Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Kevin Lyons has been sentenced for the April 2016 killing of Dr. Kenneth Atkinson and the wounding of two women, including his wife. Atkinson’s widow asked the judge in the case to impose the heaviest punishment possible, and he came as close as he could without imposing the death penalty, which prosecutors reluctantly chose not to seek. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Christian Gulzow, the man arrested in a horrific fatal stabbing, is described by two members of The Undertakers, a metal band with which he was once associated, as obsessed with demons, weapons and musical fame that was beyond his ability. They also say that after ending their friendship with him, Gulzow reacted by unleashing violent warnings that are even more disturbing given the current allegations against him. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire:The man identified by police as Christian Gulzow, the suspect in a gruesome fatal stabbing, is known online as both Christöf Gülzow and Nürüm Bellüm, a death-metal vocalist. His various social-media platforms feature multiple images of him with white makeup and gloves sporting long tips of the sort allegedly worn by the killer in the case, and a video on his Instagram account includes violent and bloody knifings. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Jamaal Edwards, who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after a double homicide in January 2015, has been found guilty of a lesser charge in one of the deaths. In the second slaying, the jury failed to reach a verdict, resulting in a mistrial. A new trial has been ordered in the latter case, which took place amid an ugly incident that Edwards is quoted as summing up with the two-word phrase “Shit happened.” Westword has the story.
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.