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Anne Arundel judge: ‘manipulative serial killer’ deserved a tougher sentence

Christopher Scheibe’s attorneys painted the picture of a man born into a volatile situation.

The son of a prominent former attorney for Anne Arundel County, the 29-year-old man sat in an oversized jumpsuit and listened quietly Wednesday as his attorneys detailed his long history of mental illness and being abandoned by his parents. Scheibe, convicted of stabbing two young women to death in 2012 and 2016, made bizarre statements to police after his arrest that resulted in a psychological evaluation.

“One can’t help but stand here and wonder ‘Could something have been done?’” defense attorney Tiffany Holley said.

Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. was having none of it. He dismissed arguments that mental illness was a significant factor in Scheibe’s murder of Holly Carol Smith, 24, of Dundalk and Jessica Lynn Lee, 20, of Brooklyn Park.

Anne Arundel judge: ‘manipulative serial killer’ deserved a tougher …

Christopher Scheibe’s attorneys painted the picture of a man born into a volatile situation.

The son of a prominent former attorney for Anne Arundel County, the 29-year-old man sat in an oversized jumpsuit and listened quietly Wednesday as his attorneys detailed his long history of mental illness and being abandoned by his parents. Scheibe, convicted of stabbing two young women to death in 2012 and 2016, made bizarre statements to police after his arrest that resulted in a psychological evaluation.

“One can’t help but stand here and wonder ‘Could something have been done?’” defense attorney Tiffany Holley said.

Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. was having none of it. He dismissed arguments that mental illness was a significant factor in Scheibe’s murder of Holly Carol Smith, 24, of Dundalk and Jessica Lynn Lee, 20, of Brooklyn Park.

Anne Arundel Judge: ‘homicidal, manipulative serial killer’ deserved a tougher sentence

A Southern Maryland man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to two murders dating back to 2012.

During a hearing Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. in Annapolis, Christopher Allen Scheibe, 29, apologized for stabbing Holly Carol Smith, 24, of Dundalk, and Jessica Lynn Lee, 20, of Brooklyn Park to death.

Harris showed no sympathy for Scheibe, calling him a “homicidal, manipulative serial killer.” He dismissed arguments by Scheibe’s attorneys that mental illness was a significant factor in the two killings.

“He knew enough to be a very dangerous person,” Harris said. “If I had it my way, this gentleman would never see the light of day.”

Man Says Serial Killer Photo He Sent to Judge Was Just a ‘Cry for Help’

(MONESSEN, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

Gregg Tchirkow, of Monessen, claimed at Thursday’s preliminary hearing that the picture was a “cry for help” and a way to tell the court he needed psychiatric help when transitioning from prison to freedom. Lecter is the criminally insane psychiatrist who helps an FBI agent track a serial killer in the film “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-Defazio sent Tchirkow to prison for 18 to 36 months in 2015 for growing marijuana in

Read more at: http://time.com/4944845/man-says-serial-killer-photo-he-sent-to-judge-was-just-a-cry-for-help/

Man Says Serial Killer Photo He Sent Judge a Cry for Help | Time.com

(MONESSEN, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

Gregg Tchirkow, of Monessen, claimed at Thursday’s preliminary hearing that the picture was a “cry for help” and a way to tell the court he needed psychiatric help when transitioning from prison to freedom. Lecter is the criminally insane psychiatrist who helps an FBI agent track a serial killer in the film “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-Defazio sent Tchirkow to prison for 18 to 36 months in 2015 for growing marijuana in

Read more at: http://time.com/4944845/man-says-serial-killer-photo-he-sent-to-judge-was-just-a-cry-for-help/

Judge lifts stay in local serial killer’s case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A judge has lifted a stay in the case of convicted serial killer Gary Michael Hilton.

That means his death sentence appeal will likely continue this summer.

The case has been on hold for more than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court declared Florida’s death penalty unconstitutional in January 2016.

Hilton is appealing his death sentence claiming ineffective counsel.

His new defense attorney and a prosecutor from the Florida Attorney General’s office expect to schedule a new evidentiary hearing in the next few months.

Hilton is on death row for the 2007 kidnapping and murder of Crawfordville Sunday school teacher and FSU nurse Cheryl Dunlap.

A jury unanimously recommended Hilton receive the death penalty for it.

Read more at: http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Judge-lifts-stay-in-serial-killers-case-416943943.html

Judge freezes accused serial killer Todd Kohlhepp’s assets

A Spartanburg County judge on Thursday froze the assets of accused serial killer Todd Kohlhepp ahead of criminal and civil proceedings against the former Moore Realtor.

Circuit Court Judge Roger Couch appointed Greenville attorney Reid Sherard to keep track of the property. Kohlhepp will not be allowed to access or dispose of any assets while in custody.

“This is simply placing a receiver in place of Mr. Kohlhepp for the purpose of preserving assets for future disposition by the court,” Couch said during the hearing.

In other words, Sherard “steps into the shoes of Mr. Kohlhepp and he accumulates and titles things in his name so that he can preserve it,” said Chris Kennedy, an attorney representing some of the plaintiffs.

Kohlhepp waived his right to attend the hearing, but he was escorted through the courtroom before it began — and before

Read more at: http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170105/judge-freezes-accused-serial-killer-todd-kohlhepps-assets

New judge will hear convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland’s case to avoid the death penalty

CINCINNATI — A new judge will decide whether or not a convicted serial killer’s death sentence should be upheld.

Anthony Kirkland, who killed two women and three girls, has a new attorney working on his re-sentencing case. Kirkland was given the death penalty in 2010.

Judge Charles Kubicki, the same judge who sentenced Kirkland to death in 2010, “disqualified” himself from the re-sentencing trial on Wednesday.

Kirkland’s attorney also withdrew himself from the case due to a heavy workload of other capital cases.

In May, the Ohio Supreme Court decided Kirkland should be re-sentenced due to remarks made by the prosecutor during his trial.

In 2010, prosecutors argued that without a death sentence, the killings of 13-year-old Esme Kenney in 2009 and 14-year-old Casonya Crawford in 2006 would go unpunished.

However, in May 2016, four of the seven state supreme court justices agreed to send the case back to trial court for a new sentencing

Read more at: http://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/convicted-serial-killer-gets-new-attorney-and-judge-for-appeal

Judge denies appeal of deceased Minneapolis serial killer …

Convicted serial killer Billy Glaze’s appeal for innocence died with him, a Hennepin County judge has ruled.

Glaze, convicted of the murders of three women in Minneapolis in the 1980s, had long maintained that he didn’t commit the crimes, and attorneys with the Minnesota Innocence Project were trying to free him last year based on new DNA evidence that they contend pointed to another man.

But amid their appeal, Glaze, 72, fell ill with lung cancer and died on Dec. 22. He never got a new trial, which his attorneys were advocating he receive.

Prosecutors in Hennepin County moved quickly to have Glaze’s latest arguments to the court dismissed, saying the case was moot after Glaze died. They had remained confident that they had the right man and argued that a new trial wasn’t needed.

Innocence Project attorneys argued that not only was Glaze’s reputation at stake, but so

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/judge-denies-appeal-of-deceased-minneapolis-serial-killer/399895081/