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Minneapolis man who killed girlfriend, hid body sentenced: prosecutors

A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday in the death of his girlfriend, Adelle “Addie” Jensen, who disappeared four years ago and whose body has never been found, prosecutors announced.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Joshua Dow, 35, received 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement, adding that he pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the death of his child’s mother, who was 25-years-old at the time of her death.

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New evidence has helped make it clear as to what happened to Jensen four years ago, according to a news release from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Dow shot Jensen on November 18, 2015, around 5 a.m. in his home in north Minneapolis. He then took Jensen’s body to a warehouse where he had worked and reportedly stuffed it into a locker. He later dismembered the body and disposed of the remains across the city, prosecutors said.

He and his brother chopped up a couch, which had Jensen’s blood on it, and dumped it in different locations, Fox 9 reported, adding that Dow also forced his brother to help him paint the living room walls to hide the evidence.

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Joshua Dow (left), Adelle “Addie” Jensen (Minnesota Department of Corrections/ Fox 9 File)

Dow lied to police and to Jensen’s parents about seeing her alive, prosecutors said.

During Wednesday’s sentencing, six members of Jensen’s family addressed the court reading victim impact statements.

Jensen’s mother said, “For the past four years, Joshua Dow has created many victims. [Victim’s minor daughter] has been without her mother, our girls have been without their sister, we have been without our beloved daughter. And many, many family members and friends have been devastated by the horrific murder of Adelle Katherine Jensen. Joshua Dow is solely and heinously responsible for taking away a beautiful young soul from God’s world.”

At the time of the shooting, the couple was reportedly separated.

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Dow was convicted of interference with a dead body and first-degree sale of drugs in 2016 and is still in prison on those charges, prosecutors said, adding that he was due to be released in February 2020.

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Search for missing Arizona girl, 6, becomes recovery effort

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The on-going search for a 6-year-old girl missing after being swept away in a Tonto Creek, Ariz., rainstorm last week is now a recovery operation, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, an indication the child is not expected to be found alive.

In a late-afternoon briefing, agency spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd said, “We would love to keep this hopeful, but because of the circumstances we are considering it a search and recovery” in the search for Willa Rawlings, the Arizona Republic reported.

“It’s been six days, we’re going our seventh day. We don’t know where (the girl) is at. We just want to find her for the family to get some closure.” 

— Gila County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd

The search, which began after Rawlings was swept away with two other children last Friday, would resume at 8 a.m. today, he said.

SINGLE SHOE FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEPT AWAY IN ARIZONA CREEK

In the last two days, searchers found both a pair of shoes and pants believed to belong to the missing girl and have widened their search area, the report said.  

Officials will employ drones and a remote-controlled sonar device to check a two-mile stretch of the waters, and possibly a helicopter, weather permitting, as rain is forecast for the area overnight, potentially causing the creek to rise again, the newspaper reported.

The girl was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Friday while trying to cross Tonto Creek at the Bar X crossing off State Route 188, near Roosevelt Lake northeast of the Phoenix area, the report said.

2 ARIZONA CHILDREN, BOTH 5, FOUND DEAD, ONE STILL MISSING AFTER VEHICLE SWEPT AWAY BY FLOODWATERS

The bodies of her 5-year-old brother, Colby, as well as her 5-year-old cousin, Austin, were found Saturday. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued, the Republic reported.

At the time of the incident, the crossing was closed with barricades and signs because of a storm that dropped an estimated 2 inches of rain in the area.

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A memorial service for Austin Rawlings was scheduled for Friday afternoon at a Peoria church, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the girl’s family. 

The tragic incident occurred in an area where nearby residents have been pushing for construction of a bridge for years, the Arizona Republic reported. 

Tonto Creek, which is more than 70 miles long, flows from just below the Mogollon Rim down to lower terrain, where it meets the Salt River. At that point, the waters are controlled by Roosevelt Dam, forming Roosevelt Lake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tennessee woman found brutally murdered inside counseling center, police say

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Police in Tennessee are investigating the “brutal murder” of a 50-year-old woman who was found dead Wednesday morning inside the counseling center where she worked, authorities said.

“Madison Precinct detectives are investigating the brutal murder of counselor Melissa Hamilton, 50, sometime overnight inside Crossroads Counseling, 521 Gallatin Pk S, where she worked,” the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted on Wednesday.

Hamilton’s body was found with obvious trauma, police added.

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The counseling center is located in Madison, Tenn., which is about 20 minutes from Nashville.

Hamilton was the assistant director at Crossroads Counseling, according to police.

Her husband woke up Wednesday morning and realized his wife had not returned home, police said, and that he called 911 around 6 a.m. Officers went to the counseling center shortly thereafter and found her body inside.

TENNESSEE WOMAN, 71, ACCUSED OF STABBING HUSBAND IS ‘CHEERFUL’ AND ‘UNFAZED’: INVESTIGATORS SAY

Investigators said Hamilton facilitated a group session at Crossroads Counseling that ended at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. It was not uncommon for Hamilton to hold individual counseling following a group session, according to police.

Hamilton’s car was found parked near the front door of the center, police added.

The alleged murder took place in a counseling room toward the back of the building, Fox 17 reported.

Police are reportedly trying to identify who was in the group session on Tuesday night. Detectives are also interviewing Hamilton’s clients and going through files as part of their investigation, according to the station, which said officers are canvassing the area for surveillance footage, as well.

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A medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death, police said.

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Arizona authorities find pants in search for girl, 6, who was swept away in creek: report

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Authorities in Arizona on Tuesday said they found pants that belonged to the missing 6-year-old who was swept away in her family’s truck last week but were not able to locate the girl.

Willa Rawlings went missing near the Tonto National Forest Friday afternoon after her family’s vehicle was swept away by floodwaters, a published report Tuesday said. The pants were located close to the truck’s location during the incident.

A backhoe-style excavation vehicle spent Monday morning dismantling the debris pile where the child’s shoe was located, but the girl’s body was not recovered, The Arizona Republic reported.

SINGLE SHOE FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEPT AWAY IN ARIZONA CREEK

Sgt. Matthew Binney, who was managing the search Monday, said receding water levels prevented searchers from using boats as they scoured the area downstream.

“They’re looking for any clues that they can find. Obviously, when things are washing downstream, we do see a lot of debris.”

— Sgt. Matthew Binney

Binney said searchers are looking for clothing and any supplies from the truck that could point to the girl’s location.

Speaking at the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Virgil Dodd with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said search crews had still not located the girl despite spending five days scouring Tonto Creek, the Republic reported.

He said the search was to be suspended Tuesday night at darkness and divers and sonar equipment could be used in Wednesday’s search effort.

Earlier in the day, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said during budget season the state will consider whether funding a bridge at the creek is feasible, the newspaper reported.

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Community members have wanted a bridge along the intermittent waterway near Roosevelt Lake for quite some time, but the $20 million price tag is out of reach for the county and was rejected multiple times by the federal government, the Republic reported.

“I was briefed by the sheriff yesterday on the situation, and we’re going to look at infrastructure needs,” Ducey said. “The first thing I want to say is, when you have inclement weather, if people will heed the warnings from the authorities, we’ll have a much better situation.”

Ducey said the “infrastructure needs of the state” will be examined, but he wants to look at all the priorities before they are presented in the budget, he said.”You’ll be seeing the budget soon enough,” he said, “The role of this position is protecting public health and public safety for all of us.”

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake, told Tuesday’s meeting she will ask Ducey’s office to fund the bridge project using the state surplus, the newspaper said.

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Tennessee High Court refuses to re-examine blind death-row prisoner’s bias request

Two days before a Tennessee prisoner’s scheduled execution, the state’s Supreme Court has denied request for more time to consider the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago.

The state’s top justices ruled Tuesday that 53-year-old Lee Hall had exhausted his previous opportunities to appeal his case and the high court was not persuaded to create a “new, previously unrecognized procedure based on the facts of this case.”

“While the Court has previously created procedures to fill otherwise procedural voids … due process makes no such demand in this case. Mr. Hall is unlikely to convince the appellate courts to otherwise grant relief on this issue.”

— Tennesse Supreme Court ruling

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Hall is scheduled to die Thursday in the electric chair. It’s a method selected by three out of the five past death row inmates put to death since Tennessee started resuming executions in August 2018.

Hall’s attorneys contend that their client was deprived of his constitutional rights because the juror — simply known as “Juror A”— acknowledged she had failed to disclose during jury selection nearly 26 years ago that she had been raped and abused by her ex-husband.

This omission, Hall’s attorneys argue, deprived the 53-year-old Hall of a fair and impartial jury — a right protected in both the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

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The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied a request by blind death-row inmate Leroy Hall Jr., also known as Lee Hall, for the 1991 slaying of his estranged girlfirend Traci Crozier. Hall is scheduled for execution on Thursday. (Tennesse Department of Corrections via AP).

However, earlier this month, a Tennessee judge ruled that Hall failed to prove the juror was prejudiced against him.Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole determined that while the testimony about Hall’s actions may have reminded the juror about the abuse by her former husband, the judge wrote that the juror said any “hatred” she had toward Hall was “fleeting and did not affect her going forward.”

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The Supreme Court agreed with Poole, ruling that “the juror did not attempt to deceive the court or counsel and that any nondisclosure was unintentional.”

Justice Sharon Lee submitted the lone dissenting opinion.

“Finality is well and good, but should not trump fairness and justice,” Lee wrote. “The state should not electrocute Mr. Hall before giving him the opportunity for meaningful appellate review of the important constitutional issues asserted in his filings.”

Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr., has been on death row ever since being convicted for the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend Traci Crozier. Hall set Crozier’s car on fire while she was still inside by filling a container with gasoline, stuffing a paper towel over the top, lighting it on fire and then throwing it into the car.

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The container exploded and Crozier received burns to more than 90% of her body. She died the next day in the hospital.”

Today the Tennessee Supreme Court held that the state can execute Lee Hall on Thursday, denying him the right to present evidence of unconstitutional jury bias to an appellate court that recently overturned a conviction on the same grounds,” said attorney John Spragens.

“This ruling is a rush to the electric chair.

“Neither the governor nor the court have responded to those requests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 people arrested in Kentucky after allegedly selling baby for $2G: police

Three people have been arrested in Kentucky after their alleged involvement in the selling and purchase of a baby for $2,000, police said on Tuesday.

Police said they made the arrests after receiving a tip from officials at a Bowling Green elementary school on Monday that a woman had given away a child.

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Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez (right), who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers that she gave her baby to a man and a woman, a news release said.  (Warren County Regional Jail)

Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez, who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers she gave her baby to a man and a woman, according to a press release.

Bowling Green Police said Pascual Jose Manuel and Catarina Felipe Jose told detectives that they gave Domingo Perez $2,000 for the baby.

Social services has taken custody of the baby and Domingo Perez’s four other children, the press release said.

All three people believed to be involved in the transaction have been charged with the selling and purchasing of a child for adoption, which is a felony.

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The investigation is ongoing.

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US man faces new terrorism charges, allegedly the highest-ranking citizen fighting overseas

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A U.S. citizen on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List has been charged with additional crimes involving ties to Somalia’s al-Shabaab rebel group, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, a former San Diego resident, was indicted on similar charges in 2009.

Without providing specifics, the new counts accuse him of having key roles in al-Shabaab activities and providing material support from 2008 to 2017.

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The FBI said it learned this year that he is a leader in al-Shabaab’s “explosives department.”

“Today, Mostafa is believed to be the highest-ranking United States citizen fighting overseas for a terrorist organization,” said Scott Brunner, the agent in charge of the FBI office in San Diego.

The group claimed responsibility for two Sept. 30 attacks on U.S. and European military targets in Somalia, including one by an estimated 25 fighters who were killed when they tried to storm the Belidogle military airstrip, which hosts Somali and U.S. forces.

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Mostafa was born in Waukesha, Wisc., and raised in San Diego, where authorities say he has relatives. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 2005 and — according to an FBI poster offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest — joined al-Shabaab around 2006, authorities said.

Mostafa was among a handful of young Muslims from the U.S. who took high-visibility roles inside the al-Qaida-linked insurgent force, authorities said.

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He was once president of the now-defunct Muslim Youth Council of San Diego, which said on its website that it was “dedicated to showing the world that Islam is a religion of peace and Muslims are a peaceful and productive part of society.”

Mostafa’s father, Halim Mostafa, a Kurdish Syrian, made a low-budget film, “Mozlym,” that was released in 2008 and billed as an effort to show how the true meaning of Islam is often lost amid misconceptions of non-Muslims in America.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Blind death row inmate set to die in Tennessee

An execution is scheduled to take place in Tennessee Thursday for a blind death row inmate who fatally set his estranged girlfriend afire, reports said Monday.

Lee Hall, who is also known as Leroy Hall Jr., is scheduled to be executed for setting fire to Traci Crozier as she sat in her car in Chattanooga. At the time of the killing, he could see.

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“She felt every bit of it. She was awake for 36 hours. That’s what really bothers me. She knew she was going to die.”

— Staci Crozier Wooten, sister of Traci Crozier speaking to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2014

Hall’s lawyers say he would be just the second blind person to be executed in the U.S. since 1976. He became functionally blind in prison because of improperly treated glaucoma, the report said.

Clarence Ray Allen, who was legally blind and was confined to a wheelchair, was executed by lethal injection in 2006 for ordering three killings while serving time in his prison cell.

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Lee Hall, also known as Leroy Hall Jr., a blind death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed Thursday in Tennessee for the 1991 death of his estranged girlfriend. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

“If confined to prison for the remainder of his natural life, Mr. Hall bears no practical risk of harm to anyone,” his lawyers wrote in a court filing last year, according to the Nashville Scene.

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His lawyers added “the spectacle of his execution” would “offend humanity.”

Hall has chosen to die by the electric chair. He had a choice allowed for inmates convicted before January of 1999.

“So that when that juice is going in his arm, he won’t even know when it is going to hit,” Crozier Wooten, his sister, told the Times Free Press in 2014. “And he has to suffer while he sits there and wonders. The longer, the better. Traci had to suffer, and now he needs to suffer.”

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Hall’s lawyers are requesting Gov. Bill Lee delay the execution so the courts can consider claims one of the jurors in the case was biased, according to the Nashville Scene.

“Juror A was not a fair and impartial juror,” the lawyers wrote. “Her presence on Lee Hall’s jury is a structural error in the judicial process requiring automatic reversal.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Blind death row inmate set to die in Tennessee

An execution is scheduled to take place in Tennessee Thursday for a blind death row inmate who fatally set his estranged girlfriend afire, reports said Monday.

Lee Hall, who is also known as Leroy Hall Jr., is scheduled to be executed for setting fire to Traci Crozier as she sat in her car in Chattanooga. At the time of the killing, he could see.

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“She felt every bit of it. She was awake for 36 hours. That’s what really bothers me. She knew she was going to die.”

— Staci Crozier Wooten, sister of Traci Crozier speaking to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2014

Hall’s lawyers say he would be just the second blind person to be executed in the U.S. since 1976. He became functionally blind in prison because of improperly treated glaucoma, the report said.

Clarence Ray Allen, who was legally blind and was confined to a wheelchair, was executed by lethal injection in 2006 for ordering three killings while serving time in his prison cell.

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Lee Hall, also known as Leroy Hall Jr., a blind death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed Thursday in Tennessee for the 1991 death of his estranged girlfriend. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

“If confined to prison for the remainder of his natural life, Mr. Hall bears no practical risk of harm to anyone,” his lawyers wrote in a court filing last year, according to the Nashville Scene.

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His lawyers added “the spectacle of his execution” would “offend humanity.”

Hall has chosen to die by the electric chair. He had a choice allowed for inmates convicted before January of 1999.

“So that when that juice is going in his arm, he won’t even know when it is going to hit,” Crozier Wooten, his sister, told the Times Free Press in 2014. “And he has to suffer while he sits there and wonders. The longer, the better. Traci had to suffer, and now he needs to suffer.”

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Hall’s lawyers are requesting Gov. Bill Lee delay the execution so the courts can consider claims one of the jurors in the case was biased, according to the Nashville Scene.

“Juror A was not a fair and impartial juror,” the lawyers wrote. “Her presence on Lee Hall’s jury is a structural error in the judicial process requiring automatic reversal.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Mexican cartel massacre suspects arrested in attack that left 9 Americans dead, government says

A major military operation Sunday jointly carried out by three branches of the Mexican armed forces netted several suspects accused in the November massacre that claimed nine members of a well-known Mexican-American family believed to have been targeted by a drug cartel, federal authorities in the country said in a statement.

The federal attorney general’s office didn’t specify how many suspects were rounded up in the military show-of-force, however, local newspaper El Universal reported at least three were arrested.

MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE: 9 AMERICANS, INCLUDING 6 CHILDREN, FROM MORMON OFFSHOOT MURDERED

It’s the third time the Mexican government has announced arrests in the case. In at least one of the previous cases, it was later determined those arrested were not linked to the massacre.

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Rhonita Maria Miller, left, along with 4 children, Dawna Langford, center, and Christina Marie Langford, right, were among those killed on Nov. 4. (Facebook)

Nine members of the LeBaron family — who lived in a faith-based community in La Mora, northern Mexico and had dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship — were shot to death Nov. 4 by suspected drug cartel gunmen.

FBI JOINS MEXICO CARTEL AMBUSH INVESTIGATION INTO KILLINGS OF MOTHERS, CHILDREN

The six children and three women who died in the shocking ambush were part of a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located around 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz. The family members were traveling on a remote dirt road in broad daylight when gunmen sprayed their three SUVs with bullets.

The first suspect, arrested near the U.S.-Mexico border a day after the killings, was determined not to be linked to the attack, despite reportedly being found with four assault rifles and two hostages bound and gagged in a bulletproof vehicle, Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said at the time.

Then, in mid-November, authorities announced an undisclosed number of arrests related to the massacre amid competing reports about which cartel may have been behind the shooting and Mexican authorities’ apparent struggle to track down those responsible for it.

CONFUSION OVER WHICH DRUG CARTEL RESPONSIBLE FOR MASSACRE THAT KILLED 9 FAMILY MEMBERS

While it’s unclear which groups are the focus of the investigation, Mexican authorities have mentioned several cartels operate in the area, including La Linea, Los Jaguares and Jalisco Nueva Generacion. La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel, was initially believed to be involved.

The Mexican government has suggested the families may not have been the target of the attack, claiming the gunmen possibly mistook the families’ large SUVs for those of a rival gang. Officials have noted the ongoing, violent turf war between cartels in the region, however, some relatives of the deceased and at least one prominent former Mexican official insist the LeBaron family was hit by design.

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President Trump called on Mexico to wage “war” on the drug cartels following the attack and vowed to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, something some in the LeBaron community urged him to do.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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