05-17-2007, 12:26 PM #1
CA - Lavonna McLaughlin, 35, found murdered, San Jose, 28 April 1994
A San Jose policeman makes good with a promis 12 years later. by finding a murder victims Killer
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05-17-2007, 01:54 PM #2Registered User
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05-17-2007, 01:58 PM #3
Thanks JDB for posting this story.
I will continue to pray and have hope that my father and step-mother's murder will also be solved.
I believe in LE and the promise they also made to me and my family.
Made me cry - cuz I can't wait for "MY" phone call from LE.
05-17-2007, 02:56 PM #4
Thanks for posting that story. It brought a few tears to my eyes. It's a reminder that even if a case is not solved immediately they are and do solve them years later.~JMO~
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05-17-2007, 03:12 PM #5
Oh I know one day that phone will ring!!!!!
05-17-2007, 03:23 PM #6Former Member
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05-17-2007, 03:40 PM #7
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.
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05-20-2007, 10:05 PM #9
This police officer is a shining example, i wish stories would be broadcast more often, so more people would have faith in law enforcers, and also set examples for rookies. =)
05-22-2007, 01:40 PM #10Inactive
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"That promise was all the victim's family had for years"
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09-27-2015, 12:12 AM #11
From September 2009:
Former San Jose cheerleader Lavonna McLaughlin struggled so vigorously to block her knife-wielding killer in 1994 that tendons in both her hands were severed.
But the struggle, where she drew blood from her attacker, wasn't entirely in vain, a prosecutor noted Wednesday after a Santa Clara County jury found former janitor Darryl Shearer guilty of first-degree murder for slashing her 27 times until she died. It was DNA from Shearer's blood that led to his arrest and conviction in the 15-year-old cold case.
Defendant moved for a new trial, asserting (1) error in the restriction of his presentation of third-party culpability evidence and (2) insufficiency of the evidence of robbery as a basis for felony murder.
The trial court agreed with him that the verdict was based on "too much... speculation" to support a felony murder theory. It accordingly granted the defense motion in part, reducing the verdict from first-degree to second-degree murder.
The court sentenced defendant to 15 years to life, with a one-year enhancement for the use of the knife, to be served consecutively.
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