Top 5 Police Blunders: Derrick Yancey Convicted Of Killing Wife & The Day Laborer Intended As Patsy
Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 9:00 am
You can't take it with you, and Raleigh Police Officer Julian King figured it was only fair that he get some of what was leftover -- in particular the dead man's 'scripts. The 26-year old officer was responding to a deceased person call in October when he apparently grabbed a little something-something out of the (ex-)man's medicine cabinet. About a month later he tried to get the prescription refilled. That didn't go so well. ("You looked a lot older last time you came in. You been exercising?") The pharmacist became suspicious and notified the police who began an investigation. Last week the three-year police vet was arrested and charged with two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.
It simply isn't as easy to get the drugs you like after you graduate.
It's better to give than receive, but Moss Point, Mississippi police officer Cedrick Williams found one leads to the other. In October, Williams pulled over two women and gave them a ticket for speeding. The owner of the car, who was the passenger, asked if there was anything she could do about her friend's ticket, and according to her Williams said to meet him behind the Moss Point High School football stadium to "talk" about it. (He certainly knows where the best place for scoring is.)
Williams, who had been a cop for just under a year, said the sex was consensual, the woman says otherwise. Williams swears no ticket was destroyed in exchange for the sex. (Ya think that's why the woman filed charges? The 'ole sex on false pretenses?) Unfortunately, Williams wasn't so slick, in that he had the sex while on duty, which if not strictly forbidden is certainly frowned upon. It's unclear whether the ticket if it was actually issued, torn up or paid, but the police chief nonetheless sought to terminate Williams and the Board of Alderman backed the move. In the future, Williams' only leverage will come from large quantities of alcohol and the emotional blackmail of "if you really love me"....
Glenn Lewellen retired from the Chicago police force after 16 years, but couldn't leave the crime behind. During his time on the force he was known as an enterprising narcotics officer with knowledgeable informants and a knack for bringing in large quantities of illegal drugs. Enterprising was right, because like a congressman turned lobbyist, Lewellen leveraged his connections and institutional knowledge to make himself and other scumbags piles of money
Working with a former informant, Lewellen was involved in a 2003 kidnapping and the robbery of 100 kilograms of cocaine and cash. He's also been charged with obstructing justice in a 1999 case that apparently sent an innocent man to jail for 11 years for cocaine trafficking, while lying under oath to protect his informant's drug trade. As an informant, Lewellen's buddy Saul Rodriguez was paid over $700,000, in the process putting taking out much of his competition.
Lewellen, who was living in Las Vegas at the time of his arrest, tipped off Rodriguez's alleged drug ring about federal investigations. Lewellen joined the police force in 1986 after being discharged from the air force for being a homosexual. When police officials asked about his discharge, he said he lied to get out of the Air Force and was not really gay. (Well, at least he was honest.) According to one source, the 54-year old Lewellen was a hardcore gambler. (It would certainly explain the move to Vegas.) According to the indictment, "he held himself out as a police officer when obtaining wholesale quantities of cocaine in the Chicago area."
He was arrested as part of a case against drug kingpin Rodriguez and eight others accused of kidnapping 13 people in six kidnappings between 2003 and 2007, and two murders in 2000 and 2001, when Lewellen was still on the force.
The immortal words of The Clash's Joe Strummer seem applicable here: "He who f***s nuns, will later join the church."
You may remember our link in October to this story in the Phoenix New Times. Phoenix Officer Richard Chrisman showed up to a the trailer of Daniel Rodriguez after his mother called the police "to teach her son respect after she caught him throwing things at the walls of her trailer." This little "lesson" backfired when Chrisman shot and killed Rodriguez as he tried to ride away on a bike.
Last week the Phoenix police release the whole report. His mother, Elivira Fernandez said she feared her son might hit her and had gone over to a neighbors house to call 911. When the Chrisman and his partner, 14-year vet Sergio Virgillo showed up at the trailer -- which is in Rodriguez's name -- he refused to let them in. Undeterred, Chrisman placed a gun to the 29-year old's temple and told him "we don't need a warrant motherfucker."
A struggle ensued inside the trailer. Rodriguez was pepper sprayed and Tasered three times, but he tore the probes out and got up each time. Rodriguez's dog (according to neighbors a several month old boxer puppy) was barking, and, apparently getting on Chrisman's nerves (though it was at no point attacking them, according to Virgillo's testimony), so he shot it. This made Rodriguez a little irate. "Hey, why did you have to shoot my dog?," he screamed.
Virgillo recalls thinking "This is the worst day of my life," as this is going on. "It was wrong," he said, "And I also felt that I'm getting sucked into something. That now officer Chrisman's in this trailer. He's going hands on, I cannot leave. Everything is happening so fast. the spray, the Tase...uhm, Daniel walking back. The dog...uhm, and it just, it just wasn't good."
After some yelling about the dog, Rodriguez grabbed his bike, and said he would leave. (Fernandez stated that she had called the police in the past when Rodriguez turned violent, and the cops had convinced him to leave each time.) They scuffled over the bike and Chrisman drew his gun. Both Rodriguez AND Virgillo stepped away from the irate officer before he shot Rodriguez twice in the chest from 2-3 feet away. While Rodriguez was found to have a sheafed knife in his back pocket, he hadn't used it. The two officers hadn't ridden together before, but had responded to another domestic complaint where Chrisman told one of the arguing parties, "See this face?...Does this look like the face of sympathy to you?" ('Nuff said.)
A nine-year veteran, Chrisman has faced several prior internal inquiries, including a 2005 case where he and his female partner planted a crack pipe on a mentally-challenged homeless woman (captured on videotape) as a "joke," a 2009 allegation of excessive force and complaints about personal conduct and inattention to duty. Though initially charged with aggravated assault it was bumped up to second-degree murder. Chrisman's lawyer is lobbying to have the case sent back to the grand jury. Meanwhile Chrisman's on paid administrative leave from the department and free on bond.
What should happen to this officer for killing a man and his dog who according to an officer right there, posed no threat to them? Well, let's put it this way: Does this look like the face of sympathy to you?
Derrick Yancey sought to commit the perfect crime to kill his wife. He fell a little short. After picking up a day laborer outside a Stone Mountain, Georgia gas station, they set about working in his yard. After a while the two went into the house for a snack. They went inside and that's when Yancey allegedly shot his wife Linda, and Guatemalan Marcial Cax-Puluc.
According to the story Yancey told a fellow Sheriff's deputy, he had just given his wife $2000 when Cax-Puluc tried to rob her. Yancey said he pulled out a gun, put it to her head and ordered that she "give it up." "Derrick said he said 'Whoa,' and backed up. That's when Linda was shot," the sheriff recalled. It'd be more convincing if Cax-Puluc's roommate and life-long friend hadn't testified that the 23-year old Cax-Puluc didn't speak any English.
There were other inconsistencies in Yancey's story. There was blood on Cax-Puluc's shooting hand consistent with him touching his own wound. There were blood splatters on Yancey's clothing that suggested he'd shot his wife. The gun next to Cax-Puluc was in his left hand, but he was right handed. And in the middle of allegedly giving CPR to his wife while talking to the 911 operator, he got up and went to see if the police had arrived. (His wife was shot in the basement.) The operator testified it was very strange for someone to leave in the middle of giving CPR. Also there was no blood on his face when the cops arrived, even though she was bleeding out of her mouth.
According to his 20-year old son, the couple fought a lot, and Yancey talked about getting a divorce. Six months before she was shot, the 44-year old Linda confided to a co-worker (they both were DeKalb County Sheriffs) that the fights had gotten worse and she feared he might shoot her. (You don't have to be psychic to know how your husband thinks.)
While under house arrest In April of last year, the 51-year old Yancey cut his ankle bracelet and fled to Belize. (Not exactly the actions of a man who believes in his innocence.) He did so on a Saturday morning, knowledgeable that there would be no one working and it'd give him a good head-start. He was apprehended In September, drinking a beer in a bar near the Belize neighborhood where he was living. Last week he was sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison. It will be 60 years before he's eligible for parole.
You'd think by now he'd have learned that crime doesn't pay.
Read last Thursday's Top 5 Police Blunders: Jeffrey Shaw Fired By Trooper Brass For Investigating Child Abuse Charge.