Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mom Of Mass Shooting Victim Describes Last Week Of Her Daughter’s Life

Meredith Hight, 27, was going through a divorce after six years of marriage, and her house needed a makeover. Lane, who lives in Georgia, was eager to help. So for a week, the mother-daughter duo worked side by side to transform the space. They split the cost of a new sofa. They painted the old plastic patio furniture a beige taupe so the Texas dirt wouldn’t show. They planted bright flowers in the garden. They picked out floral cushions and big green umbrellas, which gave the patio an outdoor cafe feel.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mom-of-mass-shooting-victim-describes-last-week-of-her-daughters-life_us_59ce8b05e4b05f005d342a09

A fate worse than death? | SaukValley.com

When thrice-convicted spree killer Nicholas T. Sheley enters a Missouri courtroom Wednesday, he is expected to do something he was previously loath to do: admit in court he is a murderer.

Sheley, 38, formerly of Sterling, could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Russell Reed of rural Sterling.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killings in a Rock Falls apartment of Brock Branson, Kilynna Blake, Dayan Blake and Kenneth Ulve.

He didn’t.

Expensive trials had to be conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively, in those Illinois cases to obtain murder convictions and life sentences in prison – the maximum allowed by Illinois law.

In January, Sheley is to be put on trial for the June 2008 killings of Tom and Jill Estes, an Arkansas

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A fate worse than death?

When thrice-convicted spree killer Nicholas T. Sheley enters a Missouri courtroom Wednesday, he is expected to do something he was previously loath to do: admit in court he is a murderer.

Sheley, 38, formerly of Sterling, could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Russell Reed of rural Sterling.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killings in a Rock Falls apartment of Brock Branson, Kilynna Blake, Dayan Blake and Kenneth Ulve.

He didn’t.

Expensive trials had to be conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively, in those Illinois cases to obtain murder convictions and life sentences in prison – the maximum allowed by Illinois law.

In January, Sheley is to be put on trial for the June 2008 killings of Tom and Jill Estes, an Arkansas couple who

Read more at: http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/09/28/a-fate-worse-than-death/avfthre/

Prosecutors say Ohio teen was plotting mass shooting at high …

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors in Franklin County have a charged a teen with conspiracy to commit murder, saying he was planning a mass shooting at his high school.

John Leonard Staley III, 17, had mapped out Hilliard Davidson High School, was researching weapons and how to acquire them, and was trying to recruit other students into his plot, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien tells 10tv.com.

While cleveland.com does not usually identify juvenile offenders, Staley is being charged as an adult.

Staley used his school-issued iPad, as well as his own cell phone and computer to conduct the research, WCMH Channel 4 reports.

Another student overheard Staley discussing his plot on a school bus and reported it to authorities, O’Brien said. He was arrested in October 2016.

Staley is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court next week.

If you’d like to comment on this story, visit Thursday’s crime and courts comments section.

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/09/prosecutors_say_ohio_teen_was.html

Prosecutors say Ohio teen was plotting mass shooting at high school

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors in Franklin County have a charged a teen with conspiracy to commit murder, saying he was planning a mass shooting at his high school.

John Leonard Staley III, 17, had mapped out Hilliard Davidson High School, was researching weapons and how to acquire them, and was trying to recruit other students into his plot, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien tells 10tv.com.

While cleveland.com does not usually identify juvenile offenders, Staley is being charged as an adult.

Staley used his school-issued iPad, as well as his own cell phone and computer to conduct the research, WCMH Channel 4 reports.

Another student overheard Staley discussing his plot on a school bus and reported it to authorities, O’Brien said. He was arrested in October 2016.

Staley is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court next week.

If you’d like to comment on this story, visit Thursday’s crime and courts comments section.

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/09/prosecutors_say_ohio_teen_was.html

HIDING HOLMES UPDATE: Aurora theater shooter transferred to Pennsylvania prison

DENVER (KKTV) – Where is James Holmes? For more than a year, survivors of the Aurora theater shooting demanded to know.

“This is a clear victims’ rights issue,” said Tom Sullivan in an interview with reporter Katie Pelton last year. Sullivan’s son, Alex, was gunned down by Holmes on his 27th birthday.

“We should be able to know, you know, where he is.”

Early Thursday morning, the answer was finally revealed. Holmes is serving his life sentence in a federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, about a three-hour drive northwest of Philadelphia.

It’s been a long time coming for victims, who have pleaded for this information.

“That is the epitome of the boogeyman,” Sullivan told Pelton last year. “To people who are woken up at night, you know, in a cold sweat from having a nightmare … it would be

Read more at: http://www.kktv.com/content/news/BREAKING-Prison-location-of-Aurora-Theater-Shooter-to-be-released-448389733.html

Trial of Swiss mass murderer to begin in March 2018

On September 21st 2015, Thomas N allegedly murdered Carla Schauer (48), her two sons David (19) and Dion (13), and their 21-year-old friend Simona in the normally quiet Swiss town of Rupperswil in a case that shocked the country.

The trial will take place in the Lenzburg Regional Court in March 2018 and will likely last four days, communicated the Canton of Aargau on Thursday September 28th.

Swiss media have described the murders as one of the “most gruesome cases in Swiss criminal history:” The accused reportedly killed his victims with a kitchen knife before setting fire to their home.  

Dubbed the ‘Beast of Rupperswil’ by media outlets, the accused was a local football coach who lived only a few doors away from the victims he brutally murdered. 

The 34-year-old alleged killer has been charged with multiple murders, rapacious blackmail, deprivation of liberty, the taking of multiple hostages and a

Read more at: https://www.thelocal.ch/20170928/trial-of-swiss-mass-murderer-to-begin-in-march-2018

Antioch congregation returns for services days after mass shooting

ANTIOCH, Tenn. — Just days after a mass shooting inside their middle Tennessee church, members of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ gathered Wednesday evening for regular services.

Despite all that these churchgoers turned mourners have gone through these past few days, they still gathered to pray and continue to heal together.

“Father we pray you’ll be with our loved ones in the hospital even beyond the ones in the tragic accident this weekend.”

“They can overcome these injuries be with the doctors and nurses that wait upon them.”

Danny Carter took the lead as Minister Joey Spann continues to recover.

Some of the victims who were injured when a lone gunmen entered the church, like Catherine Dickerson, were also in attendance.

“Continue to bless our service men, our police department, fire department, all the safety forces we have in this country,” Carter prayed. “We pray you’ll continue to watch over this congregation and be with all

Read more at: http://wreg.com/2017/09/28/antioch-congregation-returns-for-services-days-after-mass-shooting/

New documentary names alleged Loughinisland mass killer

Oscar-winning documentary maker on the 1994 murder of six men in County Down – an explosive story which needed to be told

In 1994, six men were killed and five wounded while watching a World Cup soccer match in tiny pub in Loughinisland, Co. Down. The controversial police investigation that followed never led to a single conviction. Celebrated filmmaker Alex Gibney has reopened the infamous case to investigate why no one has ever been brought to justice. Cahir O’Doherty talks to the Academy Award-winning director about his explosive new film, “No Stone Unturned.

Director Alex Gibney’s explosive new film about the Loughinisland massacre was slated to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23 of this year, but it didn’t happen. “No Stone Unturned” was withdrawn from screening due to unspecified “legal issues.”

Viewing his hard-hitting new film for the first-time last week, I can see why

Read more at: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/filmmaker-alex-gibney-on-his-new-loughinisland-massacre-movie

10-year-old girl battling post-traumatic stress since Kalamazoo mass shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Phillip Marion said he will never forget February 20, 2016. Not just because it was the night of the Kalamazoo Shootings. But it was the night his daughter survived them.

“That day was a shock you know, like something just shock you like ‘boom,’” said Marion during an interview. “Everything starts stopping. Everything stopped around me.”

Marion said his heart began beating fast when he got a phone call from Tiana Carruthers saying she’d been shot near her home. Carruthers is a close family friend. Someone he’s known since she was a child. As soon as she called him, he rushed to be by her side.

“Once we made it out there, the sheriff was out there,” he said. “At that time my brain [was] still like ‘what’s going on’ and the kids.”

Marion’s then 8-year-old daughter Dorjaye was hanging out with Carruthers, her daughter and a few other kids on

Read more at: http://fox17online.com/2017/09/27/father-says-10yo-child-battling-post-traumatic-stress-from-kalamazoo-shootings/