Reading from the Voice Media empire:Last year, aspiring rapper Michael House was gunned down in a motel parking lot while defending his girlfriend. Now, Jose Ocampo has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic incident, to which his alleged co-conspirator, Kenneth Bastidos, previously admitted his guilt. The verdict came as a blessed relief to Danielle House, Michael’s sister. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Back in 2015, we told you the shocking story of Desmond Smith, a fourteen-year-old allegedly murdered over a Cricket cellphone. More than two years later, three men have been sentenced in the case, which began with a particularly senseless act of violence and escalated into family drama in which a son agreed to testify against the father whose crime involved covering up for him and his uncle. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, popularly known as the “Fatal Attraction” killer, hasbeen granted parole following a bumpy ride through the criminal-justice system. In 2011, her sentence for murder was commuted by then-governor Bill Ritter, but the state parole board subsequently rejected three appeals centered largely on the depth of her Christian faith. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The day after Devin Kelley murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted that the tragedy has pushed the April 20, 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, from the list of America’s ten worst mass shootings. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Earlier this month, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested for allegedly killing three people at a suburban Walmart. In the immediate aftermath of the slayings, we learned much more about Ostrem’s victims, Victor Vasquez, Pam Marques and Carlos Moreno, and the man who apparently took their lives at random. Far from being a terrorist, Ostrem appears to be another angry, frustrated white man taking out his failings on innocent people. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Theater shooter James Holmes has been on the move within the prison system since a 2015 attack on him by Mark “Slim” Daniels, who apologized in a letter for being unable to send the man who killed twelve people and injured seventy others at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, to “Satan’s lake of fire.” Now, for the first time in more than a year, we finally know his location. At present, he’s being held at the United States penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: More than eighteen years after deputy DA Rebecca Bartee’s June 7, 1999 murder, authorities have made an arrest, booking Robert Lee Williams, a seventy-year-old who was still living in the apartment building where the slaying took place. Here’s how they got him. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, nicknamed the “Fatal Attraction” killer, after slaying her lover’s wife, has been denied parole three times over the past six years. She’s now made her fourth appeal, arguing that “I can’t honor my victim’s death by being a hooligan” and touting a religious rebirth that has included the release of multiple gospel music albums and regular online essays celebrating the Christian faith. The appeal will now be heard by the full parole board. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Senior Judge Christopher Munch’s ruling upholding the death-penalty conviction of Sir Mario Owens in a 2005 double homicide, was remarkable not so much for its conclusions as for its sheer bulk. Weighing in at close to 1,400 pages, it’s the War and Peace of judicial reasoning — and a good indication of how complex the case has become through more than a decade of legal maneuvering, a labyrinthine journey to one state’s lethal-injection gurney that’s far from over. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: John Ramsey, father of JonBenét Ramsey, who was murdered in her Boulder, Colorado home on Christmas Day 1996, has filed a $350 million lawsuit against CBS and assorted individuals associated with The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, a 2016 docuseries in which a panel of experts concluded that Burke Ramsey, JonBenét’s brother, killed his sister with a blow to the head. In an interview on view here, Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood, who also represents Bruke in a similar complaint filed late last year, maintains that the suit isn’t specifically intended to prevent news organizations from making such claims in the future, but he’s fine if it has that effect. Westword has the story.