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Monsters Among Us: Felicia Ruiz was murdered by those she thought were friends: 2 have been sentenced to prison, but, the third suspect is on the run

FELICIA RUIZFrom Jay Luis Ferrel’s appeal: Jesus Salazar decided to kill Felicia Ruiz because her gossiping about him was starting trouble with another gang. One night, he met with two friends, appellant and Lisa Huerta, and told them he wanted to get rid of Felicia. He asked appellant to help him find Felicia a ride for the following night. Appellant told Jesus he was unable to find Felicia a ride, even though he never looked for one.

The day after Jesus declared his intent to kill Felicia, he, appellant, and Lisa rented a motel room near a vacant field. While inside the motel room, appellant noticed Lisa brought a knife and a bat. He also heard Jesus tell Lisa that cutting someone s throat would ensure more bleeding. That night, Jesus called Felicia from the motel room and told her that he would pick her up for a Halloween party. After he left to pick her up, Lisa and appellant walked to the field nearby. A few minutes later, Jesus and Felicia arrived. As they were walking across the field, Jesus punched Felicia in the face and she fell to the ground. He immediately called for Lisa and appellant to help hold her down. Lisa tried to cut Felicia s throat, but the knife was too dull. Jesus then took the knife from Lisa and began repeatedly stabbing Felicia. Lisa tried to hold down Felicia s upper body while appellant held down her legs. After Jesus stabbed Felicia 26 times, all three accomplices abandoned her body in the field. Felicia bled to death. Jesus and Lisa walked back to the motel room and appellant went home.

In Memory Of: Felicia Nichole Ruiz
Man wanted for 1999 killing
America’s Most Wanted Profiles Local Murder of 17-Year-Old Girl
Young woman pleads guilty in teen’s stabbing death
Getting away with murder in America
Jay Luis Ferrel v The State of Texas 2003
Detectives search for murder suspect’s mom
Ten years and counting: Humble couple continues hunt for daughter’s killer
Parents of Murdered Children: Felicia Ruiz, 17 years old
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones: Will there be justice for Felicia Ruiz

Movies/Documentaries
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones: A Halloween Horror Story

Defendants
Jesus Gerado Salazar – fugitive
Lisa Anette Huerta – pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison
Jay Luis Farrel – convicted, sentenced to 20 years in prison

Jesus Salazar
Jesus Salazar

INMATE INFORMATION

Lisa Huerta

SID Number: 05713069
TDCJ Number: 01076599
Name: HUERTA,LISA ANETTE
Race: H
Gender: F
DOB: 1979-12-23
Maximum Sentence Date: 2030-01-15
Current Facility: CHRISTINA MELTON CRAIN UNIT Projected
Release Date: 2030-01-15
Parole Eligibility Date: 2015-01-15

Parole Review Status
Offender is currently in the Parole Review Process

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1999-10-30
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2001-11-20
County: HARRIS
Case No.: 840645
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 30-00-00

Last Parole Decision
Denied on 10/27/2011

NEXT REVIEW (10/2016)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.
Denial reason(s): 2D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

Next Parole Review Date
10/2016

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 06299905
TDCJ Number: 01121114
Name: FERREL,JAY LUIS
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1981-11-27
Maximum Sentence Date: 2021-11-28
Current Facility: DOLPH BRISCOE
Projected Release Date: 2021-11-28
Parole Eligibility Date: 2011-11-28

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1999-10-29 (10/30 I think is the correct date)
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2002-08-16
County: HARRIS
Case No.: 894606
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 20-00-00

Monsters Among Us: Convicted Sex Offender Christopher Leon Smith raped and killed Carol Davidson; 28 years later, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison in addition to the 50 years he was serving for raping a child

Carol Davidson
Carol Davidson

Man Charged With 1986 Tacoma Cold Case Homicide
Murder charge comes nearly 27 years after death of Tacoma woman
Man charged in 1986 ‘cold case’ homicide
Convicted rapist gets 33 years for 1986 murder of Tacoma woman
Family of 1986 murder victim says they can move on now
Inmate already serving 50 years to life sentenced to another 33 years for 1986 Tacoma cold-case murder
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2011 (for child rape case – affirmed)
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2013 (for child rape case – affirmed)
Tacoma cold case to be featured on TV show

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Blurred Truth

INMATE INFORMATION

Christopher Leon Smith

DOC Number: 291523
Offender Name: SMITH, CHRISTOPHER L
Location: Monroe Corrections Center
16550 177th Avenue SE
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 794-2600 Main Number

Monsters Among Us: Wilfred “Bill” Morrisey killed 9-year-old Dolana Clark; Sentenced to LWOP

Dolana Clark
Dolana Clark

Suspect in ’88 slaying found in Colorado
Man Suspected in 1988 Slaying Found in Colorado
Officials decide to exhume body of Dolana Clark
Morrisey found guilty in Dolana Clark murder
Man found guilty in Great Falls girl’s murder
Morrisey sentenced life for murdering 9-year-old girl
Man sentenced to life for murder of 9-year-old girl
Former Weston man gets life for murder
State of Montana v Wilfred Morrisey 2009 (affirmed)
Cable network to air program on Great Falls murder

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Little Girl Lost

INMATE INFORMATION

WilfredMorrisey prison mug

Wilfred Eugene Morrisey
DOC ID# 2103713
NAME: WILFRED EUGENE MORRISEY
CURRENT STATUS: INMATE
LAST STATUS CHANGE: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
GENDER: Male
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF: Sunday, March 29, 2015
PRISON:
MONTANA STATE PRISON
700 Conley Lake Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406) 846-1320

PHYSICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
HAIR COLOR: Partially Gray
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5 FT 7 IN
WEIGHT: 200 lbs
BUILD: MEDIUM RACE: WHITE
SKIN TONE: LIGHT
L/R HANDED: R YEAR OF BIRTH: 1940
BIRTH PLACE: Illinois
CITIZENSHIP: United States
MT RESIDENT: Y

AKAs
BILL MORRISEY

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: ADC-02-356
COUNTY: CASCADE COUNTY
JUDGE: MCKITTRICK
COUNTS: 1
LEGAL TYPE: Original Sentence
SENTENCE TYPE: LIFE OFFENSE: Deliberate Homicide
CODE: 455102
OFFENSE DATE: 8/2/1988
SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 1/27/2006
NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 0

Ahmed Al-Jumaili murder 3/04/2015 Dallas, TX *Nykerion Nealon charged with his murder*

Ahmed Al Jumaili
Ahmed Al Jumaili

DPD: Man Shot Dead While Taking Pics Of Snow
Iraqi immigrant watching his first snowfall shot and killed, Dallas police say
Dallas Police Release Video of Suspects in Fatal Shooting of Man Taking Pictures of Snow
Police seek help in Iraqi refugee’s shooting death
Iraqi refugee’s slaying isn’t far northeast Dallas’ first ‘senseless’ crime
Teen charged with murdering Iraq immigrant outside Dallas apartment
Police Say Iraqi Man Was Shot ‘For No Apparent Reason’
Arrest Made In Murder Of Iraqi Man
17-year-old arrested in slaying of Iraqi refugee shot while taking pictures in snow
Wife Of Iraqi Native “Relieved” Shooting Suspect Caught

Nykerion Nealon
Nykerion Nealon

Update: Aliyah Faye Wild murder *Tyler Ryan Geary, mother’s boyfriend, pled guilty; Sentencing will be May 7, 2015*

Say NO to Child Abuse

Aliyah Faye Wild
Aliyah Faye Wild

Boyfriends From Hell: Tyler Ryan Geary charged with child abuse homicide in the shaken baby death of Aliyah Faye Wild
Facebook: Justice for Aliyah Faye Wild
Mother of shaken infant urges frustrated parents to just ‘walk away’
Guilty plea from Layton man who shook, killed infant

Tyler Ryan Geary
Tyler Ryan Geary

Parents Gone Wild! Roy Allen Stephens and Ruby Angeline Stephens charged with the malnutrition and starvation of their 22-day-old daughter, Betsey Kee Stephens

Say NO to Child Abuse

Betsey Stephens
Betsey Kee Stephens

Visiting infant’s death ruled a homicide
Parents charged with murder after baby girl starves to death
22-day-old baby dies from malnutrition, Lakeland Police arrest parents for murder
Medical Examiner: 22-day-old baby girl in Florida starved to death
Warrick Co. Couple Charged with Murder for Infant’s Death
Lakeland police charge parents in death of infant

Roy Allen Stephens and Ruby Angeline Stephens
Roy Allen Stephens
Ruby Angeline Stephens

Psycho For Love: Willard Purcell killed his wife, Barbara Purcell, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison

Barbara PurcellFrom Willard Purcell’s appeal: On the morning of June 6, 2001, Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies Ciaccio and Leombruni went to the Purcell residence and knocked on the door, but no one responded. The officers looked through a window and saw a leg at the bottom of a stairwell. The officers noticed that an exterior door leading to the basement was open and a pane of glass in the door was broken. They entered through the open basement door and saw Barbara lying on the basement stairs, with her bloody head at the bottom of the stairs and her feet pointing toward the top. Barbara had no pulse and showed no signs of life. The court admitted photos of Barbara’s body as the officers had found it. The officers searched the house, exterior property, and outbuildings and found no one.

Evidence technicians testified that they took photographs, lifted partial fingerprints from the lower-level entrance to the house, recovered glass fragments and blood samples near Barbara’s body, and cast tire tracks found in a field west of the home. The technicians also collected two flashlights, one from the home’s living room coffee table and one from the glove compartment of defendant’s pickup truck. One of defendant’s keys fit the doors to the house.

Debra Foss, the Purcells’ cleaning lady, testified that she last cleaned the home on June 1, 2001. Foss entered using the keypad outside the garage door, and the code had not changed since she began working for the Purcells. Police photos taken of the crime scene indicated that a dresser and a jewelry box in the southeast bedroom were open and “dismantled,” and Foss testified that they were closed when she left the house on June 1. Also, a photo of the living room coffee table’s glass-topped display case showed that it was empty, and Foss testified that the coffee table formerly contained a collection of old coins and currency. A deputy searched defendant’s pickup truck the day after Barbara was discovered, and he found a gold hoop earring, other women’s jewelry, and a plastic garbage bag containing what appeared to be collectible coins and currency.

While executing a warrant to search defendant’s home computer, two other deputies inadvertently found a hidden life insurance policy issued by Barbara’s employer, which named defendant as an 80% beneficiary if Barbara died from an accident. As of the time of trial, no claim had been made on the policy.

Eugenia Blosser lived two doors down from the Purcells. Blosser testified that June 5, 2001, was a normal workday for which she awoke at 3:15 a.m. At 4 a.m., Blosser took her dogs outside and saw a man standing behind defendant’s parked truck. Blosser was “pretty sure” the man was defendant. Blosser and defendant exchanged “good mornings,” and Blosser went back inside. When Blosser left for work 5 to 10 minutes later, defendant and his truck were gone, but lights were on outside the Purcell residence, which was unusual for that time of morning. The next day, Blosser drove past the Purcell home on her way to work and saw the interior lights on, which was also unusual.

Mitch Neiber worked with defendant at a jobsite in Naperville around the time of Barbara’s death in Rockford. Neiber did not notice defendant having any problems with his hands, arms, or legs on June 5 or June 6. Another coworker, Dan McFeely, testified that on June 5, 2001, defendant left for the day at 12:30 p.m. after complaining of a headache and feeling unwell. A sandwich shop employee testified that she sold defendant a hot dog and ice cream between 1 and 3 p.m. on June 5, in Rockford.

Deputy Vincent Linberg testified that he spoke to Tom Vaccaro at noon on June 6, 2001, which was a few hours after Barbara’s body was discovered. During their conversation, defendant called Vaccaro’s mobile phone. On August 22, 2001, Vaccaro testified before the grand jury that indicted defendant for Barbara’s murder, and the trial court admitted portions of Vaccaro’s testimony. At the time of his testimony, Vaccaro was 73 years old and lived next door to the Purcells. Vaccaro knew that the Purcells had a motion detector that activated exterior lights on their house. Defendant had complained about his marriage “for years” but tried to keep the marriage together. The day after defendant was served with the order of protection, Vaccaro saw defendant’s truck parked behind one of the outbuildings on Vaccaro’s property. Vaccaro walked onto the Purcells’ property and saw the basement door partially open. Vaccaro called for defendant but received no response. Vaccaro walked back toward his own property, and defendant walked up behind him. Vaccaro said, “Damn it, Will, what in the hell are you doing over here? You know you don’t belong over here.” Defendant replied, “I got what I came for, [a] carton of cigarettes.” On either that afternoon or the next day, defendant asked to borrow Vaccaro’s car to follow Barbara home from work. Vacarro died in May 2003, during the lengthy pretrial period.

Deputy Tom Murphy testified that he spotted defendant driving at 2:39 p.m. on the day Barbara’s body was discovered. Deputy Murphy stopped defendant and asked him to exit the car. While being patted down, defendant asked, “What did my wife do to me this time?” When two other officers arrived, defendant asked, “What did that bitch say now?” The officers told defendant that he was under arrest for violating an order of protection.

At the police station, defendant received his Miranda warnings and agreed to speak with the officers. They asked him to account for his actions following the issuance of the order of protection. Defendant stated that, after he was released on bond on June 1, he and his brother went to defendant’s home to retrieve defendant’s truck. Defendant admitted that he might have driven past the home once or twice over the next two days to see whether the lawn needed mowing. Defendant stated that, at about 11 a.m. on June 4, he drove to Vaccaro’s house, parked in his driveway, walked to the Purcell residence, and retrieved some tools and some of his wife’s jewelry. Defendant admitted to borrowing Vaccaro’s car to follow Barbara. Defendant returned to his brother’s house, where he remained for the rest of the day. Defendant initially stated that, on June 5, he left his brother’s home at 3:30 a.m. and drove to a work site in Naperville, where he worked until 3:30 or 4 p.m. Defendant later admitted encountering Blosser outside the Purcell residence at about 4 a.m. that morning. Defendant returned to his brother’s house at 5:30 p.m. and did not say what else he did that day.

Defendant did not appear angry or upset when the officers told him that Barbara had been found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs in their home. Defendant did not ask any questions and denied any involvement. Approximately one week later, defendant agreed to another interview, during which he said, “it was an accident.”

dvawareness3Forensic pathologist Dr. Larry Blum testified that his autopsy of Barbara disclosed that her death was caused by trauma due to several blunt-force head injuries, including a basal skull fracture. After examining the Purcells’ staircase, Blum opined that the injuries could not have been caused by an accidental fall. Blum described the injuries as depicted in several graphic autopsy photographs, which were admitted. The lacerations on the top of Barbara’s head were not caused by a fist, but could have been caused by a heavy flashlight. Barbara had no alcohol or illegal drugs in her system, and she did not suffer any significant natural disease at the time of her death. Barbara had contusions on her legs, hip, and arms and a fresh abrasion on her right knee. Blum found fresh lacerations on Barbara’s right hand, and her right index finger exhibited a linear blood blister likely caused by a hard pinch. The small bones at the tips of two fingers were crushed. Blum testified that Barbara likely lived in an unconscious state for “perhaps several minutes” after receiving her fatal injuries. The State’s dental expert opined that defendant likely bit Barbara’s hand, causing swelling and a “C-shaped” abrasion. Defendant’s dental expert testified that the abrasion could have been caused by Barbara’s hand striking defendant’s teeth.

Rockford police sergeant Jeffrey Houde, a bloodstain pattern analyzer, testified that Barbara’s head was bent down when she was first struck. According to Sergeant Houde, the blood splatter patterns indicated that Barbara was struck two or three times as she fell down the stairs.

In his own defense, defendant testified that he did not kill Barbara or attack her with a stun gun. Defendant admitted that his 12-year relationship with Barbara began to deteriorate in November 2000. On May 31, 2001, he awoke between 3:30 and 4 a.m. and began to work on the sunroom in his backyard. At about 6:30 a.m., he went inside for coffee when he saw Barbara. She was startled by his appearance and fell to the floor, dropping her purse. When a cellular phone fell out of her purse, defendant asked why she had it, and Barbara responded that it was none of his business. Barbara would not allow defendant to help her to her feet, and she walked to her car and left for work. Several hours later, defendant left to buy cigarettes, and, when he returned, he encountered two police cars in his driveway. The officers arrested defendant for attacking Barbara with a stun gun, but they could not find the stun gun on the premises. Defendant admitted that he was served with an order of protection at the police station.

Defendant also admitted to a June 4, 2001, conversation with Vaccaro outside the marital residence. Vacarro warned defendant that he “was not supposed to be around” the home. Defendant, believing that Barbara would be at work, retrieved some tools and cigarettes from the sunroom. According to defendant, Vaccaro, not defendant, suggested that defendant borrow Vaccaro’s car. Defendant testified that he drove the car for only 25 minutes, and he denied conducting surveillance on Barbara.

Defendant testified that, on June 5, 2001, he left the work site in Naperville at about 1 p.m. and returned to Rockford. At 2 or 3 p.m., defendant wrote a note asking to speak with Barbara, and he placed it under the windshield wiper of Barbara’s car, which was parked at her workplace. After purchasing some hanging flower baskets, defendant drove toward Vaccaro’s home and saw what appeared to be a police car parked near the Purcell residence. Defendant pulled his truck into a field next to his property, and after the car left, defendant pulled into Vaccaro’s driveway. When defendant could not locate Vaccaro, he went to the Purcell residence.

Defendant hung the flower baskets on the deck and looked to see whether Barbara was home. Barbara arrived and told defendant that he was not supposed to be there, but she allowed him inside. Barbara and defendant sat in the living room and discussed the order of protection. Defendant accused Barbara of fabricating the stun gun attack, and she responded, “Well, I got you out of the house.” Barbara did not mention a divorce, but she told defendant that she wanted him away from the house for a while.

According to defendant, Barbara “ranted” about his presence, and both were angry and upset. Defendant went to the kitchen for a drink of water, and when he returned, Barbara “popped out, hit [defendant] on the mouth, [and] hit [defendant] with the flashlight.” Defendant testified that he and Barbara fought over the flashlight and edged toward the basement stairway. Barbara allegedly struck defendant’s mouth repeatedly with the flashlight until defendant grabbed it and struck her “two or three times at the very most.” Barbara slipped on a rug or some shoes that were lying at the top of the stairs. Barbara fell head-first and backwards down the stairs. She did not move, but defendant did not see any blood. Defendant asked whether she was alright, and Barbara told him to leave because she intended to call the police.

Defendant testified that he struck Barbara because he felt he was in danger from the flashlight and her kicking. Defendant took an overnight bag that Barbara had prepared for him and went to his brother’s home. The bag contained clothing, jewelry, papers, and collectible currency and coins. When he left, defendant believed that Barbara was not seriously injured, and he did not summon medical help because he feared punishment for violating the order of protection.

The parties and the trial court conferred over jury instructions and which exhibits should be sent to the jury. The State did not ask to send Vacarro’s grand jury testimony to the jury, but the jury requested it midway through its deliberations. Over defense counsel’s objection, the trial court granted the jury’s request. The jury found defendant guilty, the trial court sentenced him to natural life imprisonment, and this timely appeal followed.

Rockford Man Found Guilty of Killing His Wife
The People of the State of Illinos v Willard Purcell 2002 (affirmed)
Purcell Murder Verdict Upheld In Appeal
The People of the State of Illinos v Willard H. Purcell 2006 (affirmed)
The People of the State of Illinos v Willard H. Purcell 2013 (affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Killer Impression

INMATE INFORMATION

WillardPurcell prison mug

R25660 – PURCELL, WILLARD
Parent Institution: MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: MENARD

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 08/24/1946
Weight: 191 lbs.
Hair: Salt and Pepper
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Hazel

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
NONE RECORDED

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 11/20/2003
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: INELIGIBLE

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 01CF1783
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/STRONG PROB KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 10/27/2003
SENTENCE: LIFE
COUNTY: WINNEBAGO
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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