Reading from the Voice Media empire: One of the most disturbing crime stories in the nation over recent weeks involves Vincent Terry, who was arrested in Florida for allegedly killing his pregnant wife, Chrystal Terry, and taking photos of her corpse. But a connection to the case we reported about four years ago makes the incident even more horrific. After an arrest in Florida for another bizarre incident, Terry was transported back to the state where he was wanted for attempting to kill Chrystal. However, she refused to cooperate with authorities, resulting in his release, which made the latest tragedy possible. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In recent weeks, Richard Darling was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for allegedly killing, dismembering and “filleting” the body of Rey Pesina in a homeless encampment on Halloween 2015. The sentence would seem to offer some solace to Candace Chamberlain, who was romantically involved with both men before getting caught in the middle of their fatal conflict. But more than two years later, she’s still struggling to deal with her memories from that awful day. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month has sparked plenty of conversation about whether new gun-control laws are needed. Against this backdrop, Sheriff Lou Vallario has stirred controversy aplenty by way of a Facebook video in which he suggests that blaming weapons for such incidents is flat-out nonsensical. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make schools gun-free zones to prevent return fire during the lethal April 20, 1999 attack that took the lives of twelve students and a teacher. And a TV news cameraman who covered Columbine backs up the attendees’ account. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Reporters and anchors covering the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have 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 in Littleton, Colorado. But there’s another tie between these tragedies beyond bloodshed and heartache. Politicians and stakeholders desperate to deflect calls for tougher gun laws are once again suggesting that violence in popular culture is more responsible for what happened in Parkland than are easily procured weapons. And as was the case after Columbine, one of the main whipping boys is actor Keanu Reeves. Really. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:This October, former Carolina Panthers star Rae Carruth is scheduled to be freed from the prison where he was sent after being convicted of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams in 1999, when she was eight months pregnant. Cherica’s child, Chancellor Adams, survived the ordeal but suffers from cerebral palsy linked to his traumatic birth, and Carruth wants to have a relationship with the now-eighteen-year-old upon his release, as he makes clear in an open letter. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: As we’ve reported, the body of Jeanna Leslie was found in her downtown Denver apartment. The former San Antonio, Texas, schoolteacher, who’d moved to Colorado mere months earlier and quickly fallen in love with the Mile High City, had been stabbed to death. Now, Terry Dunford, described as a homeless man she’d been trying to help, has been arrested for her slaying, and according to an arrest affidavit accessible below, he made investigators’ job easy by leaving behind a staggering number of clues to his identity. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jeanna Leslie, 49, was a vibrant free spirit who recently moved from Texas to Denver and quickly fell in love with the community, as she documented in words and photos on her Facebook page. But her obvious joy and excitement over moving into a downtown apartment and starting a new adventure now echoes with poignancy. The page has become a heartbreaking memorial to Leslie, who was stabbed to death in her Mile High City home. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: After Joshua Cummings was arrested for the January 31, 2017 execution-style slaying of security officer Scott Von Laken, his statements about being a soldier for the Islamic stae suggested that the killing might have been an act of terrorism. But at trial, the simple, shocking facts of the case, not ISIS, took center stage, and at the conclusion of a brisk three day’s worth of hearings, Cummings was found guilty of first-degree murder. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The Office of the Medical Examiner has identified the two victims of a double homicide as Byron Ware, seventeen, and Abisai Ponce Gutierrez, eighteen. As their loved ones mourn their shocking deaths, which took place on the same block where the burning body of a murder victim was dumped just eighteen months ago, members of the community planned a march to call for an end of violence in the fast-growing neighborhood. Westword has the story.