Monthly Archives: January 2017

Man charged in 1985 homicide cold case reaches plea deal

 

IOWA CITY — Anthony Burtch, accused in the 1985 fatal shooting of his wife’s boyfriend, accepted a plea deal Tuesday that will result in the dismissal of a first-degree murder charge and no further time behind bars.

As part of the deal, Burtch, 58, pleaded guilty to obstructing prosecution in the more than 30-year-old cold case. Charges of first-degree murder and carrying weapons are to be dismissed at sentencing, which is set for Feb. 23 in Johnson County District Court. The plea also stipulates that Assistant Johnson County Attorney Jude Pannell will recommend a six-month jail sentence with credit for six months served.

Burtch was accused of killing Lance DeWoody, 22, on Aug. 12, 1985. DeWoody was the boyfriend of Burtch’s then-wife and prosecutors alleged Burtch shot him in the head and face. DeWoody’s

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5 Things to Know About the Cold Case Rape and Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife

In January 1976, Karen Klaas, the 32-year-old ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, was found beaten, raped and strangled with her pantyhose in her home in Hermosa Beach, California.

She was in a coma for five days and then died, and her rape and killing remained unsolved for nearly 41 years.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified Klaas’ killer as Kenneth Troyer — thus closing the book, as Medley said, on a decades-old investigation.

Here are five things you need to know about the cold case and its dramatic developments.

1. Klaas’ Killer Was Caught Using DNA

To solve the case, the L.A. sheriff’s department says it used a controversial law enforcement tactic called familial DNA testing. Detectives had created a DNA profile of Klaas’ killer in 2009, but

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How Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley Is Coping with the Truth of His Ex-Wife’s Cold Case Murder

It was January 1976 and Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley was in Lake Arrowhead, California, with his 10-year-old son when he got a phone call that he would never forget: His ex-wife, Karen Klaas, was in the hospital in a coma — from which she would never awake.

“There was no coming back, and everybody knew it,” Medley tells PEOPLE. At the hospital, he said he pleaded with her to survive.

“I said to her, ‘Come on honey, the boys need you. We all need you.’ Real positive stuff,” he remembers. “It was just very difficult.”

Klaas, a 32-year-old mother of two, had been found badly beaten, raped, and strangled with her pantyhose in her home in Hermosa Beach, California. She was in a coma for five days before she died.

Nearly 41 years after her death, authorities announced Monday they had solved her murder — with Medley

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/bill-medley-karen-klaas-cold-case-murder/

After four decades, Righteous Brothers singer and sons ‘close the book’ on brutal killing solved by DNA

It was a chilly winter morning on Jan. 30, 1976, and Karen Klaas had just dropped off her 4-year-old son at school.

The 32-year-old mother of two then returned to her Hermosa Beach home, where she was sexually assaulted, strangled by unknown assailant and left for dead. When she didn’t meet her friends for coffee that morning, they checked on her and saw a man leaving her home. They called police.

Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, was in a coma for days until she died from her injuries on Feb. 4, 1976. At the violent scene, detectives collected biological evidence, including a towel lying next to her body, and held onto it for 40 years, hoping it would lead to her killer.

Then in 2016, investigators got a break using new forensic techniques.

Cold Case Files: Rosa’s store manager died a hero in unsolved arson

Linda Muscato grieves every day for her husband, Joe, the love of her life. He was killed in an arson at the old Rosa’s furniture store in the Town of Tonawanda on April 3, 2001.

But if police ever arrest the person who started the fire, Muscato has no interest in seeing that person go to prison.

Muscato said she doesn’t want revenge.

She wants answers.

“I know some people will criticize me for saying that, but I don’t think the person who started this fire wanted to hurt Joe or anyone else,” she said. “I think that person is already in a sort of prison…already suffering every single day, knowing the pain he caused. But I would like to know why he did this, how it happened and why my husband was the only person in that building who didn’t get out. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve gone over all these

Read more at: https://buffalonews.com/2017/01/29/store-manager-died-hero-2001-arson-remains-unsolved/

1976 rape and murder case of Righteous Brothers singer’s ex-wife is solved, detectives say

 Investigators used a controversial DNA testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Karen Klaas was attacked Jan. 30, 1976, as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach. The 32-year-old was sexually assaulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. She died a few days later at the hospital.

The sheriff’s department said Friday that the case “was solved through the use of familial DNA, which identified the killer,” but provided no other details.

The technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime. Law enforcement officials have argued the technique can provide valuable leads to investigators.

Cold Case Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife Finally Solved Nearly 41 Years Later

The 1976 murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers‘ singer Bill Medley, has finally been solved according to multiple reports — though the public will have to wait until Monday to find out just who did it.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators announced Friday that they’ve scheduled a press conference for Jan. 30 where they will finally reveal who killed the Hermosa Beach mother of two, The Daily Breeze reported.

Authorities said the case was solved through the use of “familial DNA” which helped identify the killer, the Associated Press reported. It’s a controversial technique that allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of suspects.

It is unclear whether any arrest has been made in the case, the AP reported.

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Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Monday marks the 41st anniversary

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Sheriff’s Department Says They’ve Solved 1976 Cold Case Murder Of Ex-Wife Of Famous Singer

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — The LA Country Sheriff’s Department says they have solved a 1976 cold case murder.

Using familial DNA, officials said they’ve solved the decades-old killing of Karen Klaas.

The victim was the ex-wife of singer and songwriter Bill Medley of  Righteous Brothers fame.

The then 32-year-old Klaas, who had remarried, dropped off her 4-year-old child by her new husband at day care on Jan. 30, 1976. She then went to her Hermosa Beach home, according to the sheriff’s department.

Neighbors — concerned when they could not contact her — called police, and Klaas was found dead in the home.

She had been strangled, beaten and raped, authorities said. She died several days later.

A man was seen leaving her home around the time of the crime, but her killer was not found. Her husband was ruled out as a suspect, sheriff’s officials said.

More details about how exactly the case was solved will be

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/01/27/sheriffs-department-says-theyve-solved-1976-cold-case-murder/

Cold case murder of Righteous Brothers singer’s ex-wife solved

Investigators used a controversial DNA testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Karen Klaas was attacked Jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach. The 32-year-old was sexually assaulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. She died a few days later at the hospital.

The sheriff’s department said Friday that the case “was solved through the use of familial DNA, which identified the killer,” but provided no other details.

The technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime. Law enforcement officials have argued the technique can provide valuable leads to investigators.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman would not say Friday evening whether investigators had formally made an arrest in the case

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/27/cold-case-murder-righteous-brothers-singers-ex-wife-solved.html