During the early 1980s the image of downtown Dallas was the polar opposite of its present state. Dallas was still a major player in the oil industry. The real estate market was booming and the resulting economic windfall gave rise to the legendary downtown skyline that current city leaders are desperate to reinvigorate.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A former medical examiner is testifying for the defense Friday in the murder trial of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend.
Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, is charged with second-degree murder in the choking death of his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, in 2015.
Patterson’s attorney claims his client accidentally choked Marquinez during oral sex. To prove it, attorney Ken Padowitz wants a Broward County judge to allow Patterson to show his penis to the jury.
Before Judge Lisa Porter makes her decision, she first wanted to hear testimony from Dr. Ronald Wright, a former Broward County medical examiner.
The prosecution rested its case Thursday after jurors heard testimony from Patterson’s daughter, his ex-girlfriend, an associate medical examiner who performed Marquinez’s autopsy and a crime scene investigator.
Wright said he agreed with the assessment of associate medical examiner Iouri Boiko, who said the manner of death was inconclusive because of
MARKSVILLE — Prosecutors have wrapped up their case against a former Marksville deputy marshal accused of murder in a shooting at the end of a pursuit in November 2015 that left a 6-year-old child dead, capping a long day of technical testimony from experts with chilling details from the child’s autopsy.
Following three days packed with nearly 30 prosecution witnesses, attorneys for Derrick Stafford will begin presenting their case to the jury Thursday morning. Speaking outside the Avoyelles Parish courthouse late Wednesday afternoon, defense attorney Christopher LaCour wouldn’t reveal to reporters whether the 33-year-old former Marksville Police Department lieutenant would take the stand.
Over the course of eight hours Wednesday several expert witnesses from Louisiana State Police pored over crime scene diagrams, displayed spent cartridge casings, discussed paint chips from the hood of one deputy’s car, and passed a bullet recovered from 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis’ body to the jurors.
A former Altoona police officer has announced he will run for magisterial district judge.
Scott Clapper, a 20-year veteran of the Altoona Police Department who retired in 2012 as a sergeant, said he has spent his entire life serving the community and helping others in need and wants to continue serving as district judge.
“Judge (Todd) Kelly has always served in his position with great integrity and if elected, I plan to serve the people in the district with the same impartial and ethical principals,” Clapper said in a statement.
A 1984 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School, Clapper has lived in Altoona for 25 years. Clapper received his bachelor of science degree in criminology from IUP in 1988, and he received his certification to be a police officer in 1992 from Harrisburg Area Community College.
Clapper and his wife, Stephanie, have three children between the ages of 13 and 23, and
A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point.
John D. Parrish, 62, was sentenced to 18 months Tuesday by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia.
Between July 2012 and February 2014, Parrish used his position, in which he handled lost property and large sums of money seized as evidence, to steal cash in what District Attorney Beth Heckert described as a “complicated manner.”
As an example, Heckert said, Parrish forged documents making it look like cash seized from a woman during an arrest had been returned. Investigators discovered the return was fake when arrest records showed the woman was a jail inmate in the state of Washington at the time of the return, according to Heckert.
In another case, Heckert said, Parrish falsified a jail
A fired Garland police officer who is on trial for killing a suspect took the stand Thursday in his own defense.
Former Officer Patrick Tuter is accused of firing 41 shots at Michael Allen after a 2012 high-speed chase. He gave jurors his account of the fatal shooting.
Tuter recalled spotting Allen’s truck in Garland and recognizing that it matched the description of a truck that had gotten away after a chase in Sachse. He said he called for backup and tried to initiate a traffic stop, but Allen took off and reached speeds of 120 miles per hour.
The officer said he stayed as calm as he could despite the fact that it was a high-speed chase. He believes Allen was actually the one who was being “extremely reckless,” especially when he shut off his headlights and turned into a neighborhood.
DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Testimony continues today in the manslaughter trial of a former Garland police officer.
Patrick Tuter is accused of firing 41 shots at Michael Vincent Allen, after a high-speed chase.
It was in 2012 when police chased Allen’s pickup down a northeast Dallas freeway and finally cornered him on a Mesquite cul-de-sac.
Tuter opened fire on the truck, reloading at least once. Allen, who was unarmed, was hit three times and died at the scene. The 25-year-old was shot in the back, side and elbow.
Another officer with the Garland Police Department, W.C. Norris, said the shooting was unjustified. In fact, Norris testified that the closest he’s come to being shot in his 16-year law enforcement career was when Tuter began shooting at Allen.
Today prosecutors continued trying to make the case that Tuter’s actions were reckless. Crime scene evidence was part of the focus of testimony. It included graphic photos of
A crime scene investigator testified Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court that evidence she gathered linked former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee to the death of Erin Corwin, the woman he was having an affair with.
Pieces of twine found in the back of Lee’s Jeep matched that found on a homemade torch found next to Corwin’s badly decomposed body, which along with other items were found discarded at the bottom of a mine shaft on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park on August 16, 2014, nearly two months after the 19-year-old Corwin was reported missing by her husband, also a Marine.
Lee, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and a special circumstance of lying in wait. While a motive behind the alleged murder has not been disclosed by authorities, both Lee and Corwin were married at the time, and Lee had a young daughter.