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Accused: The unsolved murder of Retha Welch

Retha Welch was a God-fearing mother of four children. She was soft-hearted and trusting, her friends said. The 54-year-old Coshocton native had fought to right her life after struggling to overcome addictions to drugs and alcohol, and she was unusually empathetic – so much so that, in her free time, she went to prisons to minister convicts because she reasoned most of them were simply addicts like she was. They just happened to have taken a wrong turn.

There but for the grace of God go I.

On April 13, 1987, Welch’s lifeless body was found in a pool of blood in her Newport apartment bathtub. She had been beaten and stabbed. An autopsy suggested she’d been sexually assaulted as semen from three men was discovered inside her. Police soon zeroed in on a convict she’d counseled, and within two weeks of

Read more at: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/accused/2017/11/26/accused-unsolved-murder-retha-welch/799470001/

Man accused in decades-old Desert Hot Springs murder of teen in front of family in custody

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Homicides in the past two years have gone up since 2014. But those numbers are still lower than the 30 homicides that occurred in 2011.
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A man accused of gunning down a Desert Hot Springs teen more than two decades ago was in custody Friday in a case recently reopened by Riverside County prosecutors.

Joseph Ray Messer, 41, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Jamie Brown in front of friends and family on July 27, 1996 after confronting a group of teens outside the boy’s home.

Messer was charged with the murder in 2014, but prosecutors dropped the charges after concluding the evidence wasn’t strong enough at the time to convict him.

District Attorney’s spokesman John

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Desert Hot Springs cold case murder: Suspect accused in killing …

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Homicides in the past two years have gone up since 2014. But those numbers are still lower than the 30 homicides that occurred in 2011.
Daniel Simon/The Desert Sun

A man accused of gunning down a Desert Hot Springs teen more than two decades ago was in custody Friday in a case recently reopened by Riverside County prosecutors.

Joseph Ray Messer, 41, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Jamie Brown in front of friends and family on July 27, 1996 after confronting a group of teens outside the boy’s home.

Messer was charged with the murder in 2014, but prosecutors dropped the charges after concluding the evidence wasn’t strong enough at the time to convict him.

District Attorney’s spokesman John

Read more at: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2017/11/17/man-accused-decades-old-desert-hot-springs-murder-teen-front-family-custody/876353001/

Next episode of ‘Accused’: The evidence looks overwhelming — or does it?

He served 30 of a 70-year sentence for the rape and murder of 54-year-old psychiatric nurse Retha Welch in Newport. Turns out, he didn’t do it.
The Enquirer/Amanda Rossman

Read more at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/10/16/next-episode-accused-evidence-looks-overwhelming-does-it/768729001/

New ‘Accused’ podcast launches today

 

In  April 1987, Retha Welch was found raped and killed in her Newport apartment. A man she knew was tried and convicted for the crime.

In 2014, the convicted man’s DNA was not among three samples found on the victim’s body. In 2016, after multiple attempts and legal assistance from the Kentucky Innocence Project, William Virgil was released from prison. He had served 28 years.

But he was not declared innocent.

The question of whether Virgil was wrongly convicted or if he was guilty and has walked away from a heinous crime is up for debate.

The Enquirer team that investigated the 1978 death of Miami University student Elizabeth Andes – and that last year produced the award-winning podcast, “Accused” – wanted to know.

Debuting today, “Accused: The Unsolved

Read more at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/10/12/accused-podcast-the-unsolved-murder-of-retha-welch/754499001/

New ‘Accused’ podcast on iTunes tells of the unsolved murder of …

 

In  April 1987, Retha Welch was found raped and killed in her Newport apartment. A man she knew was tried and convicted for the crime.

In 2014, the convicted man’s DNA was not among three samples found on the victim’s body. In 2016, after multiple attempts and legal assistance from the Kentucky Innocence Project, William Virgil was released from prison. He had served 28 years.

But he was not declared innocent.

The question of whether Virgil was wrongly convicted or if he was guilty and has walked away from a heinous crime is up for debate.

The Enquirer team that investigated the 1978 death of Miami University student Elizabeth Andes – and that last year produced the award-winning podcast, “Accused” – wanted to know.

Debuting today, “Accused: The Unsolved

Read more at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/10/12/accused-podcast-the-unsolved-murder-of-retha-welch/754499001/

Judge denies change of venue for man accused in cold case murder

OKLAHOMA CITY – A judge has denied a request to change the venue in a high-profile murder case.

In 1997, Kirsten Hatfield was 8 years old when she disappeared in the middle of the night from her home at 1108 Jet Drive in Midwest City.

She hasn’t been seen since.

Kirsten Hatfield

In 2015, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater officially charged 57-year-old Anthony Palma with first-degree murder and felony kidnapping related to the Hatfield case.

According to court documents, detectives believe Palma, who was Hatfield’s neighbor, targeted her for sexual assault.

Anthony Joseph Palma

Palma has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder and felony kidnapping charges.

Palma’s attorneys had requested a change of venue due to the high-profile nature of the case. However, a judge denied that request on Monday.

Jury selection is scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

 

 

Read more at: http://kfor.com/2017/10/09/judge-denies-change-of-venue-for-man-accused-in-cold-case-murder/

Judge denies change of venue for man accused in cold case murder …

OKLAHOMA CITY – A judge has denied a request to change the venue in a high-profile murder case.

In 1997, Kirsten Hatfield was 8 years old when she disappeared in the middle of the night from her home at 1108 Jet Drive in Midwest City.

She hasn’t been seen since.

Kirsten Hatfield

In 2015, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater officially charged 57-year-old Anthony Palma with first-degree murder and felony kidnapping related to the Hatfield case.

According to court documents, detectives believe Palma, who was Hatfield’s neighbor, targeted her for sexual assault.

Anthony Joseph Palma

Palma has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder and felony kidnapping charges.

Palma’s attorneys had requested a change of venue due to the high-profile nature of the case. However, a judge denied that request on Monday.

Jury selection is scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

 

 

Read more at: http://kfor.com/2017/10/09/judge-denies-change-of-venue-for-man-accused-in-cold-case-murder/

Woman charged in cold case murder accused of fighting with cellmate

JACKSON, MI – A woman in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge in a case that dates to 2009 now faces a new charge after police allege she attacked her cellmate.

Tiffany Lynn Reichard, 25, was arraigned Sept. 11 on one misdemeanor count on assault and battery, according to court records.

While lodged in the Jackson County Jail downtown Aug. 19, police say Reichard got into an argument with her cellmate, a 32-year-old Lansing woman, that escalated into a physical fight, Jackson County Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl said.

A floor officer heard the fight and broke it up before it could escalate further, Kuhl said.

The victim, who didn’t appear to have suffered any serious injuries, told police she wanted to press charges against Reichard, stating she had pulled her hair and struck her in the head, Kuhl said.

The case was sent to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which authorized the charges

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/09/cold_case_murder_suspect_charg.html

Wife accused of cold-case murder denied bail

After 21 years, they weren’t going to let her go.

A Manhattan judge Wednesday denied bail to Roslyn Pilmar, who is accused of murdering her rich husband nearly two decades ago for a $1.5 million insurance payout.

Roslyn and her brother, Evan Wald, who is awaiting extradition from Virginia, were nabbed last week and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing Howard Pilmar, 40.

Roslyn’s lawyer, Sam Talkin, had agreed to post a bond of $750,000 and have bail bondsman Ira Judelson, who was waiting in the gallery, outfit Roslyn, 60, with a GPS tracking device.

But prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer argued in Manhattan Supreme Court that Roslyn had every reason to flee now that she was facing “the prospect of spending the rest of her life in prison.”

The ADA added that Roslyn also

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/08/23/wife-accused-of-cold-case-murder-denied-bail/