The Murder of Jam Master Jay Is Still Unsolved 10 Years Later
Oct 23, 2012, - 0 Comments

Oct. 23, 2012 Complex Music

Joseph (Run) Simmons and Darryl (DMC) McDaniels kicked off a tour last month—their first without the turntablist of the group Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell, the victim of an unsolved murder surrounded by mystery.

The hip-hop group, known for classics like “It’s Tricky” and their Aerosmith collaboration “Walk This Way,” has been on the road without Jam Master Jay. The New York Police Department has expressed its frustrations for the October 30, 2002 murder that remains unsolved 10 years later without any leads.

Vincent Santangelo, who is a 22-year vet and the case’s head detective, tells the Daily News that his team had trouble getting a solid lead. “Nobody would or nobody could tell us the who or what. We’re still looking for that person,” Santangelo said. Read More

Texas Bar sues ex-DA in wrongful murder conviction
Oct 21, 2012, - 0 Comments

DNA cleared the man who was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of his wife

By Michael Graczyk Associated Press

HOUSTON — The State Bar of Texas is suing a former prosecutor who is now a state district judge, accusing him of withholding memos and other written evidence in the case of a man who served nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Ken Anderson was the prosecutor in 1987 when Michael Morton was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of his wife at their home in Williamson County, just north of Austin. A year ago, DNA evidence cleared Morton and he was freed. Another man now faces a murder trial in his wife's death.

A disciplinary panel for the state lawyers' association contended in a lawsuit filed earlier this month that Anderson, now a judge in the Central Texas county, knew about the evidence but didn't disclose it to Morton's lawyers.

"Before, during and after the 1987 trial, (Anderson) knew of the existence of several pieces of evidence and withheld same from defense counsel," according to the lawsuit, which also serves as a disciplinary petition. Read More

Alameda County sheriff seeks drone to fight crime
Oct 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Alameda County Sheriff's Department is hoping to become one of the handful of local law enforcement agencies that have received federal clearance to use unmanned aerial drones to fight crime, a goal that already is arousing concerns among privacy advocates.

Civil liberties and privacy groups revealed Thursday that Sheriff Greg Ahern is seeking Department of Homeland Security funding to buy a small remote-controlled drone called a Dragon Fly. If the money comes through and the Federal Aviation Administration permits the department to test the device, Alameda would be the first public safety agency in California to deploy technology first developed for spying on U.S. enemies overseas.

A memo that one of Ahern's captains prepared over the summer, obtained by the Freedom of Information Act web site MuckRock, says the drone would be equipped with a long-distance camera, live video downlink and infrared sensors that could be used for monitoring bomb threats, fires, unruly crowds, search and rescue operations, and marijuana grows. Read More

12 unsolved murders have possible ties to Manson family, LAPD says
Oct 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES - The LAPD on Thursday announced it has open investigations on a dozen unsolved homicides near known Manson Family hangouts around Los Angeles.

The revelation came amid a legal battle to obtain hours of audio tape recordings between former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Charles "Tex" Watson and his lawyer.

"We have an obligation to the families of these victims," Cmdr. Andy Smith told NBC4. "Our detectives need to listen to these tapes. The tapes might help with solving these murders."

News of the open investigation was first reported by the Los Angeles Times Thursday and confirmed to NBC4 by LAPD officials. Smith told the Times the 12 murders they are investigating "are similar to some of the Manson killings."

Manson and his followers shot to infamy in 1969 after the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others at a Benedict Canyon home in the hills above Los Angeles. That rampage was followed the next night by the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Feliz home. Read More

Dixmoor Five, wrongly convicted of murder, sue police
Oct 17, 2012, - 0 Comments

BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter Chicago Sun Times

Five south suburban men who were wrongfully convicted of murder while they were teenagers have filed a federal lawsuit alleging crooked cops framed them.

The so-called “Dixmoor Five” — who between them served more than 70 years for the 1991 rape and murder of 14-year-old Cateresa Matthews — say Dixmoor Police and the State Police coerced false confessions, witheld evidence and invented witness testimony.

DNA evidence identified the true killer, a convicted sex offender with no connection to Robert Taylor, Jonathan Barr, James Harden, Shainne Sharp and Robert Veal, the suits say. Read More

Florida judge sets June start date for George Zimmerman murder trial
Oct 17, 2012, - 0 Comments

NBC News

A Florida judge has set June 10, 2013 as the start date of the murder trial of George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, 29, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.

Zimmerman claimed self-defense in the case and has pleaded not guilty.

Attorneys in the case said they estimate the trial will last three weeks, and Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said he expected the jury selection would take longer than the trial itself, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Read More