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Disabled Utah Woman Crucified, Tortured and Murdered

cuff-150x150There is an investigation underway in Utah involving the horrendous murder of a disabled woman. The police are investigating the death of Christina Harms Kerns, in Salt Lake City, Utah Township. The investigation has uncovered that Ms. Harm’s ankles were tied with plastic zip ties. She had bruises on her thigh and head. There was a pepper seed in the lower area of one of her eye lids. Both her hands and arms had been covered with bandages.

Ms. Harms was found in a small closet. Inside the closet they found a metal bar that had been used to bind her in a crucifixion-like manner. Her arms had been bound to the bar and she had been left to die in this small closet.

Care Giver Arrested

Her care giver, Casendra Shepard, age 27, was charged with murdering Ms.Harms, domestic violence and obstructing justice. Ms. Shepard’s stepfather, Dale Peckering, age 53, and her mother, Sherrie Lynn Peckering, were also charged with domestic violence and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

When Ms. Harms mother died in 2008, Shepard, who was a friend of the family, was appointed the legal guardian of the disabled 17-year-old. Although Christina was handicapped, she was smart. Ms. Harms had a two-year-old daughter. She was in the home at the time her mother was tortured to death. These sick individuals should receive a maximum sentence from the court for their despicable behavior.

Criminal Attorneys

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with all types of crimes throughout the Metropolitan New York area. We represent individuals charged with violent crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, weapons possession, drunk driving (DWI), juvenile defenses, assault and battery, burglary, shoplifting, domestic violence, drug offenses and all types of misdemeanors and felonies. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-3446431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Murder for Hire – Not a Good Way to End a Marriage

Susan Williams of Garden City, New York, was recently sentenced by Nassau County judge Norman St. George to serve 8 to 25 years in prison for hiring a hit man to murder her husband.

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Divorce by Murder

Judge St. George stated, “She wanted a divorce by murder.” He further stated upon sentencing that “The court will show the same leniency to the defendant that she afforded to her husband.”

Susan Williams hired a hit man to kill her husband, Peter Williams. She was having marital difficulties with her husband. Instead of getting a divorce, she decided to murder him and collect his life insurance.

Unfortunately for Susan Williams, the man she hired and gave a five-hundred dollar deposit on a twenty thousand dollar murder-for-hire arrangement was an undercover police officer. This was her way of short cutting the divorce process.

One Million Dollar Life Insurance Policy

Ms. Williams had forged her husband’s signature to a one million dollar life insurance policy in 2009. At the time of her sentencing, her children begged the court for mercy for their mother. On a surveillance video tape, Ms. Susan Williams passed on several chances to let her husband live. She stated on the video tape, “I would do it myself if I could.” The Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Williams should have thought about her children when she planned to murder their father. Kathleen Rice stated, “She knew what she was doing was going to destroy their lives, and she did it anyway.” Kathleen Rice further stated, after Williams was sentenced, “The tears she’s crying now are for herself.”

New York Divorce Attorneys

rights-150x150A divorce in New York is not so difficult to accomplish. For more than thirty-three years, our law office has been assisting our clients in obtaining divorces. We represent our clients and help them obtain spousal maintenance (alimony) and child support for their children. We help fathers and mothers in issues involving child custody and visitation. We litigate fathers’ rights issues involving orders of protection concerning Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). We are available to represent our clients concerning issues involving paternity and child abuse. Should you have questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Conviction Vacated, D.A. Chastised

060910_jcollins_emk10170010-300x3001-150x150On or about February 6, 1994 Abraham Pollack, a father of nine was shot. He had been collecting rent for a building he owned in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at the time of the incident. An anonymous caller claimed that Jabbar Collins committed the crime. Jabbar was tried and convicted. His sentence was a minimum of 34 years to life in prison.

While in jail, Jabbar Collins became a jailhouse attorney. Through his efforts, he uncovered various documents that suggested that the prosecutor on his case had withheld evidence, coerced witnesses and lied to the court and the jury.

A Habeas Corpus proceeding was brought before Federal District Court Judge Dora Irizarry. A hearing ensued. At the hearing Mr. Collins produced evidence that the prosecution heading by a Mr. Vecchione had withheld evidence, threatened witnesses and made materially false statements to the trial court.

Material Witness Incarcerated

One of the documents produced showed that a key prosecution witness had been incarcerated as a material witness to ensure that he would testify against Mr. Collins.

At the time of the trial Mr. Vecchione stated that defense counsel’s claims that the witnesses had been pressured to take the stand was untrue. Other documents produced indicated that there were plea bargain arrangements to induce individuals to testify.

One of the witnesses who testified at the original trial, Angel Santos testified at the hearing that he had been a “24/7 drug user at the time he testified against Mr. Collins.” He also indicated that he was most likely on drugs when he allegedly witnessed Mr. Collins running from the scene of the crime. These facts were not disclosed by the prosecutor at the time of the trial. Mr. Santos also stated “that Mr. Vecchione had told him he would hit me over the head with a coffee table or lock me up for couple of years for perjury” if he refused to testify.

After hearing the evidence Judge Dora Irizarry vacated Mr. Collins’s murder conviction and barred prosecutors from retrying him. Mr. Collins is now a free man!

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