Latest in the Bob Bashara, Jodi Arias, and Edward Covington cases

Listen to a discussion of the biggest trials in the news with trial reporter Sharee Ruiz of Find out the latest in the sentencing of covnicted killer Edward Covington, the trial of Bob Bashara, and the death penalty case of Jodi Arias.


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Interview with Beth Karas and prosecutor Donna Pendergast

Beth Karas with and homicide prosecutor Donna Pendergast discussed week 2 of the Jodi Arias death penalty retrial as well as the capture of a cop killer in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania.

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Interview with former Jodi Arias juror Tara Kelley


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Breaking: Remains of Holly Bobo discovered in Decatur County, Tenn.


The partial remains of 20 year old nursing student Holly Bobo have been discovered in rural Decatur County, Tenn. Two men looking for ginseng discovered the skull Sunday at 10 A.M. and reported it to authorities. The skull was sent to a crime lab in Memphis, where it was ID’d as Holly Bobo.

The remains were found on the property of Cory Tubbs, and he told The Tennessean that his property has been searched before. The area is approximately 11 miles from where Holly Bobo murder suspect Zachary Adams lived.

The District Attorney assigned to Holly’s case said in a press conference that he is “ready, willing, and able” to make this a death penalty case. Furthermore, Sheriff Keith Byrd said that he spoke to the Bobo family and that they were supportive of the death penalty for the killers of their daughter.

Zachary Adams and Jason Autry are charged with kidnapping and murdering Bobo. Additionally, brothers Mark Pearcy and Jeffrey Pearcy are charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact. 

Moreover, Sheriff Byrd also stated that there may be others involved in Holly’s murder that have not been arrested, and he issued this statement: “You can run but you can’t hide. We’ll figure out who you are and you’ll be brought to justice.”

Bobo was reported missing April 13, 2011 after her brother spotted her walking into the woods behind their home with a man dressed in camo. He mistakenly thought it was Holly’s boyfriend.

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Justin Harris indicted, but what about his wife?

justin-harris-son-cooperJustin Ross Harris claims he accidentally left his 22-month-old son Cooper, in his car, in the Georgia heat in June. Cooper died from hyperthermia after spending hours trapped in his fathers car. Unfortunately for Harris, Cobb County, GA investigators don’t think his death was accidental and now a grand jury has indicted Harris.

Harris has been indicted for: Malice murder, felony murder, first degree murder, first degree child cruelty, second degree child cruelty, sexual exploitation of children, and dissemination of harmful material to minors.

Investigators believe Harris was motivated to purposely let his child die because he had the desire to lead a child-free life. Investigators point to the fact that Harris was “sexting” with up to six different women, while his son literally baked to death.

Some of the “women” were actually underage females, which is why he is charged with sexual exploitation of children, and disseminating harmful material to a minor. Harris is alleged to have sent pictures of his erect penis to underage females as well.

Additionally, Harris was also a regular visitor to the website “reddit” and visited a section of the website dedicated to living a “child-free” life. Which is obviously problematic since he is the father of a 22-month-old.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a great article breaking down what charges Harris is facing, and what prosecutors must prove in order to get a conviction on the charges. You can read that here.

Cobb County, GA D.A. Vic Reynolds is even considering seeking the death penalty against Harris, and will announce their decision regarding the death penalty in a couple of weeks.


But what about Leanna Harris, the mother of Cooper and wife of Justin Harris? Cobb County, D.A. Vic Reynolds made this statement about the ongoing investigation regarding Cooper’s death, in a press conference after the indictment against Ross Harris was made public: “..whether or not it leads us to anyone else remains to be answered.” 

Suspicion has swirled around Leanna Harris ever since investigators attributed some very odd statements to her. When she went to the police department to see her husband, the first words out of her mouth were: “Did you say too much?”

Moreover, when Leanna went to the daycare Cooper attended to pick him up, she was advised that he was never dropped off that morning. She made yet another odd statement: “Ross must have left him in the car,” she told employees of the daycare. How would she know? Is she psychic?

Leanna has also admitted to making computer searches regarding children dying while being left in hot vehicles. These searches occured before her son had died in one. But what would motivate Leanna to be in cahoots with her husband, to have her son die in a hot car?

Let’s explore the possibilities… Investigators claim the two had financial problems. According to CNN those problems included outstanding car and student loans. Furthermore, text messages were obtained by investigators that depicted Leanna and Ross Harris texting about a 4,000 credit card debt he had racked up.

Investigators also found it suspicious that Ross Harris was more concerned about a $27,000 life insurance policy he had on Cooper, instead of the death of his son.

Additionally, Leanna Harris also caused many to raise their eyebrows after she praised her husband, and made supportive comments about him during the funeral of Cooper.

Leanna Harris has not been named a suspect, however, she has not been cleared either. Her attorney, Lawrence Zimmerman issued this statement after the indictments against her husband were announced:

“I am surprised that the District Attorney is still contemplating after almost three months of reviewing the evidence whether or not to charge my client, if that is who he was referring to in his press conference..” 

Now we are not only waiting to see if prosecutors seek the death penalty, but if Leanna Harris will face any charges. It’s a horrific thought, just thinking about the possibility of two parents collaborating in such an evil and malicious way to have their child endure such a painful death.

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This is a petition created by Montel Williams concerning the horrific failures of the VA. Please consider signing this petition.


#VASURGE Mr. President, Please Order a Surge for the VA TODAY and consider Ken Fisher for VA Secretary

As the problems at the VA mount by the day, what is clear is that we have no idea what full scope of the problem is much less how to fix it. We cannot wait for a gridlocked Congress. Mr. President, we need a Surge for the VA Today. Let this be part of your legacy.

• Declare a public health emergency pursuant to PL 109-364

• Order Secretaries of VA, Defense, HHS to present a plan within 10 days to Surge and clear the backlog within 90 days. USE THE SURGE TO DEFINE A BASELINE of what it takes to meet our 14 day commitment.

• Order all active duty hospitals, clinics, other Federal facilities open to Veterans.

Please also consider Kenneth Fisher of the Fisher House for VA Secretary. He is the right man at the right time.

Sir, we need our Commander-in-Chief.


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Santa Barbara mass shootings preventable?

I’m not going to use the name of the 22-year-old Santa Barbara mass murderer that killed 6 people in a homicidal rampage before he shot and killed himself. This killer was in desperate need of attention and  even made youtube videos announcing his deviant plans. I think the media circulating the face and name of these shitheads inspires others to commit acts so they can achieve the attention they crave and go out “with a bang.”

Moreover, as always after a mass shooting happens fellow bloggers, people on social media, and the news media all wring their hands wondering how a mass shooting like this can be prevented in the future. We toss around ideas like gun control, and improving our mental health system, however we always fail to see any action by politicians to implement some kind of change.

Additionally, the same tired old debates usually break out with one side dramatically claiming that the government is infringing on their gun rights. It’s all like a bad horror movie that keeps repeating every time a tragedy like this occurs.

Let’s take a look at the facts of this case. The mass murderer posted videos on youtube where he bluntly described his devious plans to kill people. His parents became alarmed, and alerted law enforcement. The police showed up for a welfare check, but legally they were unable do anything else beyond that.

Furthermore, unbeknownst to police, this 22-year-old had an arsenal of firearms inside his apartment. However, legal experts say he was of age to purchase them, had no criminal record, and even if police did spot them, there is nothing they could have done. Their hands were tied.

People on TV are throwing around blanket solutions like “gun control” and improving our mental health system. The fact of the matter is, we need an “all of the above” solution. We need to improve the relationship between mental health professionals, law enforcement, and strengthen our gun laws in a common sense way. Note to all gun rights fanatics: I’m not saying all guns should be banned. I’m not even delving into the debate on what sort of guns should be legal or illegal. So read carefully…

Why can’t we start with putting together standards allowing law enforcement to check someone into a mental institution for evaluation if they’re going around publicly announcing their plans to commit mass murder? Why can’t those deranged individuals be flagged in a database made available to gun sellers so they cannot legally be allowed to purchase firearms?

Equally important, If people announce plans to murder people, why can’t law enforcement legally search their residence and confiscate any firearms? All of that sounds reasonable, and the government wouldn’t be infringing on the rights of the single woman who legally obtained a firearm to protect herself at night, or the hunter who owns rifles to go deer hunting.

There is a problem in this country when people can go on youtube and announce their intentions to “slay” and “annihilate” people on a “day of retribution” and nothing is done to prevent it… Even after law enforcement is made aware of it.

We’ve also got to stop the often uninformed and ignorant discussions surrounding these tragedies. For example,”Joe the Plumber,” a plumber in the state of Ohio, that turned into a Tea Party darling during the 2008 presidential election by confronting Barack Obama about his politics is weighing in on the Santa Barbara shootings.

The plumber penned an “open letter” to the families of the victims. In that letter Joe the Plumber states that “As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights…”  

Here’s the harsh truth you fail to comprehend Joe. It’s not about you. Most reasonable people recognize your right to purchase a gun, unless you have publicly made retribution plans that include “slaying” people like this murderer did, nobody is considering taking your gun rights away. Before spouting off ignorant and distasteful “open letters” to families days after their loved one is gunned down, show some tact.

As for our politicians… Are you going to listen to the ignorant rants of a plumber in Ohio, or a man that lost his son to gun violence at the hands a mentally deranged man who posted videos on youtube announcing his plans in advance?


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Murderer Joran Vandersloot to be a father

061511_vandersloot_ap100604132355110615180621Joran Vandersloot is a 26-year-old Dutchman, murderer of 21-year-old Peruvian woman Stephanie Florez, and suspected murderer of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. Now he is expecting a child, despite the fact that he is locked up in a Peruvian prison serving a 28 year sentence. Not only is he expecting a son, he is going to marry the woman bearing his child.

The woman is Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, a 23-year-old that struck up a relationship with Vandersloot while visiting a relative in prison. While the U.S. doesn’t allow inmates to have visitors inside their cell, Peru allows it.

Many question why a woman would want to have a baby or even a relationship with a man suspected of murdering 2 women. Others claim the marriage is a ploy by Vandersloot so that he can attempt to use it as a way to avoid being extradited to the United States when he is released in 2038.

A federal grand jury in Alabama indicted Vandersloot for trying to extort $250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway. Vandersloot was the last person to see the Alabama teen alive when she visited the island of Aruba on vacation. In a demented scheme to make money Vandersloot promised to lead Beth Holloway to Natalee’s body, but it turned out to be a wild goose chase.

His bride-to-be is 5 months pregnant. According to Vandersloots lawyer, the murderer will be allowed to meet with the baby after it is born.

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Lunatic Jodi Arias fan goes on trial for threatening Nancy Grace & Jane Velez-Mitchell

Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Credit: Fox News.

Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Credit: Fox News.

Nancy Grace is a former Atlanta prosecutor, and victims advocate known for her outspoken commentary directed at those accused of violent crimes, and Jane Velez-Mitchell is a veteran TV Journalist that passionately covers the most talked about cases in the news. Both have developed a large fan base for their respective HLN shows, but not everyone is a fan… Especially 48-year-old David Lee Simpson.

Simpson hails from Bath, NY and has landed himself in hot water. He took issue with Grace and Velez-Mitchell’s coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial and instead of doing what normal folks do when they don’t like a TV show — change the channel… He took a different route… He decided to send them death threats via twitter.

The tweets caught the attention of law enforcement in the state of Arizona, where the accused killer Jodi Arias stood trial, and where Grace and Velez-Mitchell frequently hosted their shows during the duration of the trial. Now Simpson is in that state, in a court of law, standing trial for the threats against the two TV hosts.

David Lee Simpson. Credit:

David Lee Simpson. Credit:

The trial is currently underway in Maricopa County, AZ. The same court house where his idol Jodi Arias stood trial for brutally murdering her lover Travis Alexander.

Simpson is a disturbed individual, to say the least. Mediate reports that Simpson was so obsessed with Jodi Arias that he quit his job, and told co workers he was leaving town. He was then picked up by police travelling south. His vehicle was searched and law enforcement found guns, knives, and handcuffs among other items. You know, standard travelling equipment. ((rolls eyes))

Simpson’s alleged threats over twitter included tweeting to Grace and Velez-Mitchell that he was going to tie them to a tree naked, leave them alone to suffer over night, and and slit their throat. If that isn’t enough, he also claimed he was going to hang them from a tree upside down by their feet, and gut them like a deer.

I know many people don’t care for Nancy Grace or Jane Velez-Mitchell, but I’ve appeared on both of their shows and have met Nancy multiple times. In all my interactions with them they have been nothing but pleasant and personable. I also know Jane to be a very kind individual who cares deeply for animals, she’d never hurt a soul.

To read about a lunatic going to such extremes and tweet the two of them in such a violent and vile manner is scary. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from a man that supports a woman that repeatedly stabbed and shot a man like Travis Alexander in a jealous rage and then left his body to decompose for days. That same woman went on to smear his name in a court of law, while his family literally sat inches away from her. Doesn’t get much more psychopathic than that.

Unfortunately, when the development of social media I have noticed more and more lunatics like Simpson. There are people who take their hate out on public figures via their twitter page, and they take it too far. In the past these people would be confined to stew in their own hatred or vent to others around them, but now they use social media as a vehicle to spread it. Glad the state of Arizona arrested him and will make him pay for his actions. Hopefully it will send a message to other lunatics out there.

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I’m back!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while… I’ve been absent for a couple of months with my blogs, and I’ve cut back on doing podcasts, and feel like I owe everyone an explanation. As you may or may not know, I’m a full time college student and I’m working on my degree. I’m majoring in Communication with a focus on broadcast media, and minoring in Journalism. So I’ve been writing papers, studying, working on projects, and taking exams, and in the process I’ve neglected my blogs and podcasts.

The good news is that I’m almost finished, and have only 2 semesters left. Fortunately, now that summer has rolled around, I feel it is time to start getting back to blogging and doing podcasts.

I feel completely out of the loop on all the trials and current events that have been occurring during my absence. So please, fill me in on what you are interested in watching, following, and discussing and I can tackle them here on the blog.

Also, keep coming back to the site, I’m going to try my best to post multiple times a day with updates, and opinion pieces on the current trials taking place. Furthermore, please feel free to comment and share your opinions on the topics I blog about, that makes blogging more interesting!

I look forward to interacting with all of you. Especially those that have been so loyal over the years, I’ve been following crimes and trials with some of you since 2010! Many of us started getting to know each other during the Casey Anthony trial. I just want you to know to know that I sincerely appreciate you all tremendously! I also hope to get some new readers and hopefully we can get to know each other as well.

Rest assured, this isn’t temporary, after summer is over, I will be able to balance doing the blog/podcasts, along with my school work, because I won’t be taking such a heavy load. So to make a long story short… I’m back!

Please feel free to follow me on twitter @Levi_Page and “Like” my facebook page. Those are two places you can track to make sure you don’t miss a post.

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