Disturbing new details have emerged in the brutal stabbing death of a 40-year-old Atlanta woman.
Katherine "Katie" Janness was brutally stabbed and dismembered inside Piedmont Park while walking her dog Bowie Tuesday evening.
Police say Janness died from multiple stab wounds and parts of her body were missing from the "gruesome" crime scene.
According to a Channel 2 Action News reporter, a homophobic slur was scrawled on Janness' body.
Atlanta police have denied the reporter's claim that the information came from a confidential police source.
Still, the FBI is investigating the case as a possible federal hate crime against a member of the LGBT+ community.
Janness' family is "distraught" over the disturbing new details.
A GoFundMe page raised over $61,000 in donations for Janness' funeral.
Police are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.
Janness was the second woman killed in Atlanta area parks in 24 hours.
Tori Lang, 18, was shot to death inside Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, July 27. Her body was found under a tree around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no suspects in her murder.
A GofundMe set up by Lang's family has raised nearly $10,000 for funeral expenses.
According to 11Alive News, 43-year-old Patrick Boland, an openly ghey man, was found stabbed to death in Piedmont Park around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. There were no arrests in his case.
The U.S. Justice Department announced federal hate crime charges against the Georgia men who shot "jogger" Ahmaud Arbery as he left a vacant house in their neighborhood.
Gregory McMichael told police Arbery attacked his son, Travis McMichael, before Travis shot and killed him on Feb. 23, 2020.
Arbery was killed after a witness spotted him leaving a vacant house that was under construction. Arbery's family said he was out jogging.
According to the indictment, the McMichaels "armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at Arbery, using their truck to cut off his route and threatening him with firearms."
A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan, followed 25-year-old Arbery in a pickup truck prior to the shooting. Bryan's cell phone recording was placed in evidence against the father and son.
Bryan was arrested in May 2020 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and charged with felony murder after he told investigators he tried to help the men stop Arbery.
In Georgia a person can be charged with felony murder if they contributed to another's death.
All three men were indicted Wednesday on one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
The three men have been jailed since their arrests. They are due back in court in May.
Spartanburg County Detention Center
A South Carolina woman faces attempted murder charges after she allegedly shot at her ex and his new boyfriend during a drive-by.
Renee Lavonne Simon, 53, was arrested Sunday night after a man reported she took a shot at him and his boyfriend as they arrived home on Lincoln Drive.
No one was hurt in the shooting. Two spent shell casings were recovered outside the home.
The man told police Simon was angry at him for moving his new boyfriend in with him during the coronavirus lockdown. He said she became irate when she learned his new partner was a man.
Police said the victims showed them threatening text messages and videos Simon sent prior to the shooting.
Simon was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of pointing/presenting a firearm, and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
She is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a $38,000 bond.
Police are hunting a group of seven teenagers who attacked an Orthodox Jewish man as he walked down a street in Brooklyn, NY.
The attack happened on Dec. 24, as the man walked alone down Lincoln Place near Albany Avenue.
Police released surveillance video footage of the males wearing black hoodies. As they walked past the man, one of the teens threw a chair at his head, knocking him to the sidewalk.
The attack happened just days after Grafton Thomas, who is Black, stabbed five Jewish people in the basement of a rabbi's home in Monsley, New York. The victims were celebrating the seventh night of Hannukkah.
The latest attack is the 14th incidence of anti-Semitic crimes perpetrated mainly by Black people in New York City's boroughs.
Rogers County Sheriff's Office
An Oklahoma man and his wife were arrested after he fatally shot his daughter's boyfriend and his cousin because they were Black.
Manuel Quezada, 47, and his wife Angelica Quezada were arrested on Tuesday night after the shooting outside their home in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Police believe Mr. Quezada fatally shot Albert Thomas, 20, and Albert's cousin Dejon Ross, 21, because his daughter was dating Albert, pictured below left. One victim was shot inside a car while the other man was shot dead in the driveway.
Quezada had a gun visible in his back pocket when sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene. His wife was arrested for being an accessory to murder, according to Newson6.com.
The victims were going to see a movie when they were killed. Family members tell News On 6 that Albert never met Manuel Quezada. "Albert had never even met the man. [Manuel Quezada] would always tell her that he didn't want her being around black people," said Aleta Thomas, aunt of Albert Thomas. "He never met the dad until last night, and this man killed him in cold blood."
According to public records obtained by the DailyMail.com, the Quezadas have a 27-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 28 and 32. Thomas and his girlfriend had dated for two years, according to his family.
Thomas's mother created a GoFundMe page on Wednesday to raise funds for his funeral. Friends and family of the two men paid tribute to them on social media on Wednesday.
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