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From the archive: Police: No evidence to back charges Five tell of slaying probe

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Feb. 23, 2013.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Five Evansville police officers, including the lead investigator of Marcus Golike’s death, testified Friday they found no physical evidence proving 18-year-old William Hurt’s confession he helped to kill Golike was true. What police did testify they had, during four days of trial testimony, was Hurt’s confession – given after several hours of interrogation – and a statement he made to the police officers driving him to jail after that interview. On Tuesday, Officer Jason Pagget testified Hurt said, “I have to pay for what I did,” while in the squad car.

However, defense expert Steven Drizin, a Northwestern University law professor specializing in false confessions induced by police questioning, testified Thursday almost nothing Hurt told police was not first said to him by officers. Because of Drizin’s schedule, his testimony for the defense was given out of

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Archive: Police: No evidence to back charges – Evansville Courier

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Feb. 23, 2013.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Five Evansville police officers, including the lead investigator of Marcus Golike’s death, testified Friday they found no physical evidence proving 18-year-old William Hurt’s confession he helped to kill Golike was true. What police did testify they had, during four days of trial testimony, was Hurt’s confession – given after several hours of interrogation – and a statement he made to the police officers driving him to jail after that interview. On Tuesday, Officer Jason Pagget testified Hurt said, “I have to pay for what I did,” while in the squad car.

However, defense expert Steven Drizin, a Northwestern University law professor specializing in false confessions induced by police questioning, testified Thursday almost nothing Hurt told police was not first said to him by officers. Because of Drizin’s schedule, his testimony for the defense was given out of

Read more at: https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2018/02/02/archive-police-no-evidence-back-charges-five-tell-slaying-probe/301103002/

Jury sees bloody evidence, crime scene photos in trial of Marco woman accused of killing boyfriend

Jurors in the trial against a Marco Island woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend in 2014 heard from crime scene investigators and saw bloody evidence and photos Monday.

Lisa Troemner, 27, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Trevor Smith, 30, in their condo on Park Avenue on Dec. 2, 2014. Prosecutors say Troemner went to bed the night before with an 8-inch knife and fatally stabbed Smith after they awoke in the middle of the night and began arguing.

Crime scene investigators with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, who documented, collected and processed the evidence found at the condo, testified to their findings at the scene and at the hospital where Troemner was admitted after the stabbing. Troemner was treated for a self-inflicted

Read more at: https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2018/01/22/jury-sees-bloody-evidence-photos-murder-trial-lisa-troemner/1055548001/

Jury sees bloody evidence, photos in murder trial of Lisa Troemner

Jurors in the trial against a Marco Island woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend in 2014 heard from crime scene investigators and saw bloody evidence and photos Monday.

Lisa Troemner, 27, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Trevor Smith, 30, in their condo on Park Avenue on Dec. 2, 2014. Prosecutors say Troemner went to bed the night before with an 8-inch knife and fatally stabbed Smith after they awoke in the middle of the night and began arguing.

Crime scene investigators with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, who documented, collected and processed the evidence found at the condo, testified to their findings at the scene and at the hospital where Troemner was admitted after the stabbing. Troemner was treated for a self-inflicted

Read more at: https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2018/01/22/jury-sees-bloody-evidence-photos-murder-trial-lisa-troemner/1055548001/

Case of the dead cats in condominium: Veterinary Department collects evidence and carcasses

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 ― With the precision of a Crime Scene Investigation forensics team, several personnel from the Veterinary Department collected evidence of the alleged poisoning of several cats at the Sri Kenangan Condominium in Wangsa Maju last Friday.

Acting on a complaint by residents, they arrived in a four-wheel drive bearing the logo of the department and their equipment included a weighing scale, gloves and evidence bags.

Several dead cats and kittens were found in the condominium on New Year’s Day. However, this was not the first case of dead cats found in the compound.

Over the course of several months, a total of 19 cats and several birds have been discovered in the condominium leading some residents to believe a serial cat killer lived among them.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/case-dead-cats-condominium-veterinary-department-collects-evidence-232300490.html

Suspect in triple murder at Belleville salon says prosecutors ‘have no evidence’ – Belleville News

The man accused of a triple murder in a Belleville hair salon in 2005 said in a jailhouse interview last week that he’s innocent, and that the prosecution knows it because they already charged someone else who was acquitted.

Samuel L. Johnson, 52, was charged last year with the murders of hairstylist Michael Cooney and two of Cooney’s clients, 79-year-old Doris Fischer and 82-year-old Dorothy Bone. The three were found stabbed to death on March 2, 2005 in Cooney’s home-based salon at 7813 W. Main St. in Belleville. Fischer and Bone were sisters.

“I am innocent,” Johnson said. “If you get a conviction, you will be convicting an innocent man.”

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly charged Johnson last year. Johnson had been scheduled to go to trial last week, but the trial was continued at the request of the defense.

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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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