Combs-Lafleur Attorney Says Wife’s Death Was ‘Mercy Kill’

Leesburg, VA: Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Russet Perry hit the podium with seven pounds to show the amount of times Steven Combs-Lafleur struck his wife in the head with a sledgehammer on Sept. 18, 2010. Combs-Lafleur’s jury trial began Nov. 14 with opening statements from the commonwealth and the defense after the defendant spent the past year in jail. The 61-year-old was indicted in December for first-degree murder in connection with death of his wife Catherine “Cacey” Ann Combs-Lafleur. » more at Loudoun Times

Trial Of Former TV Bachelor Suspected Of Killing His Adult Actress Girlfriend Begins This Week

Monrovia, CA: More than two years after first responders discovered the badly bruised body of model and adult actress Felicia Lee inside a Monrovia apartment, her boyfriend, a former pastor and Fox reality TV bachelor, will appear in court this week for the selection of a jury that will decided whether he is guilty of murder and torture. » more at Pasadena Star News

Man Found Guilty In Vicious Slaying Of Estranged Wife Outside Hospital

Creve Coeur, MO: There was a verdict Wednesday night the St. John`s Mercy Medical Center murder case. A jury found Christopher Colletta, 40, guilty of first degree murder, for the vicious slaying of his estranged wife, Mary Daniels, 30, outside the hospital in Creve Coeur. The jury deliberated for less than two hours. » more at FOX 2 Now

Former Jabil Circuit Executive Found Guilty Of Two Murders

Gulfport, FL: After spending six full days in court, jurors needed only an hour and 20 minutes to find Patrick A. Evans guilty of first-degree murder for shooting his estranged wife and her friend. The former Jabil Circuit vice president, who once lived in a waterfront Pass-a-Grille home and travelled for corporate business to China, Hong Kong and Singapore, stood stoically in a gray suit and showed no emotion Wednesday as the verdicts were read. The family members of victims Elizabeth K. Evans and Jerry B. Taylor were warned against any outbursts in the courtroom, and so they reacted quietly, with tears and gentle hugs. » more at tampabay.com

Wiser Pleads Guilty to Wife's Brutal Murder

Chattanooga, TN: 14 months after he brutally beat his wife to death, John Wiser is headed to prison for 20 years. The 28-year-old Wiser pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to second degree murder, domestic assault, and two counts of simple assault. Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern immediately sentenced Wiser to 20 years without parole. On September 7, 2010, Wiser went to their home on Sleepy Hollow Road where he beat, kicked, threw and choked Shea Wiser in front of her two young sons. » more at News Channel 9

Hiser Sentenced To Life For Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend

Worcester, MA: A 34-year-old city man was sentenced to life imprisonment with a possibility of parole in 15 years after pleading guilty today to second-degree murder in the 2007 fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend. Justin Hiser, 34, formerly of 44 Gage St., was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 27, 2007, stabbing death of 28-year-old Ronda Healy, with whom he had two children, but pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. » more at News Telegram

Memphis Woman’s Dying Words Help Boyfriend Who Shot Her

Memphis, TN: A woman’s dying words to a paramedic may have saved the boyfriend who shot her six times from spending the rest of his life in prison. Instead of going to trial on first-degree murder charges, Jarvis Payne was allowed to plead guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and a 15-year sentence for killing Laporsha Hailey two years ago. » more at Memphis Commercial Appeal

Inmate Serving Time For Assaulting Girlfriend Gets Additional Years For Her Death

Dayton, OH: A man who has spent nearly 15 years in prison for beating his girlfriend [Deborah Nooks] into a severely disabled state pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with her 2009 death from those injuries. Ralph Donaldson, 51, will spend an extra five years in prison under the plea agreement. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gregory F. Singer sentenced him immediately after taking Donaldson’s plea. » more at Dayton Daily News

Mistrial Declared In Murder Trial

Houma, LA: A mistrial was declared Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a Houma man accused of fatally stabbing his wife during an argument in July 2010. Bernard Verrett, 42, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Kristi Verrett, and faces mandatory life in prison if convicted. Jury selection for his trial began Monday, and opening statements were to begin Tuesday afternoon. » more at Houma Today

Man Who Shot Girlfriend: 'I loved her'

Charlotte, NC: Members of Pamela Garmon's family - clad in white T-shirts memorializing her - wept in court Thursday as Jamarr Springs told a judge he loved the woman he shot to death with an AK-47. Springs, 29, was sentenced in Mecklenburg County Superior Court to a maximum of 48 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. The sentence includes punishments for several crimes he committed while trying to elude police - robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. » more at Charlotte Observer

Queens Man Convicted In Stab Slay Of Pregnant Girlfriend, Fetus

Queens, NY: A Queens man was convicted Thursday of stabbing his pregnant girlfriend and her fetus to death on the day she was to have given birth a baby boy. Cops previously said Derrick Redd, 38, of Jamaica admitted that he 'hadn’t believed the child was his and urged Niasha Delain, 25, to have an abortion. » more at New York Daily News

Man Gets Life Plus Decades In Wife's Murder, Standoff

Myerstown, PA: A man who's accused of killing his wife and then using his 10-year-old daughter as a shield during an armed standoff with police has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 to 60 years. Jonathan Eisenhauer pleaded guilty in Lebanon County in September to first degree murder and other charges in the death of Andrea Eisenhauer at their home on Kutztown Rd. in Myerstown. » more at WFMZ TV

Pinellas Jury Hears Recording Of Gunshots In Former Jabil Exec's Double Murder Trial

Pinellas County, FL: Leslie Perrico didn't know she was placing a telephone call to a murder scene. She was just following standard procedures in her job as a public safety dispatcher for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office when she stayed on a phone call even though no one was talking to her on the other end. By doing so, she created a key piece of evidence in the murder case against Patrick A. Evans, 44, who is accused of killing his wife, Elizabeth K. Evans, and her friend Jerry B. Taylor. » more at tampabay.com

Boyfriend Found Guilty in Grad Student's Murder

Plainfield, CT: Tiana Notice was killed on Valentine's Day in 2009, a month after getting a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, James Carter II, of Bloomfield. On Tuesday, he was found guilty of her murder and violating a restraining order. On that February day two years ago, the Plainville woman pleaded with police to help her by enforcing a restraining order keeping Carter from contacting her. » more at NBC Connecticut

Watervliet Man Admits Killing Ex-Girlfriend, Son

Bath, NY: Brian Ashline, the Watervliet man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and infant in Bath, calmly told a jury on Monday that he carried out the Father’s Day 2010 killings, according to the Corning Leader. “I’m the one responsible for their deaths, yes,” Ashline said. Ashline is on trial in Steuben County Court for first- and second-degree murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the top charge. » more at timesunion.com

Virginia Beach Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Girlfriend's 2007 Shooting Death

Virginia Beach, VA: A Virginia Beach man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2007 shooting death of his girlfriend. Henry Donald Peterson, 60, had already entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is charged in the shooting death of his 33-year-old girlfriend, Laqueta Patrice Mullen, at Peterson's home on Thousand Oaks Drive. » more at dailypress.com

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Ex-Wife

Columbia, MD: Damon Willie White was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday for stabbing his ex-wife at least 103 times last year, killing the 37-year-old mother of four and then setting her Columbia apartment on fire. "This is a horrible crime that requires an appropriate response," Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt said at the sentencing hearing. White was convicted in August on one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the death of Thelma Wynn. » more at Baltimore Sun

Zumot Sentenced To 33 Years To Life

Palo Alto, CA: In an intense conclusion Friday to the murder-and-arson case of former Palo Alto hookah lounge owner Bulos "Paul" Zumot, who was convicted in February, Judge David Cena sent Zumot from the courtroom prior to sentencing after a disturbed Zumot accused the judge of corruption and repeatedly proclaimed his own innocence. Cena eventually sentenced Zumot 25 years to life for the murder of his girlfriend, Palo Alto real-estate agent Jennifer Schipsi, plus 8 years for aggravated arson, stemming from the Oct. 15, 2009, fire at the Addison Avenue cottage the couple shared. » more at Palo Alto Online

For Pleading Guilty To Murder In Belleair, 43-Year-Old Man Receives 42-Year Sentence

Belleair, FL: After murdering his wife in their Belleair home in 2008, Ryan Cataneo tried to disappear from Florida, fleeing across the country and eventually winding up in Las Vegas. But this week, Cataneo faced a judge. The 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to his wife's murder and received a 42-year prison sentence. » more at tampabay.com

Husband Pleads Guilty To Murdering His Wife

Queens, NY: Former Woodhaven resident Edwin Fuentes pleaded guilty on Tuesday to murdering his wife in 2007, dismembering her and putting some of her body parts in a suitcase that was found by a group of teenagers in Forest Park almost a year later, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.» more at Queens Chronicle

Life In Prison: Man Sentenced For Wife’s Murder

Valdosta, GA: A Lowndes County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife. Before Southern Circuit Judge Frank Horkan, William D. Pendleton stood with his attorney, Jason Cain, as he admitted to causing the death of his wife, Lynn, in March 2011. » more at Valdosta Daily Times

Man Convicted Of Killing Girlfriend In Oak Lawn In 2009

Oak Lawn, IL: All the little pieces of circumstantial evidence added up Thursday for a Cook County judge who convicted a man of murdering his girlfriend in Oak Lawn in 2009. Bradley Boston stabbed and strangled Diane Robinson, stashed her body in the closet of their bedroom and drove off in her car because she was about to kick him out, Judge John J. Hynes decided. » more at Chicago Sun-Times

Westmont Man Pleads Guilty To Wife’s Strangulation Murder

Westmont, IL: A Belize native pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering his estranged wife in Westmont last year after visiting her home for a “family movie night” with their children, one of whom was celebrating her 5th birthday. In return for the plea, Ian Alamilla will be sentenced to no more than 50 years in prison for the April 2010 strangulation of his wife Tara, 34. » more at Daily Herald

Life Term Over Attack That Left 2 Dead In Amarillo

Amarillo, TX: A Texas Panhandle man accused of killing a couple who let his estranged girlfriend stay with them has been sentenced to life in prison without parole over the attack. A judge in Amarillo accepted a plea agreement Wednesday from 29-year-old Wilbert Ramon Banks. » more at News Channel 10

Justine Swartz Abshire's Family Speaks Out

Barboursville, VA:  Steve Swartz, Justine Swartz Abshire's father, has always been confident that justice would be served for their daughter, who was found murdered in the middle of Taylorsville Road on November 3, 2006. Tuesday, a jury found Justine's husband of five months, Eric Abshire, guilty of first degree murder, and recommended he spend the rest of his life in prison. » more at NBC 29

Man Acquitted In 2nd Murder Trial

Fayetteville, AR: A Washington County jury has acquitted a man of first-degree murder in the death of his former mother-in-law. Raymond Douglas looked up at the ceiling and gave a thumbs-up when the verdict was read Wednesday. Prosecutors accused Douglas of killing Goldie Thornsberry in 1996 when he and his ex-wife, Reta Flowers, lived with her mother in Fayetteville. » more at 4029tv.com

Man Who Killed Ex-Wife In Superior Sentenced To 55 Years In Prison

Superior, MT: The man who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife in Superior has been sentenced to 55 years in Montana State Prison. Michael Woodard strangled Kelly Dube Woodard last May, then hid her body in the woods. The crime hit Superior hard. Families of both the victim and her murderer are part of this tight knit, small town.» more at NBC Montana

Athens, Ga. Man Sentenced In Wife's Killing

Athens, GA: A 32-year-old Athens man who was arrested after his wife was slain has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder charges. William Darwin Studstill changed his plea from not guilty in Clarke County Superior Court on Wednesday less than two weeks before he was set to go on trial for the November 2009 killing of Stephanie Mansfield Studstill. » more at accessnorthga.com

Man Who Murdered Mother, Kidnapped Wife Gets Life In Prison

Eagle, ID: A 25-year-old Meridian man accused of a brutal crime spree, including murdering his mother and kidnapping his 20-year-old wife, has been sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors say Micheal James Lees crime spree began when Lee threatened his wife with a knife and then raped her. » more at KBOI TV

Wife Gets Life For Husband’s Murder

Mayes County, OK: Wendy Mechelle Cobb, 46, was found guilty of first-degree murder with malice aforethought in Mayes County District Court Tuesday. It took the jury three hours and 15 minutes to reach a verdict. They returned to the courtroom shortly after 3:30 p.m. The jury suggested a sentence of life. » more at Pryor Daily Times

Brooks Man Who Said He Killed Wife Over Muffler Argument To Be Sentenced Friday

Brooks, ME: The man who told police he shot his wife to death last summer because she had nagged him about buying a new truck muffler will be sentenced for her murder Friday afternoon at Waldo County Superior Court. Michael Littlefield, 49, of Brooks, has made a plea bargain with the state for the charge of intentional or knowing murder of Debbie Littlefield on June 25, 2010. » more at Bangor Daily News

Boyfriend Gets Life Without Parole In Airman's Death, Staged Crash

Denver, CO: Robert Walters was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole today for killing his girlfriend two years ago, after he claimed she exposed her breasts to cameras at a Denver strip club. Walters, 25, staged a car crash to make the beating death of Brittney Brashers, a U.S. Air Force Airman from Colorado Springs, look like an accident. A Denver jury found Walters guilty last month of first-degree murder. » more at Denver Post

Mira Mesa Man Guilty Of Murdering His Wife

Mira Mesa, CA: A Mira Mesa man accused of beating and fatally strangling his wife in the couple’s home while their children slept upstairs was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. David Patrick Ditto, 44, was charged in the death of his wife, Karina, 38, who suffered severe injuries in the early morning hours of March 12 and died at a hospital two days later. He faces 25 years to life in prison. » more at Sign On San Diego

Husband Convicted Of Shooting Wife To Death

Atlanta, GA: A man who authorities said tried to use his daughter for an alibi was convicted Friday of fatally shooting his wife. A jury found 41-year-old Orlando Smith guilty of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Smith was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. Authorities said Orlando Smith shot Demetria Smith, 47, in the back of the head on May 25, 2010 at the couple's southwest Atlanta home. » more at Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Testimony To Begin At Trial Of Wife, Charged With Setting The Bedroom Ablaze To Kill Her Husband

Winter Springs, FL: Jurors are to hear opening statements today at the trial of Kimberly Boone, the Winter Springs woman accused of trying to kill her husband by setting their bedroom on fire and, when that failed, shooting him in the chest three months later. This time, she faces arson and attempted murder charges for a Dec. 18, 2008, blaze. y» more at Orlando Sentinel

Mobile Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Ex-Girlfriend

Mobile, AL: Demetrius Thomas, who shot to death his estranged girlfriend at her job helping the mentally disabled, was sentenced today to spend the rest of his life in prison. Thomas, 35, had pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder. The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office, as part of a plea agreement, agreed not to pursue the death penalty. » more at al.com

Man Gets 16 Years For Killing Wife

Cochise County, AZ: A man who killed his wife near St. David last year was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday in Cochise County Superior Court. Juan Pedro Leon Abrego, 42, was found guilty in September of second-degree murder of Maria Ramirez Orozco, 33, on Feb. 3, 2010. » more at The Sierra Vista Herald

Woman, 29, Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In Beating Of Boyfriend, 77

Goodview, VA: Kristina N. Pongracz, 29, pleaded no contest this morning in Bedford County Circuit Court to second-degree murder in connection with the beating death last year of her elderly boyfriend in his Bedford County home. Judge James Updike found Pongracz guilty and ordered a presentencing report. Pongracz could face five to 40 years in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000.» more at Roanoke.com

14-Year Sentence For Teen Who Killed Girlfriend Over Web Post

Burien, AL: An 18-year-old Burien man was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison Monday afternoon for killing his girlfriend over an Internet posting. Matthew Dubois was 16 when he shot 15-year-old Mikarah "Tinky" Sanders in the face on New Year's Eve 2009 over comments another boy had posted on her MySpace.com page, according to court records filed in King County Superior Court. » more at The Seattle Times

Man pleads guilty to strangling girlfriend

Mishawaka, MI: A man accused of strangling his girlfriend to death and leaving her body in a rural southwest Michigan field pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter today. Jorge "Chico" Huerta Cardenas, 31, was charged in March with one count of murder for the death of 38-year-old Kim White-Stout. href="http://www.southbendtribune.com/sbt-boyfriend-of-mishawaka-woman-killed-dumped-in-michigan-pleads-guilty-20111017,0,1256315.story" target="_blank" class="more1">» more at South Bend Tribune

Jesus Gilberto Garcia Found Guilty In Murder Of Valerie Girouard Of Hampden

Springfield, MA: Jurors in Hampden Superior Court convicted 20-year-old Jesus Gilberto Garcia of first-degree murder in connection with slaughtering his ex-girlfriend's mother as the woman emerged from her bedroom to protect her teenage daughter. Jurors deliberated for six hours on Tuesday, after hearing four days of testimony in a case that horrified residents of the quiet Hampden neighborhood where the murder occurred on July 30, 2010. » more at masslive.com

Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Beating Death Of Girlfriend

Atlanta, GA: An Atlanta man who forced his girlfriend into prostitution and then beat her to death because she shorted him $40 has been given a 30-year prison sentence. Lawrence Woods, who has a criminal history dating back to 2007, pleaded guilty in Fulton County court Wednesday to killing Elijah McDrew in Feburary 2010. » more at Atlanta Journal Constitution

Greenwich Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Killing Daughter

Greenwich, CT: When it came time to address the court during his sentencing Friday, Adam Dobrzanski took a deep, audible breath and muttered a string of Polish words to the interpreter standing to his left. "I am not prepared," Dobrzanski told the Stamford courtroom through his interpreter after some prodding by Judge Richard Comerford. "What am I supposed to do now?" Moments later, Dobrzanski was sentenced to 40 years in prison for slitting the throat of his 20-year-old daughter in December 2009 in a distraught attempt to spite his wife, who was divorcing him. » more at Greenwich Time

Oceano Man Who Killed Pedestrians Gets 15 Years To Life

oceano, CA: An Oceano man will have the next 15 years to contemplate why he deliberately drove his car off Highway 101 in Pismo Beach, killing two Washington state tourists nearly a year ago. Jerardo Iriarte showed no emotion Wednesday as he was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy for the second-degree murder of Bruce and Marjorie Mallin of Tumwater, Wash., on Oct. 16, 2010. » more at Santa Maria Times

Barbara Sheehan Acquitted Of Murder In Shooting Death Of Ex-Cop Husband

Queens, NY: A Queens woman who killed her ex-cop hubby in a hail of 11 bullets was acquitted of murder Thursday by a jury that bought her battered-wife defense. The panel of nine women and three men did convict Barbara Sheehan of gun possession, which carries three to 15 years in prison. » more at New York Daily News

Navy Recruiter Gets 100 Years In Pregnant Wife's Slaying

Villa Park, IL: A Navy recruiter from Downers Grove who killed his pregnant estranged wife in 2010 was sentenced to 100 years in prison today. DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell sentenced Eric Gilford, 32, to 50 years for first-degree murder in the slaying of Kristine Gilford and 50 years for intentional homicide of an unborn child. Kristine Gilford was 20 weeks pregnant when she was killed. » more at Chicago Tribune

Man On Trial In Killings Of Ex-Girlfriend, Her New Boyfriend

Lehigh Township, PA: Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Barry Soldridge, Jr. is charged with shooting and killing Candice Shuey and Derek Henry in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, in September 2010. » more at WFMZ TV

Tracy Burleson, Texas Pastor Convicted In Wife's Murder, Sentenced To Life In Prison

Houston, TX: A Texas pastor convicted of capital murder in the May 2010 shooting death of his wife has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors say the Houston-based pastor Tracy Burleson paid his son, William Fuller, to kill Burleson's 56-year-old wife to collect on a $60,000 life insurance policy. Pauletta Burleson was found shot to death outside the couple's home in May 18, 2010. » more at CBS News

Bluffton Man Found Guilty Of Murder

Bluffton, IN: A jury of six men and six women found a Bluffton man guilty of murder in the killing of his wife. The jurors deliberated for nearly six hours in deciding the fate of Tyler A. White, 29. White was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Amy White, who was 12 weeks pregnant when she was killed. » more at The Journal Gazette

Woman Sentenced To 12 To 24 Years In Shooting Death Of Husband

Wilkes-Barre, PA: A woman charged in the July 2007 shooting death of her husband was sentenced this morning to 12 to 24 years in state prison. Josephine Werkheiser, 56, of Creekside Lane, Ross Township, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge William Amesbury. Werkheiser pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a third-degree murder charge in July. » more at The Times Leader

Lakewood Man Gets Life In Girlfriend's Murder

Lakewood, NJ: A 40-year-old Lakewood man faced the grieving relatives of his girlfriend Friday, refusing to accept blame for her death even as he was about to be sentenced to life in prison for her murder. “Justice has failed me, and I ask that you spare my life,” William McMillan, also known as Khaleel Allah, said to state Superior Court Judge James Den Uyl, minutes before the judge handed down a life prison term for the murder of Shakita Crudup. » more at Asbury Park Press

Guilty Pleas From Pa. Man In Murder Of Wife

Jackson Township, PA: A central Pennsylvania man accused of killing his wife and then using his 10-year-old daughter as a shield during a standoff has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. Thirty-one-year-old Jonathan Eisenhauer entered the plea Tuesday in Lebanon County to several dozen counts after prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of life plus 30 years. » more at Lebanon Daily News

Bob Ward Guilty Of 2nd-Degree Murder

Isleworth, FL: Millionaire Bob Ward has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife. The jury announced it has reached a verdict at 10:45 Saturday morning and it was read at 11:30 a.m. Deliberations began Friday morning and lasted until 10 p.m., before resuming Saturday. Jurors spent more than 14 hours deliberating before returning their verdict. Diane Ward was shot and killed in the couple’s Isleworth mansion in September 2009. » more at Click Orlando

Man Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Girlfriend, Killing Her Mother In 2005

Allentown, PA: An Allentown man who spent three years on the run and another seven months in a mental hospital admitted Friday to stabbing his former girlfriend in 2005 and slaying the woman's mother. Shackled at the hands and feet and wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, Rafael Ruiz-Figueroa, 44, pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and an open count of homicide. He admitted he stabbed the mother of his child, Yalibe Feliz, and killed Feliz's mother, Hungria Sonia Santana, around 10 a.m. on July 25, 2005, inside Feliz' former home at 220 N. Railroad St. in Allentown. » more at The Morning Call

Anti-Domestic Violence Groups Rally Around Murder Defendant

Kew Gardens, NY: Barbara Sheehan, the mother of two who is on trial for killing her retired cop husband, has developed a legion of supporters in and out of the courtroom who are united in a cause and a color. A variety of domestic violence advocacy groups learned about Sheehan's case shortly after it opened three years ago, and have rallied behind her claim of self defense.» more at WPIX TV

Mass. Man Pleads Guilty In Death Of Estranged Wife

Pittsfield, MA: A North Adams man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting he strangled his estranged wife. Eugene Shade pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon in the death of his 22-year-old wife, Julie Shade. » more at Boston.com

Topeka Man Pleads No Contest In Girlfriend's Death; Avoids Possible Capital Murder Case

Topeka, KS: A Topeka man avoided a capital murder charge by pleading no contest in the rape and murder of his girlfriend. James Philip Carnoali was charged with capital murder in the March 2009 strangulation death of 44-year-old Terri L. Nadeau in the home in Topeka. » more at The Republic

Man Pleads Guilty To Wife's Murder

Minocqua, WI: A Minocqua man has pled guilty to charges he killed his wife at their home last year. William Schmidt entered the plea at the end of a motion hearing Friday in Oneida County circuit court. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge that Schmidt hid his wife Lori’s body in a bedroom closet. But the judge can consider the charge when Schmidt is sentenced to life in prison October 19th. » more at WSAU TV

Jury Selection Begins At Murder Trial

Burlington, NC: Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Burlington man accused of murdering his wife and burning their home to conceal the body. The state and defense questioned potential jurors Monday afternoon about whether they could be fair and impartial weighing evidence against Alphonza Leonard Thomas III, 28, of Maple Ridge Drive, Burlington. Thomas is charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Maria "Natasha" Oris-Thomas, and the first-degree arson of their home at 1155 Maple Ridge Road the night of Feb. 1, 2010. » more at The Times News

Former Soldier Sentenced For Strangling Girlfriend, Dumping Body In Lake

Junction City, KS: A former Fort Riley soldier who strangled his 20-year-old girlfriend to death and dumped her body in a lake will spend the next 13 years in prison. Christopher Wilaby, 27, originally from Pensacola, Florida, pleaded guilty to intentional second degree murder on May 19th, 2011 in Geary County District Court. He was sentenced to 155 months, roughly 13 years, on July 21st, 2011, closing the six year old case for good. » more at WIBW TV

Former Madison schoolteacher gets 23 years in husband's murder

Unionville, VA: former Madison County schoolteacher was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the murder of her estranged husband. Orange County Circuit Judge Daniel Bouton sentenced Brenda Canosa on Thursday in a packed, emotion-filled courtroom after nearly five hours of testimony. Bouton sentenced Canosa to 50 years, with 27 suspended, for the slaying of Bob Canosa in December 2009. » more at Richmond Times-Dispatch

Man guilty in death of ex-girlfriend, her boyfriend

Fort Worth, TX: A 33-year-old Fort Worth man was convicted of capital murder Thursday for fatally shooting his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend last year. Because the Tarrant County district attorney's office did not seek the death penalty, David Jackson was automatically sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The former girlfriend, Latressa Campbell, 39, and Toby Lightfoot, 33, were shot on Sept. 24, 2010, outside the house they shared in the 1000 block of East Davis Street. » more at Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Boyfriend Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Norfolk Teacher

Norfolk, VA: A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his girlfriend, an English teacher at Booker T. Washington High School. Frederick Hoskins was found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the March slaying of Karen R. Hoffman. The couple had been dating for about three months, according to court records. » more at The Virginian Pilot

Jury Contemplates Verdict In Complicated Murder Trial

Denver, CO: Jurors will have to sift through occasionally contradictory statements, a somewhat murky autopsy report and the reputations of two key witnesses as they decide whether or not Robert Walters, 22, was capable of murdering his on-again, off-again girlfriend months before trying to hire a fellow jail inmate to kill his wife. The complicated case that has attracted national attention went to the jury shortly after noon on Wednesday. » more at 9 News

Harsh Words For Junior Beebe Jr. As He Is Sentenced For Murder

Paw Paw, MI: On Tuesday emotions ran high as a convicted murderer was sentenced in a Paw Paw courtroom. Sharp words were aimed at Junior Beebe Junior as he was sentenced for killing Tonya Howarth and Amy Henslee. “I hope when you meet your maker, he has no mercy on your soul,” said Howarth's mother, Neta Alsup. » more at WWMT TV

Astoria Man Gets 30 Years For 'Murder by Abuse'

Astoria, OR: The fiancée of a 42-year-old Astoria woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for beating her to death. Investigators found Evelyn M. Decker unresponsive at a home in the Emerald Heights neighborhood of Astoria in July of 2010. » more at NWCN TV

Jury Seated In So-Called 'Comic Book Killer' Case

Macomb County, MI: A Macomb County Circuit Court jury has been seated Tuesday in the trial for a man accused of killing his wife more than two decades ago in their comic book store. Instructions and opening statements are expected Wednesday morning in the first-degree murder trial of Michael George. The 51-year-old is also charged with second-degree murder, insurance fraud, false pretences and firearm offenses in the July 13, 1990, slaying of his first wife, Barbara George. » more at The Detroit News

Munt Trial Jury Selection Under Way

Blue Earth County, MN: Jury selection for the first-degree murder trial for Joel Munt started in Blue Earth County today despite another request from his attorneys to move the trial to another venue. Munt, 35, is accused of shooting his ex-wife, Svetlana Munt, to death in front of their three young children during a violent confrontation in the Rasmussen Woods parking lot on March 28, 2010. » more at Mankato Free Press

Barbara Sheehan's Lawyer: Client Shot NYPD Cop Husband Dead In Self Defense As He Reached For Gun

Queens, NY: A Queens secretary on trial for killing her ex-cop hubby in an 11-bullet barrage fired at him only after he reached for his own weapon amid a fierce argument, her lawyer argued Friday. Defense lawyer Michael Dowd's opening statement marked the first public claim that Raymond Sheehan, 49, was armed and threatening his wife, Barbara, when she shot him to death on the morning of Feb. 18, 2008. » more at New York Daily News

Wife Killer Gets Additional 40 Years In Prison

Lincolnshire, IL: The man convicted of murdering his wife and of trying to hire someone to kill witnesses in that case would have to live to 150 years before he is released from prison. Clarence Weber, 61, was sentenced Thursday for his solicitation of murder conviction. He was previously sentenced to 55 years in prison following his first-degree murder conviction for fatally stabbing his estranged wife, Adelina Weber, on July 5, 2008, in Lincolnshire. » more at Chicago Sun-Times

Renton Man Who Killed Girlfriend Gets 34 Years

Aberdeen, WA: A man who broke down the door of his estranged girlfriend's Aberdeen apartment in the middle of the night and shot her as their daughter watched was sentenced to the maximum of 34 years in prison Tuesday by a judge who said he didn't deserve to live. » more at Seattlepi.com

Robert Stewart Guilty Of 2nd-Degree Murder, Sentenced To Life In Prison

Carthage, NC: Robert Stewart will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing eight people at the Pinelake Health & Rehabilitation Center in March 2009. Stewart was sentenced Saturday to serve at least 142 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of eight counts of second-degree murder in the March 29, 2009, shooting rampage. Seven elderly residents and a nurse at the Carthage nursing home were killed. » more at fayobserver.com

Mistrial Declared In Machete Slaying Trial

Tampa, FL: A man accused of hacking his girlfriend to death with a machete told his attorney he's hearing voices, putting an abrupt end to his murder trial. Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente declared a mistrial Wednesday after Alexander Cote Ferrer told his public defender he was hearing voices. » more at WTSP TV

Taunton Man Found Guilty In Waltham Murder Case

Waltham, MA: Souleymane Yacouba-Issa, the Taunton man charged with killing a Waltham woman in March 2009, was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in a retrial at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, according to Cara O’Brien, a spokeswoman with the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone. Yacouba-Issa’s sentencing date has not yet been set, but he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, O’Brien said. Yacouba-Issa, 36, was charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of Maryse Antoine, 46, on March 22, 2009. » more at Enterprise News

Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Girlfriend Over MySpace Posting

Burien, WA: Matthew Dubois, who was charged last year with killing his girlfriend because he was jealous and angry over a message another boy had posted on her MySpace page, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Dubois was 16 when he was arrested in the death of Mikarah "Tinky" Sanders, 15. He was prosecuted as an adult. » more at The Seattle Times

Cochise Jury Convicts Abrego Of Second-Degree Murder

St. David, AZ: A Cochise County jury found Juan Abrego guilty Friday afternoon of second-degree murder in the killing of his wife last year in St. David. Abrego, 42, confessed to killing 33-year-old Maria Ramirez Orozco in an interview with law enforcement. » more at KOLD TV

Woman Accused Of Killing Man Found In Freezer Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To At Least 30 Years

Raleigh, NC: The woman accused of killing her common-law husband with her two children and then leaving his dismembered body in a freezer pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Wendy Green, 42, entered the plea in Wake County Superior Court in connection with the death of David Green Jr. in January 2009. » more at The News & Observer

Woman Pleads Guilty In Stabbing Death Of Boyfriend

Salisbury, NC: A Kannapolis woman charged in 2009 with killing her teenage boyfriend after an argument could spend nearly 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in court this morning. Emily Ann Howard, now 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Sept. 24, 2009, stabbing death of 17-year-old Dustin Garren Lee. » more at Salisbury Post

Man Gets Life Without Parole For Killing Wife, Her Co-Worker

San Antonio, TX: A truck driver from Tyler was ordered Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his newlywed wife and her co-worker inside a San Antonio Dollar General store days after she announced intention to get an annulment Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding Alonso Mendoza, 33, guilty of capital murder for the July 1, 2009, slayings of Misty Espinoza, 25, and Clarence Blades, 40, who she was dating. » more at My San Antonio

Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Faking Crash, Murdering Girlfriend

Denver, CO: A man accused of murdering his on-again, off-again girlfriend as well as trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill his wife was portrayed as nothing more than a man who loved to talk big during day one of his trial on Tuesday. "[Robert Walters] is really over the top," his defense attorney Will Drexler said during opening statements. "He's been that way his whole life. He's a yapper, he's a talker, but he's not a doer." » more at 9 News

2008 Springfield Murder Case Closes With Pleas

Springfield, MO: Two guilty pleas today have brought closure to a 2008 Springfield murder case. Steven Rash died as a result of blood loss Dec. 5, 2008. Police were called to his home at 711 W. Chicago St. the next day. Authorities arrived to find Rash’s wife, Theresa Rash, and Jeff Bloom. Police reported being immediately suspicious of Theresa Rash’s behavior—they said she’d act sad one minute, then calm the next. » more at News-Leader

Murder Victim David Shivers' Family Gets Justice

Gulfport, MS: The mother of a murder victim in Gulfport hasn't slept well since her son David was gunned down in cold blood by his girlfriend's estranged husband. Daryl Brooks thought he beat the murder wrap once, even telling his brother in court he'd be home by the weekend. » more at WLOX TV

Prosecutors Say Holt Man, 43, Confessed In Death Of Ex-Girlfriend

Lansing, MI: The day after Megan Collins was found bludgeoned and stabbed to death inside her Lansing Township apartment, her onetime boyfriend confessed to the crime, prosecutors said Monday. When a member of the Michigan State Police fugitive team found Raynada Jones in a south Lansing parking lot about 12 hours after the killing, he had blood "all over his clothes" and a fresh cut to his hand, Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick O'Keefe said during opening statements in Jones' murder trial. » more at Lansing State Journal

Kahler Sentenced To Death In Quadruple Slaying

Burlingame, KS: James Kraig Kahler was sentenced to death by lethal injection by an Osage County jury Monday afternoon. Kahler smirked as the court rendered its decision, one of the few times during the trial that the defendant showed any emotion. He then scratched his neck nervously as each juror was polled on his or her decision. Karen Kahler's sister, Lynn Denton, dabbed at her eyes as family and friends hugged her after the jury had been dismissed. » more at ColumbiaMissourian.com

GJ Man Gets 25 Years In Slaying Of Neighbor

Grand Junction, CO: A Grand Junction man who shot and killed a neighbor who had intervened in a domestic dispute was sentenced this afternoon to serve 25 years in prison. Robert McCleland, 32, had faced anywhere from 16 to 48 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the March 2010 slaying of 27-year-old Andrew Boxa. » more at Grand Junction Sentinel

Vineland man Gets 24 Years In Fatal Stabbing

Vineland, NJ: A Vineland man was sentenced Friday to 24 years in state prison for fatally stabbing a Fortescue man, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said. Matthew Craddock was convicted last month on charges of first-degree aggravated manslaughter and related weapons offenses in the death of James G. Grace in 2006. Grace died on his 20th birthday. » more at Courier Post

Man Who Bludgeoned Wife With Hammer Sentenced To Life In Prison

Ewa Beach, HI: An Ewa Beach man who repeatedly bashed his wife's head with a hammer after an argument over his extramarital affair was sentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Lincoln Phillips, 38, apologized for his actions during the hearing before Circuit Judge Karen Ahn. » more at Hawaii News Now

D.C. Man Gets 74 1/2 Years In Connection With Fatal Stabbing Of Ex-Girlfriend

Washington D.C.: A D.C. Superior Court jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on whether Roderick Ridley fatally stabbed his former girlfriend, Tiffany Gates, in 2008. However, the jury found Ridley guilty of burglary, carrying a concealed weapon and multiple counts of obstruction of justice and making threats.» more at Washington Post

Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Killing Wife

Lakeland, FL: Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of a Lakeland man who says he strangled his wife last year in self-defense. Bryan Hower, 34, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Bonnie Hower. If convicted as charged, Bryan Hower faces life imprisonment. » more at The Ledger

Plea Deals Accepted In A Million Dollar Murder Plot

Dos Palos, CA: Three people accused of murdering a man to collect nearly $1 million in life insurance money accepted plea deals. Prosecutors say Edgar Garcia, Laura Hernandez, and her son Erick Camarillo, killed Hernandez's husband. Erick Camarillo and his mother, Laura Hernandez, walked into court together Wednesday morning to accept their plea deals. They're accused of killing 40-year-old Alberto Macias in a home near Dos Palos in March of last year. The » more at KFSN TV

Fort Wainwright Soldier Found Guilty Of Murder In Wife's Death

Fairbanks, AK: A 10-member panel convicted a Fort Wainwright soldier Wednesday afternoon of the premeditated murder of his wife. A sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday for Spc. Aaron M. Rentfrow, 30, who had already admitted to strangling Tonya Lynn Rentfrow on Jan. 9 but denied planning the crime. » more at Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Emotional Testimonies At Bell County Murder Trial

Bell County, TX: Tears were flowing in a Belton courtroom today as testimonies continued in the trial of a Salado man who is accused of beating his wife to death. As the district attorney placed photos of Lou Tretter's autopsy on the projector, you could see 61-year-old Donald Tretter's body shaking as he took off his glasses and grabbed a tissue to wipe his tears. » more at KXXV TV

Superior: Woodard Pleads Guilty To Ex-Wife's Murder

Superior, MT: Michael Woodard quietly pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide Wednesday morning for killing his ex-wife in May. The plea in Mineral County District Court came after prosecutor Marcia Boris and Woodard's attorney, Lance Jasper of Superior, hammered out an unusual pre-arraignment agreement in order to keep the case from going to trial. » more at Missoulian

Man Pleads Guilty To Murdering His Wife

Lauderdale County, AL: In Lauderdale County, a man accused of killing his wife and facing the death penalty enters a plea before the trial gets underway. On Wednesday, Christopher Michael Rich, 32, admitted to murdering his estranged wife, Hollie Newberry in 2009. » more at WHNT TV

Caldwell Man Pleads Guilty To Fatally Shooting His Wife

Caldwell, ID: Chris Stone, 50, of Caldwell on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the Aug. 2010 murder of his wife, Florence Stone. Florence Stone was shot twice at close range in the back of her head and neck. Stone initially told police he had acted in self defense after his estranged wife stabbed him. » more at Idaho Statesman

Man Named In Wife's Death Suspected She Was Cheating

San Antonio, TX: Just six days before her daughter Misty Espinoza, 25, was shot to death, her husband of just two weeks told Ida Espinoza he suspected his wife was having an affair. "He said, 'I think that Misty is having an affair,'" Espinoza testified that Alonso Mendoza, 33, told her. Her testimony came as Mendoza's trial moved into it's second week on Wednesday.» more at KSAT TV

Testimony Underway In Former Officer's Trial

Nashville, TN: Testimony will continue on Wednesday in the trial of a former Metro Police officer accused of killing his wife. 25-year-old Deon Cartmell is charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Shari, but he said she accidentally shot herself. The couple had been married three years when Shari was killed on March 16, 2010 inside the couple's home on Saunders Avenue in Northeast Nashville. » more at News Channel 5

Prelim: Murder-For-Hire Suspect Admits Killing For $15K

Douglas County, CO: In videotaped testimony played in a Douglas County District courtroom on Tuesday, a suspect in a gruesome murder-for-hire case admitted he killed two people for $15,000. Four men are facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of 49-year-old Robert Rafferty and his sister-in-law, 39-year-old Amara Wells. They were found dead in Rafferty's Douglas County home on Feb. 23.» more at The Denver Channel

Bollinger Pleads Guilty To Charged Of Murder, Child Abuse

Bismarck, ND: A Bismarck Man accused of killing his wife in front of her toddler has changed his plea to guilty. Twenty-nine year old Derek Bollinger pleaded guilty to killing his wife Jessica Bollinger. » more at KFYR TV

Buffalo Man Gets 30 Years In Double-Stabbing

Buffalo, NY: A Buffalo man today was ordered to spend the next 30 years in prison for stabbing his estranged wife and one of her aunts multiple times two years ago. State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges cited the "long and disturbing criminal history" of Lamont Hines, both in Western New York and on the West Coast, while imposing the maximum-allowable prison term on Hines' June 6 guilty plea to two counts of attempted murder. » more at Buffalo News

Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty In Navy Wife's Homicide

Virginia Beach, VA: A man who pleaded guilty today to capital murder in the killing of a 24-year-old neighbor on her birthday told a detective in the case he had once tracked another woman from a Walmart with a knife and zip ties in his car before losing her in traffic, a prosecutor said. Robert Lee Sadler III also surprised a female lieutenant in a shower at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. » more at The Virginian-Pilot

Lippy Gets 10-40 For Stabbing Death of Husband

Hanover, PA: Moments before Leah Lippy was sentenced to 10 to 40 years in state prison Thursday, the 19-year-old Berwick Township female received forgiveness from the mother of her husband Adam, whom she murdered in October 2010. » more at Gettysburg Times

El Mirage Teen Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Girl, 15

El Mirage, AZ: An El Mirage teen convicted of bludgeoning his 15-year-old girlfriend in 2010 was sentenced to life in prison Friday. Thomas James Odom, 17, was found guilty of first-degree murder in Maricopa County Superior Court in July. Jurors found Odom beat Iva Rae Herman to death using rocks in April 2010 inside a drainage ditch tunneling under a street in El Mirage. » more at Tucson Citizen

Attorneys Select 12 Men, 2 Women For Randall Staeven Case

Oconto County, WI: In a murder case that prosecutors say stems from divorce, defendant Randall Staeven's fate could be decided by a jury made up of only men. After more than two hours of screening potential jurors, attorneys on both sides agreed Friday to a panel of 12 men and two women. That means after the random selection of two alternates — who do not deliberate — the verdict of whether Staeven killed his estranged wife could be left in the hands of all men. » more at Green Bay Press Gazette

St. Paul Man Who Stabbed Estranged Wife 63 Times Pleads Guilty To Murder

St. Paul, MN: A St. Paul man who stabbed his estranged wife 63 times pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this morning in Ramsey County District Court. Moua Her will be sentenced Sept. 13 to 35 years in prison, according to the terms of the plea agreement. Moua Her, 29, killed Sheng Vang in 2004 after a history of violence, according to testimony in his murder trial. » more at TwinCities.com

Roger Rosenthal Of Chilton Pleads Guilty To Strangling Girlfriend, Michelle Jaeger

Chilton, WI: Roger Rosenthal of Chilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree reckless homicide, strangulation and suffocation, and hiding a corpse in connection with the death of his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Jaeger. Rosenthal, 52, killed Jaeger in Chilton in January 2010 and hid her corpse in the Maple Grove area of rural Manitowoc County.» more at Post Crescent

Capital Trial Begins For Dollar General Double Murder

San Antonio, TX: Married for less than two weeks and already estranged, Alonso Mendoza walked into the Dollar General store where Misty Espinoza worked on the morning of July 1, 2009, and tried to give her back her wedding ring. But she rebuffed the gesture, as well as his attempt to kiss her, jurors saw from multiple surveillance camera angles Thursday as testimony began for Mendoza's capital murder trial. » more at My San Antonio

Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Slaying Of Hammond Native

Shakopee, MN: The husband of a Hammond native was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in a Minnesota prison for her murder. Charles "Tony" Maddox was convicted in June on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Ruth Anne Lipka Maddox, 45. » more at nwitimes.com

Jury Selection Begins In Capital Murder Trial

San Antonio, TX: He suspected his wife of just two weeks -- and a man with whom she worked at a Northeast side dollar store -- were having an affair. According to prosecutors, Alonso Mendoza, 33, shot the couple to death at the store on July 1, 2009. Misty Espinosa, 25, and Clarence Blades, 40, were killed when Mendoza allegedly opened fire on them.» more at KSAT TV

Elderly Copley Township Man Who Killed Wife: 'I sure do regret it'

Copley Township, OH: Dressed in an orange and white jail jumpsuit and sitting in a wheelchair, Glenn Burbridge, 87, spoke candidly from the Summit County Jail about using his .38 caliber handgun to kill his 83-year-old wife, Alice. "I just shot her. I didn't think. That was it. The last three words she said to me after I shot her was, 'Honey, I love you. I love you,'" Burbridge said, during an exclusive interview with NewsChannel5. » more at News Net 5

Jury Selection Completed In Trial Of Accused Wife Killer

Elkton, MD: Lawyers are scheduled to present opening arguments today in the murder trial of a man accused of stabbing his wife to death inside their apartment near Elkton last year. Police said Jason M. Costello, 25, killed 24-year-old Ashley N. Costello on June 12, 2010, inside the couple's home in the 1900 block of Stonegate Boulevard, part of the Stonegate community off Route 279, near the Delaware line. » more at celigwhig.com

Porn King's Son Sentenced In Murder Case

San Rafael, CA: James Mitchell, the heir to the Mitchell Brothers adult film business, was sentenced to 35 years to life Tesday for killing his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Keller, and kidnapping their young daughter two years ago. Mitchell, 29, of Pittsburg, was convicted of bludgeoning Keller with an aluminum softball bat at her Diablo Court home in Novato on July 12, 2009, the child's first birthday.» more at KTVU TV

Phenix City Murder Trial Kicks Off

Phenix City, AL: A man accused of shooting and killing his wife in June 2010 is facing a judge this week. Adrian Ezell's murder trial is underway in Phenix City and court started with graphic details of the crime scene. Bullet shell casings littering a floor, a shattered shower door, and the lifeless body of Felisha Ezell -- those are just some of the photos shown in court of the crime scene Phenix City police officers discovered June 21st 2010. » more at WTVM TV

Hesperia Man Gets 15 Years For Murdering Wife

Hesperia, CA: A Hesperia man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Monday morning after he pleaded guilty to shooting his wife to death during a domestic dispute in 2006. David Koch, 38, accepted the prosecution’s offer on the first day of his scheduled jury trial and pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Diana Koch. » more at vvdailypress.com

Capital Trial In Quadruple Murder Case Could Last Weeks

Lyndon, KS: The capital murder trial for a former Missouri city official accused of shooting four family members in Kansas could last three weeks or longer, with some evidence expected to deal with how his estranged wife's alleged relationship with another woman affected his mental health just before her death and the other slayings. » more at kansascity.com

State Rests Case In Murder Trial

Gulfport, MS: The state has rested its case in the murder trial of Darrell Brooks, whose defense team describes as a victim of circumstantial evidence in the fatal shooting of a man who was seeing his estranged wife. Brooks is on trial a second time in the killing of David Shivers Jr., who was struck in the head by a shot fired through the kitchen window of his family’s home in Orange Grove on Dec. 7, 2009. » more at Sun Herald

DeKalb Man Convicted Of Killing Wife, Keeping Body In Truck For Two Days

DeKalb County, GA: A DeKalb County jury convicted Dennis Allaben of murdering his wife in a bizarre case that involved the 47-year-old man swaddling her body in a packing blanket and duct tape and tossing her into the bed of his pickup truck. Immediately after the verdict Thursday, Judge Linda Hunter sentenced Allaben to life in prison with the possibility of parole for malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. » more at Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jury Recommends Death For Woman In Murders Of Husband, Kids

Rowland Heights, CA: Jurors have recommended the death penalty for a Rowland Heights woman convicted of killing her husband and two young sons. Manling Tsang Williams, 31, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances on November 4 by another jury in Pomona. » more at KTLA TV

Man Charged In Ex's Stabbing:'Things Got Out Of Hand'

Mount Airy, PA: A man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death and burned down her house will go on trial for murder, a judge ruled Wednesday. Donald Newsome, 32, said he blacked out while stabbing his girlfriend, 27-year-old Rosalyn Daniels, who was trying to break up with him, Det. James Pitts testified at a preliminary hearing. » more at Philly.com

Preliminary Hearing Begins In Fairfield Murder Trial

Fairfield, CA: The restraining order Fairfield resident Martha Camacho helped her friend file last November had not yet been served when her friend's ex-boyfriend showed up at their apartment with a gun. He killed her friend and her friend's new boyfriend, Camacho testified Tuesday in Solano County Superior Court. Camacho was one of a handful of witnesses to testify during the first day of a preliminary hearing for Ricardo Martinez De Leon, 50, of Fairfield, who is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the gunshot slayings of Maria Terrones, 45, and Jose Velarde-Lopez, 31, outside of Camacho's Crowley Lane apartment on Nov. 13, 2010. » more at The Reporter

Hill Gets 90 Years In Gilberts Murder-Arson Case

Gilberts, IL: Still protesting his innocence, Frank Hill was sentenced to 90 years in prison Wednesday, effectively giving a life sentence to the man convicted of murder and arson in the death of his girlfriend. A Kane County jury convicted Hill, 33, on May 20 in the slaying four years ago of his longtime girlfriend, Karyn Pearson. » more at Chicago Sun-Times

Soldier Accused In Double Murder Faces Court-Martial

Rineyville, KY: An Army soldier accused of murdering his estranged wife and mother-in-law will face a military court-martial. Efforts to try Sgt. Brent Burke in civilian court in Hardin County ended in two hung juries and two mistrials. The investigating officer in the Article 32 investigation held for Burke recommended that the charges be referred to a general court-martial on Tuesday. » more at lex18.com

Man Who Killed Estranged Wife, Shot Stepdaughter Gets Life In Prison

Duncan, SC: A man who pleaded guilty to killing his estranged wife and shooting his stepdaughter in the face at their Duncan home last year will spend the rest of his life in prison. Arthur Deval Mims, 46, pleaded guilty to murder and assault and battery with intent to kill in May. » more at Go Upstate

Jury Sentences McCoy To Die For Three Murders

Bossier City, LA: A Bossier Parish jury late Friday night sentenced Robert McCoy to die for murdering three members of his estranged wife's family. The jury deliberated six hours before returning their unanimous verdict of three death sentences.» more at KTBS TV

Big Island Man Gets Life For Death Of Pregnant Girlfriend

Hilo, HI: Marwan Jackson, 30, was given and extended sentence Friday for the 2005 beating death of Sarah Fay, his 34-year-old pregnant girlfriend who was kept alive at the Queen’s Medical Center until doctors could deliver their baby by c-section. Jackson was convicted of manslaughter in February. » more at KHON TV

Jury Selected To Hear Triple Murder Case In Bossier

Bossier City, LA: A jury has been seated and opening statements are scheduled Wednesday morning in the capital murder trial of Robert McCoy, the man accused of killing three members of his estranged wife's family in Bossier City.» more at KTBS TV

Nicholas McGuffin Sentenced To 10 Years In Death Of Girlfriend Leah Freeman; He Maintains His Innocence

Coquille, OR: A judge in Coquille sentenced Nicholas McGuffin to 10 years in prison today in the death of his 15-year-old girlfriend Leah Freeman, who went missing in Coquille on June 28, 2000. More The Oregonian’s continuing coverage of the death of Leah Freeman and the trial of Nicholas McGuffin.In a handwritten statement McGuffin read to the courtroom, he maintained his innocence and said people had twisted his words and perjured themselves in court. » more at oregonlive.com

Foothills Man Forced Son To Dig Grave For Ex-Girlfriend

Yuba County, CA: Steven Shaun Knoefler forced his 14-year-old son to dig a grave for the woman Knoefler had just killed while the son watched, according to a Yuba County Superior Court document. Knoefler, 49, was sentenced Monday to 16 years to life in prison for the May 2008 bludgeoning death of his estranged girlfriend, 36-year-old Vanessa Jane Hobbs, at his home near Rackerby in the Yuba County foothills. » more at Appeal Democrat

Whittier Man Guilty Of Murder In Girlfriend's 2001 Stabbing Death

Orange County, CA: A Whittier man was convicted of murder Monday for stabbing his girlfriend to death and slitting her throat as he drove her to her job as a newspaper carrier in Orange County more than 10 years ago, prosecutors reported. Ruben Retana Perez, 33, fled California after the killing and lived under aliases in Mexico and Louisiana before he was unmasked three years ago through a drunk-driving arrest in Arkansas. » more at Los Angeles Times

Jury Selection To Begin In Goff Trial

Hamilton Township, OH: Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the aggravated murder trial of Megan Goff, who is charged with shooting her estranged husband 15 times with two guns at his home five years ago. Goff was convicted of the murder several years ago, but the Ohio Supreme Court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial in the case last year. Special Judge Patrick M. McGrath has ordered 75 jurors to report Monday and another 75 jurors to show up Tuesday. » more at The Herald-Dispatch

Tom Foley Not Guilty In Murder Retrial

Branch County, MI: After deliberating for about a day, jurors in the murder re-trial of Thomas Foley found him not guilty of the premeditated murder of his wife, DeeDee, in their home in February 2009. This was the second murder trial for Foley, who was arrested in March 2009 for killing his wife, then convicted in November 2009. » more at WOOD TV

Jury Convicts Man Who Killed Girlfriend Of Third-Degree Murder

Philadelphia, PA: There was no question that Edward Wilson fatally shot ex-girlfriend Antoinette Austin after luring her to a meeting with a phony check on March 18, 2009. Yesterday, a city jury convicted Wilson, 57, of third-degree murder, which means he acted with wanton and willful disregard for the well-being of Austin, 26, causing her death. » more at philly.com

Temple Guilty Of First-Degree Murder In Wife Slaying

Largo, FL: At the end of his week-long trial, a jury didn't believe Robert Temple's version of "the truth" in the slaying of his wife, Belleair real estate agent Rosemary Christensen, a dozen years ago. The Pinellas County panel deliberated less than two hours today before finding Temple guilty of first-degree murder. A judge sentenced him to life in prison, the only possible punishment because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. » more at Tampa Bay Online

Former Bloomfield Man Convicted Of Strangling His Girlfriend In Her Old Bridge Apartment

Old Bridge, NJ: A former Bloomfield man was convicted today in New Brunswick of murdering his girlfriend in her Old Bridge apartment in March 2009. A jury deliberated about three hours before finding Frank Rendfrey, 36, guilty of the murder of 28-year-old Angela Paranzino. » more at nj.com

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Blind Girlfriend

Detroit, MI: It took jurors less than one hour Thursday to convict a Michigan man of murder in the death of his blind girlfriend. Detroit’s Gregory Harris was charged with second-degree murder after police said he kidnapped and killed Zilphia Craig.» more at Click On Detroit

Tong Pleads Guilty In Chantilly Murder

Chantilly, VA: Before fatally shooting his wife last year inside their Chantilly home, Tony Tong called his siblings in Vietnam to say goodbye to them. That’s because he planned to take his own life, as well, after killing his wife. And he may well have done so, had not his eldest son tackled him and beat him up. Then police arrived and arrested Tong, charging him with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. » more at Centre View

Man, 87, Convicted Of Killing Wife With Ax, Trying To Kill Her Son

San Gabriel Valley, CA: An 87-year-old San Gabriel Valley man was convicted Wednesday of murdering his wife with an ax and attempting to kill her son. After 1 1/2 days of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury found James Che Ming Lu guilty of the July 2009 murder of his 55-year-old wife, Michelle. » more at Los Angeles Times

Pittsburgh Man Convicted In Double Homicide

Pittsburgh, PA: Jurors have convicted a Pittsburgh man for killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in July 2008. Wendell Jones, 57, was on trial for killing Sonsiarae Watts, 45, and her boyfriend, Dahl Palm, 44, inside Watts’ Valley Street home in Stowe Township.» more at WPXI TV

Fairfax Man Found Guilty Of Killing Wife, Daughter

Lorton, VA: A Fairfax County man was found guilty Wednesday of strangling his teenage daughter with a three-pound dumbbell and then fatally beating his wife in their Lorton condominium last year. Kenston K. Yi, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army, was convicted by a Fairfax jury of two counts of first-degree murder. Jurors rejected his defense that he was legally insane at the time of the killings but recommended the minimum sentence under law: 20 years on each count. » more at Washington Post

Murder Charges Dismissed After Mistrial Declared In Case Against Accused Wife Killer

Mission Valley, CA: A judge Tuesday dismissed charges against a man accused of murdering his wife in their Mission Valley apartment 16 years ago and dumping her body in a remote area of the Cleveland National Forest. A mistrial was declared Monday in the case against Russell Upton when jurors told Judge Kerry Wells they were deadlocked 8-4 for guilt and could not reach a unanimous verdict. » more at KUSI TV

Man Who Killed 2 In Washington County Sentenced To Life

Ellsworth, PA: Terrance Graham, 34, of Bentleyville, was sentenced today to life in a state prison for the homicides of his ex-girlfriend Lynna Ronell Flippen and Ernest Yarbough Jr. Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky made the sentences consecutive for the two first degree homicide convictions. He also gave him consecutive sentences of six to 12 months for abuse of a corpse and six to 12 months for tampering with evidence. » more at Pittsburgh Post- Gazette

Pittsfield Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Girlfriend

Pittsfield, MA: A Berkshire County man has been found guilty of murder. David Vincent III of Pittsfield was recently on trial for the beating death of his 27 year-old girlfriend, Rebecca Moulton, back in 2009. » more at WNYT TV

Jury Deadlocks In 16-Year-Old Murder Case

San Diego, CA: A San Diego jury deadlocked Monday over the case of a man accused of murdering his wife 16 years ago and dumping her body in Pine Valley. San Diego Superior Court Judge Kerry Wells declared a mistrial following the hung jury in the case of Russell Upton. Prosecutors will now decide whether to retry Upton. The 37-year-old Upton was charged in the death of Marilane Abueg, 20. » more at Sign On San Diego

Westmont Woman's Killer: She Deserved It

Chicago, IL:   Jitka Vesel, her killer said in court Friday, deserved to die for “dumping” him. In a bizarre court hearing that perplexed even his own attorney, 21-year-old Dmitry Smirnov asked a DuPage County judge for a life sentence as he entered the guilty plea for ambushing his 36-year-old ex-girlfriend in an Oak Brook parking lot in April. » more at Daily Herald

Former Police Chief Sentenced In Wife's Killing

Calimesa, CA: An ex-cop who drowned his wife in their back patio hot tub was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison while continuing to proclaim his innocence. Blair Christopher Hall, 52, insists the June 7, 2007, death of his wife, Cristi Lynne, was a "tragic accident." » more at My FOX Los Angeles

Killer Sentenced For 2003 Murder

Roswell, NM: A man accused of murdering his wife eight years ago, finally faced justice Friday. Prosecutors dropped the original case against 37 year-old Ramon Bravo in 2003. But on Friday, his dead wife's family finally received at least a degree of justice for the murdered woman. "I find it hard to say I forgive him without his mouth saying, 'I killed her,' but I know my daughter would forgive him," said Dolly Amos, mother of Susan Amos-Bravo. "She was that kind of person, she was a wonderful mother, and could've been a wonderful wife for somebody if they hadn't taken advantage of her kindness." » more at KRQE TV

Jacob Schaffer Pleads Guilty In Five Lincoln County Murders

Lincoln County, TN: A mass murderer's guilty plea Friday in Lincoln County, Tenn., paves the way for Madison County prosecutors to bring him to Huntsville to face a sixth murder charge. Jacob Shaffer, 32, was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole in a Fayetteville courtroom Friday. His guilty plea comes just over two years after a two-state killing spree that left six people dead. » more at al.com

Estranged Wife's Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison

Peoria, IL: For stabbing his estranged wife 38 times in front of two young children and running off, leaving her to die on a cold Peoria street in January 2010, Clarence Thomas will spend the rest of his life in prison. Peoria County Circuit Judge Steve Kouri handed down the life sentence for Thomas, 44, on Friday saying only "that he earned it." » more at pjstar.com

Ralstin Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder

Greensburg, KS: The Mark Ralstin murder trial came to a conclusion Thursday evening, after five and one-half hours of deliberation. The state of Kansas tried Ralstin for the premeditated first-degree murder of his wife, Bobbi Jo Ralstin. The jury of six men and six women found him guilty of the lesser charge of intentional second-degree murder. » more at Kiowa County Signal

Michael Curry Sentenced To Life In Prison For Brutal Ax Slayings

Columbus, GA: Michael Curry, the man convicted of three counts of murder this spring in a trial that captivated Columbus, was sentenced today to life in prison for slaughtering his family with a bush ax. Superior Court Judge John D. Allen denied a defense motion for a directed verdict of acquittal and sentenced Curry to serve three consecutive life sentences. Curry, 53, must serve 30 years of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole, prosecutors said. » more at Ledger-Enquirer

Ex-Boyfriend Sentenced To Life In Prison Term In Machete Attack

Jackson, MS: In what a prosecutor called one of her most egregious cases, a Jackson man was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for a machete attack on the mother of his young daughter. It took a Hinds County Circuit Court jury just 20 minutes Wednesday to convict Jermaine Reed, 30, of aggravated assault in the 2008 attack on his ex-girlfriend Andrea Taylor. » more at Jackson Clarion Ledger

Heather Mallory's Parents Describe Their Anguish At Sentencing Of Daughter's Killer

Portland, OR: Steve Mallory looked over at his son-in-law, Brian C. Cole, and held up a cardboard box. His wife, Jeni, carried a photo of the woman that Cole murdered -- their daughter, Heather. "One of the hardest things that Jeni and I have ever done was to go to a crematorium," he told Cole on Wednesday "and pick up the remains of the person you murdered and put them in this box." » more at Oregon Live

Mistrial Declared In Attempted Murder Trial After Jury Deadlocks

Martinsburg, WV: A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of woman accused of shooting her former husband after a jury of eight men and four woman became hopelessly deadlocked, resulting in a hung jury. "We are hung and feel that further deliberation will do no good," a note written to the court by the jury's foreman stated. » more at The Journal

Jason Young To Be Tried Again For Wife's Murder

Raleigh, NC: Jason Young, the Wake County man accused of killing his pregnant wife, will be retried in early October on a murder accusation that left a jury hopelessly deadlocked last month. Before the decision was announced in open court, Colon Willoughby, the county's top prosecutor, met behind closed doors briefly with defense lawyers, prosecutors and Judge Donald Stephens. » more at Raleigh News & Observer

Sunday Blombergh's Murderer Sentenced To Life In Prison

Tift County, GA: Just as the prosecution was gearing up for trial in Tift County, a man accused of killing his step daughter in law made a surprise move. Herman Evans plead guilty to Sunday Blombergh's murder. Last April, family members, friends and officers from multiple agencies launched a massive search for 28-year old Sunday Blombergh, a young mother who had mysteriously disappeared.  » more at WALB TV

Glendale Man Gets 10 Years To Life In Prison For Killing Wife, Pet Pomeranian

Glendale, CA: A 46-year-old Glendale man was sentenced today to 16 years to life in prison for killing his wife and microwaving his Pomeranian to death. John Levin was found guilty of second-degree murder last month after he pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty for microwaving his dog. » more at Valley Sun

Oakland Man Guilty Of Manslaughter In Girlfriend's Death

Oakland, CA: A 23-year-old Oakland man has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his girlfriend two years ago after she broke up with him and returned the ring he had given her. Prosecutors had sought a murder conviction for Jesse James Blue for the death of 18-year-old Ayesha Thomason on June 16, 2009, but after deliberating for nearly four full days jurors decided late Monday to convict him of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter instead.» more at KTVU TV

Rodney B. Medley Gets 15 Years In Prison For Attempted Murder After Pleading Guilty

Columbus, GA: A Columbus man charged with shooting a man he encountered at his ex-wife’s house pleaded guilty Friday to attempted murder. Rodney B. Medley, 59, was sentenced to 15 years in prison to be followed by 10 years probation. He had been scheduled to stand trial next week but pleaded guilty because it was in his best interest, said defense attorney Michael Reynolds. » more at Ledger-Enquirer

Jury Finds Bowling Guilty Of Murder

Daniels, WV:  A man accused of striking “like a rattlesnake” at those who angered him, going from “zero to rage in a heartbeat” and getting into “bar fights for entertainment” was convicted of first-degree murder Friday. Family members of Christopher Bowling, a 38-year-old Raleigh County man, and Tresa Bowling, Christopher’s wife and victim, waited while a jury deliberated for more than three hours over the charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of murder. » more at Beckley Register-Herald

Teacher Pleads Guilty To Killing His Wife During Luxury Cruise

Los Angeles, CA: A 57-year-old Los Angeles County teacher pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday in the beating death of his wife during a luxury cruise. Robert McGill admitted that he "deliberately and intentionally" killed his wife, Shirley McGill, on the cruise ship Carnival Elation in July 2009 after an argument.» more at Los Angeles Times

Conroe Man Gets 70 Years For Wife's Murder

Conroe, TX: A Conroe man will spend at least 30 years in prison after a Montgomery County jury convicted and sentenced him to 70 years in prison Wednesday for the shooting murder of his wife last year. Jesus Salas Leon, 65, will not be eligible for parole until he has served 30 years in prison for the Feb. 16, 2010 murder of his wife of 40 years, Eufemia Bautista.» more at Your Houston News

New Mexico Man Who Set Wife On Fire In Oklahoma City Gets Life In Prison

Oklahoma City, OK: A New Mexico man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for setting his estranged wife on fire outside her Oklahoma City home last year. “It was worth it. I'd do it all over again,” George M. Rodriguez, 35, yelled to TV news cameramen as Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies took him to a jail elevator. “She deserved it.” » more at NEWSOK.com

Man Gets Life Sentence For 1981 Murder Of Wife

Somerset County, PA: Roy D. Smith of Johnstown told a judge Wednesday that the 29 years he spent waiting for justice after his daughter's murder was a worse experience than fighting in Okinawa during World War II. "I couldn't believe John (Dawson) could do that to my daughter. ... I didn't know he had it in him," the 85-year-old Johnstown man told Somerset County President Judge John Cascio. A few minutes later, Cascio formally sentenced Smith's son-in-law to a mandatory life sentence and ordered him to pay more than $4,000 in court costs for beating 30-year-old Kathleen Dawson with a blackjack and setting her on fire in 1981. » more at pittsburghlive.com

Man Sentenced To 120 Years In Prison For Grisly Three Forks Murder

Three Forks, MT: A Three Forks man who was found guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend was sentenced in Gallatin County District Court today by a judge who said her decision was for the safety of the public. Jay Myran, 39, learned he will spend the next 120 years in the Montana State Prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend Gayle Brewster in May 2009. » more at KBZK TV

Porn Mogul Convicted Of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend

Novato, CA: Porn mogul James Mitchell was convicted of first-degree murder today for beating the mother of his child to death with a softball bat two years ago at her Novato house as neighbors looked on in horror. The Marin County Superior Court jury deliberated less than two days before reaching its verdict. It also convicted the 29-year-old Mitchell of kidnapping, child endangerment, child abduction, domestic violence and stalking. He now faces a potential sentence of life in prison. » more at San Francisco Gate

Olathe Man Gets "Hard 50" In Murder Of His Wife

Olathe, KS: Terry Hayes lured his estranged wife to a driveway in Olathe and shot her to death — but the question at sentencing Tuesday was whether that was worse than any other murder. Following a long hearing in a packed courtroom, Judge James Franklin Davis found aggravating factors for “the hard 50,” a life sentence with no parole possible for 50 years. » more at kansascity.com

Monterey Co Man Guilty In '90 Family Murders

King City, CA: A Monterey County man accused of fatally shooting three family members during a night of heavy drinking in 1990 will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of the murders. A jury took less than three hours to decide Monday that Ramon Rios, 60, was guilty of first-degree murder plus the special circumstance of multiple murders, which means he'll get a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. » more at San Francisco Gate

Ex-Boyfriend Convicted Of Murder In 2008 Chesco Killing

Chester County, PA: More than three years ago, a 25-year-old Chester County woman was strangled, her body buried alongside cow carcasses in a remote part of a Cochranville dairy farm. Investigators quickly identified the man who killed Daicy Vasquez-Bedolla as Mauricio Jose Bedolla-Camacho, her ex-boyfriend who admitted taking her life. » more at philly.com

911 Calls Released From Teacher Acquitted Of Murdering Husband

Maury County, TN: It was a case that shook Maury County: a first grade teacher accused of killing her husband, a recent Iraq Veteran. His family claims it was murder; she says it was self-defense and late this week a jury agreed. Shawn Armstrong's attorney spoke about the trial and takes us back through the vivid 911 call that helped lead to the jury's decision. » more at News Channel 5

Queens Man Gets 35 Years For Fatally Slitting Throats Of Wife, Son

Queens, NY: A Queens man who fatally slit the throats of his wife and teenage son told a judge today that he was "depressed'' and "in a bad place'' when he committed the horrendous crime -- and even his own family said they forgive him. Otto Herrarte -- who once claimed that his "alter ego Roberto'' committed the crime -- received 35 years in prison as part of a deal designed to spare his family from sitting through a trial, said Queens prosecutor Peter Lomp. » more at New York Post

Magna Man Sentenced To 20 To Life For Killing Ex-Girlfriend

Magna, UT: A Magna man was sentenced Thursday morning to 20 years to life in the Utah State Prison for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in August 2008. Charles Richard Gunkel apologized to the family of Morena Molly Robbins "for the irreversible pain and sorrow I’ve caused" before the sentence was handed down by 3rd District Judge William Barrett. » more at Salt Lake Tribune

For The Second Time, Perry Found Guilty Of Murdering Two Women

Baltimore, MD: Defiant to the end, Kenneth D. Perry was found guilty Tuesday of killing two women 12 years ago in the presence of two children, one of them his son. The 45-year-old defendant, who seemed unrepentant and contentious during much of the weeklong trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, snickered as the jury was sent home and then blamed his lawyer, Janice Bledsoe, for his conviction. » more at Baltimore Sun

Paynter Admits He Murdered Wife In 2002

Cincinnati, OH: For more than eight years, Bonnie Dickerson fought to keep the memory of her slain daughter alive so her killer wouldn’t get away with murder. With Daniel Paynter’s guilty plea today to the 2002 murder of Lori Ross Paynter, Dickerson can finally rest. » more at cincinnati.com

January Stabbings Yield 85-Year Sentence In South Bend

St. Joseph County, IN: A judge today ordered a South Bend man to spend 85 years in prison for killing his ex-wife’s boyfriend and stabbing his ex-wife multiple times. St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John Marnocha told 52-year-old David Lubelski he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Lubelski pleaded guilty last month to taking a large kitchen knife, driving to the home of Michael Gensinger and killing him Jan. 24 in rural southwestern St. Joseph County. » more at WSBT TV

17-Year-Old Found Guilty In Girlfriend's Murder

Phoenix, AZ: 17-year-old Thomas Odom has been convicted of murder, after a 10 hour deliberation by jurors. Because Odom is a juvenile, he is not eligible for the death penalty. He faces a sentence between 25 years to life in prison. In April of 2010, 15-year-old Iva Herman's body was found. » more at My FOX Phoenix

Gordon Gets Life Sentence For Killing Girlfriend

Dover, OH: In an emotionally charged courtroom Friday, Jason L. Gordon was sentenced to the maximum prison term for the Sept. 5, 2010, beating death of his girlfriend Gina Harper at their Dover residence and tampering with evidence afterward. It will be at least 20 years before Gordon, whose 40th birthday was June 12, is eligible to be considered for parole, and Harper’s family vowed to oppose that.» more at CantonRep.com

Jury Deliberations Begin In Trial Of Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Girlfriend

Riverside, CA: Jury deliberations got under way today in the trial of a Riverside man accused of fatally shooting his 15-year-old girlfriend in the face during an argument. Benjamin James Boatman, 23, could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder, possession of illegal drugs and gun and great bodily injury allegations in the March 18, 2010, death of Rebecca Marth. » more at Valley News

Jury Deadlocks In Williams Murder Trial

Titusville, FL: A jury deliberated for more than three hours Thursday afternoon but were unable to reach a decision in the first-degree murder trial of Jeremiah Williams. Circuit Judge James Earp sent the 12 jurors home this evening when they told him that they were unable to reach an unanimous decision. The hung jury will result in another trial for the 40-year-old Titusville man who is accused of shooting Yolanda Garvin-Williams, his estranged wife, in the parking lot of the Parrish Medical Center on June 8, 2009 as she arrived for work. » more at Florida Today

Trial Begins: Man Allegedly Killed Girlfriend Refusing Abortion

Pensacola, FL: The trial has begun for a Navy man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a pregnant woman who refused his request for an abortion. Zachary Littleton was denied lower bail in a court hearing last May and the 26-year-old petty officer third class is accused of killing Samira Watkins, who was 25, because she refused his request to get an abortion. » more at LifeNews.com

Steve Nunn Pleads Guilty To Murder; Sentenced To Life

Lexington, KY: Former state lawmaker Steve Nunn has pleaded guilty to intentional murder with an aggravating circumstance in the 2009 death of Amanda Ross, his former fiancée. Nunn, who was set to go on trial in early August, entered the plea Tuesday morning in Fayette Circuit Court after negotiating a deal with prosecutors. Nunn waived formal sentencing, and Judge Pamela Goodwine sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. » more at kentucky.com

Trial Starts For Toledo Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend

Toledo, OH: When no one had heard from Vanessa Tucker for nearly a day last July, several family members became very concerned, her daughter Pasha Byrd said Monday. "What alarmed me was not only that I hadn't talked to her but when I was told she left without her keys and cell phone," she said. "That's what alarmed me because she always had her keys and cell phone." Ms. Byrd was the first of five witnesses to testify Monday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court during the murder trial of her mother's boyfriend, Danny Patterson, 39. » more at Toledo Blade

Kennedale Man Sentenced To Death For Killing Family

Kennedale, TX: Three days after he killed his family and burned down their Kennedale house, John "Johnny" Hummel told investigators during a videotaped confession that he deserved the death penalty. On Tuesday, jurors gave it to him. » more at Star-Telegram

Newport News Man Pleads Guilty In Slaying Of Girlfriend

Newport News, VA: A Newport News man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2009 slaying of his girlfriend as she slept in their apartment. Aaron L. Harris, 41, pleaded guilty to killing Tynesha Barksdale, 34, on Dec. 15, 2009, in the apartment the couple shared on Turlington Road, off Warwick Boulevard in the Hidenwood section. » more at Daily Press

Tarence Nelson Convicted Of First-Degree Murder In Deaths Of Girlfriend, Unborn Baby

Arlington, TN: A Criminal Court jury found Tarence Nelson guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Tonya Johnson, who was eight-months pregnant, and their unborn baby. The jury deliberated two hours before returning the verdict Saturday, and Nelson was sentenced automatically to two life sentences. » more at Memphis Commercial Appeal

Testimony: Man Killed Ex-Girlfriend After She Rebuffed Reunion

Bloomington, CA: A man accused of stabbing his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend to death last year did so after the girl rebuffed his request that they reunite, according to court testimony today. After his arrest, Danny Vasquez told police he pleaded with Jessica Flores to return to him as both sat in a parked car outside Flores' home in Bloomington, according to testimony from Ontario police Detective Al Parra. » more at insidesocal.com

Hancock Found Guilty Of Cornell Murder

Livingston, TN: It took a Criminal Court jury only 27 minutes yesterday to find Jason Hancock guilty of the murder of Jennifer Cornell. A little later, the jury took just over 30 minutes to decide that he should be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole. Hancock showed no emotion when the verdicts were read out at the end of the fourth day of the trial, which was moved here from Clay County due in part to inadequate courthouse facilities in that county. » more at Herald-Citizen

Man Shot By Ex-Fiance' Hoped For Apology

Dublin, OH: A Warren, Ohio, woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges connected to shooting her ex-fiance'. Melissa Stredney admitted that she shot Jamie Hart after he called off their wedding, 10TV News reported. Stredney, 30, pleaded guilty to felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges. » more at 10 News

Overstreet Gets Life In Prison For Murdering Estranged Wife

Roanoke, VA: To prosecutors, Heath "Wayne" Overstreet is a pathological liar, a stalker, and a killer. But as Overstreet stood up to talk to Roanoke city circuit court judge Jonathan Apgar Tuesday morning, he said he was suffering, lost, and, if he could, would go back to the night his estranged wife Susan Overstreet was murdered and take her place. » more at WSLS TV

Man Admits To Killing Estranged Wife

Mariemont, OH: As Dennis Reynolds pointed the rifle at his estranged wife Jan. 16, Camille "Camie" Reynolds begged him not to shoot her because of the impact it would have on their two children. "Stop this because you need to think about our daughters," Camie Reynolds said, her last words before he shot and killed her in a jealous rage in her Mariemont home. That scene made Dennis Reynolds' comments Monday - when he pleaded guilty to murder and was sent to prison for 18 years to life - so ironic. » more at Cincinnati.com

DeLeon Gets 35 Years For Murdering Girlfriend

Aurora, CO: A judge Friday sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last year at the couple’s Aurora apartment. Marcos Antonio DeLeon, 23, was convicted in April of second-degree murder in connection with the April 2010 slaying of 19-year-old Dakota Fresh at the couple’s apartment near East Montview Boulevard and Fulton Street. » more at Aurora Sentinel

Man Gets Life In Prison In Pasco Double Slaying

Pasco County, FL: Michael McAdams' own words provided prosecutors with more than enough evidence to convince a Pasco County jury that the 49-year-old was guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. The 12-member panel deliberated for 90 minutes today before finding McAdams guilty in the Oct. 18, 2009, shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Lynda, and her boyfriend, William Ryan Andrews. McAdams was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but not before getting an earful from the victims' families and friends. » more at Tampa Bay Online

Man Given Life In Jail In Walmart Parking Lot Killing

Suwanee, GA: A Braselton man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after a jury found him guilty of killing his estranged wife. After two hours of deliberation, Phillip Chad Dunn was convicted of malice murder, aggravated assault and two counts of cruelty to children for stabbing Shelley Dunn, 27, several times in the back during a custody swap in a Suwanee Walmart parking lot on Valentine’s day in 2010. » more at Gwinnett Daily Post

James Hawkins Sentenced To Death In Memphis Dismemberment Murder Trial

Memphis, TN: After a week of hearing nightmarish testimony about murder, dismemberment and incest, a jury Saturday sentenced defendant James Hawkins to death for killing the mother of his three children. The seven women and five men deliberated just under two hours before returning their decision at 6:30 p.m. in Criminal Court. Hawkins, a 33-year-old warehouse worker and ex-convict, showed no outward emotion as Judge Chris Craft read his punishment aloud in the courtroom packed with relatives of Hawkins and the victim, Charlene Gaither. » more at Memphis Commercial Appeal

Baytown Killer Condemned To Death Yells At Teen Victim's Mom

Baytown, TX: A Baytown man condemned to die was dragged kicking and screaming out of a Houston courtroom on Friday after trying to shout down the tearful mother of one of his teenage victims. Joseph Francois Jean, 38, cursed and yelled that he did not have to listen to the victim impact statements from the mothers of Chelsey Lang, 17, and her cousin, 16-year-old Ashley Johnson. Moments earlier, Jean's three-week trial concluded, and he was sentenced to die for beating the teens to death with a baseball bat. » more at Houston Chronicle

Man Faces Life In Prison After Double-Homicide Conviction

Ellsworth, PA: A Washington County man faces a mandatory life sentence after being convicted late in the 2010 double homicide of his ex-girlfriend and another man. Terrance Graham, 34, of Bentleyville, was convicted late Tuesday of two counts of first-degree murder in the May 13, 2010 slayings of 25-year-old Lynna Flippen of Ellsworth and her friend, 31-year-old Ernest Yarbough Jr. of Pittsburgh. » more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Man Found Guilty In Fatal Stomping

Tampa, FL: It began with a lead-tipped bat and ended with steel-toed boots. What happened next took a jury five hours to decide: Guilty. Benjamin Gloster, 54, stomped David Grove to death on March 19, 2009, on Grove's porch on Laurel Dale Drive. Thursday's verdict means Gloster will spend his life in prison. » more at Tampa Bay Online

Pavone Verdict Brings Some Closure To Families

Dannemora, NY: The families of Timothy Carter and Patricia Howard erupted in sobs Wednesday afternoon when a jury found their killer guilty of first-degree murder. Anthony Pavone stared straight ahead and showed no reaction when the jury convicted him of the highest possible charges: two counts of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. For the victims' families, the decision helped bring a sense of closure to the brutal tragedy that robbed them of their loved ones. » more at Plattsburgh Press Republican

Jury Acquits Federal Way Man Accused Of Poisoning Wife With Strychnine

Federal Way, WA: Joseph Naimo is a free man. The 64-year-old Federal Way resident was acquitted on murder charges by a King County jury Wednesday after six days of deliberation in connection with the strychnine poisoning death of his wife, Ann Marie Naimo. The acquittal came after the second trial for Naimo, a pest-control general manager in Kent. » more at Federal Way Mirror

Granville County Man Pleads Guilty In Wife's Death

Oxford, NC: A Granville County man accused of killing his wife and setting their home on fire in September 2008 avoided a potential death sentence when he pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the case. William Scott Morris was arrested Nov. 16, 2009, on charges of first-degree murder and fraudulently burning a dwelling, in connection with the death of his wife, Kelly Morris, 28. » more at WRAL TV

Man Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Wife And Unborn Child

Downers Grove, IL: A west suburban Downers Grove man pleaded guilty Friday to the stabbing death of his wife and unborn child last year. Eric Gilford, 36, formerly of Downers Grove, entered the Villa Park residence of an acquaintance May 26, 2010, stabbed his pregnant wife, Kristine Gilford, and fled the scene, according to a release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office. » more at My FOX Chicago

Man Sentenced To Life Plus 18 Years For Wife's Murder

Clarksville, TN: The Clarksville man convicted of the murder of his soldier wife has been sentenced to life plus 18 years in prison. In March, Khaleefa Lambert was convicted of first-degree murder, felony murder, and especially aggravated kidnapping in the death of his wife, Ashley Barnes-Lambert. » more at News Channel 5

Riviera Beach Man Sentenced To Life For Valentine's Day Killing Of Girlfriend

Riviera Beach, FL: A 29-year-old Riviera Beach man was sentenced to life plus 35 years in prison Wednesday after he was convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day after she tried to leave him. Gibson Paul had demanded a speedy trial and originally acted as his own attorney in the three-day trial. But soon after the start of testimony in the case, Paul asked Circuit Judge Karen Miller to have Assistant Public Defender Aaron Ritchey rejoin him and take over his defense. » more at Palm Beach Post

Upper Deerfield Man, 80, Convicted Of Murdering Live-In Girlfriend, 53

Deerfield Township, NJ: Cumberland County jury convicted an 80-year-old Upper Deerfield Township man on Wednesday for killing his live-in girlfriend in 2004. Authorities said Eric White used a kitchen knife to slit the throat of 53-year-old Carolyn Tinson in August of that year. » more at Press of Atlantic City

Police: Plum Man Shot, Killed Girlfriend After Fight

Plum, PA: A 29-year-old man who was accused of shooting and killing his live-in girlfriend last year pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Wednesday morning. Allegheny County police said Jordan Just and Nancy Schaab, 26, were involved in a domestic disturbance on Millers Lane early on the morning of Oct. 23. » more at WTAE TV

Boca Man Gets Four Years For Murder

Boca Raton, FL: A Boca Raton man once facing murder charges in the death of his wife entered a plea agreement Monday that will soon allow him to go free. A grand jury in 2007 indicted Jorge Borges, 53, on first-degree murder charges in March 2007, nearly a year after he called 911 to tell them his wife, Isis, had been strangled inside their Boca Raton apartment. » more at Palm Beach Post

Mwangi Gets 40 Years To Life For Danville Murder

Danville, MA: Jackson Mwangi, 29, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison at about 3 p.m. today for the murder of his estranged girlfriend, Randi Huntley of Danville, June 1, 2010. In a plea deal, Mwangi pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for that sentence. He faced a first-degree murder charge, which carries a potential sentence of life in prison. » more at Eagle Tribune

Ex-Boyfriend Gets 42 Years For Stabbing, Gas Dousing

San Antonio, TX: A San Antonio man who had already been to prison in North Carolina for armed robbery was ordered back to the penitentiary Monday after his ex-girlfriend told jurors he stabbed her seven times and doused her in gasoline. It took the jury about 30 minutes to find Gabriel Joseph Brown, 28, guilty of aggravated assault, which is usually punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But with his punishment range was enhanced because of his prior criminal history, Brown was ordered to serve 42 years. » more at My San Antonio

Lubelski Pleads Guilty To Murder In Stabbing Death In St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County, IN: North Liberty man charged with fatally stabbing a man his ex-wife was seeing, and also stabbing her, pleaded guilty today. David Lubelski, 52, admitted to a Class A felony murder count in the Jan. 24 slaying of Michael Gensinger, 34, in Gensinger's home at 27349 Stanton Road, in rural southwestern St. Joseph County. » more at South Bend Tribune

Man Sentenced For Killing Girlfriend During Standoff

Buffalo, NY: Jesse L. Jones, wearing a hospital helmet due to his failed suicide attempt and a sling on his right arm due to a jail accident, today was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller to serve a 19-years-to-life sentence for killing his lover during a police standoff. Constance Lee, the mother of the slain De'aira Wall, told the judge that Jones killed her daughter just seven days before her 22nd birthday two years ago. » more at Buffalo News

Man Convicted Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend Sentenced To Life With No Parole In The Case

Montgomery County, KY: A man convicted of killing of kidnapping and killing his ex-girlfriend after escaping from jail was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the case Monday in Carter County. Robin Mapel was convicted back in April of kidnapping his estranged girlfriend, Melissa Patrick, and then shooting and killing her back in November 2008 after Mapel had escaped custody from the Montgomery County jail, where he was being held on charges he kidnapped the couple's two-year-old son, Wyatt. » more at lex18.com

Donte Gilmore Sentencing: 'He took her life in life, and then he took her life'

Des Moines, IA: Toni Lueck told her daughter's killer Thursday that he traumatized his young children by shooting his wife in front of them. In her statement at a sentencing hearing for Donte Marcell Gilmore, 27, Lueck described her own struggles after Randi Gilmore's death and nightmares and fears her grandchildren have experienced in the past 14 months. "Donte took the girls' innocence that day," she said. Gilmore shot his wife April 5, 2010, during a domestic dispute while she was trying to get away from him. » more at Press-Citizen

Man Gets 40 Years In 8-Year-Old's Death

Indianapolis, IN: The man who killed an 8-year-old boy in 2009 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. 28-year-old Joshua Germany was arrested in July 2009 on charges of murder and attempted murder after police said he fired several shots from a shotgun into the eastside Indianapolis home of his former girlfriend, one of which struck and killed her 8-year-old son. » more at WISH TV

Soldier Found Guilty Of Murdering Wife And Baby

Anchorage, AK: An Anchorage jury on Wednesday found Kip Lynch guilty of murdering his young wife and infant daughter in April of 2010, about two months after the Fort Richardson soldier returned home from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.  Spc. Lynch, 22, sat silently as the judge read the verdict. Police and prosecutors said he shot his 19-year-old wife Racquell as she clutched their 8-month-old daughter Kyirsta to her body. » more at Anchorage Daily News

Middlekauf Gets 'True Life' In Wife's Murder

Bend, OR: Nearly a decade after her death, Brenda Middlekauff’s killer -- her husband -- learned Wednesday he will spend the rest of his life in prison, despite a late protestation of innocence. “The court finds that the sentence for aggravated murder should be life without the possibility of parole," Deschutes County Circuit Judge Stephen Tiktin said in his Bend courtroom. Darrell Middlekauff was found guilty of brutally murdering his wife near their La Pine home in 2002. Brenda’s remains were found in 2005, partially buried nearby. She was found bound and gagged, nude, and shot in the head three times. » more at KTVZ TV

Trenton Mom Rages After Daughter's Killer Gets Only 22 Years

Trenton, NJ: Everyone agreed to the deal that kept the kids from having to relive the horrors of their mom’s homicide. But the family of Cassandra Mitchell wasn’t expecting the judge to be this soft. “22 years is not enough for a life. He destroyed many lives that day. He did a lot of killing. He killed her children’s future with her, he killed my life with her. He should have gotten 30 years to life,” Vivian Mitchell said Wednesday after Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mitchel Ostrer gave Kyle Givens 22 years for shooting her daughter dead. » more at Trentonian

Man Sentenced For Killing Girlfriend

Emmaus, PA: A Lehigh County man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder learned his fate Tuesday morning. Darius Maurer of Emmaus was sentenced to life without parole for the homicide of 20-year-old Donya Abdulrazzak of Emmaus in June of 2010.» more at WFMZ TV

Prison Guard Found Guilty Of Killing Wife, Mother-in-Law In Ft. Bend

Rosenberg, TX: A former prison guard from Rosenberg was convicted of capital murder this afternoon in the deaths of his wife and mother-in-law. Jurors deliberated for about three hours today before deciding Albert James Turner killed his wife, Keitha Turner, and his mother-in-law, Betty Jo Frank, on Dec. 26, 2009 at his in-laws’ home in Rosenberg. Turner, 46, showed no emotion, and looked down, when the verdict was read. » more at Houston Chronicle

Jury Calls For Death Sentence For James Fayed In Wife's Murder

Century City, CA: A Los Angeles jury decided Tuesday that a wealthy businessman should be put to death for masterminding the 2008 murder of his estranged wife, who was fatally stabbed at a Century City parking garage. James Fayed, 48, was convicted two weeks ago of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of his wife, Pamela Fayed, who was killed as the couple fought for control over their multimillion-dollar gold-trading business during a bitter divorce. » more at Los Angeles Times

Yuba County Man Found Guilty Of Killing Wife

Yuba City, CA: A 61-year-old Yuba County man listened without apparent emotion Thursday as jurors pronounced him guilty of first-degree murder for stabbing his 29-year-old wife. Reyna DePeña was killed Aug. 23, 2006, in the house she shared with her husband, Luis Peña Oseguera, on Garden Avenue in Linda. » more at Appeal-Democrat

Man Gets Life For Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Handyman in Hillsborough

Plant City, FL: "Jealousy, rage and a gun were all chained together," a judge told Leonel Marquetti, 51, Friday before sentencing him to life in prison without parole for killing his ex-girlfriend's handyman. About 30 family members of Marquetti's victim, Michael Hurlbutt, 41, hugged each other after the sentencing. Hurlbutt was shot to death March 25 in Plant City. Prosecutors said Marquetti wrongly assumed he was involved with Marquetti's ex-girlfriend. » more at TampaBay.com

Edison Man Gets 30 Years For Murder, Child Endangerment

New Brunswick, NJ: An Edison man has been sentenced to serve 30 years in a New Jersey state prison for strangling a North Brunswick woman in her apartment and then abandoning their 20-month-old daughter at a gas station in Delaware, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today. Dwayne Jackson, 26, was ordered to serve the full 30 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole, but that term was reduced by 457 days he has spent in custody since his arrest. » more at njtoday.com

Alexandria Man Sentenced To 2 Life Sentences In Prison For Killing Girlfriend, Daughter

Alexandria, VA: An Alexandria man who cut the throats of his ex-girlfriend and their 3-year-old daughter last year has been sentenced to two life sentences in prison plus 20 years. Judge Lisa Kemler sentenced 35-year-old Simon Bahta on Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder. » more at Alexandria Times

Man Who Fatally Shot Wife, Bystander In Clifton Church Is Sentenced To Two Life Terms Without Parole

Clifton, NJ: A California man who drove cross-country to confront his estranged wife before fatally shooting her and another person inside a New Jersey church is a cold-blooded killer, a judge said today in sentencing the man to two consecutive life sentences for the crimes. "I try to understand the best I can what motivates a person," state Superior Court Judge Salem Vincent Ahto told Joseph Pallipurath before a courtroom packed with about 50 friends and relatives of victims Reshma James and Dennis John Malloosseril. "I come to the conclusion that there are just some individuals who are cold-blooded killers, and you are one of them." » more at nj.com

Scharf Guilty Of Pushing Wife Off Cliff

Englewood, NJ: A jury on Friday found Stephen Scharf guilty of pushing his wife to her death from a 120-foot cliff in Englewood Cliffs in 1992, ending a 19-year-old cold case that bedeviled three Bergen County prosecutors. Scharf showed no emotion as the panel returned after deliberating for 2½ days and declared him guilty of murdering Jody Ann Scharf, triggering a collective gasp from the audience in a packed courtroom in Superior Court in Hackensack. » more at NorthJersey.com

Man Who Burned Girlfriend's Body Gets Life

Temecula, CA: A 45-year-old Murrieta man who murdered his girlfriend then dumped and burned her body was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison. Sitting in shackles and orange jail clothes, Melvin Louis Shaw tearfully told the judge he regretted what he had done but protested his first-degree murder conviction. "Something people need to know ... this wasn't supposed to happen," Shaw said. "I don't care what the DA said." » more at The Press-Enterprise

Tulare County Man Sentenced In Wife's Death

Visalia, CA: A Tulare County man has been sentenced to 53 years and eight months to life in prison in the shooting death of his wife during an argument. A judge issued the sentence against 42-year-old Aibung Saesee on Thursday. » more at San Francisco Gate

Philadelphia Man Is Convicted Of Killing Girlfriend, Burying Her In Pine Barrens

Philadelphia, PA: A Philadelphia man faces life in prison for killing his girlfriend then burying her in in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Burlington County in 2005. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the jury convicted 47-year-old Glenn Hansen of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse on Tuesday in the death of 27-year-old Taneke Daniels. » more at nj.com

Man Released From Jail Early Gets Life For Killing Parents, Mother Of His Child

Los Angeles, CA: A Los Angeles man who murdered his parents and the mother of his child after being released early from jail was sentenced today to three consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole. Joshua Vick, now 29, was convicted May 2 of first-degree murder for the Jan. 14, 2005, shooting deaths of his parents, Mary and Gable, and the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Tesha Collins, a day later. » more at Daily Breeze

Cole Gets Life For Fatal Shooting Of Tomah Man

Monroe County, WI: A Monroe County judge has sentenced an Illinois woman to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the fatal shooting of a Tomah man in 2010. Tammy Cole sat unmoving in the courtroom as she received her sentence in the shooting death of 53-year-old Vance Evans in his home last April. » more at WXOW TV

Lakeside Man Pleads Guilty To Girlfriend's Murder

Coos County, OR: 56-year-old Lawrence Schnagl pled guilty to murder charges this morning in a Coos County courtroom, admitting he stabbed his live-in girlfriend, Brenda Gammelgaard, to death in February. She also went by the last name of Roberts-Mitchell. » more at KMTR TV

Judge Sentences Nigro To 125 Years In Murder Of Girlfriend, Her Mother

Egg Harbor Township, NJ: Nicholas Nigro III must spend more than a century in prison for killing his girlfriend and her mother in their Egg Harbor Township home in 2009. “This is without a doubt the most cruel, depraved, cowardly set of acts I’ve ever seen,” Superior Court Judge Michael Donio said Thursday before imposing consecutive sentences totaling 125 years. » more at Press of Atlantic City

Hastings Man Faces Life In Prison After Oswego Jury Finds Him Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

Oswego County, NY: An Oswego County jury rejected a defense of extreme emotional disturbance and convicted James H. Steen Jr. of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Steen, 40, of Hogsback Road, Hastings, was also found guilty Thursday afternoon of two counts of second-degree murder that stem from the two killings of Victoria Steen, 29, and Charles Carr Jr., 21, on Sept. 12. » more at syracuse.com

Arteamus Wells Gets 25 To Life In Murder Of Former Girlfriend

Elmira, NY: The Elmira man convicted of murdering his pregnant, ex-girlfriend received the maximum sentence today: 25 years to life. Judge James Hayden said quote "there is only one way to deal with monsters like you." With those words, Hayden sentenced 35 year old Arteamus Wells to a maximum sentence of life in prison. On the morning of December 6th, Wells choked 19 year old Erin Jade Smith with his bare hands, stabbed her repeatedly in the neck with scissors and then strangled her with a lamp cord. » more at WETM TV

Hayes Convicted In Target Murder Case

Gwinnett County, GA: A wig and mustache disguise didn't fool a Gwinnett County jury, which on Tuesday afternoon found Joanna Hayes guilty in the April 26, 2009 shooting death of her daughter-in-law. Hayes was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for her conviction on charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm. » more at Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Man Guilty Of Murder, Arson In Girlfriend's Death

Gilberts, IL: A former Schaumburg man was found guilty today of killing his girlfriend by setting fire to the townhouse they shared in Gilberts. A Kane County jury took less than three hours convict Frank A. Hill, 33, of first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the 2007 death of Karyn Pearson, 27. The jury found that Hill intentionally set fire to the townhouse the couple shared, knowing his girlfriend was inside. » more at Chicago Tribune

Judges Accept Husband's Guilty Plea In Counselor Wife's Murder

Cleveland, OH: A Cleveland man accused of stabbing his wife 17 times in front of her 4-year-old son has plead guilty to her murder and a three judge panel has accepted his plea. Maria Russo, Public Information Specialist with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, tells Fox 8 News that Maurice Lyons entered a guilty plea in the murder of his wife, Tonya Hunter, before a three judge panel on Monday morning. » more at FOX 8

Man Gets 172 Years For Killing Wife, Second Murder

Fresno, CA: A judge has sentenced a Fresno man to 172 years in prison for the murder of his wife and a separate killing in 2005. The sentencing of 34-year-old Charles Kendricks on Friday comes after he was convicted in February of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Tiffany Carter in 2005. » more at San Francisco Chronicle

Southeast Missouri Man Pleads Guilty To 2010 Murder Of Girlfriend

New Madrid, MO: A Howardville, Mo., man will spend 23 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend. Jann L. Wofford entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Dorothy Virginia Hood on Feb. 16, 2010. Hood's body was discovered along a fence row along a rural New Madrid County road by a passer-by on Feb. 17, 2010. » more at Southeast Missourian

Indy Man Gets 45 Years In Death, Burial Of Boyfriend

Indianapolis, IN: An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to killing his boyfriend last spring and burying him in the backyard of the home they shared. Anthony Joseph Sachse, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of murder today in Marion Superior Court. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison. The court did not set any conditions for probation. Forty-five years likely will be a life sentence for Sachse, who is HIV-positive, his attorney told the court. » more at Indianapolis Star

B-N Man Gets 60 Years For Killing His Wife

Pekin, IL: A Normal man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Wednesday for the 2008 murder of his wife. Daniel Cleary was convicted in March in the beating death of Melissa Cleary, whose body was found in Hartsburg in Logan County two days after her family reported her missing in June 2008. The sentence was the maximum term available for first-degree murder. » more at Bloomington Pantagraph

Ashwaubenon Man Convicted In Killing Wife

Ashwaubenon, WI: A 41-year-old Ashwaubenon man, who was accused of killing his wife and leaving her body on a rural road in the township of Cooperstown in 2009, was convicted of second-degree intentional homicide Tuesday in Manitowoc County Circuit Court. Sentencing has been set for 9 a.m. July 8 in the case of Ambrose Greaves, who has been in custody in Manitowoc County Jail for killing 50-year-old Miki Greaves, also of Ashwaubenon. » more at Herald Times Reporter

Trenton Man Is Sentenced To 23 Years For Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend 57 Times, Killing Her In Her car

Trenton, NJ:   Donte Cofield was in a jealous rage and not a mental blackout when he stabbed his ex-girlfriend 57 times in her car, a judge ruled Monday before sentencing him to 23 years in prison. Cofield, of East State Street in Trenton, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the April 19, 2008, death of 22-year-old Carla Diaz but insisted he remembered nothing about the frenzied attack on the mother of his young son. » more at nj.com

Max Sentence For Memphis Man Who Killed Girlfriend

Memphis, TN: A man convicted of voluntary manslaughter last month after shooting his girlfriend eight times has been sentenced to the maximum of six years in prison. Tucson Biggs, 35, who claimed self defense in trial, has been in custody since the incident in December of 2007 and has served more than enough time to seek parole, said his attorney, Claiborne Ferguson. » more at Memphis Commercial Appeal

Vance Gets Life Plus 3 Years In Wife's Murder

Murfreesboro, TN: A Murfreesboro man convicted of premeditatedly killing his wife at their Blackman-area home in February 2008 has been sentenced to life in prison plus three years. Michael Vance was convicted March 3 of killing his wife, Suzanne Vance, at their Cozumel Court home Feb. 28, 2008. » more at dnj.com

Judge Declares a Mistrial In Bowling Case

Daniels, WV: A second juror was dismissed from a Raleigh County murder trial Monday, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. Circuit Judge John Hutchison said after considering issues raised about one of the jurors, he “had no choice” but to discharge one of the jurors hearing a case against Christopher Bowling, 38. » more at Register-Herald

Fort Benton Man Gets Life For Killing Girlfriend

Fort Benton, MT: A 39-year-old Fort Benton man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting his girlfriend to death on Thanksgiving 2009 before turning the gun on himself. District Judge Dirk Sandefur sentenced Daniel John Paulsrud after a jury in March found him guilty of deliberate homicide in the Nov. 26, 2009, death of 50-year-old Leslie Davidson. » more at Stamford Advocate

Bledsoe Gets 64 Years For Murder

Reelsville, IN: A Reelsville man was sentenced to 64 years in prison Thursday for the Jan. 13, 2010 murder of his wife. Jeremy R. Bledsoe, 32, pleaded guilty on March 3 to the murder of his wife, Kathryne Bledsoe. On Thursday, Judge Matt Headley sentenced him to 64 years in prison for the crime. » more at The Banner Graphic

Brad Cooper Gets Life For Murder Of Wife, Nancy

Cary, NC: Brad Cooper, the Cary man accused of strangling his wife Nancy inside their Cary home in July 2008 as their marital and financial troubles mounted, has been found guilty of first-degree murder by a Wake County jury. Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced him to life in prison. "Your verdict in this case speaks the everlasting truth," Gessner told the jurors, adding, "This case is a horrible, sad tragedy. ... I suspect this matter will weigh heavily upon you in the days to come." » more at News & Observer

'We are all on death row,' Mobile Man Says After Getting Death Sentence

Mobile, AL: A man who killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend 2 years ago must die by execution, a judge decided today. Mobile County Presiding Circuit Judge James Graddick upheld a jury’s recommendation and sentenced Derrick Shawn Penn to death for the May 2009 deaths of Janet Penn and Demetrius Powe. Penn, 44, shot his wife and then beat Powe to death in an apartment in Mobile’s Birdville community. » more at al.com

Convicted Reno Murderer Blames Shooting Death On Ex-Wife Rebuffing Him

Reno, NV: David Sanchez-Dominguez said it was his wife's fault when he got drunk and burst through her family's home with a gun, ultimately killing her brother. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn said the 33-year-old also wrote in a statement to his sentencing judge that because Maria Corona left him due to years of domestic violence, and began an emotional relationship with another man, he was the one who suffered. » more at rgj.com

Man Who Kicked Wife, Sending Her Baby Over Balcony, Gets 21 Years

Chicago, IL: Jeremiah Elijah Williams was only 5 weeks old when the man who claimed to be his father sent the newborn crashing to his death from a third-story porch. On Tuesday, Jason Range was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the 2009 incident that stemmed from a heated argument between Range and his wife, Jeremiah’s mother. Range’s wife had confronted her husband, possibly to tell him she was moving out of their apartment in the 8200 block of South Maryland, police said at the time. » more at Chicago Sun-Times

Killer Of Family Gets Life In Prison: 'I pray for them'

Chicago, IL: A 33-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole today in the slayings of his mother, pregnant wife, infant son, and two nieces in a rampage last year on Chicago’s South Side. Prosecutors said James A. Larry of Madison, Wis. came to Chicago in April 2010 bent on slaughtering his family because he felt “disrespected” that they would not join his Islamic religion. » more at Chicago Tribune

Man Murdered Tattoo Artist Ex-Wife, Jury Finds

Denver, CO: After two days of deliberation, a Denver jury found Keenu Tiyme guilty of first-degree murder in the multi-day killing of his ex-wife in a Denver hotel room. Keenu Tiyme's defense attorneys argued that he was trying to help 39-year-old tattoo artist Kauri Tiyme commit suicide in October 2008 and that he planned to kill himself as well. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, saying he was depressed at the time. Tiyme faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. » more at Denver Post

Bradley Convicted Of Shooting His Wife To Death

Monroe, LA: A Monroe man suspected of shooting his wife on New Year’s Day last year was found guilty Monday, according to the 4th District Attorney’s Office. Herbert James Bradley, 59, of 602 S. Seventh St., was arrested in January 2010 and booked into an Arlington, Texas, jail on charges of second-degree murder. Assistant District Attorney Geary Aycock, who prosecuted Bradley with Mike Fontenot, said he was pleased with the jury’s decision. » more at The News Star

Woman Admits Killing Husband, Burying His Body In Backyard

Albuquerque, NM: An Albuquerque woman accused of killing and burying her husband under the couple's home nearly nine years ago accepted a plea deal and pled guilty in court Tuesday. Ellen Snyder was set to stand trial May 9 for the 2002 murder of her husband, Michael Snyder, but opted to take a last-minute plea deal from the District Attorney's office. » more at KOB.com

Syracuse Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison For Trying To Kill Ex-Wife

Syracuse, NY: A Syracuse man was sentenced today to 18 years in state prison for trying to kill his ex-wife by stabbing her 31 times during a break-in at her home last summer. Guy Jayson, 47, of Fairview Avenue, apologized to the victim and their family in court today and said he hoped they would be able to forgive him some day. » more at Syracuse.com

Tampa Man Convicted Of Killing Girlfriend

Tampa, FL: It took two lunches, a pizza supper and 13 hours of deliberation over two days for a jury to find a club DJ guilty of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend as she held one of his twin babies in her arms. By 1:30 p.m. Friday, jurors apparently accepted the prosecution's scenario — that Cedrick Salter, 30, went to the home of his girlfriend Saquanda Simon, 30, on Sept. 8, 2009, intending to fulfill the death threats he had sent her in text messages. » more at St. Petersburg Times

Burley Man Will Serve 22 Years To Life For Murder Of His Estranged Wife

Burley, ID: Juan Manuel Arellano will serve at least 22 years in state prison for the murder of his estranged wife, whom he fatally shot last year. Cassia County 5th District Judge Michael Crabtree ordered Arellano, 32, to a life sentence with the possibility for parole on Thursday, which brings some closure to the death of Ramona "Monica" Arellano. » more at MagicValley.com

Michael Curry Found Guilty Of Murder

Columbus, GA: Michael Curry was found guilty of hacking his pregnant wife and two children to death with a bush ax in 1985. The outcome ended a trial for which Ann Curry’s family had waited 25 years, since the stormy August evening in 1985 they learned the 24-year-old and her two children were slain in their 5433 Rockhurst Drive home. » more at Ledger-Enquirer

Lambert Gets 36 Years For Strangulation Of Ex-Wife

Anderson County, SC: Amerise “B.J.” Barbre sneaked into the house through a window on the night she was killed. She and her ex-husband met secretly at his parent’s home for a night of drinking, taking drugs and dancing to Christmas tunes on the radio in late 2008. Barbre was shoved out of the house through a window by her ex-husband, John Hunter Lambert IV, after he had strangled her, according to Lambert’s own written statement. » more at Anderson Independent Mail

Albany Woman Gets Life In Prison

Albany, GA: Marlina Von Hamilton has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of her ex-husband, Christopher Donaldson, last October. Hamilton, in her early 30s, will be eligible for parole in 30 years. » more at Albany Herald

Jury Recommends Life Without Parole For Robin Mapel In Murder Case

Morgan County, KY: A jury that on Thursday convicted a man in the kidnapping and killing his ex-girlfriend after he escaped from the Montgomery County jail in 2008 recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday afternoon in the case. A jury took just 20 minutes Thursday afternoon to find Robin Mapel guilty in death of Melissa Patrick. » more at LEX18.com

Bella Vista Man Gets 30 To Life In Murder Of Live-In Girlfriend

Shasta County, CA: A Bella Vista man convicted last month of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend last summer was sentenced Friday in Shasta County Superior Court to 30 years to life in prison. Ty Rone Pitts, 49, was sentenced by Judge Bradley Boeckman for the murder of Randal Leigh Wert, 24, who was stabbed to death on the night of Aug. 15 following an argument at the couple's Faith Avenue residence. » more at Redding Record Searchlight

Corpus Christi Man Gets 55 Years In Stabbing Of Woman

Corpus Christi, TX: A Corpus Christi man was sentenced to 55 years in prison Friday for killing a neighbor who spurned his romantic advances. Pedro Bustinza, 47, was found guilty of murder in the May 11, 2010, stabbing death of Elisa Garcia Rodriguez. His fate was decided by 347th District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos because he opted for a bench trial. » more at Corpus Christi Caller

Judge Sentences Georgia Watson To 48 Years In Prison For Planning Husband's Death

Greeley, CO: A Weld District Court judge on Friday sentenced a Greeley woman to 48 years in prison for conspiring to kill her ex-husband in 2009. Georgia Watson, 46, dabbed at tears, shook her head, and at one point rolled her eyes to the ceiling as she listened to Weld District Court Judge Timothy Kerns, who sentenced her to the maximum possible term for the crime. Watson was convicted last month of conspiring to kill her ex-husband, Jeffrey Watson Sr., 44, from Jan. 1, 2008 to his death on Feb. 19, 2009, to cash in on a $100,000 life insurance policy on him, which named her as the beneficiary. » more at Greeley Tribune

Said Biyad Guilty Of Murders Of Kids, Rape Of Wife

Louisville, KY: After deliberating for about 20 minutes, Judge James Shake found Said Biyad guilty of four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of assault in the second degree, one count of rape and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. Biyad has been behind bars since the October 6, 2006 deaths of his four children in the Iroquois Homes apartment where his wife lived. His wife said on the stand earlier in the week that Biyad became enraged when she got home from work, beat and raped her until passed out and then killed his children. » more at WAVE 3

Former Teacher Sentenced To Life For Killing His Wife

Los Angeles, CA: A former Los Angeles teacher was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for the murder of his estranged wife. Alhambra Superior Court Judge Jared Moses sentenced Aaron Leonel Raigoza, 37, to a term of 19 years, plus a consecutive 50 years to life. Raigoza pleaded guilty last August to the charge that he "personally and intentionally discharged" a firearm in 2008 that killed his wife, Ana Acosta, 32. » more at Los Angeles Times

Houston Man Gets Life Sentence For Slaying Of Ex-Girlfriend

Houston, TX: A 24-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend in the back as she and her mother tried to drive away from a confrontation in 2009. Selestino Gutierrez Torres pleaded guilty to the murder last week. A jury Wednesday sentenced him to life in prison after hearing a week’s worth of testimony that he unloaded a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on 23-year-old Michelle Lira, the daughter of Houston Fire Department senior Capt. Larry Lira, and her mother, who survived. » more at Houston Chronicle

Corona Man Guilty Of Attempted Murder

Corona, CA: A 67-year-old Corona man who tried to cut his 45-year-old wife’s throat with a hunting knife while she slept was found guilty of attempted murder and other charges by a jury last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. The wife of Pedro Parrales, who lives on Corona and 51st avenues in Corona, had told Parrales she had been planning to move out of the apartment with their 15-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter before Parrales brutally attacked her, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Parrales’ wife was sleeping May 3, 2010, at about 3 a.m. when she woke up to find her husband on top of her and trying to slash her throat, the DA said. » more at YourNabe.com

Man Pleads Guilty To Fatally Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend

Plymouth, PA: A man accused of attacking and killing his ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage in December pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree homicide. Robert G. Zola, 44, faces a minimum 20 years and a maximum 40 years in prison. Luzerne County Judge Joseph M. Cosgrove scheduled sentencing for June 16. According to prosecutors, Zola ambushed Rosemarie Cave, 35, as she arrived at her Plymouth apartment, repeatedly stabbing her in the torso with a large kitchen knife just days after she broke off their three-year relationship. » more at Citizens Voice

Woman Charged With Murder To Testify

Ontario, CA: Mia Joleen Gonzales' statements to police in the hours after she shot her husband have been scrutinized this week during her murder trial in San Bernardino Superior Court. This morning, a jury is expected to hear Gonzales' story directly from her. The Ontario woman's defense attorney told jurors Wednesday that 36-year-old Mia Gonzales will take the witness stand to explain Abel Gonzales' shooting death on Oct. 27, 2007. » more at Contra Costa Times

Man Accused Of Killing 4 People Pleads Guilty To Murder

Northampton, PA: A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and three other people pleaded guilty to four counts of first degree murder Wednesday afternoon. Michael Ballard admitted in court to stabbing to death Denise Merhi; her father, Dennis Marsh; her grandfather, Alvin Marsh; and her neighbor Steve Zernhelt, inside Merhi's home in Northampton, Northampton County on June 26, 2010. » more at WFMZ TV

Tolzmann Guilty In Knife Death Of Girlfriend's Father

Lakeland, FL: Jurors found Nicky Tolzmann Jr. guilty Monday of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend's father in July 2009. Prosecutors had been seeking a conviction for first-degree murder in the death of Lakeland resident Gene Hockey. » more at The Ledger

N.Y. Man Who Stabbed, Ran Over His Ex-Wife In Mahwah Hotel Lot Sentenced To 14 Years

Mahwah, NJ: A Rockland County man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday for stabbing his ex-wife several times with a letter-opener in a Mahwah hotel parking lot before running her over with his car. Allan Pelcak Jr., 42, formerly of Spring Valley, N.Y., pleaded guilty in February to charges of attempted murder and hindering apprehension stemming from the brutal September 17, 2009, attack on Laura Matousek. » more at NorthJersey.com

Man Sentenced For Pushing Wife Down The Stairs

Omaha, NE: He calls it a tragic accident. Prosecutors say it was murder. Today in Douglas County Court Patrick Cain was sentenced 4 to 6 years after being found guilty of manslaughter in December of 2009. It was an emotional day for both 59-year-old Patrick Cain, crying in front of Judge Joseph Troia, and friends and family of slain 57-year-old Evelyn Cain. All sides forced to relive moments of regret and loss. » more at WOWT TV

As Doug Stewart Sentenced To Life In Prison, Venus Stewart's Family Asks Where He Hid Her Body

Colon Township, MI: Venus Stewart's mother and brother begged Doug Stewart to tell them where his estranged wife's body was hidden as he was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. Doug Stewart was found guilty last month of murdering Venus Stewart. » more at mlive.com

Former Studio Owner Sentenced To 36 Years For 1985 Murder

Austin, TX: A judge today sentenced former Austin recording studio owner Dennis Davis to 36 years in prison for the 1985 beating death of 38-year-old Natalie Antonetti, his former girlfriend. Davis, 62, owned Studio D on South Lamar Boulevard in the 1980s before moving to Nashville, where he worked on albums by the likes of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Because his sentence must follow the 1985 parole laws, he will be eligible for parole when his time served plus good time equals a third of his sentence, or 12 years, prosecutors said. » more at Austin American-Statesman

North Richmond Man Guilty Of 2nd-Degree Murder In Girlfriend's Death

Richmond, CA: Jurors convicted a North Richmond man of second-degree murder on Monday for fatally stabbing his girlfriend during a fight over missing money. Vance Robert Gattis, 58, is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing 57-year-old Catherine Kelly on Jan. 4, 2010. » more at Mercury News

Todd Pink Found Guilty In Double Murder

Clinton Township, MI: Chad Seils was relieved this afternoon to learn a jury decided the Clinton Township man who brutally murdered his 3-year-old son will spend the rest of his life behind bars. "Justice was served," said Seils, 37, of Muskegon. "Unfortunately, it doesn't bring my son back. But this is movement forward. It brings me closure knowing he's going to be in jail for the rest of his life." » more at The Detroit News

Man Convicted Of Killing Kent Woman Four Years Ago

Kent, WA: A King County Superior Court jury on Thursday found Randall Connor guilty of killing his 24-year-old girlfriend in Kent four years ago. Connor faces up to 29 years in prison when he is sentenced. Merianne Lorentson lived in fear of Connor, prosecutors said. In the days before her death she made a pact with a close friend -- if a day went by and she didn't call, then the friend should contact police.. After not hearing from Lorentson for more than a day, her friend, Stan Muller, called the manager of her Kent apartment complex on March 9, 2007. The manager found the single mother's body on her living-room floor. » more at The Seattle Times

Edison Man Admits Strangling Girlfriend, Abandoning Their Child In Delaware

Edison, NJ: An Edison man told a judge in New Brunswick he killed his girlfriend during an argument last February, in which he kept choking her even after she had fallen to the floor. He said he then took their 20-month-old daughter, drove her to Newark, Del., and abandoned her in the restroom of a gas station. Dwayne Jackson, 26, entered his pleas to murder and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday in New Brunswick. » more at nj.com

Brooklyn Man Khenan Clarke Convicted For Dousing Ex-Girlfriend With Gasoline, Setting Her On Fire

Long Island City, NY: A Brooklyn man has been convicted of attempted murder for trying to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire when she refused to let him see their son. Khenan Clarke, 26, was found guilty late Thursday in the brutal November 2009 attack on Latisha Shaw in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. » more at New York Daily News

Man Whose Family Was Slain 20 Years Ago Sentenced For Killing Girlfriend

Richmond, VA:  A mentally ill man whose family was murdered 20 years ago will spend 30 years in prison for the brutal bludgeoning death of his girlfriend. Christopher Lynn Walker, 34, who for months had tried to withdraw a guilty plea he offered in July, has been jailed since he called police last year moments after he'd beaten his sleeping girlfriend with a baseball bat January 19. » more at Richmond Times Dispatch

Life Sentence For Jacksonville Man Who Ran Over His Girlfriend

Jacksonville, FL: A Jacksonville man has been sentenced to life for nearly killing his girlfriend by running her down with a car. Giacinto Martin, 34, was found guilty of attempted murder in February. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said during Friday's sentencing hearing that it was a miracle Mary Wilkie survived the attack on Anniston Road, just off Beach Boulevard, last July. » more at The Florida Times Union

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murdering Ex-Wife

Montgomery, AL: Life in prison - that's how one man will spend the remainder of his days for pleading guilty to murdering his ex-wife in June 2010. Randy Stephenson was charged with shooting his ex-wife Daphne Stephenson on June 1, 2010. » more at WSFA TV

Judge Sentences William Gregory To Die For Double Murder

Flagler Beach, FL: Two death sentences were handed down today to a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her boyfriend in 2007 in Flagler County. William Gregory, 28, was given the death sentences in Volusia County circuit court by Judge William A. Parsons, State Attorney's spokeswoman Shannon K. Peters said. » more at Orlando Sentinel

Transgender Norristown Woman Admits Killing Boyfriend

Norristown, PA: A transgender Norristown woman has pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to fatally stabbing her boyfriend during an argument at a relative's Moore Street home last August. Asia Santana, 40, whose given name is Tyrone Crawley, appeared before Judge William J. Furber Jr. Wednesday and admitted to one count of third-degree murder and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. » more at philly.com

Sandra Hocutt Found Not Guilty Of Murder For Shooting Husband, Burying Him In Backyard

Mobile, AL: A jury today found Sandra Hocutt not guilty of murder for shooting her husband to death and burying him in their backyard in 2006. Hocutt, 60, clapped her hands and cried "thank you" to the jurors after the verdict was read aloud. Hocutt told the jury that she shot Danny Hocutt in self-defense after he had locked her inside their house for a few days, beating her and firing a gun at her. » more at al.com

Killer Of Villa Park Nurse and Mother of Two Lisa Glennon Cops Plea For 25-Year Prison Term

Villa Park, NJ: Her ex-boyfriend admitted in court today that he stabbed a popular emergency room to death after she let him into her Villa Park home to see his daughter in March 2008. Brian Carlos Oliver, 41, was initially indicted for murder, theft and weapons offenses for the March 14, 2008 stabbing at the woman’s Melrose Avenue home, said Casey DeBlasio, spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office. » more at The Trentonian

Shooter In 2007 Columbiana Centre Murder Sentenced To 50 Years

Columbia, SC: The man who shot his estranged wife and killed her father outside a Columbia mall in 2007 pleaded guilty on Monday, according to Lexington County authorities. Michael James Young, Jr., was sentenced to 50 years in prison on charges of murder and assault and battery with intent to kill. » more at WISTV.com

Man Convicted Of First-Degree Murder In Shooting Of Cockeysville Woman

Cockeysville, VA: A Baltimore County jury concluded Monday that Frederick A. Christian killed his girlfriend — the mother of their 2-year-old child — in November 2009 and that he used a gun to do so, even though the weapon was never found and, prosecutors conceded, much of the evidence against him was circumstantial. Testimony in Christian's trial, which lasted more than a week, showed that the body of 23-year-old Jerryell Myesha Foster was dumped near a highway in Virginia, where it was found several months after she disappeared from the apartment in Cockeysville she had shared with the defendant and their daughter. » more at Baltimore Sun

Retired Air Force Major Sentenced In Wife's Poisoning Death

Medina, OH: A retired Air Force Major was sentenced to 30 years in prison for poisoning his wife with an antifreeze additive in 2009. In March, Dennis Auerswald, 60, of Medina County, was found guilty of aggravated murder and murder for causing the death of his wife Maureen back in February of 2009. In court on Monday Auerswald professes his innocence even as Judge Christopher Collier sentences him to three decades in prison. » more at FOX 8 Cleveland

Jury Finds Harris Guilty of Manslaughter

Baton Rouge, LA: An East Baton Rouge Parish jury found Greg Harris guilty of manslaughter Saturday in the death of his wife, attorney Chiquita Tate. The prosecution had sought a second-degree murder conviction. Manslaughter carries a sentence of five to 40 years. Sentencing will happen at a later date. The verdict angered both sides of the courtroom. First, Harris's side erupted when the guilty verdict was announced. Then, when manslaughter was the charge read, the victim's side of the courtroom grew upset. » more at WAFB TV

Missing Transcript Erases Conviction, Forces New Murder Trial

Fulton County, GA: For Roy Lewis McKinney, it was like his murder trial never happened, even after spending six years in prison. McKinney, 39, goes on trial again Monday in Fulton County Superior Court on charges of murdering his wife. He was convicted of the crime in 2005, but his trial transcript subsequently was lost. Since he needed the record to challenge his conviction, an appellate court ordered a new trial. » more at Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dawson Found Guilty

Conemaugh Township, PA: John Dawson, the former Somerset County man arrested two years ago in a three-decades-old homicide, was convicted Friday night of killing his 31-year-old wife in a beating on a lonely, rural road in Conemaugh Township. Dawson, 61, was convicted in the Nov. 10, 1981, slaying of Kathleen “Kathy” Dawson on Soap Hollow Road. » more at The Tribune-Democrat

Butcher Admits He Killed Pregnant Girlfriend, Grandma

Bridgeport, CT: His victims' family sobbing in the courtroom behind him, Rey Damien Garcia pled guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing his pregnant girlfriend and her 80-year-old grandmother last year after the girlfriend broke his crack pipes. Dressed in a bright-orange prison jumpsuit, his hands and feet shackled, the 26-year-old Garcia simply answered, "yes, your honor," when Superior Court Judge George Thim asked him if he had committed the crime. » more at ctpost.com

Chesapeake Man Convicted of Murdering Girlfriend

Chesapeake, VA: A Circuit Court judge this afternoon found a 27-year-old city man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his children almost two years ago. » more at The Virginian-Pilot

Life Without Parole For Man Who Killed Wife and Her Boyfriend

San Antonio, TX: It took jurors just less than three hours Friday to return a guilty verdict in the double-slaying capital murder trial of Glen Denson, who was accused of shooting his wife and her boyfriend three years ago before setting them both on fire. About 20 family members of victims Sharon Denson, 50, and Sidney Dees, 64, sat behind prosecutors as the verdict was read, passing tissues as they wept. » more at My San Antonio

Bradford Gets 23 Years in Prison

Bath, NY: Daniel Bradford will now spend the next 23 years to life in prison for killing his wife, Jennifer. But with the sentences from the other charges, Bradford is likely to spend at least 29 years in prison. And they'll be a lonely few years. The court issued orders of protection against Bradford for his friend, Jason Loper, who testified at the trial and Bradford's three children. "He will not be a part of their lives. So these poor children obviously, they've lost both their mother and their father," said Steuben County District Attorney John Tunney. » more at YNN

Man Convicted in Death of Cheerleader; Sentenced to Life in Prison

Charlotte, NC: A Mecklenburg County jury found Gary Daniels guilty of first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Charney Watt and sentenced him to life in prison Wednesday. Both families silently wept after the verdict was read. Then Daniels’ mother fled the courtroom in tears, yelling, "stop." Watt’s family addressed the court, and several jurors began to cry as the family described their loss. » more at WCNC

Jury Convicts Ball of First-Degree Murder

Boyd, WI: A Chippewa County jury Wednesday rejected a claim of “sufficient provocation” and found William Andru Ball guilty of first degree intentional homicide for the April 3, 2010 killing of Kyle Ryba. It was an unusual three-day jury trial in that even the defense asked the jury to find the defendant guilty. But defense attorney Julius Kim insisted even after the jury rendered its verdict, that Ball was guilty only of second degree intentional homicide — Wisconsin’s version of manslaughter. » more at The Chippewa Herald

Bethany OK, Man Sentenced to Serve Life in Prison for Killing Wife

Bethany, OK: An admitted porn addict was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for fatally stabbing his wife after she caught him looking at computer pictures of naked women. Reginald “Reggie” Scott Bartlett, 59, of Bethany, told police he snapped after his wife slapped him. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder. His punishment was the outcome of a plea agreement. He will not be eligible for parole for 38 years. » more at News Oklahoma

Husband Admits Murdering Wife in 2002

Wilmington, NC: After almost nine years of waiting, the family of a murdered woman finally has answers. Gladys Bryant was murdered in September 2002. Her husband was charged with her death, but the case never went to trial leaving Gladys's family waiting for justice. "It's a little bit of closure, but it still hurts," Gladys's sister Helen Davis said. "We don't feel like justice was really served, but we had to do what we had to do. And it just hurts. It just hurts. It's been a bad day." » more at WWAY NewsChannel 3

Sarah Burnette Convicted of Capital Murder in Baldwin County Shooting of Ex-Husband

Bay Minette, AL: A Baldwin County Circuit Court jury found Sarah Louise Burnette guilty of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of her ex-husband in 2008, court officials said. Burnette, 44, of Bay Minette was sentenced to life in prison without parole after the verdict was announced. » more at al.com

Ex-Geneva Man Gets 10 Years in Assault on Estranged Wife

Geneva, NY: A former Geneva man accused of slashing his estranged wife’s throat in September 2009 has pleaded guilty to several charges and agreed to serve a 10-year prison term. John Gilbert, 59, agreed to the plea deal yesterday afternoon in Ontario County Court before Judge William Kocher. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, aggravated criminal contempt and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. » more at Finger Lake Times

Man, 72, Gets 20 Years for Killing Neighbor

Punchbowl, HI: A 72-year-old Punchbowl man who fatally shot a neighbor who rejected his advances was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison. Melvin Yoshida was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Clare Silva, 54, on Easter Sunday two years ago. Under a plea agreement the state agreed to reduce the charge to manslaughter, requiring that Yoshida serve 20 years. » more at Star Advertiser

Man is Convicted in Death of Wife in St. Charles County

St. Charles County, MO: Jurors found a former Dittmer man guilty Friday night of killing his estranged wife by stabbing her in the neck just after a divorce hearing in 2009. Aaron J. LaRose, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Jill LaRose, 30. Her body was found in a drainage ditch off Dalbow Road east of Highway 79 in St. Charles County on June 24, 2009, just hours after a divorce hearing. » more at St. Louis Today

Park Ranger Gets 3 Life Terms for Family Murders

Triangle, VA: A former Prince William County, Va., park ranger was sentenced Friday to three life terms for the shooting deaths of his wife and two stepchildren. Carillo Dean, 45, pleaded guilty to the crime last year. He called police to his Triangle home in February 2009 to report a domestic dispute. When officers arrived they found 45-year-old Elizabeth Dean, 14-year-old Brittany Kirk and 13-year-old Connor Kirk shot. » more at NBC Washington

New Sewickley Man Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years for East Rochester Fatal Shooting

East Rochester, PA: After hearing statements from numerous people Friday, Beaver County Judge John P. Dohanich sentenced convicted murderer Gregory Baker to serve 30 to 60 years in a state prison. On Feb. 15, a jury found Baker, 57, of New Sewickley Township, guilty of third-degree murder, reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault. He was found not guilty of first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and attempted homicide. Baker shot and wounded his estranged wife, Linda Baker, and shot and killed her friend, Thomas Dougherty, in the parking lot of the East Rochester Shopping Plaza on Dec. 3, 2009, after the pair met for coffee at the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe. » more at Beaver County Times

Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Killing Wife

Edmond, OK: An Edmond man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing his wife. David Hammond pleaded guilty to second degree murder for the killing of Delola Karen in 2009.» more at KOCO TV

Kauai Man To Serve 30 Years For Wife's Murder

Lihue, HI: Kauai prosecutors say the Hawaii Paroling Authority ruled that a man must serve at least 30 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death in 2009. Joseph Hoapili was convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing his wife, Fredlynn, on March 3, 2009, at their home in Lihue. » more at KITV TV

Man Admits Strangling 39-Year-Old Woman in OR Apartment

Oak Ridge, TN: A drifter charged with choking his girlfriend to death pleaded guilty this morning to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. Anthony Hickey, 41, was originally accused of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Kathy Crowley, 39, whose body was found March 1, 2007, in her Teller Village apartment in Oak Ridge. » more at knoxnews.com

Thomas A. Collard Sentenced for Killing Wife Years Ago

Elizabethtown, NY: What small justice could be meted out for a murder couched in 30 years of lies was met Thursday in Essex County Court. Thomas A. Collard was sentenced to an eight-to-24-year indeterminate state prison term for killing June Marion Hopkins Collard in November 1980. » more at Plattsburgh Press-Republican

Jury Sentences Man Who Shot Ex-Girlfriend, Officer to 75 Years in Prison

Round Rock, TX: A Williamson County jury has sentenced Kenneth Wade Davis to 75 years in prison for shooting is ex-girlfriend and a police officer. Davis, 45, faced up to life in prison for aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a public servant and burglary, all first-degree felonies. He pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday. » more at Austin American-Statesman

Woman Gets 10 Years for Boyfriend's Slaying

El Cajon, CA: An East County woman who fatally shot her longtime boyfriend during an argument over his new job was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Gina Manley, 50, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the Nov. 9, 2009, slaying of Ralph Grice, 56. » more at Sign On San Diego

Man Pleads Guilty in Killing

Surrey County, NC: Christopher Scott Hiatt, 28, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and other charges related to kidnapping and killing his estranged wife Deonna Lynn Hiatt in 2009. Hiatt entered his plea on Monday before Judge Moses Massey in Surry Superior Court. Hiatt had shot his wife in the head, but she was still alive when he was interrupted by deputies as he was digging a hole in which to bury her, authorities said. » more at Winston-Salem Journal

Woman Who Killed Boyfriend Sentenced

Flinn Springs, CA: A woman who shot and killed her live-in boyfriend in Flinn Springs during an alcohol-fueled disagreement over the unemployed victim's plan to take a new job was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in state prison. Gina Rene Manley, 50, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the Nov. 9, 2009, shooting death of 56-year-old Ralph Grice. » more at 10 News San Diego

Oklahoma City Woman Convicted in 'No Body' Case

Oklahoma City, OK: An Oklahoma County jury on Tuesday quickly found a woman guilty of first-degree murder in the 2007 fatal shooting of her husband even though his body was never found. Exondia Jaye Salado, 39, told two friends in October 2007 she shot her husband, Manny Salado, and cooked his body days later in the country, according to testimony at the trial. » more at NewsOK

Man Gets 16 Years To Life For Killing Wife In Motel

Huntington Beach, CA: A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison Friday for choking and stabbing his estranged wife in a motel room. Fidelio Marin, 40, was convicted by an Orange County jury last month of second-degree murder plus a sentencing enhancement for using a knife to kill Felix Marin, 32, on Oct. 10, 2008. » more at The Orange County Register

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Gets Life in Hatchet Attack

Escondido, CA: A former Border Patrol agent who attacked a sleeping couple in an Escondido home with a pair of hatchets was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years to life in prison. Gamalier Reyes Rivera, 34, was convicted in February of premeditated attempted murder and other charges in connection with the July 2009 attack, which left Chris Anguiano and his then-girlfriend, Samantha Shaffer, with multiple injuries. Both survived. » more at Sign On San Diego

Big Rock Woman Convicted in Wisconsin Slaying

Tomah, WI: A Big Rock woman has been convicted on two counts in the shooting death of her former boyfriend in Wisconsin last year. The Monroe County, Wis., district attorney’s office said Tuesday that Tammy Cole, 46, of the 8S900 block of Dugan Road, has been found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide with a deadly weapon and attempted arson. Her trial began March 21. The body of her ex-boyfriend, Vance Evans, 53, of Tomah, Wis., was found in his apartment on April 27, 2010. » more at The Beacon News

Man Gets 40 Years for Murdering Wife, 20 Years for Shooting Her Friend

Nederland, TX: Relatives of a woman who was murdered after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her husband, got to confront him in court after sentencing. Judge Layne Walker sentenced Dennis Sattler to 40 years in prison for murder. In February the 55-year-old Sattler pled guilty to killing his estranged wife, 49-year-old Susan Sattler, at her home in Nederland. » more at KFDM TV

Richmond Man Gets 40 Years in Brutal Stabbing of Ex-Girlfriend

Chesterfield, VA: A Richmond man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend 40 times last year at her job in a Chesterfield County office building. Citing the vicious nature of the attack, Judge Harold W. Burgess Jr. of Chesterfield County Circuit Court sentenced Haywood Love Hendricks Jr., 46, to what is tantamount to a life sentence in the April 30 slaying of Joyce Lillian Mann, 56. » more at Richmond Times Dispatch

Oklahoma City Man Pleads Guilty in Killing

Oklahoma City, OK:An Oklahoma City man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of his girlfriend last year. As part of a plea agreement, Ronald Seth Banks on Friday admitted killing 48-year-old Angela Biggers, whose body was found Jan. 28 in a shallow grave behind a vacant house in Norman. » more at Victoria Advocate

Lamondre Tucker Sentenced to Death, Mother Arrested

Shreveport, LA: Lamondre Tucker, the man accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to death after he was found guilty of first degree murder. The Jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching a decision. Tucker was convicted of killing 18-year old Tavia Sills. The murder happened in September 2008. Sills was five months pregnant when she was killed. » more at KSLA TV

Plea Bargain Reached in 1992 Killing

Burney, CA: Kristi Lyn Lunbery says she did not kill her husband with a close range rifle shot through the head in April 1992 as he was sleeping in their Burney home. “I know the truth,” said Lunbery, 41, only moments after she pleaded no contest today in Shasta County Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter and the use of a firearm in connection with the violent death of Charles Albert Bateson, 25. » more at The Record Searchlight

Guilty of First Degree Murder

Portland, TN: Chad Foote accepted a plea deal with the Sumner County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday morning in the Portland case from Father’s Day, 2009, where Foote acknowledges he committed first degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend, Cyndi Thompson. » more at Portland Leader


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