The crime news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for September 2, 2014, includes reports on a murder suspect added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted List, a shooting in Kansas City that has left 3 people dead and 2 critically injured and the exoneration due to DNA testing of two half-brothers who have spent 30 years in prison for a rape and murder they did not commit in North Carolina.
Man Added to Texas’ 10 Most Wanted
Texas authorities have increased the reward for the arrest of Israel Aguirre, 33, to $10,000. Aguirre is wanted in connection with a 2002 murder. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Aguirre was arrested on charges of theft and murder in 2002. A jury found him guilty of theft and he was sent to prison. When his theft sentence was over, he was deported to his native Mexico before standing trial on the homicide charge.
Dallas police arrested Aguirre in 2005 for the alleged crimea of prostitution and for not identifying himself. After pleading no contest to those charges, he was released on bond and ordered to return for trial on the murder charge in Kaufman County. Although he appeared in court several times from 2005 to 2007, he has since disappeared. Aguirre is 5 feet 8 inches tall and 130 pounds. He has tattoos on his left arm and on his chest. He may use the names Israel Aguirre Jaimez, Israel Jaimez Carmona or Israel Aguirre-Jaimez and may be in the area of Dallas.
Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Aguirre should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS. Tips can also be texted by sending “DPS” and “tips” to 274637. Tips can also be submitted on Facebook on the “texas10mostwanted” page. All those submitting tips remain anonymous.
Three Dead, Two Wounded in K.C. Shooting
A shooting that took place in a residential Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon has left three people dead and two others fighting for their lives in critical condition. Police have located a vehicle that went missing during the crime.
Police responded to the scene just before 1 p.m. Two people were murdered at one location, a third was killed in another place and the two wounded people were discovered at still another location. All locations involved were situated in the same cul-de-sac in a middle-class neighborhood. The vehicle, a 2002 Toyota Highlander, which was later recovered, belonged to one of the homes involved.
A police spokeswoman declined to provide information on the victims or the suspect, who is still at large, but did say that a motive has still not been determined. The public is not believed to be in danger.
DNA Tests Free Two N.C. Men After 30 Years
Two men who have spent 30 years in prison for raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl have been exonerated by DNA evidence. The initial case against the men was based on their confessions, which they later took back and said had been coerced. The men are half-brothers and are considered to be mentally disabled. A judge on Tuesday found the men, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, innocent and ordered their release.
The DNA evidence led authorities to another man who lived within a block of where the girl’s body was discovered and who admitted to raping and murdering another person within the same time frame. At the time, authorities overlooked him as a suspect.
McCollum had spent the last 30 years on death row. Brown had been given a life sentence. When Robeson County Judge Douglas B. Sasser announced that the convictions of both would be vacated and their release was ordered, friends and family of the men wept and applauded.
Crime Daily Digest by Jennifer Pfalz