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Friday, August 15, 2008

[GA] "Resigned" Deputy Yancey indicted for double murder of Linda and Marcial.

..."This is a case that's going to lean heavily on the forensics and ballistic evidence, which we have quite a bit of, and it's powerful. It will prove beyond a reasonable doubt what we've thought all along - Deputy Yancey's guilty"...

A DeKalb County grand jury indicted Derrick Yancey yesterday on 2 counts of murder in the June 9 shooting deaths of his wife, DeKalb County Detention Officer Linda Yancey, and day laborer Marcial Cax-Puluc. Deputy Yancey resigned last month before this month's charges.

Prayers are lifted for all family members and friends of Linda, Marcial, Derrick, and the law enforcement officers who are seeing this through professionally despite their own disappointment in what appears to be the outcome .
...Dekalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Fonseca: "This is a case that's going to lean heavily on the forensics and ballistic evidence, which we have quite a bit of, and it's powerful. It will prove beyond a reasonable doubt what we've thought all along - Deputy Yancey's guilty"...
...The old boss of both Yancey's - Sheriff Thomas Brown - arranged for Thursday's surrender: "I've seen a lot in my 23 years in law enforcement. This is a first... Linda Yancey was a phenomenal wife, employee, mother..."
...Yancey will be seeking bond - possibly as early as this morning...
...Eugene Thomas, Linda Yancey's brother: "I did not have any idea. I was surprised. I was shocked. I was devastated. And I haven't had a good night's sleep since it occurred"...

MyFox Atlanta, GA
15 Aug 2008, 5:53 AM EDT
Friday, 15 Aug 2008, 5:45 AM EDT
A former DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy has been charged in the June 9 shooting deaths of his wife and a day laborer killed in the deputy's home. Derrick Yancey turned himself in to authorities on Thursday. Yancey told police that the day laborer, Marcial Cax-Puluc, had shot Linda Yancey to death in an apparent robbery attempt, and he killed Caz-Puluc. Geary would not disclose evidence or a motive that led to Yancey's indictment on two counts of malice murder and two counts of possession of a handgun during a felony. [LINK]

Tracey Christensen
[Excerpts] DECATUR, Ga. -- A grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging a DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and a day laborer inside his home last June. A grand jury warrant was issued for the arrest of Derrick Yancey, who turned himself into the DeKalb County jail Thursday afternoon. Yancey was searched personally by Sheriff Thomas Brown, booked, and then moved to an undisclosed jail for his own protection. Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said Yancey, who resigned from the department last month, was informed of the indictment about noon Thursday. Yancey claimed that Marcial Cax-Puluc was an intruder who shot and killed his wife, Linda, during a robbery attempt inside the couple's two-story brick home on June 9. Yancey said he then killed Cax-Puluc, who had arrived in the United States just six weeks earlier from Guatemala... The indictment also charges Yancey with two weapons offenses of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Linda Yancey, 44, was a DeKalb County detention officer for 13 years who most recently worked in the juvenile intake section... Yancey's attorney said he has every confidence his client will be found not guilty. Keith Adams told 11Alive News that he is working on getting his client's bail set and that he and the district attorney simply disagree on the evidence. [Full article here]

Derrick Yancey has surrendered to authorities
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By David Markiewicz, David Simpson
Thursday, August 14, 2008
[Excerpts] ...Yancey surrendered to authorities at the DeKalb County Jail at 2:40 p.m. Thursday, said Mikki Jones, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. She said he would be moved to another jail because of his former job with the sheriff’s office, which oversees the DeKalb jail... [Full article here]
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  1. I felt bad seeing Eugene in the video say he had no idea.

    How awful this must be all the way around, in every way.

  2. ===========================
    Friends of Guatemalan man relieved at deputy’s arrest
    DeKalb deputy Derrick Yancey charged with killing wife and day laborer
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Thursday, August 14, 2008
    [Excerpts] ...Relatives and friends of the young illegal immigrant from Guatemala insisted from the beginning of the investigation that he was not a violent person. His 30-year-old brother, Jose Cax Puluc, reached by phone Thursday as he painted a house in Florida, paused when told the news. “That’s good,” he said finally. “My brother did nothing wrong,” Puluc said in Spanish... Police records show no evidence of any prior violence between Derrick and Linda Yancey. But Derrick Yancey was arrested in April and November 2006 because of separate confrontations with his teenage son. Prosecutors later dropped the charges in both cases. Linda Yancey also worked for the Sheriff’s Office. She spent 13 years there, most recently as an intake officer in Juvenile Court... Ludin Perez, who was one of Cax Puluc’s roommates in an apartment near Stone Mountain, said Cax Puluc, whose family says he was 20, was timid and would not rob anyone. He had been in the United States six weeks. “They have in their hands the opportunity to do justice,” Perez said of the police and prosecutors. “This is what we hope happens,” he said in Spanish. “This case is very sensitive in that it affected the state’s relationship with another country,” police Chief Terrell Bolton said. It’s about a person whose “life didn’t seem to have value,” he said...


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