Michel Escoto of South Florida was convicted Tuesday of murdering his newlywed wife in 2002 so he could collect $1 million from a large insurance policy he took out on her life. The 42-year-old attempted to drug her and drown her, but finally settled on beating her to death with a tire iron, prosecutors determined.
Michel Escoto had married 21-year-old Wendy Trapaga back in October 2002, but just four days later, he attempted to kill her. During their honeymoon to Key West, Escoto attempted to drug her with ground-up painkillers, but she said that her drink was too chalky, according to the Associated Press.
Just a few days later, he attempted to drown her in a Jacuzzi at the Executive Airport Motel in Miami, but couldn't get her to stay underneath the water. Later that night he drove her to a warehouse and strangled and beat her with a tire iron. more >>
Willie Myrick, 10, is celebrating being let go by a kidnapper, who apparently became frustrated because the child wouldn't stop singing a popular gospel song. Myrick was let go unharmed after singing Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" for three straight hours late last month.
Willie Myrick was in his driveway in Atlanta, Ga. March 31 playing with his pet Chihuahua when a stranger drove up and lured him to his car with the offer of money. When the 10-year-old got close enough, the kidnapper grabbed him, pulled him inside and drove off, police said.
"He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn't want to hear a word from me," Myrick told WSB-TV. "He said if I told anyone, he would hurt me, like in a bad way." more >>
Gama Droiville, a 13-year-old boy from Brooklyn, New York, is thanking God for his miracle recovery after being shot in the head twice last week. The teen was standing with his family at a Flatbush bus stop when two stray bullets from a gunman pierced his head and right eye.
Droiville was at the bus stop with his aunt and cousin on April 14 when suspect Kareem Potomont, 21, began firing at another man, 24-year-old Eduardo Dolphy. Many of the Brooklyn residents on the busy street began scattering, but the church-going teenager was hit twice. His family brought him into a nearby pizzeria to escape the hail of gunfire, but Gama told them to relax because God is on his side.
"I went into a store and sat down and I told everyone to relax because God is with me," the boy told Channel 7 Eyewitness News. "I just go to church and pray. Because in the past, God has done a lot of miracles for me and I knew that this time He wouldn't me go." more >>
Nine arrests occurred to take down a prep school drug ring in Philadelphia called the "Main Line Take Over Project," prosecutors announced Monday. Affluent suburban students and graduates of prep schools were looking to run a monopoly of the drug business in the area, selling marijuana, cocaine, hash oil and MDMA to high school and college students.
The creators of the drug ring, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 28-year-old Timothy Brooks, both graduated from the prestigious Haverford School. They employed "sub-dealers" to sell drugs at Lower Merion High School, Harriton High School, Conestoga High School, Radnor High School, Haverford College, Lafayette College, and Gettysburg College, which are all in Pennsylvania, according to NBC News.
The nine people arrested were Scott and Brooks, 18-year-old Daniel McGrath of The Haverford School; 20-year-old John Roseman of Lafayette College; 23-year-old Christian Euler of Lafayette; 18-year-old Garret Johnson of Haverford College; 18-year-old Reid Cohen of Haverford College; 22-year-old Willow Orr and 29-year-old Domenic Curcio. Two 17-year-old students from Radnor High School and Lower Merion High School have also been petitioned by the District Attorney's office. more >>
Two Oklahoma State inmates have won the right to have their executions stayed until they learn exactly what drugs will be used in their executions and where they came from. The Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stay the executions until a proper hearing on the lawsuit can be heard.
Clayton Lockett was due to be executed April 22 for the death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman. The stay came just one day before he was to be put to death. A fellow inmate scheduled to be put to death on April 29 for the death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter has also been temporarily spared.
Last month the state disclosed that it would be using up to five different drug combinations for executions after solutions of pentobarbital have been banned from being sold to the U.S. There has been a shroud of secrecy protecting the pharmacists and pharmacies that provide the drugs used in the executions, much to the dismay of prisoners and their lawyers. more >>
"Scandal" star Columbus Short's wife has allegedly filed for divorce after he threatened her with a knife. Tanee Short has alleged that Columbus threatened her life and his own last week in the midst of an argument that stemmed from his intoxication.
Tanee then claims that Columbus went for a knife, pinned her to the couch and started choking her before suggesting that they play "Truth or Truth," a variation on the game "Truth or Dare." Columbus reportedly said he would stab her in the leg if she lied at any point during the game; he began naming men that he believed she was having affairs with, which Tanee denied. Columbus then put the knife to her neck and threatened to kill her and himself, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
She has since filed a restraining order against Columbus, which requires him to move out of their shared home. Tanee has also filed for divorce and sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter. It's been quite the ordeal for Columbus, who just last month was charged with felony battery after getting into a physical altercation at a restaurant in West Los Angeles. He was released from the Claremont Police Department after posting $50,000 bail. Columbus faces up to four years in jail if found guilty of the crime. more >>