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AB109er Killed After Allegedly Stabbing Woman to Death:  Doug Saunders of the Redlands Daily Facts reports probationer David Mulder is suspected of fatally stabbing Elisa VanCleve at a Fontana Park and Ride on Sunday. A California Highway Patrol officer arrived at the lot in response to a domestic disturbance call. Mulder ran at responding officers with a knife. The CHP officer shot and killed Mulder. VanCleve had been found stabbed multiple times in a car nearby. The Fontana Herald News reports Mulder had an extensive criminal history including grand theft, commercial burglary, and possession of a controlled substance. Mulder was released from prison for a most recent conviction of substance abuse and was placed on Post Release Community Supervision in September. His probation officer found that he violated the terms of his PRCS in December by not registering a change of address. A warrant was issued for Mulder's arrest. He was located on March 25 and sentenced to serve 30 days in jail. He was released eight days later on GPS monitoring, five days before the murder.

U.S. Army Veteran May Get Death Penalty:  Matthew Barakat of the Huffington Post reports United States Army Veteran Eric Harroun, 30, is accused of using a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. alongside a terrorist organization. From January to March, Harroun fought against the Syrian government alongside the group Jabhat al-Nusra, the "al Qaida in Iraq." The group was classified as a terrorist group by the U.S. Government in December. Harroun, 30, was at a court hearing on Monday, where U.S. Magistrate Ivan Davis decided there is probable cause and the issue will go to a grand jury. It was revealed at the hearing that Harroun could face the death penalty if it is found that his actions caused a death. Harroun recalls shooting 10 people during the attacks, but is not sure if they were killed. His lawyers argue that his actions were in line with U.S. interests, as he aided Syrian rebels. Whether he was a willing participant or a prisoner forced to fight was at the center of debate.

White Supremacist Prison Gangs Gaining Influence Beyond Bars: 
Alan Greenblatt of NPR News reports white supremacist gangs are expanding their influence beyond prison bars and out into the streets. James Lohr, 47, was taken in for questioning on Friday, in regards to the murder of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements. Lohr was known to have associations with white supremacist prison gang the 211 Crew. Another man wanted for questioning, who was wanted for questioning, died in a Texas shootout and was also a known 211 Crew member. The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, another white supremacist prison gang, is suspected of ties to the killings of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife, and the assistant DA. If suspicions are confirmed, the influence of racist prison gangs is reaching unprecedented levels. According to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the gangs are building criminal empires. He says prison gang leaders are able to get messages out through girlfriends, spouses and even attorneys. Some information in this report taken from CBS Crime Insider, here. Continued from this News Scan.

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