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Man Accused of Killing Teen Claims She Hired Him on Craigslist to Kill Her

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger who was reported missing by her boyfriend in December and was found dead a day later in a wooded area not far from a dirt road in Adams County, Colorado.

Joseph Michael Lopez, 22, was arrested earlier this month and booked on suspicion of first-degree murder. He claims that Bollinger hired him to kill her. According to court records, Bollinger put up a Craigslist ad titled “I want to put a hit on myself.” Lopez said he answered that ad.

According to those court records, Lopez told police that he and Bollinger talked over text before he picked her up at her apartment, not far from Denver. Lopez claimed he tried to change the teen’s mind, CBS News reports. Bollinger allegedly provided the gun — a Glock 9mm pistol —  used in her death.  Her boyfriend

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Man Accused Of Killing A Couple That Helped Him In Another Alleged Murder

A man already charged in the murder of a couple found buried in a shallow grave in September has just been indicted for the murder of another body found buried under a vacant home in Fort Worth, Texas.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Hector “Cholo” Acosta, 28, and his alleged accomplice Felipe Eduardo Ortiz, 29, on capital murder charges in connection with the body found under the home, the Star-Telegram reports. That body was Triston Ray Algiene, 34, who had been missing since July. His body was discovered in October, cut in half before being shoved under a repair patch in the vacant home’s foundation.

Just one month before Algiene’s body was found, Acosta was indicted on the capital murder charge of Erick “Diablo” Zelaya and Zelaya’s girlfriend, Iris Chirinos, who was only 17 years old.

The severed head of Zelaya was discovered on a walking trail. Near the head,

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Juanita Martinez Gomez Sentenced For Killing Daughter With …

Juanita Martinez Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder last month after a violent exorcism resulted in the death of her daughter in August of 2016. Now, Gomez has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

According to NewsOK, Gomez plans on appealing the decision made by District Judge Ray Elliott. She did not offer a statement on the proceedings and spoke quietly in court.

Investigators say that Gomez had admitted to physically abusing her daughter because she was believed to have been possessed by the devil. In a ritualistic attempt to rid her of evil spirits, Gomez shoved a crucifix and a religious medallion down her throat. She ultimately died from blunt force trauma to the head and face, according to a state medical examiner.

The bloody body of Geneva Gomez was discovered by her ex-boyfriend, who noted that her arms had been stretched out to resemble

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Man Suspected Of Killing 2 Police Officers Threatened To Kill Wife And Baby

Two police officers from Websterville, Ohio were shot to death on Saturday while responding to a 911 hangup call from a domestic abuse victim. Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, died as they attempted to enter an apartment.

Inside that home was 30-year-old Quentin Lamar Smith, who police believe pulled the trigger and killed the two men. 

“The officers gave their lives in defense of others,” Division of Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said during an emotional news conference, according to NBC4. He called both Joering and Morelli “true American heroes.”

According to USA Today, it is unclear where Smith is and if he is in custody. According to NBC4, he has been wounded and is being treated at a hospital.

Last year, police visited Smith multiple times for alleged domestic violence against his wife, Candace Smith. According to police documents, Candice went to a police station in

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Man Accused Of Killing Roommate, Encasing Body In Concrete After Love Triangle Turned Deadly

Last week, the body of a man who went missing a year ago was found encased in concrete and buried in the backyard of his own home. Carl Spencer, 27, of Hartville, Ohio, was arraigned on Monday for the murder of the victim, his 25-year-old roommate Nicholas Stein. According to charging documents, prosecutors believe that Spencer (pictured) pushed Stein down a flight of stairs after a love triangle turned deadly.

According to People, Stein’s remains were found in a plastic container inside the concrete, buried six feet under. Cadaver dogs assisted in the search.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Spencer’s lawyer, Derek Lowry, said Spencer will be pleading not guilty. The lawyer declined to make any additional comments on the case. The Associated Press reported that Spencer was jailed on $5 million bond.

Kristen Lain, 28, reported Stein missing last year. She,

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Woman Charged With Killing Young Father After Driving On Wrong Side Of Road In Suicide Attempt

A woman from Red Bluff, California now faces criminal charges after her alleged suicide attempt took the life of a young husband and father. In early January, 28-year-old Grace Ward drove on the wrong state of an interstate, allegedly to end her own life, NBC 4 reports.

Ward did not die in the crash that occurred when she hit oncoming traffic. Instead, she suffered a broken leg. The crash did have a fatality: Ryan Folson, a father of three and a former football player at Brigham Young University. Folson, 29, also attended medical school. In fact, he was en route to a hospital to interview for a residency when Ward crashed into him.

Other cars managed to swerve out of Ward’s way after she allegedly drove down the wrong side of the freeway.

“She intentionally was driving and swerving towards them,” Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said, according to Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/woman-charged-with-killing-young-father-after-driving-on-wrong-side-of-road-in-suicide

2 Dead In ‘Planned Killing Spree’ In Detroit

A man plotted a “planned killing spree” in the metro area of Detroit. According to Fox 2, Vernest James Griffin allegedly killed two people on Thursday morning and planned to attack more at a string of local businesses.

Griffin first went into BSD Trucking, a local business in Taylor, at 10:30 a.m., with a semiautomatic weapon and started shooting there. One man was hit and killed. The identity of the victim not been released but it’s said he was 60 years old and a part of the management. He was also apparently related to the owners of the business.

After this, the suspect then held his gun to a truck driver’s head so that he could steal his semi truck. That would be his vehicle for the duration of the crimes. An hour later, the suspect went to another business, Aluminum Stamping, Inc., in nearby Pontiac and killed another man. That victim was identified

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‘Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer’ Premieres February 11 on Oxygen

NEW YORK, NY – January 29, 2018 – Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, debuts “Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” hosted by Kate Snow, NBC News Senior National Correspondent, on Sunday, February 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special delves deep into Andrew Cunanan’s maniacal and calculated killing spree, culminating in the shocking and untimely death of fashion icon Gianni Versace. For more information visit Oxygen.com.  

“Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” re-examines the infamous manhunt for Cunanan through new and revisited expert insider interviews. No two people could have been more different than Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan. The first, a world renowned fashion designer whose friends included Elton John, Madonna and Princess Diana. The second, a deranged social climber whose delusional boasts involved exotic travel, money and celebrity. In 1997, their worlds collided in South Beach, the place Versace had come for inspiration, and the place Cunanan journeyed

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‘Killing Versace’ Special to Explore Failed Manhunt for the Designer’s Assassin (Exclusive)

Hot off the launch of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, FX’s second installment of American Crime Story, Oxygen is taking audiences inside the real-life manhunt for the famed designer’s killer, Andrew Cunanan, with Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.

Cunanan, a maniacal and calculated killer, not only murdered Versace, but four other men across the country, leading up to the July 15, 1997 shooting.

The one-hour special hosted by NBC News Senior National Correspondent Kate Snow will re-examine what is believed to be the most mishandled manhunt of the past 20 years through new and exclusive interviews with industry insiders, legal experts and forensic specialists. Killing Versace will chronicle Cunanan’s cross-country movements that eventually took him to Miami. Experts will re-evaluate the evidence from the case, and pinpoint investigative flaws that enabled Cunanan to escape the law before taking his own life eight days later.

Premiering Sunday, Feb. 11, the

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‘Killing Versace’ Special to Explore Failed Manhunt for the …

Hot off the launch of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, FX’s second installment of American Crime Story, Oxygen is taking audiences inside the real-life manhunt for the famed designer’s killer, Andrew Cunanan, with Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.

Cunanan, a maniacal and calculated killer, not only murdered Versace, but four other men across the country, leading up to the July 15, 1997 shooting.

The one-hour special hosted by NBC News Senior National Correspondent Kate Snow will re-examine what is believed to be the most mishandled manhunt of the past 20 years through new and exclusive interviews with industry insiders, legal experts and forensic specialists. Killing Versace will chronicle Cunanan’s cross-country movements that eventually took him to Miami. Experts will re-evaluate the evidence from the case, and pinpoint investigative flaws that enabled Cunanan to escape the law before taking his own life eight days later.

Premiering Sunday, Feb. 11, the

Read more at: http://www.etonline.com/killing-versace-special-explore-failed-manhunt-designers-assassin-exclusive-95148