Top News Story! Mirkarimi Post-Trial!
Posted: Friday, Mar 16, 2012 | 7:58 AM PDT - Updated: Friday, Mar 16, 2012 | 2:40 PM PDT
Eliana Lopez and Ross Mirkarimi leave San Francisco City Hall.
San Francisco, CA -- A group of domestic violence victim advocates Thursday again called on San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to resign from office or for Mayor Ed Lee to begin the proceedings to remove him from the post. Mirkarimi, 50, pleaded guilty earlier this week to a charge of misdemeanor false imprisonment to avoid a trial on charges connected to an alleged domestic violence incident on Dec. 31 involving his wife. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday to three years' probation, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes, 100 hours of community service, and will have to pay nearly $600 in fines and fees along with attending family counseling. Mirkarimi said following his guilty plea that he does not plan to step down as sheriff, which drew the ire of the couple of dozen advocates who gathered outside City Hall Thursday afternoon.
Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, a network of more than a dozen local agencies, called the case "a national embarrassment for this beautiful, world-class city."
Upton and many of the other advocates held a similar news conference two months ago calling on Mirkarimi to step aside after the allegations against him first came to light.
This case "is about trust, and mine is broken," she said. "We want to send a message to victims and witnesses that they can step forward, that this is a safe city and we care."
In agreement was Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres, another organization dedicated to helping domestic violence victims.
The group raised money to put up a billboard inspired by the case in the city's South of Market neighborhood last month.
"The bottom line is we feel it would be improper for the San Francisco sheriff to be overseeing programs and imposing domestic violence sentencing on inmates when he was convicted under similar circumstances," Black said.
"It would be best for everybody involved if he would step aside, and if Sheriff Mirkarimi will not do the right thing, then the mayor and the Board of Supervisors must," she said.
Posted: March 12, 2012 | 11:34 am PST - Updated: March 12, 2012 | 1:25 pm PST
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi leaves the San Francisco Hall of Justice, Monday, Mar. 12, 2012, after pleading guilty to false imprisonment in connection with a domestic violence incident with his wife.
San Francisco, CA -- San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment in connection to a domestic violence incident with his wife, a former Venezuelan telenovela star, a district attorney's spokesman said. Mirkarimi entered the plea in a San Francisco courtroom. He will be sentenced to three years of probation and a year of counseling, spokesman Omid Talai said. The plea came after a higher court ruled that jurors could see a video of Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez, made shortly after the incident. Mirkarimi earlier was charged with three misdemeanors and could have been sentenced to a year in jail if convicted. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. The case has captivated the attention of San Francisco over the last few months.
The saga began New Year's Eve, when Mirkarimi, his wife and their 2-year-old son, Theo, went out for lunch. En route to the restaurant, according to Mirkarimi's arrest warrant, Lopez asked if she could visit her family in Venezuela after her husband's Jan. 8 inauguration. In response, Mirkarimi began screaming obscenities, accusing Lopez of "trying to take Theo away from me." He turned the car around, told his wife she "didn't deserve to eat" and drove home, court documents said. "The fight continued and became louder, and Ross Mirkarimi continued to be verbally abusive and physically abusive," the arrest warrant said. The incident was reported to involve "pushing, pulling and grabbing."
On New Year's Day, Lopez knocked on her neighbor's door, went inside and burst into tears. According to the neighbor, Lopez pushed up her sleeve to reveal a large bruise on her right arm. She said it happened when Mirkarimi grabbed her. The neighbor pulled out a video camera and shot about 55 seconds of footage showing Lopez, distraught.
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi leaves the Hall of Justice after a judge was assigned to his domestic violence trial in San Francisco, on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
Posted: 03/05/2012 12:45:33 PM PST - Updated: 03/05/2012 04:26:33 PM PST
San Francisco, CA -- Jury selection in the domestic violence trial against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has been put on hold, media sources reported. The judge decided to wait until an appellate court hears arguments this week on a key piece of disputed evidence in the trial, a 55 second videotape showing bruises on the arm of Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez. That video was shot by neighbor Ivory Madison. The trial judge is allowing the evidence, but the defense does not want it shown to jurors and filed an appeal, the source reported. Also this morning another media source is reporting the prosecution and defense have listed a former local news editor and his wife as potential witnesses. Phone records show the former editor was in contact with the prosecution's star witness Ivory Madison before she reported the alleged abuse to police.
Posted: 03/02/2012 02:34:59 PM PST - Updated: 03/02/2012 09:56:00 PM PST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- An evidence hearing held Friday to determine whether an ex-girlfriend of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi can testify in his upcoming trial on domestic violence charges was continued to Monday because Mirkarimi's defense attorney had to leave for a prior commitment, a court spokeswoman said. Mirkarimi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness charges -- all misdemeanors -- in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in which he allegedly bruised the arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez, during an argument.
Days after the charges were filed against Mirkarimi on Jan. 13, Christina Flores, an ex-girlfriend of his, filed a police report saying he was also abusive to her when they dated between June 2007 and December 2008. During a pre-trial hearing earlier this week, Judge Garrett Wong ordered Flores, who lives in Southern California, to come to San Francisco for an in-camera meeting with the judge so he could determine whether to allow her to testify. Flores apparently came into the courtroom from a back door Friday morning and was meeting privately with Wong, district attorney's office spokesman Omid Talai said.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Aguilar-Tarchi said during the pre-trial hearing Monday that Flores should be allowed as a witness. Aguilar-Tarchi said Flores described Mirkarimi as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" whose aggressive actions "in many instances mirror the current case."
The hearing will continue at 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
San Francisco, CA -- Prosecutors in the domestic violence case against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi won three additional rounds in court this morning during a pre-trial hearing. The attorney for Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez, moved to have the case dismissed, to have a key piece of evidence prosecutors plan to use ruled inadmissible and to sanction the prosecutors. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong ruled against those motions. Mirkarimi's lawyers also tried earlier this week to have the potentially damning videotaped evidence thrown out, but were not successful. The judge also denied Lopez's attorney motion to quash Lopez's phone records, which were subpoenaed by the prosecution.
Lopez has refused to cooperate with authorities and has publicly proclaimed her husband's innocence. The district attorney is relying heavily on a videotaped statement that Lopez made the day after Mirkarimi allegedly grabbed and bruised her arm during a New Year's Eve argument. The video was shot by Ivory Madison, a neighbor of the couple, whom Lopez confided in. Lopez's attorney, said her client went to Madison thinking she was attorney, and therefore their communications should be kept confidential under the attorney-client privilege rule. Madison attended law school but is not a practicing attorney. Prosecutors argue that Lopez spoke to Madison as a friend and neighbor. Wong said that Lopez, as the alleged victim, has no standing to assert attorney-client privilege in this case. "The evidence is not being used against her," Wong ruled from the bench in denying the motion to exclude evidence. "The court is not persuaded that there is attorney-client privilege between her and Ms. Madison." Lopez's attorney said she will ask the Court of Appeal Thursday to overturn Wong's decision on an expedited basis. "I hate to be all self-righteous, I think I'm right; I think that there's an attorney-client privilege," her attorney said after today's hearing.
The trial is scheduled to begin Monday, with jury selection starting today. Mirkarimi did not appear at today's pre-trial hearing, but Lopez sat silently in the courtroom behind her attorneys. Mirkarimi, who has pleaded not guilty, has been charged with domestic violence battery, dissuading a witness and child endangerment, all misdemeanors. The violent incident allegedly took place in front of the couple's 2-year-old son.
Lopez's attorney also argued the prosecution should be sanctioned for filing with the court still photographs of the video that show the bruise and depict Lopez looking distraught. The images, which became public documents, quickly went viral, appearing on television, in print publications and online. The distribution of the images, Lopez's attorney argued, shamed and humiliated her client and violated her constitutional right to privacy. "It's broken my client's heart. ... I think the remedy has to be dismissal," she told Wong. She said they were included in the court record to put the squeeze on Lopez to testify against Mirkarimi, a former San Francisco supervisor who was sworn in as sheriff in January. "They're so out of their mind to get Ross Mirkarimi that they trampled my client's rights," she said.
But the photographs are "highly probative evidence" to prove their case against Mirkarimi beyond a reasonable doubt, said Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Hoopes. Prosecutors said the photos were included in the record to show the judge Lopez's state of mind when she spoke to Madison and to make their case that the video is admissible and relevant, the prosecution said.
February 27, 2012
San Francisco, CA -- San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who is facing domestic violence charges, was not in court for several key rulings in his trial Monday. Mirkarimi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in which he allegedly bruised the arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez, during an argument in which his 2-year-old son Theo was present.
Judge Garrett Wong ruled that the pictures and statements made by Mirkarimi's wife, which were taken and heard by a neighbor, will be allowed in the trial. Prosecutor Elizabeth Aguilar-Tarchi called the video "the focal point and crux of our case," and argued that it should be admissible in trial under exceptions to the court's hearsay rules. Aguilar-Tarchi argued that the exceptions allow for certain spontaneous statements to be admissible if they are made under the stress of excitement and are made before there is time to contrive or misrepresent facts in a case. She pointed out that Lopez was crying during the video, which she called "the functional equivalent of a 911 call."
Mirkarimi's defense attorney argued that the passage of 18 hours between the alleged incident and the statement Lopez made to Madison gave her time to reflect on it, and that the video was made for use in a custody dispute, not for a criminal case, since Lopez had said she was concerned Mirkarimi might try to take her son away from her. "Just being emotional about something is not sufficient" for a statement to be admissible in trial, the attorney argued.
However, Wong ruled that the video could be used, saying it showed "a woman who is still crying and visibly upset the next day," and that the statement's "brief, cryptic and halting" nature "do not reflect any hint of contrivance." The judge also ruled that although he is not ready to rule on the admissibility of testimony from a former girlfriend of Mirkarimi named Christina Flores, he will listen to her testimony and then decide the next step.
Wong also ruled on a motion by the defense to dismiss the case based on the release of images from the video of Lopez talking to Madison that the defense attorney argued had tainted the jury pool. Wong said he was "concerned about a fair and impartial jury pool" and ordered that the video not be released to the media before it is shown in trial.
The defense attorney said outside of court that she was disappointed that the judge ruled against her on the video matter and her bid to have the case dismissed, but said, "We're going to just keep pushing on and we're going to just win it on trial." Jury selection could begin as early as Tuesday.
Father & Gun!
Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2011 - Updated: October 24, 2011
A retired Florida cop is facing murder charges after authorities said he shot and killed his own son during an argument on Saturday night. Tim Davis Sr. an 18-year veteran of the Orlando police department, was arguing with his 22-year-old son, Tim Davis Jr., about the custody of the younger man's son when the fight suddenly escalated into a physical brawl, the local media reported. Davis Sr. allegedly pulled a handgun out and shot his son several times in the chest, police told the media. When police arrived at the Apopka, Fla., home, they found the elder Davis trying to keep his son alive, the media said.
Both men were taken to local hospitals. David Jr. (pictured left) died from his wounds early Sunday, police said. His father was treated for injuries to his legs and then arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Apopka police spokesman Capt. Jerome Miller said Davis Sr. (pictured below, right) was trying to convince his son to give up custody of his child when the fight started. The older man was "definitely remorseful" after the shooting, Miller said. "He was upset and crying," Miller told the media.Davis Jr. was a former Apopka high school football star and played for the University of Alabama-Birmingham in college. Davis Sr. retired from the police force in 2006 and ran a daycare with is wife, authorities said.
July 20, 2011
COPS & IHOP!
Posted: 04/23/2011; Updated: 04/29/2011 05:11:30 PM PDT
Atlanta, GA (WCJB) -- Police officials in Atlanta are investigating an incident that started with shouting at a pancake restaurant and ended with a fistfight between a patron and an off-duty officer. Videos of the altercation posted online show a woman hitting the officer, who responds by slugging her in the face. The incident occurred early Saturday morning, according to an Atlanta police report. One video posted on YouTube had received more than 100,000 hits by Thursday.
"He literally attacked her," witness Roberta Caban told media sources.
But a police report released Thursday had a different take on the incident. Officer J. Vidal said he punched the woman after she punched him in the face. He also said the woman "used vulgar language," "continued acting in a boisterous manner" and "had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath." Atlanta police said the officer has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation. "Use of force by police officers is a matter the department takes seriously, and the...investigation will determine if the officer acted within established guidelines," Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement.
September 4, 2009
During this first week of September 2009, The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) (a nonprofit) exposed shocking photos showing barely clothed and naked private security guards at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul engaging in drunken partying, lewd hazing and sexual conduct. ArmorGroup, which has a contract with the State Department to provide security at the Kabul embassy, is "being replaced immediately," the Embassy also said.
POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian. "We do know a number of those [involved] were unwilling participants." Brian said they are also calling for the "supervisors who were responsible for this debacle" to be "held fully accountable and not simply allowed to resign and go to another contractor."
New video released Thursday, September 3, 2009, shows a man surrendering only to be beaten by Minneapolis Police—the second video of alleged police brutality in a month. In this new video—which is now at the center of a lawsuit and internal affairs investigation—a veteran Minneapolis officer is seen kicking a man suspected of breaking into cars in a downtown parking ramp.
The last video of alleged police misconduct released two weeks ago (August 2009) led Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan to order all of his 800 officers to watch a video in which six officers punched and kicked Derryl Jenkins, 42, during a traffic stop.
Blue Spousal Murder!
March 22, 2011
NEW YORK - A 'violent' ex cop who was accused of regularly beating his murdered ex-wife has been arrested. Ex-officer Eddy Coello was arrested on a second-degree murder charge on the same day his murdered wife, Tina Adovasio, was buried. Coello was booked Tuesday night at the 45th Precinct and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday at Bronx Criminal Court. Earlier on Tuesday, family and friends packed into St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac to bid a final farewell to Tina Adovasio, the Bronx nurse and mother of four whose body was found last week north of New York City, reports the station. Eddy Coello, 38, had previously been named as a 'person of interest' in the murder of his estranged wife Tina Adovasio, who's body was found strangled and beaten in a wooded area in Westchester.
The news came as his ex-girlfriend Glory Perez - who last week spoke of how he had allegedly beaten her too - wrote online, 'I am so happy that he just got arrested'. Coello's ex-girlfriend Glory Perez said she had suffered three years of domestic abuse with the ex cop. She said: 'I've been hit so many times. 'He wanted to always be with me. He had to always know where I was. It wasn't all of a sudden. He slowly turned like that. I didn't see the signs.' 'Sometimes I would hide his gun in the kitchen or in the yard but then he would find a knife,' she added.
Advasio, 40, disappeared from her home in the Throgs Neck neighborhood of the Bronx on March 11. Her body was discovered the following Wednesday by a person riding an ATV in a wooded area in Yorktown Heights. The NYPD said Advasio was suffocated. She also suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Coello reported his wife's disappearance to the police. He turned himself in at the precinct last Thursday, officials said, but he was not charged at the time and was released. Police suspect Coello strangled his wife in their apartment and then carried her body out in a large duffel bag before dumping her body. Coello left the NYPD in 2000 during a domestic violence investigation.
It emerged the mother-of-four, 40, told her divorce lawyer her husband would be to blame if she was harmed. It was previously reported she had told her lawyer: 'If anything happens to me, look at him.
March 18, 2011
Former cop Edwin Coello turned himself in to police last week. He left the Bronx station 30 minutes later and was driven to an unknown location.
NEW YORK - Police said New York mother Tina Adovasio, who was found in the woods in Westchester County, died of asphyxiation, according to officials. Investigators said her husband, ex-police officer Eddy Coello, is a person of interest, but is not cooperating with the investigation. Her body was found around 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a wooded area by a person riding an all-terrain vehicle. Police said she also suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest.
Coello turned himself in at the precinct Thursday, but has not been charged. "He was asked if he would give a DNA sample. He was asked if he would look at certain pictures. He refused," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told the media.
Coello reported Adovasio's disappearance to police. He left the NYPD in 2000 during a domestic violence investigation. He now works as a physician's assistant. Earlier this week he told investigators he had scratches on his face from a fight with his wife. An attorney who was handling Adovasio's divorce said Adovasio got an order of protection, but did not file it because Coello allegedly promised to seek counseling.
April 13, 2011
The court affidavits filed in the case against Ken Huber confirm many of the rumors floating around Highmore about Huber's affairs. They also outline the 911 call and testimony of the Huber's two young daughters ages 11 and 12. They paint a disturbing picture of a murder that investigators say was motivated by greed. Eleven-year-old Stephanie Huber told investigators it was her habit to go into her parent's room and watch TV and fall asleep. And that's what she did on the night of October 28. She says her parents weren't fighting. Stephanie was lying close to her mother with her hand near her mother's head.
Stephanie says it wasn't unusual for guns to be in her parent's bedroom. And that night she saw one on the nightstand. Just before she fell asleep, she remembers seeing her dad pick up the gun. The next thing she knew, she heard the shot. Stephanie reported that her dad yelled, "It was an accident. I would never do anything to hurt your mom. Make sure to tell the people who would ask you questions about that ..."
Chief Huber Wins Appeal!
August 12, 2010
A former police chief, who was convicted of killing his wife, Pam Huber, in a Highmore, South Dakota home, will be getting a new trial. Ken Huber (pictured left) was sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 shooting. During a mandatory appeal, the South Dakota Supreme Court reversed the Circuit Court's decision. The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Ken Huber, a former police chief convicted of killing his wife at their Highmore home. The court said in an opinion issued Thursday that the judge erred by not allowing Huber's attorneys to call a witness to testify how the shooting could have been accidental. Huber told investigators his pistol fired accidentally as he moved it from a bedroom dresser to a gun safe. Pam Huber was shot once in the forehead in October 2007 and died several days later in a hospital. Huber was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.
Pam Huber, 46, was shot once in the forehead on Oct. 28, 2007, as she lay next to one of her daughters on a bed in the family's home in Highmore. She died several days later in a Sioux Falls hospital. Ken Huber told investigators his gun fired accidentally as he moved the Glock .40-caliber pistol from a bedroom dresser to a gun safe in the hallway just outside the bedroom. Huber did not testify in his trial, but he told an emergency dispatcher the shooting was an accident when he called for help. The daughter in the bed also testified her father yelled that the shooting was accidental.
State prosecutors argued that Huber abused his wife physically and emotionally, had extramarital affairs and didn't want to get a divorce because he might lose contact with his two daughters. He was having an affair with the local prosecutor when the shooting happened. Prosecutors said there was no reasonable chance the shooting was accidental, given Huber's expertise with firearms and turmoil in the couple's marriage. Circuit Judge James W. Anderson allowed them to present a firearms training and safety expert who said the events and outcome of the case "were not consistent with an accidental shooting."
A jury convicted Huber of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Anderson didn't allow the defense to call the muscle movement expert because he said no one had testified about how Huber might have fired the gun accidentally. Sargent told the justices the expert could have explained that sometimes guns are fired accidentally. Huber's lawyers also argued that the state's firearms safety witness should not have been allowed to testify because he didn't have the required specialized knowledge and there was no proof his analytical methods were reliable.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A suicide-killing rampage by an Oregon sheriff's officer in February leaves critics wondering why district attorneys were not involved in a domestic-violence investigation of the officer in 2009 and why he kept his badge and gun. PORTLAND, Ore. The suicide-killing rampage by an Oregon sheriff's officer last February leaves questions about why early warning signs in 2009 went unheeded. A particular matter of concern: the Portland Police Bureau's decision to honor a request by the Sheriff's Office of Clackamas County to keep the local district attorney's office out of an internal investigation of the officer last year.
As has been nationally reported, on Feb.12, 2010, Clackamas County Sheriff Sgt. Jeffery Grahn, 46, killed his wife Charlotte, 47, two of her friends--Kathleen Hoffmeister, 53, and Victoria Schulmerich, 53--and then himself at a bar in Gresham, Ore., a suburb of Portland.
The family of Kathleen Hoffmeister filed a tort claim recently against Clackamas County for inadequately investigating instances of anger, abusive behavior and domestic violence involving Jeffery Grahn. Both Charlotte Grahn's family and the Schulmerich family have until Aug. 12 to file similar claims. Charlotte Grahn's family is considering litigation, according to Walter Trapp, her brother.
For weeks after the shooting the Sheriff's Office of Clackamas County denied there were warning signs of domestic violence in Jeffery Grahn's personal life prior to the shootings. Under pressure from local media, however, it made public documents that since have been widely reported on, showing allegations of domestic abuse just 10 months before the shooting. In April 2009, the Sheriff's Office was investigating possible officer-related domestic violence in the case of Jeffery Grahn and his wife after a tip from Chris Kipper, a friend of the family and a probation officer married to an Oregon State patrol officer. Kipper said she feared receiving a phone call one day "if something wasn't done … with Jeff being reportedly suicidal … that the result could be Jeff killing his family and then himself."
One of Charlotte Grahn's sisters and her brother, Trapp, also reported incidents of abuse, including one in which Jeffrey Grahn held a gun to his wife's head and another when he injured her badly enough that she was hospitalized.
Dave Thomas, a retired Montgomery County Maryland police officer familiar with the case, reviewed how the Grahn case was handled. Thomas, now at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., trains police departments across the country about officer-involved domestic violence.
"We're talking here about someone who is incredibly dangerous and agencies with prior knowledge," Thomas said in a phone interview. "The totality of it says even if he wasn't physically abusing her--which I totally think he was--there was enough administratively to pull his badge and gun given everything that's going on. He's a danger to himself, to his family and to the community."
Jim Strovink, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, has consistently told reporters that the county's hands were tied because Charlotte Grahn would not talk with officers about specifics of the abuse. A Portland police investigation showed Jeffrey Grahn had reportedly been drinking heavily, had threatened suicide, was suffering from depression and had cut off communication with friends. When Charlotte Grahn was interviewed she "pleaded the Fifth"--referring to the legal right of refusal to testify on the grounds of self-incrimination--when she spoke to investigators. Thomas said Charlotte Grahn's reluctance to talk to officers should have itself been a sign that Jeffrey Grahn fit the profile of a batterer.
"The fact that his wife says she's pleading the Fifth Amendment," he said. "That's a huge red flag that we have something seriously wrong here. If it's on the up-and-up why is she pleading the Fifth instead of just saying that there's nothing wrong?"
September 29, 2010
It appears the body of a 9-1-1 dispatcher who was missing for more than three years has been found near the Chattooga River this week. Investigators say a farmer came across the skeletal remains and called police. Theresa Parker (pictured left) went missing in March 2007, and investigators believed early on that she was murdered at the hands of her own husband. Sam Parker was not only Theresa’s husband, but also a LaFayette, Georgia police officer at the time. Although her body was not found during Sam Parker’s trial, he was found guilty on September 9, 2009 and is currently sentenced to life in prison.
Theresa’s body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death, and her family has peace in knowing that their loved one has been found and they can give her a proper burial.
September 7, 2009
"POLICE WERE HELPING SAM PARKER - HACKING THE VICTIM'S EMAIL, VOUCHING FOR THE DEFENDANT DURING UNOFFICIAL INVESTIGATIONS OF THE VICTIM, NOT REPORTING HIS KNOWN CRIMES OR ARRESTING HIM - LETTING HIM HIDE FOR STINTS IN MENTAL WARDS TO AVOID REAL CONSEQUENCES -THEN HANDING HIM BACK HIS BADGE AND GUN AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED. THE CITY WAS AWARE OF ACTS, THE COUNTY, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE LOCAL POLICE - HIS CO-WORKERS - ALL."
On September 3, 2009, La Fayette Police Sgt. Sam Parker, 53, (pictured above) the cop on trial for murder, was found guilty of murder. He was charged in the death of his missing wife Theresa Parker. Parker was found guilty of the slaying of his wife, Theresa, whose body has never been found. Theresa was a dispatcher with Walker County 911. Her last known contact with anyone was about 9:30 p.m. on March 21, 2007. The sheriff said of Parker that "the fact that he did not participate in the early searches was a red flag."
The jury from Bartow County deliberated for 23 hours over four days. Judge Jon “Bo” Wood sentenced Parker to life in prison on the murder conviction, five years for the false statements, and five years for violating oath of office, all to run concurrent. Judge Wood said he was sentenced to serve "the rest of your natural life" in a state penitentiary. The judge asked Parker if he had any remarks, and Parker replied “No, your honor.” Parker showed no emotion this afternoon when he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife. He left peacefully with deputies to a waiting elevator. “We are very very pleased — the family was just ecstatic with the verdict,” said Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson, who prosecuted the case. She said the prosecution was aided by the fact it was allowed to display to the jury "similar transactions" and "pattern of conduct" regarding Parker, including the testimony of a former wife who said he put a gun to her head, choked her and handcuffed her to a bed after dragging her by the hair through broken glass.
Sam Parker was a 26-year law enforcement veteran, including rising to the rank of Sergeant at the LaFayette police department, before he was fired after his estranged wife disappearance. Parker, 53, was arrested at his residence by the Walker County Sheriff's Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI at 9:55 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2008. The trial lasted 14 days and consisted of testimony of local law enforcement officials, a former LaFayette police officer who said Parker told him he killed his wife, GBI investigators and Theresa Parker’s family.
A Former LaFayette, Ga., police officer testified that Sam Parker told him he shot his wife and buried her. Ben Chaffin, who worked with Parker, said Sam told him in a phone call, “I really did it this time” and that he had shot Theresa Parker through the head. In early April 2007, Chaffin, a corporal with the LaFayette Police Department and a good friend of Sam, was arrested for making false statements to investigators in the Parker case. In late July 2007, Chaffin was charged with tampering with evidence, violation of oath by public officer, and computer invasion of privacy. He was released out of jail on bond. Chaffin was given immunity for his testimony. Chaffin said Sam told him he buried her in a “place that no one can find.” “He said that if I told anybody, he would kill me,” Chaffin said. Chaffin said the phone call ended but Sam called back and threatened him again — if he “told anybody, he would kill me.” Chaffin said he cut off the phone, threw it across the bed, and he was crying and scared. Chaffin said he did not contact anyone about the call and that he feared Sam. Chaffin said he did not recall the next day his conversation with Sam. When he saw Sam at work, he did not recollect the conversation, nor did he until he was questioned by an investigator.
Others testified that Mr. Parker kept the bullet he used to shoot and kill a man in the line of duty and showed it as a trophy. While on duty, Mr. Parker killed a man armed with a knife who was holding a 4-year-old hostage. The shooting -- whose date was not established in court -- was ruled justifiable by the Walker County grand jury. Robbie Tate, an investigator for the LaFayette Police Department, said Mr. Parker showed the bullet like a prize and that he'd also shown it to people he arrested.
While on the witness stand, LaFayette police Officer Stacy Meeks also said he thought Mr. Parker was bragging about his bullet. "In addition, he showed me a picture of the deceased and there was a lot of blood around him and stuff like that," Mr. Meeks said.
The officers testified that Mr. Parker had a patch depicting the Grim Reaper on his jacket and a similar sticker on his locker. Mr. Tate said he complained about Mr. Parker's patch -- which wasn't part of the regulation uniform -- to then-Police Chief Charles "Dino" Richardson, who did nothing about it. Some have testified that Mr. Richardson often protected Mr. Parker from trouble. Chief Richardson died in 2006 after decades in that position. Mr. Meeks testified that, as Chief Richardson was on his deathbed, Mr. Parker removed items from his own personnel files.
Mr. Meeks testified that Mr. Parker also bragged about his mental state. "He told me he had been seen by several psychologists or psychiatrists and they had ruled him homicidal and suicidal," Mr. Meeks said. "He made a statement that, a few weeks ago, he was wearing pajamas and eating tapioca pudding and now he is on the streets carrying a gun."
"I'm sure you know there is only one sentence that can be imposed on the first count (of murder)," Judge Wood said to Mr. Parker.
"You need to go with the sheriff now," Judge Wood told Mr. Parker, before a single deputy escorted him out holding him by the right arm.
One of Sam Parker's lawyers said that the defense team will appeal the verdict. "The first step will be done (today) as far as filing the motion. Beyond that it is ... hard to put a timeline on it."
September 7, 2009
As of Sunday, September 06, 2009, 11:37 p.m., a Williamsburg County police officer was still behind bars, accused of burglary and police say he was in his patrol uniform when he committed the crime. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hemingway police officer over the weekend, after investigators say he entered the home of a former girlfriend, after he was told to stay away from her residence. Booking reports show 28-year-old Hemingway officer David Eaddy (pictured left) was charged with second degree burglary.
Captain Mike Nunn says the incident happened Saturday afternoon, September 5, 2009, when Eaddy entered his ex-girlfriend’s home in Lake City. Florence County deputies charged him with burglary. Hemingway police say Eaddy has been with the department for two months and has now been put on administrative leave without pay. Officer Eaddy worked for the Summerton Police before he took the current job with Hemingway Police - just a couple of months ago.
On September 7, 2009, Eaddy posted bond.
Cops & Domestic Violence
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
• Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer
Murderous Police Officers
• B.A.R.T.+L.A.P.D.=187(P.C.)(LAPD Detective arrested for cold case homicide; and B.A.R.T. Transit Killer-Cop!)
• Cops or Killers?
• Five - "O" Homicide(White Cop kills black cop after "mistaking" black cop for criminal!)
• NYPD - A History of Homicidal Cops(A history of NYPD Officers committing murder!)
• Arthur Tessler, Jason R. Smith & Gregg Junnier(Alanta Police Officers lie to obtain search warrant; murder 90-year old woman; and then plant drugs to cover-up murder)
• PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
• PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
• Homer Police Department(February 20, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, 73 year old black man by two white police officers in Homer, Louisiana!!)
• Taser Deaths by the Police!
• New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!)
Oakland, California Police Department
• Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings
• Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings
• Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
• Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
• Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
• Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
• Oakland Police Department, III
• Oakland Police Department, IV
• Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption
• Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Updated: Re-instated as a (demoted) Lieutenant)
• Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator
Oakland, CA Transit Cop Shooting
• Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated May 18, 2009) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
• Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
• Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )
Cops that Sexually Offend
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part I)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part II)
• Sexually Offensive Cops! (Part III)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IX)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part X)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVIII)
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California
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