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FATHER Sentenced 10-15 years but will be charged with murder and face life without parole if his 3 sons are found (believed to be) dead

In domestic law on September 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

The father of three boys missing from their Morenci home since Thanksgiving was sentenced Thursday to a guideline-busting 10-15 years behind bars after pleading no contest to their unlawful imprisonment.

But authorities warned that John Skelton — who has insisted since his arrest nine months ago that he gave his 9-, 7- and 5-year-old sons to a secret child protection organization — will be charged with murder and face life without parole if his sons are found dead.

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“A lot can happen in the next 10 to 15 years,” Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said Thursday after Lenawee Circuit Judge Margaret Noe rejected a routine sentencing guideline recommendation calling for minimums of 31/2 to seven years.

Investigators said no credible trace of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton has been reported since they were seen playing in the backyard of their Morenci home Nov. 25. A prosecutor on Thursday said conflicting and chilling statements Skelton has given investigators are lies, and the secret organization doesn’t exist.

The judge noted Skelton remains in contempt of court for failing to reveal their location as she earlier ordered.

“It is my belief that justice may never be served in this case, that you should serve each and every day in prison that Andrew, Alexander and Tanner remain missing,” Noe told Skelton on Thursday.

Skelton told the court before sentencing that “I do love my boys. I look at their pictures all the time.”

But he admitted, “I would have done things differently if I felt that the system didn’t fail me.”

Skelton has claimed he took the boys to protect them from abuse by their mother, Tanya Zuvers, who is on the state sex offender registry for a 1998 relationship with a then-14-year-old neighbor boy. But investigators said Skelton researched neck breaking on his computer and told an FBI agent that he wrapped each boy in a blanket with a stuffed animal and placed them in his van before driving away from Morenci.

Skelton told of nightmares in which he saw the boys and their belongings in or behind a Dumpster. He made drawings and told about leaving them in a park and an abandoned schoolhouse. He said, “They will hibernate until they graduate.”

“The only question today is if Mr. Skelton is going to be man enough to tell the truth about what happened to his children or will he continue his cowardly ways,” said Lenawee County Assistant Prosecutor Douglas Hartung. He later issued a warning to Skelton: “Don’t get too comfortable in prison. These gentlemen are still investigating your case. … They will be back to get you later.”

Skelton’s court-appointed lawyer objected to many factors considered in the sentencing report, including what he said was a suggestion that the judge should give a longer sentence because, “the defendant has killed or turned his children over to strangers.”

“My client isn’t here to be sentenced for murder or an intention to injure. To use that possibility as a consideration is improper,” John Glaser said.

Skelton’s no-contest plea equated to acceptance of responsibility for illegally taking the boys with whom he had visitation during a bitter divorce, in exchange for dismissal of life felony kidnapping charges.

The judge said she considered his crime an extension of an incident in which Skelton took two of his sons to Florida and tried to get court-ordered custody of them there.

A Michigan judge ordered them returned.

“You have said you do not want their mother to have memories of her sons. You have failed,” Noe said, explaining Zuvers, the boy’s family, friends and the community all will remember his sons. “They will not remember you.”

Skelton was given 289 days’ credit toward his sentence for the time he’s already spent in the Lenawee County Jail in lieu of a $9 million bond.

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John Skelton’s no-contest plea equated to acceptance of responsibility for illegally taking his sons in exchange for dismissing kidnapping charges. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

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AMBER ELKINS: Another ‘missing’ mom involved in Custody Dispute

In domestic law on July 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

She was supposed to be in Court at 9 am on Monday involving custody of her 9 month old daughter.

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HOUSTON —
Update:

Amber Elkins Last Seen Sunday; Vehicle Found Abandoned Tuesday

HOUSTON — Texas EquuSearch was in Humble, looking for a woman who has been missing for several days and who may be the victim of foul play.

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HOUSTON — Authorities in Harris County said they have arrested the boyfriend of a missing area woman.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said 31-year-old James David Clarke was charged with murder in the case of 20-year-old Amber Chantel Elkins, who was last seen July 24.

Investigators said Elkins was the victim of foul play and has not been located.

Detectives said Elkins’ vehicle, a dark green 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer with Georgia license plates, was found abandoned in a vacant business parking lot in the 13900 block of Homestead Road, just north of Greens Bayou, about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The front passenger window was broken out and a substantial amount of blood was found inside the vehicle, investigators said.

Elkins’ mother, Shani Kilpatrick, said her daughter would never go a day without letting someone know where she was. Kilpatrick said her phone rang at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but she missed the call because she was sleeping. When she woke up later that morning, she realized it was her daughter, so she called her back.

“I called her back and a guy answered. I asked where Amber was, and he hung up,” said Kilpatrick. “She would only call me at 3:30 in the morning if something was wrong. That’s why I know something was wrong.”

Kilpatrick also said Elkins was due in court on Monday for a custody hearing regarding her 9-month-old daughter, who is staying with relatives.

“I don’t think it looks good,” Kilpatrick said. “I’m trying to keep the faith. I don’t want to say that she’s gone. I just know that she can’t call me.”

Frank Ferrata is the father of Elkins’ daughter, Ava. He said it’s heartbreaking because the baby is too young to understand what’s going on.

“Ava says ‘Mama’ all the time, and it breaks my heart,” he said.

Ferrata said he and Elkins were living in Midway, Texas, together, but recently she moved back to the Houston area. He called her a kind, loving person and said they just want to know what happened to her.

Elkins’ father, Mike Elkins, flew in Friday night from Atlanta. He said he felt helpless being so far away and wanted to come to Texas to help search for his daughter. But he admitted the evidence doesn’t look good, and now the family is fearing the worst.

“I feel in my heart that my daughter’s gone. I’ve accepted that. I just want to find her,” said Mike Elkins. “My daughter had a heart of gold. She would do anything for anybody.”

About 70 volunteers scoured more than 150 acres looking for signs of Amber Elkins.

“We’re not going to sugarcoat anything. This looks bad,” Texas EquuSearch Founder Tim Miller said. “We’re going to hold on to that tiny miracle, but the reality is we’ve got a big problem here. We got a 20-year-old that’s got to be found.”

Amber Elkins is white, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. She has two stars tattooed on her wrist and the word “ACE” tattooed on an ankle.

Anyone with information regarding Amber Elkins’ disappearance is asked to call the HCSO Homicide Unit at 713-967-5810, or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Clark is being held at the Harris County jail.

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Investigators: Father of missing Morenci boys looked up how to break a neck

In domestic law on July 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm
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The father of three missing Morenci children last seen around Thanksgiving pleaded no contest this morning to criminal charges of unlawful imprisonment, but not before the judge revealed his conflicting, chilling statements to investigators.

Whether the plea deal with Lenawee County Prosecutor Jonathan Poer will lead to an explanation of what happened to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, then ages 9, 7 and 5, is unclear.

John Skelton, who has been jailed on a multimillion dollar bond since his arrest shortly after Thanksgiving at an Ohio hospital where he was receiving treatment for an alleged suicide attempt, entered pleas today before Lenawee County Circuit Judge Margaret Noe.

He pleaded no contest, meaning he accepts criminal responsibility for three counts of unlawful imprisonment. Other charges, including the felony crime of kidnapping, will be dropped by the prosecutor when Skelton is sentenced. Sentencing is set for the morning of Sept. 15. The crime carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years. Kidnapping can result in up to a life sentence.

Morenci Police could issue a statement later today. Poer’s staff has said he will make no public statement on the case.

The judge read into the court’s record today from several investigative reports, saying Skelton’s story about his sons’ disappearance had changed several times. Noe said he once told investigators he had planned to commit suicide and took the boys away so they weren’t there when he did.

“That story changed, however,” Noe said in court.

She also said he told others he wrapped each boy in a blanket, gave each a stuffed animal and placed them in his van. And, Noe said he had told yet others, “They will hibernate until they graduate,” according to a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) video recording of the judge’s comments in court today.

Noe said Skelton told others about dreams or nightmares in which he saw the boys and their belongings in or behind a Dumpster. She said he made drawings and told about leaving the boys in a park and an abandoned schoolhouse.

Noe also said investigators found that a week before the boys’ disappearance, Skelton had searched online for how to break a neck.

As Noe read the charges, the boys’ mother, Tanya Zuvers, quietly sobbed, according to videotape of the court proceeding.

Regarding the charges to which Skelton pleaded guilty, Noe said, “He forcibly restricted their movement, forcibly confined each of his children so as to interfere with their liberty without their consent or without lawful authority.”

Skelton has steadfastly claimed the boys are alive and in the hands of an organization — the United Foster Outreach and Underground Sanctuary — that he claimed keeps children safe. Investigators have said the organization doesn’t exist.

Skelton has told authorities he took his sons in the midst of a messy divorce from their mother to protect them from sexual abuse. Zuvers has served prison time and is on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry because of a sexual relationship in 1998 with a 14-year-old neighbor boy. She has denied abusing her children. She took her maiden name this summer after being granted a divorce from Skelton.

Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks has said he believes John Skelton killed the boys, and three months after a search of expansive farm fields surrounding the Michigan and Ohio border town turned up no clues, Weeks declared the missing person investigation was switched to a murder investigation.

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Custody Battle Possible Motive In Ackerson Killing

In domestic law on July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm
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RALEIGH, N.C.Texas officials called off the search for the rest of Laura Ackerson’s remains after they were positively identified as that of the missing Kinston mother.

On Tuesday, officials determined that the remains found in Oyster Creek, Texas were Laura Ackerson’s using dental records. Officials say they called the search for the rest of the remains off because they say there is nothing more they can do. Ackerson was reported missing roughly two weeks ago after she never picked up her children from their father, Grant Hayes.

Hayes and his wife, Amanda, were both charged with Ackerson’s murder. They made an appearance in Wake County court on Tuesday. A judge appointed the Hayes’ with a public defender. They will both remain in jail under no bond. A probable cause hearing was set for August 16.

RALEIGH, N.C.- There’s new information tonight in the homicide investigation of Laura Ackerson, the Kinston mother who went missing nearly two weeks ago.  Raleigh Police arrested Ackerson’s ex-boyfriend and father of her two children Grant Hayes and his wife Amanda in Kinston Monday and charged them with murder.  Tuesday, they both faced a judge in wake county court and are being held without bond. 

One of the big questions is what really happened in the days leading up to Ackerson’s disappearance.  That’s right Amanda the timeline of when Laura ackerson was last seen is still full of holes.  We’re going to go back to the days just before Ackerson disappeared.  In e-mails to her good friend in New York City, Ackerson was sharing sweet memories of her children, and plans for the future.

Before Laura Ackerson met and settled down with Grant Hayes, she dated James Harrison.  The two remained friends after their break-up and Harrison says he met Hayes on several occasions.  He says he seemed like a great guy. 

“For them to do something like this, or be accused of something like this is just completely mind boggling,” said Harrison.  “But the worst part about it is that Laura is gone.”

Harrison and Ackerson exchanged e-mails on July 11th and 12th, just before she went missing.  She talked about watching the world cup with her boys- “watching it over ice cream cones at the ice cream shop.”  In her last e-mail to Harrison on July 12th, she responded to an invitation to visit him in New York City saying it would be a “blast”.  These are the surveillance photos of Laura Ackerson Raleigh Police say were taken the morning of July 13th- police won’t say where they were taken but there are reports this is the last day anyone saw Ackerson- she was dropping her kids off at Hayes’s home in Raleigh.  Authorities in Kinston and Raleigh will not confirm that, but the arrest reports for Grant and Amanda Hayes say they killed Ackerson on July 13th.  While Ackerson’s friend Chevon Mathes was reporting her missing to Kinston Police on Monday July 18th, detectives say Grant and Amanda Hayes were in Richmond, Texas visiting Amanda’s sister who lives by Oyster Creek.

“It’s believed that the actual homicide actually occurred in North Carolina where the suspects evidently purchases some ice chests, dismembered the body, placed it in the ice chests, acquired a U-Haul trailer, put the ice chests in the trailer and transported her through several states to Fort Bend County where they tossed her remains into Oyster Creek,” said Chief Deputy Craig Brady, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Raleigh Police confirmed the remains found in oyster creek have been positively identified as Laura Ackerson’s.  Dive teams from the sheriff’s office and local fire departments there in Texas continued searching the creek Tuesday for the rest of Ackerson’s remains.  On Monday, they told us they recovered about 60% of her body from the water. 

Grant and Amanda Hayes were brought in separately for their hearing in Wake County Tuesday afternoon.  A judge appointed public defenders for the couple and set their probable cause hearing for August 16th. 

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(MO) Missing mother of triplets who vanished six weeks ago was in divorce dispute with husband Who is a PERSON of Interest

In domestic law on July 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

A missing mother of triplets who vanished six weeks ago was finalising her divorce AND CHILD CUSTODY on the day she disappeared. FATHER is a person of interest in her disappearance.

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The family of Jacque Waller today claimed the 39-year-old Missouri mother of five-year-old triplets was the victim of domestic abuse and that her estranged husband, a former police officer, knows where she is.

Mrs Waller’s husband, Clay Waller, has been labelled by police as person of interest, but not a suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

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Missing: Mother of triplets Jacque Waller disappeared six weeks ago

‘He tore my family to pieces,’ Mrs Waller’s father, Stan Rawson, this morning told Good Morning America. ‘I have no doubt in my mind. I stand by anything I’ve said.’

Mr Rawson yesterday posted a message to Mr Waller on the family’s ‘Find Jacque S Waller’ Facebook page.

‘I just wanted to mention that you’re not fooling anybody at all,’ he wrote. ‘I under the sheriff has a [sic] orange jumpsuit picked out for you, and a fine room at the Cross Bar Hotel.

‘You will regret hurting my girl and the Tripps—I promise you will!’
Mr Waller was the last person to see his wife alive on June 1.

The couple separated in March and had met earlier in the day to finalise paperwork for their divorce.

Mrs Waller was last seen when she went to her estranged husband’s home to pick up her son.

Separated: Mr and Mrs Waller were in the process of getting divorced
Separated: Mr and Mrs Waller were in the process of getting divorced
Mother of triplets: Jacque Waller was reported missing on June 1

Mother of triplets: Jacque Waller was reported missing on June 1

Search: Police are appealing for help finding Jacque Waller

Search: Police are appealing for help finding Jacque Waller

Mr Waller told police in an interview following his wife’s disappearance that the couple had fought and that she had left his home at around 4pm by foot.

He said that he then left his home and returned around two hours later to find her car gone. It was later found abandoned with a flat tyre on the interstate.

Police yesterday said that business
cards belonging to Mrs Waller, who works for Blue Cross Blue Shield, had
been found on a stretch of road ten miles from where her car was
discovered.

James Humphreys, Jackson chief of police, told ABC News: ‘We are now well over 250 leads into it [the investigation].

‘We still have not found Jacque, but we’re still continuing to search every day and each week.’

Mr Rawson said: ‘The police are operating on the assumption that something must have happened, that’s for sure.
Claims: Mrs Waller's parents, Stan and Ruby Rawson, told Good Morning America that their daughter had been the victim of domestic violence

Claims: Mrs Waller’s parents, Stan and Ruby Rawson, told Good Morning America that their daughter had been the victim of domestic violence

‘I am operating on the assumption that something did happen, and have no doubt in my mind about what happened.’

His wife, Ruby Rawson, told Good Morning America that she confronted her son-in-law on the night her daughter disappeared.

‘I asked him what he’d done to her and he said ‘I didn’t do anything,’ Mrs Rawson told Good Morning America.

‘I said, “Yeah, you did and you know you did, because of all the threats you’ve been saying to her over the last year”.’

‘He said, “I have never threatened her”, and I said, “Yes, you did, and we knew it all along”.’

In a statement, Mr Waller’s attorney said: ‘Mr. Waller misses his wife and hopes she is found okay.

Family: Mrs Waller with her two daughters and an unknown baby

Family: Mrs Waller with her two daughters and an unknown baby in a photograph courtesy of the Southeast Missourian

Disappearance: Mrs Waller had been finalising her divorce on the day she went missing

Disappearance: Mrs Waller had been finalising her divorce on the day she went missing

Found: Mrs Waller's car was found with a punctured tyre on the interstate

Found: Mrs Waller’s car was found with a punctured tyre on the interstate

‘He had nothing to do with her
disappearance and sympathises with her family. We will not try this case
in the media while there is an ongoing investigation.’

The couple’s three children, five-year-old triplets Maddox, Avery and Addison, are being cared for by Mrs Waller’s sister.

A court on Tuesday again denied any visitation rights to Mr Waller who has not been allowed to see his children since the week his wife disappeared..

Mrs Waller’s family have organised searches and put up a $3,500 reward for information leading to her return.

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Father of 3 missing Michigan brothers says they’re in custody of underground sanctuary group (Children are presumed Dead)

In domestic law on July 6, 2011 at 3:35 am

Where is the media circus around this guy? Are 3 missing boys with a pathological lying? father less interesting than a missing/dead 3 year old named Caylee Anthony?

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MORENCI, Mich. — Three young brothers from southern Michigan missing since Thanksgiving are in the custody of members of an underground sanctuary group, their jailed father says.

Police in the town near the Ohio boundary are treating the case as a homicide investigation, but Skelton has not been charged with murder. He is awaiting trial on kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment charges.

Authorities searched for the boys in Williams County, Ohio, because information from Skelton’s mobile phone led them there, they said. Police have said they cannot account for his whereabouts between the afternoon of Nov. 25 and 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 — around the time the boys disappeared.

“I just want to say I wasn’t there. My phone was,” he said. “That morning when I woke up, it was back.”

Skelton said he wasn’t in Ohio.

Hundreds of people searched for the boys after they disappeared.

A volunteer search and rescue group from Shiawassee County is set to lead another effort to look for them in the coming days.

If he never gets out of prison, he said, “then nobody will see them again.”

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PHOTO: In this Wednesday, March 9, 2011, photo, John Skelton, accused in the disappearance of his three sons, looks on during his pretrial at the Lenawee County Court House Adrian, Mich. Skelton insisted on Monday, July 4, 2011, that he doesn't know the whereabouts of his three young sons who have been missing since Thanksgiving. He believes the boys are in the custody of members of an underground sanctuary group. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Andre J. Jackson)

In this Wednesday, March 9, 2011, photo, John Skelton, accused in the disappearance of his three sons, looks on during his pretrial at the Lenawee County Court House Adrian, Mich. Skelton insisted on Monday, July 4, 2011, that he doesn’t know the whereabouts of his three young sons who have been missing since Thanksgiving. He believes the boys are in the custody of members of an underground sanctuary group. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Andre J. Jackson)

PHOTO: FILE - In this file combo made with undated photos provided by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows, from left, Alexander Skelton, 7 Andrew Skelton, 9, and Tanner Skelton. 5. The three young brothers from southern Michigan missing since Thanksgiving are in the custody of members of an underground sanctuary group, their jailed father says. (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, File) NO SALES

FILE – In this file combo made with undated photos provided by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows, from left, Alexander Skelton, 7 Andrew Skelton, 9, and Tanner Skelton. 5. The three young brothers from southern Michigan missing since Thanksgiving are in the custody of members of an underground sanctuary group, their jailed father says. (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, File) NO SALES

In a series of interviews with the Detroit Free Press, John Skelton insisted he didn’t know the whereabouts of Andrew, 9; Alexander, 7; and Tanner, 5; and that he won’t until he’s released from the Lenawee County jail.

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Why did no one notice the boy was missing?

In domestic law on June 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

Born in 1995, he lived with his mother until, in 2005, the father received custody of both Christian and an older sister.Christian was said to be in good health when he arrived. But he said he missed his mother and wanted to live with her.

The boy began to be punished almost immediately, and was regularly locked in a room in the basement. But when the family moved to a mobile home in a different part of Lake County things got markedly worse.

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Christian was made to live inside a used metal dog cage. He allegedly was repeatedly struck and kicked by both his father and stepmother. When Christian tried to escape from the dog cage, his father reportedly secured it with seven locks. The keys were kept near the father’s computer, where he was said to enjoy playing video games about racing while his son struggled in the cage.

Christian’s sister, according to the affidavit, was ordered to take care of the boy
he was instructed to feed him, unlock the cage and take him to the bathroom, force him to do exercises, and physically punish him for failing to follow orders
The children were reportedly warned that if they told anyone about Christian, t

That was two years ago. They never reported him missing; their story about him, in case anyone asked, was that he had run away. But not many people asked, because not many people knew he existed. The other children in the home were threatened with severe punishment if they ever said anything.

Sometimes Christian’s hands were chained to the top of the cage; during one such occasion, according to the affidavit, he was crying, so his stepmother, as additional punishment, spray-painted his chained hands black. His health had started to deteriorate, and he had begun to soil himself, so he was kept naked except for a diaper. The only baths he was permitted were with ice-cold water, which made him scream.

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Cult leader Pete Moses Jr. charged in boy’s death

In domestic law on June 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Investigators suspect Jadon and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, whose body was unearthed at the house Wednesday, were the victims of a small religious cult led by Moses.

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DURHAM — Investigators found the remains of a child Thursday at the same East Durham house where a missing woman’s body was discovered Wednesday.

Pete Lucas Moses Jr., 27, is charged with first degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan, thought to have been missing since October 2010.

Investigators suspect Jadon and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, whose body was unearthed at the house Wednesday, were the victims of a small religious cult led by Moses.

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