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Monday, June 27, 2011

Beating fatality from Birmingham's Southtown identified as Birmingham man with criminal record

6-27-2011 Alabama:

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A man beaten to death early today by a group of men in the Southtown public housing community has been identified through fingerprints,

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Ronald Oscar Shoemaker, 35, of Birmingham.

Alabama court records show Shoemaker was a convicted sex offender with a criminal history dating back to the early 1990s.

Birmingham police were called to 913 24th Street South just after 2:15 on a report of someone assaulted.

Officers found Shoemaker with head wounds, said Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. He was taken to UAB Hospital were he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators said the victim was beaten and kicked by a group of males. None of the assailants are in custody, Williams said.

The assault took place in the parking lot between two rows of apartments. One resident said Shoemaker had been staying at one of the Southtown apartments with friends, but was kicked out this week.

Investigators have not disclosed a motive in the killing.

Most residents said they didn't see or hear the beating. They were awakened, they said, only when police and rescue workers flooded the scene.

"I try not to be out there at that time," said Candice Craig, 23. "They need to put a stop to all the drama for real. I've got two small kids and I can't have them around this." ..Source.. by Carol Robinson -- The Birmingham News


4 men bound over to grand jury on murder charges in Birmingham's Southtown stabbing


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Cases against four men accused of beating and stabbing to death a Birmingham man in June were sent to a Jefferson County grand jury today, and the judge agreed not to reduce their bonds because witnesses fear retaliation.

District Judge Sheldon Watkins bound over the intentional murder cases against Robert Pierce, 46; Julius Sanders, 24; Renaedo Holloman, 29; and Anthony Samuel, 36, in the June 24 death of Ronald Oscar Shoemaker.

Shoemaker, 35, was beaten, stomped and hit with both a bottle and a chair before he was stabbed to death in a parking lot at the Southtown public housing complex off 24th Street South about 2:30 a.m. Birmingham police believe Shoemaker's death stemmed from an argument over a drug deal, Jody Jacobs, the lead Birmingham police detective in the case, testified in a preliminary hearing today.

One witness told police she saw Shoemaker and Samuel get out of Samuel's car and start fighting. Others later joined, including Sanders and Holloman, the witness told police. That witness said she saw Samuel stab the victim. Another witness identified Sanders and Pierce as being among the assailants.

All four defendants denied involvement and said they were elsewhere that night.

Defense lawyers Don Colee, Ken Gomany, Jeff Dummier and Ron Davidson asked Watkins to reduce bonds, now $100,000 each. The judge at first said he was considering a reduction, then declined after the prosecutor, Carlos Gonzalez, said witnesses were afraid they would be hurt. ..Source.. by Eric Velasco -- The Birmingham News

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sex offender killed during burglary

6-23-2011 Florida:

A Lake Wales man stopped two men trying to break into his mother-in-law’s home and killed one of them before he could get away, deputies say.

Polk County deputies say Wednesday night the man was checking the residence, located at 950 Miami Street, and saw two men climbing out a window in his mother-in-law’s home.

The man frequently checks the home because it had been broken into before, he told deputies.

Deputies say the son-in-law, who was legally carrying his handgun at the time, fired shots at both men when they approached him, making him fear for his life.

The son-in-law hit one of the suspects, registered sex offender Kelvin Lorenzo Bagley, and killed him. The other suspect was able to get away, and deputies are not sure if he was shot.

Because deputies are still looking for one of the suspects, the son-in-law’s identity is not being released at this time.

Bagley, who has been in the Polk County Jail 12 times since 1998, has an extensive criminal history, according to records. He’s been arrested for trespassing, drug offenses, fraud, armed burglary and a count of lewd act on a child. His latest release from prison was in April 2010.

Bagley has been a registered sex offender since August 2001.

The investigation continues. ..Source.. by MyFox

Sex offender shot, killed after burglarizing home, Polk officials say; 2nd suspect arrested

A Haines City man was shot dead by a homeowner's relative Wednesday night just after burglarizing the Lake Wales house, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Kelvin Lorenzo Bagley, 31, was found dead just after 11 p.m.

A man who was both the son-in-law and next-door neighbor of the woman who owns a home in the 900 block of Miami Street in Lake Wales was checking the house, which had been burglarized a week earlier, when he saw someone jump out of the window over his head.

The window is more than 5 feet high, according to the sheriff's office. The man's mother-in-law was not home at the time of the incident.

Seconds later, another person jumped out of the window, nearly hitting the man. The man told authorities that he was frightened that he might be attacked, so he shot at the burglars.

When Lake Wales police arrived, they found Bagley dead in the back yard of the home.

The second suspect in the burglary was arrested tonight, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Jason Maurice Ward, 29, of Lake Wales, faces charges of second-degree murder, burglary and grand theft.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Ward told investigators that he acted as a lookout while Bagley searched the home for money and jewelry.

Ward's criminal history includes arrests for sale of marijuana and cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, .felony retail theft, grand theft and credit-card theft.

Bagley, a registered sex offender, had a lengthy criminal history that includes 12 Polk County arrests since 1998 on charges including possession of marijuana with intent to sell, giving false information to a law-enforcement officer, domestic violence battery, a probation violation and performing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under 16. ..Source.. by Anika Myers Palm and David Breen, Orlando Sentinel

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Police shoot, kill suspect in child sex assault case

Do they have tasers in Arizona?
6-16-2011 Arizona:

A suspect wanted on child sexual assault and abuse charges was shot and killed by Tucson Police on Wednesday after he refused to surrender.

After a months-long investigation police went to the suspect's house on South Stone Avenue near Downtown at about 5 p.m. to serve an arrest warrant. He was accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl who was not a relative.

When they got to the suspect's door, he was uncooperative, said Diana Lopez, of the Tucson Police Department.

"He would not open the door for police and made several statements of suicide by cop," she said.

When he did emerge a few minutes later he was "armed with a weapon and posed a deadly threat to officers," Lopez said.

She said that officers gave numerous commands for the man to drop his weapon, but he would not. Officers opened fire, killing him.

She said he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. There is no word on what the weapon was or the man's identity.

Stone, between 14th and 17th streets, remains blocked off as homicide and internal affairs officers continue their investigation. ..Source..