If Only They Had A Gun

Cases where a having a gun could have made all the difference

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70 Year Old Landlord David Queen Stabbed to Death

Bond has reportedly been set at $4 million for a man accused of first-degree murder after authorities said he stabbed his 70-year-old landlord about 50 times near Antioch, Illinois last week. Jason Baker, 37, and his girlfriend Kimberly Caldwell, 37, had been living with David Queen in the 40200 block of Deep Lake Round for about a week before Baker robbed and stabbed Queen sometime around midnight Thursday night, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said today. More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 8:28 pm





West Columbia Man Stabbed to Death with Butcher Knife

Lexington County deputies are hunting the killer of a West Columbia, South Carolina area man who died early Sunday after being stabbed with a butcher knife. William Lee “Willie” Adams, 41, was stabbed to death at his home at 233 Pine St. The Lexington County coroner’s office said Monday that an autopsy showed that Adams had died within minutes of being stabbed. The knife perforated his aorta, causing massive internal bleeding, the coroner said. More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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Joliet, IL Man Found Stabbed to Death

Alfredo Preciado-Ortega, 22, of the 500 block of Scribner Street in Joliet, was found dead with 23 stab wounds to his chest and back about 3 a.m. this morning in Joliet. It is the first homicide of the year in the southwest suburban city.  More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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Sex offender convicted in WI triple homicide

A convicted sex offender was found guilty Tuesday of strangling and stabbing his neighbor and her two teenage children in their trailer home in southern Wisconsin. Jurors deliberated for only about 90 minutes before convicting James Koepp of Janesville of three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 38-year-old Danyetta Lentz, her 17-year-old daughter, Nicole, and her 14-year-old son, Scott. Koepp faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced April 27. District Attorney David O’Leary said the victims’ DNA on Koepp’s clothes and his DNA under Lentz and Nicole’s fingernails was crucial in convincing jurors. Koepp could not explain how it got there, O’Leary said. More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 5:12 pm





Woman found strangled to death in Markham

A partially undressed woman was found strangled to death in Suburban Markham yesterday morning.  Police say that Sheila Nelson, a 47 year old woman from Harvey, was found murdered in a wooded area, near 160th Street and Oakley Avenue just before 10AM on Sunday.  Nelson was strangled to death, and a belt was around her neck.  An investigation is underway to determine whether Nelson was sexually assault, and police believe that her body was dumped in the wooded area from a car.  More information here.

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May 18th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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Elderly Couple Found Murdered

New Orleans police said an elderly couple was killed Sunday morning. Officers arrived at the 5400 block of Seminary Place just after 8 a.m, where the front door had been broken into. The elderly couple was found murdered inside. More information here.

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May 10th, 2009 at 1:55 pm





Woman’s Father, Sister, and Grandmother Killed; Mother Critically Injured

Enraged that his girlfriend walked out on him with their child, a Hoffman Estates man fatally stabbed the woman’s father, sister and grandmother and critically injured her mother during a bloody attack outlined by prosecutors Saturday. Most of the eight people there were sleeping when Howard showed up at 1:30 a.m. Friday, prosecutors said. Soon the couple began arguing again—waking those sleeping above the first-floor family room. A bloody killing spree soon followed.  More information here.

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April 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm





Woman stabbed to death, police seek boyfriend

Chicago police are searching for a 19 year old man who is wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend. Police say that they have probable cause to believe that 19 year old Orlin Ortiz fatally stabbed his girlfriend, Maribel Moreno, of the 4300 block of West Thomas Street. Moreno was found dead Thursday at 2:30AM in her home. Witnesses say that multiple people were fighting in the residence immediately before the stabbing occurred. More information here.

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April 10th, 2009 at 1:45 pm





8 killed in Nursing Home Rampage

Authorities trying to unravel the mystery of a rampage at a North Carolina nursing home that left eight dead said the shooting spree wasn’t a “random act of violence.” One suspect is in custody. More information here.

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March 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm





3 armed men rob woman, kill man, hold baby at gunpoint

Armed men struck an Oak Cliff apartment complex late Tuesday, holding a baby at gunpoint and robbing her mother before fatally shooting a 32-year-old man and injuring his two brothers in a separate incident. Investigators believe the three robbers first accosted the baby’s mother in the complex parking lot in the 300 block of North Ewing Avenue, near East Eighth Street. The men then went to her apartment, where she lives with her husband and five children. One robber held a gun to the woman’s 10-month-old daughter’s head, police said. The men stole nearly $2,000 worth of cash and electronics. Minutes later, the robbers encountered one of the brothers on a second-floor balcony and forced him into his apartment, police said. Police do not believe the shootings were drug- or gang-related, Miller said. More information here.

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March 10th, 2009 at 6:17 pm





3 dead in Wilmette murder-suicide, murderer had killed before

Wilmette police found the three bodies in a house on the 800 block of Greenleaf Avenue while performing a well being check on the occupants. Preliminary evidence is said to suggest that the man fatally shot the woman and the teenager before turning the gun on himself. Police are withholding the names of the individuals until their families can be notified.
UPDATE: The man who lived at the house in question was reportedly sentenced to 30 years in prison for stabbing his 25-year-old wife to death back in 1985. He claimed insanity, saying that he committed that homicide while suffering from “intermittent explosive disorder.”
UPDATE 2: Neighbors have identified the shooter as Richard C. Wiley, and his victims as Kathy Wiley-Motes and her son Christopher Motes.  Kathy was a church office coordinator, and Chris was a 17 year old student at New Trier.  More information here.

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March 3rd, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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2 Murdered in Chicago Suburb of Huntley

Police in the Northwestern suburb of Huntley are investigating a double homicide which they believe was not a “random act.” Huntley police were performing a wellbeing check on a woman named Jennifer Beaudion, 33, when they found her and a 39 year old male dead from gunshot wounds on the 11000 block of Janice Drive. The identity of the male victim is being withheld until his family is notified, according to police. Huntley Police Chief John Perkins believes that the murders are not random, and say that the community is in “no danger as a result of this incident.” Details are few as the investigation unfolds, but more information is expected to be forthcoming.  More information here.

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February 26th, 2009 at 1:38 pm





Man charged with murder of Eddy Curry’s ex, 9 month old girl

Police have charged a suspect with the January 24, 2009 murders of Nova Henry, an ex of former Bulls basketball player Eddy Curry, and her 9 month old daughter Ava Curry. Police allege that 36 year old Frederick Goings entered Nova Henry’s South Loop apartment, and then killed her and the young child after a dispute. Police also say that they have forensic and surveillance evidence against Goings, who had previously had an order of protection against him after allegedly stalking Henry. More information here.

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February 23rd, 2009 at 9:39 am

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Stalker Runs Ex Girlfriend Off the Road and Kills Her

Police said that on Tuesday night in Colorado, 35-year-old James Martin followed his ex-girlfriend, 34-year-old Amber Cremeens, after she left the gym. When she realized that he was following her, she called her current boyfriend. He then called 911, and tried to help her drive to safety. However it appears that Martin was able to run Cremeens off the road, and then fatally shoot her. More information here.

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February 21st, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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2 men murdered in West Side carwash shooting

Two men were fatally shot on Friday night at around 9:30 P.M. while they were in front of a car wash on the 5200 block of West Lake Street in Chicago.  The two victims were standing on the sidewalk in front of the car wash when a gunman approached and opened fire. Antonio Cole, 28, of the 800 block of North Keystone Avenue, was killed at the scene, and Lenneth Suggs, 34, of the 300 block of North Laramie Avenue, survived for a short while but then died at Mt. Sinai Hospital. The shooter has not been apprehended and police are investigating.  More information here.

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February 15th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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Salesman guilty in rape and murder of a 90-year-old Woman

A traveling salesman from Missouri is reportedly expected to receive life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to the rape and murder of a 90-year-old woman in her home in 2005. Richard Craig McNew of St. Louis, Mo., reportedly admitted in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Tuesday to bounding and gagging Anna Elizabeth Vuori in her Lafayette home, sexually assaulting her and smothering her to death, before stealing cash, savings bonds, and her car. More information here.

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January 1st, 2009 at 8:01 pm





Man Sentenced to 41 Years for Kidnapping, Murder

Judge James Hackett reportedly ordered Kevin Scott to serve 34 years for a murder conviction and seven years for aggravated kidnapping, with the sentences to run back to back. Earnest Walker of Alton, IL was found with his throat cut. More information here.

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December 16th, 2008 at 8:18 pm





Sentencing in Brutal Torture and Murder

A man who tortured and strangled his girlfriend three years ago was reportedly sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parol. Prosecutors reportedly said that Jack Henry Lewis, Jr used his hands, feet and a flashlight to beat Jan Hasegawa, 48, then strangled her because she refused to perform a sex act. Her nude body, covered with more than 150 bruises, was found in their Serra Mesa apartment on Sept. 8, 2005. “This was not only a senseless killing, it was a brutal and horrible act,” Superior Court Judge John Einhorn is reported to have said in court. More information here.

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October 26th, 2008 at 12:58 am

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TX Woman Convicted in Quadruple Murders

Christine Paolilla, 22, was reportedly convicted in the deaths of her friends, Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell, both 18; and in the killings of Rowell’s boyfriend, Marcus Precella, 19; and his cousin, Adelbert Sanchez, 21. Prosecution witnesses have said the killings appeared to have been drug-related. More information here.

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October 14th, 2008 at 12:57 am

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Home invaders kill teen hiding in bedroom

Atlanta, GA police said three intruders forced their way into the home at night. Devontae Alexander Jones, a junior at Carver High School, tried to hide inside a bedroom, but was fatally shot in the head. The criminals also shot and killed the family’s dog. More information here.

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October 8th, 2008 at 12:01 am