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Reasonable Doubt Part 3

The following is part three of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. –

Ella Mentry

Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW

Reasonable Doubt Part 3

Ronald Santiago spent two and one half days in the psychiatric ward at Kaseman Hospital while Secret Service (SS) agent Brian Nguyen began to dig into the self-proclaiming criminal’s past. Santiago had volunteered he committed a crime, was very anxious and gave more information than asked for at their first meeting. This combination gave the agent cause to look deeper. At first glance, Santiago seemed like your standard straight up guy. He told Nguyen he had no prior trouble with the law, held down two jobs – a paid his taxes type fellow. Those jobs peaked Nguyen’s curiosity.

Santiago worked at Countrywide, the same office that had dealings with Greg and Bernadette Ohlemacher the summer of their deaths. He also worked as an armed security guard in the northeast foothills of the city. Although individually, these jobs would appear innocuous, nearly every law enforcement agency was aware of the double homicide ten months earlier. Nguyen put the pieces together, including the discovery that Santiago qualified for his NM state firearms license required to work that second job with a Ruger 9mm. It was time to have a different type of conversation with Santiago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reasonable Doubt: Part II

The following is part two of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. –

Ella Mentry

Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW

Reasonable Doubt

Part 2

The police descended upon Dover Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico on a Tuesday morning August 2005. No one was allowed to leave the cul de sac, nor was anyone allowed near the area, including the Vigil family. Bernadette Ohlemacher was one of eight Vigil siblings and the youngest child of Dora Vigil. Racing to Albuquerque from Santa Fe, they assembled by the crime tape, unable to get word to Renee or any information from APD.

Later that morning, Renee was photographed then transported from the mobile crime van (more like an RV) to police headquarters where she handed over her pajamas and robe in exchange for a white paper “bunny suit.” This is the building Renee would be interrogated that day and several other times during the investigation. She admitted years later she hated that building. She was none too fond of APD either. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reasonable Doubt

The following is part one of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW

We have seen it on the weekly network crime shows. The defense attorney never reveals whether or not his or her client is guilty of murder. It makes no difference. The job is all about reasonable doubt and convincing 12 men and women of its existence.

We begin with some background. Just before dawn on August 2, 2005 a 911 came into the dispatch center of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Renee Ohlemacher, 20, was on the other end of the line claiming to be hiding in her bedroom closet because she had heard shouting, screams and gunshots coming from her parents’ room across the hall, followed by heavy hurried footsteps pounding down the stairs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Limberios Case on Dr. Phil

Earlier this year, the Limberios family through their attorneys, Dan and Lauren McGookey, asked me for assistance in bringing Jake’s case to the public.  Through the use of social media and the persistence of Jake’s family and ardent supporters, that has happened.  I am thrilled to see that Dr. Phil is covering the Jake Limberios case.   This case deserves national attention not only to find the truth about what happened that night, but also to elicit change in the way county coroners handle crime scene investigations and the ability to legally appeal questionable decisions.

Jake’s death was  ruled a suicide by the Sandusky County Coroner’s Office having never been to the crime scene, nor did they perform an autopsy until months after his death.  Jake’s parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios actually had to hire forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a separate autopsy.  Dr. Wecht determined the cause of death as homicide.  Months later, the county coroner’s office decided to exhume Jake a second time to perform an autopsy that should have been done from the onset.

This case has been filled with twists and turns over the past 2 years.  Recently, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stepped in to appoint special prosecutors and to empanel a special grand jury to review the facts of the case.

Part 1 of Dr. Phil aired yesterday.  Brittany Bowers and William Lewis were two of the three people with Jake when he was shot and killed on March 2, 2012.  They appeared as guests on the show with the Limberios’.  They also agreed to submit to lie detector tests.

Part two of the “Dr. Phil” show about the death of Jacob Limberios will reveal the results of lie-detector tests taken by two witnesses who saw him die.

Source:  http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/article/20131114/NEWS01/311140023

The Sandusky Register has provided EXCELLENT coverage of this case and is a valuable source of information for additional facts regarding Jake’s case.  I will be tuning in today to hear the results of the lie detector tests.  From Dr. Phil’s site:

“I just feel I got set up to do this … this is for TV right.”

Later she looks away from Dr. Phil, tilts her head up and back and seems to be talking to Jacob after Dr. Phil appears to read her the results of a lie detector test.

“Jacob, why are you doing this to me? Why?” Brittany asks in the promo for the programs.

Source:  http://www.sanduskyregister.com/article/limberios-shooting-saga/4905566

Justice for Jake and Ella Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforJakeandElla

Jake Limberios Forum Discussion: http://prinniefied.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7

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#JUSTICEFORJAKE: Jake Limberios

I was contacted by the family attorney for 19-year old Jacob Limberios of Sandusky County, Ohio about the shoddy investigation by law enforcement, and the absolute failure of the county coroner to (1) even go to the home where Jake died, and (2) the refusal to autopsy Jake to determine a cause of death.   Rather than doing so, Jake’s death was ruled a suicide by accident.   Jacob died from a gunshot to the head in Sandusky County on March 2, 2012.  Three friends were present and stated that Jake put the gun to his head when he was on the phone and pulled the trigger, even though he knew there was still a live round in the .357 magnum. Statements since that time have conflicted, and evidence was allowed to be discarded or not even collected by Sandusky County Sheriff’s.  One witness during her statement to law enforcement referred to the incident that night as the “murder”.

Since that time the family through their attorney have desperately tried to get cooperation from county officials to actually investigate the matter and to change the cause of death.   County Coroner Dr. John Wukie declared the death a suicide within hours of the death and to this day has refused to change that ruling.  One must ask – how do you declare a death anything without actually viewing the body or at the least conducting an autopsy?  This case is rife with judicial failures and is one that I feel needs to be brought to a much wider public audience.  There is power in numbers and utilizing those numbers for a demand for justice or in the least — that Sandusky County officials do what they are being paid to do by the citizens of their county — INVESTIGATE this case properly.

The Limberios’ were forced to employ the assistance of noted forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht who exhumed Jake’s body and conducted an autopsy.  His findings were that  there is “incontrovertible forensic scientific proof” that someone else shot Jacob Limberios.  Dr. Wecht also stated the the tissue sample had no gunpowder residue in it thus affirming his assertions that Jake could not have shot himself.  Someone else did.  The deputies on the scene also failed to collect all evidence; namely the bullet that was and is still lodged in the ceiling of the crime scene.  They also did not swab the witnesses for gunpowder residue.

“What 10th-grade kid in America wouldn’t say, ‘Let’s see if (the bullet lodged in the ceiling) matches up with the gun?’” Wecht said. “Even a 6-year old boy would say, ‘Let’s see if there were fingerprints left on the gun.’”

“These are basic things,” he said. “There’s nothing special about what I’m saying.”

Wecht also kept tissue samples for the Lucas County Coroner’s office.  The Sandusky Register determined that Sandusky County NEVER sent the tissue samples to Lucas County.  After this information was made known to Dr. Wuchie and his office, he recently decided that they wanted to exhume Jake’s body to perform an autopsy.  Why not examine the tissue samples provided to his office by Dr. Wecht?  Why put the family through the heartache of a second exhumation when he has tissue samples available to review without the need for an exhumation?  Attorney McGookey filed a  Motion for a Preliminary Injunction to block a second exhumation of Jake.

The Limberios’ family are essentially having to BEG Attorney General Mike DeWine to step in as special prosecutor in this matter so that their son’s death is investigated properly — as it should have been done from day one.  They have filed a motion to remove Dean Henry from the case and appoint a special prosecutor because Dean Henry, County Prosecutor is not only the prosecutor on the case at hand, but also represents Dr. Wuchie and others in a civil action filed by the Limberios family.  Conflict of interest, anyone?

Ansted and Dewey appointed Henry prosecutor Feb. 5, in an unusual court order both signed without having an assigned case.

Ansted had earlier recused herself from becoming involved in the Limberios investigation, citing a conflict of interest, but she has refused to offer an explanation how that conflict no longer applied in naming Henry to serve as both special prosecutor and defense counsel regarding the killing of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios.

Legal scholars and practicing attorneys have suggested Henry’s dual roles — as prosecutor and defense counsel — presents an obvious conflict of interest that hampers his ability to conduct a competent criminal investigation properly.

The family sent an open letter to Dr. Wuchie and others asking critical questions regarding the investigation which have yet to be answered.

So, what can you do about it? Demand action.  Sign the change.org petition and share with your friends and family.  Email or telephone Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and tell him to do the right thing by stepping in.  This family deserves answers.

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The Sociopath’s Checklist or Something to Think About

Random musings, observations and insights regarding the Jody Arias case.

By Paula Uruburu, author of American Eve.

Forgive me but I couldn’t resist. I borrowed my title from what was apparently a blog belonging to none other than Jody Arias, circa May 2008, written only a few months before she savagely murdered Travis Alexander, the man she continues to claim she loves? Or loved? I’m not sure which is correct, since her story shifts as often as her tenses — and her eyes while being cross-examined about what happened that terrible day five years ago.  Even after finally admitting to having stabbed Alexander 29 times, to having slit his throat from ear to ear, to having shot him in the head, the persona that the former provocatively-dressed-bottle-blonde has adopted — a reinvented, buttoned-up, colorless mousy faux-Mormon martyr in ugly glasses, now claims that virtually all of her actions before, during, and after the butchery of Alexander, were done with his best interests at heart. Really? Does that include depicting him as being an abuser and a pedophile? And now, torturing his family with a story the dead man cannot defend himself against?

It took her several years to get to this point – I have lost count of the number of lies she has told, beginning with “I wasn’t
there” to the ludicrous story of two ninjas (has anyone actually ever seen a ninja outside the movies?)– and because I am not
familiar with the specific tenets of Mormonism, I confess that I am speaking from a more catholic point of view. But let me just
say that if the sin of omission counts, she is well on her way to hell.

The order of actions by which she attacked Travis Alexander in gruesome degrees was the subject of a significant portion of her infuriating yet oddly fascinating testimony on the stand over the last two and a half weeks. One of many questions I have is how a bullet casing could have fallen on top of a dried puddle of blood if she shot him before the stabbing and slicing. But I digress.
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Doctor Indicted in Murder of Deanna Ballman

Ali Salim, 44, a New Albany, Ohio ER physician who previously worked at Knox County Hospital was indicted in the murder of Deanna Ballman and her unborn child by a Delaware County grand jury.  He was arrested at his home yesterday without incident.  I wrote about Deanna’s case last August when she went missing. Deanna disappeared on July 31.  She told her mother that she was going to clean a house in New Albany.  She had answered an ad on Craigslist.  She  left her two children, ages 1 and 3 years, with her mother in Pataskala.  Deanna had just moved back to the area from Colorado where she was an Army Reservist and was going through a divorce.  She was also nine months pregnant with a baby girl she planned to name Mabel Lily.

When Deanna did not come home that night her mother became worried and called Pataskala Police to report her missing.  She had received a phone call from Deanna that disturbed her.  She said Deanna had told her that she didn’t feel right and was feeling dizzy.  Deanna was due to deliver her child soon.   Deanna’s car was found in Delaware County when someone called the sheriff’s office to report that a car with Colorado license plates was parked in the grass near the tree line along the road.  Deanna’s body was found in the backseat.  A coroner’s report determined that she had died of a heroin overdose and her death was ruled suspicious.  Deanna’s family was adamant that she was not a known heroin user and maintained all along that she had met with foul play. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bystanders & Blamers

When I first started writing about the Steubenville case, there was one thing that bothered me the absolute most.  It was not that law enforcement did a shoddy job — I never claimed that, and will never make that claim.  I know many of the officers at Steubenville PD and they are very fine and upstanding men.  What bothered me greatly was the number of bystanders (as evidenced by social media) who stood by and did nothing.  The complete and utter lack of empathy of anyone that night bothered me greatly.

To be quite clear, RAPE was mentioned on August 11th as it pertains to the events that unfolded that night.  No one but those using social media to discuss what happened that night put those words on their keyboards.  They tweeted about “rape“.    It was they who initially identified what happened that night as rape, and later the prosecutor’s office defined the happenings that night as “rape” when charges were filed against the two juveniles now awaiting trial.

Nodianos - song of the night is rape me tweetSince then there has also been a lot of blaming.  There is blame laid at the defense attorneys who represent the accused.  They are simply doing their jobs.  I had occasion to meet Mr. Madison – I thought he was very polite and cordial.  I met mothers of some Big Red students and have nothing but nice things to say about them and their children. Not all kids at Steubenville High School are bad because of an irresponsible, uncaring few. Read the rest of this entry »

Did They Pinkie Swear?

The Steubenville rape case has been rife with controversy since August.   When the rumor of deals struck by the prosecution surfaced, they were quickly dismissed by the Attorney General’s office.   “We’ve made no deals with anyone,” was the response to the question of deals; however today Attorney General Mike Dewine fessed up that indeed the three individuals were given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony.  In all three letters the state committed to not prosecute.  Perhaps my decoder ring is different than everyone else’s, or I simply do not understand the English language, but that sounds like a “deal” to me.   How is NOT filing charges not a deal?

The special prosecutors  agreed to accept testimony against the two defendants in lieu of  no charges being filed against the three who testified.  Color me perplexed, but isn’t that a DEAL?   So, I looked it up just to make sure I knew what I was talking about and lo and behold – a deal is an “agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit”.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t immunity from prosecution technically mean they struck a “DEAL”?

People generally find it offensive when officials utilize the use of “word salad” in an effort to explain away behavior.  I’ll even go so far out on my limb to state that these deals/immunity discussions qualify as word salad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Roseanne & Johnny Show

I forgot to mention it here. I’ll be a guest on the Roseanne (Barr) & Johnny radio broadcast today, as well as KYAnonymous is calling in as a guest. 2PM EST.

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