Former associates of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev now believe he may have been involved in a 2011 triple murder that claimed the life of his closest American friend, Brendan Mess.
“At the time none of would have thought it was Tam. It was just so emotional, and we thought we had someone else who had done it. Tam’s name wasn’t coming up at all,” said one of their mutual friends, who asked to be identified by his first name, Ray.
Now “a few of my friends, without even speaking about it beforehand, have all been thinking” that Tsarnaev could have been connected to the 2011 murder, he said. Ray and Tsarnaev were both part of a social circle centered on the gym at which Tsarnaev trained and on a Boston hip-hop group called FlyRidaz, whose members this week expressed shock at having known the suspected killer.
Ray gave BuzzFeed his full name but asked that it not be used because, he said, he is concerned for his safety. Other friends were more reticent about speaking with reporters. But some have been reflecting on their knowledge of Tsarnaev on social media.
“This is so crazy. Lots of us knew the older suspect. UNREAL AND TERRIBLE,” a former friend wrote.
“I just put together what this meant and I’m buggin the fuck out,” responded another.
The 2011 murder has returned abruptly to the forefront of their minds.
The owner of the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts in Allston, John Allan, told reporters that Tsarnaev described Mess to him as his “best friend.”
So the Cambridge crew were surprised in the fall of 2011 that Tsarnaev didn’t show up at his best friend’s funeral. Now they see it as a clue.
The investigation into Schmidt was conducted by a FBI Joint terrorism Task Force whose agents said they discovered he was tracking African American and Jewish leaders in the Detroit area.
Schmidt, 47, is a convicted felon who spent 13 years in Ohio state prison for a homicide after being convicted of killing a man and wounding two others in a shooting during a traffic stop, according to state prison records. Under federal law, Schmidt, who was released on parole in 2003, is barred from possessing any firearms.
Yet when FBI agents last December searched his home and store, they discovered a cache of 18 weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, 9 mm Ruger and Sig Sauer pistols, shotguns, high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition. Schmidt was originally reported to have been arrested on charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods, but was indicted last month on four federal charges —including possessing illegal weapons, body armor and ammunition. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“As a matter of policy, I don’t comment on pending cases,” his lawyer, Andy Hart, a federal public defender in Toledo, said when reached by telephone.
Dettelbach, who is overseeing the case, said that federal agents have been unable to determine how and where Schmidt obtained his weapons, prompting officials to conclude he likely acquired them at gun shows or through private sales — where under federal law no background checks are required. .
“It’s scary,” he said about Schmidt’s arsenal of weapons. “It’s not … that I won’t say” where Schmidt got his guns. “It’s that sitting here today as a senior federal law enforcement official in northern Ohio, I can’t say.”
he state attorney general’s office said a 25-year-old Manchester man found shot in his car has died, and his death has been ruled a homicide.
Officials said Daniel Langlois died at Elliot Hospital in Manchester on Thursday night. Investigators said he was killed by a single shot to the head.
The Manchester police discovered Langlois inside his sport utility vehicle early Thursday morning at the intersection of Jane and Nashua streets, after responding to a report of a hit-and-run accident.
A couple who prayed instead of taking their daughter to the hospital as she lay dying at their home were rightfully convicted of homicide, a state attorney told the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that raises questions about when prayer healing turns criminal.
Attorneys for Dale and Leilani Neumann argued that the couple didn’t know when the state’s legal protections for prayer healing ended and criminal liability began.
But Assistant Attorney General Maura Whelan told the justices that Wisconsin’s religious protections clearly don’t apply when a child dies and the couple caused the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara, who was suffering from undiagnosed diabetes.
Two Creswell parents pleaded guilty to negligent homicide charges in the apparent “faith healing” death of their 16-year-old son, Austin Sprout.
Sprout died after his appendix burst in December. Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brandi and Russel Bellew (Sprout’s mother and step-father) in February after a seven-week investigation into the death.
“The investigation has determined that medical professionals believe that the illness he suffered was treatable if he had been provided medical care,” said Capt. Byron Trapp from Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
The Bellews are members of the “general assembly and church of the firstborn,” a church that believes in healing through faith and prayer rather than seeking medical care.
“That is what the arrests are based on, is the withholding of medical care in this case that allowed Austin to die.” Capt. Trapp said.
Last year, the Oregon legislature changed the law regarding faith healing. Now, faith-based healing can no longer be used as a defense against manslaughter charges.
Former Illinois cop Drew Peterson was found guilty today of killing his wife, Kathleen Savio, and making it look like an accident in 2004.
The jury returned a verdict after two days of deliberations, just an hour after stopping discussions to ask the judge the meaning of the word “unanimous.”
Peterson now faces up to 60 years in prison. He will be sentenced in November.
Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, was found dead in her bathtub in 2004, and her death was initially ruled an accident. However, after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared without a trace in 2007, police exhumed Savio’s body and reexamined it, changing their finding to homicide.
Peterson was then charged with first-degree murder.
The jury stopped their deliberations just an hour before reaching their verdict to ask the judge the meaning of the word “unanimous.”
“Just to be clear, judge, what does unanimous mean?” read a note sent by jurors to Judge Edward Burmila this afternoon.
Earlier this year, a man locked up more than 15 years for murder wrote federal prosecutors in Manhattan telling them what he’d said all along and what authorities hear from inmates all the time: that he was wrongly convicted.
But in this instance, Eric Glisson also named members of a violent drug gang he suggested were the true killers. It was a shot in the dark. But it turns out he may be right.
Authorities and defense attorneys say the letter has become a catalyst for a possible reprieve for Glisson and four other people serving time for the 1995 slaying of a cab driver in the Bronx — a homicide all say they didn’t commit.
“I’m pretty optimistic I’ll be released,” Glisson told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Friday from Sing Sing prison, 30 miles north of New York City.
“It’s been an uphill struggle,” he added. “But I’ve always believed right will overpower wrong.”
After reinvestigating the case at Glisson’s urging, federal prosecutors provided new evidence to the Bronx district attorney. The findings have not been made public, and a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.
In hate group leader Pamela Geller’s view pretty much every case of domestic violence against women in a Muslim household is an honor killing or shariah in practice, while she ignores the domestic violence in other religious groups and tribes. There are Hindu, Sikh, Christian, and Tamil tribes in Africa and the sub continent of Asia who will kill family members over honor, and Pamela tries to pretend that there aren’t any fundamentalist Christian fathers who have ever killed a daughter because she ‘shamed’ the family.
She does this because it allows her to pose as a rights activist while waging a rabid campaign of hate against Muslims.
Violence against women is a serious problem, and in areas where tribal purity and religious exclusivity is practiced honor killing must be protested. Violence against women is also a serious problem here in the us, but the evil of it is not owned by just one religion.
Anti-Islam activists from across the U.S. are in Dearborn today for a conference they say is needed to rescue Muslim women. Called the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killings, it’s named after a 20-year-old Muslim woman killed in Warren last year.
But Muslim women in metro Detroit are rejecting the conference’s message, saying it promotes hatred of Islam and Arab Americans. And Mokdad’s family also strongly objects to the conference, saying they don’t want her name being used to promote hate.
On Friday, Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cataldo, who is chief of homicide, told the Free Press that Mokdad’s death was not related to Islam or culture.
“It’s not a case based on honor,” Cataldo said. “The family objects to them using her name.”
In response to the anti-Islam conference today, Arab-American groups plan to hold a separate conference nearby in Detroit that speaks out against bigotry.
Organized by several Arab-American organizations, it’s called Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate.
Mokdad was shot dead last April in Warren by her stepfather, Rahim Alfetlawi, who faces first-degree murder charges.
@sarahposner will be at the counter conference along with many others
As controversy over the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin swirls, all sides are anxiously awaiting a decision this week by a special prosecutor whether to bring charges against the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed the teen.
The case could be taken up as early as Tuesday by a grand jury that is expected to convene in Seminole County, Florida.
But, like so many details of the case itself, it is unclear how the special prosecutor plans to handle possible legal proceedings.
Angela Corey, the special prosecutor, has to make one of three choices: File charges, drop the case or send it to a grand jury.
Two prosecutors are working to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to bring charges against 28-year-old George Zimmerman for the February 26 shooting in Sanford, Florida.
Corey said she has never used a grand jury to decide on charges in a justifiable homicide case.
“We do a thorough investigation. We make that decision ourselves,” she said.
Family members of a Chicago man killed in 2011 by a drunk driver are steaming mad at city officials for failing to bring the driver’s illegal immigration status to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they first learned about it, four years ago.
A 2008 police report shows local authorities learned Saul Chavez was an illegal immigrant following an unrelated arrest that year, but did nothing about it.
On June 8, 2011, Chavez was driving drunk in the Logan Square Neighborhood of Chicago when his car hit and killed long-time insurance agent Denny McCann, 66.
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