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2 men indicted in sidewalk shooting of Memphis civic leader

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news 2 men indicted in sidewalk shooting of Memphis civic leader fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc f5c17ee0-75fc-516f-84ac-d76a6aa7a7ea Associated Press article Adrian Sainz

Two Tennessee men have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a civic leader and former airline executive on a Memphis sidewalk.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Thursday that 22-year-old McKinney Wright Jr. and 18-year-old Quandarius Richardson were also indicted on attempted especially aggravated robbery charges in Philip Trenary’s death.

Authorities say the 64-year-old Trenary was walking along a street in September when a man exited the passenger side of a pickup truck, approached Trenary from behind and shot him in the head.

Trenary was the president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Trenary was also the former head of Pinnacle Airlines.

Richardson’s lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty. Wright’s attorney did not immediately return a phone message.

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Man accused of standoff, trooper’s shooting indicted

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Man accused of standoff, trooper's shooting indicted MCKINNEY, Texas fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 3c0181b1-89af-5114-9636-ccc5d4aa5802

A man accused of shooting a Texas state trooper while fleeing a suburban Dallas traffic stop has been indicted on multiple counts that could, if he’s convicted, send him to prison for life.

A Collin County grand jury returned a seven-count indictment Tuesday against 42-year-old Bryan Matthew Cahill, charging him with four counts of aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon. The indictment also charges him with assorted other aggravated assault counts and evading arrest.

Police say the March 29 incident began when a state trooper tried to stop Cahill for a traffic violation. Instead, Cahill drove to his Frisco apartment complex, shooting the trooper in the leg while fleeing to his apartment.

A 15-hour standoff ensued before Cahill surrendered. He’s jailed on $3.05 million bond.

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Priest labeled as sexually violent admits Missouri crimes

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Priest labeled as sexually violent admits Missouri crimes St. Louis fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 21411fe3-6c91-5e4a-9579-07956404cfb6

The man who became the first U.S. priest to be labeled sexually violent for crimes in Illinois has admitting abusing two boys in Missouri.

Fred Lenczycki pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of sodomy for crimes that occurred in the early 1990s. He was serving at a parish in north St. Louis County at the time.

Lenczycki admitted grabbing the genitals of one boy and trying to force the other to expose himself. His sentencing is scheduled for August.

Lenczycki is now 74 and lives in suburban Chicago. Church and court files say he has admitted abusing as many as 30 boys over 25 years in Illinois, Missouri and California.

He was removed from the ministry in 2002, when he was charged with sexually abusing three boys at a church in Hinsdale, Illinois, in the 1980s.

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Florida man filmed by security camera killing wife sentenced

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Florida man filmed by security camera killing wife sentenced WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 15c5c106-cb4e-5d63-94dc-59ced58c72f3

A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his wife, whose death was filmed by a security camera at the couple’s home.

The Palm Beach Post reports 34-year-old Dwight Luton was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the 2017 death of 31-year-old Ashley Balius. Riviera Beach police say Luton shot his wife while she sat in a car inside the couple’s driveway and then called police saying Balius had shot herself.

Police say video from a home security camera showed the former firearms dealer point what appears to be a gun at Balius before she slumps over. Responding officers found Balius with a gunshot wound to the side of her head.

A wrongful death lawsuit by Balius’ parents against Luton is ongoing.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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Florida man filmed by security camera killing wife sentenced

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Florida man filmed by security camera killing wife sentenced WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 15c5c106-cb4e-5d63-94dc-59ced58c72f3

A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his wife, whose death was filmed by a security camera at the couple’s home.

The Palm Beach Post reports 34-year-old Dwight Luton was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the 2017 death of 31-year-old Ashley Balius. Riviera Beach police say Luton shot his wife while she sat in a car inside the couple’s driveway and then called police saying Balius had shot herself.

Police say video from a home security camera showed the former firearms dealer point what appears to be a gun at Balius before she slumps over. Responding officers found Balius with a gunshot wound to the side of her head.

A wrongful death lawsuit by Balius’ parents against Luton is ongoing.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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Computer algorithm helps reopen dozens of Chicago cold cases

The bodies turned up in some of Chicago’s most derelict places: alleys, abandoned buildings, weed-choked lots and garbage containers. The victims were mostly black women who had been strangled or suffocated.

Authorities believed many were prostitutes or drug addicts or both. There was evidence of sexual attacks, and some of the dead were naked or wearing torn clothes, as if someone had tried to rip them off.

The slayings that began in 2001 continued for years and remain unsolved. Now a national nonprofit group and a computer algorithm are helping detectives review the cases and revealing potential connections. The renewed investigation offers hope to the victims’ relatives, some of whom have waited nearly two decades for answers.

“I say I’ve moved on from what happened, put it in God’s hands. But deep down I know I haven’t,” said Marsean Shines, a teenager when his aunt, Winifred Shines, was strangled and left in an alley almost 19 years ago. Family members have always wondered if she died at the hands of the same killer who choked the life out of other women they knew or heard about.

An arrest, Shines said, would help him move on and not be “held back like there’s a bungee cord that connects me to my auntie.”

The Murder Accountability Project, which analyzes homicides across the U.S., fed information about thousands of Chicago homicide victims and the way they died into a computer, which ultimately spit out 51 strikingly similar cases involving women whose bodies were found in some of the poorest pockets of the city.

“When you put the narratives together … it just screams serial killer,” said Thomas Hargrove, the founder of the project who presented his findings to police in 2017.

Hargrove’s group has made similar efforts elsewhere. In 2010, it analyzed a pattern of 15 unsolved strangulations of women in Indiana. Four years later, a man in Gary confessed to killing seven of them. In Cleveland, the group’s data led police to create a task force to examine whether a serial killer or killers were responsible for the deaths of as many as 60 women.

Detectives in Chicago started the investigation under pressure from activists. They are now reassessing the reports and evidence in each of the deaths, looking for links that went unnoticed in the original probes as well as any new clues. At the same time, Rep. Bobby Rush, in whose district many of the killings occurred, has asked the FBI to join the investigation and plans a community meeting to warn about the risk of a serial killer.

So far, police have not reported any breakthroughs or any firm connections between the slayings. In 21 killings where DNA evidence was recovered, the genetic evidence belonged to 21 different people.

The man overseeing the six detectives assigned to the slayings said he does not believe there are “one or two bad guys traveling the city,” preying on women.

The idea of an assailant who is “skipping the white prostitutes to kill the black ones, that doesn’t make sense,” Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

Still, he would not be surprised if the investigation concluded that “there were multiple bad guys that did more than one,” or if other evidence emerged that expanded the number of investigations beyond 51.

Another mystery is the way the killings stopped in February 2014, with the discovery of Diamond Turner’s body in a garbage can, and did not start again until June 2017, with the death of Catherine Saterfield-Buchanan.

“Maybe this guy was in prison,” said Greg Greer, a Chicago minister and founder of Freedom First international, a human rights organization.

The Murder Accountability Project has urged police to look for “a guy not available to murder women in Chicago during those three years,” Hargrove said. “We think that could explain the hiatus. And now he’s back, or they’re back, out there.”

Also looming over the investigation is the concern that the victims were the kind of people whose deaths normally warrant nothing more than a few lines in a newspaper, if that.

“I think about how my cousin was in a dumpster and nobody found her for two weeks,” said Riccardo Holyfield, whose cousin, Reo Renee Holyfield, died last fall. “How can a body sit in a dumpster for so long in a well-traveled alleyway?”

Greer suggested the answer is tied to both who these victims were and where they died.

“A lot of times poor, urban communities don’t get the same amount of services that wealthy communities do, that’s a common fact,” Greer said.

Deenihan disagreed. “There’s a group of people out there who think that because of lifestyle these investigations don’t get the attention they deserve (but) that’s not the case,” he said.

As intriguing as the talk of a serial killer might be, authorities may find that the common theme of the cases is the victims themselves, not who killed them.

“You’re talking about a high-risk lifestyle,” he said, explaining that people who work as prostitutes “may be getting into 20 different cars a night … and sharing drugs with people they don’t really know.”

Shines acknowledges that his aunt was addicted to crack cocaine and could have been having sex in exchange for drugs or money to buy drugs with the different men he saw coming in and out of her home.

Once the detectives read all the cases, they will get together as a team to discuss them, Deenihan said.

“What happens is one guy might say, ‘You had a red SUV'” in your report? “I had one in mine,'” he said.

There is hope on another front. Chicago police, like other law enforcement agencies, submit DNA evidence to a national database in the hopes that it will return a name. The problem is that if someone doesn’t have a conviction, that person’s DNA would not be in the system.

But Deenihan said samples from unsolved homicides are submitted regularly so that if any of those people are ever convicted of a crime, police will have a name to go with one of the DNA samples found at the scene of a strangulation.

That gives Winifred Shines’ family hope. Her son, Bryant, recently started seeing a therapist to deal with his longtime grief.

“I’m not at peace because he’s still out there,” he said, referring to his mother’s killer. “And it may be someone we know.”

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Man who threatened Boston Globe journalists pleads guilty

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A California man who threatened to kill employees of The Boston Globe after the newspaper called on media organizations nationwide to denounce President Trump’s attacks on the media has pleaded guilty.

Federal prosecutors in Boston say 68-year-old Robert Chain, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven counts of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. He faces five years in prison per count at sentencing scheduled for Sept. 23.

Neither Chain nor his attorney spoke when they left court. His attorney, William Weinreb, previously said Chain took “full responsibility” for his actions.

Chain was arrested in August after authorities say he made a series of calls threatening the lives of Globe staff in retaliation for its coordinated editorial response to Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.

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Family questions how inmate jailed 17 months got pregnant

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Family questions how inmate jailed 17 months got pregnant ROCKFORD, Ala. fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 901089a6-4291-51fa-b1ff-3228c6631343

Relatives of a jailed Alabama woman are questioning how the woman became pregnant.

Al.com reports 26-year-old Latoni Daniel has been jailed for 17 months and is set to give birth to her first child this month. The U.S. National Guard veteran became pregnant while at a Coosa County jail in Rockford, but she says she has no memory of having sex.

Attorney Mickey McDermott says he believes his client was raped while taking sedatives prescribed to treat seizures. Daniel’s brother, Terrell Ransaw, says Daniel didn’t have seizures before she was jailed.

County District Attorney Jeff Willis says Daniel’s pregnancy is under investigation.

Daniel is accused of being the getaway driver in a fatal shooting and is charged with capital murder. She was transferred to another jail once her pregnancy was revealed.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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Pamela Smart seeks reduced sentence in husband’s death

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Pamela Smart is again asking for a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire, a scandal that inspired a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

Smart, 51, has exhausted her appeal opportunities since she was imprisoned in 1991. She’s petitioned New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and a five-member council that approves government appointments, contracts and pardons to grant her a hearing for parole consideration or reduce her sentence. The council meets Wednesday; it denied a similar request nearly 14 years ago.

Smart, a high school media coordinator, was convicted of plotting with student William Flynn to murder Gregory Smart in 1990. She denied knowledge of the plot. Flynn, who was 16 when he shot her husband, cooperated with prosecutors, as did three other youths. They served prison terms and were released.

The trial was a media circus and one of the first high-profile cases about a sexual affair between a school staff member and a student. It inspired the Joyce Maynard novel “To Die For,” which, in turn, was made into the movie “To Die For.”

Flynn testified that Smart told him she needed her husband killed because she feared she would lose everything if they divorced. He said she threatened to break up with him if he didn’t kill Gregory Smart.

Smart, in a letter to Sununu, called her decision to become involved with Flynn while the two were volunteering for a self-esteem project “the worst mistake of my life.”

In addition to earning two master’s degrees in prison in Bedford Hills, New York, she has tutored fellow inmates and works as an AIDS educator and president of an inmate liaison committee. Many letters of support from inmates, supervisors, celebrities and activist Gloria Steinem are included in her application.

Smart’s appeal notes that other states have commuted life-without-parole sentences for cases in which the defendant was a bystander, or played an “ancillary role,” like a getaway driver or lookout. It also argues there was juror and judicial misconduct during the trial and evidence that Flynn falsely testified. Flynn, who served nearly 25 years in prison, declined to comment on Smart’s request, according to his lawyer.

The attorney general’s office opposes Smart’s appeal and finds her arguments without merit. Associate Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said in the response that Smart “has never accepted full responsibility” for the crimes she committed: being an accomplice to first-degree murder; conspiracy to commit murder; and tampering with a witness.

What happens in other states is not binding in New Hampshire, Strelzin said, and disputed the idea that Smart played only an ancillary role in her husband’s murder. Rather, she orchestrated it, chose the killer and encouraged him to carry out the crime, he said.

Gregory Smart’s family told The Associated Press that Pamela Smart is where she belongs.

“Knowing that nothing can ever bring Gregg, the true victim in all of this, back to us, justice has been served,” the family said.

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Boy, 8, finds gun and accidentally shoots mom at college baseball game, police say

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A college baseball game was postponed in Tennessee on Tuesday evening after an 8-year-old boy allegedly shot his mother in what police are saying was an accident, according to reports.

The unidentified woman was transported to a hospital in critical condition but her condition was later upgraded to stable, FOX 13 of Memphis reported.

The owner of the gun has been detained and police are conducting an investigation to determine if they will press charges, authorities said.

The shooting happened at USA Stadium in Millington, where the University of Memphis Tigers were playing the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Police said the child found the gun inside an antique car being displayed at the stadium and accidentally shot his mother during the first inning of the game, around 6:45 p.m.

“The juvenile believed it was a toy gun. He picked the gun up, pulled the trigger, and accidentally shot his mother,” Millington police Chief Mark Dunbar said, according to WMC-TV in Memphis. The game was then halted, according to FOX 13.

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The University of Memphis issued a statement after the incident.

“We are saddened by the unfortunate accidental shooting at the baseball game at USA Stadium in Millington,” the university’s Athletic Department said in the statement, according to the Commercial Appeal of Memphis. “The University of Memphis is cooperating fully with authorities in the investigation. Our deepest thoughts are with the family.”

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