Jerry Temple is not the guy you want living in the apartment above you. Especially if you rely on a wheelchair, own a flat-screen TV and value your life. In Temple's case, the unlucky neighbor was Kenneth Alberts, a 59-year-old disabled man who lived alone in a Grapevine apartment complex. Accordi ... More >>
It took more than a year and two special sessions to do it, but last July, the Texas legislature finally provided a constitutional option for punishing teen murderers. In Texas, 17-year-olds are treated as adults for purposes of criminal law, which previously meant that those convicted of capital m ... More >>
The 50th is the last big moment of mourning for Dallas' aging true grievers.
Dallas police Sergeant Carlton Barnes knew the man the bulletin described. They had gone to school together years before. Now, in September 2011, his friend was a capital murder suspect. According to an internal affairs investigation, Barnes ran the memo by a fellow officer, another former classmat ... More >>
A Dallas teenager is locked up this morning, accused of killing two people over drugs and money -- and investigators have his mom to thank. Nineteen-year-old Jasper Okeith Adams Jr. was arrested by Dallas police on Tuesday for an outstanding warrant and quickly tied to a pair of murders. The first ... More >>
There were two main actors in the weekend stabbing of 26-year-old Good Samaritan Terrell Cowherd on Lower Greenville, police say: Jerry Brown, 23, who punched Cowherd, then held him from behind, and Julian Terence Martin Jr., also 23, who repeatedly plunged his knife blade in Cowherd's torso. Both m ... More >>
The Act of Killing is a masterpiece of murder and the movies.
Last night, Senator Wendy Davis' epic filibuster against an antediluvian piece of abortion legislation was ended because Roe v. Wade apparently isn't "germane." So, the "unruly mob" up in the gallery finished the job for her. The votes could not be counted in the din before the special session ended ... More >>
Kassandra Martinez's future just got even bleaker. The 20-year-old Mexican national was already in jail on a murder charge for allegedly running over her cousin last month at a Northwest Dallas gas station. Witnesses told police Martinez was mad at the cousin for refusing to chip in for gas after a ... More >>
Two days ago, few people foresaw that Kim Williams, the ailing wife of a former Kaufman County official, would be arrested and charged with capital murder. But everyone's been expecting this: law enforcement officials announced today that former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has been charged wi ... More >>
Update, 1:05 p.m.: Authorities say Kim Williams has confessed. See update and the affidavit below. Since he was arrested over the weekend, speculation has been that former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams would be indicted on capital murder charges at any second in the slayings of ... More >>
Every law enforcement agency in North Texas has descended on Kaufman County in the past several days following the murder of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, at their home. The couple was found by a concerned friend around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night, according to a search war ... More >>
It was a grisly scene Lancaster police found on July 22, 1997: Dorothy Booth, a 71-year-old retired psychology professor, stabbed to death on the floor of her dining room stabbed, her left ring finger severed from her hand. The evidence quickly led police to Kimberly McCarthy, Booth's next-door nei ... More >>
A capital murder warrant has been issued for Abey Bilette Girma, 37, in the killing of the owners of Desta, an Ethiopian restaurant, at around midnight on Aug. 15. Yayehyirad Lemma and Yenenesh Desta were gunned down on the front porch of their home on Marquita Street after closing the restaurant fo ... More >>
Michael Morton skyrocketed into national headlines last year when he was exonerated of his wife's murder after 25 years in prison. A bloody bandana found near the crime scene was a key to Morton's release when DNA testing implicated another man. The Observer included his case in a recent article abo ... More >>
In news sure to inspire furious bickering inside your television, a Texas A&M study has found that the castle doctrine -- on which Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law is based --
Dallas County District AttorneyClaude Simmons is one of two men being exonerated for a 1997 murder he did not commit.Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's office sends word this morning that two men convicted of murder in October 1997 -- 54-year-old Claude Alvin Simmons Jr. and 39-year- ... More >>
Sarah, left, and Amina, right, were sisters and best friends. Earlier this month, the FBI added Yaser Abdel Said to its list of "Featured Fugitives," his crime: "UNLAWFUL FLIGHT TO AVOID PROSECUTION - CAPITAL MURDER - MULTIPLE." No doubt you recall he's accused of killing daughters Sarah and Amina, ... More >>
Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
Over the past week, there’s been much discussion in this space and elsewhere about the killings of Sarah and Amina Said and whether their father’s Muslim faith had anything to do with him allegedly murdering them for adopting Western ways. Coincidentally, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal C ... More >>
The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes
Fears of murder and mayhem keep you up at night? Well, hell (no pun), move to Plano, where -- despite lingering memories of a 1990s heroin crisis -- there were only four people murdered in 2006, for a rate of 1.6 murders per 100,000 residents. This compares to the national average of 5.7 per 100,000 ... More >>
Forget what you think you know about serial killers and what cops do to nab them
We get a lot of, pardon, nutty mail at the paper version of Unfair Park--mostly from prisoners, some from concerned citizens, much of it from people with way too much time on their hands. One of those folks last week sent us a rather impressive collection of clippings, most from The Dallas Morning N ... More >>
On Saturday, Raymond Hammell was mentioned in The Dallas Morning News, just not by name. He was not dead even a day, but already he was a statistic: a 56-year-old man "stabbed multiple times Friday evening in a skywalk in the 2000 block of Bryan Street. He later died at Baylor University Medical Cen ... More >>
Is a serial killer stalking gays in the Dallas area?
We're now in the sentencing phase of Andrew Wamsley's capital murder trial. (Friday afternoon, Wamsley was found guilty in the shooting and stabbing murders of both his parents.) Yesterday's testimony was particularly compelling for those interested in finding out more about who Wamsley actually is. ... More >>
No one knows who murdered Brent Gutheinz. Thanks to a sloppy investigation, it's likely no one ever will.
Confessed serial killer Coral Eugene Watts gets charged with murder--finally
Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He says he'll murder again. Why can't Texas stop him?
Why did three Park Cities fathers explode in murderous rage?
How Dallas police detective Shari Degan solved the grisly murder that rocked Dallas--in 1913
High-profile P.I. Bill Dear believes he knows who killed Nicole Simpson. It's not who you think.
A plea bargain closes the book on the mysterious disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair
In 1946, a serial killer haunted sleepy Texarkana, stalking his victims under the cover of night. Investigators wonder if he died decades later in a Dallas rest home--or simply disappeared.
Hundreds of poor Mexican girls have been abducted, raped, and murdered on the streets of Ciudad Juarez. They were forgotten and mostly ignored by authorities until Esther Chavez came along.
Tommy Lynn Sells claims to have murdered dozens, and Texas Rangers fear he's telling the truth
Serial killer Faryion Wardrip would have gotten away with murder if bricklayer-turned-investigator John Little hadn't stolen his coffee cup
Odell Barnes is just one of many inmates with questionable convictions facing the death penalty
Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime
A suspect in Madalyn Murray O'Hair's disappearance is sentenced, but for which crime?
Railroaded onto death row, Kerry Max Cook endures rapes, beatings, and suicide attempts while waiting for justice
A notorious murder-for-hire ex-con may have reached the end of his road in Dallas
Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.
The Texas Troubadour's Fatal Rendezvous and other amazing stories from the police department's cold case squad
David Pasztor unravels a tangeled tale of death and international intrigue