John Lennon’s Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole for the Ninth Time & More Crime News!

Mark David Chapman's mug shot.

These are the crime stories making headlines today, August 29, 2016 …

  • John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman (above) has reportedly been denied parole for the ninth time. Sources say that Chapman, 61, has once again been rejected for release by a parole board. At his last hearing in 2014, the board said that releasing Chapman, who shot Lennon outside his New York apartment in 1980, would be “incompatible with the welfare of society.” Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of the former Beatle and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He is currently in a maximum-security prison outside Buffalo, and will be eligible for parole again in two years. [NY 1]
  • A male suspect has been charged with murder after fatally stabbing two nuns at their Mississippi home. Police have charged Rodney Sanders, 46, with two counts of capital murder after he allegedly stabbed Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, both 68. Police say that they have yet to discern a motive for the brutal crime, and believe that Sanders acted alone. The women’s bodies were discovered Thursday during a welfare check after they failed to show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, about 10 miles from their home in the small town of Durant. Sanders was arrested without incident. [New York Daily News]
  • Mariah Carey’s sister has been arrested on prostitution charges. Police tell the Daily Freeman of Kingston that 55-year-old Alison Carey was arrested in Saugerties, New York, on Friday after she allegedly solicited money in exchange for sex from an undercover police officer. Police describe Carey as a transient who was working out of a hotel, and say she advertised her services in the “adult” section of an unnamed website. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra tells the newspaper that she identified herself as the performer’s sister when she was arrested. Carey, who is HIV positive, has been estranged from her sister Mariah since the 1990s, and recently posted a video online begging the star for help. [AP]
david dauzat

Davie Dauzat [Photo: McLennan County Jail]

  • A Texas man has been charged with beheading his wife mere hours after a police welfare check. Bellmead police say they visited Davie Dauzat, 23, and his wife Natasha, 21, on Thursday at their mobile home after a concerned relative called police. When officers arrived, they saw no signs of trouble and left the scene. But two hours later, after another call from a family member, police returned and found Natasha Dauzat had been decapitated. Officers were able to convince Dauzat to surrender peacefully, and say the couples’ two young toddlers are unharmed. [CBS News]
  • The judge in the controversial Stanford rape case will no longer hear criminal cases. A California court says that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who was criticized for ordering a six-month sentence for convicted rapist and former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, will no longer hear criminal matters by his own request. Presiding Judge Rise Pichon said in a statement that she firmly believes Persky can continue in his current assignment, but instead has agreed to reassign him to the civil division, where he has served previously. The assignment will begin September 6. [New York Post]
  • Georgia police are investigating the dumping of a beheaded voodoo doll behind their station. Police in Tybee Island, Georgia, are investigating the dumping of the doll, along with a disfigured lizard carcass, outside their station. Lieutenant Emory Randolph found the doll at approximately 6 A.M. Friday. “Despite the overwhelming support that we receive on a daily basis, there is the occasional reminder that not everyone likes the police,” they wrote on the Tybee Island Police Department Facebook page. “We’ll be reviewing the surveillance footage to see if we can identify our fan...” [The Huffington Post]
  • Fake movie money [Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department]

    Fake movie money [Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department]

    Georgia police say suspects tried to use fake movie money in Walmart scam. The Gwinnett County Police Department Fraud Unit is working to identify two people suspected of using motion-picture money to purchase $1,000 worth of lawn equipment at a Buford Walmart on July 19. Police say Travis Taylor and Melissa Sinquefield used 10 motion picture $100 bills, and then Sinquefield later returned the lawn equipment at another store for cash. But authorities claim that Sinquefield confronted the cashier about an alleged personal debt prior to the purchase — and the cashier never returned to work after the bogus cash was found in her register. The bills clearly state “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY” on both sides and include the [CBS 46]

Main image: Mark David Chapman [New York State Department of Corrections]



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