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Eugene Rowland murder 9/8/2017 Magna, UT *Jose Hernandez arrested for his stabbing death at the Shell Food Mart store*

1 man dies, 1 arrested in Magna stabbing
Suspect arrested for murder after victim in Magna stabbing dies
Suspect in Magna stabbing arrested for murder
Suspect, victim in Magna homicide had ‘various disagreements over the past few weeks,’ police say
History of conflict led to Magna stabbing death, police say


Sex: M
Age: 44
Height: 506
Weight: 160
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN

Inmate Information
Booking #: 17049777
SO#: 403609
COB: California

Bond Information
Case #:
Amount: $0.00
Status: Open
Posted By:
Post Date:

Charge Information
Case #
Offense Date 09/08/2017
Code 76-5-203
Description MURDER
Grade UT
Degree F1


Monsters Among Us: Mark Vincent Olvera raped and killed Tina Hendricks; Sentenced to life in prison

From Olvera’s appeal: In June 1989, an eighteen year old girl named Tina Hendricks was sexually battered and then murdered by strangulation, and her body was thrown into a canal in a Lake County park.   Evidence accumulated by law enforcement authorities revealed that, on the night of the murder, the victim was in a bar dancing and drinking into the early hours of the morning.   Olvera was also in the bar and witnesses testified that he attempted to dance and talk with the victim.   Certain eyewitness testimony also indicated that the victim left the bar with Olvera.   Forensic evidence indicated that the semen retrieved from the victim’s vagina matched the DNA provided by Olvera’s blood samples, and hairs found in the car he was driving that night were indistinguishable from the victim’s.   The hair was not DNA tested, however.

Olvera was charged in the death of Tina Hendricks and the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder 1 and sexual battery.2  The trial court sentenced him to a term of life imprisonment, with a mandatory term of twenty-five years on the murder conviction and a consecutive life sentence on the sexual battery conviction.

Before trial, DNA testing was done on at least four individuals:  Olvera (who is Hispanic);  Tom Hopwood, the victim’s boyfriend;  “Johnny” Lockerd, an individual who was also at the bar that night and who some witnesses identified as being the individual who left with the victim;  and a fourth individual, Ken Bowles, a friend of Olvera’s.

Olvera Gets 2 Life Terms In Hendricks Rape-murder
Mark Vincent Olvera v State of Florida 2004 conviction and sentence affirmed)

Swamp Murders: Lethal Attraction


DC Number: 122766
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’06”
Weight: 147 lbs.
Birth Date: 05/07/1961
Initial Receipt Date: 12/23/1991
Current Facility: CHARLOTTE C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Psycho For Love: Bradford King shot & killed his wife, Diane Newton King because he was upset that she wanted to quit her job to be with her children;

Diane Newton King

Find-A-Grave: Diane Marler King
TV Anchor Is Slain in Michigan
Clues hunted for TV anchor’s killer Woods combed after slaying of newscaster.
Ex-Policeman Gets Life Term For Killing Wife, a TV Anchor
Ex-cop Guilty In Murder Of Tv News-anchor Wife
Death in a Small Town
A Small-Town Murder Solved
Diane Newton King murdered – Ex officer Bradford King – Pontiac PD
Shot in cold blood Loving mother ruthlessly killed in her own driveway

Eye of the Beholder: The Almost Perfect Murder of Anchorwoman Diane Newton King
Love Kills: The Stalking of Diane Newton King

Deadly Sins: Kiss ‘n Kill
Forensic Files: News at 11


MDOC Number: 228745
SID Number: 1642698J
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 208 lbs.
Date of Birth: 01/15/1947 (70)

Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Thumb Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE


Scar- Left Eye
Scar- Stomach – APPENDIX SCAR
Tattoo- Left Arm
Tattoo- Right Arm

Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Open Murder – Statutory Short Form
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316C
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 92949
Date of Offense: 02/09/1991
County: Calhoun
Date of Sentence: 01/06/1993
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 2
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 92949
Date of Offense: 02/09/1991
County: Calhoun
Date of Sentence: 01/06/1993
Conviction Type: Jury

Indian Creek Serial Killer – Suspected killer in custody – Frederick Demond Scott; Charged with 2 of the 5 murders so far

John Palmer, 54 [8/19/2016]
David Lenox, 67 [2/27/2017]
Timothy Rice, 57 [4/4/2017]
Mike Darby, 61 [5/18/2017]
Steven Gibbons, 57 [8/15/2017]

John W. Palmer obituary
David Lee Lenox obituary
Michael K. Darby obituary
Steven “Gibby” Gibbons obituary
Body of 55-year-old man found near walking trail at Bannister and Lydia
Police identify man found dead Monday in Kansas City street
Frustrated family boosts reward, seeks killer who shot veteran while walking dog in Kansas City
‘A senseless act:’ Family seeks clues to bring father’s killer to justice
Kansas City police identify man found dead inside Minor Park shelter
Police identify body found in Minor Park, homicide investigation underway
Police identify man found dead in Minor Park in Kansas City
KC police investigate ‘obvious similarities’ in 4 homicides along trails system
Murder victim’s family shocked to hear of another killing along Indian Creek Trail, seeks justice
Kansas City police highlight ‘obvious similarities’ in four killings along Indian Creek Trail
‘Kill all white people’: Suspect in killings of five white men made threat in 2014
Suspect charged in 2 shooting deaths near Kansas City trails; eyed in 3 more
Kansas City’s ‘Indian Creek Killer’ may have been caught, police say


Master Number: 201354449
Sequence Number: 201742692
DOB: 1994/10/18
Race B
Sex: M

Murder-Suicide: Stephen Bice shot & killed his estranged wife, Kristi, after tricking their sons to leave the house

Kristi Kenney-Bice

Kristi Bice obituary
Authorities investigating two deaths at Hudson home as murder-suicide
Hudson man texted sons to get them out of their home before murder-suicide
Police: Hudson woman concerned about safety for months before she died in murder-suicide
History of domestic violence before Hudson murder-suicide
Hudson man suspected in murder-suicide previously threatened to shoot wife
‘He Kept Her Away From Us’: Family Uses Tragedy to Spread Domestic Violence Awareness
gofundme: Kristi Kennedy-Bice memorial fund

Stephen Bice

Rev. Samuel Nathaniel Booth Jr 12/24/1994 Middle River, MD *James Thomas Wood stabbed him 14 times in a dispute over crack cocaine*

Middle River worshipers find their pastor slain
Churchgoers grapple with minister’s death
Hartford County man is charged in slaying of Middle River pastor
Police probe background of pastor
Slain pastor allegedly had cocaine
Drug Accusations Swirl After Killing of Minister
Evidence links pastor to drugs
Beloved minister had a secret life that came to light after his murder
Slaying of minister took place after drug binge, attorneys say
Jury convicts man in slaying of minister Stabbing occurred day before Christmas in dispute over cocaine
Man gets life term in slaying of Middle River minister

Shattered: False Prophet


Last Name: WOOD
First Name: JAMES
Middle Name: THOMAS
Date of Birth: 09/10/1970
DOCI ID: 255301
Holding Facility: Jessup Correctional

Samantha Jo Lezark murder 1/5/2003 Wichita Falls, TX *Kristopher Kyle Russell convicted, sentenced to 99 years in prison*

Samantha Jo Lezark

From Russell’s appeal:

Samantha Lezark was murdered in her bedroom on the evening of January 5 or the morning of January 6, 2003. Detective Tony Fox of the Wichita Falls Police Department was assigned as lead investigator on the case. The medical examiner determined the cause of death to have been strangulation by a coaxial cable wrapped around her neck three times and tied with a square knot. A bloody fire extinguisher lay next to Lezark’s body, and her head had contusions consistent with being hit by the fire extinguisher. There were no signs of forced entry into the house.

A palm print on the coaxial cable was identified as that of Appellant Kristopher Kyle Russell, and his fingerprint and his DNA were found on the fire extinguisher. Appellant’s partial latent thumbprint was also identified on a laser pointer found on Lezark’s bed. Appellant testified at trial that he had met Lezark in an Internet chat room in late November 2002 and had entered into a sexual relationship with her by mid-December.

Two of Lezark’s neighbors testified they saw Appellant at her house on the afternoon of January 5, and Appellant admitted he was there that afternoon and evening. A coworker of Lezark’s found her body the next morning when Lezark failed to report to work. A jury convicted Appellant of first degree murder and assessed his sentence at ninety-nine years’ confinement.

Samantha Jo Lezark obituary
Find-A-Grave: Samantha Jo Butler Lezark
Investigation Continues Into Death of Woman. Was it Murder?
Affidavit for Arrest Warrant
Kristopher Kyle Russell v State of Texas 2008

Grave Mysteries: Murder in the Chat Room


SID Number: 07049751
TDCJ Number: 01380681
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1981-03-05
Maximum Sentence Date: 2104-11-22
Current Facility: ROBERTSON
Projected Release Date: 2104-11-22
Parole Eligibility Date: 2035-11-23

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2003-01-05
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2006-06-28
Case No.: 44,489-C
Sentence: 99 years

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