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"They rape, ... They rape a 100 white women a day, ... that's FBI statistic from 2005."
-- Dylann Roof, explaining to FBI Agents why he entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015 and killed nine members of the black congregation attending a Bible study inside.
Choices we, ...!
PUBLISHED: April 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm | UPDATED: April 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm
MARTINEZ, CA -- On November 12, 2016, police found Willie Sims, 28, brutally beaten and shot to death at an El Sobrante bar called the Capri Club. Several weeks later police identified and arrested three suspects: Ray Simons, 32, Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31, and Daniel Ortega, 31 (pictured above, from left to right). A sound recorder caught Porter-Kelly using the N-word in reference to Sims, who is African-American, at the bar. The three defendants attacked Sims in the back of the bar several minutes later. Sims was then shot in the head outside after he approached a car containing Simons and Ortega. Sims was so badly injured in the beating that the police officer who first found his body assumed he had been struck by a car.
Prosecutors sought hate crime charges against the three defendants. They argued the defendants had targeted Sims because of his race. However, the shooting death of Sims is no longer being prosecuted as a hate crime. A grand jury indicted the three men on murder, assault and robbery charges. The grand jury refused the prosecution’s request to say the homicide was motivated by the victim’s race.
The case began taking twists after defendant, Porter-Kelly, filed a successful motion to sever himself from defendants Ortega and Simons. Porter-Kelly claims he was not present when Sims was shot. He claims he left in a car four minutes earlier. However, prosecutors say he instigated the confrontation with Sims. He also joined Simons and Ortega in jumping Sims inside the bar. Prosecutors argue the bar attack led to the shooting.
After Porter-Kelly was severed from the case, prosecutors dismissed the charges and immediately re-filed them against all three defendants. Porter-Kelly’s attorney responded by insisting on a speedy preliminary hearing. This is a rare move in murder cases. Prosecutors responded by seeking the grand jury indictment against all three. In grand jury proceedings prosecutors ask witnesses questions outside the presence of defense lawyers or defendants. There is no cross-examination of witnesses. However, prosecutors are expected to introduce exculpatory evidence.
The court held a bail hearing following the grand jury’s indictment. Deputy District Attorney Chris Walpole said he could not explain why grand jurors did not seek hate crime enhancements for the murder charge. He said that he respected the jurors decision to not to hold the defendants responsible for a hate crime. Walpole argued: “This all started with Daniel Porter-Kelly.” He conceded that Porter-Kelly wasn’t present for the shooting.
Porter-Kelly's attorney said he and his friends used the N-word as a term of endearment and didn’t mean it in a hateful way. He described the homicide as a tragedy. He said prosecutors had assumed it was a hate crime because it happened four days after Donald Trump was elected president. He argued that Porter-Kelly is a hard-working family man who still had a job waiting for him should he be granted bail. He said that only a single, unreliable prosecution witness had said that, maybe, Porter-Kelly had punched Sims once in the back of the bar. The defense attorney argued: “(Porter-Kelly) had nothing to do with it. Nothing!” He later added: “He is desperate for his day in court.”
Judge Theresa Canepa refused to lower Porter-Kelly’s bail. His bail has been set at $1.08 million. However, she said she did not consider him to be a flight risk. She appeared open to the possibility of allowing Porter-Kelly to post the equity of a home as bail.
Sims was 28. He played the guitar, saxophone, violin and piano. He was best known as a jazz musician. He played with a college group called Jazz-ology. The group won several awards and performed at jazz festivals throughout Northern California.
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 10:30 AM PDT Updated: Apr 24, 2017 12:14 AM PDT
DETROIT, MI (WCJB) - A shotgun blast leaves two Detroit police officers injured. The shotgun blast grazed one officer in his arm. His partner was hit in the face with two pellets. One pellet became lodged in his jaw. Juwan Plummer, 19, is charged with shooting and injuring the two Detroit police officers. Plummer became emotional days earlier after hearing the seven charges against him. The charges included intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury.
Plummer is now out on bond. Plummer faces up to 20 years in prison. Vincent Redd is the young man's father. He insisted his son was acting in self-defense. The father says his son had already been shaken up Sunday night. His mental state stemmed from an apparent attempted break-in the week before. He says his son didn't know that officers had been called to investigate suspicious activity across the street.
Redd said (of the police): "They'd been looking at this house and that house. He was in the basement and he heard a noise on the side of the house coming towards the front." That's when Plummer fired a single shot through a front window. Redd says his son was trying to scare away people he thought were burglars. Redd continued saying: "The fact that he actually injured someone, on top of that, police officers: it scares him to death. It's not even so much the idea of him going to prison. It's the fact that he actually hurt somebody."
However, Prosecutors on Wednesday said the two young officers were in full uniform and banged on the door. Redd said: "He never heard anyone announce themselves. He just saw flashlights down by the window and heard a noise approaching the porch. When he heard that one of the police officers had been shot in the face, instantly, it tore him up."
Detroit police say that officer shot in face was originally in critical condition. They say he is thankfully, doing much better. He remains stable Friday after undergoing surgery to reattach his jaw. Redd said: "Once again our hearts and our prayers and well wishes go out to the officers and their families." Meanwhile Redd says he's working to find an attorney for his son who he says genuinely thought he was in danger. However, he understands it did happen and is prepared to face the consequences.
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 10:30 AM PDT Updated: Apr 22, 2017 7:24 PM PDT
Lead Gas Leaks!
ST. LOUIS, MO (WCJB) -- Police have identified the two Laclede Gas employees who were shot and killed by Clinton Willis, age 51 (pictured above, center-left). Willis then turned the gun on himself in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood Thursday. Officials say Willis lived in the 5800 block of Highland. He shot the two employees identified as Alex Boschert, age 27 (pictured above, center-right) and William Froelich, age 52 (pictured above, center). Authorities said both workers had been with Laclede Gas for five years.
The two were in the 5900 block of Minerva just after 11 a.m., Thursday. Schron Jackson is a police spokeswoman. She told media sources the victims were working. [T]he suspect “walked up and started shooting at them before turning the gun on himself.” Police said all three were pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Police believe the shooting was random. Police Capt. Mary Warnecke said: “We have no motive at this point in the investigation. It does not appear words were exchanged.”
Manyik McCoy was a witness to the shooting. The gas workers were performing a service call at McCoy’s new home. “She said: “I was calling 911 in one hand and Jesus in the other. It’s just hard, very hard. I would never have expected this.” McCoy said one of the victims put his hands up when the gunman approached and pleaded for him to put down the weapon. Police said a gun was found near Willis’ body.
Shortly after police identified Willis as a suspect, Ameren Missouri officials issued the following statement:
"In general, Ameren Missouri does not comment on customer information due to confidentiality policies. Due to the fact that a criminal investigation has been launched into yesterday’s tragic Laclede Gas employee shooting, we can tell you that an account under the name of Clinton E. Willis was not under the threat of disconnection. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims' family members and co-workers at Laclede Gas during this difficult time. As a precaution, Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri pulled all employees off the streets Thursday as the situation developed."
Laclede Gas sent out a statement mourning the loss of the two employees:
"We are shocked and grieving today after two of our Laclede Gas employees were shot and killed this morning at one of our job sites. We are connecting with their loved ones now. And, we are working with police to understand more about this crisis. We are heartbroken, as you can imagine, and ask that you hold these employees, their families, their friends, Laclede Gas workers and our communities in your thoughts and prayers."
Ameren Missouri also issued a statement Thursday afternoon:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family members and co-workers at Laclede Gas during this difficult time. As a precaution, at 1 p.m. this afternoon, Ameren Missouri brought our crews in the city of St. Louis back into our Operating Centers. In the event of a customer outage, Ameren will ensure service is restored."
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 4:30 AM PDT Updated: Apr 21, 2017 9:44 PM PDT
Ridge Run Road!
Arlington, TX -- Keith Cornell Haynes, 27, is charged with capital murder of multiple persons. Arlington police arrested Haynes Wednesday night. He is suspected in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Kenishia Walker, age 25. Police found Walker dead in her bed with the covers pulled up to her neck. Walker was pregnant when she was fatally shot to death last Friday. Haynes has been charged with the death her unborn child as well.
Police outlined several facts in the arrest warrant affidavit. Last Friday, Walker's 8-year-old son discovered her body about 10:30 a.m. in her townhome. The home is located in the 2200 block of Ridge Run Road. There was no sign of forced entry. The only item that had been taken was Walker's cellphone. Walker's son told police that he was with his mother when he went to sleep about 9 p.m. He woke up in the middle of the night and went to his mother's room. He says she was in her room with a man he knew as "Moosie."
Haynes drove to the police station later that day. On his way to the station he posted a profanity-laced video to Facebook denying any involvement in Walker's death. Upon arrival he told police he wanted to clear his name after hearing rumors that he was responsible for Walker's death. Haynes told police his nickname was "Moosie." Haynes let police search his phone but said he had deleted his texts with Walker. He told police he went to Walker's home on April 12 to discuss day-care issues. He says he then returned to his home in Plano, Texas.
Haynes repeatedly denied any involvement in Walker's death.
According to the affidavit, police said that Walker was afraid Haynes would kill her. Police allege she shared her worry with a close friend. She sent that friend screenshots of several months of texts from Haynes. One screenshot text included what appeared to show an argument about their relationship. Police documents reveal that on March 30, 2017, Walker texted her friend. The text read: "If I ever come up dead please show the police this and the other screenshots." The affidavit does not say why she felt that way.
The arrest warrant affidavit indicates Haynes and Walker have known each other since high school. They were previously in a relationship and friends said Haynes was the father of Walker's unborn child. A friend (of Walker's) told police that Haynes wanted rekindle the relationship. However, Walker only wanted to co-parent because Haynes had lied to her in the past. Haynes was said to be in a relationship with another woman who is also pregnant with his child.
Haynes works as a civilian employee at the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. He is on the courtesy patrol. The patrol helps stranded motorists and assists with traffic control. He was originally hired in June 2013. However, he resigned a month later because of a family emergency. Haynes was hired again September 2015 as a detention service officer. Two months he later voluntarily demoted to courtesy patrol.
The department is conducting an administrative review of his employment status in the wake of Walker's slaying. The department also has a pending internal affairs investigation into a 2016 incident involving accusations that Haynes smuggled a cellphone to a relative who was incarcerated in Mississippi. He remained in the Arlington jail Thursday night on $250,000 bail.
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 4:30 AM PDT Updated: Apr 23, 2017 12:24 AM PDT
Lethal Judicial Associations!
(Joshua Smith, who prosecutors say told authorities he was the driver for another person who killed a Chicago judge (Chicago Police Department).)
As police search for the man who killed Chicago Judge Raymond Myles, police have discovered a connection between the alleged getaway driver and Myles’ girlfriend, who was also injured in the botched robbery that ended in death.
Court records show that Myles’ girlfriend was previously married and she divorced in 2015. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, her ex-husband is related to Joshua Smith, the man police allege drove the car that the killer escaped in, although the exact relationship is not specified.
Smith says that the shooter (who is unnamed and still at large) had watched Myles’ girlfriend for weeks to learn her schedule. They planned to go to the house and rob her when she was on her way to the gym, Smith revealed. At 5 a.m., while Smith waited in the car, the alleged robber crept up on her, took her bag and shot her in the leg. When Myles heard the gunshot, he rushed outside and confronted the gunman, who shot the 66-year-old Cook County associate judge four times, killing him.
Smith is being held without bail on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and obstructing police.
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 3:55 AM PDT Updated: Apr 21, 2017 2:25 AM PDT
Paris, France -- ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on police officers on the Champs-Élysées in Paris Thursday evening that left one officer dead and two others wounded.
The terrorist group released a message through its news agency Amaq saying that the attacker was "one of the fighters for the Islamic State."
The assailant was killed but has not been publicly identified, a police spokesperson said.
French President François Hollande said that one bystander was injured during a shootout between police and the attacker and that the leads so far indicated the attack was of a "terrorist nature."
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said during a press briefing that a man exited his car and started a shooting at a police car with an automatic weapon around 9 p.m. The attacker continued shooting at police as he attempted to flee the scene and and was killed by police in an exchange of gunfire, Brandet said.
A terrorism investigation into the attack had been opened, the Paris prosecutor's office said.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that Parisians would not not give in to the threat of terrorism.
"Faced with this ordeal, I know that the determination of Parisians to defend their way of life and their values is complete," Hidalgo wrote on Twitter hours after the attack.
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 3:55 AM PDT Updated: Apr 21, 2017 2:25 AM PDT
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - Judge Bart Fite was a Muskogee municipal judge. Judge Fite was arrested Friday, April 14th, 2017. Fite's wife said she asked police to remove him from their home. Judge Fite and his wife denied that he hit or injured her. The wife said she wanted him out of the home because he threatened to divorce her and have her removed from the home. Fite was arrested, but not charged on the domestic abuse complaint. Officials said Judge Fite had taken a voluntary leave of absence from the bench until the matter is resolved.
Judge Bart Fite was found dead about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday by officers investigating a reported shooting at the home. Muskogee police issued a statement saying: “Tonight at around 1030 pm, the Muskogee Police Department was dispatched to the residence of local attorney, Bart Fite on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found Mr. Fite deceased from what appears to be a self- inflicted gun shot wound. As the investigation is ongoing, no further details will be released at this time.” The police department issued a statement last week saying the domestic violence case was referred to the District Attorney's Office.
Posted: 9:47 PM PDT April 18, 2017 ~ Updated: 03:22 AM PDT April 20, 2017
As Many As, ...!
Fresno, CA -- Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, fatally shot three people in less than two minutes. The shootings started around 10:45 a.m. local time. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad fired 16 rounds within 60 to 90 seconds. A PG&E male truck passenger, age 34 and two other men, ages 37 and 58-years-old were shot. Muhammad is black. All of the shooting victims were White males. The police chief said Muhammad is also accused of firing at a 59-year-old white man coming out of a house. However, he missed the target.
In social media posts Muhammad posted a dislike for white people and government officials. Police said the victims were apparently chosen at random. The slain men are believed to have had no connection to Muhammad. Dyer said Muhammad yelled "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) when he was arrested Tuesday. Dyer told reporters: "We do not believe ... that this is a terrorist-related crime. This is solely based on race."
Officials said Muhammad will face four counts of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The fourth murder count is from a previous incident last week. Muhammad was being sought in the April 13, 2017, slaying of Carl Williams, age 25. Williams was an unarmed security guard who was shot outside the Fresno Motel 6. Williams was shot multiple times that night and later died at a hospital. Police described the shooting as an "unprovoked" shooting.
Court records show Muhammad had prior run-ins with the law. Muhammad was indicted in 2005. The indictment led to charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute; and possession of two rifles and a semiautomatic handgun. The public defender who represented him raised questions on whether Muhammad was mentally fit to stand trial. He noted that on several occasions that Muhammad had "appeared eccentric with some bizarre beliefs." He claimed Muhammad appeared to have hallucinations. Muhammad also said he'd had "at least two prior mental health hospitalizations." A psychiatric evaluation found that Muhammad suffered from psychosis and a substantial degree of paranoia. He was declared not competent to stand trial in July 2005. An order was issued committing him to a facility in October 2005. He was later found competent for trial in 2006. Muhammad pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 110 months in prison. The sentence was later reduced to 92 months.
Posted: 9:47 PM PDT April 16, 2017 ~ Updated: 9:47 PM PDT April 17, 2017
Cleveland, OH -- A video was posted Sunday to Facebook by a user going by the name “Stevie Steve,” showing an elderly man being shot to death. Police have confirmed that the video posted to Facebook is legitimate. The video was recorded and then uploaded to the page. The video was not streamed live. Police said the shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street. Family members spoke about the victim and identified him to police as Robert Godwin Sr., age 78. Police said Godwin was picked at random. Ohio police have identified the shooter and uploader as Steve Stephens. Stephens’ Facebook page has since been taken down. You can watch the video below (Warning: very graphic):
In the shocking video Stephens can be seen driving down the road. He then says: “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude.” Stephens then exits his vehicle. He walks up to the man and begins talking to him. Stephens then asks how old the man is before pulling out a gun. The man tries to shield himself before Stephens fires once. The elderly man was struck in the head. The video shows the man on the ground bleeding. Stephens walks back to his car and drives off.
A family member told reporters: “He’s good guy. He’d give you the shirt off his back. This man right here was a good man. I hate he’s gone. It’s not real.”
Stephens said he has killed 15 people in another Facebook post. He had been posting on Facebook for at least four hours before his page was taken down. His first post called the shootings an “Easter day slaughter.” He claimed to have killed 12 people in that post. Stephens said he “won’t stop” until his mother and another woman call him. He wrote: “I’m the #goodguy.” He claimed to have killed three more people in later posts. He wrote that many of the bodies were in an abandoned house.
Stephens wrote on Facebook: “This shit is real.” Stephens blamed the shootings on a woman. The woman appears to have been his girlfriend. Stephens identifies her as Joy Lane. He wrote: “three years I spent with this bitch … I wish we never met.” In the shooting video he asks Goodwin him to say his ex-girlfriend’s name before shooting him. He says: “She’s the reason this is about to happen to you.”
Cleveland Police said in a press release that only one homicide has been confirmed. They searched locations mentioned by Stephens in his videos. However, police say they found no other victims. Cleveland Police said in a Facebook post that Steve Stephens is 6’1 and weighs 244 pounds, with a bald head and a full beard, wearing dark blue and grey or a black striped polo shirt. He is driving a white or cream colored Ford Fusion.
You can watch other videos in which he talks about his reasons for the killing here.
Published: April 11, 2017 ~ Updated: April 17, 2017
San Bernardino, CA -- Cedric Anderson, 53, is the suspected gunman behind a murder-suicide at a California elementary school. Anderson had a brief and tumultuous marriage with his wife, Karen Smith, 53, before he gunned her down on Monday. Smith was a teacher at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. The Smith's mother, Irma Sykes, described Anderson as a ticking time bomb. She said her daughter had been friends with Anderson for about four years before they got married. Sykes said "the real Cedric came out" after the seemingly happy couple got married in January. Relatives said Anderson accused Smith of infidelity within a month of being married. Family members said the relationship came to an end when Smith left him about a month and a half after their late-January wedding.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan held a news conference Tuesday. Burguan said investigators went to Anderson's home seized electronics and a note. Burguan said investigators believe the note was written by Anderson. The note referenced his relationship with Smith: his need for closure; and how he felt disrespected. He also said Anderson had a history of weapons, domestic violence and drug charges before his marriage to Smith. Burguan said Anderson was arrested four times between 1982 and 2013. However, was never convicted in any of the cases.
Death on the Table ...!!
ORLANDO, FL — At a hearing earlier this month, accused killer Markeith Loyd asked the judge to appoint Miami attorney Terence Lenamon to represent him. A judge said Wednesday that he will not grant Markeith Loyd’s request for a specific Miami attorney. The judge stated that Loyd has the right to an attorney, but not the right to choose one that is being paid by the state. Loyd had previously insisted that he wanted to represent himself. However, the judge urged him to reconsider his decision.
During Wednesday’s hearing the judge listed a number of reasons for his decision not to grant Loyd’s request.
Loyd reiterated his objection to standby counsel and stood up during the hearing and said: "I’m done. And I want you to step off my case because you've been compromised. I'm done!" Loyd was told to have a seat. Loyd briefly met with his standby counsel. Loyd then agreed to allow the attorney to temporarily represent him. Loyd also waived his right to a speedy trial so his attorney can have proper time to prepare.
Loyd is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and her unborn child. He is also accused of killing Orlando police officer Deborah Clayton. The state of Florida has filed a motion of intent to seek death in both cases.
Published: April 06, 2017 ~ Updated: April 20, 2017
RICHMOND, CA (TAD) — The suspect sought for shooting his ex-girlfriend in an ambush murder in front of her two children was arrested in Sacramento Wednesday (April 5th). Lawyer Dushan McBride, 43, of San Pablo has been taken into custody at a fast-food restaurant in Sacramento, CA. Richmond Police confirmed the arrest. Richmond Police Department Special Investigations Services (SIS) detectives, along with the assistance of the U. S. Marshals Task Force, took McBride into custody at about 1 p.m., authorities said. McBride was inside the restaurant and was apparently surprised when officers arrived looking for him, police said. He was arrested without incident and his Mercedes-Benz S550 was also located and impounded for evidence.
McBride has been charged with firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle. He faces firearms and other enhancements. McBride's bail is set at $3.1 million. He is scheduled to appear in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Richmond on Monday (April 10th).
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Description: Los Angeles, CA – 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. Prosecutors said in a "statement of views" filed in court that "Lazarus misused her police training in the most profound way imaginable by utilizing that training and experience to commit murder and to cover up her crime. Lazarus betrayed the trust placed in her by the Los Angeles Police Department and by people of Los Angeles in order to pursue her own murderous ends."