Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dalia Dippolito wins new trial as court tosses murder-for-hire conviction

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Witness says she saw Holly Bobo tied up in video

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LEXINGTON – Sandra King said a good friend of hers, Jeffrey Pearcy, stayed with her for about six weeks over the summer and that around mid-May this year, Pearcy showed her a video of Holly Bobo tied up and crying.

Pearcy has been charged with accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence in the Bobo case. The state has alleged that Pearcy has knowledge of a video containing information about the case and that he hasn’t turned it over to investigators.

Pearcy and his attorney, Olin Baker, have maintained that there is no video and that Pearcy is innocent. Pearcy has said before that he believes the TBI is just “gripping at straws” and that the investigation has ruined his life.

Baker told The Jackson Sun a couple of weeks ago that he believed the charges against Pearcy were going to be dropped due lack of evidence.

However, after a preliminary hearing in Henderson County General Sessions Court today, which included testimony from King and a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.

If Pearcy is indicted on the charges, he’ll be arraigned in Circuit Court in October, Baker said.

The judge also ruled that a handgun, which was taken from Pearcy when he was arrested, could be returned to him because it’s not connected to the charges and because Pearcy has a handgun carry permit and no prior felony convictions.

Mark Pearcy, Jeffrey Pearcy’s brother, has been charged with the same offenses. He will be in court in August for his preliminary hearing. Mark Pearcy also has pleaded not guilty

The video

King said she’s known Jeffrey Pearcy for 19 years and that they are trusting friends.

From March to the end of May, King said, Pearcy and his two sons lived with her in Henderson County so his sons could finish school.

King said that sometime in mid-May of this year Jeffrey Pearcy showed her part of the alleged video. She said Pearcy told her that Zachary Adams sexually assaulted Bobo in the recording.

Adams has been charged with the murder and kidnapping of Bobo, who disappeared from her Decatur County home in April 2011. Adams has been held without bond since he was indicted in March.

“He (Jeffrey Pearcy) told me that Mark (Pearcy) had video of Zach (Adams) having sex with Holly Bobo,” King testified.

When asked if she believed Pearcy, she said, “Jeff would never lie to me.”

King testified that she asked to see the video, which was on a cell phone, and that she was able to identify Bobo and Adams through photos she had seen of them in the news.

While Pearcy was showing her the video, King testified, Pearcy called Adams a “sick bastard.”

The video showed a woman tied up with her hands over her head, King said.

“It looked like Holly Bobo,” she said. “It was a shock to see it.”

King said she watched about 30 to 45 seconds of the video and saw the front of Adams “at a glance,” but never saw a sex act take place.

After she saw part of the video, King said, she asked Pearcy to turn it off. She testified that she never saw the video or phone after that.

King said she waited a couple of weeks after seeing the video before she came forward to the TBI because she initially didn’t want to get involved.

“I thought about those two boys,” she said, referring to Pearcy’s children.

When she decided to “do the right thing,” and call authorities, King said, she was asked by TBI special agents, including Brent Booth, to make a phone recording of Jeffrey Pearcy talking to her about the video.

With three TBI agents at her house, King called Pearcy, she testified.

“I said, ‘That video of Holly, if it had been you, I would have watched it,'” she told Pearcy over the phone, to which she said he replied “I know.”

Brent Booth, a TBI special agent, testified that he has Mark Pearcy’s phone and is waiting for the access code from Apple so he can access it. Booth said the TBI has been told a video is on the phone, but he doesn’t know what the video is yet.

The TBI has recovered more than 20 phones looking for the video, but they haven’t found, Booth said.

He didn’t go into detail on whose phones they are, where they came from or what, if anything else, was found on them.

Defense

When Jeffrey Pearcy’s attorney, Baker, questioned King, he revealed that Pearcy has an ex-wife, who also is named “Holly.”

Baker argued that when King called Pearcy in the recorded call, she never said Bobo’s last name, she only said “Holly,” so Baker asked if she thought Pearcy may have been referring to his ex-wife when he replied.

King told Baker she’s “100 percent sure it’s Holly Bobo.”

“His ex-wife does not have blonde hair,” she said. “I never seen a video of his wife.”

She said Pearcy told her his brother, Mark, had taken the video of Adams and Bobo.

After the hearing, Jeffrey Pearcy and Baker talked to reporters.

Pearcy said he believes King has made up the story because her son has been in prison for 14 years and has 24 years left on his sentence.

King said in court she was not paid to give this testimony to the TBI and that no one has promised her anything as far as her son being released early.

“I haven’t seen a video. No one has seen this video that anyone is talking about,” Jeffrey Pearcy said. He questioned why King hasn’t been arrested since he believes she’s the only person who has seen the alleged video.

Pearcy said he’s not aware of a video of Bobo or of his ex-wife tied up.

“I’ve never seen a video,” Pearcy said.

When asked what Pearcy thought King was referring to in their phone call when she said “If it had been you, I would have watched,” Pearcy said he could “barely understand her.”

“I was driving a car with no air conditioner, and I’m driving 60 miles per hour with four windows down and you’ve got people here prompting her to ask this question and prompting her to ask that question. I had no idea,” he replied.

Pearcy said he didn’t know he was being recorded.

As far as knowing Adams, Pearcy said he just moved back to West Tennessee and is not friends with anyone who has been involved in the Bobo investigation, which includes Adams and Jason Autry. Autry has been charged with the aggravated kidnapping and felony first-degree murder of Bobo along with Adams.

Pearcy said he doesn’t believe his brother knows Adams either. Jeffrey Pearcy said that he and Mark Pearcy aren’t close.

Source: http://www.tennessean.com/

Aaron Hernandez | Judge denies combining contempt charges for Hernandez’s cousin

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FALL RIVER, Mass. –  The cousin of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez was denied a motion in court to combine charges from two different court cases, in two different counties.

Lawyers for Tanya Singleton argued the issue in court Tuesday. Singleton has been charged with criminal contempt in both Bristol and Suffolk Counties. Prosecutors say the 38-year-old refused to testify before Grand Juries in the murder of Odin Lloyd and in a 2012 double murder in Boston. Both of which Hernandez is accused of being involved in.

Earlier this month, Singleton’s lawyer indicated his client would be changing her pleas to guilty, over concerns about her battle with breast cancer.

She will be in court to change her plea in Bristol County on August 19.

Source: http://www.myfoxboston.com/

Oscar Pistorius trial moves into final phase

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The murder trial of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is moving the trial into its final phase, with the prosecution submitting a summary of its case.

The prosecution in the murder trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is to submit a summary of its arguments to the judge, moving the trial into its final phase.

The handover of the documents will take place behind closed doors on Wednesday.

Pistorius’ defence team will follow the same procedure on August 4.

The 27-year-old double-amputee athlete has been on trial since March 3 on charges of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model.

A total of 36 people testified over 39 days.

The defence and prosecution will publicly present their closing arguments on August 7 and 8, after which Judge Thokozile Masipa will issue her verdict.

There is no trial by jury in South Africa, so Masipa alone will decide Pistorius’ fate.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a closed bathroom door in his home in the capital Pretoria on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius says he took her for an intruder.

The sprinter, whose legs were amputated at the knee as an infant because of a congenital abnormality, became the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the 2012 London Olympics.

If found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face a life sentence of at least 25 years in prison.

Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/

Gerard Baden-Clay | Mistress compares herself to high profile Monica Lewinsky

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Toni McHugh likens herself to Monica Lewinsky who had an affair with Bill Clinton, previous President of the United States.  A higher title could not be possible to claim.

McHugh explained her affair with convicted wife killer, Gerard Baden-Clay in various media outlets adding to the ongoing drama since Baden-Clay was sentenced to life in prison.

Since the high profile trial played itself off in a Brisbane Court, headlines across newspapers keep raining in.

Allison Baden-Clay explained in her diary the detail of her marriage to Gerard giving the public a peak into the bitter life she led, struggling to keep her family together and to keep her children believing that they are happily married.  But behind the scenes a murderous plot was awaiting to end her successful life.

To liken yourself to Monica Lewinsky who had sexual relations with Bill Clinton makes McHugh look more foolish than when the case of just broke in 2012.

Her choice of words speak volumes, she harbour a narcissistic characteristics, excusing herself as a victim of Baden-Clay’s.  Grandiose, grand standing, putting herself above the pain others suffer and will for ever suffer.  A total disregard to the children of Allison.

So bizarre is her sudden media appearances as her message to Allison’s three daughters when she says:

“I need them to know that I’m very, very sorry for what’s happened.”

It is all about “me, myself and I”.   “I need to know”.  Why do you need to know that they get your message?  Why do they need to know only now?  You should have said that the first time you invited Gerard into your body.

Should it have happened that Baden-Clay walked out a free man, you would not have offered any apology to the daughters of Allison.  You would have taken them and turned them against their mother, as you and Baden-Clay planned your future together.

McHugh has no sorrow residing in her heart or soul, she only desires to let the money roll in, at the expense of those very three girls she now insist on hearing her self serving message.

It would have been human to ask for forgiveness rather than insist on making them KNOW you are “sorry”.  True forgiveness is asked, not demanded.

The stage was set for McHugh, yet she chose the role of the wicked woman.  She could have gained sympathy from a few and less criticism would have been bestowed upon her.  Yet, she is now using the media as a pawn to send messages to those that already carry hate for her.

McHugh is cashing in on the murder of a woman she had a massive role in.  McHugh denies all involvement, whether direct or indirect.  From a public’s point of view both direct or indirect involvement carries the same weight.  The indirect involvement was just as vital in the decision Baden-Clay made that night to murder his wife Allison.  Even though McHugh does not elaborate on what was discussed that night, it is obvious that discussions between her and Baden-Clay led to the murder.

After the trial McHugh was paid over $200,000 to appear on 60 Minutes, stirring the public to fury.

McHugh further alleges that she went into hiding after their affair became public.  That was the right thing to do!  Hide.  She spend her time in hiding, got a new identity, remained quiet.

However at the time when the little girls would have wanted their Dad back, he was sent to prison, and McHugh made a few appearances in the media that only robbed them to mourn the death of their mother and the loss of their father.

McHugh is right, no man will ever look at her with honest intentions.  Her blood money made from the murder and trial will be the only interesting aspect of her morally bankrupt life.

The disregard McHugh shows the family of Allison goes beyond morally bankrupt.  Depleted conscience.  Empty soul.

Karma has no deadline …

Oscar Trial – Has the State’s Case Been Proven?

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There are only two questions at the core of this trial. Did Oscar intend to kill a person and did he know that person was Reeva.

All of us collectively have spent over a year pontificating about the “whys” and “hows” of this case but at the end of the day, why he did it or what they may or may not have fought about, is actually not important to the verdict.

It’s very easy to get bogged down in those details, and that almost always plays in favor of the defense predominantly in a jury trial. However, a Judge knows that many questions in these types of cases are almost never resolved. Judges rely on the facts of the case, not the possible scenarios.

Does it feel more comfortable to know “why” when these murders happen? Of course it does. As humans, it’s our nature to want to know…

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