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Robert Durst Attorneys: FBI Illegally Searched Hotel in New Orleans

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Durst, the millionaire real-estate heir who was the subject of a popular TV show, was subjected to an illegal FBI search before he was arrested on murder charges, his attorney said this week.

The Boston Herald reports that the FBI “rummaged” through the 71-year-old man’s hotel room without a proper warrant.

The warrant led to Durst’s arrest and the confiscation of a revolver and 5 ounces of marijuana in New Orleans.
Durst’s attorneys argued that the sworn statement used to get the warrant “contains a material misrepresentation designed to cover up the FBI’s unlawful, warrantless search of Mr. Durst’s hotel room.”

Durst is accused of killing his friend friend Susan Berman in 2000 to keep her quiet about another murder investigation involving Durst.

Second Trial Begins in Virginia in Case Against Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Shooting Wife

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent accused of killing his wife is expected to stand trial for the second time beginning today, the Associated Press reports

Arthur B. Gonzalez, 43, is charged in Stafford County, Va.,  with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony

It’s his second trial after the first one ended without jurors reaching a unanimous verdict. The second trial will be in Stafford County Circuit Court.

Gonzalez claims he shot his wife in self-defense following an argument in which she attacked him.

Gonzalez is on unpaid administrative leave.

Search Continues for Mexican Drug Lord Released Early After DEA Agent’s Death

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities are searching for a convicted drug lord who was released from prison after killing a DEA agent following a recent decision by a Mexican court, the Associated Press reports.

The Mexican Supreme Court pressured a lower court to reverse the decision to release Rafael Caro Quintero in August 2013 after serving just 28 years in prison.

Quintero has been missing since.

The U.S. expressed outrage after Quintero, who was convicted in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, was released early.

Quintero is considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking.

TSA Agent Arrested After Estranged Wife’s Body Found in Van in Florida

Herve Placide

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A TSA agent has turned himself in after his estranged wife was found dead in a parked van Monday in Florida, the New York Daily News reports.

Herve Placide, 49, was arrested Monday following the discovery of his wife in a Walgreens Parking lot in Poinciana, Fla.

Placide is considered a suspected but was not charged as of Monday evening, the Daily News wrote.

A family member told police that Placide drove off with Magalie Placide after a physical altercation between the two.

About 45 minutes later, her body was found in the van.

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3 Columbians Who Helped Kidnap, Murder FBI Agent sentenced to 20+ Years

James Terry Watson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three Columbian nationals who participated in the kidnapping and murder of DEA Special Agent James “Terry” Watson in Bogota, Columbia, on June 20, 2013, were sentenced to 20 to 27 years.

The defendants had previously entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and aiding and abetting the murder of an internationally protected person, the Latin American Herald Tribune .

Héctor Leonardo López, 34, Julio Estiven Gracia Ramírez, 32, and Andrés Álvaro Oviedo García, 22, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and aiding and abetting the murder of an internationally protected person. Today, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced López to 25 years, Gracia Ramírez to 27 years, and Oviedo García to 20 years.

The defendants admitted they lured victims, including Watson, into taxis, kidnapping and mugging them.

On June 20, Watson was attacked with a knife and stun gun while in the back of the cab. He managed to escape but died from his injuries.

“Throughout his law enforcement career, Special Agent Watson’s service was both selfless and courageous,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “With this action, we continue our work to hold accountable those who were responsible for his murder. In the weeks ahead, we expect to take additional steps to bring the perpetrators to justice. And in all that we do, our nation’s Department of Justice will continue to honor Special Agent Watson’s sacrifice, to safeguard the nation he served, and to protect the values and principles he defended all his life.”

 

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Fatally Shooting Man over Argument Pleads Not Guilty

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent accused of fatally shooting a 27-year-old man following an argument last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday, CBSLA.com reports.

John Richard Demery, 40, is charged in the killing of Adam Thomas in an early morning dispute.

Demery was off-duty at the time.

Prosecutors said the confrontation may have been prompted by a speeding or racing incident.

Demery is in jail on a $1 million bond.

 

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty Against Suspects in Murder of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent

Gustavo Tijerina (left) and Ismael Hernandez (right)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two men accused of killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on a family vacation could face the death penalty if found guilty.

The Valley Central reports that Willacy County District Attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty against Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez.

The two men are accused in the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr., who was fishing with his family when he tried to protect his family from a robbery.

Authorities said the two suspects fatally shot Vega at a remote fishing spot near Santa Monica.

A trial date has not yet been set.

One of FBI’s Top Most Wanted May Have Died More Than Two Decades Ago

William Bradford Bishop

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives may have been dead for more than two decades.

WUSA9 reports that the FBI plans to exhume a body that bears a “strong physical resemblance” to Bradford Bishop, who has been wanted for allegedly murdering his mother, wife and three sons in Montgomery County in 1976.

The body is of a man who was killed while walking on a highway inAlabama in 1981.

Bishop was indicted by a grand jury in March 1976 for the murder of his family.