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Sunday, July 31, 2011

[AL] Officer shoots, wounds her adult son - "documented history of domestic violence in the home"

July 30, 2011
DOTHAN POLICE CHIEF GREG BENTON:
“The investigation into this shooting is in the earliest stage, (but) a preliminary investigation has revealed there was a documented history of domestic violence in the home between the officer and the officer’s adult son. Investigators have learned the involved parties have had limited contact following a documented domestic situation which occurred earlier this month. The shooting (that) occurred today appears to involve self-defense on behalf of the officer involved.”
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[SC] Maryann Powell Cox was murdered 4 days after reporting SLED Agent Charles Boyette's domestic assaults

Moncks Corner, SC - On July 18th South Carolina Law Enforcement Division [SLED] Agent Charles Boyette was reported to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office [BCSO] for recent armed physical and sexual assaults by his ex-girlfriend, Maryann Powell Cox.

..."He said we both were going to die today... I kept telling him no, he did not want to do that. He kept saying yes he did and that there was 'no going back'"...

According to BCSO Maryann told them that she didn't want Boyette prosecuted - just kept away from her. BCSO made it clear they have to report this to SLED. SLED was notified and quickly suspended Agent Boyette without pay - indefinitely, had him turn in his SLED equipment, and initiated an investigation. Boyette was not detained to assess his level of danger to himself or others, and there is no mention of his personal weapons being removed from him. Agent Boyette resigned July 20th - which is changing now to he "retired for medical reasons."

July 22nd, Boyette brought Maryann flowers to her job, at Southcoast Community Bank, and then came back and murdered her and himself when she left the bank at the end of her workday.

...Authorities say a former SLED intelligence supervisor shot and killed a woman he had a relationship with and then took his own life outside a bank in Moncks Corner Friday afternoon. Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury says Charles H. Boyette and 44-year-old Mary Ann Cox, both of Moncks Corner, both died of gunshot wounds in the murder-suicide... Witnesses say Boyette visited Cox at Southcoast Bank twice on Friday where she worked as a teller. He brought her flowers the first time and wielded a gun the next, shooting Cox, then killing himself in the bank's parking lot...

Facebook Group: R.I.P MaryAnn Powell Cox


...Maryann Powell Cox was one of the sweetest, most loving, beautiful, and funniest women I have ever known. She made everyone feel better just being around her... Her life should not have ended this way, PERIOD. We will miss you and your smile Maryann...

...This woman helped me when I had no where else to go. She took care of my son when I worked three jobs to make ends meet. She took care of her boys and her husband when anyone of them got sick. She worked two and three jobs so she could pay bills when her husband was out of work. Mary Ann did so much good by so many people...

...This is very sad. A women lost her lfe to a man that could not handle his situation. It is not stress related. I have been a cop for many years and have been in many stressful situations. You learn to handle it... This states law enforcement idea of just letting a person go from one place to another without any type of psychological evaluation or assisitance is a REAL PROBLEM...

Excerpt from obituary: "...Boyette was a former SC State Trooper, an ABC agent, a detective for Charleston County, and a FBI Homeland Security Task Force Agent..."

Prayers go out to both families from many.

"Maryann" - made by a friend

CORONER IDENTIFIES TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN MURDER-SUICIDE
abcnews4.com
By Nikki
Posted: Jul 22, 2011
[Excerpts] ..."I feel terrible because stuff like this doesn't happen in Moncks Corner," said Jacqueline Grave. Grave went to the crime scene after getting a call from her daughter who works at a restaurant nearby. "She called me on the phone and said the lady who got killed had just been in there for lunch at 12 o'clock, and then the next thing she heard she was dead," said Grave. According to Grave's daughter, Cox worked at Southcoast Community Bank. "My daughter said she'd been in there today, laughing, talking, and having fun," said Grave... "I just don't remember a case like this," said Lt. Michael Roach who's been with the Moncks Corner Police Department for 23 years... Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury says Cox and Boyette knew one another. Salisbury won't say how many times the two were shot. "It appears they were both shot in the lower part of the body," said Salisbury... [Full article here]


MURDER-SUICIDE: WOMAN HAD SOUGHT PROTECTION FROM FORMER SLED AGENT
The Charleston Post & Courier
July 23, 2011
[Excerpts] The man accused of killing a woman and then himself Friday had just resigned as an agent from the State Law Enforcement Division days earlier in light of allegations he had assaulted the same woman after she ended their relationship. Authorities say Charlie Boyette, 61, shot Mary Ann Cox, 44, as she was leaving work about 5:30 p.m. at the Southcoast Community Bank on East Main Street. He then turned the gun on himself. Both were dead when police arrived on the scene, investigators said Friday. Cox had sought help from authorities before the shooting... [Full article here]

POLICE: FORMER SLED AGENT HAD ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH SHOOTING VICTIM
abcnews4.com
By Stefanie Bainum
Posted: Jul 23
[Excerpts] ... ABC News 4 spoke to a witness who was the second person on the scene of the crime. Salesman Kevin Timmons says he was selling a pair of snake boots to a customer at Barron's Department store, in Moncks Corner, when he heard an unlikely sound from the bank next door... Timmons found the bodies of Cox and Boyette in the parking lot of the Southcoast Community Bank. Authorities said Cox was a bank teller there. Timmons said detectives told him Boyette had come to the bank earlier in the day to give Cox flowers, and when she was leaving work, he confronted her. Standing in the parking lot, Timmons recounted what he saw: "Looked like she dropped the flowers to back up and to almost get away. It looked like she had real dressy shoes on. Don't know if she tripped up, because one of her shoes was on and one was off, and she fell back right here."... SLED documents show Boyette was put on suspension Tuesday, July 19, as a result of the police report filed by Cox. He resigned from SLED Wednesday, July 20. According to Boyette's lawyer, Lionel Lofton, Boyette's resignation from SLED was because of physical health problems... [Full article here]

- Maryann Powell Cox was happy earlier in the day - "laughing, talking, having fun."... - - Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury giving wrong information about the murder and suicide.

AUTHORITIES: EX-SLED SUPERVISOR KILLS WOMAN THEN SELF OUTSIDE BANK
WCSC , berkeleycounty.live5news.com
By Ray Rivera, Live 5 News
July 23rd, 2011
[Excerpts] Authorities say a former SLED intelligence supervisor shot and killed a woman he had a relationship with and then took his own life outside a bank in Moncks Corner Friday afternoon. Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury says Charles H. Boyette and 44-year-old Mary Ann Cox, both of Moncks Corner, both died of gunshot wounds in the murder-suicide. According to investigators, around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Boyette approached Cox, shot her and then shot himself outside the South Coast Community bank on East Main Street. Cox was a teller for the bank. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and SLED both announced Saturday morning that Boyette was a supervisor in the SLED Intelligence Department assigned in Charleston. On Monday, the sheriff's office received a complaint by Cox regarding allegations of an assault/incident involving Boyette. Cox told deputies that she had a relationship with Boyette for over a year and ended it on July 4. She said that Boyette was extremely unhappy about the breakup. Authorities then notified SLED Chief Mark Keel regarding the incident. After reviewing the complaint, Keel suspended Boyette on Tuesday and requested the sheriff's office to investigate the allegations because of the serious nature and to avoid a conflict of interest. The following day Keel says he received a letter of resignation from Boyette. Boyette was hired at SLED on Jan. 4, 2000... "I can't remember a case like this. It is a rare case," said Lt. Michael Roach with the Moncks Corner Police Department. [Full article here]

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR WOMAN KILLED IN MURDER-SUICIDE
WCSC
Jul 25, 2011
Funeral arrangements have been made for the Moncks Corner woman authorities say was shot and killed Friday, moments before the shooter turned the gun on himself.
Cox will be laid to rest Tuesday. Her funeral will be at the Dial-Murray Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Her visitation is set for Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home... [Full article here]

Boyette brought Maryann flowers earlier in the day...

SLED: FORMER AGENT INVOLVED IN MURDER SUICIDE: Former SLED Agent Accused Of Killing Woman, Committing Suicide
wyff4.com
July 23, 2011
[Excerpts] ...SLED officials said Boyette resigned July 20, a day after he was suspended following an assault complaint made by Cox. Authorities said the pair had been in a relationship that ended several weeks before, and Cox wanted Boyette to stay away from her. SLED Chief Mark Keel had asked Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt to investigate the assault complaint... [Full article here]

MAN KILLS WOMAN, HIMSELF: Moncks Corner authorities seeking motive in shootings near ATM on East Main Street
The Charleston Post & Courier
By Diane Knich
Saturday, July 23, 2011
[Excerpts] Law enforcement officials said they don't yet know why a man killed a woman and then himself behind a downtown bank late Friday afternoon... At 5:38 p.m., police got a call about one person being shot, Roach said. While officers were on their way to the scene, a call came in that a second person had been shot. When they got there, both were dead... [Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury] said both died from gunshot wounds to the "lower part of the body." He could not yet say how many times each person had been shot... [Moncks Corner Police Lt. Michael Roach] said the two knew each other but would only say that they were not married. The bank had closed not long before the shootings happened. Nobody was in the bank at the time of the incident, Roach said... Roach also said two people witnessed the incident, but they were not being identified. This kind of crime is unusual in the small town of Moncks Corner, Roach said. "I can't remember a case like this, and I've been here 23 years" [Full article here]

VICTIM EARLIER ASKED FOR HELP: Woman had broken off tryst with SLED agent
The Charleston Post & Courier
By Diette Courrégé, Andy Paras
Sunday, July 24, 2011
[Excerpts] On Monday, Mary Ann Cox asked local deputies to keep a SLED agent, a man she said was her former lover, from contacting her any more... They said Charles Boyette, 61, shot bank teller Mary Ann Cox, 45, three times -- twice in the arm and wrist and once in the back - as she was leaving Southcoast Community Bank on East Main Street about 5:30 p.m. He then turned the gun on himself and fired into his chest. The pair were within feet of each other and were dead when police arrived... Cox had sought help from authorities before the shooting. She told Berkeley County sheriff's investigators on Monday that she had been in a romantic relationship with Boyette for more than a year, but she ended it July 4 and he had been "extremely unhappy" ... Boyette and Cox were married but not to each other... Cox told officials that she didn't want an investigation into an alleged assault to go any further, but asked that Boyette not contact her any more. Deputies met with Boyette and told him to stay away from Cox. They forwarded her complaint to SLED Chief Mark Keel. Keel asked the sheriff's office to investigate the allegations because of their severity and because he wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest... Keel suspended Boyette without pay on Tuesday, pending the outcome of the investigation. Boyette resigned on Wednesday, and his attorney, Lionel Lofton... Lofton met with Boyette on Tuesday and with Boyette and his wife on Wednesday to discuss his suspension from SLED, and they agreed it was in Boyette's best interest to retire so he could take care of some health issues, Lofton said. Boyette had been having seizures and didn't know why, Lofton said. Boyette already had retired from the state but was continuing to work because he had been doing it all his life, loved it and wanted to make a contribution, Lofton said... [Full article here]

MURDER-SUICIDE STUNS MONCKS CORNER
Berkeley Independent
By Dan Brown
Published Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:12 AM
[Excerpts] Two people were killed Friday afternoon in an unthinkable murder-suicide in Moncks Corner that has left the town in shock. Dead are Charles Boyette, 61, and Mary Ann Cox, 44, both of Moncks Corner. The two were reportedly involved in a relationship that Cox had ended weeks ago. On Friday, Boyette approached Cox as she was leaving Southcoast Bank, her place of employment in downtown Moncks Corner... According to police reports, Boyette had resigned from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Wednesday, July 20, over a complaint filed against him by Cox on July 18. “Mr. Boyette approached Ms. Cox in an area behind the Southcoast Bank building as she was leaving work,” [Moncks Corner Police Lt. Michael] Roach said. “He did not enter the bank building and they were not arguing. He approached the victim from behind and fired three shots”... According to an incident report filed with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office on July 18, Boyette and Cox had been romantically involved for more than a year... The report went on to say that Boyette was upset with the breakup and had harassed Cox with phone calls, emails and text messages before Cox filed the complaint last Monday. Boyette was subsequently suspended on Tuesday, July 19 and resigned on Wednesday, July 20. According to a letter written to SLED chief Mark Keel from Boyette’s attorney Lionel Lofton, Boyette’s vehicle and all SLED property were returned on July 19... [Full article here]

POLICE: FORMER SLED AGENT HAD ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH SHOOTING VICTIM
abcnews4.com
By Stefanie Bainum
Posted: Jul 23
[Excerpts] ... ABC News 4 spoke to a witness who was the second person on the scene of the crime. Salesman Kevin Timmons says he was selling a pair of snake boots to a customer at Barron's Department store, in Moncks Corner, when he heard an unlikely sound from the bank next door... Timmons found the bodies of Cox and Boyette in the parking lot of the Southcoast Community Bank. Authorities said Cox was a bank teller there. Timmons said detectives told him Boyette had come to the bank earlier in the day to give Cox flowers, and when she was leaving work, he confronted her. Standing in the parking lot, Timmons recounted what he saw: "Looked like she dropped the flowers to back up and to almost get away. It looked like she had real dressy shoes on. Don't know if she tripped up, because one of her shoes was on and one was off, and she fell back right here."... SLED documents show Boyette was put on suspension Tuesday, July 19, as a result of the police report filed by Cox. He resigned from SLED Wednesday, July 20. According to Boyette's lawyer, Lionel Lofton, Boyette's resignation from SLED was because of physical health problems... [Full article here]

911 CALLS RELEASED FROM MONCKS CORNER MURDER-SUICIDE
WCSC
By Keke Collins
Posted: Jul 27, 2011
[Excerpts] Funeral services took place Tuesday for the woman killed in last week's murder suicide outside a Moncks Corner bank. Berkeley County officials released the 9-1-1 calls made from the scene of the shooting... Just a week ago, Cox filed a report with police saying she and Boyette had a year-long relationship that ended on July 4 and Boyette was extremely unhappy about the break up. Following that report, SLED Chief Mark Keel had Boyette investigated and that very day Boyette was suspended. A day later, Boyette resigned. Witnesses say Boyette visited Cox at Southcoast Bank twice on Friday where she worked as a teller. He brought her flowers the first time and wielded a gun the next, shooting Cox, then killing himself in the bank's parking lot. A 9-1-1 call made by a person at the scene painted a horrific picture... Boyette's funeral was held over the weekend. Services for Cox and Boyette both took place at Dial-Murray Funeral Home. [Full article here]

MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER, SUICIDE, BURIED IN MONCKS CORNER
abcnews4.com
By Natalie Caula
Posted: Jul 25, 2011 1:36 PM PST
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 5:08 AM PST
[Excerpts] Charles Boyette was laid to rest Monday in Moncks Corner where visitors paid their respects for the man police say he took his own life after killing Maryann Cox... But there may have been signs of trouble. A police report filed about a week before the slaying shows Cox and the former SLED agent, Boyette were having a romantic relationship, one that was becoming shaky. The report says Cox ended the relationship after an "incident" took place and that she didn't want him to contact her anymore. Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon says they cannot say what she accused him of or release the statement included in the incident report filed on July 16th. Moon says the information is restricted because the incident is still under investigation... In a press release on Monday, Moncks Corner Police authorities say Cox later refused to cooperate with their investigation. The day after SLED Chief Keel suspended Boyette, he turned in his letter of resignation. Two days after that, Cox and Boyette were dead with many questions left unanswered. "That's the sad part. That cowardly, he's taken himself out," Green said. The investigation into the murder/suicide is closed, according to the Moncks Corner Police Department. Berkeley County Sheriff's authorities say their investigation into the original incident is still underway... "When she was walking outside she was carrying the flowers. From what it looked like, he was walking up to her and he did what he did and the flowers were laying in between the bodies after it was done," Kevin Timmons said. Timmons, who works next to the bank at Baron's Department store saw it all unfold and says Boyette had shown up to the bank earlier to give Cox flowers. He says Boyette came back when she was leaving the bank, where she worked as a teller, before taking both their lives. [Full article here]

SHOOTER WAS SLED AGENT SUSPENDED FOR HARASSING VICTIM
Berkeley Independent
By Dan Brown
Published Tuesday, July 26, 2011
[Excerpts] The man who shot and killed Southcoast Bank employee Mary Ann Cox was a former SLED agent who lost his job last week because of a complaint filed against him by the victim. In a release from Kathryn Richardson, spokesperson with the State Law Enforcement Division, agent Charles Boyette, 61, of Moncks Corner was immediately suspended following the filing of a complaint against him by Cox... The report went on to say that Boyette was “very unhappy with the breakup,” and Cox provided a detailed voluntary statement to police concerning Boyette’s actions, which included photographed text messages sent by Boyette to Cox’s cellphone. Cox also advised the BCSO that she did not want the investigation to proceed any further, only that she did not want Boyette to contact her anymore. Boyette, 61, was a supervisor in SLED’s intelligence division working out of its Charleston office. After Cox filed the complaint, the BCSO met with Boyette and placed him on notice not to engage in any further contact the victim. On July 19, the BCSO contacted SLED, Boyette’s employer, and advised them of the complaint filed by Cox. Additional documents included in the SLED release show that on July 19, SLED Chief Mark Keel asked BCSO Sheriff Wayne DeWitt to investigate the harassment incident involving Boyette, “since the allegations are serious in nature and to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.” A second letter from Keel written on July 19 and hand delivered to Boyette announced his indefinite suspension without pay. Boyette then resigned from SLED on Wednesday, July 20... Two days later, according to MCPD Lt. Michael Roach, Boyette approached Cox as she left the Moncks Corner Southcoast Bank branch around 5:30 p.m. and fired three shots, two of them striking Cox in the shoulder and the back... [Full article here]

NEW: FORMER SLED AGENT'S MURDER-SUICIDE INVESTIGATION COMPLETE
Count on News 2
Published: July 25, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Moncks Corner investigators located two eye witnesses and along with physical evidence confirmed the account of the shooting. The Moncks Corner PD says this case is closed... [Full article here]

[SC] Husband of OIDV murder victim Maryann Powell Cox speaks out
Transcribed from above video, not appearing in article:
"...He says his wife filed a complaint against Boyette with the BCSO the Monday before her death (7/18/11)... The sheriff's office is yet to release what exactly happened, but Alan Cox says he knows. 'There was an incident Saturday (7/16/11), where he kidnapped her and held her hostage for 6 hours of hell. And then Sunday (7/17/11) she came to me and we had 6 hours of crying, trying to decide what to do.' Boyette was suspended without pay when the agency found out about the complaint. Boyette resigned the following day, and her husband says Maryann decided to drop the charges. 'She went back 2 days later (7/20/11), and dropped charges. She didn't rescind anything, just dropped charges. She didn't want her children drug into it'..."


HUSBAND OF MURDER VICTIM SPEAKS OUT
abcnews4.com
By Lia Sestric
Posted: Jul 26, 2011
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 11:39 AM PST
[Excerpts] Maryann Cox was remembered at a funeral service Tuesday, after an ex-lover and SLED Agent shot and killed her Friday outside of Southcoast bank. Maryann was still married, but separated from her husband, Alan Cox, who gave her eulogy. He said their two sons, meant the world to her. "I know her thoughts that last minute. She was thinking of her children, and what she can do to save them," Alan said... "I didn't know about the affair until a month ago. I found out and confronted her," he said. "She was devastated, but she was trying to break it off with the gentlemen." Alan said his wife was not only involved with Boyette, but an additional man. He said this made Boyette jealous and his wife feared for her safety. "He didn't care if she went back to me, but didn't want her to go to anyone else, he said he would kill her if she did," Alan said. Alan said he knew Boyette and his family well, and has empathy for them. "His family is as much the victim as we are," he said. Alan said the separation would have ended in October, which would have marked one year. He said the two of them were going to discuss their relationship at that point. Now he will never get the chance. On his left finger was his wedding band. He also was wearing her ring. "It's my turn to wear it again and I will do so until I die." [Full article here]

MARY ANN COX REPORTED FRIGHTFUL INCIDENT WITH FORMER SLED AGENT DAYS BEFORE SHOOTING: BOYETTE ALLEGEDLY VOWED 'ROMEO AND JULIET' ENDING
The Post and Courier - Charleston, SC
By Allyson Bird, Andy Paras, Glenn Smith
Friday, July 29, 2011
[Excerpts] Just days before former SLED agent Charlie Boyette killed his former lover and himself, the terrified woman told investigators he had held her hostage at gunpoint for hours and sexually assaulted her... Mary Ann Cox told officers that Boyette came to her apartment armed and uninvited on July 16, demanding that they get drunk together. He raged. He cried. He begged. He jammed a pistol into her belly and later aimed the gun at his chest and pulled the trigger... In a written statement to Berkeley County sheriff's deputies, Cox said she pleaded with Boyette to let her go. He refused, she said, telling her, "This is going to be a (expletive) Romeo and Juliet." ... "He said we both were going to die today... I kept telling him no, he did not want to do that. He kept saying yes he did and that there was 'no going back'"... She told her story to Berkeley County sheriff's deputies two days later, but insisted that she didn't want to go forward with charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct against Boyette. "I just want him to stay away from me," she wrote in a statement. "I do not want to see him ever again"... "I was absolutely shocked," SLED Chief Mark Keel said this week. "I could not believe it. Trust me"... On the morning of July 14, Cox said, she went to take her puppy for a walk and found Boyette lying on the porch of her Pinopolis Road home. He went inside, refused to leave and demanded that she spend the day with him... Cox told deputies that Boyette kept saying, "This is going to be a Romeo and Juliet." She also noticed that he was carrying a pistol, which he had not done during the entire span of their affair. "At that point I thought he meant he was going to shoot me and then shoot himself, so I asked him and he said yes he was," she stated... Boyette begged her to dump her new boyfriend and get back with him. She said no. Cox noticed that Boyette was carrying his pistol again and had parked his sport utility vehicle behind her car, blocking her in. When she told him she needed to leave, Boyette pulled out his pistol and started yelling that he was going to shoot himself and that she would likely be charged with his murder. Then he started crying and saying there was no going back. Boyette's friend Mark called and tried to talk him out of doing anything rash. That seemed to calm him down for a spell, but then Boyette went after Cox and assaulted her. He repeatedly threatened her with the gun and tried to shoot himself in the chest. He reportedly assaulted her again, then left as if nothing had happened. Cox bolted to a friend's house and called her landlord to say she was moving out... Cox told sheriff's deputies her story on July 18, but insisted she did not want an investigation into the incidents or to see Boyette lose his job one year shy of retirement. She considered the episode a personal matter and just wanted Boyette to leave her alone, according to an incident report. Chief Deputy Butch Henery told Boyette to stay away from Cox. Deputies also alerted SLED, and officials there asked Berkeley County to investigate the allegations. Keel also suspended Boyette without pay pending the results of that probe... [Full article here]


BERKELEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
CASE NUMBER: 201107030584

FROM: INCIDENT REPORT
DATE: 07/19/2011
INCIDENT DATE: 07/14/2011
ON 07/18/11 I MET AND INTERVIEWED MARY ANN COX AT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION IN REFERENCE TO THE ABOVE INCIDENT. COX ADVISED THAT SHE HAD A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH CHARLIE BOYETTE FOR OVER A YEAR. COX ADVISED THAT SHE ENDED THEIR RELATIONSHIP ON JULY 4TH 2011, AND BOYETTE WAS EXTREMELY UNHAPPY ABOUT THE BREAKUP. COX PROVIDED A DETALED VOLUNTARY STATEMENT CONCERNING THE ACTIONS OF BOYETTE (SEE STATEMENT). I PHOTOGRAPHED TEXT MESSAGES FROM THE VICTIM'S CELLULAR PHONE BETWEEN SHE AND BOYETTE. COX ADVISED THAT SHE DID NOT WANT THIS INVESTIGATION TO PROCEED ANY FURTHER. SHE STATED THAT SHE JUST WANTED BOYETTE TO NOT CONTACT HER ANYMORE. CHIEF HENEREY OF THE BERKELEY COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE MET WITH BOYETTE, AND PLACED HIM ON NOTICE NOT TO CONTACT THE VICTIM. THIS REPORT ALONG WITH THE VICTIM'S STATEMENT AND PERTINENT PAPERWORK WILL BE FORWARDED OVER TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION INTERNAL

FROM: SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT
DATE: 07/22/2011
ON 07/19/11 THE BERKELEY COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION REQUESTING THAT THIS AGENCY INVESTIGATE THE ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING BOYETTE ON 07/20/11. VICTIM COX PROVIDED THIS INVESTIGATOR WITH AN E-MAIL SENT TO HER ON 07/17/11 FROM BOYETTE. [REDACTED LINE] ON 07/20/11 MYSELF ALONG WITH CAPTAIN OLLIC MET WITH COX. AT THAT TIME COX ADVISED THAT SHE WISH NOT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE INVESTIGATION. COX ADVISED THAT THIS MATTER IS EXTREMELY PERSONAL IN NATURE, AND WISH FOR IT TO REMAIN THAT WAY. COX WAS EXPLAINED THE PROCESS IN REFERENCE TO CRIMINAL ACTION AGAINST BOYETTE, BUT SHE REFUSED, AND WISH TO KEEP THIS MATTER PRIVATE. COX SIGNED A REFUSAL TO PROSECUTE FORM, AND PROVIDED THIS INVESTIGATOR WITH A WRITTEN STATEMENT. COX WAS ADVISED THAT BOYETTE HAD RESIGNED FROM HIS EMPLOYER. ATTORNEY LIONEL LOFTIN CONTATED THIS OFFICE AND ADVISED THAT HE HAVE BEEN RETAINED ON BOYETTE'S BEHALF. ARRANGEMENTS WERE BEING MADE WITH LOFTIN TO HAVE HIS CLIENT INTERVIEWED BY THIS OFFICE CONCERNING THE ALLEGATIONS. THIS INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

FROM: SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT
DATE: 07/26/2011
DURING MY INVESTIGATION I HAVE SPOKEN WITH COX ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. DURING THESE MEETINGS AND OR PHONE CONVERSATIONS, I WENT OVER HER CASE AND ADVISED HER THAT WE WILL BE INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGATIONS OF HER COMPLAINT. DURING OUR INITIAL INTERVIEW COX ADCVISED THAT SHE JUST WANTED TO FILE A REPORT BUT DID NOT WISH TO PURSUE CHARGES. SHE STATED THAT SHE DID NOT WANT TO SEE BOYETTE LOSE HIS JOB DUE TO HE FACT THAT HE ONLY HAD A YEAR LEFT BEFORE HE RETIRED. IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT ALL INFORMATION THAT SHE HAD GIVEN US WOULD HAVE TO BE REPORTED TO HIS EMPLOYER. SHE STATED THAT SHE DID NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. SHE JUST WANTED HIM TO LEAVE HER ALONE. EACH TIME THAT I SPOKE WITH HER SHE STATED THAT SHE DID NOT WISH TO PURSUE CHARGES AS STATED IN PREVIOUS VERBAL STATEMENTS AND ON PREVIOUS SUPPLEMENT REPORT. SHE STATED THAT IT WAS A PERSONAL MATTER AND WANTED IT TO STAY THAT WAY. SHE STATED THAT SHE WAS NO LONGER STAYING AT HER PLACE OF RESIDENCE. SHE WOULD BE STAYING WITH A FRIEND. I MET WITH HER TWO MORE TIMES SINCE HER INITIAL COMPLAINT. EACH TIME THAT I SPOKE WITH HER SHE STATED THAT SHE HAD NOT HEARD FROM BOYETTE. SHE FELT COMFORTABLE THAT HE WAS HONORING CHIEF DEPUTY (BERKELEY COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE) REQUEST TO LEAVE HER ALONE. DURING THE INVESTIGATION WE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL/LETTER FROM LIONEL LOFTIN WHO STATED THAT HE WAS REPRESENTING BOYETTE AND THAT ANY QUESTIONING WOULD GO THROUGH HIM. ARRANGEMENTS WERE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING MADE TO MEET WITH LOFTIN AND BOYETTE IN AN ATTEMPT TO HAVE COX PURSUE CHARGES. I REQUESTED THAT SHE MEET WITH CAPTAIN OLLIC SO THAT HE WOULD BE ABLE TO TALK TO HER. DURING THE MEETING SHE WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBLE CHARGES THAT COULD BE BROUGHT, ONCE A FULL INVESTIGATION WAS COMPLETED, AND IF PROBABLE CAUSE EXISTED. SHE WAS STILL INSISTING THAT NO CHARGES BE FILED. IT WAS AT THAT TIME SHE WROTE A STATEMENT STATING THAT SHE DID WISH TO PURSUE CHARGES. SHE ALSO FILLED OUT A REFUSAL TO PROSECUTE FORM. SHE VOLUNTARILY REQUESTED THE BERKELY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO TERMINATE IT'S INVESTIAGTION OF THE ALLEGATIONS THAT SHE REPORTED. SHE REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY TYPE OF PROSECUTION. COX HAS NOT CALLED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT BOYETTE BOTHERING HER SINCE OUR LAST MEETING. WHILE I WAS CONDUCTING BUSINESS AT MY OFFICE I WAS INFORMED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A SHOOTING AT THE SOUTH COAST BANK IN THE CITY OF MONCKS CORNER. I RESPONDED TO THE INCIDENT LOCATION TO ASSIST AS NEEDED. I LEARNED THAT BOTH COX AND BOYETTE HAD EXPIRED, AS A RESULT OF THE SHOOTING. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING BOYETTE IS CLEARED BY SUSPECT DEATH.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

[IL] If Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peteron foresaw getting away with wife-murder twice he might be right

The high-profile murder case against former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, may never make it to trial, experts say, after a court agreed prosecutors shouldn't be allowed to use certain hearsay statements as evidence... [Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew] Peterson was accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared... Friends and family claim Savio told them during her divorce proceedings that if she turned up dead, her husband would be to blame... Friends of Stacy Peterson said that she made similar statements to them... Prosecutors have presented no physical evidence or eyewitnesses and have said the hearsay statements were vital...

Though you can't tell from the thousands of articles put out on Drew Peterson, this case has always been about officer-involved domestic violence. The articles don't explore what other victims married to a cop may be trapped into situations like Kathleen and Stacy were, unable to make police reports, fearing death any day - with no way to keep their children from their killer. None of the articles about Drew Peterson explore what is being done about domestically abusive cops or what policies some law enforcement agencies around the country are putting in place to make sure domestic violence in officer's homes is handled professionally. WHAT A SHAME on journalism, Illinois, the Chicago area, and really all of the U.S. - since there's no public outrage - that this horrid case isn't used to save lives and push for accountability. Instead it's served to us as entertainment, over the blood of Kathleen "Kitty" Savio and Stacy Peterson. It is discussed below that there is no physical evidence. GEE, I wonder why. How many wives and girlfriends on this blog, dead and alive, have said that they were told they would be murdered and that no one would be held accountable? Too many. Now Drew is looking forward to the very real possibility he may not have to go to trial - the day the children from his last two no-longer-living-wives will be returned to his care.

DREW PETERSON PROSECUTORS FILED HEARSAY APPEAL TOO LATE, APPELLATE COURT RULES
American Bar Associatio
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted Jul 27, 2011 9:55 AM CDT
[Excerpts] Jurors deciding the fate of former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson won’t be allowed to consider a variety of hearsay evidence because prosecutors failed to appeal a trial court ruling within a 30-day window, an appeals court says. The Illinois Appellate Court’s 3rd District ruled Tuesday that prosecutors missed a deadline in one of three interlocutory appeals challenging evidence rulings. Peterson was accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared. The Chicago Tribune covered the decision (PDF), which split 2-1 on the missed deadline. The trial judge had excluded eight hearsay statements on May 18, 2010, and the state did not file a motion for reconsideration or an appeal within 30 days... The trial judge had ruled six other hearsay statements were admissibl... The appeals court also upheld the trial judge’s exclusion of “other-crimes evidence,” including testimony about past incidents of domestic abuse and threats by Peterson against Savio and his second wife... [Full article here]

EXPERTS SAY THE CASE MAY NEVER MAKE IT TO TRIAL
By The Associated Press, NBCChicago.com
Thursday, Jul 28, 2011
Updated 8:35 AM CDT
[Excerpts] The high-profile murder case against former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, may never make it to trial, experts say, after a court agreed prosecutors shouldn't be allowed to use certain hearsay statements as evidence. The ruling by a state appellate court this week upholding a lower court's decision to exclude eight of 14 hearsay — or second-hand — statements raises fresh questions about the viability of trying Peterson on charges he killed Kathleen Savio in 2004. Peterson was charged only after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007 and Savio's body was exhumed... Asked Wednesday how his client reacted to the ruling, lawyer Joseph Lopez said, "He's happy." Any hopes Peterson may harbor of altogether averting a trial in Savio's death may be well founded, some observers say... A person familiar with the case previously told The Associated Press that the statements excluded by the lower court judge included one from [4th wife] Stacy Peterson's pastor [Neil Schori], who said she told him she'd given Peterson a false alibi the weekend of Savio's death... Stacy Peterson is presumed dead by authorities. Drew Peterson has never been charged in her disappearance, but authorities have said he is a suspect... [Full article here]

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS LIMITS ON DREW PETERSON HEARSAY EVIDENCE
Chicago Tribune
By Steve Schmadeke and Stacy St. Clair
July 26, 2011
[Excerpts] ...“It’s a big win because it keeps out evidence that was unreliable,” said attorney Steve Greenberg, who argued the defense team’s position before the appellate court. “It reduces the chance of the trial being based on rumor and innuendo.” Will County prosecutors have not yet commented on the ruling. The case, which has drawn national media attention, has been put on hold for more than a year as State’s Attorney James Glasgow pushed for the hearsay statements to be declared admissible. The trial judge had ruled jurors could not hear the statements because they were unreliable. Peterson, 57, is charged with killing Savio, who was found dead in a dry bathtub in 2004. Officials initially said the death was an accidental drowning, but authorities reopened the case after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007... Prosecutors can still appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court, but Peterson’s defense team believes the appellate ruling will be difficult to overturn. “It’s clear that the state is a day late and a dollar short,” defense attorney Joseph Lopez said. “It’s a good day for Drew. It’s a good day for all of us”... [Full article here]

PROSECUTORS CONSIDER APPEAL OF HEARSAY RULING IN DREW PETERSON MURDER TRIAL
FoxNews.com
Published July 27, 2011
Prosecutors say they are considering filing an appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court after a state appellate court refused to overturn a decision barring prosecutors from using some hearsay - or second hand - evidence against Drew Peterson, a former police sergeant accused of killing his third wife and a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance... Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in a dry bathtub in 2004. Investigators initially ruled Savio's death an accidental drowning, but later reopened the case after Peterson's fourth wife, 23-year-old Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. Peterson remains a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy, a mother of four who is still missing and presumed dead by authorities... "It's a resounding victory - without question"... The state appellate court's ruling on Tuesday means that prosecutors will not be allowed to admit 8 of the 14 hearsay statements they wanted to use in their case against him. Friends and family claim Savio told them during her divorce proceedings that if she turned up dead, her husband would be to blame, MyFoxChicago.com reports. Friends of Stacy Peterson said that she made similar statements to them... The Will County State's Attorney's Office said Wednesday that it strongly disagrees with the ruling and is mulling a decision to appeal... The ruling was particularly frustrating to the members of Savio's family, who have been trying to convince authorities since shortly after Savio's death that she did not simply drown accidentally. "I was very shocked," Savio's sister, Susan Doman, told MyFoxChicago.com after the ruling. "My heart was set on being able to get everything in with the hearsay evidence. I believe that the jury should hear everything," Doman said... [Full article here]

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

[NC] TEFLON: Assaulting handicapped wife charge couldn't stick to Officer Wiley


There is nothing in any article written that speaks up for the wheelchair-bound estranged wife of Shelby Police Officer Marshall Letitus Wiley. There is only what a good guy Officer Wiley is, how he wouldn't do a thing like assault his wife, how he comes from a law enforcement family, who supports him, on and on. His wife's voice and accusations are as nothing, completely unrepresented in the news. Why he was found not guilty isn't even hinted at - as if that's not important.

POLICE OFFICER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULTING ESTRANGED WIFE
Gaston Gazette
Corey Friedman
July 27, 2011 7:35 AM
[Excerpts] A city police officer was found not guilty of assaulting his estranged wife Tuesday, but he can’t return to duty until an internal investigation is complete. Gaston County District Court Judge John Greenlee acquitted 29-year-old Marshall Letitus Wiley in a Tuesday morning hearing, according to court records. He had been charged with assault on a handicapped person stemming from an alleged May 24 tussle with his wife at her Gaston County home... Wiley, who joined the Shelby Police Department in December 2008, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal cases... Wiley graduated from Shelby High in 2000 and played on a Golden Lions state championship football team, Eskridge said. After working at an auto parts store, Wiley became a corrections officer at the Cleveland County Detention Center, his sister said. After working 12-hour shifts at the jail, he drove to Gaston College in Dallas to take basic law enforcement training classes. Wiley’s grandfather was a Cleveland County sheriff’s deputy... [Full article here]

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SHELBY POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON HANDICAPPED PERSON
WBTV
By Andre Dykes
Posted: May 24, 2011
[Excerpts] Deputies in Cleveland County took a Shelby police officer [Marshall Letitus Wiley] into custody around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and arrested him for assault on a handicapped person... Wiley was charged with one count of assault on a handicapped person, a Class 2 misdemeanor. In North Carolina, a person found guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor could spend up to 60 days in jail... A spokesperson for the police department has not returned messages to WBTV... The police report did not say if Wiley was given a bond. A mug shot was not available. [Full article here]

SHELBY POLICE OFFICER ON LEAVE AFTER ARREST ON ASSAULT CHARGE
The Shelby Star
Corey Friedman
Wednesday, May 25 2011
[Excerpts] ...“It’s unfortunate that this is taking place, but we’re going to let the criminal justice system do its part, and we’re going to do our part,” [Police Chief Jeff] Ledford said... Ledford spoke to Wiley on Tuesday afternoon, but said he didn’t know the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault. “We have had no conversation about the case,” Ledford said. “Our conversations have been strictly about the process we’re going through and our investigation on our end.” The police chief didn’t want to speculate on whether Wiley could remain a police officer in the event of a guilty verdict. “It would depend on what he’s found guilty of”... [Full article here]

SHELBY POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT ALLEGATION
WSOCTV.com.
May 25, 2011
[Excerpts] ...[Shelby police officer Wiley’s Shelby's] sister, Sherika Eskridge, said she doesn't believe the allegations. “This definitely not his character,” Eskridge said. She said her brother dreamed of being an officer. “He came from a law enforcement family,” she said. “Our grandfather was a deputy.” Eskridge said Wiley's proudest moment was when he started working at the Shelby Police Department in December 2008... “It was hard to be arrested in front of co-workers,” Eskridge said. Wiley's estranged wife filed the warrant in Gaston County, where she lives. She claims Wiley physically assaulted her at her home. She's in a wheelchair because part of her leg was amputated after an accident. Channel 9 talked to Police Chief Jeff Ledford about the allegations. “Law enforcement is held to a higher standard, but I think we should be,” Ledford said. He said his staff has started an internal investigation that will be as intense as any criminal investigation. “We have got to restore that public confidence and assure folks we do stuff above board,” Ledford said... [Full article here]

FAMILY SUPPORTS SHELBY POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
The Shelby Star
Corey Friedman
May 26 2011
[Excerpts] Marshall Wiley is a former high school football star and a cop’s grandson who cut his teeth in criminal justice as a Cleveland County jailer. The police officer who is accused of assaulting a handicapped woman last week isn’t the kind of person who would break the law, his sister said Wednesday. He has too much to lose. “He loves his job, and he definitely wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize his job,” said Shelby resident Sherika Eskridge. “He cannot keep his mind off it because it is his career and his reputation on the line.” Wiley, 29, was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault on a handicapped person. The incident allegedly happened last Thursday in Gaston County, but the details remain unclear. His arrest warrant had not been returned to the Gaston County Clerk of Superior Court’s office Wednesday. Family members are standing behind Wiley, who joined the Shelby Police Department in December 2008. Police Chief Jeff Ledford placed Wiley on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal case and an internal affairs investigation into the charge. “These allegations against him are definitely not his character,” Eskridge said. “They are out of character for him. They are just that — allegations. We are supporting him 100 percent. He is a good man”... Eskridge said media reports about the arrest and criticism from some in the community have taken a toll on her brother. “He’s upset, he’s hurt,” she said. “It’s not only tough on him, it’s been tough on his family as well.” [Full article here]
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[TX] July 2011: Dallas Police Officer Esparza accused of assaulting girlfriend as she held their baby

DALLAS OFFICER ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ENDANGERING CHILD
By DMN Staff
7 July 2011
[Excerpts] A Dallas police officer was arrested on domestic violence charges Wednesday, accused of striking his girlfriend as she held their baby. Officer Victor Esparza, 26, was taken into custody on charges of family violence assault, a misdemeanor, and family violence endangering a child, a felony... The 27-year-old woman told police that during the argument Esparza took their baby and put him in his vehicle to leave. As she reached in to remove the baby, she said, Esparza repeatedly closed the passenger side door on her leg, causing bruises. After removing the child and his car seat from the vehicle, she said, she walked toward an apartment and was struck on the back of the head. She said Esparza then grabbed both her arms and forced her down onto a concrete step. She told police that she fell in such a way to avoid injuring the baby. The department’s internal affairs division will investigate... [Full article here]
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

[LA] Monroe Police Chief says nothing's written on how to handle Lt. Auger's domestic incident. "Case by case basis."

...I'm going to wait until I get all of the facts... There is no written policy that says, 'This happens if this happens.' It's taken on a case by case basis." Auger is a shift lieutenant with more than 25 years of service...

FATE OF MONROE OFFICER CHARGED WITH BATTERY RESTS WITH THE CHIEF
News Star
Written by Greg Hilburn
Jul. 26, 2011
Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes said an internal affairs investigation concerning Lt. David Auger's arrest on domestic abuse charges will be complete within 60 days. Auger, who along with his wife, Kim Auger, was arrested on a domestic abuse battery charge following a reported altercation at the couple's home Saturday, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending results of the department's investigation. Holmes said he met with Auger on Monday to place him on administrative leave, which the chief said is customary procedure... Holmes said Monroe's investigation will run concurrently, "but our action won't be based solely on the criminal investigation... I'm going to wait until I get all of the facts," he said. "There is no written policy that says, 'This happens if this happens.' It's taken on a case by case basis." Auger is a shift lieutenant with more than 25 years of service... [Full article here]

OFFICER, WIFE CHARGED WITH BATTERY: Monroe Police Lt. Auger faces internal affairs investigation
News Star
Sarah Eddington
Jul. 25, 2011
[Excerpts] ...[Monroe Police Lt. David] Auger, 50, and his wife Kim Auger, 35, both of Leisure Drive in eastern Ouachita Parish, were arrested... Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes said David Auger is currently on administrative leave, with pay... The deputy on scene indicated that neither party suffered any injuries or markings from the incident. David and Kim Auger were taken to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking. Each was released on an $850 bond. Ouachita Correctional Center records show Kim Auger was arrested in July 2010 on a simple domestic abuse battery charge. [Full article here]
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

[IL] Cook County Sheriff's Sgt. Mzorek's latest alcohol incident: Child endangerment

...[Cook County sheriff's deputy Kelly] Mrozek’s [3 year-old] son told a neighbor he had left his house through the garage door about 10 a.m. because his mother was vomiting and had fallen asleep on the couch... The neighbor called police, who went to Mrozek’s home and found her disoriented and an open bottle of vodka on the kitchen counter... her in-law is the director of operations for the Cook County sheriff...

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SUSPENDED AFTER CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE: Veteran employee was acquitted of indecency in 2006 hot-tub case
Chicago Tribune
By Andy Grimm
July 14, 2011
[Excerpts] A Cook County sheriff's deputy with a history of off-duty incidents allegedly involving alcohol was suspended with pay Wednesday after being charged last week with misdemeanor child endangerment, authorities said. Sgt. Kelly Mrozek was charged after her 3-year-old son was found wandering her Orland Park neighborhood June 11 wearing only underpants and flip-flops... Police found Mrozek in her home, apparently intoxicated and disoriented... A few hours after the boy was placed in the custody of his godparents, witnesses reported Mrozek pulled into the parking lot of a restaurant near her home in her marked squad car. She was behaving erratically and sat down inside "our (unlocked) car," a witness told a police dispatcher. Mrozek was taken to Silver Cross Hospital; sheriff's officers arrived and took her squad car... The veteran deputy was charged in 2006 with public indecency... When police arrived at her home around 10 a.m. June 11, Mrozek was nearly incoherent, a police report stated. Her son told police that he walked out the open garage door, and that his mother had been throwing up, then fell asleep on the couch, the report stated... On Dec. 10, a witness told police that Mrozek tried to enter a bar wearing pajamas and carrying her son. Police found her buckling the boy into the back seat of her car when they arrived, and they allowed her to call her father for a ride home, the report said. On Dec. 27, Mrozek called police to report her son was missing, then called back to say the boy was at day care, authorities said. When police arrived at her house, they noted she smelled of alcohol and was belligerent, the report said. Mrozek was not charged after either December incident. Sheriff's department spokesman Steve Patterson said Mrozek had been on medical leave until Wednesday and was placed on paid suspension. The department has called for a merit board hearing on her employment status, Patterson said. [Full article here]

SHERIFF’S OFFICER SUSPENDED, ACCUSED OF ENDANGERING KID
Southtown Star
By Mike Nolan
July 15, 2011
[Excerpts] A Cook County sheriff’s police officer from Orland Park has been suspended after another apparently alcohol-related incident involving police. Sgt. Kelly Mrozek, a sheriff’s officer since May 1994, faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the life of a child after her 3-year-old son... Mrozek, 43, of 11037 Karen Drive, turned herself in to Orland Park police July 7 after going through an alcohol rehab program. Mrozek was suspended Wednesday, according to sheriff’s department spokesman Steve Patterson. He said she had been on medical leave since calling in sick June 11, which was a day she was scheduled to work... In the June 11 incident, Mrozek’s son told a neighbor he had left his house through the garage door about 10 a.m. because his mother was vomiting and had fallen asleep on the couch, according to Orland Park police. The neighbor called police, who went to Mrozek’s home and found her disoriented and an open bottle of vodka on the kitchen counter... The boy was released to family friends after the June 11 incident, and Orland Park police reported the case to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Mrozek was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10. Later on June 11, after Mrozek’s son had been taken away, sheriff’s police were called to 159th Street and Wolf Road to retrieve Mrozek’s squad car after she had driven to a nearby restaurant and got into a parked, unlocked car, Orland Park police said. The owner of the car didn’t recognize her and called police... [Cook County Sheriff's department spokesman Steve Patterson] said the merit board in May 2009 demoted Mrozek from lieutenant to sergeant and required her to complete a substance abuse program. Prior to her medical leave and suspension, Mrozek had been working as a sheriff’s patrol officer in the south suburbs... Patterson said that until sheriff’s police were contacted by Orland Park police last month, there was no indication of Mrozek being unable to perform her job. [Full article here]

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OFFICER'S HOT TUB ROMP HAS NEIGHBORS STEAMED

ABCLocal
By Kevin Roy
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
[Excerpts] A Cook County Sheriff's police officer is in hot water after she was spotted - out of uniform -- with a man in a backyard spa. Neighbors complained about the hot tub tryst and now both people are charged. They were caught in the act, in the middle of the day, in a hot tub that anyone could see from the sidewalk... "I saw her and her boyfriend doing it -- having sex," said [fifteen-year-old] neighbor Bobby Nash. "They were both naked, too, completely naked, and it was 4 o'clock, light out"... His mother did, too... Caught in the act, 38-year-old Kelly Mrozek, a lieutenant with the Cook County Sheriff's police, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Mark Sumner. Both were charged Saturday with public indecency.... Bob Nash says he received an anonymous letter warning him that Kelly Mrozek is determined to destroy his family and saying she could get her brother-in-law, Paul O'Grady, to protect her. O'Grady is operations chief for the Cook County Sheriff's department. "She said, as long as Paul is in the position he's at, 'I don't have much to worry about,' " said Nash. But a spokesperson for the sheriff's department says Paul O'Grady 'has no role in it and wants nothing to do with it"
AND CLAIMS INTERNAL AFFAIRS OPENED AN INVESTIGATION INTO MROZEK A MONTH BEFORE SHE WAS CHARGED. THEY ARE INVESTIGATING OTHER ALLEGATIONS. ROBIN GARRETT SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY INCIDENTS OVER THE YEARS BUT POLICE ALWAYS TURNED A BLIND EYE...
In the meantime, Mrozek is working a desk job; her gun and badge have been taken away... [Full article here]

NEIGHBORS TELL JUDGE ABOUT HOT-TUB SCENE INVOLVING SHERIFF'S COP
Chicago Tribune
By Hal Dardick
September 28, 2006
[Excerpts] Nakedness, drunkenness and lines of sight were debated Wednesday in a Will County courtroom at the trial of a Cook County sheriff's lieutenant accused of having daylight sex in a back-yard hot tub... The alleged act led to public indecency charges... If convicted, Mrozek and Sumner face a maximum of 1 year in jail but could receive probation... "Both had been drinking, were intoxicated to the point that the female had slurred speech," [Lockport Police Officer David Cullen, who responded] said... It was February before the Will County state's attorney's office filed charges. They came ... only after the Chicago Tribune began asking questions about the case. [Full article here]

2 FOUND NOT GUILTY IN HOT-TUB CASE
Chicago Tribune
By Hal Dardick
Sep 29, 2006. pg. 6
[Excerpts]
Saying a Cook County sheriff's lieutenant and her boyfriend did not knowingly make a display of their sexual frolic in a back-yard hot tub, Will County Judge Marilee Viola on Thursday found both not guilty of public indecency... Mrozek, 38, took the stand Thursday and contradicted the 14-year- old boy, his mother and another adult neighbor, who all testified a day earlier... While on the stand, Mrozek also said she was not drunk that day. A day earlier, a Lockport officer said he believed she was intoxicated. She was slurring her words and misapplied lipstick on her face, he said.... Mrozek and Sumner were charged in February, after an assistant to Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass started asking questions about the situation.
Chuck Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State's Atty. James Glasgow, said those questions triggered a review of the matter that led to the charges... [Full article here]

GRAB A LEAF AND SPREAD THE LOVE--OF TUBS
The Chicago Tribune
John Kass column
September 29, 2006
[Excerpts] ...[Will County Judge Marilee] Viola ruled that yes, there was sex in the tub, or something very much like sex, and that yes, the tubbers in the back yard on Treeline Drive in Lockport were probably drunk, and yes, the neighbor's kid and other neighbors saw everything. But they weren't meant to. Viola came up with a fascinating legal interpretation, and here's her theory: If you have sex in a place where people can see you, but you don't think they can see you, even if you worked in the vice division of the Cook County sheriff's police and you understand the law, it's not public indecency if it's your back yard and there might be some leaves on a tree nearby. So not guilty!... Parents might want to consider the advantages of having neighbors furiously engaged outside, just about the time the kids come home from school. The kids won't bother you for milk and cookies. They'll be busy watching. And at dinner, the kids won't bore Grandma to death with obscure references from their computer war games... They'll be intrigued by gymnastics, contortions and how long someone can hold their breath underwater... [Lt. Kelly Mrozek] said she graduated with honors from Lake Forest College and the police academy, but she made no mention of the fact her in-law is the director of operations for the Cook County sheriff... Mrozek said "Absolutely not" to almost everything, contradicting police testimony that she was intoxicated and the neighbors who said she wasn't bobbing for apples. The judge said she didn't believe Mrozek. Still, Viola found that prosecutors failed to prove that the Tub of Love was intentionally on display... [Full article here]

2 CLEARED IN HOT-TUB CASE SUE NEIGHBORS
chicago tribune
1/13/07
[Excerpts] A Cook County sheriff's lieutenant and her boyfriend filed a defamation lawsuit Friday against sheriff's officials and neighbors who accused them of having sex in a back-yard hot tub in 2005... They alleged that the defendants joined in a "scheme to maliciously harass Lt. Mrozek" and agreed to "do anything possible, including contacting the news media, to bring about criminal charges"... [Full article here]
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[MA] State Trooper Dunn answered the door bloody. His police officer girlfriend is recanting.


BRIAN DUNN: TROOPER FACES HEARINGS AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT
metro.us/boston
Michael Naughton
Published: July 20, 2011
Last modified: July 21, 2011
[Excerpts] A veteran state police trooper will face a departmental review today, one day after he was in court for a hearing on charges that he beat his Transit police officer girlfriend... Trooper Brian Dunn is on administrative leave pending today’s hearing. A Quincy District Court judge yesterday refused a request by prosecutors to hold Dunn without bail because they said he posed a danger to the woman and the community. Dunn’s lawyer said that he is the victim and that pictures of him after the incident show bite marks on his arm and that the cuts on his face were from his girlfriend... Inside the home police found eight guns and between 500 and 800 rounds of ammunition. [Full article here]

TROOPER CHARGED IN ASSAULT FACES HEARING
metro.us/boston
By Marie Szaniszlo
Thursday, July 21, 2011
[Excerpts] A state police trooper accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend and pointing a gun at her will face a departmental hearing today to determine his job status... he was charged with assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness... Dunn has been released but placed on a GPS monitor... Monday, Quincy police received a hang-up 911 call from Dunn’s Andrews Road home, according to a police report. When an officer arrived, Dunn, 49, answered the front door “covered in blood, specifically his face, forehead, right ear and shirt area,” the report said. Upstairs, police found Dunn’s 28-year-old girlfriend crying... police searched the house and reported confiscating eight guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in a safe. [Full article here]

STATE TROOPER FACING ASSAULT CHARGE TO BE RELEASED
The Taunton Gazette
By Dennis Tatz
Jul 21, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Brian Dunn, 49, was placed on administrative leave following his arrest early Monday. State Police scheduled a hearing today to determine his status... Quincy District Court Judge Paul McCallum ordered Dunn released on personal recognizance. Dunn will remain behind bars at the county jail in Dedham until he can be fitted with a device to monitor his whereabouts... Prosecutor Khushbu Mehta argued during a dangerousness hearing that Dunn should remain in jail because he poses a threat to the alleged victim and has access to guns. The trooper’s attorney, Courtney Linnehan, said police arrested the wrong person... The alleged victim, a 28-year-old Transit Police officer, refused to testify at the hearing on the grounds that what she might say could be self-incriminating. Following the incident at Dunn’s home Monday, the woman declined further medical treatment or to seek a restraining order against Dunn... Dunn’s father, retired State Police Lt. Col. Robert Dunn, also of Quincy, testified he has never known his son to be abusive... [Quincy police Sgt. James McNeil] said when he knocked, Dunn came to the door with blood on his face and shirt. There was broken glass and ammunition on the floor, and Dunn said he and his girlfriend had argued, McNeil said. McNeil said he heard someone crying on the second floor and found Dunn’s girlfriend. He said she told him Dunn had thrown a cell phone at her, grabbed her by the neck and pointed a gun at her, which she was able to knock out of his hand during the struggle. Police confiscated several weapons... Dunn, who has been a state trooper for 26 years, is currently assigned to the barracks in South Boston. He is due back court Aug. 26. Dennis Tatz may be reached at dtatz@ledger.com. READ MORE about this issue. [Full article here]
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Friday, July 22, 2011

[NM] Officer Saucedo indicted, fired. Allegedly attacked girlfriend and said he knows how to cover up killing her.

...According to court documents on the evening of July 1st [Sunland Park Police Officer Juan] Saucedo told his girlfriend that he was going to rape and kill her and because he was a police officer he knew how to cover up the evidence and her body...

...There is still confusion on the spelling of the officer's last name. Court documents have Juan Salcedo as the spelling, but the Sergeant Diaz of the Sunland Park Police Department stated that it was spelled Juan Saucedo...


SUNLAND PARK OFFICER INDICTED IN ATTACK ON GIRLFRIEND
Las Cruces Sun-News
07/22/2011
[Excerpts] A Doña Ana County grand jury has indicted a former Sunland Park police officer on charges of raping, beating and threatening to kill his girlfriend. Patrol Officer Juan Saucedo, 21, was fired following his arrest - because he wouldn't answer questions about his whereabouts the night of the alleged attack - and could now file a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination, defense attorney Mario Esparza said. "Either he stands behind his Fifth Amendment right by invoking his right to remain silent, or he talks about the offense without knowing exactly what they may have done in the course of their investigation," Esparza said... Saucedo was indicted Thursday morning on felony charges of criminal sexual penetration, aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, intimidation of a witness and false imprisonment... Authorities also charged Saucedo with interference with communications and two counts of battery against a household member, which are misdemeanors.... Saucedo, in uniform and armed, allegedly confronted the woman outside an El Paso nightclub before convincing her to get in the car with him... Saucedo allegedly called the woman names, grabbed her hair, pushed her, demanded her phone and threatened to "leave her naked, on the side of the road, so that she could get raped" and threatened to "rape and kill her and that since he was a police officer, he knew how to cover up the evidence and her body," court documents state. At Saucedo's home, on the 1100 block of Livesay, he allegedly had sex with the woman as he held a knife to her... The next day, the woman returned to Saucedo, who she claims grabbed her by the face and bit her on the arm, only releasing her when he thought his parents had come home... [Full article here]

FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH:

SUNLAND PARK COP ARRESTED FOR RAPE, ASSAULT
kdbc.com
By Alexa Helms - Multimedia Journalist/Anchor
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 5:25pm
Officer Juan Salcedo allegedly beat, raped and threatened to kill his long time girlfriend of four years. According to court documents on the evening of July 1st Salcedo told his girlfriend that he was going to rape and kill her and because he was a police officer he knew how to cover up the evidence and her body. On that Friday night, the victim was on her way to El Paso when her boyfriend started calling her and threatening to kill her. After work, Officer Salcedo showed up to an El Paso night club parking lot in his police uniform with his gun where he confronted his girlfriend. He confronted her and she got in his car to avoid causing a scene, he drove her to his home in Anthony, New Mexico... The victim reported that she submitted to sexual intercourse because she was afraid. After Salcedo took apart the victim's cell phone, keeping her SIM card, he let her leave... *There is still confusion on the spelling of the officer's last name. Court documents have Juan Salcedo as the spelling, but the Sergeant Diaz of the Sunland Park Police Department stated that it was spelled Juan Saucedo. [Full article here]
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[GA] Bartow Deputy Rogers arrested on lethal domestic violence charges


BARTOW CO. SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE
1:06 PM, Jul 18, 2011
[Excerpts] A Bartow County Sheriff's deputy [Jeffrey Todd Rogers] is behind bars, facing charges of cruelty to children, pointing a gun at a person, terroristic threats and acts, and aggravated assault... Rogers has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation and is awaiting a bond hearing from jail. [Full article here]

BARTOW COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC DISPUTE
RN-T.com
by Bartow County Sheriff's Office reports
July 18, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Jeffery Todd Rogers, 41, was arrested and booked into the Bartow County jail for aggravated assault under the family violence act, terroristic threats and acts, two counts of pointing a gun at another person, and three counts of second-degree cruelty to children... [Full article here]
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[CA] 2nd domestic call to San Diego Police Detective Donna Williams's home was a tragic one

A tragedy for all.

San Diego Police Detective Donna Williams' and her daughter Briana ("Bree") were murdered by Donna's son Brian - who suffers from schizophrenia. There was a domestic call to the home in June involving Brian also.


DETECTIVE, TEEN DAUGHTER FOUND DEAD IN SAN DIEGO
The Associated Press
Published: Monday, Jul. 18, 2011 - 12:40 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 18, 2011 - 9:45 pm
[Excerpts] A veteran police detective and her 18-year-old daughter were stabbed to death Monday, and her son was arrested on suspicion of murder after he was found sitting next to the teenager's nude body on the sidewalk outside their home, authorities said. The bodies of Donna Williams, 52, and Briana Williams were discovered by officers who went to the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood shortly before 1:30 a.m., after neighbors called 911 to report a violent disturbance and a woman screaming for help at a home... Brian Williams, 24, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and was jailed without bail... It was unclear what prompted the attack, San Diego Police Department homicide Capt. Jim Collins said at a news conference. He said officers had been called to the house on June 30 because of another disturbance but said the matter had been resolved. He did not provide details... Donna Williams, a mother of five, was a 31-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department who mainly worked in the child abuse unit... Briana Williams had just graduated from Mount Carmel High School in San Diego. She played softball in school and had won a full scholarship to attend a San Francisco design college... [Full article here]


MOTHER, DAUGHTER KILLED IN RANCHO PENASQUITOS HOME
NBC San Diego
By R. Stickney, Monica Dean and Tony Shin
Monday, Jul 18, 2011
[Excerpts] Police sources say Brian suffers from schizophrenia and on June 30, officers were called out to the family home after Brian caused a disturbance. Sources say Donna had been upset with her son because he wasn't taking his medications for schizophrenia and threatened to kick him out of the house. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can lead to violence if not treated with medications, according to psychiatrist Clark Smith, M.D. "It affects the way people think, often causing paranoia, delusions and even hallucinations,"said Dr. Smit... All three family members lived together in this home police said. Donna Williams had a 28-year-old daughter who does not live in the home police said... Brian Williams has been booked at the county jail facing two counts of murder. [Full article here]

UPDATE:

FAMILY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT SLAYINGS OF MOM, DAUGHTER
The San Diego Union-Tribune
By Kristina Davis
JULY 19, 2011
[Excerpts] ...“We don’t think he was in his right mind when committing the attacks,” said Donna Williams’ son, Howard Williams III, a San Diego attorney... “If we had seen it coming, we definitely would have stopped it,” Williams said. Brian Williams, who is active in a downtown church and had previously attended Maranatha Bible College, is set to be arraigned Wednesday on two counts of murder in San Diego Superior Court. Howard Williams said he will be there to support his brother... Police responded to the two-story home on June 30 for a disturbance that was handled without an arrest, said San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins. Howard Williams said the dispute was between him and Brian, and that it was minor. He said his mother and sister were out of town at the time. He declined to give further details. He said the family was thankful for the support from friends and the Police Department, where his mother worked for 31 years, spending much of her career in the child abuse unit. “We cannot go through this without them,” he said... Briana, who went by Bree, was about a month away from leaving for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to study fashion design and play softball on a full scholarship. Her mother, a “softball freak,” seldom missed a game, whether it was at Mt. Carmel or traveling around the country for the San Diego Renegades team with Briana. “She absolutely doted on Briana,” Williams said. “Her life was working child abuse and softball”... [Full article here]

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