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    NY - Jerica Rhodes, 7, stabbed to death, Highland Falls, 27 Jan 2005

    http://www.newsday.com/news/nationwo...tion-headlines

    Girl, 7, Found Stabbed to Death at School

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    By MICHAEL VIRTANEN
    Associated Press Writer

    January 27, 2005, 4:57 PM EST

    HIGHLAND FALLS, N.Y. -- A 7-year-old girl was found stabbed to death at a parochial school Thursday, and the son of a former village police chief is among those being questioned.

    The girl's body was discovered about 75 minutes after classes started Thursday morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus School, police Chief Peter Miller said. It was not immediately clear when or where the child was killed.

    Parents rushed to pick up their children after learning of the slaying.

    Police, who did not identify the slain student, said they were questioning several people in the death, including Chris Rhodes, 27, the son of former Highland Falls police Chief Linwood Rhodes Jr. Authorities did not disclose Chris Rhodes' connection to the girl or the names of anyone else being questioned.

    A woman who answered the phone number listed for Linwood Rhodes declined to comment.

    The school, run by the Roman Catholic archdiocese of New York, has 240 students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.

    The school will remain closed Friday, but counselors will be available to help students and family members, said diocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling. Each school family was to be called Thursday evening, he said.

    "We recognize the impact this can have on the broader community as well," Zwilling said.

    Highland Falls is near West Point, about 50 miles up the Hudson River from New York City.

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    This kind of thing makes me so sick and sad!

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    Just heard on the radio her Father has been arrested and charged with the stabbing!!
    The saints are the sinners who keep trying...

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    I just read an article this morning that said the dad wasn't a suspect. What the heck is the matter with parents????? How can they do this to their own babies?????

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    How could he do that? to his own little girl

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    How utterly sad. Sick *astard!

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    Found A Link!!

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145706,00.html


    Not too much info other than they think he did it................weird and sad case isnt it??
    The saints are the sinners who keep trying...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato
    How utterly sad. Sick *astard!

    This is so puzzling... from what was on Greta..........this little girl was suppose to be this father's life.........she was everything to him. He is saying he did not harm her but who knows .....but why would he? He took her to school...if he was going to kill her for some unknown reason why would he do it at school? No one saw him kill her...from what Greta said.

    On Greta I think this man's father is the Police Chief of that town. The little girl lived with her grandfather the P.C. The father took her to school everyday and picked her up.

    The grandfather said that he has had Jerico ever since she was 5 months old.

    Such a tragedy and she was so pretty.

    Oh well........I hope we hear more about what happened and why a father would do such a terrible thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by messiecake
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145706,00.html


    Not too much info other than they think he did it................weird and sad case isnt it??
    Yes it is a weird case..........and they are charging him with second degree? Why second? Strange.

    Ocean
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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanblueeyes
    The grandfather said that he has had Jerico ever since she was 5 months old.

    Such a tragedy and she was so pretty.


    Ocean
    I have looked for pictures of her and haven't found any yet. Do you have a link to one? Thanks in advance~


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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoMom
    I have looked for pictures of her and haven't found any yet. Do you have a link to one? Thanks in advance~
    No IdahoMom......I dont.....have you tried Greta's site...that is where I saw her picture (on Greta's show)......she was adorable.

    Ocean
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    Man convicted in slaying of girl in his custody

    Man convicted in slaying of girl in his custody

    GOSHEN, N.Y. A 28-year-old man was convicted of killing a 7-year-old girl whom he had treated as his daughter.

    Christopher Rhodes of Highland Falls was convicted by an Orange County jury of second-degree murder today.


    The body of Jerica Rhodes was found in the boys bathroom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highland Falls on January 27th. She had been stabbed multiple times.


    Prosecutors obtained an indictment against Christopher Rhodes based partly on D-N-A evidence they said linked him to the crime. Though Rhodes had custody of the girl, further D-N-A analysis determined he was not her biological father.

    http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4155120&nav=4QcS

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    Alleged killer, fiancée both testify at murder trial

    Some Defense Testimony from the Trial:

    defense witnesses in his Orange County Court trial Friday.
    Rhodes is accused of murdering his daughter Jerica back on January 27 th at the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Highland Falls.

    Defense attorney Sol Lesser called his client to the stand yesterday afternoon to give his account of what he did the day seven-year-old Jerica was murdered, and to talk about his experiences while being held at the county jail in Goshen over the past 10 months.

    Rhodes contradicted almost every statement given by police investigators who were present at his house on 72½ Mountain Avenue, and at the Village of Highland Falls Police Department, on the day of the murder.

    Rhodes made several claims that police threw him on the ground shortly after showing up at his house when they returned from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and that he wasn’t told he was being arrested, when he said he felt he was. Rhodes also claimed that he was mistreated at the police station. He said he was denied a phone call several times, denied a visit to the bathroom several times; and when he did go use the facilities, an officer waited outside the bathroom for him.

    Rhodes was also denied his right to leave the police station even after police told him he was not under arrest.

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    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/Rh...al-19Nov05.htm

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    Fiancée grilled at Rhodes murder trial

    Some Prosecution Testimony from the Trial
    The defense in the Christopher Rhodes murder trial came to a slow, sharp turn this morning as one of their key witnesses told them that she wouldn’t be continuing her testimony today. They also told the court that they will be calling their client as a witness in his own trial later this afternoon.

    Rhodes is standing trial for the murder of Jerica Rhodes, a seven-year-old girl he raised as his own daughter.

    Tammy Holmes, Christopher’s fiancée, told defense attorney Sol Lesser that she would be pleading the Fifth Amendment to all questions she would be asked by the prosecution due to fear that she would incriminate herself.

    She failed to be specific in her reasoning, so the judge ordered her to be held in custody at the courthouse until she retained counsel.

    Lesser called private investigator Ferrell Tannenbaum to the stand in Holmes’ absence to testify on his observations of a video obtained from a True Value Hardware store which he claimed shows the defendant’s vehicle on Main Street in Highland Falls around 8:20 a.m.

    Lesser claimed earlier in the trial that his client was plainly just going about his normal routine of dropping his daughter off at school, then heading back home to 72 ½ Mountain Avenue.


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    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/Rhodes_AM-18Nov05.htm

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    I think I will post the rest of this in the trial forum...
    it's all so sad
    I just saw the updates today and found this thread and wanted
    to make sure everyone knew.
    There's justice now for Jerica Rhodes.

    Prayers for her and God rest her sweet little soul

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