Deadly Wives: Leah Joy Ward killed and decapitated her husband, Ejaz Ahmad; Sentenced to life in prison

Ejaz Ahmad

Find-A-Grave: Ejaz Ahmad
State of Tennessee v Leah Joy Ward 2007 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Leah Ward v State of Tennessee 2021 (affirmed)
PenPal Request

“She Is Evil!”: Madness and Murder in Memphis (GREAT book – I highly recommend it)

Evil Stepmothers: Beyond Repair
Women Behind Bars: Fatal Attractions



Monsters Among Us: Former cop, Matthew Clay Owens shot Sonya Ivanoff in the head; Sentenced to 101 years in prison

Sonya Ivanoff

Find-A-Grave: Sonya Dora Nitcuk Ivanoff
Nome police must work to regain trust after officer charged with murder
Ex-police officer on trial in Alaska killing
A Missing Woman’s Case Is Re-Examined 18 Years Later in Evil in Alaska
Matthew C. Owens v State of Alaska 2010 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Owens’ Murder Conviction Stands
‘I Believe He Was Gonna Kill Again’: Alaska Cop Murders Native Girl, Then Stages Attack On Himself

104. Cold Justice: Sonya Ivanoff

The Face of Evil: Seeds of Death
Fatal Frontier: Evil in Alaska


Age 46
Gender Male
Race White

Ethnicity Non-Hispanic
ID Number 487933
Custody Status Date May 08, 2018 01:06 PM AKDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail US Federal Bureau of Prisons
Book Date Jun 16, 2005 12:00 AM AKDT
Scheduled Release Aug 07, 2072 11:00 PM AKST

US Federal Bureau of Prisons

Deadly Duo: Evan James Miller and Colby Smith beat Cole Columbus Cannon to death with a baseball bat and robbed him and set his house on fire; Both sentenced to life in prison

Cole Cannon

Cole Columbus Cannon obituary
Find-A-Grave: Cole Columbus Cannon
Teen gets life for capital murder
Youth gets life without parole for murder, fire
Evan Miller apologizes to family of Cole Cannon ‘for stealing that joy’ from their lives
Lawrence man whose murder case went to Supreme Court again gets life without parole
Evan Miller resentenced to life without parole for murder he committed at age 14
Alabama juvenile lifer appeals life without parole sentence
Murderpedia: Evan James Miller
North Alabama family fights to keep their father’s killers behind bars during pandemic
North Alabama family leans on faith while awaiting judge’s decision in their father’s murder case
Wikipedia: Miller v Alabama

Evan James Miller – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Colby Smith – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison (has a chance at parole)



Cold Case: Diego Santiago Hernandez-Antonia charged with the murder of Isabel Sanchez Bernal, whose body was found in a shallow grave in Shady Rest Park

Arrest in two decades old Mono County killing
Suspect In Killing Of Woman Found In Shallow Grave Nabbed After 18 Years With Modern DNA Technology
Finding a Killer
Arrest in killing of woman found in shallow grave in 2003
Arrest in killing of woman found in shallow grave in 2003
Murder Case Solved After 18 Years; Mammoth Man in Custody
A Woman Was Found Buried in a Shallow Grave 18 Years Ago. Now Deputies Have Arrested a Suspect in Her Cold Case Murder.


Age 47
Gender Male
Race Unknown

Ethnicity Hispanic
Date of Birth Oct 24, 1973
ID Number 145219
Custody Status Date Aug 13, 2021 08:59 AM PDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Mono County Jail
Book Date Aug 13, 2021 08:48 AM PDT

Mono County Jail
25 Emigrant Street
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-7549

Cold Case: Andy Castillo charged with the 2003 murder of Cynthia JoAnn Palacio, whose body was left on the side of the road

Cynthia JoAnn Palacio

Find-A-Grave: Cynthia JoAnn Palacio
Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details: Cynthia Palacio
Arrest Made in 17-Year-Old Lubbock County Cold Case
Man arrested in 17-year-old Lubbock cold case murder of young mother
Arrest made in 2003 cold case murder of Cynthia Palacio
DNA match leads to arrest in 17-year-old Lubbock cold case homicide
Man arrested for slaying a 21-year-old woman after more than 17 years
Man arrested – tied to young woman found murdered in Lubbock County in 2003


Monsters Among Us: Eugene Keltner charged with the murder of David “Ray” Ninemire in 2003, the only murder ever in Westwood, KS

David “Ray” Ninemire

Eugene Keltner is currently in prison for involuntary manslaughter for the 7/7/2004 shooting death of Miguel A. Morales in Kansas City, KS.

Find-A-Grave: David R “Ray” Ninemire
Westwood Police Asking for Help in Cold Case Murder
Westwood’s only homicide remains unsolved
First-degree murder charges announced in Westwood’s only recorded homicide
Arrest announced in 2003 homicide in Kansas City suburb
Murder charges announced for Westwood’s first and only recorded homicide
Arrest announced in 2003 homicide in Kansas City suburb


Psycho For Love: Trevor Frederick stabbed Christopher Mariconi to death and also stabbed & paralyzed his ex-girlfriend, Jenae Aragosa because she refused to meet him; Sentenced to 42 years to life in prison

Find-A-Grave: Christopher S. Mariconi, II
Christopher S. Mariconi, II’s Short Life Story
Date with Death – Ex on trial for murder of co-ed’s beau
‘You Made Me Kill My Girl,’ She Heard
Convict guilty of murder in NYC fatal fall of rival
Man handed 25-years-to life sentence for murder (several articles)
The People of the State of New York v Trevor Frederick 2010 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Dates From Hell: Piece of My Heart
Your Worst Nightmare: He Seems Perfect


Identifying and Location Information
As of 12/23/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 07A5514
Date of Birth 11/13/1977
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility AUBURN
Date Received (Original) 10/05/2007
Date Received (Current) 12/07/2011
County of Commitment NEW YORK
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences.
As of 12/23/17

Class A1

Class B

Class B

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 12/23/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0042 Years, 01 Months, 18 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 12/19/2045
Parole Hearing Date 08/2045
Parole Eligibility Date 12/19/2045
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Deadly Wives: Barbara Garcia poisoned her husband, Cipriano Garcia, with insulin to kill him so he could not take her off of his bank accounts, due to her gambling; Sentenced to 55 years in prison

From Barbara Garcia’s appeal: On October 30, 2003, Garcia and her husband, Cipriano Garcia (Cipriano), began arguing at their residence in Hobart. Cipriano eventually told Garcia that he was going to leave in the morning and remove her name from his bank accounts and that she would never receive another “dime” from him. Tr. p. 661. Garcia became afraid that, upon going to the bank, Cipriano would notice that she had withdrawn approximately $4,000 to give to Tammy, Garcia’s daughter and Cipriano’s stepdaughter.

Garcia prepared a cup of coffee for Cipriano, dissolving Klonopin and Artane in the beverage to cause him to fall asleep. After he drank the coffee and fell asleep, Garcia retrieved insulin that she had previously taken from Tammy, who is diabetic, and injected Cipriano with a lethal amount of the drug. Garcia—a Licensed Practical Nurse—intended to inject enough insulin into Cipriano to kill him because she did not want him to go to the bank the next day.

Once Cipriano was dead, Garcia tried to move his body by using a rug. While Garcia was dragging the body, Tammy entered the house. Garcia told Tammy that Cipriano had
died from a heart attack and that they needed to dispose of the body so that Garcia could still receive his retirement and social security checks. Tammy agreed to help, and the two women dragged the body into the garage. They were unable at that time to lift the body into the back of Garcia’s truck, however, so they went inside and watched television. The following day was Halloween, and after Garcia and Tammy handed out candy to the children in the neighborhood, they again attempted—and again failed—to lift the body into the truck. The following night, they again failed in moving the body. The following day, after going to a party, Garcia and Tammy finally succeeded in moving the body into the truck by using a blue tarp, a board, electrical cords, and another vehicle.

Garcia drove Cipriano’s body to a lake in Illinois, where she moved the body out of the truck and down the edge of a slope alongside the lake. Because it was beginning to rain
and the slope was becoming slippery, Garcia left the body halfway down the slope covered in a rug, a blue tarp, and electrical cords and tied to cinder blocks. Subsequently, a passerby discovered the body and notified police.

Cipriano Garcia obituary
Wife charged with murdering 71-year-old husband
Police: Wife poisoned husband, went to salon
Daughter charged with moving dead dad
Barbara Garcia guilty of murder
Barbara Joy Garcia v State of Indiana 2006 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Sins of a Hobart wife
Tammy Garcia pleads guilty to moving body
Sins of a Hobart wife

Snapped: Barbara Garcia
Deadly Women: The Liar’s Club

Barbara Garcia – convicted, sentenced to 55 years in prison
Tammy Garcia – pled guilty to helping move his body, sentenced to 18 months in prison


DOC Number 152454
First Name BARBARA
Middle Name J
Last Name GARCIA
Date of Birth 05/25/1942
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana Women’s Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 4/10/2028

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 11/15/2005
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 55 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 45G01-0311-MR-00009
County of Conviction LAKE
Projected Release Date 04/10/2028


DOC Number 152452
First Name TAMMY
Middle Name J
Last Name GARCIA
Date of Birth 09/26/1961
Gender Female
Race Hispanic
Facility/Location Discharge

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 11/22/2005
Term in Years / Months / Days 01 06 00000
Type of Conviction FD
Indiana Citation Code 36-2-14-17
Cause Number 45G01-0311-FD-00234
County of Conviction LAKE
Projected Release Date 05/20/2007

Deadly Wives: Constance Tomich got 2 teens to kill her husband, Ronald Tomich, so she would not have to divorce him; She was sentenced to 85 years in prison

Ronald M. Tomich obituary
Find-A-Grave: Ronald M Tomich
Ronald Tomich’s family offers insight
16-year-old girl charged in murder of Linton man
Zitterman, Bixler’s lives have changed
16-year-old girl admits to murder
Zitterman receives 30 years in prison
Teen Sentenced To 20 Years For Role In Murder Plot
Tomich’s daughter subject of courtroom talk
Judge rules Tomich competent
Constance Tomich sentenced
Zitterman offers details of murder
Inside prison walls, volunteers change inmates’ lives and their own
Snapped Premiered ‘Constance Tomich’ on Oxygen: Navy Veteran Ronald Tomich Found Fatally Shot in Indiana Home on Valentine’s Day (February 10, 2019)

Killer Kids: Mommie Dearest
Blood Relatives: Bloody Valentine
Snapped: Constance Tomich

Constance Tomich – pled guilty but mentally ill to murder and conspiracy; sentenced to 55 + 30 years consecutively
Melissa Zitterman Harper – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison; released 05/12/2012
Aaron Issac Bixler – pled guilty to conspiracy; sentenced to house arrest and probation


DOC Number 139970
Middle Name B
Last Name TOMICH
Date of Birth 02/21/1968
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana Women’s Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 03/08/2042

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/29/2004
Description AIDING / MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 55 00 00000
Type of Conviction FA
Indiana Citation Code 35-41-2-4
Cause Number 28C01-0303-MR-35
County of Conviction GREENE
Projected Release Date 03/08/2027

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/29/2004
Term in Years / Months / Days 30 00 00000
Type of Conviction FA
Indiana Citation Code 35-41-5-2
Cause Number 28C01-0303-MR-35
County of Conviction GREENE
Projected Release Date 03/08/2042


DOC Number 122974
First Name MELISSA
Middle Name C
Date of Birth 09/10/1986
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Returned to court authority on release
Earliest Possible Release Date 05/12/2012

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 07/28/2003
Term in Years / Months / Days 20 00 00000
Type of Conviction FA
Indiana Citation Code 35-41-5-2
Cause Number 28C01-0303-MR-38
County of Conviction GREENE
Projected Release Date 05/12/2012

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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