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Holly Bobo trial: Investigator testifies blood in garage was slain woman’s

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — Blood collected from a carport at the home of a slain Tennessee nursing student matched the woman’s DNA, a crime scene investigator said Tuesday.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Lawrence James testified on the second day of Zachary Adams’s trial in Savannah. Adams has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping and killing Holly Bobo, who was 20 when she disappeared from her home in Parsons on April 13, 2011.

Her remains were found 3 ½ years later in woods not far from her home in Decatur County, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville.

The trial began Monday. Bobo’s family members gave emotional testimony on the first day. Her mother Karen Bobo sobbed and collapsed on the stand.

Bobo’s brother testified Monday that he saw his sister and a man in the carport before they walked together into woods next to the family’s

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

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Lyon sisters trial: The case against Lloyd Lee Welch

WASHINGTON — Forty-two years after the mysterious disappearance of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and her 10-year-old sister Katherine from Wheaton Plaza in Montgomery County, Maryland, the man charged with abducting, killing and burning their remains in a remote county in the mountains of Virginia goes on trial next week.

Lloyd Lee Welch, 60, will stand trial in Bedford County on two counts of first-degree felony murder during an abduction with intent to defile, beginning Sept. 12.

According to court filings reviewed by WTOP, prosecutors have subpoenaed a friend of the Lyon sisters — the daughters of WMAL radio broadcaster John Lyon and his wife, Mary — who saw the girls at the plaza, talking with a man thought to be Welch, shortly before they vanished.

Other witnesses will testify about blood recovered from the basement of a home Welch lived

Read more at: http://wtop.com/local/2017/09/lyon-sisters-case-lloyd-lee-welch/

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

Cold case trial continues in Chelan County Superior Court

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Left: Bernard Swaim, Right: Stephen E. Smith
(Photos courtesy of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office)

WENATCHEE- Opening arguments were presented yesterday in the murder trial of Bernard Swaim, the Sultan man accused in the cold-case murder of Stephen Smith.

Swaim and his former wife Dawn Soles are charged with first degree murder in the death of Stephen Smith in 1982.

Chelan County Prosecutor, Doug Shae told the jury in his opening statement, “This is an old case, a cold case, with a burning secret — Mr. Swaim’s secret,” Shae called to the stand witnesses, such as Smith’s former dentist who testified that he recognized a broken tooth found at Smith’s Cashmere home as the same tooth he had previously treated.

Swaim’s attorney Nick Yedinak argued that his client should be acquitted based upon missing items from the crime scene,investigation missteps and questionable

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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/

Judge to decide fate of man in hot car death trial

A judge will decide the fate of a man accused of leaving his 6-month-old child to die in a hot car while he ran into a barbershop.

Lance Williams, 35, appeared in court Wednesday but did not testify, though his attorneys brought David Diamond, a psychology professor at the University of South Florida, to the stand.

Diamond described his research into “Forgotten Baby Syndrome,” an occurrence in which someone accidentally leaves their child in a car.

“While most people focus on how we remember, I’m also very interested in how and why we forget,” Diamond said. “It was not a decision, a conscious decision on his part, to leave Tyrese in the car.”

He said the brain goes into autopilot mode when performing a routine task like going to work, and if there is something out of the ordinary during that task, it can be easy to forget.

The state

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Laurie Martin trial moves to second day

Prosecutor and District Attorney Craig Ladd began the process of laying out his argument when he described Laurie Martin, 37, as a “jilted ex-lover” that planned the Nov. 20 attack that lead to the death of Chivas Piggee, 38.
Defense attorney James Gilmartin painted Martin as the victim of domestic violence who tried to break up the fight that led to Piggee’s death as witnesses testified Wednesday during Martin’s trial for first-degree manslaughter in Carter County District Court. District Judge Dennis Morris is presiding over the case.
In front of a jury of 12 — 6 men, 6 women — a total of 5 witnesses were called to the stand by Ladd in the opening day of the trial.
Wednesday’s witnesses included Anesie Wright, who was presented as an eye witness to the attack that resulted in Piggee’s death. Wright

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