Deadly Duo: James Dekota Brunson and Anika Celeste Thorpe charged with the murder of Linda Diane Nemelka, who was shot in her car in her own driveway


Linda Diane Nemelka

Linda Diane Nemelka obituary
Find-A-Grave: Linda D Snideman Nemelka
Daughters of murdered Utah woman ‘grateful to have answers’ after suspects charged
Children of Linda Nemelka hope to find closure after charges filed in their mother’s death
Woman shot, killed while sitting in Millcreek driveway
Police identify woman shot, killed in Millcreek, continue to search for suspect
2 charged in mysterious killing of Millcreek woman last year
2 charged in unsolved killing of mother found shot dead in driveway
A mystery no more: how police say they found suspects in deadly Millcreek carjacking in 2020
2 charged in 2020 fatal shooting of Millcreek woman
Suspects in Linda Nemelka’s murder were on parole when she was killed
Utah bill, inspired by unsolved murder, keeps HOAs from prohibiting security cameras

Defendants
James Dekota Brunson
Anika Celeste Thorpe

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 226975
Offender Name: JAMES DEKOTA BRUNSON
DOB: Fri, 6 Dec 1996
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inches
Weight: 175
Sex: M
Location: UTAH STATE PRISON
Housing Facility: OQUIRRH
Parole Date: N/A
Aliases:
JAMES DEKOTA BRUNSON
SWIS
SWISS
SWISS
SWISS

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 234933
Offender Name: ANIKA CELESTE THORPE
DOB: Mon, 23 Mar 1998
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches
Weight: 180
Sex: F
Location: WASATCH CO JAIL
Housing Facility: N/A
Parole Date: 07/13/2021
Aliases:
ANIKA CELESTE THORPE

Monsters Among Us: Austin Boutain charged with the murder of ChenWei Guo, during a carjacking at the University of Utah; He is also a person of interest, along with his wife Kathleen, in a Colorado murder

Victims
Mitchell Bradford Ingle, 63
ChenWei Guo, 23

Statement from ChenWei Guo’s family:
“We are devastated by the loss of our son ChenWei, who brought immense joy into our lives and the lives of all who knew him. It is hard to capture in words his happy, positive outlook on life. ChenWei aspired to work in the future helping others to feel better about themselves. He was outgoing, adventurous, highly intellectual and a deeply faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was thankful to be able to share his testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ with many as a missionary in Provo.

We are grateful for the experiences ChenWei had in Utah and at the University of Utah. We are very moved by the outpouring of support and sympathy we have received from so many of his friends and even from those who did not know ChenWei personally. These expressions of remembrance and condolence have given us comfort.

We know many are interested in ChenWei’s story, but we respectfully ask for privacy at this time as we grieve our beloved son.”

Funeral for slain international U. student set for Monday
Friends, officials mourn death of U. student killed in shooting
Family of murdered U of U student ChenWei Guo releases statement
gofundme: Chenwei Guo Family Fund
1 dead, classes canceled at U. amid reports of shots fired
Suspect in U of U shooting a person of interest in Colorado homicide
Suspect in U of U homicide in custody, police say
Alleged U. shooter arrested following search
University of Utah shooting suspect shouted, ‘I love you Katie’ while being led to police vehicle
Police arrest suspected gunman in U. student’s death
Police arrest suspect in fatal carjacking at Univ. of Utah, also wanted for homicide in Colorado
Alert librarian credited with spotting suspect in fatal shooting of University of Utah student
Victim named in homicide connected to Austin Boutain
Couple Arrested In Murder In Golden RV Park
Arrest warrants issued to married couple suspected of Golden RV park homicide
Gunman who killed U. student tried to kidnap witness, police say
Austin Boutain: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Homeless man suspected in Golden trailer park murder wore his victim’s clothes, shoes
Court Records: Utah Suspect Admitted Killing Colorado Man

Defendants
Austin Jeffery Boutain
Kathleen Elizebeth Boutain

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Dale Lash raped and killed Lori Em Kotzbauer Hayes after carjacking her; Sentenced to LWOP


Lori Hayes

Find-A-Grave: Lori Em Kotzbauer Hayes
Lori Hayes, Dale Lash (GREAT article)
Lash was rape suspect before murder
Shirt in Hayes case may have been victim’s
Rape suspect charged in young mother’s killing
Defense works to spare Lash the death penalty
Court reaffirms Lash’s conviction
Lash loses second appeal

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Field of Nightmares

INMATE INFORMATION

K98128 – LASH, DALE
Parent Institution: MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: MENARD

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 10/01/1962
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Hazel

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT UPPER – GIRL ON BEACH

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 01/24/2003
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: INELIGIBLE

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: LIFE
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGG VEHICLE HIJACKING/FIREARM
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: KIDNAPING ARMED WITH FIREARM
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/FIREARM
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: X
COUNT: 4
OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 6 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: ARMED ROBBERY
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 6 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: 3
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGGRAVATED UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 3 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

Deadly Wives: Shajia Ayobi hired Jake Clark to kill her husband, Ghulam Ayobi; Sentenced to 26 years to life in prison


Ghulam Ayobi

Family Speaks Out after Fatal Carjacking
Family Of Murder Victim Makes Plea For Suspect Information
Wife Arrested In December Murder Of Sacramento Man
Murder-for-hire suspect claims innocence
Sacramento Woman Found Guilty In Husband’s Death
Wife Found Guilty in Staged Carjacking Death of Husband
Sacramento Woman Sentenced To 26 Years To Life For Murdering Husband
Slaying suspect says he didn’t do 2011 North Natomas killing
Jury convicts Jake Clark in murder-for-hire
Judge sentences Clark to 28 years to life in Ayobi killing
The People of the State of California v Shajia Ayobi 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Shajia Ayobi

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Deception

Defendants
Shajia Ayobi – convicted, sentenced to 26 years to life in prison
Jake Clark – convicted, sentenced to 28 years to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: AYOBI, SHAJIA
CDCR#: WE6903
Age: 51
Admission Date: 06/26/2013
Current Location: Womens Facility

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: CLARK, JAKE
CDCR#: AU2039
Age: 34
Admission Date: 08/05/2014
Current Location: RJ Donovan

Deadly Duo: Chadrick Evan Fulks and Brandon Leon Basham escaped from a KY prison, went on a crime spree, kidnapping and killing 2 women; Both given the federal death sentence

Victims
Samantha Burns, 19 [11/11/2002 Wayne County, West Virginia]
Alice Donovan, 44 [11/14/2002 Conway, SC]

A Place For Alice
Alice Louise Donovan obituary
Find-A-Grave: Alice Louise Ritchie Donovan
Find-A-Grave: Samantha Nicole Burns
CharleyProject: Samantha Nicole Burns
Police arrest escapee linked to abductions
Donovan and Burns News
Homicides—Alice Donovan/Samantha burns 2002
Arrests In S.C. Kidnap Case
Samantha Burns case timeline
Judge calls for 2 trials in murder, kidnapping
Jury begins deliberations in Fulks trial
Federal jury sentences Fulks to death
Death row inmate aids in search for his victim
FBI Used Death Row Inmate to Search for Samantha Burns
FBI reportedly let death row inmate help in search for victim’s remains
Human remains identified as those of Alice Donovan
Alice Donovan laid to rest
Chadrick Fulks FED DR Requests to be Executed
United States of America v Brandon Leon Basham 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
United States of America v Brandon Leon Basham 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
No new trial for Alice Donovan’s killer
United States of America v Chadrick Evan Fulks 2006 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
United States of America v Chadrick Evan Fulks 2012 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Kentucky man on death row for Horry County woman’s abduction, death loses federal appeal
Brandon Basham loses federal appeal
Judge Won’t Overturn Basham’s Death Sentence
Chadrick Evan Fulks – Federal Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
Three Days To Live: Alice Donovan

Defendants
Brandon Leon Basham – convicted of carjacking, kidnapping and murder of Alice Donovan, sentenced to death;
Chadrick Evan Fulks – convicted of carjacking, kidnapping and murder of Alice Donovan, sentenced to death;

INMATE INFORMATION

BRANDON LEON BASHAM
Register Number: 98940-071
Age: 35
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Terre Haute USP
Release Date: DEATH SENT

INMATE INFORMATION

CHADRICK EVAN FULKS
Register Number: 16617-074
Age: 39
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Terre Haute USP
Release Date: DEATH SENT

Monsters Among Us: Timoteo Rios killing Tina Rhnea Davila while she was protecting her 4-month-old baby; Sentenced to LWOP

remember-the-victims

tina-davila
Tina Rhnea Davila

Tina Rhnea Davila obituary
Find-A-Grave: Tina Rhnea Matt Davila
Reward doubled for Harris County mom’s accused killer
In killing blamed on immigrant, woman’s kin want answers
Suspect arrested in Houston mom’s carjacking death
Deal made to bring accused carjacker back to U.S.
Court date reset for man wanted for cap. murder
In killing blamed on immigrant, woman’s kin want answers
Mexican Extradited to Houston for Murder of Tina Davila
Trial for accused man in fatal ’08 carjacking to begin
Houston Sanctuary Killer Found Guilty
Man sentenced to life in fatal carjacking trial
Mexican national gets life for woman’s E. Houston slaying
Timoteo Rios v State of Texas 2012 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Shadow of Doubt: Fear and Loathing in Houston

INMATE INFORMATION

timoteo-rios

SID Number: 07963793
TDCJ Number: 01722391
Name: RIOS,TIMOTEO
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1984-10-06
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Current Facility: BILL CLEMENTS
Projected Release Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Parole Eligibility Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2008-04-16
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Date: 2011-06-09
County: HARRIS
Case No.: 116318001010
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 5555-55-55

Monsters Among Us: Gary and Linda Haas murder 8/2/2010 Santa Rosa, NM *John McCluskey, Casslyn Welch & Tracy Allen Province convicted, sentenced to prison*

Gary and Linda Haas
Gary and Linda Haas

Burned-Out Camper Owned By Oklahomans; Victims Remain Unidentified
2 Oklahomans Found in Burned Camper in New Mexico
Slain couple’s family hopes fugitives caught
Family of Murdered Tecumseh Couple Relieved by Fugitives’ Arrests
Escaped killer broke out of jail because he ‘didn’t want to die in prison’
John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch Under Tight Security in Rural Arizona Jail
Horrifying Details Of Haas Murders Emerge
Arizona fugitives charged with murder of Oklahoma couple
Feds Modify Indictment in Escapee-Murder Case
Prosecutors seek death penalty against escapees
Murder Suspect Wants Statements Tossed
Feds To Seek Death Penalty Against Prison Escapee-Murder Suspect
Tracy Allen Province and Casslyn Mae Welch Plead Guilty to Carjacking and Murder of Oklahoma Couple
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of Oklahoma couple
McCluskey draws 43 years for jail break
Lawyers want DNA kept out of murder suspect’s trial
Wikipedia: 2010 Arizona prison escape
Prison fugitive who killed Tecumseh couple dies in Colorado lockup

Movies/Documentaries
Passport to Murder: Gary and Linda Haas
See No Evil: Manhunt

Defendants
Tracy Allen Province – pled guilty, sentenced to 4 consecutive terms of LWOP
Casslyn Mae Welch – pled guilty, sentenced to 40 years in prison (federal prison, no parole)
John Charles McCluskey – convicted, sentenced to life in prison plus 235 years (federal prison, no parole) (died in federal prison)

INMATE INFORMATION

Casslyn Welch

CASSLYN MAE WELCH
Register Number: 61511-051
Age: 54
Race: White
Sex: Female
Located at: Carswell FMC
Release Date: 09/18/2044

INMATE INFORMATION

John McCluskey

JOHN CHARLES MCCLUSKEY
Register Number: 62787-051
Age: 52
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Florence ADMAX USP
Release Date: LIFE
Deceased: 03/07/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

ProvinceT info

Cannot locate him at this time

Deadly Duo: Anthony Earmond Marcus and Thomas Jamel Marcus killed Olivia Sigmon during a carjacking

Olivia SigmonOn 3 July 2004 at approximately 9:10 p.m., David Leslie (Leslie) was driving home to the Villager Hotel. When Leslie exited his car, he was approached by a man he did not know. The man asked Leslie for a ride and when Leslie refused, the man pulled out a revolver and stuck it in Leslie’s face. Leslie gave the man and his accomplice his keys and the two men drove off in Leslie’s white Geo Metro.

Later that night, the two men, later identified as Defendant and Defendant’s brother, Thomas, were involved in a car accident while driving Leslie’s vehicle. Defendant, who was the driver, exited the vehicle after the collision and approached Olivia Sigmon’s (Sigmon) vehicle. Sigmon’s vehicle was at the intersection where the accident occurred, but her vehicle was not involved in the collision. As Defendant approached, Sigmon asked if Defendant and his brother needed assistance. Defendant responded by pulling out a gun from under his t-shirt and demanding that she get out of the car. Sigmon had three passengers in the car: her boyfriend, James Moss, was in the front passenger seat, and her eleven-year-old daughter and her daughter’s ten-year-old friend both rode in the backseat. As Defendant yelled through the opened window at Sigmon to give him the car, he stuck the gun in between the seat and right against her back, near her left shoulder. Sigmon told Defendant, “[l]et me get my babies out,” and as Sigmon tried to take off her seat belt, Defendant shot her. After Defendant shot her, he continued to try to gain entry into the car. At this point, Moss took the steering wheel and pushed Sigmon’s leg on the pedal, accelerating the car through the intersection. Sigmon later died from her injuries

Murder trial starts for woman who was carjacked with child
14-Year-Old Charged With Murder
Final Good Samaritan Murder Case Ends with Guilty Plea
Justice delayed in Anthony Marcus case
State of North Carolina v Anthony Earmond Marcus 2011 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
I Am Homicide: The Crossroads

Defendants
Anthony Earmond Marcus – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Thomas Jamel Marcus – pled guilty to accessory after the fact, sentenced to 9.5 years to 12 years 2 months in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

AnthonyMarcus prison mug

ANTHONY E MARCUS
Offender Number: 0661324
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: BLACK
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Birth Date: 09/30/1982
Age: 33
Current Location: HARNETT CI

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: ACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: LIFE
Conviction Date: 04/19/2010
Projected Release Date: LIFE
Primary Crime: MURDER FIRST DEGREE (PRINCIPAL)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics: LIFE
Current Status: FELON
Admission Date: 04/22/2010
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MEDIUM
Next Custody Review: 11/01/2016
Current Location: HARNETT CI
Previous Location: PAMLICO CI
Last Movement : RECEIVED FROM PAMLICO CI
Last Movement Date: 11/03/2015
Escapes?: N

MarcusA info

INMATE INFORMATION

ThomasMarcus prison mug

THOMAS J MARCUS
Offender Number: 0908385
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: BLACK
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Birth Date: 08/26/1988
Age: 27
Current Location: LUMBERTON CI

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: ACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: 12 YEARS 2 MONTHS
Conviction Date: 06/10/2011
Projected Release Date: 12/26/2017
Primary Crime: MURDER FIRST DEGREE (ACCES A/F)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics: REGULAR
Current Status: FELON
Admission Date: 06/19/2011
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: REST.HOUS. DISCIPLINARY
Next Control Review: 06/30/2016
Custody Classification: MEDIUM
Next Custody Review: 11/01/2016
Current Location: LUMBERTON CI
Previous Location: LANESBORO C.I.
Last Movement : RECEIVED FROM LANESBORO C.I.
Last Movement Date: 01/14/2016

MarcusT info

Jazmyn June Jeppson murder 2/1/2016 Kaysville, UT *Anthony Santos Cruz charged with her murder that happened during a car jacking*

Jazmyn Jeppson
Jazmyn June Jeppson

Jazmyn June Jeppson obituary
Jazmyn Jeppson’s Funeral Fund GoFundMe
Jazmyn Jeppson remembered as role model who served others, lived with gusto
Returned missionary killed in carjacking crash in Centerville
Alleged carjacking and fatal crash closes Parrish Lane overpass near I-15
Bountiful man charged with murder in death of woman after carjacking
Man involved in carjacking charged with 1st degree murder of returned missionary
Police: Man accused of causing crash that killed Jazmyn Jeppson arrested
Driver who hit returned missionary while fleeing police charged with murder

INMATE INFORMATION

Anthony Cruz

Booking Number: 201600942
Name: CRUZ, ANTHONY SANTOS
When Booked: 2/5/2016 1:24:41 PM
Age: 27
Gender: M
Arresting Agency: KAYSVILLE PD
Housing Unit: Medical

Cruz charges

Cold Case: Brothers Jacobo and Angel Ruelas convicted of killing Kristopher Olinger, sentenced to LWOP

Kristopher Olinger
Kristopher Olinger

Trial of man accused in 1997 Monterey teen slaying set to begin
Angel Ruelas pleads guilty to murder of Pacific Grove teen
Kris Olinger’s family still in search of closure 16 years after his murder
Jacobo Ruelas found guilty in 1997 Pacific Grove teen murder
Pacific Grove murder case: Ruelas found guilty on all counts
Soledad thug convicted of brutal P.G. murder
Jacobo Ruelas sentenced to life without parole for 1997 Olinger murder
Soledad Man Sentenced in 1997 Murder of Teenager in Monterey
Kris Olinger murder: Even though case is concluded, there are still wounds that can be healed

Movies/Documentaries
Dead of Night: Speak No Evil
Detective: Speak No Evil

Defendants
Angel Ruelas – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Jacobo Ruelas – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

Angel Ruelas

Name: RUELAS, ANGEL
CDCR#: P45278
Age: 34
Admission Date: 07/07/1999
Current Location: Pleasant Valley

INMATE INFORMATION

Jacobo Ruelas

Name: RUELAS, JACOBO
CDCR#: AR7598
Age: 35
Admission Date: 11/01/2013

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