I'd like to try something and I'm curious how quickly this thread would grow. We have an incredible range of geographic locations among the members of this board. I'm asking you to scan your local news web sites and simply post the name and location of people who were murdered in your community this week.
Regardless of your stance on the issue of capital punishment, the number of murders occurring on a daily basis across the world is staggering and sobering.
You can post the date of the murder in the body of the post and a link to the news article if you like, or any additional information including a photo if available. Please include simply their name, age (if available) and location in the subject line.
Use a separate post for each case.
Please respect the intent of this thread and do not use this thread to make a political statement about the war. Please do not list soldiers killed in battle here.
Death row inmates are not murder victims and do not belong here.
Edited to add: We should post just the basic info about the case in the thread, rather than a complete news article. I don't want to duplicate what already occurs in the News Articles forums. Let's just include a synopsis of what is known about the murder at this time, and a link to the article for those who want further details.
LEHIGH ACRES, FLORIDA: Officials with the Lee County Sheriff's Office have released the names of the three men they say were murdered in Lehigh Acres. The three men were found Sunday in a Hyundai Elantra which was hidden in some bushes near the corner of 44th Street SW and Ruth Lane.
The men have been identified as:
44-year-old Scott Highfill of 4899 Esplanade Street in Bonita Springs 55-year-old Willard Reid Graham of 4901 Esplanade Street in Bonita Springs 35-year-old Robert Barckley of 3615 Cartwright Court in Bonita Springs
Gunfire at a home known for having loud and violent parties left bystander Rolquell Arnold, 19, dead, said Officer Eric Schwartz, a spokesman for Atlanta police. Two others who were shot —- Marion Orr, 18, and Anthony Stokes, 20 —- were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Orr is in critical condition and Stokes was treated and released.
Witnesses said over 50 shots were fired and likened the violence to the "OK Corral."
Just three days after a violent East Texas murder, an Athens man is behind bars charged with capital murder. Early Thursday morning, police arrested Edward Smalley, 51, at a home near Houston. Smalley is accused of brutally attacking and killing Tony Moore, 39, at the victim's Athens home on Monday. During the arrest, police say they also found Moore's stolen 2003 Jaguar and seized it as evidence. Besides that, police still do not know why the murder took place.
"That the ever present potentiality in California of the death penalty, for murder in the commission of armed robbery, each year saves the lives of scores, if not hundreds of victims of such crimes, I cannot think, reasonably be doubted by any judge who has had substantial experience at the trial court level."
~ The Honorable B. Rey Shauer, Justice of the Supreme Court of California
A teenager was charged on Tuesday with killing and raping his sister and beating his niece with a sledgehammer in a crime the sheriff called one of the most brutal he's ever seen.
Walter Smith Jr., 16, was charged with the first-degree murder and rape of his 22-year-old sister, Betsy Mary Smith, and aggravated assault against his two year-old niece, Andrea Costello.
Based on Walter Smith's accounts, police said Betsy Smith was beaten with a sledgehammer and stabbed before being raped. When Costello began crying, she was struck in the head with a sledgehammer. Betsy Smith, Costello and a 1-year-old boy were then locked inside the room.
The Colony police arrested a 35-year-old man linked to the fatal shooting of Jerrod Deshun Scales, 25, whose decomposing body was found in the suspect's house Thursday. Police Chief Joseph T. Clark said he expected to formally charge Paul J. Krajcovic, 35, with murder. Mr. Krajcovic was arrested Friday afternoon at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Lewisville. Mr. Scales died from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office ruled. Chief Clark said the shooting appears drug-related. The shooting likely took place several days ago, he said.
A woman who was the manager of a self-storage facility was murdered during an armed robbery of the business. Jane L. Lemoine was interviewing a prospective employee when the robbers accosted her. They forced the interviewee on the floor and shot the manager to death before leaving. The robbers got away with a small amount of cash and the office telephones. They also stole the minivan belonging to the woman who came to interview for a job.
UPDATE: Houston police have charged two men in the fatal shooting of a 53-year-old woman who was killed last week during the robbery of a storage facility in northeast Houston. Charles Scott, 26, and Vernon M. Scott, 24, are charged with capital murder in the 262nd State District Court. Both men, thought to be brothers, are still at large.
Houston police have charged a woman with her husband's murder. Police said she stabbed her husband multiple times. He died at their home on City Park Central. A man who was stabbed to death is identified as a professor at the University of Houston. Police say Dr. James Dewalt's wife, Kristen, fatally stabbed him while at their southeast Houston apartment yesterday morning. Police aren't releasing any details about what led up to the stabbing. Meanwhile on the UH campus, students are shocked to hear the news about a professor who had just started teaching this semester.
A homeless man walking in the 4100 block of Broadway noticed an object lying on the Sims Bayou embankment Thursday night. When he went down to check it out, he realized it was a homeless woman who he'd seen in the area. Houston police are questioning the woman's supposed boyfriend, but no charges have been filed. The victim was 33 years old. Homeless people living under the same bridge on the other side of the bayou told investigators they heard Denise Guillotte and her boyfriend arguing about 10 a.m. Thursday morning. Guillotte had suffered stab wounds to her right arm and chest.
A 25-year-old man was shot to death in a Southeast Austin apartment complex early Saturday morning after a dispute over drugs, police said. Humberto Zuniga, 21, is suspected of shooting the man after Zuniga thought the man had stolen drugs from him, said Laura Albrecht, an Austin police spokeswoman. The victim's name was not released, pending notification of his family.
Prosecuting Attorney Gunner Delay said he didn’t hesitate to charge an 83-year-old man with murder in the slashing death of his wife. Autry Basham of Mansfield was charged Thursday in Sebastian County Circuit Court with first-degree murder in the Aug. 27 death of Lola Marie Basham, also 83. Authorities believe the death was an attempted murder/suicide.
One person was killed and two others injured in a home invasion in east Fort Worth early Sunday. The incident happened when two men, wearing ski masks and armed with a shotgun and a pistol, broke into the home in the 2500 block of Tierney Road. Authorities said they weren't sure if the house was randomly targeted or if the victims knew the gunmen, the report said. The pair pistol-whipped a man and a woman, and a third person was shot, the report said. The shooting victim, identified only as a male, was transported to John Peter Smith hospital, where he died. Police are still looking for the suspects.
A chiropractor friend of mine works around the corner from this store. He knew the owner very well and had just seen him that morning to schedule an appointment for him.
DAYTON — Generous and kind were just two of the words grief-stricken neighbors of the Covault Market and Coin Laundry, 3705 Wayne Ave., used to described owner Roger Covault.
Covault, 71, and an employee, Robert T. Harris, 53, were gunned down in an apparent robbery.
Two men arrested in the double slaying, identified as Brandon Phillips, 18, of 1820 Coventry Road, and Michael Purdue, 20, of 1926 Suman Ave., were being held in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
Dragan Sekuljica was shot dead at the north Wollongong Novotel hotel's nightclub on Saturday morning. Witnesses said Mr Sekuljica was chased into the Splashes nightclub by a man wearing a balaclava, who shot him in the head. A security guard was also shot before the man fled on foot. Wollongong Chief Inspector Joe Mura said police were investigating several possible angles, and were not ruling out drugs as a possible factor in the killing.
Odessa TX A gunman shot and killed two police officers and critically injured a third while the officers were responding to a report of a domestic dispute at the man's house. After the shootings Saturday night, the suspected gunman, 58-year-old Larry White, held police in a four-hour standoff until he surrendered around 10 p.m. Killed were Cpls. Arlie Jones, 48, and John "Scott" Gardner, 30. Cpl. Abel Marquez, 32, who was shot in the face with buckshot, remained hospitalized in Lubbock in critical condition. UPDATE: Abel Marquez later died from his injuries.
Post by Stormyweather on Sept 10, 2007 19:37:59 GMT -6
This wasn't in my area but I saw this on Yahoo. It happened in Wisconsin.
A gunman in camouflage killed a former co-worker inside a Wisconsin factory early Monday, then committed suicide in the sprawling building. Police identified the shooter as Shadow Yang, 40, and the victim as Christina Wollenzien, 28. Both lived in Sheboygan. Wollenzien was an assembly line worker in Rockline Industries' coffee filter division and had worked in the same area as Yang until about a year ago, a company official said. She was on the job Monday when she was shot to death around 4:30 a.m., police Lt. Michael Williams said. Her attacker fired one shot, hitting her in the abdomen; then, when she tried to get away, he shot her in the head. news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070910/ap_on_re_us/factory_shooting;_ylt=Ans9WuIs79TGnjTz8oThFrBG2ocA
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Irving police have released the name of a Mineral Wells woman who was found dead Sunday in an Irving motel room. Irene Franco, 26, was identified by police after they contacted her family. Meanwhile, officers continued looking for Franco's 3-year-old son, Daniel Orona, and her common-law husband, Ernesto Orona, 29. "We just need to lay eyes on that boy and that man," Tull said. "I hate to say it, that (the father) is a person of interest, but he is." Investigators need to talk to him, Tull said, to "piece together" what happened to the boy's mother. The woman's body was found by a cleaning crew about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at a Motel 6 in the 2600 block of the freeway, also called Airport Freeway, Tull said. "Initial indications are that she had been strangled," Tull said.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of murdering his common-law wife, Irving police said Tuesday. Police were searching for Ernesto Orona, 29, of Mineral Wells and his 3-year-old son, Daniel. The family was last heard from Saturday evening. The body of Irene Franco, 26, of Mineral Wells was found Sunday at the motel in the 2600 block of West Airport Freeway. She appeared to have been strangled, police said.
NORTH BAY SHORE, N.Y. A pregnant woman stabbed another pregnant woman to death after a brawl at the homeless shelter where they were living, police said.
Shantelle Scruggs, 21, was arraigned Saturday on manslaughter charges in the killing of Barbara Santos, 26. Both women were eight months pregnant and lived at the Project ReDirect homeless shelter with about 20 other people. wcbstv.com/local/local_story_251170529.html
Austin police are investigating a homicide in the 7000 block of Decker Lane in Northeast Austin near Walter E. Long Municipal Park. Officers were in the Huntington Meadows apartment complex at around 1:41 a.m. this morning when they heard an altercation in another part of the complex. They went to where the altercation was and found a Hispanic man with injuries from the fight. Officers called EMS paramedics and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released pending identification and notification of his family members. Police ask that anyone who may have more information about the incident call the Homicide Tip Line at 477-3588.
A 19-year-old pregnant woman was fatally shot in the head in a southwest Houston apartment early this morning. Homicide detectives are questioning a man described as the woman's boyfriend and another male associate of the couple. Anternette Thomas was reported to have been in the bathroom of her apartment when she was shot. Detectives were called to the scene at about 1 a.m. She was seven months pregnant.
A northwest Harris County woman told investigators that she fatally shot her husband out of fear for her own safety. When deputies arrived just after midnight at the couple's home, Angela Espinosa, 34, told them that she had been a victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, Jaime Espinosa, 40. Detectives later said they haven't uncovered any past domestic abuse incidents connected to the couple. Angela Espinosa told detectives that she shot her husband while he was asleep. The pistol, a 5-shot .38 caliber revolver, lay on the kitchen table when deputies arrived at the scene. The couple's three daughters, 11, 13 and 15, were asleep inside the home when Jaime Espinosa was slain. Angela Espinosa was charged today with murder. She remains in custody at the Harris County Jail with bail set at $50,000.
Post by Lotus Flower on Sept 11, 2007 12:06:53 GMT -6
The body of Alma Rico, 31, of Irving, was discovered Saturday in the 3200 block of West Country Club Drive. Police had responded to a report of a man threatening another with a knife. Omar Loredo, 21, who had been stabbed, led police to Ms. Rico's body. Mr. Loredo and Ms. Rico were co-workers, said David Tull, Irving police spokesman. Oscar Valadez Oscar Valadez, 29, was arrested late Monday in Freestone County on an accusation of murder, police said. Jose Valadez, 38, of Grapevine was also charged with murder in the death of his estranged wife. Ms. Rico and Jose Valadez were going through a divorce and have three children, ages 5, 6 and 14, police said.
Post by Lotus Flower on Sept 11, 2007 12:18:00 GMT -6
The body of Hanna Mack was discovered at her home near Navarro Mills Lake. The child's mother, Dana Mack, found the little girl just before 7:00 in the morning. A law enforcement source tells CBS 11 News that Hanna was sexually assaulted before she was left hanging inside the garage. The 6-year-old girl had reportedly just started first grade at Blooming Grove Elementary. She was the youngest of three sisters. Neighbor Nikki Watson describes Hanna as a "beautiful little girl. Just happy every time I've seen her; just jumping around as happy as can be, always smiling, gorgeous little baby." UPDATE: Authorities named the live-in boyfriend of the mother of a 6-year-old girl found hanged and sexually assaulted as the primary suspect on Thursday. Kevin Wayne Anders was arrested late Wednesday on charges of unlawful possession of child pornography after an analysis of computer files revealed pornography and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Tracy: Not losing interest,,,just busy with life. :-)
Sept 23, 2016 8:25:16 GMT -6
Potassium_Pixie: I fear what this means for Capital Punishment if most forums are circling the drain.
Sept 24, 2016 23:32:30 GMT -6
fuglyville: With 39, 35 and 28 executions for the last 3 years the DP trend is looking pretty good. If it continues this way, we may actually see the DP come to an end in a few years. Fear not, there's always other things to fight for.
Sept 27, 2016 11:40:11 GMT -6
Potassium_Pixie: Donald Trump is president. I hope he supports the DP and does whatever he can to keep it alive.
Nov 9, 2016 16:25:34 GMT -6
fuglyville: I hope the death penalty system dies peacefully as soon as possible, with or without his consent. The tide is definitely turning against it, but it needs to end - and it should have ended years ago.
Nov 23, 2016 18:08:49 GMT -6
whitediamonds: The DP is used criminally against innocents of society far too long & too many. They suffered death, not by peaceful means or methods. The DP needs as already stated to be kept alive.
Dec 30, 2016 10:58:11 GMT -6
starbux: @potassium_Pixie Hopefully DT will sign the death warrants for several inmates who have been waiting to get their needle
Mar 4, 2017 13:41:58 GMT -6
nykkic: I think I'm still opposed to the DP .. but at the same time I can see why it might be necessary for certain crimes.. I don't have to like it but I've come to respect it
Jun 7, 2017 15:35:38 GMT -6
john - uk: Merry Christmas everyone
Dec 22, 2017 7:17:56 GMT -6
arizonavet: It (the death penalty) has saved many lives of innocent people nykkic.
Apr 15, 2018 15:59:55 GMT -6
donji: If murderers would agree to murder humanly maybe we could work something out! If with malice and forethought you take a life you should forfit your life.
Aug 30, 2018 19:05:34 GMT -6
donji: Did he say the family of mr. trump!
Aug 30, 2018 19:07:34 GMT -6
donji: Saw the whole video i'm assuming the anti dp folks wanted to dramatize,and overstress the poor muderers pain.The only queston should be was the sentence carried out?
Aug 30, 2018 19:13:31 GMT -6