Browsing: Homicide

img_0871_1_The second suspect in the brutal murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores just became the second suspect to walk out of jail after the Harris County District Attorney’s Office again conceded that it does not have enough evidence to continue prosecuting him for the murder.

Andre Jackson, a 28-year-old ex-Marine, was accused last June of stabbing Josue Flores to death while he walked home from a science party at Marshall Middle School in broad daylight on May 17. Now, however, DA’s office First Assistant Tom Berg said results from a DNA analysis came back, and those results “make it impossible for us to move forward with the case at this time.”

aurora.century.16Reading from the Voice Media empire: Five years ago yesterday, James Holmes killed twelve people and injured seventy others during a screen of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado. In the 24 hours afterward, we published twenty stories that, when viewed in retrospect, capture the terror and confusion unleashed by this horrific crime. Read them here. Westword has the story.

jamaal.edwards.mug.shot.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: Jamaal Edwards, who had previously been found guilty of second-degree murder for killing John Shoeboot in January 2015, has now confessed to culpability in the death of James Clyde Brown during the same incident. But his plea in the Brown case was to manslaughter, not murder, and the admission doesn’t add one day to his sentence for actions that he summed up to investigators by using the two-word phrase, “Shit happened.” Why not? Westword has the story.

ken.gorman.2006.denver.420.rallyReading from the Voice Media empire: This year marks a decade since the still-unsolved murder of 420 Rally founder and groundbreaking marijuana activist Ken Gorman, and the mere mention of his name to friends and loved ones triggers both deep emotion over his loss and anger that his killer or killers have yet to be held responsible for their actions. Westword has the story.

roman.morales.facebook.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: Roman Morales originally claimed to have been insane when he fatally strangled his two-year-old cousin in 2015. But the jury hearing the case ultimately found Morales guilty of first-degree murder under the theory that his bizarre behavior, including claims that he’d somehow been ordered to kill the child, was actually a symptom of psychosis spurred by meth use. Westword has the story.

christian.gulzow.three.facebook.screen.capture.croppedReading from the Voice Media empire: Gulzow, the death-metal scenester accused of murdering Brian Lucero in a restaurant parking lot while wearing white facial makeup and gloves with blades protruding from the fingers, was reported to police last year for threatening to kill another musician, Akira Jadexx. However, no action appears to have been taken against Gulzow as a result of this contact, and he continued to harass Jadexx intermittently until mere months before his arrest for Lucero’s slaying. Westword has the story.

kiaya.campbellBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire:  Prosecutors have announced their intention to charge the fifteen-year-old suspected of murdering Kiaya Campbell, age ten, as an adult. By doing so, they’re following in the footsteps of many previous prosecutors who’ve taken alleged juvenile killers to adult court. Here, see fourteen examples of what happened when they did. Westword has the story.

kevin.lyons.7news.croppedBreakfast 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.

christian.gulzow.one.the.undertakersBreakfast reading from the Voice Media EmpireChristian 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.

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