March 15, 2001 |
A 13-year-old boy was sedated, restrained and gagged with his own underwear and duct tape, then raped repeatedly before he suffocated, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. In his opening statement, prosecutor Bob Balfe said Jesse Dirkhising had been restrained on a bed before dying in the assault on Sept. 26, 1999. If convicted, Joshua Macabe Brown, 23, could be sentenced to death.
December 8, 2000 |
Murder charges against two young men, one of whom supposedly bragged about the killing, were dropped when the alleged victim turned up alive in Arkansas. Paul Higgs, 21, had not been seen for several weeks after an argument with Adam W. Wuesthoff, 17, and Karl R. Wright, 20, in October at a house near the Arkansas state line. The two men were arrested after one of them told friends he had shot and killed Higgs and buried him in the woods in the Mark Twain National Forest, officials said.
June 15, 2000 |
A prosecutor who had the FBI test the wrong strand of hair from the 1991 murder of a schoolgirl said Wednesday he will drop charges against the suspect. The correct hair strand eventually was sent to the FBI, but the laboratory couldn't extract sufficient DNA material from it, prosecutor Fletcher Long Jr. said. That left no physical evidence to link Robbie Dale Tubbs of Weiner to the death of 9-year-old Christina Pipkin, Long said.
March 13, 2000 |
No one will ever accuse their films of being drab or uneventful. After the remarkable PBS documentary, "Brother's Keeper," Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky gave us HBO's "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills," a twisting, stunning 1996 account of three weird-behaving teenagers being tried and perhaps unjustly convicted in the grisly slayings of three 8-year-olds in West Memphis, Ark., a serene town of 28,000 along the Mississippi River.
October 7, 1999 |
A convicted killer who escaped from prison Sunday morning was back behind bars Wednesday but is the prime suspect in two deaths while he was on the run. Kenneth D. Williams crawled into a 500-gallon barrel of hog slops in a prison kitchen and escaped while the mass of table scraps was being towed to a prison farm, officials said Wednesday. He is accused in the deaths of a farmer near the prison and the driver of a truck that Williams apparently rammed while driving the farmer's truck.
September 9, 1999 |
A couple were accused in a Little Rock, Ark., court of leaving their 18-month-old son to die in the wilderness, and are also suspected of tossing his 2 1/2-year-old brother to his death in a lake. The mother had told police in June that the children had been kidnapped by their father. Last week, however, the father told police that the couple abandoned their children in a ravine and a pond. Alex Ware, 33, and Chantilly Harrell, 21, of Memphis, Tenn.