World Atkinson 'kicked' after being Tasered, murder trial told
Karen Boes Got Life for Her Daughter’s Fiery Death. But Was the Conviction Based on Junk Science?
Karen Sue Boes has been insisting she did not kill her 14-year-old daughter Robin since the day her Zeeland, Michigan, house caught on fire almost two decades ago. As police interrogated her multiple times over six weeks, the 65-year-old maintained she was out shopping with a friend when the tragic fire broke out, killing Robin. But during one grueling questioning on Aug. 7, 2002, police eventually got her to admit she possibly started the fire while in a “dream” or “unconscious” state. “They had me really disoriented,” Boes told The Daily Beast in a phone interview from the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility on Thursday.
Dalian Atkinson was kicked by a police officer moments after being Tasered and falling to the ground "like a ton of bricks", a witness told a murder trial on Friday.
Atkinson, who played for Villa in the 1990s, went into cardiac arrest and died aged 48 on August 15, 2016 in Telford, 30 miles (50 kilometres) from Birmingham after being Tasered near his father's home.
Police Constable Benjamin Monk has denied charges of murder and manslaughter regarding the death of Atkinson, while PC Ellen Bettley-Smith has pleaded not guilty to assault.
Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson 'murdered by taser and head kicks'
Ex-Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson died after being tasered and kicked at least twice to the head by an 'angry' police officer, a murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court has heard.West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk, 42, who denies the murder and manslaughter of the 48-year-old former footballer, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today.
Julia Shilton, who witnessed the alleged killing from the window of her home, told Birmingham Crown Court she heard what sounded like an argument and a police officer shouting to a man to get on the ground.
But after Atkinson failed to comply, Shilton said she had heard what sounded like a Taser being used.
"I heard a crackling sound... but Mr Atkinson was still stood there," she said. "I was almost sure I heard this crackling noise but when nothing happened, I thought I hadn't heard right.
"Then I heard a crackling noise and the officer had obviously brought the Taser up again and fired again.
"At that point Mr Atkinson fell down to the ground. In layman's terms, like a ton of bricks. He just went down."
Shilton said a parked car meant she could only see the lower half of Atkinson after he fell into the road.
Derek Chauvin asks for new trial after Floyd murder conviction
Ex-police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes found guilty of three charges last month.In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said the ex-officer was deprived of a fair trial.
"There was no movement (from him) whatsoever," she told the court. "The male officer approached Mr Atkinson and just looked at him and then he just started kicking him."
During cross-examination, Shilton said there were "maybe five or six" kicks, but added: "I really don't know, I wasn't counting the kicks. I couldn't believe what I had seen to be honest."
Meanwhile Victor Swinbourne, another witness, told the court: "As soon as he (Atkinson) went down they (the police officers) both went in.
"I think the male may have been slightly first.
"I saw the male (officer) kick him a couple of times. He lifted his leg up and as he kicked him, he kicked him in his torso area.
"I remember that he kicked him in the chest and I remember it sort coming off his chest... and moving his head back."
The trial continues.
Tasered man died from heart condition .
Jack Kokaua died from a heart condition that was precipitated by multiple factors including positional asphyxia after tasering by police, a coroner has found.Jack Kokaua, 30, had an underlying heart disease when he died in a Sydney hospital in February 2018, but his manner of death included "exertion and use of taser," State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan wrote in her findings on Wednesday.