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New York Murder Suspect, Gang Memer Added to FBI’s Most Wanted List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man accused of killing a New York mom and her toddler execution-style in 2010 is the latest fugitive to be added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, CNN reports.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for the arrest of Juan Elias Garcia, whom the FBI refers to as an “enthusiastic murderer.”

“Garcia’s callous disregard for human life resulted in the senseless murder of a young mother and her helpless 2-year-old son,” said George Venizelos, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, on the agency’s website.

Garcia, who is believed to be hiring in El Salvador, is an alleged member of the violent MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, gang.

Jury to Decide Fate of Suspended FBI Agent Accused of Killing His Wife After Argument

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Did an FBI agentkill his estranged wife in self-defense last year?

A Stafford County, Va.  jury is set to begin deliberations today in the second-degree murder trial of Arthur Gonzalez, who shot his wife in the chest four times at their home.

Gonzalez, 43, claims his wife, Julia Serna Gonzalez, was attacking him with a knife.

Gonzalez is suspended pending the outcome of the case.

Gonzalez said his estranged wife became outraged over his new 23-year-old girlfriend and tried to strike him with something.

“She wanted to kill me,” a sobbing Gonzales said. “It wasn’t the same Julie. It wasn’t my Julie. It happened so quickly I didn’t have time to think.”

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Ex-Border Patrol Agent in Texas Charged with Murder in Death of Wife’s Alleged Lover

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent accused of killing a man for allegedly having an affair with his wife has been indicted in the fatal shooting in Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Adam Garibay was lodged in the Medina County Jail on Wednesday on charges of murder, assault and evading arrest. He is being held on a $3.1 million bond.

Garibay quit his job as an agent after his Jan. 2 arrest.

Garibay is accused of beating her wife to identify a man with whom she was having an affair. Garibay then drove 160 miles to shoot Keith Martin, prosecutors allege.

Violent Crimes Dropped 5.4% Nationwide for First Half of 2013, Showing More Positive Trends

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes dropped by 5.4% in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in 2013, the New York Times reports.

The decline is part of a long reduction in violent crime nationwide.

According to the FBI statistics, property crimes also fell.

“We have had almost 25 years of a decline in crime, but on a year-to-year basis it’s hard to come up with a story,” John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, said, referring to efforts to pinpoint reasons for the lower numbers. “But over all, this shows how we’ve gotten smarter on policing, immigration and gentrification in the cities and elsewhere.”

Murders dropped by 6.9%, aggravated assaults by 6.6% and robberies by 1.8%, the Times wrote.

 

FBI Error Prompts Family to Request DNA Testing in 1983 Murder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Erik Preston promised his dying brother that he’d seek justice.

“I sat with him as he passed away and I kissed him and I told him, I said, ‘I’ll let everybody know that this is not right, this is not true, and you shouldn’t be here,'” his brother, Erick Preston said, according to MyFoxBoston.com. “That’s all they had from the FBI lab, a hair with ‘negroid features’… but he swayed it to make it look like it was my brother’s.”

James Preston spent 26 years in prison for murder before he died. He maintained his innocence the entire time.

Now, news that an FBI analyst made mistakes while on the stand, Preston’s family wants DNA testing.

Preston was largely convicted based on a hair that the FBI analyst wrongly suggested was Preston’s without enough evidence.

Preston was arrested after the discovery of the body of Thea Pierce in January 1983.

Documentary about Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Premiered During Sundance Film Festival

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new documentary that explores the life of recently convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger premiered this week to a sold-out audience at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The New York Times reports that the film, “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” explores Bulger’s life, his crimes and his 2013 murder and racketeering trial.

The filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, is an acclaimed documentarian who also was behind “Brother’s Keeper” (1992) and the “Paradise Lost” trilogy.

“While the movie aims for balance, its contentions are simple and twofold: that the full measure of the FBI’s complicity in Bulger’s reign of violence was not allowed to be brought out in court, and that history and US citizens will not be served until that happens,” The Times wrote.

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Murderer, Child Rapist Volunteers to Be Studied by Behavioral Analysts While in Prison

Elias Acevedo Sr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Elias Acevedo Sr. said he doesn’t know why he raped children and killed two women more than 15 years ago.

Acevedo has agreed to be studied by behavioral analysts who work with the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime pleading guilty to the crimes last month, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Acevedo “truly, truly feels horrible about what he did, but he doesn’t understand why it happened,” his attorney, Bret Jordan, said. “He doesn’t know if what he did could be prevented, but he wants to know.”

The FBI declined to comment on the arrangement.

 

Border Patrol Agent Is Accused of Killing Texas Man In Jealous Rage

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of shooting to death a Central Texas man in a fit of jealousy, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Agent Adam Garibay bound his wife in duct tape and demanded she reveal the name of the man she was dating.

“He was able to get from her by threat the address of the man,” Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown said.

Garibay is accused of driving 160 miles to the town of Hondo to shoot 35-year-old Keith Martin, the AP wrote.

Police said the agent fled the scene and led police on an 18-mile chase before he was arrested.