Hello and kinda of a request!

Hello everyone! I am sorry for the lack of new posts lately. I have been sick (I do not have the virus) but am slowly on the mend now. I am still in self-quarantine now, per the hospital staff request, so I am actually listening for a change! At this moment I am feeling a bit better, so I am going to try to get a post or two in today. Try being the keyword!

Lately I know I have had some requests on updates. However, being the forgetful person I am, I have forgotten some of them. Except for Neriah Roberts (who seems to have disappeared into thin air, kinda) who is charged in the murder of Tierra Lechall Adams and their unborn child. He is out of jail, but many motions have been filed. But almost 5 years after his arrest and no trial? Hinkey to me. Anyway, if you have any requests for updates, please comment them below so that I see them in one place right now. Stan, I know you had a few, so if you can, will you put them here? You had some really good ones, too.

Also, I know I have technically missed several cases I wanted to post on, and I will. I have paid attention and do have a list. If there are any you want to suggest, please do!


My Kitties, Misty and Mewsette, just wanted to say hi!!!!

Al Jazeera America Presents “The System with Joe Berlinger”

New 8-part Documentary Series from Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker Asks Whether Justice is Being Served in America

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NEW YORK, NY –“The System with Joe Berlinger,” an original documentary series premiering Sunday, May 18 at 9 PM ET/6 PT on Al Jazeera America, explores controversial cases across the farthest reaches of the American justice system, asking whether justice is being served.

In this eight-part series, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger guides the audience through a hard look at some of the most pressing issues plaguing the system: flawed forensics, faulty eyewitness testimony, juvenile justice, mandatory minimum sentencing and more.

Al Jazeera America’s documentary unit brings critically-acclaimed, long-form storytelling to audiences on Sunday evenings as part of the “Al Jazeera America Presents” strand. Most recently, the channel aired “Borderland,” a four-part documentary series that follows ordinary Americans confronting the realities of illegal immigration.

On Sunday, May 18th, “The System with Joe Berlinger” begins by looking at false confessions. There are a total of 1,304 exonerations listed in The National Registry of Exonerations; nearly half of the individuals exonerated had spent a minimum of 8 years in prison. Twenty-eight percent (28%) were cleared in part with the help of DNA evidence, and in almost two-thirds (62%) of the cases that are overturned by DNA evidence, the defendant gave a false statement.

We meet Nevada’s Kirstin “Blaise” Lobato, who has twice been convicted for the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of a homeless man in Las Vegas…without any physical evidence tying her to the scene. And, she says she never confessed to the crime –instead, she admitted to stabbing a man in self-defense after he attempted to rape her. We follow Lobato’s legal defense team as they try to convince the Clark County DA to examine DNA evidence that was collected, but never tested.

In New York, we meet Jeffrey Deskovic, who was arrested for the brutal rape and slaying of a high school classmate in Peekskill, NY. Police officers subjected the 16-year-old to seven hours of withering interrogation, and after confessing he eventually spent 16 years in prison begging prosecutors to test DNA evidence, during which time he contemplated suicide. When new Westchester County DA Janet DiFiore was elected, she decided to test a semen sample taken from the victim’s body and found it matched another inmate, Steven Cunningham. In 2006, Deskovic was released and now works to help the wrongfully convicted through the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice.

On Sunday, May 25th at 9pm ET, “The System with Joe Berlinger” examines mandatory minimum sentencing and the effect these laws have had on various families. In Florida, 58-year-old Orville Lee Wollard is serving 20 years after being found guilty for aggravated assault in 2009. He maintains he was firing a warning shot at the belligerent boyfriend of his youngest daughter, Sarah Wollard, who was 16 years old at the time. Because Wollard considered himself innocent, he rejected a plea bargain for no jail time and five years’ probation. Instead, he went to trial, was found guilty and had to serve the legislated mandate of 20 years under the controversial 10-20-Life statute.

The episode also focuses on the rampant gun violence in Chicago and an effort by law enforcement, the mayor and legislators to instate a tougher mandatory minimum gun bill that would increase prison sentences for certain gun crimes like possession of an illegal firearm. The episode highlights two different gun crimes that might have been prevented had this mandatory minimum gun law been in effect: the case of 16-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was murdered by a gang member and 4-year-old Deonta Howard who was shot in the face. Both men accused of these crimes had prior gun charges and received little or no jail time. In 2013, Chicago’s homicide rate was 15 per 100,000 people — nearly four time New York City’s current rate. The city’s gunshot victimization rate, including nonfatal and fatal, is 62.1 per 100,000 people. Within that rate, black males are victims at a rate of 1 in 200.

In the show, we meet opponents of the mandatory sentencing bill, including Co-Leader of the Black Caucus State Representative Ken Dunkin, who believes mandatory minimums are an ineffective, expensive, antiquated method which traps people inside prison, forces people to plea, and clogs jails. Ultimately, the bill was postponed due to parliamentary requests for various reports by Ken Dunkin. In November 2013, a contingent of black lawmakers, led by Ken Dunkin, blocked a vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Zalewski, to impose tougher penalties for illegal gun possession.

On Sunday, June 1st at 9pm ET, “The System with Joe Berlinger” looks at an FBI scandal involving manipulated forensic evidence that goes back over 30 years and may have had a profound impact of literally thousands of cases. In Baltimore, we meet John Huffington, who spent 32 years in prison after he was convicted of brutally murdering a couple in a drug-fueled rage in 1981. Last summer he walked free after DNA testing proved that the hair evidence used to convict him was not his hair.

We also meet Willie Manning, sentenced to death in 1992 for the murder of two college students in Starkville, Mississippi using similar evidence. Last year, just hours before Manning was scheduled to die, the court stayed his execution after the FBI admitted that the forensic evidence used to convict him was flawed. Viewers uncover troubling information about how forensic analysis is used in America’s courtrooms. Do common specialties such as bite mark matching, handwriting analysis and burn pattern analysis have real scientific merit? Are the roles of hair fiber analysis, carpet fiber analysis, blood spatter pattern analysis and other investigative tools routinely overstated in court?

Five more episodes of “The System with Joe Berlinger” will explore mistaken eyewitness identification, issues with juvenile sentencing, stop-and-frisk and other policing strategies, the changing face of parole and prosecutorial misconduct.

“The System with Joe Berlinger” is directed and executive produced by Joe Berlinger and RadicalMedia for Al Jazeera America.

To learn more about the film, visit: The System

Guest Post: What Makes A Killer?

Guns
Source: Top-Criminal-Justice-Schools.net

Crimes Through Time

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Crimes Through Time Infographic
Source: eLocalLawyers.com

Courtesy of Melissa Jackson at eLocal.com

Women Behind Bars: Alice Knestaut and Sarah Allen

The documentary series profiles women from all walks of life, from gang members to grandmothers, engineers and former police officers, who have been convicted of murder. With exclusive interviews with the inmates, direct from location in medium and maximum-security prisons, each woman tells her unique story about why she felt compelled to use violence as a solution or did she?

In a dramatic, point-counterpoint format, prosecutors and defense attorneys, police, and psychological experts give their differing views on the crime while the families of the victim and the inmate describe the gut-wrenching impact on their lives. Each episode is a compelling look into the lives of women who took the wrong turn at the wrong time, and ended up behind bars and are now paying the heavy consequences for their actions. The series also explores how the women have come to terms with their crimes while incarcerated and if and how they have turned their lives around.

Alice Knestaut & Sarah Allen Tuesday, July 6 at 10pm | 9c

The first of these stories features Alice Knestaut, who along with several co-defendants, was convicted for her role in the slaying of two men in a drug robbery gone wrong. Both men, bound in duct tape, with pillow cases over their heads, were shot on a bridge off a county road in Florida. Knestaut received two life sentences for her role in the crimes. She claims that she cooperated with her co-defendants because she feared for the lives of her family. Alice Knestaut bio

On July 9, 1996, at 2 a.m., a 40-year-old drifter named Gregory “Rooster” Slaght was fatally shot at the Maple Leaf Motel in Sarasota, Florida. There was little physical evidence at the scene to tie to a suspect. Five months later a police informant pointed to gang member Sarah Allen as the shooter. As part of an undercover operation, Allen was tape recorded as bragging about the murder in order to earn a teardrop tattoo, a status symbol in her gang. She was arrested, charged with armed robbery and first-degree murder, and subsequently convicted of both charges. Allen, who maintains her innocence, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. She never received the teardrop tattoo. Sarah Allen bio

Women Behind Bars

Fugitive: Adalberto Lua Jr.

Adalberto Lua Jr
Adalberto Lua Jr.

Adalberto Lua Jr. is wanted in connection to the December 28, 2007 murder of Anthony Diaz in Bullhead City, AZ.

Wanted: Adalberto Lua Jr
AMW: Adalberto Lua Jr.
BHC Fugitive May Be In Southern Cal
Unsolved murders continue to plague law enforcement (about 1/3 way down)
Bullhead City police seek suspect in Christmas week slaying

Breaking News: Missing Child (since 1991) – Jaycee Lee Dugard found alive! *Phillip and Nancy Garrido arrested and charged*`

Jaycee Lee Dugard
Jaycee Lee Dugard, as she looked like when abducted and age-progressed

Girl missing since 1991 found alive; two arrested
Kidnapped California Girl Comes Forward 18 Years Later, Sex Offender and Wife in Custody
18 Years Later: Has Jaycee Lee Dugard Returned?
Meet Phillip Craig Garrido (Great Post by Steve Huff)
Jaycee Dugard, Abducted in 1991, Has Been Found Alive And Well?
Kidnapped California girl resurfaces 18 years later
Sex offender’s neighborhood searched as woman kidnapped 18 years ago emerges [updated]
Woman abducted 18 years ago had two girls with one of her alleged captors, authorities say
Police: Sex offender, wife arrested in kidnap
Jaycee Lee Dugard Abduction: Phillip & Nancy Garrido Arrested
Suspect in Jaycee Dugard Abduction has a Blog
Phillip Garrido’s blog

garridos
Phillip Garrido Nancy Garrido

This Week On America’s Most Wanted

amw-log

NationwideMEXICAN DRUG VIOLENCE INFECTS AMERICA… John Walsh and America’s Most Wanted investigate the dark heart of the war on drugs, taking viewers to the source of the violence that’s spilled over our borders and is infecting American cities. Thousands of people have been killed in Mexico, as the drug cartels battle the government and each other for control of a multi-billion dollar illicit business.

MEXICAN DRUG VIOLENCE INFECTS AMERICA

Douglas, Arizona JOAQUIN “CHAPO” GUZMAN-LOERA … When Mexican authorities seized 23.5 tons of cocaine from a ship at a port in Manzanillo last year, governments north and south of the border bolstered search efforts for the man they say is responsible: one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, Joaquin Guzman-Loera. The seizure — deemed to be by far the largest in Mexico’s history — had an estimated street value of $2.7 billion.

JOAQUIN “CHAPO” GUZMAN-LOERA

Phoenix, ArizonaPHOENIX GROUND ZERO… Phoenix, Ariz. is the nation’s fifth largest city — a fast-growing metropolis that’s become Ground Zero for a unique problem that has law enforcement coming face to face with a new form of an age-old crime. In the Valley of the Sun, the new trend in kidnapping for ransom is criminals targeting other criminals. Because of Arizona’s prime location on the U.S.-Mexico border, police say that most kidnap victims and suspects have ties back to Mexico’s seedy underworld.

Laredo, TexasJOSEPH GARCIA… At only 21-years-old, cops say accused killer Joseph Garcia is a member of the Zetas, the main enforcement group for the Mexican Gulf Drug Cartel. Police say Garcia killed for the first time in 2003, and in November of 2008, the U.S. Marshals named him to their 15 Most Wanted list.

JOSEPH GARCIA

Phoenix, ArizonaPHOENIX GUNS… A large number of the high-powered weapons smuggled into Mexico and used by killer drug cartels begin their journey south after being purchased in the U.S. Many of the weapons are sold by gun dealers in the four border states: California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.

Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaBRITTANEE MARIE DREXEL… Brittanee Marie Drexel, a 17-year-old high school junior, disappeared during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. late last month. Cops have had little to go on but are now investigating a possible sighting of Brittanee at a convenience store just outside of Myrtle Beach.

BRITTANEE MARIE DREXEL

Skamania, WashingtonMICHAEL AND TEVEN COLLINS… Thanks to AMW tipsters, Michael Collins and his 16-year-old son Teven were captured in late March after allegedly attacking a skier in Washington State and making off with his SUV. The Collins boys are charged with attempted murder and first degree robbery and are now awaiting trial.

MICHAEL AND TEVEN COLLINS

This Week On America’s Most Wanted

Albuquerque, New Mexico WESLEY WILLIAMS CAPTURE… An airing of AMW has helped solve one of New Mexico’s biggest murder mysteries. Police are charging Wesley Williams with a murder that went unsolved for nine years: the shooting death of Sandra Jean Brady, whose unidentified body was discovered buried in the desert outside Albuquerque.

Wesley Williams Capture

NationwideGANG TECC Most Wanted…With the rise in gang-related violence becoming a problem nationwide, America’s Most Wanted is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Gang TECC unit to announce a new “Most Wanted” list containing the worst of the worst gang bangers in the country. In addition to the announcement in the broadcast, information about the twelve fugitives will be unveiled on AMW.com this Saturday, April, 25th at 9 p.m. ET.

FloridaJulio Bonachea… Julio Bonachea is wanted for violent home invasions, armed robberies, attempted murder and for escaping from prisons in two different countries. Authorities across the state of Florida — and overseas — need your help to find him.

Stone Mountain, Georgia DERRICK YANCEY…Authorities say former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Yancey murdered his wife and another man, and then fled. He hasn’t been seen since he cut off his ankle monitoring device. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Derrick Yancey

Woodstock, OntarioVictoria Stafford MISSING… Police in Canada have released a composite sketch of the woman seen on surveillance video with abducted 8-year-old Tori Stafford. While authorities have been searching local waterways and canvassing neighborhoods near Tori’s home, cops say that the search for the little girl has expanded beyond Woodstock, Ontario.

Victoria Stafford

Albuquerque, New MexicoMystery Beneath the Mesa… When an Albuquerque resident and her dog went for a walk on the city’s West side, the stroll took a grotesque turn when they found a human bone. The discovery would eventually lead investigators to what has become the nation’s largest crime scene, spreading out over 100 acres. So far, the remains of eleven women and one unborn child have been unearthed from the desert, and cops have no leads to who might be responsible.

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This Week On America’s Most Wanted

Jesus “Chuy” Canales: Family members tell AMW that Lucy Preciado was tired of her lazy husband fighting and mistreating their children, and that she was moving out of their home. But he refused to let her go, and cops say he impaled her with a sword right in front of their kids. Investigators believe their suspect may have fled as far as El Salvador and they need your help in tracking him down.

Jesus “Chuy” Canales

Jeremy Dunn: America’s Most Wanted has worked to solve some of the coldest cases in America, but one murder investigation would lead cops to seven other unsolved slayings. Right now, watch this week’s five-part online series going behind the scenes with an exclusive look at the captures produced by AMW’s Evan Marshall.

Jeremy Dunn

Edward LeBlanc: Friends and family say Kristin Miner was a shy, thoughtful and caring person who often doted on her friends’ children. In 2007, Kristin had fallen on tough times when she made a new friend, a man named Edward LeBlanc. However, when Kristin turned up dead, authorities traced the clues to back to LeBlanc, who is now the prime suspect in her murder.

Edward LeBlanc

Martin Gonzalez: On an Autumn morning in 2008, a barrage of bullets rang out in a Holbrook, Ariz. mobile home. Cops say the assailant killed one, injured three others and is hiding out somewhere in the American Southwest.

Martin Gonzalez

Rickey Robbins: Police in South Bend, Indiana tell AMW that a man who looks like Rickey Allen Robbins is actually not the serial sex offender. Multiple times in the last few weeks, authorities say that someone resembling Robbins has been spotted at the Indiana University South Bend Campus — first in a parking garage and then in an administration building. Now, the manhunt for the serial sex offender continues and authorities believe he could be somewhere on the West Coast.

Rickey Robbins

Juan Acevedo: Authorities in Arizona are on the lookout for Juan Salvador Acevedo, a man who they say broke into a Phoenix townhouse and attempted to molest two young siblings. Acevedo’s rap sheet also includes an arrest for peeping at another young girl and cops believe he could be continuing his antics.

Juan Acevedo

Jeffrey Marshall: When the short courtship of Elizabeth “Lynne” Waterson and Jeffrey Marshall ended, the ambitious, beautiful Lynne continued to deflect Marshall’s unwanted advances. For months, cops say an obsessed Marshall stalked his former girlfriend and refused to take no for an answer until one day in April 2007, when he took his twisted infatuation to a deadly breaking point.

Jeffrey Marshall

Sandra Cantu: To those who know her, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is the epitome of the friendly, personable girl next door, but friends and family members hope that someone didn’t take advantage of the second grader’s trusting nature. Cops in Tracy, Calif. say Sandra went missing on March 28, 2009 and now the FBI has joined the effort to find her.

Sandra Cantu

Carvell Baker Killer: Cops in West Los Angeles are trying to piece together a murder mystery involving a homeless man and the man who shot him in cold blood. Luckily, authorities were able to get surveillance video of the murderer before and after the incident, and they hope that the public can help identify a killer.

Carvell Baker Killer

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