For week of Sept 3 thru Sept 6 - Trials & Sentencings. Tuesday, September 3rd: *Trial set to begin (@ am CT) – SD – Andrew John Doe (Litz) (newborn, found Feb. 28, 1981, Sioux Falls, lying in a icy ditch) - *Theresa Rose Bentaas (57/19 @ time of crime) arrested (3/8/19), charged (3/11/19) & arraigned (3/11/19) with 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder & 1st degree manslaughter. Plead not guilty. $250K Cash only bond changed (4/30/19) to $250K cash or Surety bond. Out on bond w/GPS ankle monitor. Parabon NanoLabs GEDMatch Trial was to start on 6/10, postponed to 9/3/19 *Trial set to begin (re child) (@ 7:45am MT) – CO – Baby boy (10 wks) (Dec. 29, 2018, Pueblo West; died of extreme malnourishment) - *Jannie Gatlin (24) “mom” arrested & charged (1/4/18) with child abuse resulting in death. $200K bond. Trial set to begin re child on 9/3/19 to 9/4/19. 1/10/19 Update: Next Return for Filing Charges (Murder charges) hearing on 1/17. 1/17/19: Next for murder charges Setting hearing on 3/28. 3/28/19: Murder: reset setting hearing to 4/25. 4/25/19: Murder charges: Next Preliminary hearing on 7/12. Case #C512019C31788 has Return Date on Summons hearing on 5/9. 7/12/19: Arraignment hearing 10/17. *Trial set to begin (@ 9am ET) - OH - A few hours old baby girl Annabelle “Baby Jane Doe” (May 6 or 7, 2017, Carlisle, baby found buried on July 14, 2017) - *Brooke 'Skylar' Richardson (18) arrested (8/4/17), charged & indicted (8/4/17) & arraigned (8/7/17) on multiple felony charges including aggravated murder (special felony,) involuntary manslaughter (1st degree felony), endangerment of child (3rd degree felony), tampering with evidence (3rd degree felony), & gross abuse of corpse (5th degree felony); allegedly killing, burning & burying her newborn baby in backyard of her Carlisle home. Free on $50K bond. House arrest & is placed on a curfew from 9pm to 7am, GPS monitoring, random drug tests & unannounced home visits will continue & surrendered passport. Trial set to begin on Sept. 3, 2019 (to 9/13/19 on court site). Jury selection begins 9/3/19 with an initial jury pool of 70 people. *Trial continues (Day 49)-Verdict Watch! (@ 9:30am PT) - CA - Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire in Oakland on Dec. 2, 2016 killing 36 people: Cash Askew, age 22, Em B (Em Bohlka), 33, Jonathan Bernbaum, 34, Barrett Clark, 35, David Cline, 24, Micah Danemayer, 28, Billy Dixon, 35, Chelsea Dolan, 33, Alex Ghassan, 35, Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, Michela Gregory, 20, Sara Hoda, 30, Travis Hough, 35, Johnny Igaz, 34, Ara Jo, 29, Donna Kellogg, 32, Amanda Kershaw, 34, Edmond Lapine, 34, Griffin Madden, 23, Joseph Matlock, 36, Jason McCarty, 36, Draven McGill, 17, Jennifer Mendiola, 35, Jennifer Morris, 21, Feral Pines, 29, Vanessa Plotkin, 21, Wolfgang Renner, 61, Hanna Ruax, 32, Benjamin Runnels, 32, Nicole Siegrist, 29, Michele Sylvan, 37, Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye, 31, Alex Vega, 22, Peter Wadsworth, 38, Nick Walrath, 31, and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32. - *Derick Ion Almena (47), and *Max Cardin Harris (27), charged (8/10/17) with 36 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter; both plead not guilty. They remain in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $750,000 bond (was $1.8M) and face up to 39 years in prison each if convicted. Trial started April 30, 2019 with opening statements & continued on May 1 with testimony which began on May 6. Trial is expected to take 12 to 18 weeks. Trial ended on 7/16/19. Jurors: 7 women/5 men (4 alternates; 5/1: One alternate juror removed due to work hardship. 5/9: one alternate juror removed as “veracity” issues). 8/19/19: 3 women on jury replaced by 2 men & 1 women alternates for contact with media. Court dark on Fridays. Court hearings, Jury selection & Trial Days (1 thru 37) from 8/10/18 thru 7/31/19 & Jury Deliberations (Day 1 thru 10) from 7/31/19 thru 8/19/19 reference post #873 here: VERDICT WATCH - CA - Massive fire at Oakland warehouse party, 36 dead, 2 Dec 2016 #3 8/20/19 Day 47/Day 1-Deliberations: The jury was told to restart deliberations in the case, disregard all past discussions and remember they cannot talk to others about the case or seek outside information about it. Judge Thompson also imposed a gag order preventing attorneys from discussing the case with reporters. During a session in open-court outside the presence of the jury, Judge Thompson said at least two of the three women she booted from the panel yesterday could potentially face contempt proceedings because of juror misconduct, specifically having unauthorized contact with media or news reports and reviewing outside material. The judge described two of them as "offending jurors" and the third as a "non-offending juror," although Brian Getz, an attorney for Almena, made clear they believed all three should be considered "offending jurors." The new jury deliberated for their first full day without reaching a verdict. They will return for more talks Wednesday, 8/21 - and then they will not return until Tuesday, Sept. 3 because of a previously scheduled break approved by Judge Trina Thompson. 8/21/19 Day 48/Day 2-Deliberations: The minutes of closed hearings that Thompson held on Monday to discuss the alleged juror misconduct indicate that the alleged misconduct prompted attorneys for Almena & Harris to make oral motions asking her to declare a mistrial in the case but she denied their motions. Thompson said at the end of the day on Tuesday that she will hold a hearing on a defense motion Wednesday morning, 8/21. Jury deliberations probably will extend past Labor Day or even later because Thompson previously scheduled days off for jurors beginning on Thursday until Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day, so that jurors have time to transport their children to college. Thompson, who noted that her original estimate was that the trial would last until the end of October, said she also is dealing with jurors' requests for additional days off, including a request by one juror for a lengthy break between Sept. 9 and Oct. 6. No verdict reached on second day of “new” jurors. Jury will be back on Tuesday, 9/3. Wednesday, September 4th: *Pre-Sentencing Report Hearing (@ 1:30pm ET) - VA - TerriLynn St. John (23) (Feb. 27, 2018, Middlesex County; found Mar. 1, 2018) - *Alvin Bernard Keyser (23) arrested & charged (3/1/18) & indicted (11/26/18) with 2 felonies counts of 1st degree murder & concealing a dead body. Amended to 2nd degree murder. Held on no bond. Led LE to body. 2/6/19 Update: Plead guilty to all charges of amended indictment of 2nd degree murder & concealing a dead body. Sentencing on 7/17/19. 7/17/19 Update: Sentencing has been continued. Pre-Sentencing Report hearing on 9/4. *Sentencing Hearing (@ ET) – NY – Christopher Grover (30) (Sept. 28, 2017, Poughkeepsie, shot in head) - *Nicole “Nikki” Addimando (28) arrested (9/28/17), charged (10/2/17), indicted (6/27/18) & arraigned (7/2/18) with 2nd degree murder, 1st degree manslaughter, 2nd degree manslaughter & 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon. Plead not guilty. $300K cash or $600K bond. Trial started 3/18/19. 12 jurors are 8 women & 4 men; the 6 alternates are 2 women & 4 men. Court hearings, jury selection & trial (Days 1-14; 3/18/19-4/4/19) reference post #144 here: GUILTY - NY - Christopher Grover, 30, shot to death, Poughkeepsie, 28 Sept 2017 *Arrest* 4/12/19 Day 18: A jury found Nicole Addimando guilty of 2nd degree murder. She faces a maximum sentence of 25-years-to-life in prison. Also convicted of 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon, a charge punishable by 3 ½ years- to 15-years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 20. 4/13/19 Update: The defense requested a later date to allow for more time to submit sentencing submissions. The judge approved the request in court. New sentencing date is 6/10. 6/10/19: Rescheduled for 7/15. 7/15/19 Update: Sentencing has been postponed. Conference hearing set for 7/30. No date for sentencing yet. 7/30/19: Sentencing scheduled for 9/4. *Trial set to begin for both (@ 8am CT) – MO – 4 children (3 girls & 1 boy, ages 5 to 12 locked in small windowless boxes discovered 8/7/18, Farmington) – *Laura Elizabeth Cheatham (38) (adopted “mom”) arrested & charged (8/7/18) with 5 counts of endangering the welfare of a child & 3 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping. Plead not guilty. $500K bond; bond reduced (8/28/18) to $250K. Cheatham posted $250,000 bond on 9/14/18, & has been released with GPS monitoring & restrictions that she not have any contact with the children. Her attorney has moved to continue the October 9th Preliminary Hearing because she has documents she needs to review. *Daryl Justen Head (38) (mom’s bf) arrested & charged (8/7/18) with 5 counts of endangering the welfare of a child & 3 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping. Plead not guilty. $500K bond; bond reduced (8/28/18) to $250K. Head posted $250,000 bond on 9/10/18 with no GPS monitoring and no restrictions. Trial set to begin 9/4/19 *Trial set to begin (again) (@ 9am ET) – IN – Tammy Jo Blanton (46) (Sept. 11, 2014, Jeffersonville) – *Joseph A. Oberhansley (33) arrested (9/11/14) & charged (9/15/14) with murder, burglary & rape. Plead not guilty. Held without bond. DA seeks DP. DA has taken DP off the table (6/28/19). Trial set to begin 9/4/19 with jury selection. Trial could last 2 weeks. Previous trial started 8/19/19. Jury was picked from Hamilton County, trial will be held in Clark County. 12 jurors, 3 alternates. Jury was be sequestered. 8/22/19: Judge grants defense motion for mistrial after one of State’s witnesses mention Oberhansley’s prior criminal past & drug use. Clark County had pulled in jurors from Hamilton County. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said the jury selection will begin Sept. 4. That means opening statements could be heard as early as Sept. 6. But the defense filed a motion late Monday, 8/26 so that the next jury would be selected from a different county due to the publicity of the trial. If that motion is approved, that date could be pushed back. The jury will be sequestered.