Jacksonville, FL — Andrew Michael Gomez, 20, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for murdering his life-long friend Tiffany Sue Cecconi, 18, and her 18-month-old daughter, Kaylani. This story was written up on D’D shortly after it happened. The account described the killing as “puzzling.” It still is.
Gomez and Cecconi had been friends since kindergarten and sometimes referred to themselves as cousins. Court testimony described Cecconi helping Gomez as he tried to fit in at school. Cecconi’s mother, Linda Sykes, described Gomez as being ‘like a son.’
“Tiffany loved Andrew but he murdered her,” Sykes said to the judge.
In July 2009, Gomez, Cecconi, and her daughter went to a subdivision community pool. They were the only ones there. Investigators say Gomez and Cecconi got into a fight while Gomez was holding Kaylani in the water. Jacksonville Police Sgt. Mark Romano said the two did not appear to have any problems before that moment.
The account, provided largely by Gomez, describes Cecconi entering the water to retrieve her daughter from Gomez and instead being forced to fight Gomez while the 18-month-old was cast aside.…
Bangor, ME — Roxanne Jeskey, 48, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the brutal torture and murder of her husband, 53-year-old Richard Jeskey. And she didn’t murder him just a little bit either…
According to the police affidavit, Richard’s naked, beaten and bloodied body was found in the bathtub on June 13. An autopsy conducted the next day revealed extensive multiple blunt and sharp force injuries to the head, neck, torso, and limbs…
“These included nose fractures, loss of an eye, rib fractures, rectal incised wounds, and internal hemmorhage from an instrument(s) pushed through his scrotum into his abdomen,” Bangor police Detective David Bushey wrote in the affidavit. “Further, Mr. Jeskey was strangled with sufficient force to break the hyoid bone of his neck.”
Roxanne reportedly admitted to police that she assaulted her husband with various weapons including pliers, a box cutter and a plastic baseball bat.
She described to detectives how she used a pair of pliers to injure Richard’s genitals, stating that as he sat in the bathtub, presumably bleeding from his baby-maker, he “made a statement concerning the fact that she had hurt him,” to which she replied, “Now you know how I feel.”
Roxanne told police she exited the bathroom and left Richard sitting in the bathtub.…
Melbourne, Australia — A man accused of killing his openly gay roommate by bashing his head in with a 17-lb platypus statue was found guilty of murder for the second time.
Back in September of 2006, 29-year-old Aaron James Johnstone went apeshit when his gay roommate, 46-year-old Phillip William Higgins, walked out of his room naked and expressed a desire for some oral sex.
Johnstone’s idea of oral was markedly different from Higgin’s I suppose as it didn’t include any sucky-sucky, just a hell of a lot of punching, kicking, an office chair and eventually a hefty platypus statue to the noggin.
Both men were extremely intoxicated at the time, and while Johnstone admitted to assaulting his roommate, he says he had no desire to kill him. But the prosecution countered that Higgin’s broken neck, as well as the new hat Johnstone thoughtfully dropped on Higgin’s head, proved he was either trying to kill the guy or really, really mess him up.
A jury agreed and found Johnstone guilty of murder for the second time.…
Knotts Island, NC — Rebecca Blackmore, 16, is facing charges of first-degree murder after police say she stabbed her newborn daughter to death shortly after squishing her out.
As is the case in most of these types of stories, Blackmore showed up at the emergency room after delivering the child, but had no baby. When questioned, she reportedly told police the child was stillborn and they could find the body in her bedroom closet.
Well, she was honest about one thing…there was a dead baby in her closet, but the autopsy showed the baby girl was not stillborn, she was alive at birth and for a short time thereafter. She’d probably still be breathing were it not for all those pesky stab wounds…
Though it was a relative that escorted Blackmore to the emergency room, it is unclear whether the family knew of Blackmore’s pregnancy.
Blackmore is currently behind bars on a $500,000 bond. In North Carolina, suspects 16 and older are charged as adults regardless of the crime.
And just in case you were wondering, North Carolina does have a Safe Haven Law.…
NORMAN PARK, GA — Police have arrested a 46-year-old woman after she admitted drowning her 6-year-old granddaughter in a pond.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says that on Monday evening, Virginia Sims took her granddaughter, Alexis Walker, to a pond and drowned her in it. She then walked to a nearby neighbor’s house and asked them to call 911. You can listen to the call here.
Neighbors say they’ve heard the little girl was acting up and Sims wanted to ‘teach her a lesson,’ but police say Sims often threatened to hurt the kid anytime she got into an argument with her husband.
This was allegedly another one of those occasions and Sims had planned on drowning the girl before killing herself. I’m sure regular readers of D’D are not surprised that when it came to the latter part of that plan, she had a change of heart.
What I was surprised to find out is that isn’t the first time Sims has been in trouble with the law and in the news for trying to kill the child and herself.…
Sacremento, CA — I was wondering when we would get another one of these stories. Police have arrested a 29-year-old woman, accusing her of killing her 6-week-old infant by cooking her in a microwave.
On Tuesday, Ka Yang was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder and one count of assault leading to the death of a child under age 8. These charges come after a three-month investigation into the death of her daughter, Mirabelle Thao-Lo. The baby was found dead in her home with “extensive thermal injuries” on March 17.
Yan initially claimed her daughter’s death was caused by a seizure, some saying they heard she had accidentally dropped the baby. But early on it was apparent the infant had suffered horrendous burns and investigators suspected all along it was caused by the microwave.
“She had some really deep tissue burns, fourth-degree burns. It was probably the worst case I’ve seen,” said Sacramento County Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Smith.
It took three months for them to file formal charges because they wanted to compare the infant’s injuries with injuries suffered by other infants whose parents treated them like a Hot Pocket, including:
– The 1999 death of 5-week-old Joseph Lewis Martinez in Virginia.…
OSKALOOSA, IA — In what could best be described as a scene right out of a horror movie, a 6-foot tall, 300-pound man has been charged with murdering his mother’s boyfriend with a medieval-style battle axe.
Police say 25-year-old Bradley Arterburn had a collection of knives and axes in the basement, and used one of them to attack 58-year-old Robert Horovitz, his mother’s boyfriend of about three weeks. They think he first used the tip of the axe to stab the man in the back before using the double-blades.
“He started hitting him with the ax. He had back, shoulder, neck, head injuries, arm injuries,” Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee said.
When police responded to the scene, they found Horovitz dead in the living room. Afterburn was outside on the deck smoking a cigarette. He was also suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds. Arterburn had to be tackled and subdued by police after he lunged at them. He has been charged with first-degree murder. Police have no idea what triggered the attack.…
A 21-year-old homeless man has been charged with murdering 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes who was vacationing at Seagrove Beach with her parents and two younger siblings.
Wilkes was reported missing when she did not return back from a walk with Steven Cozzie, a local resident staying at a nearby campsite the family had met while staying in the Beachcrest condominiums while on vacation from Georgia.
Deputies found her dead body in a wooded area 500 yards away from where her family was staying. They were led there by a friend of Cozzie’s who informed police that Cozzie told him he had murdered the girl with a stick and that it was premeditated. Incident reports show Wilkes was murdered in “an extremely violent encounter” and suffered blunt force trauma.
Walton County Sheriff Adkinson also added that he has not admitted guilt to them, and has shown no remorse. The picture of him smiling?…
Reno, NV — A mother in Nevada has been charged with doing the unthinkable. Police say she placed her terminally ill baby in a trash bag alive, doused the bag with gasoline and then set it on fire.
Life had already handed Brandy the shit-end of the stick when she was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome two months ago. It can be a terminal disability and some of those unfortunate enough to be born with it rarely lead long lives, and about 35 percent of them don’t make it past the two year mark.
But no matter the life span, those afflicted with it live lives with a myriad of different of health issues to go along with their physical abnormalities that can include severe mental retardation, seizures and congenital heart defects. The best someone can do for children born with this genetic defect is to make what time they have here as painless and as comfortable as possible.
Brandy’s mother, 26-year-old Suceli Ardon, decided she would do this by placing her in a field and then turning her into a trash bag flambé.…
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Here’s one I have ket meaning to post last week. A 17-year-old son of a cop has been accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl who went missing and was later found dead in a sand pile.
Carly Lewis vanished on June 2 after exchanging messages with Robert Jensen Schwander on Facebook in which she was supposed to meet Schwander at a market later that evening.
Almost two weeks later, and one day before Lewis would have turned 17, her dead body was found in a sand pile at a public works site. Police say they were told where to find Lewis after Schwander, son of a Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy, admitted to killing her and stashing her body there two days later.
Police believe she was killed on the afternoon she disappeared in what the accused is calling an accident in a vacant building. To make matter’s worse, the teen is described as homeless and at one time, the Lewis family had let him live with them for two months.…
Glendale, CA — John Levin, 46, was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday in the stabbing death of his wife. Before a verdict could be returned in the microwave murder of his dog, he entered a guilty plea to animal cruelty.
His wife, Michelle Levin, 35, was found in September 2008 three days after the murder. During court testimony, an officer said that he and a colleague went to Levin’s home Sept. 11 and found it littered with dog excrement, rotting food and numerous pills scattered on a table. They eventually gained entry to a locked second-floor bedroom, where they found Michelle Levin’s body on the floor next to the bed. The couple’s dead Pomeranian had also been stuffed inside the microwave, he said.
An autopsy of the dog revealed that it died as a result of the microwave radiation to its entire body, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jodi Taksar said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Levin in Washington State about a week later as Levin tried to cross into Canada.…
Anaheim, CA — A teenager has been arrested, accused of stabbing a 12-year-old to death and police say the stabbing stemmed from the two belonging to rival graffiti crews.
Juan Martinez was walking home from Sycamore Junior High School, where he was a seventh-grader, when he was approached by 18-year-old Bryan Ocampo (pictured). Martinez hung around the graffiti crew Sky’s the Limit, or STL. Ocampo was a member of a rival crew called Downtown Anaheim, or DTA. The pair began fighting over disparaging remarks Martinez allegedly made against DTA and another tagging crew when Ocampo pulled out a knife and stabbed the boy multiple times in the chest.
One of Martinez’s friends was nearby and witnessed the whole incident. He says he ran after his friend and tried to help him before Martinez passed out. “I got my sweater, and I put it on his chest so he wouldn’t bleed to death. And I was just telling him that it’s OK,” said Anthony Bustos. But he couldn’t stop the bleeding and Martinez would be pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.…
LAKE ARIEL, Pa. – Police say a 20-year-old man from northeastern Pennsylvania murdered his newborn daughter with a cinderblock.
Christopher Fitzpatrick and his girlfriend, Jennifer Barrise, already have one child together and weren’t too thrilled that they were about to have another. Barrise gave birth to the couple’s daughter in a car back in May and during the birth, Fitzpatrick made it clear to Barrise what he was going to do.
“Have this (expletive) baby,” Mr. Fitzpatrick allegedly told Barrise. “I just want to get rid of it. I gotta do what I gotta do.” She asked if was going to kill the baby on two occasions, he remained silent both times.
The girl was born on the floor of the car and according to the affidavit, neither of the two touched her as she lay there crying. After dropping off his girlfriend, he took the baby to M n D Lawn Care where he worked. There he admitted to laying her on the ground and then crushing her skull by dropping a cinder block on her head.…
Hawthorne, FL — A woman has been arrested, along with her mother, after she killed her father with a pickaxe to collect the man’s social security benefits.
According to her Twitter account, 19 year-old Guenevere Hudnall was in need of a job. Her mother, 41 year-old Stephanie Hudnall, was also unemployed and the trailer they lived in was about to be foreclosed on. Since it’s glaringly obvious prostitution would be a dead end for both of these beasties, they came up with a plan B; they would kill 51 year-old William Hudnall and collect his social security.
William is Stephanie’s estranged husband, and the father of Guenevere’s. William also shares a 12 year-old daughter and an adult son with Stephanie. Police say the two had discussed the plan at length prior to the incident and this plan was set into motion late Wednesday night.
The two arrived at Mr. Hudnall’s trailer at approximately 7:30 pm. Stephanie left at roughly 8:15. The father and daughter talked for several hours until dad fell asleep.…
Vernon Hills, IL. — A 47-year-old man is in custody after killing his wife because she woke him up several times the night before.
Ronald Stolberg is being held in lieu of $3 Million bond in the first-degree murder of his wife. Police allege he was frustrated with 54-year old Rachel Stolberg because the night before she was the reason he didn’t get his full 8 hours of beauty rest, which he so obviously needed. Ronald held Rachel face down into the ground with such force that her teeth bit into her lips. Ronald admitted to investigators that he held her down, while pushing into her back until her body went limp. Once the woman stopped moving, he went back to bed to get that well-deserved sleep.
The following morning, Ronald saw his wife in the same position on the floor, with blue hands. Apparently still pissed at his dead wife, he made his way to work, rather than seek help. When he returned home from his full workday, he decided to get something to eat before turning his wife’s body over.…
The killing happened last Friday at a home where a 16-year-old girl with mental disabilities was left to care for several young children, including 18-month-old Jermane Johnson Jr. The adult in the home had left to pick up a Jermaine’s father at a bus stop. While the adult was out of the house, the babysitter fell asleep at around midnight, and the boy drowned in a bathtub.
Police were initially investigating the drowning as an accidental death, but that all changed after a 5-year-old girl in the home began talking. The girl told police she was upset with Johnson because he made too much noise and wouldn’t stop crying so she dragged her cousin to a tub containing water left over from a previous bath, and then intentionally drowned the boy.
The issue now is what in the hell do you do with a 5-year-old who just admitted killing someone?…
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police said Nathan Engle, 24, died on Monday after he was punched in the face by 24-year-old Terance Dejuan Wilson at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday.
Engle’s uncle was with him when it happened and says there was no confrontation between his nephew and Wilson – his nephew just happened to walk between Wilson and another man. When he did, Wilson turned and delivered a sucker punch to Engle’s face causing him to fall and strike his head on the pavement.
Engle, the father of three children, would last two days before dying from blunt force head injuries. Wilson was initially charged with assault, but the charges will more than likely be upgraded now that the coroner has determined Engle’s death was a homicide.
Wilson is no stranger to police, having past convictions for harassment, false imprisonment, assault, resisting arrest and vandalism. If convicted for Engle’s death, this will be Wilson’s fourth stint in prison. He served one year for check forgery in 2007, one year for attempted escape in 2006, and two years for attempted robbery in 2003.…
TULSA, Oklahoma — The wife of the man who was killed after falling out of a 25th-floor window has now been charged with his murder.
Police have charged 19-year-old Amber Hilberling with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, 23-year-old Joshua Hilberling. He was killed after falling out of the couple’s University Tower apartment and plunging 17 stories before being stopped by a parking garage.
According to the arrest report, Amber told officers that during an argument with her husband, she pushed him out the window. “There was some sort of argument, it was brief, and then the crashing of the window and the gentleman fell out of the window,” Tulsa Police Sergeant Dave Walker said
Sounds like Amber has quite the temper. According to court documents, Joshua filed an emergency protective order against her in May, saying she had brained him so hard with a lamp that he had to get staples and stitches. He also stated she had been violent toward him several other times in the past including busting his head against a wall, and busting his lip.…