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Saturday, August 15, 2009

CA- Registered sex offender found dead in motel room on The Alameda — San Jose's 19th homicide

8-13-2009 California:

San Jose police today are investigating the city's 19th homicide of the year — the victim is a registered sex offender who was found stabbed to death in a motel room on The Alameda.

The 46-year-old man, who was not immediately identified by police pending notification of next of kin, was found in a room at the Santa Clara Inn at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

He had been stabbed a single time, fatally. Police were still investigating the motive as of this afternoon.

This time last year, there had been 22 homicides.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact detective sergeants Tony Mata or Pete Ramirez of the San Jose Police Department Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867). ..Source.. by Sean Webby,


San Jose's 19th homicide victim of '09 identified

8-14-2009 California:

San Jose police have identified the city's 19th homicide victim of the year as Tommy Williams, a registered sex offender. Williams was found stabbed to death in a room at the Santa Clara Inn at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

He was seen in the San Jose State University area before he was killed. Police were investigating the motive Friday and were hoping to find anyone who saw the victim between Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m.

On the California Megan's Law Web site, Williams is reported to have been convicted of a sex act with a minor.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact detective Sgts. Tony Mata or Pete Ramirez of the San Jose Police Department Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867). ..Source.. by Sean Webby


City resident charged with Calif. murder

4-7-2010 California:

PORTSMOUTH — A month after an Iowa state trooper found him riding in a Lincoln that was stolen from a city driveway, Stephen James MacDonald stabbed a man to death in a California hotel room, police allege.

MacDonald, 23, with a last known address of 10 Weald Road, is charged by San Jose police with murder. According to the San Jose Mercury, police allege he stabbed registered sex offender Tommy Williams in a San Jose motel on August 12, 2009.

The alleged motive, according to the California newspaper, was “a disagreement of some sort.”

Portsmouth Police Lt. Rodney McQuate said local officers “were looking for him for a while,” before U.S. Marshals found MacDonald in Boston. McQuate said that after the murder, MacDonald and an accomplice rode a bus back to Boston.

The accomplice, Jill Marie Botelho, 29, pleaded no contest to being an accessory to murder and was sentenced to 320 days in a California county jail, according to the San Jose newspaper. McQuate said Botelho is from southern Maine and when she lived in the area, used the last name Pento.

The police lieutenant said MacDonald's history with local police includes a 2008 arrest for a warrant out of Maine and a 2005 theft arrest. According to Herald archives, he was also arrested by Hampton police in 2007 on charges alleging loitering, prowling and theft.

Police say MacDonald was a passenger in a 1997 Lincoln Town Car that was stolen from resident Peter Anania on July 16, 2009 and recovered two days later after a high-speed pursuit on an Iowa highway. Anania told the Herald he spent hundreds of dollars to retrieve it and 21 hours driving it back home.

The driver of the stolen Lincoln, Justin Collins, 20, of Main Street, Raymond, pleaded guilty to theft in Portsmouth District Court last October and was sentenced to six months in the county jail. The charge was reduced from a felony as part of a plea agreement. ..Source.. by Elizabeth Dinan

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