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Kenneth Brittain v. State of Indiana

On April 26, 2013 at approximately 10:31 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan
Police Department (“IMPD”) Officer Joel Anderson responded to a call of
shots fired in Indianapolis, Indiana, and upon arriving observed a pickup truck,
which was still smoking, driven through the wall of an apartment building.
Inside the truck, Officer Anderson observed a male, later identified as Timoth... More...
   $0 (02-02-2017 - IN)

Matthew Wright v. State of Indiana

In 2016, Wright and Arlendia Hill Wright had been married for three years,
although they had been in a relationship for over thirty years and had a twenty
five-year-old son together. During this time, Arlendia also had custody of her
nieces and nephews, ranging in age from approximately two to ten.
[3] The facts most favorable to the trial court’s judgment are that on March 4... More...
   $0 (02-02-2017 - IN)

William P. Nelson, et al. v. United Health Services, Inc., et al.

Enid, OK - William P. Nelson and Jon Nelson, individually and as co-personal representatives and/or co-executors of the Estate of Ethel A. Nelson and as co-trustees of the Ethel A. Nelson Revocable Trust and as heirs and next of kind of Ethel A. Nelson sued United Health Srvices, Inc. (UHS), individually and d/b/a St. Mary's Regional Medical Center UDS of Oklahoma, Inc., individually and d/b/a St.... More...   $0 (02-02-2017 - OK)

Michael T. Shoun v. State of Indiana

In November 2013, Michael Shoun was dating Tiana Alter, who was 17 years old at that time. Shoun was approximately 8-9 years older than Alter and had been dating her since she was 13. Alter lived with Shoun’s sister, Aeirel. Shoun was supposed to be residing in a work release facility as part of his sentence for a class C felony being a habitual traffic offender conviction; however, Shoun was a ... More...   $0 (02-01-2017 - IN)

CAMERON NELSON v. STATE OF KANSAS

The State's theory of the underlying homicide had Nelson, while riding with three other people in a car, reaching out the window and firing a handgun at the victim, a pedestrian standing a short distance behind the slowly moving vehicle. The shooting took place in April 2008 on a street in Salina. The evidence pointed to some bad blood between Nelson and the victim. The principal testimony against... More...   $0 (02-01-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. KYLE R. BELTZ

Ronald Betts suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a botched drug deal, which resulted in his death. A jury convicted Betts' partner, Kyle Beltz, of felony murder for Betts' death during the attempted drug sale. Betts knew and was on good terms with both Beltz and Beltz' girlfriend, Kelly Touchton. Beltz and Touchton lived together, and Betts would occasionally use their home—which contained a m... More...   $0 (01-31-2017 - KS)

Elena Antoinette Bradford v. The State of Texas

Appellant testified that in 2012 appellant’s young daughter alleged the child’s father had touched the child inappropriately. Appellant reported the possible abuse to the Texas City Police Department.2 Appellant testified that because of the 2012 allegation, and because the father was a “registered sex offender,”3 appellant did not allow the child to be with the child’s father absent adult supervi... More...   $0 (01-31-2017 - TX)

Coby Ray Hudgins v. The State of Texas

On the evening of October 5, 2013, Appellant had three guests in the home he shared with his fiancé, Kastina Anderson: Leea Anderson, Kastina’s sister; Kayla Williams, Leea’s best friend; and Gabriele Tucker, Appellant’s cousin. All were drinking alcohol, and at least two of the young women had smoked marijuana. According to the witnesses, the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed. Appellant said,... More...   $0 (01-31-2017 - TX)

Juan Antonio Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

This case arises from an incident involving the decedent (twenty-eight-year-old
policeman Jonathan Molina) and three youths (Juan Gomez, Alan Medrano, and Appellant). The
incident occurred while the youths were walking along the sidewalk of a busy residential street,
and Gomez was claimed to have “keyed” several parked vehicles, including that of the decedent.
Molina emerged ... More...
   $0 (01-30-2017 - TX)

Michael Darius Johnson v. The State of Texas

Under the emergency doctrine, “the Fourth Amendment does not bar
police officers from making warrantless entries and searches when they
reasonably believe that a person within is in need of immediate aid.” Mincey v.
Arizona, 437 U.S. 385, 392, 98 S. Ct. 2408, 2413 (1978); see also Brimage v.
State, 918 S.W.2d 466, 482 (Tex. Crim. App. 1994), cert. denied, 519 U.S.
838 (19... More...
   $0 (01-28-2017 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Travis Murphy Lozado

Tulsa, OK - Jury Convicts Defendant In Shooting Death of 14-Year-Old

The State of Oklahoma charged Travis Murphy Lozada, age 22, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, FELONY MURDER-1ST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 05/29/2014
Count as Disposed: FELONY MURDER-1ST DEGREE(HM11)
Violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Count # 2. Count as Filed: RBDW, AT... More...
   $0 (01-28-2017 - OK)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. STEPHEN F. SCHARF

Defendant purchased a $300,000 life insurance policy and
$200,000 accidental death benefit insuring Scharf's life on May
23, 1991. He was the primary beneficiary; the parties' son,
Jonathan, ten years old at the time of the murder, was the
contingent beneficiary. Scharf's therapist, Patricia Teague, who
had been treating Scharf for depression since July 1990, testified <... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - NJ)

United States of America v. Mariya Chernykh

Riverside, CA - ‘Wife’ of Man Facing Charges of Conspiring with Shooter in San Bernardino Attack Pleads Guilty to Entering into Sham Marriage

Mariyah Chernykh pleaded guilty to federal immigration fraud charges and admitted entering into a sham marriage with Enrique Marquez Jr., who is facing charges of conspiring with the male shooter in the December 2, 2015 attack in San Bernardino.
... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - CA)

LEONARDO FRANQUI vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

Franqui was sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of Raul Lopez. See
Franqui v. State, 699 So. 2d 1312, 1316 (Fla. 1997) (the Hialeah case). Franqui
was separately sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of law enforcement officer
Steven Bauer. See Franqui v. State, 804 So. 2d 1185, 1190-91 (Fla. 2001) (the
North Miami case).3 We affirmed both sentences. See Franqui, 699 S... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - FL)

MICHAEL L. KING vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

King was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Denise Amber Lee.
King v. State, 89 So. 3d 209, 212 (Fla. 2012). This Court detailed the facts of the
murder and subsequent trial in King’s initial appeal:
[O]n January 17, 2008, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Nathan Lee returned to his home on Latour Avenue in North Port, Florida, to find his wife, Denise Amber Lee, missing. The do... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - FL)

TAVARES DAVID CALLOWAY vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

On January 21, 1997, eighteen-year-old Anthony Strachan was at home in
his family’s apartment on 580 Northwest 64th Street in Miami, cutting a friend’s
hair. Strachan went into the kitchen and, through the kitchen window, saw one of
his neighbors, “Shorty,” standing outside on 64th Street with two unknown men.
One man, who wore a skull cap and a heavy brown coat that resemble... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - FL)

Bruce D. Mendenhall v. State of Tennessee

The facts upon which the petitioner‟s conviction was based are set out in the opinion of this court on the direct appeal:
[The petitioner‟s] trial began on May 10, 2010. The victim‟s sister Roxanna Wayman testified that Ms. Hulbert [the victim] had a history of drug and alcohol addiction, and Ms. Wayman was aware that Ms. Hubert [sic] was engaging in prostitution at the ti... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Steven Jeffrey Pike

This case relates to the January 15, 2011 killing of Angelo Gradillas, who was beaten to death at the home of Alma Pike, the Defendant‘s grandmother.

Morgan Savage testified that on January 15, 2011, she lived across the street from Ms. Pike. She said that she arrived home at about 3:00 a.m., that she heard a door open, and that she saw someone entering Ms. Pike‘s house. Ms. Savage... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Lisa Estelle Elliott

Early the morning of February 2, 2014, the defendant shot and killed the victim, Larry David Champlin, in the back bedroom of their home. The victim’s adult daughter
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and two small children were home at the time. Following a call reporting a domestic disturbance with gunshots, several law enforcement officers responded to the crime scene, including Deputy David Wormsley and ... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - TN)

United States of America v. John Ray James

Tulsa, OK - Dewey Man Pleads Guilty To $8.2 Million K2 Conspiracy

John Ray James of Dewey, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Claire V. Egan to his role in a conspiracy related to the purchase and sale of $8.2 million of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2, at three retail smoke shops in Tulsa, Owasso and Claremore in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371.

At his chang... More...
   $0 (01-26-2017 - OK)

Tulsa, OK - Cory Ketch, Cari Pounders and Estate of Jaquetta Lanham sued Ghassan Tawil, M.D., Tim Vanmeter, R.N., Gregory L. Wilson, D.O. and AHS Hillcrest Medical Center, LLC on medical negligence (medical malpractice) wrongful death theories claiming that Jacquetta Lanham died on July 13, 2011 during spinal surgery performed on her at Hillcrest Medical Center performed by Drs. Wilson and Ghassan... More...   $0 (01-25-2017 - OK)

STATE OF IOWA vs. JORGE PEREZ-CASTILLO

In 2004, following a jury trial, Perez-Castillo was convicted of two counts
of murder in the first degree and two counts of attempted murder. His direct
appeal was affirmed in State v. Perez-Castillo, No. 05-0362, 2006 WL 2419143,
at *6 (Iowa Ct. App. Aug. 23, 2006).
In 2015, Perez-Castillo filed a motion for new trial, raising a claim of newly
discovered evidence—the te... More...
   $0 (01-25-2017 - IA)

LARRY DAUGHTRY vs STATE OF FLORIDA

The defendant appeals his conviction and sentence for first degree murder. He argues the trial court erred in: (1) denying his motion for judgment of acquittal; (2) refusing to instruct the jury on self-defense; (3) refusing to instruct the jury on circumstantial evidence; and (4) allowing the victim’s daughter to remain in the courtroom after the rule of sequestration was invoked. We find no m... More...   $0 (01-25-2017 - FL)

Rickey Allen Hickman v. State of Tennessee

This case arises from sexual abuse allegations made against the Petitioner by the victim, his granddaughter. The Marshall County grand jury indicted the Petitioner on
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charges of rape of a child and multiple counts of aggravated sexual battery. In his direct appeal, this Court summarized the evidence presented against the Petitioner at his trial as follows:

At the [... More...
   $0 (01-25-2017 - TN)

James Robert Smith v. The State of Texas

Jeannie Marie Smith (now Jeannie Marie Collins) and Appellant were married, and they lived together. Jeannie and Appellant had marital problems. One evening, they got into an argument about Appellant “pass[ing] gas” in the kitchen while Jeannie was cooking. During the argument, Appellant threw a vase at Jeannie and hit her with it. In response, Jeannie swung a broom at him. Jeannie went to th... More...   $0 (01-24-2017 - TX)

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