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2 teens charged with murder in 74-year-old woman's death

Police have arrested two Indianapolis teenagers, including an 18-year-old former nurse’s aide, in connection with the death of a 74-year-old woman, according to the Indy Star.

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Kiesha Summerhill and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Arion Cruthird, face murder charges in the Jan. 7 death of Alice Wright. The charges were announced by Brownsburg Police Sgt. April Hyde during a news conference, which was live-streamed by WXIN.

Summerhill had previously cared for Wright’s husband, Kerney.

Police say the pair broke into the senior couple’s home and robbed the Wrights. Alice Wright’s daughter alerted police after she found her mother in her bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound.

Kerney Wright, who uses a wheelchair, was found in another room in the home. He was treated at a hospital for health issues unrelated to the case, police said.

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Investigators believe Alice Wright was likely dead for 12 hours before she was found. The autopsy report ruled the manner of death as homicide and the cause of death as multiple traumas “that complicated her hypertensive cardiovascular disease,” the Indy Star reported.

Hyde said investigators have made steady progress in the case over the last five days, but said there remain plenty of questions that need answers.

“It’s been rapidly evolving, but it’s also been very cumbersome and tiring for the investigators,” Hyde said, “and I can’t even imagine what the family is going through.”

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Hyde also alerted residents of Brownsburg to take proper precautions to protect themselves from crime.

“In this day and age, you need to stay aware of what’s going on around you, you do need to protect yourself,” Hyde said. “There’s no leaving your doors unlocked to your residence anymore. There’s no leaving your cars unlocked. These crimes are happening, and they’re happening more frequently in our community, unfortunately.”

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The Wright family released a statement Friday and reported that Kerney will have to move into a nursing home to receive proper care for his medical conditions.

“The love of Kerney’s life, his wife of 39 years, and his full-time caregiver, Alice, was tragically taken from him January 6th,” the family statement read. “Kerney has disabilitating medical conditions that will require entry into a skilled nursing facility.”

GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with Kerney’s medical expenses.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's girlfriend said her fingerprints would likely be on ammo

We are slowly learning more about the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead in October 2017.

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Newly unsealed court documents show that, in the months before the massacre, shooter Stephen Paddock took measures to muddy the waters in the law enforcement investigation he knew would follow his attack. FBI search warrants state that Paddock “destroyed or tried to hide digital media devices” that he assumed the feds would be after, according to a New York Times report. In fact, Paddock took a number of steps aimed at tripping up investigators, and the FBI team trying to get to the bottom of the shooting wrote that the 64-year-old exhibited “a level of sophistication which is commonly found in mass casualty events.”

Although the bureau still has not determined a motive for his attack, they’ve slowly traced the winding trail that led him to the Mandalay Bay hotel room last October. They said he used multiple communication devices, including a prepaid cellphone. Three phones were found in the room where Paddock died, two of which investigators were able to search, but one that they could not unlock, authorities said. An agent wrote in the search warrants that “if there were any information related to a potential conspiracy, it would be found within” the locked phone, which operated on the Google platform.

The warrants also detail a few of the steps that investigators took in looking into Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley. Although Danley has not been charged, investigators said: “She has been identified thus far as the most likely person who aided or abetted Stephen Paddock based on her informing law enforcement that her fingerprints would likely be found on the ammunition used during the attack.”

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She reportedly deleted social media profiles in the hours after the attack.

In the warrants, agents pushed for access to Danley’s email account, saying that “[it could] lead investigators to determine the full scope of Stephen Paddock’s plan and Marilou Danley’s possible involvement.”

A number of the devices that Paddock used in the shooting were ordered online, including a holographic weapon sight, authorities said.

Authorities have been able to gain access to Paddock’s email accounts and say that he emailed between two accounts referring to items that he used in the attack, including the bump stock that he attached to his weapon. Although they’re not sure, investigators said there’s a possibility that somebody else was handling one of the email accounts, and they believe that identifying the person could help pull back the veil that surrounds Paddock’s motives.

Wife charged with murder searched for 'how to kill someone and not get caught,' police say

A Maypearl, Texas, woman has been charged with murder after she was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of killing her husband.

Sandra Louise Garner was arrested Jan. 10, nine days after her husband’s death. Police said they were led to the 55-year-old after they seized one of her electronic devices and discovered that she’d recently searched “how to kill someone and not get caught,” according to the Waxahachie Daily Light. Garner’s late husband, 42-year-old John Garner, was found in the couple's home early Jan. 2. Maypearl Police Chief Boyd Norton said the autopsy revealed that John Garner was killed with a .38 caliber bullet.

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Norton said Sandra Garner called 911 on the night of her husband’s death, saying, “Ms. Garner told investigators she was awakened by two gunshots and saw a masked male holding a gun and a flashlight inside her residence,” per a report from Paris Extra. Sandra Garner also claimed that “the perpetrator told her he held a grudge against her husband because of work-related matters," police said. She also reportedly told police that the gunman told her he wasn’t there to hurt her and that he made her open the family safe and fork over $18,000. However, as early as Jan. 4, the Maypearl Police Department pushed back on Sandra Garner’s story, writing on Facebook, “We have reason to believe that the shooting was NOT a ‘stranger on stranger’ home invasion.”

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office reportedly got a search warrant and found a bullet in a pillowcase in the Garners’ bedroom. That discovery led to them seizing the devices, where they uncovered Sandra Garner’s search history. Norton also said investigators found a .38 Taurus handgun in a Ford Mustang parked near the residence. The gun was wrapped in a paper towel and slipped into two plastic bags, he said. Police arrested Sandra Garner after experts determined that the bullet found in the John Garner’s body matched the .38 found in the Mustang.

Sandra Garner is now facing a murder charge and is in the Ellis County Jail on a $2 million bond.

WATCH: 77-year-old woman dragged by car during purse snatching

A Texas woman whose purse was snatched in broad daylight on New Year's Eve also was dragged by the suspect's car, police said.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, KHOU reported. The 77-year-old woman is seen placing groceries in the trunk of her car. A man in a white Nissan Sentra pulls up behind her and grabs the purse from her cart. 

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While the woman tries to hold onto her purse, the suspect drives off, dragging the woman until she fell.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case, KHOU reported. 

Sheriff: Florida woman killed after being mistaken for target in murder-for-hire plot

Three people were taken into custody Friday in connection with the abduction and murder of a 42-year-old Florida woman, officials said. 

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It turns out that the victim was mistaken for the target of a murder-for-hire plot, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said.

A woman's body was found in Ormond Beach on Monday and was later identified as Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres, who had been reported missing out of Osceola County, officials said.

According to investigators, Ishnar Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, 22, and Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, to kill a woman in a relationship with a man she loved.

The pair allegedly mistook Zengotita-Torres for the target, but even after realizing she was the wrong person, they allegedly bound her and suffocated her with garbage bags, Gibson said.

Zengotita-Torres worked at the same store as the intended target and the two looked similar, investigators said.

All three suspects allegedly gave full confessions and face charges of premeditated first-degree murder, Gibson said.

"I get emotional because it just touches me so deeply that one of our citizens was killed in such a manner over a mistaken identification, and in the end it appears to be a lovers' triangle," he said. "Wow."

Zengotita-Torres moved to Osceola County from Puerto Rico with her 14-year-old-son, husband and father about a year ago, investigators said.

The three women charged in her death all came to Central Florida from Puerto Rico in late December, deputies said.

As she was being led from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office to a cruiser that would take her to jail, Quinones-Montes cried and denied she was involved.

"I didn't do anything," she said.

Man convicted in deaths of 3 civil rights workers dies in Mississippi prison

Edgar Ray Killen, who was convicted for the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, died Thursday in prison, WAPT reported. He was 92.

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Killen was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Thursday in the Mississippi State Penitentiary hospital, prison authorities said.

Killen was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for the June 21, 1964, deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. The deaths in Neshoba County inspired the 1988 film, “Mississippi Burning.”

Killen was originally tried in 1967, but the case ended in a mistrial, WAPT reported. The state reopened the case 38 years later, and Killen was convicted on June 21, 2005. He was sentenced two days later, and the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the convictions in 2007, WAPT reported.

No cause of death was given, prison officials said. An autopsy was pending, WAPT reported.

Friend: Budget rental truck driver ran over man's body, kept going

David Saintiague cradled his friend, Derek Adams, in his arms until he took his last breath.

It was all Saintiague could do after seeing a Budget rental truck driver hit and kill his friend — and keep going.

“You can’t leave somebody in that situation like that by themselves,” Saintiague told WSBTV.

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The friends were headed to a bar Dec. 30 when the truck slammed into Adams’ motorcycle, driving over his body and the bike, a DeKalb County police traffic report states.

Saintiague told WSBTV there were a lot of sparks during the crash and all he could see was the driver speeding away after apparently running over the body.

Adams, 27, was motionless in the intersection of North Decatur Road and Warren Avenue. About 10:15 p.m., police said he “was beyond medical treatment.” 

“I was trying to process everything going on,” Saintiague said. “(I was) in shock, trying to call 911 and call his name to get him to respond.”

No arrests have been made.

The rental company has been cooperative with the investigation, WSBTV reported.

“To know he was in the street gasping for his last breath, it really hurts,” Saintiague said. 

Man confesses to cold case murder on TV, turns in self and accomplices

A California man on Tuesday walked into a news station and confessed, on camera, to a 25-year-old murder.

Brian Keith Hawkins, 45, of Shingletown, went to KRCR Channel 7 in Redding and told reporters there that he wanted to confess to his involvement in a homicide, Redding police officials said in a statement

Frank Wesley McAlister, 19, was reported missing by his family in May 1993, police officials said. His vehicle was later recovered, with a large amount of blood inside, in the parking lot of a Costco store. 

McAlister’s remains were found the following April by a hiker near the area of Grace and Nora lakes in Shingletown. 

Hawkins told investigators that he could no longer live with the guilt from what he had done and that he wanted to clear his conscience, police officials said. He made similar statements in his recorded confession at KRCR, which is located next door to the police station.

“I have been through hell my whole life because of this,” Hawkins told the news station, crying as he spoke. 

Watch Hawkins’ confession to a KRCR reporter below. 

Hawkins described the weight of the guilt he has felt. 

“Horrible. Horrible. Absolutely horrible every day. Almost every minute of every day has been a nightmare,” Hawkins said. “It’s kind of weird that Frank never even got to have a life, and neither did I. We were teenagers and now I’m 44 and still haven’t even had a life, and now probably, most likely won’t anyway.

“God and Christ, these things that have happened throughout my whole life since then, for 25 years, have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing,” a somber Hawkins said. “I know the wrong can’t be changed, but this is as close as I can come to doing the right thing.”

Hawkins had been on Redding detectives’ radar since McAlister’s disappearance, according to police officials. Investigators in 1993 learned that Hawkins and two siblings, Curtis Dean Culver and Shanna Nichole Culver, were the last people to see McAlister alive. 

Shanna Culver was Hawkins’ girlfriend at the time of the crime. 

All three suspects denied involvement McAlister’s disappearance, police officials said.

Investigators followed leads and examined evidence through the years since McAlister’s slaying, but were never able to make an arrest. 

Then, Hawkins showed up at the KRCR studio. The news station reported that Hawkins walked in and said he wanted to confess to the murder. 

“He refused to answer any questions about the case itself, but said he wanted people to know that he had found God, and that is what led him to finally do the right thing and confess,” the news station reported. “We agreed to interview him on the condition that we would hold the interview until he turned himself in, and law enforcement could corroborate his confession.” 

Hawkins told the news station that he did not know McAlister before the homicide. He said the Culvers knew the victim. 

Hawkins went to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office later that day to turn himself in. He then met with Redding police detectives, to whom he made his official confession.

Police officials said Hawkins told investigators that he and the Culvers, then in their early 20s, lured McAlister to the Shingletown area with the intent to rob him. McAlister had a large amount of cash that the trio wanted to steal to buy methamphetamine, Hawkins said. 

McAlister’s family told the Redding Record Searchlight in 1993 that he had about $4,500 on him the day he vanished. The money was from a settlement he received following a car crash he was in two months before he was killed. 

Once McAlister met them in rural Shasta County, their plan turned to one of murder, and Hawkins and Curtis Culver stabbed McAlister to death, according to Hawkins’ confession. They left his body in a wooded area and drove his vehicle to the Costco where it was later found.

Hawkins’ confession was corroborated by evidence collected in the case, police officials said

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Curtis Culver, 45, and Shanna Culver, 46, both of Red Bluff, were taken in for questioning on Wednesday. Like Hawkins, they were ultimately charged with McAlister’s murder.

Redding police Capt. Eric Wallace, the lead investigator on the case, told KRCR that both Culvers made incriminating statements during questioning.  

Redding police officials on Thursday thanked McAlister’s family members for their patience in the more than two decades it took to make the arrests in his slaying.

“We sincerely hope that the recent arrest of Frank’s alleged murderers will bring some measure of closure to his family,” officials said in a statement

McAlister’s grandmother, Avis Rice, 81, told the Record Searchlight Thursday that the family was stunned by the arrests.

“It is such a shock to us,” Rice told the newspaper

The family had long suspected Hawkins and the Culver siblings of killing her grandson, Rice said. 

McAlister’s uncle, Jon McAlister, wrote about the arrests on Facebook, lamenting the fact that his brother -- and Frank’s father -- is not around to see his son’s killers brought to justice.

Douglas McAlister died in October.  

“Twenty-five years ago, my nephew, Frankie, was murdered. Today, the man that did it confessed, and he and two others will now be brought to justice,” McAlister wrote. “Some closure, but the passing of Frank’s father, my brother, a couple of months ago (is) too little, too late.

“May Frank and Doug rest in peace.”

Wallace said there is more to the investigation than what has already been released, and that detectives are still questioning people in the case. The department has issued a plea to the public for any information anyone has on McAlister’s slaying. 

Anyone with information can contact investigators at the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.

Teen gets jail, house arrest for beating puppy to death

The suburban Boca Raton teen who beat a 4-month-old pit bull to death last year after the puppy urinated on the floor was sentenced Thursday to a month in jail, a year on house arrest and another two years of probation.

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The plea deal for 19-year-old Kevin Braganca comes nearly a year after the April death of Tank, one of two pit bulls who lived in an apartment with Braganca, his girlfriend and another roommate at Arbor Oaks south of Glades Road on State Road 7.

Maintenance workers and others at the building said they heard and saw someone from the apartment beating a yelping dog, then dragging the dog back to an apartment. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy later traced the complaint back to Braganca’s apartment, but he told them that the puppy had died at a veterinarian’s office.

Braganca told authorities that he “spanked” the puppy after it urinated on the floor of the apartment, and both he and his girlfriend said they spanked both their dogs, but usually on their backsides “because that area is harder and tougher.” They said they took Tank to the vet after the puppy began foaming at the mouth and didn’t know how he died, but a veterinarian said he bled to death internally from injuries that included a lacerated liver.

The veterinarian said the dog also had bruises on his head and two broken teeth in his mouth — all injuries the veterinarian attributed to abuse. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officer Adam Moulton in his report said that most puppy owners understand that accidents are just part of the house-training process.

“When a puppy urinates on the floor most reasonable people would clean the floor and continue trying to potty-train their animal,” he wrote. “Kevin Braganca instead opted to physically beat his puppy until he lacerated its liver.”

As part of the plea agreement between Assistant State Attorney Judith Arco and defense attorney Douglas Rudman, Palm Beach Circuit Judge Charles Burton agreed Thursday to withhold a finding a guilt against Braganca on the felony cruelty to animals charge. The 30-day jail sentence will be followed by three years of probation, but the first year will be on house arrest, Burton ruled as part of the agreement.

Braganca under the terms of the agreement will also never be allowed to own an animal again, and probation officers will have the right to make unannounced checks at his home to see whether he has any animals there. He will also have to undergo a psychological evaluation within a month of his release from jail and will be required to complete any recommended treatment.

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