Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Will Jodi Arias face death penalty in a new trial? Latest update as Arias heads back to court (videos)

Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder for the June 4, 2008, slashing, stabbing and shooting death of her lover Travis Alexander on May 8, 2013. A jury of her peers believed she murdered Alexander in a particularly cruel manner; yet couldn't come to a conclusion whether the 33-year-old should be put to death; spend the rest of her natural life in prison; or even have the possibility of one day
Jodi Arias appears to give a throat-slicing motion in court
making parole. While Arias was found guilty in the criminal or guilt phase of the trial; a mistrial was declared for the sentencing phase. Under Arizona law, Arias will face a second jury panel that will review the details of her case and deliberate regarding the appropriate sentence for the convicted murderer. Should the second jury also be hung; the ruling judge will determine Arias' fate.

Arias' case returns to court on August 26, 2013, for a status hearing in which it will be determined whether the prosecution will move forward with a new trial or come to a predetermined resolution that is in agreement with Travis Alexander's family's wishes.

Judge Sherry Stephens ruled against a defense motion that would have taken the death penalty off the table in the case. As it now stands; Arias continues to face the death penalty. There is a possibility that the sentencing trial could begin in September 2013; we'll know more after the August 26, 2013 hearing.

Meanwhile; Jodi Arias continues to update her Twitter account through friends and has announced a jailhouse book club she started.

Stay tuned as we'll have all the Jodi Arias latest updates and case news following the August 26, 2013, hearing.





Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jodi Arias starts online book club while in jail

When Jodi Arias was convicted of murder and pleaded before a jury of her peers that she should be spared the death penalty for the violently cruel way she slaughtered her lover Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008, she mentioned that one
of the ways she could help society would be to teach fellow inmates how to read. She also wanted to start a recycling program at Arizona's Maricopa County Jail, but apparently, the state already has a prison-based, recycling program.

As Arias is one of the first convicted murderers to use Twitter during her trial and incarceration, it may not comes as any surprise that the aspiring photographer who documented her murderous acts through photos and videos has managed to start an online book club. Arias has previously sold her artwork during her incarceration through friends via an online site: Jodi Arias Artwork

Arias is in the process of compiling a list of books she has read and also has a section on her site where she announces the books and magazines that her fans and supporters have sent to her that she finished reading and donated to the "less fortunate" inmates. "Less fortunate" may be something of a misnomer if Arias is sentenced to death during her upcoming penalty-phase trial. Maybe someone who received one of her books doesn't have as many "fans" on the outside but is facing a limited sentence and will soon see the light-of-day.

Kind of puts things into perspective.

Anyway, Arias has a lot of supporters; that is uncontested. She has sold her artwork for a pretty penny (while keeping her indigent status and being represented by public defenders) and has enough books and magazines sent to her that she made an online request asking for the donations to stop.

No doubt Arias is doing the book club so she will have something to "show" the jury as to why they should find value in her life and not put her to death.

Some of the books on Arias' book club list include: The Twilight Series, Memoirs of a Geisha and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Jodi Arias case returns to court on August 26, 2013, when Judge Sherry Stephens is expected to set a trial date for the penalty phase.

What do you think about Arias' book club?

You may see it here: Jodi Arias Book Club


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Four dead, four wounded as Texas man goes after ex (videos)

A Texas man is currently behind bars after allegedly shooting and killing four people, then shooting and wounding another four in two separate attacks that centered on the man's search for his ex-girlfriend. Police say Erbie Bowser began the rampage in Dallas before moving to the suburban area of DeSoto. The victims'
identities have not been released and it is unclear if Bowser's ex-girlfriend was among the casualties.

Additional reports say that two of the wounded were children ages 11 and 13-years-old. Authorities say Bowser was in possession of explosives.

You may see two videos regarding the crime below.

NY police searching for man who allegedly sexually abused 4-year-old at McDonald's play area (video)

Parents are on guard after a mother reported to police that her 4-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by a man while playing inside one of the tubes inside a Jamaica Queens, New York, McDonald's play area on August 6, 2013. The child has not been named, but according to reports, the young girl was playing in the tube when the suspect crawled into the same tube and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The suspect is described as being in his 20s and surveillance video has been released showing the suspect entering the store. Those with information on the case are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at: 1(800) 577-TIPS.

You may find more information regarding the report at the NY Post here. Click the video below to view the suspect. The NY Post reports authorities are investigating whether the incident is related to a second sexual attack on a child that took place in the same location in March 2013.

How do you feel about this story? Does it give you pause when it comes to letting your child play in areas that feature tunnels?



NYPD investigating possible hate crime as "Heil Hitler" written on Jackie Robinson statue

The NYPD is investigating a possible hate crime as the words "Heil Hitler" and other racist epithets were written on a statute of baseball great Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. The words were written in black marker and not spray painted. A manager working for MCU Park noticed the vandalism Wednesday morning. Fortunately, the words were covered with a drape to prevent young children in the area from seeing them.

The NY Daily News interviewed several people who were at the scene as workers began removing the words from the statue; that is often seen as a symbol of racial harmony. Jackie Robinson made history when he became the first black, baseball player to play in the major league.

The crime is being investigated, and police are hoping video, surveillance footage will lead them to a suspect.


 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cop who took picture of George Zimmerman's driver's license cleared of wrongdoing (videos)

The police officer who pulled over the Florida neighborhood watchman acquitted of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has been cleared of wrongdoing. The officer pulled over George Zimmerman on July 28, 2013, in Foreny, Texas for speeding. Reports stated there was a gun in the vehicle, but that Zimmerman had legal rights to carry it. Zimmerman was subsequently released on speeding with a
warning and admonition to slow down. The police officer took a secret photo of Zimmerman's driver's license in order to prove to others that he had pulled over the infamous shooter.

You may see a video from TMZ, who first broke the story, in the video player below.

Zimmerman left Florida after his acquittal and was in hiding until being pulled over in Texas. It is unknown where Zimmerman is currently staying. His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, faces perjury charges. The next court date in the cases against Shellie Zimmerman is scheduled for August 21, 2013.

 
Florida v. Shellie Zimmerman - Criminal Information and Affidavit of Probable Cause

Source: TMZ

California Amber Alert prompted after family friend allegedly murders mother, child (videos, photos)

On August 3, 2012, Ethan and Hannah Anderson's grandparents reported the children missing. By August 4, 2013, the home Christina Anderson lived in with her temporality out-of-town husband and two children at 2071 Ross Avenue, Boulevard,  CA, was ablaze. Authorities found her deceased body along with the body of a child in the ruins. On August 5, 2013, a California Amber Alert was issued for Hannah Anderson and Ethan. Authorities have not speculated on the identification of the child's remains found in the home; but family members have suggested they believe it is Ethan. Authorities issued the Amber Alert nationwide and have issued a felony warrant for the immediate arrest of James "Jim" DiMaggio. Authorities have described him as a close, family friend. James DiMaggio owned the home.

Ethan and Hannah Anderson Latest News, Updates

Hannah Anderson's close friend has since come public saying that the 16-year-old, pretty blonde, confided in her that "Uncle Jim" revealed he had a crush on her. The disclosure left  her feeling uncomfortable and not wanting to spend time alone with the alleged kidnapper and murderer.

Did she resist his attempts of pursual; therefore DiMaggio acted in this horrific manner?

The children's father, Brett Anderson, was out of town at the time of the murder and abduction and has issued a public plea for DiMaggio to release Hannah. He also told Hannah if she gets a chance to escape to take it. You may see the video from the press conference below.

Please view this updated photo of James "Jim" DiMaggio without facial hair.

James DiMaggio without facial hair





Monday, August 5, 2013

About comments

I don't publish all comments; but I do publish about 99% of them. If your comment isn't being published then it is because you have made a threat against someone, or failed to convey your point in a manner that didn't 100% attack another person's character.

You do not have to agree with any of the commenters or even me. But if you cannot figure out a way to express your disagreement without making personal attacks; your post won't be published.

For the record; there is a bit of a contentious debate taking place in one of the comment sections; but it has proved productive so I have let many comments slide that fall under what I consider offensive.

If your comments aren't being published; try to convey your point in other words.

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