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A former art professor in Massachusetts pleaded guilty to attempting to kill a female colleague who rejected her advances.

Rie Hachiyanagi, left, a former art professor at Mount Holyoke College, pleaded guilty to charges of three counts of armed assault with intent to kill Lauret Savoy, who she "loved for many years."

Hachiyanagi, 50, reportedly went to Savoy's home and claimed she was distressed over a breakup and needed emotional support.

When Savoy let her inside her home, Hachiyanagi punched Savoy, knocking her to the floor. She straddled Savoy and told her she loved her for many years and that Savoy should have known that.

Hachiyanagi then attacked the older woman with a rock, a fire poker and pruning shears.

The torture session lasted for four hours until Savoy managed to convince Hachiyanagi to call 911 by telling her that she shared her amorous feelings.

Once emergency responders arrived, Hachiyanagi told them that she tried to save Savoy and that she found her "barely breathing".

In an emotional testimony in court on Friday, Savoy, who was over 60 at the time of the attack, said she suffered permanent injuries with long-lasting emotional trauma.

Savoy told the court that she suffered nerve damage to her face, and two of her fingers no longer work properly. She said that she has trouble sleeping, has nightmares, and suffers from daily headaches.

Hachiyanagi will be sentenced on October 20.
 
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Atlanta police canvassed Piedmont Park and the surrounding neighborhood on Saturday for clues into the brutal murder of a 40-year-old woman.

Katherine "Katie" Janness was stabbed and dismembered while walking her dog sometime before midnight Tuesday, July 27, in Midtown Atlanta.

Janness' life partner pinged her phone and found Janness' dismembered remains around 1 a.m. Wednesday, about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to Piedmont Park.

Janness' dog Bowie was also fatally stabbed. The dog's saliva will be analyzed for DNA to help catch the killer.

Joe Clark, the father of Janness' life partner, told 11Alive's Joe Henke on Thursday, "the dog died protecting Katie."

"There is a monster on the loose in the city of Atlanta," Clark said.

The FBI confirmed on Thursday that it was joining the investigation. Neither the APD nor FBI explained why the feds were involved in a local murder case.

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According to police records obtained by 11Alive, the last murder in Piedmont Park was in May 2009. 43-year-old Patrick Boland was found stabbed to death around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. His killer was never caught.

Investigators are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta. Janness was the second woman killed in an Atlanta area park in 24 hours.

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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.
 

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Michael Strahan's ex-wife Jean Muggli Strahan was arrested for violating an order of protection involving an ex-girlfriend.

She was taken into custody Friday, June 25, in New York City and booked for criminal contempt, TMZ reports.

Marianne Ayer told police the alleged harassment and stalking began after she broke up with Jean.

Marianne filed for a restraining order, accusing Jean Muggli Strahan of grand larceny, disorderly conduct, harassment, coercion and forcible touching.

Jean was arrested after she allegedly violated the order of protection by showing up at Marianne's house.

Marianne said Jean took her son's plastic gun, which he used in a student film, and threatened her.

Jean allegedly claimed the toy gun was real. Marianne also accused Jean of abusing and kicking her German Shepherd.

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Jean and Strahan, pictured in 2004, were married in 1999 after meeting at a spa. They share 16-year-old twin daughters, Isabella and Sophia.

Strahan and Jean finalized their bitter divorce on July 20, 2006. She was awarded $15 million in a divorce settlement, in addition to $18,000 in monthly child support.

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A man who was allegedly beaten to death by Virginia Tech football player Isimemen Etute had identified himself as a woman on the Tinder dating app.

Etute, 18, was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal beating of Jerry Smith, 40.

Police say Etute and Smith had matched on the dating site Tinder, but Smith identified as a woman named "Angie" on the app.

Smith allegedly used a woman's picture in his profile and asked men to wear a blindfold when they arrived at his apartment.

Etute reportedly went to Smith's apartment on April 10, where "Angie" performed oral sex on him.

Etute's attorney, Jimmy Turk, said his client didn't realize Smith was a man until he returned to the apartment for a second sexual encounter on May 31.

Etute told police he punched Smith repeatedly in the face and continued punching and stomping the victim after he fell to the floor. He said he heard Smith "bubbling and gurgling" and left the apartment without calling the police or medics.

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Smith's body was found in his Blacksburg, Va. apartment on June 1. A coroner determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and face. The coroner's report noted Smith lost multiple teeth, had multiple skull fractures and every bone in his face was fractured.

Etute, who was suspended from Virginia Tech and the football team, was released on $75,000 bond at his bond hearing on Wednesday. He is allowed to stay with family in Virginia Beach on house arrest and electronic monitoring until his trial in September.

Multiple Virginia Tech players -- most of them wearing Virginia Tech gear -- were in attendance to support Etute at the packed bond hearing.

There are reports that Smith was fired from Blacksburg area bars for sexually harassing young men.

Turk implied that he might use a gay panic defense, which is banned in Virginia and 10 other states. The gay panic ban becomes effective in Virginia on July 1.

"I'm not saying what happened was acceptable, but this was more than someone just showing up to an apartment and punching someone," Turk told the judge.

"Nobody deserves to die, but I don't mind saying, don't pretend you are something that you are not. Don't target or lure anyone under that perception. That's just wrong."

Turk struggled to fight back tears when he asked for bond for his client.

"I've tried more than 100 murder cases in my lifetime, and normally I don't even ask for bail," Turk said with his voice quivering. "If there's ever been a time for someone to be considered for bail, this is it."

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A Virginia Tech linebacker who allegedly killed a man he thought was a woman will reportedly use the Gay Panic Defense (GPD).

Isimemen Etute, 18, was suspended from the team after he was charged with second-degree murder in the June 2 beating death of Blacksburg, Virginia, resident Jerry Smith, 40.

Prosecutors say Etute allegedly told investigators he went to Smith's apartment on April 10 for oral sex after he was matched with a woman named "Angie" on the Tinder dating app.

He said he returned to Smith's apartment on May 31 for a second sexual encounter after he was matched with another woman on the app, according to Yahoo Sports. However, he became enraged when he discovered the "woman" was actually Smith.

Etute told police he punched Smith five times in the face and stomped the victim multiple times as he lay on the floor. Etute said he heard Smith "bubbling and gurgling" and left the apartment without calling the police or medics.

Smith's body was found in his apartment 2 days later, Yahoo Sports reports.

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According to the county medical examiner, Smith died from blunt force trauma to the head and face. Prosecutors said that Smith lost multiple teeth, had multiple skull fractures and every bone in his face was fractured.

Smith's family called police to conduct a welfare check at his apartment after their phone calls went unanswered.

A family spokesperson described Smith as a proud, openly gay man who worked in the restaurant industry and wouldn't harm a fly.

Etute, who was ranked 29th of Virginia Tech's 2021 recruiting class, appeared at a bond hearing on Wednesday. He was released on $75,000 bail and is allowed to stay with family in Virginia Beach, on house arrest and electronic monitoring, until his trial in September.

Etute's defense attorney, Jimmy Turk, implied that he would use a gay panic defense -- even though the gay panic defense is banned in Virginia.

"I'm not saying what happened was acceptable, but this was more than someone just showing up to an apartment and punching someone," Turk told the judge.

"Nobody deserves to die, but I don't mind saying, don't pretend you are something that you are not. Don't target or lure anyone under that perception. That's just wrong."

Multiple Virginia Tech players were in attendance at the packed bond hearing, according to Yahoo Sports.

The gay panic defense (not to be confused with homosexual panic) is used by defense attorneys to reduce the charge for a client who is accused of assault or murder of a member of the LGBT+ community.

Gay panic occurs when the perpetrator temporarily loses his sanity and becomes extremely upset at a perceived threat to his manhood after the sexual orientation or gender of the victim is revealed.

The National LGBT Bar Association defines the gay panic defense as "a legal strategy which asks a jury to find that a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant's violent reaction, including murder."

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Lakeyria Doughty, star of HBO's dirt bike culture film Charm City Kings, is charged with murdering her girlfriend.

Doughty, 26, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, misdemeanor and felony assault and possession of a deadly weapon in the stabbing death of Tiffany Wilson, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore police responding to a 911 call around 4:15 p.m. Friday, found Wilson unresponsive with stab wounds to the chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It was a domestic situation where cooler heads didn’t prevail," police spokesman Donny Moses told the Sun.

Doughty is best known as "Wheelie Queen" in the coming-of-age documentary on the dirt bike culture in Baltimore.

The film, which premiered in October on HBO MAX, is an adaptation of Lofty Nathan's documentary "12 O'Clock Boys" starring Meek Mill and Jahi Di'Allo Winston.

Wilson's death is the first homicide of 2021 in Baltimore. Doughty faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.
 

 

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One of the family members of the quadruple murder victims in Troy, NY, told The Daily Beast that victim Brandi Mells, 22, was friends with Justin C. Mann, 24, who is charged with slaughtering her and her girlfriend's family.

Police say Mells, who was born with dwarfism was targeted by the killers. Mells, pictured above with girlfriend Shanta Myers, 36, was also the target of school bullies due to her small stature.

Mann, of Schenectady, and his accomplice James W. White, 38, were arrested Friday night at Mann's Schenectady residence and arraigned Saturday morning in Troy City Court. They were both charged with one count of first-degree murder and 4 counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Mells, Myers, 36, and Myers's children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanice, 5.

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Isaiah Smith, whose mother and siblings were murdered in a quadruple homicide in upstate NY, fears the killer will come after him next.

Isaiah, 15, who lost his mother Shanta Myers, 36, his brother Jeremiah, 11, and sister, Shanise, 5, in a mass murder that shocked veteran officers, fears for his safety and is even "scared to go to the corner store".

The property manager discovered the bodies around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday and called police.

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