Missouri Woman Indicted in MySpace Cyber-Bullying Case That Ended in Teen’s Suicide

Thursday, May 15, 2008  

Such a sad and senseless tragedy my heart goes out to Megan’s family and friends.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri woman Thursday for her alleged role in a MySpace hoax on a teen neighbor who committed suicide after being spurned by the “boy” in the fake profile.

Lori Drew, of Dardenne Prairie near St. Louis, was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

Drew allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named “Josh Evans.”

Megan, 13, hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

Drew’s attorney, Jim Briscoe, did not return FOXNews.com’s requests for comment about the indictment.

Click here to read the indictment.

Drew has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used before to address Internet hacking, but this was the first time it has been used in a social-networking situation.  [For full Article]

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Teen Sister Shot, Left to Die in Taxicab Tells Emergency Operator ‘I’m Dying’ in 911 Call

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

One of the teen sisters shot and left for dead in a taxicab dialed 911 for help, telling the operator “I’m dying,” according to a call released by Texas police on Wednesday.

Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17, were found dead in a parking lot on New Year’s Day in Irving, Texas. The first call, made at 7:33 p.m. on Jan. 1 and determined to be made by Sarah Said, was dialed from a cell phone from an unknown location, according to police. Sarah can be heard telling the operator repeatedly “I’m dying.”The second call came in at 8:30 p.m., reporting a suspicious circumstance at a hotel in the Irving area. (Below is a slideshow of Amina and Sarah Said during happier times.)

A manhunt continues for the girls’ father, Yaser Abdul Said, 50, wanted in connection with the slayings. A capital murder warrant has been issued for Said.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading an arrest and indictment.

Police documents show that Said had threatened to hurt one of the girls for dating a non-Muslim boy.

Patricia Said, the girls mother, wants her husband brought to justice. She and her son plan to remain in hiding until her husband is caught.

The family had some previous domestic problems, police said.

Christy Freeman-Mom cleared in dead fetuses case may sue

By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press Writer
Thu Sep 20, 4:57 PM ET 

SNOW HILL, Md. – A woman once accused of killing her newborn child and keeping three older sets of fetal remains at her home threatened to sue county authorities Thursday, saying they rushed to judgment after the remains were found.

Authorities dropped the charges against Christy Freeman, 37, on Wednesday after they determined there was not enough evidence to prosecute her.

Freeman and her longtime boyfriend, Ray Godman, spoke briefly to reporters on Thursday and thanked those who supported them. In a statement, the couple said that the deaths of the babies were miscarriages and that authorities should have waited for medical reports before charging her.

“If an investigation had been done Miss Freeman would have never been charged with anything,” the statement read. “When it’s all said and done, the reality of this situation is Miss Freeman had four miscarriages over a period of five years.”

It also said the couple’s business, a classic car taxi service, had suffered damage because of media attention surrounding the case and it could have been avoided if investigators hadn’t “rushed to judgment.”

Freeman had been held in jail without bond since July, when she went to a hospital with heavy bleeding and doctors discovered she had recently given birth. Investigators found the dead baby — and three more sets of tiny human remains — at Freeman’s house in Ocean City.

Freeman was originally charged with killing her fetus in July, but those charges were later dropped after an autopsy showed that fetus was stillborn.

Prosecutors later charged her with killing one of two babies found in a trunk in the living room. The charge accused her of giving birth to twins on the toilet in 2004 and allowing one of them to die. That was the charge dismissed Wednesday.

A report from state medical examiner Dr. Tasha Greenberg concluded there was no proof the babies were ever alive, said Worcester County State’s Attorney Joel Todd. Some of the remains were years old. In a murder case, prosecutors must prove the victim of the homicide had been alive, he said.

Todd said the medical examiner concluded that because Freeman had a history of stillborn births, because there was an infection present in the placenta of the most recent fetus, and because Freeman was a tobacco user and may have used cocaine, the deaths could have occurred naturally.

Asked whether women who miscarry are required by law to dispose properly of the remains, Todd replied, “There should be,” but he said he knew of no such crime.

Todd insisted he had no regrets about pursuing murder charges before getting the full medical examiner’s report. “Nothing was done wrong here,” he said.

Ocean City police spokesman Barry Neeb said the officers performed a professional and ethical investigation, and nothing would have been differently.

“Sometimes investigations aren’t pretty. Sometimes they involve things like digging up a yard or damaging walls in a house, but this situation warranted it,” Neeb said.

Godman called the case an “ordeal.” The couple did not answer reporters’ questions about why the remains were kept at the house or whether she had used cocaine.

“We’re just going to get on with our lives and try to get our business up and running and get on with our lives,” Godman said.

Update Jessica Lumsford: John Couey Receives Death Sentence for the Murder of Jessica Lunsford

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fox News – A Florida judge sentenced John Couey to death Friday for kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford.Couey, a convicted sex offender, buried Lunsford alive in two black trash bags with her hands bound and her favorite purple stuffed dolphin tucked in her arms, Circuit Judge Richard Howard said. Lunsford’s body was found in a grave in Couey’s yard about three weeks after she disappeared.“He secured her fate with a second bag,” Howard told the court.Howard called the murder “cold and calculated,” that caused a “slow, suffering and conscious death.”Jessica’s grandmother sat in the courtroom with other family and friends, wearing a pendant with Jessica’s photo on it around her neck.

A Miami jury convicted Couey in March of taking the girl from her bedroom to his nearby trailer in 2005, where he raped her and buried her alive.    [ FullStory  ]

Bobby Cutts Indicted on Murder Charges in Deaths of Jessie Davis, Unborn Child

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A grand jury brought seven indictments against a former police officer accused of killing pregnant Ohio mom Jessie Davis, including three counts of aggravated murder, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Bobby Cutts Jr. will face one count of murder for Davis’ death and two counts of murder for the death of her unborn child when he is arraigned Friday morning, Stark County Prosecutor John D. Ferrero said at a news conference.

“There’s not much that we can say regarding the facts of this case. I hope the media can respect that,” Ferrero said Thursday. “We fully intend for this case to go to trial and at that point in time you will be able to hear the circumstances behind this case.”

The grand jury also leveled felony charges of aggravated burglary, two counts of abuse of a corpse and one misdemeanor count of child endangerment against the former Canton police officer. The murder charges could bring the death penalty, Ferrero said.

Myisha Ferrell, Cutts’ former high school classmate, faces two charges at her Friday arraignment: obstructing justice and complicity to the abuse of a corpse. The first charge carries a maximum of 5 years in prison; the second, 18 months. Prosecutors accuse her of helping dispose of Davis’ body.  [ Full Story ]

Update Jessie Davis:8/22/07- Prosecutors Plan Announcement in Case of Slain Pregnant Woman Jessie Davis

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  

CLEVELAND —  Prosecutors who recently presented a grand jury with the case of a pregnant woman killed in her northeast Ohio home planned to hold a news conference Thursday regarding the police officer charged in her death.

Jessie Davis, 26, was killed June 14 and her disappearance drew national attention as thousands gathered to search for her in the area surrounding her home near North Canton, about 45 miles south of Cleveland.

Davis’ body, still carrying a nearly full-term fetus, was found nine days later about 25 miles away from her home in a remote area of a park.

Stark County assistant prosecutor Dennis Barr would only say the news conference regards Canton police officer Bobby Cutts Jr., who has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Davis and her unborn child.

Cutts, 30, is the father of Davis’ 2 1/2-year-old son, Blake, and her family says he was the father of the baby girl who was due to be delivered July 3.

Attorney Myron Watson, who represents Cutts, said the case was presented to a grand jury two or three weeks ago, but he did not know of an indictment.

“We’re waiting and we’re in the dark,” Watson said Wednesday. Cutts maintains his innocence, he said.

Prosecutors have 90 days from Cutts’ June 23 arrest to take the case to trial. Cutts is being held on a $5 million bond.

The news conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Stark County Sheriff’s office.

Barr said prosecutors would also discuss Myisha Ferrell, Cutts’ former high school classmate, who has been charged with obstruction of justice. Prosecutors accuse her of helping dispose of Davis’ body.  [ Full Story ]

Jessie Davis:Medical Examiner Unable to Determine How Jessie was Killed(Hmm, possible strategy behind waiving rights to preliminary hearing)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

CLEVELAND — After more than five weeks of tests and investigation, a medical examiner said Wednesday she was unable to determine how a pregnant woman was killed. [Full story]

IN MY WORDSFrom the minute we  heard the words of a little boy Blake, “Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in rug.”we were all caught up in what started out as a missing person only to become a horrific crime.  

If we remember, when Cutts lead them to where Jessie’s body was buried they found it already decomposed more than what they would consider normal.  They contributed it to the type of soil in that area which was mostly wet/damp. 

Now the Medical Examiner is unable to determine HOW Jessie was killed and I have a feeling that’s what Cutts plan was to begin with. 

If you have read this far, stick with me here and let me explain why I think they really waived their rights to the preliminary hearings.

1 – Cutts and Ferrell had so much cleaning products I think they used it not only to clean up any mess in the house and car but also on the body. 
2- I think Cutts had a specific reason for burying Jessie where they did.


By burying Jessie where they did it put her body in an area where conditions were conducive to promoting decomposition along with the help of all the cleaning solutions.  It put distance and time allowing the body more time to decompose. 

I believe Cutts is relying on the decomposition to help his case.  Why, because being a policeman he knows that a body can be so decomposed that it’s not only impossible to determine the cause of death but unable to determine how they were killed.  

By waiving rights to preliminary hearings there would be no evidence released to the public prior to the case going before a Stark County grand jury. 

I think it goes without saying both Bobby Cutts will be convicted of double homicide and felony however without the ME unable to determine the exact cause of death it could  possibly have an affect as to what sentence Cutts will receive; life with/without parole, death, etc. 

I think in the end Ferrall will be facing the same sentencing.  With all the cleaning solutions she had, she had to be more involved other than obstruction of justice.   

(Thanks for reading my thoughts,   flagranny2   🙂

From Medical Examiner  – [Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler ruled that the manner of death was a homicide but offered no other details in a news release. “Based on our examination of the remains, as well as consideration of supplemental laboratory testing and investigative findings, her cause of death will be listed as unspecified homicidal violence,” Kohler said.Investigators previously stated that the advanced decomposition of the body would make determining a cause difficult. The medical examiner’s office said its ruling was final and that it could not exclude any type of injury as causing Davis’ death.]