Trials & Sentencings for the week of Monday, March 2nd thru Friday, March 6th: Monday, March 2nd: *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9am CT) – PA – Baby (4mos) (July 16, 2018, Lancaster County) – Candace Parrow (23/now 24) “mom” arrested, charged & arraigned (8/13/18) with homicide, aggravated assault & strangulation. Denied bail. 9/30/18 Update: Prelim hearing on 10/2. 10/2/18: Waived right to prelim hearing. Bound over for trial. Defense files motion for continuance, which was granted. Continuance on 2/25/19. 2/25/19: Next Suppression hearing on 9/16. 9/16/19 Update: Next miscellaneous hearing on 12/9. 12/9/19 Update: Parrow pleaded no contest-guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder, aggravated assault and strangulation. Under state law, guilty but mentally ill means Parrow, "as a result of mental disease or defect, lacks substantial capacity either to appreciate the wrongfulness of (her) conduct or to conform (her) conduct to the requirements of the law." No contest means that Parrow acknowledges that she would likely be found guilty if the case went to trial. It's the same as a conviction. Judge Jeffery Wright will sentence Parrow after she undergoes a psychological evaluation and presentence investigation. Criminal Homicide Guilty but Mentally Ill, Aggravated Assault Guilty but Mentally Ill and Strangulation - Blocking the Nose & Mouth of the Person Guilty but Mentally Ill. Sentencing scheduled for March 2. *Bench Trial set to begin (@ 8:30am PT) - CA – Christina Marie Williams (13) (June 12, 1998, Seaside; found Jan. 12, 1999) – *Charles Holifield (37 @ time of crime/56/now 58) arrested (4/17/17), charged (5/10/17), arraigned (1/16/18) & indicted (2/23/18) with 1st degree murder, special allegations of kidnapping & lewd acts on children. Plead not guilty. DA seeks DP. DNA match Bench Trial set to start on 3/2/20. Also suspect in Jennifer Morris murder. Holifield is serving a third-strike sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the attempted kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman. Also was convicted of sexually assaulting or raping two teenage girls, and he was suspected of raping a third, between 1979 and 1983. All the attacks took place on Fort Ord. *Trial set to begin (@ 9am PT) – CA – Denis 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 set to begin on 3/2/20 *Trial set to begin (re Carrol County 2 cases) (@ am CT) – IN – Nicole Lynn Bowen (30) (missing March, 29, 2019, Jefferson Township, Newton County, found March 30, 2019) - for *Garrett Kenneth Kirts (21) arrested (4/1/19) & charged (3/28/19) with murder, resisting LE & criminal recklessness. Plead not guilty. Held without bond. DA will seek life without parole. Newton County Trial set to begin on 7/13/20. Court info from 6/12/19 thru 12/13/19 reference post #331 here: Found Deceased - IN - Newton County, Fem, 30 Mar 2019 - Nicole Bowen 12/18/19 Update: State’s motion to set jury trial on 1/6/20 & disposition hearing on 1/8/20. Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski said Wednesday that plea negotiations with Kirts had broken down. Kirts was in line to get a 45-year sentence under terms offered. Drinski said he since pulled the deal & will go to trial in a case where he plans to ask for life without parole. Trial set to begin on 7/13. 1/6/20 Update: Disposition hearing on 1/8/20 is cancelled. Trial is scheduled to start on 7/13/20. 1/22/20: Discovery motion filed. No update as of 2/28. *Charged (1/20/19) with strangulation & domestic battery. Carroll County Trial set to begin on 3/2/20. *Charged (2/21/19) with 2 counts of invasion of privacy. Violates an order issued under I.C. 35-33-8-3.2. No plea entered. Carroll County Trial set to begin on 3/2/20. *Charged (2/20/19) with theft where value of property is between $750 to $50K. Tippercanoe County 4/1/19 Update: Initial hearing on 4/1/19 & issued arrest warrant. 3/7/19: Probable cause found to head for trial. No update as of 1/8/20. *Charged (4/5/19) Charged Assisting a criminal (same as 3901), but the criminal assisted committed murder (F5) Newton Superior Court This case ^^ was resolved-Dismissed without prejudice. *Ashley N. Garth (26) – Final pretrial hearing on 5/15/20. No trial date set. *Christopher Channing Mathis (27) – Next Final pretrial hearing on 5/1/20. No trial date set. *Talitha Ann Beckley (36) – Next trial set to begin 6/1/20. *Jasmine Nicole Parker (34) – 10/8/19: Plead guilty. According to the plea agreement, Parker also will serve four years in prison for being a habitual offender, based on felony convictions in 2018 for unlawful possession of a syringe in Jasper County and in 2004 for burglary in Tippecanoe County. *Jury Trial set to begin (@ 8:45am ET) – GA – newborn found in freezer (born ~ 6/7-11; found 6/26/18) – *Carol June Sautter-Williams (45/now 46) arrested & charged (6/25/18), indicted (1/10/20) & arraigned (2/16/20) with felony concealing a death (felony) & making a false statement (felony). Plead not guilty. No bail. Judge grants bond @ $33,200. Trial set to begin on 3/2/20 (thru 3/9/20). 1/10/20 Update: Grand Jury indicts Sautter on concealing a death & making a false statement. Arraignment hearing on 2/6/20. 2/6/20: Plead not guilty. Jury selection starts 2/27/20 and trial starts 3/2 thru 3/9. 2/27/20 Thursday Day 1 of Jury Selection: No info available. Continues on 2/28. 2/28/20 Friday Day 2 of Jury Selection. No info available. Trial starts on Monday, 3/2. *Trial continues with Jury Selection (Day 7) (@ 10am PT) – CA – Susan Berman (55) (Dec. 24, 2000, Beverly Hills) – *Robert Alan Durst (57 @ time of crime/75/now 78) arrested (3/14/15) extradited (11/1/16 from Indiana prison to Calif.) & charged with 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. $4M Bond. Was serving a 7 year federal prison term for illegal possession of a revolver at the time of his New Orleans’ arrest. Trial began on 2/11/20 with pretrial motions & jury selection started on 2/19. (Trial expected to last 5 months). No court on Fridays. Jury Selection From 2/19/20 thru 2/27/20 reference post #133 here: CA - Susan Berman, 55, fatally shot, Los Angeles, 23 Dec 2000 *Arrest* 2/27/20 Thursday Day 6 of Jury Selection. No court on Fridays. Continues on Monday, 3/2. *Trial continues (Day 4) (@ am MT) – ID – Lyryk Altom (20 mos) (Oct. 8, 2017, Twin Falls-taken to hospital & died Oct. 14, 2017) – for *Joshua Eric Molina (33/now 35) (BF) arrested & charged (March/2017) & arraigned (5/30/18) on 1st degree murder & 1 count felony injury to a child. Plead not guilty. Trial began on 2/25/20 for Molina only. Court info from 10/9/18 thru 2/10/20 reference post #90 here: ID - Lyryk Altom, 20 mos, died of blunt force trauma from mother & bf, Twin Falls, Oct 2017 2/25/20 Tuesday Day 1: Jury selection done. Trial begins on 2/26. 2/26/20 Wednesday Day 1 of Trial: Opening statements by: Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs & Defense attorney. State witness: Friend of both defendants. No other info available. Trial continues on 2/27. 2/27/20 Thursday Day 2 of Trial: State witness: St Luke's emergency room physician (no name given). No other info available. Trial continues on 2/28. 2/28/20 Friday Day 3 of Trial: State witness: Forensic pathologist (no name given). No other info available. Trial continues on 3/2. *Amanda Jean Dunlap (23) “mom” – Next Status conference hearing on 3/17/20. *Trial continues (Day 7) (@ 9am PT) – CA – Elizabeth Sullivan (31) (reported missing Oct. 14, 2014, San Diego; found Oct. 4, 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. Trial began on 2/18/20 with jury selection, trial started on 2/21/20. Trial expected to last to 3/20/20. Jury Selection from 2/10/20 thru 2/20/20 reference post #313 here: Found Deceased - CA - Elizabeth Sullivan, 31, San Diego, 13 Oct 2014 *Arrest* 2/21/20 Friday Day 1 of Trial: Opening statements by Deputy District Attorney Jill Lindberg & by Defense attorney Marcus DeBose. State witnesses: Mr. Witts (or Bricks) (Elizabeth’s father). Calandra Harris (Elizabeth's best friend). Trial continues on 2/24. 2/24/20 Monday Day 2 of Trial: No info available yet. Trial continues on 2/25. 2/25/20 Tuesday Day 3 of Trial: No info available yet. Trial continues on 2/26. 2/26/20 Wednesday Day 4 of Trial: No info available. Trial continues on 2/27. 2/27/20 Thursday Day 5 of Trial: No info available. Trial continues on 2/28. 2/28/20 Friday Day 6 of Trial: No info available. Trial continues on 3/2. Tuesday, March 3rd: *Trial continues (Day 4) (@ 10:30am UK) – UK – Lindsay Birbeck (47) (from Huncoat; last seen ~ 2:30pm on Aug. 12, 2019 & walking towards Accrington on Burnley Road @ 4:06pm on CCTV; found Aug. 24, 2019 in the area of Accrington Cemetery on Burnley Road) - *16/now 17 year old arrested (8/27/19) on suspicion of murder & on charged (8/31/19) with murder. Plead not guilty. Remanded to custody. Trial began on 2/25/20 with jury selection. Trial started on 2/26 with opening statements. Trial expected to last to 3/13 at the Preston Crown Court. Mrs. Justice Amanda Yip will be presiding judge. No court on 3/6/20. Jury: 11 women & 1 man. No court on 3/2. The Judge has told the jry that the defendant has a moderate learning disability & suffers with ADHD & autism & finds communication more difficult than other of other people of similar age. Jury selection (2/25/20) & Trial Days 1 & 2 (2/26 & 2/27/20) info reference post #993 here: Found Deceased - UK - Lindsay Birbeck, 47, Accrington, 12 Aug 2019 *Arrest* #2 2/27/20 Friday Day 3: Today the jury will hear evidence about the discovery of Lindsay Birbeck’s body & from a Home Office pathologist. Her Honour Mrs. Justice Yip said these are matters that are ‘not in dispute’ between the prosecution & defense. The jury are about to be taken through a document with ‘agreed facts’. Prosecutor Simon Driver has told the jury that the timeline of events & CCTV compilations are ‘accurate unless otherwise stated’ & not challenged by the defendant. Defense barrister Mark Fenhalls QC said ‘many matters the defendant has no knowledge of.' The jury heard statement how dog walker Morgan Parkinson called the police on August 24, 2019 to say he found a body. A statement from PC Robyn has been read out to the jury, who arrived at the scene. Prosecutor David McLachlan QC said the medical evidence to be presented by Home Office pathologist Dr Naomi Carter. She told the jury the cause of death was ‘neck injuries’. Defense barrister Mark Fenhalls QC cross-examined Dr. Naomi Carter. The jury heard evidence from forensic botanist Dr Mark Spencer who attended Accrington Cemetery on August 28 - four days after Lindsay’s body was found - and examined her grave. The jury were shown images of the plastic sheeting found both at the cemetery & the defendant's home address. Evidence from forensic specialist Helen Jones echoes that of Dr Spencer's - that the plastic found at Lindsay's grave was indistinguishable from that found at the defendant's home address. The Judge has decided to adjourn early for lunch and resume the trial promptly at 2pm. The jury have been told that there are still 26 pages of agreed facts to go through today. The defendant was not in the court dock this afternoon as the trial resumes. Defense barrister Mark Fenhalls QC said he does not need to be present to hear the ‘agreed facts’ between the prosecution & defense. Detective Sergeant David Bowler read a statement from Crime Scene Investigator Alison Baldry. Shown pictures of Lindsay's grave. DNA on bin matched Lindsay. The jury were shown a picture of a pair of gloves that were recovered from Accrington Cemetery. Tests show that DNA found on the gloves belongs to both the defendant & Lindsay. Prosecutor David McLachlan QC said the ‘agreed facts’ have now been concluded. Court will be no sitting on Monday March 2 & the trial will recommence on Tuesday March 3. Friday, March 6th: *Sentencing Hearing (@ 9:30am CT) – IL – Prof. Susan Brill De Ramirez (63) & Antonio Ramirez Barron (63) (Oct. 24, 2018-last seen, Princeville; found Oct. 30, 2018) – for *Jose Guadalupe Ramirez (21/now 22) (son) arrested & charged (10/29/18), indicted (11/5/18) & arraigned (11/15/18) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. $3M bond. Confessed to killing his parents. Bench trial started on 11/15/19 and ended on 11/20/19 with a guilty verdict by Judge. Bench trial from 11/18/19 thru 11/20/19 (Day 1-3) reference post # 57 here: Found Deceased - IL - Prof. Susan Brill De Ramirez, 63 & Antonio Ramirez Barron, 63, Princeville, Oct 2018 *Arrests 11/20/19 Update: Review hearing on 1/17/20. 1/17/20: Review hearing continued to 1/31/20. 1/31/20 Update: Sentencing hearing on 3/6. *Matthew James Roberts (21/now 22) – 11/25/19 Update: Plead guilty by mentally ill to 1 count of 1st degree murder. Judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison.