Capital murder conviction upheld for Saenz

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio has upheld a capital murder conviction against Kimberly Clark Saenz, who killed up to five patients by injecting bleach into their blood stream while they were receiving kidney dialysis treatment.

Saenz, 40, filed the appeal, citing jury charge error, insufficiency of evidence, ineffective counsel, improper exclusion of evidence and improper admission of expert testimony.

The three-judge panel denied all five claims and affirmed the court’s judgment.

“The San Antonio Court of Appeals dove into the record deeply,” former District Attorney Clyde Herrington said. “They got a real firm grasp of the facts and looks like they did a real thorough job.”

A jury ruled Saenz guilty of capital murder following a lengthy trial in April 2012. She was accused of five murders in 2008.

In the appeal, Saenz argued the jury charge was erroneous, as it stated the jury did not have to agree which of the five victims Saenz killed, but only that she killed two of the five.

In the opinion written by Chief Justice Catherine Stone, she states the jury unanimously agreed she committed a single offense of capital murder, under the Texas State Penal Code.

The opinion also states there was no showing of ineffective counsel from Saenz’s attorneys.

There is something extra horrid about a nurse or doctor killing people. They are people that we are taught to trust in so many ways, intimate ways. They are also seen as intelligent people so we can not just dismiss them as ‘stupid, crazy’ people. Their titles carry a certain amount of respect which also makes dismissing the crimes harder. If a drifter kills it does not seem like such a violation to the public in general.

Saenz may now appeal her case to the Texas State Court of Appeals.

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In my opinion serial killers really get to many appeals. Her victims, Clara Strange, Thelma Metcalf, Garlin Kelley, Cora Bryant and Opal Few had no such chances.

48 Hours update on the Long Island unidentified serial killer

I am glad that there is new information and that the case has not been just let lie. I was worried that since Hurricane Sandy it was just going to lay unsolved.

Sadly there does not seem to be any new leads or information on the 4 girls found murdered in New Jersey. So close to this case.

Joanna Dennehy on trial

Stony-faced serial killer Joanna Dennehy bragged about her killing spree to an alleged accomplice by glibly remarking: “Oops, I did it again.”

A court heard of the chilling admission along with two terrifying accounts of men who survived separate knife attacks by evil Dennehy.

During one of the bloodthirsty assaults, Dennehy told her petrified victim, “I’m going to f***ing kill you” as she repeatedly stabbed him.

A friend of hers also claimed how Dennehy had boasted about killing a total of eight people.

It came to light during the trial of Gary Stretch, 47, and Leslie Layton, 37, who are accused of helping Dennehy, 31.

The twisted mother-of-two has already admitted murdering John Chapman, 56, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and her landlord Kevin Lee, 49.

She stabbed the three men in the heart and dumped their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire in late March last year.

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This woman needs to be put down!

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The ones that helped her need to be put away for life!

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Seriously, these are some evil people.

aA retired firefighter told Cambridge crown court how he almost became another victim when she launched an attack on him days later in April.

Robin Bereza told the jury how he had taken his dog for a walk near his home in Hereford when he was targeted at random by Dennehy.

He recalled how a car pulled up behind him and he was stabbed twice.

He added: “I saw the lady with something in her hands. I got worried then, frightened. I said, ‘What are you doing?’

“She said, ‘I want to hurt you. I’m going to f***ing kill you’.”

The husband and father, 68, explained how Dennehy seemed calm throughout the attack, showing no emotion.

He added: “She appeared to stare right through me.”

Another survivor added to this woman’s creepiness and the need for her to be forever removed from any society.

John Rogers described how he also survived a similar attack where he was stabbed repeatedly in the back and the chest while walking his dog, also in Hereford on the same day.

Recalling his assailant’s expression, the 56-year-old said: “She was very matter-of-fact about it all, as if it was something she had to do.

“She didn’t seem to be showing any emotion at all.

“She didn’t seem that she was enjoying herself, she was just going about her business.”

Once she was done stabbing him she stole his dog! I mean talk about adding insult to injury.

She was and is not insane. She knew what she was doing was wrong and went to lengths to hide her crimes even though she later bragged about killing people.

More disturbing details surrounding the case were also revealed in court , including how Dennehy claimed she had dressed one of her victims up in her black sequined dress and made attempts to “make it look like a sexual act”.

Dennehy and Stretch also told Miss Page they had hidden at least one body in a wheelie bin, but that Mr Lee had discovered it.

Miss Page said: “Jo said when Kevin Lee came back he opened up the bin and saw the body – so she had to kill him.”

They covered another body with bleach before leaving it, which Stretch said made the skin look “cracked”.

This trial is still going on. It is a shame that there is no possibility for capital punishment.
I hope that there is some justice for the victims and their families.

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Rest in peace Ken Landwehr

Ken Landwehr, the Wichita police commander who helped solve the BTK serial-killer case and many other Wichita homicides, died Monday. He was 59.
Landwehr had battled kidney cancer since shortly before he retired in 2012 from the Wichita Police Department. He commanded the department’s homicide unit for 20 years and led the task force that captured serial killer Dennis Rader – known as BTK – in 2005.
“My heart is broken,” Nola Foulston, the former Sedgwick County district attorney, said Monday. She worked hundreds of homicides with Landwehr.
“Wherever he is now, I hope there is golf, and I know that if there is, he’s shooting under par,” she said.
“Kenny gets a lot of notoriety for catching BTK and a lot of other killers,” said former Wichita police Deputy Chief Tom Stolz. “But Kenny only cared about the victims. That’s something that gets overlooked a lot, something people didn’t know unless they worked with him.
“What drove him was justice for the victims.”

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Judge in ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial murder case OKs use of DNA

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Rejecting defense arguments that a suspect in the slayings of 10 women and the attempted murder of an 11th had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the DNA he left on pizzeria plates and utensils, a California judge on Tuesday OK’d the evidence gathered by a police officer who posed as a restaurant busboy.

The ruling by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy helps clear the way for the case against Lonnie Franklin Jr. to proceed toward trial this summer, reports the Los Angeles Times. Franklin, who is about 60 years old, is being held without bail following his arrest in 2010.

The suspect in the case was nicknamed the “Grim Sleeper” because of a seeming years-long hiatus in slayings that took place over a period of over 20 years, according to authorities.

Although his DNA was not initially in a database available to law enforcement, investigators focused on Franklin as a suspect after asking the state to try to match DNA recovered at the crime scenes to individuals in the database who might be a relative of the suspect.

He is not even arguing that it is his DNA only that the cops obtained it the wrong way. I do not care how the cops got his DNA I am just happy that they finally took this bastard off the streets.

Tommy Lynn Sells gets his execution date

HOUSTON (AP) – A Texas death row inmate who’s been linked to more than a dozen slayings and who’s claimed to have committed as many as 70 murders around the country has an execution date.

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Tommy Lynn Sells is set for lethal injection April 3 in Huntsville.

Sells is 49 years old.

Sells’ lead appeals attorney said Friday lawyers were “kind of surprised” when they received a copy of the order.

Why??? The man brags about killing 70 people! He calls hiself “Coast to Coast” bragging about killing from coast to coast. I am surprised it is taking this long to rid the world of this piece of crap!

Wikipedia article on Sells

From an interview with Sells

INTERVIEWER

But, so, are you telling me that you walked in there intending to kill the woman with your bare hands?

TOMMY

I walked in there intending to do something, yeah.

INTERVIEWER

To whom?

TOMMY

Well, maybe once I get in there I went to the first room, and there he was, so there I went…

INTERVIEWER

But again, you’re saying maybe.

TOMMY

I’m speculating on, on, on, uh, seven, how many years ago?

INTERVIEWER

Seven.

TOMMY

Seven. I mean, you remember what you had for breakfast? I’m, I’m… Uh.

INTERVIEWER

But, but in fairness, it’s difference when it’s a murder than what you had for breakfast.

TOMMY

Well, it is until you let all of them run together. I, I mean, there’s thirteen that we know that, that we, we put a coffin in, a nail in that coffin. We know there’s thirteen of them that, that we, we went through, and each one of them had their own little P’s and Q’s, and you had to dot the I’s a certain way and cross the T’s. This is just another one.

Basically, having breakfast amd killing someone was all the same to him.

‘Baby Faced killer’ escapes from prison

‘Baby Faced killer’ escapes from prison

A serial killer has escaped from prison in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, gendarmerie forces reported on Jan. 6.

Ali Kaya, convicted of 10 murders, has escaped from jail in the southeastern province of Gaziantep after taking advantage of prison visiting hours

Nicknamed “baby faced killer,” the 35-year-old murderer was briefly released on March 2012 following a report stating that he had a mental disorder. He then went on to attack people who had testified against him during his trial, killing three and injuring two. He also killed an individual who was staying at his parental home, before going on the run.

Kaya was captured last November by the Gendarmerie forces after a shootout. Reports say he was only 18-years-old when he committed his first murder, of his uncle. He committed most of his murders in the touristic southern province of Antalya. 

Police and gendarmerie forces have launched an extensive investigation for his capture.

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