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UPDATE: Charges authorized in murder case

TRAVERSE CITY — A local man will be charged with murder after authorities said he killed his neighbor.

Dallas David Walker, 23, of Traverse City, is set to be arraigned on an open murder charge after his father told Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies his son killed a man who lived across the street. Undersheriff Nate Alger said deputies found Christopher Allan Kleehammer, 48, dead inside his mobile home Wednesday.

A preliminary investigation — that continued Thursday — showed Walker visited Kleehammer’s home on David Place sometime after 2 a.m. on Sept. 20. Walker “made comments” to his father that led him to check on Kleehammer. Walker’s father called 911 when he realized Kleehammer was dead, authorities said.

Kleehammer had “obvious signs of blunt force trauma to the head,” according to a release from the sheriff’s department. Authorities noted his body was transported to Kalamazoo for an autopsy to determine the cause and

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Third day of Petersburg quadruple murder trial proves difficult for victims’ family members

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The Link Between Animal Abuse And Murder

A danger of veterinary forensics, as critics see it, is wrongful conviction — the possibility that too much is read into an alleged abuse case, and a person gets accused of a crime they didn’t commit. This came up in 2009, in a case centered around Tyler Weinman, a high-school senior living in Florida. It was reported that Merck, a key state witness, had confirmed that Weinman was a serial cat killer, though she never personally inspected the carcasses. Weinman was vilified in national headlines, but the case fell apart when the defense produced evidence that several of the cats had most likely been killed by dogs.

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Man convicted of double murder at Huntsville church wants conviction overturned or new trial


Richard Burgin

Richard Burgin

HUNTSVILLE,  Ala. — A Huntsville man sentenced to life in prison in the fatal stabbing two brothers at a church food bank in May 2013 wants his guilty verdict overturned or a new trial, arguing there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.

Richard Burgin, 54, will get a hearing next month on his requests before Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall.

The filings claim there was no evidence linking Burgin to being inside the church the day of the murders and the evidence that was presented was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

Burgin’s lawyers Chad Morgan and Larry Marsili also contend Burgin did not get a fair trial and should get a new day in court. They argue in the court filing that the prosecution was allowed to introduce

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Swaim murder trial: Week one, no verdict

WENATCHEE — The long awaited first-degree murder trial here of Bernard “Bernie” Swaim of Sultan came to a week one conclusion: No verdict.
At the end of Friday, Sept. 1 proceedings, the prosecution’s star  witness Dawn Soles was still testifying on cross examination from defense attorney Nick Yedinak.
Soles was questioned by prosecuting attorney Doug Shae before being turned over to Yedinak for cross.
She admitted to changing her story to investigators several times during questioning since last February and March, both on and off tape recorded statements.
Soles recounted how she met Swaim while he was a bartender at a bar she frequented and they married after dating for four months in Seattle.
She said she didn’t have a car at the time and didn’t have a job and that Swaim was the sole bread earner.She admits to having extra-marital affairs with her former husband, the victim Stephen Smith,

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Swaim murder trial ends week one

WENATCHEE — The long awaited first-degree murder trial here of Bernard “Bernie” Swaim of Sultan came to a week one conclusion: No verdict.
At the end of Friday, Sept. 1 proceedings, the prosecution’s star  witness Dawn Soles was still testifying on cross examination from defense attorney Nick Yedinak.
Soles was questioned by prosecuting attorney Doug Shae before being turned over to Yedinak for cross.
She admitted to changing her story to investigators several times during questioning since last February and March, both on and off tape recorded statements.
Soles recounted how she met Swaim while he was a bartender at a bar she frequented and they married after dating for four months in Seattle.
She said she didn’t have a car at the time and didn’t have a job and that Swaim was the sole bread earner.She admits to having extra-marital affairs with her former husband, the victim Stephen Smith,

Read more at: http://www.cashmerevalleyrecord.com/news/swaim-murder-trial-ends-week-one

Swaim murder trial ends week one | Cashmere Valley Record

WENATCHEE — The long awaited first-degree murder trial here of Bernard “Bernie” Swaim of Sultan came to a week one conclusion: No verdict.
At the end of Friday, Sept. 1 proceedings, the prosecution’s star  witness Dawn Soles was still testifying on cross examination from defense attorney Nick Yedinak.
Soles was questioned by prosecuting attorney Doug Shae before being turned over to Yedinak for cross.
She admitted to changing her story to investigators several times during questioning since last February and March, both on and off tape recorded statements.
Soles recounted how she met Swaim while he was a bartender at a bar she frequented and they married after dating for four months in Seattle.
She said she didn’t have a car at the time and didn’t have a job and that Swaim was the sole bread earner.She admits to having extra-marital affairs with her former husband, the victim Stephen Smith,

Read more at: http://www.cashmerevalleyrecord.com/news/swaim-murder-trial-ends-week-one

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Murder

Thompson points to the case of Alexander Hernandez, who was arrested in California in 2014 for shooting a dog—a crime that might in some states pass as a misdemeanor or criminal damage and not become grounds for further investigation. But when the police ran ballistics on Hernandez’s gun, they identified him as the man behind a series of murders.

“Eighty percent of law enforcement still doesn’t know about that link, but once you show them, they get it right away,” Thompson says. “It’s huge. The more people know about it, the more crimes we’re going to solve.”

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Merck hasn’t won everyone over, however. Her approach can be controversial, especially among more traditionally minded vets and judges and juries who aren’t as willing as she or Thompson are to make “the link.”

A danger of veterinary forensics, as critics see it, is wrongful conviction—the possibility that too much is

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/melinda-merck-veterinary-forensics/538575/

Man convicted in 1983 Fayette murder denied bid for a new trial

AUGUSTA — Sentenced to life without parole for the 1983 murder of a young mother in her Fayette home, Thomas H. Mitchell Jr. lost a bid Wednesday to start a process that could have gotten him a new trial based on errors in FBI data used for DNA calculations by the Maine State Crime Lab.

Mitchell, now 60, was convicted in 2009 by a jury of intentional and knowing murder in the slaying of Judith L. Flagg and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors said Flagg, 23, was raped and then stabbed to death on Jan. 6, 1983. She was found dead on the floor of her home with her uninjured 13-month-old nearby when her husband returned from working a 12-hour shift at the paper mill.

Justice Bruce Mallonee ruled Wednesday against an appeal by Thomas Mitchell for a new trial at the Capital Judicial Center in<p>Read more at: <a href=http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/08/30/man-convicted-in-1983-fayette-murder-denied-bid-for-a-new-trial/

Man arrested on murder charge after fatal stabbing in Franklin

Kettering police Chief Chip Protsman is asking residents to wait for answers about Sunday night’s police-involved fatal shooting.

Police officer Jonathon McCoy shot and killed Jason M. Hoops, 33, of Fairborn after a traffic stop of his gray Ford van Sunday evening near Craig Drive and East Bataan Drive.

Protsman didn’t respond to questions about why Hoops’ vehicle was stopped, what happened in the three minutes from the stop to the gunfire, why McCoy said Hoops’ gun was in a pocket after the shooting or how many shots were fired.

DATABASE: Officer-involved shootings in the Miami Valley since 1995

“We just want to pass on to the public that being an officer sometimes can be

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