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Saturday, November 20, 2010

[GA] Deputy Yancey's wife-murder scheme stole two lives - and got him back-to-back life sentences


FROM EXCERPTS BELOW:
An ex-DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy [Derrick Yancey] convicted of killing his wife [Linda Yancey] and another man [Marcial Cax-Puluc], will be 111 before he is eligible for parole... DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy Danita Huff told the courtroom that Linda Yancey was afraid her husband might hurt her. "She told me that he would shoot her, and he would kill her"... On the day of the verdict, Yancey [had] asked the judge to delay sentencing until his mother could be present. “Upon being convicted and found guilty he called for his mother,” Linda Yancey’s brother Eugene Thomas told the court. “I thought that was ironic since you had just killed the mother of your two children. During the dark days, who are they going to call on? Can they call on their mother? No, because she is laying over there in a grave”... "She was an officer, she was a wife, she was a mother, she was a daughter, she was a sister, she was a friend. Mr. Cax-Puluc, who had barely began to live his life, he died that day. It's not lost on the court, and probably yourself, that today an officer has fallen because you were a law enforcement officer entrusted with so many responsibilities"...

THANK YOU TO ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL, COURT WORKERS, AND LEGAL FOLKS INVOLVED IN PUTTING THIS MAN IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. TRUTH, NOT YANCEY'S LIES, PREVAILED. IF YOU PRAY PLEASE ADD *ALL* THE INVOLVED FAMILY MEMBERS TO YOUR PRAYERS. NOBODY WINS. EVERYBODY STILL LOSES.


OVER 20 YANCEY YOUTUBE VIDEOS HERE.

EX-DEPUTY GETS BACK-TO-BACK LIFE SENTENCES IN WIFE'S KILLING
WSBTV
November 19, 2010
DECATUR, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County sheriff's deputy was sentenced to back-to-back life sentences in the killings of his wife and a day laborer on Friday morning. Derrick Yancey, 51, was found guilty in the shooting death of his wife, Linda Yancey, and Marcial Cax-Puluc in 2008. Channel 2 Action News reporter Jeff Dore was in the courtroom and said Yancey did not react when the verdicts were read two weeks ago During deliberations, jurors briefly halted the session to hear a 911 tape again and review a video of the crime scene... [LINK]

FORMER GEORGIA DEPUTY GETS LIFE IN MURDERS OF WIFE, DAY LABORER
CNN.com, In Session
By Nancy Leung, Field Producer
November 19, 2010
[Excerpts] A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of murder in the slaying of his wife and a day laborer in 2008 was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life sentences plus five years in prison. That means that Derrick Yancey, 51, will have to serve at least 60 years before he is eligible for parole. He stared straight forward and showed no emotion as a Superior Court judge imposed the sentence... Referring to Linda Yancey, Judge Linda Hunter said, "She was an officer, she was a wife, she was a mother, she was a daughter, she was a sister, she was a friend. Mr. Cax-Puluc, who had barely began to live his life, he died that day. It's not lost on the court, and probably yourself, that today an officer has fallen because you were a law enforcement officer entrusted with so many responsibilities"... Speaking on behalf of his family, Linda Yancey's brother, Eugene Thomas, addressed Derrick Yancey, a father of two, directly. "You had just killed the mother of your two children. During the night, or during the hard times or dark days, who are they going to call on? Can they call on their mother? No. She's there lying in her grave. That's because of your actions, Derrick." Relatives and friends of both sheriffs' deputies packed the courtroom during the sentencing... [Full article here]



FORMER DEKALB DEPUTY SENTENCED TO 65 YEARS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Megan Matteucci
November 19, 2010
[Excerpts]
An ex-DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy convicted of killing his wife and another man, will be 111 before he is eligible for parole. Derrick Yancey, 51, showed no emotion Friday as Superior Court Judge Linda W. Hunter sentenced him to 65 years in prison. He must serve two life sentences – 60 years – before being eligible for parole... “Mr. Yancey, I’ve known you for a long time,” the judge said before issuing her ruling Friday. “June 9, 2008, an officer fell that day. Ms. Yancey, she was an officer. … Today an officer has fallen. You were a law enforcement officer, entrusted with so many responsibilities. But we can’t go back and change the verdict of the jury.” On the day of the verdict, Yancey asked the judge to delay sentencing until his mother could be present. “Upon being convicted and found guilty he called for his mother,” Linda Yancey’s brother Eugene Thomas told the court. “I thought that was ironic since you had just killed the mother of your two children. During the dark days, who are they going to call on? Can they call on their mother? No, because she is laying over there in a grave.” The couple leaves two sons, ages 20 and 11. The jury found Derrick Yancey shot Cax-Puluc and Linda Yancey several times, including a final blow as the gun was pressed into his wife's heart. He then concocted a story to look like the 20-year-old laborer had tried to rob the wife and he fired in self-defense... Derrick Yancey had a $700,000 life insurance policy on his wife.... The life insurance policy will go to the couple’s children... Derrick Yancey had threatened divorce and was “paranoid.” Thomas, the wife’s brother, said he feels his family finally has justice... former District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming decided not to push for death... Yancey will remain at the DeKalb jail in isolation until his appeal is filed... Deputies said they are anxious for Yancey to move to a state prison and put an end to the emotions that the murder has brought to county law enforcement... [Full article here]

DURING THE TRIAL:


PROSECUTORS: EX-DEKALB DEPUTY SHOT WIFE IN HEART: Derrick Yancy charged with killing wife and day laborer
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Megan Matteucci mmatteucci@ajc.com
October 25, 2010
[Excerpts] Thirty years of marriage for two high school sweethearts ended with a DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy [Derrick Yancey] shooting his wife point-blank in the heart, prosecutors told jurors Monday. A shot first hit Linda Yancey in the chest. Another ran through her neck and out her ear, before her husband pressed the gun into the center of her chest as she lay on the floor, prosecutors said. “That shot would blow away a portion of her heart,” Assistant District Attorney Ken Hutcherson said... On Monday, prosecutors told jurors that Yancey “executed” his wife and Cax-Puluc, lied to police, cut off his ankle monitor and then fled to Belize... Police testified that Yancey wasn’t considered a suspect. Investigators testified that Yancey was never handcuffed or detained when police responded to his 911 call. He told the dispatcher his wife had been shot and he needed instructions on how to do CPR. This ultimately helped raise officers' suspicions. Investigator Greg Johns, of the county medical examiner’s office, said Linda Yancey had no bloody handprints on her shirt nor any indication she received chest compressions. Prosecutors said they also didn’t know why Yancey, a trained officer who had completed several first-aid courses, needed 911 to tell him how to perform CPR... McMullin, the defense attorney, said her client was set up by police to alleviate pressure that officers were receiving during a grand jury investigation involving a high number of police-involved shootings. McMullin called the way her client was treated by police a "second tragedy"... The families declined to comment until the end of the trial. Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined, citing a gag order issued by Superior Court Judge Linda W. Hunter. The trial is expected to extend through Nov. 12. [Full article here]

WITNESS: EX-COP'S WIFE FEARED HUSBAND WOULD KILL HER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Megan Matteucci
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
[Excerpts] Six months before she was killed, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Linda Yancey told her friend [Danita Huff] she was scared her husband would kill her, a fellow deputy said Wednesday... “Linda told me on several occasions that she was upset with him and told me that he would shoot her and kill her”... Defense attorneys objected to Huff’s testimony, calling it hearsay. A judge is now deciding whether it can be part of the case... Yancey has remained silent throughout the trial. On Wednesday, he stared straight ahead as he listened to a recording of the 911 call he made that afternoon. Jurors listened as the 911 operator instructed Yancey how to perform CPR. “He shot my wife. Please hurry,” he cried on the call. “Linda, please wake up.” During the middle of the call, Yancey stopped performing CPR and went to look for police. The 911 operator testified Wednesday that it is “unusual” for someone to walk away in the middle of giving CPR. Prosecutors have also questioned why Yancey, who was certified in CPR in 2004 and 2007, needed instructions on how to help his wife... [Full article here]

EX-DEKALB DEPUTY WILL NOT TESTIFY IN HIS MURDER TRIAL
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Megan Matteucci
Thursday, October 28, 2010
[Excerpts] Despite claims of self-defense, a former DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy [Derrick Yancey] will not testify at his murder trial... On Thursday, the prosecution rested its case and the defense put up several witnesses, including the defendant’s mother [Barbara Jordan]...“I had noticed that he was very, very depressed. I would try to conversate with him, but he talked very little,” she told jurors... The mother made no other statements and the defendant’s only other witnesses testified for less than an hour. Earlier Thursday, defense attorneys asked the judge to acquit Yancey, alleging prosecutors did not present any evidence that he killed his wife. However, Superior Court Judge Linda W. Hunter refused... Danita Huff, a fellow detention officer and friend of Linda Yancey, said the wife complained six months prior to her shooting that she was scared her husband would shoot her. But the judge called her statements hearsay and refused to allow them into trial. “They just want to offer it because it sounds bad,” defense attorney Letitia Delan said. “This is nothing more than a speculative statement made in a vacuum.” [Full article here]

ROOMMATE TESTIFIES SLAIN DAY LABORER COULDN'T USE GUN
WSBTV.com
October 28, 2010
[Excerpts] ...[Guatemalan day laborer Marcial] Cax-Puluc’s childhood friend and roommate, Edvin Xujur, testified his friend didn’t even know how to use a firearm... [Detective Hilton Stafford] said the day laborer was seven to ten feet away when he started shooting, but a forensics expert testified Tuesday that Yancey couldn't have been more than 10 inches away when he shot Cax-Puluc... One family friend said Linda Yancey feared her husband Derrick might kill her. DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy Danita Huff told the courtroom that Linda Yancey was afraid her husband might hurt her. "She told me that he would shoot her, and he would kill her," said Huff, though he had not made a specific threat against his wife. But the jury never heard any of Huff’s comments. Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter said it was too late in the trial to introduce what the defense called "heresay evidence"... Yancey's eldest son testified about his parents' rocky relationship. Karron Yancey said his father often talked about seeking a divorce from his wife. Karron said his parents argued a lot, though he said he never saw the arguments get physical. [Full article here]

DEFENSE RESTS IN EX-DEPUTY'S MURDER TRIAL
WSBTV.com
October 29, 2010
Attorneys rested their defense Friday in the trial... Prosecutors told jurors that Yancey killed his wife, then Cax-Puluc... Yancey's attorneys told a different story. Ruth McMullen told jurors that Cax-Puluc is the real villain and tried to rob the Yanceys to pay back $6,000 he owed to the people who smuggled him into the U.S. just a month before he was killed. She also claimed DeKalb police were under a lot of pressure to solve this case and immediately developed a bad attitude toward Yancey... [Full article here]

EX-DEKALB DEPUTY FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Megan Matteucci
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
A former DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy brutally killed his wife and a day laborer, shooting both of them several times in a staged robbery, a jury found Wednesday. The jury returned four guilty verdicts against Derrick Yancey... Sentencing has not been scheduled. Yancey asked for it to be delayed because his mother was not in the courtroom... After waiting those three days, Cax-Puluc’s older brother, Jose, said he was eager to call their mother in Guatemala. “My mother said she wanted justice. My brother didn’t know anything about guns. Yes, we feel there is justice now”... Linda Yancey’s family declined to talk to reporters, saying they wanted to wait until after sentencing. They are discussing a possible civil suit. Prosecutors spent last week telling jurors how Derrick Yancey shot his 44-year-old wife several times in the chest and once in the neck before a final shot as the gun was pressed into her heart. “That shot would blow away a portion of her heart,” Assistant District Attorney Ken Hutcherson told jurors last week... Yancey staged the scene to look like Cax-Puluc, a 20-year-old laborer from Guatemala, robbed the wife... Prosecutors say that was just a story he used to cover up the murders. The couple’s 20-year-old son told jurors last week that his parents frequently argued and Derrick Yancey talked of getting a divorce. Investigators later charged Yancey after finding blood splattered on his hand and legs matched the shooter... [Full article here]

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