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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A year ago, a homicide outside Players Club anchored a roundup of eight slayings at one state’s strip clubs. And the violence connected to such venues didn’t end there. In recent months, there have been two more incidents at so-called gentlemen’s clubs, resulting in a first-degree-murder charge against Jared Chavez. Here are the details of all ten incidents. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “We’ve had violent crimes associated with the transaction of illegal marijuana in increasing numbers. And homicides that might have previously been about cocaine or meth? Now, a huge chunk of those drug homicides are related to the transaction of illegal marijuana.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Wray, who was arrested for alleged sexual assault against a woman at a gas station, has been in trouble with the law before. We first wrote about Wray seven years ago, when he was busted for, among other things, urinating on his wife’s head. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A mistrial has been declared in the case of Michaella Surat, a college student who was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest after an April 2017 incident during which her body-slamming by a police officer was captured in a viral video. See it and get the details here. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Harold Henthorn, whom 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 let stand a July 2017 affirmation of previous rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which rejected Henthorn’s arguments regarding what his writ to the court calls “the doctrine of chances.” Specifically, the document, on view here, maintains 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.