rover, sitting in the rear, just more than an hour after the magistrate imposed the bail conditions. The vehicle, tailed by motorcycles carrying television cameramen aboard, later pulled into the home of Pistorius’ uncle. Sharon Steenkamp, Reeva’s cousin, had said earlier that the family wouldn’t be watching the bail decision and hadn’t been following the hearing in Pretoria. “It doesn’t make any difference to the fact that we are without Reeva,” she told media sources.


Gun Nut or National Hero!
Published: Thurs. February 21, 2013, 2:39 AM EST - Updated: Thurs. February 21, 2013, 12:21 AM PST

(South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius smiles with his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg Nov. 4, 2012. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged last week with shooting his gorgeous girlfriend on Valentine's Day.) Pretoria, South Africa (WCJB) -- On the bedside table in Oscar Pistorius’ house, a shiny silver pistol sat, ever so casually, near pedestrian items like a watch, keys, sneakers and a TV remote. A gun at arm’s reach — not even put away during a photo shoot for a magazine — is evidence of the darkness buried inside the double amputee who became an Olympic beacon. More indications emerged Wednesday in a report that Pistorius was not just a casual gun owner, but was trying to assemble an arsenal of weaponry in the days before he killed his ravishing girlfriend, the South African model Reeva Steenkamp.

(A Paris Match photo taken of Oscar Pistorius's bedside table, including a Taurus 9-mm. pistol, on April 18, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. The weapon used to kill Reeva Steenkamp — a 9-mm. Parabellum pistol — is not pictured.) Prosecutors said he committed premeditated murder. The sprinter’s reputation was further muddied by media reports, which said Pistorius applied for firearms licenses for a Smith & Wesson model 500 revolver, a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a Vector .223-caliber rifle and three shotguns three weeks before the shooting. Those guns would come on top of the licensed 9-mm. Parabellum pistol that Pistorius used to pump three bullets into his lover on Valentine’s Day — a different gun from the Taurus 9-mm. photographed for the magazine.

Pistorius does not deny fatally shooting the 29-year-old blond reality-TV stunner, but has laid out an entirely different version of events. Pistorius said the shooting was an accident after he mistook her for one of the nation’s slew of burglars. He said he was on a balcony retrieving a fan when he heard a noise and believed a robber was hiding in the toilet. He said he thought Steenkamp was in bed when he fired. Lead Investigator Hilton Botha, however, scoffed when Pistorius told him how it went down. “I believe that he knew that Reeva was in the bathroom and he shot four shots through the door,” hitting Steenkamp three times.

On Wednesday, the prosecution case against Pistorius began to unravel with revelations of a series of police blunders and Botha's admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the double-amputee Olympian's claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Pistorius faces a charge of premeditated murder.

South African police say the lead investigator in the case against Olympian Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges in an October 2011 shooting. Police Brig. Neville Malila said Thursday that detective Hilton Botha (pictured right) is scheduled to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder. Malila says Botha and two other police officers fired shots while trying to stop a minivan in the incident. Malila also said that an internal investigation by police may lead to Botha's suspension. The charges against Botha were reinstated yesterday, according to South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority.


A Leg to Stand!
Posted: 11:24 PM EST, Tue February 19, 2013 - Updated: 12:19 AM PST, Wed. February 21, 2013

Pretoria, South Africa (WCJB) -- A pivotal question emerged Wednesday as the central detail in the premeditated murder case against paralympian Oscar Pistorius (pictured below, center).


"Was he wearing his prosthetic legs at the time of the shooting?"

The lead investigator in the case testified on Day 2 of the one-time Olympian’s bond hearing. Detective Hilton Botha appeared shaky on the stand. Howver, he testified clearly that the four shots fired by Pistorius appeared to have a downward trajectory. His testimony suggested the runner had strapped on his artificial appendages before marching to the bathroom and killing Reeva Steenkamp (pictured left). The veteran cop’s account contradicted Pistorius’ earlier statement to police that he wasn’t wearing his artificial limbs and “felt extremely vulnerable” when he fired into the toilet door believing a robber was behind it. Botha also hurt the prosecution case by claiming — without producing any test results — that police found testosterone and needles in Pistorius’ home. Defense attorney Barry Roux jumped all over the investigator. “It is an herbal remedy,” Roux said. “It is not a steroid, and it is not a banned substance.”

Botha was also forced to admit to some sloppy police work — like the fact that the defense team found a spent bullet cartridge in the toilet bowl. Botha also ’fessed up to tramping through the crime scene in “unprotected shoes.” But Botha may have done the most damage to Nel’s case when he, inexplicably, contradicted his earlier testimony and said police did not find anything inconsistent with the account Pistorius gave about the fatal shooting. The detective’s goofs buoyed Pistorius’ hopes he might be allowed out on bail — and prompted his family to issue a press release stating they are “satisfied with the outcome of (Wednesday)’s proceedings.”

Whether Pistorius was wearing his “legs” is crucial to the prosecution’s effort to hold the runner without bail because strapping on the prosthetics would suggest he committed a premeditated crime. Prosecutors are expected to introduce ballistics evidence when the hearing resumes Thursday and when South Africa and the rest of the world returns to the riveting courtroom drama.

In laying out the case against Pistorius, prosecutor Gerrie Nel revealed that:

•» A witness will testify to having heard “two to three shots” and a woman’s scream before “two or three more shots” 17 minutes later.

•» A witness will testify there was “nonstop talking, like shouting” before the shots were fired.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp with three rounds from a licensed 9-mm. pistol.

The prosecution also revealed that three weeks before the deadly shooting, Pistorius applied for firearms licenses for six more guns — a Smith & Wesson model 500 revolver, a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a Vector .223-caliber rifle and three shotguns: A Mossberg, a Maverick, and a Winchester, media sources reported.

So far prosecutors haven’t floated a possible motive for the deadly mayhem, although Steenkamp was close to a former flame, rugby star Francois Hougaard (pictured left) and Pistorius was said to be jealous. Hougaard and Steenkamp even shared the same agent. Hougaard is two inches shy of 6-feet tall, but he is nearly 200 pounds of solid muscle and determination. The hunky South African rugby player who may be the third side of the deadly love triangle involving Pistorius and his slain girlfriend is a superstar in his homeland.

Hougaard plays for the Blue Bulls, a team based in the South African capital of Pretoria, and also plays for the national team, the Spingboks. In a sport famous for brutish men with broken fingers and missing teeth, the handsome 24-year-old Hougaard stands out beyond the pitch. Hougaard parlayed his good looks into becoming a pitchman for Dermalogica skin and body care products. He also swears by SpiceBomb cologne by Viktor and Rolf. Born in the small but prosperous city of Paarl in the scenic wine-making region of South Africa, Hougaard, like Pistorius, moves in the small circle of elite white athletes in the mostly black country.

Shortly before Steenkamp was fatally shot, Hougaard posted a picture of himself with his ex and Pistorius having meal out with friends. Before Pistorius hooked up with blond bikini model Reeva Steenkamp, she and Hougaard dated. Hougaard and Steenkamp stayed friends and stayed in touch via social media — something police say may have enraged the jealous and controlling Pistorius. “Happier times with special people,” Hougaard tweeted. “We all miss you so much Reevs."

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Valentine's Day:
Oscar's Version!
Posted: 11:24 PM EST, Tue February 19, 2013 - Updated: 12:52 AM PST, Wed. February 20, 2013

Pretoria, South Africa (WCJB) -- Oscar Pistorius says, It was the middle of the night and he thought an intruder was in the house. He was not wearing his prosthetic legs and feeling vulnerable in the pitch dark, he was too scared to turn on the lights. The track star claims he pulled his 9mm pistol from beneath his bed, moved toward the bathroom and fired into the door. It was only after he called to girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -- whom he thought had been in bed beside him after a quiet evening -- that he realized something horrible might have happened. Pistorius says he broke down the locked bathroom door. At one point in his statement he says he kicked the door in, at another point he says he used a cricket bat to break it down. He then claims he scooped up the mortally wounded Steenkamp and carried her downstairs to seek help. Prosecutors, however, painted a different picture.

Pistorius told Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in a statement read by his lawyer during his bond hearing Tuesday: "I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms," he said in the statement. "I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva." While prosecutors and defense lawyers agree Pistorius shot Steenkamp, the track star denied intentionally killing her, in the statement read Tuesday.

In his statement, Pistorius said Steenkamp came over February 13, opting for a quiet dinner in over a night out with friends. They wrapped up the night with a bit of television in bed for him, some yoga for her. She had brought him a Valentine's Day present to open the next day. After the couple had gone to bed, he said he got up in the early hours of February 14 to close the balcony door in his bedroom when he heard a sound in the bathroom. Pistorius said he'd been a victim of violence and burglary in the past, and realized with terror that contractors who worked at the house had left ladders outside. Fearing someone had entered the home through the open bathroom window, moving in the dark on the stumps of his amputated legs, Pistorius grabbed his pistol from under the bed and yelled at the intruder to get out.

"I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eye on the bathroom entrance," Pistorius said in his statement. "Everything was pitch-dark in the bedroom and I was still too scared to switch on a light. When I reached the bed, I realized that Reeva was not in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet. I returned to the bathroom calling her name," he said. He said he threw open the balcony door and screamed for help, put on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick in the door to the separate room inside the bathroom containing the toilet. Then, he said, he picked up a cricket bat, smashing panels out of the door before finding a key and unlocking it. "Reeva was slumped over but alive," he said. Pistorius said he called for help and was told to take her to the hospital himself. He carried her downstairs and tried to help but, but she died. But he said he did not mean to kill her, and protested the charges against him. "I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder because I had no intention to kill my girlfriend," Pistorius said in the statement.

Prosecutors dispute the version of events that Pistorius detailed in his statement. Prosecutors say they believe Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, picked up his gun and walked to the bathroom where Steenkamp, 29, had locked herself -- apparently after a heated argument -- and shot at her four times. Three of the bullets struck Steenkamp, who died soon after. Her funeral was Tuesday.

They rejected Pistorius' claim that he mistook her for a burglar, saying it would make no sense for an intruder to hide behind a locked bathroom door.

Instead, they say Pistorius armed himself, attached his prosthetic legs and walked 7 meters (23 feet) to shoot Steenkamp through a bathroom door after a heated argument.

Pistorius spent much of the hearing sobbing and heaving at the mention of his girlfriend's name, at one point forcing Nair to stop the proceedings to ask him to compose himself.Nair upgraded the charge against Pistorius to premeditated murder, saying he could not rule out the possibility that the track star planned Steenkamp's death. But Nair said he will consider downgrading the charge later. The allegation of premeditation makes it more difficult for Pistorius' attorneys to argue he should be released on bail pending trial. To win bail, the defense must argue that "exceptional circumstances" exist that would justify Pistorius' release.

In the statement read by his lawyer, Pistorius said he would not try to flee or influence any witnesses if he is allowed out on bail, and argued that his release wouldn't be a danger to public order. The session ended Tuesday afternoon with no decision on bail for Pistorius, 26. Prosecutors said they needed time to study the affidavits read in court before deciding how to proceed. The hearing is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.

Valentine's Day!

Posted: 10:18 PM EST, Mon February 18, 2013 - Updated 11:58 PM PST, Mon February 18, 2013

Pretoria, South Africa (WCJB) -- Model Reeva Steenkamp (pictured left) was shot four times through the bathroom door at the home of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, a South African official familiar with the case told media sources on Monday. Authorities have released little about a possible motive in the Valentine's Day shooting, while local media have reported that Pistorius had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder. South African authorities have stressed that the scenario did not come from them, and said there was no evidence of forced entry at the home. She was alive after she was shot and was carried downstairs by Pistorius, said the official, who was not authorized to release details to the media. Authorities also have not said whether Pistorius called for help.

Police have charged Pistorius with murder, and he will appear in court Tuesday for a bail hearing. South African prosecutors have said they intend to upgrade the charge to premeditated murder, but have not released further details. Pistorius, 26, has rejected the murder allegation "in the strongest terms," his agent said in a statement. The same day Pistorius returns to court, Steenkamp will be buried in a private service in her hometown of Port Elizabeth. Her burial Tuesday will come two days after South Africa's national broadcaster aired a pre-recorded reality TV show featuring Steenkamp discussing her exit from "Tropika Island of Treasure," on which local celebrities compete for prize money. The decision to air the program took "much deliberation," and "this week's episode will be dedicated to Reeva's memory," said Samantha Moon, the executive producer.

The shooting has stunned South Africa, where Pistorius is a national hero as the first disabled athlete to compete in the able-bodied Olympic Games. He competed in the London Games as well as winning two gold medals in the Paralympic Games. The night before the shooting, Steenkamp appeared to be looking forward to Valentine's Day. "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?" she asked her Twitter followers the day before. "Get excited." Steenkamp was found in a pool of blood at Pistorius' home Thursday morning. Neighbors alerted authorities to the early morning shooting, saying they had "heard things earlier," police spokeswoman Denise Beukes has said. She did not clarify what the neighbors reported they heard.

The details are the latest to emerge in the shooting death that has roiled the nation and left South Africans asking what went so terribly wrong inside the upscale Pretoria home of the man nicknamed "Blade Runner" for his lightning-fast prosthetic legs. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were indications the 29-year-old model intended to stay the night at the house: She had an overnight bag and her iPad. A blood-stained cricket bat has also emerged as key evidence in the case, according to the City newspaper of Johannesburg. Detectives are working to determine whether the bat was used to attack Steenkamp or she used it in self-defense, the newspaper reported, citing a source with inside knowledge of the case. Detectives are also looking into the possibility that Pistorius used the bat to break down the bathroom door.

Headlines about the case have dominated in the days since Pistorius was arrested, though tight-lipped authorities have revealed little about what, if anything, the track star has said. Reports say Pistorius and Steenkamp became an item around November and were popular in South African social circles. Pictures of his walk to a police car, his head covered by a sweatshirt, have flashed repeatedly across television screens.On Sunday, Pistorius canceled his appearances in five upcoming races. The move is meant to help Pistorius focus on the legal proceedings and "help and support all those involved as they try to come to terms with this very difficult and distressing situation," said Peet Van Zyl of Pistorius' management company, In Site Athlete Management.

A Woman Scorned!

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Jodi Arias is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in the face, stabbing him 29 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear. At her trial her attorneys have argued she killed him in self-defense.

Cross-Examination!

'When You Cut His Throat, Were You Crying?'
Posted: 02/28/2013 9:31 pm EST | Updated: 03/04/2013 01:42 pm PST

Phoenix, Arizona -- Accused murderer Jodi Arias underwent more fiery cross-examination Thursday, with Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez demanding to know if she was crying when she shot, stabbed and cut the throat of her ex-boyfriend. Arias is accused of the June 2008 slaying of Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. She faces the death penalty if convicted. Alexander was stabbed 27 times, shot twice in the face and his throat was slashed. The prosecution contends Arias was motivated by jealousy. Arias told the jury she killed Alexander in self defense after his increasing sexual demands and after she caught him masturbating to a picture of a little boy. Arias, 32, sobbed as the prosecutor showed her a picture of Travis Alexander's crumpled body.

Martinez, grilling Arias for a fourth day of cross-examination, showed no sympathy.


Prosecutor: "Were you crying while you were shooting him?"

Arias: "I don't remember."

Prosecutor: "Were you crying when you were stabbing him?"

Arias: "I don't remember."

Prosecutor: "How about when you cut his throat, were you crying then?"

Arias: "I don't know."


The exchange was one of many Thursday that left Arias looking haggard and beaten by the close of court. Earlier Thursday, Martinez questioned Arias about her activities on June 4, 2008 -- the day of the killing.

Prosecutor: Who deleted photos on Alexander's digital camera, later found in his washing machine?

Arias: "I might have deleted them ... It could have been me."


Later, during a follow-up question, Arias said:

Arias: "I believe it was probably" Alexander who deleted the photos.

Arias memory problems caused obvious frustration for Martinez.

Prosecutor: "We're here because you killed him, right?"

Arias: "Yes."


Arias said Alexander became enraged when she dropped his camera on the bathroom floor.

Arias: "I dropped it ... It landed on the mat ... and sort of did a little double bounce on the tile. He said that I'm a f--king idiot."

Alexander was so upset that he slammed her to the bathroom floor, Arias said.

Arias: "I got the wind knocked out of me and I hit my head."

Alexander chased after her and she ran to a walk-in closet, Arias testified. She said she grabbed a .25-caliber pistol off a shelf.

Prosecutor: "You chose to escalate this didn’t you, even though you had the … head start, didn’t you?"

Arias: "No, I didn’t choose to escalate it. I was trying to deescalate it."

Prosecutor: "And you chose to deescalate the situation by … getting a handgun, right?"

Arias: "Yes."


Arias said she ran to the bathroom with the gun and held it out with both hands as Alexander charged her like a "linebacker."

Prosecutor: "He's lunging at you and he's almost on you and the gun goes off, right?"

Arias: "Something like that."

Prosecutor: "The last memory you have of him is after you shot him, right?"

Arias: "Yes."


Arias said that her mind went into a fog after she shot Alexander and that she has no memory of stabbing him 27 times or cutting his throat from ear to ear. She acknowledged she was likely the killer.

Prosecutor: "You say you went into a fog ... This gun, you tell us you took it out to the desert ... If you were in a fog ... would you agree there would be no need to take the gun?"

Arias: "I would not agree with that."

Prosecutor: "Why would you even think of taking the gun unless you really knew what was going on?"

Arias: "I can only speculate ... I don't remember taking the gun."

Arias said the next thing she remembers is being in the desert, about an hour from Hoover Dam. She said she tossed the gun and cleaned herself with bottled water. Martinez then played a recording a message Arias left on Alexander's voicemail after the killing.

Prosecutor: "This fog is not so deep that it stops you from attempting to fabricate evidence, right?"

Arias: "That would be correct."

Prosecutor: "All of these lies ... are meant for your benefit, so that you can escape responsibility."

Arias: "Yeah, so I could escape whatever for the time being."


Martinez then played a recording from a 2008 interview with the show "48 Hours." Arias said in the interview that no jury would convict her of killing Alexander.

Prosecutor: "You believe you're going to be acquitted because you came in and told those stories, don't you?"

Arias: "I can't predict the future," Arias replied.


A 'Dirty, Horny Little School Girl'
Posted: 02/27/2013 8:25 pm EST | Updated: 02/28/2013 4:55 pm PST

Phoenix, Arizona -- The Arizona trial was in session less than an hour before prosecutor Juan Martinez entered into evidence a raunchy text message Jodi Arias sent to Travis Alexander on Feb. 25, 2008. Arias, 32, is on trial in the June 2008 slaying of her ex-lover Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. She faces the death penalty if convicted. Arias' lawyers tried to depict her as a sexually exploited woman, intimidated by her abusive boyfriend. The prosecutor fought back, confronting Arias with her own texts to prove to the jury that this was just part of the couple's foreplay. The text message(s) read:

Arias: "Maybe u could give my ass a much-needed pounding."

Another, sent from Alexander to Arias, read in part:

Alexander: "I want to fuck you like a dirty, horny little school girl."

The text messages were intended to show the jury that Arias was an enthusiastic and willing participant in the sexual activities she engaged in with Alexander. Arias testified last week that she shot and stabbed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her. Alexander had become increasingly violent and sexually demanding, she testified, and she claimed to have caught him masturbating to a picture of a young boy. The prosecution contends she murdered Alexander in a jealous rage. Martinez finally got to the activities that occurred at Alexander's Mesa, Ariz., home on June 4, 2008, the day he was killed. Specifically, Martinez began by questioning Arias about a bondage session she alleges she participated in that day with Alexander. Arias described for Martinez the rope she claims Alexander allegedly used during their sex play.

Prosecutor: "The rope had to be a certain length ... for [this] to take place? He wasn't going to hogtie you right?"

Arias: "No."

Prosecutor: "You were free to move, right?"

Arias: "Yes."

Prosecutor: "The purpose of this rope was purely decorative for the fantasy, right?"

Arias: "Yes."


Martinez then showed the jury a photo of Alexander's bed. He pointed at the center of the bed and asked:

Prosecutor: "You were sort of spread-eagled there, right?"

Arias: "Yes."


Published: February 25, 2013 | Updated: February 27, 2013 1:20 pm PST

Phoenix, AZ -- The argument mounted by Martinez today echoed the focus of the prosecution throughout the trial: that Arias murdered Alexander and then lied to everyone about it to evade arrest and prosecution. Martinez asked as his first question today, the 11th day Arias has been on the stand explaining her role in Alexander's death. Martinez pointed out that Arias lied to Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa, Ariz., police department as he investigated Alexander's death. She initially denied to the detective that she was at Alexander's home in Mesa when he was killed, and later said he was murdered by a pair of masked intruders.

Prosecutor: "Ma'am you have a problem with telling the truth don't you?"

Arias: "Not typically."

Prosecutor: "You told (Flores) you would help him, but that was a lie right? You weren't there to tell the truth. You were there for another purpose: to make sure he didn't get the truth.... You were hoping, ma'am, that (Flores) would believe what you were saying so you could walk out of jail."


Arias argued with Martinez, claiming that she lied to investigators out of shame, and lied to friends immediately after the death out of confusion.

Arias: "My mind wasn't right during all that period."

Arias said referring to the hours immediately following the killing when she drove through the Arizona desert and made phone calls to McCartney and new love interest Ryan Burns.

Arias: "It's like I wasn't accepting it in my mind... because I never killed anyone before."


Prosecutors hammered Jodi Arias about her lying, getting her to admit to lies she told and playing video of her police interrogation and a TV interview in which she told stories that she has since conceded were not true. In an interview with "48 Hours," Arias said she smiled for her mug shot partly because she knew she was innocent.

Prosecutor: "You truly believe that you didn't do anything wrong here?"

Arias: "I believed that I knew that I was not guilty of first-degree murder and I did plan to be dead."


(A reference to her claim that she planned to commit suicide.)

Arias was confronted with a barrage of lies she told after she killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, but she twice defiantly declared that she was innocent of first degree murder. Arias admitted on the stand that she lied for months and years after killing her ex-boyfriend, telling investigators and friends that she had nothing to do with Alexander's grisly death, in which he was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed, and he was shot in the head. Eventually, Arias confessed to the killing, but claims it was in self-defense. Arias told prosecutor Juan Martinez, referring to the criminal charge that could carry the threat of the death sentence if she is found guilty:

Arias: "It's the truth. I'm innocent of that charge."

During a day of contentious questions and answers between Martinez and Arias, the prosecutor used Arias' own diary entries and text messages to show contradictions of her claims that Alexander was abusive toward her, that he hit her and tried to choke her. Arias said that in early 2008, Alexander hit her in the neck while they were riding in his car. Martinez showed a diary entry describing the day they rode in the car, and there was no mention of physical violence.

Prosecutor: "This entry does not corroborate what you told us happened in the car. With regard to the (choking incident) you didn't call police. You didn't tell anyone about it. There is no corroboration anywhere in your journal. All we have is your word. Are there photos? Any other writings? Is there a police report? Is there a medical report?"

Arias said there was no evidence that the alleged abuse happened, except for her testimony in court.

Prosecutor: "There's no evidence because it didn't happen, did it ma'am?"

Arias said that she had told one person about the abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of Alexander, and that it was another ex-boyfriend, Matthew McCartney. But when pressed for details about the conversation in which she told him, Arias became confused and changed her answers.

Arias: "I saw (Matt) a few days later, and he called me out on the bruises."

Prosecutor: "Where?"

Arias: "Over the phone, just days after I think."

Prosecutor: "Isn't it true he wouldn't have been able to see your injuries because you were talking over the telephone?"

Arias: "No, I was in Yreka (California) by then. I stopped to see Matt after I left Arizona. Let's see, I believe it was two or three days after. I'm not saying there was no telephone call, (but) it was at his house. I went and saw Matt, and some make-up wore off, and he confronted me on (the bruises)."


Martinez said that McCartney has denied the conversation ever took place. Martinez also suggested that Arias tried to find out the status of the investigation into Alexander's death so that she could know if she were about to be arrested. When a friend of Alexander's called her to report the news about Alexander's death, Arias asked about details into the investigation, the prosecutor said. She also called Alexander's Mormon bishop and asked him what he knew about the case, and then asked friends and family members what they knew, according to Martinez.

Prosecutor: "You needed to see what you needed to know to make sure you weren't charged.... You called [the bishop] at 3 a.m. You call him and spoke to him because you wanted to get the information about what he knew about the investigation.

Martinez also went over lies that Arias told to her friend, Leslie Udy, and Ryan Burns, both of whom she saw in Utah the day after killing Alexander. She talked to both about Alexander as if he were still alive. Martinez pointed out that Arias even made out with Burns in his bedroom during their visit. However, Arias claimed that it was Burns who lied about their encounter.

Prosecutor: "And with Mr. Burns, didn't you get on top of him and grind on him?

Arias said she was on top of Burns at one point, but they did not "grind."

Prosecutor: "Well, when you were romantic kissing, he did put his hand between your legs, didn't he?"


Martinez referring to Burns' own testimony in court weeks earlier.

Arias: "No," Arias said. "It could be that he's full of crap...when he says he got near my vaginal area."

Prosecutor: "This is the person who lied to him, to (friends), to Detective Flores, and yet you're telling us someone else is full of crap," Martinez asked sarcastically.

Prosecutor: "When it comes to that, yes," she said.


Published: February 25, 2013 | Updated: February 25, 2013 3:59 pm PST

PHOENIX, AZ – Jodi Arias resumed testimony Monday in her Arizona murder trial as a prosecutor hammered her about her repeated lies to authorities and how her memories seemed crystal clear during direct examination by her attorneys yet seem to have diminished greatly under his questioning. Arias said she lied to police in the early stages of the investigation because she was ashamed of having killed her lover, Travis Alexander, she says in self-defense. Arias also said she didn't want details of their raunchy sexual relationship to be revealed. Yet prosecutor Juan Martinez noted her memory of crucial details in the case against her seems surprisingly hazy under his questioning compared to her detailed recollections when questioned by her own attorneys. Arias said of her answers during direct examination:

Arias: "I reviewed those things, so I memorized them."
Prosecutor: "So everything that you have told us then in this case is based on what you have reviewed?"
Arias: "Not everything."


Martinez noted she repeatedly lied to authorities, specifically during two interrogations in July 2008, in order to avoid being charged in the killing. She agreed, but also said she was too ashamed to admit the truth.

Prosecutor: "The whole interview was a lie, right?"

Arias: "Not the whole interview," Arias said.

Prosecutor: "Anything having to do with responsibility for this crime was a lie right?"

Arias: "Yes."


Regarding the day of Alexander's death, Arias says she doesn't recall much but remembers him in a rage, body slamming her and chasing her around his home. She said she grabbed a gun from his closet, and fired it as they tussled, but she didn't know if she hit him. She says she doesn't recall stabbing him. According to court records, however, she previously told police before her trial began that Alexander was unconscious after she shot him, but then "crawled around and was stabbed." She says she remembers putting a knife in the dishwasher and disposing of the gun in the desert as she drove from Arizona on her way to Utah. And she immediately began planning an alibi. Martinez continued hammering her with questions over why she lied, noting it was solely to avoid going to prison.

Arias: "I don't know, I was trying to kill myself."

Arias previously testified she tried to commit suicide while in jail after her arrest, but she nicked her wrist with a razor and it stung, so she delayed it.

Prosecutor: "Can you imagine how much it must have hurt Mr. Alexander when you stuck that knife into his chest!"

Defense attorneys immediately objected, and the line of questioning changed.

Posted: 02/21/2013 9:09 pm EST | Updated: 02/24/2013 1:23 am PST

Accused murderer Jodi Arias, on the witness stand for a ninth day, faced her prosecutor's questions for the first time Thursday, with the prosecutor attacking her credibility during six hours of cross-examination. Jodi Arias debuted a new look for her big day, a black business suit, indicating she meant business. Arias, 32, is in the 46th day of her trial for the June 4, 2008, slaying of Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. She faces the death penalty if convicted. She testified on Wednesday that she shot and stabbed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her for dropping his camera.


Sparring with veteran prosecutor, Juan Martinez, on his first day of cross-examination, Jodi Arias faced a withering cross-examination Thursday, February 21. Jodi Arias had been on the stand for so long, the jury appeared to be starting to get bored. However, when cross-examination started, they stopped taking notes. All of a sudden, a brand-new Jodi Arias emerged. Forget that soft-spoken, sobbing woman viewers got to know on the stand the past eight days. She was replaced by a smiling, sometimes smug defendant, who was ready to fight for her life. Arias Frequently smiled at the man who wants her sentenced to death. Arias, during eight days of questioning by her own lawyers, told jurors intimate details of her sex life with ex-lover Travis Alexander, including catching him masturbating to pictures of boys.

However, the prosecutor, finally beginning his cross-examination, often drew blanks. The prosecution, took direct aim at her credibility. The prosecutor grilled her about not remembering she stabbed her ex-boyfriend in June of 2008. All Arias seemed to remember is she killed Travis in self-defense, after claiming Travis attacked her.

Prosecutor: "You had a lot of memory for a lot of events involving sexual instances with Mr. Alexander, but you seem to be having problems with your memory here today."

Prosecutor: "Do you have problems with your memory, ma'am?"

Arias: "Sometimes. I have no memory of stabbing him."

Prosecutor: "What factors implement your having a memory problem?"

Arias: "Usually when men like you are screaming at me or drilling me."

Prosecutor: "That affects your memory problems, right?"

Arias: "It does. It makes my brain scramble."


Martinez, a veteran prosecutor with a reputation for courtroom hardball, aggressively questioned Arias about her finger, which she said Alexander broke during a January 2008 argument. Martinez tried to rattle her. The prosecutor says she plotted the murder of her ex-boyfriend and repeatedly lied to cover her tracks. He believes one of her biggest lies is that she's an abused woman. Arias says her crooked finger is evidence of that. She blames months before she killed alexander, he broke her finger. However, Martinez believes she injured her finger while she was shooting and repeatedly stabbing them. To make the point, Martinez showed a picture of Arias' perfectly healthy looking hand months after Alexander supposedly beat her. Martinez displayed a May 2008 photo of Arias, with her hand on her sister's shoulder, showing fingers that do not appear injured.

Prosecutor: "This picture shows you and your sister, with your left hand, on May 15, 2008. Show us how bent it is again!"

When Arias lifted her hand, Martinez said:

Prosecutor: "Higher, so we can see the damage."

Prosecutor: "Show us how bent it is again."

Prosecutor: "The fight was five months before this picture, and you don't have a bent finger here in the picture."

Prosecutor: "The injury to your finger happened on June 4, 2008, not Jan. 22 of 2008, didn't it?"

Arias: "That's not correct."


That didn't phase the newly-confident arias, either. Arias stuck with her original story.

Arias: "My finger is bent there."

Prosecutor: "You're saying your finger is bent there?"

Arias: "Yes."


Martinez then highlighted a Jan. 24, 2008, entry from Arias' journal, where she wrote:

Prosecutor (quoting Arias' Journal): "I haven't written because there has been nothing noteworthy to report."

Martinez pounced on the journal entry again when he pointed out that Arias had previously testified she caught Alexander masturbating to a photo of a little boy on Jan. 22, 2008. Martinez asked if that was "noteworthy." Arias said it was, but didn't explain why she didn't note it in her journal.

Prosecutor: "The way you make it sound is that he had a problem, right?"

Arias: "He did have a problem!"

Prosecutor: "That's what you claim."

Arias: "That's the reality!"


Arias testified earlier that Alexander sent her repeated text messages and phone calls after she discovered him masturbating. Martinez, however, vigorously questioned Arias about the claims, pointing out that there were discrepancies in text message timing and that none of the texts mentioned masturbation. The prosecutor said he doubted Arias' claim that Alexander had called her multiple times after being caught. He said phone records show Alexander called Arias only five times that entire day.

A final highlight of Thursday's cross-examination was display of magazines that Martinez said Arias tried to smuggle to a friend visiting her behind bars in August 2011. Secret messages were written on the magazine pages, the prosecutor said.

The messages, when combined, read in part: "You f--ked up. What you told my attorney next day directly contradicts what I've been saying for over a year. Get down here ASAP and see me before you talk to them again and before you testify so we can fix this."

Judge Sherry Stephens recessed court until 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, when the cross-examination of Arias will resume.

Posted: January 28, 2013 1:17 PM PST - Updated: 12:32 AM PST, Sun January 27, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ (WCJB) -- Jodi Arias was adamant at first. She said she knew nothing about her lover's death, didn't slit his throat, stab him nearly 30 times or put a bullet in his forehead. Then she offered a different story: Masked intruders killed Travis Alexander and she escaped. Arias finally settled on a third version: She had slain her abusive, on-again, off-again boyfriend in self-defense. It was kill or be killed, her attorneys told jurors during their opening statement at her ongoing trial.


However, her different stories will pose a formidable obstacle as those attorneys present their case beginning Tuesday in a Phoenix courtroom in the trial that has become a cable TV news sensation. A number of legal experts agree the primary goal for the defense will be to spare Arias the death penalty.

Brief questions posed by jurors through a judge to the lead detective as he testified could offer Arias some hope - maybe not for acquittal but possibly to avoid becoming just the fourth woman on Arizona's death row.

Did authorities check the alibis of Alexander's roommates? Yes. Were any knives missing from sets inside his home? No. Did police find Arias in possession of the gun used in the killing? No, none of the weapons have been recovered.

The questions were previously answered during the trial but might suggest jurors aren't so sure about the prosecution's case and the theory that it was a premeditated killing - a requirement for the death penalty.

All the defense has to do now is "feed the doubt," California jury consultant Howard Varinsky said.

The trial began in early January with all the elements needed for big play in the tabloids. Prosecutors presented pictures of the 32-year-old defendant and the victim taken on the day of the killing - Arias nude on his bed, Alexander in the shower, then dead on the bathroom floor.

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"No jury is going to convict me ... because I am innocent and you can mark my words on that. No jury is going to convict me."

-- Jodi Arias to "Inside Edition" in a jailhouse interview just three months after her ex-boyfriend's bloody corpse was found in his bathroom.
The couple's stormy courtship was replayed in court. They met in 2007 in Las Vegas. Alexander was a 30-year-old Mormon, motivational speaker and successful businessman, Arias an aspiring photographer. They dated for about five months. Arias lived in Southern California and would visit Alexander at his Mesa home.

His friends say Arias practically lived with Alexander, and that he became bothered by her possessiveness. When he broke it off, she stalked him for months, according to testimony.

She claims she ended the relationship after catching Alexander in too many lies. Still, she said she moved to Mesa at his urging after the breakup as the pair continued to have sex while he dated other women. Arias told police that on the day of the killing, June 4, 2008, Alexander invited her to his home for sex then became enraged when she dropped his new camera while snapping photos of him. She claims she had to fight for her life.
"I felt 'like a prostitute'!"

-- Testimony of Jodi Arias who is on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

The defense has yet to explain, however, why she put his camera and bedding in a washing machine, why she didn't call authorities; why she changed her story; and what happened to the weapons.

Alexander was shot in the head with a .25-caliber gun, the same caliber weapon that Arias' grandparents reported stolen from their California home about a week before the killing. Arias had been staying with them when the weapon was taken, authorities said. Prosecutors say she stabbed and slashed Alexander 27 times, slit his throat, then shot him in the head in a final salvo of rage. The sheer brutality of the attack contradicts her claim of self-defense, they contend.

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In an early police interrogation of Arias, she insisted she didn't kill Alexander. "Jodi, tell me the truth, please," Mesa police detective Esteban Flores said in the videotaped interrogation played for jurors. He noted her bloody palm print and hair were found at the scene along with the photographs that prove she was there. "I did not kill Travis," Arias replied. However, she said if she were to have killed him, stabbing would have been too cruel. "I don't think I could stab him. I think I would have to shoot him until he was dead if that were my intentions," Arias told the detective. "If I had it in me to kill him, the least I could have done was make it as humane as possible."

Defense attorneys concede that she shot Alexander and say he kept fighting, forcing her to fend him off with a knife. Now that defense attorneys have said Arias did shoot Alexander, the only question is which account jurors believe.


"The truth can always be somewhere in between," said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former federal prosecutor. Levenson said the defense will attempt to explain away everything. In one scenario, Levenson said, defense lawyers could say Arias brought the gun from her grandparents' house but only for protection if Alexander got abusive, not to kill him. They could say she changed her stories out of fear, thinking no one would believe her, and that she was in shock after the killing so she didn't call police. "She just needs one, just one juror to have reasonable doubt," Levenson said. "For the defense, it's going to be a victory if she doesn't end up with the death penalty."

"Impossible Scenario!"


An Arizona prosecutor on Wednesday took aim at prior testimony given by Jodi Arias about the brutal 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

Maricopa County Prosecutor Juan Martinez showed Arias two photographs that were taken inside Alexander's home on June 4, 2008. According to Martinez, the first photo was of a live Alexander in his shower. The second photo, taken 62 seconds later, was of Alexander’s bloodied body sprawled out on the floor, with Arias's foot next to his head.

Arias, on the witness stand for an 18th day, is on trial for the slaying of Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., home. She faces the death penalty if convicted.

During previous testimony, Arias said she had been taking photos of Alexander showering when she dropped his camera, causing him to become enraged and attack her. She testified that she shot and stabbed Alexander in self-defense.

"Your scenario is impossible," Martinez said.

"You drop the camera ... you are body-slammed, you get away, you go down the hallway, you go in the closet, you get the gun, you go into the bathroom ... You shoot him, he goes down and then, after you're able to get away, you go get the knife and you end up at the end of the hallway -- all of this in 62 seconds?" Martinez asked.

"No, that's not what I'm saying ... after the gun went off ... it started to get more confusing at that point," Arias replied.

"You didn't have the knife in your hand when you shot him. So that means, if you didn't have the knife in your hand, you had to go get it from somewhere, right?" Martinez asked.

"I don't know," Arias replied.

Martinez became agitated with Arias Wednesday afternoon, when she was evasive regarding questions about her height in comparison to the shelves in Alexander's closet, where she claims she got the gun that she used to shoot him.

"I'm not asking you to stand in the closet, I'm asking you how tall you are," Martinez snapped.

Martinez then expressed doubt that the shelves in the closet -- which he pointed out were held up by small pegs -- would have held Arias' weight if she had used one as a step to reach the gun, as she previously testified.

"Wouldn't that shelf have tipped over?" Martinez asked.

Arias defense attorney, Kurt Nurmi, objected to the question and the judge sustained the objection, meaning Arias did not have to answer.

Much of the remainder of the day was spent in a dozen or so sidebars and some additional questioning from the jury about Arias's actions on the day of the killing.

"If you still felt threatened after shooting Travis, why didn't you just shoot him again rather than stab him?" Judge Sherry Stephens asked Arias, on behalf of the jury.

"I know that I dropped the gun when he hit me ... I don't remember picking up the knife," Arias replied.

The judge recessed court until 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, when the trial will resume.


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“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”

-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.

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Murder in the Marines!

Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2013 - Updated On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013

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Riverside, CA -- Newlyweds Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak (pictured above, center.) were found gagged, tied and shot in the head in their Riverside County home in October 2008. Three former Marines were convicted for torturing and killing the fellow Marine and his wife in 2008. Prosecutors alleged the execution-style slaying in Southern California was committed for money and was racially motivated. Racial slurs were painted on the walls and fires had been set to “destroy the evidence” but little else was reported. Sgt. Pietrzak, a helicopter airframe mechanic at MCAS Miramar near San Diego, was found bloody and beaten. His wife’s body was discovered naked. Officials say she had been sexually assaulted. All three men worked with Sgt. Pietrzak at one time while stationed at Camp Pendleton.

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Two separate juries convicted three defendants of murder. Former private Kevin Cox, 25, was first to learn his fate. “He was not the actual killer, he was not in my opinion a major participant obviously the jury disagreed with that assessment,” Cox’s attorney said. The attorney hopes jurors will consider Cox’s rank at the time of the murders when deliberating his punishment. “Because it was three armed Marines, two of whom outranked him and telling him we need to knock on these people’s door,” he said. The Jury recommended that ex-Marine Kevin Cox, (pictured above, left), should get life in prison. Cox's sealed fate was followed by the verdict being read by a second jury convicting former Lance Cpl. Emrys John, 23, and former Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 25.

John was convicted of pulling the trigger. Miller was found guilty of murder and sexually-assaulting Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak. The Jury recommended that ex-Marines Emyrs John and Tyrone Miller should get the death penalty.

A fourth suspect, former Lance Cpl. Kesaun Sykes of Fallbrook, had his case severed and is awaiting trial. Sykes was known as “Psycho” by fellow Marines.

Big Bear Manhunt!

Posted: 02/14/2013 05:56:34 PM PST - Updated: 02/14/2013 08:02:39 PM PST
“Fucking burn this motherfucker.” “Burn that fucking house down.”

-- February 12, 2013, Audio Recorded Statement by Law Enforcement Officer as they burn the cabin where ex-Cop Christopher Dorner was found to be holed up.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (WCJB) — Officials said Thursday that the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner, said the identification was made through Dorner's dental records. Miller did not give a cause of death. The cabin went up in flames after authorities launched pyrotechnic tear-gas canisters into it, and authorities were all but certain the charred body found inside afterward was Dorner's. They are waiting for forensic tests to confirm that, but in the meantime San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon (pictured left) said Wednesday that authorities consider the hunt over. Sheriff's deputies were not trying to burn down the cabin with Dorner inside but simply flush him out, McMahon said. "It was not on purpose," he told reporters Wednesday. "We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out."

Police audio from the Christopher Dorner siege reveals a deliberate plan to burn down the cabin in which Dorner was trapped, with one officer heard to say, “fucking burn this motherfucker,” before police discussed their intention to, “go ahead with the plan with the burners.”


“Alright, we’re gonna go ahead with the plan with the burners,” one officer says.

“Copy,” replies another.

“Like we talked about,” the first officer responds.

“The burners are deployed, and we have a fire,” says another officer moments later, before the police dispatcher repeats the statement.

Within minutes of the fire starting, police note that the cabin is “starting to collapse.”

Police are also heard discussing if they are ready to “bring fire”.

“Burners” is police slang for tear gas canisters, which are known to cause fires.

In a separate clip carried by a local news channel, police are heard to say, “Fucking burn this motherfucker,” and “burn that fucking house down.” This audio appears to be from earlier in the siege following the initial shootout between Dorner and cops. In another audio clip broadcast by Los Angeles media sources, police are heard saying, “get the gas, burn it down,” clearly indicating cops knew use of tear gas would set the cabin on fire.

Given the ammunition inside the cabin, LAPD officers knew that the tear gas would lead to a fire and instead of waiting it out, chose instead to carry out a summary execution. That’s not to excuse the actions of Dorner, but the fact that police now view burning people to death as a reasonable way to apprehend a suspect is shocking.
“get the gas, burn it down,”

-- February 12, 2013, Audio Recorded Statement by Law Enforcement Officer as they burn the cabin where ex-Cop Christopher Dorner was found to be holed up.
The manhunt brought police to Big Bear Lake, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, where they found Dorner's burned-out pickup truck abandoned. His footprints disappeared on frozen soil and hundreds of officers who searched the area and checked out each building failed to find him. Five days later, but just a stone's throw from a command post authorities had set up in the massive manhunt, Karen and Jim Reynolds said they came face to face with Dorner inside their cabin-style condo. The couple said Dorner bound them and put pillowcases on their heads. At one point, he explained that he had been there for days. "He said 'I don't have a problem with you, so I'm not going to hurt you,'" Jim Reynolds said. "I didn't believe him; I thought he was going to kill us."

The Reynolds said Dorner was upstairs in the rental unit Tuesday when they arrived to ready it for vacationers. Dorner, who at the time was being sought for three killings, confronted the Reynolds with a drawn gun, "jumped out and hollered 'stay calm,'" Jim Reynolds said during a Wednesday night news conference. His wife screamed and ran downstairs but Dorner caught her, Reynolds said. The couple said they were taken to a bedroom where he ordered them to lie on a bed and then on the floor. Dorner bound their arms and legs with plastic ties, gagged them with towels and covered their heads with pillowcases. "I really thought it could be the end," Karen Reynolds said.

The couple believes Dorner had been staying in the cabin at least since Feb. 8, the day after his burned truck was found nearby. Dorner told them he had been watching them by day from inside the cabin as they did work outside. The couple, who live nearby, only entered the unit Tuesday. "He said we are very hard workers," Karen Reynolds said. After he fled in their purple Nissan Rogue, she managed to call 911 from a cellphone on the coffee table. Police said Dorner later killed a fourth person, a sheriff's deputy, during a standoff, and died inside the burning cabin where he took cover during a blazing shootout.

Police have not commented on the Reynolds' account, but it renews questions about the thoroughness of a search for a man who authorities declared was armed and extremely dangerous as they hunted him across the Southwest and Mexico. "They said they went door-to-door but then he's right there under their noses. Makes you wonder if the police even knew what they were doing," resident Shannon Schroepfer said. "He was probably sitting there laughing at them the whole time." In many cases, officers didn't even knock on the doors, according to searchers and residents.

The notion of him holed up just across the street from the command post was shocking to many, but not totally surprising to some experts familiar with the complications of such a manhunt. "Chilling. That's the only word I could use for that," said Ed Tatosian, a retired SWAT commander for the Sacramento Police Department. "It's not an unfathomable oversight. We're human. It happens. It's chilling (that) it does happen." Law enforcement officers, who had gathered outside daily for briefings, were stunned by the revelation. One official later looking on Google Earth exclaimed that he'd parked right across the street from the Reynolds' cabin each day.

Timothy Clemente, a retired FBI SWAT team leader who was part of the search for Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph, said searchers had to work methodically. When there's a hot pursuit, they can run after a suspect into a building. But in a manhunt, the search has to slow down. "You can't just kick in every door," he said. Police have to have a reason to enter a building.

Officers would have been approaching each cabin, rock and tree with the prospect that Dorner was behind and waiting with a weapon that could penetrate bulletproof vests. In his manifesto posted online, Dorner, a former Navy reservist, said he had no fear of losing his life and would wage "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" and warned officers "you will now live the life of the prey."

Even peering through windows can be difficult because officers have to remove a hand from their weapons to shade their eyes. Experts said it is likely officers may have used binoculars to help examine homes from a distance, especially when dealing with a man who had already killed three people, including a police officer. "If Chris Dorner's on the other side of the door, what would the response be?" Clemente said. "A .50 caliber round or .223 round straight through that door."
“Burn that fucking house down.”

-- February 12, 2013, Audio Recorded Statement by Law Enforcement Officer as they burn the cabin where ex-Cop Christopher Dorner was found to be holed up.

Posted: 02/13/2013 04:59:34 PM PST - Updated: 02/13/2013 07:46:39 PM PST

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. -- Police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters in their manhunt for a revenge-seeking ex-cop. They had no idea he was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives. The apparent end came very close to where his trail went cold six days earlier when his burning pickup truck -- with guns and camping gear inside -- was abandoned with a broken axle on a fire road in the San Bernardino National Forest near the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake. His footprints led away from the truck and vanished on frozen soil.

The search ended Tuesday when a man believed to be Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. He never emerged from the ruins and hours later a charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver's license with the name Christopher Dorner, an official briefed on the investigation told media sources on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. Authorities believe the remains are those of the former Los Angeles police officer, but they have not been formally identified. Dorner, 33, had said in a lengthy rant police believe he posted on Facebook that he expected to die in one final, violent confrontation with police, and if it was him in the cabin that's just what happened.
"They are representative of the sacrifices and that quiet courage that exists among law enforcement officers all across the country and their families."

-- May 12, 2012, Statement by Barack Obama in a White House Rose Garden ceremony to honor the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).


Just a few hours after police announced Tuesday that they had fielded more than 1,000 tips with no sign of Dorner, word came that a man matching his description had tied up two people in a Big Bear Lake cabin, stole their car and fled. Authorities didn't immediately give more details on the two people. Jay Hylton told media sources that they were two of his relatives, a mother and daughter pair of housekeepers, who weren't hurt. Los Angeles media sources reported the women surprised Dorner Tuesday, he tied them up and then fled in a purple Nissan. The sources reported that one maid eventually broke free and called 911.

Game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who were part of the search detail spotted the purple Nissan that had been reported stolen going in the opposite direction and gave chase, department spokesman Lt. Patrick Foy said. The driver looked like Dorner. They lost the purple car after it passed a school bus and turned onto a side road, but two other Fish and Wildlife patrols turned up that road a short time later, and were searching for the car when a white pickup truck sped erratically toward the wardens. "He took a close look at the driver and realized it was the suspect," Foy said. Dorner, who allegedly stole the pickup truck at gunpoint after crashing the first car, rolled down a window and opened fire on the wardens, striking a warden's truck more than a dozen times.

One of the wardens shot at the suspect as he rounded a curve in the road. It's unclear if he hit him, but the stolen pickup careened off the road and crashed in a snow bank. Dorner then ran to the cabin where he barricaded himself and got in a shootout with San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies and other officers, two of whom were shot, one fatally. A SWAT team surrounded the cabin and used an armored vehicle to break out the cabin windows, said a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The officers then lobbed tear gas canisters into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker: "Surrender or come out." The armored vehicle then tore down each of the cabin's four walls. A single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, the law enforcement official told media sources.

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout with the man believed to be fugitive former LAPD officer Chris Dorner had gone into the search happy to help his community but wary of the dangers. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon identified the deputy Wednesday as Jeremiah MacKay, a man who grew up in the area and followed his father into public service. MacKay suffered multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday and was transported to Loma Linda Hospital where he died of his injuries. He was 35. MacKay was a detective who had been with the department for 15 years. Another deputy, Alex Collins, was also hit by gunfire and remained hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing multiple surgeries. He was expected to make a full recovery, McMahon said.

Ron Erickson, whose house is only about quarter mile away, said officers interrogated him to make sure he wasn't being held hostage. Erickson himself had been keeping a nervous watch on his neighborhood, but he never saw the hulking Dorner. "I looked at all the cabins that backed the national forest and I just didn't think to look at the one across from the command post," he said. "It didn't cross my mind. It just didn't." Even door-to-door searches failed to turn up any trace of him in the quiet, bucolic neighborhood where children were playing in the snow Tuesday night. With a description of his car broadcast all over the Southwest and Mexico, he managed to get to the mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles where his burning truck was found. Only a short distance from the truck, he spent his final days with a front-row seat to the search mobilized right outside. With many searchers leaving town amid speculation he was long gone, the command center across the street was taken down Monday.

LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman said Wednesday the department has returned to normal patrol operations. He said approximately a dozen of the more than 50 protective details remain in place and will stay that way until the remains are positively identified. "This really is not a celebration," he said. Neiman would not answer any questions regarding what occurred in San Bernardino County, saying it was that jurisdiction's investigation. Neiman said LAPD officers used the Internet to monitor radio chatter during the firefight. "It was horrifying to listen to that firefight and to hear those words. 'Officer down' is the most gut-wrenching experience that you can have as a police officer."

Posted: February 12, 2013 - Updated at 11:55 PM PST

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. -- The manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames. A single gunshot was heard from within. If the body of Christopher Dorner is found inside, as authorities suspect, the search for the most wanted man in America over the last week would have ended the way he had expected - death, with the police pursuing him.

Thousands of officers had been on the hunt for the former Navy reservist since police said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing. "Enough is enough. It's time for you to turn yourself in. It's time to stop the bloodshed," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at a news conference held outside police headquarters in Los Angeles. A short time after Smith spoke Tuesday, smoke began to rise from the cabin in the snow-covered woods near Big Bear Lake, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Flames then engulfed the building - images that were broadcast on live television around the world. TV helicopters showed the fire burning freely with no apparent effort to extinguish it.


"We have reason to believe that it is him," said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman, adding that she didn't know how the fire started. She noted there was gunfire between the person in the cabin and officers around the home before the blaze began.

Until Tuesday, authorities didn't know whether Dorner was still near Big Bear Lake, where they found his burned-out pickup last week. Around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, deputies got a report of a stolen pickup truck, authorities said. The location was directly across the street from where law enforcement set up their command post on Thursday and not far from where Dorner's pickup was abandoned. The owner of the vehicle taken Tuesday described the suspect as looking similar to Dorner. A warden for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife traveling down Highway 38 recognized a man who fit Dorner's description traveling in the opposite direction. The officer pursued the vehicle and there was a shooting at 12:42 p.m. in which the wildlife vehicle was hit numerous times and the suspect escaped on foot after crashing his truck.

After holing up in the cabin, there was a second gunbattle with San Bernardino County deputies, two of whom were shot. One died and the other was expected to live after undergoing surgery. A SWAT team surrounded the cabin and used an armored vehicle to break out the cabin windows, the official said. The officers then pumped a gas into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker: "Surrender or come out." The armored vehicle then tore down each of the cabin's four walls, like peeling back the layers of an onion, the official said. The man believed to be Dorner never came out of the cabin, and a single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, a law enforcement official told media sources. The official later told the source that a charred body was found in the burned cabin and reiterated that even after Los Angeles and San Bernardino authorities disputed it in news conferences. The official requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

Updated at 04:12 PM PST


BIG BEAR, Calif. -- A man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town that left one deputy dead and another wounded. The developments raised the possibility that the nearly week-old hunt for America's most wanted man might be coming to an end. The cabin was on fire and smoke was coming from the structure in the late afternoon after police surrounded it in the snow-covered woods of Big Bear, a resort town about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Authorities have focused their hunt for Christopher Dorner there since they said he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing. Helicopters using heat-seeking technology searched the forest from above while scores of officers, some using bloodhounds, scoured the ground and checked hundreds of vacation cabins - many vacant this time of year - in the area. A snowstorm hindered the search and may have helped cover his tracks, though authorities were hopeful he would leave fresh footprints if hiding in the wilderness.

Authorities say Dorner threatened to bring "warfare" to LAPD officers and their families, spreading fear and setting off a search for him across three states and Mexico. Until Tuesday, authorities didn't know whether he was still near Big Bear, where they found his burned-out pickup last week. Police found charred weapons and camping gear inside the truck in Big Bear. If the man inside the cabin does prove to be Dorner, it will both lower tensions among the more than 40 targets police say he listed in an online rant. It would also raise them for law enforcement officers who are engaged in a standoff with a former Navy reservist who has warned that he knows their tactics as well as they do.

"Enough is enough. It's time for you to turn yourself in. It's time to stop the bloodshed," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said earlier in the day at a news conference held outside police headquarters in Los Angeles, a starkly different atmosphere than last week when officials briefed the news media under tight security with Dorner on the loose.

Police say Dorner began his run on Feb. 6 after they connected the slayings of a former police captain's daughter and her fiance with an angry Facebook rant they said he posted. Threats against the LAPD led officials to assign officers to protect officers and their families. Within hours of the release of photos of the 6-foot, 270-pounder described as armed and "extremely dangerous," police say, Dorner unsuccessfully tried to steal a boat in San Diego to flee to Mexico and then ambushed police in Riverside County, shooting three and killing one.

Around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, deputies got a report of a stolen vehicle, authorities said. The location was directly across the street from where law enforcement set up their command post on Thursday and not far from where Dorner's burned-out pickup was abandoned. The people whose vehicle was stolen described the suspect as looking similar to Dorner. When authorities found the vehicle, the suspect ran into the forest and barricaded himself inside a cabin.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said the first exchange of gunfire involved state Fish and Wildlife wardens at 12:42 p.m., and then there was a second exchange with San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, two of whom were shot.

Dorner's anger with the department dated back at least five years, when he was fired for filing a false report accusing his training officer of kicking a mentally ill suspect. Dorner, who is black, claimed in the rant that he was the subject of racism by the department and fired for doing the right thing. He said he would get even with those who wronged him as part of his plan to reclaim his good name. "You're going to see what a whistleblower can do when you take everything from him especially his NAME!!!" the rant said. "You have awoken a sleeping giant." Dorner served in the Navy, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records. He took leave from the LAPD for a six-month deployment to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007.

One of the targets listed in the manifesto was former LAPD Capt. Randal Quan, who represented Dorner before the disciplinary board. Dorner claimed he put the interests of the department above his. The first victims were Quan's daughter, Monica Quan, 28, a college basketball coach, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, 27. They were shot multiple times in their car in a parking garage near their condo. Jumpy officers guarding one of the targets named in the rant in Torrance on Thursday shot and injured two women delivering newspapers because they mistook their pickup truck for Dorner's.

Chief Charlie Beck, who initially dismissed the allegations in the rant, said he would reopen the investigation into his firing - not to appease the ex-officer, but to restore confidence in the black community, which long had a fractured relationship with police that has improved in recent years.

Dorner's Manifesto
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I ask that all journalist investigating this story submit request for FOIA with the LAPD to gain access to the BOR transcripts which occurred from 10/08 to 2/09. There, you will see that a video was played for the BOR members of Mr. ----- who suffers from Schizophrenia and Dementia stating that he was kicked by a female officer. That video evidence supports my claim that ----- kicked him twice in the upper body and once in the face. I would like all journalist to also request copies of all reports that I had written while employed by LAPD. Whether in the academy, or during my 3 years as a police officer. There are DR#'s attached to each report (investigative report) that I have ever written so they all exist. A FOIA request will most likely be needed to access these at Parker center or at the Personnel/Records. Judge my writin/grammar skills for yourself. The department attempted to paint me as an officer who could not write reports. Even though Sgt. ----- a training officer who trained me stated for the BOR panel that there was nothing wrong with my report writing and that I was better than all rookie/probationer officers he has ever trained. Officer ----- stated the same but refused to testify as he did not want to "get involved" with the BOR's. Contact Sgt. -----,(now a Captain at Lompoc PD), Sgt. -----, and Sgt. -----. All will state that my report writing was impeccable. I will tell you this, I always type my reports because I have messy handwriting/penmanship. I never had a single kickback/redlined report at Southwest division and Sgt. ----- and Sgt. ----- can testify to that. I never received an UNSATISFACTORY on any day or week. The same can be said within the U.S. Naval Reserves. All commanders will state that my report writing was always clear, concise, and impeccable. Even search my AAR (after action reports),chits, Memorandum's, IIR's (Intelligence Information Reports) which were written in the Navy. All were pristine.

I had worked patrol at LAPD's Harbor Division from 2/06 until 7/06 when I was involuntarily recalled back to active duty (US Navy) for a 12 month mobilization/deployment to Centcom in support of OIF/OEF. I returned back to LAPD's Harbor division on 7/07 and immediately returned to patrol. I worked at Harbor division until 11/07 where I then transferred to Southwest Division. I worked At Southwest division until 6/25/08 when I was relieved of duty.

I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back. I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts. This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences. The LAPD's actions have cost me my law enforcement career that began on 2/7/05 and ended on 1/2/09. They cost me my Naval career which started on 4/02 and ends on 2/13. I had a TS/SCI clearance(Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance) up until shortly after my termination with LAPD. This is the highest clearance a service member can attain other than a Yankee White TS/SCI which is only granted for those working with and around the President/Vice President of the United States. I lost my position as a Commanding Officer of a Naval Security Forces reserve unit at NAS Fallon because of the LAPD. I've lost a relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD. I've lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD. In essence, I've lost everything because the LAPD took my name and new I was INNOCENT!!! -----, -----, -----,----- and ----- all new I was innocent but decided to terminate me so they could continue Ofcr. -----. I know about the meeting between all of you where ----- attorney, -----, confessed that she kicked ----- (excessive force). Your day has come.

I'm not an aspiring rapper, I'm not a gang member, I'm not a dope dealer, I don't have multiple babies momma's. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my shoreline and true North. I didn't need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It's in my DNA.

Luckily I don't have to live everyday like most of you. Concerned if the misconduct you were apart of is going to be discovered. Looking over your shoulder, scurrying at every phone call from internal affairs or from the Captains office wondering if that is the day PSB comes after you for the suspects you struck when they were cuffed months/years ago or that $500 you pocketed from the narcotics dealer, or when the other guys on your watch beat a transient nearly to death and you never reported the UOF to the supervisor. No, I don't have that concern, I stood up for what was right but unfortunately have dealt with the reprocussions of doing the right thing and now losing my name and everything I ever stood for. You fuckers knew ----- was guilty of kicking (excessive force) ----- and you did nothing but get rid of what you saw as the problem, the whistleblower. ----- himself stated on video tape ( provided for the BOR and in transcripts) he was kicked and even his father stated that his son said he was kicked by ----- when he was released from custody. The video was played for the entire BOR to hear. You're going to see what a whistleblower can do when you take everything from him especially his NAME!!!

Look what you did to Sgt. ----- (now lieutenant) when he exposed the truth of your lying, racism, and PSB cover-ups to frame and convict an innocent man. You can not police yourselves and the consent decree was unsuccessful. Sgt. -----, I met you on the range several times as a recruit and as an officer. You're a good man and I saw it in your eyes an actions.

Self Preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago on 1/2/09. I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I refuse to accept that.

From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn't in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it's the police officers.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. How ironic that you utilize a fixed glass structure as your command HQ. You use as a luminous building to symbolize that you are transparent, have nothing to hide, or suppress when in essence, concealing, omitting, and obscuring is your forte.

-----, this is when you need to have that come to Jesus talk with Sgt. ----- and everyone else who was involved in the conspiracy to have me terminated for doing the right thing. you also need to speak with her attorney, -----, and his conversation with the BOR members and her confession of guilt in kicking Mr. -----. I'll be waiting for a PUBLIC response at a press conference. When the truth comes out, the killing stops.

Why didn't you charge me with filing a false police report when I came forward stating that ----- kicked Mr. -----? You file criminal charges against every other officer who is accused and terminated for filing a false police report. You didn't because you knew I was innocent and a criminal court would find me innocent and expose your department for suppressing the truth and retaliation, that's why.

The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence, PUBLICLY!!! I will not accept any type of currency/goods in exchange for the attacks to stop, nor do i want it. I want my name back, period. There is no negotiation. I am not the state department who states they do not negotiate with terrorist, because anybody with a Secret or TS/SCI has seen IIR's on SIPR and knows that the US state department always negotiates by using CF countries or independent sovereign/neutral country to mediate and compromising.

This department has not changed from the ----- and ----- days. Those officers are still employed and have all promoted to Command staff and supervisory positions. I will correct this error. Are you aware that an officer (a rookie/probationer at the time) seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department? Captain ----- is now the commanding officer of a LAPD police station (West LA division). As a commanding officer, he is now responsible for over 200 officers. Do you trust him to enforce department policy and investigate use of force investigations on arrestees by his officers? Are you aware ----- has since promoted to Sergeant after kicking Mr. ----- in the face. Oh, you Violated a citizens civil rights? We will promote you. Same as LAPD did with the officers from Metro involved in the May Day melee at MacArthur Park. They promoted them to Sergeant (a supervisor role).

No one is saying you can't be prejudiced or a bigot. We are all human and hold prejudices. If you state that you don't have prejudices, your lying! But, when you act on it and victimize innocent citizens and fellow innocen[t] officers, than that is a concern.

For you officers who do the job in the name of JUSTICE, those of you who lost honest officers to this event, look at the name of those on the BOR and the investigating officers from PSB and ----- and ask them, how come you couldn't tell the truth? Why did you terminate an honest officer and cover for a dishonest officer who victimized a mentally ill citizen.

Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant race of a species and they inadvertently take kindness for weakness from another individual. You chose wrong.

Terminating officers because they expose a culture of lying, racism (from the academy), and excessive use of force will immediately change. PSB can not police their own and that has been proven. The blue line will forever be severed and a cultural change will be implanted. You have awoken a sleeping giant.

I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north.

Those Caucasian officers who join South Bureau divisions (77 th,SW,SE, an Harbor) with the sole intent to victimize minorities who are uneducated, and unaware of criminal law, civil law, and civil rights. You prefer the South bureau because a use of force/deadly force is likely and the individual you use UOF on will likely not report it. You are a high value target.

Those Black officers in supervisory ranks and pay grades who stay in south bureau (even though you live in the valley or OC) for the sole intent of getting retribution toward subordinate caucasians officers for the pain and hostile work environment their elders inflicted on you as probationers (P-1 s) and novice P-2's. You are a high value target. You perpetuated the cycle of racism in the department as well. You breed a new generation of bigoted caucasian officer when you belittle them and treat them unfairly.

Those Hispanic officers who victimize their own ethnicity because they are new immigrants to this country and are unaware of their civil rights. You call them wetbacks to their face and demean them in front of fellow officers of different ethnicities so that you will receive some sort of acceptance from your colleagues. I'm not impressed. Most likely, your parents or grandparents were immigrants at one time, but you have forgotten that. You are a high value target.

Those lesbian officers in supervising positions who go to work, day in day out, with the sole intent of attempting to prove your misandrist authority (not feminism) to degrade male officers. You are a high value target.

Those Asian officers who stand by and observe everything I previously mentioned other officers participate in on a daily basis but you say nothing, stand for nothing and protect nothing. Why? Because of your usual saying, " I--don't like conflict". You are a high value target as well.


Those of you who "go along to get along" have no backbone and destroy the foundation of courage. You are the enablers of those who are guilty of misconduct. You are just as guilty as those who break the code of ethics and oath you swore.

Citizens/non-combatants, do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants. They would not do the same for you. They will let you bleed out just so they can brag to other officers that they had a 187 caper the other day and can't wait to accrue the overtime in future court subpoenas. As they always say, "that's the paramedics job-not mine". Let the balance of loss of life take place. Sometimes a reset needs to occur.

It is endless the amount of times per week officers arrest an individual, label him a suspect-arrestee-defendant and then before arraignment or trial realize that he is innocent based on evidence. You know what they say when they realize an innocent man just had his life turned upside down?. "I guess he should have stayed at home that day he was discovered walking down the street and matching the suspects description. Oh well, he appeared to be a dirtbag anyways". Meanwhile the falsely accused is left to pick up his life, get a new, family, friends, and sense of self worth.

Don't honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don't value yours or your family members lives? I've heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV's, Waverunners, RV's and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn't just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.


You allow an officer, -----, to attempt to hack into my credit union account and still remain on the job even when Det. ----- shows the evidence that the IP address (provided by LAPFCU) that attempted to hack into my account and change my username and password leads directly to her residence. You even allow this visibly disgusting looking officer to stay on the job when she perjures (lies) in court (Clark County Family Court) to the judge's face and denies hacking into my personal credit union online account when I attempted to get my restraint order extended. Det. ----- provided the evidence and you still do nothing.

How do you know when a police officer is lying??? When he begins his sentence with, "based on my experience and training".

No one grows up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything I've ever was. As a young police explorer I found my calling in life. But, As a young police officer I found that the violent suspects on the street are not the only people you have to watch. It is the officer who was hired on to the department (pre-2000) before polygraphs were standard for all new hires and a substantial vetting in a backround investigation.

To those children of the officers who are eradicated, your parent was not the individual you thought they were. As you get older,you will see the evidence that your parent was a tyrant who loss their ethos and instead followed the path of moral corruptness. They conspired to hide and suppress the truth of misconduct on others behalf's. Your parent will have a name and plaque on the fallen officers memorial in D.C. But, In all honesty, your parents name will be a reminder to other officers to maintain the oath they swore and to stay along the shoreline that has guided them from childhood to that of a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer.

Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over.

Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep. I will utilize ISR at your home, workplace, and all locations in between. I will utilize OSINT to discover your residences, spouses workplaces, and children's schools. IMINT to coordinate and plan attacks on your fixed locations. Its amazing whats on NIPR. HUMINT will be utilized to collect personal schedules of targets. I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours. -----, -----, -----, and BOR members Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead.

Never allow a LAPPL union attorney to be a retired LAPD Captain,(-----). He doesn't work for you, your interest, or your name. He works for the department, period. His job is to protect the department from civil lawsuits being filed and their best interest which is the almighty dollar. His loyalty is to the department, not his client. Even when he knowingly knows your innocent and the BOR also knows your innocent after ----- stated on videotape that he was kicked and ----- attorney confessed to the BOR off the record that she kicked -----.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants-TJ. This quote is not directed toward the US government which I fully support 100%. This is toward the LAPD who can not monitor itself. The consent decree should not have been lifted, ever.

I know your TTP's, (techniques, tactics, and procedures). Any threat assessments you generate will be useless. This is simple, I know your TTP's and PPR's. I will mitigate any of your attempts at preservation. ORM is my friend. I will mitigate all risks, threats and hazards. I assure you that Incident Command Posts will be target rich environments. KMA-367 license plate frames are great target indicators and make target selection even easier.

I will conduct DA operations to destroy, exploit and seize designated targets. If unsuccessful or unable to meet objectives in these initial small-scale offensive actions, I will reassess my BDA and re-attack until objectives are met. I have nothing to lose. My personal casualty means nothing. Just alike AAF's, ACM's, and AIF's, you can not prevail against an enemy combatant who has no fear of death. An enemy who embraces death is a lose, lose situation for their enemy combatants.

Hopefully you analyst have done your homework. You are aware that I have always been the top shot, highest score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit I've been in. I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance, and survival training I've been given.

Do you know why we are unsuccessful in asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare in CENTCOM theatre of operations? I'll tell you. It's not the inefficiency of our combatant commanders, planning, readiness or training of troops. Much like the Vietnam war, ACM, AAF, foreign fighters, Jihadist, and JAM have nothing to lose. They embrace death as it is a way of life. I simply don't fear it. I am the walking exigent circumstance you created.

The Violence of action will be HIGH. I am the reason TAC alert was established. I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. ISR is my strength and your weakness. You will now live the life of the prey. Your RD's and homes away from work will be my AO and battle space. I will utilize every tool within INT collections that I learned from NMITC in Dam Neck. You have misjudged a sleeping giant. There is no conventional threat assessment for me. JAM, New Ba'ath party, 1920 rev BGE, ACM, AAF, AQAP, AQIM and AQIZ have nothing on me. Do not deploy airships or gunships. SA-7 Manpads will be waiting. As you know I also own Barrett .50 s so your APC are defunct and futile.

You better have all your officers radio/phone muster (code 1) on or off duty every hour, on the hour.

Do not attempt to shadow or conduct any type of ISR on me. I have the inventory listing of all UC vehicles at Piper Tech and the home addresses of any INT analyst at JRIC and detachment locations. My POA is always POI and always true. This will be a war of attrition and a Pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself. You may have the resources and manpower but you are reactive and predictable in your op plans and TTP's. I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving. Do not waste your time with briefs and tabletops.


Coin Toss!


In addition to posting his manifesto online, Dorner reached out directly to CNN, mailing a parcel to AC360 anchor Anderson Cooper's office at CNN in New York. The package arrived on February 1 and was opened by Cooper's assistant. Inside was a hand-labeled DVD, accompanied by a yellow Post-it note reading, in part, "I never lied" -- apparently in reference to his 2008 dismissal from the LAPD. The package also contained a coin wrapped in duct tape. The tape bears the hand-written inscription: "Thanks, but no thanks, Will Bratton." It also had letters that may be read as "IMOA", which could be a commonly used Internet abbreviation for "Imagine a More Open America," or possibly "1 MOA," which means one minute of angle, perhaps implying Dorner was notably accurate with a firearm. The coin is a souvenir medallion from former LAPD Chief William Bratton, of a type often given out as keepsakes. This one, though, was shot through with bullet holes: three bullet holes to the center and another shot nicked off the top.

The editorial staff of AC360 and CNN management were made aware of the package Thursday. Upon learning of its existence, they alerted Bratton and law enforcement. Anderson Cooper, who Dorner urged in his manifesto to "keep up the great work," said on Twitter that Dorner had mailed a package to him that contained a note, DVD and a "coin shot thru with bullet holes."

Public Policy in Effect!


Institutionalized Racism!


LONG BEACH, CA -- The saga of accused cop killer Christopher Jordan Dorner and his claims of racism and corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department has brought racial issues back into public discourse. The Rev. Napolean Goshay, a retired Compton police officer and current pastor with the Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Long Beach, said Dorner's allegations about his training officer's assault on a homeless man sounded plausible and he wouldn't fault Dorner for reporting it. However, that was no excuse for what followed. "I don't think black folks are supportive of his actions, but they can see how he got there," Goshay said. "Right or wrong, they can see how he got there." As a police officer, Goshay said he had confrontations with white officers over their abuse of black suspects and could see how Dorner may have been mistreated.

The resonance of some of Dorner's allegations that race and corruption played a role in his dismissal from the police led Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to promise to take another look at Dorner's case. "I'm not doing this to appease him. I'm doing this so the community has faith in what the Police Department does," Beck said in a Saturday television interview. Beck also acknowledged the racial component in the Dorner story. "This has caused so many people to be concerned about a Police Department that had made significant strides in communities of color," Beck said. "I want to make sure we don't undo that."

On Facebook, a half dozen pages have popped up with Dorner's face on them. A page called "Chris Dorner and the Revolution" has been created. As of Monday, that Facebook page had more than 750 "likes" and extensive discussions. Also, a Christopher Dorner fan page with more than 1,300 followers, and on another Dorner page there is a petition to President Barack Obama for a Dorner pardon.

Public Policy in Effect!


Police Protocol!

Posted: 02/13/2013 02:42:19 PM PST - Updated: 02/13/2013 05:12:27 PM PST

BERKELEY, CA -- The Alameda County coroner is investigating after a 41-year-old man died while being taken into police custody for an involuntary psychiatric hold Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday. Police said they responded to a call just before midnight about a person who may have been having mental health issues at an apartment building in the 2100 block of Allston Way. When police attempted to talk to the man, he became "agitated and uncooperative to the officer's verbal commands and began to scream and violently resist," according to a statement from Berkeley police. A struggle ensued, police said, and they were able to place the man in restraints, but he continued to kick and scream. After being loaded onto an ambulance gurney, police said they noticed he was not breathing, and they began CPR. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

Police did not identify the man, and Sgt. Patricia Wilson of the coroner's office said the Berkeley Police Department has a hold on the case. Police said the death will be investigated internally and they will notify the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Wilson said investigations into deaths that occur in police custody are handled like any other "unnatural" death and do not include special protocols. Speaking in general about coroner's investigations, she said the department can perform autopsies, interview witnesses, take photographs, review police reports and review the person's previous medical records. Wilson said some reports can take up to a year to complete.

LADEA & Sûreté du Québec!

Posted: Feb 12, 2013 5:09 AM ET - Last Updated: Feb 13, 2013 2:25 AM PST


North Hollywood, CA -- In the early morning of Sept. 7, 2012, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local police descended on an upscale apartment complex in North Hollywood. They detained two men, seized 15 kilograms of cocaine and $2.5 million — it's unclear whether the amount was in U.S. or Canadian — in cash, and ignited a cross-border controversy over how Canadian police handled millions of dollars in illicit cash.

The dispute threatens police co-operation between Canada and the U.S., as a number of sources affiliated with U.S. law enforcement accuse Canadian police of secretly operating an agent on U.S. soil without permission. One of the arrested men, who was carrying the money, was a 27-year-old car dealership employee from Vancouver. The U.S.-linked sources say he had worked as a Canadian police agent, fraternizing with importers of cocaine and exporters of marijuana. Believing he was working as a Canadian police agent, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reluctantly allowed him to return to Vancouver without charge. The DEA has refused to release the money to Canadian officials, and the second suspect in the L.A. bust remains in custody. Officially, the DEA would not comment on the detainment and subsequent release of the man, but a spokesperson with the L.A. DEA office told Canadian News the investigation is ongoing.

Shortly after the seizure, the DEA office at the U.S Embassy in Ottawa received a call from Insp. Michel Forget (pictured left) of the Sûreté du Québec, a provincial police force, demanding to know the details of the L.A. arrest, and asking for the $2.5 million back. "[Forget] wasn't diplomatic or apologetic," a U.S. source told Canadian News, believing Canadian investigators were running a covert operation in L.A. without alerting the DEA. "What it was was an international incident." Forget denies that claim, saying his force has "good relationships" with U.S. law enforcement. Forget said the money confiscated in L.A. is important because it's evidence in Project Loquace — the Quebec portion of a Canada-wide crackdown on drug trafficking called Project Scrapyard. “It's not our money," said Forget. "It's the money that was linked to certain crimes that were committed here [in Canada] in the course of the investigation."

Forget, in an interview with Canadian News, said the Canadian detained in L.A. wasn’t working for his police force. "At no point did the Sûreté du Québec go into the U.S. to carry on their investigation. At no point did they have an agent, or whoever, to carry on the investigation on their behalf," Forget said. Eric Slinn, the RCMP’s acting director general for drugs and organized crime, told Canadian News the 27-year-old Canadian “was not an RCMP agent.” Slinn refused to say whether the man had worked for the RCMP in the past. The Vancouver Police Department issued a statement on Tuesday saying they were "not involved" with using the 27-year-old man "as an agent or asset" — a man who Canadian and U.S.-linked sources said is a known member of a Vancouver-area gang.

Project Loquace's first string of successes came in November 2012 when Quebec provincial police played the lead role in arresting 111 suspects across the country. In the process, Quebec police netted $255,000 in cash, 227 kilograms of cocaine, 73,000 pills, 80 kilograms of cannabis, 189 firearms, two Tasers, 13 barrels of a solvent that's commonly used to create date rape drugs, and 53 vehicles. Project Scrapyard, launched by the RCMP in the spring of 2012 with millions in seed money, is ongoing.

U.S.-linked sources said American officials are furious, and that the Department of Justice has been asked to start criminal proceedings against the man, who has returned to Vancouver, and are even considering charges against Canadian police if it's determined they sent an agent on a covert mission to L.A without first notifying American authorities.

A U.S. law enforcement source told Canadian News that if an agent was operating in L.A. on direction from a Canadian police force, then it was without approval from American authorities. That would contravene U.S. Code Title 18, subsection 951, which states that anyone who "acts in the United States as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification to the Attorney General shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both." A memorandum of understanding exists between the two countries for procedures involving police authorities, but none were followed, U.S.-linked sources said. "If I want to send an email to Canada, or make a phone call into Canada, I need approval of the Canadian authorities," said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S.-linked sources who spoke with Canadian News about the L.A. case are also upset with how Canadian investigators lost track of major amounts of drugs. They claim Canadian investigators working on Project Loquace infiltrated a domestic gang that traded marijuana for guns in the U.S., and sent $15 million to the infamous Los Zetas drug cartel in Mexico for precursor drugs that were then shipped through the U.S. to Quebec methamphetamine labs. The U.S.-linked sources complain Quebec police watched 500 kilograms of cocaine be distributed in Ontario and Quebec only to lose track of it — an amount that they say is worth close to $25 million on the street.

“First of all, I don’t know where you get your figures,” Forget responded in an interview with Canadian News. “We didn't let anything slip through our hands.” Forget refused to comment on the exact whereabouts of the cocaine his undercover officers tracked into Canada, citing upcoming prosecutions of accused gang members. “That’s part of the evidence,” said Forget. “All we did in the course of the investigation was use different means and investigative techniques to [undermine] a very important ring of drug traffickers that was trying to install themselves across the country. This is all I can say right now.”

Armed & Dangerous!

Posted: 02/12/2013 10:41:41 AM PST - Updated: 02/12/2013 12:24:41 PM PST

RICHMOND, CA -- A man who was critically wounded after being shot by police responding to a call of an armed suspect was expected to survive his injuries, police said Tuesday. The man, who was not identified by police, was struck multiple times in his torso and abdomen in the shooting late Monday afternoon, according to Richmond police Det. Nicole Abetkov. Police were sent to the St. Johns Apartments at Nevin Avenue and B Street about 4:57 p.m. after several 911 callers reported seeing an armed man in the area. Officers confronted the man, described as in his early 30s, behind the building on the south side of Nevin Avenue, Capt. Mark Gagan said Monday evening. Police did not say whether the man had aimed his weapon at officers or attempted to fire.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, in compliance with policy. Police would not say how long the officers had been on the force or detail their service records.

It was the first officer-involved shooting for Richmond since December 2011, when police shot and wounded a man after a witness reported him carrying a gun at a hotel near Hilltop Mall.

Posted: 02/11/2013 06:00:53 PM PST - Updated: 02/11/2013 07:51:51 PM PST

RICHMOND, CA -- A 30-year-old man was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday evening after being shot multiple times by officers at Nevin Avenue and B Street, police said. Police received several 911 calls reporting an armed man near the St. Johns Apartments at 4:57 p.m., at about the same time police ShotSpotter technology detected shots fired in that area, Capt. Mark Gagan said. Officers arrived and confronted an armed man on the sidewalk behind the apartment building on the south side of Nevin Avenue, Gagan said. Shortly thereafter, several officers fired multiple rounds at the man.

It was not immediately known how many times the man was shot or where on his body, Gagan said, but he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. It was not immediately known what prompted officers to fire their weapons nor was it known whether the suspect shot at or aimed a gun at police, Lt. Bisa French said. According to French, the officers have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated, with the District Attorney's Office as the lead investigator, Gagan said. District attorney investigators were on the scene in the hours following the shooting.

"We have a county protocol that the DA takes the lead on officer-involved shootings to provide an unbiased account of the facts of the case," Gagan said.

LAPD: David Mack!

Published: June 10, 2012 - Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 05:25 PM PST

This is David Mack (pictured above, center). The former LAPD cop who is in jail robbery. Here are a few circumstantial connections to Biggie Smalls' murder, according to the New York media sources:

1. Biggie was killed by a very specific 9mm Gecko bullet that pierces bullet proof vests.
2. The 9mm Gecko bullets were found in Mack's apartment after his arrest for robbery, shortly after Biggie's murder.
3. A shrine to Tupac Shakur was also found during the search.

A touch circumstantial but while Mack's name was redacted, he still appears to be suspect # 1.

Black PD: Lovin White men
Killing & Incarcerating Black Men!

Published: June 10, 2012 - Modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 01:25 AM PST

Broward County, Fla. -- Flora Michelle Vouglitois, at left, who has worked 16 years for the Broward Sheriff's Office, is shown in this photo with her husband, Kevin Vouglitois. She has been diagnosed with aggressive systemic mastocytosis, a rare disease affecting her bones and internal organs. Flora Michelle Vouglitois has worked 16 years for the Broward Sheriff's Office, and if she weren't ill these days, she would be ensuring people's safety in her high-energy job as a detention deputy.

But almost two years ago, the 42-year-old married mother of three began waking up nauseous in the mornings, leading to uncontrollable vomiting. The pain she experienced in her bones and stomach was so severe, it was difficult for her to sit or lie down.

"With family and friends and co-workers, they have helped a lot to keep me strong," Vouglitois said. "But sometimes, I have to sit back and look and say, 'Is this really happening to me?' I have to stay positive."

The Vouglitois family this year traveled to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which has a program devoted to her disorder. She is scheduled to finish chemotherapy in August, then plans to keep consulting with doctors about the bone marrow transplant in Boston. Her husband recalls seeing her in great pain before her illness was identified: She was misdiagnosed for months. "It is hard for me to complain about anything," said Kevin Vouglitois, 52. "She is my inspiration."

Sheriff's Sgt. Luis Galindez said he and other co-workers are "energized with the thought of her going up to Boston — that once she gets this bone marrow transplant, this will be the key to helping her get better."

"Quiet Courage!"

Posted: 6:47 am, May 17, 2012 - updated on: 07:31 am, May 17, 2012

New York -- The 'sacrifices and that quiet courage that exists among law enforcement officers all across the country', including New York, brings us (once again) the tragic killing of (unarmed) Ramarley Graham (pictured below, center) in his own bathroom by courageous NYPD Officer Richard Haste. Graham first came to the attention of NYPD officers because he had exited a storefront where they believed drug sales occurred. Paul J. Browne, the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman, said there was “no evidence that he was armed” when the officer, a member of a narcotics unit, shot him once in the upper left chest.



Haste, 30 (pictured below, center) and colleagues with the 47th Precinct Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit broke into his grandmother's apartment and shot Graham in the chest while he attempted to flush a bag of marijuana down the toilet. Haste confronted Graham in the bathroom, supposedly operating on incorrect information – which their own colleagues had confirmed to a supervisor as factual – that Graham had a gun in his waistband. Graham was unarmed and police did not have a warrant to enter the home. The large number of officers at the house indicated that Graham wasn't likely to escape and that officers could have waited to obtain a warrant before storming the apartment, said the Graham family's attorney. It was later claimed that two witnesses communicated to NYPD officers that they saw a gun on Graham’s person. The claim that Graham had a gun was then confirmed by the two NYPD officers to their supervisor Scott Morris. No gun was found on or around Graham.

Footage from private surveillance cameras shows Graham walking into his grandmother's apartment building, a three-story home on a residential street. Police officers, guns drawn, quickly follow and attempt to kick down the front door after finding it locked. In the back of the building, other officers swarm in through a rear apartment. The cameras do not capture what transpired inside, but police officials told news sources that officers entered the grandmother's apartment after she opened the door in response to loud knocks. They did not have a search warrant.

Haste's partner told investigators that Haste identified himself as a police officer, told Graham to "show his hands" and then yelled "gun, gun" before firing, Kelly said. But Graham's grandmother maintains that officers did not announce their presence entering her home and that Haste did not say anything to Graham before shooting him, the family's attorney said. Many linked the shooting to the NYPD's aggressive street policing program, called "stop-and-frisk," which predominantly targets low-income minority neighborhoods. In 2011, the program stopped and searched more than 500,000 New Yorkers, 85 percent of them black or Latino. The searches contributed to a record number of misdemeanor marijuana arrests last year.



Graham's death has sparked street protests in Wakefield, a low-income neighborhood with a large African-American and Caribbean immigrant population, with many decrying the police actions as brazenly illegal. "They had no business kicking down the door. They went too far," said Tyrone Harris, 27. "They need to go to jail just like any other citizen."

"'The Organized Drive-by'!"

Updated: December 20, 2012

Pasadena, CA -- Two Pasadena police officers who fatally shot a 19-year-old suspect after the theft of a man’s backpack in March acted lawfully and will not face any criminal charges, the district attorney’s office announced this week. Kendrec Lavelle McDade’s shooting on March 24 led to an outcry from relatives and activists who claimed police used excessive force by opening fire on the unarmed man. Police, however, claimed the officers believed McDade had a weapon, because the man who reported the backpack theft falsely told a 911 dispatcher he had been robbed by armed assailants. According to the district attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division, the officers acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others.


According to the report released by prosecutors Tuesday, Griffin and Newlen both told investigators they believed McDade was armed as they chased him—Griffin in a patrol car and Newlen on foot. “At every point that I saw him, he was still clutching his waistband,” Griffin said, according to the report. “I felt that it was a gun that he didn’t want to give up.” Newlen said that even when McDade fell during the pursuit, he kept his right hand at his waist, according to the report. The officers spotted McDade, who matched the armed suspect’s description and took off after him. Griffin removed his own weapon from his holster with his right hand as he steered the patrol car with his left.

Newlen was running north on Sunset Avenue after McDade when Griffin (pictured far left) tried to box McDade in with the car. McDade ran a few steps past and then “suddenly turned into the street heading directly at Griffin,” according to the report. “He left the sidewalk and he’s running at me,” Griffin said, according to investigators. “This . . . this scares the crap out of me. I don’t know why he’s running at me. He’s still clutching his waistband. I think he’s got a gun. I’m stuck in the car. I got nowhere to go.” Griffin said he fired four times through the driver’s side window as McDade moved down the side of the car. Newlen, standing 10 to 15 feet behind McDade, heard shots and thought the suspect was firing at him. Newlen said he fired his gun four to five times until McDade fell to the ground.

When McDade was searched, an officer found a cell phone in his front pocket, but no weapon. He was taken by ambulance to Huntington Memorial Hospital and into surgery, but died of his wounds just after midnight. Kendrec McDade’s autopsy was released and it revealed he was shot seven times with three of the bullets causing fatal injuries. The autopsy also showed McDade was not shot in the back. The report documented that McDade sustained seven wounds, and notes that “three of the wounds were fatal due to lacerated arteries, including two to his lower abdomen and one to his upper right arm, back to front.

Asked if he was pleased with the conclusions of the report, Deputy Pasadena Police Department Chief Darryl Qualls replied that “as a police department, we want the truth to be examined and to come out.” Investigators found there was no reason for Griffin and Newlen to doubt the information they had from dispatch of an armed suspect. Both men fired in fear for their life, they concluded. “Once the officers perceived that McDade posed an apparent lethal threat, their response with deadly force was justified,” the letter, signed on behalf of District Attorney Jackie Lacey, concludes.

Posted: 3:10 PM EDT, Wed May 2, 2012 - Updated: 1:59 PM PDT, Dec 20, 2012

Pasadena, CA (WCJB) -- The two Pasadena police officers who fatally shot a 19-year-old unarmed college student returned to work this week, but are at desk jobs and are not in the field, authorities said. Officers Jeff Newlen and Matt Griffin shot Kendrec McDade (pictured below, center) while responding to a call regarding an armed robbery March 24. The officer who shot first believed McDade was armed and fired at the teen from the inside of his police cruiser. The officers were placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the incident but have returned to work, Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle told media sources. "The investigation is ongoing," Riddle said. "After the initial assessment there's no reason at this point not to bring them back into the organization, and they will be under evaluation if or when they return to the field."


The department declined to release recording of the radio transmission from the evening of the shooting to this newspaper. A similar request was made by the Pasadena branch of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

A police report filed after the officer-involved shooting that killed Kendrec McDade lists the two officers as victims and McDade as a suspect, according to documents reviewed Thursday by this newspaper. Officers Newlen and Griffin shot and killed McDade, 19, late Saturday after responding to a report - which police now say was false - of an armed robbery in Northwest Pasadena. As victims, Griffin and Newlen, are eligible for the same monetary compensation available to all crime victims in California, officials said. Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle said it's a common practice in the department to list officers who shoot suspects as victims. "In their minds, (the officers) felt fear for their lives, and they become the victims in that case," Riddle said. Griffin and Newlen could be eligible for compensation such as medical expense reimbursement and psychological care, said Sandi Gibbons, a Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman.


Griffin and Newlen aren't the first Pasadena officers to be classified as victims after an officer-involved shooting. The officers who shot Leroy Barnes were also listed as victims, Riddle said. "Go back and look at the (Leroy) Barnes incident. That's definitely the standard," Riddle said. A McDade family attorney said police departments often list officers as victims to shield law enforcement from civil suits. "It makes it difficult, if not impossible, to sue in civil court," he said.

Classifying officers as victims seems peculiar to First Amendment Coalition Executive Director Peter Scheer. He said he was not aware of any similar cases. "They may have experienced fear to the point as to see themselves as victims," Scheer said. "But I still think it strikes me as odd to include that in a police report given that what they experienced is what they are trained to experience." Scheer questioned whether the fear felt by officers wasn't to be expected as a part of routine police work. "Isn't that part of their job?" Scheer said. Scheer said agencies could use the tactic to turn the tables on plaintiffs in a lawsuit. "If (officers) are concerned about the possibility of lawsuit against them individually, the statement where they said they were also harmed could lay the groundwork for a counterclaim," Scheer said.

Police have booked Oscar Carrillo, 26, of Pasadena on suspicion of manslaughter and alleged that he made a false 9-1-1 call indicating that McDade and an unidentified 17-year-old accomplice were armed. Carrillo was booked Wednesday afternoon. The District Attorney's Office has declined to charge Carrillo.

The Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, the Office of Independent Review and the FBI have all launched inquiries into the shooting. Those reports are not expected to be completed and released to the public for six to eight months, Riddle said. "At this point there is no evidence to indicate that there was any criminal activity" on the part of the officers, Riddle said.

"'White Plains'!"

Posted: May 4, 2012

NEW YORK (WCJB) -- A New York grand jury has declined to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an ailing black veteran in his own apartment, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. The shooting occurred in November after police responded to a call that Kenneth Chamberlain, who suffered from respiratory and heart problems, had set off his medical alert device, indicating he needed help. The encounter was recorded by audio and video devices, which police planned to release to the public after Chamberlain's family accused police of excessive force and racial profiling. District Attorney Janet DiFiore, who referred to the shooting as a tragedy, said Thursday that the grand jury heard from 42 witnesses, including Police Officer Anthony Carelli, (pictured right) who fired the fatal shots. She said Chamberlain had threatened the police officers and would not respond to telephone calls from the medical alert operators.


Police officers forced their way into his apartment and fired a Taser and bean bags at Chamberlain to try to subdue him. Then they fired real bullets. The Taser is equipped with a video camera that recorded the incident, but it cuts off before the bullets were fired. The medical alert device also recorded audio of the encounter. Chamberlain's family was allowed to review that evidence earlier and accused officers of acting too aggressively on an ailing man inside his own home who was not suspected of any crime. They also and said a police officer used a racial epithet when referring to Chamberlain. "He feared for his life," said Chamberlain's son, also named Kenneth. "He kept asking them to go away and that he didn't need their help." Chamberlain's niece, Tonya Greenhill, was outside the door with police asking them to let her talk to her uncle instead of forcing their way in, she said. "I heard my uncle begging and pleading them to please leave him alone. I could begin to almost hear fear in his voice."

Chamberlain, a 68-year-old former Marine, had such severe respiratory problems he could not walk a flight of stairs, according to his medical records. The Life Station pendant he wore would alert their operators if he was in trouble. When it went off just before 5 a.m. that November morning, police and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene of his housing project in White Plains, north of New York City near Connecticut. A loudspeaker inside his apartment was used to try to contact him, but they got no response. Greenhill, who lives in the building, said her uncle told them he was fine when they arrived but did not want to open the door. She said she insisted to police that they let him talk to his family but they refused.

David Chong, White Plains public safety commissioner, told reporters police force was justified because Chamberlain displayed knives when he cracked open the door to speak with officers. The videotape cuts off at the time of the shooting. Following the grand jury's decision not to charge the police officer, White Plains said it would review its procedures for dealing with emotionally disturbed people. Parallels drawn to Trayvon Martin case In wake of the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed, black 17-year-old who was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, by a neighborhood watch volunteer, the Chamberlain case gained national attention with more than 206,000 signing an online petition asking for District Attorney Janet DiFiore to charge the officers involved in the shooting with murder and civil rights violations.

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