The crime news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 22, 2014, includes reports on the Oklahoma City police officer arrested for sexually assaulting women during routine traffic stops, the denial of Mark David Chapman’s eighth request for parole of his sentence for shooting John Lennon in 1980, an Arizona Air Force member who attempted to drown her toddler daughter after learning that she could not bring her daughter with her on her next deployment, a Pennsylvania woman whose attempt to frame her ex by downloading child pornography on the family computer badly misfired and the case in Denver of a man who hallucinated and killed his wife after eating an unregulated marijuana-laced snack.
Oklahoma Cop Sexually Assaults Women During Traffic Stops
Oklahoma City cop Daniel Holtzclaw has been arrested and faces charges of sexually assaulting multiple women during traffic stops he made while on patrol. He has been charged with a total of nine crimes, including multiple counts each of rape, oral sodomy, indecent exposure and sexual battery. The Oklahoma police were notified of the assaults after a woman came forward with accusations that Holtzclaw had committed “sexual impropriety” after stopping her for a traffic violation. Her account caused detectives to examine every traffic stop made by Holtzclaw in an effort to uncover more victims. To date, six other women have come forward. Police chief of Oklahoma City, Bill Citty, expects that more victims will be found as the search extends beyond February, which is the earliest case the investigators have discovered up to now. Holtzclaw’s bond has been set at five million dollars.
John Lennon’s Killer Loses Eighth Bid for Parole
Mark David Chapman, 59, who fatally shot John Lennon outside of the entrance to his New York City home in 1980 has again been denied parole. The board ruled against Chapman’s eighth bid to gain parole for several reasons, among which is their belief that if Chapman were free, he would be liable to commit more crimes. Chapman pleaded guilty to murdering Lennon and was given a sentence of 20 years-to-life in prison, which he began serving on Aug. 2, 1981. He will be up for parole again in two years.
Chapman shot Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980 while he was entering his home in The Dakota apartment building alongside his wife, Yoko Ono. After shooting Lennon, Chapman sat down not far from where he had shot his weapon and began to read “Catcher in the Rye.” He later told police that the J.D. Salinger book was his statement regarding the crime.
Arizona Mother Attempts to Drown Daughter
Phoeteama Janiece Neal, a member of the Air Force currently stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to kill her 20-month-old daughter by drowning her in the bathtub. Court records reveal that Neal tried to murder her daughter after finding out that she would not be able to bring her along on her scheduled deployment to Turkey at the end of August. A judge told Neal this week that while she was in Turkey, her daughter would live with her father, also a member of the Air Force.
Paramedics responded to a phone call made by Neal on Monday indicating that she had just drowned her daughter. They arrived to find Neal holding her fully clothed and dripping wet daughter. Although medical personnel was able to revive her daughter at the scene, she is currently in extremely critical condition. Her odds of survival are less than one percent.
Woman Downloads Child Porn in an Attempt to Frame Her Ex
Meri Jane Woods of Clymer, Pennsylvania, could be sentenced to a maximum of nine years behind bars for attempting to frame her husband, from whom she was estranged, by downloading child porn onto the family computer. After saving a total of 40 images, she brought the computer to police, laying the blame for the crime on Matthew Woods. Investigators who examined the images were able to detect by the time stamped on each image that they had been downloaded at one time only three days prior, but Matthew Woods had moved out of the house two weeks before the pictures were downloaded, and only after Meri Jane Woods had filed for an order of protection against him.
After putting together the pieces, police arrested Meri Jane Woods, 43, and charged her for the crimes of lying to police and possession of child pornography. She was convicted in an Indiana County courtroom and faces a long prison sentence and a possible fine of $20,000.00. Her sentencing is scheduled to take place in December.
Denver Man Who Shot Wife While Under Influence of Pot Candy in Court
A judge in Denver is deliberating on whether Richard Kirk, 48, will be tried for the murder of his wife, Kristine Kirk, 44, in April. Before she died, Kristine Kirk was able to call 911, telling the dispatchers that her husband had eaten marijuana-laced candy and may have taken prescription pain medication before the shooting. Kristine Kirk also said that her husband hallucinated after taking the substances, causing great fear in their three children. Although police have not yet commented on whether or not they believe that marijuana caused Richard Kirk to commit the crime, the case has sparked debate regarding the burgeoning marijuana-laced snack industry in Colorado, which is now mainly unregulated.
By Jennifer Pfalz