Reading from the Voice Media empire: On Halloween night of 2015, 34-year-old Richard Darling allegedly committed a truly horrific crime. He was accused of murdering an acquaintance, Rey Pesina, then dismembering and “filleting” his body before putting it in a barrel and setting it ablaze. More than two years later, Darling has been found guilty of first-degree murder, and in the wake of the verdict, the district attorney’s office that prosecuted him released his arrest affidavit, which offers shocking details of the circumstances that led to Pesina’s death. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media Empire: Reporters and anchors covering February 14’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999 attack on Columbine High School. But Columbine’s terrible legacy has been felt consistently over the intervening eighteen-plus years. As documented below, the Parkland incident was at least the 208th school shooting to take place in Columbine’s wake. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Hours after the Deputy Heath Gumm, the name and a past booking photo of arrested suspect Dreion Martise Dearing began to surface in local and national media reports. But in the wake of a tweet asking several outlets to remove the mug shot or any reference to Dearing, Sheriff Mike McIntosh essentially castigated the press for compromising the Gumm investigation, even though all of the information appears to have been obtained from official law enforcement sources. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Aidan Zellmer, age fifteen, has been charged as an adult for the June 2017 murder of Kiaya Campbell, a ten year old.. Zellmer, who had not previously been identified by name because of his age, will be among the youngest individuals in his state’s recent history to be prosecuted for a homicide in the adult system. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A year ago, a homicide outside Players Club anchored a roundup of eight slayings at one state’s strip clubs. And the violence connected to such venues didn’t end there. In recent months, there have been two more incidents at so-called gentlemen’s clubs, resulting in a first-degree-murder charge against Jared Chavez. Here are the details of all ten incidents. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “We’ve had violent crimes associated with the transaction of illegal marijuana in increasing numbers. And homicides that might have previously been about cocaine or meth? Now, a huge chunk of those drug homicides are related to the transaction of illegal marijuana.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Harold Henthorn, whom authorities say killed his second wife, Dr. Toni Henthorn, by pushing her off Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. In so doing, the jurists let stand a July 2017 affirmation of previous rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which rejected Henthorn’s arguments regarding what his writ to the court calls “the doctrine of chances.” Specifically, the document, on view here, maintains that the original court biased the jury against him by allowing testimony about the suspicious death of Henthorn’s first wife, Lynn, and a serious accident suffered by Toni the year before her death. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Detectives with the Denver Police Department decline to provide anything other than the most basic details about the double murder at the New Welcome Inn bar, which remains under investigation at this writing, and the Reverend Leon Kelly, a prominent anti-gang activist who’s been in contact with the DPD regarding the thus-far-unsolved case, is also cautious with his words. But following the funeral for victim Guillermo Ornelas, which saw a slew of police officers strategically deployed in the neighborhood around the church where it was held as they kept a watchful eye on mourners, Kelly acknowledges that the incident has “gang overtones.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:The mystery behind the death of mountain-biking pioneer Mike Rust has finally been solved. A jury has found Charles Moises Gonzales guilty of killing Rust, whose remains weren’t found until nearly seven years after he vanished in 2009 under mysterious circumstances. Westword has the story.