August 14, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Coda: If you scorned a woman's daughter, the fury gets ratcheted up a notch. Thus unfolds the tale in western Washington state of Jacqueline Ray, 49, and her dead son-in-law. Ray, a resident of the quaint community of Gig Harbor, has been charged with first-degree murder in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in July. Ray's daughter had apparently fled to a motel with her children to escape from her husband, who Ray said had repeatedly beaten her. Also arrested and charged was Luis Rea Barker.
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May 8, 2012 |
A convicted killer who died on death row while his appeal languished before the California Supreme Court should have his case decided posthumously, his attorney told the state high court. Scott F. Kauffman, who represented Dennis Lawley for 19 years, contends that his client was innocent of a 1989 murder for hire that sent him to San Quentin. Lawley, he said, deserves a ruling on his claims, even if the outcome will have no practical consequence. "Mr. Lawley's death does not erase the injustice of his conviction and sentence," Kauffman told the court in a written motion.
March 27, 2012 |
Six men, including a former soldier, have been arrested in the border town of Laredo, Texas, in connection with drug trafficking and an alleged murder-for-hire plot, according to federal officials. The arrests culminate a months-long federal sting operation in which the suspects allegedy helped hatch a plan to purchase weapons for drug cartel members in exchange for money and drugs. Kevin Corley, 29, and Samuel Walker, 28, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver were arrested over the weekend in Laredo, according to a statement released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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January 31, 2012 |
Eugene Temkin had a job he wanted done, and he knew precisely how he wanted it. The intended victims, including a former business associate with whom he'd had a nasty court fight, were to be hogtied and raped. They were to be tortured and forced to send $15 million to Temkin's off-shore bank account in Uruguay. They were then to be killed at their vacation home in Spain. That's what Temkin told a hit man he hired for the job and paid $3,000 as down payment. But that killer, whom Temkin knew as "Pavel," was in fact an undercover FBI agent.
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May 16, 2010 |
Not so long ago, Juan-Carlos Cruz was an anonymous young chef just getting started in a culinary arts career. But in less than a decade, he went from being a chubby sous chef in a hotel to a trim and handsome television chef and cookbook author, who taught classes on preparing low-calorie meals. Today, he sits in a Los Angeles County jail cell, booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, his bail set at $5 million. Santa Monica police say Cruz, 48, of Westwood, asked homeless men to commit homicide for him. After one of the homeless men told police, investigators launched a weeklong undercover operation that ended with Cruz's arrest in a Cheviot Hills dog park on Thursday.
May 15, 2010 |
Juan Carlos CruzSanta Monica police credited the department's strong relationship with the city's homeless population with helping crack an alleged murder-for-hire scheme involving a onetime Food Network chef and cookbook author. Juan-Carlos Cruz, former host of "Calorie Commando," was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, Sgt. Jay Trisler. told The Times. Police said Cruz allegedly approached people on the streets a week earlier and asked them to kill someone for him. At least one of the homeless individuals contacted police and, with that assistance, investigators were able to learn details of the alleged solicitation, including how, where and when the target was to be killed, authorities said.