“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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Posted: 12/04/12 9:57 PM - Updated: 12/06/12 10:57 PM PST
Holly Springs, N.C., -- Robert Seymore, 38, a former longtime BART officer and his wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in their North Carolina home Monday, authorities said. Seymore, who retired in March of last year after nine years with the BART police force, and his wife Amber, also 38, were found fatally shot shortly after 9 a.m. in their suburban home near Raleigh, police there reported. The couple’s 2-year-old child was in the home at the time of the shooting, police said, but was not injured. The bodies were found by the Amber Seymore’s mother, according to news reports. She had returned from dropping off the couple’s other two kids, 8 and 6 years old, at school.
Seymore joined the BART police force in April 2001 and retired March 2, 2011. His website page says he worked as an explosive detection K9 handler for the transit agency. Neighbors told media sources in Raleigh that an injury might have sidelined him, and that shortly before their deaths Amber Seymore had decided to leave him. Amber Seymore, a graduate of Monte Vista High School in Danville, worked in sales at Anixter. a communications supply company with offices in Pleasanton, for 12 years before moving to North Carolina in March 2011. Though police have not said who pulled the trigger, chilling 911 calls offer clues. When calling police after stumbling upon the gruesome scene, the mother told a dispatcher outright that Robert Seymore was the killer.
The woman, whose name has not been released, told 911 dispatchers when she found her daughter's body that her "son-in-law killed her. He killed her, she's dead." Medical examiners' reports later confirmed the woman's suspicions. Amber Seymore's mother reportedly grabbed the youngest child and ran to a neighbor's house to call 911, police said. The couple's older children were at elementary school at the time of the shooting. "He's laying on the floor," she cried into the receiver. "They're not moving, neither one of them. I got the baby. I think they're both dead." Police did not disclose a possible motive, though Amber Seymore's mother told 911 dispatchers that her son-in-law had "just been caught" having two affairs, the news report said. “They were getting a divorce,” she told the dispatcher.
The day after Thanksgiving, a call to 911 also came from the house. Amber Seymore reportedly told a dispatcher that she planned to confront her husband about his alleged infidelity and was worried about how he would react, according to a recording of the emergency call obtained by media sources. The last time Amber Seymore had confronted her husband about marital issues, he had reportedly shoved her and screamed at her while she was holding the kids.
“My husband’s an ex-cop and my husband has a gun on him and a bad temper,” she told the dispatcher. “My brother, who’s a cop, told me I should probably call the police,” she told the dispatcher.
On Tuesday, the BART Police Department was offering grief counseling for officers who knew the family. "We're dealing with the loss of one of our own," BART Police Operations Deputy Chief Benson Fairow said.. "Any time there's a situation like that, it is a tragedy for all those involved, all left behind. Our thoughts go out to the friends and the family."
Posted: 11.05.2012 at 7:48 AM - Updated: 11.11.2012 at 12:00 AM PST
Guilty - No Parole!
Buena Vista Township, Michigan (WCJB) -- Prosecutor Mike Thomas called it the most gruesome crime he's ever dealt with. A local jury found Former Buena Vista Township police officer Kenneth Bluew (pictured above, center) guilty of murder. Bluew, a married man, was convicted of the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Jennifer Webb and their unborn son back in August of 2011. After three weeks, 21 witnesses called by the prosecution and just one by the defense, a quick decision decides the fate of Kenneth Bluew. Bluew was convicted on 4 counts after a jury deliberated for 2 hours. "I'm happy this all came down the way it did but she's still not coming back," says Dawn Webb.
He was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, assaulting a pregnant individual intentionally causing a miscarriage or a stillbirth of a fetus or embryo, and two counts of possessing a firearm during commission of a felony.
During closing arguments, the prosecution and defense argued over the quality of evidence presented in the trial. "You did't find any trace evidence of any kind of Jenny Webb" said Kenneth Bluew’s attorney. Prosecutor Michael Thomas said, "positive with overwhelming evidence as unchallenged scientific DNA certitude."
According to the prosecution, the most important piece of evidence in finding Bluew guilty was the fingertip of a glove that the prosecution says Webb bit off when fighting for her life. "The bloody fingertip was tough to top and there was no explanation i don't think there is any other explanation for that," said Thomas.
Thomas also said that this is the most tragic case he's ever tried and that he's happy to achieve justice for the Webb family. "The fact it's over and we don't have to keep going through this and he can sit back and contemplate what he's done," says Jenny’s father, Donald Webb.
Bluew will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Saginaw Co. Circuit Court Judge Darnell Jackson sentenced Bluew Monday afternoon to mandatory life in prison without parole for murdering his pregnant girlfriend, Jennifer Webb. Jackson also sentenced Bluew to 65 to 100 years in prison to be served concurrently for the assault charge. Bluew must also serve two years in prison for two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. He must serve that sentence before beginning the life sentence.
Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2012
"Hearts of Knives!"
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (WCJB) -- In a bizarre twist to the murder of a retired teacher in Simi Valley, police said Wednesday that the killer was a former lover, and he died while fleeing on the day of the crime. Janice Somple, 65, was found stabbed to death in her home on May 31. Her body was discovered by her boyfriend at about 8 p.m. Detectives said a suspect was seen leaving Somple's house earlier in the day in a truck. That suspect was identified as Paul Porter, who Somple broke up with more than 15 years ago.
Once they established the suspect's name and a vehicle description, traffic investigators alerted detectives that Porter had been involved in a crash about a mile and a half away from the victim's home the day of the murder. Porter had suffered a heart attack and died. He hit a couple of cars before crashing into a wall while driving westbound on Madera Road at Country Club Drive East at about 1:15 p.m.
"I want to thank the members of this department and reassure the community that the man, Paul Porter, who murdered Janice Somple, will never victimize another person," said Simi Valley Police Lt. Joseph May.
After further investigation, police were able to confirm that Porter killed Somple and acted alone in the murder. Detectives say it's still unclear why he returned to her house to kill her so many years after they parted ways. They believe Porter and Somple's break-up was amicable.
Posted: 06/06/2012 03:07:57 PM PDT - Updated: 06/06/2012 04:09:21 PM PDT
A former Los Angeles Police Department detective and Long Beach resident was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend. Richard Womack, 50, entered the no contest plea — considered the same as a guilty plea in criminal court — to one count of corporal injury on a cohabitant. He also admitted a special allegation that he used knife in an attack in 2010, said Shiara Davila-Morales, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's spokeswoman. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli immediately sentenced Womack to five years in state prison upon his plea, Davila-Morales said.
The charge stemmed from an incident on Oct. 25, 2010, when Womack, a former narcotics detective, struck his girlfriend with a knife. He later threatened her with a shotgun, Davila-Morales said. Womack was arrested in September by Long Beach police and initially charged with one count each of domestic violence, criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence and car theft — all felonies that stemmed from the Oct. 25, 2010, incident. The criminal complaint also charged Womack with making criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force and car theft, also felonies, and one misdemeanor count of battery from an incident that occurred on Sept. 2, 2011, against the same victim. The woman called police last fall after the second incident erupted in the area of Bellflower Boulevard and Conant Street in Long Beach, and an investigation was launched by the LBPD's Domestic violence detail.
Detectives presented their case to the DA's office, and a warrant was issued for Womack's arrest a few days later. He was released on bail on Oct. 12, but his bail was revoked less than a month later after a judge ruled that Womack violated a court-issued stay-away order when he contacted the victim. Authorities announced a new warrant was issued at that time and said they were searching for the former LAPD detective. Womack was taken into custody again on Dec. 5, where he remained until Wednesday's hearing. He was immediately turned over to the state department of corrections to begin serving his five-year term. Had he gone to trial and been convicted on all counts, Womack faced the possibility of more than 19 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Posted: May 15, 2012 11:40 PM - updated on: 12:02 am, May 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES (WCJB) — Dan DeJarnette, 59 (pictured left) a retired LAPD homicide detective, has been arrested in the fatal beating of his wife in Hawaii six years ago. He has long been suspected of the crime, police officials said Tuesday. He said at the time of her November 2006 death that he had awakened and found her lying on a lava embankment about 20 feet from the couple’s home in Ka’u on the southern end of island. She suffered severe head trauma and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. On the night of the homicide, DeJarnette told patrol officers his 56-year-old wife had been hurt in an accident. But an autopsy determined she died from head trauma, and the retired officer was booked on suspicion of murder – and then released because of lack of evidence.
But authorities took a new look at the case in January. After additional investigation that included testing of DNA evidence, prosecutors secured an indictment against DeJarnette from a Hawaii grand jury, according to sources familiar with the case. The indictment comes just days after former LAPD Det. Stephanie Lazarus was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole for killing her ex-boyfriend’s wife nearly three decades ago in a fit of rage and jealousy.
DeJarnette was taken into custody without incident Monday night at his home on the Big Island in connection with the slaying of his wife, Yu DeJarnette. DeJarnette was scheduled to make his first appearance Tuesday in a Hawaiian courtroom. He was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
After joining the LAPD in 1982, DeJarnette worked as a homicide detective at the Van Nuys Division and investigated rape cases while assigned to the department’s Robbery Homicide Division-Rape Special Section. During his tenure, he handled several high-profile investigations, including a fatal Christmas night shooting at an Echo Park pizza parlor in 1990, the 1993 stabbing death of a woman and her unborn baby at an automated teller machine in Sherman Oaks, and a 1981 cold-case murder of a newlywed in her Sherman Oaks home by a serial rapist.
DeJarnette moved to Hawaii after his retirement in 2003 from the LAPD.
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