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Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in drug-deal killing of Huntsville teen

Prosecutors don’t plan to seek the death penalty if Huntsville capital murder suspect Terrance Rodgers is convicted of killing a 20-year-old during a drug deal.

Terrance Rodgers 

Rodgers is a Huntsville 18-year-old who admitted during recorded Madison County Jail phone calls that he killed Antonio Melson, according to police. Rodgers was arrested following the July 11 drug-deal killing of 20-year-old Melson.

Madison County Assistant District Attorney Bill Starnes said he met with Melson’s family members before deciding not to seek the death penalty.

“Among many other items, we discussed the penalties which might apply in a case of this nature and the thoughts of those present concerning that question,” Starnes wrote in court records. “In light of conversations…the state will not be seeking the death penalty.”

Starnes filed the notice in response to a request from defense attorneys Jake Watson and Shay Golden. The document

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Detective: Jeffrey Borden has ‘been on death row too long’ – WBRC FOX6 News

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –

The retired detective who investigated the double murder that put Jeffrey Borden on Alabama’s death row said he’s been there “too long.”

“He’s been on death row too long,” Eddie Deason said.

“Twenty-two, 23 years since this horrific act on Christmas Eve? If anyone deserves to die, I’m at peace with this,” he continued.

The detective recalls finishing a family dinner on Christmas Eve in 1993 when he was called to a crime scene on Rushton Street in Gardendale.

“It was just a horrific crime scene,” Deason recalled. “Three kids. …the sons and daughters of a momma laying dead on the driveway.”

Court records described Borden arriving at Roland and Juanita Harris’ home around 6:45 p.m. with the three children he shared with his estranged wife, Cheryl, the Harris’ daughter.

In front of the young children, court records detailed

Read more at: http://www.wbrc.com/story/36533273/detective-jeffrey-borden-has-been-on-death-row-too-long

Mum burned son, 4, to death in bathtub ‘because she thought he was a cannibal’

A mum murdered her four-year-old son by setting him on fire in a bathtub, police in the US have said.

Neighbours raised the alarm after seeing smoke coming from an apartment in Milwaukee.

Tragically, they found the badly-burned body of little Antonio DiStasio in a bundle of smouldering clothes, at the centre of a horrific crime scene.

The boy’s hands were tied behind his back with seven belts, and a plastic bin bag was over his head.

An open bottle of cooking oil was in the bathroom, police said.

A pet guinea pig was also found drowned in a cage next to the bathtub, CBS58 reports.

DiStasio fled the scene but was later found by cops wandering the streets
(Image: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

Police found the badly-burned body of Antonio in the bathtub
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Antonio’s mother Amelia DiStasio,

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/mum-burned-son-4-death-11295497

‘It can make a gruesome mess’: Crime scene cleaner on what it’s like clearing up after a death

A crime scene cleaner has opened up about the gruesome scenes they witness when called to deal with the aftermath death.

Family members and landlords are often left to clean up after a body has been removed, no matter how gruesome or disturbing the aftermath is.

That’s when crime scene cleaning specialists like George Mensah are called in to restore some order and dignity to proceedings.

George, who runs Merseyside House Clearance, has dealt with decaying bodies, swarms of flies, dismembered fingers and even sex dungeons through his work, but sees it all as just part of his “recession proof” job.

The team feature on ITV’s Call The Cleaner
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

He told the Liverpool Echo : “We do what needs to be

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/it-can-make-gruesome-mess-11270584

Death, decay and sex dungeons: Confessions of a crime scene …

Long after the police have left a crime scene, and while a grieving family is still reeling from the death of a loved one, there is a big job that still needs to be done.

The clean up.

You see once the body is taken away a lot of people think it is the police or the council’s job to clean up – it isn’t.

Often relatives or landlords are left to deal with the aftermath of a death – violent or otherwise.

That is when they call George Mensah, a crime scene cleaner who specialises in dealing with the mess left behind in a dignified fashion.

He said: “We get the call, we don’t know what it is or where we are going – but it is never easy.

“It is even worse if people die naturally at home, because it becomes their family or landlords job to deal with what

Read more at: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/death-decay-sex-dungeons-confessions-13698761

Death, decay and sex dungeons: Confessions of a crime scene cleaner

Long after the police have left a crime scene, and while a grieving family is still reeling from the death of a loved one, there is a big job that still needs to be done.

The clean up.

You see once the body is taken away a lot of people think it is the police or the council’s job to clean up – it isn’t.

Often relatives or landlords are left to deal with the aftermath of a death – violent or otherwise.

That is when they call George Mensah, a crime scene cleaner who specialises in dealing with the mess left behind in a dignified fashion.

He said: “We get the call, we don’t know what it is or where we are going – but it is never easy.

“It is even worse if people die naturally at home, because it becomes their family or landlords job to deal with what

Read more at: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/death-decay-sex-dungeons-confessions-13698761

Investigator | Prosecutors want death row inmate back behind bars for violent murder and rape – WKYC

Marty Flynn still remembers the silence…33 years later. The eerie silence belied the horror waiting inside an old Brooklyn duplex. 

“I walked upstairs and looked in her room and found her on her bed.” It was his sister. 

The scene was disturbing. Mary Anne Flynn, a 33-year-old nurse, was raped and strangled. 

Cleveland Police quickly focused on neighbor Tony Apanovitch, a roughneck drinker with a sordid past of sex offenses. He once painted Flynn’s home, but she feared him. 

But despite a bloody crime scene, there was no physical evidence…not yet anyway. 

“Anthony Apanovitch is a violent killer and rapist,” says Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “I have no doubt whatsoever about that.”

O’Malley says Apanovitch had already been convicted of forcibly raping a 16-year-old in 1976. But the conviction was reversed and he pleaded guilty to sexual battery. 

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Read more at: http://www.wkyc.com/news/investigations/investigator-prosecutors-want-death-row-inmate-back-behind-bars-for-violent-murder-and-rape/465496926

Investigator | Prosecutors want death row inmate back behind bars … – WKYC

Marty Flynn still remembers the silence…33 years later. The eerie silence belied the horror waiting inside an old Brooklyn duplex. 

“I walked upstairs and looked in her room and found her on her bed.” It was his sister. 

The scene was disturbing. Mary Anne Flynn, a 33-year-old nurse, was raped and strangled. 

Cleveland Police quickly focused on neighbor Tony Apanovitch, a roughneck drinker with a sordid past of sex offenses. He once painted Flynn’s home, but she feared him. 

But despite a bloody crime scene, there was no physical evidence…not yet anyway. 

“Anthony Apanovitch is a violent killer and rapist,” says Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “I have no doubt whatsoever about that.”

O’Malley says Apanovitch had already been convicted of forcibly raping a 16-year-old in 1976. But the conviction was reversed and he pleaded guilty to sexual battery. 

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Read more at: http://www.wkyc.com/news/investigations/investigator-prosecutors-want-death-row-inmate-back-behind-bars-for-violent-murder-and-rape/465496926

UPDATED: Bluff City man charged with murder in roommate’s death

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UPDATED: Bluff City man charged with murder in roommate’s death …

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