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Slaying Suspect Freed Early Despite Violent Past: Judy Ausuebel of the AP reports David "Joey" Pedersen, walked out of a prison in Oregon early for "good behavior" despite his lengthy rap sheet that includes beating a guard with a hot iron, threatening to kill a federal judge, and robbery and assault. While behind bars for 14 years he committed 68 incidents which landed him in solitary confinement. While in solitary confinement he earned time off for good behavior and Pedersen was released three months early. Several months after his release, he and his girlfriend are now suspected of killing his father and stepmother,  killing and stealing the car of a teenager, and killing another person in California before being caught. 

Social Media to Help Solve Cold Cases: FOX10TV reports the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office is trying a new approach to solving cold cases. They are hoping for the help of the public through the use of social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The Sheriffs Office will post videos detailing the case with video from the scene as well as interviews with investigators on YouTube and profile the crimes on their Facebook and Twitter. "We are definitely a more visual society," said Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley. "And being so, people want to see crime and crime movies, and crime novels have always generated an interest - a peak interest - in our society. And I think this is just another way to advertise that this is what happened - this horrible thing - and we need your help in solving it."  

Early Release For Convicted Killer: The AP reports the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has released a woman convicted of murder in 2002 after only serving 9 of her 60 years behind bars. Sadie Proffitt set her apartment on fire to make her husbands natural death look like an accident to collect the insurance money, but the fire spread to an upstairs apartment killing four people. The board released her under medically recommended intense supervision. Officials would not state the nature of her illness or the reason they released her only that Proffitt has a serious medical condition and isn't expected to live a year. The prosecutor was skeptical of the release, so she sent an investigator to where Proffitt is living. Proffitt told the investigator that her illness is not life-threatening. Yenne, the prosecutor, stated "the board made a mistake in this case and owes the public some answers" Yenne plans on lobbying lawmakers for a change in the medical parole program. 

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