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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:Back in 2013, we told you about Boobies Rock!, which sent hot girls into bars to sell merchandise emblazoned with the company’s name that supposedly raised money to fight cancer — although many, if not most, of the proceeds allegedly went into the pocket of the organization’s founder, Adam Shryock. Over the years that followed, Shryock went to jail several times for reasons related to this and other scams, and now he’s headed back again, for failing to file a tax return in regard to his ill-gotten gains. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Mere months after getting a tattoo on the left side of his chest that read “Save Your Heart for Someone Who Leaves You Breathless,” Corey Clemons’s heart stopped. In the immediate aftermath of his fatal shooting in Aurora two years ago, few details were released, and that remained the case even after Lloyd Rickey Henderson was arrested and charged with the crime days later. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Harold Mortis has been sentenced to forty years in prison for the 2016 murder of Tyrone Adair Jr., a performer better known to local music lovers as BossMan Goodie. But Mortis’s senseless act also played a major part in the death of the hip-hop club where the slaying took place, even though the nightspot didn’t close for good until nearly a year later. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: On Halloween night of 2015, 34-year-old Richard Darling allegedly committed a truly horrific crime. He was accused of murdering an acquaintance, Rey Pesina, then dismembering and “filleting” his body before putting it in a barrel and setting it ablaze. More than two years later, Darling has been found guilty of first-degree murder, and in the wake of the verdict, the district attorney’s office that prosecuted him released his arrest affidavit, which offers shocking details of the circumstances that led to Pesina’s death. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media Empire: Reporters and anchors covering February 14’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 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. But Columbine’s terrible legacy has been felt consistently over the intervening eighteen-plus years. As documented below, the Parkland incident was at least the 208th school shooting to take place in Columbine’s wake. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Hours after the Deputy Heath Gumm, the name and a past booking photo of arrested suspect Dreion Martise Dearing began to surface in local and national media reports. But in the wake of a tweet asking several outlets to remove the mug shot or any reference to Dearing, Sheriff Mike McIntosh essentially castigated the press for compromising the Gumm investigation, even though all of the information appears to have been obtained from official law enforcement sources. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court has upheld a lower court’s decision to reverse David Bueno’s first-degree murder conviction because evidence that might have helped him was withheld in his death-penalty case. To attorney David Lane, who represents Bueno, the ruling casts shame on prosecutors even as it and other controversial cases, including those pertaining to two other death-row residents, undermine the argument for capital punishment in general. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Aidan Zellmer, age fifteen, has been charged as an adult for the June 2017 murder of Kiaya Campbell, a ten year old.. Zellmer, who had not previously been identified by name because of his age, will be among the youngest individuals in his state’s recent history to be prosecuted for a homicide in the adult system. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A feared confrontation between members of a white supremacists group and Antifa protesters outside a controversial college campus event came to pass. Although no arrests took place, multiple reports say things got physical between the antagonists, with injuries suffered on both sides. A post on the Antifa group’s Facebook page offers this summary: “Cause and effect…. Don’t be a fucking Nazi.” Westword has the story.