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Accused serial killer William Reece charged in death of 20-year-old Texas woman – KTRK

A Texas man suspected in the cold-case killings of two women and two girls 20 years ago now faces four murder charges.

William Lewis Reece, charged in the deaths of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, 17-year-old Jessica Cain and 12-year-old Laura Smither, has now been indicted for capital murder in the kidnapping and killing of 20-year-old Kelli Cox. Her remains were discovered outside Houston and identified last year.

Reece was already serving a 60-year prison sentence in Texas for kidnapping when he led police to graves where Cain and Cox’s remains were found.

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Military Court Dismisses Appeal Of Serial Killer On Death Row

Ronald A. Gray has lost another court battle aimed at stopping his execution.

A military appeals court dismissed Gray’s request for extraordinary relief last month.

Gray, a convicted serial killer whose crimes were committed in Fayetteville and on Fort Bragg, had asked the court to review his case as he sought to have his convictions and death sentence vacated.

The Nov. 13 opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces was the latest in a nearly 30-year legal battle over Gray’s case.

On Monday, an Army spokeswoman was not immediately able to comment on whether there are any other pending legal proceedings in the case. The spokeswoman also could not comment on whether an execution date has been scheduled or will be scheduled.

Gray is the longest-serving inmate on the military’s death row and is the only current prisoner whose execution has been approved by a

Read more at: http://taskandpurpose.com/military-court-dismisses-appeal-serial-killer-death-row/

Military court dismisses appeal of serial killer on death row

Ronald A. Gray has lost another court battle aimed at stopping his execution.

A military appeals court dismissed Gray’s request for extraordinary relief last month. Gray, a convicted serial killer whose crimes were committed in Fayetteville and on Fort Bragg, had asked the court to review his case as he sought to have his convictions and death sentence vacated.

The Nov. 13 opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces was the latest in a nearly 30-year long legal battle over Gray’s case.

On Monday, an Army spokeswoman was not immediately able to comment on whether there are any other pending legal proceedings in the case. The spokeswoman also could not comment on whether an execution date has been scheduled or will be scheduled.

Gray is the longest-serving inmate on the military’s death row and is the only

Read more at: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20171211/military-court-dismisses-appeal-of-serial-killer-on-death-row

Florida may seek death penalty against former St. John’s athlete

Florida prosecutors will likely seek the death penalty against the former St. John’s University basketball player suspected of slaying four people in Tampa.

“The death penalty should be reserved for the worst of the worst,” Tampa State Attorney Warren said Thursday, “and, generally speaking, serial killing would qualify.”

Warren spoke out after accused serial killer Howell (Trai) Donaldson III was ordered held without bail in his first court appearance.

Three people were found murdered in less than two weeks in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida.

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Serial killer says he hopes his ‘slow, painful death’ will comfort victims’ families

An East Coast drifter who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 and drove a van he called the “murder mobile” was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

A state judge handed down six consecutive life sentences to William Devin Howell during an emotional hearing where victims’ relatives spoke about how the killings devastated their lives. Howell pleaded guilty to murder charges in September.

“He stripped away the youth from us and made me and my brother orphans,” said Tiffany Menard, daughter of victim Mary Jane Menard.

She called Howell a “monster” and said she tried to kill herself two times after her mother disappeared.

Howell is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history — not counting mass shootings. The seven killings topped the Connecticut body count of serial killer Michael Ross, who killed six women in eastern Connecticut and two in New York, and

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Serial killer says he hopes his "slow, painful death in prison" will comfort families

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. —  An East Coast drifter who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 and drove a van he called the “murder mobile” was sentenced Friday to life in prison. 

A state judge handed down six consecutive life sentences to William Devin Howell during an emotional hearing where victims’ relatives spoke about how the killings devastated their lives. Howell pleaded guilty to murder charges in September.

“He stripped away the youth from us and made me and my brother orphans,” said Tiffany Menard, daughter of victim Mary Jane Menard.

She called Howell a “monster” and said she tried to kill herself two times after her mother disappeared.

Howell is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history – not counting mass shootings. The seven killings topped the Connecticut body count of serial killer Michael Ross, who killed six women in eastern Connecticut and two in

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/serial-killer-says-he-hopes-his-slow-painful-death-in-prison-will-comfort-families/

Serial killer says he hopes his "slow, painful death in prison" will …

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. —  An East Coast drifter who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 and drove a van he called the “murder mobile” was sentenced Friday to life in prison. 

A state judge handed down six consecutive life sentences to William Devin Howell during an emotional hearing where victims’ relatives spoke about how the killings devastated their lives. Howell pleaded guilty to murder charges in September.

“He stripped away the youth from us and made me and my brother orphans,” said Tiffany Menard, daughter of victim Mary Jane Menard.

She called Howell a “monster” and said she tried to kill herself two times after her mother disappeared.

Howell is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history – not counting mass shootings. The seven killings topped the Connecticut body count of serial killer Michael Ross, who killed six women in eastern Connecticut and two in

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/serial-killer-says-he-hopes-his-slow-painful-death-in-prison-will-comfort-families/

Japan’s ‘black widow’ serial killer gets death sentence

A serial killer dubbed the “black widow” was handed a death sentence Tuesday over the murders of her husband and two common-law partners, as well as the attempted murder of an acquaintance, between 2007 and 2013.

The ruling by the Kyoto District Court came despite a not guilty plea by the defense counsel of Chisako Kakehi, 70, citing a lack of physical evidence. The defense had also argued that Kakehi could not be held responsible as she had developed symptoms of early-onset dementia at the time of the murders.

“It was a heinous crime driven by greed for money. The death sentence cannot be avoided even after fully taking into account dementia and other factors,” presiding Judge Ayako Nakagawa said in the ruling.

According to the ruling, Kakehi murdered her 75-year-old husband, Isao, common-law partners Masanori Honda, 71, and Minoru Hioki, 75, and tried to kill acquaintance Toshiaki

Read more at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/07/national/crime-legal/japans-black-widow-serial-killer-gets-death-sentence/

Death penalty sought for alleged ‘black widow’ serial killer

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought the death penalty for a 70-year-old woman, dubbed the “black widow,” charged with the murders of her husband and two common-law partners and the attempted murder of an acquaintance between 2007 and 2013.

Describing Chisako Kakehi’s alleged crimes as “heinous and serious incidents that are rarely seen,” the prosecutors said in their closing arguments at the Kyoto District Court that the victims — all elderly men — were given drinks laced with cyanide by Kakehi. She was heavily indebted and had been planning to inherit their assets.

The court is scheduled to hand down a ruling on Nov. 7, with the defense making its closing statements on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kakehi is mentally competent and can be held responsible for her crimes, which “were premeditated.” Her “cognitive function has not significantly deteriorated as shown in her psychiatric evaluation,” and she had no mental disorders

Read more at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/10/national/social-issues/death-penalty-sought-alleged-black-widow-serial-killer/

Death penalty sought for alleged ‘black widow’ serial killer | The …

Prosecutors on Tuesday sought the death penalty for a 70-year-old woman, dubbed the “black widow,” charged with the murders of her husband and two common-law partners and the attempted murder of an acquaintance between 2007 and 2013.

Describing Chisako Kakehi’s alleged crimes as “heinous and serious incidents that are rarely seen,” the prosecutors said in their closing arguments at the Kyoto District Court that the victims — all elderly men — were given drinks laced with cyanide by Kakehi. She was heavily indebted and had been planning to inherit their assets.

The court is scheduled to hand down a ruling on Nov. 7, with the defense making its closing statements on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kakehi is mentally competent and can be held responsible for her crimes, which “were premeditated.” Her “cognitive function has not significantly deteriorated as shown in her psychiatric evaluation,” and she had no mental disorders

Read more at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/10/national/social-issues/death-penalty-sought-alleged-black-widow-serial-killer/