Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mass killer spared death penalty over Calif. jail informant scandal

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over local authorities’ use of jailhouse informants, a judge decided Friday.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said Scott Dekraai would not be sentenced to death after pleading guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison.

It’s rare for a judge to bar prosecutors from seeking a death sentence. While acknowledging the “horrendous” nature of Dekraai’s crime, Goethals found that failures by the prosecution team would prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai’s defense attorneys had argued that repeated failures by sheriff’s authorities to reveal records related to informants in the county jail show the agency can’t be trusted to turn over evidence that could favor their client.

Goethals noted authorities

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Paul Greengrass directing Netflix movie about mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik

One of the most heinous crimes of the century will be adapted in a film for Netflix by director Paul Greengrass, Deadline reports.

Greengrass, who is known for his contributions to the Bourne franchise, the Tom Hanks-starring Captain Phillips, as well as the breathtaking September 11 chronicle United 93, will direct from his own script the story of a 2011 Norwegian terror attack that left 77 dead, many of them children. The murders were committed by a single killer, Anders Behring Breivik, an extremist who dressed as a police officer while using guns and a bomb to carve a trail of carnage in the worst attack the nation of Norway has experienced since the days of World War II. 

The majority of the murders were committed at a youth camp for the nation’s Labor Party on Utoya Island, with many of Breivik’s victims trapped with him on the 26-acre island in Norway’s lake Tyrifjorden.

The film will reportedly shoot

Read more at: http://www.looper.com/81481/paul-greengrass-directing-netflix-movie-mass-murderer-anders-behring-breivik/

Man dead, 6 wounded in West Pullman mass shooting | Chicago … – Chicago Sun

A man was killed and six other people were wounded in a West Pullman neighborhood mass shooting early Sunday on the Far South Side.

About 2:30 a.m., the group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away.

“Two officers actually witnessed the shooting, took off after the offender’s car,” First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro said at an unrelated press conference Sunday afternoon.

“There was a slight pursuit on the expressway at which time the officers lost the vehicle on the expressway,” Navarro said.

Kolby Craig, 33, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 a.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the left leg; a

Read more at: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/police-person-killed-several-others-wounded-in-west-pullman-shooting/

Prosecutor Misconduct Spares Mass Murderer from Death

The worst mass murderer in Orange County, Ca., history will not face execution, the Orange County Register reports. Judge Thomas Goethals took the death penalty off the table for confessed killer Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, citing misconduct by prosecutors and sheriff’s officials. Dekraai pleaded guilty to killing eight people and wounding another in a 2011 . . .

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Read more at: https://thecrimereport.org/2017/08/19/prosecutor-misconduct-spares-mass-murderer-from-death/

7 dead, 42 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago – WLS

Eight people were killed and at least 50 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

Seven people were shot, one fatally, during a single mass shooting incident about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away.

A male, whose age was not known, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A 30-year-old man was shot in the left leg; a 31-year-old woman was shot in the left leg; a 32-year-old woman was shot in the right leg; a 32-year-old man was shot in the abdomen; a 33-year-old woman was shot in the left leg; and a 36-year-old man was shot in the buttocks.

Three people were

Read more at: http://abc7chicago.com/7-dead-42-wounded-in-weekend-shootings-across-chicago/2327900/

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown | The … – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/

Boys and Girls Club marks 2 years since mass shooting

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Saturday marks two years since the mass shooting
on Genesee Street in Rochester that left three people dead and seven
others injured.

In remembrance of the lives lost, Boys and Girls Club kids and teens
decorated heartfelt posters honoring those victims.

They hung them outside the facility Friday evening.  

The posters are in memory of Jonah Barley, Raekwon Manigault and
Johnny Johnson. 

Special messages and prayers also went out to the families affected. 

“It’s the healing process and instead of sitting on your hands
and just crying and whatever, if we can turn things into positive
programs and that’s what we’re trying to do by working together also.”

The Boys and Girls Club is closed Saturday to observe the two year mark. 

Read more at: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2017/08/19/boys-and-girls-club-closed-2-year-anniversary-mass-shooting.html

Officials: Person dead, 6 wounded in West Pullman mass shooting … – Chicago Sun

One person was killed and six other people were wounded in a West Pullman neighborhood mass shooting early Sunday on the Far South Side, police said.

About 2:30 a.m., the group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away.

“Two officers actually witnessed the shooting, took off after the offender’s car,” First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro said at an unrelated press conference Sunday afternoon.

“There was a slight pursuit on the expressway at which time the officers lost the vehicle on the expressway,” Navarro said.

A male, whose age was not known, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality.

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Officials: Person dead, 6 wounded in West Pullman mass shooting – Chicago Sun

One person was killed and six other people were wounded in a West Pullman neighborhood mass shooting early Sunday on the Far South Side, police said.

About 2:30 a.m., the group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away.

A male, whose age was not known, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the left leg; a 31-year-old woman was shot in the left leg; a 32-year-old woman was shot in the right leg; a 32-year-old man was shot in the abdomen; a 33-year-old woman was shot in the left leg; and a 36-year-old man was shot in the buttocks, police said.

Three people

Read more at: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/police-person-killed-several-others-wounded-in-west-pullman-shooting/