Crime & Justice News- October 7, 2020

Homicide

Derek Chauvin, ex-officer charged with murder in George Floyd case, released on $1M bond (NBC)

He was released Wednesday on a conditional release and is expected to appear in court in March of next year.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was released on a million dollar bond Wednesday.

Chauvin, 44, is facing murder and manslaughter charges after video showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes during an arrest on May 25. He was released Wednesday on a conditional release and is expected to appear in court in March of next year, according to his notice of release filed in court.

Court records show that Chauvin, who was charged in late May and has been in custody for months, posted a non-cash bond.

Eric Nelson, an attorney for Chauvin, declined to comment to NBC News on his client’s release Wednesday.

Four officers were terminated from the department and charged in Floyd’s death, which sparked protests over racial injustice across the globe. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Texas police officer charged in fatal shooting of Jonathan Price had been in job six months (NBC)

white police officer charged with murder in the death of a Black man at a gas station in Texas had been a police officer for less than six months at the time of the shooting.

The officer, Shaun Lucas, 22, was arrested Monday night and had his bail set at $1 million. He is accused of shooting Jonathan Price, 31, on Saturday night in the small east Texas town of Wolfe City, authorities said.

Before joining the Wolfe City Police Department in April, Lucas worked as a jailer for about five months with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department, according to records from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Wolfe City has a population of about 1,400 and is roughly 70 miles northeast of Dallas. Its police department has six officers, all white and 22 to 40 years old.

CRUISER CAM: OHSP released video of murder suspect pursuit on I-70 in Clark County (WHIO)

CLARK COUNTY — Ohio State Highway Patrol released the cruiser cam footage of the pursuit involving the Maryland murder suspect on I-70 Sunday.

Troopers told News Center 7′s John Bedell that suspect, 17-year-old Stephen Jarrod Davis, took off from police going 120 mph.

They said on Sunday, they received an alert to look out for the vehicle he had stolen and spotted him on I-70 westbound at the Clark-Madison County line. The troopers then followed him until US-68 when they tried to pull him over.

Davis then took off before he decided to pull over and surrender five miles later near the I-675 interchange.

The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to News Center 7 that Davis has waived extradition and will be picked up and taken back to Anne Arundel County, Md. Thursday.

He’s facing a first-degree murder charge there in connection with the death of his younger, half-sister.

Child Sex Crimes

Prosecutor: 3 indicted in rapes of 3 children over course of 10 years (WLWT)

Three men have been indicted in connection to the rapes of three young children over the course of 10 years, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Wednesday.

Mark Hammonds, 50, Darrell Hammonds, 49, and Andre Miller, 49, all faces charges in connection to a series of rapes at a home on Cincinnati’s west side, Deters

All of the events allegedly occurred in Mark Hammonds’ Price Hill home.

Darrell and Mark Hammonds are believed to be brothers. It is unknown if Andre Miller is their brother or cousin, according to the prosecutor.

The three juvenile victims are known to the defendants through family relationships, Deters said. These events allegedly occurred as far back as January 2010 and as recently as February 2020.

One of the victims came forward, reporting the incident to an adult, Deters said. An investigation was then launched by the Cincinnati Police Department Personal Crimes division.

Circumstances surrounding the allegations are unclear.

Mark Hammonds is charged with four counts of rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition. Darrell Hammonds is charged with five counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. Andre Miller is charged with two counts of rape.

If convicted of all counts, all three defendants face the possibility of life in prison for the rape of a victim under 10 years of age.

“I am at a loss for words to describe the horrors these children endured,” Deters said. “The length of time of the abuse and the fact that three different defendants were involved is staggering to contemplate.”

“I want to thank the Cincinnati Police Department for their excellent investigation and for getting these three defendants arrested so quickly today,” the prosecutor added.

Have you seen him? 27-year-old wanted on multiple child sex abuse warrants (12News)

Hershel Obey has four outstanding sex abuse warrants in Jefferson County, and police in Port Arthur are asking for your help in finding him

Police in Port Arthur are asking for the community’s helping in finding a man who’s facing a number of child sex assault charges.

Hershel Obey, 27, has four outstanding warrant in Jefferson County according to the Port Arthur Police Department.  

They include 2 sexual assault of a child charges, continuous sexual abuse of a child and a sexual assault charge. 

If you have any information about where he might be, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at 409-833-TIPS (8477).  You won’t be asked your name and you may be eligible for a cash reward. You can also report the tip by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smartphone.  

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