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    According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, condemned murderer Virgil Delano Presnell, Jr. is scheduled for execution by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Presnell, Jr. was sentenced to death in 1976 for the kidnapping and murder of an eight-year-old girl and the kidnapping and rape of a ten-year-old girl. Media witnesses for the execution are Kate Brumback, Associated Press – Atlanta Bureau, Shaddi Nasser Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and John (Chart) Riggall, Marietta Daily Journal. Presnell, Jr. requested a last meal of four hamburgers, four french fries, two vanilla milkshakes, four sodas, eight-piece bucket of chicken, potato salad and two pints of vanilla ice cream. There have been 75 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. If executed, Presnell, Jr. will be the 54th inmate put to death by lethal injection.  There are presently 37 men and one woman under death sentence in Georgia.  
    BOSTON (CBS) — For the first time on Friday, authorities showed what happened when police stopped Louis Coleman, who is accused in the 2019 kidnapping death of Jassy Correia. Video from Delaware State Police shows troopers stopping Coleman’s car. They later found the body of the 23-year-old Correia in the trunk. READ MORE: Rally for abortion rights planned on Boston Common SaturdayThe young mother disappeared five days earlier after a night out celebrating her birthday. READ MORE: Cardinal Sean O'Malley weighs in on Supreme Court draft that could overturn 'very flawed' Roe v. WadeProsecutors showed the video in court during Coleman’s trial. They have previously said that security camera video showed Coleman carrying a body into his apartment in Providence the day Correia disappeared, then several days later lifting a large, heavy suitcase into the car. Coleman is charged with kidnapping resulting in death. MORE NEWS: Mercedes tells owners of 292,000 vehicles to stop driving them 
    Hernandez later talked about her daughter's death in the YouTube video. “Everyone wants to know what happened to her, you know, her cause of death," she said. "A lot of people turned on me after my daughter passed away; a lot of people thought a lot of things because of how that situation looked. If you weren’t there, you don’t know what happened. I know what happened.” Hernandez faces up to 25 years in prison if she is convicted. The small church was also involved in a previous incident where a 3-month-old baby named Brandon Cuellar was kidnapped. A woman charged with the kidnapping was a member of the church, and the grandmother of the baby said that she had become friends with the suspect at the church before the kidnapping. The baby was later rescued by police, but the motive of the kidnapping is still under investigation. Here's a local news report about the incident: Investigators Say 3-Year-Old Girl Died Inside SJ Church After Exorcism-Like Ritual www.youtube.com
    A small, nondescript church in San Jose appears to be a connecting thread between last month’s kidnapping of a San Jose infant and the killing of 3-year-old girl, whose September death in an alleged exorcism has been ruled a homicide. The Iglesia Evangelica Apostoles y Profetas church was swarmed by police twice over the last seven months — first early last fall when a mother called 911 to report that her child died from asphyxiation after family members at the church spent hours trying to rid her body of evil spirits, and again in late April during an 18-hour long search for a 3-month-old child, according to a police report and the landlord for the church, who was present during the searches. Mothers of both children, as well as the grandmother of the kidnapped boy, attended the church, according to Santiago Garcia, 52, who owns the home the church operates out of, just south of downtown San Jose. Questions remain about the incidents — chief among them the motivations behind the widely publicized late April kidnapping. and what, if any,...
    (CNN)Here is a look at missing children in the United States. There are several different types of missing children: runaways, family abductions, lost or "thrown away" and non-family abductions. Advances in technology, communications through public alerts and greater cooperation from law enforcement have facilitated the recovery process.StatisticsAccording to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File, there are 93,718 active missing person records, of which juveniles under the age of 18 account for 30,400 (32%) of the records. (as of December 31, 2021) AMBER Alert"AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alerts are emergency messages broadcast when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor, including physical descriptions as well as information about the abductor's vehicle - which could lead to the child's recovery."Read MoreThe AMBER Alert system began in 1996 and was named in honor of Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old who was abducted in Arlington, Texas, and murdered.All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin...
    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, two members of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club (GJOMC) were sentenced to life in federal prison yesterday for kidnapping, torturing, and murdering a former club member. GJOMC Portland clubhouse president Mark Leroy Dencklau, 61, of Woodburn, Oregon, and member Chad Leroy Erickson, 51, of Rainier, Oregon, received life sentences after being convicted at trial in December 2021 of murder in aid of racketeering; kidnapping in aid of racketeering, resulting in death; kidnapping resulting in death; and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, resulting in death. Additionally, Dencklau was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy. According to court documents and trial testimony, the GJOMC is a criminal organization wherein members and associates maintain their position and status in the organization by participating in, directly or indirectly, various acts of violent racketeering activity including murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, narcotics trafficking, and witness tampering. From 2003 until his arrest in 2018, Dencklau served as the president of the GJOMC’s Portland chapter. According to evidence presented at trial, on July 1,...
    (CNN)The last member of the ISIS cell known as the "Beatles," a British group of fighters, was convicted by a jury Thursday of assisting in the kidnapping and deaths of four Americans between 2012 and 2015.El Shafee Elsheikh was charged with eight counts including four conspiracy charges relating to his work with ISIS and four charges of hostage taking resulting in death of Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    The FBI raided a Detroit home after receiving threats to both the judge and a pair of defense lawyers involved in the Governor Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping conspiracy trial.   Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker, together with lawyers Josh Blanchard and Christopher Gibbons, have all received death threats over their participation in the high-profile trial, which has just entered its third week. The threats led FBI agents to a home in Hazel Park, just south the city, that was raided on Friday.   Jonker, 62, is the presiding judge in the trial with the attorney's Blanchard and Gibbons representing the accused ringleaders of the plot - Barry Croft and Adam Fox - who face life in prison if convicted of kidnapping conspiracy. Death threats were aimed at Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker Jonker has served on the federal bench since 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.  The raid raised issues over the security of those involved in the high-profile prosecution.   'Unfortunately, it's become far too common a thing in society today,' Detroit defense attorney Michael Bullotta, a former federal prosecutor,...
    BROADCASTER Merri Dee has died at the age of 85. The Chicago TV journalist suffered a kidnapping and shooting in 1971. 2Merri Dee died peacefully in her sleep, a statement from her family saidCredit: Getty Who was Merri Dee? Dee worked on-air for WGN-TV in the 1970s and 80s, later becoming the station’s director of community relations. She was born Mary Francine Dorham on October 30, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, to John Blouin, a postal worker, and Ethel Dorham. Dee was the youngest of six children and grew up in New Orleans following her mom’s death in 1939. Read More on ChicagoCUB SCOUT Chicago Cubs owner and hedge fund tycoon form consortium to buy Chelsea'BRIGHTEST LIGHT' Chicago broadcaster who survived 1971 kidnapping & shooting dies aged 85 Her dad remarried four years later and Dee has said her stepmom would abuse her and later sent her to an orphanage. Dee returned to Chicago as a teenager and after graduating high school, attended Xavier University where she majored in business administration. She dropped out though in order to take care of...
    KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A woman convicted in the 1987 kidnapping and death of a northern Illinois businessman was released from prison Thursday. Nancy Rish, 60, was paroled Thursday, the Illinois Department of Corrections said. Stephen Small of Kankakee suffocated in a plywood box he was buried in when a breathing tube running to the surface failed before a ransom could be paid. Rish petitioned in December 2017 for a resentencing hearing so that the court could consider evidence of domestic violence. Her attorneys argued Rish was coerced by ex-boyfriend Daniel Edwards into driving him and that she was unaware of his kidnapping plan even as he had her pick him up from the remote, wooded burial site and drive him between phone booths where he made ransom calls. Edwards is serving a life sentence for luring Small to a house he was renovating, putting him in a plywood box and burying him alive, for the ransom money. Rish’s attorneys argued her case is what Illinois legislators had in mind when they passed legislation in 2015 giving abuse victims who...
    JOSHUA Bailey was a North Carolina man who was kidnapped and murdered in a disturbing, violent plot in 2008.  Bailey’s loyalty to a small criminal enterprise was in question at the time of his death when he was just 20 years old. 2Josh Bailey was killed in 2008Credit: Image via Josh's Hope Foundation Who was Joshua Bailey and what happened to him? As a child, Joshua Bailey was the victim of mental and physical abuse. He and his two brothers were determined by the Department of Social Services to be of “special needs”. Bailey was adopted at age 8 by his parents, Steve and Julie, who settled the family in Orange County, North Carolina. Later on, Bailey had become affiliated with a small and disorganized group of drug users and petty criminals led by Brian Minton.  Minton, under the suspicion that Bailey or fellow crew member Matt Johnson had been communicating with authorities, orchestrated a fight between Bailey and Johnson to determine who was loyal.  Bailey was ultimately singled out, and while in Minton’s garage, he was restrained...
    The parents of a 14-year-old girl who was raped, tortured, and killed after she was kidnapped on her way to school in 2017 have reached a settlement with several parties they say had a role in her death. Alianna DeFreeze's parents will both receive over $245,000 as part of the $1 million settlement, which was recently filed in Cuyahoga County Probate Court in Cleveland, Ohio, according to Cleveland Fox 8. The hearing for the proposed settlement is set for next month. "Despite the incredible odds faced by Plaintiffs' counsel, they were able to convince the settling Defendants (who still assert that they have no legal responsibility for the death of Alianna) to resolve this matter for a total of $1,000,000.00," Allen Boseman, the family's attorney, wrote in the filing. "This is a tremendous settlement based upon the facts and the current state of the law in the state of Ohio." CALIFORNIA WOMAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HER THREE CHILDREN: POLICE Alan Rosskamm, the former CEO of Breakthrough Charter Schools, which the child attended, told Fox 8 the...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors indicted the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery on hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020, when he was chased down in a truck by three men and fatally shot. Two of the three men -- Gregory and Travis McMichael -- claimed to be conducting a citizen's arrest and acted in self-defense.A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., who recorded video of Arbery's death, allegedly hit Arbery with his truck after he joined the McMichaels in the chase. (L-R) Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan, Jr.All three men were charged with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping, according to a news release from the Justice Department. Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, were charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing (in Travis's case discharging) a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.Read More"It's one step closer to justice," Wanda...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Louis Coleman, the man charged in the deadly kidnapping of Jassy Correia in 2019. Correia disappeared after a birthday celebration at a Boston nightclub in February 2019. Police in Delaware stopped Coleman’s car four days later and found her body in the trunk. Louis Coleman and Jassy Correia. If convicted, Coleman faced the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison. On Thursday, however, prosecutors said in a court filing they will not seek the death penalty. Prosecutors previously said security camera video showed Coleman carrying a body into his apartment the day Correia disappeared, then several days later lifting a large, heavy suitcase into the car. Coleman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
    Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has told of her heartbreak after van-like blogger Gabby Petito was found dead, and spoke of her concern that many missing women like her may never be found. Smart was kidnapped in 2002 when she was 14, and held for nine months by street preacher Brian David Mitchell and his wife. But she told Jada Pinkett Smith on Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk show that she had been terrified at the idea that she might be killed and her body never found by her parents. 'In Gabby's case in particular, I mean, I was alive, and I came home, and hers tragically has not ended that way,' said Smart, who is now an activist for victims' rights.  'But knowing what it's like being on the other side and potentially what may have happened and what may have led up to her final moments, and understanding probably a lot of what she was feeling, it's heartbreaking.'  Smart said she remembered that when she was kidnapped by Mitchell in 2002, she was concerned that her body would not be found....
    A person of interest in the suspicious death of an 18-year-old Michigan woman, who was found buried in a fresh grave outside his home two weeks ago, may post bond in a separate case, authorities said Monday. Joshua Wirgau, 34, had a $500,000 bond set after appearing before a judge in an Alpena County court on Monday for the alleged kidnapping of a tow truck driver on Sept. 21, WPBN-TV reported. Wirgau had been held without bond until the judge’s decision. BODY OF MISSING MICHIGAN WOMAN, 18, BELIEVED TO BE FOUND BURIED IN ‘FRESH’ GRAVE OUTSIDE HOME: POLICE Wirgau is currently a person of interest in the suspicious death of Brynn Bills, whose body was discovered buried on his property on Naylor Road on Sept. 28 after investigators acted on an anonymous tip, the Michigan State Police previously said. Wirgau is a person of interest in the suspicious death of 18-year-old Brynn Bills. Investigators recovered the remains of Bills from a "fresh" grave on Wirgau's property last month. (Alpena County Sheriff's Office) Bills was last seen alive on Aug. 1 in...
    A person of interest in the suspicious death of an 18-year-old Michigan woman, who was found buried in a fresh grave outside his home two weeks ago, may post bond in an unrelated case, authorities said Monday. Joshua Wirgau, 34, had a $500,000 bond set after appearing before a judge in an Alpena County court on Monday for the alleged kidnapping of a tow truck driver on Sept. 21, WPBN-TV reported. Wirgau had been held without bond until the judge’s decision. BODY OF MISSING MICHIGAN WOMAN, 18, BELIEVED TO BE FOUND BURIED IN ‘FRESH’ GRAVE OUTSIDE HOME: POLICE Wirgau is currently a person of interest in the suspicious death of Brynn Bills, whose body was discovered buried on his property on Naylor Road on Sept. 28 after investigators acted on an anonymous tip, the Michigan State Police previously said. Wirgau is a person of interest in the suspicious death of 18-year-old Brynn Bills. Investigators recovered the remains of Bills from a "fresh" grave on Wirgau's property last month. (Alpena County Sheriff's Office) Bills was last seen alive on Aug. 1 in...
    Two men, who are father and son, have been indicted in a kidnapping plot that resulted in a death. The pair then allegedly stole and sold marijuana from the victim. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, a grand jury returned an indictment against Scott Anthony Williams, 45, of Laurel, Maryland, and Taeyan Raymond Williams, 26, of Morgantown, West Virginia, relating to the 2018 kidnapping, extortion and killing of the victim — described as a marijuana dealer. According to the indictment, the pair had a relationship with the victim from around October 2017 until his death on April 6, 2018 — they bought marijuana from him for redistribution and sold cocaine to him, which he allegedly then resold. In April 2018, the victim met with Scott and Taeyan Williams to discuss a debt they owed to him and to sell marijuana to them. Ahead of the meeting, the victim got the marijuana from a storage unit he maintained in Jessup, Maryland. On April 6, the victim drove to Laurel, Maryland, near an area where Scott...
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- More than two years after one of two ISIS soldiers refused to offer an apology for his role in the kidnapping and brutal murders of four Americans and other hostages in Syria, he has pleaded guilty in federal court.Alexanda Kotey appeared in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday and pleaded guilty to all eight counts in the indictment, which include charges like conspiracy to commit hostage-taking resulting in death, hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization resulting in death.Kotey, 37, faces life without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced by Judge T.S. Ellis III on March 4, 2022, CNN reported.During the two-hour plea hearing, Kotey stood before the judge wearing a hunter green jumpsuit and admitted to his role that resulted in the deaths of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and American aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, as well as British and Japanese nationals."Today is also a painful anniversary. Seven years ago, the world was devastated by images depicting the death...