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State of Ohio v. Brent Houdeshell Hancock County Courthouse - Findlay, Ohio

Findlay, OH - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Killing Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Son

The State of Ohio charged Brent Houdeshell, age 29, with murder, endangering children and tampering with evidence in connection to the Marcy 31, 2016 death of Breydon Ferrell, age 2.

The child's mother, Alisha Young, police officers and medical experts were called to testify by the State.

Th... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

Garrett Ballard v. The State of Texas Constable’s son convicted of capital murder after killing 2 friends

The following summary comes from the evidence presented at trial. The victims
in this case—Fox and E.B.—were friends with Ballard. Prior to the offense, the three men ate
dinner with E.B.’s family to celebrate E.B.’s birthday and then went to Ballard’s parents’ home
to hang out and to take a hallucinogen that they had purchased earlier from C.J. On the night 3
in question, Balla... More...
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Demico Stanley v. The State of Texas Stanley sentenced to 75 years for Lewisville murder

In 2015, Richard Myles lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment on the
second floor of a building in the Hampton Bay apartment complex with his
fiancée, Laura, and their 23-month-old son, David.2 While Laura worked two
jobs, Myles cared for David. He also sold marijuana to earn extra money.
Whenever he left the apartment, he carried his marijuana stash with him in a
gree... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. JOSHUA MICHAEL MALL

On October 5, 2015, Mall made the fatal decision to drink alcohol and drive his truck. Unfortunately, Mall included his 6-year-old daughter, Madilyn, in that decision. After drinking nearly half of a bottle of whiskey and smoking some marijuana, Mall put Madilyn into his 2001 Ford Ranger and decided to drive. Mall sped down Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, Kansas, weaving in and out of traffic... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Jerome Hamilton and Darriyon Mills Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Rollin' 60 Crips Gang Leaders Sentenced for Racketeering Charges

The two leaders of the Detroit branch of the Rollin 60s Crips street gang were sentenced on January 12, 2018 for their roles in gang-related murders, shootings, and drug distribution. Jerome Hamilton and Darriyon Mills’s sentences follow their guilty pleas to RICO conspiracy and firearm charges and are the res... More...
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David E. Miller v. Tony Mays, Warden Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

David Miller was convicted and sentenced to
death for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer. His sentence was upheld by the Tennessee Supreme
Court and we affirmed the dismissal of his § 2254 habeas petition. Seeking to revisit his
ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel (IATC) claim in light of Martinez v. Ryan, 566 U.S. 1
(2012), and Trevino v. Thaler, 569 U.S. 413 (2013), Miller now ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

Maria V. Pena v. City of Rio Grande City, Texas, Rosa Salinas, Jose Solis Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maria Peña sustained injuries as a result of a tasing by police officers for the City of Rio Grande City. Peña sued the city and two of the officers in state court, alleging excessive force under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and negligence under the
Case: 16-41522 Document: 00514306262 Page: 1 Date Filed: 01/12/2018
No. 16-41522
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Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”).
1 Upon removal, the distric... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth Stuart, a/k/a "Bones" Eastern District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, VA - “King of Death” Supplier Pleads Guilty, Faces Mandatory Life Sentence

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty today to leading and supplying a heroin and fentanyl trafficking conspiracy that resulted in more than a dozen overdoses and at least two deaths.

Kenneth Stuart, aka “Bones,” 43, of Newark, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison when sentenced on Apr... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - VA)

State of Indiana v. Scottie Kincade Warren County Courthouse - Williamsport, Indiana

Williamsport, IN - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Murder

The State of Indiana charged Scottie Kincaide, age 34, with murder and arson in conjunction with the death of Hearth Smith, age 31, on September 27, 2016. See: 35-42-1-1(1): Murder, 35-42-1-1(2): Murder, 35-43-1-1(a)(1)/F4: Arson knowingly damage by fire, etc. the dwelling of another w/o consent.

The defendant and the victi... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - IN)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KENNETH BERNARD SCOTT COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

This case arises out of a series of controlled drug purchases that were made from the Defendant by a confidential informant who was working with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, which resulted in the Henderson County Grand Jury’s return of a
01/10/2018
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six-count indictment against the Defendant. Counts one and two charged the Defendant with the August 11, 2014 sale and ... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MATTHEW GLEN HOWELL COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

In April 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury charged the defendant with one count each of resisting arrest and aggravated assault by causing the victim, Liela Avila, to fear bodily injury by use or display of a deadly weapon. The trial court conducted a jury trial in February 2016.
The State’s proof at trial showed that the victim moved to Nashville in early September of 2014 to pursue a car... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Mario Donte Keene Mario Keene Sentenced To Life In Prison

Amanda Harris, who was charged with felony murder for her participation in the victim’s death, testified at trial that, prior to her participation in the offenses at issue, she was addicted to crack cocaine and Xanax. She stated that she had taken drugs since she was in the eighth grade and that she had previously been convicted of theft, domestic violence, and reckless endangerment with the use ... More...   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

State of Ohio v. Devonte Brown Toledo teen charged with murder of ex-girlfriend and her brother takes plea deal

On August 10, 2015, appellant invaded the victim’s home, stabbed her 17
times, killed her son, raped, kidnapped and killed her daughter, and stole her vehicle.
When later confronted by police in the stolen vehicle, he fled and crashed.
{¶ 4} Appellant was the age of 16 at the time he committed these acts, and he was
the estranged boyfriend of the daughter. There was a no-con... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

State of Minnesota vs. Daryl Negel Curtis Man convicted in St. Paul O'Reilly parking lot murder

At around 8 p.m. on June 12, 2016, McDaniel was shot and killed in the parking lot
of an auto parts store in Saint Paul. Immediately before McDaniel was shot, he was
standing next to his cousin, Z.M., and looking under the hood of a car. At trial, Z.M.
testified that she did not see the shooter’s face, but did see a light-skinned black man
wearing a red shirt running away fro... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

United States of America v. George Kinney District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport, CT - Plainfield Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl to Overdose Victim

George Kinney, 35, of Plainfield, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl to an overdose victim in 2016.

This matter stems ... More...
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State of Ohio v. Carolyn Moore Wood County Courthouse - Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green, OH - Jury Convicts Defendant For Fatal Crash

The State of Ohio charged Carolyn Moore, age 33, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of driving under a financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

CATHRYN ANN LINN vs. STATE OF IOWA Jury hands down first-degree murder verdict in Linn case

In its opinion affirming Linn’s conviction on direct appeal, this court set forth
the following facts surrounding the incident leading to Linn’s charge:
Muscatine police officers were dispatched to Linn’s residence in the early morning hours of February 7, 2007, after Linn called 911 to report she had shot someone. Several officers arrived at the residence brandishing weapons. Linn ap... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

Billy John Mason v. The State of Texas

On May 21, 2016, Appellant was taken by ambulance to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Roy Mobley, with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, was working as a security officer at the hospital. Sergeant Mobley eventually arrested Appellant for public intoxication. While in custody, Appellant made statements to Sergeant Mobley which formed the basis for the retaliation charge for which A... More...   $0 (01-12-2018 - TX)

State of Florida v. Peter Avsenew Broward County Courthouse - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Jury Recommends Defendant for Convicted Killer

The State of Florida charged Peter Avsenew, age 33, with capital murder for killing Kevin Power and Stephen Adams.

The victims took the Defendant into their home in 2010 and paid for it with their lives.

The Defendant reportedly said that he had no regrets for killing the victims.

12/23/2010 1 ... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - FL)

State of Oklahoma v. Dorothea Butanda Rogers County Courthouse - Claremore, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Mother Convicted of Accessory After The Fact In Hit-and-Run Death

The State of Oklahoma charged Dorothea Butanda with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: PCRG, ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT (MURDER 2ND DEGREE), in violation of 21 O.S. 173
Date of Offense: 06/05/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Butanda, Dorothea Annette
Butanda, Dorothea Annette
... More...
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Viengthong Sikalasinh v. The State of Texas Woman arrested after police chase facing additional charges for stabbing

In August 2015, an indictment was filed alleging that on or about July 2, 2015,
Appellant intentionally fled from Michael Fenwick, a person Appellant knew was a peace
officer who was attempting lawfully to arrest or detain her and that she did so while using
a vehicle. More than five months later, the State filed its Notice of Intent to Enhance
Punishment Range with Prior Felo... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - TX)

Keith William Lamerland v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

In 2013, the then-ten-year-old complainant, pseudonymously referred to as
Kathryn, spent the summer with her grandmother, Lori Lamerand, and step
grandfather, Keith Lamerand. Later that November, after Kathryn had returned
home and started school, she wrote a note to her teacher that said, “My papa has
been touching me and I did not tell my parents.”
Kathryn’s teacher se... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - TX)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. RUSSELL RAY BERTRAM

To escape abject poverty, Leonila Stickney came to the United States from the Philippines in 2004 as the 22-year-old, mail-order bride of 73-year-old David Stickney (“Stickney”). In October of the same year, Stickney and Leonila had a son. The three lived together in Bridgewater, where Leonila worked at a nursing home. Every month, Leonila sent $300 of her earnings to help support her family st... More...   $0 (01-11-2018 - )

STATE OF MONTANA v. RANDALL LEE LERMAN 11 accuse Montana massage therapist of sexual assault

Lerman was a licensed massage therapist in Dillon, Montana. Over the course of
two months, Kelsey Stoker attended four massage therapy appointments with Lerman to
help alleviate lower back pain. During her appointments, Stoker left on her undergarments,
which included a cap-sleeved spandex undershirt and spandex shorts that went almost to
her knees.
¶3 The fourth appoi... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - MT)

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