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Woman breaks down before pleading guilty to stabbing teen cousin to death, sentenced to 20 years

On Monday afternoon, a Georgia woman who allegedly stabbed her 17-year-old stepcousin to death in 2015 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Olivia Smith, then 18, allegedly killed her stepcousin, Abbey Hebert,  outside an Acworth, Georgia, home on Nov. 14, 2015.

According to the criminal warrant, Smith and Hebert had an argument that turned physical when Smith grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Hebert. Smith then chased Hebert outside the home, where witnesses described seeing the teen on top of Hebert, stabbing her multiple times.

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Smith cried in the court room of Cobb County Superior Court as the prosecutor Jesse Evans recounted the events of the day she allegedly killed Hebert.

Evans said that, on the day of the stabbing, Smith told police that she and Hebert had smoked something prior to the stabbing and that “God told her to go after Abbey.”

“There are no winners. There’s only losers here and there’s none greater than Abbey Hebert and her family,” Evans said.

During his victim impact statement, Hebert’s father spoke directly to Smith and her family in court, calling their actions appalling. Smith broke down once again and the judge had to stop the father to ask him to address the court and not individuals.

“None of us will be the same. It’s not a grief that we live with on Nov. 14. It’s a daily grief and we live with it every second of every day,” Steve Hebert said.

Olivia Smith’s sister, Hannah Smith, gave a witness impact statement.

“I stand before you today to speak on behalf of my sister’s character,” Hannah Smith said. “My sister is not a monster. Olivia loved Abbey. She would do anything for her. Olivia and Abbey were best friends. They were family.”

Hannah Smith said drugs were to blame for what happened that day.

“Abbey would not want Olivia to be confined to a cell for the rest of her life,” she said. “She would understand that drugs took over Olivia. Drugs have destroyed our family and our lives forever.”

After hearing the statements, Judge Ann B. Harris choked up as she sentenced Smith to 20 years in prison.

“There’s two lives that are destroyed,” Harris told the court. “Abbey will never be back, and you, Miss Smith, have to live with that. I do hope you think about this every day for the rest of your life.”

Harris said Smith will get credit for time served. She then addressed Hebert’s family and friends who believed the sentence should’ve been longer.

“Nothing can replace Miss Hebert, but that is the maximum I can do under the law,” Harris said. 

She also had a message for Smith's family.

“For those of you who think Miss Smith needs a lesser sentence, she made a choice and engaged in conduct and this was the result,” she said.

Police: Woman fatally stabs roommate who won’t stop talking over TV show

An argument that began when a Nevada man wouldn’t stop talking over his roommate’s television show became deadly when the woman stabbed him to death, police said. 

Dymund Ellis, 19, of North Las Vegas, is charged with murder in the death of Jace Trevon Ernst, 25, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Review-Journal reported that a police report stated Ellis was watching TV the evening of May 4 when Ernst kept talking over the dialogue. The name of the show was not made public. 

Ellis told Ernst to shut up, and he responded with, “Shut up, (expletive),” the newspaper reported. 

Ellis got a kitchen knife from her room and held it up, saying, “Call me a (expletive) again,” the report said

He did, and she stabbed him in the chest before returning the knife to her bedroom, she told police. 

Ernst was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

 

A friend of the roommates told News 3 in Las Vegas that the stabbing was an accident. 

“They got into an argument that turned physical,” Debra Wesley told the news station. “He has done things to her, and she has done things to him. However, on this particular day, it was a bad accident.

“This particular day, it just got out of hand,” Wesley said. 

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The police report stated, however, that Ellis told investigators she had threatened her roommate with the knife about 10 times over the past two months, but he was always able to take it away from her without anyone getting injured, the Review-Journal reported

“She told me she has anger problems and she just got extremely upset tonight,” an officer wrote in the report

Ellis is being held in the Clark County Jail.

Teen accused of recording classmates' sex act in school bathroom faces felony charge

A 17-year-old Georgia high school student was arrested after police say he recorded two teens during a sex act in a school bathroom stall.

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Police told WSB-TV that Kyle Bahner, 17, reached over a closed stall with his phone at Harrison High School in Cobb County and recorded sexual acts between a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy without their knowledge before sharing it with friends.

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According to the arrest warrant obtained by the station, an assistant principal discovered the video last Wednesday and told police. The warrant said the video was spread on social media, air drop and group chats.

Police told WSB-TV that the sex acts were consensual. 

Bahner has been charged with eavesdropping-surveillance, which is considered a felony. WSB-TV reported that he was bailed out by a family member Thursday morning. 

John Stafford, senior executive director for the Cobb County School District, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the incident “has been thoroughly investigated by school administrators and the school district police” and that “appropriate action” has been taken.

Man stabs wife with pruning shears in Walmart parking lot, police say

A man is in jail after police say he stabbed his estranged wife with pruning shears in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania Walmart.

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According to Pennsylvania State Police, Robert Carpenter, 55, met his estranged wife at the South Union Township location in Fayette County to exchange a debit card.

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Once they started arguing, police said Carpenter slashed the tires on the victim's van before cutting her hand and arm.

She was taken to the hospital.

Carpenter is charged with aggravated assault.

The victim is expected to be OK.

Child behind daycare attack that sent baby to hospital, prosecutor says; no charges filed

Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges after authorities determined that a young child attacked a baby boy at an Indiana daycare, reportedly sending him to the hospital last month.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Boy, 1, hospitalized after alleged beating at day care; mom says worker blamed 2-year-old girl

According to The Associated Press, a medical professional said 1-year-old Jesse Griffin's injuries – a bloody, cut face and swollen eyes – were caused by another child at Kiddiegarden in Indianapolis, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a statement Thursday.

Jesse "was reportedly placed in a safe sleeping environment in the same room as an age-appropriate child and checked on ... periodically" by a day care employee, the statement said.

The findings echoed workers' previous claims that a 2-year-old girl had attacked the boy.

The news comes after a photo showing the boy's injuries went viral, sparking debate over whether a toddler – and not an adult – could have caused so much harm. 

WXIN-TV reported earlier this month that when the boy's mother, Tiffany Griffin, saw her son's injuries, she punched the day care worker, who claimed that the toddler girl had attacked Jesse.

At the time, Griffin said there was "no way" that the girl caused Jesse's injuries.

"She didn't look like she was the violent type, and her mom said she wasn't the violent type," Griffin told WXIN

The boy was examined at a nearby hospital. 

Immediately after the incident, Kiddiegarden issued a statement saying it was "deeply saddened about what took place," WXIN reported.

"This was truly a sad, shocking and unfortunate event," the statement read, in part. "We have been diligently working with law enforcement, child protective services, as well as state agencies on this matter. We have been fully cooperative and transparent with law enforcement to complete their investigation."

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The licensed day care "has never had any accusations of abuse or maltreatment from any of our children or parents," the statement also said.

The worker reportedly was fired, WXIN reported.

On Thursday, Jesse's father, Jesse Harris, condemned officials' findings in a statement of his own.

"Welcome to America, where a 1-year-old baby can be beat, and no one is held accountable," he said.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Woman accused of stalking man, sending him 65,000 text messages after one date

A woman is behind bars after police say she stalked a man she met via an online dating site, allegedly sending him tens of thousands of text messages, sneaking into his home and appearing at his office.

The Arizona Republic reported that Jacqueline Claire Ades, 31, of Phoenix, was arrested Tuesday on charges of stalking, threatening and intimidation, and harassment by communication.

According to Maricopa County court documents, a Paradise Valley man said Ades began stalking him last year after the two met online and went on a date. He told officers that "he has received approximately 65,000 messages from [the] defendant and that she will send 500 a day," the documents said

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Police "observed numerous threatening messages," the documents said. In one message, Ades wrote that she wanted to bathe in the man's blood, police said. In another message, she reportedly claimed to be "like the new Hitler ... man was a genius." She also wrote that she'd kill the man if he ever tried to leave her, police said.

But the harassment wasn't limited to text messages, police said.

In April, the man called Paradise Valley police "stating that he was out of the country ... and observed Ades in his home" while monitoring his home surveillance video, the department said in a press release Wednesday.

"When officers arrived, they found Ades in the residence taking a bath," the release said. She was arrested and charged with trespassing.

Less than a month later, Ades was "acting irrationally" outside the man's office, the release said. Scottsdale police said that when they arrived, she said she was the man's wife and they removed her from the property.

After her arrest, Ades told KPHO that she loves the man and called him her "soulmate."

"I thought we would just do what everybody else did and we would get married and everything would be fine," she said.

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Mother charged with murder in death of 2-year-old son

A Tennessee mother has been accused of killing her toddler son.

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According to the Memphis Police Department, officers responded to an ambulance call at 3439 Southern, where a 2-year-old boy was unresponsive, at 11:50 a.m. Thursday. 

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Two-year-old Jaylen Dodson was transported to Baptist Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The death was ruled a homicide due to multiple blunt force trauma injuries, according to police. The child's mother, Davida Wooden, 25, was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and first-degree murder.

‘Golden State Killer’ suspect charged in 4 additional homicides, bringing count to 12

The man accused of being the notorious Golden State Killer has been charged with first-degree murder in the last four of the dozen homicides officially attributed to the serial rapist and killer who tormented communities throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Violent cold cases never grow cold for victims or their loved ones. They never do,” Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said Thursday during a news conference to announce the charges against Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 72, of Citrus Heights.

“In fact, most of them spend their lives feverishly seeking answers and desperately hoping for justice,” Dudley said. 

The families appeared one step closer to justice Thursday as Dudley’s office filed charges against DeAngelo in the Dec. 30, 1979, double slaying of Dr. Robert Offerman, 44, and his girlfriend, Dr. Debra Alexandria Manning, 35, inside Offerman’s condominium in Goleta. The couple’s killer broke in through a sliding glass door, tied them up and shot them to death. 

Santa Barbara County prosecutors have also filed charges against DeAngelo in the July 27, 1981, double slaying of Greg Sanchez, 27, and Cheri Domingo, 35, who were killed in Domingo’s home just blocks from where the Offerman-Manning homicides took place nearly two years before. Sanchez was shot and beaten to death, while Domingo was raped before she was bludgeoned. 

DeAngelo faces sentencing enhancements in all four homicides due to them being multiple slayings, according to the felony complaint. The crimes were also committed during the commission of other crimes, such as burglary and rape, and the perpetrator used a firearm during the crimes. 

DeAngelo, a Vietnam veteran and former police officer in northern California, was arrested April 24 in Sacramento County after a DNA match to evidence in the Golden State Killer case linked him to several of the crime scenes. The Golden State Killer, alternatively known as the Original Night Stalker, the East Area Rapist and the Visalia Ransacker, was suspected of at least 12 homicides, more than 50 rapes and over 100 burglaries. 

Related story: ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect tracked down using DNA on genealogy website, officials say

Cold case investigators narrowed down their suspect list after Paul Holes, a now-retired Contra Costa County investigator, uploaded the Golden State Killer’s DNA profile onto an open source ancestry website, where he found a similar profile belonging to the alleged killer’s distant relative. 

Once DeAngelo, through the database and other circumstantial evidence, became a prime suspect, investigators obtained his DNA from material he discarded and more conclusively matched his genetic profile to that of the Golden State Killer. 

DeAngelo, who was arrested outside his home while he worked on a woodworking project, was initially charged with two counts of murder in the 1978 shooting deaths of Brian and Kate Maggiore. The Rancho Cordova couple were walking their dog the night of Feb. 2 when they were accosted by a man in a ski mask burglarizing a home. 

Brian Maggiore, a military policeman, was shot to death after he began chasing the burglar, authorities said. The gunman then chased down Katie Maggiore and fatally shot her. 

The Sacramento Bee reported that DeAngelo is scheduled for a hearing Monday in the Maggiore case. 

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DeAngelo has also been charged with six additional homicides in Ventura and Orange counties. His DNA was reportedly matched to a profile found at the scene of the March 1980 slayings of Lyman and Charlene Smith, who were found dead in their Ventura home.

The Smiths were bound together with drapery cords and bludgeoned to death with a log from their fireplace. The couple’s bodies were discovered by their 12-year-old son. 

In Orange County, DeAngelo has been charged with murder in the August 1980 killings of Keith and Patrice Harrington, who were beaten to death in their Dana Point home. He is also charged there with raping and murdering Manuela Witthuhn and Janelle Cruz, both of Irvine.

Witthuhn, 28, was slain in February 1981 while her husband was in the hospital, and Cruz, 18, was killed in May 1986 while her family was on vacation. 

Dudley on Thursday credited Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert for her “true show of great leadership” by establishing a task force two years ago aimed at renewing the search for the Golden State Killer. Schubert teamed up with prosecutors and investigators from all the jurisdictions in which the prolific serial offender was believed to have struck. 

“From that moment on, we never stopped hoping or believing that an arrest would be made,” Dudley said. 

Dudley said that Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating DeAngelo the day he was arrested in Sacramento County and that, as a result of the evidence and interviews in the case, she decided to file the charges against him. 

Each charge against him carries the possibility of the death penalty, Dudley said. 

Despite facing multiple murder charges in multiple jurisdictions, DeAngelo remains in the Sacramento County Jail. Schubert told the Bee that the entire case could be moved to Southern California, since most of the slayings of which he is accused took place there. 

Though the rapes committed during the killer’s time as the East Area Rapist will likely not be prosecuted due to the expiration on the statute of limitations, it remains to be seen if DeAngelo will be tied to a homicide committed by the Visalia Ransacker. 

The Ransacker is suspected in the September 1975 killing of College of the Sequoias journalism professor Claude Snelling, who was shot to death outside his home after a man woke his 16-year-old daughter and forced her at gunpoint to leave their home. 

Snelling, who looked out a window and saw the attempted kidnapping, ran outside and was shot twice. He collapsed in the doorway of his home as he tried to give chase to the fleeing gunman. 

The Visalia Times Delta reported that ballistics testing on the bullets that killed Snelling tied the killer to a previous Ransacker burglary.

Police: Woman drove on lawn while intoxicated

A Michigan woman is accused of driving under the influence on her own lawn, police said.

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Nancy Ann Endy, 54, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated this week after she was spotted driving a truck on her lawn, WXYZ reported.

Endy allegedly fell over when stopped by police, WXYZ reported.

Police told WXYZ that Endy's breathalyzer test resulted in a .30 BAC. In Michigan, a driver with a .08 BAC or above is considered to be impaired, according to the Michigan State Police.

‘Left eye’ killer leaves distinctive mark on victims in Mississippi

Police say a killer in Marshall County, Mississippi is leaving distinct marks on their victims, shooting them under the left eye and leaving the bodies on the side of a rural county road.

According to WHBQ, there have been four victims found in this way since 2015, but investigators with Marshall County are not releasing any new details about the open cases. 

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Eric Hubbard’s son, Devin, was the first victim. 

“This is a hard pill to swallow every day,” said Hubbard. “Ain’t a day that goes by I don't think about my son.”

Will Phillips lives next door. His son, Will Phillips Jr., was also shot and left for dead with a bullet under his left eye and dumped on a county road.

“The devil did this, (it) was the devil’s work,” Philips said.

Jamon Moton’s son, Delois Bowen, was also killed. She wears his image as a reminder that his murder remains unsolved. 

“Wasn’t no robbery or nothing,” Moton said. “So, I guess it’s a hate crime on my son.”

With no officials speaking on the case officially since 2016, WHBQ turned to criminology expert and former investigator K.B. Turner.

He believes the killer or killers may be operating in the same way for a reason.

“I don’t know the specific message, but it may be to invoke fear,” Turner said. 

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