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Texas Father Kills His Three Children, Ex-Wife’s Boyfriend And Himself

A Texas man shot his ex-wife, her new boyfriend and his own three children before killing himself, police said.

Justin Painter on Wednesday shot and killed Seth Richardson, 29, and Painter’s three children — Drake, 4; Caydence, 6; and Odin, 8 — in Ponder, near Fort Worth, police said. He also shot his ex, Amanda Simpson, who survived. 

Before his rampage, Painter had filed a temporary restraining order against Simpson, according to court documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News. The couples’ divorce —initiated by Painter in August 2017 — was finalized in March after five years of marriage. Painter was given primary custody of the children. 

Police were called to Simpson’s home  Wednesday morning with reports of a burglary in progress. Officers found five people dead and Simpson critically injured, according to the Star-Telegram

 

 

Here’s what we know so far:

• Investigators determined that the shooter was

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Texas Father Kills His Three Children, Ex-Wife’s Boyfriend And Himself

A Texas man shot his ex-wife, her new boyfriend and his own three children before killing himself, police said.

Justin Painter on Wednesday shot and killed Seth Richardson, 29, and Painter’s three children — Drake, 4; Caydence, 6; and Odin, 8 — in Ponder, near Fort Worth, police said. He also shot his ex, Amanda Simpson, who survived. 

Before his rampage, Painter had filed a temporary restraining order against Simpson, according to court documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News. The couples’ divorce —initiated by Painter in August 2017 — was finalized in March after five years of marriage. Painter was given primary custody of the children. 

Police were called to Simpson’s home  Wednesday morning with reports of a burglary in progress. Officers found five people dead and Simpson critically injured, according to the Star-Telegram

 

 

Here’s what we know so far:

• Investigators determined that the shooter was

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Texas Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Stomping Toddler Girl To Death

A Texas man who had faced the death penalty for stomping an 18-month-old baby to death was instead sentenced to life in prison on Monday, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported.

Joshua Beard, 24, was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s child, Tylea Moore, in July 2014. He also received a 20-year sentence for evidence tampering. The sentences will be served concurrently.

According to Beard’s arrest warrant, he and his girlfriend, Alexis Botello, then 17, were at their home on July 4 when Beard called Tylea “the little demon” and threw her onto a bed with such force that she bounced up and landed on the floor.

That’s when Beard repeatedly stomped on the baby’s stomach until she vomited, Botello told police.

When she tried to stop Beard, he choked and beat her too, Botello said.

When the couple realized Tylea had stopped breathing, the couple tried to revive her with CPR, but failed.

They then took Tylea’s

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Texas Police To Alleged Thief: ‘Gurl, CALL ME’

Sometimes you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

The Southlake Department of Public Safety in Northern Texas reached out to suspected criminal Crystal Ladawn Finely Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, addressing her with kisses — and a slightly condescending tone.

Finley is accused of stealing a person’s identity to open up multiple store credit cards in the state.

“What’s been up?!” police wrote. “We’ve obvi been looking all over for you! You’ve been laying low since we last saw you, which was using an innocent Southlake victim’s identity to open up credit cards in person at a ton of stores in the metroplex. Luckily, the loss prevention guys prevented you from getting too much property, amiright?! You opened up those accounts at Z Gallerie, Victoria’s Secret, At Home, Ashley Furniture, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Jared (the galleria of jewelry, nonetheless).”

Police went on to accuse Finley, who is pregnant, of providing

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Reward Increased For Texas Murder That Inspired Oscar-Winning Film "Three Billboards"

The reward for information in the Texas murder that inspired the Oscar-winning film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has been doubled — a rare advancement in a cold case that made little progress in nearly three decades. 

The Texas Department Of Public Safety will now offer $6,000 for any info on the murder of Kathy Page, who was found dead in her car in 1991. 

It’s unclear what led to the new reward coming now, although the case has seen a new wave of attention since the release of “Three Billboards” in November. 

Page, 34, was found strangled and in a ditch in what was allegedly staged to look like an accident. Her father, James Fulton, has for decades paid for billboards along the I-10 that condemn the Vidor Police Department for not solving the case and accused Page’s husband of killing her.

“Steve Page brutally murdered his wife in 1991,” one sign says. “Vidor PD

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Texas Man Who Cut Out College Student’s Heart Sentenced To Life In Prison

A Texas fitness instructor was sentenced to life behind bars on Monday for the 2016 killing of a Texas college student. A jury found Charles Bryant, 31, guilty on first-degree murder charges for the gory death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, a student at Texas Woman’s University.

Vandagriff’s victim’s heart was cut out, and her dismembered and burnt body was left in a kiddie pool in a park. Bryant had confessed to dismembering and burning a college student’s body after claiming she died during kinky sex gone wrong.

During the trial, which began earlier this month, Bryant’s attorney Glynis McGinty argued Bryant and Vandagriff had consensual rough sex in Bryant’s car after they met in a bar on September 13. She claimed that Bryant used a zip tie for autoerotic asphyxiation,  according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Then, she claimed her client panicked and tried to cover up her death.

The prosecution,

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Abused Texas Teen Maarib Al Hishmawi Refused To Marry Older …

Maarib Al Hishmawi was 15 years old when her parents told her they’d found someone for her to marry. The man would pay the family $20,000 for the arrangement. Maarib balked at the prospect, and according to the San Antonio Express News, that’s when the beating started. 

Not just ordinary physical beating, either. 

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said she was choked to the point of unconsciousness at one point.

“This young lady, at various times over that time period was subjected to some pretty bad abuse because she didn’t want to be married to this person,” Salazar said. “Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body. She was beat with broomsticks. At least at one point, she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness.”

 

 

In January, Maarib Al Hishmawi

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Pastor In Texas Starved A Toddler To Exorcise Demon And Was Sentenced To 99 Years In Prison

Pastor Aracely Meza held the dead toddler in her arms and spoke into a microphone. “Wake up and rise right now,” she said in Spanish in 2015, surrounded by a crowd of congregants. “Right now.”

The Pastor was performing a resurrection ceremony for the child, after she had ordered a 21-day fast to exorcise a demon.

A video captured the sickening scene, with Meza holding the child and rubbing his head with oil, after he died on March 22, 2015. The boy is frail and emaciated, and his clothes hang from his body.

Jurors found Meza, 52, guilty of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, and she’ll serve 99 years in prison. She was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. 

Meza and her husband Daniel Meza, ran a church out of a brick house called the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey, in Balch Springs, near Dallas. Several adults

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Young Texas Mom Shot And Dumped In Trash

The body of a young woman thrown away in the garbage has lead to a murder charge. 

Authorities in Texas received a report on March 20 that someone had spotted a body in a dumpster in Tom Green County. Upon investigation, the body was identified as 24-year-old Camille Garcia, as a police release stated. After asking the public for information in help in the incident, authorities have arrested a man named Andres Rios Ramirez, who has confessed to the murder.

An autopsy was initially performed at the South Plains Forensic Pathology in Lubbock, Texas and the cause of death for Garcia, who was described as a “young mother,” was found to be a single gunshot wound. Authorities came upon Ramirez as a person of interest on Wednesday, as a police release reports. He was spotted on the Southside of San Angelo in a car. Authorities conducted a traffic stop, knowing the suspect did not have a

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Another Package Bomb Goes Off In Texas, This Time Near San Antonio

A little after midnight on Tuesday, there was another blast in Texas, a state which has been recently rattled by package bombs. This time, the explosion occurred at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio, according to CNN.

An employee was hurt after a “single package exploded,” FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey told CNN. That employee suffered minor injuries. Local police said, through a statement posted on Facebook, that “the explosion came from a package in the sorting area of the facility. One person was treated and released at the scene.”

The package was intended to reach an Austin address and the return address was also from Austin, according to CBS Austin.

The facility where the package detonated is located in Schertz, about an hour away from Austin. Police are now trying to determine if this explosion is connected to the four package bombs that have rocked Austin.  In fact, FBI Special Agent Michelle

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