9/28/11

State board votes to grant parole to Gaile Owens - WSMV Channel 4

Gaile Owens, convicted of accessory to first-degree murder and sentenced to death for killing her husband in 1985 in Shelby County, has been granted parole after a hearing earlier this month.

Department spokeswoman Melissa McDonald told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the board approved the release of the 58-year-old Owens, who was convicted in 1986 of hiring a man to kill her husband and sentenced to death.



WOW! How wonderful.Ever since the Mary Winkle verdict I have been stewing about how long Gaile has been locked up. She has more than paid for her crime.

9/20/11

A wrongful death refers to the untimely death of a person/s due to accidents, criminal activities, or other person’s negligence. Wrongful death cases are being filed by the surviving dependents of a wrongful death victim. In filing a wrongful death claim, there exists the so-called statute of limitations that sets a time frame on when to file a lawsuit prior to the incident. This means that even valid claims cannot be filed after this period ends. Usually, wrongful death cases are hard to prove. They often take several years before they’re finally settled, and require expert and credible evidences and testimonies to establish the truth. The claimants are the ones who are responsible to prove the claim. Wrongful death attorneys only agree to handle a wrongful death case it they think it has a merit and find it to end up successfully. In most cases, the settlements range to millions of dollars. In most cases, wrongful death claims are being filed against medical practitioners such as a doctor or an entire department of a hospital. They can also be made against the manufacturers of a defective product such as a motorcycle, automobile, mechanical or electrical device, and many others. In such instances, the case can also be addressed to the manufacturers of the parts of the product, wholesalers and even designers. In addition, wrongful death can also be job-related like in the case where safety precautions were not followed. In the aforementioned grounds for a wrongful death claim, it is very important to present concrete evidences and comprehensive testimonies. Sometimes, defendants might offer the claimants huge amounts in out-of-court settlements to avoid damage to their reputation in the industry where they belong. If the claimants agree with this set-up, there is a less chance that a guilty verdict will be served against the defendant. However, this is not always the case because the facts of the case will already become public records. Finally, if the survivors of a wrongful death victim are considering filing a wrongful death claim, they must search, either locally or online, for legal specialists or reputable law firms that have remarkable trial experiences in this area of law. Remember that winning a wrongful death case can also have other consequences to the defendants aside from paying a certain amount for the actual damages. In other cases, the merits of the lawsuit itself can also result to the filing of criminal charges against the defendants. http://www.mesrianilaw.com/

9/16/11

Woman Charged with Two Ax Murders: Chicagoist

This is a very strange tale of a woman who killed several other women in her congregation with an ax. Apparently she had a falling out with her church members and was asked to leave the congregation. In the following weeks she was seen wandering the neighborhood with a list entitled Mother Who Wont Make it to Mothers Day and carrying an ax.

9/4/11

Two of the women on death row in America have had their appeals rejected this week.

Michelle Tharp in Pennsylvania. Long time readers here know my history with Michelle Tharp. She will never be free and will eventually be executed. She was found guilty of starving her 7-year-old daughter to death in 1998.
She filed an appeal on the grounds that she had not received a fair trial. It was rejected.

The other one is Robin Lee Row of Idaho. I have had no contact with her. She has returned all letters from me with notes that she does not accept any more penpals.
She was convicted of the 1992 killing of her husband and two children by setting their Boise duplex on fire. At her sentencing the following year, a judge said she was a pathological liar and "the embodiment of the cold-blooded, pitiless slayer."
Her news is slightly better.
Her appeal is based on a contention that secret tape recordings of phone calls shouldn't have been allowed into evidence and a claim that she had brain damage. Although the judge dismissed her appeal he gave her permission to plea to a higher court on several issues. The book Deadly Confidante is a very meticulous rendition of the case. Lots of detail and several points of view I found startling.

Matthew Perkins Triple Murder

The man who committed these murders recruited my daughter into the Army. We had quite a bit of contact with him at the time. Can you ima...