PHOENIX: After five years, a jury of 8 men and 4 women found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Travis Alexander. Not since the trial of Casey Anthony has a case drawn so much media attention and mob mentality. The trial was a tabloid sensation.
High profile cases have become the theatrical stomping ground of lawyers and a revered spectator sport for the world. Spectators willingly travel long distances to stand outside courthouses to cheer for justice. We stuck close to our news stations, twitter, and computer feeds to soak up every detail of how a love affair between ordinary people had gone wrong and ended in a grizzly slaying. Continue Reading
TULSA: Request denied. Rebecca Bryan scheduled to go on trial for the murder of her husband requested a judge to allow a hair stylist to style her hair. Prosecutors believe Bryan shot her husband in the head with a .380 Ruger semi-automatic handgun.
I’m not sure what part of – you’re on trial for capital murder – Ms. Bryan is not getting. This ridiculous request speaks volumes of her character. But what’s more incredulous is that her lawyer made a formal request for it. What will she request next? A masseuse?
(Source: wsbtv) (Photo Credit: Colourbox)
GEORGIA: 73-year old Frank Louis Reeves faces murder charges for the shooting death of a woman after an altercation at a gas station. Police say that Reeves’ motorized wheelchair collided with Linda Hunnicutt’s car and words were exchanged. When Hunnicutt got out of her car, Reeves opened fire with a .38 caliber handgun shooting her once in the chest.
DETROIT: A 75 year old grandmother was sentenced to 22 years after shooting her grandson six times, twice in the back. Sandra Layne, who claimed self defense, said she shot her grandson during a physical altercation. The jury didn’t buy it. After they heard a 911 recording that showed 17 year old Joanthan Hoffman being shot down while he pleaded for help, her fate was sealed. Continue Reading
What you talkin’ bout Willis? It’s true. Cannibalism is NOT illegal in the state of Georgia. After my last post on Dylan Quick, (See Cannibalism, Necrophilia, Serial Killers) I became curious about whether this deed was in fact a crime. I had never prosecuted a cannibal case and had never heard of anyone else prosecuting such a case. So I took a drive by through the pages of the Georgia Code and this is what I found:
Homicide, of course, is against the law. And necrophilia notwithstanding — the only crimes against the dearly departed are removing a body from the scene of death and dismembering a body. Even so, these crimes are only misdemeanors.
I then recalled the case of German born Armin Meiwes. Meiwes trolled the internet looking for a willing subject to be slaughtered and consumed. (Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up.) And as crazy bizarre as this sounds, he got responses from people interested in being eaten. Continue Reading
GEORGIA: Man accused of hiring a hit man who killed the wrong person was found guilty of murder. The gunman admitted that the defendant hired him. The gunman has already pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors told the jury, “He hired a dumb guy who was stupid enough to shoot the wrong guy and stupid enough to drop the gun at the scene.” The gunman’s cellphone was also found at the scene.
It seems the only thing not found at the scene was the real target.