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A former senior investigative crime writer for CourtTV’s Crime Library, David also worked as a crime writer for Investigation Discovery, TLC and AOL News. He has been writing about crime and criminals for nearly 20 years. For more on David Lohr or to contact him, visit: www.davidlohr.net.

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Sandra Bland's Family Files Federal Lawsuit

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 8:37 AM


The family of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman found dead in a Texas jail cell after a controversial arrest, announced the filing of a federal lawsuit against officials in Houston on Tuesday.


"We are looking for the individuals involved in this situation to take accountability,"...

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Serial Killer's Daughter Joins Hunt For Chillicothe Killer

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 4:24 PM

The daughter of a convicted serial killer has joined the search for answers in a string of unsolved...

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Neal Falls' Dog Could Help Cops Solve Mystery Of Alleged Serial Killer

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:32 PM


Authorities in West Virginia are on the hunt for a dog they say could hold the key to solving the mystery behind Neal Falls, a 45-year-old Oregon man who cops suspect may have been a serial killer.


Falls was killed on July 18 by a female escort as...

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Son Of Imprisoned Rapper Mac Phipps Says 'It's A Good Feeling' Dad May Be Home Soon

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:37 PM


Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., imprisoned 15 years for a murder he says he didn't commit, could be home for the holidays if his lawyers can negotiate a time-served deal with the newly elected local prosecutor.


Phipps, whose Louisiana manslaughter conviction was based on testimony from a...

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Neal Falls Investigation Expands To Las Vegas-Area Dismemberments: EXCLUSIVE

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:37 AM


Neal Falls, the Oregon man shot to death by a West Virginia prostitute as he tried to strangle her on Saturday, is being investigated in connection with unsolved cases in Nevada that may include the deaths and dismemberment of several women.


"We received information that caused a...

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Neal Falls, Man Killed By Escort, Had Cache Of Weapons And List Of Prostitutes, Police Say

(9) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:47 PM


Neal Falls, the man shot to death by a prostitute after he attacked her on Saturday, had a cache of weapons and a list of online escorts inside his vehicle, police said Wednesday.


The items, as well as statements the woman said Falls made to her, led...

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Police Probe Link Between Man Killed After Reportedly Assaulting Escort And Missing Ohio Women

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Police are investigating a possible connection between a man who was allegedly killed on Saturday by an escort whom he had attempted to beat and the recent deaths and disappearances of several women in southern Ohio.

The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was shot and killed in...

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Man With Asthma Dies After Being Hogtied By Mississippi Police

(8) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 2:32 PM

 

A Tennessee man with asthma died after being hogtied and placed facedown on a stretcher by police following a Widespread Panic concert in Mississippi.

"A witness heard him tell police that he could not breathe," Memphis attorney Tim Edwards told The Huffington Post on Monday.

Edwards is representing the family of the dead man, whom he identified as Troy Goode, a 30-year-old chemical engineer and married father of one from Cordova, Tennessee.

According to Edwards, Goode and his wife attended a Saturday concert in Southaven, Mississippi. The couple was driving away from the concert venue when Goode exited the vehicle near a local shopping center.

"He was intoxicated and his wife was driving," Edwards said. "He was acting erratically and got out of the car for reasons unknown."

Goode's behavior prompted someone to call the Southaven Police Department. When officers arrived on the scene, Goode allegedly resisted arrest.

"He opened the back door to the K9 police car," witness Ashley Dunlap told Localmemphis.com. "The officers had to tame the dog and keep the dog under control and then the man starts running ... so the police officers had to run after him."

Goode -- who, according to Edwards, had asthma and carried an inhaler -- was arrested for disorderly conduct. For reasons not yet clear, Goode was hogtied by officers and placed facedown on a stretcher belonging to a responding ambulance, the lawyer said.

The incident was partially captured on amateur video.

While paramedics loaded Goode into the back of the ambulance, a bystander can be heard saying, "They've hogtied him. That's such a bad idea." Seconds later, another witness can be heard saying, "Video it, just in case he dies."

Goode was transported to a local hospital. Two hours later, his family was notified that he had died.

"That's what we know at this point," Edwards told HuffPost. "Troy was totally out of contact from the time he was taken by police to the announcement of his death."

The Southaven Police Department did not return calls for comment from HuffPost on Monday. A police spokesperson told Fox13 News that the department suspects Goode was under the influence of "LSD or something similar."

While many questions remain unanswered, Edwards said a preliminary examination of the case suggests it was unnecessary for police to hogtie Goode.

"There was no threat to any police officer," said Edwards. "He weighed 160 pounds. He was a small guy."

Hogtying a person has long been a controversial practice because of the risk of positional asphyxia. It has been banned by several law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department.

Goode's body was transported to Jackson, Mississippi, where an autopsy is being performed by the state medical examiner. Edwards said it could take three to four weeks for the results of the autopsy to be released.

"We want to know what happened before we jump into any type of legal action," the attorney said.

Meanwhile, Goode's family has remained silent about his death.

"They are in a state of shock and are grieving," Edwards said. "I have asked them not to speak until their minds clear up."

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Suspect Charged With Murder In Lyon Sisters' 1975 Disappearance

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:17 PM


An imprisoned sex offender has been indicted on murder charges in the disappearance of two young sisters who vanished from a suburban Washington, D.C., shopping center 40 years ago.


"I am honored to report that my Commonwealth Attorney, Randy Krantz, obtained indictments charging Lloyd Lee 'Michael' Welch...

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Raw Video Shows Cops Reacting To Gunfire From Chattanooga Shooter

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:04 PM

 

Raw cell phone video has emerged of the Thursday shooting spree that killed four Marines and wounded...

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Graphic Police Dash Cam Video Shows Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Man

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Three newly released dash cam videos show the dramatic moment that police in California shot and killed an unarmed man and wounded another in a Los Angeles suburb two years ago.

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Gardena Police Department to release the videos, filmed by dashboard cameras in three police patrol vehicles on June 2, 2013. The order came after several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press, requested access to the footage because of the recent rash of police shootings across the country.

The videos show three police officers drawing their weapons on 35-year-old Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino and his two friends, whom the officers mistakenly suspected of stealing a bicycle.

In the footage, two of the men obeyed police commands to raise their hands above their heads. However, the third man, identified as Diaz-Zeferino, was reportedly drunk and possibly confused by the officers' commands. Witnesses said Diaz-Zeferino was trying to tell officers that they were stopping the wrong men, Daily Herald reported.

The cameras recorded Diaz-Zeferino lowering and raising his hands several times before removing a baseball hat from his head and swinging his hands down to his waist. The action prompted the officers to discharge their weapons several times, striking Diaz-Zeferino eight times and his friend, Eutiquio Acevedo Mendez, once.

Paramedics reportedly took almost 10 minutes to respond to the shooting. Mendez survived his injuries, but Diaz-Zeferino was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police were investigating the theft of a bicycle belonging to Diaz-Zeferino's brother at the time of the shooting, according to The Associated Press. Diaz-Zeferino and his two friends were reportedly looking for the bike when the officers approached them.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against the officers in the aftermath of the shootings.

"They made a split-second decision and they were not required to hold fire in order to ascertain whether [Diaz-Zeferino] would, in fact, injure or kill them," Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon wrote in a memo, reported The Los Angeles Times.

However, the two victims' families sued the city of Gardena and ultimately settled the case for $4.7 million. The videos and other evidence in the case remained under seal until Tuesday, when Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled in favor of the media's request to release the videos.

"We applaud the court's decision to unseal the video," said AP spokesman Paul Colford said. "The Associated Press, joining with other news organizations, believes it's important that the public has access to videos like this to better understand the actions of their police officers."

After the judge's ruling, Gardena Police Chief Ed Medrano issued a statement calling the shooting a tragedy "for all involved." His office had opposed releasing the videos.

"We have thoroughly reviewed our response and have initiated new training, including the tactical use of cover techniques to slow down fast-moving events," Medrano said.

Yet while the civil suit is settled and the videos have been released, the case could be far from closed. Samuel Paz, an attorney for Diaz-Zeferino's family, said he may ask federal prosecutors to investigate whether the shooting constitutes a civil rights violation.

"I think it is really helpful for the public to understand why they would be willing to pay $4.7 million to settle the case when we were on the eve of trial," Paz said. "When the public sees the video and other law enforcement agencies see the video, this is very much a criminal act."

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Man Allegedly Caught Viewing Porn Suffers Girlfriend's Wrath: Cops

(80) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:01 AM

Florida police say a man suffered a beating when an angry girlfriend caught him viewing porn, after he promised her "he would stop."

Delia Priem, 29, of Largo, was arrested Monday and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after she allegedly awoke her boyfriend with a "slap to the face," according...

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Search For Missing Mom Crystal Rogers Eerily Similar To Aunt's 1979 Disappearance

(20) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 3:39 PM

The search for a missing mother in Kentucky is eerily similar to the disappearance of her aunt, who vanished nearly 40 years ago.

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Crystal Rogers, a 35-year-old mother of five, was last seen at her Bardstown home on July 3 by her...

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Watch The Emotional Moment A Judge Recognizes The Accused As A Former Classmate

(626) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Courtroom cameras captured the bittersweet moment that a south Florida judge realized the burglary suspect in front of her was a former middle-school classmate.

Arthur Booth, 49, was in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for a bond hearing Thursday when Judge Mindy Glazer asked him if he had attended a nearby middle...

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Tomorio Walton Reportedly Identified As Suspected Gunman Shot Dead By Journalist

(143) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 12:40 PM

The suspected gunman who was killed during a shootout with former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro has reportedly been identified by police as Tomorio Walton.

Walton, 27, allegedly accosted de Caro's wife, former CNN anchor Lynne Russell, in the parking lot of an Albuquerque, New Mexico, motel on Tuesday night,...

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Florida Police Seek Answers In Prominent Doctor's Slaying

(109) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Authorities in southwest Florida are trying to determine who is responsible for the slaying of Teresa Sievers, a prominent doctor and married mother of two who was found dead in her upscale home in Bonita Springs.

Sievers failed to show up for work Monday morning, the Lee County...

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No Evidence Of Gunshots Found After Reports Of Active Shooter At D.C. Navy Yard

(178) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 8:14 AM

D.C. and Navy officials said no injuries or evidence of gunshots were found, after a report of possible gunshots at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., brought troves of law enforcement to the area Thursday morning.

"There are no signs of a shooting, a shooter, or victims," the

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Little Girl And Her Pregnant Mom Dance Their Way To Viral Stardom

(8) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 4:16 PM

One enthusiastic little girl dancing to a popular hip-hop song, with backup from her very pregnant mom, is the latest viral hit, garnering more than 20 million plays in less than a week.

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook on June 26, opens with 6-year-old Jaylyn Gregory...

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Mississippi Ghost Hunters Find Missing Woman's Body At Abandoned Hospital

(27) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:38 PM

An abandoned Mississippi hospital, popular among curiosity seekers and paranormal researchers, became a crime scene Sunday after a group of ghost hunters found a body while exploring the property.

According to police, the group of individuals, who have not been identified, made the discovery at the abandoned Kuhn Memorial State...

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Hayleigh Wilson Missing: Teen's Father 'Terrified' She's With Sex Offender

(38) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:43 PM

The father of a missing teen who was last seen in the company of a sex offender with a lengthy criminal history, said his worst fear is that his daughter will be "cut up" and left for dead.

"It's terrifying to know that she is with a pedophile,"

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