Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: In a jailhouse interview, Joshua Cummings, who has been charged with the execution-style slaying of a security officer, calls himself a “soldier of the Islamic state” and maintains that his actions were done for the “pleasure of Allah.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Cesar Reyes-Marquez has now been found guilty for a second time of killing Servando Morelos-Avila nearly seven years ago. The long delay occurred because the first judgment was tossed out over improper jury instructions. The result was a second trial, during which Reyes-Marquez was convicted of similar charges stemming from a fight that spun out of control, with at least two other people winding up seriously injured. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: John Orlando Sanchez, who goes by his middle name, has been sentenced to life in prison plus an incredible 108 years for the murder of 41-year-old Eric Schnaare. And a newly unsealed arrest affidavit paints a brutal portrait of the slaying. Afterward, Andrew Gutierrez, who was sentenced to life plus sixteen years over the incident, is quoted as saying, “Wasn’t that awesome? That almost made me cum in my pants.” Westword has the story.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Friday moved to recuse her office from a possible retrial of David Temple for the murder of his wife, Belinda — opening the door for a special prosecutor to take the case.
“Our duty is simply to do justice, not just win,” Ogg said in a statement. Here’s the background on the messy case.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Ignacio Luque-Verdugo has been found guilty of murder and more over a triple shooting that forever changed the life of Sergio Cinto-Duran. Sergio’s younger brother, Andres Cinto-Duran, was killed in the incident, and Sergio suffered horrific injuries that have left him paralyzed from the chest down. Here’s why. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Police are actively investigating a murder attempt allegedly committed by Richard Darling a year before his 2015 arrest for an incredibly brutal Halloween night slaying in which he’s accused of dismembering and “filleting” the body of his victim before stuffing it into a barrel and setting it ablaze. And Daniel DeClue is telling us all about it. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The case has garnered national attention, especially in the conservative press, thanks to the revelation that Ever Valles, who’s from Mexico, was released by the sheriff’s department after his arrest for another crime despite his being targeted for deportation. Two months later, he was arrested for his role in a murder. Westword has the story.
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.