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    August 12: 2016: Khalid Jabara was shot to death as he was getting his mail in his Tulsa, OK home. His next door neighbor, Stanley Vernon Majors, who continually harassed the family, was convicted and sentenced to LWOP.

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Deadly Duo: Lynette LaFontaine-Trujillo and Nicole Garza plotted to kill Nicole’s husband, Jose; Instead, Jose killed Lynette in self defense; Nicole pled guilty to her manslaughter, sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

Find-A-Grave: Lynette Marie Lafontaine Trujillo
Suspect in plot to kill attorney dies
Murder Charges Filed as Suspect’s Sister Dies
Sisters’ Alleged Murder Plan Notes Made Public
From Jail and Grave, Sisters in Plot Leave Families Torn
Wife Accused in Murder Plot Considers Plea Bargain
Wife Accused in Murder Plot Pleads No Contest
Garza Sentenced in Plot to Kill Husband
Strickly Personal

Movies/Documentaries
The Killer Closer: Deadly Dessert

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Psycho For Love: Jeffrey Glanda got Nicholas Pecararo to help him kill his ex-wife, Jeannine; Both sentenced to life in prison

Jeannine T Glanda, 39 (1958 – 1997)
District Attorneys Are Providing Mutual Aid in Death Penalty Cases
Brooklyn Prosecutor knows what Queens team faces
People of the State of New York v Jeffrey Glanda 2004 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Court upholds accomplice’s conviction in murder of Lake Placid woman
Appeal denied for accomplice in Lake Placid murder
Parole hearing set for Glanda murder accomplice (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Matter of Ratliff v Glanda 1999
People of the State of New York v Nicholas Pecararo 2011

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Vows: A Watery Grave

Defendants
Jeffrey Glanda – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Nicholas Pecararo – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison; parole hearing 5/2019

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 08/11/18
DIN (Department Identification Number) 00A1269
Inmate Name GLANDA, JEFFREY T
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 03/15/1950
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility GREEN HAVEN
Date Received (Original) 03/07/2000
Date Received (Current) 03/07/2000
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment ESSEX
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction

Crime MURDER 1ST
Class A1

Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Crime BURGLARY 1ST
Class B

Crime CONSPIRACY 2ND
Class B

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 08/11/18
Aggregate Minimum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date LIFE
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date
Parole Hearing Type FULL MAXIMUM
Parole Eligibility Date 99/99/9999
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 08/11/18
DIN (Department Identification Number) 00A1268
Inmate Name PECARARO, NICHOLAS D
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 01/19/1965
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility CAYUGA
Date Received (Original) 03/07/2000
Date Received (Current) 03/07/2000
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment ESSEX
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 08/11/18
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 05/2019
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 05/2019
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 09/15/2017
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Execution Alert: Billy Ray Irick for the murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer


Paula Dyer

Looking back at the1985 murder of Paula Dyer
Remembering Why: Rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer
‘He knew what he was doing:’ Looking back on Paula Dyer’s last day on Earth
Tennessee convicted child killer Billy Ray Irick picks deluxe burger combo as last meal before execution
Countdown to execution: Why it took over 30 years to execute Billy Ray Irick
Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade
Paula Dyer Killed 32 Years Before Potential Death Penalty Will Be Carried Out
A Look Back: Billy Ray Irick to be executed for 1985 murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer
U.S. Supreme Court will not stop Irick’s execution; Sotomayor says we have ‘accepted barbarism’
Detective in death row inmate’s case: ‘How could you do that to a 7-year-old child?’
Tennessee execution: What will happen on the day of Billy Ray Irick’s execution?
Watch live: Billy Ray Irick’s execution press conference
Billy Ray Irick execution: Inmate says “I’m really sorry” before death

INMATE INFORMATION

IRICK, BILLY RAY
Alias: IRICK, BILLY

TOMIS ID: 00113945
Birth Date: 08/26/1958
Race: W
Sex: M
Supervision Status: INCARCERATED
Location: RMSI
Sentence Begin: 11/03/1986
Sentence End:
Parole Eligibility :
Parole Hearing:
Hearing Result:

Psycho For Love: Steven Vargas killed his wife, Rebecca; Convicted, sentenced to 5 years to life; Up for parole now

From Vargas’ appeal: In January 1994, Steven and Rebecca Vargas married each other for the second time.   Less than a month into the second marriage, Vargas was eating lunch at an Ogden restaurant with his aunt, Vicki Pubela.   Pubela noted her pleasure at seeing the couple back together and asked him what he would do if his marriage failed again.   Vargas told her he “would kill Rebecca first.”   Pubela then replied that he did not really mean that, to which he responded, “Oh, yes, I do.”

Similarly, about eight months later, the Vargases had a fight at the North East Flagging Company, where the couple worked.   Immediately afterward, Steven Vargas told several witnesses, “If she ever leaves me again, I’ll kill her.”   Finally, in October of 1995, Steven Vargas and Gary Heward, a deputy Weber county attorney were discussing the O.J. Simpson murder trial, when Vargas stated, “If a black man can do that and get away with it, so can a Mexican.”

A month before Vargas’s conversation with Heward, Rebecca Vargas told Melinda McClain, Steven Vargas’s youngest sister, that she was considering leaving her husband.   Two months later, in November 1995, the couple told the Vargas family that they were divorcing.

On December 22, 1995, Robert Escobel, Steven Vargas’s half-brother, called Steven Vargas to arrange a visit.   During the conversation, “out of the blue,” Vargas asked Escobel if he would kill his wife:  “All you gotta do is, I’ll fly you down here, you can hit her over the head with a bat a couple of times.   She’s so small, she’ll die.   I’ll fly you right back.   You’ll be in and out in a few hours.”   Escobel refused, and his brother responded, “If you don’t do it, I’ve got something else in the works.”

Rebecca Vargas met with McClain three days later, on Christmas, at a local bowling alley and bar, Ben Lomond Lanes, for drinks.   The two were joined by Monty Vorwaller, a police officer whom Rebecca Vargas was dating.   Rebecca Vargas told McClain that in three days (December 28) she would be moving out of the trailer house in which she was then living with her husband and Mike Reid, his nephew, and into an apartment.

On December 27, Rebecca Vargas called Vorwaller and told him she was moving that day.   Around noon, Reid helped her load some cleaning supplies into her Jeep. She then drove to her new apartment, which was one of three apartments she and her husband maintained and managed.   After cleaning there for several hours, she returned to the trailer house, and Reid drove the Jeep to work.

After working until about 5:00 p.m. on that same day, Steven Vargas went to the Sand Trap, a private club, and then to Ben Lomond Lanes, where he talked with Garrett Bell and told him he was breaking up with his wife.   At about 6:15, Steven Vargas went home.   Before leaving, he told Bell he would be back at around 7:30 that evening to meet a woman;  however, he did not return.

At about 6:30 p.m., the Vargases and their two children ate dinner at a buffet restaurant in Ogden.   From this point until about 10:30 that evening, there are two versions of events.1  According to Steven Vargas, after eating dinner, the family went to a theater and watched the movie “Toy Story.”   At 9:00 p.m., they went to another restaurant to get drinks and returned home at about 9:30 p.m. At this time, Rebecca Vargas left to go check on her apartment.

However, the State contends that between 6:30 and 7:00 that evening, Steven Vargas’s nephew, Ryan Hawley, arrived at the trailer house to babysit the couple’s two children so that they could go out for the evening.2  Because Reid had driven the Jeep to work, the Vargases left in their other vehicle, an Oldsmobile.   At trial, the State theorized that sometime that evening between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Steven Vargas attacked and seriously wounded his wife outside her new apartment, then left her for dead.   Afterward, he returned to the trailer house alone, arriving at about 10:00 p.m. He told Hawley that his wife had gone to make some minor repairs at her apartment.   Hawley left shortly afterward.

Both sides agree that at about 10:30 p.m., Steven Vargas telephoned Melinda McClain, asking if Rebecca Vargas was with her.   On learning that she was not there, Vargas asked McClain to check on her at the apartment, explaining he was unable to do so himself because Reid had taken the Jeep to work and his wife had taken the Oldsmobile to the apartment.   McClain agreed to go to the apartment.

At about 11:00 p.m., Melinda McClain and her husband David arrived at the Vargases’ trailer house.   Reid had just returned with the Jeep, as well.   The McClains told Steven Vargas that they had driven by the apartment and had seen the Oldsmobile parked out front. After talking for about forty-five minutes, the McClains prepared to leave, telling Steven Vargas they would drive by Ben Lomond Lanes to see if Rebecca Vargas had gone there, and, if they did not see her car there, they would again drive by the apartment.

Not finding the Oldsmobile at the bowling alley, Melinda and David McClain returned to the apartment.   They parked behind the Oldsmobile, which was still there, and knocked on the apartment door. When nobody answered, Melinda McClain began to walk around the building.   Before getting all the way around the building, however, she heard moaning.   She brought her husband to the northeast corner of the porch to listen.   In addition to the moaning, they also heard a low, calm, indiscernible, masculine voice.3  Melinda McClain also thought she saw somebody crouched over in the bushes;  however, her husband believed she was simply imagining things.   Based on what they heard, the McClains concluded Rebecca Vargas was having sexual relations with someone.   It was now about 12:30 a.m. The McClains left, went to a nearby convenience store, and called Steven Vargas, telling him his wife was at the apartment and “it sounded like she was having sex with someone.”   Vargas told them to “let her have her fun” and go home.

Instead of going home, the McClains returned to the apartment for the third time that night.   This time they heard nothing.   They went to Ben Lomond Lanes and then returned, once more, to the apartment.   It was now about 1:00 a.m. As the McClains approached the apartment, they discovered the Vargases’ Jeep parked next to the Oldsmobile.   They drove to an adjacent street and waited. Shortly afterward, Steven Vargas walked out from the east side of the apartment building wearing his robe and shaking his head.   As he approached the Jeep, he ducked down and appeared to wipe something off himself.   The McClains drove away without confronting him, but he saw the couple stopped at a nearby intersection.   Vargas pulled over in the Jeep, and the McClains got out of their car to speak with him.   He stated that he did not want his wife to think he was spying on her and asked them to not “tell anybody I was here.”   As they parted, he reiterated, “Don’t tell anybody I was here, and whatever happens, don’t tell anybody I was here.”   The McClains again returned to the apartment, for the fifth time that night, but heard nothing and went home.

At about 6:00 that morning, Vargas called the McClains and once more asked them to check on his wife.   Melinda McClain told him to call the police and ask them to go to the apartment.   He did so, but the police refused to send anyone over because Vargas said he had no reason to believe Rebecca was in danger.   He again called the McClains and they went to the apartment.

Melinda McClain knocked on the door and, after getting no response, entered the apartment.   She did not find Rebecca Vargas inside.   She then began searching outside the building.   As she came around the east side of the building, she found Rebecca Vargas’s body lying on the ground.   Rebecca Vargas was lying on her back.   Her sweatshirt and bra had both been pulled up to her chin, exposing her chest and abdomen.   The temperature that morning was about 20 degrees, and Rebecca Vargas’s hair, face, and clothes were covered with frozen blood.   There was a pool of blood by her head and a larger pool at her feet.   Nearby was a battery-operated lantern, a set of keys, and a cigarette lighter.   The lantern was covered in her blood and a clump of her hair.   Later investigation revealed that Steven Vargas owned a similar lantern;  however, it could not be found at his trailer house after the murder.   Steven Vargas’s fingerprints were identified on the lantern’s battery.

Rebecca Vargas died from repeated blows to the top of her head, which extensively fractured her skull and resulted in swelling of the brain and loss of blood, as well as hypothermia.   Some of the blows were inflicted while she was either standing or sitting upright.   These injuries were located toward the back half of the top of the skull, and the weapon that inflicted these injuries was not found.   The more serious injuries, however, were located toward the front of the skull and were inflicted while she was lying on the ground or pressed against a stationary object, such as a wall.   Dr. Maureen Frikke, a forensic pathologist and the State’s expert witness, testified that these injuries could have come from the lantern found at the scene.   Dr. Frikke could not determine whether the injuries were all inflicted in one attack or in two separate attacks, as the State contended at trial.4

Dr. Frikke concluded that Rebecca Vargas likely survived for several hours after the initial attack and was lying on her stomach for some time.   She was discovered lying on her back, however, and the pool of blood at her feet was several feet away from any of her injuries at the time she was discovered.   Thus, someone had moved her body after the initial attack but before Melinda McClain discovered it.   Again, at trial, the State contended that this occurred when Vargas returned to the scene of the crime at about 1:00 a.m. Additionally, Dr. Frikke found that some of the injuries to Rebecca Vargas’s face occurred after her death.

Shortly after the discovery of the body, the McClains went to the Ogden police station.   At about 8:30 that same morning, Steven Vargas also went to the police station, explaining that he was there to pay traffic tickets and fees for expired license tags for the McClains.   Upon Vargas’s arrival, Officer Scott McGregor told him that he needed to talk to him.   Vargas agreed to answer questions, but was not informed of his wife’s death.

For six hours, the police intermittently, but extensively, questioned him about his whereabouts the previous night and his relationship with Rebecca Vargas.   He never asked about his wife or why he was being questioned, although he was read his rights and asked how to contact Rebecca’s family.   Vargas confirmed that he had driven by the apartment the previous night, but asserted that he had remained in his car and not stopped.   Later, however, he stated that he did get out of the car and went around to the east side of the building.

A subsequent search of the trailer house and Jeep revealed that the clothes Steven Vargas wore to the apartment the night before had been cleaned.   Additionally, in the Jeep, police noted that the driver’s side floor mat was “unusually free of leaves and cleaner than the rest of the jeep’s floor areas, including the other floor mats.”   Nevertheless, the police found leaf fragments under the driver’s side floor mat.   On one of the fragments, they found blood that matched Rebecca’s DNA.

Steven Vargas was later arrested and held in the county jail.   While there, two inmates alleged that he confessed to the killing.   Don Baize was in jail on a charge of attempted murder.   Following a conversation with Vargas, Baize asked his probation officer to talk to prosecutors about a plea bargain in exchange for information.   The State agreed, and Baize gave a statement that Vargas had told him, “I knew Becky was going to leave, she was seeing someone else, it drove me crazy, and that is why I killed the f* * *ing bitch, I beat the f* * * out of the bitch.”   The other inmate, Jeff Combe, was a previous acquaintance of Vargas’s and was in jail on forgery charges.   According to Combe, Vargas confessed the killing to him to “get it off his chest.”   He allegedly told Combe that “I won’t put up with her leaving me for a cop [i.e., Vorwaller].   I warned her if you ever leave me again I will kill you.”

A jury convicted Vargas of murder, and he appeals.

Ogden man arrested in wife’s bludgeoning death
Vargas found guilty of 1st-degree murder in December 1995 beating death of wife
Man seeking parole in wife’s death says he killed her
Man gets 5-to-life term for killing his wife a year ago
Stephen Vargas admits to killing wife years after her beating death in 1995
Next parole hearing for Ogden killer Stephen Vargas set for 2026
State of Utah v Stephen 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
American Monster: Backyard Daddy

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 121479
Offender Name: STEPHEN ELLIARD VARGAS
DOB: Tue, 6 Sep 1955
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 230
Sex: M
Location: UTAH STATE PRISON
Housing Facility: WASATCH
Parole Hearing:
Aliases:
LEFT FIELD
STEPHEN ELLIARD VARGAS

Execution Alert: Jose Antonio Jimenez for the murder of 63-year-old Phyliss Minas

Governor signs death warrant in ’92 murder
More than 25 years after she was killed, her killer will be executed
Florida man scheduled to be executed for 1992 murder of North Miami woman
Florida man schedule to be executed for 1992 murder
Crime and Punishment: Jose Antonio Jimenez – Florida Execution – August 14, 2018 (has a lot of information including a timelime)

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 406677
Name: JIMENEZ, JOSE A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 302 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/12/1963
Initial Receipt Date: 07/01/1998
Current Facility: FLORIDA STATE PRISON
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Psycho For Love: Morrad Modle Ghonim had his wife, Vicky Zepeda Ghonim; Both he and the hitman, Leon Martinez, sentenced to prison


Vicky Zepeda Ghonim

More than two decades after a young mother’s murder, finally an answer
Man Accused Of Arranging 17-Year-Old Wife’s 1992 Murder Charged With Capital Murder
Hired Hitman Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Killing 17-Year-Old Wife at La Mirada Park in 1992/
Man Finally Sentenced for Hiring Assassin to Kill 17-Year-Old Wife Decades Ago
Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Hiring Hit Man to Kill Wife at La Mirada Park in 1992
‘A coward and a monster’: Man accused of hiring hit man gets life in prison for 1992 slaying of wife in La Mirada
People of the State of California v Morrad Modle Ghonim 2018 (conviction and sentence affirmed, fine reduced)

Movies/Documentaries
Diabolical: Family or Foe

Defendants
Morrad Modle Ghonim – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Leon Andrew Martinez – pled guilty, sentenced to 28 years to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name GHONIM, MORRAD MODLE
CDCR Number BC0891
Age 45
Admission Date 01/30/2017
Current Location Centinela State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MARTINEZ, LEON ANDREW
CDCR Number BD5818
Age 45
Admission Date 07/10/2017
Current Location RJ Donovan Correctional Facility
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 06/2028

Cold Case: Monsters Among Us: Michael Anthony Galvan charged with the 1979 murder of newlywed, Debra Sue Reiding


Debra Sue Reiding

Case Info: Victim Debra Sue Reiding
Newly-retrieved DNA could give detectives break in 1979 cold case murder
Police hope witnesses come forward after indictment of Austin suspect in 1979 murder of newlywed
Austin man arrested in 1979 cold case murder of newlywed
Austin man indicted in 1979 cold case murder of newlywed Debra Reiding
Grand jury indicts Austin man in 1979 cold case murder of newlywed 18-year-old
Austin man indicted in 1979 cold case murder of newlywed Debra Reiding
Austin Police Announced Arrest, Indictment in 1979 Homicide and Rape
Police hope witnesses come forward after indictment of Austin suspect in 1979 murder of newlywed
DNA links barber to Texas newlywed’s cold case murder from 1979
‘I’m shocked. He cut my hair for years’ | Austin barber accused of rape, murder nearly 40 years ago

INMATE INFORMATION

GALVAN, MICHAEL

Booking Number: 1817395 Booked: 5/24/2018 18:59
Arresting Agency: AUSTIN POLICE DEPT Offense #: A181440264
Facility: TRAVIS COUNTY CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX
Charge (1)

— Cause Number: D1DC18900085
Charge Authority: NEW WARRANT – CLASS B OR ABOVE
Bond: $750,000.00 ANY TYPE OF BOND
Sentenced to 0 days 0 months

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