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    June 24: 1979: Lucinda Lynn “Cindy” Schaeffer was the first victim of the serial killer team of Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris. They kidnapped her in Redondo Beach, raped her and then strangled her with a coat hanger. Bittaker was sentenced to death and Norris was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2019.

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Monsters Among Us: Javier Righetti raped and killed 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba, because he “was bored”; Sentenced to death


Alyssa Otremba

Alyssa Page Otremba obituary
Facebook: In Loving Memory of Alyssa Otremba
Family and Former Neighbors Remember Alyssa Otremba
Metro Police investigating body found in northwest valley
Investigators return to scene of desert slaying
Vegas police: Slain teen randomly attacked
Police: Man confessed to rape, murder of 15-year-old girl
Man arrested in fatal attack on 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba in Las Vegas
Community Mourns the Loss of Murdered Teen
Alyssa Otremba’s accused killer confessed, Vegas police say
October hearing set for man accused in girl’s rape, stabbing death
No bail for suspect in Alyssa Otremba slaying
Testimony reveals slain Arbor View student was near safety
Judge tosses plea in slaying of Arbor View freshman
Opening statements started Thursday in Javier Righetti’s capital murder trial

Witnesses testify on day two of Javier Righetti’s teen murder trial
Death penalty trial for a man accused in rape, murder of 15-year-old postponed
Javier Righetti found GUILTY in Alyssa Otremba murder trial
Righetti found guilty in 2011 murder of Alyssa Otremba
Las Vegas jury in Javier Righetti murder case hears about prior attacks
Jury recommends death penalty for Javier Righetti
Javier Righetti sentenced to death in murder of Alyssa Otremba
Jury sentences Javier Righetti to death in murder of Alyssa Otremba

INMATE INFORMATION

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Pamela Williams murder 11/30/2013 Atlanta, GA *Trio known as a “death squad” broke into her home and killed her during a home invasion; All sentenced to life in prison*


Pamela Williams

Family grieves death of loved one killed in home invasion

Read more: http://www.cbs46.com/story/24126509/family-grieves-death-of-love-one-killed-in-home-invasion#ixzz4kUKp2ziw
Fulton County Police Make 3 Arrests in the Murder of 43yo, Pamela Williams
Trial to begin in Fulton County woman’s death
Accused shooter gives condolences to victim’s family before testifying in trial
3 men guilty of killing Target store manager in home invasion
3 guilty in 2013 deadly home invasion
‘Death squad’ found guilty of murdering Target manager
3 get life sentences for murdering Target manager
‘Death squad’ gets life for murdering Target manager

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Calls: Death Comes Knocking

Defendants
Jonathan Banks – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
James Calhoun – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
James Sims – convicted, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: BANKS, JONATHON CURTIS
GDC ID: 0001269961

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1990
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’09”
WEIGHT: 205
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: GA DIAG CLASS PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE, W/O PAROLE

CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. BANKS,JOHNATHAN
A.K.A. BANKS,JONATHAN
A.K.A. BANKS,JONATHON
A.K.A. BANKS,JONATHON CURTIS
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 836228
OFFENSE: POSS FIREARM CONVCT FELON
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 5 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 836228
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 836228
OFFENSE: BURG 1ST AFT 6/30/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 20 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 836228
OFFENSE: POSS OF FIREARM DUR CRIME
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 5 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

CASE NO: 749566
OFFENSE: THEFT BY TAKING
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/11/2011
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 749566
OFFENSE: BURG BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/11/2011
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 749566
OFFENSE: ATMPT BURGLARY
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 12/20/2007
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 05/08/2017
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 02/06/2012
INCARCERATION END: 08/12/2013

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: CALHOUN, JAMES WILLIAM
GDC ID: 1001585763

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1994
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’08”
WEIGHT: 145
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: GA DIAG CLASS PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. CALHOUN,JAMES
A.K.A. CALHOUN,JAMES WILLIAM
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 837431
OFFENSE: POSS OF FIREARM DUR CRIME
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 5 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 837431
OFFENSE: BURG 1ST AFT 6/30/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 20 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 837431
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 06/13/2017
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: SIMS, JAMES
GDC ID: 1001936973

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1994
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 6’01”
WEIGHT: 152
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: COFFEE CORR FACILITY
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. SIMS,JAMES
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 831532
OFFENSE: POSS OF FIREARM DUR CRIME
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 5 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 831532
OFFENSE: BURG 1ST AFT 6/30/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: 20 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 831532
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 11/30/2013
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/19/2017
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE

Monsters Among Us: Juan Rosario beat 83-year-old Elena Ortega, then set her house on fire, burning her alive; Sentenced to death


Elena Ortega

83-Year-Old Woman Murdered In Home On Orange County’s East Side
Elderly woman’s murder unsolved 1 year later
$5,000 reward offered in elderly woman’s death
Deputies seek help in homicide of Orlando woman
Friends of woman burned in Orange County home urge suspect to come forward
Person of interest named in killing of 83-year-old Elena Ortega
Two named persons of interest after slain elderly woman found in burned home
Friends, neighbors relieved arrest made in death of Elena Ortega
SO: Suspect already in jail indicted in 2013 murder of elderly woman
Murder case that governor took away from Aramis Ayala goes to trial Monday
Murder trial continues for man accused of killing 83-year-old woman
Man accused of killing 83-year-old found guilty of first-degree murder, arson
Sentencing phase begins for man convicted of killing 83-year-old Orange County woman
Jury considers death penalty in Juan Rosario murder trial
Jury recommends death penalty for Juan Rosario in 83-year-old woman’s killing
Jury: Man should be executed for murdering 83-year-old woman
Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Juan Rosario in 2013 FL Murder of 83-year-old Elena Ortega

INMATE INFORMATION

ROSARIO, JUAN

Booking Number: 14042321
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Last Known Location: Orlando, Fl
Cell: n/a
Date Booked: 12/01/2014
Time Booked: 03:01am
Number of Holds: 3 undisclosed – 002
Notes: None
Charges

Case Sequence: 829
Case Status: Presentenced
#Bond Amount: 0.00
Police Case Number: n/a
Arresting Agency: Orange County Sheriff Office
Charge/Court Case Number: First Degree Murder
2014CF014049AO
Court Location: CIRCUIT
—————————
Case Sequence: 830
Case Status: Presentenced
#Bond Amount: 0.00
Police Case Number: n/a
Arresting Agency: Orange County Sheriff Office
Charge/Court Case Number: Arson Struct. Known/believed To Be Occup.
2014CF014049AO
Court Location: CIRCUIT
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Deadly Neighbors: Joseph Campbell shot and killed Tim Newman over property boundaries; Sentenced to 20 years in prison


Tim Newman

Tim Newman obituary
Murder trial of Joseph Campbell gets underway in Helena
Testimony continues in Joseph Campbell murder trial
Campbell Trial: Jury presented physical evidence
Mistrial declared in Campbell homicide trial
State to re-try Augusta-area man in neighbor’s death
Joseph Campbell pleads no contest in the shooting death of Tim Newman
Joseph Campbell pleads no contest in the shooting death of Tim Newman
Campbell pleads no contest to negligent homicide
Widow of slain man continues civil suit against Joseph Campbell
Tim Newman’s Wife Settled Lawsuit With Joe Campbell, Wife Tani
Newman murder and Campbell trial will be featured on “Dateline”
TV show to look at Augusta area shooting death over public access

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Feud
Fear Thy Neighbor: Mountain of Madness


Joseph Campbell

Update: Jenny Gamez and Laura Simonson murders *Steven Mark Zelich pled guilty to each, sentenced to 35 years in prison on each, to be served consecutively*

Laura Simonson and Jenny Gamez

Victims
Laura Simonson, 37 [2013 Farmington, MN]
Jenny Gamez, 19 [2012 Cottage Grove, WI]

Ex-Wisconsin policeman pleads guilty to Minnesota killing
Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty In Suitcase Slaying
Fmr. cop pleads guilty to killing teen, ditching body in suitcase
35 years in prison for Steven Zelich, who pleaded guilty in death of Jenny Gamez
Zelich Gets 35 Years In Wisconsin Suitcase Murder, Minnesota Case Ahead
Ex-officer sentenced for killing woman, dumping body
“Laura and Mr. Zelich were not strangers:” Police in Rochester provide new details in death of Laura Simonson
Former Wisconsin police officer pleads guilty to murdering Minnesota woman
Ex-cop pleads guilty to 2nd murder in suitcase bodies killings
Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Death Of Minn. Woman Found In Suitcase

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: ZELICH, STEVEN M
DOC #: 00641646
Birth Year: 1961
Age: 55
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 200
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Dodge Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 217
Region Unit Agent: 2 17 09
1212 60th ST
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 653-7150
Maximum Discharge Date: 06/16/2059
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: 06/16/2049
Parole Eligibility Date:

Not Guilty: Cherelle Baldwin acquitted of killing ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Brown, while trying to escape his abuse


Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown obituary
Woman Killed Boyfriend With Car: Cops
Connecticut woman crushes lover to death with car: cops
Mistrial for Woman Accused of Ramming Boyfriend to Death
This Woman Is On Trial For Killing A Man She Says Tried To Kill Her
Jury Begins Deliberations In Trial Of Woman Accused Of Killing Her Alleged Abuser
Woman found not guilty in boyfriend’s death
Bridgeport Woman Accused of Fatally Hitting Boyfriend With Car Found Not Guilty
Woman Accused Of Murdering Her Abusive Ex Goes Free After Almost 3 Years Behind Bars
Cherelle Baldwin on Being Found Not Guilty for Defending Herself Against Abusive Ex
Facebook: Cherelle Baldwin is Innocent

Movies/Documentaries
Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris: Abused or Abuser?


Cherelle Brown with her son

Deadly Wives: Frances Hall killed her husband, Bill Hall, in a road rage incident – an act of “sudden passion”; Sentenced to 2 years in prison


Bill Hall Jr

Bill Hall Jr obituary
Murder trial witness: husband had cheated for three years when flung from his Harley
9 shocking revelations from the Frances Hall murder trial
Convicted of murder, widow insists she didn’t kill San Antonio trucking tycoon husband
Mistress’ testimony debunked in murder trial of Frances Hall
Hall to serve 2 years for husband’s murder jury called ‘crime of sudden passion’
Convicted San Antonio widow gets lightest possible sentence for killing husband
Slain multimillionaire’s mistress says she forgives his wife
48 Hours: Weighing morality in a murder case


Bonnie Contreras – the mistress

Movies/Documentaries
48 Hours: Driven to Extremes

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 50374492
TDCJ Number: 02087663
Name: HALL,FRANCES ARCELIE
Race: W
Gender: F
DOB: 1963-07-06
Maximum Sentence Date: 2018-09-07
Current Facility: MURRAY
Projected Release Date: 2018-09-07
Parole Eligibility Date: 2018-09-07

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