Case Spotlights

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Curtis Council

By: Bailie Staton

 

In the early hours of Sept. 2, 1994, Curtis Ricardo Council, 20, would be taken away from his new family forever.

He had just arrived at his grandmother’s house from the Raines versus Ribault High School rivalry football game. Council and his friend Akbar Perkins, 20, received a page to Council’s beeper. After that alert, Council and Perkins left the home.

Backing out of the driveway, Council stopped and Perkins got out of the car to close the gate behind them. That was the last moment the friends had together. Read more

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Kelli Chapple

By Sara Crouch

 

The lessening of the constant pain never comes easily – if at all — for the families of the murdered.

But it’s even harder when there’s are few answer in a case that’s gone cold.

That’s the case with Bernard Chapple, the father of then-23-year-old Kelli Chapple.

“You know, they say you’ll get closure,” Chapple said. “You don’t ever get closure. You suffer every day. You just want to know the answers to what happened.” Read more

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Joseph DiMare

By James Donlon

 

It was 3 a.m. on a cold winter night in Bradenton. Richard DiMare and his two brothers were fast asleep at their father’s farm.

In the 1950s, winter farming meant lighting kerosene lamps and placing them between rows of tomato plants to ward off the frost. DiMare remembers his father waking them, then leading them out to the fields to ensure their crops didn’t freeze. Read more

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Ali Gilmore

By Alexia Carrasco

 

At 30-years-old, Tallahassee resident, Ali Gilmore, was finally able to check off her goals she worked so hard for. She landed a good job at the Florida Department of Health as an analyst, was pregnant with her first child, and had purchased her first home in a good community. All that was taken away when she seemed to vanish in thin air. Read more

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Anna Marie Mullin

By Chase Carle

 

Strawberry blonde hair, a beautiful smile and an infectiously friendly personality — those are just some of the ways friends and family describe Anna Marie Mullin.

Sure, she’d had a hard life – a childhood filled with trauma and an adulthood filled with alcohol — but her generosity was never questioned. Read more

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Willie Coffee Sr.

By Jennifer Graham

 

He didn’t deserve to die like that.

Willie Coffee Jr., also known as “Little Willie,” says his father was on the right track and trying to change his life. He was fighting the vicious cycle of addiction. Then someone came along and took Willie Coffee Sr.’s life. Read more

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Michael Cohen

By Matthew Farina

 

Michael Cohen Jr. loved his family.

His father, Michael Cohen Sr., remembers this vividly. At an Arlington Country Day School first-grade piano recital, the elder Cohen said his only son stood on stage and gave an unexpected introduction.

“Before sitting down to play his piece,” the retired U.S. Navy veteran recalls, “Michael turned to the crowd and said, ‘My name’s Michael Cohen Jr. and I’m the handsome son of Mr. and Mrs. Cohen.’” Read more

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Shirley Badger Trenner

By Katherine Hamilton

 

Shirley Badger Trenner’s fascination for the new and exotic had always been obvious to those around her, whether it was owning one of the first microwaves, or trying new cuisines. Her interest in technology led her to work at a computer store in her retired years—but no one ever could’ve known she would be senselessly attacked and murdered while opening the store.

In 1985, Trenner was taken at 61-years-old from her friends and family when someone entered the store Learn-A-Bit About Computers in Palm Harbor, Florida, Pinellas County, attacked her and stole her car; the stolen vehicle turned up later At Courtney Campbell Causeway in Clearwater. Read more

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Arrests made in Isaac Hodges case

Three arrests made in unsolved 2013 murder case

By Brenda Ingram – Smith County Reformer

March 7, 2018

 

An unsolved murder from 2013 has been solved with the arrest of three Jasper County residents.

Brothers, Kenrick Levon Holliday, 27, and Shavon Holliday, 25, along with Xavier Cortez Campbell, 26, have been arrested for the murder of Isaac Hodges that occurred on January 9, 2013. Hodges was lured to an abandoned store in Sylvarena on the night of January 9, 2013, where he thought he was meeting a girl. The old abandoned building is located on Hwy. 501, just off Hwy. 18.

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Arrest made in Alexxys Wright’s case

By Carol Robinson – al.com

 

A Montgomery woman is behind bars, charged in the violent 2003 death of her toddler niece.

The Coosa County Sheriff’s Office on Monday announced the capital murder charge against Sonya Alesia Wright, said Sheriff Terry Wilson. A grand jury indicted the 47-year-old woman in the 2003 slaying of Alexxys Wright, who died just shy of her third birthday. Read more