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STATE OF OHIO vs. MICHAEL J. BROOKS

Brooks previously appealed his convictions and sentence to this court in State
v. Brooks, 2016-Ohio-489, 56 N.E.3d 357 (8th Dist.) (“Brooks I”).
In May 2014, Brooks, along with co-defendant Sylvester Cotton, was indicted in a multi-count indictment. Counts 1 and 2 charged attempted murder; Counts 3 and 4 charged felonious assault; Counts 5 and 6 charged kidnapping; Counts 7 and 8 charged... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. SHAWN A. LADSON

In December 2015, a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted Ladson and his
two codefendants, Michael Townsend, Jr. and Roscoe Simmons III, for two counts of
aggravated murder, in violation of R.C. 2903.01(A) and (B); one count of murder, in
violation of R.C. 2903.02(B); two counts of aggravated burglary, in violation of R.C.
2911.11(A)(1) and (2); three counts of aggravated robber... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. DASHAWN STROWDER

For the sake of clarity, we shall address the third assigned error last. Having
reviewed the record and pertinent law, we affirm the convictions, but reverse and remand
for resentencing. The apposite facts follow.
{¶3} This case originated in juvenile court when then-17-year-old Strowder was
charged in connection with offenses alleged to have occurred on or about April 21, 20... More...
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JEREMIAH CLARENCE JOHNSON vs. STATE OF IOWA

Jeremiah Johnson appeals the denial of his second application for
postconviction relief (PCR).
In 2009, Johnson was convicted of first-degree kidnapping; he was
sentenced to life in prison. Johnson filed a direct appeal of his conviction, and a
panel of our court affirmed in State v. Johnson, No. 09-1776, 2010 WL 5050573,
at *4 (Iowa Ct. App. Dec. 8, 2010). Procedendo... More...
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Aaron Lucas v. The State of Texas

On or about December 19, 2009, Aaron Lucas abducted seven-year-old Melinda1 from the
playground next to an apartment building in Texarkana where she was visiting relatives. Lucas
transported Melinda to a warehouse and sexually assaulted her. Melinda testified that she was
frightened, screaming, and banging on the car windows and that she could not open or unlock the
car door.... More...
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. RICARDO SWILLING Connecticut Supreme Court

The defendant, Ricardo Swilling, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of kidnapping in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-92 (a) (2) (A), home invasion in violation of General Statutes § 53a-100aa (a) (2), and assault in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-60 (a) (2).1 Additionally, following the defendant’s pleas of no... More...   $0 (03-31-2018 - CT)

Chris Beason Taffner V. State of Arkansas Arkansas Supreme Court

Taffner and his wife were adoptive parents to AT, BT, KT, JT, and NT, five children who came into the Taffner home through the foster-care system. Taffner and his wife also periodically fostered other children. The couple fostered MG from October 2014 to December 2014. In December 2014, BT overdosed on Oxycontin, which was provided to her by MG. MG was sent to a drug-treatment facility, and wh... More...   $0 (03-31-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Nemaceo Molina Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Appellant Nemeceo Molina pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a
dangerous weapon within Indian country, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a),
1153(a). The district court sentenced him to 120 months’ imprisonment, a
sentence forty-two months higher than the top of the advisory guidelines range.
Molina appeals his sentence, arguing it is substantively unreasonable. ExercisingMore...
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DANIEL L. DUPREE v. STATE OF KANSAS

On October 15, 2012, Dupree pled guilty pursuant to Alford v. North Carolina, 400 U.S. 25, 91 S. Ct. 160, 27 L. Ed. 2d 162 (1970), to an amended charge of seconddegree intentional murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and two counts of aggravated endangering of a child. In the written plea agreement, Dupree agreed "to waive his right to appeal or collater... More...   $0 (03-29-2018 - KS)

State of Oklahoma v. Dustin Thomas Baker and Dillion Rose Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Dustin Thomas Baker and Dillion Rose with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7 A
Date of Offense: 10/04/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
ROSE, DILLON Disposed: DISMISSED, 02/22/2018. Dismissed- Request of the State
Count as Disposed: MURDER - FIRST DEGREE(HM11)
Viola... More...
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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. ERIC GLENN LANE

On 7 April 2003, defendant was indicted in Wayne County for first-degree
murder, first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sex offense, indecent
liberties with a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct, and first-degree kidnapping of
five-year old “P.W.”1 Defendant was tried capitally in Wayne County, and his first
trial in the fall of 2004 ended in a mistrial due to juro... More...
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JAMES GUZMAN vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

In September 1992, James Guzman was convicted for the August 10, 1991,
armed robbery and first-degree murder of David Colvin and was subsequently
sentenced to death for the murder conviction. On direct appeal, we reversed

1. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(1), Fla. Const.


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Guzman’s convictions an... More...
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KENTRELL F. JOHNSON vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

On March 30, 2010, Johnson and codefendants Quentin Truehill1 and Peter
Hughes escaped custody at Avoyelles Parish Sherriff’s Office in Marksville,
Louisiana. Johnson and his codefendants stole a truck and traveled to Florida,
committing a series of violent crimes along the way, including the kidnapping and
killing of Vincent Binder.
On the day of their escape, the code... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. BRIAN HAWKINS

In May 2015, the State filed an indictment alleging that Hawkins had raped
A.J. on July 30, 2002. The trial court appointed counsel, and Hawkins then pled not
guilty to the charge. In June 2015, the trial court granted Hawkins’ motion for funds to
hire an investigator, and authorized up to $1,000 to hire investigator, Wayne Miller.
Hawkins also filed a motion to dismiss the... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. DAVID G. MATTOX

In 2013, a detective with the Miami Township Police Department asked
Mattox to be interviewed in response to an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor.
Mattox complied with the request, and on September 18, 2013, he participated in a
roughly 30 to 40 minute interview with the detective at the department’s offices. Tr. of
Proceedings 9:3-9:18 and 23:2-23:5. The inves... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. DARRELL KINNEY

Kinney was indicted along with two codefendants for multiple felony
offenses stemming from his involvement in the armed home invasion of a prominent
local attorney, Stanley Chesley, and his wife, Susan Dlott, a federal district court
judge. Kinney was charged with three counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of
aggravated robbery, one count of robbery, four counts of kidn... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. KYLE FINNELL

In June 2014, Kyle Finnell was convicted, after a jury trial, of aggravated
burglary with a firearm specification, burglary, aggravated robbery with firearm
specifications, robbery, kidnapping, two counts of having weapons while under a
disability and intimidation of a witness.
{¶3} Before sentencing, Finnell filed a motion for a new trial under Crim.R.
33 alleging t... More...
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State of Missouri vs. James M. Scott,

On December 28, 2013, A.F. (“Victim #1”) and his girlfriend, E.M. (“Victim #2”), were
walking home in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis (the “CWE”) around 11:00 or
11:30 p.m. when they passed two men on the opposite side of the street. Victims #1 and #2
continued to walk about a half a block when a man behind them told them to stop. Victim #1
turned around and a ... More...
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State of Missouri v. Thomas Oates

Oates went to a gas station to sell marijuana to a prospective buyer, Darrah Lane,
who had arranged the meeting. Oates brought a gun with him. When Oates arrived, he
walked over to Lane’s vehicle. She was seated in the driver’s seat and accompanied by
Opinion issued February 13, 2018 Leon Davis, who sat in the passenger’s seat. With the driver’s side window down, Oates leaned in... More...
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State of Ohio v. Brian Lee Golsby Franklin County Courthouse - Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, OH - The State of Ohio charged Brian Lee Golsby, age 30, with first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape for raping and killing Reagan Tokes, age 21.

Golsby, a convicted sex offender, apparently randomly selected Ms. Tokes as she was leaving She was a senior at Ohio State University and was three months short of graduating.

The States sought the death penalty.

... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. DERRICK BUELL

Derrick Buell seeks review of the Court of Appeals' determination that the district court correctly classified two prior Florida burglary juvenile adjudications as person felonies when calculating Buell's criminal history score under the revised Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA). State v. Buell, 52 Kan. App. 2d 818, 377 P.3d 1174 (2016). Buell argues, inter alia, that the Florida crimes were... More...   $0 (03-21-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ROY D. WETRICH Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

For acts committed between January 1, 2009 and April 24, 2009, Wetrich was convicted by a Johnson County jury of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, violation of a protective order, domestic battery, and intimidation of a witness. The district court sentenced Wetrich to a controlling sentence of 124 months in prison, based on a c... More...   $0 (03-20-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Norma Juarez Taha Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

El Paso, TX - Federal Jury Convicts El Paso Woman in Kidnapping Case

A federal jury convicted 36–year-old Norma Juarez Taha on March 16, 2018 on federal charges in connection with the kidnapping of a 20-year-old female in El Paso in February 2017, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr.

The jury ... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. DANIEL LEE SEARCY

In December 2009, 13-year-old J.S.S. reported to her parents that she was in a relationship with a 35-year-old man named "Dan," with whom she had engaged in sex nine times. Subsequent investigation by McPherson police officers revealed Dan to be Searcy, who was 37 years old at the time. During questioning, Searcy admitted to law enforcement that he had had vaginal, anal, and oral sex with J.S.S. <... More...   $0 (03-19-2018 - KS)

STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. SHANAH CHADWICK-MCNALLY

The State charged Defendant with an open count of first-degree murder, a
5 “capital felony,” see NMSA 1978, § 30-2-1(A) (1994), and with one count each of
6 first-degree kidnapping, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. The charging
7 document specifically alleged two aggravating circumstances related to the
8 first-degree murder charge: (1) Defendant committed the murder wi... More...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - NM)

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