Death Sentence Ordered for KS Man:
A judge followed a jury's recommendation on Wednesday and sentenced a Kansas man to death for the 2013 killings of a young woman and her 18-month-old daughter. Tony Rizzo of the KC Star reports
that Kyle Flack, 30, was found guilty earlier this year of capital murder in the shotgun slayings of Kaylie Bailey, 21, and her toddler, Lana. Flack was also convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Steven White, 31, and second-degree murder in the death of Andrew Stout, 30, receiving life in prison and 22 years three months, respectively. He received an additional nine months for illegal possession of a firearm. A motive for the murders, which occurred on the same farmhouse, is unknown.Cartel Member Caught Crossing Border:
A self-confessed Los Zetas cartel member was arrested in Texas over the weekend entering the U.S. illegally and is now in federal custody. Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart reports
that the cartel member, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was arrested Saturday near the border city of Roma, just north of Aleman, Tamaulipas. The member's arrest is one of many that commonly occur along Texas border communities, including arrests of high-ranking drug cartel figures. Earlier this month, five Gulf Cartel members were apprehended crossing into Roma from Miguel Aleman, claiming to be fleeing their rivals in Mexico.Case could Yield 1st Death Penalty for CA County in Years:
The fate of an Oakland, Calif., man convicted of killing an eight-year-old girl and another man three years ago will be decided by a jury this week, marking the conclusion to Alameda County's first death penalty trial in years. Angela Ruggiero of the East Bay Times reports
that Darnell Williams, 25, was convicted last week of the July 2013 killing of Alaysha Carradine and the September 2013 death of Anthony Medearis, 22. Carradine was spending the night at a friend's house when she died in the crossfire of a barrage of bullets Williams sent into the home, where he had gone intent on hurting loved ones of a man he believed killed his friend. Two months after Carradine's death, Williams murdered Medearis after arguing over a dice game. The last time the Alameda County district attorney prosecuted a death penalty case was for David Mills, who was sentenced to die in 2012 for killing three people in Oakland in 2005. If Williams is sentenced to death, his execution may not be carried out for 20 years or more due to the state's years-long appeals process and a moratorium on executions amid an ongoing legal battle over the lethal injection protocol. California has executed just 13 inmates since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978, the last of which was in early 2006. As of Jan. 1, 743 death row inmates are awaiting execution.