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on: January 20, 2011, 11:28:35 AM 256 General Death Penalty / Illinois Death Penalty News / Re: Illinois Death Penalty News

Quinn wants public input on death penalty

Associated Press - January 19, 2011
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he'd like to hear from the citizens of Illinois before he decides whether to sign legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the state.

During an event at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, Quinn said he's already weighing input from prosecutors, clergy and others on the bill passed this month by the General Assembly.

The governor wouldn't say when he'll make a decision. He says he's going through a period of what he called "reflection and review."

Quinn has said he supports the death penalty. But he also has kept a moratorium on capital punishment put in place in 2000 by Gov. George Ryan after courts overturned the death sentences of 13 men after finding them innocent.


Here is the link to contact Governor Quinn - at this link is online email option

By Phone or Mail

Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
TTY: 888-261-3336
Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2121

on: January 18, 2011, 05:40:26 PM 257 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Mesac Damas Charged in 2009 FL Murder of Family, May Face DP

I hope they take that bastard down to his last pair of sh*t stained underwear.   With being on the 3rd mental evaluation I guess they are not getting what they want yet.  Either way, this guys going to 'get it' >:(

on: January 15, 2011, 05:15:25 PM 258 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: David Ray Fugate - Missouri - Shot Victim 11-times - 2nd Degree Murder Charges

I hope they take this bastard down to his last pair of shit stained underwear.

on: January 15, 2011, 05:11:50 PM 259 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: David Ray Fugate - Missouri - Shot Victim 11-times - 2nd Degree Murder Charges

Father Allegedly Shoots Daughters Boyfriend
Then Collapses after the Shooting

April 12, 2010
Forty Eight year old David Ray Fugate is now charged with Second Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. The events that lead to this homicide, started early Monday morning in House Springs when Fugate got a call from his 16 year old daughter, saying she was abused by her 22 year old boyfriend Michael Crutchfield.

Fugate went to Michael Crutchfield home, were he argued with Crutchfield. Police say Fugate pulled a semi automatic gun, killing Crutchfield. Crutchfield's body was discovered in the roadway of Ruth Drive off Highway M-M, where one witness described what Fugate said just moments before the shooting.

After the shooting, Fugate collapsed and was transported to St. Anthony's Medical Center with what was thought to be a Heart Attack. He was treated an released and is now being held in the Jefferson County jail without bail.

Video at link,0,2523946.story


Faked heart attack - pathetic POS

on: January 15, 2011, 05:09:42 PM 260 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: David Ray Fugate - Missouri - Shot Victim 11-times - 2nd Degree Murder Charges

Jefferson County man arrested after shooting daughter's boyfriend

April 12, 2010
KMOV -- A House Springs man is dead after being shot by his girlfriend’s father.
According to authorities, Michael Crutchfield, 22, was found dead Sunday evening after deputies responded to the scene of an apparent shooting.
Police say witnesses claim David Fugate, 48, arrived to pick up his daughter Sunday evening when she informed him that Crutchfield, her boyfriend, assaulted her.
Authorities say after hearing the news, Fugate and Crutchfield engaged in a verbal altercation. Fugate then allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and shot Crutchfield multiple times.
Fugate is currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.

Video at link

on: January 15, 2011, 05:07:56 PM 261 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / David Ray Fugate - Missouri - Shot Victim 11-times - 2nd Degree Murder Charges

Man charged with killing daughter's boyfriend appears in court

September 17, 2010
HILLSBORO • A Cedar Hill man charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his daughter's boyfriend argued briefly with the victim before shooting him 11 times, according to court testimony Thursday.

Michael Crutchfield, 22, suffered three gunshot wounds to the head, as well as four to the chest and others to the neck and arm on April 11 in House Springs. He was not armed.

David Fugate told Jefferson County detectives that his daughter, 16, told him that Crutchfield assaulted her.

Crutchfield and the teen had been at the home of David Hopewell that evening. Hopewell took the stand at Fugate's preliminary hearing on Thursday.

He testified that Crutchfield and Fugate's daughter had been dating and that Fugate came to his house to pick up the couple on the night of the shooting.

Hopewell also said the couple had bickered that evening and that Crutchfield had ripped a necklace off the girl's neck. He said Crutchfield had wanted to break up with the girl.

Hopewell said he had seen the girl slap and punch Crutchfield, but had never seen Crutchfield hurt the girl.

When Fugate arrived, the girl ran to the side of his pickup and fell to the ground, screaming and crying.

"Mike was trying to get her to go home," said Hopewell, 20.

Hopewell said the two men yelled at each other, but never exchanged blows.

Crutchfield was about seven feet away when Fugate pulled out a gun and shot him, Hopewell said.

"He kept shooting after Mike fell," Hopewell said.

On Thursday, Fugate wore a neck brace to court. He has been jailed since the shooting without bail. His attorney, Art Margulis, said Fugate suffers from many health ailments, including a disk problem in his neck.

Margulis said his client will enter a plea of not guilty when he is arraigned.


Article says 'he wore a neck brace to court'.  What will his defense be whiplash?

on: January 15, 2011, 01:37:54 PM 262 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Nicholas Sheley, Suspected of 8 Murders in 2 States Will Face DP

Judge denies Sheley separate jury for sentencing trial

Posted Dec 16, 2010

A Knox County judge Thursday denied a motion filed by the defense of accused killer Nicholas Sheley seeking a separate jury for his potential sentencing hearing.

The defense’s motion was filed earlier this month and asked for a separate jury should Sheley be convicted of first-degree murder at his trial next year. During sentencing proceedings, the jury would determine whether or not Sheley should receive the death penalty, which is being sought by the prosecution.

In Knox County, Sheley is being charged with the June 2008 beating death of Ronald Randall, 65, Galesburg. He also is being charged outside of Knox County and in Missouri for allegedly committing seven other murders.

In court Thursday, the arguments revolved around the legal practice of questioning jurors about their backgrounds and potential biases, a process known as voir dire.

Specifically, the jurors will be asked about their opinions of the death penalty and whether or not it is an appropriate sentence under certain circumstances, like in a case where the defendant is being charged with multiple murders.

In their motion, the defense noted that if Sheley is convicted, the prosecution will likely use evidence of the other seven murders he is being accused of at his sentencing hearing. Therefore, the defense must ask jurors how evidence of multiple murders would affect their ability to fairly determine whether the death penality is appropriate in Sheley’s case.

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Sheley’s next court hearing is scheduled for March.


Remember Jefferson County Missouri has a warrant on him for 2cts 1st degree murder and 2cts armed criminal action.
MO is a DP state

on: January 15, 2011, 01:08:03 PM 263 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Trial Set For David Spears in 2009 MO Rape/Murder of 9 yr old Rowan Ford

Hearings continue in Spears’ murder case

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Court hearings continue today and Friday for a Stella man accused of raping and killing his 9-year-old stepdaughter in November 2007.

The hearings for David Wesley Spears started Wednesday. Spears and Chris Collings are accused of raping and killing 9-year-old Rowan Ford in early November 2007 at Collings’ home in Wheaton, then throwing the body of the Triway Elementary student down a sink hole in eastern McDonald County.

The case was moved from Barry County to Pulaski County on a change of venue. Judge Tracy Storie is hearing arguments on motions in the case.

Spears’ defense team is trying to get his taped audio confession thrown out on the basis that it violated Spears’ constitutional rights against self-incrimination. According to Springfield television station KY3, at issue is when Spears was read the Miranda warning and when he requested an attorney be present. The confession was obtained by the Newton County Sheriff’s Department.

Prosecutor Johnnie Cox told the television station it was up to a judge to decide whether a defendant’s statement was admissible, adding that there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial. Cox has asked for the death penalty.

Once motion hearings end on Friday, Spears will be back in court on June 21 for a final pre-trial conference before trial begins on July 12. Ten days have been set aside for the trial, which is expected to conclude on July 23.

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There is a lot of things going on here - I checked on casenet MO online courts system
here is the link

You should read the docket on this one.  They are trying to exclude the Victim Impact Statements.

Hope that does not happen.  In MO we have Victims Rights Statute and it's in our Constitution.

Link is here

on: January 15, 2011, 12:48:24 PM 264 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: KS Man James Kahler Charged With Capital Murder in Deaths of Wife and 2 Daughter

Son describes scene of slayings in Kahler's preliminary hearing

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
LYNDON, Kan. — In testimony Tuesday, 11-year-old Sean Kahler told an Osage County, Kan., judge that he was in the kitchen with his mother, Karen, when she was shot last November.

They were at his great-grandmother’s Burlingame, Kan., home over Thanksgiving vacation, washing some old coins he had found, he said via closed-circuit television in the courtroom.

“My dad came through the door and shot my mom,” the boy said. He ducked and heard his mom collapse.

“I got a glimpse," he said. "I think she was holding her leg.”

At that point, he began to run, he told Magistrate Judge Jon Stephen Jones.

As he left, he testified, he heard several more shots.

Sean Kahler was the third witness to speak during a preliminary hearing where the state's witnesses presented evidence against his father, Kraig Kahler. The father is charged with the murders of his wife; his teenage daughters, Emily and Lauren; and his wife's grandmother, Dorothy Wight.

Karen Kahler and her children lived in Columbia but were visiting Wight when they were killed on Nov. 28, 2009.

The boy escaped without injury, fleeing to a neighbor's house to find a phone and call for help.

“I went to the first house; they didn’t answer. I went to the next house, knocked on the door; they came and helped me,” he said.

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on: January 14, 2011, 02:33:14 PM 266 Administration / High Profile Death Penalty Cases! / Re: Anthony Sowell Given Death Penalty-Guilty of 11 Women's Murders

I agree he does deserve the death penalty.  Weird how the defense has had this case all this time and is just NOW wanting to go over the evidence.  I thought they were suppose to do in advance not at the last minute.  I hope the Judge got all over their butts for that.

on: January 14, 2011, 11:15:35 AM 267 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Joshua J. Tharp charged with Murder & Dismemberment of Crystal Terpening

Man charged with obstructing justice in Crystal Terpening homicide probe

Monday, Jan. 03, 2011

EAST ALTON -- A 24-year-old East Alton man is facing felony obstruction charges after he allegedly gave police false information during the Crystal M. Terpening homicide investigation.

Steven L. Peterson, of the 100 block of North Shamrock Avenue, was charged with obstructing justice Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court for allegedly giving police false information. The charges state that Peterson knowingly furnished false information with the intent to obstruct due prosecution.

East Alton Police Chief Dwynn Isringhausen said that Peterson accused a family member and another person of killing Terpening and disposing of her body.

"He knowingly lied to investigators, and they spent a week pursuing it when they could have focused their attention elsewhere," Isringhausen said.

Peterson allegedly told Detective Thomas Cromer of the Madison County Sheriff's Department, a member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis that investigated Terpening's death, that his family member and another person were involved in Terpening's death.

Terpening's remains were found Nov. 4 in a wooded lot behind East Alton Plaza 22 days after she last was seen leaving her house following an argument with her boyfriend.

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on: January 14, 2011, 11:12:07 AM 268 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Joshua J. Tharp charged with Murder & Dismemberment of Crystal Terpening

East Alton man charged in Terpening murder

December 22, 2010 9:45 PM

EAST ALTON - Authorities Wednesday charged a man with a long history of crime and violence in the beating death of Crystal M. Terpening, whose partial remains were found in a wooded area near the suspect's home.

Charged with first-degree murder in Madison County Circuit Court was Joshua J. Tharp, 27, of the 200 block of Virginia Avenue, East Alton. He is accused of punching the victim with a bludgeon, causing her death. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Officers said the case unfolded on the evening of Oct. 12, when Terpening had an argument with her boyfriend at their home in Rosewood Heights and left. Family members later reported her missing. Police initially treated it as a missing persons case until a worker clearing brush discovered Terpening's remains in the woods on Nov. 4.

The killing may have occurred early Oct. 13, authorities said Wednesday.

The investigation determined that Tharp first met Terpening on the night of Oct. 12, the night she last was reported seen by her boyfriend. They subsequently got into an argument at Tharp's residence in the 200 block of Virginia Street in East Alton, which is only four houses from the property where the body was found.

more at link

on: January 14, 2011, 11:08:20 AM 269 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Joshua J. Tharp charged with Murder & Dismemberment of Crystal Terpening

Four being questioned in Terpening case

December 16, 2010 10:05 PM

Four people were taken in for questioning this week in southern Missouri in connection with the homicide investigation into the death of a 26-year-old Rosewood Heights woman.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis contacted the police department in Mount Vernon, Mo., on Wednesday so that four individuals in the rural community could be questioned about Crystal Terpening's death.

Mount Vernon Police Chief Garry Earnest told the Lawrence County Record that investigators came to town to interview two individuals from East Alton - a 30-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman. He said his officers arrested the Illinois duo, as well as a local man and woman, all of whom were staying at the latter's home just outside of city limits.

Mount Vernon police were asked to respond to the scene by Major Case Squad investigators, who had received a tip that the East Alton man and woman were en route to Mount Vernon.

Local investigators said the four had not been "arrested" and only were taken in for questioning.

more at link

on: January 14, 2011, 11:06:24 AM 270 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Joshua J. Tharp charged with Murder & Dismemberment of Crystal Terpening

East Alton body identified as missing woman

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 10:30 am

EAST ALTON • Authorities said they have identified human remains found in a wooded lot Thursday as Crystal M. Terpening, a missing woman who lived about three miles away.

Authorities said they don't know the cause of death yet but do not believe her death to be accidental.

"We're investigating it as a homicidal death," said Capt. Brad Wells with the Major Case Squad.

Terpening had been missing from her home since Oct. 12, according to a missing person report made Oct. 22. But Wells said she had been seen alive since then.

Wells would not say whether investigators had any suspects in the case but said they were "questioning a lot of people."

"She shoud not have died the way she died and she should not have been found the way she was found," Wells said.

He said investigators identified the remains as Terpening through fingerprints.

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