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Kelli Cox

More than three months have passed since Kelli’s remains were discovered in an unmarked grave outside of Houston. The crime baffled investigators

, some of whom are in attendance. Former Denton County Sheriff Benny Parkey handled the initial investigation when he was a Denton police detective in the early ’90s. He died a couple of months ago.

UPDATE at 11:08 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2016: A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the crime spree. See details at the bottom. First posted at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2016.

City and county officials this week put up a $35,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of a suspect they believe has been targeting women in a string of sexual attacks in Hollywood, East Hollywood and Echo Park.

Police say that on Aug. 1, the man entered a woman’s unlocked apartment in the 800 block of North Mariposa Street in East Hollywood at 12:20 p.m. He grabbed the woman before fleeing at the sound of her screams.

gerald.rafferty.sir.mario.owensBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Owens was one of two men sentenced to death for the 2005 slaying of a man who was set to testify in another murder trial — a crime that also killed the victim’s girlfriend. But the sudden removal of a judge who’d been on the case for a decade over a technicality has suddenly thrown the process into turmoil. Westword has the story.

kush_slideshowedit_002Sypho Turner is only 56 years old, but when he sits on the trash-strewn pavement below the Southwest Freeway overpass near the Wheeler Metro Station in Midtown, the low light deepens his cracked skin, turns his toothless smile into a black pit and makes his battered face look like a well-worn catcher’s mitt. He’d pass for at least a few decades older, perhaps even for a corpse. Years of smoking crack cocaine will do that to a man. But the fresh bruises and scabs on his arms and head — “battle scars,” as Sypho excitedly describes them — aren’t from crack. In fact, Sypho says, he hasn’t smoked crack or even weed in a few years. His scars are instead from kush, the new drug of choice among Houston’s homeless.

Kush gets Sypho higher than he’s ever been. He says he practically floats. But he has to be careful — if he doesn’t eat, kush ties his stomach into knots and makes him vomit. Sometimes he blacks out and hallucinates, or feels things crawling on him. He has keeled over on the spot after smoking kush, smacking his head on the unforgiving concrete. He’s woken up in the middle of the street after being hit by a car, and found himself in Bellaire or Acres Homes without the slightest idea how he got there. One time, when he was being transported to Ben Taub Hospital after a bad reaction to kush, he was so uncontrollably violent that he “went berserk” and tried to fight everyone in the ambulance. They had to tie him down and sedate him. “It feels like you’re dying,” Sypho says. “But it’s the best high I’ve ever had. When you wake up, it’s back to normal. You just want more.”

Read the rest of the feature here.

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His attorney told him he could be out of jail in ten days if he took the plea deal — but 58-year-old Gilbert Cruz refused, saying he wasn’t going to plead guilty to something he didn’t do.

He had just been booked on charges of interfering with the duties of a public servant, after a former neighbor, whom Cruz says was recently homeless, called the police on him when Cruz told her he wouldn’t allow her to stay with him. Then she accused Cruz of beating her.

The arrest that would lead to more than two months in Harris County Jail and cause Cruz to lose his job and his car and almost his home, however, had nothing to do with assault — an accusation police and prosecutors agreed did not withstand scrutiny. The Houston Press has the story.

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A mother has been charged with capital murder after drowning her two young children in a bathtub, then hiding their bodies underneath a neighbor’s house.

Houston police arrested 31-year-old Sheborah Thomas after she “matter-of-factly” told a neighbor that she had killed her five-year-old daughter, Kahana, and seven-year-old son, Oraylyn, as the Houston Chronicle reported.

Thomas, who just moved in April to the 3000 block of Tierwester Street near Texas Southern University in Third Ward, was throwing away large bags of trash in a nearby field when her neighbor spotted her, the Chron reported. Thomas told him that she needed to move immediately and asked if he would help her pack up. Noticing her kids weren’t around, the man asked Thomas where they were. That’s when Thomas apparently told him she had drowned them in the tub Friday.

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In 2013, Austin Harrouff was starring as a defensive tackle at Suncoast Community High, a Palm Beach County school ranked among Newsweek’s ten best schools in America at least eight times in the past decade. He’d also been taking advanced-placement classes in the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

So it’s anyone’s guess how he ended up in a Martin County garage yesterday, chewing off parts of a stranger’s face after killing the man and his wife and stabbing their neighbor.

anibal_mustelierMiami-Dade County Department of Corrections

When the U.S. Marshals issued an arrest warrant for Anibal Mustelier back in 1995, Mustelier had a thick head of bushy brown hair sprouting atop his head. His face was unblemished, and light stubble gave his face a youthful glow.

After Mustelier, 66, was arrested on Sunday, his latest mugshot shows that his hair has faded to gray, and his goatee has turned shades of salt and pepper. His cheeks have sunken, and wrinkles snake across his forehead.

He had, after all, spent 26 years in hiding, after working as an alleged “contract killer” and hitman for Colombian drug cartels, including Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. Some even linked Mustelier, also known as “The Ghost,” to Fidel Castro himself.

According to a 2001 Sun-Sentinel report, Mustelier was “feared even by the toughest drug smugglers of Miami’s Cocaine Cowboy days, but at the same time he was an esteemed professional.”

But according to arrest reports obtained by New Times, Hialeah police finally caught the 5’4″ Mustelier after police say he was caught executing a bungled armed robbery on a Hialeah bank.