Man accused of shooting death requests bench trial

first_img Man accused of shooting death requests bench trial Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Joshua Carrasco A man charged in the shooting death of his former roommate, originally scheduled to plead guilty Thursday morning, requested a new lawyer and a bench trial for his case.After filing a waiver of right to a jury trial on March 28, a guilty plea hearing for Joshua Carrasco was set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the 70th District Court of Judge Denn Whalen, but no plea was made. The defendant’s court-appointed attorney, Tony Chavez, informed Judge Whalen that Carrasco had requested a new lawyer and a bench trial. John Shrode is the prosecutor on the case.District Attorney Bobby Bland said a new lawyer would be appointed for Carrasco and a bench trial would be scheduled for a later date, but no trial date has been set at this time.A bench trial, as opposed to a jury trial, is a case presented directly to the judge, rather than a case presented to a jury.Carrasco, 30, was first charged with murder in April 2015 after he turned himself in following the shooting death of Orlando Mendivil.The probable cause affidavit stated Carrasco and Mendivil had previously been roommates at an apartment complex before being evicted, and Carrasco’s cousin told police someone broke into Mendivil and Carrasco’s apartment and took several items. Both men reportedly accused each other of being the suspect, Carrasco’s cousin told police.On the day of the shooting, Carrasco, his cousin and Mendivil were all in the living room of his cousin’s home in the 1600 block of West Seventh Street when Carrasco lit a package of fireworks and threw them out the front door of the home, a probable cause affidavit stated.Carrasco then reportedly shot Mendivil with a gun while the fireworks were going off before fleeing the scene in a dark green Ford Durango, the report detailed, and Mendivil was found dead at the home by police and EMS with a gunshot wound to the head.Jail records show Carrasco has been in the Ector County Detention Center since April 2015 and has a $500,000 bond. Pinterest Local NewsCrime Previous articlePolice arrest man following high-speed pursuitNext articleMobile home lost in West Odessa fire admin WhatsApp By admin – April 5, 2018 last_img read more

Amber Guyger convicted of murder in wrong-apartment killing of innocent man

first_imgBCFC/iStock(DALLAS) — A Texas jury rejected former Dallas police officer Amber Guyer’s self-defense claims and convicted her on Tuesday of murder in the fatal 2018 shooting of an innocent man eating ice cream in his own home after mistaking his apartment for her own.The 12-member jury reached its verdict deliberating for less than two days. Guyger stood and stared at the panel as the jury foreperson read the decision of guilty.The family members of Botham Jean, the neighbor Guyger shot to death on Sept. 6, 2018, burst into tears as the jury granted them a measure of justice.The 31-year-old Guyger, who was fired from the Dallas Police Department days after the shooting, faces a prison sentence of five to 99 years.The verdict followed a trial lasted a little over a week, in which the jury was sequestered the whole time.The Dallas County jury began deliberations Monday afternoon after prosecutors told them in their closing argument that Guyger made a series of “unreasonable decisions” that cost an innocent man his life. Defense attorneys countered that she made “reasonable” mistakes that led her to resort to lethal force because she believed her life was in jeopardy.The jury came to its decision after asking for clarification on the definition of manslaughter and a clearer explanation of the Castle Doctrine, a legal protection for a homeowner who uses deadly force inside their home against an intruder.Guyger’s defense team attempted to use the Castle Doctrine, which is similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, as a defense, arguing that while she was in the wrong apartment, in her mind she believed she was in her own unit, which was a floor below Jean. The prosecution countered that the Castle Doctrine did not apply in the case.Before the jurors began deliberations, Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp gave them a series of instructions, including offering the panel the option of weighing whether Guyger committed murder or manslaughter when she mistakenly entered the apartment of her neighbor, Botham Jean, and fatally shot him believing he was an intruder.In his closing argument on Monday, Dallas County Assistant District attorney Jason Fine stood before jurors and asked them to reject Guyer’s “crazy” contention that she shot the 26-year-old Jean in self-defense because she believed she was in her own apartment and that the victim, who was sitting on his couch eating ice cream, was going to kill her.Fine began by reading from a piece of paper an excerpt from Guyger’s testimony last week, in which she said, “I never want anybody to have to go through or even imagine going through what I felt that night.”“Are you kidding me? That is garbage,” Fine said, crumpling up the paper and throwing it in the trash. “Most of what she said was garbage. Ninty-nine percent of this trial has been about the defendant.”Fine asked the jury to put themselves in the shoes of both Jean and Guyger when they entered the deliberation room.“He’s eating ice cream on his couch. So, if you’re sitting and eating ice cream you get shot in the heart? Is that what we’re saying?” Fine said.“This has to do with that defendant making unreasonable decisions that put her in that seat and Bo in the ground,” Fine said pointing to Guyger at the defense table.Guyger, who had been a Dallas police officer for four years, testified in her own defense.She told the jury that on the night of the shooting she was tired from a long day at work and mistakenly parked on the wrong floor. She said the parking floors at her apartment building were not clearly marked.She reenacted how she reached the apartment door, with her backpack, lunchbox and police vest in her left hand, and testified that she heard the sound of someone walking inside.When Guyger put the key into the lock that night, she said she noticed the door was “cracked open” and that putting the key into the lock forced the door open to the dark apartment. Guyger said she had experienced problems getting the door to lock completely at her apartment.Jean, an accountant for the international auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, was sitting on his couch when Guyger opened his front door and shot him without giving him a chance to surrender, prosecutors said.Guyger said she saw the silhouette of a figure, so she pulled her “gun out and I yelled at him.”She told the jurors the figure was moving around and she could not see his hands, and that the man “was yelling, ‘Hey! Hey! Hey!’ in an aggressive voice.”Guyger reenacted the next moment for the jurors, holding her right hand out as if she was holding a gun. Guyger said Jean was moving toward her when she fired.Her attorney asked why she fired, and Guyger replied, “I was scared he was gonna kill me.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

E-learning news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This month’s e-learning news in brief– This year’s British Association for Open Learning Conference will givedelegates a chance to conduct a learning and technology audit designed to helpthem choose their own best learning methods and materials. This is just one ofthe case study workshops taking place at the event, being held at the ScarmanHouse Conference Centre in Warwick on 29-30 April 2003.  www.baol.co.uk– Online testing portal Skillsarena has added a remote testing ability toits service, which enables organisations to create and administer testing ofits workforce ‘from anywhere, to anyone and on anything.’ Employees can alreadybe tested in areas such as Microsoft Word and Excel and speed typing and dataentry.  www.skillsarena.com– LMS provider Thinq has achieved adopter status for the e-learningspecification model SCORM – the Sharable Content Object Reference Model. Scormstandards aim to drive the e-learning industry forward by promotinginteroperability between different systems and software.  www.thinq.com– Futuremedia is designing and developing a £144,000 communication packagefor agribusiness Syngenta, aimed at educating its sales and marketing teamsthroughout Europe on a new product to be launched later this year.  www.futuremedia.co.uk E-learning news in briefOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Sexual harassment: Additional measures adopted by University

first_imgChanges follow the launch of a Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service last October, which provides a safe place to “be heard independent of your college or department.” The Support Service and the new measures are being promoted through the ‘Oxford Against Sexual Violence’ campaign, launched in 2018. Detective Inspector James Senior of Thames Valley Police said: “Just one sexual offence in Oxford is one too many and my team and I are committed to ensuring that students wanting to have an enjoyable night out at pubs and clubs are able to without fear of being sexually assaulted. “This behaviour is clearly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” Oxford University has outlined several additional measures it will take to tackle student harassment and violence, it was announced on Monday. The all-in-one service offers free, professional and confidential support for all students, regardless of age or gender. The service supports students across the university “whatever they choose to do”, including if they decide to make a formal report against another student. The procedures set out the timelines for different parts of the disciplinary process, written in clear and concise language, and explain what both reporting and reported students can expect from the process. The Support Service says it will go through the options available with a specific focus on the needs of individual students. These fall into four areas, “Immediate health needs, reporting options, therapeutic support options and practical support.” In cases of sexual misconduct, new disciplinary procedures outline considerations that should be considered, as well as actions the University can take during ongoing investigations. Appointed on a five-year term, reviewers will receive specialist training and will be supported by specialist caseworkers who will ensure that complex and sensitive cases are being handled appropriately. New measures to support students include an increase to staff numbers in a dedicated support centre, the appointment of specialist staff, and changes to disciplinary procedures. The additional measures we have taken this year further highlight our resolve in tackling this issue and our commitment to supporting our students.” Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University of Oxford does not tolerate sexual harassment and violence in any form, and we all have a responsibility to act. The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is something we truly believe in and we feel confident signposting our students to it for the best support.” Sending a clear message that sexual violence or harassment of any form is unacceptable, the campaign is a joint venture between Oxford University and the OU Student Union. The University plans to work in partnership with the Thames Valley Police to prevent sexual offences. Roisin McCallion, Vice President of Welfare & Equal Opportunity at Oxford SU, said: “We are delighted with the additional steps which have been taken to support students affected by sexual harassment and violence. Run by a team of specialist advisors and an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who work independently of the University, the team has increased to seven members of staff since its launch. Independent reviewers will join the Protectors’ Office to lead cases relating to sexual harassment and violence. last_img read more