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Monsters Among Us: Anthony Lee Blackwell firebombed a row house killing 6, including a toddler; Sentenced to 6 consecutive life sentences

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Victims
Rochelle Gwynn, 15
Johnlene Gwynn, 18
Edward Gwynn, 2
John Gwynn, 12
April Gwynn, 5
Laverne Nelson, 18

Blackwell’s attorney to file an appeal
Anthony Lee Blackwell v State of Maryland 1976

INMATE INFORMATION

Last Name: BLACKWELL
First Name: ANTHONY
Middle Name: LEE
Date of Birth: 10/27/1955
DOC ID: 137218
Holding Facility:
Western Correctional Institution
Address: 13800 McMullen Hwy. SW, Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 877-286-3965

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Deadly Duo: James David Majors and Robert Reese killed 3 people for their drugs, money and jewelry; Majors sentenced to death

remember-the-victimsFrom Major’s appeal: Donald Hobbs, who was 10 years old at the time of trial, lived in a house on Kaula Drive in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks with his mother, Jeanine Copeland (Copeland), and Thomas Probst (Probst), her live-in companion.   On the morning of January 26, 1989, after finishing his breakfast, Hobbs found Copeland lying on the floor and noticed blood next to her head.   When Hobbs was unable to awaken her, he called “911.” 2  Sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene discovered the bodies of Copeland, Probst, and Patrick Mungavin (Mungavin).

 Copeland was lying facedown on the living room carpet.   She had been struck by a gunshot, fired at close range, that entered at her right temple and exited on the left side of her neck.   A forensic pathologist testified that such a wound would have caused an immediate loss of consciousness and that death would have ensued within a matter of minutes.   In his opinion, Copeland had been killed between midnight and 6 a.m. on January 26.   Tests of Copeland’s blood showed evidence of methamphetamine use.

Mungavin was seated on the living room couch with his hands folded in his lap, his head over to one side, and blood coming from his right nostril.   He had a loaded .22-caliber handgun under his left armpit, but there was no evidence that the handgun had been fired.   Mungavin had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including a fatal wound to the back of his head.   The forensic pathologist estimated the time of Mungavin’s death to be between midnight and 6 a.m. on January 26;  he could not determine to a medical certainty that Mungavin had been shot at the location where his body was found.   Although Mungavin had methamphetamine on his person, there was no evidence of either drugs or alcohol in his system.   A criminalist testified that .38-caliber bullets removed from Mungavin’s body had most likely been fired from either a “.38 special” or a .357 magnum.   A hollow-point slug found underneath Mungavin’s right leg, between his leg and the couch, appeared to have been fired from the same weapon.

Probst was lying on the floor of a bedroom that had been turned into an office.   Probst had sustained a fatal wound to his left cheek by a gunshot fired at close range.   He also suffered an abrasion to the right side of his face consistent with falling as a result of the gunshot wound.   The forensic pathologist estimated the time of Probst’s death to be between midnight and 5 a.m. on January 26;  he could not be certain that Probst had been shot at the location where his body was found.   Probst’s blood tested positive for Valium and methamphetamine.   A criminalist testified that an expended .32-caliber bullet removed from the right side of Probst’s neck had been fired from either a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol or a .32-caliber revolver.   The contents of a wallet were strewn about the office, and Probst’s pants pockets were pulled out.

In the office where Probst’s body was found, deputies found evidence of drug sales, including a scale, packaging material, a cutting agent, a pay-owe sheet, and powder residue on the surface of a mirror.   Deputies also found a loaded, sawed-off .12-gauge shotgun leaning up against the wall in the corner of the room.   A number of witnesses confirmed that Probst was a methamphetamine and marijuana dealer.

In the hallway of the residence, deputies found a screwdriver, a hammer, and a strongbox or safe that appeared to have been pried open.   They also  noted a depression in the carpet of the office closet floor that was approximately the same size as the strongbox or safe.   Probst was known to keep a safe in this location, where he stored jewelry, drugs, and proceeds from drug sales.   Although both Probst and Copeland were known to wear jewelry, there was no jewelry on their bodies except for an anklet around Copeland’s ankle.   Jewelry boxes in the residence were empty, and there was evidence of ransacking.   There was no sign of forced entry into the residence itself and no evidence of a struggle.

During the course of their investigation, deputies alerted Probst’s parents to the possibility of an Arizona connection to the homicides.   Subsequently, while going through Probst’s belongings, his mother found a note with the name “Robert Reese” and the address 14031 North 72d Lane in Peoria, Arizona.   According to Probst’s mother, the note was not in his handwriting.

At trial, the prosecution theorized that the three victims had been killed by defendant and Robert Reese (Reese) during the course of a drug-related robbery.   The prosecution offered extensive circumstantial evidence in support of this theory.

In December 1988, Reese lived in a house on 72d Lane in Peoria, Arizona.   Defendant also had a room at the house, although it was not his primary residence.   Both defendant and Reese moved out shortly after Christmas of 1988.

According to a neighbor of Reese’s aunt, defendant and Reese visited the aunt at her apartment in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, sometime between December 27 and December 29, 1988, at approximately 10:30 to 11 p.m. Reese was acting in a hyperactive fashion and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.   Other witnesses confirmed that Reese sold and used methamphetamine.   Reese was also known to carry firearms.

Several witnesses testified that Probst was planning to conduct a drug transaction with someone from out of state the night he was killed.   Probst’s brother, Wayne Probst, who was at Probst’s house until about 9:20 or 9:30 p.m. on January 25, 1989, testified that Probst told him he had arranged a deal to sell a pound of methamphetamine later that evening.   According to Wayne Probst, his brother had an established clientele and dealt only with customers he knew.

James Pluskett, who talked to Probst on the telephone between 8 and 10 p.m. on January 25, offered similar testimony regarding Probst’s plans to sell $10,000 worth of methamphetamine to someone who was flying in from Las  Vegas.   Pluskett understood this to be about a pound of methamphetamine.   He thought two people were involved in the purchase, the person actually making the purchase and the person providing the money.   Pluskett assumed these were the same regular customers from Arizona who purchased a half-pound of methamphetamine from Probst every couple of weeks.

Freddie Gregg, who was at Probst’s house until about 11 or 11:30 p.m. on January 25, testified that Probst told him he was expecting a visit from someone from Arizona who would be bringing drug paraphernalia.   During Gregg’s visit, Probst took him into the kitchen and showed him a plastic freezer bag filled with methamphetamine.   The bag was approximately the size of a tissue box.

Sandra Morgera, who was at Probst’s house until about 11:15 or 11:30 p.m. on January 25, testified that Probst told her he had another two deals scheduled that night, one of which was a deal with Gregg, which occurred before she left.   The second deal was a $10,000 deal with people from Arizona for a pound or a pound and a half of drugs.   On cross-examination, Morgera admitted she might have gotten the $10,000 figure from newspaper articles about the case, admitted Probst had told her about both a drug purchase and a drug sale scheduled for that evening, and admitted it was not until trial that she stated one of the two deals was the deal with Gregg.

Catherine Bailey, who spent the day at Probst’s house on January 25, testified that Probst told her he had just bought a pound of methamphetamine and was planning to conduct a drug transaction with someone from Arizona.   According to Bailey, Probst told her he had completed another transaction with the same person about a month earlier and the person felt he had been “burned.”   Although she was unclear as to how she acquired the information, Bailey identified the person as Robert Reese of Peoria, Arizona.3  Before Bailey left, Probst had her sample the methamphetamine to make sure it was okay.   While Bailey was in Probst’s office, she saw a large amount of cash.   Probst told her it was about $2,000.

Several witnesses from Arizona offered details regarding a trip defendant and Reese had taken to California.   Michelle Blouir, Reese’s former girlfriend, testified that defendant and Reese had taken an evening trip to California sometime in January.   Shortly before they left, Blouir saw defendant with two brand new pairs of dark cotton garden-type gloves still in their  original packaging.   She watched defendant hand one of the pairs to Reese.4  Later, on Valentine’s Day, while Blouir was talking on the telephone to a detective from Sacramento, Reese asked whom she was talking to.   When she told him, he appeared frightened, bolted out of the apartment, and drove away.   To the best of her recollection, defendant and Reese’s trip to California had been about two weeks earlier.   Blouir also talked to defendant about a week after he came back from the trip.   He told her he had gone to California to get drugs and that Reese had left him in a motel room for six hours and had never come back, so defendant flew back home.

Kristi Crancer, a friend of Blouir’s, verified the timing of the trip, testifying that it had occurred about a week after her January 19, 1989, graduation.   When Reese returned from the trip, he showed Crancer jewelry, a plastic bag of drugs, and two handfuls of money.   Crancer also confirmed that Reese had left abruptly when he found out that Blouir was talking to a detective from Sacramento.

The parties stipulated that if Karen Brott were called as a witness she would have testified that Reese showed her a plastic bag of drugs, a large amount of cash, and two items of jewelry after he returned from Sacramento.   Reese told her the bag contained a quarter- or half-pound of methamphetamine and that he had approximately $12,000 in cash.   Reese later called Brott on February 14, 1989, and asked her if anyone was looking for him.

Richard Hartley, a housemate of defendant’s at the residence on 72d Lane, testified that defendant was involved in both the methamphetamine and gun trades.5  When defendant used methamphetamine, he ingested the drug by sprinkling it on tissue paper, which he then wadded up and ate.   Hartley acknowledged he had previously told investigators only about “suspicions” defendant used methamphetamine and had not told them about being involved in several drug transactions with defendant.   On February 14, 1989, detectives from Sacramento came looking for Reese as a suspect in a triple homicide.   After meeting with the detectives, Hartley met with defendant, who told him about a trip he and Reese had taken to Sacramento.   According to defendant, he had sold a pound of marijuana there.   Defendant told Hartley he had stayed in a motel room with a prostitute and that Reese was gone overnight with their rental car.   When Reese returned the next day, he was acting in a paranoid fashion and said he wanted to go home.   Defendant and Reese ended up taking separate flights home.

Victims
Thomas Kenneth Probst, 30
Jeannine Annette Twiggy Copeland, 30
Patrick James Mungavin, 24

A blast from the past
People of the State of California v James David Majors 1998 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
San Quentin inmate dies of unknown causes on death row
Condemned Inmate James Majors Dies of Unknown Causes

Defendants
James David Majors – convicted, sentenced to death; died on death row 1/26/2017
Robert Reese – shot to death a month after the murders in Arizona

INMATE INFORMATION

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Inmate Name: MAJORS, JAMES DAVID
CDCR#: E86700
Age: 69
Admission Date: 02/14/1991
Current Location: San Quentin

Maplewood NJ Triple Homicide: Three friends found dead in an apartment; No suspect identified yet*

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Victims
Michael Davis, 45
Roshana Kenilson, 30
Lance Fraser, 44

3 found dead in Maplewood; deaths being investigated as homicides
Police investigating triple homicide at Maplewood, New Jersey apartment
3 adults fund dead inside Maplewood home; Police investigating
Authorities ID 3 friends killed in Maplewood apartment shooting
Paterson woman killed in Maplewood triple homicide
3 found dead in Maplewood were shot to death, Essex County prosecutor says
Authorities Identify Three Victims in Maplewood Homicide, No Suspects Yet
Mystery Swirls After Bodies of 2 Men, Woman Found in New Jersey Home

Wilson NC Christmas Eve Murders: Shooting kills 4 people in Wilson, NC

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Victims
Tammy Pearce
Selby Outland
Shane Pearce
Nikki Privette

Four dead after Wilson County shooting
4 family members killed by gun on Christmas Eve in NC
4 killed in Christmas Eve shooting
Four people shot, killed in Wilson County
4 shot dead in Wilson
4 dead in Christmas Eve shooting near Wilson, North Carolina, police say
Family identifies victims shot and killed in Wilson County
gofundme: Help with Funeral for expenses

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Ensley Highlands Massacre 1/29/2012 Birmingham, AL *2 people have been arrested for the murder of 5*

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Victims
Charles Render, 21
Ronnie Render, 42
Jeffrey Davis Jr., 23
Jonathan Sanchez, 23
Demetrius Sanford, 19

Ronnie J. Render obituary
Charles E. Render obituary
Jeffrey N. “J.D.” Davis Jr
Jonathan Sean Sanchez obituary
Demetrius C. Sanford obituary
Families of 5 slain in Birmingham remember loved ones as kind and hard workers
Birmingham Police Chief speaks out on quintuple killings
Birmingham police seek information in slayings of five men in Ensley Highlands
Update: Second suspect charged in Birmingham mass slaying
Third teen charged in Ensley slayings
Chilling details released about Ensley mass shooting
Two who survived shootings that killed 5 at Ensley Highlands house testify at capital murder trial
Plea deal reached in shootings that killed 5 at Ensley Highlands house
Birmingham teen sentenced to life with possibility of parole for capital murder conviction in 2012 shooting
Capital murder trial of man in slayings of 5 in Ensley Highlands begins
Rashad Stoves guilty on 5 counts of felony murder in Ensley Highlands killings
Rashad Stoves sentenced to life in prison in Ensley quintuple murder
Man denied new trial for 2012 slayings of five men
BhamWiki: 2012 Ensley Highlands murders

Defendants
Artavius Underwood – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison
Rashad Stoves – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Reginald Mims – pled guilty, sentenced to 25 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

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Inmate: UNDERWOOD, ARTAVIUS
AIS: 00295905

Institution: WILLIAM E. DONALDSON CORR. FAC

Race: B
Sex: M
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 160
Birth Year: 1995
Custody MEDIUM
Aliases:
No known Aliases
Scars, Marks and Tattoos:
CTcs Tattoo
LIFA Tattoo
LTck Tattoo
LTSH Tattoo
RFFA Tattoo
RIFA Tattoo
RTSH Tattoo

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INMATE INFORMATION

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Inmate: STOVES, RASHAD
AIS: 00299882

Institution: VENTRESS CORRECTIONAL CENTER

Race: B
Sex: M
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5′ 6″
Weight: 125
Birth Year: 1994
Custody MEDIUM
Aliases:
No known Aliases

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INMATE INFORMATION

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Inmate: MIMS, REGINALD
AIS: 00298473

Institution: HOLMAN PRISON

Race: B
Sex: M
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 150
Birth Year: 1995
Custody MEDIUM

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Mass Murder: Tiequon Aundray “Lil Fee” Cox killed 4 in a home invasion

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Victims
Ebora Bonds Alexander, 59
Dietra Louise Alexander, 25
Damon Andre Bonner, 6
Damani Osei Gamer-Alexander, 12

‘Stupid’ killers had wrong address, police say
Driver Guilty In Slaying Of 4 In Athlete`s Family
Man Convicted of 4 Alexander Family Murders
Man Guilty in Alexander Killings
Slayer Cox Sentenced to Death
Jury Convicts Third Man in Slaying of 4
3rd Alexander Killer Gets Death
People of the State of California v Darren Charles Williams 1997 (affirmed convictions, overturned death sentence)
Ex-NFL Star Kermit Alexander Sues to Have Family’s Killer Executed
Murderpedia: Tiequon Aundray Cox
Wikipedia: Tiequon Cox
Death Row Violence Part of Gang Power Struggle, San Quentin Officials Say
Kermit’s Song
State Supreme Court Upholds Sentence of Death for Three Killers
Rehearing Denied in Kermit Alexander Family’s Slaying
Tiequon Aundray Cox – California Death Row

Books
The Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption

Defendants
Tiequon Cox – convicted, sentenced to death
Horace Edwin Burns – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Darren Charles Williams – convicted, sentenced to death, later changed to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

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Name: COX, TIEQUON AUNDRAY
CDCR#: D29801
Age: 51
Admission Date: 05/07/1986
Current Location: San Quentin

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: BURNS, HORACE
CDCR#: D15093
Age: 51
Admission Date: 09/27/1985
Current Location: Mule Creek

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: WILLIAMS, DARREN CHARLES
CDCR#: D62700
Age: 56
Admission Date: 07/29/1987
Current Location: RJ Donovan

Update: Emanuel AME Church shootings *Dylann Roof convicted of all charges; Sentencing phase begins Jan. 3; Faces death penalty*

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Victims
Ethel Lance, 70
Tywanza Sanders
Cynthia Hurd, 54
Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
Clementa Pinckney, 41 [State Senator, pastor]
Susie Jackson, 87
Myra Thompson, 59
Daniel Simmons, 74
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

Monsters Among Us: Dylann Roof charged with killing 9 people in a Charleston, SC church
Sheriff: Jail inmate slugs man charged in church massacre
Charleston Church Shooting: Jury Selection Begins in Dylann Roof Federal Trial
Prosecutors detail months leading up to Charleston church massacre
Dylann Roof’s racist rants read in court
Jury in Dylann Roof trial hears chilling 911 call from woman intentionally spared during Charleston church shooting
Accused Charleston church shooter’s lawyers call no witnesses during trial
Dylann Roof jury to begin weighing his guilt as emotional testimony ends
Congregants’ Quiet Agony at the Dylann Roof Trial
Dylann Roof found guilty on all counts in Emanuel AME Church massacre case
Dylann Roof convicted in South Carolina church massacre
Dylann Roof trial: Jury returns guilty verdict
Dylann Roof Found Guilty in Charleston Church Massacre
Jury convicts Dylann Roof in Charleston church massacre
Wikipedia: Dylann Roof

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