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FORT COLLINS, CO — Police in Colorado have charged a woman with second-degree murder after they say she slit her fiancé’s throat during an argument.

Police arrested 23-year-old (!) Nicole Marie Ryan on Friday after Ryan called 911 to report she had hurt her “husband” during an argument. Turned out that this was a bit of an understatement as when police arrived, they found that Ryan had turned her man into a Pez dispenser.

He was rushed to the hospital suffering from a severe knife wound to his neck, but he died on the way to the hospital. The victim’s name has not been released at this time because his next-of-kin have not been notified. Police say they are having a hard time identifying any of the man’s family as he lived a transient lifestyle.

The incident happened in a basement bedroom of a home the couple shared with Ryan’s mother, brother and another roommate. No one else was at home at the time, according to police, but they are asking anyone with any information to call Detective Keith Maynard at (970) 221-6540.…

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Deanna DeJesus, 38, has been convicted of child neglect for failing to protect her children from their father during a hostage standoff with police.

The guilty verdict carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.  An aggravated manslaughter charge, which jurors could not unanimously agree upon, carries a maximum sentence of 45 years.  The prosecution may seek a retrial to attempt conviction on the more serious charge, while the defense may appeal the current conviction.

A sentencing date will be set on November 5th.

In February, Deanna’s husband, 41-year-old William DeJesus, drove Deanna and their two sons into a Deerfield RV park.  He stormed a randomly chosen RV, shot the 76-year-old owner to death, and held his own family and the dead man’s girlfriend as hostages.  He then called 911 and told the dispatcher he had “hijacked a woman.”

What ensued was a 7-hour standoff with a SWAT team in which DeJesus stabbed every member of his family, including himself.  DeJesus and his 9-year-old son, who was autistic, died of their wounds. …

Bolivar, MSTeresa Mayes’s statement to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) was read in court on Monday.  In it, she reveals that her husband of 11 years, Adam Mayes (pictured), had plotted the kidnapping of Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain as well as the murder of their remaining family for a year before acting on his plan.

She claimed that Adam Mayes was in love with 12-year-old Alexandria and that he planned to move to Mexico with the two girls, where he and Alexandria would raise Kyliyah, 8, as their daughter.

Teresa Mayes is facing two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping for her involvement in the plan.  Adam Mayes’s mother, Mary Frances Mayes, is being charged with especially aggravated kidnapping for hers.

Much to my surprise, this story doesn’t seem to have been covered here on DD, so I’ll attempt to bring you up to speed with a chronological retelling of the story.

At some point, Adam Mayes fell in love with the middle daughter of family friends Gary and Jo Ann Bain. …

Lakeland, FL — Police have charged 14-year-old Cassidy Goodson with first-degree murder after she gave birth to a full-term baby boy and then proceeded to choke him to death.

Three days after deputies had been called to Lakeland Regional Medical Center on a report of Cassidy being treated for a miscarriage, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the girl’s mother after she made a gruesome discovery in her daughter’s room.

Teresa Goodson had been collecting dirty laundry when she smelled something bad coming from Cassidy’s room. Upon investigating, she found a shoebox with a dead baby inside. Homicide detectives arrived at the home and interviewed Cassidy, who showed little emotion while explaining why she a dead baby in her room rotting in a shoebox.

The ninth- grader at Kathleen High School told them that she had been hiding her pregnancy for months, and on the morning of Sept. 19, she went into labor in the bathroom. After using a pair of scissors to try and pry the baby out, she finally gave birth to a 9.5-pound, 20.4-inch baby boy.…

Los Angeles, CAJohnny Lewis, a 28-year-old actor best known for his role as “Half Sack” in the series “Sons of Anarchy,” died falling from a wall he was apparently attempting to scale.  It seems as though his fall occurred very soon after he’d beaten his 81-year-old landlady, Catherine Davis, and her cat, to death.

Initial speculation is that Davis died from blunt force trauma to the head, though only an autopsy will confirm or refute that.

Police arrived at 10:40 AM on Wednesday after receiving calls about a woman screaming and three men fighting.  The exact details of the incident are a bit sketchy so early on, but it would seem as though Lewis got into an altercation with Davis, from whom he was renting a room, killed or seriously injured her, scaled a wall, got into a fight with a painter who was working at a neighboring house, went back over the wall to the Davis house, and then attempted to scale the wall again to fight the painter again, this time including the owner of that house in the fray.…

WAYNESVILLE, MO – It’s been almost five years since I first reported on 9-year-old Rowan Ford. At the time, she was just a missing girl from Missouri whose stepfather was not being cooperative with police. I didn’t know it at the time, but it would take five years for the case to be resolved, and the details of what happened to that little girl would end up haunting me to this day.

Three days after I posted that article in 2007, Rowan’s battered body was located in a sinkhole where she had been dumped after having been raped and strangled to death. The day after, police would arrest Rowan’s stepfather David Spears (who had previously been on the news pleading for her safe return) and his friend Chris Collings. Police would charge them both with Rowan’s rape and murder after Collings admitted to acting alone in abducting, raping, and strangling Rowan, while Spears confessed to participating in the rape of Rowan and being the one who strangled her to death.…

WAUKEGAN, IL — The Illinois woman accused of killing a 3-month-old baby, allegedly by violently slamming her down on a table, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Sarah Gumm, 33, is facing life behind bars if she is convicted of the multiple murder and battery charges filed against her in connection to the death of Rylan “Turtle” Koopmeiners, the baby girl she’d been babysitting for six weeks.

On July 27, Rylan was rushed to the hospital after Gumm called 911 to report that Rylan was not breathing. She was pronounced shortly after arrival and an autopsy report would reveal that the girl had a skull fracture and cranial hemorrhaging.

Her cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma, the medical examiner noting a significant amount of force caused the fracture and that Rylan probably died within an hour of receiving the injuries.

Gumm would later admit to investigators that she had gotten angry after Rylan became fussy during a diaper change. “She admitted she put the baby down on a table such that the baby’s head hit the table,” Lake County assistant State’s Attorney Ari Fisz said.…

SHEBOYGAN FALLS , WI — Police have charged two juveniles with murder after they say the teens used a hatchet and hammer to murder one of the boy’s great-grandmother.

Last week the body of 78-year-old Barbara Olsen was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside her garage. At the time police were calling the death “particularly violent” and that they had two juveniles in custody; her great grandson and his friend. Now that the criminal complaint has been released, the disturbing details of what happened to Olsen have been revealed.

According to 13-year-old Nathan Paape’s admission, he and 13-year-old Antonio Barbeau went to the home of Antonio’s great mother to kill her and steal some money. They got a ride to her home from Nathan’s mother, concealing a hammer and hatchet they brought along with them. After entering Olsen’s home through an unlocked side door attached to the garage, they encountered Olsen.

Olsen told Antonio that she was calling his mother, but when she turned around to do so, Antonio struck her in the back of the head with the blunt end of the hatchet.…

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man in Michigan was convicted of first degree murder after being accused of killing his infant daughter while orally raping her.

Last year, 26-year-old Steven Deuman says he left 15-week-old Evelynne Deuman on a bed and walked away to smoke a cigarette. When he returned, he found his daughter on the floor bleeding from the nose, unconscious and not breathing.

What he didn’t tell anyone, until much later, was that he also found a used condom in her mouth. He also didn’t call 911. Instead he called the girl’s mother, Natasha Maitland, and told her their baby wasn’t breathing. Only after she drove home from work was a call made to 911.

Instead of waiting for an ambulance, they attempted to drive Evelynne to the hospital, but were told to pull over by 911 dispatch. A paramedic arrived and tried to revive Evelynne before rushing her to the hospital. But it was too late as, according to prosecutors, she had been dead for awhile.

It wasn’t until later that night that Deuman allegedly whispered to Maitland that he felt that the baby had choked to death on a used condom.…

Port Angeles, WA – Patrick Drum, 34, the man arrested for killing two men who had previous convictions for sexual offenses, has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

I wrote this story up back in June, soon after the killings took place.  I’m sure you’ll want to reacquaint yourself with it and read through some of the comments from people who were lauding Drum’s actions, despite the fact that one of his victims’ convictions was from back in 2001, when he was in high school, and could very well have been a result of consensual sex.  It’s unfortunate that I did not include that in the original text of the story, and only mentioned it in the comments section.

Drum and Lee Blanton, 28, were both renting space in the same house when Drum shot him multiple times.  Drum then went to the home of Jerry Wayne Ray, 57, another convicted sex offender with whom he was acquainted, and proceeded to shoot him fatally.  Jerry Wayne Ray was a convicted child rapist.…

Los Angeles, CA – David Viens, 49, is on trial for the March 2009 murder of his wife, Dawn Viens, 39.  He has pleaded not guilty in the death.

Mr. Viens is a chef and restauranteur in the Los Angeles area.  His wife, who is pictured here, worked with him at the restaurant.  According to police interviews conducted in March 2011, Viens and his wife had an argument on October 19, 2009.  He said that she had wanted to do cocaine that day, and that he was against it because he didn’t find the experience of doing the drug with her “enjoyable.”

“For some reason, I just got violent,” Viens said. “Seemed like it had to deal with her stealing money.”  In earlier testimony, Viens had indicated that he believed his wife had been skimming money from the restaurant.

“So you found her with money and you snapped,” sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Garcia asked Viens.  “Yes,” he said.

According to Viens, he bound his wife’s hands and feet with duct tape, placed a strip across her mouth, and fell asleep. …

Jacksonville, FL – Christian Fernandez, 13, is facing a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of his two-year-old half brother and the sexual abuse of another half-brother, 5.

Fernandez is the youngest inmate awaiting trial in Duval County.  He is obviously being tried as an adult, but there is a fair amount of controversy surrounding that decision.

To get the full impact of this case, it is necessary to examine this boy’s life thus far, because “tragic” doesn’t even begin to describe it accurately.

Christian Fernandez was born to a 12-year-old mother, Biannela Susana, in 1999.  The father, a 25-year-old man, received 10 years probation for sexually assaulting her.

Two years later, the boy was found dirty and naked wandering a South Florida street alone at 4 AM while his grandmother, who had been given responsibility for him, was holed up in a hotel room on a cocaine binge.  Mother and son were placed in foster care after that incident.

In 2007, Department of Children and Families conducted an investigation to follow up on allegations that an 8-year-old Christian was being sexually abused by an older cousin. …

SAN DIEGO – Zewoinesh Badasso, the mother accused of intentionally throwing her 7-month-old son out a 3rd-floor window, was in court on Wednesday, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault on a child.

As you may recall, passersby found the boy–being referred to as “David N.” in court records–on the ground in an alley near the building out of which he was allegedly thrown. CPR was administered and he was rushed to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. The evidence gathered at the scene and the results of questioning Badasso led police to place her under arrest.

Here’s what seems to be known about Zewoinesh Badasso at this time: The 33-year-old (or 32-year-old, depending on your source) came to the U.S. from Ethiopia around 12 years ago thanks to a sponsorship by some unnamed Catholic charity. Even so, she apparently has not developed a good grasp of English, since an interpreter was present with her at Wednesday’s hearing. She had been in San Diego for only a very brief time and did not know the three men with whom she and her son shared the apartment since she had been placed there.…

Argyle, WI – Armin Wand III, 32, is facing three counts of homicide, three counts of attempted homicide, and one count of arson with intent to defraud after he allegedly set his house, with his entire family inside, ablaze.

Bond has been set at $200,000 per count, an amount Wand’s public defender deems “unpostable.”

Wand was living in a rented house in Argyle, just 45 miles from Madison.  His wife, their unborn child, and the couple’s four children also lived in the house.  According to police reports, the motive for Wand’s actions were life insurance money and a “fresh start.”  The family had been having money problems and Wand says that his wife was constantly complaining about their need for more income.  She was also considering divorce.

Armin reportedly enlisted the aid of his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, to help set the fire.  The younger Wand told investigators that Armin had offered him a whopping $300 from the insurance payout for his role in the arson and murders.  Jeremy Wand faces two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the wife and daughter.…

CARROLLTON, TX – Police in Texas believe a man murdered a 16-year-old girl to keep her from testifying that he had raped her.

On Saturday, Shania Gray’s body was found in a secluded area near the Trinity River. She had been missing since Thursday after last being seen at Hebron High School in Carrollton. When trying to figure out who would want the teen dead, police wouldn’t have to look far.

Gray was set to testify against 30-year-old Franklin “Wish” Davis, a man for whom she used to babysit, and a man she had accused of raping her. Gray’s family stated that after asking the teen why she refused to babysit Davis’ two children any longer, Gray confided that he had raped her. They went to police and in July 2011 ,Davis was charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child.

But Davis says he is innocent and set out to prove the teen was lying. He created a fake Facebook profile, pretending to be a teenage boy who had a crush on Gray, that he used to gain Gray’s trust and find out what she planned to say in court. …

Klamath, CA – Two years ago we reported on Jarrod Wyatt, a mixed-martial artist who was accused of ripping out his friend’s heart after the two ingested some hallucinogenic mushroom tea. Last Thursday, Wyatt pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.

Back in March 2010, a then 26-year-old Wyatt and his sparring partner, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, were drinking tea brewed with hallucinogenic mushrooms. People who were at the home at the time stated Wyatt began mumbling about a coming tidal wave and the end of the world before he started fighting with Powell. When Wyatt and Powell were left alone in the home, Wyatt became convinced Powell was the devil.

When one of their friends showed up at the home later, he saw Wyatt on the couch next to his Powell’s mutilated corpse. Wyatt had removed most of Powell’s face, including his tongue, and had cut out his heart while the man was still alive. According to the probable cause statement, a large incision in the chest could be seen, and other unspecified body parts had been removed.…

Groton, CT – On August 31st, Luis Otero, now 51, pleaded no contest to charges that he murdered his ex-girlfriend, Madeline Brisson, 51, in March of 2010.

Otero and Brisson had once been romantically involved, and though the affair had ended, Otero was still living under her roof.  Domestic disputes between the two were not unheard-of.  In fact, Otero had threatened Brisson’s life some time before her murder, telling her he would kill her and put her in a freezer.  Brisson had even advised her sisters that if she ever came up missing, they should check the freezer.

In early-March of 2010, Otero followed through on his threat after a heated argument in which Brisson told Otero that he needed to move out of her house and then implied that she was going to pursue a lesbian relationship with Otero’s daughter, who is described as “mentally challenged.”

Brisson’s cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma and asphyxia, so I’m figuring you guys are smart enough to figure out what happened there.…

Sacramento, CA – Brandon Louis Nickolas, 31, was severed at the torso while drunkenly jaywalking Tuesday night across a Sacramento street when a police cruiser with its lights flashing and sirens blaring struck him.

Two witnesses described Nickolas as being drunk prior to the incident, staggering through their mobile home park and muttering incoherently to himself.  Javier Hernandez, 17, said that he’d spoken to the victim prior to the accident, telling him that he could stay in the area as long as he didn’t “start problems.”

“He was walking zig-zag,” Hernandez said. “He couldn’t keep his balance.”

Not long after that verbal exchange, a six-year veteran of the West Sacramento police came down West Capitol Avenue in his cruiser at a high rate of speed, attempting to join the hot pursuit of a 17-year-old who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle and failing to yield to officers.  It happened to be at the same time Nickolas was staggering across the dark street.

The sound of the police car’s impact on Nickolas’s body was so great that residents of the area said they’d assumed two cars had collided. …