On September 3rd we received a comment from the daughter of Steven M. Thurston, the victim of Jarrod William Pardun, in the Pardun thread. Unfortunately, I didn’t see Michelle Thurston’s comment until today. That’s a shame, because it contains some very important information about this case, information that needs to get as much exposure as possible. Things like proof of premeditation, and the possibility that other parties knew of Pardun’s intention to kill Thurston and did nothing to stop it.
I’ve decided to reproduce her comment in full on our front page, so as many people as possible can see it and comment on it. This is important stuff, and shouldn’t be relegated to the bottom of a stack of comments.
HARNETT WOMAN INDICTED IN TODDLER’S DEATH
09/24/2009–Nearly two years after the remains of an 11-month-old girl were found in the attic of a Spring Lake home, a Harnett County grand jury has indicted the child’s mother in her death.
Johni Michelle Heuser, 27, of 1680 Ray Road, was indicted this week on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Harmony Jade Creech.
Deputies found the toddler’s remains in her mother’s attic on Oct. 20, 2007. The indictment states the child was killed between Aug. 31, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2007.
The child had been wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed in an empty diaper box in a corner of the attic, authorities said. The body was so badly decomposed that medical examiners have never been able to determine a cause of death.
There aren’t many things that can get me going like a story about an abused little child. Take the actions of the genius to the left here, 25-year-old Brian Mark Hopf. Up until a few days ago, Brian had a little daughter. Considering that Brian was a hard core tweaker, and often took care of the newborn without supervision while smoking meth, it’s amazing that Isabella Hopf made it to 3-weeks-old before tragedy struck.
Brian Hopf lived with his girlfriend, father, stepmother and stepbrother in a nice little house that his parents owned in Chandler, Arizona. On Monday morning, September 8th, 2009, his girlfriend woke to find their newborn daughter unresponsive in her crib with a deep bruise on her forehead. She immediately called 911, and paramedics rushed the baby to a local hospital, where doctors sent Isabella straight to the neonatal intensive care unit.
BELLEVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH PUTTING BABY IN TOILET RULED FIT FOR TRIAL
by Beth Hundsdorfer – Belleville News-Democrat
09/17/09–The mother who allegedly delivered a baby into a toilet during a family party was found mentally fit Wednesday to stand trial on attempted first-degree murder charges in Monroe County.
John O’Gara, lawyer for Elyse Mamino, 23, and Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz agreed to a sealed report from psychologist Dan Cueno, stating Mamino is fit to stand trial.
Mamino was charged with attempted first-degree murder in February after her newborn daughter was rescued from a toilet bowl Nov. 15 at a relative’s home in Columbia.
PATTERSON GUILTY OF KIDNAPPING, BURGLARY AND CHILD ABUSE, SENTENCED TO 32 YEARS
Thanks to a reader who calls himself anonymous03, we discovered that Dustin Patterson was found guilty on all counts on September 11th, 2009, and sentenced to 32 years in prison, of which he must serve 85% of his time before he is eligible for parole. I couldn’t find any newspaper articles on Dustin Patterson’s trial, so I went straight to the horses mouth – The Oklahoma State Courts Network – and downloaded the trial record for his case. While I will make the entire record available to the reader, here is the most important passage:
MOTHER RECEIVES FIFTY YEARS FOR BABY’S DEATH
by Andy Kravetz, The Peoria Journal Star
09/14/2009—Tracy Hermann admitted in a barely audible tone Monday she made a disastrous “mistake” last year when she and her former boyfriend allowed their 5-month-old son to go without food and sit in his own waste for several days, which eventually caused his death.
Hermann, 23, of 3012 W. Proctor St. apologized to everyone in the courtroom, saying she believed that her plea to first-degree murder and subsequent sentence of 50 years would allow her son, Benjamin, to finally have “justice.”
She said little during the unscheduled plea hearing, speaking mostly from a prepared statement after Peoria County Circuit Judge James Shadid had passed sentence. Hermann will have to serve 100 percent of her sentence, meaning that with about a year and a half spent awaiting trial, she will get out of prison when she’s 72.
DRUNKEN DRIVER WHO KILLED TWO WOMEN IS SENTENCED TO PRISON
by Karen Zraick, The New York Times
09/09/2009–A Long Island man who drunkenly drove through a red light in Astoria, Queens, last year, killing a taxi driver and her passenger, was sentenced to 3 ½ to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.
As part of a plea deal with the man, Daryush Omar, 25, federal authorities will start proceedings to deport him to his native Pakistan when he completes his sentence, a spokesman from the Queens district attorney’s office said.
Mr. Omar also has been charged, but has never been indicted, in the beating death of a 24-year-old financial analyst, Thomas Whitney Jr., outside a Chelsea nightclub in 2006. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney would say only that the case was pending.
Say hello to Michael King. He’s 38 years old, divorced, and has one son. He was born in Pontiac, MI and is one of four brothers. He moved to Northport, FL in January of 2008, newly single after a breakup with a girlfriend who called him “meek and deceitful”. He’s a plumber and he’s attracted to petite blonde women. Not long after his move to Florida, Michael became lonely and decided to seek out another woman.
On January 17, 2008, he found Denise Amber Lee, a beautiful 21 year old married mother of two boys.