January 15, 1997 |
The three people charged in the Halloween slaying of a Penn medical researcher drove around in search of crack and corn liquor before attacking the victim and his girlfriend on a West Philadelphia street, according to a statement by one of the suspects. At a preliminary hearing yesterday, police read a statement they said was obtained from Yvette Stewart. In the statement, Stewart said she and two other suspects - Bridget Black and Eugene Harrison - smoked three "bags" of crack.
October 5, 2006 |
A Kensington man accused of strangling his wife, then setting their house on fire to cover up the crime was held yesterday for trial. Aaron Conover, 32, faces murder, arson and related charges in the Aug. 2 death of ElTanya Conover, 29. According to a police statement read before Municipal Judge James M. DeLeon, Conover was fighting with his wife over drugs at their home in the 3100 block of Custer Street before she died. The previous night, Conover said, he asked his wife for $40 to get powder cocaine, which he bought and ingested.
March 6, 1997 |
The last moments of Kimberly Ernest's life, as allegedly told to police by one of her accused killers, were detailed to a jury yesterday. Defendant Richard Wise: "I just took out the window of a parked car when this jogger came by. She was running toward the river and she said, 'What the hell are you doing? I'm going to call the police.' " "She was right in my face. I hit her on the side of the face with the crowbar, but she didn't go down. She began to fight with me. She was strong.
July 13, 2000 |
A discrepancy that implicated another man in the 1997 stabbing death of 16-year-old Adam Suopys of Moorestown was revealed in a taped statement played yesterday during a pretrial hearing in Burlington County Superior Court. Patrick J. Free, 21, who is charged with murder, told investigators in the statement that a 25-year-old man who has not been charged with the killing had helped him stab and beat Suopys to death on New Year's Eve. "I stabbed him a couple times, and then I got up and we left," Free, in an even voice, told two Moorestown police detectives in the Jan. 9, 1998, statement, recorded about 12 hours after he was arrested.
March 5, 1993 |
Jamal Allen said he had been looking since noon for a car to steal when he spotted a 1991 gray Acura sedan in a West Philadelphia church parking lot just after 6:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day. But, its owner, Yeong Ho Yu, resisted handing over the car. "He started making a lot of noise and screaming, I had to shoot the guy," explained Allen, 16, in a statement he made to police. The statement was read by a detective yesterday at a preliminary hearing for the West Philadelphia youth.
December 14, 1995 |
The last moments of Kimberly Ernest's life, as told by her alleged killers, went like this: Richard Wise: "I just took out the window of a parked car when this jogger came by. She was running toward the river and she said, 'What the hell are you doing? I'm going to call the police.' "She was right in my face. I hit her on the side of the face with the crowbar, but she didn't go down. She began to fight with me. She was strong. I hit her a couple more times with the bar and she went down.
November 6, 1998 |
Lisa Price's self-portrait as a panicked, angry foster mother was presented for the first time in court yesterday as a detective read her chilling account of the rage prosecutors say drove her to kill her 6-year-old foster daughter and toss the body into the Schuylkill. Price, 35, who was held for trial without bail on murder, child-endangerment, and abuse-of-corpse charges, had initially told police that Jacqueline Veney never came home from her South Philadelphia elementary school on Sept.
October 4, 1996 |
A veteran police detective broke down yesterday as he recounted to a jury how Walter Ogrod described sexually assaulting 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn and bludgeoning her with a steel bar before discarding her naked body in a cardboard box on a Northeast Philadelphia street. Detective Martin Devlin, who spent 28 years with the Philadelphia Police Department before leaving in 1994, was overcome with emotion and choked back tears as he read a statement Ogrod allegedly gave police.
June 30, 2005 |
A teenager believed to be an important eyewitness in the March slaying of a 9-year-old boy radically changed his story on the stand yesterday. Nevertheless, Municipal Court Judge Marsha H. Neifield ruled there was enough evidence for Maurice Stevens, 19, to stand trial charged with the murder of Wander DeJesus. Wander was shot in the chest March 12 while sitting in a van at 16th and Fontain Streets in North Philadelphia. Stevens, who lives on the 2000 block of North 17th Street, is charged with murder and weapons offenses.
August 24, 1994 |
"Ninja" murder defendant Joseph Rodriguez said in a courthouse holding cell last week that a confessed accomplice had "helped me out" by recanting an earlier statement that had implicated Rodriguez. Under questioning yesterday by Michael W. Chewkanes, assistant Camden County prosecutor, Rodriguez said he recalled making the remark. Courthouse sources said it had been made in a holding cell to a defendant in another trial. In his closing argument yesterday, Chewkanes tried, as he has several other times in the trial, to establish that Rodriguez knew that three confessed accomplices would disavow earlier statements implicating him. Rodriguez, 26, of Camden, testifying in his own defense, told the Camden County Court jury that he was asleep at his mother's Camden home at 4 a.m. on May 9, 1991, when Jesus Lisojo was fatally shot.