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Murder charges dropped in Pahokee cold case, 62-year-old suspect freed

“I kept pushing back, told him to get out of my face, leave me alone. I’m fixing to go,” Butler told detectives in a March 2017 interview, adding of Harris: “He talking about, ‘You want this $5 for the old raggedy [expletive] mower?’ And I told him, ‘No, you can keep ‘em.’ Shove ‘em up your watchacallit.”

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AG used grand jury to bring charges in cold case murder

Cold cases are the crimes that aren’t solved, the ones where no one gets answers, the ones where justice never comes.

In Pennsylvania, one of those cases may have thawed Monday.

According to court documents, that is when Carl Rodgers was charged with criminal homicide for an April 22, 1983 offense.

Rodgers is being held without bond in Perry County Prison. Preliminary arraignment was set for 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. A preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

State police at Harrisburg arrested Rodgers. According to the state Office of the Attorney General, the move came after collaboration between the OAG and state police, although the Perry County District Attorney’s office is listed on court documents as the prosecutor in the case.

Rodgers, 62, of Shermans Dale, was the husband of Debra Rodgers. In 1983, her body was found in a wooded area along a state road in Northeast

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Two face murder charges in 2000 San Bernardino County cold case …

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department cold-case investigation has yielded two arrests in the 2000 slaying of Timothy Morris.

Carmen “China” Worthey, 40, extradited from Texas, was arrested on suspicion of murder. She is being housed at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to jail records. Bail is set at $1 million. She pleaded not guilty Tuesday, court records showed.

Carmen WortheyPhoto Courtesy San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
Carmen Worthey — Photo Courtesy San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

The case of Morris’ death was re-opened by the Sheriff’s cold case unit this year, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s news release said. Detectives interviewed Worthey, Morris’ cousin, in Texas on Oct. 5 and arrested her on Oct. 6. She was extradited Friday, Oct. 20. Before his death, Morris had lived with Worthey in San Bernardino, authorities said.

John Cory McKinney, who stayed with

Read more at: http://www.sbsun.com/2017/10/24/two-face-murder-charges-in-2000-san-bernardino-county-cold-case/

DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder – KMSP

– A St. Louis Park man has been charged with second degree murder after DNA evidence connected him to a 1983 rape and murder case.

62-year-old Darrell Bruce Rea faces 40 years in prison.

Around 10:30 a.m. April 2, 1983, officers were dispatched to the Soo Line Railroad tracks near 28th Avenue North in Minneapolis to investigate a report of a body found near the tracks. When they arrived, officers found a woman’s body. She was later identified as a 17-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim suffered “massive blunt force trauma” to her head. Officers also found fresh tire tracks in the dirt parking lot and markings that indicated her body was dragged to the site.

During the investigation, officers learned the victim attended a party the night of April 1 and returned home early the next morning. Family members said she got home around 2:30 a.m., but left

Read more at: http://www.fox9.com/news/dna-leads-to-charges-in-1983-minneapolis-cold-case-rape-murder

DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder … – KMSP

– A St. Louis Park man has been charged with second degree murder after DNA evidence connected him to a 1983 rape and murder case.

62-year-old Darrell Bruce Rea faces 40 years in prison.

Around 10:30 a.m. April 2, 1983, officers were dispatched to the Soo Line Railroad tracks near 28th Avenue North in Minneapolis to investigate a report of a body found near the tracks. When they arrived, officers found a woman’s body. She was later identified as a 17-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim suffered “massive blunt force trauma” to her head. Officers also found fresh tire tracks in the dirt parking lot and markings that indicated her body was dragged to the site.

During the investigation, officers learned the victim attended a party the night of April 1 and returned home early the next morning. Family members said she got home around 2:30 a.m., but left

Read more at: http://www.fox9.com/news/dna-leads-to-charges-in-1983-minneapolis-cold-case-rape-murder

Charges Filed In Cold Case Murder Of County Supervisor’s Brother …

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the cold case murder of the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Michael Anthony Locklin faces one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery in the slaying of 37-year-old Michael Thomas, Ridley-Thomas’ brother.

Thomas, an insurance adjuster, was killed between Aug. 13-16, 1981, and his body was found at his home in the 4600 block of Santa Barbara Boulevard – now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – after he did not show up for church or work.

Locklin, whom prosecutors identified through DNA evidence, faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 21.

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/08/10/mark-ridley-thomas-brother-cold-case-murder/

Charges Filed In Cold Case Murder Of County Supervisor’s Brother

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the cold case murder of the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Michael Anthony Locklin faces one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery in the slaying of 37-year-old Michael Thomas, Ridley-Thomas’ brother.

Thomas, an insurance adjustor, was killed between Aug. 13 and Aug. 16, 1981 and his body was found at his home in the 4600 block of Santa Barbara Boulevard – now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – after he did not show up for church or work.

Locklin, whom prosecutors identified through DNA evidence, faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 21.

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/08/10/mark-ridley-thomas-brother-cold-case-murder/

Hearing continued for man seeking dismissal on cold case murder charges

WENATCHEE- A man accused in the 1982 cold-case murder of a Cashmere man appeared in court yesterday seeking dismissal on all charges.

Bernard Swaim has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder in the death of Steven Smith and is now asking the court to dismiss the charges. Swaim’s trial was set to begin August 22.

Swaim’s attorney, Nick Yedinak claimed his client was denied due process citing the County’s decision to delay charges for 34 years.

After three hours of testimony Judge Lesley Allan continued the hearing to next week

He also alleges Sheriff’s detectives mishandled evidence over that time causing prejudice to his client so that he can no longer receive a fair trial. Tuesday’s hearing included testimony from several including Sheriff Sergeant Jeff Middleton and Detective Josh Mathena.

Swaim and his ex-wife, Dawn Soles are both charged in Smith’s murder. Soles was also married to the victim and its alleged that she

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Murder charges filed in 1984 cold case in S.E. Oklahoma | KFOR.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – Murder charges have been filed in a 1984 cold case in southeastern Oklahoma.

Johnny Smith was killed on June 28th, 1984 during his shift at the K.C.S. Lumber Company in Idabel.

On the day of the murder, four witnesses said they heard a gunshot and then saw a man erratically driving a front-end loader, which belonged to the lumber company, past them.

Several minutes later, the witnesses told police that the same man drove a truck in the opposite direction and out of the gate of the lumber yard.

Three of those witnesses reportedly identified Ernest Lewis as the man driving both vehicles.

Officials at the lumber company said Lewis left work abruptly after claiming a family emergency shortly before Smith’s body was found.

The probable cause affidavit filed in McCurtain County says blood spatter was collected form a front-end loader bucket and rocks near Smith’s body, during the initial investigation in 1984.

At the

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Murder charges filed in 1984 cold case in SE Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Murder charges have been filed in a 1984 cold case in southeastern Oklahoma.

Johnny Smith was killed on June 28th, 1984 during his shift at the K.C.S. Lumber Company in Idabel.

On the day of the murder, four witnesses said they heard a gunshot and then saw a man erratically driving a front-end loader, which belonged to the lumber company, past them.

Several minutes later, the witnesses told police that the same man drove a truck in the opposite direction and out of the gate of the lumber yard.

Three of those witnesses reportedly identified Ernest Lewis as the man driving both vehicles.

Officials at the lumber company said Lewis left work abruptly after claiming a family emergency shortly before Smith’s body was found.

The probable cause affidavit filed in McCurtain County says blood spatter was collected form a front-end loader bucket and rocks near Smith’s body, during the initial investigation in 1984.

At the

Read more at: http://kfor.com/2017/07/26/murder-charges-filed-in-1984-cold-case-in-s-e-oklahoma/