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Monday, March 31, 2014

Keeping this display of officer-involved domestic violence fatalities on top from now on...

The Officer-Involved Domestic Violence (OIDV) Fatalities photo presentation that was here has been deleted by ROCKYOU.com, where it had been hosted and streamed from. A screencaptured copy is here on LaneJudson.com - the site it was originally compiled for.



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Sunday, March 16, 2014

[PA] Officer Huff charged with another domestic involving her boyfriend


PHILLY COP LOCKED UP IN CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP
philly.com, Daily News
David Gambacorta
Sunday, March 16, 2014
[Excerpts] A PHILADELPHIA police officer who's already in hot water with the department was arrested earlier this week by Cheltenham Township police. Robbi Huff, 35, was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest after a fight with her boyfriend... Huff was allegedly "out of control," [Cheltenham Township Police Chief John] Norris said, and her boyfriend had "visible injuries to his face." She was released Thursday night on $10,000 unsecured bail, and is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County District Court on March 24... This was not the first time... She was charged with disorderly conduct in September 2012 following a domestic dispute with the same boyfriend... [Full article here]
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

[MI] Detroit Officer Bridges accused of brutal domestic assault


Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges s facing  slew of charges for allegedly assaulting a woman inside a Detroit home.



[Excerpts] A 31-year-old woman broke the window of a Detroit home to escape the man who had fired a gun, beaten and detained her against her will. That man is Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says... "A conviction could destroy both an individual’s career and reputation... If you have been arrested for domestic violence or assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, consult with a skilled and capable Michigan criminal defense attorney right away... Your attorney will work vigorously to have charges dismissed or reduced, or to obtain an acquittal so that you can avoid life-changing consequences."

DETROIT POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
JOHNNY RAY BRIDGES ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING WOMAN IN DETROIT HOME

ClickOnDetroit
Mar 05 2014
[Excerpts] A Detroit police officer is facing  slew of charges for allegedly assaulting a woman inside a Detroit home. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Johnny Ray Bridges was drinking... Bridges allegedly fired off a handgun into the air and then punched and kicked the woman. Police said the woman, who was wearing only a T-shirt, escaped by breaking through a window and calling for help at a nearby restaurant... [Full article here]

DETROIT POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
myFOXDetroit.com, WJBK
Mar 05, 2014
[Excerpts] Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, unlawful imprisonment, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm... The woman appears to have escaped the situation by jumping out of a window and running to a nearby restaurant while wearing barely any clothing. An employee at the restaurant tells Isom the woman was only wearing a shirt and her face was "a little bit beat up." Employees gave her some clothes to cover up and called for help... [Full article here]

OFF-DUTY DETROIT POLICE OFFICER PUNCHED, KICKED WOMAN IN FACE, BODY, PROSECUTOR SAYS
Detroit Free Press
By Gina Damron
March 5, 2014
[Excerpts] ... [Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges]... Prosecutors said he punched and kicked the woman in the face and the body... The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.” [Full article here]

DETROIT POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF BEATING AND DETAINING WOMAN AFTER NIGHT DRINKING
mlive.com
March 06, 2014
[Excerpts] A 31-year-old woman broke the window of a Detroit home to escape the man who had fired a gun, beaten and detained her against her will. That man is Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says... "At some point during the argument, Bridges fired a handgun into the air. Bridges assaulted the victim by punching and kicking her face and body."... His bond was set at $5,000 surety or 10 percent and he is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. March 13. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or firearms. [Full article here]

DETROIT POLICE CHIEF CALLS RECENT SPURT OF CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST OFFICERS 'AN ANOMALY'
mlive.com
March 07, 2014
[Excerpts] Detroit Police Chief James Craig calls recent criminal allegations made against three of his officers, the latest charges of criminal sexual assault filed against Officer Deon Nunlee, concerning, but not the norm. Earlier this week, Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges was accused... On Sunday, Detroit Police Officer Dana Bond, 41, who was already suspended without pay because prior retail fraud charges, is accused of crashing into another vehicle while drunk, injuring two passengers and attempting to flee the scene... "This is not what our police officers do ... it does not represent the 2,500 or so sworn men and women who wear this shade of blue," Craig said. "I think the majority of the public has a great deal of trust and respect in the department." [Full article here]

OFFICER ON 911 CALL CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
DETROIT POLICE CHIEF JAMES CRAIG RESPONDS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT CHAGES AGAINST DETROIT POLICE OFFICER DEON NUNLEE.

Detroit Free Press
Jarrad Henderson/ Gina Damron
March 7, 2014
[Excerpt] ...On Wednesday Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, was charged... He has been suspended without pay... [Full article here]

DETROIT POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT, MORE
Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog
[Excerpts] On March 3, Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges was arrested after he allegedly beat a woman and detained her against her will... Bridges has been an officer with the Detroit Police Department for nearly 25 years. Although he turned himself in, his job is likely in jeopardy as the department has a zero tolerance policy for crime... In the state of Michigan, domestic violence and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm are extremely serious charges... A conviction could destroy both an individual’s career and reputation... If you have been arrested for domestic violence or assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, consult with a skilled and capable Michigan criminal defense attorney right away... Your attorney will work vigorously to have charges dismissed or reduced, or to obtain an acquittal so that you can avoid life-changing consequences... [Full article here]
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[PA] Police Sgt Walker's wife Lynda did NOT commit suicide 30 years ago. Now he gets short jail term.

Lynda Jean (Conrad) Walker.
Birth: Feb. 24, 1959, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1983

...Montrose Pennsylvania Police Sgt. John David Walker was arrested in 2012 for the 1983 murder of his wife Lynda Jean Conrad Walker. Lynda's death had been ruled a suicide even before her autopsy was performed. In 2011 the grand jury had Lynda Walker’s body exhumed, she was re-examined, and found to have died by homicide. Sgt. Walker was allowed a plea deal in 2014, escaping trial and a possible life sentence, pleading "no contest" to voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to serve 2 to 4 years in a county jail. Information from Sgt. Walker's next wife helped police reopen the case. She said Walker told her that investigating police had no evidence BECAUSE he obtained the evidence police seized from the scene many years ago. He told her that he destroyed some of the evidence by burning it, and he also sold / was allowed to sell the 45-caliber pistol murder weapon...



Susquehanna County Cold Case Comes to a Close
wnep.com
Amanda Kelley
February 28, 2014

NEW MILFORD – A former police officer will now serve two to four years for murdering his wife in Susquehanna County.

John Walker pleaded no contest Thursday to the murder that happened more than 30 years ago.

This plea came as a surprise to many who knew the victim, Lynda Conrad Walker.

In 1983 her death was first ruled a suicide, but decades later an autopsy proved that she in fact didn’t shoot herself.

Walker pleaded no contest, which means he doesn’t admit guilt, but he doesn’t fight the charges either.

Even so, for some, that plea isn’t enough.

It’s been more than 30 years since Lynda Conrad Walker was found dead, a gunshot wound to her chest, a death originally ruled suicide in Susquehanna County.

Walker’s childhood friend says years later she still can’t believe her friend is gone.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. She was a very close and dear friend with many of us and it’s heartbreaking,” said Lynda’s childhood friend Cathy Dunlap.

Now Lynda’s husband John Walker pleaded no contest to her murder.  He was charged in the cold case in 2011 after a new autopsy.  Now he’ll be locked up for two to four years.

The victim’s mother Norma says this case has taken its toll on her.

“It’s difficult, you have your ups and downs , you think things are going to go the way you want them to and the next thing you know there not,” said Norma Conrad.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office brought charges in the cold case and says, “We believe the conviction achieved in this sad tragedy is an appropriate resolution based on the investigative facts available. Our condolences to the victim’s family and may they now have closure.”

This 30-year-old case comes to a close on the same week that Lynda Conrad Walker would have turned 55.

Her family and friends say this case will never truly come to an end.

“We waited a long time for this day, but this isn’t exactly what we wanted.  Not that we wanted a long trial or anything, but we wanted justice for her and her family,” said Dunlap.

Lynda’s friend had hoped for life in prison or the death penalty.  Her mother says this sentence is not for anyone to judge.

“The only thing I can say is after 30 years at least he has served something,” said Conrad.

Now Lynda’s mother looks toward the memorial she has for her daughter in her backyard, thankful for the fight others fought on Lynda’s behalf.

“I just appreciate how all of the people have been working on this case and just stayed with it.  They’ve been so kind to me and I wanted some way to be able to thank them,” said Conrad.



Ex-cop enters no contest plea in estranged wife ’s 1983 death
Susquehanna County Independent; Weekender (Montrose, PA) -
By Staci Wilson
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A 30-year-old murder case came to a close Thursday in Susquehanna County when a former sergeant with the Montrose police entered a no contest plea in the 1983 death of his estranged wife .

John Walker, 54, of Montrose, entered the plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter and was immediately sentenced by Specially Presiding President Judge Linda Wallick Miller, 43rd Judicial District, to serve 24-48 months in a county correctional facility, followed by five years probation.

There is no admission of guilt in a no contest plea.

Following a grand jury investigation, Walker had been charged in October 2012 with first degree murder in the Nov. 13, 1983 shooting death of his estranged wife Lynda Conrad Walker at the couple’s New Milford Twp. mobile home.

Lynda Walker died from a single, close-range gunshot wound to the chest.

As part of the plea deal, the murder charges were dropped in exchange for the voluntary manslaughter plea.

Defense attorney Paul Ackourey said his client has already spent 16 months in jail, and with the minimum sentence, Walker will be incarcerated for another eight months.

“He came into this process looking at a life sentence which was probably the principle motivating factor in entered in the (no contest) plea,” Ackourey said. “His family needed closure; as well as the victim’s family needed closure.”

Arresting officer Tpr. Greg Deck told the court he had been in contact with the victim’s mother, Norma Conrad, and that she was satisfied with the agreement.

Judge Miller said the resolution avoiding a trial would “save the victim’s family from having to open up 30 years of grief.”

The death had initially been ruled a suicide in 1983 by John Conarton, Susquehanna County Coroner at that time.

Walker was employed at the time of the shooting as a police officer in Great Bend. In the years since, he has been employed by several other municipalities, including Silver Lake Township and Montrose Borough. His most recent rank held on the Montrose force was sergeant and he had formerly served as the chief of police in the borough.

Walker was suspended from the Montrose police force after his arrest in 2012.

The Office of Attorney General initiated its investigation into Lynda Walker’s death in February 2010 at the request of Susquehanna County District Attorney Jason Legg based on a conflict of interest. Walker had served as a Susquehanna County Task Force detective under the supervision of the district attorney.

Evidence in the investigation was gathered by the Pennsylvania State Police and presented by the Office of Attorney General to the Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.

In 1983 Walker claimed that he came home to find his wife ’s lifeless body in his bed, with his gun lying next to her.

In June 2011, at the request of the grand jury, Lynda Walker’s body was exhumed from the West Lenox Church Cemetery in Lenox Twp.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Isidore Mihalakis conducted the autopsy; looked at the path the bullet took as it passed through Lynda Walker’s body; and examined other evidence.

Dr. Mihalakis concluded that the death of Lynda Walker was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rather, the manner of death was homicide, according to Dr. Mihalakis.

According to the 15-page grand jury presentment, which was accepted by Judge Miller at Thursday’s plea hearing as the basis of facts in the case, Lynda Walker’s body was found in her bed and a cocked .45 caliber handgun was partially in her right hand and a bullet wound to her left chest.

In a 1983 interview with police , Walker said the couple had been separated since July of that year but had agreed to meet that day at their home.

Walker told police the two argued after he told her he was filing for divorce and she threatened to kill herself.

Grand jury witnesses testified that they did not believe Lynda Walker was suicidal. Testimony also contradicted Walker’s 1983 statement to police about his whereabouts at the time of the death.

Laurence Braungard, who was also served as a police officer in Great Bend in 1983, told the grand jury that Walker had attended classes on suicide investigation at Lackawanna College prior to Lynda Walker’s death.

The case was prosecuted by John J. Flannery, Jr., of the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section.

During the preliminary hearing Flannery argued, “There were two people at that trailer, one was the defendant, and one was deceased.”
  

Family & Friends React to Plea in Cold Case Death
pahomepage.com
02/28/2014

After 30 years, a cold case in Susquehanna County is now closed.

Two years after being charged, former Montrose police officer John Walker entered a plea in connection to the death of his estranged wife in 1983.

In 1983, Lynda Walker died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Her death was originally ruled a suicide.

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office took another look at the case, exhumed her body and investigators brought criminal charges.

"Her birthday was this week. She would have been 55," Norma Conrad said.

Sitting in her New Milford home, Norma Conrad has a little bit of closure.

After John Walker pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for the death of Lynda Conrad, he was immediately sentenced to two to four years in prison.

"I want to thank everybody who's involved in this case," Norma Conrad said. "I want to thank them in some way. I'm not sure how I can do it. They've all stayed by me and stayed with it all these years."

Lynda's childhood friend Cathy Dunlap wished there had been a trial.

"I wanted to look at him right in his eye and say: Why did you do it? Why did you do it and two-to-four years is nothing compared to what we've gone through the last 30 years," Dunlap said.

Having already served 16 months in jail, Dunlap is angry that Walker could possibly be eligible for parole by the end of this year.

"It's not fair. He's been able to have children, do things, just live life and this has all been taken away from her," Dunlap said.

For Norma Conrad, she would have liked Walker to say "I'm guilty" but the no contest plea means he doesn't admit guilt but admits there is enough evidence against him.

A religious woman, Norma Conrad says John Walker's true judgment won't come on this Earth.

"There's a judge higher than an authority on Earth and he's had to live with that and he will continue to live with that," Norma Conrad said.

John Walker was initially charged with first degree murder in 2012. He could have faced life in prison.

Besides his two-to-four year sentence, he will also have to serve five years probation.

EXCERPTS FROM 2012 NEWS:

Murder charges lodged against Montrose cop

Scranton Times-Tribune
By Staci Wilson
Published: October 24, 2012
A Montrose police sergeant faces murder charges stemming from a grand jury investigation into the 1983 death of his estranged wife. John Walker, 52, Montrose, was charged Wednesday, Oct. 24, with one count of murder by Trooper Greg Deck. Attorney General Linda L. Kelly and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced that charges have been filed in a Nov. 13, 1983 shooting death of Lynda Jean (Conrad) Walker. The death initially had been ruled a suicide in 1983 by John Conarton, the Susquehanna County coroner at that time. Mr. Walker was arraigned Wednesday morning by Magisterial District Judge Jodi Cordner in New Milford. Bail was denied. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 5. "The Pennsylvania State Police investigators deserve a lot of credit for their work on this case," said Ms. Kelly. "They showed great patience and persistence in their pursuit of justice for Lynda Walker"... The Office of Attorney General initiated its investigation in February of 2010 at the request of Susquehanna County District Attorney Jason Legg, based on a conflict of interest. Evidence in the then-27-year-old death investigation was gathered by the state police and presented by the Office of Attorney General to the Statewide Investigating Grand Jury... In June 2011, at the request of the grand jury, Mrs. Walker's body was exhumed... [Forensic pathologist Dr. Isidore] Mihalakis concluded that the death of Mrs. Walker was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rather, the manner of death was homicide... According to the 15-page grand jury presentment, Mrs. Walker's body was found in her bed with a cocked .45 caliber handgun was partially in her right hand and a bullet wound to her left chest. In a 1983 interview with police, Mr. Walker said the couple had been separated since July of that year but had agreed to meet that day at their home. Mr. Walker told police the two argued. He told her he was filing for divorce and she threatened to kill herself. Grand jury witnesses testified that they did not believe Mrs. Walker was suicidal. Testimony also contradicted Mr. Walker's 1983 statement to police about his whereabouts at the time of the death. Mr. Walker's second wife, April Harvey, also testified that she was engaged in a relationship with Mr. Walker in the months that followed his separation from his wife. Mr. Walker and Ms. Harvey married in 1985, divorcing 19 years later. http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/murder-charges-lodged-against-montrose-cop-1.1393172

Pa. police officer accused of killing wife in '83
sfgate.com
October 24, 2012
[Excerpts] A part-time police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania was charged Wednesday with killing his estranged wife in 1983, a shooting death that had previously been classified as a suicide. The state attorney general's office said John David Walker, 52, of Montrose killed Lynda Walker, based on new evidence obtained by exhuming her body last year and from conducting fresh interviews with him and witnesses... According to a grand jury report, Walker said back in 1983 that the day of her death, the two of them, separated for several months, had an argument at the mobile home where he lived in New Milford. He said he told her he planned to file for divorce, and she threatened to kill herself. He said he then went for a drive, making at least three stops before returning home and finding her body... The new investigation turned up contradictions in his story, according to prosecutors, including a neighbor who said his car was in the driveway when she heard a single gunshot. State police said Walker did not attempt to render aid to his dead wife or check her for vital signs, and that he called the home of a police dispatcher upon discovering her body, rather than dialing 911. His gun was on the bed by her side. A trooper interviewed Walker in March 2010. "Throughout his interview, Walker never expressed any remorse that he had left Lynda alone," the grand jury wrote. "Walker failed to deny that he had killed his wife until he was walking out the door of the barracks to leave."... http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Pa-police-officer-accused-of-killing-wife-in-83-3978060.php

Murder charges filed in Susquehanna County cold case from 1983

WPMT-TV
October 24, 2012
[Excerpts] ..."The Pennsylvania State Police investigators deserve a lot of credit for their work on this case," said AG Kelly. "They showed great patience and persistence in their pursuit of justice for Lynda Walker." .. "I am extremely pleased that justice is finally being served for Lynda," State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. "It certainly shows the tenacity of the investigators at the Pennsylvania State Police and the Attorney General's office who were involved with this case."... The OAG initiated its investigation in February of 2010 at the request of Susquehanna County District Attorney Jason Legg, based on a conflict of interest... The Coroner, who was not a trained forensic pathologist, initially ruled the death a suicide... "Our investigators talked to many people and worked on fitting all the pieces together with forensic evidence," said Noonan. "When that evidence was completed, we were in position to move ahead and make an arrest." Walker was arrested early today... http://www.fox43.com/news/wpmt-susquehanna-county-cold-case-murder-charges-filed,0,3975114.story

Police Officer Arrested in 1983 Cold Case Investigation
pahomepage.com
By: Eric Deabill
Updated: October 24, 2012
[Excerpts] A police officer from Susquehanna County is on the other side of the law tonight... State police filed murder charges against John Walker of Montrose. They say he shot-and-killed his first wife back in 1983. Police originally thought the death of Lynda Walker was suicide. Her family and friends didn't believe that designation... Eyewitness News spoke with the mother of the victim by phone Wednesday afternoon. She had just learned of the charges and was unaware that the charges were about to be filed... Investigators say part of the reason why Walker was not initially charged was because of the Susquehanna County coroner in 1983... http://pahomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=285242

Man charged in wife's 1983 death
Associated Press
Posted: October 28, 2012
[Excerpts] ...April Harvey told the grand jury she and Walker had been having a sexual relationship at the time of the shooting - they subsequently were married for 19 years and have three children together. Harvey testified Walker came to the McDonald's restaurant where she worked the night of the shooting and told her they had argued, and he was afraid. Walker did not disclose that encounter to investigators in 1983, the grand jury said. Harvey told jurors, according to the investigative report, that Walker said police had "no evidence as he obtained the evidence police seized from the scene many years ago. Walker told Harvey that he destroyed some of the evidence by burning it. Walker also sold the .45-caliber pistol"... http://articles.philly.com/2012-10-28/news/34779028_1_grand-jury-new-evidence-police-dispatcher

Mother of Cold Case Murder Victim Speaks Out

Newswatch 16
by Sofia Ojeda
October 25, 2012
[Excerpts] ...The mother of the victim talked exclusively with Newswatch 16. It was a very emotional interview as Lynda Walker’s mother Norma Conrad talked about her daughter and the new murder charges against Lynda’s husband. Norma said even after all these years, she never believed her daughter would hurt herself, and she hopes that justice will finally be served. It’s been a long time coming, said Norma Conrad about the new murder charges filed in the death of her daughter Lynda Walker. Conrad said she’s so grateful the investigators never gave up on finding the truth about her daughter’s death. “The ones who came and told me yesterday, the law enforcement officers, I just thanked them and thanked them and thanked them for doing what they’ve done and all the time they’ve spent” ... Lynda’s mother said she always knew her daughter didn’t do it. “I just know she never would, she never wanted to kill anything. why would she want to do it to herself? She wouldn’t want to. She just wouldn’t” ... According to court papers, investigators started looking into case again in 2010, when John Walker’s second wife contacted police with statements Walker made to her about Lynda’s death. Walker told his second wife police did not have evidence because he burned it. As investigators re-interviewed witnesses, they said their stories directly contradicted John Walker’s accounts. Investigators said one of the major pieces of information that didn’t add up was the coroner’s ruling. Lynda Walker’s death was ruled a suicide the day before an autopsy was even done. The original autopsy was also done by a funeral director and a general practitioner. Walker’s body was exhumed in 2011, and a new autopsy was done by two board-certified forensic pathologists. The pathologists said if it were a suicide, the position of the gun would not have been where it was found, and it was almost impossible for Walker to shoot herself in the direction her body was found. Walker’s death was then ruled a homicide... http://wnep.com/2012/10/25/mother-of-cold-case-murder-victim-speaks-out/

Defense Disputes Evidence In Cold Case Murder

by Sofia Ojeda
November 28, 2012
[Excerpts] ...Prosecutors on Wednesday presented evidence before the case could proceed to trial. The defense is already disputing much of it. John Walker’s defense attorney calls the commonwealth’s case all smoke and mirrors... The attorney general calls Walker a liar and says there is more than enough evidence to prove he is the killer. John Walker had nothing to say as he headed into district court in Susquehanna County. The former police officer was brought in, wearing handcuffs and shackles, to face a murder charge for the death of his wife Lynda Conrad Walker...Lynda’s brother, also in court, always felt she would have never hurt herself. “I always felt that he was guilty but never really had proof in my head a hundred percent, and after today, I feel very confident a hundred percent proof to me, I just hope the court comes out with same answers,” says Lynn Conrad, Lynda’s brother. The prosecution agrees. The attorney general calls John Walker’s story a pack of lies. He said Walker has changed his story from his original statements to police, and the autopsy done by the forensic pathologist showed the way the gun was angled could not be discharged with Lynda’s right hand. “The defendant has clearly given two varying versions of events. He denies being present at the scene when clearly eyewitnesses who have nothing to gain, no dog in this fight, put him there, put his vehicle there,” says John Flannery, Senior Deputy Attorney General... http://wnep.com/2012/11/28/defense-disputes-evidence-in-cold-case-murder/
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

[IL] I-Team: Molly Young's story isn't losing steam. In fact, it is gaining.

...Molly was found dead at her ex-boyfriend [Carbondale Police Dispatcher] Richie Minton's apartment in Carbondale in March of 2012... no fingerprints were found on the gun... No gunshot residue was found on Molly's hands. Scratches were found on Minton's back, and there are concerns about why Minton has refused to answer investigators... [Molly's father] Larry Young refuses to give up hope. "I'm going to fight this case whether statute of limitations run out or not," Young said. "If I have to go to Washington D.C. and start knocking on doors I plan on doing that"...

I-TEAM: MORE QUESTIONS IN MOLLY YOUNG CASE
KFVS
Crystal Britt
Posted: Feb 06, 2014

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - New questions come to light in the Molly Young investigation.

It's a case out of Southern Illinois that Heartland News has been following closely.

Molly's story isn't losing steam, in fact it's gaining.

The Justice for Molly Facebook page has more than 25,000 members, and continues to grow.

In August of 2013, the Jackson County State's Attorney announced that a special prosecutor had been appointed in the Molly Young death investigation.

The Special Prosecution Unit of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office was tasked to looked into the matter.

Edwin Parkinson, a former Morgan County prosecutor, is working the case.

According to the Appellate Prosecutor's website, the Special Prosecution Unit has been particularly active in downstate Illinois, where personnel and financial resources are more limited than in more populous counties.

According to statements made in a news release, Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr said he was recusing himself from the case out of respect for a justice system where his role is not only to do justice, but to give the appearance that justice has been done.

Special Prosecutor Parkinson told Heartland News I-Team reporter Crystal Britt, that his office is closer to making a public update on the re-investigation into Molly's death.

"We don't want a half way investigation and put a rubber stamp on insufficient evidence," said Larry Young, Molly's father.

Larry Young is a father on a mission.

He in no way believes his 21-year-old daughter Molly put a gun to her head, and pulled the trigger.

"We want the truth to come out and every stone turned over," said Young.

Molly was found dead at her ex-boyfriend Richie Minton's apartment in Carbondale in March of 2012.

Minton was a Carbondale Police Dispatcher at the time.

We've told you in recent months about some of the initial questions Molly's family and friends have about Molly's death.

Reports show no fingerprints were found on the gun used in Molly's death.

No gunshot residue was found on Molly's hands.

Scratches were found on Minton's back, and there are concerns about why Minton has refused to answer investigators questions thus far.

His attorney, Terry Green, said last summer: "Please do not mistake the lack of comment as evidence of wrongdoing."

Another question many have is why neighbors at the same apartment complex told Heartland News exclusively that Carbondale Police arrived at the scene before the 911 call.

That is an accusation Police Chief Jodi O'Guinn said never happen.

Over time, new questions have emerged.

It is believed that Molly died in the early morning hours of March 24.

Close friend Cullen Stout said he was with Molly on the night of the 22nd, and into the early hours of the 23rd.

"It was almost a celebration of her life," said Cullen Stout. "We went to celebrate the next chapter of her life."

Cullen said they went to a concert at the Hanger Nine in Carbondale.

"There was a band playing that Molly suggested we go see," Stout said.

Cullen is disabled and has a personal assistant. He said his personal assistant drove that night, and the two picked Molly up between 8 and 9 p.m.

"We were out until 1:30 may be 2 a.m," Stout said.

Here is what doesn't make sense, and it's all in the police records.

The reports show the search history on Molly's home laptop computer.

There were multiple "suicide" searches.

Looking at the date and time, all but a handful were made during the time Cullen Stout said Molly was with him.

Stout said there is no way, and something doesn't make sense.

"There were many people who saw us," Stout said.

Back at the apartment complex, West Hill Circle, where Molly died, there are concerns of why police didn't interview more tenants.

The property manager at the time, Carolyn Fronek, said she was never questioned or informed about Molly's death.

Fronek also said her son was a tenant of the complex back in March of 2012. He lived across the parking lot from where Molly died.

"Why was my son never questioned," asked Carolyn Fronek. "There were 32 units in that complex, every unit should have had a door knocked on."

"The consensus is there are some evidentiary matters that need to be looked into that have not gotten proper scrutiny or possibly overlooked," said Charlie Lamont.

Charlie Lamont is Molly Young's uncle.

He also served for more than 33 years on the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Lamont is now heading up an independent investigative committee of retired and current officers and coroners.

"All we've ever asked for is a fair and complete investigation," Lamont said.

The Jackson County State's Attorney stood in front of reporters last summer saying there was not enough evidence to move forward.

"But, should additional evidence become available I have pledged to the Young's and I have sworn to the public it would be considered," said Michael Carr.

"We're hoping that word pans out," said Charlie Lamont.

Larry Young refuses to give up hope.

"I'm going to fight this case whether statute of limitations run out or not," Young said. "If I have to go to Washington D.C. and start knocking on doors I plan on doing that."

Larry Young wants to see this case reach a grand jury, but not without further investigation.

Special Prosecutor, Ed Parkinson told Heartland News that a number of interviews and re-interviews were attempted and/or completed by Illinois State Police over the past three months.

Parkinson said his office is about a month out from releasing the results of the re-investigation.

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/24653900/i-team-more-questions-in-molly-young-case
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[KY] Police don't know why Rosemary Vogel would try to kill her retired police sgt. husband

Rosemary Vogel, retired nurse and wife of retired Lexington Police Sgt. Phil Vogel, is accused of trying to kill him.

...Police said they did not know why Rosemary Vogel would have injected the fluid into the IV... The couple have been married for more than 30 years, and their stunned neighbors in Sun Lakes say the two seemed very happy... [Rosemary] Vogel declined to be interviewed by police and asked for an attorney after her arrest...

[Phil Vogel retired from the Lexington police department after his controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Tony Sullivan.]

EX-POLICE OFFICER'S WIFE ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL HIM BY INJECTING FECAL MATTER INTO HIS HOSPITAL IV
Lexington Herald Leader
BY KARLA WARD
February 3, 2014
The wife of a former Lexington police officer has been accused of trying to kill him by injecting fecal matter into his hospital IV. Rosemary Vogel, 65, was arrested in Chandler, Ariz., on a charge of attempted murder of Phil Vogel, 66. Phil Vogel was a Lexington police officer for 22 years... Police said they did not know why Rosemary Vogel would have injected the fluid into the IV. She is being held on $100,000 bond in the Maricopa County jail. She is charged with first-degree premeditated attempted murder and abuse of a vulnerable adult. [Full article here]

ROSE MARY VOGEL UPDATE: POLICE RELEASE 911 TAPE IN ARIZONA FECAL MATTER CASE
By: Associated Press
Posted: 02/03/2014
[Excerpts] Police on Monday released the 911 call that led to the arrest of an Arizona woman suspected of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line. The call came Friday afternoon from the Chandler Regional Medical Center's head of security. Hospital staff said they found Rose Mary Vogel tampering with the IV line and saw a brown substance blocking the tube... Police documents said Vogel, 55, is a retired registered nurse who formerly worked at the Chandler hospital... Police don't have a possible motive yet. Vogel declined to be interviewed by police and asked for an attorney after her arrest. The incident occurred after 66-year-old Phillip Vogel had undergone a heart procedure... his condition wasn't immediately released. [Full article here]

CHANDLER PD: WOMAN INJECTS FECES INTO HUSBAND'S IV
CBS5
Posted: Jan 31, 2014
[Excerpts] ... Rose Mary Vogel was in a Chandler Regional Medical Center recovery room with her 66-year-old husband around 1:30 p.m. Thursday after he underwent surgery on his heart, according to the police report. Vogel is a retired nurse who had worked at Chandler Regional... Vogel was arrested initially for aggravated assault, but a search of her purse turned up three syringes, two still containing fluid, and a third with what appeared to be traces of feces, according to the report. The charges were upgraded to attempted first-degree murder. Vogel's bond was set at $100,000 and she has been ordered to stay away from her husband...  [Full article here]

POLICE RELEASE 911 CALL PLACED BY HOSPITAL SECURITY CHIEF AFTER RETIRED NURSE 'TRIED TO KILL HER EX-COP HUSBAND OF 30 YEARS BY INJECTING FECAL MATTER INTO HIS IV'
Daily Mail
By Snejana Farberov
4 February 2014
[Excerpts] ...On the 911 call released Monday, the hospital security chief sounds almost embarrassed describing the incident. ‘We have a situation here where… how do I explain this…’ he begins to explain... Philip Vogel had served on the police force in Lexington for 22 years until 1995, when he retired after the controversial shooting of a young black man... Vogel later explained that his service weapon discharged accidentally. A grand jury decided not to indict him. After leaving the police department, Vogel got a master's degree in criminal justice education and moved to sun Lakes, Arizona, with his wife, Rose Mary. The couple have been married for more than 30 years, and their stunned neighbors in Sun Lakes say the two seemed very happy... [Full article here]


1994

BLACK UNREST IN LEXINGTON, KY.
The New York Times
October 26, 1994
[Excerpts] After a police officer fatally shot a teen-ager in a predominantly black neighborhood, hundreds of blacks roamed the city's downtown today, damaging police cars and throwing rocks at whites... Chief [Larry] Walsh said the 18-year-old man, Antonio Orlando Sullivan, was killed after five police officers went to his house with warrants charging him with assault and wanton endangerment in connection with a street shooting on Sept. 30... "As Sullivan was in the process of stepping into the living-room area, a police officer's weapon was accidentally discharged, striking Sullivan in the head," the Chief said. He said a 22-year police veteran, Sgt. Phil Vogel, had been relieved of duty pending the investigation. [Full article here]

1995

POLICE OFFICER IS NOT CHARGED FOR FATAL SHOT
The New York Times
February 5, 1995
[Excerpts] A grand jury has refused to indict a white police officer who shot to death an unarmed black teen-ager who was surrendering. The grand jury, made up of 11 whites and one black, said on Thursday that it was "unable to conclude that an indictable offense occurred." The officer, Sgt. Phil Vogel, retired moments before the decision was announced. The police denied that Sergeant Vogel, a 22-year veteran, had been offered a deal... Mr. Sullivan, 18, was shot in the head as he emerged from a closet and raised his hands, said the other officers... [Full article here]
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

[MD] Baltimore Police Officer Manneh pleaded guilty to pimping his wife and another teen


Eastern District Baltimore police officer Lamin Manneh pimped out his 19-year-old wife and another 19-year-old woman to over 300 customers over a few months in 2013. His wife entered into a contract of slavery with him - to serve him as her master and obey whatever was asked of her. He kept all the money his wife made and got a cut from what the other woman made. He pleaded guilty to traveling across state lines and using the telephone and Internet to operate a prostitution business and faces a possible five years in prison, followed by supervised release. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for May 8, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
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