One of Casey’s lawyers quits case

By Adam Longo, News 13 Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 6:10 PM
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News 13 has learned one of Casey Anthony’s attorneys is quitting the case.
Andrea Lyon is the second lawyer to depart from the case in less than six months.
She's actually losing money being a part of the case.
In the 13 months she spent on this case, Lyon was paid $22,500, which is almost 10 percent of the $250,000 Anthony's defense team spent before she was declared indigent.
In her motion to withdraw from the case, Lyon said that's not even a third of her actual costs.
Lyon came on board for her death penalty expertise, but she was traveling a great deal and juggling a busy schedule.
She's a law professor at DePaul University in Chicago. 
Lead attorney Jose Baez said she is not leaving for ideological reasons.
Lyon has been a very visible member of the defense team.
She's been the driving force behind anti-death penalty motions, arguing for instance, a gender bias against Anthony. 
Lyon went on national TV in January and compared this case to the Salem Witch Trials.
The defense doesn't have to look far for another death penalty expert.
New Anthony attorney Chaney Mason will fill those shoes, and Baez said Lyon will still consult with the defense team.
 http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2010/june/115783/One-of-Casey%92s-lawyers-quits-case

An interview with Terri Moulton Horman’s first ex-husband.

BY JAMES PITKIN | JPITKIN AT WWEEK DOT COM
[June 30th, 2010]
ROSEBURG — Ron Tarver hesitates when asked whether his ex-wife, Terri Moulton Horman, could be behind the disappearance of her stepson, Kyron Horman.
Tarver says she cheated on him during their four-year marriage. Then she left him in 1995. But responsible for what happened to a 7-year-old boy?
“I don’t know [what she’s capable of doing],” says Tarver, standing with his current wife, Angela Rockwood, outside their house in this Southern Oregon town of 21,000 people.
“We’re not blind. Obviously they’re zeroing in on Terri,” Tarver says. “I just have a hard time believing anyone would be capable of doing that.”
Tarver does know one thing for sure: Cops were homing in on Terri Moulton Horman within days of Kyron’s disappearance. As first reported June 17 onwweek.com, law-enforcement sources say the investigation has increasingly focused on Kyron’s stepmom.
In the latest developments, Kyron’s father, Kaine Horman, filed for divorce from Terri Moulton Horman on June 28, citing irreconcilable differences. He also took out a restraining order against her under the Family Abuse Prevention Act. A judge has sealed that request.
Tarver, who is 41, has followed the story from 200 miles away in Roseburg, tied to the unfolding drama by his marriage to Terri Moulton 19 years ago.
They were married in 1991, when Tarver was 22 and she was 21.
But the marriage fizzled, Tarver says, after Moulton began cheating on him and the restaurant they owned together failed.
Moulton kept custody of James, and Tarver saw the boy regularly on weekends—but recently, James left his mother’s home to live with his maternal grandparents in Roseburg.
Until then James had been living with his mother and Kaine Horman off Cornelius Pass Road in unincorporated Multnomah County. Also sharing the house was Kyron, who is Kaine Horman’s son from his first marriage, and Kiara, the couple’s 18-month-old daughter.
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The "Bring Kyron Home" Website is shutting down

Just when you think it can't get any stranger, there is an announcement on the "Bring Kyron Home" website that they will be shutting it down the end of this week.

As per the site -
...we will be taking this site down at the end of the week.  We feel we have been remiss at keeping it updated and really have no further plans to do anything more in terms of events or anything like bracelets, buttons, etc.  We continue to hold out hope, but feel this website has ultimately served its purpose.
It appears that there is a LOT more info than is being released.  There has been many breaking news stories on this case this week, but sadly not one yet that says "Kyron Found".


http://web.me.com/owensfamily4/Bring_Kyron_Home/HOME.html

'One Big Happy Family'-Terri Moulton Horman Cast Aside by Kaine and Desiree!

By John Kays


It came back to me exactly what I was doing on the morning of June 4th, the day Kyron Horman went missing. The shocking information of Kaine Horman filing for a divorce to Terri Horman is what stimulated the recall. Also, I glanced at a Christianson plumbing bill and saw that the plumber left my condo at 8:55 AM, 4 June, 2010. That was right about the time that Terri Moulton Horman says she left (alone) Skyline Elementary in Portland.
The filing of the divorce and the restraining order on Terri adds a new dimension, a new twist to the case. Now it's a family of 3 instead of a family of 4, such as it was at the thoroughly scrutinized news conference of June 11th. Terri's image has been blown up and isolated in the video footage, and the media has looked for signs of unusual body language between Terri and the biological mother to Kyron, Desiree Young.
I'm beginning to see oddities myself. Desiree clams up when Terri hugs her, crosses her arms and ever slightly grimaces with disdain as the red-haired stepmother grips her shoulder tenderly. In looking at Terri's eyes, they seem to dart hither and thither, and at times she is pensive, deep in thought, as if she's projecting herself in specific scenarios of the past, such as the morning hours of June 4th, the day of the seemingly joyous science fair.
What occurred to me last night, as I conjured a wink of troubled sleep, is that this missing person's case has shifted from the physical searching of the premises of the Skyline school and surrounding grounds, to a strictly psychological search. Now we're looking only into the hearts and minds of the most salient of characters: Terri Moulton Horman, Kaine Horman, Desiree Young, and to a lesser extent, Tony Young.
The restraining order means that there is proof of abuse of a child by Terri. Either the police gave this information to Kaine, or better yet, he witnessed the abuse at Terri's hands himself. It's odd though, that this just has emerged. Didn't he notice it well before yesterday? Maybe not. This leads me to believe that the police told him something shocking, something incriminating. I heard that Kaine was meeting with investigators on Monday.
Three things I learned yesterday were unsettling to me also. Terri got a DUI in 2005, her marriage to Kaine is her third, and she was the one who called 9-1-1 around 4 PM on the 4th of June, when she and Kaine met the school bus, but Kyron wasn't on it. I heard originally that Terri called the Skyline school, and it was the secretary, Susan Hall, who called the police. In my mind, this discrepancy is major. Why was it first reported this way?
So Terri has taken two polygraph tests and been interrogated for 6 hours on the last questioning session. She must have failed these polygraph tests miserably, or else she would be making it known publicly that she had passed. Her white F-250 pick-up truck has been examined twice too. The police won't be able to arrest her if she just failed the polygraph tests though or if they caught her lying or tripped her up in her cover story, a minute by minute account of her day on June 4th.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's office will need something more solid, something in the way of physical evidence in order to arrest her. I don't believe they can arrest her based on just cell phone pings or trip ups in her interviews with detectives. This brings me to my central theory: the police are playing a cat and mouse game, where they are pressuring her psychologically, trying to force a confession from her by using the parents to go against her. This odd bunch of 4 parents is now just 3 parents ganging up on Terri, attempting to crack her up. A full confession is forthcoming, which is perhaps only wishful thinking on their part.
This is psychological warfare now. First there was the incriminating flier and now there is Kaine's divorce proceeding and most painful, the restraining order on Terri barring her seeing her own flesh and blood, her 18 month old daughter. The goods they have on her must be awfully bad. Did she have a history of cruelty towards Kyron? No hints of that have been suggested before.
And the biological mother's role has experienced a great amount of metamorphosis itself. Now she gives off the aura of being a perfect mother to Kyron, when actually she didn't seem to be around all that much before, during the first 7 years of Kyron's life. And the most troubling thing of all is the nature of her 'friendship' with Terri Moulton. Desiree divorces Kaine in 2007 and suddenly Terri and Kaine get married? That's plain weird! Moreover, they nurture little Kyron. This awkward, not natural.

Desiree and Kyron
Where were you, Desiree, during the 7 years that Kyron was growing up? Why did you let Terri assume the guardianship of your own flesh and blood? What defined your 'friendship' to Terri? Could you not handle the responsibility of bringing little Kyron up, on your own? Why put it on Terri?
I believe this is the key to this mystery. The quirks of this arrangement must have come to a head on June 4th. Channel a scene where Terri gets jealous of all the attention Kyron is getting with his tree-frog science project. An enraged Terri secrets him back to the truck, and, seething with hatred, takes off from the Skyline parking lot undetected.
Her fury towards Kaine and Desiree is reflected back on the child. This is what the timeline of the investigation is asking us to believe. The key is the delicate balance of psychological interplay between mainly three parents. The police are tweaking these imbalances for all they can get. This case may snap like a twig in a blizzard at any moment.
http://newsblaze.com/story/20100630071557kays.nb/topstory.html

Abbi Obermiller - FOUND

JUST IN - Abbi Obermiller found

By CARY ASHBY - Reflector Staff Writer | Wednesday June 30 2010, 10:50am
NEW LONDON - Police found Abbi Obermiller, 17, of North Fairfield, early this morning hiding in the attic of a New London address.
Huron County sheriff's deputies received a tip and used a search warrant about 3 a.m. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said Obbermiller's boyfriend, Robert J. Young, 20, of rural New London, was there asleep and at first denied Obermiller was there. The girl, who will be a senior next year at South Central High School, was last seen at her grandparents’ 73 N. Prospect St. house about 1 a.m. June 7.

Look for the complete story in Thursday's Reflector.
http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2010/06/30/front/doc4c2b3eef20734888704173.txt

Why was there a 911 call made from Kyron's house Saturday (June 26th) Night?

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Terri Horman ( Kyron Horman's step mother)

Terri Moulton is the step mother of the missing little boy, Kyron Horman. Terri is under suspicion for the disappearance of Kyron. She was the last one seen with him, the last one to take of picture of him, the last person who talked or waved to him.

Terri was born march 14, 1970. Her parents were school teachers. She married Ron Tarver in 1991. She had a son with Ron, in 1994. James Logan Tarver was born January 26. Terri and Ron divorced in 1995.

In 1996 she married Richard Ecker in Springfield. Richard adopted James two years later and is still his legal father. They divorced in 2002.

Terri was a substitute teacher before meeting and marrying Kaine Horman. In 2004 she moved in with Kaine to help take care of Kyron. In 2007 she married Kaine. She also brought along her son, James, to live with them.

One December 8, 2008 Terri gave birth to a baby girl, Kiara. They are now a growing family. Terri and Kaine are viewed by friends as a close knit loving family. In March of 2010, Terri's oldest son James was sent to live with his grandparents. Then later he moved in with his father.

June 4, 2010, Kyron is missing. Terri supposedly takes him to school for the science fair. She takes a picture of him. Walks with him to his class. Waves good bye. Kyron is gone.

Why was her son who is now 16 sent away? 3 months later Kyron disappears. Did he disappear because of a vengeful hateful step mother. Was she angry because her first son was not living with them?

Is it a woman who feels she has had enough with Kyron?

Did she think--------Well if I can't have my son, neither can you!!! ???

Where is Kyron Horman?

Divorce Papers for Kyron's parents

Kaine Andrew Horman has petitioned the court for a divorce, June 28th, 2010 from Terri Lynn Moulton Horman. Petition was granted today in Oregon courts. Kaine is seeking sole custody of daughter and child support.

Irreconcilable differences between the Petitioner and the Respondent have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage.

http://media.wweek.com/attach/2010/06/29/Divorce.pdf

Kyron Horman's father files for divorce and restraining order

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The father of missing Portland boy Kyron Horman has filed for divorce and taken out a restraining order against his wife, a source told KGW Monday night.

A source close to the investigation told KGW Monday night that Kaine Horman had moved out of the home with his 18-month-old child.

Family members released a statement Monday saying they were in support of the investigation. The statement was signed by Kyron's father, stepfather and mother, but not Terri Moulton-Horman.

Read the statement

Kyron Horman's photo was on the cover of 'People' for the second week in a row and the story that goes with it focuses on the attention that has been placed on his step-mother Terri Moulton-Horman.

Since Kyron vanished three weeks ago, she has been singled out in a questionnaire sent to parents and staff of Skyline school. A lifelong friend described Terri Moulton-Horman's unhappiness with a second polygraph test.

Horman's father, stepfather and mother released a statement Monday saying they were in support of the investigation. Read the statement

Terri Moulton-Horman said she was not aware a statement was coming out. A source close to the investigation however, said her husband Kaine and their 18-month-old child had moved out.

Moulton's father, Larry Moulton, 72, told 'People' matter-of-factly that "the finger points at stepmom, she's trying to be cooperative."

He too said she has had two polygraphs, that police have taken her truck twice and questioned her several times, for up to six hours, several times. He also described his daughter as "really good with kids" and pointed to a Halloween outing to pumpkin patches with the family in costume.

Parents grant TV interview

The People magazine cover story comes right after Kyron's mother and father sat down with KGW and answered some of the most commonly-asked questions, including why investigators had focused on Sauvie Island. However, Kyron's parents would not answer questions about Terri Moulton being given lie detetor tests, and they said she would not be speaking to the media.

More: Kyron's parents talk one-on-one with KGW

Questionnaire singles out Terri Moulton

Police scoured scores of questionnaires turned in by parents of Skyline Elementary School children, staff members and even delivery drivers for new clues last week as they tried to untangle the mystery of Kyron's disappearance.

The questionaires contained several questions that were intended to help trigger people's memories about the day that the seven-year-old disappeared.

TIP LINE: (503) 261-2847

Photos: Kyron Horman

Download: Print/Share POSTER of Kyron

Among the questions were: "Did your child see Kyron's step-mom, Terri on 6/4/10, at or near the school?" and "Did your child see a white Ford F250 pickup truck on 6/4/10 at or near the school?" Terri Horman, Kyron's step-mother, was driving the white truck on the day he disappeared. The questionnaire also showed photos of Terri and the truck.

Capt. Jason Gates said during a press conference that the photos and questions were an effort to "jog people's memory" in the case, since Terri was the last person who spent time with Kyron.

Gates added that the family was in full support of the decision to circulate the new questionnaire Friday. He read a family statement that said, “Any parent would understand the grief that this causes our family… please know that we fully support the release of this flier and we want Kyron home and we hope that this will do that."

Timeline: Search for Kyron Horman

KGW has learned that police over the weekend also asked Terri to take a second lie detector tests as part of the investigation.

A close friend of Terri's told KGW she is a wonderful mother who's known Kyron since he was three days old. She said the extra scrutiny has taken an emotional toll on her.

More: Friend defends Terri Horman

Gates refused to comment about any possible suspects or "persons of interest" in the case.

More: Read/print out questionnaire

The other questions on the form were more generic in nature, including “Did your child see Kyron on 6/4/10?” and “Where did your child see Kyron?”

Case gets national attention

The biological mother of missing seven-year-old Kyron Horman reached out with an emotional letter to her son, hoping and praying that he would return home and read it soon. Desiree Young shared the letter with NBC's 'Today Show' as part of their ongoing coverage of the missing boy case.
http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=2463393292055749118

SANDRA CANTU / The Grand Jury and Melissa Huckaby

The Grand Jury testimony has been released in the case of the murder of Sandra Cantu. Sandra disappeared from her family's home in Tracy, California. She was a 8 year old girl, last seen skipping home, which was caught on the surveillance tape, on March 27, 2009. She was wearing black leggings and a pink hello kitty t-shirt. At approximately 3:50 to 4:00 p.m. Sandra is gone. She was returning from playing with her new friends on their swings and went home to do her homework. The shadow on tape shows someone is motioning Sandra to come to them, she goes.

At 4:02 Melissa Huckaby is leaving the trailer park headed to the church. Prior to her leaving she calls Sandra's mom and ask if Miranda, Sandra's 11 year old sister, can come over to play and watch Melissa's daughter Madison. She leaves instructions she doesn't want Sandra there while gone. She turned Sandra away earlier but does ask Miranda where Sandra is. Miranda tells her she is with her new friends playing on their swings. Miranda watches as Melissa loads luggage into her car that are supposedly filled with arts and crafts for Sunday school at the family church. Melissa can not find her keys or cell phone, takes the spare and leaves for the church.

While leaving she must have come into contact with Sandra and picked her up. Did she tell her, the other girls were already at the church and she could come. She talked to her mom, its ok? Sandra gets into the car. (opinion)

Surveillance video shows Melissa's car leaving and at a couple intersection going to the church. She is at the church for approximately one and half hours. This is where the crime has taken place. Also Melissa takes time to decorate the class room and call her grandmother to tell her the luggage is now missing, she left it in the driveway. Grand mother confirms it is gone. At approximately 5:27 she leaves the church. Tracks are pointed out, by the gardener, to the police, of a car in the back of the church. Width of tracks match Melissa's car.

Melissa takes the car near the back entrance. Sandra is now in the suitcase. She parks in the back, goes in the rear entrance, rolls out the luggage. Puts it in the back of her car. drives off. (opinion)

At 5:27 her car is spotted again on a store front surveillance camera, going away from the church and trailer park. A man driving near 2 ponds sees a car on the dirt road between them. He identifies the car by the stickers and make of Melissa's. He stops and ask what she is doing. She tells him she had to pee. He leaves.

She finds the ponds. Good place to get rid of the evidence. Hauls the suitcase out of the back. Rolls it down the embankment, pushes it into the water. Shoot someone is coming. (opinion)

At 5:56 Melissa's car is spotted on surveillance camera again, heading back to the mobile home park. She is home by 6:30. Sandra's family notices she is missing. Everyone is searching. they even knock on Melissa's door. No one has seen her. Melissa reports to the police her luggage is stolen.

Police are looking for the missing girl. Vigils are taking place. People are worried. Melissa takes a walk. Heads to where some of the police and FBI are standing, its twilight out.

Melissa writes a note, telling where the suitcase and body can be found. Places it on the ground. Kicks it. Starts screaming and hyperventilating to get the attention of the police. They go over to her, she points out the note she finds. They collect it. Then start asking her questions. She tells them she suspects two strange men she thinks did it. They are questioned and determined not responsible.

Melissa is now the main suspect. Police get search warrants on her home and church and cars. While Melissa swallows a craft razor blade and admits herself into the hospital. The night she does this she also had Sandra's sister spending the night with Madison.

The police and FBI find enough evidence in house, church and car to arrest her. They take her in. She is scared and wants an attorney. they read her her rights , then she is escorted back to a holding cell. A policeman makes a statement to her, she cries and breaks. Goes back and is given her rights again and then she confesses. The policeman erases his recorder of his and Melissa's conversation. He is in trouble now.

The following is very descriptive but not as bad as the testimony of the harm done to Sandra.

WARNING STRONG AND GRUESOME :

Grand jury testimony tells of what Sandra endured at the hands of Melissa Huckaby.

A noose is found tied up in her hair, its a plaid green dish cloth. Torn in two and knotted. Not known whether used as gag or to cover eyes or strangle. Determined to be over the mouth area and used to choke her. Cloth is possibly soaked in rubbing alcohol, hair is entangled in knot.

Holes in scalp, both sides, left side deeper, appears to match meat forks found in kitchen at the church. Caused bleeding and bruising. It is a 3 prong fork used to lift out a roast.

Bruised back, caused by arching and trashing of body, or from someone sitting on top of her to control her jerking and trashing to get away.

Xanax found in her system by a low level drug test. Also in stomach cavity and brain tissue evidence of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) found.

Genitals area was so badly damaged the coroner couldn't distinguish what was what. So it took extensive work to find the extent of her injuries. The coroner believes Melissa used a Aluminum rolling pin to sexual assault her. She did it in such a rage that she destroyed Sandra's genital area causing her great harm and pain. Using a downward thrust towards her rectum. It had to be very painful and from the coroner's report, she was alive for all of it.

Also in the report the coroner noted: There was no appearance or any remains of a hymen. Meaning this child was possibly sexually assaulted in the past. This bothered the grand jury. They asked about it twice in the testimony.

After the assault, Melissa dresses Sandra. Carefully rolls up the bottom part her leggings. Puts Sandra's shoes in the suitcase first. Then she folds up Sandra in a fetal position, then places her into the suitcase. She cuts a rope from the blinds in the room. Ties the zippers of the suitcase Together. Then decorates the class room.

This women is a very evil person. Sounds like she was a serial killer in the making. She also drugged another little girl in the trailer park and her old boyfriend. She should have been off the street in the first case of that little girl. Then maybe none of this would have happened. (opinion)

Melissa Huckaby pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping on Monday, May 10, 2010. She was given life without parole to avoid the death penalty.

Her last statement of apology to the family was: "
"I still cannot understand why I did what I did. This is a question I will struggle with for the rest of my life. She did not suffer, and I did not sexually molest her."

Youth Pastor Accused Of Sexting Teen Boy

Posted: 6:05 pm EDT June 25, 2010Updated: 6:33 pm EDT June 25, 2010
COCOA, Fla. -- A Cocoa youth pastor was supposed to be a role model, but he's been arrested for sexting a teenager instead. WFTV learned Friday that there's more to Jermel Manns than that one sex crime.

Manns is a convicted sex offender from Illinois who never registered locally, and he got a youth pastor job from his uncle.

If you look up Jermel Manns in the Illinois sex registry database, he comes up with a Jacksonville, Illinois address, and the Illinois sex offender registry lists him as compliant.

But for the past two years he was actually living in Brevard County under the name Jermel Beckford, or as his youth group at church called him, Pastor J.

Jermel Manns is no stranger to the criminal justice system. The 36-year-old was convicted of molesting a teenage boy in Illinois nearly a decade ago.

In 2008 he moved to Florida, took up a job as youth pastor at the Celebration Tabernacle Church in Cocoa and assumed the name Jermel Beckford.

Dressed in a suicide prevention gown, he appeared in Brevard County’s jail to answer to a new sex charge.

The senior pastor at the church, and Jermel's uncle, Errol Beckford, said he knew nothing of his past and was stunned to hear of his arrest.

“I says, what? Are you kidding me? He was a good pastor. He had 75 kids here. He built it up and they loved him," Beckford said.

Rockledge police say he developed a close relationship with a 16-year-old boy and started sending sexually explicit text messages. One message asked the teen to perform a sexual act.

A friend of the victim saw it and word got to police.

"At this point we do not know if there are any more victims, but we're pleading to the community if you think you've been victimized please come forward we need that information," said Cpl. Alice DiBiase-Deakins, Rockledge Police Department.

Errol Beckford said the church did not run a nationwide background check, but he says they will for Manns’ replacement.

"Whoever that person is we learn from this incident, doesn't matter who it is. It could be the Pope, we're going to run a national and pay for it," Beckford said.

Manns is being held on one count of soliciting a sexual act with a minor, but authorities say he could face more charges for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida and for not notifying authorities in Illinois.

Judge: Van der Sloot Confession Stands Rejects Dutchman's Claim That Admission Violated His Rights; He's Charged With Killing Stephany Flores in His L

CBS/AP) A Peruvian judge on Friday denied a defense motion to void the confession of Joran van der Sloot in the slaying of Stephany Flores.

The motion claimed the confession should be dismissed because the attorney representing van der Sloot at the time was state-appointed.

Superior Court Judge Wilder Casique rejected the habeas corpus move made on behalf of Van der Sloot, who is jailed pending trial on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the May 30 death in his Lima hotel room of 21-year-old Peruvian business student Stephany Flores. He met her while playing poker in a casino.

Van der Sloot, 22, also remains the sole suspect in the unresolved 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba. He's never been charged in that crime.

Flores' brother hailed the decision in an interview with CBS News, and said his family has been in touch with Holloway's.

Peruvian police say their search of van der Sloot's computer discovered e-mails relating to the Holloway case. In his confession, van der Sloot said he killed Flores after she read one of those e-mails.

Casique noted in a statement that Van der Sloot had, in addition to the lawyer, been afforded a Dutch-Spanish interpreter vetted by the Dutch Embassy.

Van der Sloot recanted the confession in a jailhouse interview with the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, claiming it was made under duress.

The defendant's lawyer, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press he would appeal Casique's decision to a higher court.

A criminal law expert, Jose Balcazar, told the AP that Van der Sloot can continue the appeal but "that will not hold up the case against him."

Transcript Of Interview With Kyron Horman Parents

POSTED: 6:48 am PDT June 25, 2010
UPDATED: 7:07 am PDT June 25, 2010
The parents of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman answered questions from reporters for the first time Friday.
Kyron disappeared from Skyline School after a science fair on June 4. Multnomah County detectives are treating his disappearance as a criminal investigation, but they have not announced whether any evidence has been found or if there is a person of interest in the case.
The following is a transcript of a June 25, 2010, interview with Kyron's biological father, Kaine Horman, and his biological mother, Desiree Young.
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Autopsy Shows Girl Died 'Violent' Death (Aja Johnson)

Oklahoma City (AP) - An autopsy says a 7-year-old girl who was found dead with her stepfather in a wooded area of Norman died a "violent death."

The report released Friday says Aja Johnson may have died of a neck injury, but her body was badly decomposed. The report says there were four or five cuts to the left front of her neck that went to the spine, but the remainder of the neck was nearly a skeleton with no remaining tissue.

Aja and her stepfather, 46-year-old Lester Hobbs, were found March 29.

Aja's body was lying covered on the ground near her mother's missing car. Hobbs was found inside the car.

Authorities began looking for the two when Aja's mother was found dead Jan. 24 in Hobbs' motor home in Geronimo.
http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0610/749589.html

Hundreds Of Letters Sent To Casey Released

Prosecutors released some of the letters Casey Anthony has received behind bars and the letters contain everything from marriage proposals to extremely harsh criticism. The letters made up most of the over 5,000 pages of documents released in the case Friday morning.

THE LETTERS: Set 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 (huge files)
GEORGE'S LETTERS: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8> | #9
CINDY'S LETTERS: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8
LETTER SNAPSHOTS: Images Of Various Letters
TRANSCRIPTS: Plesea | Grund | Lezn. | Polisano
VIDEO REPORT: Letters To Casey Released
Casey Anthony receives letters from people all over the country who've never met her, but have strong opinions about her and the case. Casey is locked up in the Orange County jail, awaiting trial for allegedly killing her daughter Caylee.
It’s not just men who wrote Casey, women are praying for her and sending her money.
WFTV found letters her father George wrote to her, too. In one of them, from January 2010, he says he's come to accept that she doesn't want to see him. He says he doesn't understand, but says it's her defense team that's telling her not to let them visit. He says he is empty.
George also wrote in another letter that he loves her “no matter what,” with “no matter what” underlined.
Most of the documents in the 5,365 pages release Friday are letters that people have written to Casey Anthony at the Orange County jail. The letters have come from all over the country and from Central Floridians. They're letters that have been sent to her starting in 2008, when Caylee disappeared, right on through this year.
Men have sent her their pictures. A journalist offered to "tell her story.” One stranger sent her a $300 cashier's check. Others have suggested she find religion.
So far, most of the letters WFTV has read have been supportive of her, but one pen pal told her that she should marry Joran van der Sloot, because they make a good husband and wife, two compulsive liars and killers. Someone else asked why she killed her daughter Caylee and wanted her to write back and explain.
Meanwhile, the defense has scheduled depositions for two new witnesses. A woman who helped search near the area where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found will be deposed in August.
In July, a second witness will give his deposition and Casey's lawyers also plan to question experts at the Oakridge National Lab in Tennessee.

http://www.wftv.com/news/24027702/detail.html

Venus Stewart is dead, authorities say, and Douglas Stewart is charged with murder

CENTREVILLE — Authorities are convinced Venus Stewart is dead and their No. 1 priority now is finding her body, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said this morning.

McDonough spoke at a press conference where he outlined the murder charges against Douglas Stewart, Venus’ estranged husband.

Based on information investigators learned from numerous sources, including from an acquaintance of Douglas Stewart’s who is cooperating, McDonough said: “We’re convinced Venus is deceased.”

Venus Stewart, 32, has been missing since April 26, when authorities say she was abducted from outside her parents’ home in Colon Township.

Police have described Douglas Stewart, 29, as a person of interest since the early stages of the investigation.

He was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of open murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree premeditated murder. He is expected to be arraigned in St. Joseph County District Court this afternoon.

venus stewart and husband Douglas stewart comboVenus Stewart and estranged husband Douglas Stewart
McDonough said today that the “icing on the cake” for investigators was finding and interviewing on Tuesday an acquaintance of Douglas Stewart.

The man, identified in court papers only as co-conspirator Richard Spencer, has been “tremendously cooperative,” McDonough said.

Spencer has not been charged with a crime but McDonough said he expects to charge Spencer at some point. McDonough said he hadn’t yet charged Spencer because of he has been so cooperative.

McDonough declined to given any additional information about Spencer, including his age, where he lives or how he knows Stewart.

Douglas and Venus Stewart and their two young daughters moved to Newport News, Va., in 2009.

Earlier this year, Venus Stewart obtained an order of protection against Douglas Stewart and moved with their daughters back to Michigan. They were living with her parents in St. Joseph County while Douglas Stewart remained in Virginia.

Douglas Stewart has denied any involvement in Venus Stewart’s disappearance and had told police he was in Virginia on the day that she went missing.

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2010/06/venus_stewart_is_dead_authorit.html

Croslin back in Putnam custody-Sentencing on drug charges set for July 6

By Larry Sullivan-Palatka Daily News
Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010 1:09 AM EDT
The brother of the woman called the key to solving the Haleigh Cummings disappearance is back in the Putnam County Jail.

Hank Tommy Croslin Jr. has been held in the St. Johns County Jail in St. Augustine since he and four others were arrested on drug charges earlier this year. He was brought back to Putnam County on Wednesday night.

He pleaded no contest three weeks ago to trafficking in hydrocodone.

St. Johns County was holding Croslin at the request of Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy so he would not be with others jailed in the case held in custody in Palatka.


Now that he has pleaded and is scheduled to be sentenced soon, it's my decision that it's appropriate to bring him back to this jail, Hardy said.

Croslin is slated to be sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court on July 6, said sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Johnny Greenwood.

Croslin is the older brother of Misty Croslin, who was babysitting Haleigh Cummings when the child vanished in February 2909.

Both Croslins were arrested in January after an undercover investigation into illegal sales of prescription painkillers. Others jailed after the probe include Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, his cousin Hope Sykes and Donna Brock, an Orlando woman who had befriended Misty Croslin.

Putnam investigators, frustrated with what they described as Misty Croslin's inconsistent accounts of what happened the night Haleigh disappeared, have said she had information that could solve the case.

Sheriff Hardy said recently that authorities believe Haleigh is dead and that she was killed.

The latest search for Haleigh's body or clues to her disappearance was in April in South Putnam County.

Teams of divers accompanied by local, state and federal authorities converged on the Shell Harbour boat ramp to the St. Johns River off County Road 309, a neighbor where the Croslins used to live.

The three-day search ended April 15.

Last Monday, the sheriff's office confirmed a human bone found during the search of the river bottom was determined to be from a Native American and was too old and large to be Haleigh.

Uncovering bones belonging to Native Americans is not uncommon in this area due to the large number that once settled here, Greenwood said in a statement.

Greenwood also said the Haleigh case was still an active investigation.

Specific information regarding items recovered during searches, or the details of forensic examinations, cannot be discussed at this time, he said.

Haleigh was reported missing at 3:27 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2009.

No trace of the blond-haired 5-year-old has been found, despite massive searches by law enforcement officers and volunteers. Haleigh's disappearance initially was termed a child-abduction case.

Then 17-year-old Misty Croslin was dating Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, and was babysitting Haleigh the night she went missing.

Croslin, now 18, told deputies she put Haleigh to bed just after 8 p.m. and went to bed herself a couple hours later. Croslin said she awoke around 3 a.m. to use the restroom when she noticed the kitchen light on, the door propped open with a cinder block and Haleigh gone.

Haleigh's father, 26-year-old Ronald Cummings, was returning from his night-shift job at PDM Bridge in Palatka when the child was reported missing.

A month later, Croslin and Cummings married at his grandmother's house in Welaka. They divorced seven months later.

http://www.palatkadailynews.com/articles/2010/06/24/news/news01.txt

Kyron Horman Update: Details emerge about Kyron’s uncle charged in child molestation case

June 23, 2010 - Kyron Horman, the 7-year-old Portland boy who went missing from Skyline Elementary School June 4, has caught national attention. On June 16 his uncle from Seattle was arrested on charges of 3rd degree child molestation. There has been question as to whether the uncle’s arrest and Kyron’s case are in any way related.


Cases related?

According to Snohomish County Prosecutor Hal Hupp, the cases are not related and Kristian’s recent jail sentence had nothing to do with Kyron.

“The child molestation case occurred two years ago and the uncle was just found guilty and jailed on June 16,” Hupp said. “Kyron was not the molested child in that case.”

When asked if Kristian Horman’s child molestation conviction in Seattle, Wash., was part of the investigation in Kyron’s case in Portland, Multnomah County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman, Lt. Mary Lindstand, said, “Yes, I can say that it is part of the investigation.”

Clearing up misconceptions

There have been rumors that the “arrest” of the uncle came so close to the date Kyron went missing, that people believe his arrest was somehow connected to Kyron’s disappearance.

Hupp pointed out that Kristian was not arrested. Kristian’s child molestation trial was scheduled months ago for June 16. He said, “There’s a misconception that Kristian was arrested in 2009. He was not arrested, he was charged.”

Kristian is now in jail serving out his six-month sentence.

More here

Joran van der Sloot Says He Is 'Surviving' in Prison


........."When asked by a reporter about the murder of Flores, van der Sloot replied, "I have been framed. What happened exactly, I will explain later." He also complained to the newspaper that he has to share his prison cellblock with a Colombian murderer, a corrupt Peruvian general and rats that creep into his cell through the toilet at night".....

Read entire 3 page article here

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Maximum sentence given in domestic murder in South Bend

Brice Webb. (Photo provided)
By WSBT News1

Story Created: Jun 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM EDT

Story Updated: Jun 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND — A man convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend in the face during an argument last year received a 95-year prison term today in St. Joseph Superior Court.

Judge Jerome Frese sentenced Brice Webb, 25, to 65 years for murder, the maximum allowable under statute, plus 30 years for being an habitual offender.

A jury last month convicted Webb of murdering Cherlyn Reyes, 21, in October in the bathroom of her Lincoln Way East apartment. She had been talking on the phone with a friend when Webb pulled the gun on her.

"Brice, don’t! Brice, no!" her friend recalled hearing her say, followed by the sound of a gunshot.

Webb then ran from the apartment.

The couple had two children together, one of whom was a newborn at the time. They had given up both children in an open adoption.

"Those children are going to have to find out their mother is not around because their father killed her," Frese said before announcing the sentence. "I don’t know how they’re going to get around that. They’re going to need a lot of love."

Before testifying today, Reyes’ mother, DeeAnn Slowiak, handed Frese several photos of Reyes and her children, and one of Reyes and her father, Donald Slowiak, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer.

She visited him often and her death had worsened her father’s final days, Slowiak told the judge.

"How can I even begin to explain the impact of losing my first born, my best friend, my princess?" Slowiak said. "I feel like I’ve had to learn to live life all over again."

In a prior Mishawaka case, Reyes had told police Webb had punched her in the stomach while she was pregnant, only to later recant when it came time to prosecute. In another case, Webb was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic battery charge involving Reyes in Elkhart County.

"Your temper bruised her physically and emotionally," her mother said to Webb. "She died trying to love you, and how did you return her love? You murdered her."

Reyes’ cousin, Valarie Reyes, also took the stand. Sobbing, she said Webb deserves no compassion.

"How much compassion did you show her when you left the woman you loved and mother of your children to die, lying on the bathroom floor in her own blood?" Reyes said.

Webb sat expressionless throughout the hearing, and declined to testify himself because of anti-depression medication he is taking, said his public defender, Anthony Luber.

Aside from the two children with Reyes, Webb has fathered five other children, and has a paternity petition for a sixth possible child pending in probate court.

"What in the name of God are we doing?" Frese said, rubbing his eyes and forehead in apparent exasperation. "We’re now going to have at least seven kids who won’t be raised by their biological father. Those kids are going to suffer. That is sad."

Chile: Arrestan al holandés Joran Van der Sloot

The Dutchman Joran van der Sloot retracted his confession in the murder of a young woman in Peru, according to an interview he gave in jail after his country daily telegraph.

In a statement released Monday by the newspaper, Van der Sloot, 22, said he signed documents in which he admitted murdering Stephany Flores because she was intimidated during the interrogation and had promised that he would transfer to the Netherlands.

Van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the killing of Flores, which occurred on May 30 at a hotel in Lima, exactly five years after the unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Judge Sets Hearing For 911 Calls In Casey Case

Posted: 4:15 pm EDT June 16, 2010Updated: 2:36 pm EDT June 21, 2010
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The case against Casey Anthony was back in court Monday afternoon for a status hearing, but Casey did not attend. Judge Perry said she doesn't have to come to the monthly status hearings, which won't involve arguments on major issues.

The hearing lasted less than 30 minutes and the only real decision that came out of it is that the issue over 911 calls will be heard at an already-scheduled hearing July 15.

“There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car,” Cindy Anthony said in the 911 call (hear it).

DOCUMENT: Motion To Hear 911 Call
CINDY'S 911 CALLS: Dead Body | Turn In Casey | Caylee Gone

Cindy Anthony made the frantic 911 call minutes after Casey told her that Caylee had been missing for 31 days. Cindy allegedly told co-workers that George thought the car smelled like a dead body. It was the reason her manager made her leave work that day and get to the bottom of why Casey's car was towed and where Caylee was.

The defense is claiming the 911 call was not an excited utterance, but rather hearsay that should not be allowed in as evidence. Prosecutors, however, say they want a jury to hear that third 911 call and Cindy's first call to 911, which reveals Casey’s claim about Caylee disappearing with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzales. That is what Casey told her mother to explain why Caylee was missing.

Meanwhile, after the hearing, the defense made a comment to WFTV reporter Kathi Belich that was a reverse of previous statements they've made. They are now claiming no one from EquuSearch searched the area where Caylee’s remains were later found, despite previously claiming EquuSearch had searched there; the defense had used that claim to this point as their proof that Casey couldn’t have killed Caylee because she was in jail when, the defense had said, the body was put there.


CASEY'S DEFAMATION TRIAL DATE SET

Casey Anthony's defamation trial has now been scheduled for August 29, 2011. That's a year and a half later than the date discussed at the last hearing.

That means the civil trial will happen after Casey's criminal trial, which is set for May 2011.

Sometime soon, attorneys representing Casey’s accuser, Zenaida Gonzalez, will be deposing Casey's jail pen pal, Robyn Adams, who's now in federal prison.

Gonzalez has the same name as Caylee's alleged nanny, who detectives say does not exist.


GEORGE SHOWS OFF TATTOO ON GMA

George and Cindy Anthony spoke out about the case against their daughter Casey. June 15, 2010 marked the two year anniversary of when they last saw their granddaughter Caylee alive.

In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday morning, Cindy wore jewelry in tribute to Caylee and George showed off a tattoo he got in memory of his slain granddaughter (raw video | images).

GMA INTERVIEW: Raw Video | See Images
VIDEO REPORT: George's Tattoo, "My Sunshine"

“It just means so, so much to me. Like, when people, like, pledge allegiance or something like that. Even when I do that or I put my hand of my heart, I'm like, ‘Ah man. She's here with me,’" George Anthony said to reporter Ashleigh Banfield.

“Do you foresee a day where you might stop wearing those bracelets?” Banfield asked.

“No,” Cindy Anthony replied.

“Not gonna do that,” George said.

In July 2008, people in Orlando remember a now infamous 911 call made by Cindy when Caylee disappeared.

In the call, Cindy told the dispatcher, "I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car."

But Cindy insists she only mentioned a body to get deputies to her East Orange County home quicker.

“So when you said that it smells like there's been a body in the trunk, you didn't mean that? You just wanted the police out faster?" Banfield asked.

“Yeah, because, there was never, I never thought that," Cindy said Tuesday.

The Anthonys believe their daughter is innocent and claim investigators have tried to paint her as a monster.

“I think they were frustrated with Casey, because I was told by the investigators the first night that they took her that they were gonna break her in 24 to 48 hours. And they didn't break her and they haven't broken her because there's nothing to break,” Cindy said.

But Casey lied to investigators multiple times during the first 48 hours.

“I can understand their suspicion. But there's still nothing that proves that Casey did anything, except lie to them about her work and things like that,” Cindy explained.

“But isn't that powerful?” Banfield asked Cindy.

“I don't know. A liar doesn't make you a murderer,” Cindy replied.

As the Anthonys enter the third year of this, they're still trying to come to terms with Caylee's death.

“We've been dealing with this almost as long as Caylee was alive, because Caylee wasn't quite three when this started. So it seems like this nightmare is, has lasted longer than the moments that we had with her. That makes is very, very difficult,” Cindy said.

Cindy said she believes Casey will not be convicted and will return home to their house on Hopespring Drive soon.

Casey Anthony is facing the death penalty for Caylee's murder. Casey's murder trial is set to begin in May 2011.


PROSECUTORS WANT CINDY ANTHONY'S 911 CALL HEARD

Prosecutors in the case against Casey Anthony say that 911 calls made by Casey’s mother, Cindy, should be heard during her murder trial.

DOCUMENT: Motion To Hear 911 Call
CINDY'S 911 CALLS: Dead Body | Turn In Casey | Caylee Missing

"There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car," Cindy Anthony said in the 911 call (hear it).

Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday (read it) to include the calls, saying they help show the progression of stories Casey Anthony told to explain the disappearance of her daughter Caylee. But the defense team says the calls should be excluded because they're "testimonial."

Chief Judge Belvin Perry says he will decide on the issue later on in the case.


WHAT'S NEXT IN THE CASE?

The hearing originally scheduled for June 17 has been rescheduled for July 15 at 2:00pm. Also, a status hearing is scheduled for June 21 at 1:30pm. Casey will not be attending the status hearing.

Kyron Horman's mother Desiree Young writes open letter to son

Desiree Young has shared with NBC news a letter she's written to her 7-year-old son who has been missing since June 4. "I would give anything to run my fingers through your short hair again," Young writes to her son, Kyron Horman. "I miss having you to hug anytime I want. Nighttime is always hard for me. I miss you so much and want you back here so that I can protect you from all of the horrible things in this world. I just can’t believe that you aren’t still with us."


Young lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, Medford police Detective Tony Young. While she does not have physical custody of her son, she and Young have cared for him every weekend or so.

Her letter is featured on this morning's "Today" show.

"I pray that you come back to me because I am afraid that I can’t live without you," she writes. "I miss you every second of every day. I would give my life for yours, I just want you back safe. You must come back to us."

-- The Oregonian

UF lab examined remains in search for Haleigh Cummings

By Cindy Swirko
Staff writer

Published: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 8:15 a.m.

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As it turns out, human remains were found in the St. Johns River by law enforcement scuba divers searching for Haleigh Cummings in April - but they weren't those of the missing 5-year-old.

More photos from lab
CLICK HERE to view more photos of the UF lab.

They were a lot older, as in an American Indian who lived along the river hundreds of years ago - a determination made by the experts in bones at the University of Florida's C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab.

"Those divers found a human bone, it just wasn't (Haleigh)," said Mike Warren, the lab's director. "You dive in a river with that many people, and you expect to find bones out there. The bones of Native Americans are still here."

Bones are Warren's business. He heads a laboratory that is a national leader in the identification of human remains and is on pace to become the first nationally accredited and certified forensic anthropology lab in the U.S.

The lab has been involved in high-profile criminal cases including those of Haleigh and Caylee Anthony - the Orlando 3-year-old whose mother is facing murder charges in her death. It also has been involved in cases of international significance in trying to identify remains of the family of Russia's last czar, Nicholas Romanov.

And Warren says he has memorized the dental structure of Tiffany Sessions, a University of Florida student who disappeared in 1989, so he can easily identify her should remains be found.

But standing in a long, narrow, brightly lit lab with table after table laid out with human remains, Warren said the staff and students who work there pay just as much attention to the unidentified skeleton that has been stumbled upon in the woods as they do to the sensational cases that are on television every night.

We treat all of our cases as high-profile cases," Warren said. "They are still the remains of somebody who had family."

A human body has 206 bones - more or less in some cases - and Warren can identify all of them. So adept is Warren that he can pick out the most minute ear bone from the ashy remains of a cremated person.

The lab receives human remains that are skeletonized, decomposed or are burned or fragmented beyond recognition.

A skeleton analysis is done to develop a biological profile - gender, approximate age, race. Anomalies are noted - any bones that had been broken, dental features, evidence of disease.

The report will be given to law enforcement, which will try to match the findings to an unidentified missing person.

For three days in mid-April, dozens of divers and deputies from several area agencies searched for remains of Haleigh off a boat ramp in the St. Johns River. Among the daily convoy of vehicles was a small, white pickup with decals identifying the Pound lab.

Most of what the divers found was easily identified, most notably a deer skeleton that was erroneously reported to be a human skeleton by some television media.

Warren said identifying and determining the age of human bones or fragments is not difficult for Pound staff.

"We look at bones for thousands and thousands and thousands of hours. We know what every little piece of human bone looks like. If I can't recognize it, it's not human," Warren said. "A lot of it is an experience type of thing. There are some twists - if you don't smell any decomposition, you could put a flame under (a bone) and if you smell hair burning, that means there is collagen in the blood. In Florida, that takes about a year to leech out."

Warren said the lab was involved with earlier searches for Haleigh, including unearthing a horse carcass on a relative's property to ensure that no human bones were there.

Putnam County Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Greenwood said having the lab nearby is a big asset to law enforcement, saving local agencies time and money.

"They are very helpful to be able to identify bones very quickly to eliminate us from having to take the time to send them off to a lab," Greenwood said. "When they do respond to a scene, it expedites the search. You can rule out animal bones very quickly."

The Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office are chipping in $14,000 each in drug seizure money to buy the lab equipment for dental X-rays.

GPD Sgt. Martin Krpan, who heads the forensic unit, said the lab has assisted GPD in several cases. In one, lab employees were able to determine the angle at which a bullet struck a man's head to rule that he died from a self-inflicted wound.

Lab Graduate Analyst Traci Van Deest, holding a reasonably fresh-looking skull, pointed to a thin crack in the jaw - evidence of some sort of trauma. It is that kind of detail that helps police and provides the thrill of the find that forensic anthropologists dig.

"The challenge of figuring out the puzzle - putting all of the pieces back together as a skeleton - is something that I think we all enjoy," Van Deest said. "We know that there is an answer that we can strive for."

Contact Cindy Swirko at 374-5024 or swirkoc@gvillesun.com.

Erica Brough/Staff photographer

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University of Florida graduate analyst for the Department of Anthropology Traci L. Van Deest works with human remains in the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at UF.

Hearing Set In Anthony Murder Case

Judge May Rule On 911 Calls Made By Cindy Anthony

POSTED: Monday, June 21, 2010
UPDATED: 7:29 am EDT June 21, 2010

Anthony is not expected to attend the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Orange County Judge Belvin Perry could decide at the hearing whether 911 calls made by Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, can be used at trial.

Anthony's defense team is expected to argue that the calls should not be allowed at trial because the information was not testimony under oath. The trial is scheduled to begin in May 2011.

Anthony, 24, is jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of Caylee, whose remains were found in December 2008. Caylee was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty, claiming a baby sitter kidnapped her daughter.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

Report: Van Der Sloot Retracts Murder Confession

Van Der Sloot Accused Of Killing Woman In Peru
TOBY STERLING, Associated Press Writer

POSTED: Monday, June 21, 2010
UPDATED: 6:28 am EDT June 21, 2010

AMSTERDAM -- A Dutch newspaper that interviewed Joran van der Sloot in his prison cell in Lima, Peru, said Monday he has retracted his confession to the killing of a young woman there.

De Telegraaf said the 22-year-old Dutchman claims he only signed papers admitting killing Stephany Flores because he was intimidated by police and had been promised he would be transferred to the Netherlands if he confessed.

"I was very scared and confused during the interrogations and wanted to get away," the paper quoted him as saying. "In my blind panic, I signed everything, but didn't even know what it said."

Van der Sloot is the main suspect in Flores' May 30 killing in a Lima hotel, exactly 5 years after the still unsolved disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway on Aruba. He met both women in casinos, and both were last seen alive in his company.

Peruvian President Alan Garcia has said Van der Sloot will have to be tried in Flores' death before any extradition request can be considered. In addition to possible involvement in Holloway's disappearance, for which Van der Sloot has not been charged, he is wanted by the FBI on suspicion of attempting to extort money from the Holloway family.

If convicted of killing Flores, he faces from 15 to 35 years in prison in Peru.

Prosecutors allege Van der Sloot killed Flores in his hotel room, where her body was found, with "ferocity and great cruelty." According to a transcript of the confession, he elbowed the young woman in the nose, strangled her with both hands, threw her to the floor, took off his bloodied shirt and asphyxiated her.

The newspaper said he now says that's not true.

"I was tricked," the paper quoted Van der Sloot as saying of Flores' killing. "I'll explain later how it all happened."

He is scheduled to be interviewed by a judge in Lima this week.

A self-avowed compulsive liar, Van der Sloot has several times given and retracted admissions of involvement in Holloway's disappearance.

He is being held in a segregated block of the maximum-security Castro Castro prison in eastern Lima. He asked to be separated from the main prison population out of fear for his life.

For now he has his own 6.6-by-11.5-foot (2-by-3.5-meter) cell, which is adjacent to that of a reputed Colombian hit man, with whom he shares a television set.

Van der Sloot told the Telegraaf that rats crawl into his room through his toilet hole at night.

His mother Anita van der Sloot said in an interview published by the same newspaper over the weekend that Van der Sloot suffers from mental problems. She said she doesn't believe he had killed Holloway, but if he killed Flores "he'll have to pay the price" and she didn't plan to visit him in jail.

Holloway's father Dave has called on Van der Sloot to reveal anything he knows about the location of her body, which has never been found. Van der Sloot has said he will only talk about the matter with Aruba authorities.

Flores' father Ricardo told the Associated Press in an earlier interview that his daughter had resisted her attacker, who he is certain was Van der Sloot. He said the Dutchman would be linked to the crime by DNA evidence retrieved from under her fingernails.

He said he hopes that Van der Sloot will eventually be punished for the deaths of both women "so that there can be justice."

Kyron's mom takes polygraph

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/kyron-hormans-stepmother-polygraph-10963186

Family of Murdered Teen Chelsea King Moving Back to Illinois

POWAY -- The father of murdered teen Chelsea King said Friday that he and his family are leaving San Diego and moving back to Illinois.

Brent King said in a letter posted Friday on the website chelseaslight.com that he, his wife Kelly and 13-year-old son Tyler will move next month to Naperville, Ill., where they lived for 10 years before moving to the San Diego suburb of Poway in 2007.

The move comes four months after the disappearance of 17-year-old Chelsea King while running in a park and the subsequent discovery of her body.

Convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III pleaded guilty to King's murder, along with the February 2009 killing of 14-year-old Amber Dubois. He was sentenced last month to life in prison.

The family says it wants to return to a place where Tyler can grow up without the added attention that comes from being the brother of a well-known murder victim.

"It's really difficult for him to grieve out here and mourn the loss of his sister because it's such a public experience for him," Kelly King said Friday in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's not normal for him and he's had so much of his childhood taken away from him by losing Chelsea. We needed to do what's best for him."

Brent King said the family had decided to sell their home after getting an unsolicited offer before Chelsea's disappearance, but had originally intended to stay in Poway.

He said the decision to leave was very difficult because of the way the community has embraced the family.

"We have experienced the deepest pain a family can endure, and you in return have given us the deepest outpouring of unconditional love and support we could imagine," Brent King wrote.

King said the family will keep a residence in the San Diego area and return often.

Brent and Kelly King have been leading a campaign for "Chelsea's Law," which would allow life sentences for some convicted child molesters in California and lifetime electronic monitoring of others. The bill has cleared the state Assembly and is now before the Senate.

Link

Police Are On The Hunt For A Missing Child

Police Are On The Hunt For A Missing Child

The Sacramento Police Department is searching for a 2-year-old who was taken by her biological father during a supervised visit in Sacramento yesterday.

Harmony Myles is identified as a female, 2 years old, 2'6", 40 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a green t-shirt and a diaper.

The biological father is identified as Andre Myles, 21 years old, 5'8", 150 lbs, shaved head, and brown eyes.

The Police Department has no reason to believe that Andre Myles will cause any harm to his child however, they are seeking Harmony Myles as a missing person.

Sacramento Police are encouraging Andre Myles to return his child to her legal guardian and to contact them as they continue to investigate the parental abduction allegations.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information on the location of this child to contact police at (916) 264-5471.

Link

Queens girl missing for more than 2 weeks

missing person

A 12-year-old New York City girl has been missing for more than two weeks.

Police say Angelica Ramlakan of Queens was last seen the morning of June 2, when she was dropped off at Middle School 137 in Queens.

She is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 90 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

She was wearing green framed eye glasses, a grey hooded sweater, white shirt with a blue flower print and black jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477 or log on to the Crime Stoppers website. All calls are confidential.

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Joran Van der Sloot's Mom: My Son is Sick in Head

Updated: Saturday, 19 Jun 2010, 10:24 AM EDT
Published : Saturday, 19 Jun 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

NEWSCORE - Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman accused of murdering a Peruvian woman and suspected in the disappearance of an American teen, is sick in the head, his mother said in an interview published Saturday in De Telegraaf.

"Joran is sick in his head, but he didn't want help," Anita van der Sloot told the Dutch newspaper.

She said her son displayed signs of paranoia and blamed himself for his father’s unexpected death earlier this year. He had agreed to be hospitalized but instead left for Peru, leaving only a note saying he was going there to play in a poker tournament, she said.

Joran van der Sloot is accused of the May 30 death of Stephany Flores, 21, who was found beaten to death in his Lima hotel room.

He is also a prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American Natalee Holloway, 18, who went missing after a night of drinking with him on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Anita van der Sloot also told De Telegraaf her son was not a monster, a statement she repeated to ABC News.

"He is not the monster they like the world to see. He is traumatized, depressed and has an addiction. He is not a murderer. It stinks and feels like a big trap set up for him," she said in an email to the network.

ABC's "20/20" aired an interview in the U.S. Friday night in which a former girlfriend of his insisted the young man she dated was a thoughtful romantic -- and not a cold-blooded lady killer.

Melody Granadillo, 23, said she dated van der Sloot for seven months when she was 16 and recalled a sensitive, fun-loving kid whom she nicknamed Chi Chi and Mr. Wiggles.

"He was amazing," Granadillo told ABC. "He was romantic."

The teens met at a friend's birthday party in 2003 in Aruba, long before van der Sloot became a murder suspect.

"We could sit and talk for hours," she said. "We liked looking into each other's eyes."

They eventually went their separate ways, due in part to Joran van der Sloot's ability to lie so easily.

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Seattle: Kyron Horman’s uncle arrested in child molestation; 2nd polygraph for stepmom

June 19, 2010 - According to news reports, police are focusing on Kyron Horman’s step-mother, who is scheduled for a second polygraph test and who has recently been featured on a new flyer distributed to all parents and students attending Kyron’s elementary school; they are also focusing on Kyron's uncle who was arrested Wednesday on unrelated child molestation charges in Everett, Wash.

Kyron is the 7-year-old boy who went missing from his Portland elementary school June 4

In an unrelated case, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Jason Gates, confirmed online reports that Kyron’s uncle was recently convicted in the Seattle area for child molestation.

Kyron’s uncle, Kristian Scott Horman, began serving a six-month sentence after he was convicted Wednesday of third-degree child molestation in a 2008 case involving a female relative, officials told the newspaper.

The Everett Herald reported Friday that Kristian is serving time in the Snohomish County jail.

According to Willamette Weekly, authorities in Snohomish County, Wash., confirmed the victim in that case was a female relative.

Lt. Gates said investigators are working with authorities in Seattle to determine where Kristian was on June 4, the day Kyron vanished from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Lt. Gates said detectives are “following up on that.”

The South County Spotlight reported that Kyron’s uncle, Kristian Horman of Everett, Wash., is the brother of Kaine Horman, Kyron’s father.

They further reported that Kristian was originally arrested in February 2009 for third-degree child molestation in the October 2008 case of his 15-year-old stepdaughter. He was released on parole and not in custody until being convicted and booked into jail June 16. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail. Third-degree child molestation is a Class C felony.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Rebecca Hover, said she’s “not aware of any law-enforcement agency that’s called our agency about Kyron or Kristian Horman.”

She has, however, been swamped with calls from national media and said she has checked with her county’s major crimes and special investigations unit, and they had not been familiar with any connection to the Kyron Horman case.

According to Kristian’s booking documents he had no prior record of criminal charges other than failing to renew his vehicle registration. The molestation incident occurred when “they were all in the same house, in the same bed,” said Hal Hupp, the prosecutor in the case. “He almost immediately admitted he’d done what he’d done.”

Hover said Kristian has refused to talk to media and is referring all calls to his Seattle attorney, Donna Johnston.

Reporters and the public are looking for any connection between Kyron’s disappearance and the arrest of his uncle in the child molestation case, even though they appear unrelated.

Friend: Terri Moulton Horman to take another polygraph in Kyron Horman's disappearance

Kyron Horman's stepmother -- who became the most prominent figure in the investigation into the boy's disappearance Friday -- is scheduled to take a second polygraph test Saturday, according to a friend.

Investigators put photos of Terri Moulton Horman, 40, and the type of pickup she was driving the day Kyron vanished, on fliers seeking information on the missing child.

Jaymie Finster, a longtime friend, said Horman is "tired and frustrated with the intensity of the questioning she's been getting."

After taking one polygraph test, Finster said, Horman is taking another one Saturday and "she's not very happy about it." Finster has known Horman since they went to junior high in Roseburg and worked together in the Hillsboro School District, where Finster is a special ed teacher. She said Horman and her husband, Kaine, are exhausted as the investigation drags on.

Friday, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office held a press conference to release the flier with Horman's face on it and to dispel online rumors that the second-grader had been found.

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Capt. Jason Gates would not say whether Terri Moulton Horman is a suspect in the second-grader's June 4 disappearance from Skyline School.

"Terri is the last known person to have seen Kyron before he disappeared," Gates said. "We are releasing this information at this time in hope that it helps jog people's memory of that day."

Horman told Finster, "I just don't know what's going on. This is what I did that day."

Finster said Horman had told Kyron's teacher the day before that she was taking the boy to the doctor on Friday, June 11, and gave the teacher paperwork to fill out related to the appointment.

Finster said that when Kyron didn't show up at the bus the afternoon of June 4, Horman talked to the teacher who said she thought that Horman had taken Kyron to the doctor that day. Horman told Finster that the child's teacher was new, in her first year of teaching, and was hard of hearing in one ear. "She doesn't know if she understood her," Finster said.

Investigators say Horman told them she last saw Kyron at 8:45 a.m. June 4 as he walked to his classroom after the two had toured the school's science fair. Previously, officials had said that Kyron had been seen around 9 a.m. by an unnamed witness, but Gates declined to clarify the discrepancy Friday.

Gates said Terri Horman and the rest of Kyron's family have cooperated with the investigation. In a statement he read at the press conference, Kyron's family expressed its support for the release of the flier.

"We want Kyron home, and we hope this will help do that," the family said.
Gates repeatedly said he could not comment on suspects or persons of interest in the case. In response to a question about the possible danger to the community, he said: "I can't say for certainty that it wasn't stranger-to-stranger, I can't. But I also can tell you that the need for the public to be alarmed is very low."

Finster said Horman was very down. "She's exhausted. She said I don't understand why they keep asking me stuff. They want me to take the polygraph again. It doesn't make sense because I didn't do anything."

Authorities are also asking anyone who was at Skyline School between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. June 4 to answer questions regarding Kyron's disappearance, even if they have already been interviewed by investigators.

The form asks whether Horman or the family's white Ford F250 pickup were seen at the school and when. There are also questions about Kyron: If he was seen at Skyline, when and if he was with anyone else.

Although investigators have already interviewed teachers, staff, students and parents -- in some cases, two or three times -- Gates said they want to be thorough.

"We can assure you that our primary goal is not to make any mistakes in this case -- to be as perfect as we can in investigating this case."

Gates said the questionnaires would enable investigators to check and double-check leads. They also want to make sure they have contacted everyone who was at Skyline that day, including people who might not normally be at the school.

"It's very important that we reach everyone who was here," Gates said.

Gates said the information gathered from the questionnaire would help advance the case.

"A huge part of this investigation right now is we're eliminating a lot of leads and clearing a lot of leads," Gates said. "That's important so we can get focused in."

The pickup in question has since been towed from the Horman home. Gates said that the family requested it be towed because of a mechanical problem and that the towing was not related to the investigation.

Gates said officials continued to make progress. Minutes after the press conference ended, a dive team was seen searching a pond just down the street from the school.

Gates continued to ask for the public's help in finding Kyron, and he said the many rumors that have appeared online about the case -- including reports Thursday on Facebook and Twitter that Kyron had been found and an arrest had been made -- were hurting the investigation.

"Those are not true," Gates said. "He has not been found yet, and the community needs to keep looking for him."

Gates also addressed the missing boy directly.

"Kyron, we are still looking for you," he said.

Kyron's family thanked the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, searchers, the media and the community as a whole for their support since Kyron's disappearance.

"Father's Day is Sunday. For the first time in seven years, we will not have Kyron around to hug and talk to," the family said. "It hurts us deeply and our heart is broken.

"Please help bring Kyron home."

The fliers and questionnaire are available online and a link is on oregonlive.com. Gates said the questionnaires can be returned to the school where a deputy will be available to collect them between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Police Seek Info. On Stepmom Of Missing Oregon Boy

Kyron Hormon Disappeared June 4 After Science Fair
STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press Writer

POSTED: Friday, June 18, 2010
UPDATED: 9:24 pm EDT June 18, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Detectives investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old Oregon boy two weeks ago put out a call Friday for information on the whereabouts that day of his stepmother -- the last person to see him alive.

Investigators refuse to say whether they have a suspect. Police passed out fliers Friday in hopes of jogging the memory of anybody who might have information on Kyron Horman's case, said Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County sheriff's department.

A questionnaire that accompanies the flier has gone to everybody who was at Skyline School on June 4, he said. The boy was last seen there after a science fair he attended that morning with his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman.

"Terri is the last known person to have seen Kyron alive before he disappeared," Gates said.

The stepmother, who has raised Kyron since he was an infant, contacted the school on the afternoon of the disappearance, when the boy didn't come home on his school bus. Kyron lived with his father and stepmother about 2 miles from the school.

The flier includes two questionnaires -- a 10-question form directed at adults and an eight-question survey for children. Both ask if anyone saw Kyron or the stepmother at or near the elementary school, or if they witnessed a pickup matching the description of the family's white Ford F250 pickup.

The stepmother appeared at a news conference last week with the boy's father to appeal for help in finding the boy. "We fully support the release of this flier," said a family statement that Gates read Friday.

Searchers spent 10 days checking the area near the school and the family's home before the sheriff's office scaled back the search effort and reclassified the disappearance as a criminal investigation. Gates said he couldn't eliminate the possibility that Kyron was abducted by a stranger, but "the need for the public to be alarmed is very low."

Searchers have been combing Sauvie Island, 10 miles northwest of downtown Portland, but police refuse to say why.

The Willamette Week newspaper, citing anonymous police sources, reported that cell phone records show Terri Horman was there June 4.

"I don't have control over what papers report," Gates said when asked about the Willamette Week article.

Terri Horman's Facebook activity has also been deemed suspicious by a bevy of armchair detectives -- people leaving comments online -- wondering why she was "hitting the gym" a few days after her stepson disappeared or why she failed to quickly change her profile picture from her biological daughter to Kyron.

The pickup was recently towed from the Horman home, but Gates said it was because of a mechanical problem, not the investigation.

Detectives have refused to answer most questions about the specifics of their investigation.

"Our primary goal is to not make any mistakes in this case, to be as perfect as we can be in investigating this case," Gates said.
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