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Teen Shot Dead, Found in Crashed Car in Hartford Was Probably Targeted: Police

Teen Shot Dead, Found in Crashed Car in Hartford Was Probably Targeted: Police

Windsor Teen Killed Days Before 17th Birthday

A boy shot and killed in Hartford Wednesday morning would have turned 17 on Friday. A 16-year-old Windsor boy was found dead with several gunshot wounds after a crash in Hartford early Wednesday morning and police are investigating his death as the city’s eighth homicide this year.

Police responded shortly before 1 a.m. after getting a 911 call reporting a crash at the intersection of Albany Avenue and Sigourney Street.

The pedestrian who called 911 told police that a vehicle went through the traffic light on Sigourney Street, crossed Albany Avenue and crashed into a parked vehicle in the church driveway lot, police said.

When officers arrived to the scene, they said they found an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat of the vehicle suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Police later identified him as 16-year-old Felipe Lopez, of Windsor. Lopez was the only person inside of the vehicle at the time, police added.

Lopez was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. His death marks the eighth homicide in Hartford in 2019."My son was only 16, he would have been 17 on Friday. This shouldn’t happen to anybody’s kid out […]

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Police investigating homicide of Windsor teen

Police investigating homicide of Windsor teen

HARTFORD — Hartford police say they are investigating the killing of a 16-year-old Windsor teen, Felipe Lopez, overnight in the city.

The teen’s family told media outlets this morning they never imagined their young son would fall victim to a shooting.

“He was such a good boy,” his father, Juan Lopez, told the media while standing in front of the Albany Avenue crime scene where his son was found dead just a few hours before.

His family said that Felipe Lopez, the father of a five-month-old daughter, would’ve turned 17 on Friday.

Windsor School Superintendent said that grief counselors were on site today at Windsor High School and at LP Wilson Community Center to help students or residents cope with the tragedy.

Police tweeted that the teenager was found inside a crashed vehicle just before 1 a.m. today.Lopez was shot multiple times, police reported, at least once in the torso.The Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division is investigating the homicide.Police said there was no indication any of the bullets struck the car. They are reviewing area cameras and ShotSpotter devices. It’s possible Lopez was shot in another location and then crashed some blocks away in an attempt to flee, police said during a press […]

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Man suspected in Oklahoma killing arrested in Arkansas, police say

Man suspected in Oklahoma killing arrested in Arkansas, police say

Cheo McCoy. Photo by Oklahoma City Police Department. An Oklahoma man wanted in connection to a February homicide was recovering Wednesday at an Arkansas hospital after purportedly eating narcotics that were in his car during a traffic stop the previous night, police said.

The El Dorado Police Department said officers arrested Cheo McCoy, 44, of Oklahoma City during a traffic stop around 11 p.m. on Tuesday in the 5500 block of North Smith Street.

El Dorado police spokesman Lt. Christopher Lutman said McCoy gave officers a fake name, and that they found drug paraphernalia, as well as K2 –– a synthetic form of marijuana — in his vehicle. Police said they believe McCoy ingested drugs either before or during the stop.

Lutman said shortly after officials booked McCoy into the Union County jail he began having medical problems. “He went downhill real quick,” the spokesman said.

Police later learned McCoy had an arrest warrant stemming from the shooting death of 39-year-old Matt Bowens at an Oklahoma City apartment on Feb. 10.

Other than some pain, Lutman said McCoy was “on the uphill swing” and was awake and speaking to officers in a local hospital Wednesday morning.The 44-year-old also faces local charges for allegedly giving […]

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Slap started club melee in Japan, says witness at jujitsu expert’s trial in Little Rock

A martial-arts instructor accused of trying to kill a man in a drunken brawl started the six-man scrum by slapping one of the man’s friends, a defense witness told a Little Rock federal court jury on Tuesday.

Rodrigo Pineda Gomez, a jujitsu expert, is on trial over allegations that he delivered a potentially deadly neck twist, stomping and pummeling to an airman in a New Year’s Eve 2016 floor-clearing free-for-all at a restaurant in Japan.

Charged with attempted voluntary manslaughter, Gomez, 44, is also accused of resisting arrest and lying to investigators about what happened during the fight.

His attorneys, Molly Sullivan and Blake Byrd, say Gomez did what he had to do to protect his wife, daughter and son from the men’s assaults. The day’s proceedings ended before the defense had decided whether Gomez would testify today. The trial resumes at 9 a.m. before U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr.

On Tuesday afternoon, defense witness Andrew Gullickson described how he told the police who broke up the battle that it all began when one of the airman’s buddies lunged aggressively at a "heavily heavily intoxicated" Gomez, who responded with a self-protecting punch.

The entire episode was recorded on the restaurant’s security camera, which […]

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Sheriff: SC man shoots into girlfriend’s car, kills her son

Authorities say a man angry he was locked out of his house after a night out in South Carolina has shot and killed his girlfriend’s son.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said 26-year-old X’Zavier Sharif Davis’ girlfriend let him in the house around 3:15 a.m. Saturday and he started to yell at her.

Foster said in a statement the girlfriend took her children and started to drive off and Davis fired several shots at the vehicle.

The sheriff says the woman realized she was shot and started to drive to the hospital, then realized her 7-year-old son was also struck by gunfire.

Authorities say Iven James Caldwell died Monday afternoon at a Columbia hospital.

Davis is charged with murder. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

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City Hall killer Howard Beatty is out of prison and back in Cincinnati

City Hall killer Howard Beatty is out of prison and back in Cincinnati

Video from a nearby business captured the shooting, which happened across the street from Cincinnati City Hall where a council meeting was in session. Courtesy of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office

The man who shot and killed activist Kabaka Oba in front of City Hall more than a decade ago is out of prison and back in Cincinnati.

Howard Beatty, who had sought early release several times over the years, ended up serving his entire 13-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter. He got out of prison March 29. Howard Beatty (Photo: Provided) Beatty could not be reached for comment, but prison records show he is under parole supervision in Cincinnati.

The shooting on April 12, 2006, occurred outside City Hall when Beatty confronted Oba near his parked car and shot him multiple times with a .357 revolver. The shots could be heard inside City Hall, where officials were gathered for a city council meeting.

Oba’s death ended a long-running feud between him and Beatty’s family, which was one of many targets of Oba’s angry rants on radio shows, at public meetings and on his public access TV show, "The Black Fist Live!"

The provocative Oba, who was known for tirades against police, Jews and anyone […]

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Cold-blooded killer who choked mother, 21, to death more than 20 years ago will finally face justice after his arrest over assault and police link his DNA to horrific murder

Cold-blooded killer who choked mother, 21, to death more than 20 years ago will finally face justice after his arrest over assault and police link his DNA to horrific murder

Zhi Min Chen, 44, choked Tracy Wylde to death at her flat in Barmulloch, Glasgow in November 1997 Zhi Min Chen, 44, choked Tracy Wylde to death at her flat in Barmulloch, Glasgow in November 1997

A fast food shop owner has admitted murdering a woman more than 20 years ago.

Zhi Min Chen, 44, choked Tracy Wylde to death at her flat in Barmulloch, Glasgow in November 1997.

The body of 21 year-old mother, who had been working as a prostitute, was discovered the next morning.

A large scale manhunt to catch the killer – initially lasting two and a half years – proved fruitless.

Chinese born Chen meantime continued to live in Glasgow, getting married and also setting up a takeaway restaurant.A cold case review in 2013 also brought no joy.But police struck lucky last summer after Chen was held for an alleged assault in Glasgow’s Cowcaddens.His DNA matched samples found at the scene at time and the father-of-two was charged with her death.Chen had been due to stand trial at the High Court in Glasgow but his QC Donald Findlay today told a hearing that Chen was now pleading guilty to the murder charge.He faces a life sentence when he returns […]

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Woman was strangled to death with a shower hose ‘in sex game gone wrong’ with army officer on the Canary Islands

Woman was strangled to death with a shower hose 'in sex game gone wrong' with army officer on the Canary Islands

A Spanish army officer accused of murdering a woman because she mocked him claims she actually died during a sex game gone wrong.

Felix Daza Cabeza, 30, went on trial this week accused of strangling 34-year-old Lorena Mazzeo to death inside her apartment on the island of Gran Canaria in 2016.

Prosecutors claim the pair knew each other and that Cabeza strangled Mazzeo to death so ‘she wouldn’t laugh at him any more’.

Cabeza’s lawyers say she was a prostitute who asked him to strangle her with a shower hose as part of a sadomasochistic game that ended with her accidental death. Lorena Mazzeo, 34, who was originally from Argentina, was found strangled to death in the bathtub of her home in Gran Canaria in October 2016 Army officer Felix Daza Cabeza, 30, admits killing her but claims she asked to be strangled as part of a sadomasochistic sex game that ended with her accidental death Army officer Felix Daza Cabeza, 30, admits killing her but claims she asked to be strangled as part of a sadomasochistic sex game that ended with her accidental death

If convicted, Cabeza faces up to 21 years behind bars. His lawyers are asking for him to be […]

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13-year-old Houston girl dies after being jumped by classmates while walking home from school

13-year-old Houston girl dies after being jumped by classmates while walking home from school

A 13-year-old Texas girl has died after slipping into a coma following a fight with three teens who jumped her as she walked home from school — one of the assailants kicked her in the head as she was being held down by the others, police and the girl’s mother said.

Kashala Francis, a student at Attucks Middle School in Houston, died Wednesday morning at Texas Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a tumor in the back of her head that may have been exacerbated by the fight she was involved in on Thursday afternoon, her mother, Mamie Jackson, told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston .

It remained unclear and pending an autopsy if injuries from the fight caused Kashala’s death or if she died as the result of the tumor, police said. Kashala Francis, 13, of Houston, shown in this undated photo, slipped into a coma just days after she was jumped by a group of girls and kicked in the head while walking home from school. Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department, said the incident is being investigated as a homicide, pending an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

"Until the autopsy is finished, we won’t know," […]

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Man killed 4-month-old when he found out he wasn’t the father, Tennessee cops say

Man killed 4-month-old when he found out he wasn’t the father, Tennessee cops say

A Tennessee man is accused of beating a 4-month-old to death after he learned he wasn’t the child’s father.

Jose Avila-Agurcia, 33, is charged by police with “first-degree murder in perpetuation of aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child neglect,” WREG reports.

He was arrested Tuesday, according to Shelby County online jail records, which show his last name spelled as “Avila-Agurcia” despite some news outlets referring to him as “Agurcia-Avila.”

The man’s charge is connected to the “death of Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, a baby he thought was his throughout the mother’s pregnancy, ” the Commercial Appeal wrote.

Memphis police say Avila-Agurcia punched the child “so hard it stopped breathing,” per WHBQ.

Lizondro-Chacon’s mom called 911 on April 12 after finding the baby unresponsive, WHBQ reports. The baby died at a local hospital, according to WREG.The baby died from head trauma, “had a fractured skull and rib, and pneumonia,” the Commercial Appeal wrote.The mom later told police Avila-Agurcia allegedly confessed to killing the child, according to WREG. He “struck the baby multiple times in the head because he was angry” when he found out the child wasn’t his, police say, the Commercial Appeal reports.Avila-Agurcia is being held without bond and is […]

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