Reading from the Voice Media empire: Darius Ratcliff has been found guilty of first-degree assault against the peace officer who shot him on July 31, 2016, the day before his twentieth birthday. Exactly a year later and one day before he turned 21, he was scheduled to be back in court for a hearing related to a separate murder charge, with that prosecution to be followed by four more related to multiple counts of attempted murder and burglary, as well as a failed escape attempt. But something went awry. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has affirmed the conviction of Harld Henthorn, who authorities say killed his second wife, Dr. Toni Henthorn, by pushing her off Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. In so doing, the jurists unanimously rejected Henthorn’s argument that the original court biased the jury against him by allowing testimony about the suspicious death of Henthorn’s first wife, Lynn, and a serious accident suffered by Toni the year before her death. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: George Brauchler, who prosecuted James Holmes for the 2012 theater shooting that killed twelve people and injured seventy others, is running for governor in 2018 — and he’s using Shawn Geerdes’s conviction for murdering Jason Dosa nearly three years ago as an opportunity to criticize legal pot, even though the marijuana grow in which the two partnered was illegal. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The reward being offered for information about the person or persons who killed Travis Mason, a former Marine who was fatally shot while working as a security guard at a marijuana dispensary in June 2016, has been increased to $55,000, more than triple the original amount. Authorities hope the increase will help break the case that’s remained unsolved for more than a year. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: There are new developments in a high-profile homicide case that stretches back sixteen years, to the 2001 violent death of Jennifer Blagg and the disappearance of her six-year-old daughter, Abby. The investigation seemed to have reached a resolution in 2004, when a jury found Michael Blagg guilty of Jennifer’s murder. Prosecutors presented evidence that he’d shot her in the face while she was in bed and took her body to a dumpster at his business; police found the body in a local landfill. (Abby has never been found, alive or dead, and Blagg was never charged with her murder.) Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: For years, the tragic 2012 murder of Dylan Redwine shared one major element in common with the JonBenet Ramsey case. In both slayings, a parent or parents were under suspicion, yet law enforcers never brought criminal charges. That changed when Mark Redwine, Dylan’s father, was arrested in Bellingham, Washington, on suspicion of killing his son. And a grand jury indictment released in the wake of the bust and accessible here reveals why, in greater detail than has been previously shared with the public. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: David Batty has pleaded guilty to killing Tonya Lei Webster, a mother of two, in March 2016 and placing her body in a trunk. And while the arrest affidavit in the case remains sealed at this writing, prosecutors have revealed that Webster was violated with a baseball bat after her death. Warning: The details of this case may disturb some readers. Westword has the story.
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.”
Reading 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.