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Pittsburg roommate killing: Staged scene, or self-defense?

MARTINEZ — When murder defendant Ryon Evan Wittlin shot and killed his 23-year-old roommate in the living room of the Pittsburg home they both shared, no one else was there to see it.

Now, more than a year after the Aug. 2016 killing, jurors will be asked to determine what happened. At the start of the trial Monday, the prosecutor called it a cold-blooded murder, saying the victim, Nicholas Ryan Shaeffer, was a quiet introvert who never saw it coming.

Ryon Evan Wittlin, 48, is being tried on charges that he murdered his23-year-old roommate in Aug. 2016. (Pittsburg police dept.)
Ryon Evan Wittlin, 48, is being tried on charges that he murdered hisbr /23-year-old roommate in Aug. 2016. (Pittsburg police dept.) 

The defense attorney called it a tragic act of self-defense, and played the jury a tape of the defendant’s 911

Read more at: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/25/pittsburg-roommate-killing-staged-scene-or-self-defense/

Arby’s Ripper Told Mom, ‘I Did A Bad Thing:’ Prosecutor – Oak Lawn …

HICKORY HILLS, IL — Kristina and Daniel Price gripped each other’s hands during a bond hearing Saturday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, as they listened to a Cook County prosecutor describe their brother Johnny’s last moments of life. John Price, 35, was stabbed to death last week while working the night shift at Arby’s in Hickory Hills. The man accused of his murder, Irvin Thomas, 26, is a fellow employee.

Sometime around 10 p.m. Sept. 20, the prosecutor said that Price, a popular night manager of Arby’s at 95th Street and Roberts Road, was working the night shift with Thomas. According to the charges, Thomas went into the restaurant’s kitchen area and grabbed a knife. Thomas reportedly walked to the front of the restaurant where Price was working and began stabbing him in the torso. A customer waiting to be served at the drive-through window saw

Read more at: https://patch.com/illinois/oaklawn/arby-s-ripper-told-mom-i-did-bad-thing-prosecutor

Arby’s Ripper Told Mom, ‘I Did A Bad Thing:’ Prosecutor

HICKORY HILLS, IL — Kristina and Daniel Price gripped each other’s hands during a bond hearing Saturday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, as they listened to a Cook County prosecutor describe their brother Johnny’s last moments of life. John Price, 35, was stabbed to death last week while working the night shift at Arby’s in Hickory Hills. The man accused of his murder, Irvin Thomas, 26, is a fellow employee.

Sometime around 10 p.m. Sept. 20, the prosecutor said that Price, a popular night manager of Arby’s at 95th Street and Roberts Road, was working the night shift with Thomas. According to the charges, Thomas went into the restaurant’s kitchen area and grabbed a knife. Thomas reportedly walked to the front of the restaurant where Price was working and began stabbing him in the torso. A customer waiting to be served at the drive-through window saw

Read more at: https://patch.com/illinois/oaklawn/arby-s-ripper-told-mom-i-did-bad-thing-prosecutor

Lifting the lid on the Finn murder mystery | The West Australian

Arthur “Neddy” Smith was not yet a household name back in June 1975 when Shirley Finn turned up dead in her car with four bullet holes in her head.

The brutal murders, hold-ups and extreme gangland violence that would cement his place in Australian underworld history were still to come.

But even in the early days of his criminal career, Smith had begun to build himself a pretty decent rap sheet that included convictions for robbery and gang rape.

The rape earned him a seven-year jail sentence and he was released from prison just a few months before Ms Finn, a brothel madam, was murdered.

So when the Sydney-based criminal was named as a possible suspect by two separate witnesses in the weeks after Ms Finn’s

Read more at: https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/lifting-the-lid-on-the-finn-murder-mystery-ng-b88606379z

Lifting the lid on the Finn murder mystery

Arthur “Neddy” Smith was not yet a household name back in June 1975 when Shirley Finn turned up dead in her car with four bullet holes in her head.

The brutal murders, hold-ups and extreme gangland violence that would cement his place in Australian underworld history were still to come.

But even in the early days of his criminal career, Smith had begun to build himself a pretty decent rap sheet that included convictions for robbery and gang rape.

The rape earned him a seven-year jail sentence and he was released from prison just a few months before Ms Finn, a brothel madam, was murdered.

So when the Sydney-based criminal was named as a possible suspect by two separate witnesses in the weeks after Ms Finn’s

Read more at: https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/lifting-the-lid-on-the-finn-murder-mystery-ng-b88606379z

Arraignment for Fairfield woman accused of killing sister shifts to …

Antoinette Clay is shown in a photo released by the Fairfield Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield woman accused of fatally stabbing her sister and attacking another family member at a Walters Road trailer park made her first court appearance Wednesday.

Antoinette Clay, 43, did not enter pleas to charges of murder and attempted murder. Instead, the court agreed to her court-appointed public defender’s request to postpone Clay’s arraignment until Monday.

Clay has been in jail without bail since her arrest Monday night at a trailer in the Dover Mobile Home Park. Police went to the trailer around 6:45 p.m. in response to a disturbance complaint and found a bloody crime scene.

Clay’s sister, Mary E. Douglas, 41, was found dead at the trailer. The other relative was taken to the hospital and treated for wounds described by police as not

Read more at: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/arraignment-for-fairfield-woman-accused-of-killing-sister-shifts-to-next-week/

Arraignment for Fairfield woman accused of killing sister shifts to next week

Antoinette Clay is shown in a photo released by the Fairfield Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield woman accused of fatally stabbing her sister and attacking another family member at a Walters Road trailer park made her first court appearance Wednesday.

Antoinette Clay, 43, did not enter pleas to charges of murder and attempted murder. Instead, the court agreed to her court-appointed public defender’s request to postpone Clay’s arraignment until Monday.

Clay has been in jail without bail since her arrest Monday night at a trailer in the Dover Mobile Home Park. Police went to the trailer around 6:45 p.m. in response to a disturbance complaint and found a bloody crime scene.

Clay’s sister, Mary E. Douglas, 41, was found dead at the trailer. The other relative was taken to the hospital and treated for wounds described by police as not

Read more at: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/arraignment-for-fairfield-woman-accused-of-killing-sister-shifts-to-next-week/

Closing arguments delivered in trial of man accused of murdering …

KALAMAZOO, MI  — Todd Maneke was desperate for crack cocaine and out of options when he went to Alfred Minka’s house in August 2013 in search of money and a car, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Steven McLaughlin said.

There, McLaughlin said, Maneke hit Minka on the left side of the head with a hammer, took money out of his wallet and found his car keys. Then, realizing what he had done, he went back and beat Minka several times on the left side of the head, breaking the bones of his skull. Maneke then took Minka’s car to buy crack cocaine before parking the car in Minka’s garage and going back across the street to his home, McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said Maneke didn’t mean to kill Minka when he first struck him, but then realized what he had done.

“When he hit Minka the first time, his intent was to get money for

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/09/maneke_trial_closing_arguments.html

Closing arguments delivered in trial of man accused of murdering neighbor

KALAMAZOO, MI  — Todd Maneke was desparate for crack cocaine and out of options when he went to Alfred Minka’s house in August 2013 in search of money and a car, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Steven McLaughlin said.

There, McLaughlin said, Maneke hit Minka on the left side of the head with a hammer, took money out of his wallet and found his car keys. Then, realizing what he had done, he went back and beat Minka several times on the left side of the head, breaking the bones of his skull. Maneke then took Minka’s car to buy crack cocaine before parking the car in Minka’s garage and going back across the street to his home, McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said Maneke didn’t mean to kill Minka when he first struck him, but then realized what he had done.

“When he hit Minka the first time, his intent was to get money for

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/09/maneke_trial_closing_arguments.html

Deputy police chief’s arbitration hearing in Dennis Oland case delayed a year

Deputy Saint John police chief Glen McCloskey’s arbitration hearing in relation to alleged misconduct in the Dennis Oland murder case has been bumped back by more than a year.

McCloskey was scheduled to appear before an arbitrator appointed by the New Brunswick Police Commission on Friday, but his lawyer requested the Police Act matter be set over until after Oland’s retrial in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, multimillionaire Richard Oland.

Oland’s lawyers “noted” the adjournment in the McCloskey arbitration “with a great deal of interest,” said family lawyer Bill Teed.

But he said they are “not in a position to make any comment on it at this time.”

The adjournment in the McCloskey hearing came after a conversation between a police commission representative and the deputy attorney general’s office, said Steve Roberge, executive

Read more at: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/deputy-police-chief-apos-arbitration-201807986.html