Our top crime stories for the week of Sept. 4: Phoenix couple dies after argument ends in murder-suicide; tips needed in case of missing Phoenix woman believed to have been 'violently and viciously' killed; Casa Grande man kills family members; Arizona man accused of sexual assault, luring child from bus stop; man ransacks Prescott tattoo shop, causes $100K worth of damage.
- Miami Herald
Video shows the suspect fumbled to explain his shotgun.
A Colorado man has been convicted in the murder of a 21-year-old woman and the attempted murder of her then-27- year-old boyfriend, who were both shot more than two years ago while trying to encourage their dog to poop. Michael Close was found guilty of one count of first degree murder – after deliberation and one count of first degree murder – extreme indifference in the 2020 slaying of Isabella “Bella” Joy Thallas, the Denver County District Attorney announced Thursday, as well as of two count
Former cop Michael Fanone told CNN's Don Lemon the courtroom confrontation has "become my new reality. It's every single day of my life."
- Shadow and Act
'Welcome To Sweetie Pie's': Final Location Closed Amid Miss Robbie's Son Being Found Guilty In Murder-For-Hire Plot On Nephew
The world-famous soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis, Missouri, featured on OWN, closed its doors for good after Tim Norman was found guilty of orchestrating his nephew’s murder.
- Associated Press
Authorities were searching Tuesday for a 42-year-old convicted bombmaker who escaped from a Nevada prison where he was serving a life sentence for a deadly 2007 explosion outside a Las Vegas Strip resort. Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered an investigation into the incident after he said late Tuesday his office learned the escapee had been missing from the medium-security prison since early in the weekend. “This is unacceptable,” Sisolak said in a statement.
The identity of a woman found without her head and hands in a grisly murder has finally been solved. More than 42 years ago, troopers with the New York State Police responded to a travel trunk found near a dumpster at the Hudson View apartment complex in Fishkill, New York — about 70 miles north of Manhattan. Little could be ascertained about the body of the woman inside, who became known as “Dutchess County Jane Doe,” because her head and hands were never found. Earlier this year, Othram Inc.,
- WSB Cox articles
A 26-year-old Cleveland rapper accused of shooting and killing his friend in his sleep has been convicted, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.
- Associated Press
Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to deny clemency for a man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002, moving him a step closer to his scheduled lethal injection next month. Attorneys for Benjamin Cole, 57, did not dispute that Cole killed Brianna Cole by forcibly bending the infant backward, breaking her spine and tearing her aorta, but argued that he is both severely mentally ill and that he has a growing lesion on his brain that has continued to worsen while he has been in prison.
An 18-year-old man charged for allegedly beating a Chinese American man into a coma in Chicago’s Chinatown back in April has been denied bail. Jin Yut Lew, 61, was robbed, brutally beaten with a blunt object and “left for dead” during the attack, his children said. Surveillance footage taken on the morning of the incident reportedly captured Lew’s car being trailed by a stolen vehicle.
If you recognize any of the individuals call police.
- Miami Herald
“This is a story with a happy ending,” a TSA official said after the alleged theft took place at a New Jersey airport.
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Delaware jewelry shop owner relearning how to walk after being brutally beaten, pistol-whipped during armed robbery
A jewelry shop owner was pistol-whipped and brutally beaten during an armed robbery in Wilmington, Delaware. On the morning of Sept. 15, Calvin Ushery, 39, was captured interacting with the 68-year-old Korean American entrepreneur on surveillance footage inside the jewelry store located on the 100 block of West 9th Street. In the video, Ushery can be seen pulling out a gun and grabbing the owner before pistol-whipping him in the head.
North Carolina officials have released the 911 call made by a witness who found the bodies of two North Carolina teenagers reported missing more than a week ago. Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were reported missing after the night of Friday, Sept. 16 when their parents discovered they had not returned home. On Sunday afternoon, a man called 911 to report that he'd discovered two bodies in a rural area where there was a power line easement. The two bodies were identified as Woods and Clark
- National Review
Hawley questioned why the pro-choice extremists responsible for the wave of vandalism at pregnancy centers have not been arrested.
- Miami Herald
The 68-year-old man visited the cemetery “almost every morning between 6:14 a.m. and 6:18 a.m. with his current wife,” publication says.
While victims will not get their money back, they say they are relieved that no one else will fall victim to the scheme.
- The Root
Three former Delaware County police officers are headed to trial after killing 8-year-old Fanta Bility, according to The Associated Press. Bility was killed when the officers shot at her family’s vehicle. Ballistics can’t tell which officer fired the fatal shot, but the court ruled they’ll all be charged in connection to her death.
A second girl alleged to have been involved in the plot, who authorities claimed planned to murder her father but did not go through with it, has been charged with criminal conspiracy, the sheriff’s office said.
- The Root
Florida Sheriff Found Responsible for Deadly Traffic Accident Killing Black Teen. Now He Has to Pay $15M
A Florida sheriff has been ordered by a jury to pay $15 million to the parents of Andrew Joseph III, a teen who died while crossing a highway after deputies kicked him out of a state fair, according to The Associated Press. Joseph’s family attorney said Andrew should’ve never been put in such a “vulnerable situation.”