The crime news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for September 3, 2014, includes reports on an arrest made in a triple murder in Kansas City during which two others were also severely beaten and are in critical condition, a sentence handed down for the Detroit man who shot an unarmed teen who was pounding on his door in the early morning and an Indianapolis man arrested for the murder of his 3-month-old baby.
Arrest in K.C. Triple Murder
The person responsible for the killing of three people and the beating of two in a neighborhood cul-de-sac in south Kansas City has been arrested. Brandon B. Howell, 34, was charged on Wednesday by Jackson County prosecutors with three counts of first-degree murder, burglary, four counts of armed criminal action, motor vehicle theft, two counts of first-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Howell was arrested on Tuesday night as he walked on Interstate 29 with a 12-gauge shotgun tucked inside of his pant leg. A 2002 Toyota Highlander, which had been stolen from one of the crime scenes and then abandoned, had been discovered earlier Tuesday approximately one mile from where Howell was found walking. He is being held without bail in Jackson County.
Authorities identified the fatalities as 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and her 63-year-old son, Darrel, and 69-year-old Susan Choucroun. The other victims were severely beaten during his crime spree and remain in critical condition.
Man in Porch Shooting Gets 32 Years
Theodore Wafer, the Detroit man convicted of second-degree murder for shooting and killing Renisha McBride, 19, as she banged on his porch door for help, has been given a prison sentence of 32 years in prison, although he will be eligible for parole after 17. Before his sentencing, Wafer told McBride’s family that his decision not to call police but instead to shoot what he thought was an intruder would cause him “guilt and sorrow forever.”
Prosecutors believe that McBride, who was extremely intoxicated at the time of her death, was possibly looking for help that night. Her crashed car was found approximately half of a mile away from Wafer’s home. Wafer, 55, testified that he heard McBride pounding on his door in the early morning hours of Nov. 2. Afraid for his own life and unable to find his mobile phone, he picked up his shotgun, opened the front door of his home and shot McBride through the screen door.
Although he first led police to believe that the shooting was an accident, he eventually admitted that he had intentionally pulled the trigger. The jury did not believe that he killed McBride in self-defense and found him guilty of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a gun, and manslaughter. By law, he is eligible to appeal automatically.
Man Arrested in Death of 3-Month-Old Daughter
A 23-year-old Indianapolis man has been arrested and charged with murder, battery to a child resulting in death and neglect resulting in the death of a child after his infant daughter died while he was caring for her. Christopher Schafer was arrested for the crime on Wednesday morning.
Indianapolis police were called to an apartment shortly after 1 a.m. on a report of an unresponsive baby. When they arrived, the 3-month-old infant was in critical condition and was immediately taken to the hospital, where she died a short while later.
Schafer initially told police that he had fallen asleep while his baby was laying on his chest. He claimed that when he awoke, he discovered that the baby had fallen between the couch and his body and was not breathing. An autopsy performed on the baby showed that the cause of death was homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the baby’s left leg and head. Although Schafer has been arrested, prosecutors with Marion County are still reviewing the case and have not yet filed formal charges.
By Jennifer Pfalz