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    TX - Jennifer Cave, 21, brutally murdered, Austin, 16 Aug 2005

    The search continues in Austin for a University of Texas student accused in the death of a 21-year-old Corpus Christi woman.

    Police found the body of Jennifer Cave on Thursday in a condominum in a West Campus neighborhood. A family friend says Cave's body had been mutilated.
    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3748371
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    TX - Jennifer Cave, 21, UTA student, found dismembered, Austin, 17 Aug 2005

    The suspect in a brutal homicide in the West Campus area near the University of Texas has been captured.

    Colton Pitonyak, 22, is accused in the grisly killing of Jennifer Cave, 21. He is charged with intentional murder.

    Pitonyak is jailed in the Maverick County jail in Eagle Pass. Authorities say he and an underage female were in Mexico when they were spotted by authorities.

    On Monday, police revealed that the last call Cave made was to a friend just after 1 a.m. Thursday. She was concerned about Pitonyak's behavior. During the call, she told her friend that Pitonyak was very upset after losing his cell phone.

    The next day, Cave's parents called police because she didn't show up for her new job. Cave's stepfather forced his way into Pitonyak's condo and discovered Cave's mutilated body. She had been stabbed, shot and dismembered.

    According to Pitonyak's arrest warrant, police found a receipt from a hardware store the day after his date with Cave. Among the items he bought -- carpet cleaner, a hacksaw, ammonia, an odor eliminator and latex gloves.

    Police say they tracked Pitonyak's cell phone with the help of U.S. Marshals. It showed Pitonak's cell phone was last used in Monterrey, Mexico on the day Cave's body was found.
    http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori....a10e0bc1.html
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    There is another arrest warrant that has been issued in connection with last week's west campus murder.

    Austin Police have charged 21-year-old UT senior Laura Hall with "hindering the apprehension of suspected killer Colton Pitonyak.

    He's is accused of shooting, stabbing and mutilating 21-year-old Jennifer Cave after a dinner date.

    Laura Hall was caught with Colton Pitonyak across the border in Piedras Negras.
    http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp...0&nav=0s3cdo8F
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    The suspect in a brutal homicide in the West Campus area near the University of Texas has been captured.

    Colton Pitonyak, 22, is accused in the grisly killing of Jennifer Cave, 21. He is charged with intentional murder.

    Pitonyak is jailed in the Maverick County jail in Eagle Pass. Authorities say he and an underage female were in Mexico when they were spotted by authorities.

    On Monday, police revealed that the last call Cave made was to a friend just after 1 a.m. Thursday. She was concerned about Pitonyak's behavior. During the call, she told her friend that Pitonyak was very upset after losing his cell phone.

    The next day, Cave's parents called police because she didn't show up for her new job. Cave's stepfather forced his way into Pitonyak's condo and discovered Cave's mutilated body. She had been stabbed, shot and dismembered.

    According to Pitonyak's arrest warrant, police found a receipt from a hardware store the day after his date with Cave. Among the items he bought -- carpet cleaner, a hacksaw, ammonia, an odor eliminator and latex gloves.

    Police say they tracked Pitonyak's cell phone with the help of U.S. Marshals. It showed Pitonak's cell phone was last used in Monterrey, Mexico on the day Cave's body was found.
    http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori....a10e0bc1.html
    Oh my gosh can you believe the horror of what that stepfather had to see when he forced his way into the condo??

    How heartwrenching. I am sure it will stay with him until he dies.

    My heart goes out to the family.

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    Austin police on Friday arrested the UT student who they say fled to Mexico with murder suspect Colton Pitonyak Aug. 17.

    Laura Hall, a UT government senior, is charged with hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony. Bond has been set at $175,000, said police department spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz.

    Pitonyak, a UT finance junior, is charged with the first-degree murder of Jennifer Cave, 21, who was found dead in Pitonyak's West Campus apartment Aug. 18. Austin police found Cave with gunshot and stab wounds and severed limbs.

    Hall and Pitonyak left for Mexico the night of Aug. 17 in her Cadillac, according to the arrest warrant for Hall. Hall told police she went willingly. Mexican authorities detained Pitonyak and Hall, and brought them to Eagle Pass for immigration violations early the following Tuesday, Aug. 23. Hall was released to her father, Loren Hall, and Pitonyak was held in Eagle Pass until Thursday morning when he returned to Austin in custody.

    Hall and Pitonyak's flight to Mexico seemed straight out of "Bonnie and Clyde," said Aziz, Hall's friend and a government junior, told police.

    Hall acted like Pitonyak's girlfriend, Fernandez told police.

    "[Colton is] the most generous, kindest person that I have even been blessed to spend time with," reads Hall's facebook.com profile
    http://www.dailytexanonline.com/medi...e-971139.shtml
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    I recently watched a news program about this case, and am convinced Laura Hall was involved in some part of this murder/dismemberment.

    At the very end of the program they pointed out that Laura had Colton's name tatooed on her ankle AFTER the murder.....

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    New indictment against Laura Hall:

    http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stori...b.2c2e345.html

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    I am reading A DESCENT INTO HELL, by Katheryn Casey (about this case) now, and I am convinced of that Taylor!

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    I saw the show, too... Laura Hall's arrogance and lying was very evident in her interview... you could tell the girl was slinging a line of BS. The 911 call of Cave's parents finding their daughter was just heartbreaking...

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    Laura Hall, Convicted in Dismemberment Slaying of Jennifer Cave, 10 Year Sentence

    Laura Ashley Hall was convicted of felony tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution and was serving a 5 year sentence in connection with the 2005 murder and dismemberment of UT student Jennifer Cave. Colton Pitonyak is also serving a 55 year sentence for his part in Cave's Murder.


    The 3rd Court of Appeals on Feb. 19 overturned the five-year sentence of Laura Ashley Hall-- the appellate court upheld Hall's actual conviction, but ruled that prosecutorial missteps entitle Hall to a new sentencing trial. A new jury will be seated to hear all of the evidence and issue a new verdict re: sentencing. Pending the new trial, Hall is free on $150,000 bond.

    You can read the appellate Opinion here.

    Hall To Get a New Trial, via MyFoxHouston, Feb. 19 2009

    Laura Hall Free On Bond, via The Austin Chronicle, Feb. 27, 2009

    Anyone who hasn't heard about this case should check it out-- very, very disturbing.

    The brutal slaying of Jennifer Cave was profiled during an episode of 48 Hours:
    Read In Too Deep, 48 Hours Transcript.
    Watch the broadcast online here.

    Kathryn Casey also profiled the murder of Jennifer Cave in her true crime book Amazon.com: A Descent Into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder (9780061230875): Kathryn Casey: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51bvG8-79bL.@@AMEPARAM@@51bvG8-79bL

    Jennifer Cave's mother also worked to get the Texas legislature to enact The Jennifer Cave Act, a bill which allows the criminal desecration of a corpse to be prosecuted as a felony.

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    Did anyone else follow this case? I was outraged by Hall's original sentence and am now totally shocked that she's already free!
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    Yes, I have followed this case. I am up the road from UT. I'm completely disgusted and nauseated that she is free. Her original sentence was a farce.
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    I'm reading Kathryn Casey's book right now. I'm just at the part where Colton has been arrested and Laura is telling everyone her story is going to be that they were on vacation and she knew nothing about Jennifer's murder.

    What a horrible, horrible tragedy this was.

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    OMG

    My daughter is finishing up her freshman year at UT as I type...I can't believe I have never heard of this case! She'll also be moving into an apartment in West Campus for the summer - yikes! I'm off to buy the book now....

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    I recently read the book by Kathryn Casey about this case. What a slap on the wrist Laura got.

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    I have never even heard about this case...all I can say is WHAAaaaaaat? she's getting out? S*I*C*K

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