kirsten.russell.lockett.richard.lockett.facebook.1Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard stabbed his wife to death in the home of her brother, where she’d taken refuge along with her five kids. Days before, police believe Richard kidnapped and sexually assaulted her. But while this tragedy didn’t fall through the cracks, plenty of other examples of domestic violence do — and one person is trying to prevent it from happening. Westword has the story.

nicho.garcia.tweetBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: An unidentified twenty-year-old man was smoking a cigarette while sitting on a stoop outside his apartment complex on West Plum Street when Garcia, also twenty, appeared and began draining his lizard. When the man asked him to stop, Garcia allegedly paid him back for his temerity by slugging him repeatedly. Westword has the story.

brittney.westphalBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Brittney Westphal, who was at the center of a startling November 2016 exposé revealing that seven of ten sexual-assault reports in the city where she lived during the previous two years weren’t prosecuted, and Kendra Heuer, whose attacker, former college student Austin Wilkerson, received no jail time despite being convicted of unlawful sexual assault against her, have joined with Lizzie Stelten, another sexual-assault survivor, to create a new and novel support group that will be meeting for the first time on April 18. Westword has the story.

kelsie.jean.schelling.facebook.800Breakfast reading from the Voice Media EmpireThere’s been a major development in the search for Kelsie Jean Schelling, who went missing in February 2013 shortly after learning she was pregnant. After executing a search warrant, police began excavating the backyard of a home formerly occupied by Donthe Lucas, the boyfriend with whom Schelling was scheduled to meet around the time of her disappearance. Westword has the story.

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Miami-Dade’s top prosecutor, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, has recently faced a tidal wave of criticism from police-reform activists for her reluctance to prosecute cops who kill on the job. Today, Rundle did something she’s never done in her 24 years in office: charged an officer for an on-duty shooting.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced it has charged North Miami SWAT Officer Jonathan Aledda with felony attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence after Aledda shot Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man, in July 2016. Kinsey was simply trying to help an autistic man, Arnaldo Rios-Soto, out of the street when a bystander called 911 and said Rios-Soto might have been holding a gun. Rios-Soto was, in fact, holding a toy truck when Aledda fired his weapon.

A cell-phone video caught Kinsey lying on his back with his arms in the air, repeatedly stressing he was complying with cops, and begging officers not to shoot just before he was hit.