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« Reply #315 on: November 22, 2019, 07:11:55 pm »
Friday, 22nd November 2019
Jerry Sandusky resentenced to 30 to 60 years
by Mark Skolfolo




(BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania) - A judge dashed the hopes of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for a shorter prison term Friday, resentencing him to the same 30-to-60-year term imposed against him in 2012 for sexually abusing children.

Judge Maureen Skerda gave Sandusky what prosecutors and his own attorney described as effectively a life term during a hearing ordered this year by an appeals court.

Sandusky's 2011 arrest prompted the firing of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno and the university has paid more than $100 million to people who said they had been abused by Sandusky.

He was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012.

Sandusky, 75, in a mustard yellow prison jumpsuit, again asserted his innocence Friday and choked up twice during brief remarks in open court before the sentence was handed down.

"I apologize that I'm unable to admit remorse for this because it's something that I didn't do," Sandusky told Skerda.

Sandusky told the judge Friday about a recent phone call with an unnamed woman who formerly worked for The Second Mile, a charity he founded for at-risk youth that he used to find and groom child victims.

Sandusky said the woman ended the phone call by telling him she loves him.

"No matter what, nobody or nothing will ever be able to take away what's in my heart. And that was just one. There are many, many, many more," he said, people he "had every opportunity to betray and didn't."

He ended with a message to people who support him. About a dozen were in the courtroom, including his wife, Dottie.

"To those supporters out there, I just want to say I love you," he said, sobbing as he sat down.

Prosecutor Jennifer Buck, of the state attorney general's office, described problems Sandusky has had in state prison, including disputes about returning his meal tray, resistance to being moved from his cell and complaints about phone calls.

"It's failure to take responsibility, claiming that he is the victim, which is a theme throughout this case, and that it's his rights that are being violated," Buck told the judge.

Sandusky attorney Al Lindsay noted he had recently received several letters that attested to Sandusky's character and to good deeds he has performed.

Buck argued that jurors believed the eight young men who testified against Sandusky, victims she said were sexually assaulted "by someone that they loved, someone that they trusted, someone that betrayed them."

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a written statement that "justice was again achieved for his victims."

A state appeals court this year turned down most of Sandusky's arguments seeking a new trial but said laws mandating sentence minimums in place at the time of his October 2012 sentencing had since changed.

Victims said at trial that Sandusky subjected them to a range of abuse, from grooming to violent attacks.

A victim advocate read several letters to the judge Friday from the men who testified at trial or their relatives.

The letters described the effect of their abuse as boys and in the years since, including anxiety, difficulty with family and social relationships and anger about what occurred.

One of them, described as Victim 4 in court records, said he does not forgive Sandusky and spoke of efforts to "attack us as if we had done something wrong."

"We both know exactly what happened," Victim 4 wrote.

"You should be ashamed of yourself."

Sandusky's lawyers in October initiated a federal court action seeking a new trial or release from prison.



















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« Reply #316 on: November 22, 2019, 07:28:22 pm »
Friday, 22nd November 2019
Country Music Singer Sam Hunt Arrested!
by Liz Calvario‍





Sam Hunt is breaking his silence, days after being arrested for a DUI.

The country singer took to Twitter on Friday to apologize for his "poor and selfish decision" and putting anyone at risk.

"Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville," the "Make You Miss Me" crooner began his tweet.

"It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again."

ET confirmed that Hunt, 34, was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly driving under the influence.

According to the country singer's arrest report, obtained by ET, Hunt was allegedly driving on the wrong side of a Nashville, Tennessee, street when police noticed and pulled him over.

Hunt, according to police, showed "numerous signs of impairment on all tests conducted.

After being advised of Miranda and TN implied consent the defendant consented to a breath test.

"The police report states that Hunt's blood-alcohol level was .173, which is more than twice the legal limit. According to the arrest report, Hunt was the only individual in the vehicle, and allegedly "admitted to consuming alcohol recently."

Hunt, meanwhile, was looking forward to an exciting week.

Multiple sources told ET this week, that prior to his DUI arrest, the singer was expected to release a new song that night.

However, in light of his legal trouble, it's now unclear when the song will drop.

 




















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« Reply #317 on: November 24, 2019, 06:50:43 am »
Sunday, 24th November 2019
Iowa white woman kept man locked in storage unit against his will

by KCCI (a CBS news affiliate)




In Fremont County, Iowa, deputies said a woman locked a man inside a storage unit against his will and damaged two units at a rental facility.

KETV reports Mindy Irvin, 31, of Shenandoah, Iowa, was arrested Thursday for an outstanding warrant at a residence in Riverton, Iowa.

Deputies said Irvin unlawfully entered a storage unit in October, stored items in the unit and had caused damage to two separate units while on the property.

The owner of the property said Irvin did not have a rental agreement and had stored property inside a unit for at least two months.

It was also discovered that Irvin had locked a man inside an adjacent storage unit for about four hours.

Irvin is being held at the Fremont County Jail for burglary, theft and false imprisonment.

More charges are pending.
 

















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« Reply #318 on: November 24, 2019, 11:29:47 am »
Sunday, 24th November 2019
Former Danville, Highlands football coach Duffy pleads guilty to sex charges
by WKYT (a CBS News affiliate)



(LEXINGTON, Kentucky) Former Danville football coach Tom Duffy pleads guilty to four counts of sodomy which took place in 1982 and 1983.

In 2018, Duffy was charged with four counts of sodomy against children under the age of 16 during the early 1980s.

Long-time sports journalist Larry Vaught reported on Twitter the recommended sentence is five years on each count.

Sentencing for the 70-year-old Duffy is January 7th and Duffy may have to register as a sex offender.

Duffy coached at Danville from 1980-87 winning two state titles before leaving to guide the Highlands football program from 1988-93.

The Bluebirds also won a pair of state football titles during Duffy's tenure in Fort Thomas.















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« Reply #319 on: November 24, 2019, 07:10:00 pm »
Sunday, 24th November 2019
Police Officer’s Ex-Girlfriend Accused Of Trying To Hire Undercover Cop To Kidnap, Murder 62-Year-Old Woman
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(CHICAGO, Ill) — The former girlfriend of a Chicago police officer has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot, accused of trying to hire an undercover cop to kidnap and kill the woman she blamed for the end of the relationship.

Lissette Ortiz, 54, has been charged with one felony count of solicitation of murder for hire. She was ordered held without bail at her first court appearance on Sunday.

Cook County prosecutors said, after breaking up with her police officer girlfriend this summer, Ortiz believed the officer started a romantic relationship with a 62-year-old woman, who Ortiz blamed for their breakup.

Sources said Ortiz is the former girlfriend of a police officer assigned to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s security detail.

Seeking to have the 62-year-old woman kidnapped and killed, prosecutors said Ortiz first approached a man identified only as “witness 2” on Nov. 18, and said she wanted to hire him or someone he knew to abduct the woman and bring the victim to her so she could “take care of the rest.”

Prosecutors said Ortiz offered to pay that witness $5,000 for the kidnapping, or $500 and a large TV if he introduced her to someone else to carry out the kidnapping.

After that witness contacted Chicago police, he arranged for Ortiz to meet with an undercover officer posing as a kidnapper for hire.

The officer met Ortiz on Nov. 20 in the parking lot of a business near her home, and got in her car.

She drove the officer around for about an hour, and said she wanted the officer to kidnap the victim, drive her to a remote location, and set the vehicle on fire.

Ortiz also told the officer she wanted the victim to know she was responsible for the murder, and preferred she still be alive when the vehicle was set on fire.

Prosecutors said Ortiz told the officer she planned to be somewhere else at the time of the kidnapping and murder, because she knew police would suspect her of the killing, and she wanted to have an alibi.

Ortiz wanted to carry out the plot before Thanksgiving, so the victim couldn’t celebrate the holiday in the same home Ortiz had shared with her ex-girlfriend, according to prosecutors.



She offered to pay the officer $5,000 for the kidnapping and murder.

Prosecutors said Ortiz planned to flee to Puerto Rico after the victim was killed.

After leaving the meeting with the undercover officer, she was arrested.

Ortiz’s former girlfriend was acquitted of domestic battery charges this summer.

Ortiz had accused her of pinning her against a wall and ripping her clothes while taking away her car keys.

A judge found the officer not guilty.


















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« Reply #320 on: November 25, 2019, 04:27:19 am »
Monday, 25th November 2019
Alabama sheriff killed: Suspect is sheriff deputy's son

by Christina Maxouris



The 18-year-old suspect arrested in the shooting death of Alabama sheriff "Big John" Williams is the son of a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy, the county sheriff's department told CNN.

William Chase Johnson was arrested around midnight Saturday after returning to the same gas station where Lowndes County Sheriff Williams was shot, Sgt. Steve Jarrett said.

A handgun was taken from him, Jarrett said.

Johnson is currently being held in Elmore County Jail.

Williams was responding to a call at a gas station when he was killed.

"We in Alabama's law enforcement community mourn the loss of a dedicated brother," Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor said in a Sunday statement.

"Not only was Lowndes County Sheriff 'Big John' Williams a committed man of the law, but he was kind and loved by many."

Williams is the fifth Alabama law enforcement officer of the state to die from gunfire in the line of duty in the past year, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said.

"Serving the public in the role of a peace officer is a difficult calling, fraught with peril, yet thankfully many Alabama men and women choose to answer the call, often time putting their lives in danger to protect us," Marshall said in a statement.

The governor said Williams, through his time in the US Marines and as a law enforcement official, "dedicated his life to keeping other people safe."

"He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community," Governor Kay Ivey said.





















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« Reply #321 on: November 26, 2019, 11:14:50 am »
Tuesday, 26th November 2019
Survivor: Africa Contestant Silas Gaither Arrested on Rape and Assault Charges

by Steve Helling




Former Survivor:

Africa contestant Silas Gaither has been arrested in Tennessee on rape and aggravated assault charges, PEOPLE confirms.

Gaither, 41, was arrested on Monday morning and charged with felony counts of rape and aggravated assault.



According the the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, he posted $50,000 bond on Tuesday morning.

He has been released from custody.

According to court records first obtained by WMC-TV, the alleged incident happened in May 2018.

Few details of the alleged crime have been released.

Online court records show that a grand jury convened on November 13, and a warrant for Gaither’s arrest was issued a week later.

When Gaither was cast on the third season of Survivor in 2001, he was working as a bartender in Los Angeles and pursuing an acting career.

He was one of 16 contestants selected for the show, which was set in the Shaba National Preserve in Kenya.

Just 23 when he competed on the show, he lasted five episodes and was voted out in 12th place.

After the show, he stayed in Los Angeles where he landed small roles in a handful of TV movies and series from 2003 to 2010.

He also owned a popular Los Angeles sports bar for several years.

After several years in Los Angeles, Gaither returned to his home state of Tennessee.

He now works as a project manager for a home renovation company.

He has continued to make charity appearances based on his Survivor fame.

Gaither has not yet entered a plea, and court records do not reflect an attorney that is authorized to speak on his behalf.

He did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

He will be arraigned on January 9th 2020.
















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« Reply #322 on: November 26, 2019, 11:30:29 am »
Tuesday, 26th November 2019
Former detective accused of falsifying records gets 26 more charges

by 10News WTSP (a CBS News affiliate)






Two months after being arrested and charged with falsifying records, a former detective is facing more charges.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Dennis Jones Jr., 31, was charged with 22 counts of public servant falsifying official records, two counts forgery and two counts uttering false instrument.



He's currently at the Polk County Jail on $260,000 bond.

Jones was first arrested in September and charged with two count of public servant falsifying official records, one count forgery and one count uttering false instrument.

He resigned after his arrest.

An investigation found Jones falsified two waivers of prosecution in May in an investigation involving a boy and girl who were in a relationship.

Officials say Jones wrote that he went to both homes and that both sets of parents asked not to press charges.

In a follow-up, another detective visited the parents in August and collected their sworn statements that they'd neither met with Jones nor signed the waivers.

The sheriff's office said it evaluated every case assigned to Jones and found 22 more reports that contained falsified documents.

Deputies say his actions did not result in any unlawful arrests.

Detectives say "the common denominators in the 22 reports was his effort to take shortcuts and reduce his workload."

"We are extremely disappointed in - and embarrassed by - Jones' lazy, deceitful conduct as a sworn law enforcement officer.

He betrayed the trust of the men and women with whom he worked, and the public he was entrusted to serve.

We want the community to know that we will always hold those who betray the public's trust accountable, and that it's our intention he is convicted and sent to state prison," Sheriff Grady Judd said.


















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« Reply #323 on: November 28, 2019, 08:14:19 am »
Thursday, 28th November 2019
Missouri White Man Smashed Wife's Head With Hammer and Then Kept Dead Body in Freezer for 4 Years
by Tareq Haddad




A 57-year-old Missouri man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges after the beaten corpse of his wife was found in a freezer.

Larry Dinwiddie, of Marshfield, 35 miles north east of Springfield, admitted to strangling and bashing his wife over the head with a hammer before disposing of her body in the freezer, police said.

The body of Cynthia Dinwiddie was discovered on Monday when staff at the McFadin Storage facility outside the town broke open the man's padlocked unit after complaints of a rancid smell.

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said the staff who opened the unit first discovered random food items, before being shocked at the discovery of a bloodied, frozen corpse.

"Lo and behold, they did not expect that," he told the Springfield News-Leader.

Cole said sheriff's deputies working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Dinwiddie after deceiving him into returning to the storage facility.

"We told him the freezer quit working and he needed to hurry up and get back here," Cole said.

At the time of the call, Dinwiddie reportedly said he was in the Denver area, but arrived at the site at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

He was arrested without incident.

"He was very cooperative. He knew the jig was up," Cole said.

Following police interviews, officers said Dinwiddie confessed to killing his wife four years ago after an argument in their North Street home.

According to an affidavit filed on Wednesday, and seen by the Springfield News-Leader, Dinwiddie alleged his wife threw the hammer at him in the course of the dispute before he lost his nerve.

Dinwiddie also described his wife as an "abusive alcoholic" in the affidavit and said he hit her with "everything" he could after not being able to take it anymore, reports the Associated Press.

The document also stated that the body was kept in the house until six months ago, at which point it was moved to the storage facility.

When asked why he held onto the body for so long, Dinwiddie reportedly told officers he did not know what else to do with it, the affidavit reportedly said.


Dinwiddie said he even enlisted the help of his friends to move the freezer unit to the storage facility, without telling them what was contained inside.

Following the discovery, police confirmed to the Associated Press that an autopsy will take place on Monday after the body was given time to thaw.

Dinwiddie was charged with second-degree murder, abandoning a corpse and armed criminal action.

He faces the prospect of life in prison.















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« Reply #324 on: December 02, 2019, 01:11:33 pm »
Monday, 2nd December 2019
White man who drove into oncoming traffic in failed suicide attempt sentenced to life for murder
by Randy Buffington






(LAKE COUNTY, Ohio) - Michael Davis was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 26 years.

The 26 years was the maximum amount of time Davis could’ve served.



Davis was found guilty of murder after veering his car into oncoming traffic, killing Gregory Morawski and injuring Heather Culp in a suicide attempt.

The accident took place on July 4th, 2017.

“Concerned about legal ramifications in the future,” one doctor said.

She also added that Davis said,



"I couldn’t even commit suicide right. I never meant to hurt anyone else.”

Davis originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

He faces Life with parole eligibility after 15 years on the Murder and 3-11 years on the Attempted Murder, so his possible punishment is only one of two sentences:

(1) Life with parole eligibility after 15 years or

(2) Life with parole eligibility after 18 to 26 years.


















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« Reply #325 on: December 03, 2019, 03:40:35 am »
Tuesday, 3rd December 2019
Holiday White Man Accused Of Throwing Pot Of Turkey Soup During Fight
by D'Ann Lawrence White




(HOLIDAY, Florida) — A 29-year-old Holiday man was charged with aggravated assault and felony battery after he was accused of throwing a hot pot of turkey soup on another man.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday Curtis Jenkins of Honeymoon Lane got into a fight with another man over lipstick and a blanket.

During the argument, deputies said Jenkins picked up a pot of soup and threw it at the other man.

He then shoved the other man into the corner of a kitchen cabinet.


When deputies arrived, the kitchen floor was covered in soup and a pot containing a turkey carcass was in the kitchen sink.


















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« Reply #326 on: December 03, 2019, 11:53:02 am »
Tuesday, 3rd December 2019
Grandmother charged in Pike County massacre case agrees to plea deal

by WLWT (a NBC News affiliate)






Rita Newcomb has agreed to a plea deal in connection with the 2016 Pike County massacre.

Newcomb, 66, will be found guilty of obstructing justice in connection with the case, a misdemeanor.

All other charges have been dropped.

She was initially charged with forgery, perjury and obstructing justice.

The charges are linked to the execution-style slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016.

Newcomb is the mother of murder suspect Angela Wagner and grandmother of two more suspects, George and Jake Wagner.

Angela's husband, Billy Wagner, is also charged with murder.

Newcomb is accused of forging custody documents for the baby of Jake Wagner and one of the victims, Hannah Mae Rhoden.



















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« Reply #327 on: December 06, 2019, 04:56:41 am »
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Blind Tennessee inmate who set woman on fire executed by electric chair
by Associated Press





(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee’s electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation’s death penalty in 1976.

Lee Hall, 53, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at a Nashville maximum-security prison, prison officials said.

He chose the electric chair over Tennessee’s preferred execution method of lethal injection — an option allowed inmates in the state who were convicted of crimes before January 1999.


He also became the first blind inmate in U.S. modern history to die by electrocution.

Hall had his vision when he entered death row decades ago, but his attorneys say he later became functionally blind from improperly treated glaucoma.

Only one other known blind inmate has been executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in 1976:

Clarence Ray Allen, 76, received a lethal injection in California in 2006.

Court documents state that Hall killed 22-year-old Traci Crozier on April 17, 1991 by setting her car ablaze with a container of gasoline that he lit and tossed in her vehicle while she was inside and trying to leave him.

The container exploded and Crozier suffered burns across more than 90% of her body, dying the next day in the hospital.

Crozier’s sister, Staci Wooten, and her father, Gene Crozier, had said earlier they planned to watch Hall’s execution.

Defense attorney Kelly Gleason had asked the federal courts to stop Hall from being put to death after other attempts in state courts and with Tennessee’s governor had failed.

Previously, Hall’s attorneys had been fighting for months to delay the execution plan, arguing that courts should have had the opportunity to weigh new questions surrounding a possible biased juror who helped hand down the death sentence decades ago against Hall, who was formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr.

The woman — simply known as “Juror A”— acknowledged publicly for the first time this year that she failed to disclose she had been repeatedly raped and abused by her former husband during Hall’s jury selection process.

Hall’s attorneys argued the omission deprived him of a fair and impartial jury — a right protected in both the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

However, both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Governor Bill Lee declined to step in despite pleas from Hall’s attorneys for more time to explore the possible legal concerns.

Lee, a Republican, has not intervened in any of the four execution cases that have come across his desk since he became governor in January.

He also has previously declined to weigh in on whether he approves of the state’s increased usage of the electric chair, noting instead that it’s a legal option in Tennessee.


The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether use of the electric chair violates the 8th Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment, but it came close about 20 years ago after a series of botched electrocutions in Florida.

Meanwhile, state courts in Georgia and Nebraska have declared the electric chair unconstitutional.

The high court has also neither set an upper age limit for executions nor created an exception for a physical infirmity.

Tennessee is one of six states in which inmates can choose the electric chair, but it’s the only state that has used the chair in recent years.

Three out of five recent inmates put to death in Tennessee have chosen the chair since the state began resuming executions in August 2018.



















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« Reply #328 on: December 07, 2019, 12:21:51 am »
Saturday, 7th December 2019
21 Jump Street
by Mark Gray






"21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco was arrested for public intoxication in Texas after trying to drunkenly board an airplane, police say.

TMZ, citing authorities, said the actor arrived at his gate at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday when an airline employee denied him boarding.

Richard was allegedly "hunched over the counter, yelling at employees and slurring his speech ... he also reeked of booze," TMZ said.

While speaking to airport police, Richard said he had two vodka drinks before the flight.

During the arrest process, he also told police he was a nervous flier and had prescription Klonopin in his bag.

Police noted in the arrest report that Klonopin shouldn't be taken with alcohol.

The police report said the actor was very unsteady on his feet when he was booked.

Richard spoke to TMZ on Friday, and he simply said it was "not that big of a deal," noting that he booked another flight from Texas to Pennsylvania.













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« Reply #329 on: December 07, 2019, 01:01:36 am »
Saturday, 7th December 2019
Franklin business owner Matthew Neumann has been convicted of killing two employees

by Elliot Hughes





After four days of testimony and less than three hours of jury deliberation, former Franklin business owner Matthew Neumann was convicted Friday of killing his two employees and burning their remains.

Neumann, 44, was convicted of two counts each of first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse, setting him up for a maximum prison sentence of 155 years.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 31st.


“He almost got away with it – if he hadn’t made a couple stupid mistakes, if he had another week,” said Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Michaele Schindhelm during his closing argument.

Robert C. Hajduk, 40, of Racine and Richard L. Conklin, 35, of Milwaukee were reported missing between Jan. 2 and 3, not long after spending time with Neumann or stopping by the commercial cleaning business he owned, Spot Free Cleaning, at 8581 S. 27th St., Franklin, according to police.


Days after their disappearance, the badly damaged human remains of two people were found in a fire pit on hunting property that Neumann leased in Walworth County.

One set of the remains has been identified as Hajduk, while the second set — thought to belong to Conklin — requires additional testing that may take more than a year to complete, according to Franklin police.

Over the course of the trial, Schindhelm acknowledged several times that police and prosecutors had no direct evidence tying Neumann to the men’s deaths.

But they did have mountains of circumstantial evidence pointing to him.

Neumann’s defense offered little in the way of a counternarrative, and his own attorney, Michael Steinle, even admitted during his closing argument that aspects of the case troubled him.

He even acknowledged that “it could be probable” his client is guilty.

Nevertheless, he argued the evidence did not rise to proof beyond a reasonable doubt and attacked the credibility of several key witnesses, including Neumann’s wife, who said she saw one of the bodies in her husband’s truck the morning of January 2nd.

He suggested she was financially motivated to put her husband behind bars.

Tammy Neumann testified that around 5 a.m. January 2nd, she was awakened by Matthew Neumann fiddling with a gun in their bedroom after he and Conklin had spent the night drinking together.

Later, as she was leaving the house with her daughter, she said she saw a dead body in her husband’s pickup truck parked outside their house.

Tammy Neumann said her husband pointed a gun at her and told her not to tell anyone.

Their daughter, Ashley Neumann, also testified that she feared for her life after seeing the body and told police she overheard her father say he killed the man over a pack of cigarettes, according to the criminal complaint.

It’s thought that Neumann shot Conklin while the two were at Spot Free Cleaning early January 2nd.

Carrie Lieggett, who lived across the street from the business in January, testified that she heard three gunshots that night.

Prosecutors are uncertain when, how and where Hajduk was killed, but Schindhelm posited that on January 3rd, he became aware of Conklin’s murder after visiting Spot Free Cleaning, so Neumann killed him, too.

The remains were found a week later on hunting property Neumann leases in Walworth County.

Traces of the victims’ DNA were found in Neumann’s truck, trailer and driveway, Schindhelm said.

















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