A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
TRAYVON MARTIN / GEORGE ZIMMERMAN
George Zimmerman’s bond has been set at $150,000 on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. An attorney for Martin’s family, Daryl Parks, told HLN’s Nancy Grace that his parents were devastated by the events at Friday’s bond hearing.
Zimmerman took the stand himself and offered an apology to Martin’s parents in court, saying, "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son." Parks called the apology “unwelcomed” and “self-serving.” For more on today’s hearing, head over to HLNtv.com and watch “Nancy Grace” tonight at 8 pm and 10 pm ET on HLN.
Work continued Friday at a Manhattanbuilding where authorities are reportedly tearing up a basement floor in search of evidence connected to missing 6-year-old Etan Patz. According to CNN, a cadaver dog recently picked up a human scent in the basement where a carpenter who had met Etan before the boy’s 1979 disappearance once had a workshop.
When interviewed by investigators, sources tell CNN the carpenter said, “What if the body was moved?” For lots more information about the search and the investigation that prompted it, check out CNN’s full report here.
A new search for missing teen Sierra LaMar is planned for Saturday. The San Jose Mercury News reports that about 90 law enforcement officers will participate in a search effort that will focus on rough rural terrain in Santa Clara County. It has now been more than a month since LaMar was last seen at her mother’s Morgan Hill home on the morning of March 16. She is believed to have left to walk to her school bus stop, but she never made it there. Earlier this week, authorities announced that crime lab tests on evidence have provided some new leads in the search, but they would not release additional details. LaMar’s family recently set up an official website to provide updates on the case and collect donations: www.findsierralamar.com. The site is currently calling for volunteers to participate in searches on Saturday and Sunday.
MOM CHARGED W/1ST DEG. MURDER OF HER SON, 15 MONTHS
25-year-old Ashley Cameron has been charged with first-degree murder for the February 11 drowning death of her 15-month-old son. According to a criminal complaint, the Iowa mother allegedly used “unreasonable force” to hold the head of Markis Dahms under a bathtub faucet with water running into his nose and mouth until he died. KPTM reported that it was the first murder case in the city ofOnawa in nearly 40 years. Cameron’s public defenders could not be reached for comment immediately Friday afternoon. She is being held at Monona County Jail on $1 million bond.
The reward for information in the case of a missing Coloradoteenager tripled to $1,500 Thursday as friends and family gathered in Fort Morgan for a vigil to mark three weeks since Kayla Chadwick’s disappearance. Chadwick was reportedly last seen after a fight with her boyfriend around 11 pm on March 27. Police say she is classified as a “missing endangered person” and they have not ruled out the possibility of foul play. “We’re keeping all the options open at this point,” Detective Todd Zwetzig of the Fort Morgan Police Dept. told HLN Friday.
Investigators have been conducting follow-up interviews this week but they have not turned up any significant new leads. Kayla’s boyfriend and his family are cooperating with authorities, according to Zwetzig. Anyone with information on Kayla Chadwick’s whereabouts is asked to call police dispatch at 970-867-5678 or Crime Stoppers at 970-542-3411.
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A man held in connection with the disappearance of an Alaska teen has been indicted on two new charges: kidnapping resulting in death and receipt and possession of ransom money. Federal court documents filed Wednesday shed some light on what authorities believe happened to 18-year-old Samantha Koenig on the night February 1.
34-year-old Israel Keyes is accused of abducting Koenig from the coffee hut where she worked, killing her and then using her cell phone to demand ransom money, according to the indictment. Koenig’s body was found in Matanuska Lake on April 2.
The indictment states that Keyes allegedly stole a debit card from a car Koenig shared and obtained the pin number for the card from her. Prosecutors claim he used it several times between February 28 and March 13 to withdraw about $2,400 in ransom money from ATMs in several states, including Texas, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
Keyes was arrested in Lufkin, Texas in mid-March and authorities initially refused to say how he was connected to the Koenig case. Until Wednesday’s indictment, he was being held without bond on a charge of access device fraud. A detention order described him as a “serious” flight risk and a potential danger to the community if released.
The indictment alleges that Keyes “intentionally inflicted serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of Samantha Koenig” and refers to “an act of violence” that “created a grave risk of death,” but it does not reveal how she was killed or what led authorities to search for her body in the lake.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, Keyes entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in federal court Thursday.
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