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The girlfriend of a missing South Carolina man was charged with murder and weapon possession after his body was found in a shallow grave in late April.

Jessica Marie Strachan, 28, was already in jail for obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to investigators, Law & Crime reports.

Police say Devantae Alzondrae Griffin was killed sometime on March 29.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, Griffin was last seen alive on March 29 leaving a home on Winsmith Avenue with Strachan, his on and off girlfriend.

Griffin's mother, Felicia Griffin, reported him missing on March 30. Investigators interviewed Strachan on March 31.

"During the course of the investigation it was determined Jessica Strachan was misleading in the information she had provided during her initial interview," deputies said, according to WSPA. "She became a person of interest in the disappearance of Devantae Griffin."

Investigators asked to speak with Strachan a second time, but she had moved to Florida without telling them, Fox46 reported.

Investigators said Griffin's blood was found "throughout" Strachan's Spartanburg County home. The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office ruled his manner of death as a homicide.

Cops in Miami arrested Strachan and extradited her back to Spartanburg where she was released on $5,000 bond and placed on house arrest.

She was re-arrested on April 29 for violating her home detention.

On Saturday, Strachan was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

She was also charged with obstruction in part because she took Griffin's cell phone to Florida with her.

Griffin's family was in the courtroom Saturday as Strachan appeared at a bond hearing. she was ordered held in jail without bond.

"We've been praying for this moment for a few months now," said Griffin's aunt Beverly Griffin. "We just need some closure about what happened to him and why."

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An argument escalated to violence when a Chicago man threw his naked girlfriend from a 5th floor window, killing her.

Police say Tyson Tillman confessed to throwing Tabitha Tanner from his 5th floor apartment during an argument. She died instantly upon impact.

"I threw the b*tch out the window," he said during a phone call at the police station, according to a police body camera.

Police say an unidentified woman arrived at Tillman's apartment on Magnolia Avenue around 10:40 pm on July 7. Tillman was in bed with Tanner when the woman knocked on his apartment door.

Tillman made the woman wait out in the hallway while he hurriedly got dressed.

Police say Tillman and Tanner began arguing and he tossed her bodily through an open window before opening the front door for his other girlfriend.

First responders found Tanner, nude and unresponsive, in an alleyway next to Tillman's building. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Surveillance video shows Tillman inspecting Tanner's broken body in the alleyway. When police questioned him at the scene, he initially described her death as an accidental fall.

Tillman is charged with first-degree murder. His other girlfriend was initially arrested at the scene, but she was released and has not been charged.

Tillman is being held without bond.

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The teenager suspected of abducting and killing 4-year-old Cash Gernon in Dallas, allegedly grabbed another child months earlier. But a grandfather's forgiveness allowed Darriynn Brown, 18, to escape punishment for that earlier crime.

According to the NY Post, Brown barged into a Dallas home and tried to kidnap a 3-year-old child in February. However, the child's grandfather declined to press charges.

The incident occurred on February 8, when Brown broke into a home and was caught by the homeowner who chased him with a kitchen knife.

Brown then returned to the man's home, kicked in the garage door and began punching the older man in the head -- before grabbing the homeowner's 2-year-old granddaughter as she slept, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KTVT.

The grandfather wrestled the crying toddler away from Brown who fled the home.

The grandfather told police he did not want to press charges at the time. He saw Brown weeks later at a Walmart and the teen apologized, the station reported.

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Three days after Cash Gernon was found dead on a Dallas street while wearing only pajama shorts, the older man met with child abuse detectives to say he wanted to press charges for the Feb. 8 incident, KTVT reports.

Brown remains in the Dallas County Jail on $1.6 million bail. He is charged with kidnapping, burglary, and injury to a child in the Cash Gernon case.

A capital murder charge is expected pending the results of forensic evidence.

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Los Angeles authorities identified a woman and her brother who were fatally stabbed in full view of witnesses during a Zoom call.

The LA Sheriff's Department said Carol Brown, 67, was on a Zoom call meeting at her Altadena home on Monday, March 22, when she was attacked.

Faculty members at Pasadena City College witnessed the attack on Zoom and called the police.

Authorities responded to the address and found a Black male stabbed multiple times in the driveway. He was later identified as Brown's brother, Kenneth Preston, 69.

Police also located Brown deceased inside the home on N. Marengo Avenue in Altadena. Brown and Preston shared the home.

Brown was a faculty member at Pasadena City College for over 14 years, according to her LinkedIn.

Police were still processing the crime scene when Brown's son arrived "driving one of the victim's vehicles."

Robert Cotton, 32, told police he was a resident of the home. He was arrested at the scene after a brief struggle (see video below).

Cotton is being held in jail on $4 million bail. Police do not have a motive for the crimes.

"This is a horrific case in which the mother's work colleagues witnessed part of the attack while on a Zoom call and called the authorities," District Attorney George Gascón said in a news release.

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Authorities in North Carolina have charged a couple with the murder of a missing pregnant mother of two, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on Monday.

Brittany Samone Smith, 28, was reported missing on Feb. 5. She was last seen alive on February 4, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

Her body was found stuffed inside a suitcase near the shoreline of the Neuse River, in Raleigh, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Her cause of death is strangulation. A motive for her murder was not disclosed.

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Authorities arrested Thomas Clayton Johnson, 37, and Emmalei Grace Trevathan, 24, during a traffic stop in Wake County on Wednesday.

Investigators did not reveal the information that led them to the suspects.

Johnson and Trevathan are being held without bond on charges of murder, murder of an unborn child, and concealment of a body.

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A dispute between neighbors over shoveled snow ended in a murder-suicide in Plains Township, Pennsylvania.

Surveillance video shows James Goy, 50, and Lisa Goy, 48, shouting obscenities at neighbor, Jeffrey Spaide, 47, who objected when they apparently shoveled snow into his yard.

As the argument escalated, the Goys threatened Spaide if he set foot in their yard. Surveillance shows Spaide shoot the stunned couple with a handgun.

James Goy ran toward his home, screaming, "Call the cops! He shot me!"

The footage shows Spaide stand over Lisa Goy and shoot her twice at close range, as she yelled "You f***er, you!"

Spaide went back to his house, as neighbors emerged from their homes to help the couple.

Spaide then returned with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. "You should have kept your f***ing mouth shut," he said before shooting Lisa Goy in the head at close range.

Spaide then shot James Goy to death before going back to his house and using another rifle to kill himself.

CAUTION: This video contains graphic violence and profanity. Viewer discretion is advised.

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D'Zondria Wallace, 30, and her two children, La'Porsha, 14, and Ja'Corbie, 11, recently moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, hoping for a new start.

She'd broken off a relationship with her abusive boyfriend, TeKeith Syvone Jones, 26, after relaying concerns to her family about his increasingly violent behavior.

A neighbor's security camera caught Jones peeking through the window of Wallace's new apartment Saturday afternoon, about 30 minutes before the bodies were discovered.

Wallace had told relatives she was two months pregnant with Jones' baby, the Star Tribune reported.

"She was fearing for her life," her mother, Mary Wallace told the Star Tribune. She reportedly began seeing someone else in mid-January. "He was jealous."

A nephew later told police that Jones continued to come by the house even after the breakup and always carried a semiautomatic handgun, according to the Star Tribune.

The nephew recalled an incident in December when Jones broke in through a kitchen window, "swung her around," and accused her of seeing another man.

The next morning he fired a pistol at Wallace but missed. She never reported the incident to police.

On Saturday afternoon, a relative entered Wallace's apartment on the 700 block of Jessie Street and saw "blood everywhere."

Just inside the door, first responders found Wallace's teenage daughter, La'Porsha, mortally wounded on the floor. She had been shot 10 times.

Her mother lay dead on the sofa. She had been shot twice.

Medics found Ja'Corbie suffering from gunshot wounds. When they asked him who shot them, he responded: "Keith."

Ja'Corbie died hours later at a hospital.

A dying declaration is a statement made by someone with their dying breath. A dying declaration can be introduced in court as evidence in a murder trial. It holds as much weight as if the deceased complainant pointed out the defendant in the courtroom.

"I know that Ja'Corbie fought to stay alive to say it was his mom's boyfriend," said Wallace's cousin Jeanette Whitehall, who helped raise the kids for a year before Wallace could relocate to Minnesota.

"Now Coby can rest," Whitehall added.

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Muskogee, OK police are investigating a shooting that left 6 members of one family dead, including 5 children.

Police arrested Jarron Dejon Pridgeon, 25, after a brief foot chase. He is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jalaiya Pridgeon, 1; Jaidus Pridgeon, 3; Harmony Anderson, 5; Neveah Pridgeon, 6; and Que'dynce Anderson, 9.

Also killed was Javarion Lee, 24, the suspect's brother.

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The children's mother, Brittany Anderson, is recovering from a bullet wound at a Tulsa hospital in stable condition, KJRH News reports.

Three other children in the home weren't harmed. They are currently in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, KJRH News reported.

Muskogee police responded to 911 calls reporting gunshots at a home in the 900 block of Indiana around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police arrived just as the armed suspect was fleeing the scene.

"One of our officers shot, fired at that suspect, missing him. The suspect ran off," said Lynn Hamlin, public information officer with Muskogee police.

Officers chased the man a short distance and took him into custody without any shots being fired.

Police said Pridgeon is uncooperative in the investigation. A motive for the shootings is unknown.

Pridegeon was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and has a second court hearing Wednesday. He is being held in jail without bond.

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The brother of rapper Uzzy Marcus is in police custody after allegedly live-streaming himself alongside the dead bodies of a woman and a teenage girl.

According to police, Raymond Michael Weber, 29, is being held without bond at the Solano County Jail on two counts of murder.

Weber is the older brother of Marcus Weber, who goes by the stage name Uzzy Marcus, CBS13 reports.

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Officers responded to 911 calls from a Vacaville, Ca., military housing complex on Sunday, Jan. 31, after a neighbor said that Raymond was on Instagram Live holding a gun -- with two motionless female bodies in his apartment. The woman and a teenage girl appeared to have been shot to death.

When police arrived, Weber -- who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for various felonies including domestic battery - had barricaded himself inside his apartment with the dead bodies.

SWAT and the negotiations team failed to convince Weber to turn himself in. But officers managed to take him into custody "after a brief struggle - during which an officer utilized a taser".

The victims, aged 27 and 15, were found dead inside the apartment. Their identities have not been released.

in 2014, Raymond's then-16-year-old brother Antoine Weber was suspected of killing Raymond's girlfriend, 19-year-old Nicole Duarte, and they believed that Raymond was at the scene at the time of the murder.

Antoine later pleaded no contest to the alleged crime, local ABC News affiliate ABC10 reports.

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An aspiring rapper who filmed videos of himself mocking street gangs for internet clout was found deceased in his car in Lakewood on Sunday.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a report of shots fired found the man shot in the upper chest in a car on the 20600 block of Seine Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased man's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. But the internet has already identified him as @BlocckBoyy, a wannabe rapper who spent his days filming Instagram videos dissing gangbangers on their own turf.

The internet was unsympathetic after the news broke of his untimely demise.

One Instagram user wrote: "Tbh that young boy looked like he was dying to be famous, so he did... condolences to his family and people though."

Another user wrote: "Bro moved out here like he was invincible, or suicidal... feel bad for his family."

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Milwaukee police cancelled an Amber Alert after a mother and her 2 daughters were found dead inside a garage, a week after they were reported missing.

Police found the bodies of Amarah Banks, 26, and her daughters Camaria Banks, 4, and Zaniya Ivery, 5, in a garage on Sunday morning. The Amber Alert had been issued the day before - when Milwaukee police already knew they were deceased.

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Banks's boyfriend and Zaniya's father, Arzel Ivery, provided information that led police to the bodies in the garage.

Ivery, 25, was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting Banks at her apartment on Saturday, Feb. 8, the day she and her children went missing.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Banks and her family attended the funeral for her 21-month-old son, Arzel Ivery Jr., who died of complications from bronchitis, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Ivery told police he went to Banks's apartment after the funeral on Saturday, and he and Banks got into an argument, according to the criminal complaint.

Banks' next-door neighbor said she heard a commotion that sounded like someone slamming a person against the wall. The neighbor told police she heard a woman screaming "No, no, I didn't even do anything," and "don't kill me, don't kill me!"

The neighbor said she heard a man's voice accusing the woman of cheating on him.

Another witness told police she saw Banks running through the apartment building parking lot barefoot, wearing a funeral t-shirt and bleeding from the mouth. She reported seeing the woman's boyfriend grab her and drag her back inside the apartment building, according to the criminal complaint.

The second witness also told police she heard the woman screaming "No, no, please don't kill me!"

Someone called 911 to report a disturbance, but responding officers reported being unable to locate the 911 caller or any disturbance.

Banks' family reported her and her daughters missing on Sunday, Feb. 9. According to Milwaukee police call logs obtained by WISN 12 News, police conducted a welfare check at Banks' apartment, but no one was at home.

Police observed what appeared to be 2 small droplets of blood on a bed, and damage to a bedroom wall as if a person's head impacted the wall.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, Banks' brother contacted WISN 12 News seeking help finding his missing sister and his 2 nieces.

On Thursday, WISN 12 News asked Milwaukee police about the missing persons report via email. A Milwaukee police official told WISN 12 News the case was still under investigation, but it was "not a critical missing" persons case.

WISN 12 News interviewed Banks' family members who begged the public for help finding her.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3:41 a.m. in Memphis, Tennessee, Ivery flagged down an officer to talk about "the incident in Milwaukee." Memphis officers arrested Ivery and contacted Milwaukee police who told them about his connection to a missing persons case.

Later that day, Milwaukee police issued an Amber Alert for Banks and her daughters - a week after they were first reported missing.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, officers conducted a search of a garage at a home in the 4700 block of West Burleigh Street in Milwaukee. The Amber Alert was cancelled after the 3 bodies were found.

Ivery was charged with aggravated assault. He waived extradition back to Milwaukee to face charges. His last known address is on the same block where the bodies were found, according to WISN 12 News.

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A woman who stabbed her grandfather, 70, then killed her sons, ages 2 years and 7 months, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Aleah Newell, 20, did not appear at her bail hearing in a Chicago courtroom on Saturday because she is still in a hospital recovering from injuries she suffered when she jumped from the 11th floor of an apartment building.

Judge Suzana Ortiz ordered her held without bail.

Police say the bloodshed occurred in an apartment on Chicago's South Side on Thursday, where she was staying with her grandfather, Cardell Walker.

Newell turned on the hot water in a bathtub and let it run. When Walker went in to use the bathroom, Newell crept up behind him, put him in a chokehold and hit him with a towel bar. She then went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed Walker more than 10 times.

Walker is hospitalized in critical condition but he is expected to live, prosecutors said.

Newell then stabbed her 7-month-old son, Ameer Newell, 19 times in the head before dunking him face first in the scalding hot bath water.

She then cut a hole in a window screen and threw 2-year-old Johntavis Newell through the hole before crawling through the window herself and falling 11 stories to the ground.

Scaffolding around the third floor broke her fall as she landed on the sidewalk next to Johntavis.

Surveillance video captured the scene as mother and son hit the ground. Newell moved and sat up just as police and medics arrived on the scene. She suffered multiple fractures and other internal injuries.

Newell's mother, Zera Newell, told The Chicago Sun-Times that Aleah asked her to come and get the boys on New Year's Day. But when Zera Newell arrived at the apartment, Aleah Newell was gone.

Zera said Aleah took her children to a woman's and children's shelter operated by The Salvation Army. Newell asked workers there to take her sons. The Salvation Army told WBBM-TV that Newell stay overnight Monday and Tuesday at Shield of Hope, and left on Wednesday morning.

Zera said Aleah suffered from depression. "I thought she was over that," Zera said.

In May, 2017 Aleah lost her older brother to suicide. Last summer, another brother posted a Facebook message saying his sister was in the hospital being treated for a psychological issue.

He asked for prayers: "May god show her the right path and let her not go down the same path as our brother."

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Police in New York have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the brutal stabbing of 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.

Majors was fatally stabbed as she made her way through Morning side Park in Manhattan's Upper West Side near her campus around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say Majors was approached by three youths intent on robbing her. When she resisted, one of the boys pulled out a knife and stabbed her multiple times as she screamed for help.

The group fled and Majors struggled up a flight of steps and onto the street where she collapsed.

A security guard found her and called 911. Majors was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, ABC News reports.

On Thursday, police noticed a 13-year-old boy in the lobby of a building near the park. His clothes matched the description of one of the attackers.

Police found a knife on the teen when he was taken into custody on suspicion of criminal trespass. Investigators say he confirmed his involvement in the robbery attempt and fatal stabbing.

Two other teens, who were persons of interest, were released from custody on Wednesday.

Majors was a popular first-year student on the campus. She studied journalism and played in 2 rock bands. She recently celebrated her band's first live performance and she was booked to perform in her hometown over the holiday break.

Majors' family is devastated by the senseless tragedy. She was the daughter of a novelist and writing professor.

"We lost a very special, very talented, and very well-loved young woman," her family said in a statement obtained by The New York Times.

"Tess shone bright in this world, and our hearts will never be the same."

Majors was a member of the LGBT community. Her murder is not believed to be a hate crime.

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Police in Prince George's County, Maryland released a photo of the suspect who stabbed a 28-year-old man during an argument outside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in the 6200 block of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, MD on Monday.

Prince George's County police released a photo of the suspect: a Black male wearing a yellow t-shirt, black jacket and black ball cap turned backwards. Also seen in the photo is a Black woman who police hope to identify in connection with the incident, according to Fox 13 News.

"We are looking for a male, and that male knows who he is," Prince George's County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a news conference Monday. "He knows what he did here tonight, and he needs to do the right thing and he needs to step up and turn himself in."

Kevin Tyrell Davis, 28, of Oxon Hill, MD, was identified as the victim. He was stabbed after arguing with the suspect over cutting the long line. The suspect followed Davis to the front door and stabbed him in the parking lot.

The fatal incident occurred after Popeyes announced the return of the popular sandwiches on Sunday, Nov. 3. The chicken sandwiches were pulled earlier this year after a series of violent assaults inside Popeyes fast food restaurants.

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Popeyes was heavily criticized for targeting a low-income demographic with high calorie, high fat, high sodium chicken products.

On Tuesday a Popeyes spokesperson released a statement to Fox News:

"We do not yet know whether this was the result of a dispute over one of our products or something unrelated, but there is no reason for someone to lose their life on a Monday night in a parking lot. Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends and we are fully cooperating with local authorities."

The spicy chicken craze started out as a friendly meme war between Popeyes and its rival Chick-fil-A. But the high demand for the chicken sandwiches have resulting in bad PR for the company.

According to customers around the country, the spicy chicken sandwiches are already sold out.

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A pathologist who examined Jeffrey Epstein's body appeared to confirm rumors that Epstein was murdered in his Manhattan jail cell. Former NYC medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden claims the body bore signs of homicidal violence, not suicide.

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Epstein, 66, committed suicide by hanging in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10. He was charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking of minor girls, and was set to testify against his high-profile friends, including President Donald Trump (pictured right), in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

Baden said Epstein's body bore the telltale signs of homicidal strangulation, not suicide as was widely reported by the news media. "In 50 years I've not seen such injuries in a suicidal hanging," said Baden.

Baden, 85, was hired by Epstein's brother to conduct a thorough autopsy after the body was released to the family.

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Baden says the billionaire had two broken bones on the left and right sides of his larynx, around the Adam's apple. But the telltale sign of murder was a fracture to the hyoid bone in his neck above the Adam's apple.

"Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation," Baden told Fox News.

Baden worked on high-profile cases involving Nicole Simpson (O.J. Simpson's ex-wife), President John F. Kennedy, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, and more.

Baden said the Epstein case should have been investigated as a homicide. "It appears that this could have been a mistake. There's evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn't homicide."