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Thursday, May 21, 2009

[NY] Wife of Fire Marshal Douglas Mercereau found guilty of murder

The widow of a city fire marshal was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for shooting him to death with his own service pistol while he slept. Janet Redmond-Mercereau, 40, faces 25 years to life when she is sentenced June 25...



WIFE OF FDNY MARSHAL GUILTY IN HIS SHOOTING DEATH Newsday
By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer
May 21, 2009
[Excerpts] NEW YORK - The widow of a city fire marshal was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for shooting him to death with his own service pistol while he slept. Janet Redmond-Mercereau, 40, faces 25 years to life when she is sentenced June 25. The Staten Island Supreme Court jury deliberated three days before returning the verdict. Douglas Mercereau, 38, was found in bed in their Staten Island home on the morning of Dec. 2, 2007. He had been shot three times in the head... "His murder was a cold and calculated execution," District Attorney Daniel Donovoan said. Defense attorney Mario F. Gallucci insisted his client was innocent and called the trial a "witch hunt"... Mercereau was a 12-year veteran of the fire department... Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta called the supervising fire marshal a "rising star" within the FDNY's Bureau of Fire Investigation... [Full article here]

S.I. WIDOW FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER NY1
By: Amanda Farinacci
May 21, 2009
...They deliberated for four days, listened to more than four weeks of testimony, and in the end, a jury found Janet Mercereau guilty... Prosecutors said Mercereau fired three shots into her husband's head as he slept in their home in Oakwood that Sunday morning. They say she cleaned the crime scene before calling police to cover her tracks. Prosecutor Yolanda Rudich believes Janet Mercereau's motive was years of verbal abuse about her weight... Defense attorneys argued the killer was someone else, citing an unidentified palm print on the back strap of Douglas Mercereau's service revolver... Janet Mercereau's attorneys say they plan to appeal, though it's unclear on what grounds... Mercereau is due back in court June 25 for sentencing and faces 25 years to life in prison. [Full article here]
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5 comments:

  1. You Have a hell of a nerve violating my copyright with Janets Pic Mike Oates

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  2. You're pretty nervy yourself it appears.

    FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER LANDS IN HOT WATER WITH DRUNK DRIVING, MENACING CHARGES, COURT PAPERS SAY
    Staten Island Advance
    November 11, 2010
    [Excerpts] Police say a Mariners Harbor man drunkenly rear-ended another motorist near his home Tuesday night, then threatened him, telling him he was a police officer and had a gun in his car. Michael E. Oates, 50, of South Avenue — a freelance news photographer who does work for several city media outlets, including the Advance — was behind the wheel of a 2009 Chevy Malibu that struck a car at the corner of Arlington Place and South Avenue. Oates confronted the driver, pushed him and told him, “I’m a cop. I have a gun in the car. Don’t follow me,” police allege. Oates drove off, and the other driver followed and called 911... Oates “had watery eyes, had slurred speech, had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, was unsteady on his feet and had a flushed face,” according to court papers... Also, he was driving with a license that had been suspended twice... Oates faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, third-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. [Full article here]

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  3. You have bad manners Mr. Oates. Things will go better for you in life if you are nice to people and at least give people a chance to comply or see things your way before you launch into insults.

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  4. Wow, talk about going off subject. In regards to your post, I often wonder why not just leave if your so unhappy.

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  5. Thank you for your thought-provoking contribution.

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