Harrison Hall Busted for Murder of Hero Security Guard Lucardio Kroener

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Police have announced that Harrison Hall has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the killing of Lucardio Kroener, a security guard who was trying to help apprehend a gunman who’d already injured another person when the shooter turned the weapon on him. Westword has the story.

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Police have announced that Harrison Hall has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the killing of Lucardio Kroener, a security guard who was trying to help apprehend a gunman who’d already injured another person when the shooter turned the weapon on him. Westword has the story.

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Pamela Smart, Guilty in First Televised Trial, Seeks Release

Her trial became an international sensation in 1991. Now Smart, 51, wants New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to commute her sentence for getting her former teenage lover to murder her husband.

Years before O.J. Simpson’s case was a made-for-television extravaganza, Pamela Smart starred in the first gavel-to-gavel broadcast of a murder trial in U.S. history. The trial became an international sensation, so compelling that CourtTV aired it in 1991 and a local television station in New Hampshire, where the trial was held, preempted daytime soap operas in favor of testimony about sexual obsession and betrayal, the Washington Post reports. Smart has been in a New York maximum-security women’s prison for more than two decades. She was 23 when she was given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted her of using her sexuality to manipulate her former teenage lover to murder her husband.

In phone conversations and a videotaped prison interview, she offered the Post previously undisclosed details as she mounts a new push to be released. Her detractors see a ploy to woo the public rather than a teenage boy. Paul Maggioto, who prosecuted Smart, calls her a “sociopath.” Prominent feminists have come to her aid, noting that the teenage triggerman and his three accomplices have all been released. Among those who have written on her behalf are Gloria Steinem, “Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler and Kate Millett, the author of “Sexual Politics.” A legal filing urges New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to commute her sentence and make her eligible for parole. The state attorney general says Smart “places the blame for her crimes and her current predicament everywhere but where it belongs, squarely on herself.”

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Man Gets 84 Years For Killing of Chicago Teen

The man convicted of killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago was sentenced after he gave a defiant speech proclaiming his innocence in the 2013 shooting that became a symbol of the city’s gun violence. Pendleton had appeared at an event marking Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

The man convicted of killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago was sentenced Monday to 84 years in prison, after he gave a defiant speech proclaiming his innocence in the 2013 shooting that became a symbol of the city’s gun violence, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Mickieal Ward, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, faced a minimum sentence of 51 years. He denied he was the gunman who killed Pendleton and wounded two of her high school classmates. Ward, 24, loudly maintained his innocence and questioned the evidence against him during a rambling, 10-minute address to the court.

Ward’s monologue seemed to outrage Judge Nicholas Ford, who had sentenced Ward to probation on a gun charge 15 months before Pendleton was shot. Ford pointed out that Ward was more emotional and remorseful when he gave a videotaped confession to detectives soon after Pendleton’s funeral. Pendleton’s parents said they were satisfied with the verdict. “It’s basically a life sentence, and I think it’s befitting,” said her mother, Cleo Pendleton. “Hadiya’s lost her life, and he’s going to spend the rest of his life behind bars.” Ward’s attorney, public defender Julie Koehler, said Ward would appeal his conviction and sentence. Prosecutor Brian Holmes said Ward was a “sociopath” and noted that Ward had already racked up numerous juvenile arrests by the time of the shooting. Ward was arrested on the day of Pendleton’s funeral, a nationally televised event attended by then-first lady Michelle Obama. Pendleton’s death came just two weeks after she performed at a Washington D.C. event in honor of Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

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TN Gov. Haslam Grants Clemency to Cyntoia Brown

Brown had received a life sentence for killing a man she said had paid her for sex. Gov. Bill Haslam agreed with Brown’s supporters that the sentence for a crime committed at the age of 16 was too harsh.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown for killing a man in the back of the head while he was lying in bed beside her, The Tennessean reports. Haslam said her rehabilitation behind bars, combined with her youth at the time of the crime, warranted mercy. Brown is due to be released on Aug. 7. She will be 31 years old by then. She has lived behind bars since she was 16. Haslam said that, “imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life.”

Brown will be required to participate in regular counseling sessions and to perform at least 50 hours of community service, including working with at-risk youth. She also will be required to get a job. Her Aug. 7 release marks 15 years since the date of her crime. Brown’s attorneys said 15 years is a typical sentence for a second-degree murder conviction. Brown thanked  Haslam “for your act of mercy in giving me a second chance. I will do everything I can to justify your faith in me.” Brown’s case drew support from high-profile advocates, including comedian Amy Schumer, reality star Kim Kardashian West and actress Ashley Judd, CNN reports. Brown killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, who Brown said had solicited her for sex and taken her back to his house.

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Arrests Made in Drive-By Killing of Houston Girl

Police spent six days looking for a white man behind the wheel of a red pick-up truck in a possible hate crime but the suspects arrested over the weekend are black.

Eric Black Jr. allegedly confessed to his role as the getaway driver and has been charged with capital murder in the drive-by shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston, a crime that captivated the nation, the Houston Chronicle reports. Black, 20, told police the shooting near the Walmart was a mistake, that the Barnes family was not the intended target. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez attributed the arrest to one tip in a sea of a 1,000-plus that followed a week of chasing down wrong leads. Detectives spent six days working from an evolving description of a white man behind the wheel of a red pick-up truck as described by witnesses, as the case threatened to inflame racial tensions with the looming specter of a hate crime.

Ultimately, a tip from civil-rights activist Shaun King to Gonzalez during the middle of the week led investigators to Black’s Instagram account. The tip indicated that Black was driving the car with another man as a passenger. The suspects did not resemble the sickly thin man with blue eyes and hints of stubble depicted in a sketch composite compiled with the help of Jazmine’s sister. The investigation came to a head Saturday afternoon when authorities obtained new information to and pulled Black over in a rental vehicle. Prosecutors identified Larry Woodruffe as the second suspect and the man who pulled the trigger during the drive-by assault. Both Black and Woodruffe are black. Woodruffe, who has a lengthy rap sheet in Harris County, was allegedly a passenger in Black’s car when he and Black spotted a vehicle they thought they recognized. He allegedly opened fire out the window as the pair drove by.

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Fiance Arrested in Apparent Killing of Missing CO Woman

The fiance of a Colorado woman missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested on allegations of killing her. Authorities declined to say whether they had found the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, what led to the arrest of Patrick Frazee and what motive there might be for Berreth’s slaying.

The fiance of a Colorado woman who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested Friday on allegations of killing her, the Associated Press reports. Authorities declined to say whether they had found the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, what led to the arrest of Patrick Frazee and what motive there might be for Berreth’s disappearance and slaying. Frazee, 32, was arrested at his home in Florissant, Co., on suspicion of murder and solicitation of murder, said Miles de Young, police chief in neighboring Woodland Park, where Berreth lived. “As you can tell from the arrest, sadly, we do not believe that Kelsey is still alive,” De Young said.

Police said Frazee was the last person to see Berreth alive. The couple shared a baby daughter but didn’t live together. Her mother said financial struggles delayed them from moving in together but that her daughter was excited to get married. The disappearance of the young pilot mystified family and friends and led to a social media push for information on her whereabouts. Berreth was last seen at a grocery store near her home. Surveillance video showed her walking in on Thanksgiving Day with what appears to be the couple’s daughter in a baby carrier. Frazee told police that they met that afternoon so he could pick up the child. De Young said the girl is in protective custody and will be turned over to Berreth’s family. Authorities searched Frazee’s cattle ranch and Berreth’s townhome. De Young said evidence suggests “the crime” occurred at Berreth’s home and that her cellphone was found in Idaho. Investigators were working to recover the phone.  which is an important clue. Frazee was held without bond. A judge set the next court hearing for Dec. 31.

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Terrance Wardlow Caught in the Crossfire of Rival Gangs

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The two shooters were members of rival Crips sets, and when they opened fire on each other, plenty of innocent bystanders were in the vicinity — and Terrance Wardlow was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. Westword has the story.

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The two shooters were members of rival Crips sets, and when they opened fire on each other, plenty of innocent bystanders were in the vicinity — and Terrance Wardlow was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. Westword has the story.

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Murder in an American City: Victims, Victimizers, Most Common Locations for Killings

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Of the 58 murders that took place in one American city during 2017, more than twenty remain unsolved. And while firearms were used in the vast majority of cases, six people were killed by what are described as “personal weapons,” including hands, fists, feet, arms and teeth. Westword has the story.

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Of the 58 murders that took place in one American city during 2017, more than twenty remain unsolved. And while firearms were used in the vast majority of cases, six people were killed by what are described as “personal weapons,” including hands, fists, feet, arms and teeth. Westword has the story.

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Domestic Violence Accounts for Half of Women’s Killings

More than one-third of the 280 men implicated in a domestic killing in five major cities had a previous restraining order against them or had been convicted of domestic abuse or a violent crime, including murder, the Washington Post finds.

An analysis of 4,484 killings of women in 47 major U.S. cities over the past decade found that 46 percent of the women died at the hands of an intimate partner, reports the Washington Post. In many cases, they were among the most brutal deaths. In five of the cities, the Post found that more than one-third of all men who killed a current or former intimate partner were publicly known to be a potential threat to their loved one ahead of the attack. In Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Diego and St. Louis, 36 percent of the 280 men implicated in a domestic killing had a previous restraining order against them or had been convicted of domestic abuse or a violent crime, including murder.

Nearly a quarter of the 2,051 women killed by intimate partners were stabbed, compared with fewer than 10 percent of other homicides. While a gun was used in 80 percent of all other deaths, just over half of all women killed as a result of domestic violence were attacked with a gun. Violent choking is almost entirely confined to fatal domestic attacks on women. It’s also a warning sign. Those who attempt to strangle an intimate partner are far more likely to later commit extreme acts of violence, and many in law enforcement believe it to be a strong indicator that an abusive relationship could turn fatal. The analysis is part of an effort to examine homicide in major cities and the extent to which authorities fail to solve killings. Unlike other types of homicide, domestic slayings often involve killers who leave a long trail of warning signs or signal their intent, in some cases threatening to kill their victims.

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Death Penalty Sought for Border Patrol Agent

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said a grand jury indicted Juan David Ortiz for capital murder, the Associated Press reports. Alaniz will seek the death penalty for the September slayings. He said evidence presented to the grand jury showed Juan David Ortiz killed the women “in a cold, callous and calculating way.”  Alaniz said Ortiz was “targeting this community of individuals who he perceived to be disposable, that no one would miss and that he did not give value to”

Alaniz said Ortiz, 35, believed law enforcement didn’t do enough to curb prostitution, so he was “doing a service” by killing the women. Three of the women were shot to death, and the fourth was also shot but died of blunt force trauma. Ortiz has been held on murder charges in the Webb County jail on a $2.5 million bond since his Sept. 15 arrest in Laredo. The Border Patrol intel supervisor and Navy veteran seemed to be living a typical suburban life with his wife and two children when the killings occurred. He was arrested after one victim was able to escape him and asked a state trooper for help.

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