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Retired cop says arrest in Antioch cold-case killing was best birthday present


Antioch Police arrested a man on Monday for the city’s oldest cold case murder of a teenage girl.
Suzanne Bombardier was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1980.

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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.
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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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Cold-Case Detectives Arrest Man In 2000 Killing

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Cold-case detectives announced the arrest of a man wanted in a 2000 murder in San Bernardino County.

On March 3, 2000, Sheriff’s Fontana Station deputies found body off the side of a road near Lytle Creek.

The deceased was identified as Timothy Morris, then 32.

The cause of death was gunshot wounds. During the investigation, investigators learned Morris lived with his cousin, Carmen Worthey in San Bernardino. Investigators also learned that brothers, John McKinney and Brad McKinney, stayed at Worthey’s apartment for a few days in early March 2000.

Officials said John McKinney also goes by the name John Cory Broyles .He was 24 at the time of the murder.

At the time of the murder, Broyles was identified as a potential suspect, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute him. Investigators followed up with leads, but eventually the case went cold and remained unsolved.

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Cold Case Detectives Arrest Man In 2000 Killing « CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Cold-case detectives announced the arrest of a man wanted in a 2000 murder in San Bernardino County.

On March 3, 2000, Sheriff’s Fontana Station deputies found body off the side of a road near Lytle Creek.

The deceased was identified as Timothy Morris, then 32.

The cause of death was gunshot wounds. During the investigation, investigators learned Morris lived with his cousin, Carmen Worthey in San Bernardino. Investigators also learned that brothers, John McKinney and Brad McKinney, stayed at Worthey’s apartment for a few days in early March 2000.

Officials said John McKinney also goes by the name John Cory Broyles .He was 24 at the time of the murder.

At the time of the murder, Broyles was identified as a potential suspect, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute him. Investigators followed up with leads, but eventually the case went cold and remained unsolved.

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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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Man admits to killing two men in cold case murders

SEATED in a wheelchair, a white rug over his knees, Terry James Freeman, didn’t look like a callous killer.

But Freeman’s surprise confession to the cold-case murders of two prisoners in jail led him to appear for sentence before Justice Peter Applegarth in the Supreme Court at Bundaberg.

Freeman strangled his victims and made the crimes look like suicide to get “in” with a prison gang.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings described the deaths as being akin to disposing of human beings as if they were some sort of gang membership token.

Freeman, 44, pleaded guilty to the murder of Jason Lee Evans, 20, at the Sir David Longland prison (now Brisbane Correctional Centre) on February 1, 1995; and the murder of Clayton McFadzean, 22, on March 22, 1998.

In the Crown case, Freeman was charged after walking up to a Brisbane police officer at the Roma Street Transit Centre in March 2014, saying: “I want

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Five Arrested in Georgia in ‘Heinous’ 1983 Killing of Black Man

He did not provide details about the suspects’ motivation, but called the crime “heinous” and pledged to prosecute those responsible and “those who obstructed or hindered this investigation.” He also did not describe how Mr. Coggins was murdered or the nature of the new evidence. He said more arrests were possible.

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Officials said Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, were each charged with murder, aggravated assault, concealing a death and other crimes. Both men had “extensive criminal records,” the sheriff said.

Georgia public records show that Mr. Gebhardt had been charged in the past with offenses including aggravated assault and simple battery, which landed him in prison. Mr. Moore has been incarcerated for burglary, theft and other offenses, records show.

Gregory Huffman, 47, was charged with violation of oath of office and obstruction, officials said. Until Friday

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/us/georgia-cold-case-murder.html

Arrest Made In 2003 Hartford Cold Case Killing – Hartford Courant

More than 14 years after Benjamin “Benji” Baez was killed while sitting in a parked car in Hartford, cold case investigators said they’ve arrested his suspected killer.

Rafael Ortiz, 39, a prisoner in New York and a previous resident of Hartford, was arrested in New York by Hartford police detectives and charged with the murder of Baez.

Authorities said Baez, 27, was fatally shot while he was sitting inside a parked car in the area of 1305 Main St. in Hartford on June 11, 2003.

The arrest of Oritiz came after an investigation by the Hartford Police Department and members of the Cold Case and Shooting Task Force Bureau in the Chief

Read more at: http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-hartford-cold-case-suspect-arrested-20171013-story.html

Unsolved: Stephen Spina killing haunts Mamaroneck 10 years later

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Skyler Spina, the daughter of slain postal worker Stephen Spina, talks about her fathers death 10 years later.
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MAMARONECK – For Skyler Spina, it’s scary to think that her father’s killer is still on the loose.

It could be someone she knows.

“Because I don’t know who it is, so they could literally be around me at any moment and I would not know,” Spina, now 22, said. “So, it’s a frightening feeling.”

Stephen Spina, a mail carrier and Little League umpire, was a well-liked guy who apparently didn’t have many enemies. Even ex-girlfriends left on good terms.

QA: Mamaroneck detective discusses Spina slaying in 2016

COLD CASE: Police

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