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Teresa Deion Smith Harris & Jennifer Freels
The first of these stories features Teresa Deion Smith Harris who was convicted, along with her boyfriend, Walter Smothers and neighbor Stacy Ramsey in the 1993 murder of 19-year-old Dennis Brooks, Jr. Brooks was fatally shot, his body dismembered and left to burn in his pick-up truck. Harris claims that she participated in the murder because she felt that Smothers would kill her if she resisted. She was sentenced to life in prison. In 2007, Jennifer Freels shot her husband to death during an alleged argument about their impending divorce. Jennifer claimed she acted in self-defense after her husband threw a knife at her, and then attempted to use an oil painting against her as a weapon. At her trial, prosecutors were able to show forensic evidence that refuted her defense. According to pathologists, Roger had been shot in the back of the head at point blank range. Jennifer was convicted of first-degree-murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Holly Coomber & Renay Lynch
The first of these stories features Holly Coomber, whose foster father, William Allen, allegedly starting having a sexual relationship with Holly at the age 15. Together, they went on a multi-state crime spree in 1986, robbing two convenience stores and killing a female clerk in each. In exchange for testifying against Allen, Holly was spared the death penalty. Holly maintains Allen was the shooter and she was coerced to participate in both crimes. In 1995, Louise Cicelsky, an 81-year-old widow and landlady of several rental properties, was found stabbed to death in her apartment. Two years after the murder, Ms. Cicelsky's tenant, Renay Lynch, a crack cocaine addict and convicted shoplifter, was charged with the murder. She was convicted in 1998 of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and attempted grand larceny, and sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole. Renay maintains she is innocent.
Patricia Sexton & Willie Mae Hampton
Patricia Sexton who was found guilty of her husband's murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1999. According to court records, Patricia persuaded her alleged lover to fatally shoot her husband and then reported him missing. Patricia claims she had nothing to do with the murder and maintains her innocence. In 1997, 52-year-old Willie Mae Hampton was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a man who, prosecutors say, refused to lie on the witness stand to help Willie Mae's nephew avoid a murder conviction. Six hours after Wesley Roberts, whom Willie Mae had raised as her own son, was convicted of murder, the man who refused to testify in favor of Wesley was shot four times in the head. Prosecutors say Willie Mae conspired with others to carry out the killing. Willie Mae maintains she is innocent.
Lori McLuckie & Teresa Roever
On May 27, 1988 Denver police entered the apartment of 27-year-old Lori McLuckie, and discovered the remains of 24-year-old Andrew Vigil, Lori's ex-boyfriend. His arms and legs were missing, but his torso and head were in tact. He had been hit in the head repeatedly with a hammer and then stabbed in the back more than 30 times. Lori, then 5 months pregnant, lay sleeping in the other room. Police discovered Andrew's remaining body parts in dumpsters in the surrounding neighborhood. Lori was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
38-year-old Teresa Roever was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 67-year-old Cleo Lipkins. Lipkins, who lived in a trailer on Teresa's property, was beaten and locked naked in a storage shed, where she froze to death. Teresa then cashed Cleo's Social Security checks. Two co-defendants were also charged with first-degree murder, but pled guilty to lesser charges. Teresa admits to forging the checks but denies participating in the murder.
Roberta Jeannie Moore, Donna Duggins & Evelyn Jackson
The first of these stories features Robert Jeannie Moore and Donna Duggins who, along with Moore's on-again/off-again boyfriend, Eddie Morgan, were convicted for the attempted murder of Donna's husband, Dean Duggins. Morgan testified at the sisters' trial that Dean Duggins was asleep while he bludgeoned him with a hammer in 1996. Morgan claims that he was paid $1,000. Moore and Duggins were tried together and each received two consecutive sentences of 13 years. Both claim they are innocent. In 1999, Evelyn Jackson along with two girl friends, Mary Arnold and Kathryn Amos kidnapped a woman and took her to a boat launch. There, Arnold, the ringleader of the group, allegedly beat the victim with a cane, a concrete block and a hammer. Arnold also strangled her with a cord from Christmas tree lights while Evelyn allegedly helped tie the cord. The victim's body was dumped into a river. The three friends plead guilty. Arnold received 80 years. Evelyn received 45 years, and Amos, who testified against the others, got 20 years. Evelyn claims she had no idea the outing would result in murder and says that her desire to help her friend Mary was misguided. She deeply regrets her actions.
Melissa Dean Harris & Angela Rocka
The first of these stories features Melissa Dean Harris who was convicted, along with her boyfriend Earl Linebaugh, in the fatal shooting of an 84-year-old woman and her, 57-year-old caretaker. In 1995, the couple embarked on a multi-state trek from Texas to Mexico, and then to Florida. It was there that they murdered the women, stole the caretaker's car, and fled to Canada where they were captured. Although there were two guns involved, neither had fingerprints. Melissa says that Earl was the shooter, and that she was deathly afraid of what he would to do her and her children, so she went along with his plan. She is currently serving a life sentence in a Florida prison. Her appeals have been denied. Angela Rocka and her friend Harold Umanzor went on a three-day drug binge. Hungry and out of cash, the two came up with a scheme to rob a young woman named Leslie who lived in their apartment complex. On the pretext of using Leslie's phone, the two defendants entered her apartment, and then tortured and allegedly raped Leslie for several hours. They left her to die in a closet. Leslie was rescued by her next door neighbor who heard her cries for help. She survived, but took her own life years later. Angela admits to the attack but denies any sexual assault. In 2001, she was sentenced to 60 years and is currently serving out her term in a Texas prison. Umanzor pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 years.
Jocelyn Cantu & Gwen Hendricks, Emi Masih
The first of these stories features Jocelyn Cantu who was found guilty of murder in the 2003 fatal stabbing of her lover, 23-year-old Melanie Ramirez. Cantu, a former honors student, was 17 years old and had begun the relationship shortly after the death of her mother. She claimed she acted in self-defense when a fight broke out between them and Melanie tried to choke her and slammed her against a wall. But the prosecution maintained that Cantu was never in danger of losing her life. Prosecutors pointed to the fact that Cantu had no bruises or marks on her neck or back to indicate a fight. The jury convicted her and she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 1993 Gwen Hendricks pled not guilty to murder in the 1991 stabbing death of her husband. Although she claimed she was hearing voices that told her to sacrifice her husband to God, the jury convicted her and she was sentenced to life in prison. In 2001, her sentence was reversed when she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She now lives in a residential home, spending her time administering to the needy, and has changed her name to Emi Masih to signify her spiritual transformation.
Helen Shreves & Jennifer Latham
The first of these stories features Helen Shreves who was convicted, along with a former employee in the 1986 murder of Shreves's son-in-law, Tony Martinez. Martinez was shot execution-style in the back of the head in one of Shreves's dry-cleaning stores. Her co-defendant depicted her as the mastermind of the killing but Shreves claims she is innocent. She was sentenced to 50 years in prison. In, 2008, 39-year-old Jennifer Latham walked into the maternity ward of a Florida hospital and smuggled a one-day old baby out of the facility in a duffle bag. She was apprehended in less than two hours and the baby was returned to the hospital. Latham plead guilty to kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, burglary of a structure with an assault or battery. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Alice Knestaut & Sarah Allen
The first of these stories features Alice Knestaut, who along with several co-defendants, was convicted for her role in the slaying of two men in a drug robbery gone wrong. Both men, bound in duct tape, with pillow cases over their heads, were shot on a bridge off a county road in Florida. Knestaut received two life sentences for her role in the crimes. She claims that she cooperated with her co-defendants because she feared for the lives of her family. On July 9, 1996, at 2 a.m., a 40-year-old drifter named Gregory "Rooster" Slaght was fatally shot at the Maple Leaf Motel in Sarasota, Florida. There was little physical evidence at the scene to tie to a suspect. Five months later a police informant pointed to gang member Sarah Allen as the shooter. As part of an undercover operation, Allen was tape recorded as bragging about the murder in order to earn a teardrop tattoo, a status symbol in her gang. She was arrested, charged with armed robbery and first-degree murder, and subsequently convicted of both charges. Allen, who maintains her innocence, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. She never received the teardrop tattoo.
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