Trials & Sentencings set to begin in NOVEMBER, 2020

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    For the week of Monday, Nov. 9th thru Friday, Nov. 13th:

    Monday, Nov. 9th:
    *Trial continues (Day 5) (@ am ET) – SC – Matthew Autry (29) & Shawn David Anderson (35) (July 27, 2018, Socestee; shot, stabbed & burned in car) – for *Zachary Kane Stell (31) arrested (7/1/18), charged (7/30/18), indicted (11/14/18) & arraigned (4/16/20) with 2 counts of murder, 1 count of 1st degree arson, 1 count of possession of drugs & 1 count of unlawful weapons. Held without bond, which was denied on 7/29/18.
    Trial began on 11/2/20.
    Court info from 9/17/28 thru 11/2/20 (jury selection) reference post #133 here:
    SC - Matthew Autry, 29 & Shawn David Anderson, 35, in burned vehicle, Socastee Jul 27 2018 *arrest*

    11/3/20 Trial Day 1 Tuesday: Opening statements by Assistant Solicitor Car Walker & defense attorney Brad Richardson. State witnesses: No info yet. Trial continues on 11/4/20.
    11/4/20 Trial Day 2 Wednesday: State witnesses: Witness Jeret Lloyd Cox failed to appear as witness. No other info available. Trial continues on 11/5.
    11/5/20 Trial Day 3 Thursday: State witnesses: No info available. Trial continues on 11/6/20.
    11/6/20 Trial Day 4 Friday: State witnesses: David Cook (accomplice). State rested their case. Defense Attorney Brad Richardson focused on Cook’s statements to police as he cross-examined his case & called witnesses. No info on defense witnesses. Trial continues on 11/9/20.
    *Michael Wixted Faile (37) – 9/8/20: Plead guilty. Sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    *David Lee Cook (44) – Trial was supposed to start in July, 2020 cancelled due to COVID. No update as of 11/5/20.
    *William David Tatum (37) – Trial was supposed to start in July, 2020 cancelled due to COVID. No update as of 11/5/20.
    *Jeret Lloyd Cox (29) – No update as of 11/5/20.
    *Miranda Nicole Owens – 9/17/18: Last Order: Appointment of attorney with co-defendants. No other update as of 11/5/20.
    *Shannon Ray Little – No update as of 11/5/20.


    *Trial continues (Day 6) (@ 9am CT) – OK – Alize Ramon “Gotta Twin” Smith (21) & Jarron Keonte “400” Moreland (21) (April 14, 2018, Moore; shot, dismembered, chained to cinder blocks & thrown in pond, April 18, 2018) – *Johnny Shane Barker (43/now 45) “mom’s BF” arrested (4/17/18), charged (4/18/18) & arraigned (1/9/19) with accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder, desecrating a human corpse for purpose of impeding or prohibiting the detection, investigation or prosecution of a crime and/or altering, inhibiting or concealing the ID of a crime victim. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    Trial began on 11/2/20.
    Court information from 12/21/18 thru 5/25/20 reference post #104 here:
    Found Deceased - OK - Alize Smith, 21, & Jarron Moreland, 21, Moore, 14 Apr 2018 *Arrest*

    10/29/20 Update: Trial begins on Monday, 11/2/20.
    11/2/20 Trial Day 1 Monday: No info yet. Trial continues on 11/3/20.
    11/3/20 Trial Day 2 Tuesday: No info yet. Trial continues on 11/4/20.
    11/4/20 Trial Day 3 Wednesday: No info yet. Trial continues on 11/5/20.
    11/5/20 Trial Day 4 Thursday: No info yet. Trial continues on 11/6/20.
    11/6/20 Trial Day 5 Friday: No info yet. Trial continues on 11/9/20.
    *Crystal Rachelle Boettler – 3/17/20: Plead guilty. Sentenced to 45 years under the supervision of the OK DOC, except the first 20 years in the custody of OK DOC, running concurrently with credit for time served (20 in/25 out). 2 years post imprisonment supervision.
    *Brett Aaron Boettler - 5/1/19: Boettler withdrew his not guilty plea, and instead plead guilty to the charges. A judge sentenced (technically) received a life sentence, but the district attorney’s office said that he will end up serving 30 years in prison & 15 years on probation.
    *Kevin Don Garcia-Boettler - 5/1/19: Garcia-Boettler withdrew his not guilty plea, and instead plead guilty to the charges. A judge sentenced to 25 years.


    *Trial continues with Jury Selection Voir Dire (Day 7) (@ 8am MT) - CO - Dylan Nicholas Redwine (13) (Nov. 19, 2012, Broomfield; found about 8 miles up Middle Mountain Road, a dirt road that cuts through the San Juan National Forest, about 100 yards from the road, directly off an ATV trail on June 27, 2013 & Nov. 1, 2015 his skull was found) - *Mark Allen Redwine (55/now 58), "father" indicted (6-20-17) of 2nd degree murder & child abuse resulting in death. Plead not guilty. $750K bond.
    Jury Trial began on 10/29/20 with jury selection (trial thru 12/9/20 per court site) will be a 12-person jury with 2 alternates. The court expects opening statements to begin the morning of Monday, Nov 9 has been moved further in the week.
    Previous court hearings from 9/10/17 thru 10/27/20 & Jury Selection (Day 1-3) 10/29/20 to 11/2/20 reference post #80 here:
    Found Deceased - CO - Dylan Nicholas Redwine, 13, Broomfield, 19 Nov 2012 *father arrested*

    11/3/20 Jury Selection Day 4 Tuesday: No public/no cameras. Jury voir dire. Continues on 11/4/20.
    11/4/20 Jury Selection Day 5 Wednesday: no public/no cameras. Brief hearing in morning regarding subpoenas. Audio will resume in the afternoon of 11/5/20 at the conclusion of individual voir dire.
    11/5/20 Jury Selection Day 6 Thursday: Trial has been temporarily suspended after District Judge Jeffrey WIlson overseeing the case said he woke up Thursday morning with mild COVID-19 symptoms & is now awaiting test results before being able to resume court proceedings. Wilson said he was tested via nasal swab Thursday morning, the results of which should be available Saturday. He also took a blood test, which came back Thursday afternoon showing a negative result. According to procedures put in place to hold the trial during the pandemic, Wilson said court proceedings will be suspended until the nasal swab test comes back. If both tests come back negative, the trial will resume as planned, though opening statements, which were scheduled for Monday, will have to be pushed back a few days to complete jury selection. If the nasal swab test comes back positive, Wilson said he will declare a mistrial, effectively canceling the trial. Jury selection continues on Monday, 11/9/20.
    11/6/20 Friday: The Court has received negative test results for COVID for the Judge. Court orders that for the 39 jurors who have participated in individual voir dire & have not been excused for cause, the Court will complete voir dire process on Monday, 11/9/20. Vori dire shall be conducted according to the following schedule: 8:30am: 19 members of the venire in the courtroom with 14 in the training room; 8:45am: State attorney voir dire, 45 minutes each side; 10:15am: Excuse the 19 jurors from the courtroom, conduct challenges for cause, then clean the courtroom; 10:30am: Attorney voir dire of the 14 jurors from the training room, 20 minutes each side; 10:45am: Excuse the 14 jurors from the courtroom, then conduct challenges for cause. If 28 total members of the venire remain, preemptory challenges will be exercised. If less than 28 total members remain, clean the courtroom; and, 11am: Attorney voir dire of the remaining 6 jurors from the initial 39 jurors, 30 minutes each side, then excuse the 6 potential jurors. Challenges for cause will then be exercised. If 28 total members of the venire remain, premptory challenges will be exercised. If necessary, 2pm: Individual voir dire of jurors numbered 49, 51-56 (50 was excused); and, 3pm: Individual voir dire of jurors numbered 57-67. If additional individual voir dire is necessary, the Court will issue further orders scheduling the attorneys' voir dire of the remaining panel.


    *Trial Continues (Day 11)-VERDICT WATCH! (@ 9am PT) – WA – Jody Loomis (20) (Aug. 23, 1972, Mill Creek) - *Terrence Miller (30 @ time of crime/77/now 78) arrested (4/10/19), charged (4/12/19) & arraigned (4/15/19) with 1st degree premeditated murder. Plead not guilty. $1M bond reduced (5/31/19) to $750K, back (7/17/19) to $1M. Out on bond.
    Parabon Nanolabs/GEDMatch (DNA match from a coffee cup to that of semen collected from Loomis’ boots).
    Release on bond conditions: having to wear an ankle monitor and only being permitted to leave the house for certain reasons such as the court, grocery shopping & doctor’s appointments.
    Trial began on 10/26/20 (3 to 4 week trial to 11/16). Jury selection was from 10/19 to 10/23/20.

    Court info from 4/12/19 thru 10/16/20 & Jury selection (10/19-10/23/20) & Trial Day 1-5 (10/26/20-10/30/20) reference post #101 here:
    VERDICT WATCH - WA - Jody Loomis, 20, Mill Creek, raped/shot, 23 August 1972, *Arrest in 2019 DNA*

    11/2/20 Trial Day 6 Monday: Order: edits to court reporter transcript; Ex-Parte action with order. Trial continues on 11/3/20.
    11/3/20 Trial Day 7 Tuesday: No info available yet. Trial continues on 11/4/20.
    11/4/20 Trial Day 8 Wednesday: No info available yet. Trial continues on 11/5/20.
    11/5/20 Trial Day 9 Thursday: State witnesses: Snohomish County sheriff’s detective Kendra Conley. Jail phone call with his wife was played for jurors. State rested their case. Defense called no witnesses. No other info. Trial continues on 11/6/20.
    11/6/20 Trial Day 10 Friday: Closing arguments by Deputy prosecutor Craig Matheson & defense attorney Laura Martin. An attorney read a brief agreed-upon statement detailing how a detective had searched Miller’s electronics but found nothing relevant to the case. With that, the defense rested without calling any witnesses. Rebuttal by deputy prosecutor Bob Langbehn. Jury started deliberations. Jurors deliberated for about four hours Friday. Superior Court Judge David Kurtz sent them home for the weekend, and instructed them to resume their discussions Monday, 11/9/20.


    *Trial continues with Jury Selection (Day 12) (@ 9am PT) – CA – Denise Lampe (19) (April 1, 1976, Daly City) – *Leon Melvin Seymour (30 @ time of crime/72/now 73) charged (11/16/18) & arraigned (12/18/18) with 1st degree murder with use of deadly weapon, 1 count of attempt or use of deadly weapon, 1 count of torture & 1 count to 2 prior offenses (enhancement). Plead not guilty. $10M bond. No bond (12/14/18).
    Is being housed at Coalinga State Hospital as a sexually violent predator for other kidnappings & sexually assaults going back decades. DNA match.
    Trial began on 3/2/20. Put on hold 3/16/20 due to coronavirus. Restart on 7/8/20, continued to 10/13/20 (Day 9) & restart on 11/9/20 (Day 12). Court dark on Fridays.

    Court info from 3/2/20 thru 10/7/20 & Trial info (Day 9-11: 10/13 to 10/15/20) reference post #56 here:
    CA - Denise Lampe, 19, stabbed to death, Daly City, 1976 *ARREST in 2018*

    10/16/20 Trial Day Friday: Present: Judge Lisa Novak, defendant & attorney Paul Demeester. Defense motion for discharge of Juror #1-motion denied. Arguments presented. Evidence submitted to court for ruling. Waiver of personal appearance of defendant. Motion denied to dismiss juror #1. Defense Motion title: 1050; Court waives 2-day notice. Next status conference hearing re trial on 10/19/20.
    10/19/20 Trial Day Monday: Status conference hearing. Was not held. Status conference rescheduled to 10/20/20.
    10/20/20 Update: Status conference hearing in front of Judge Lisa Novak was cancelled. Status conference hearing heard before Judge Leland Davis III. Neither attorney nor defendant present when matter was heard on 10/20/20. Defendant ordered to return. Case ordered off calendar.
    10/21/20: Trial Day Tuesday: Order: for the provision of video & audio link during continuing jury trial commencing on Nov. 9, 2020 & Order for Mr. Seymour to wear civilian clothing.


    *Trial continues (Day 14) (@ 9am PT) – CA – “NorCal Rapist” *Roy Charles Waller (31 @ time of first crime/58/now 60) arrested (9/20/18), charged & arraigned (9/24/18) on 12 counts of forcible sexual assault with enhancements (use of gun). Charges for the 10/13/06 assault on 2 women in North Natomas (Sacramento County). The new charges (1/7/19) include 9 counts encompassing a brutal attack against a Martinez woman in 1996. New 1 count of rape charge (10/4/19) re Chico woman. Total 46 counts filed. Plead not guilty to all counts. Held without bond.
    Trial began on 10/19/20. Trial expected to last thru December. Courts dark on Fridays.
    DNA info, & Court hearings from 9/24/18 to 10/13/20 and to 10/16/20 (jury selection) & Trial (Day 1-9: 10/19 to 11/2/20) reference post #148 here:
    CA - NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, Sacramento County, 1991-2006 *Arrest in 2018*

    11/3/20 Trial Day 10 Tuesday: State witnesses: No info available yet. Trial continues on 11/4/20.
    11/4/20 Trial Day 11 Wednesday: State witnesses: No info available yet. Trial continues on 11/5/20.
    11/5/20 Trial Day 12 Thursday: State witnesses: Y. Doe & K. Doe finished their testimony. Olga Coy (dated Waller in 2006). Court shows next trial date 11/6/20.
    11/6/20 Trial Day 13 Friday: No info available. Trial continues on 11/9/20.
    See Victims - reference post #145 here:
    CA - NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, Sacramento County, 1991-2006 *Arrest in 2018*



    Thursday, Nov. 12th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9am ET) – FL – Nubia Barahona (10) (missing Feb. 11, 2011, W. Palm Beach, found Feb. 14, 2011 soaked with chemicals in the back of her father’s truck along side Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County), (Victor (10) injured; had acid thrown on him; he was released from hospital 3/2/11) – only for *Carmen V. Barahona (60/now 70) (adopted mom) arrested (2/12/11), charged (3/7/11) & indicted & arraigned (3/24/11) with 1st degree murder & 14 counts of aggravated child neglect/abuse. Plead not guilty. $1M bond.
    2/21/20: Plead guilty to 1st degree murder & aggravated child abuse. Plea deal gives her a life prison sentence in exchange for testimony against her husband. Sentencing has been deferred until she testifies against her husband as agreed. If she fails in this agreement, she will be facing a sentencing hearing before a jury. Sentencing set for 8/3/20 @ 9am. 8/3/20 Update: Sentencing has been rescheduled for 10/8/20.
    10/2/20 Update: Sentencing has been rescheduled to 11/12/20.
    *Jorge L. Barahona (43/now 53) - Plead guilty. Next Status hearing on 11/10/20 & sentencing on 11/12/20.



    Friday, Nov. 13th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 8:45am CT) – in MI/TX – Michael Lee Swearingin (32) & Jenna Kay Scott (28) (Jan. 4, 2019, Temple; found in Clearview, OK 1/9/19) – for *Ginell Marie McDonough (Army Staff Sgt.) (37/now 38) (Mark’s wife) arrested (1/11/19) & charged (2/19/19) for harboring a fugitive & charged with obstruction of justice. $75K bond reduced to $10K, released on bond with GPS monitor.
    Maxwell also was hiding out in McDonough’s Michigan home, according to law enforcement officials. McDonough hasn’t been charged yet with a crime in Texas, and she was released from the Michigan jail after her bond was decreased from $75K to $10K.
    Trial was set to begin on 2/11/20, but plead guilty.
    1/30/20 Update: MCDonough plead guilty Jan. 31 to a felony count of harboring a felon & her sentencing is set for Nov. 13. She faces up to 9 months in prison. According to her attorney, Michael Oaks, her defense team is seeking probation as punishment for her part in covering up the murders of two innocent people. Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley has agreed to a sentence of time served and probation, court records show.
    *Maya Renee Maxwell – Status hearing on 10/27/20. No update as of 11/6/20.
    *Cedric Joseph Marks – Murder charges: Pretrial hearing on 8/11/20. No update as of 11/6/20.


    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 1:30pm PT) – CA – Elizabeth Sullivan (31) (reported missing Oct. 14, 2014, San Diego; found Oct. 6, 2016 in San Diego Bay) – *Matthew Scott Sullivan (29 @ time of crime/33/now 35) “husband” arrested (1/31/18 in Wyoming, Delaware, extradited 2/9/18), charged & arraigned (3/4/19) with 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. $2M bond. Judge changes (3/13/20) to no bond.
    Trial began on 2/18/20 with jury selection, trial started on 2/21/20 and ended on 3/11/20. Jury: 7 men/5 women & 4 alternates. Jurors’ took about 8 ½ hours (3 days) to reach a verdict of guilty of 2nd degree murder, plus allegations of using a knife in the killing.
    Jury Selection from 2/10/20 thru 2/20/20 & Trial (Day 1-13) 2/21/20 to 3/12/20 reference post #387 here:
    GUILTY - CA - Elizabeth Sullivan, 31, San Diego, 13 Oct 2014 *Arrest*

    3/13/20 Friday Day 14: Just over a day of deliberations, the jury panel acquitted Sullivan of a first-degree murder charge, but convicted him of second-degree murder, plus an allegation of using a knife in the killing. Sentencing is scheduled for April 13. 4/13/20 Update: Next hearing on 5/28. Not sure if this is a sentencing hearing or just a hearing. Sentencing continued to 6/18/20.
    6/18/20 Update: Don’t believe sentencing happened. Court site has Motions hearing on 9/18/20 at 9:30am & sentencing at 1:30pm.
    9/18/20 Update: Defense attorney Marcus DeBose presented a lengthy motion before San Diego Superior Court Albert Harutunian III on numerous grounds for a new trial, including a request to interview jurors about their verdict. Harutunian ruled that DeBose had not shown a basis to unseal confidential juror information. San Diego Superior Court Judge Albert Harutunian III denied Sullivan motion for new trial. Sentencing has been rescheduled to 11/13/20.
     


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    Thursday, October 29th:
    *Trial Cancelled! (@ 9am CT) – OK – Alize Ramon “Gotta Twin” Smith (21) & Jarron Keonte “400” Moreland (21) (April 14, 2018, Moore; shot, dismembered, chained to cinder blocks & thrown in pond, April 18, 2018) – *Johnny Shane Barker (43/now 45) “mom’s BF” arrested (4/17/18), charged (4/18/18) & arraigned (1/9/19) with accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder, desecrating a human corpse for purpose of impeding or prohibiting the detection, investigation or prosecution of a crime and/or altering, inhibiting or concealing the ID of a crime victim. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    Trial was set to begin on 11/2/20.
    Court information from 12/21/18 thru 5/25/20 reference post #104 here:
    Found Deceased - OK - Alize Smith, 21, & Jarron Moreland, 21, Moore, 14 Apr 2018 *Arrest*
    10/29/20 Update: Defendant appears in custody with attorney Richard Anderson. The state appears by ADA Dan Pond. Judge Kirby. Defendant enters a plea of guilty & is sentenced to (counts 1 & 2) 45 years under the supervision of the OK DOC except the first 20 years in the custody of OK DOC. Running concurrently ith credit for time served (30 mos.) (25 in/20 out). This case is to run concurrently with CF-2017-2166. Defendant to pay $100 fine, $90 VCA, $100 DA, $150 DNA & Court costs. Any bond not in forfeiture status is exonerated.
    *Crystal Rachelle Boettler – 3/17/20: Plead guilty. Sentenced to 45 years under the supervision of the OK DOC, except the first 20 years in the custody of OK DOC, running concurrently with credit for time served (20 in/25 out). 2 years post imprisonment supervision.
    *Brett Aaron Boettler - 5/1/19: Boettler withdrew his not guilty plea, and instead plead guilty to the charges. A judge sentenced (technically) received a life sentence, but the district attorney’s office said that he will end up serving 30 years in prison & 15 years on probation.
    *Kevin Don Garcia-Boettler - 5/1/19: Garcia-Boettler withdrew his not guilty plea, and instead plead guilty to the charges. A judge sentenced to 25 years.
     
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    Monday, November 9th:
    *Trial/Jury Selection stopped! (@ 11am MT) - CO - Dylan Nicholas Redwine (13) (Nov. 19, 2012, Broomfield; found about 8 miles up Middle Mountain Road, a dirt road that cuts through the San Juan National Forest, about 100 yards from the road, directly off an ATV trail on June 27, 2013 & Nov. 1, 2015 his skull was found) - *Mark Allen Redwine (55/now 58), "father" indicted (6-20-17) of 2nd degree murder & child abuse resulting in death. Plead not guilty. $750K bond.
    Jury Trial began on 10/29/20 with jury selection & ended 11/5/20 after Judge Wilson declared mistrial on 11/9/20.
    Previous court hearings from 9/10/17 thru 10/27/20 & Jury Selection (Day 1-6) 10/29/20 to 11/5/20 reference post #97 here:
    Found Deceased - CO - Dylan Nicholas Redwine, 13, Broomfield, 19 Nov 2012 *father arrested*

    11/6/20 Friday: The Court has received negative test results for COVID for the Judge. Court orders that for the 39 jurors who have participated in individual voir dire & have not been excused for cause, the Court will complete voir dire process on Monday, 11/9/20. Vori dire shall be conducted according to the following schedule: 8:30am: 19 members of the venire in the courtroom with 14 in the training room; 8:45am: State attorney voir dire, 45 minutes each side; 10:15am: Excuse the 19 jurors from the courtroom, conduct challenges for cause, then clean the courtroom; 10:30am: Attorney voir dire of the 14 jurors from the training room, 20 minutes each side; 10:45am: Excuse the 14 jurors from the courtroom, then conduct challenges for cause. If 28 total members of the venire remain, peremptory challenges will be exercised. If less than 28 total members remain, clean the courtroom; and, 11am: Attorney voir dire of the remaining 6 jurors from the initial 39 jurors, 30 minutes each side, then excuse the 6 potential jurors. Challenges for cause will then be exercised. If 28 total members of the venire remain, peremptory challenges will be exercised. If necessary, 2pm: Individual voir dire of jurors numbered 49, 51-56 (50 was excused); and, 3pm: Individual voir dire of jurors numbered 57-67. If additional individual voir dire is necessary, the Court will issue further orders scheduling the attorneys' voir dire of the remaining panel.
    11/9/20 Monday Day 7: Monday session had to be conducted by phone because the court's in-house WebEx system failed today. Also on Monday, Redwine’s public defenders–Justin Bogan & John Moran–said members of their team also have COVID-like symptoms. Bogan said his office is awaiting test results for his staff, though one member did test negative. Bogan asked Judge Wilson to declare a mistrial, even though the defense attorneys are still awaiting test results to see whether they have contracted the coronavirus. DA Champagne added he is concerned Redwine’s public defenders are “intentionally” trying to delay the trial by claiming they had COVID-19 symptoms. In the lead up to the trial, Redwine’s public defenders tried multiple times to delay the trial citing COVID-19 concerns, all denied by Judge Wilson. Judge declares mistrial for Redwine. Case to be postponed for 6th time in two years. Next Status conference hearing on 11/13/20 @ 11am.
     
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    Thursday, November 5th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ am CT) – IN – Curtis Gilbert Collman III (8) (June 21, 2018, Seymour, Jackson County; dies of meth overdose (18,000 nanograms, 180 times the lethal does, thought it was cereal) – *Curtis Gilbert Collman II (41/now 43) “father” arrested (6/21/18), charged (6/26/18) & arraigned (6/29/18) with neglect of a dependent causing death, pointing a firearm, possession of meth, intimidation & theft. Also charged with failure to maintain his sex offender registration status. Stems from a 2006 conviction of a Class D felony of sexual misconduct with a minor. $51,510 cash only bail.
    Refused to call 911 & threatened others who tried to call. Faces 20-40 years in prison.
    Trial began on 10/5/20 & ended 10/8/20 with a guilty verdict on all charges.

    Court info from 1/21/20 thru 5/14/20 & trial from 10/5/20 to 10/6/20 (thru Day 2) reference post #81 here:
    GUILTY - IN - Curtis Collman III, 8, died after mistaking meth for cereal, Jackson Co., 21 Jun 2018

    10/7/20 Day 3 of Trial: No info available. Trial continues on 10/8/20.
    10/8/20 Day 4 of Trial: Closing arguments. Jury received case. The seven-man, five-woman panel returned with that verdict after deliberations of less than two hours & returned a verdict of guilty Thursday of neglect of a dependent causing death. The jury also found Collman guilty on 4 additional counts: intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, possession of methamphetamine between 10 and 28 grams, a Level 4 felony; and Class A misdemeanor charges of theft and pointing a firearm at another person. After the jury returned with the verdict, they were also asked to determine if Collman was guilty of being a habitual offender since he had prior convictions for sexual misconduct with a minor in August 2009 & dealing in cocaine or narcotic drugs in February 2011. They returned with a guilty verdict on that offense, which means Collman could get a sentence of up to 60 years. Collman’s sentencing hearing is set for 9am on Nov. 5.
    11/5/20 Update: Sentence: Count 1: 60 years (credit 869 days) to run concurrent with Counts 2, 3 & 5; Intimidation: 6 years to run concurrent with counts 1 & 2; Possession: 12 years to concurrent with counts 1, 2, & 5; Theft: 1 year to run concurrent with counts 1, 2 & 3. 11/9/20: Motion filed for appointment to appellate attorney.
     
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    Monday, November 9th:
    *Trial Continues (Day 11)-VERDICT REACHED! (@ 9am PT) – WA – Jody Loomis (20) (Aug. 23, 1972, Mill Creek) - *Terrence Miller (30 @ time of crime/77/now 78) arrested (4/10/19), charged (4/12/19) & arraigned (4/15/19) with 1st degree premeditated murder. Plead not guilty. $1M bond reduced (5/31/19) to $750K, back (7/17/19) to $1M. Out on bond.
    Parabon Nanolabs/GEDMatch (DNA match from a coffee cup to that of semen collected from Loomis’ boots).
    Release on bond conditions: having to wear an ankle monitor and only being permitted to leave the house for certain reasons such as the court, grocery shopping & doctor’s appointments.
    Trial began on 10/26/20 & ended on 11/9/20 with a guilty verdict. Jury: 7 women & 5 men.

    Court info from 4/12/19 thru 10/16/20 & Jury selection (10/19-10/23/20) & Trial Day 1-9 (10/26/20-11/5/20) reference post #110 here:
    VERDICT WATCH - WA - Jody Loomis, 20, Mill Creek, raped/shot, 23 August 1972, *Arrest in 2019 DNA*

    11/6/20 Trial Day 10 Friday: Closing arguments by Deputy prosecutor Craig Matheson & defense attorney Laura Martin. An attorney read a brief agreed-upon statement detailing how a detective had searched Miller’s electronics but found nothing relevant to the case. With that, the defense rested without calling any witnesses. Rebuttal by deputy prosecutor Bob Langbehn. Jury started deliberations. Jurors deliberated for about four hours Friday. Superior Court Judge David Kurtz sent them home for the weekend, and instructed them to resume their discussions Monday, 11/9/20.
    11/9/20 Trial Day 11 Monday: Jurors reconvened Monday morning, and shortly afterward informed the court that they had reached a verdict. The judge & legal teams from both sides were informed, and directed to be in court at 1pm to hear the jury’s decision. Miller died of an apparent suicide early Monday morning, just before 10am in his Edmonds home, just hours before the jury pronounced him guilty in the 1972 cold-case murder of then 20-year-old Jody. As soon as the jury was seated, Judge David Kurtz informed them that Miller had died, but despite this the court would proceed with reading the verdict. The jury foreman then passed Kurtz the slip of paper with the verdict: guilty as charged of first-degree murder.
     
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    Monday, November 9th:
    *Trial continues (Day 5)-VERDICT REACHED! (@ am ET) – SC – Matthew Autry (29) & Shawn David Anderson (35) (July 27, 2018, Socestee; shot, stabbed & burned in car) – for *Zachary Kane Stell (31) arrested (7/1/18), charged (7/30/18), indicted (11/14/18) & arraigned (4/16/20) with 2 counts of murder, 1 count of 1st degree arson, 1 count of possession of drugs & 1 count of unlawful weapons. Held without bond, which was denied on 7/29/18.
    *Horry Count 2018A2610201913 & -914 Murder/ 2018A2610201912 Arson-dismissed/ 2018A2610201673 Poss drugs-dismissed/ 2018A2610201672 Unlawful weapons-dismissed
    Trial began on 11/2/20 & ended 11/9/20 with a not guilty verdict.
    Court info from 9/17/28 thru 11/2/20 (jury selection) & Trial (11/3 to 11/5/20) reference post #147 here:
    SC - Matthew Autry, 29 & Shawn David Anderson, 35, in burned vehicle, Socastee Jul 27 2018 *arrest*

    11/6/20 Trial Day 4 Friday: State witnesses: David Cook (accomplice). State rested their case. Defense Attorney Brad Richardson focused on Cook’s statements to police as he cross-examined his case & called witnesses. No info on defense witnesses. Trial continues on 11/9/20. Jury could receive case on Monday.
    11/9/20 Trail Day 5 Monday: Closing arguments. Jury sent to deliberate. According to 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, the jury deliberated for nine hours before finding him not guilty in the case.
    Accomplices:
    *Michael Wixted Faile (37) – 9/8/20: Plead guilty. Sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    *David Lee Cook (44) – Trial was supposed to start in July, 2020 cancelled due to COVID. No update as of 11/5/20.
    *William David Tatum (37) – Trial was supposed to start in July, 2020 cancelled due to COVID. No update as of 11/5/20.
    *Jeret Lloyd Cox (29) – No update as of 11/5/20.
    *Miranda Nicole Owens – 9/17/18: Last Order: Appointment of attorney with co-defendants. No other update as of 11/5/20.
    *Shannon Ray Little – No update as of 11/5/20.
     
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    For the week of Monday, Nov. 16th thru Friday, Nov. 20th:

    Monday, Nov. 16th:
    *Sentencing Hearing – (@ 1pm CT) – IN – Boy (5) (found in running washing machine, Aug. 16, 2019, Indianapolis) - *Heather Mae Oliver (30) (GF of father) arrested & charged (12/18/19) & arraigned (1/6/20) with level 5 felony neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. Plead not guilty. $10K Surety Bond.
    Court info from 12/19/19 thru 8/24/20 reference post #50 here:
    IN - Boy, 5, found inside running washing machine, Indianapolis, 16 Aug 2019 *mom arrested*

    9/8/20 Update: Plea agreement received & filed. State appears by Deputy Prosecutor, Jesse Miller. Defendant appears in person & by counsel, Kyle Noone. Defendant is sworn, advised of her rights, & examined as to the Plea Agreement filed this date. State presents summary of evidence. Defendant plead guilty to Count I: Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Level 5 Felony. Comes now the Court & takes tendered plea under advisement. Defendant waives the right to be sentenced within 30 days. Pre-Sentence Investigation Report ordered & shall be filed on or before 10/12/20. Sentencing set for 10/19/20 at 9:00am. Defendant is notified of said date in open court & is ordered to appear. The No Contact Order is modified to allow visitation directed by Defendant's case with CPS.
    10/19/20 Update: Due to the Court's unavailability to conduct in-person hearings on 10/19/20, this matter is rescheduled for sentencing on 11/16/20 at 1:00pm. Defendant is ordered to appear.


    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 1:30pm PT) – CA – Elizabeth Sullivan (31) (reported missing Oct. 14, 2014, San Diego; found Oct. 6, 2016 in San Diego Bay) – *Matthew Scott Sullivan (29 @ time of crime/33/now 35) “husband” arrested (1/31/18 in Wyoming, Delaware, extradited 2/9/18), charged & arraigned (3/4/19) with 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. $2M bond. Judge changes (3/13/20) to no bond.
    Trial began on 2/18/20 with jury selection, trial started on 2/21/20 and ended on 3/11/20. Jury: 7 men/5 women & 4 alternates. Jurors’ took about 8 ½ hours (3 days) to reach a verdict of guilty of 2nd degree murder, plus allegations of using a knife in the killing.
    Jury Selection from 2/10/20 thru 2/20/20 & Trial (Day 1-13) 2/21/20 to 3/12/20 reference post #387 here:
    GUILTY - CA - Elizabeth Sullivan, 31, San Diego, 13 Oct 2014 *Arrest*

    3/13/20 Friday Day 14: Just over a day of deliberations, the jury panel acquitted Sullivan of a first-degree murder charge, but convicted him of second-degree murder, plus an allegation of using a knife in the killing. Sentencing is scheduled for April 13.
    4/13/20 Update: Next hearing on 5/28. Not sure if this is a sentencing hearing or just a hearing. Sentencing continued to 6/18/20. 6/18/20 Update: Don’t believe sentencing happened. Court site has Motions hearing on 9/18/20 at 9:30am & sentencing at 1:30pm.
    9/18/20 Update: Defense attorney Marcus DeBose presented a lengthy motion before San Diego Superior Court Albert Harutunian III on numerous grounds for a new trial, including a request to interview jurors about their verdict. Harutunian ruled that DeBose had not shown a basis to unseal confidential juror information. San Diego Superior Court Judge Albert Harutunian III denied Sullivan motion for new trial. Sentencing has been rescheduled to 11/13/20.
    11/13/20 Update: Sentencing rescheduled to 11/16/20.


    *Trial set to begin-POSTPONED! (@ 9am CT) – AL – J.B. Hilton Green Beasley (17) & Tracie Jean Hawlett (17) (July 31, 1999, Ozark, found August 2, 1999 in trunk of car) - *Coley Lewis McCraney (25 @ time of crime/45/now 46) arrested & charged (3/16/19) & indicted (6/10/19) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree murder while in the act of murdering two or more persons & 1 count of 1st degree rape (Beasley). Plead not guilty. Held without bond. DA will seek DP.
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    Trial was set to begin on 5/4/20-cancelled due to COVID19 & rescheduled on 11/16/20 & cancelled, no further dates.

    Court information from 4/3/19 thru 10/7/19 reference post #142 here:
    AL - J.B. Beasley & Tracie Hawlett, both 17, murdered, Ozark, 31 July 1999 #5 *ARREST*

    2/3/20 Update: Nothing on court site. Trial on 5/4 has been cancelled due to COVID19. 5/14/20 Update: Trial in Alabama will not start up again until after September.
    9/24/20 Update: McCraney had a trial date tentatively set for Nov. 16. However, a motion was filed recently by McCraney’s defense attorneys requesting a continuance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The motion states additional time is needed to meet with witnesses & to re-examine evidence. Dale County Circuit Judge William Filmore issued an order granting the motion to continue trial; no specific trial date has been scheduled for 2021.


    *Trial set to begin with Jury Selection (@ 10am CT) – AL – Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West (42) (Jan. 12, 2018, Calera) – *William Jeffrey West (44/now 46) (husband) arrested (2/22/18), indicted (3/7/18) & arraigned (4/9/18) with murder. Held on $500K bond. Plead not guilty. Bond reduction denied.
    Trial was set to begin on 10/19/20 has been continued 11/16/20.
    8/23/18 Update: Next hearing on 8/27. 8/27/18 Update: Jeff West attorney, John Robbins said there is still more discovery between prosecutors & himself which needed to take place before a trial date could be set. A new status hearing was scheduled for 12/3/18. 12/3/18 Update: Next hearing on 3/4/19.
    8/12/20 Update: Shelby County Circuit Judge William Bostick this week set the Sept. 14, trial date with a backup date of Oct. 19. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 26. Once a jury has been selected, trial will resume in the actual courthouse where there will be a socially-distanced juror seating area to be used exclusively by the jury. The court, in an effort to provide public access, will live-stream all public proceedings to other rooms outside of the actual courtroom.
    8/26/20 Update: Defense attorney John Robbins on Thursday requested the trial be moved from Sept. 14 until Oct. 19, which had already been designated as a backup date. Robbins only stated in his request that “the interests of justice will best be served” by continuing the case. Shelby County Circuit Judge William Bostick granted the request. According to a previous order by Bostick, the Shelby County Commission has designated the Shelby County Arts Center at Old Mill Square in Columbiana as a courthouse annex that will afford ample social distance for all individuals involved in the jury selection process during this COVID-19 pandemic. The Grande Hall is 10,000 square feet. Once a jury has been selected, Bostick wrote, trial will resume in the actual courthouse where there will be a socially-distanced juror seating area to be used exclusively by the jury. The court, in an effort to provide public access, will live-stream all public proceedings to other rooms outside of the actual courtroom.
    10/6/20 Update: The trial was initially continued from Sept. 14 until Oct. 19, which had already been designated as a backup date, at the request of the defense. Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Daniel McBrayer filed the motion for the new continuance, stating that an essential witness for the state is unavailable the week of Oct. 19. Shelby County Circuit Judge William Bostick on Tuesday granted the request & set a new trial date for Nov. 16. 11/13/20 Update: State authorities said Friday they will enter new information as evidence in the case (text message arguments between Kathleen & husband). Jury selection will begin Monday, 11/16/20, with opening statements slated for Tuesday.


    *Trial set to begin (re Central County #CS276248) (@ 9am PT) – CA – Omar Medina (38) (Sept. 30, 2017, Chula Vista Marina; reported missing Oct. 2, 2017, found Oct. 12, 2017 in 55 gal. drum in San Diego Bay) – for *Derrick Jefferson Spurgeon (38/now 41) arrested (12/13/17) & charged (1/5/18) with accessory after the fact to murder (drove the boat). Plead not guilty. $500K bond.
    Trial started on 10/22/19 (for Case #SC297178 & CS306153) Jury of 10 men, two women plus five alternate jurors. 12/5/19: Jurors deadlocked on verdict (10-2) for guilty.
    Trial set to begin on 10/19/20 continued to 11/16/20. (Case #SCD276248)

    8/14/20 Update: Court site says trial will start on 8/21/20. 8/21/20: Rescheduled to 9/18/20. 9/11/20: Trial was cancelled. 9/18/20 Update: Trial has been rescheduled to 10/19/20.
    10/19/20 Update: Trial has been rescheduled to 11/16/20.
    Re-Trial set to begin on 4/20/21 (Case #SC297178 & CS306153).
    5/1/20 Update: Case #CS297724 for Central County: Further proceedings hearing on 5/26/20. No further dates pending. 5/28/20 Update: Cases #s CS306153 & CS297178 scheduled on 5/28/20 for trial have been cancelled. Next Felony Readiness hearing on 9/10/20 & trial to start on 9/28/20. 9/10/20: Hearings rescheduled to 1/19/21 & trial moved to 4/20/21.
    Trial set to begin on 3/25/21 (Case #CS297724)
    7/20/20 Update: Case #CS297724 Central County: next felony readiness conference hearing on 1/26/21 & trial set to begin on 3/25/21.
    *Timothy John Cook (52) – 12/5/19: Found guilty of 2nd degree murder. 1/6/20: Sentenced to 56 years in prison.


    *Trial Continues (Day 4) (@ 9am ET) – GA – newborn found in freezer (born ~ 6/7-11; found 6/26/18) – *Carol June Sautter-Williams (45/now 47) arrested & charged (6/26/18), indicted (1/10/20) & arraigned (2/6/20) with felony concealing a death (felony) & making a false statement (felony). Plead not guilty. No bail. Judge grants bond @ $33,200 (8/29/18).
    Trial began on 11/10/20.
    Court info from 1/10/20 thru 9/22/20 reference post #82 here:
    GA - Newborn baby's body found inside freezer, Cobb County, 25 Jun 2018 *Arrest*

    11/10/20 Trial Day 1 Tuesday with Jury Selection: No info available. Jury selection continues on 11/12/20.
    11/12/20 Trial Day 2 Thursday: No idea what is going on – even if the trial is happening. Trial continues on 11/13/20.
    11/13/20 Trial Day 3 Friday: Again – no idea what is going on. Trial continues on 11/16/20.


    *Trial continues (Day 17) (@ 8:30am PT) – CA – “NorCal Rapist” *Roy Charles Waller (31 @ time of first crime/58/now 60) arrested (9/20/18), charged & arraigned (9/24/18) on 12 counts of forcible sexual assault with enhancements (use of gun). Charges for the 10/13/06 assault on 2 women in North Natomas (Sacramento County). The new charges (1/7/19) include 9 counts encompassing a brutal attack against a Martinez woman in 1996. New 1 count of rape charge (10/4/19) re Chico woman. Total 46 counts filed. Plead not guilty to all counts. Held without bond.
    Trial began on 10/19/20. Trial was expected to last thru December. Courts dark on Fridays.
    DNA info, & Court hearings from 9/24/18 to 10/13/20 and to 10/16/20 (jury selection) & Trial (Day 1-15: 10/19 to 11/10/20) reference post #162 here:
    CA - NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, Sacramento County, 1991-2006 *Arrest in 2018*

    11/12/20 Trial Day 16 Thursday: Defense witness: Roy Waller. Waller’s ex-girlfriend (no name given). No other info available. News article says closing arguments will start on Monday. Trial continues on 11/13/20 per court site at 1:30pm but could only be attorneys & defendant.
    11/13/20 Trial Day Friday: Maybe just attorneys & defendant hearing, no jury. Closing arguments & maybe jury deliberations start on Monday, 11/16/20.
    See Victims - reference post #145 here:
    CA - NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, Sacramento County, 1991-2006 *Arrest in 2018*


    Wednesday, Nov. 18th:
    *Trial set to begin (@ am MT) – MT – James Alexander Hurley (12) (found Feb. 3, 2020 deceased in living room, West Yellowstone) - for *Gage Anthony Roush (18) (Friend of JSIII) arrested (2/13/20), charged (2/14/20) & arraigned (3/9/20) with felony assault on a minor. Plead not guilty. $50K bond. Posted bond (5/25/20) & released.
    Trial set to begin 11/18/20.
    2/14/20 Update: Roush made initial appearance in court. His case will continue in District Court. Bond set at $50K. Next initial appearance hearing in District Court on 3/9. 3/9/20: Arraignment: Plead not guilty. Remains in detention & on $50K bond. Next Status hearing on 4/21.
    3/31/20 Update: Was in court to ask for bond reduction. Bond reduction-denied. 5/25/20 Update: Posted bond & released. Next hearing on 7/29/20.
    7/29/20 Update: Hearing was postponed. No further dates available. Trial set to begin on 11/18/20.
    *Patricia “Trish” Lynn Batts (48/now 49) – Last Omnibus hearing on 7/29/20.
    *Madison Sasser (18) – Last Omnibus hearing on 7/29/20.
    *James Danny Sasser, Jr. (47/now 48) – Trial set to begin on 3/29/21.
    *James Danny Sasser III (14/now 15) - 10/29/20: Judge Brown handed down a sentence that requires the teen to be detained at a juvenile detention facility until he turns 18. After his release, he will be on probation until he turns 25. The 15-year-old will not be registered as a violent offender. The plea deal came with multiple stipulations, including that the teen must remain in mental health counseling for the duration of his detainment and probation, that he cannot have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 outside of fellow detainees, and he must pay $500 in restitution to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund.


    Thursday, Nov. 19th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9am CT) – in MI/TX – Michael Lee Swearingin (32) & Jenna Kay Scott (28) (Jan. 4, 2019, Temple; found in Clearview, OK 1/9/19) – for *Ginell Marie McDonough (Army Staff Sgt.) (37/now 38) (Mark’s wife) arrested (1/11/19) & charged (2/19/19) for harboring a fugitive & charged with obstruction of justice. $75K bond reduced to $10K, released on bond with GPS monitor.
    Maxwell also was hiding out in McDonough’s Michigan home, according to law enforcement officials. McDonough hasn’t been charged yet with a crime in Texas, and she was released from the Michigan jail after her bond was decreased from $75K to $10K.
    Trial was set to begin on 2/11/20, but plead guilty.

    1/30/20 Update: MCDonough plead guilty Jan. 31 to a felony count of harboring a felon & her sentencing is set for Nov. 13. She faces up to 9 months in prison. According to her attorney, Michael Oaks, her defense team is seeking probation as punishment for her part in covering up the murders of two innocent people. Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley has agreed to a sentence of time served and probation, court records show.
    11/13/20 Update: Sentencing was rescheduled to 11/19/20.
    *Maya Renee Maxwell – Status hearing on 11/13/20.
    *Cedric Joseph Marks – Murder charges: Pretrial hearing on 8/11/20. No update as of 11/13/20.
     
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    Update!

    Wednesday, Nov. 18th:
    *Trial continues (Day 19)-VERDICT REACHED! (@ 8:30am PT) – CA – “NorCal Rapist” *Roy Charles Waller (31 @ time of first crime/58/now 60) arrested (9/20/18), charged & arraigned (9/24/18) on 12 counts of forcible sexual assault with enhancements (use of gun). Charges for the 10/13/06 assault on 2 women in North Natomas (Sacramento County). The new charges (1/7/19) include 9 counts encompassing a brutal attack against a Martinez woman in 1996. New 1 count of rape charge (10/4/19) re Chico woman. Total 46 counts filed. Plead not guilty to all counts. Held without bond.
    Trial began on 10/19/20 & ended on 11/18/20. Trial was expected to last thru December. Courts dark on Fridays.
    DNA info, & Court hearings from 9/24/18 to 10/13/20 and to 10/16/20 (jury selection) & Trial (Day 1-17: 10/19 to 11/16/20) reference post #169 here:
    CA - NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, Sacramento County, 1991-2006 *Arrest in 2018*

    11/17/20 Tuesday, Trial Day 18: Final rebuttal by Sacramento County DA. Jury started deliberations mid-morning. They reached a verdict which will be read on 11/18/20.
    11/18/20 Wednesday Trial Day 19: Verdict read: Guilty of all 46 charges. Sentencing on 12/18/20.
    See Victims - reference post #145 here:
    CA - NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller, Sacramento County, 1991-2006 *Arrest in 2018*
     
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    Update!

    Tuesday, Nov. 17th:
    *Hearing (@ am PT) – Canada-B.C. – Vicki Rosalind Black (23) (March 23, 1993, Vancouver) - *Stephen Laroche (51/25 @ time of crime) arrested & charged (11/29/19) with 2nd degree murder.
    11/29/19 Update: appeared in court, next hearing on Monday, 12/2/19.
    11/17/20 Update: In B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Laroche pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Vicki Black. He was sentenced to 10 years minus credit for 14 months of time served.
     
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    Update!

    Friday, Nov. 20th:
    *Trial continues (Day 4)-VERDICT REACHED! (@ 10am CT) – AL – Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West (42) (Jan. 12, 2018, Calera) – *William Jeffrey West (44/now 46) (husband) arrested (2/22/18), indicted (3/7/18) & arraigned (4/9/18) with murder. Held on $500K bond. Plead not guilty. Bond reduction denied.
    Trial began with jury selection on 11/16/20 & trial began on 11/17/20 & ended on 11/20/20.
    After nearly 5 hours of deliberations, a Shelby County jury found West guilty of reckless manslaughter.

    Court info from 8/23/18 thru 11/16/20 re jury selection & Trial 11/17-11/19/20 (Day 1-3) reference post #847 here:
    AL - Kathleen "Kat" West, 42, murdered, Calera, 13 Jan 2018 *husband arrested*

    11/20/20 Friday Day 4 of Trial: State witness: Dr. Stephen Boudreau, an expert in forensic pathology, conducted the autopsy on Kat West. He said a significant amount of force must have been used to cause Kat’s head injuries. He said it’s pretty unlikely a fall could have caused this injury. Said because of the nature of Kat’s injury, if the injury did not occur in the area where her body was found, there would have been a blood trail. There was no blood trail. The state rested their case. The judge & Jeff West’s attorney John Robbins said we can expect to see Jeff take the stand & testify. Defense witness: Nancy Martin (Kat's mother). The state did not be cross examining Kat’s mother. West changed his mind in testifying, saying instead he will exercise his right to remain silent. The court allowed West to confer with his & Kat’s family members about taking the stand. His attorney has also advised him on the repercussions testifying can carry. Defense rests. Closing arguments (were after lunch). The state & the defense have given their closing arguments. The defense took 3x as long to make their case. The prosecution will now give their final rebuttal before it’s left to the jury to decide. The defense objected to a charge of reckless manslaughter. Judge ruled he will not allow the jury to consider criminally negligent homicide. The jury is expected to begin their deliberations about 5pm. The jury is now deliberating. They will decide to charge Jeff West with murder, reckless manslaughter, or find him not guilty. After nearly two hours (another tweet says after 1 hour) of deliberation, jurors have three questions for the judge. Question 1: jurors asked for help finding the photos that show the health app data from both Kat & Jeff’s phones. The judge said they will help them locate this piece of evidence. Question 2: jurors asked when the time of death of Kat was called. The judge said he cannot comment on evidence, and that the jury will have to sort this out themselves. Questions 3: jurors requested better body cam video of a police officer talking with Jeff. The judge said better video cannot be provided, but they can help jurors in playing the video. 7pm: Jurors are back to deliberating on convicting West. 10pm: The jury has decided, there is a verdict. Verdict: West is found guilty of reckless manslaughter in the murder of Kat. West will be held in jail for 60 days, until the sentencing hearing. Reckless manslaughter is the lesser charge. It is a Class B felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. The judge accepted the verdict & the jurors are released. Sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1/11/21 at 1:30m, the earliest available date. West’s bond was revoked. He will stay in jail until sentencing.
     
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    Wednesday, Nov. 18th:
    *Trial was set to begin-CANCELLED! (@ am MT) – MT – James Alexander Hurley (12) (found Feb. 3, 2020 deceased in living room, West Yellowstone) - *Gage Anthony Roush (18) (Friend of JSIII) arrested (2/13/20), charged (2/14/20) & arraigned (3/9/20) with felony assault on a minor. Plead not guilty. $50K bond. Posted bond (5/25/20) & released.
    Trial was set to begin 11/18/20 cancelled due to COVID.
    Court info from 2/14/20 thru 7/29/20 reference post #957 here:
    MT - James Hurley, 12, tortured to death, W. Yellowstone, Feb 2020 grandparents & 14 yo uncle arrest

    11/18/20 Update: Trial has been cancelled due to COVID. No further dates available.
    *Patricia “Trish” Lynn Batts (48/now 49) – Last Omnibus hearing on 7/29/20.
    *Madison Sasser (18) – Last Omnibus hearing on 7/29/20.
    *James Danny Sasser, Jr. (47/now 48) – Trial set to begin on 3/29/21.
    *James Danny Sasser III (14/now 15) - 10/29/20: Judge Brown handed down a sentence that requires the teen to be detained at a juvenile detention facility until he turns 18. After his release, he will be on probation until he turns 25. The 15-year-old will not be registered as a violent offender. The plea deal came with multiple stipulations, including that the teen must remain in mental health counseling for the duration of his detainment and probation, that he cannot have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 outside of fellow detainees, and he must pay $500 in restitution to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
     
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    Sentencings & Trials for week of Monday, Nov. 23rd thru Friday, Nov. 27th:

    Monday, Nov. 23rd:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:15am PT) – WA – Benjamin Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Kindra Rose Adamson (43/now 44) arrested (7/10/18) & charged (7/11/18) & arraigned (7/19/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree Rendering Criminal Assistance. Plead not guilty. Was a $1M bond, Judge reduced it to $100K. Also allowed to reside in County other than Lewis if/when she’s released.
    She knew of murder 6/23-24; withheld info from LE.
    8/9/18 Update: hearing cancelled to 8/10 for Plea Change Hearing. Other dates stay the same. 8/10/18 Update: Plead guilty to rendering criminal assistance. Faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, but under State guidelines more than likely will face a prison term of 12 to 14 months. As a condition of a plea bargain will likely be called by the state to testify against her sons. As part of the plea agreement, if she follows all the conditions of her release, one of the felony counts would be knocked down to a misdemeanor, with a recommended sentence of credit for time served.
    8/18/18 Update: Sentencing set for 10/25 was cancelled, had review hearing on 11/29. Will be sentenced last. Review hearing 1/10. 1/24/19: Both sides ask for continuance. Review hearing on 2/28. 2/28/29: Next Review hearing on 3/28.
    3/28/19 Update: Review hearing continued to 5/2. 5/2/19: Review hearing stricken. Sentencing scheduled on 3/11/20. 3/9/20: Sentencing stricken from calendar. Awaiting Adamson’s Appeal.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing rescheduled on 11/23/20 @ 9:15am. Not in custody.

    AND
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 1pm PT) – WA – Benjamin Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Benito “Benny” S. Marquez (16/now 17) arrested (7/2/18) & charged (7/2/18) & arraigned (7/19/18) with 1st degree murder, 1st degree rape, tampering with physical evidence & unlawful disposal of remains. Plead not guilty. $10M bond each.
    Marquez is charged as adult. Can have contact w/family except those charged.
    7/19/18 Update: Next: Review hearing/set trial date on 10/18. 10/18/18: Trial date has been set. Next Omnibus hearing on 12/20, Trial Confirmation hearing on 3/28/19-cancelled, and trial starts 4/1/19-cancelled.
    2/14/19 Update: Will be pleading guilty, plea hearing on 2/22. 2/22/19: Guilty plea entered. The two sides agreed on a recommended sentence of more than 34 years. Because Marquez was 16 at the time of the crime, he can petition for release after 20 years. Review hearing on 3/28. Judge will wait to sentence Marquez until after he appears as a witness in the trial of his older brother, Jonathan Adamson.
    3/28/19 Update: Plea entered. Review hearing on 5/2. 5/2/19 Update: Review hearing continued to 6/6 @ 1pm.
    6/6/19 Update: Hearing continued to 6/14. 6/14/19: Officially plead guilty. 12/18/19: Defense motion for investigator @ public expense-granted. Sentencing on 3/11/20. 3/9/20: Sentencing stricken from calendar. Awaiting Adamson’s appeal.
    4/2/20 Update: Review & motions hearing re Conditions of Release.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 1pm. In custody.

    AND
    *Sentencing Hearing (both cases) (@ 1pm PT) – WA – Benjamin Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Jonathon Robert Adamson (21/now 23) arrested (6/30/18), charged (7/2/18) & arraigned (7/11/18 & 3/7/19) with a total of 10 counts- 1st degree aggravated murder, 1st degree aggravated assault, 1st degree kidnapping, 1st degree rape, 1st degree rendering criminal assistance, unlawful disposal of remains, 2 counts of tampering with physical evidence & 2 counts of tampering with a witness. Plead not guilty to all charges. $10M bond.
    Trial was set to start 8/5/19, plead guilty instead. Adamson’s plea agreement included an agreed-upon sentence of 510 months, or 42 & ½ years to life in prison, provided he meet requirements set by the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, including providing a full & accurate account of Eastman’s death.
    Court info from 3/17/19 thru 8/29/19 reference post #429 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    10/3/19 Update: Plead guilty. Set Sentencing hearing continued to 11/7. 11/7/19: Set Sentencing hearing continued (again) to 1/9/20. 1/9/20: Sentencing hearing set for 3/11/20. 2/4/20: Has changed his mind & wants to change his plea.
    3/9/20: Sentencing stricken from calendar. Motion to modify conditions of release filed 7/13/20. Motion hearing on 7/16/20. Motion was denied.

    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing on 11/23/20 @ 1pm. In custody.

    *Charged with 2 counts of custodial assault based on allegations (he assaulted two corrections officers after they had confronted him about violating a jail policy).
    11/9/20: Order determining probable cause; 11/10/20: Preliminary appearance. Motion for Order determining probable cause; affidavit of probable cause. Arraignment & trial setting hearing on 11/19/20 @ 1pm. 11/19/20 Update: Arraignment & trial setting hearing has been changed to Plea Change hearing & sentencing on 11/23/20. 11/19/20 Update: Plea hearing was stricken, but arraignment hearing held, plead guilty. Sentencing on 11/23/20.
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    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:30am PT) – WA – Benjamin Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Michael D. Salazar (17/now 18) arrested (7/19/19), charged (7/22/19) & arraigned (8/1/19) with 1st degree murder, tampering with evidence & 1st degree rendering criminal assistance. $250K Bond.
    Court documents allege that he knew about the plan to assault Eastman before it happened, but did nothing to warn anyone and furthermore physically prevented his ex-girlfriend from alerting anyone. Plead guilty on 5/6/20.
    Court info from 7/22/19 thru 5/6/20 reference post #495 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    9/10/20 Update: Salazar was scheduled to enter a guilty plea Wednesday. However, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office learned Salazar potentially had new information regarding charges of witness tampering filed against another suspect, Jerald Thompson, originally scheduled to go to trial next week. Meyer said he couldn’t disclose the new information, but said Salazar could now be a witness in Thompson’s trial. In that event, prosecutors hope to sort out a plea agreement with Salazar before Thompson’s trial begins. Sentencing hearing rescheduled on 10/19/20 @ 10am. 10/17/20 Update: Sentencing hearing was stricken – no further dates available. Defendant not in custody.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 9:30am. Not in custody.

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    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:30am PT) – WA – Benjamin Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Amanda Lyn Hagerty (42/now 43) (Salazar’s mom) arrested (7/19/19), charged (7/22/19) & arraigned (7/25/19) with 2 counts of 1st degree rendering criminal assistance & misleading LE. Plead not guilty. $250K bond. Bonded out (7/29/19).
    Trial was set to begin on 2/25/20 continued to 5/11/20-cancelled plead guilty.
    Court info from 7/22/19 thru 5/6/20 reference post #495 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    9/10/20 Update: Motion for sentencing continuance-granted. Rescheduled on 10/19/20 @ 11am.
    10/17/20 Update: Sentencing hearing was cancelled-no further dates available. Defendant not in custody.
    11/11/20 update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 9:30am. Not in custody.

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    *Change of Plea & Sentencing Hearing (@ 10:30am PT) – WA – Benjamin Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Jerald E. Thompson (24/now 25) arrested (7/19/19), charged (7/24/19) & arraigned (8/22/19) with 2 counts of 1st degree rendering criminal assistance & misleading LE. Plead not guilty. Unsecured bond. Bonded out.
    Trial was set to begin on 3/11/20 continued to 5/4/20 was cancelled & reset for 9/14/20 & cancelled, plead guilty on 10/8/20.
    Court info from 8/13/19 thru 9/24/20 reference post #512 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    10/8/20 Update: Hearing was held. Thompson plead guilty. Next Change of plea & sentencing hearing on 11/4/20. 11/4/20 Update: Hearing was stricken from calendar, no further dates.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 10:30am. Not in custody.


    *Trial set to begin (re Central County #CS276248) (@ 9am PT) – CA – Omar Medina (38) (Sept. 30, 2017, Chula Vista Marina; reported missing Oct. 2, 2017, found Oct. 12, 2017 in 55 gal. drum in San Diego Bay) – *Derrick Jefferson Spurgeon (38/now 41) arrested (12/13/17) & charged (1/5/18) with accessory after the fact to murder (drove the boat). Plead not guilty. $500K bond.
    Trial started on 10/22/19 (for Case #SC297178 & CS306153) Jury of 10 men, two women plus five alternate jurors. 12/5/19: Jurors deadlocked on verdict (10-2) for guilty.
    Re-Trial set to begin on 4/20/21 (Case #SC297178 & CS306153-Murder).
    5/1/20 Update: Case #CS297724 for Central County: Further proceedings hearing on 5/26/20. No further dates pending. 5/28/20 Update: Cases #s CS306153 & CS297178 scheduled on 5/28/20 for trial have been cancelled. Next Felony Readiness hearing on 9/10/20 & trial to start on 9/28/20. 9/10/20: Hearings rescheduled to 1/19/21 & trial moved to 4/20/21.
    Trial set to begin on 11/23/20. (Case #SCD276248)

    Court info from 8/14/20 thru 10/19/20 & Jury selection from 11/16/20 to 11/17/20) reference post #188 here:
    CA - Omar Medina, 28, found deceased in barrel floating in Chula Vista Marina, Oct 2017

    11/19/20 Trial starts on 11/23/20.
    Trial set to begin on 3/25/21 (Case #CS297724)
    7/20/20 Update: Case #CS297724 Central County: next felony readiness conference hearing on 1/26/21 & trial set to begin on 3/25/21.
    *Timothy John Cook (52) – 12/5/19: Found guilty of 2nd degree murder. 1/6/20: Sentenced to 56 years in prison.



    Tuesday, Nov. 24th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (Federal Charges) (@ 1:30pm ET) – VT - *David J. Hughes (aka SuperDave) (37/now 38) charged & arraigned (12/21/18) on 1 count of aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 yrs old (Felony 1) & 1 count of lewd & lascivious conduct with a child (Felony 3). Hughes pleaded not guilty to both charges prior to his arrest on federal charges. Plead not guilty. Unsecured $5K appearance bond. Released. Rebooked on 12/27/18; in Federal custody. Rutland County
    Bond restrictions & trial information reference post #746 here:
    SuperDave arrested?

    Status hearing for State charges on 1/14/19. Federal charges will take precedence over State charges. State: Status conferencing hearing on 3/9/20 @ 4pm. 3/9/20: Status hearing change to Change of Plea hearing rescheduled for 4/7 @ 1pm. 4/3/20: Plea hearing on 4/7 has been moved to 6/2/20 due to coronavirus. 6/2/20 Update: Change of Plea hearing on 10/9/20.

    *David J. Hughes (aka SuperDave) (37/now 38) - U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont had Hughes arrested (12/27/18), charged (1/3/19), indicted & arraigned (1/10/19) with 1 count of production of child pornography & 1 count of possession of child pornography (Federal charges). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    Hughes was arrested & made his initial appearance to answer the complaint in federal court on 12/27/18. At the Jan. 2, 2019 hearing on the government’s motion for pretrial detention, U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy granted the motion & ordered Hughes detained without bail pending trial.
    Court information from 1/2/19 thru 2/18/20 reference post #849 here:
    SuperDave arrested?

    3/4/20 Update: Hughes agreed to plead guilty to the count of child pornography. According to a plea agreement filed in the case, Hughes & the government have agreed to a sentence of 96 months (8 years) with a minimum term of five years of supervision after his release. As part of the agreement reached on Wednesday, Hughes must plead guilty to the Rutland County charges before his sentencing in federal court which is scheduled for July 2. Hughes had been expected to change his plea on March 9 but the local agreement is still being worked out. Any sentence from the state is expected to be served at the same time as the federal prison sentence. Plea entered: guilty as to Count 3 of the Indictment. Court makes findings & Judge accepts the guilty plea.
    10/15/20: #50 Revised notice of hearing. Sentencing reset for 11/5/20 at 10:00am in Rutland Courtroom before Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford. #51 Amended procedural & scheduling order for Hughes. Sentencing Memorandum are due by 10/26/20.

    11/5/20: Second revised Notice of Hearing Hughes: Sentencing reset for 11/24/20 at 1:30pm in Rutland Courtroom before Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford.
     
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    Monday, Nov. 16th:
    *Sentencing Hearing – (@ 1pm CT) – IN – Boy (5) (found in running washing machine, Aug. 16, 2019, Indianapolis) - *Heather Mae Oliver (30) (GF of father) arrested & charged (12/18/19) & arraigned (1/6/20) with level 5 felony neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. Plead not guilty. $10K Surety Bond.
    Court info from 12/19/19 thru 8/24/20 reference post #50 here:
    IN - Boy, 5, found inside running washing machine, Indianapolis, 16 Aug 2019 *mom arrested*

    9/8/20 Update: Plea agreement received & filed. State appears by Deputy Prosecutor, Jesse Miller. Defendant appears in person & by counsel, Kyle Noone. Defendant is sworn, advised of her rights, & examined as to the Plea Agreement filed this date. State presents summary of evidence. Defendant plead guilty to Count I: Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Level 5 Felony. Comes now the Court & takes tendered plea under advisement. Defendant waives the right to be sentenced within 30 days. Pre-Sentence Investigation Report ordered & shall be filed on or before 10/12/20. Sentencing set for 10/19/20 at 9:00am. Defendant is notified of said date in open court & is ordered to appear. The No Contact Order is modified to allow visitation directed by Defendant's case with CPS.
    10/19/20 Update: Due to the Court's unavailability to conduct in-person hearings on 10/19/20, this matter is rescheduled for sentencing on 11/16/20 at 1:00pm. Defendant is ordered to appear.
    11/16/20 Update: This matter comes before the Court for sentencing hearing. State appears by Deputy Prosecutor, Jesse Miller, in person. Defendant appears in person & by counsel, Kyle Noone, in person. Defendant is sworn & examined as to the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report. Plea of guilty & plea agreement accepted, judgment & conviction entered. Sentencing hearing held. For Count I: Neglect of Dependent Resulting in Bodily Injury, a Level 5 Felony, the Defendant is sentenced to Indiana Dept. of Corrections for a period of 4 years. Credit for 3 accrued days (12/18/19-12/20/19) plus earned credit of 3 days. Defendant & Counsel acknowledge the accuracy of the accrued credit time as reported in open court. 2 years are ordered served on Home Detention. The remaining 2 years are suspended to formal probation. Abstract of Judgment issued. Probation for 2 years with terms & conditions as set out in written sentencing & probation orders, including successful completion of Home Detention. Fees & costs assessed against the Defendant: court costs $185; $10 fine; $100 administrative fee; and $90 probation user fee. No Contact Order is modified to allow for contact in accordance to DCS recommendation with exception of full reunification. Defendant is ordered to report to Home Detention as directed.
     
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    Monday, Nov. 23rd:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:15am PT) – WA – Benjamin Everett Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Kindra Rose Adamson (43/now 44) arrested (7/10/18) & charged (7/11/18) & arraigned (7/19/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree Rendering Criminal Assistance. Plead not guilty. Was a $1M bond, Judge reduced it to $100K. Also allowed to reside in County other than Lewis if/when she’s released.
    She knew of murder 6/23-24; withheld info from LE.
    8/9/18 Update: hearing cancelled to 8/10 for Plea Change Hearing. Other dates stay the same. 8/10/18 Update: Plead guilty to rendering criminal assistance. Faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, but under State guidelines more than likely will face a prison term of 12 to 14 months. As a condition of a plea bargain will likely be called by the state to testify against her sons. As part of the plea agreement, if she follows all the conditions of her release, one of the felony counts would be knocked down to a misdemeanor, with a recommended sentence of credit for time served.
    8/18/18 Update: Sentencing set for 10/25 was cancelled, had review hearing on 11/29. Will be sentenced last. Review hearing 1/10. 1/24/19: Both sides ask for continuance. Review hearing on 2/28. 2/28/29: Next Review hearing on 3/28.
    3/28/19 Update: Review hearing continued to 5/2. 5/2/19: Review hearing stricken. Sentencing scheduled on 3/11/20. 3/9/20: Sentencing stricken from calendar. Awaiting Adamson’s Appeal.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing rescheduled on 11/23/20 @ 9:15am. Not in custody.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced to 32 days, credit for time served: 32 days. 6 months Community Custody; restitution & fees: $600.

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    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:30am PT) – WA – Benjamin Everett Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Michael D. Salazar (17/now 18) arrested (7/19/19), charged (7/22/19) & arraigned (8/1/19) with 1st degree murder, tampering with evidence & 1st degree rendering criminal assistance. $250K Bond.
    Court documents allege that he knew about the plan to assault Eastman before it happened, but did nothing to warn anyone and furthermore physically prevented his ex-girlfriend from alerting anyone. Plead guilty on 5/6/20.
    Court info from 7/22/19 thru 5/6/20 reference post #495 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    9/10/20 Update: Salazar was scheduled to enter a guilty plea Wednesday. However, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office learned Salazar potentially had new information regarding charges of witness tampering filed against another suspect, Jerald Thompson, originally scheduled to go to trial next week. Meyer said he couldn’t disclose the new information, but said Salazar could now be a witness in Thompson’s trial. In that event, prosecutors hope to sort out a plea agreement with Salazar before Thompson’s trial begins. Sentencing hearing rescheduled on 10/19/20 @ 10am. 10/17/20 Update: Sentencing hearing was stricken – no further dates available. Defendant not in custody.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 9:30am. Not in custody.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced to 20 months, credit for time served 418 days. 18 months Community custody; restitution & fees: $600. Plea deal that dropped the 2nd degree murder charge he was facing. Salazar pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault, 3 counts of first-degree attempted rendering criminal assistance non-relative & tampering with a witness-domestic violence on May 5. And that he would testify against Thompson.

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    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:30am PT) – WA – Benjamin Everett Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Amanda Lyn Hagerty (42/now 43) (Salazar’s mom) arrested (7/19/19), charged (7/22/19) & arraigned (7/25/19) with 2 counts of 1st degree rendering criminal assistance & misleading LE. Plead not guilty. $250K bond. Bonded out (7/29/19).
    Trial was set to begin on 2/25/20 continued to 5/11/20-cancelled plead guilty.
    Court info from 7/22/19 thru 5/6/20 reference post #495 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    9/10/20 Update: Motion for sentencing continuance-granted. Rescheduled on 10/19/20 @ 11am.
    10/17/20 Update: Sentencing hearing was cancelled-no further dates available. Defendant not in custody.
    11/11/20 update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 9:30am. Not in custody.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced to 7 days, credit for time served 7 days. 6 months Community custody; restitution & fees: $600.

    AND
    *Change of Plea & Sentencing Hearing (@ 10:30am PT) – WA – Benjamin Everett Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Jerald E. Thompson (24/now 25) (bro of Jonathon) arrested (7/19/19), charged (7/24/19) & arraigned (8/22/19) with 2 counts of 1st degree rendering criminal assistance & misleading LE. Plead not guilty. Unsecured bond. Bonded out.
    Trial was set to begin on 3/11/20 continued to 5/4/20 was cancelled & reset for 9/14/20 & cancelled, plead guilty.
    Court info from 8/13/19 thru 9/24/20 reference post #512 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    10/8/20 Update: Hearing was held. Thompson plead guilty. Next Change of plea & sentencing hearing on 11/4/20. 11/4/20 Update: Hearing was stricken from calendar, no further dates.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 10:30am. Not in custody.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced to 30 days, credit time served 0. Restitution & fees: $500.

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    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 1pm PT) – WA – Benjamin Everett Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Benito “Benny” S. Marquez (16/now 17) arrested (7/2/18) & charged (7/2/18) & arraigned (7/19/18) with 1st degree murder, 1st degree rape, tampering with physical evidence & unlawful disposal of remains. Plead not guilty. $10M bond each.
    Marquez is charged as adult. Can have contact w/family except those charged.
    7/19/18 Update: Next: Review hearing/set trial date on 10/18. 10/18/18: Trial date has been set. Next Omnibus hearing on 12/20, Trial Confirmation hearing on 3/28/19-cancelled, and trial starts 4/1/19-cancelled.
    2/14/19 Update: Will be pleading guilty, plea hearing on 2/22. 2/22/19 Update: Guilty plea entered. The two sides agreed on a recommended sentence of more than 34 years. Because Marquez was 16 at the time of the crime, he can petition for release after 20 years. Review hearing on 3/28. Judge will wait to sentence Marquez until after he appears as a witness in the trial of his older brother, Jonathan Adamson.
    3/28/19 Update: Plea entered. Review hearing on 5/2. 5/2/19 Update: Review hearing continued to 6/6 @ 1pm.
    6/6/19 Update: Hearing continued to 6/14. 6/14/19: Officially plead guilty. 12/18/19: Defense motion for investigator @ public expense-granted. Sentencing on 3/11/20. 3/9/20: Sentencing stricken from calendar. Awaiting Adamson’s appeal.
    4/2/20 Update: Review & motions hearing re Conditions of Release.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 11/23/20 @ 1pm. In custody.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced to a total of 360 months, or more than 26 years & will be eligible for parole after 20. They're waiting talk of an appeal. He referred to Ben as his best friend in his own statement. His attorney insinuated that Adamson's & Marquez's 16 year sister told them that Ben had sexually assaulted her. Neither is allowed within 500 feet of Ben's dad for the rest of their lives. Marquez was allowed to withdraw guilty pleas to additional charges, leading to his convictions on only first-degree murder & first-degree assault due to his assistance.

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    *Sentencing Hearing (both cases) (@ 1pm PT) – WA – Benjamin Everett Eastman III (16) (June 23, 2018, Randle; found June 28, 2018) – for *Jonathon Robert Adamson (21/now 23) arrested (6/30/18), charged (7/2/18) & arraigned (7/11/18 & 3/7/19) with a total of 10 counts- 1st degree aggravated murder, 1st degree aggravated assault, 1st degree kidnapping, 1st degree rape, 1st degree rendering criminal assistance, unlawful disposal of remains, 2 counts of tampering with physical evidence & 2 counts of tampering with a witness. Plead not guilty to all charges. $10M bond.
    Trial was set to start 8/5/19, plead guilty instead. Adamson’s plea agreement included an agreed-upon sentence of 510 months, or 42 & ½ years to life in prison, provided he meet requirements set by the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, including providing a full & accurate account of Eastman’s death.
    Court info from 3/17/19 thru 8/29/19 reference post #429 here:
    GUILTY - WA - Ben Eastman, 16, raped and murdered, Lewis County, 23 Jun 2018

    10/3/19 Update: Plead guilty. Set Sentencing hearing continued to 11/7. 11/7/19: Set Sentencing hearing continued (again) to 1/9/20. 1/9/20: Sentencing hearing set for 3/11/20. 2/4/20: Has changed his mind & wants to change his plea.
    3/9/20: Sentencing stricken from calendar. Motion to modify conditions of release filed 7/13/20. Motion hearing on 7/16/20. Motion was denied.
    11/11/20 Update: Sentencing on 11/23/20 @ 1pm. In custody.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced to 563 months, or nearly 47 years.

    *Charged with 2 counts of custodial assault based on allegations (he assaulted two corrections officers after they had confronted him about violating a jail policy).
    11/9/20: Order determining probable cause; 11/10/20: Preliminary appearance. Motion for Order determining probable cause; affidavit of probable cause. Arraignment & trial setting hearing on 11/19/20 @ 1pm. 11/19/20 Update: Arraignment & trial setting hearing has been changed to Plea Change hearing & sentencing on 11/23/20. 11/19/20 Update: Plea hearing was stricken, but arraignment hearing held, plead guilty. Sentencing on 11/23/20.
    11/23/20 Update: Sentenced - see above.
     
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    Thursday, Nov. 19th:
    *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9am CT) – in MI/TX – Michael Lee Swearingin (32) & Jenna Kay Scott (28) (Jan. 4, 2019, Temple; found in Clearview, OK 1/9/19) – for *Ginell Marie McDonough (Army Staff Sgt.) (37/now 38) (Mark’s wife) arrested (1/11/19) & charged (2/19/19) for harboring a fugitive & charged with obstruction of justice. $75K bond reduced to $10K, released on bond with GPS monitor.
    Maxwell also was hiding out in McDonough’s Michigan home, according to law enforcement officials. McDonough hasn’t been charged yet with a crime in Texas, and she was released from the Michigan jail after her bond was decreased from $75K to $10K.
    Trial was set to begin on 2/11/20, but plead guilty.

    1/30/20 Update: McDonough plead guilty Jan. 31 to a felony count of harboring a felon & her sentencing is set for Nov. 13. She faces up to 9 months in prison. According to her attorney, Michael Oaks, her defense team is seeking probation as punishment for her part in covering up the murders of two innocent people. Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley has agreed to a sentence of time served and probation, court records show.
    11/13/20 Update: Sentencing was rescheduled to 11/19/20.
    11/19/20 Update: Muskegon County authorities have dropped the case against McDonough who had pleaded guilty in February to a felony count of harboring a felon. The case was dismissed Friday. Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tim Maat said McDonough has been cooperating with authorities & agreed to testify against her husband Cedric Marks.
    *Maya Renee Maxwell – Status hearing on 11/13/20.
    *Cedric Joseph Marks – Murder charges: Pretrial hearing on 8/11/20. No update as of 11/13/20.
     
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    Tuesday, Nov. 24th:
    *Trial continues (Day 2)-VERDICT! (re Central County #CS276248) (@ 9am PT) – CA – Omar Medina (38) (Sept. 30, 2017, Chula Vista Marina; reported missing Oct. 2, 2017, found Oct. 12, 2017 in 55 gal. drum in San Diego Bay) – *Derrick Jefferson Spurgeon (38/now 41) arrested (12/13/17) & charged (1/5/18) with accessory after the fact to murder (drove the boat). Plead not guilty. $500K bond.
    Trial started on 10/22/19 (for Case #SC297178 & CS306153) Jury of 10 men, two women plus five alternate jurors. 12/5/19: Jurors deadlocked on verdict (10-2) for guilty.
    Trial was to begin on 11/16/20 with jury selection. Rescheduled: Trial starts on 11/23/20. (Case #SCD276248).

    Court info from 8/14/20 thru 10/19/20 & Jury selection from 11/16/20 to 11/17/20) reference post #188 here:
    CA - Omar Medina, 28, found deceased in barrel floating in Chula Vista Marina, Oct 2017

    11/19/20 Trial rescheduled to start on 11/23/20.
    11/23/20 Monday, Trial Day 1: No info available. Trial continues on 11/24/20.
    11/24/20 Tuesday, Trial Day 2: Verdict: Guilty. Sentencing on 1/21/21.
    Re-Trial set to begin on 4/20/21 (Case #SC297178 & CS306153-Murder).
    5/1/20 Update: Case #CS297724 for Central County: Further proceedings hearing on 5/26/20. No further dates pending. 5/28/20 Update: Cases #s CS306153 & CS297178 scheduled on 5/28/20 for trial have been cancelled. Next Felony Readiness hearing on 9/10/20 & trial to start on 9/28/20. 9/10/20: Hearings rescheduled to 1/19/21 & trial moved to 4/20/21.
    Trial set to begin on 3/25/21 (Case #CS297724)
    7/20/20 Update: Case #CS297724 Central County: next felony readiness conference hearing on 1/26/21 & trial set to begin on 3/25/21.
    *Timothy John Cook (52) – 12/5/19: Found guilty of 2nd degree murder. 1/6/20: Sentenced to 56 years in prison.
     
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    Wednesday, Nov. 25th:
    *Appeal Hearing (@ pm ET) – FL – Jerry Michael “Mike” Williams (31) (Dec. 16, 2000, Tallahassee; found Dec. 9, 2017) – *Denise Merrell Williams Winchester (29 @ time of crime/49/now 50) arrested & charged (5/7/18) with 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder & accessory after the fact. Plead not guilty. No bond (denied 6/19/18).
    *Also was charged (8/10/18) with 3 counts of insurance fraud. Plead not guilty. Bond set at $50K for each count. State dropped fraud charges (1/22/20).
    Her ex-husband Brian Winchester (45) was indicted (8/9/16) for kidnapping, domestic assault & armed burglary of Denise. Plead no contest (10/16/17) to plea agreement where assault charges were dropped. Sentenced 20 years in prison. They were married in Dec. 2005 & separated in 2012, divorced in 2016. 6/1/18: Brian took a plea deal with immunity & confessed to killing “Mike”.
    Williams was found guilty (12/14/18) on all counts. Sentenced (2/6/19) to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge also sentenced her to an additional 30 years for helping to plot the murder.

    Court info from 8/10/18 thru 2/6/19 reference post #347 here:
    GUILTY - FL - Jerry 'Mike' Williams, 31, Tallahassee, 16 Dec 2000 *Wife Arrested in 2017* *APPEAL*

    1/22/20 Update: Appeal hearing. The state announced it is dropping insurance fraud charges. In documents filed with the court Tuesday morning. Prosecutor Jon Fuchs said their main goal of ensuring Denise Williams did not profit from her husband’s death has been fulfilled. 5/23/20: No decision until June – courts are closed for COVID-19.
    11/25/20 Update: On Wednesday, 11/25/20, The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence presented to hold Williams’ murder conviction. “Because Denise did not do or say anything to ‘aid’ or ‘abet’ Brian in the murder of Mike, as those terms originally were understood to mean; and she did not ‘counsel,’ ‘hire,’ or ‘procure’ Mike’s murder beforehand (i.e., she did not get the ball rolling); we reverse her conviction (murder) as a principal to first-degree murder,” judges wrote. The judges denied Williams’ request to acquit her of conspiracy to commit murder charges. “Denise next contends the evidence cannot sustain her conviction for conspiracy to commit murder,” judges wrote. “Because the evidence shows that Denise & Brian had an agreement to kill Mike & that Denise intended for Brian to kill Mike, we disagree.” Although her life sentence for murder was reversed, Williams will serve 30 years behind bars for the conspiracy charge.
     

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