Christa Worthington was a sophisticated journalist who had covered fashion. She was seen by her peers as “glamorous” although that was a word she would not have ascribed to herself. Ahead of her time in many ways, she was a woman in her early 40s who had considered becoming a single mom.so she would not miss out on motherhood. In fact, Christa had been booed by the Leeza Gibbons Show audience for voicing those very sentiments aloud. Eventually, Christa actually did become pregnant accidentally through an illicit relationship. Tragically, she met an early demise when her daughter was just a toddler and she was found slain on her kitchen floor with the traumatized child nearby. A criminal investigation would follow with no shortage of suspects, including former lovers, a family member and acquaintances. The small town would insist on its male population submitting to the DNA swabbing process, and there
Ashleigh Wade, the New York woman who fatally stabbed her friend before cutting the victim’s baby out of her womb, will spend 40 years to life in prison on second degree murder and kidnapping convictions.
The 24-year-old woman, who was found guilty last month, wept in court on Wednesday before she was sentenced.
“I’m so, so sorry,” she said through her tears. “No words can say how sorry I am. I’m sorry for hurting so many people. I wish I knew why.”
During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Meredith Holtzman told the jury that Wade faked a pregnancy in 2015 when she lured her friend, Angelikque Sutton, to her home. When Sutton arrived, Wade slashed her in the face and neck, cutting her larynx so that she couldn’t scream. Although Sutton fought back, she bled to death.
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During closing arguments Monday in the trial of the man accused of torturing and killing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, prosecutors alleged defendant Isauro Aguirre was “pure evil,” saying he “liked torturing” the boy because he believed he was gay.
According to KTLA, prosecutor Jon Hatami repeatedly said “the truth is the truth” during his closing argument and recounted the allegations against Aguirre: that he beat, burned, whipped, bit, and shot BB pellets at Gabriel, and forced the child to eat cat litter and animal excrement.
He also alleged the man often restrained the boy in a cubby, placing a sock in the child’s mouth.
“Gabriel can’t walk through that door and take the witness stand and tell you all the horrible things that the defendant did to him,” Hatami said, the station reports. “There is evil in this room right now, and it’s right over there.”
The five teenagers accused of killing a Michigan man by allegedly throwing a rock from an overpass had allegedly thrown items from overpasses multiple times before the fatal incident, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell tells PEOPLE.
“There’s a continuing behavior,” Pickell alleges. “These [aren’t] pranks. They’re deliberate, intentional actions that knowingly could hurt people.”
Kyle Anger, 17, Alex Miller, 15, Mark Sekelsky, 16, Mikaydyn Payne, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, have been charged as adults with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and malicious destruction of property. On Oct. 18, Kenneth Andrew White, 32, was hit by a rock allegedly thrown by the teens while he was in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
The teens allegedly threw more than a dozen rocks, striking multiple moving vehicles, including a van in which White was riding. After the vehicle was hit, Pickell says,
A California father who drugged, sexually assaulted and killed the 14-year-old daughter whose remains were found in 2009 buried in the backyard of the family’s former home faces life in prison without parole after confessing to those and other crimes against female minors, PEOPLE confirms.
The guilty plea announced Tuesday by Mark Edward Mesiti, 49, of Modesto, abruptly cut short his murder trial at which prosecutors were pursuing the death penalty against him, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced in a statement.
Mesiti’s daughter, Alycia, was reported missing in August 2007. Her remains were located on March 25, 2009, buried behind Mesiti’s former rental home in Ceres, California, from which he was evicted a few months after she disappeared, reports The Modesto Bee.
An autopsy found she died of acute drug intoxication with the presence in her body of opiates, morphine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and other drugs.
Mesiti had been awarded custody of
A North Carolina woman had been slashed and stabbed 123 times when her newlywed husband claimed he awoke last month — after taking too much cold medicine the night before — to find her dead body, according to an autopsy report released on Tuesday morning.
Matthew James Phelps, a 27-year-old aspiring pastor, called authorities early on Sept. 1 to report the discovery of his wife’s body in their two-bedroom townhouse in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I had a dream, and then I turn on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” he told the dispatcher in the 911 call obtained by PEOPLE. “I have blood all over me, and there’s a bloody knife on the bed, and I think I did it.”
“I took more medicine than I should have,” he continued, growing progressively more distraught. “I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because
Twenty-five years ago, with one fatal bullet to the heart, a family on Long Island, New York, was forever changed.
William Ford Jr., a 24-year-old high school math teacher who’d been recently hailed as a hero for detaining an armed robber on the street, was shot and killed on April 7, 1992. His killer? Mark Reilly, a 19-year-old mechanic at Super Stang Auto Body in Central Islip, New York, where Ford’s girlfriend’s car was being serviced.
Reilly, who is white, was arrested for manslaughter but he claimed self-defense in the altercation at the shop with Ford, who was black. An all-white grand jury declined to indict.
The killing has tormented Ford’s family ever since: His father, William, had a stroke two years later, and his mother, Barbara, was left with debilitating health issues.
A former FBI agent and his daughter are speaking out about the night they killed the woman’s husband with a baseball bat, alleging that they acted in self-defense.
A North Carolina jury on Wednesday found Thomas Martens, 67, and 33-year-old Molly Corbett guilty of second-degree murder in Jason Corbett’s death in August 2015.
Officials argued that Molly’s desire to adopt Jason’s two children from a previous marriage was part of the motive for the killing, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Authorities also suspect Jason’s $600,000 life insurance policy may have been a factor, and they alleged that Martens hated his son-in-law, the paper reports.
But in a pre-trial interview with ABC News‘ Linzie Janis, exclusively previewed above and airing in full Friday night, the father-daughter duo claim they killed the 39-year-old by bashing in his skull after he began
A Napa, California mother and her boyfriend were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for killing her three-year-old daughter in 2014, who was found partially frozen at the couple’s apartment after being put in the freezer, PEOPLE confirms.
Sarah Lynn Krueger, 27, and her 29-year-old boyfriend Ryan Scott Warner were found guilty last month of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of torture in the death of Kayleigh Slusher, who died from multiple blunt force injuries. The fatal injury caused a rupture in her small intestine.
The couple were also found guilty of abuse of a child under eight causing death.
“We are very pleased with the sentence,” Napa Valley Deputy District Attorney Kecia Lind tells PEOPLE. “They received adequate punishment for what they did. The crime was very horrific.”
Lind says Krueger was “visibly emotional” during sentencing in Napa County Superior Court. Warner, she says, “didn’t
A California man accused of killing his 5-year-old son following a day trip to Disneyland pleaded not guilty to a murder charge during an appearance in court Monday, PEOPLE confirms.
Aramazd Andressian Sr. was extradited from Las Vegas to Los Angeles last week, where he has been charged with Aramazd Andressian Jr.’s murder.
The boy’s body was found near Lake Cachuma on Friday, after additional leads brought homicide detectives back to the area searching for additional evidence.
Andressian, 35, was detained on June 23 in Las Vegas in connection with his son’s death and is being held on $10 million bail.
Authorities have yet to reveal how young Aramazd Jr. died.
A preliminary hearing has been set for August 16.
The boy was last seen on April 20, when he and his father visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California. They left the theme park around midnight.
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