Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Four years after the brutal murder of 22-year-old Christopher Bryant Jr. outside an Aurora sports bar and the serious wounding of his friend, Demetrey Adams, the last of three people charged in the shooting has finally been sentenced. Daeshaun Howard, who is now 22, is the second conspirator to be given life without the possibility of parole for a crime that prosecutors say took place after Bryant danced with a woman who’d been with Howard and company. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard Kirk has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for murdering his wife, Kristine Kirk, nearly three years ago, shortly after he’d consumed a marijuana edible. During the hearing at which this punishment was formalized, Kirk implied that the pot candy had spurred the killing, saying, “I had no idea how it would affect me…. I’m so sorry that I became the monster that I was supposed to protect them from.” But a major cannabis business organization maintains that legal marijuana actually reduces crime instead of increasing it. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard stabbed his wife to death in the home of her brother, where she’d taken refuge along with her five kids. Days before, police believe Richard kidnapped and sexually assaulted her. But while this tragedy didn’t fall through the cracks, plenty of other examples of domestic violence do — and one person is trying to prevent it from happening. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Luke Pelham has a chromosomal disorder that causes him to misread social cues and have difficulty understanding adult interactions. But that didn’t stop prosecutors from finding him guilty of felony murder for a killing in which he wasn’t even present. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Wallin allegedly took the child by the feet and threw her into a wall, causing severe injury and an alarming temperature spike. But her lovers says she didn’t want to call 911 for fear that her actions would lead to her losing custody of her biological children. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The case against Kirk was among the biggest of 2014 in part because Kirk was said to have been under the influence of a marijuana edible at the time of the shooting and speculation suggested he would claim in court that the slaying resulted from a bad reaction to it. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A new study of police shootings in one major U.S. city between 1983 and 2012 concludes that approximately 47 percent of them were questionable, 18 percent were problematic and just 35 percent were what co-author Robert Durán considers to be legitimate. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The former head of a Texas jiu-jitsuka academy who had recently moved to Colorado, Cummings expressed antipathy for police in multiple posts that remained online even as reports surfaced that he reportedly had “Muslim documents” on his person when he was taken into custody and spoke in what sources described as “an Arabic language.” Westword has the story.