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  • Death Row Debbie’s’ conviction due in part because of detective lying under oath
  • Judge decided to believe police officer over mom of four-year-old son
  • Milke would have been the first woman executed in Arizona since the 1930s
  • Prosecutors failed to disclose lead detective, who claimed he obtained a confession, had past misconduct issues

An Arizona mother who had spent 22 years on death row after being found guilty of murdering her four-year-old son is set to be released.

Debra Jean Milke’s guilty verdict was overturned earlier this year – but now prosecutors have failed to file an expected appeal meaning she will be released in just weeks.

Known as Death Row Debbie, 48-year-old Debra Jean Milke’s was found guilty in 1989 for the gruesome slaying of her toddler son Christopher who was shot three times in the back of the head and dumped in the desert.

Debra Jean Milke has been on Arizona's death row for nearly 20 years for plotting her 4-year-old son's murder
Ready for release: Debra Jean Milke, above, had her murder conviction overturned after spending more than 20 years on death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son, Christopher, below, in December 1989
Christopher, 4, was reported missing on December 2, 1989

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unidentified-wanted-njOn September 4, 2009 at approximately 2:15PM an unidentified lone gunman armed with a black and silver/gray handgun walked into the Maplecrest Finance Station Post Office located at 1767 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, New Jersey and robbed an employee who worked there.

Police haven’t been able to identify or capture the suspect however, they were able to draw up a composite sketch based on the details given by witnesses.

If you believe you may know who is involved in this crime please take no action to apprehend the suspect yourself, instead, contact authorities immediately. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unidentified suspect.

SUSPECTS DESCRIPTION: Dark skinned complexion, thin mustache, goatee. Was wearing a black t-shirt with dark gray writing on the front, light gray athletic shorts, and white or gray sneakers at the time the robbery was committed.

Age: In his 20’s or early 30’s
Build: Slim
Sex: Male
Hair: Short black at the time the crime was committed
Height: Approx 5’8″ – 6’0″
Eyes: Brown
Weight: 180 pounds
Race: Black

U.S. Postal Inspectors and the Maplewood Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (973) 693-5450
or (877) 876-2455 (select Option 2)

All information will  be kept anonymous.

gillings-wantedCLEVELAND — The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Everton Gillings, wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Gillings is wanted for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and eight counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm, all stemming from an alleged home invasion that happened in September, 2012.

He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Collinwood area and he also has a previous address near the 1400 block of Clermont Road in Cleveland.

Gillings, 20, stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information in reference to Everton Gillings, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411)

Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Source: WKYC-TV

lakewood-victim- Claudia Miller

Lakewood police are asking the public for help in locating a person-of-interest in the death of a 66-year-old family law attorney who was found murdered on March 5, 2013.

Claudia Miller was found by cleaning crew Tuesday night in the building at 445 Union St in Lakewood, Denver, Colorado where her office was at.

Police are looking to question Warren D. Watson, 52, about the homicide. Watson was seen on surveillance cameras at Walmart at East 36th Avenue and Quebec Street using the deceased victim’s credit card to purchase items after the murder.

Watson is a wanted fugitive on an unrelated case and there is an active warrant for his arrest.

Photo of Claudia Miller smiling at a sports outing

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Pictured: Security footage at a Lakewood Walmart caught Watson purchasing items with the victim’s stolen credit-card

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Mugshot of Warren Watson who is currently being sought by police in Lakewood, Denver area

Miller’s black 2012 Honda Accord was found Thursday, the same day her body was discovered. Police did not specify where the exact location of the car was found however, they did say it was in the north Denver area, and they believe it “had been stolen from the parking lot at her office following the murder,” Lakewood police said in statement Thursday.

Lakewood Police aren’t releasing a cause of death at the moment however, they did say there was trauma to the victim’s body.

It is unknown what relationship she had, if any, with Watson.

Family and loved ones are shocked and grieving over the loss. They have spoken of the type of woman Miller was and asking for privacy during their time of grief.

“Claudia was a loving sister, mother and grandmother, who dedicated her life to helping others,” they said. “In over 30 years practicing law, she committed herself to helping people navigate a complex legal system, in times of family crisis, when they needed help most. She spent most of her spare time with her adoring grandchildren and friends, and was an avid Broncos and Rockies fan.

  • Full Name: Warren Dale Watson
  • Height: 5’6″
  • Weight: 170 pounds
  • Race: Black Sex: Male
  • Other: Watson is known to wear glasses

Crime Stoppers in Denver are offering a $2,000 reward to those with valuable information leading to the arrest and conviction. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Crime Stoppers in Denver, CO at 720-913-7867 (or 911 if you believe you have a possible sighting of Warren D. Watson.)

heredia_unsolved_murderLuis Rios, 35, was gunned down on June 24, 2005 at approximately 8:25PM in Yuma, Arizona. Police were called after hearing shots and a man screaming for help and when Yuma Police arrived, they found a fatally wounded man struggling in the backyard of 2037 East La Mesa Street. He was raced to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he died shortly after.

Police then went inside the residence and discovered five more victims, four of them children. Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children, Andreas Crawford, 13, Enrique Crawford,12, Inez Newman, 9, and Danny Heredia, 6, had all been shot to death at the home as well.

Family photo of Adrienne, Andreas, Enrique, Inez and Danny

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Photo of Luis Rios

Neighbors described an adult man who appeared to be Hispanic entering the home right after the shooting. Based on descriptions given by witnesses police were able to put together a composite sketch of what the suspect may have looked like.

According to authorities, two people close to Luis Rios have not been cooperative in the investigation.

There was an extensive investigation by Yuma Police Department as well as other agencies. Hundreds of interviews were conducted, hundreds of tips were followed but the person(s) responsible was never identified. Police are asking tipsters to call again, even if they originally called with a tip.

Yuma Police Department has received information from people who have wished to remain anonymous. Some of this information needs additional follow-up and they hope those individuals will contact them again so they can talk to them and obtain additional information. These contacts can remain anonymous. There will be no need to give names or contact information, but the opportunity to talk with them will prove invaluable.

Below is a list of some information police would like to find out;

  • They would also like to speak to the male tipster who called in on 78-CRIME on June 25, 2005, at 8PM in reference to a white van, to include a license plate and the names of several subjects possibly involved.
  • They’re also asking another caller who called in on 78-CRIME advising of Luis Rios being involved in any type of argument at RC Liquor prior to the murders, to please call again.
  • Anyone who has any information on Luis Rios having been involved in any argument prior to the murders.
  • Anyone who had contact with Luis Rios, Adrienne Heredia, Enrique Crawford, Andreas Crawford, Inez Newman or Danny Heredia on the day of the murders June 24, 2005.
  • Anyone who saw or knew the whereabouts of the Blue Durango that was stolen from the residence and later located in the area of 6th Avenue and 21st Street.
  • Anyone who has information on why anyone close to this investigation is refusing to cooperate with us.
  • Anyone with information on the subjects seen on surveillance video from RC Liquor on the afternoon of the murders that was released earlier to the media.

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The murders took place at this residence on E. La Mesa Street, Yuma, AZ

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Rios vehicle, a dark-colored Durango, which was located the following day (6/25/05) at 6th Avenue and 21st Street in Yuma

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, who has also become involved with the case, has offered a $25,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these murders. There is also a $10,000 reward through 78-CRIME.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: (928) 343-4704 to speak to Detectives directly assigned to the case.

Source of Information:
CI Yuma AZ US
Tru TV (Crime Library)

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Photo of Marco McMillian

(YAHOO NEWS) JACKSON, Mississippi — A gay, black mayoral candidate killed last week in Mississippi was beaten, dragged and set on fire before his body was dumped near a river, according to his family.

In a statement issued late on Sunday, the family of Marco McMillian said a coroner who performed an autopsy on his body told them about the gruesome manner of death.

“We feel this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found,” the McMillian family said. “Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.”

Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith declined to comment on the family’s statement that McMillian was beaten and burned.

The body of McMillian, a 33-year-old candidate for mayor of Clarksdale Mississippi, was found on Wednesday. A day later, law enforcement officials arrested a 22-year-old man, Lawrence Reed, who is also black, and charged him with murder in connection with the case.

McMillian was one of the first viable openly gay candidates to run for office in Mississippi, according to the Victory Fund, a national organization that supports homosexual candidates.
Autopsy results are not expected to be released until toxicology tests are complete, which could take two or three weeks, Meredith said.

The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation, has released few details about the killing or a possible motive. Law enforcement officials say the killing is not being treated as a hate crime.

McMillian had been missing since February 25 when his sport-utility vehicle was involved in a head-on collision in a rural part of Coahoma County in the Mississippi Delta. McMillian was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

McMillian recently moved from Memphis back to his hometown of Clarksdale to run for mayor as a Democrat. He had faced state Representative Chuck Espy, a Democrat, and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Luckett, an attorney, along with two other candidates.

McMillian’s campaign focused on reducing crime and unemployment in Clarksdale, a city of roughly 18,000 people, said campaign spokesman Jarod Keith. A once-booming agricultural community, the city has steadily bled residents and jobs over the years and now faces high levels of violence and unemployment.

Another Democratic candidate for mayor, Doris Haynes Miller, said she recently was robbed at gunpoint in the town.

Source: Yahoo News

kerby_acostaKerby Acosta, then 17, was standing with a group of friends outside of 4500 Mariposa Street in Denver, Colorado on the night of July 13, 1997. Suddenly, an unknown vehicle with several unidentified individuals inside drove by and one of them shot at the group, fatally striking Kerby, who died at the scene before hospital could assist his wounds.

Additional information on this case is very limited.

CASE Number: 9700-28853

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Denver Police Department. You can also leave tips by contacting them privately on Denver Police Facebook page. — Contacting police on Social Media websites has become quite popular however, anyone with an emergency should contact 911.

Source: Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – Cold Case Files Note: Clicking the source link will bring you to Kerby’s case as well as other unsolved Colorado homicides.