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Dec
04
Prosecutors in Northampton and Elsewhere Are Hoping That a New Domestic Violence Charge Serves as a Deterrent
Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

 

 

Prosecutors in Northampton and Elsewhere Are Hoping That a New Domestic Violence Charge Serves as a Deterrent
Fred Contrada - MassLive.com


NORTHAMPTON - Prosecutors studying domestic violence crimes have noticed an interesting common denominator-- in lethal instances the aggressor, at some point, often put his or her hands around the neck of the victim.

At an attempt to fight back, the state has created a new domestic violence law. Strangulation/sufffocation charges have been showing up in district courts throughout the Commonwealth. Signed into law in August by Gov. Deval Patrick as part of a domestic violence bill, the felony carries a maximum penalty of five years in state prison.

"It fills a gap," said Jennifer Suhl, an assistant district attorney with the Northwestern District Attorney's Office. "Before, you only had assault and battery or attempted murder, and with attempted murder you have to prove intent to kill."

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Dec
01
Ellsworth Man Faces Strangulation Charge
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

 


Ellsworth Man Faces Strangulation Charge
Matt Troutman - Traverse City REcord-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — An Ellsworth man who left his wife a series of offensive phone messages faces a strangulation charge after Antrim County authorities said his actions sparked a fight with his brother-in-law.
Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean said deputies arrested Johnhenry Robert Aimesbury, 26, on Nov. 20 after responding to a call about a domestic assault. He said Aimesbury had been at his brother-in-law's Ellsworth residence when they began to argue.

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Nov
18
Cardeilhac Jury Watches Strangulation Video, Learns About Choke Holds
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

Cardeilhac Jury Watches Strangulation Video, Learns About Choke Holds

Anndrea Anderson - KOTA Territory News

 

GERING, Neb. -On day two of the Dylan Cardeilhac first degree murder trial, jurors continued watching videos of the last night of Amanda Baker's life.

An expert witness was also called to the bench on behalf of the prosecution.

Dr. Peter Schilke testified about his findings after performing an autopsy on Amanda Baker on February 17, three days after she was strangled.

Dr. Schilke, a pathologist at Regional West Medical Center, told jurors he found Baker's cause of death to be "asphyxia due to manual strangulation." Dr. Schilke said he was able to determine that through an external and internal examination of Baker's body.

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Nov
18
Pathologist: Guard Died of Asphyxia by Manual Strangulation
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

 

Pathologist: Guard Died of Asphyxia by Manual Strangulation
By Maunette Loeks - Star Herald


A Scottsbluff pathologist detailed the cause of death and injuries to a Scotts Bluff County Corrections officer.
Dr. Peter Schilke, a forensic pathologist with Western Pathology Consultants, took the stand Tuesday in the case against Dylan Cardeilhac, 16. The Torrington teen is charged with first-degree murder, a Class IA felony, in the death of Amanda Baker, 24.
Schilke examined Baker’s body on Feb. 17, 2014, three days after the woman had been attacked while working at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center. The woman died on Feb. 16, having never regained consciousness after the attack.
Schilke testified that the woman had petechiae, or broken blood vessels, in the skin of her face and eyelids. The petechiae are a significant finding, he said, in hanging and strangulation cases.
Schilke determined Baker’s cause of death to be asphyxia by manual strangulation. He said that death by manual strangulation can be caused by two factors: the blockage of air getting to the lungs or the blockage of blood to or from the brain. The petechiae are a physical sign of a blockage of blood flow.

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Nov
15
Florence Man Indicted On Charge of Strangulation
Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

 

Florence Man Indicted On Charge of Strangulation
Tom Smith  - TimesDaily.com


FLORENCE — Police said a local man accused of assaulting and choking his girlfriend in May has been indicted for domestic violence and other related charges.
Court officials said indictments were issued against Steven Wesley Riggs, 34, 614 S. Main St., Florence, for domestic violence strangulation/suffocation, domestic violence third-degree harassment, interference with a domestic violence emergency call and unlawful imprisonment.
The indictments were issued during the recently concluded October grand jury session.

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Nov
14
Special LMPD Unit Helps Educate Police, Solve Cases Across the Country
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

 

Special LMPD Unit Helps Educate Police, Solve Cases Across the Country
Jennifer Baileys - WLKY.com


LOUISVILLE, Ky. —An LMPD unit is being called on by officials across the country to help investigate police involved shootings like the one in Ferguson, Missouri.

It's a scene that plays out for police departments across the country -- some would say it's the most critical investigation any law enforcement agency is faced with -- a police involved shooting.

Doctor Bill Smock and three nurses make up the unit. They're investigators for the investigators. They gather evidence for police and prosecutors when someone survives a violent crime.

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Nov
13
Special LMPD Unit Catches Attention of Law Enforcement Across Country
Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

 

Special LMPD Unit Catches Attention of Law Enforcement Across Country
Jennifer Baileys - WLKY.com


LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Law enforcement across the country is looking to a special LMPD unit to help solve violent crimes.

WLKY's Jennifer Baileys examines how it's cutting the time it takes to solve violent crimes while training future investigators.

On television, solving crimes is glamourous, easy and always entertaining. But real life forensics is a daunting puzzle, with each piece more complex than the one before. And it's not always about gathering evidence after someone is murdered.

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Nov
12
Prosecutor Hosts ‘Significant Training’ for Homicide Prevention
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

 


Prosecutor Hosts ‘Significant Training’ for Homicide Prevention
Mark Faulhaber - Morgan County Herald


Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Howdyshell is making an effort to prevent domestic violence, improve investigative skills and increase convictions in criminal prosecutions.

The Prosecutor hosted the homicide prevention training seminar focused on nonfatal strangulation. This “significant training” day was planned to keep women and children safe from domestic violence or what could eventually be murder.

The training was held at the M-M Fire Department on November 3. The forum was attended by approximately 60 individuals representing law enforcement and medical personnel from across Ohio.

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Oct
08
Penn Prof and Alums Address Strangulation, Intimate Partner Violence in Research
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

 

Penn Prof and Alums Address Strangulation, Intimate Partner Violence in Research
Jill DiSanto - Penn News


To help policymakers understand the terror and risks experienced by victims of domestic abuse, a University of Pennsylvania professor has analyzed non-fatal strangulation among intimate partners.

In “A Systematic Review of Epidemiology of Nonfatal Strangulation, a Human Rights and Health Concern,” published in the American Journal of Public Health, Susan B. Sorenson and colleagues report that focusing on strangulation may highlight the need for changes to policy, programs and interventions.

The paper was co-authored by Elizabeth Sivitz, an undergraduate student in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn at the time of publication, and Manisha Joshi, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida, who earned her Ph.D. in social welfare at the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn.

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