As police close in, suspect in 4 Arizona slayings kills self
As police closed in, a man suspected of gunning down four people over three days shot himself to death Monday, which authorities said ended a killing spree that claimed the lives of a prominent psychiatrist, two paralegals and a marriage-and-divorce counselor.Police in Arizona say they spent a day and a half tracking the suspect, eventually finding him at an extended-stay hotel in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale. Officers evacuated nearby rooms before hearing gunfire and finding his body.The raid came as police identified the fourth victim, Marshall Levine, a 72-year-old counselor and life coach.
DNA testing has cleared Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo of a heinous 1978 double “They conclusively eliminated him as a suspect “They conclusively eliminated him as a suspect ,” said Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone, referring to the killings of Rhonda Wicht, 24, and
A DNA comparison between the Golden State Killer suspect , Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., and samples taken from the Simi Valley crime scene “They conclusively eliminated him as a suspect ,” said Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone, referring to the killings of Rhonda Wicht, 24, and
When DNA offered a break in the four-decade for the notorious Golden State Killer, cold-case investigators across California wondered if the man who was arrested was behind their own unsolved crimes.
One of the mostinvolved a brutal double slaying in Simi Valley in 1978, which had been reopened recently when detectives discovered that the man who was convicted and sent to prison in the slayings was innocent.
Now, those investigators are back to the drawing board. A DNA comparison between the Golden State Killer suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., and samples taken from the Simi Valley crime scene did not match.
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Golden State Killer Suspect Cleared In 1978 Double Murder That Sent Innocent Man To Jail For 38 Years. Rhonda Wicht and her 4-year-old son Donald were murdered in Simi Valley , California in 1978 . Wicht's ex-boyfriend was wrongly convicted of the killings and served nearly four decades
DNA has ruled out the alleged Golden State Killer as a suspect in a 1978 Simi Valley double-homicide case that saw an innocent man imprisoned for The Simi Valley veteran was pardoned and released from prison just before Thanksgiving last year. MORE: Police face challenges in Simi
“They conclusively eliminated him as a suspect,” said Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone, referring to the killings of Rhonda Wicht, 24, and her 4-year-old son, Donald. “Once we follow and exhaust a lead, we move on.”
Before the results came back Monday, police had acknowledged that the theory was a long shot, but said that the way the prolific serial killer allegedly carried out the 12 slayings he is accused of was similar enough to the Simi Valley slayings in 1978 — and within the same time frame — that it was possible.
“We had no other reason to suspect he was the actual killer,” Livingstone said.
Detectives, he said, are now pursuing other possibilities. “We don’t leave any lead unturned,” he said.
Wicht’s ex-boyfriend, Craig Coley, spent more than 38 years behind bars in the killings before he was pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown and released from prison on Thanksgiving Eve last year. He is now 71.
Wife of Golden State Killer suspect offers prayers for victims, seeks privacy for family
The estranged wife of the Golden State Killer suspect asked for privacy for her family and offered prayers for the victims of the series of rapes and killings he is accused of committing. “My thoughts and prayers are for the victims and their families,” Sharon Huddle wrote in a statement released Friday by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. “The press has relentlessly pursued interviews of me. I will not be giving any interviews for the foreseeable future. I ask the press to please respect my privacy and that of my children.
When DNA offered a break in the four-decade manhunt for the notorious Golden State Killer , cold-case investigators across One of the most high-profile cases involved a brutal double slaying in Simi Valley in 1978 , which had been reopened recently when detectives discovered that the man who was
Golden State Killer Suspect Cleared In 1978 Double Murder That Sent Innocent Man To Jail For Authorities believe that an innocent man was sent to prison for 38 years for murders the Golden Golden State killer now suspected of murdering mother and son. Did an innocent man serve 38
The pardon came after a lengthy investigation launched in 2016 by Simi Valley police, who began reexamining the case when a retired detective named Mike Bender raised doubts about Coley’s guilt. The new investigation revealed troubling inconsistencies in the evidence used to convict Coley in 1980.
The most indisputable finding that supported Coley's innocence came when detectives located.
A piece of Wicht's bedsheet the night she was found dead contained another man's sperm, along with a man's epithelial cells. It's unclear whether they belong to the same person, but Coley's DNA was not found on the sheet.
In the Golden State Killer case, a novel DNA technique led to DeAngelo’s arrest in April. Frustrated detectives sent DNA found at one of the crime scenes to several genealogy websites for analysis.
Eventually, they linked the sample to one of DeAngelo’s distant relatives and zeroed in on DeAngelo because of his age and employment and because he lived close to where many of the crimes were committed.
They began surveillance on the former police officer in an attempt to collect a DNA sample directly from him. They got their chance as he shopped at a Hobby Lobby store one day, lifting DNA from his car door handle. Days later, they obtained a second sample from a tissue in a trash can outside his home.
DeAngelo is accused in a dozen slayings in the 1970s and ’80s. During that time, he is also suspected of carrying out dozens of rapes and more than 100 burglaries.
Cop killer granted parole after 44 years in state prison .
A convicted cop killer who has spent the past 44 years in prison has been granted parole, state prisons officials said. Robert Hayes, 69, was granted release on June 12 by the Board of Parole. Hayes was convicted in 1974 of shooting and killing transit cop Sidney Thompson in 1973.Thompson was trying to arrest a friend of Hayes for jumping a turnstile. Both Hayes and his friend were members of the Black Liberation Army.Hayes’ impending discharge, as soon as Sunday, follows the release in April of another convicted cop killer Herman Bell, who shot and killed NYPD officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini in 1971.