Monday, August 10, 2015

Family Of Eight Executed By Burglar

Suspect Handcuffed And Restrained Victims Before Shooting Them One By One
Re-printed from a story at KHOU Channel 11 on August 10th 2015
A Texas man is arrested by SWAT at the scene of the murders of six children, ages 13-6, his former girlfriend and her boyfriend.

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - David Conley, 49, told Harris County Sheriff's investigators that he broke into his former home and killed eight people, according to a Harris County prosecutor.

Investigators said Conley admitted to breaking into the home through an open window after the woman he formerly lived with, Valerie Jackson,40, changed the locks on the doors.

Conley told investigators that he restrained eight people inside with metal handcuffs, including Jackson and shot them in the back of the head.

The identities of the victims were released in a press conference Sunday afternoon. They include, Valerie Jackson, her husband Dwayne Jackson, 50, Dwayne Jackson, Jr., 10, Nathaniel Jackson, 13, Honesty Jackson, 11, Caleb Jackson, 9, Trinity Jackson, 7, and Jonah Jackson, 6.

Nathaniel Jackson was apparently the son of Conley and Valerie Jackson.

Doctors at the scene of the 2200 block of Falling Oaks, near Veterans Memorial and Fallbrook Drive, said all eight victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head and died at the scene, the prosecutor noted.

Conley, who didn't appear in court, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and had bond denied--one capital murder count covers multiple deaths, another is for a person under 6 years old, according to court records. He was wanted on a warrant assault on a family member and is now being held in the Harris County Jail.


Investigators discovered the bodies of Valerie Jackson, her husband Dwayne Jackson, 50, Dwayne Jackson, Jr., 10, Nathaniel Jackson, 13, Honesty Jackson, 11, Caleb Jackson, 9, Trinity Jackson, 7, and Jonah Jackson, 6.

Conley was arrested Saturday evening after a standoff with police in the 2200 block of Falling Oaks, not far from Veterans Memorial and Fallbrook Drive, after Harris County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home for a welfare check.

After the standoff, deputies found the six children and two adults dead inside the home.

Chief deputy Tim Cannon said Sunday the incident is a tragedy with which the community is all too familiar.

"We're here today on a very sad day," Cannon said. "We're here with our brothers in arms standing behind us because we're all hurting. It's a difficult day for us at the sheriff's office. Once again, a tragedy has struck…our city. Our hearts go out to those…affected by this tragedy."

HCSO Spokesman Thomas Gilliland said when deputies arrived around 9 p.m., no one responded at the front door. They then received more information that indicated a man in the home was wanted on a warrant.

The sergeant on the scene called for a High Risk Operations Unit, similar to SWAT, to help make entry and investigate. While the call was being placed, deputies surrounded the home, and they spotted the body of a juvenile through a window.

At that point, the sergeant and three deputies forced their way in, and Conley began shooting, the sheriff's office says. Deputies pulled back and waited for the HROU and a negotiator to arrive.

Authorities established contact with the Conley, and after more than an hour he came outside and surrendered without further incident.

The bodies of eight people were found in the home, Gilliland said.

"At this time we have what appears to be five children and three adults," said Gilliland. "Ages and genders we do not have, and cause of death we do not have. The medical examiner will have to determine a cause of death."

Deputies said they have received calls at the home before and Child Protective Services said the family did have a history with them.

References:
KHOU Channel 11, Grisly Details Emerge In Murder Of Six Kids, Two Adults
Daily Mail, Serial Criminal Charged With Murder

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tragic Accident Turns Into Double Homicide

Three Dead After Motorist Stops To Aid Injured Child
Re-printed from a story at WGN-TV Chicago on April 15th 2015

A two year old, a driver and a teenager are all dead after an unknown gunman opened fire in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE, WI. — A man who was “distraught” and “trying to do the right thing” after he fatally struck a two-year-old with his vehicle was shot and killed along with a 15-year-old in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Two-year-old Damani Terry, his 15-year-old brother Rasheed Chiles and 40-year-old Archie Brown all died after an accident that resulted in an altercation and gunfire, according to WITI.

Officials said Archie Brown was driving a van northbound on N. 48th St. when two-year-old Damani Terry ran into the road and was fatally struck. The toddler died at the scene.

Brown, whom witnesses say was distraught about hitting the child, stopped and exited the van immediately following the crash. Moments later, he was fatally shot by an unknown suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rasheed Chiles, 15, who was the brother of the two-year-old victim, was also shot by the suspect. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Chiles had been attending a party at a nearby house with his 2-year-old brother and was also hit during the altercation. It remains unclear why the 15-year-old was shot.

Brown was a well-known Milwaukee businessman. Those who knew Brown described him as a successful, caring member of the community with four children of his own. He developed and opened restaurants in the community.

Homer Blow, a Milwaukee D.J. and radio talk show host, was friends with Brown.

Blow raced to the scene Sunday evening in time to see his friend covered with a tarp.

On Blow’s live podcast Monday, he was very emotional as he talked about what happened.

“He was saying he was sorry. ‘I didn’t see the baby. I’m sorry. Call 911. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,’ and he was crying,” Blow said.

Blow says moments after the accident, a man related to the toddler came out and told Brown he just signed his death certificate and shot Brown in the face.

“Just to hear how this coward took my friend’s life in cold blood for doing the right thing…” Blow said.

Blow says Brown never lost sight of helping others when he could. He owned properties, opening doors to those who were homeless, remembering the times he was homeless himself.

“He gets out and does the right thing and he loses his life,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Monday.

WITI spoke with a woman who says she’s overwhelmed with emotion because she saw the entire incident unfold.

“I saw them alive and then I saw them deceased. How can you get past that? What does it take?” the neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told WITI.

The woman says she watched helplessly Sunday evening as two-year-old Damani Terry left the nearby birthday party and tried to cross the street to Wahl Park.

“I’m going ‘the baby, the baby!’ The baby was midway in front of the car. The man couldn’t see him because he was in front of a car. When the man knew he had hit something, he got out to see and when he saw it was a baby, he became very distraught,” the woman said.

That tragic event was just the beginning of what the woman witnessed. Archie Brown and Chiles were both shot and killed.

“I heard the bullets and I saw (Brown) fall. I heard the bullets and I saw (Brown) fall. I have been reliving this since I woke up,” the woman said.

Autopises on Brown, Terry and Chiles were performed Monday morning.

Milwaukee police are working to identify the shooter. Milwaukee Attorney Michael Hupy, with the law firm Hupy & Abraham is offering a $25,000 reward in this case.

References:
WGN-TV, Driver Shot Killed After Accident
WITI FOX 6, Driver and Victim's Brother Killed In Shooting After Fatal Crash

Spring Break Gang Rape

Large Group Of Men Sexually Assault Unconscious Woman
Re-printed from a story at WGN TV Chicago on April 15th 2015

Delonte Cardrigues Martistee and Ryan Austin Calhoun are arrested after video of them taking part in a gang rape on a crowded beach surfaces.

BAY COUNTY, FL. – Two college students are under arrest after police found cell phone video allegedly showing the gang rape of an intoxicated teen outside a popular Panama City Beach bar during spring break while no one surrounding the rape seemed to notice.

Hundreds stood by in “broad, open daylight” as the 19-year-old woman, who appeared to be passed out on a chair behind the Spinnaker Beach Club, was sexually assaulted by one man after another, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen told AL.com.

Many watched, some even recording the gang rape with their phones — but no one tried to intervene at any point, officials said. In fact, one man tried to stop a man who was filming the rape.

Police found the video on a witness’ phone on April 2nd while investigating an unrelated shooting in Troy, Alabama and then turned it over to Panama City investigators. The attack originally happened sometime between March 10th-12th.

Two Troy University students who allegedly appeared in the gang rape video, 23-year-old Ryan Austin Calhoun, of Mobile, AL., and 22-year-old Delonte Martistee, of Bainbridge, GA., now each face charges of Sexual Battery by multiple perpetrators.


Two of the group arrested for rape, Delonte Cardrigues Martistee (left) and Ryan Austin Calhoun (right) courtesy of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously this is acceptable somewhere, but I will tell you it is not acceptable in Bay County,” McKeithen told the paper, saying the video was “probably one of the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening things that I have seen this year on Panama City Beach, and I have seen a lot of them.”

Police tracked down the victim, but she told detectives she didn’t remember anything the next day and thinks she may have been drugged. The victim told police she did not remember the incident well enough to report it.

"She knows something happened, but she doesn't know what happened," McKeithen said.

Panama City Beach has long been a destination for spring break revelers, but authorities are fed up with the spike in criminal activity that comes from hosting the hordes of party-goers. One official at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office compared spring break to a cancerous “tumor” that can spread to the rest of the body, affecting residents and local businesses.

Sheriff McKeithen said the investigation continues, and that additional arrests are expected.

References:
CNN, Panama City Gang Rape Case
WGN TV Chicago, Hundreds Watched Gang Rape
AL.com, Hundreds Watched Did Nothing

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three Charged In Murder Of 3-Year-Old Child

Child's Father, Mother And Cousin Accused Of Fatal, Unremitting Abuse
Re-printed from a story at CBS Chicago on November 13th 2014
Donnell Coackly
Donnell Coackly, 24, Tylesha Griffin, 22 and 25-year-old Dominique Lott are charged with Murder.

CHICAGO - A viciously abused and malnourished 3-year-old lay dead in his own West Ridge, Chicago home. His babysitter, his own second cousin, notices the corpse and instead of calling 911 allegedly leaves him in order to purchase some marijuana. Then, the babysitter smoked it with the dead child’s pregnant mother and father over the his battered corpse.

Tylesha Griffin, 22, and Donnell Coakley Sr., 24, allegedly then tried to warm their son’s body after Coakley tried to resuscitate Donnell Coakley Jr. Friday night.

But Griffin didn’t call 911 until hours later well after the little boy took his last breath according to the Cook County Prosecutors Office. Was her dead child not a priority?

Griffin's own Facebook profile, which she uses under an assumed name, lists her as unemployed and attending a fictitious college but has no mention of her children anywhere on it. In fact, her profile contains hundreds of pictures of herself.

Donnell Coackly Jr 2011-2014
Tylesha Griffin poses in hundreds of photos with money and strippers at her Facebook profile. She was arrested for torturing and murdering her own son this week.

The couple was charged in Donnell Jr.’s murder, as was 25-year-old Dominique Lott, who allegedly admitted to whipping the child with her hand, belt and an electrical cord.

Lott, who had been living with Griffin and Coakley in the 6500 block of North Seeley, told police she’d also put her foot down on the child when hitting him and beat him for not knowing his numbers or the alphabet, Assistant State’s Attorney Alexandra Molesky said.

The live-in babysitter had bought pot for the couple to smoke before the authorities were called. She told investigators that Griffin would often ask her to beat Donnell Jr.

In addition to the beatings she claims she was instructed to give the child, Lott also allegedly watched Griffin beat Donnell Jr. two to three times a day. Lott also said that she noticed that he stopped eating a week before his death.

Donnell Coackly Jr 2011-2014
Portions of the boy’s lower body exhibited “trauma and his left arm had a gaping wound with exposed rotting muscle and skin" according to investigators.

Donnell Jr. had over 100 injuries on his back, buttocks, arm, legs, chest, lips and head. He also had burn marks all over his body consistent with torture.

His front tooth was chipped and he had injuries on his wrist consistent with being bound, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Portions of the boy’s lower body exhibited “trauma and his left arm had a gaping wound with exposed rotting muscle and skin, Molesky said.

Had he been alive, that arm would likely be amputated, Molesky said.

Donnell Jr. had patches of hair missing on his head, bruising on the tips of his fingers and a missing fingernail, Molesky said.

On Griffin’s cellphone officers allegedly found a picture of a naked Donnell Jr. standing in his living room with injuries on his legs and back.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigated allegations of neglect by the boy’s mother and father, spokesman Karen Hawkins said. Donnell’s two siblings have been taken into protective custody under a DCFS-monitored safety plan.

The agency had previous contact with the mother in 2011, also for allegations of neglect.

Lott also previously hit Donnell Jr.’s 4-year-old sibling with a stick and belt for misbehaving, Molesky said.

Griffin was ordered held without bond on Monday.

On Wednesday, Judge Donald Panarese Jr. also ordered Lott held without bond.

Coakley was held in lieu of $500,000 bail earlier this week.

References:
CBS Chicago, Parents, Cousin Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old
ABC-7 Chicago, Parents, Cousin Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old
Daily Mail, Pregnant Mother Beat Her Toddler To Death