Posts Tagged ‘Murder’

Aruba Judge orders release of Gary Giordano held in the mysterious disappearance of Robyn Gardner

Today, an Aruba Judge ordered that Gary Giordano be released by Tuesday, November 29th without any conditions.  This would allow Giordano to freely leave Aruba and return to the United States.

Giordano has been held during the investigation of the disappearance and presumed death of Robyn Gardner.  Gardner disappeared on August 2, 2011 while vacationing with Giordano on the island of Aruba.  Giordano initially aided the Aruba authorities in the search for Gardner and claimed that she was lost at sea while they were snorkeling.  On August 5, 2011, Giordano attempted to leave the country on a commercial flight and was detained by the authorities in Aruba.  He has remained in jail since then.

Giordano and Gardner met on an adult matchmaking site called Adult Friend Finder which claims to be, “The World’s Largest Sex & Swinger Personals Community.”

Prosecutors in Aruba have indicated that they will appeal the order to release Giordano.



Amanda Knox appellate verdict coming soon

Did she or didn’t she?  That is the question an Italian Court of Appeals in Perugia, Italy must soon decide.

The appellate process is almost finished.

Amanda Knox was convicted and sentenced in December of 2009 to 26 years in an Italian prison for the murder of her college roomate, Meredith Kercher.  Kercher was found with her throat slit in what was described as a very gory crime scene back on November 1, 2007.  Since that time her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and another man have also been found guilty in the murder.

The appeal included testimony from two Sapienza University forensic experts who were independently appointed by the court.  The expert’s reports and testimony concluded that the DNA testing, largely used to convict Knox, was completely flawed and unreliable.

It is likely that Knox will address the appellate court later this week to declare her innocence.

In Italy, the appellate court may decide on a wholly different sentence depending on their determination of the evidence.  Prosecutors have asked for Knox to receive a sentence of life in prison with 6 months in solitary confinement.  The defense has asked for an acquittal.


Joran Van der Sloot charged with First Degree Murder in Peru

Joran Van der Sloot has been formally charged by Peruvian authorities with first degree murder for the killing of Stephany Flores.  Van der Sloot met Flores, 21, at a casino in Lima Peru.  Prosecutors are asking for a 30-year sentence if Van der Sloot is convicted as well as damages exceeding $70,000.

Van der Sloot also remains the sole suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway who vanished from Aruba in 2005.  She was last seen alive with Van der Sloot.  The killing of Flores came exactly 5 years to the day after Holloway disappeared.


Boyfriend and Mother on trial because their pet python strangled their 2 year old child


ORLANDO, Fla – Trial proceedings began on Monday for a central Florida mother and her boyfriend who are accused of allowing their pet python to strangle a 2-year-old girl in her crib.

Jaren Hare, 21, and boyfriend Charles Darnell, 34, were charged with manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect after the July 1, 2009, death of Hare’s daughter, Shaianna Hare, in Bushnell northwest of Orlando.

Darnell found the couple’s 12-foot-long albino Burmese python named Gypsy wrapped around Shaianna’s head and body, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The medical examiner found bite marks on the child’s head and arms.

Darnell estimated that Shaianna weighed 22 pounds compared to the snake’s 45 to 50 pounds, the incident report said.

Darnell told deputies that he woke up in the middle of the night, found the python in the hallway and returned it to its 200-gallon aquarium where it spent most of its time. He thought he had secured the snake by placing it in a laundry bag, which had a small hole in it, and then covering the aquarium with a quilt held on by safety pins.

But Hare told deputies that the snake had escaped from the tank and laundry bag 10 times in the previous two months, and she was planning to make a locking lid for the tank.

Florida state law requires owners to keep pythons under lock and key. Neither Darnell nor Hare obtained a state permit to keep the python.

Darnell said the snake was due for its monthly feeding, but he didn’t think the animal wanted to eat the little girl. Darnell said he stabbed the snake while trying to pry the toddler from its grip but the child was already dead, the sheriff’s report stated.

The couple told deputies they often took the snake out of the tank to play with it and would place it around the shoulders of the children in the home without incident.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission took possession of the python and a red-tailed boa constrictor in the home. After the python was treated for stab wounds, both reptiles were placed with a licensed facility.

Lawyers selected a jury on Monday and were scheduled to begin opening statements Tuesday morning.

Update:  Thursday, July 14th – Jaren Hare, 21, and her boyfriend, Charles Darnell, 34, were found guilty of third-degree murder, manslaughter and child neglect in the 2009 death of Hare’s 2-year-old daughter Shaiunna.


Breaking News: Casey Anthony found Not Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

After deliberating for a day and a half the jury of 7 women and 5 men has found Casey Anthony not guilty of the murder of her 2 year old child Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony – Not Guilty Verdict

The final verdict was as follows:

  • Count 1:  1st Degree Murder – Not Guilty
  • Count 2:  Aggravated Child Abuse – Not Guilty
  • Count 3:  Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child – Not Guilty
  • Count 4:  Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – Guilty
  • Count 5:  Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – Guilty
  • Count 6:  Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – Guilty
  • Count 7:  Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – Guilty

Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer is a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by 1 year in jail.  See Florida Statutes §837.055.  Sentencing is set for Thursday at 9 am.  Casey Anthony will likely receive credit for the time she has served and be released from custody.  She has already served 3 years pending her trial.