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Man admits murder for beating, neglecting, girlfriend’s child Mom is charged for HIS actions!! WTF?

In domestic law on September 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Starwalt, 34, admitted beating the child, Jeremiah Bradford, 4. Starwalt’s plea agreement bound prosecutors to seek no more than 48 years in prison when he is sentenced later.
Officials said Jeremiah could have been saved but bled to death internally over about 15 hours without medical care.


Trial is pending for his mother, Patricia Cage, 35, also charged with first-degree murder on an allegation that she was accountable for Starwalt’s conduct.

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Officials said Jeremiah could have been saved but bled to death
internally over about 15 hours without medical care.

Trial is pending for his mother, Patricia Cage, 35, also charged
with first-degree murder on an allegation that she was accountable
for Starwalt’s conduct.

Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Hoell said Starwalt and Cage
got together in the spring of 2010, after Gerald Bradford, her
husband and Jeremiah’s father, died of H1N1 influenza the year
before. The couple lived in South Roxana.

Gerald Bradford’s father, L.D. Bradford, 74, of Edwardsville,
said he had given Cage $20 so Jeremiah could play in a soccer
program on Sept. 25, 2010. That’s the day the boy died.

Starwalt and Cage told authorities they were taking Jeremiah to
a hospital that morning when they pulled off the highway near
Illinois Routes 3 and 143 in Wood River and signaled to other
motorists for help.

Jeremiah was dead on arrival at Alton Memorial Hospital, but a
pathologist said he probably would have survived with quicker

Prosecutors said Starwalt told a cellmate in the Madison County
Jail that he was playing a video game and became angry when
Jeremiah kept getting in front of the TV.

Assistant State’s Attorney Ali Summers said Starwalt was alone
with Jeremiah when the boy was beaten. She said Starwalt first told
police the boy was jumping on a couch when he fell and struck his
head, then fell and struck his abdomen.

Summers said Jeremiah had bruises on his head, face, chest and
abdomen. Dr. Raj Nanduri found Jeremiah had suffered brain injuries
that would not have been fatal but died of internal blood loss from
injuries that included some to his liver and spleen. The
pathologist said the injuries could have been caused by repeated
blows or one strong blow.

Summers said a neighbor told police she saw Jeremiah apparently
injured and in great pain about 9 p.m. on the night of Sept. 24 and
offered to drive him to a hospital. Instead, Starwalt said he would
do it. But when Starwalt and Cage left, they turned in another
direction. The prosecutor said that they went to a fast-food
restaurant and that Jeremiah vomited repeatedly through the

Hoell said that Starwalt was never before accused of a serious
crime and that there had been no police calls or other signals of
problems in the household.

Cage has a 16-year-old son, who did not live with her, and a
6-month-old daughter with Starwalt who was born after her arrest.
The baby is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children
and Family Services.



Husband ‘visited murder websites’ in case there was a future custody battle.

In domestic law on August 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

He is on trial for the Murder of his estranged Wife.

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Handyman Alfredo Merigo, who underwent combat training in the Italian Army, is alleged to have stabbed his wife Linda, 40, more than 100 times on the driveway of her home, having turned their son’s pushchair around so he wouldn’t see what was happening.

In the weeks leading up to the killing on September 1 last year, he viewed internet sites including “The perfect crime” and “The best way to kill a person”.

He told a Sheffield Crown Court jury he looked up “Murder or manslaughter: what’s the difference?” after his son from a previous marriage began asking him questions about a Jonathan Creek episode.

And Merigo, 43, said he was researching a “vast network” of sites after discussing high-profile murder cases which were in the news at the time with work colleagues.

Asked by his barrister Peter Birkett QC why he was viewing sites about “Killing with bare hands” and “Life in prison” he replied: “It was out of curiosity.”

The court has heard how Merigo contacted a former work colleague on Facebook and wrote: “Feel like killing-ex-wife. I’m being taken for a mug, been used. She’s acting very sly and a lot more. Anyone you know sells guns?”

He ended the conversation: “Will chat soon, if not inside”.

Merigo told the jury the message had been “like more of a laugh” after he believed Linda was on the verge of pulling out of a planned trip to Blackpool with their son Luca.

He said the talk of “killing” and “being in prison” was a “bit of a joke”. He said: “It’s like passing a comment when you don’t really mean it.”

Asked if he harboured any intention to kill his wife in the weeks beforehand he replied: “Not at all,no.”

The couple met after social worker Mrs Merigo answered the defendant’s advert in a lonely hearts column. After the birth of their son they married in May, 2008 but it was a stormy relationship.

Merigo bought a dictaphone so he could record details of his wife’s “abnormal behaviour patterns” in case there was a future custody battle.

But after custody arrangements were sorted out, he claimed the couple got on better and he booked the trip to Blackpool.

He told the court: “I thought there was a strong possibility we could get back together.”

The couple however rowed again in August last year after Linda accused Merigo by text of putting “inappropriate language into Luca” and “traumatising” the toddler.

Merigo replied: “I love him and you more than anything else in the world.”

It was after this text exchange, just a fortnight before the killing, that the prosecution say Merigo began researching murder websites.

Merigo, of Weelsby Street, Grimsby admits the manslaughter of his wife on the grounds of provocation but denies her murder at her home in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

The trial continues.

Asked if he struck the blows deliberately and intentionally he replied: “I have no idea.”

He admitted it must have been him who stabbed his wife repeatedly but he was not aware he was doing it.

“With that she lunged at me. I pulled the knife off her, she spun round about 90 degrees and I just lost it and attacked her.”

“She had this knife in her hands,” he said. “She came towards me and said “if you don’t … shut up about your children I will use it on you.

Merigo said Linda swore at him and produced a kitchen knife from Luca’s pushchair.

The row in the street was over over weekend access arrangements for their son and about Luca joining his two children.

He said he did not view any more sites after his wife agreed to go on the Blackpool trip with Luca and him. He was hoping to move back in with her.

Merigo looked up where he could buy shellfish toxin and the date-rape drug Rohypnol. Other sites he viewed included “Top ten tips for committing the perfect crime” and “25 methods of killing by hand”.



FATHER Killed Estranged Wife in Divorce to be Free of Child Support

In domestic law on August 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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SILVERTHORNE – After more than two months, a grand jury has indicted the husband of a woman who left her house in Silverthorne in November 2010 and never came back.

On Wednesday, the grand jury, which convened in May, indicted Dale Bruner in the death of his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, on charges of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Dale Bruner reported his wife missing on Nov. 23, 2010, just before Thanksgiving.

Dale Bruner told police the two had a fight and she left the house late at night for a walk.

In an e-mail he said, “Just let everyone know that we are relieved that the grand jury has made a decision and the police have arrested the suspected murderer of Stephanie. We remain sad that it is Dale, Stephanie’s husband and father of her three wonderful children. The children are about to experience yet another ‘worse day of their lives,’ but because the police have been thorough and the DA has been patient we can tell the children with confidence that their dad is being treated fairly.”

The couple has three small children who are now in the care of Stephanie’s brother Aaron Roller who lives in California.

Dale Bruner was taken into custody on Wednesday and is being held in the Summit County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

After days of searching Roller Bruner’s body was found blocks from her home in the Blue River on Nov. 26 2010. An autopsy showed she was killed by blunt force trauma and drowning.

After days of search



Murder charge for father after 7-year-old’s death Son fatally injured after domestic incident

In domestic law on July 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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Brent Allen Warren appeared in court Thursday afternoon on one count of first-degree murder stemming from a domestic incident early Wednesday morning that saw his son fatally injured.

Warren will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 8. The court has ordered a publication ban on the case.

Mounties say they were called to the family home in the 2600-block South Alder Street in Campbell River’s quiet Willow Point neighbourhood at around 2: 30 a.m. Wednesday to assist paramedics.

Officers arrived to find the boy severely injured. He died in hospital just after 3 a.m.

According to RCMP spokesman Sgt. Craig Massey, two other people, including Warren, were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.

Other details – including the boy’s injuries – are being withheld by investigators.

A spokesperson for B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth – a government agency that may investigate a child’s injury or death if the child or child’s family “was receiving a reviewable service” – said the agency does not expect to get involved in the case.

The South Alder Street home remained blocked off Thursday as forensic investigators combed the area for evidence.

Massey said he expected a “lengthy” investigation into the boy’s death.



Father absent headlines

In domestic law on July 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm
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Here’s another to add to the list:

Bonds reduced for two charged in toddler’s murder

A judge reduced bonds Wednesday for the two people charged in the first-degree murder of a toddler last year.

Amy Parmer, 27, of Hiawatha, and Zyriah Schlitter, 24, of Cedar Rapids, are both charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. They are accused of killing 17-month-old Kamryn Schlitter, who died from head trauma. Zyriah Schlitter is Kamryn’s father and Parmer is his ex-girlfriend.

Of course he had custody:

Schlitter and Parmer had exclusive care and custody of Kamryn from March 1 through March 21, 2010 and while at a daycare center on March 8 and March 15, workers noticed bruising to her face, according to the complaint



Domestic violence groups: Murder victim did everything right

In domestic law on June 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

Domestic violence groups often urge abuse victims to get protection orders, even if abusers tend to violate them, because those orders give police a reason to make an arrest when the abuser contacts or approaches the victim.

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Amy Lake seemed to have done everything right.

She got a protection from abuse order against her husband, a man she said repeatedly threatened to kill her and their two children and who police said held the family hostage at gunpoint last year. She told friends, family and co-workers about her situation, putting them on alert. She got help from police, who, according to news reports, checked on her regularly. She moved. 

On Monday, police say, Lake, a 38-year-old teacher, and her children, Coty, 13, and Monica, 12, were shot to death in their Dexter home by 37-year-old Steven Lake, her estranged husband and the children’s father. Steven Lake then killed himself. A family member has said he was angry about his custody dispute and upset that he was prohibited from seeing his children. He was particularly frustrated that he couldn’t attend his son’s eighth-grade graduation this week.

Maine State Police are investigating how Steven Lake got into the house. They’re also looking into where he got the gun. According to the Bangor Daily News, the protection from abuse order prohibited him from having firearms.

“It was incredibly devastating for us to watch it unfold yesterday,” said Cara Ouellette, outreach director for Safe Voices, formerly the Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, which helps those dealing with domestic violence in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.

“This is a reality we see on a daily basis,” Ouellette said. “This is something that most certainly is a real risk for a lot of people we help.”

“It’s astronomical, to be honest,” she said. “The amount of protection from abuse orders that we help with every year is a huge number. The amount that get violated is pretty significant.”



Sadler was stabbed to death, dismembered and placed into heavy duty trash bags, by her boyfriend police said.

In domestic law on June 22, 2011 at 11:08 am
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Trisha Sadler
The brutal murder of 29-year-old Trisha Sadler, who police believe was killed and dismembered by her boyfriend, William J. Ward, sparked anger and sadness among domestic violence advocates.

“It is disturbing and it is very hurtful,” Heidi Markow, founder of the Beginning Over Foundation, said of the news late last week of Sadler’s murder.
Just last month, Bethlehem police accused Luis Montero of killing Marjorie Reyes in front of two of their children
Robin Shaffer, was murdered in 2005 by her husband.
Despite the killings though, Markow and others say there is hope, and victims can, and do find help and exits from dangerous, abusive relationships.



Man rapes and murders pregnant fiance’ and mother of two

In domestic law on June 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Spelock and Johnson were in a heated custody battle.

Michael Mead is accused of killing 31-year-old Lucy Johnson on July 16, 2008 inside her home in Gaston County.

Johnson worked as a nurse and had a 7-year-old daughter and an 8-month-old son when she was killed.
Johnson was raped and shot twice in the back of her head in her bedroom. Her house was then doused in gasoline before it was set on fire.
Johnson was four months pregnant with Mead’s child when the murder occurred He wanted her to have an abortion.

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The defense claimed another man who bought women’s clothing and is the father of the victim’s son, had motive to kill her
Lucy Johnson, who was pregnant, was killed in July 2008 in Gastonia.

He says Mead wanted her to have an abortion, but Johnson refused.

Forbes claims Mead showed up after the murder and asked neighbors if they heard gunshots before anyone knew Johnson had been shot.

Johnson’s engagement ring was also stolen from the home.

Defense attorney Lisa Dubs pointed the finger at another man during opening statements.

Dubs claims that less than six hours before the murder, Johnson told her friend, “if anything happens to me, Jim Spelock did it.”

Spelock is the father of Johnson’s son who was 8 months old at the time of his mother’s murder.

Spelock and Johnson were in a heated custody battle.

Dubs claims Johnson met Mead via the Internet in April 2008, and became pregnant by him within three weeks.

The couple quickly got engaged, but Johnson continued to have problems with Spelock who she claimed threatened her.

Dubs says Johnson learned about Spelock purchasing women’s clothing through eBay and threatened to expose him, which angered him.

She also claims evidence will show that Spelock sent dozens of text messages to a woman the night of Johnson’s murder, but the text messages stopped around the time investigators believed Johnson was killed.

Mead is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson, first-degree rape and robbery.



‘Double kill’ dad in suicide bid

In domestic law on June 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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Together ... David Oakes with ex Chrissie Chambers

DOUBLE shotgun murder suspect David Oakes is suffering a life-threatening infection in hospital after ripping a breathing tube from his throat.

The ex-bouncer attempted his second suicide bid despite being under heavy sedation and needed four nurses to restrain him.

He has been under police guard in hospital since shooting half his face away with a shotgun eight days ago. It came after his custody-battle ex Chrissie Chambers, 38, and their daughter Shania, two, were gunned down at their home in Braintree, Essex.



Killer FATHER survives, mother and 2 year old daughter die – Custody Dispute.

In domestic law on June 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

He was due to face Chrissie in court over a custody battle for Shania. Chrissie’s other daughter Chelsea, ten, fled the house in Braintree, Essex, after her mum begged her: “Run!

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