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PHOTOS: These gruesome dollhouse death scenes reinvented murder investigations

From the outside, the 19 dollhouse rooms spread across a darkened space in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery look like perfect replicas of familiar spaces: a family home, a neat parsonage, a woman’s bedroom. But inside, under the glow of a flashlight, these meticulous miniaturized spaces are covered in blood spatters, murder weapons and “dead” porcelain figures: A man hanging from a rope in his barn. A girl collapsed backward into a grungy bathtub. A baby shot in its crib.

These are the so-called “Nutshells,” death scenes created by 20th century heiress, scientist and artist Frances Glessner Lee, the “godmother of forensic science,” who made these dioramas of real-life cases to help future investigators do more accurate forensic crime analysis.

Now, visitors to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., can also try to solve the cases in Lee’s 19 miniature death scenes — some of them

Read more at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/photos-these-gruesome-dollhouse-death-scenes-reinvented-murder-investigations

Judge orders Pomona man held for trial in shooting death of 8-year-old boy

Sengchan Houl, 35 of Pomona, was formally charged with the murder of 8-year-old Jonah Hwang. He's being held without bail. -- Courtesy photo
Sengchan Houl, 35 of Pomona, was formally charged with the murder of 8-year-old Jonah Hwang. He’s being held without bail. — Courtesy photo

POMONA — A series of witnesses were in court Thursday providing testimony in the preliminary of hearing for a 35-year-old man accused of carrying out a drive-by shooting that killed an 8-year-old Pomona boy earlier this year.

After hearing testimony from more than half a dozen witnesses, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Martinez found there was sufficient evidence to hold over alleged gunman Sengchan Houl for trial.

Houl, of unincorporated Pomona, is set to return to Pomona Superior Court for arraignment Nov. 17.

Among the witnesses was Nathan Robinson, a resident of the West 11th

Read more at: http://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/11/02/hearing-underway-for-pomona-man-suspected-in-shooting-death-of-8-year-old-boy/

PCSO conducts death investigation

INDIAN LAKE ESTATES — An Indian Lake Estates man was fatally shot Thursday night, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The man has been identified as 30-year-old Devyn Martin. The location of the incident was the 3500 block of Orchid Lane, the Sheriff’s Office said.

An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause of death. The public is not considered in any danger, according to deputies.

The investigation is ongoing. This post will be updated.

Read more at: http://www.theledger.com/news/20171027/pcso-conducts-death-investigation

Suspect charged with murder in stabbing death – KCCI.com

Des Moines police have made an arrest in the stabbing death of a Des Moines man.

Michael Lee Bell, Jr., 39, of Des Moines, is charged with first-degree murder. He is currently in the Polk County Jail.

The victim in the stabbing has been identified as Jerry Lavelle Martin, 42, of Des Moines.

Bell had been detained as a suspect after the stabbing, but charged early Thursday morning.

PREVIOUSLY

A man who was stabbed late Wednesday afternoon has died, police said.

Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said in a news release that the attack happened just before 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of Euclid Avenue.

When officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene, they found a 42-year-old Des Moines man in the front yard suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Read more at: http://www.kcci.com/article/police-man-stabbed-in-head-not-doing-well-but-alive/13095143

Orleans Coroner’s Office faces pay lawsuit from fired death investigator

A death investigator fired this year by Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse’s office has filed a federal lawsuit accusing her former employer of improperly denying her overtime pay.

Jennifer Trigueros alleges that Rouse’s office misclassified her as an employee who was not entitled to extra compensation if she worked more than 40 hours a week.

The suit says that “most coroner’s offices in the state of Louisiana” pay those in her position overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week, something she routinely did whenever fatalities were reported at the end of her shift.

Trigueros’ lawsuit says she worked for Rouse’s office from Feb. 2, 2015, to Jan. 9, 2017. She claims she was fired after complaining on Facebook that an unidentified co-worker signing on for the day refused to take over investigating a fatality reported at the end of an overnight shift for Trigueros on New Year’s Eve 2016.

Trigueros’ lawsuit

Read more at: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_776670fa-b833-11e7-9c15-3bffb2f4b5b4.html

Coroner releases identities of Gary and Hammond men shot to death in recent weeks


Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.

Woman indicted for murder in death of 8-month-old left unsupervised with other children

The woman who was in charge of watching 8-month-old Aubrielle Stevens on the day she died has been indicted by a Potter County grand jury on a murder charge after she allegedly left Stevens and three other children unsupervised with a 6-year-old who had a history of violence with young children.

Shynequa Pollard, 23, was indicted last week. The murder charge is considered a first-degree felony.

Officers were dispatched to the Palo Duro Place Apartments in the 1100 block of South Carolina Street on June 30 and discovered evidence a baby had been injured, according to APD.

According to court documents, Pollard abandoned Stevens, leaving her and three other children under 3 with an unsupervised 6-year-old child that had previously been violent with children, which caused Stevens’ death.

Pollard intentionally committed an act dangerous to human life, the documents said.

Stevens was taken to a

Read more at: http://amarillo.com/crime-and-courts/local-news/news/2017-09-26/woman-indicted-murder-death-8-month-old-left

Woman indicted for murder in death of 8-month-old left …

The woman who was in charge of watching 8-month-old Aubrielle Stevens on the day she died has been indicted by a Potter County grand jury on a murder charge after she allegedly left Stevens and three other children unsupervised with a 6-year-old who had a history of violence with young children.

Shynequa Pollard, 23, was indicted last week. The murder charge is considered a first-degree felony.

Officers were dispatched to the Palo Duro Place Apartments in the 1100 block of South Carolina Street on June 30 and discovered evidence a baby had been injured, according to APD.

According to court documents, Pollard abandoned Stevens, leaving her and three other children under 3 with an unsupervised 6-year-old child that had previously been violent with children, which caused Stevens’ death.

Pollard intentionally committed an act dangerous to human life, the documents said.

Stevens was taken to a

Read more at: http://amarillo.com/crime-and-courts/local-news/news/2017-09-26/woman-indicted-murder-death-8-month-old-left