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‘Lies, deceit and cover-up’ in Rilya Wilson murder case, prosecutors say
Jan 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 22, 2013 Miami Herald

A Kendall woman smothered foster child Rilya Wilson, disposed of the body and spun a web of “fanciful” tales over years to hide the murder, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

“Lies, deceit and cover-up,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Joshua Weintraub told jurors during closing arguments in the trial of caretaker Geralyn Graham.

The arguments come more than a decade after Rilya disappeared, a case that rocked the Florida Department of Children and Families, which did notice the girl was missing for 18 months. Authorities have never found Rilya’s body.

Graham, 67, is charged with aggravated child abuse, kidnapping and first-degree murder. Testimony in her trial began Nov. 26. She faces life in prison if convicted.

A grand jury indicted Graham in 2005 after a jailhouse witness, Robin Lunceford, told police that the woman tearfully confessed to smothering the child with a pillow and burying the body near water in South Miami-Dade.

Attempted murder charge added in face slashing case
Jan 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

The man accused of slashing the face of a woman during a robbery last November in South Philadelphia is now facing attempted murder charges.

A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for the suspect, 30-year-old Cory Harley of the 600 block of South Street.

In addition to aggravated assault, robbery, theft and possession of an instrument of crime, prosecutors added attempted murder charges to the case this morning.

The victim, 23-year-old Ashley Hackett, testified against Harley at this morning's hearing.

In the end, the judge ordered Harley to be held for trial on all charges.

The robbery happened at 4:05 a.m. back on November 11th along the 700 block of South 9th Street.

Police say Harley approached Hackett from behind and struck her in the face with a knife, causing a large cut.

Harley then grabbed Hackett's purse and fled north on 9th Street, then east on Fitzwater Street.

The purse was later found in a small alley at 800 Kenilworth Street.

Investigators released surveillance video of the suspect after the attack.

Vegas Officer, Wife and Son Dead in Murder-Suicide
Jan 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 21, 2013 Associated Press

A Las Vegas police lieutenant, his wife and son are dead after an apparent double murder, suicide and arson at their home in Boulder City, authorities said Monday.

Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and other officials didn't immediately identify the police officer or the family members, pending positive identification and the release of names by the Clark County coroner.

"There was an incident today involving one if Metro's lieutenants," a somber Gillespie said in a 2 1/2-minute statement to reporters at a hastily called news conference. "Several bodies were discovered."

Coroner Michael Murphy said after investigators left the fire-charred home Monday afternoon that identifications would probably be made Tuesday.

Five shot dead in Albuquerque, teen charged
Jan 20, 2013, - 1 Comment

Jan. 20, 2013 Reuters

SANTA FE, New Mexico - A teenage boy with several weapons including an assault rifle shot and killed five people, three of them children, at a house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, authorities said on Sunday.

The boy, whose exact age had yet to be determined, was arrested and charged with the killings which took place late Saturday night, said Aaron Williamson, a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department deputy.

"The victims all had multiple gunshot wounds, and there appeared to be multiple weapons, including an assault type weapon," Williamson said.

The children appeared to be "elementary- to middle-school age," Williamson said. The boy was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death, he said.

He said it had not been determined whether the weapons were from inside the house or brought from somewhere else.

It also was not yet clear whether the five people killed were related or what the relationship was between the teen and the victims.

Supporters rally, petition for San Jose man charged with murder in vigilante shooting
Jan 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 18, 2013 Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- Supporters rallied Friday to urge prosecutors to drop a murder charge against a San Jose man who shot and killed an alleged burglar in a vigilante act that made him a folk hero to residents frustrated with a shrinking police response to lower-level crimes.

A Change.org petition was launched by family and friends of Luis Ricardo Hernandez, 26, who is being held in Santa Clara County Jail on $1 million bail in the death of 36-year-old Christopher Soriano of San Jose.

Hernandez was a maintenance worker at the Summer Breeze apartments when on Dec. 31 he and a supervisor reportedly tried to perform a citizen's arrest on Soriano, who they suspected of burglarizing cars

at the complex. In an ensuing physical confrontation, police said, Hernandez shot Soriano, who later died.

The online petition garnered more than 500 signatures as of Friday. Family spokesman Gina Gates said the defendant, who on Friday postponed a plea entry, was trying to thwart a series of crimes given short shrift by a budget-starved police force. He is due back in court Feb. 15.

"Ricardo is not the pebble in the pond. He's part of the wave it caused," Gates said.

Authorities see things much differently, with police admonishing vigilantism even in lean staffing times and prosecutors filing a murder charge.

"We acknowledge that it may take us a while to get to a property crime like an auto burglary depending on what else is going on in the city," said outgoing police Chief Chris Moore in a recent interview. "I'm somewhat disappointed that people are treating this person as a folk hero. In my opinion, he's not. I understand the frustration. But that doesn't give someone the right to take a gun out and take the law into their own hands."

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