48-year-old Debra Jean Milke is one of three women currently on death row in Arizona and would have been the first woman to be executed since the 1930s if it weren’t for recent developments in her case. An appeals court recently cited an error by the prosecution: a detective who testified at the trial had a history of misconduct and lying under oath. Milke was accused back in 1989 for plotting to kill her 4-year-old son. Allegedly, Milke had her son, Christopher dress up in his favorite outfit before she told him he was going to see Santa Claus at the mall.
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Jerome Isaac, 48, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to the horrific murder of 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie. Surveillance video reveals Isaac spraying liquid from a hose into an elevator where Gillespie was standing before torching her with a Molotov cocktail. Isaac claimed that the elderly woman owed him money for some odd jobs he had done for her. While Isaac suffers from mental illness, he was found fit to stand trial. His sentencing was postponed in late November after he told a probation officer that he was hearing voices and that the devil made him commit the crime. However, a psychiatric evaluation
31-year-old Erika Menendez is facing charges for second-degree murder as a hate crime after she pushed 46-year-old Sunando Sen in front of an oncoming subway train in Queens. Sen died of multiple blunt-force trauma. When asked why she pushed a stranger to his death Menendez answered, “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims and ever since 2011 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Meris Campbell, spokeswoman from the prosecutor’s office, said that there is no reason to believe that the victim was wearing any clothing that would
Shortly before 6 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 19-year-old Savannah Ramirez accidentally shot her 22-year-old brother, Manuel Ortiz in the face while the two were playing around with the gun, posing for a Facebook photo together. Ortiz died at the scene. Ramirez and Ortiz had come to the apartment complex on 37th Avenue and McDowell in Phoenix from another party, and officers suspect that alcohol may have played a factor in Ortiz’s death. Ramirez was questioned and then released, but authorities speculate that if alcohol was found in her system, she will likely face manslaughter charges. Arizona law A.R.S. 13-1103
25-year old Nick Bell and his friend, 24-year-old Jeffrey Charbonneau were invited to stay at the Vermont home of Jim Goodwin on the night before Thanksgiving. In the morning, Bell came into the room where Charbonneau was sleeping to wake him up. Jokingly, Bell took a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle, with no safety engaged, off of a wall in the room and began walking around the bed with it. The rifle went off accidentally and a bullet entered Charbonneau’s heart from the side, instantly killing him. Bell pleaded no contest to felony charges of manslaughter, and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment
32-year-old Jodi Arias was arrested in Siskiyou County, California in July of 2008 for the brutal murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Alexander’s body was found by his roommates in his home in Mesa, AZ on June 9, 2008; he was shot in the face, stabbed 27 times, and his throat was slit from ear to ear. Investigators described the crime scene as one of the most gruesome they had ever seen. His roommates immediately suspected Arias, telling the 911 operator that she had recently slashed his tires. Arias initially denied that she was with Alexander when he died, but
Bronson Pelletier, the 26-year-old star of the movie series, Twilight, was arrested in mid-December for public drunkenness at the Los Angeles Airport. A YouTube video reveals the actor stumbling around before urinating in the passenger waiting area before being arrested and handcuffed by police. Pelletier was later charged with public intoxication and could face a fine of $1,000 and six months behind bars if convicted. He stars as a member of Jacob’s wolf pack in the Twilight trilogy. In Arizona, public intoxication is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor for the first and second offense. A public intoxication charge can
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