The crime news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Sept. 12, 2014, includes reports on the escape and recapture of school shooter T.J. Lane in Ohio and how prison officials were warned of a possible escape before it occurred and did nothing to prevent it; the arrest of a Massachusetts woman for concealing the death of three infants, whose remains were discovered inside of her squalid and filthy home; and the investigation in Florida of an incident in which George Zimmerman threatened to kill another driver on the road.
Ohio Prison Warned of Possible Escape
After climbing over the fence of the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in a desperate bid for freedom with two other inmates, school shooter T.J. Lane, 19, was found less than six hours later as he hid by a church approximately 100 yards away from the prison. Lane was in prison for killing three high school students. The other two escapees have also been apprehended.
The minimum and medium-security facility is located approximately 80 miles to the south of Toledo in Lima. An oversight committee released a statement today to say that Lane had been housed in a unit with higher security than the general population. The same committee released a report in May addressing concerns with security in the higher-security portion of the prison. The union for Ohio prison guards said today that prison officials had been warned one day before that an escape was going to occur, but they failed to heighten security in that unit.
Lane is remembered mainly for his actions while on trial for the murder of three students and the wounding of two others in Chardon, Ohio, on Feb. 27, 2012. While being sentenced in court last year, Lane swore and directed an obscene gesture to those assembled. He also removed his button-down shirt to reveal a white T-shirt on which he had scrawled “killer.” He wore a similar shirt when he committed the murders. He was sentenced to three life sentences to be served consecutively.
Mass. Woman Hid Deaths of Three Infants
Erika L. Murray of Blackstone, Mass., has been ordered held without bail after a hearing in district court in which her attorney entered not-guilty pleas on her behalf. She has been charged with concealing the deaths of three infants whose remains were discovered inside of the filthy, feces and trash-ridden home in which she lived. Murray’s attorney, Keith Halpern, agreed that Murray, 31, should not be given bail.
Halpern gave a statement outside of the court today in which he said that because of the dangerous and squalid conditions inside of the home in which she lived, he believed that his client was mentally ill. No other information concerning any possible crime has been released.
Zimmerman Accused of Threatening Driver
Police in Florida are investigating a claim by a driver that after a confrontation with George Zimmerman on the road, Zimmerman threatened to kill him. Police are currently investigating two reports which have been made concerning the incident. Zimmerman, 30, became notorious last year after being acquitted of the crime of second-degree murder for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The driver called police on Tuesday after an incident in which the driver of a truck that had pulled up next to his vehicle yelled, “Why are you pointing a finger at me?” The man recognized the driver to be Zimmerman, who then asked him, “Do you know who I am?” before threatening to kill him. The man, whose name is not being released, called police on Thursday after spotting Zimmerman inside of his truck outside of the man’s work. The man declined to file charges against Zimmerman.
Crime Digest by Jennifer Pfalz
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