Entries in Homocide (5)


Wyoming Teens Used Stolen Guns to Kill Family, Steal SUV

( COUNTY, Wyo.) -- Two men arrested in the triple homicide of a Clark, Wyo. family told authorities they went to the house armed with stolen guns, intending to steal an SUV, but instead left behind a scene of bloodshed that has stunned the rural community.

Tanner Vanpelt, 18, and Stephen Hammer, 19, both from Cody, Wyo., appeared in court Tuesday to face charges, including murder and robbery, in a case authorities are calling, "nothing short of cold-blooded murder."

The bodies of 40-year-old Ildiko Freitas and her parents, Janos Volgyesi, 69, and Hildegard Volgyesi, 70, were discovered at 11:27 a.m. Saturday, less than an hour after they were shot to death in their home during a robbery. The garage door to the family home was left open and their black Audi SUV was missing.

Neighbors said they saw two men arrive at the family's home Saturday morning in a white Ford Taurus. Nineteen minutes later they saw the sedan and the family's black Audi SUV drive away from the home at a high speed, according to a an affidavit obtained by ABC News.

Police located the vehicles several miles from the crime scene and arrested Vanpelt and Hammer without incident.

After his arrest, Hammer told authorities he was sorry for "shooting that lady" and that he realized authorities likely already knew the men used guns stolen from a Cody sporting goods store to carry out the triple homicide, according to the affidavit.

Hammer and Vanpelt guided investigators to an irrigation pipe several miles from the scene where they had stashed guns, the affidavit said, and began talking to police.

"Vanpelt admitted that he had got into an argument with Ildiko over the black Audi and the fact that they needed the car. Vanpelt stated that Ildiko walked into the kitchen and they were arguing more," the affidavit said. "Vanpelt then pulled out his gun and shot her once in the head."

Hammer told authorities he then shot Hildegard Volgyesi after she startled him by the basement stairs, according to the affidavit. The documents said Vanpelt shot her two more times after he saw she was still alive.

Vanpelt told authorities he had been trying to start the black Audi SUV when Janos Volgyesi entered the garage, according to the affidavit.

When Volgyesi turned to hang something on the wall, Vanpelt told investigators he shot him twice in the back, the affidavit said.

Neighbors reported seeing the white sedan and the black Audi speeding away from the home at 11:01 a.m.

Less than half an hour later, a Good Samaritan who had found the family's dog wandering and came to return it discovered the bodies and called 911.

Janos Volgyesi was, "laying in a fetal position with blood coming from his mouth" in the garage, while his wife, Hildegard, was shot dead near the stairs, with an apparent bullet wound to her lower left cheek, the affidavit said.

In the kitchen, an ambulance crew tried to save Ildiko Freitas, who was moaning when authorities discovered her in a pool of blood. She died at the scene.

The crime has rattled the picturesque town near Yellowstone National Park, where almost everyone knows everyone else, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward told ABC News.

"You're talking about a small community where a lot of the EMS, a lot of the fire officials knew this family," he said.

Hammer and Vanpelt will be appointed public defenders and are being held without bond until their next court appearance.

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Body Found Encased in Cement at California Plumber’s Shop

Comstock/Thinkstock(WHITTIER, Calif.) -- The body of a man who police believe was murdered was found encased in freshly-poured concrete inside a California plumbing business.

Police in Whittier, Calif., said on Tuesday that they received information on Sunday about a possible homicide that had occurred in Santa Fe Springs.

“Detectives did some follow-up research and were able to make contact with a man named Juan Alberto Galviz on Sunday evening, and after some more investigation, determined that a homicide had occurred.  He was placed under arrest, and we obtained a search warrant,” community relations officer Brad White said on Tuesday.

Whittier police and investigators from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, as well as cadaver dogs, went to the business Monday morning and searched the room, White said.  The cadaver dogs hit on something in one part of the room.  Workers broke open the concrete floor, and the body of a man was found there.

Police have not yet determined how old the man was or how he died.

Galviz was arrested in connection with the murder, which police believe stemmed from a feud, White said.

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Burning Bodies Discovered in Florida Were Two Young Men

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Two bicyclists out for an early morning ride in Florida made a gruesome discovery when a fire turned out to be two burning bodies.  Police have now disclosed that the victims were two young men.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call at 6:41 a.m. on Sunday about a fire that had been spotted on Cady Way Trail on a grassy hill beside a small wooden bridge.  The trail is often used by bicyclists and walkers.

"The caller(s) were using the trail when they came upon the fire and the realization that it could be two bodies within the flames," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and confirmed that two bodies were being burned.

Authorities are classifying the incident as a double homicide.  Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves said the victims were "two young males," but said that no positive identification has been made yet.

Authorities also discovered a small fire that was extinguished outside a nearby apartment complex and believe that the two fires are related.

"Based on evidence, they believe it to be associated with the crime," Nieves said, but he could not provide any details as to how authorities believe the fires are related.

Investigators are asking that anyone who has heard anything about the crimes or who may have seen something to call Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.

"It's a well-traveled area, but at that time of the morning, there's not a lot of activity," Nieves said.  "It's still somewhat dark and the area in which the bodies were located was somewhat of a wooded area."

Authorities have no suspects at this time.

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Okla. Mom's Body Found; Husband, Mom-in-Law Treated as Suspects

Comstock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- The body of Jaymie Adams, the pregnant mother of three and alleged Craigslist hooker, has been found, and her husband’s lawyer told ABC News that her husband and mother-in-law were being treated as suspects.

Adams, 25, had been missing since Dec. 10, when, her husband Justin Adams claimed in a court affidavit, she left to meet a client for sex.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City Police Department said a man called police Saturday afternoon to report a dead body in a wooded area where people ride dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

Police confirmed it was Adams’ body, but were waiting for a medical examiner to report on a possible cause of death, Wardlow said.

Police believe it was a homicide but have no “named suspects,” Wardlow said, adding, “As always, we ask the public to call with any tips.”

Police impounded two vehicles Saturday -- one belonging to Justin Adams, the other belonging to his mother, Tina Clark, Wardlow said. Police have asked for a warrant to search the vehicles, but Wardlow said she didn’t know when it might be granted.

Irven Box, Justin Adams’ attorney, said his client, though not named as such, was a suspect.

A search warrant for Justin and Jaymie Adams’ cellphone records filed last week revealed Justin Adams initially told police his wife disappeared after going to meet a friend at a McDonald’s, but a day later he told police his wife went to meet a sex client. Box said this wasn’t incriminating since he was at first trying to protect his wife by not revealing her prostitution.

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FAMU Band Drum Major's Death Ruled Homicide

On the day Robert Champion died, he texted his parents a photograph of himself with a young boy from a children's marching band. (Champion Family Photo)(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The death of Robert Champion, the Florida A&M drum major who was allegedly hazed in November, has been ruled a homicide, the medical examiner announced Friday.

"Homicide investigators have interviewed the vast majority of the individuals present during this incident. In the coming days and weeks investigators will be working with the State Attorney's Office to identify the charges that are applicable," the Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The 26-year-old died Nov. 19 on a bus outside a hotel after the band had performed at a football game in Orlando. Four band members were subsequently dismissed from FAMU in connection with the Champion incident, and then reinstated.

The director of the school's Marching 100 band, Julian White, was fired and then put on administrative leave pending an investigation from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

FDLE is currently investigating the school for potential fraud and misconduct. FDLE has asked the school to suspend any disciplinary or administrative reviews related to the alleged misconduct.

"We're aware of the autopsy results and our investigation is still active," FDLE spokesman Keith Kameg said Friday.

Last week FAMU's board of trustees reprimanded school president James Ammons for the way he dealt with hazing, but students rallied in support of Ammons Thursday night to protest the board's recommendation that Ammons be suspended immediately.

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