The crime news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Tuesday, August 19, 2014, includes reports on the arrest of a former Marine in Alaska for the murder of his pregnant neighbor and alleged mistress, details on a second fatal shooting of a suspect near Ferguson, Missouri, the arrest of teen skateboarders caught on viral video brutally beating a park ranger in Philadelphia, the Texas father now on trial for allegedly killing the man who drove drunk and killed his two sons and the arrest of two students who were allegedly planning a mass shooting at their high school in California.
Alaska: Former Marine Arrested in Murder of Pregnant Neighbor
An arrest has been made in the case of missing 19-year-old Erin Corwin, who has not been seen since June 28. At the time of her disappearance, Corwin was pregnant and living in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Her body was discovered on Saturday in an abandoned mine shaft in California. Her former neighbor and alleged lover, former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee, was arrested for the murder in Anchorage, Alaska.
A friend of Corwin has told investigators that Lee and Corwin were having an affair and Corwin believed her baby might be Lee’s. After telling her husband that she was going hiking, she never returned. Her husband reported her missing on June 29. The friend says that she received a text from Corwin saying that she and Lee were going on a hunting trip to celebrate the baby. The friend also told police that Lee had told Corwin that he was afraid that if his wife discovered that Corwin was pregnant with his baby, she would leave him and prevent him from seeing their child.
Lee denies any involvement in the death of Corwin. Autopsy results are pending. He was arrested in Alaska after a traffic stop and will be extradited to California to face charges.
Second Shooting by Police near Ferguson, Missouri
Two St. Louis police officers are reported to have fatally shot a knife-wielding man on Tuesday afternoon. The shooting took place only a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of civil unrest, crime and looting since the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown. The unidentified male had reportedly just stolen some items from a convenience store while brandishing the knife. When police ordered him multiple times to drop the weapon, he refused, repeating the words, “Kill me.” He was shot when he continued to edge closer to the officers while holding the knife.
Teen Skateboarders Arrested for Brutal Beating of Park Ranger Depicted on Viral Video
Two teenaged skateboarders have been arrested for the beating of a park ranger in Philadelphia’s LOVE park. The beating, in which the suspects are clearly seen committing the crime, was captured on video by a visitor to the park and quickly went viral. Curtis Tanner, 19, of Pottstown, Pa., and an unidentified 17-year-old now face charges of making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment of another person, simple assault and aggravated assault for Friday’s attack. Police say that the boys attacked the park ranger after he told them that skateboarding was not allowed in the park.
Father on Trial for Allegedly Shooting the Drunken Driver Who Killed His Children
Opening statements were scheduled for Tuesday in the trial of David Barajas of Texas, who is accused of shooting and killing the man whose drunken driving caused the death of Barajas’ two sons. Jose Banda was driving while intoxicated in December 2012 when his vehicle struck the vehicle in which David Barajas, Jr., 12, and Caleb Barajas, 11, were riding, causing the deaths of both children. Barajas’ attorney has said that his client is innocent of the crime. There are no eyewitnesses to the shooting and no weapon was ever recovered. If found guilty, Barajas could receive a sentence of life imprisonment.
Students Arrested for Plotting to Commit a Mass Shooting in Their California High School
Two high school students have been arrested after police uncovered their plan to commit a mass shooting in South Pasadena High School. Police said that students were plotting to “kill three staff members and as many students as possible with firearms.” Authorities were alerted by alert staff members of the school who noticed suspicious behavior by the boys. Classes are scheduled to start on Thursday, and administrators plan to have counselors on hand for incoming students and staff.
Commentary by Jennifer Pfalz