CA - William Tillett, 11, kidnapped and murdered, Inglewood, 24 May 1990 *Arrest in 2019*

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  1. MicheleT

    MicheleT Well-Known Member

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    All those perps who thought they got away with crimes 20-40 years ago must be popping Xanax over genealogical DNA testing.

    I like it
     
  3. Reasonable & Just

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    Wow...I am pretty strict about genetic privacy, but I do feel joy when I think about justice for the victims coming after decades of being another "cold case".
     
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    You dont think people who have their DNA in the system should have it used if they committed a heinous crime?
     
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    Definitely no issue with LE/military databases. It's the genealogical and personal DNA testing that I feel iffy about as a consumer privacy issue. People aren't sending their DNA to these businesses in order for them to share or sell it to any other entity, including government agencies. The consumer's intended purpose is very different, and it's not like businesses offer clear privacy disclosures (and people don't read them carefully, anyway). Yet it's hard to argue against the closure of a cold case...
     
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    IMO, if you did nothing wrong, why would it be an issue
     
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    From the article:
    Edward Donell Thomas, 50, was apprehended Feb. 14 in the death of 11-year-old William Tillett, Inglewood police reported Tuesday.

    On the afternoon of May 24, 1990, Tillett was walking home from Kew Elementary School in Inglewood when he was kidnapped in the area of Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to police.

    His body was found later that day in a carport in a Hawthorne neighborhood.

    Police did not confirm how Thomas was identified as a suspect.
     
  8. Reasonable & Just

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    I agree with that and would volunteer it to LE if there was a crime and they were asking for exclusionary DNA (like they did in a few small-town cases I can think of). I wouldn't willingly give any for-profit entity my genetic info, especially since genetic code is shared by family members who may not want their info out there for whatever reason (including possible employer or insurer discrimination - illegal, but hard to prove).

    Regardless, I am thankful that this child's murderer will face justice. William Tillett, rest in peace, sweet boy.
     
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    Haha. YES!
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    @gitana1 - wondering if you could help me on this case. He is in L.A. County & if you could give me the Case # - it would be very much appreciated!
    TIA! :)
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Going to bump up this question for @gitana1 - if you could? TIA! :)
     
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    @Sanz - if you can - could you please look up the Case number for this one for me? TIA! :)
     
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    Thomas, Edward Donell
    NEXT COURT code M30
    NEXT COURT date 04/04/2019
    NEXT COURT time 0830
    NEXT COURT case number BA47516301
    Court Name
    Los Angeles Municipal Div 30
    210 W Temple St
    Los AngelesUPT
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    [​IMG] Sanz!!!!!
     
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    Thursday, April 4th:
    *Arraignment and Plea Hearing (@ 8:30am PT) – CA – William Tillett (11) (May 24, 1990, Inglewood, kidnapped & murdered) - *Edward Donell Thomas (50/22 @ time of crime) arrested (2/14/19), charged (2/20/19) & arraigned (4/4/19) with 1 count of murder during commission of a kidnapping & lying in wait & 1 count of a felon in possession of a firearm. Held without bond.
    DNA link.
    2/20/19 Update: Did not enter plea. Arraignment hearing is reset for 4/4.
     
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    Pomona man pleads not guilty to 1990 killing of 11-year-old boy in Inglewood – Daily Breeze

    A Pomona man pleaded not guilty Thursday to a capital-murder charge stemming from the killing of an 11-year-old boy kidnapped nearly three decades ago while walking home from school in Inglewood.
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    Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Thomas, who also is facing a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
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    He is due back May 1 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to allow the case against him to proceed to trial.
     
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    Wednesday, May 1st:
    *Probable Cause Hearing (@ 8:30am PT) – CA – William Tillett (11) (May 24, 1990, Inglewood, kidnapped & murdered) - *Edward Donell Thomas (50/22 @ time of crime) arrested (2/14/19), charged (2/20/19) & arraigned (4/4/19) with 1 count of murder during commission of a kidnapping & lying in wait & 1 count of a felon in possession of a firearm. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    DNA link.
    2/20/19 Update: Did not enter plea. Arraignment hearing is reset for 4/4.
    4/4/19 Update: Plead not guilty. Next probable cause hearing (to see if enough evidence to go to trial) on 5/1.
     
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    Monday, June 3rd:
    *Preliminary Hearing (@ 8:30am PT) – CA – William Tillett (11) (May 24, 1990, Inglewood, kidnapped & murdered) - *Edward Donell Thomas (50/22 @ time of crime) arrested (2/14/19), charged (2/20/19) & arraigned (4/4/19) with 1 count of murder during commission of a kidnapping & lying in wait & 1 count of a felon in possession of a firearm. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    DNA link.
    2/20/19 Update: Did not enter plea. Arraignment hearing is reset for 4/4.
    4/4/19 Update: Plead not guilty. Next probable cause hearing (to see if enough evidence to go to trial) on 5/1.
    5/1/19 Update: Probable cause found to bind over for trial. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3.
     
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