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    July 11: 2000: Sandra Tester, 25, was strangled to death and then her mobile home set on fire in Charlotte, NC. Her husband, Jimmy Tester, pled guilty and was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison. He was released on parole 6/8/2013 and ended parole on 3/5/2014.

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Murder In The Family: Robin Casali killed her great-aunt, Winifred Moniz, when she tried to rob her for drug money; Sentenced to LWOP

From Casali’s appeal: Commonwealth presented evidence from lay witnesses, State and Falmouth police officers, crime scene analysts, and forensic experts, from which the jury could have found the following facts. The defendant lived in a home with her grandmother and her twenty-one year old daughter (Nicole) that abutted the victim’s property. The victim’s property, where she lived with her husband, Wayne Moniz (Wayne), consisted of several acres of land, including a large field which was regularly mowed. On June 5, 2006, the defendant left her home at approximately 8:10 a.m., claiming that she had to go to work and would return later in the morning to take her grandmother to a medical clinic. Rather than going to work, the defendant drove her vehicle along a pathway into a cranberry bog, adjacent to the far boundary of the victim’s property. There, parked partially hidden from view, she changed her clothes, put on a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana-type mask, and waited until Wayne began mowing the field, a chore which ordinarily took several hours. She then entered the victim’s home where she remained until shortly after 9 a.m., stabbed the victim more than a dozen times with a buck knife, killing her, and took her wallet.

While the defendant was in the victim’s home, a neighbor telephoned the Falmouth police to report a suspicious vehicle (the defendant’s automobile) that had been parked along the cranberry bog for nearly one hour. The call was recorded at 9:04 a.m. At 9:09 a.m., the neighbor again contacted the police to report having seen a person in a dark shirt run through the wooded area between the victim’s property and the bog and speed away in the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the defendant’s vehicle was observed near a forested nature preserve, where she entered the woods and remained for several minutes.4 Later that day, the police were alerted to this area when the victim’s wallet5 was found there by a local resident. There was no money in the wallet. With the assistance of a trained police dog, the police subsequently located a CVS Pharmacy bag hidden in the underbrush containing clothes (including a bandana, a hooded sweatshirt, and gloves) belonging to the defendant. The clothes were stained with the victim’s blood. A buck knife covered in the victim’s blood also was found “hooked over” a branch of a nearby tree.

The police interviewed the defendant later that afternoon. She denied any involvement in or knowledge about the killing and fabricated a story and a time line about her movements that morning. During two searches of her home, the police seized the beige pants she was seen wearing in the morning,6 as well as substances found in her bedroom, identified as marijuana and heroin.

Winifred Moniz obituary
Relative charged in murder
Casali admits lying to police
Robin Casali gets life for first-degree murder
“Winnie wouldn’t hurt a fly”
Robin Casali v Commonwealth of Massachusetts 2011
Some very Bad Blood as Winnie Moniz is stabbed to death in her own kitchen

Movies/Documentaries
Bad Blood: Bloody Secrets

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: CASALI, ROBIN E
Custody Status: In Custody
Age:
Location: MCI Framingham (Medium Security)
Race:
Contact Facility: Massachusetts Department of Corrections

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Jennifer Raven Nevin murder 7/17/2017 Tuscaloosa, AL *Her body left by the side of the road, 3 people have been charged with her murder*


Jennifer Raven Nevin

Body of young mother found in Alabama county woods
Body found in Tuscaloosa County
‘She didn’t deserve this’: Body of young mother found in Tuscaloosa County woods
3 suspects – including teen – charged in murder of Tuscaloosa County mother
3 charged with murder after woman found dead on Watermelon Road in Tuscaloosa
Three arrests made in Jennifer Nevin homicide case
Jennifer Raven Nevin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
3 arrested in murder of Alabama mom, 23, found dead on side of road
Jennifer Nevin’s brother: “We don’t take care of people with invisible problems”
Motive released in Jennifer Nevin shooting death

Defendants
Koran Rashad Lewis
Kendrick Ky’Andre Marshall
Vida Milagros Confetti

Psycho For Love: Ex-boyfriend, Daniel P. Welch, killed Niccole “Nikki” Halpin; Sentenced to 25 years in prison


Niccole V. “Nikki” Halpin

Find-A-Grave: Niccole V. “Nikki” Gomm Halpin
Arrest made in ‘cold case’ murder
FL – Niccole Halpin, 32, beaten to death in her Safety Harbor home, 8 Jan 2004
Safety Harbor murder explored in television series

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Calls: Death Mask
Nightmare Next Door: No Safe Harbor

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: R44381
Name: WELCH, DANIEL P
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLONDE OR STRAWBERRY
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 6’01”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: 02/13/1968
Initial Receipt Date: 01/10/2006
Current Facility: MADISON C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: 06/20/2029

Monsters Among Us: Duane Edward Hiser killed 11-year-old Carolyn Ann Hahn; Sentenced to 99 years in prison


Carolyn Ann Hahn

Find-A-Grave: Carolyn Ann Hahn
Facebook: Friends of Carolyn Hahn
Duane Edward Hiser v State of Texas 1992 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The Low-Rent Zodiac Killer and the Mysteries of Texas (EXCELLENT article, mostly on the murder of Mary Stiles)

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04007120
TDCJ Number: 00572044
Name: HISER,DUANE EDWARD
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1961-05-16
Maximum Sentence Date: 2089-09-12
Current Facility: ESTELLE
Projected Release Date: 2023-11-06
Parole Eligibility Date: 2010-09-11
Parole Review Status: Not in Parole Review

Last Parole Decision: Denied on 04/05/2017

NEXT REVIEW (04/2020)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D

NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THE INSTANT OFFENSE HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS, SUCH THAT THE OFFENDER POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Next Parole Review Date: 04/2020

Offense History:
Offense Date 1985-09-10
Offense MURDER W/DEADLY WPN
Sentence Date 1990-11-19
County CHAMBERS
Case No. 6517
Sentence (YY-MM-DD) 99-00-00

Monsters Among Us: Joseph Lee Fordham killed 11-year-old Mary Stiles on Halloween 1985; Sentenced to 25 years in prison


Mary Stiles

The Low-Rent Zodiac Killer and the Mysteries of Texas (EXCELLENT article)
National TV show focuses on murder of San Antonio journalist’s sister
Program To Feature Baytown Murder

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Deadly Riddle


Joseph Lee Fordham

News Archive: DiNardo Farm murders

Victims
Dean Finocchiaro, 19 (identified)
Jimi Tar Patrick, 19
Mark Sturgis, 22
Tom Meo, 21

DiNardo Farms murders: Remains of 4 men found buried on the property; Cosmo DiNardo has allegedly confessed to being involved in their deaths
Update: DiNardo Farm murders *Second suspect, Sean Kratz in custody; Both formally charged with 4 counts of murder*

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: DINARDO, COSMO
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 01/21/1997
BCP #: 123288
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: KRATZ, SEAN MICHAEL
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 20
DOB: 02/14/1997
BCP #: 123323
Location: Bucks County DOC
Race: White
Contact Facility: Bucks County DOC

Deadly Wives: Michelle Despain got her father to hire men to kill her husband for the insurance money


Marc Evan Despain

Marc Evan Despain obituary
Find-A-Grave: Marc Evan Despain
Family, friends honors Marc Despain with memorial service
Jonesboro murder victim’s parents speak out
Despain’s parents speak out on Michelle’s arrest
Trigger man pleads guilty to murdering Jonesboro businessman
Second Defendant Pleads Guilty in Murder for Hire Conspiracy
Father-in-law pleads guilty in Craighead County slaying
Third defendant sentenced in murder-for-hire case
Wife Pleads Guilty In Murder For Hire Case
Michelle Despain pleads guilty to hindering apprehension in connection to husband’s murder
Michelle Despain sentenced in husband’s murder
New information released to Region 8 News in Michelle Despain case

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: Root of All Evil
Fatal Vows: The Ties That Bind

Defendants
Michelle Despain – pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison
Carl Kelley – pled guilty, sentenced to 35 years in prison
Terrance Barker – pled guilty, sentenced to 35 years in prison
Johnny Hubbard – pled guilty, sentenced to 18 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

ADC Number: 712759
Name: Despain, Michelle R
Race: CAUCASIAN
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 65 inches
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/06/1978
Initial Receipt Date: 09/22/2014
Current Facility: McPherson Unit
Facility Address: 302 Corrections Drive Newport, Arkansas 72112 Map
Mailing Address: 302 Corrections Drive Newport, Arkansas 72112
Custody Classification: C2
Good Time Class: I-D
PE / TE Date*: 09/16/2019
Total time*: 30 yrs.
* may be affected by other laws and regulations

Aliases

Michelle Renee Kelley
Michelle Renee Reese

Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Hinder Appreh. Or Prosec.
Sentence Date 09/17/2014
County CRAIGHEAD
Case # 2012-592
Sentence Length 180 mo

INMATE INFORMATION

ADC Number: 153916
Name: Kelley, Carl D
Race: CAUCASIAN
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 69 inches
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/31/1953
Initial Receipt Date: 01/11/2013
Current Facility: Cummins Unit
Facility Address: 3001 Hwy. 388, Grady, AR 71644-0500 Map
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 500 Grady, AR 71644-0500
Custody Classification: C2
Good Time Class: I-C
PE / TE Date*: 02/28/2036
Total time*: 35 yrs.
* may be affected by other laws and regulations
Aliases

Scars, Marks, & Tattoos:

Description
(HARLEY DAVIDSON 100 YEAR LOGO)
LEFT SIDE- (EAGLE HEADS)
RIGHT SIDE-(BEAR HEAD)
(BROKEN DAGGER)
(MM’S) (RAM HEAD)
(13 SKULLS)
(HARLEY DAVIDSON LOGO),(SPEAR WITH A SKULL AND SNAKE)
(SKULL AND CROSSBONES) “HARLEY BLOOD”, “AMAZING GRACE”
“IN MEMORY OF EDDIE”

Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Murder-1st Degree
Sentence Date 01/03/2013
County CRAIGHEAD
Case # 2011-1111
Sentence Length 420 mo.

INMATE INFORMATION

ADC Number: 53225
Name: Barker, Terrance O
Race: BLACK
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 69 inches
Weight: 157 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/28/1983
Initial Receipt Date: 09/24/2012
Current Facility: Ouachita River Correct. Unit
Facility Address: 100 Walco Lane, Malvern, AR 72104 Map
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1630, Malvern, AR 72104
Custody Classification: C2
Good Time Class: I-C
PE / TE Date*: 03/01/2036
Total time*: 35 yrs.
* may be affected by other laws and regulations

Aliases
Terrance Odell Barker
Scars, Marks, & Tattoos:

Description
SCAR
“TIARE”
(STAR)
“ELROD”

Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Murder-1st Degree
Sentence Date 09/14/2012
County CRAIGHEAD
Case # 2011-1109
Sentence Length 420 mo.

INMATE INFORMATION

ADC Number: 152800
Name: Hubbard, Johnny M
Race: BLACK
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 70 inches
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/14/1960
Initial Receipt Date: 07/20/2012
Current Facility: Wrightsville Unit
Facility Address: 8400 Hwy. 386 East, Wrightsville, AR 72183 Map
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1000, Wrightsville, AR 72183-1000
Custody Classification: C2
Good Time Class: I-C
PE / TE Date*: 02/21/2025
Total time*: 58 yrs.
* may be affected by other laws and regulations

Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Hinder Appreh. Or Prosec.
Sentence Date 06/29/2012
County CRAIGHEAD
Case # 2011-1110
Sentence Length 216 mo.

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