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Defense thinks evidence lost in slaying of Toyota plant supervisor

(WAFF) –

Attorneys representing a north Alabama man accused of killing his stepfather say key evidence could have been lost by investigators.

But the judge handling the case found no legal issues with it and is moving forward to trial.

Clarence Fearn is charged in the murder of George Woodard, Jr. He appeared before Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer to address a number of motions filed in the case Friday morning.

Fearn was arrested in 2014, five years after the killing. He is the victim’s stepson.

Woodard was fatally shot several times in the driveway of his Madison County home on Debbie Blvd. at 5:30 a.m. on September 30, 2009.

Woodard was on the way to work at the Toyota plant when he was killed. He had been an assistant manager in machining for seven years at the time of his murder.

The

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Notable Neighbor: Crime scene, evidence technician reminisces about 30 years of service in Hickory

HICKORY — For the last 30 years, Officer Gene Walker has been serving the Hickory community as a crime scene and evidence technician — a profession often overlooked in the industry.

Walker, who plans to retire Monday, began a professional career as a military police officer in the United States Marine Corps, a role he would work in for four years.

“They tried to get me to re-enlist — they were either going to send me to school to be a CID (Crime Investigation Department) officer or to be a traffic investigator on bases,” Walker said.

Walker added he did not wish to re-enlist, and decided to make his way back home.

Once he returned, Walker attempted to follow the masses and work in the textile industry.

“Not that there is anything wrong with the furniture industry at all, but I just couldn’t stand in one spot and be stuck indoors all day,” Walker said.

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HAMAD TRIAL | Police and detectives tell of evidence gathered at crime scene

12:10 p.m.

WARREN

The Nasser Hamad aggravated murder trial is breaking for lunch after about two hours of testimony from a Trumbull County detective regarding the bullets and shell casings recovered from the shooting scene, and testimony from a crime scene investigator from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal investigation.

Another detective will testify after lunch, and jurors will hear a recording of statements Hamad gave to police.

Detective Chris Bordanaro of the Lordstown Police Department testified this morning to the bullets and 18 shell casings found at the crime scene, including two casings found just off the front porch of Hamad’s house and a bullet just off of Hamad’s property on state Route 46.

10:55 a.m.

WARREN

Though April Trent-Vokes had been shot in the head and lost consciousness much of the time after that, she remembered a few things that happened after that first shot, she testified this morning in the Nasser

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Menacing knife allowed as evidence in Luis Toledo trial – Daytona Beach News

ST. AUGUSTINE — A judge ruled that jurors will be able to see a menacing looking knife that prosecutors say Toledo tossed out the window of his car when he spotted a deputy at his home the day he is accused of killing his wife and her two children.

Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano ruled Friday morning that prosecutors Mark Johnson and Ryan Will would be allowed to show the jurors the knife.

“I’m going to find that the knife is relevant in this case and it’s not substantially prejudicial to the defendant,” Zambrano said.

Toledo, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Yessenia Suarez, 28, and two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Thalia, 9, and Michael, 8. If convicted of killing either of the children, Toledo could face the death penalty. Toledo is a former high-ranking member

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State’s evidence questioned at Robert Burton trial

BANGOR — The trial of Robert Burton, charged with murder in the shooting death his former girlfriend Stephanie Gebo, resumed Wednesday with one of the defense attorneys cross-examining a crime scene investigator on evidence presented the day before.

The jury of nine men and six women watched as defense attorney Zachary Brandmeir continued to question a state police investigator on day three of the trial, circling back on many of the points of evidence presented Tuesday, including photos of the interior of Stephanie Gebo’s Parkman home, her body and items found inside the house where she was shot and killed.

Murder defendant Robert Burton, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Zachary Brandmeir, left, and Hunter Tzovarras during the first day of his trial in the slaying murder of Stephanie Gebo in Bangor on Monday. Brandmeir opened Wednesday's proceedings questioning an investigator about state's evidence.Murder defendant Robert Burton,<p data-recalc-dims=Read more at: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/09/27/states-evidence-questioned-at-robert-burton-trial/

Focus on evidence during day 2 of Tatro threat hearing

Day two of the John Aston preliminary hearing focused around the evidence collected in the three incidents of threats against a Carson City judge.

Aston is being charged with disarming a firearm inside an occupied residence, arson in the 4th degree and aggravated stalking for several harassment incidents against Carson City Judge John Tatro. Aston is accused of shooting two rounds into Tatro’s front door, sending him a Christmas card with the note “You Will Die” inside, and attempting to ignite an incendiary device at the Tatro house.

The state brought in several witnesses from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to establish the different evidence items that were present and collected from the shooting, death threats and attempted arson events allegedly committed by Aston.

Deputy Jarrod Adams testified to collecting the threatening Christmas card in December 2013.

“Kathy (Tatro) was very upset and Judge

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Focus on evidence during day 2 of Tatro threat hearing …

Day two of the John Aston preliminary hearing focused around the evidence collected in the three incidents of threats against a Carson City judge.

Aston is being charged with disarming a firearm inside an occupied residence, arson in the 4th degree and aggravated stalking for several harassment incidents against Carson City Judge John Tatro. Aston is accused of shooting two rounds into Tatro’s front door, sending him a Christmas card with the note “You Will Die” inside, and attempting to ignite an incendiary device at the Tatro house.

The state brought in several witnesses from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office to establish the different evidence items that were present and collected from the shooting, death threats and attempted arson events allegedly committed by Aston.

Deputy Jarrod Adams testified to collecting the threatening Christmas card in December 2013.

“Kathy (Tatro) was very upset and Judge

Read more at: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/crime/focus-on-evidence-during-day-2-of-tatro-threat-hearing/

Man Pleads Guilty To 1993 Killing After New Evidence Re-Opens Cold Case

A Florida man has pleaded guilty on Tuesday for a 1993 murder, and police are crediting the Oxygen show “Cold Justice” for the closure on the cold case.

Angelo E. Ruth, 61, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the death of Mattie Henry, 40, according to WINK News. Henry’s half-naked body was found in September 1993 near a recreational center. She suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

Fort Myers police said “Cold Justice” helped renew leads in the case. The forensic evidence and witness statements that the show brought out led to Ruth’s arrest in 2016.

Two years before Henry’s murder, Ruth took out a fraudulent life insurance policy on her, according to an ABC affiliate. Investigators with the show helped police confirm that Ruth forged Henry’s signature on the $100,000 life insurance policy, according to the Root. Then, publicity from the show allowed key witnesses to come forward, and

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Autopsies, evidence, footprints and more: Teens learn about police work through program

Unlike the popular “CSI” television shows or Hollywood movies, it doesn’t actually take two hours or less to solve a crime, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. 

This week, 16 youngsters from 12 to 17 years old are learning the ins and outs of police work at the department’s Teen Police Academy program, which is designed to give insight into the life of a law enforcement officer.

The training, which Officer Sam Gwo likened to a “fun, educational summer camp for kids,” had been around for years, took a hiatus and returned in 2016.

“We think it’s important in this day and age for kids to learn the details of police work because our past and present chiefs believe community policing should be a huge part of Santa Maria,” Gwo said. 

“So what better way to interact with the community than a program like this?” 

On Thursday, the kids learned about the painstaking steps behind

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