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Minneapolis Family Seeks Answers in Unsolved Murder


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Family ‘gutted’ over 1982 murder sentence

The family of murder victim Elizabeth “Betty” Dixon – who was stabbed 27 times and left slumped in her car in 1982 – are “gutted” a man involved in the brutal killing has walked free from a NSW court.

Rodney Lawrence was released for time already served after his arrest.

Rodney Lawrence was released for time already served after his arrest.

Justice Ian Harrison on Wednesday jailed Rodney Lawrence, 66, to a minimum jail term of 18 months but time already served meant he was immediately released.

Ms Dixon’s niece, Danielle Martin, slammed the decision stating the sentence was “nowhere near long enough”.

There were too many inconsistencies in Lawrence’s story and Ms Dixon’s family don’t believe he’s revealed everything he knows, she said.

Ms Martin, standing beside her mother Ann, said Lawrence did many things that were very wrong before “getting away scot-free”.

Lawrence spent 18 months in jail after his

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Fostoria family searches for closure, justice in 13-year-old cold case murder

FOSTORIA, Ohio (13abc Action News) – It’s been a long and difficult 13 years for the family of Tina Snyder.

“We just want people to know that she’s still thought of,” said Snyder’s sister Becky Rice.

Back in 2004, Snyder, 43, was found murdered in the bathtub of her Fostoria apartment.

Police told Snyder’s family she was strangled to death with speaker wire.

“[The murderer] just killed her and then left her there…like she was nobody,” said Rice.

On Sunday, Snyder’s family gathered at her grave to remember her on the anniversary of her murder.

“I love her and I wish to God that she didn’t have to go [that] way,” said Rice.

Over the years, Snyder’s family says police have searched for suspects and evidence, but have come up empty handed. Tina’s murder had turned into a cold case.

“That’s the hardest part—is us not getting justice,” said Snyder’s niece Christina Bowers. “We can’t

Read more at: http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Fostoria-family-searches-for-closure-justice-in-13-year-old-cold-case-murder-461737433.html

Family calling for answers in unsolved murder

TOLEDO (WTVG) — They held signs, lit candles and raised their voices, all of them calling for justice after Stacy Coker was shot and killed.

Toledo Police say the murder happened at about 11:00PM August 29, 2017, on the 900 block of Continental.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots before seeing the 49-year-old’s body on the ground outside.

It was near Sleepy Hollow Park, where those who knew Coker gathered to hold a vigil on the three month anniversary of his death.

“It’s hard,” explained Stacy’s mother, Willie Mae Coker. “Every day every day, he’s on my mind. Every day, my son’s ashes are in my closet. I can’t stand to look at them. When this is over, we do plan to scatter his ashes. Not until then.”

Coker is described as a figurehead; A father of two grown children and grandfather of two.

Family members have hired

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Family calling for answers in unsolved murder – 13abc

TOLEDO (WTVG) — They held signs, lit candles and raised their voices, all of them calling for justice after Stacy Coker was shot and killed.

Toledo Police say the murder happened at about 11:00PM August 29, 2017, on the 900 block of Continental.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots before seeing the 49-year-old’s body on the ground outside.

It was near Sleepy Hollow Park, where those who knew Coker gathered to hold a vigil on the three month anniversary of his death.

“It’s hard,” explained Stacy’s mother, Willie Mae Coker. “Every day every day, he’s on my mind. Every day, my son’s ashes are in my closet. I can’t stand to look at them. When this is over, we do plan to scatter his ashes. Not until then.”

Coker is described as a figurehead; A father of two grown children and grandfather of two.

Family members have hired

Read more at: http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Family-calling-for-answers-in-unsolved-murder-460860283.html

Family and friends of Medford murder victim seek closure on unsolved case

MEDFORD, Ore.–Medford Police are still investigating a deadly drive-by shooting that happened the night before Thanksgiving.
23-year-old Christian Miguel Barajas was killed last Wednesday while walking on the 300 block of Chestnut Street.

Family friend Trina Joslin says, “We did not see this coming at all, I mean out of everyone in the community, why Christian? He didn’t deserve this, he didn’t have any enemies.”

Witnesses told police the suspects were in a dark colored mini-van which sped off northbound on Chestnut Street, after the drive-by shooting.

Police say this unsolved murder is on the top of their agenda.

Lt. Justin Ivens says, “I know that we need a break, we’ve got detectives from MADGE and our criminal investigations unit. This is the top of our list, we’re turning every stone and chasing every tip and lead we get.”

Just two days before Barajas

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Family and friends of Medford murder victim seek closure on … – KDRV

MEDFORD, Ore.–Medford Police are still investigating a deadly drive-by shooting that happened the night before Thanksgiving.
23-year-old Christian Miguel Barajas was killed last Wednesday while walking on the 300 block of Chestnut Street.

Family friend Trina Joslin says, “We did not see this coming at all, I mean out of everyone in the community, why Christian? He didn’t deserve this, he didn’t have any enemies.”

Witnesses told police the suspects were in a dark colored mini-van which sped off northbound on Chestnut Street, after the drive-by shooting.

Police say this unsolved murder is on the top of their agenda.

Lt. Justin Ivens says, “I know that we need a break, we’ve got detectives from MADGE and our criminal investigations unit. This is the top of our list, we’re turning every stone and chasing every tip and lead we get.”

Just two days before Barajas

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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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Family Still Searching For Answers In 43-Year-Old Cold-Case Killing

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Every year, Debra Thomas sends Christmas cards to detectives at the LAPD asking them not to forget her sister.

They haven’t, and now there’s a renewed effort to solve a murder mystery in South L.A. that is  more than 40 years old. It involves the killing of an elementary school teacher in her own home, and for the first time, her family is speaking out.

“Who did it? Where? Why?” the victim’s sister Thomas asked.

Those are the questions Thomas has been asking ever since she found out her older sister, Francine, was murdered.

“It makes you angry; it hurts you to the core,” she said.

In 1974, Francine Moran, 26, was a LAUSD teacher at 32nd Street Elementary School in South L.A. She was also working on her master’s degree in education at USC.

“Francine was quiet, she was very smart academically, very independent.” Thomas said.

On the evening of March

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Family Still Searching For Answers In 43-Year-Old Cold Case …

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Every year, Debra Thomas sends Christmas cards to detectives at the LAPD asking them not to forget her sister.

They haven’t, and now there’s a renewed effort to solve a murder mystery in South L.A. that is  more than 40 years old. It involves the killing of an elementary school teacher in her own home, and for the first time, her family is speaking out.

“Who did it? Where? Why?” the victim’s sister Thomas asked.

Those are the questions Thomas has been asking ever since she found out her older sister, Francine, was murdered.

“It makes you angry; it hurts you to the core,” she said.

In 1974, Francine Moran, 26, was a LAUSD teacher at 32nd Street Elementary School in South L.A. She was also working on her master’s degree in education at USC.

“Francine was quiet, she was very smart academically, very independent.” Thomas said.

On the evening of March

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/11/14/family-still-searching-for-answers-in-43-year-old-cold-case-murder/