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Monday, March 9, 2015

Sapulpa Coach Charged With Rape Dead Of Apparent Suicide

3-6-15 Oklahoma:

A Sapulpa coach was found dead the day he was charged with second-degree rape in Creek County. Creek County District Attorney Max Cook confirms Brad Alan Evans was charged in connection to a relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Cook said the early indications are that Evans, 38, committed suicide, but the death will be investigated. The charges against Evans were rescinded Friday after word of his death, Cook said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the coach's wife discovered the girl in their mobile home March 3, 2015. The student told police Evans was her softball coach at Sapulpa High School and that she had sex with him that night and on another occasion in February.

The girl also told police she drank five mixed drinks at his home, court records state.

Officers say her class ring was found on a night stand in the bedroom when they executed a search warrant.

The Sapulpa School superintendent said Evans was a paraprofessional who had been with the district for about 18 months.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Man accused of killing girlfriend dies

2-11-15 Utah:

NORTH LOGAN — The man accused of killing his girlfriend and attempting to kill himself died Tuesday evening, police said.

Christian Emerson, 26, was discovered Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head and was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition, according to North Park police. A passerby located Emerson and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Amanda Hoyt, inside a white Subaru that had wrecked near 1830 Canyon Ridge Drive.

Hoyt was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. An investigation showed she had multiple gunshots fired at her, but it was unclear how many times she had been hit, police said. Investigators said it appeared to be a homicide and attempted suicide.

Hoyt's small dog was also found in the vehicle unharmed and was returned to her family.

North Park police said there are many details that remain unclear, including whether Emerson had been driving at the time shots were fired, where they were going, if Emerson owned the gun used, or if the event was premeditated.

Man convicted of raping teen kills himself

2-27-15 Tennessee:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A Clarksville man sent home to await sentencing after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl has killed himself.

Michael E. Proctor, 37, committed suicide, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jamie Dexter confirmed to The Leaf-Chronicle Friday.

A report about the suicide was not available Friday evening, he said.

Proctor was convicted Thursday of six counts of rape and several other charges on accusations he sexually abused a 13-year-old girl numerous times between July 2013 and April 2014.

The state, represented by Kimberly Lund, had one witness, the victim, who testified Proctor performed sex acts on her on at least five occasions.

Proctor took the stand in his own defense and denied all the allegations.

While his attorney, Edward Dewerff, argued her testimony was not enough to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury believed the victim.

Monday, January 12, 2015

1984 murder suspect's widow files claim

12-18-2014 California:

Complaint contends police wrongly accused SDPD criminalist in Torrey Pines Beach slaying

SAN DIEGO — The widow of a retired San Diego police criminalist suspected in the 1984 mutilation murder of a teenager has filed a claim against the city, accusing detectives of investigative misconduct that she says eventually pushed her husband to suicide.

Kevin Brown, a 20-year veteran of the crime lab, became a suspect in the cold-case slaying of 14-year-old Claire Hough late last year, after a retesting of evidence in the case detected a small amount of his semen on a vaginal swab, police said. Investigators spent months trying to build their case against Brown, including searching his home, questioning him and administering a lie-detector test. Police said they were close to arresting him when he hanged himself from a tree in October.

At a news conference Thursday, Rebecca Brown said the police investigation wrongly focused on her husband and completely disregarded the logical explanation of cross-contamination as a reason why his DNA was found on the evidence.

“He was not a rapist and a killer. He was a quiet, good man who devoted his life to … helping people out by putting away bad guys doing his job,” Brown said. “… My husband didn’t do these things.”

Ex-Winnetka teacher accused of sex crimes dies

1-10-2015 Michigan:

A former North Shore teacher and Boy Scout leader who was accused at age 94 of decades-old child sex crimes has died, ending the prospect that he will stand trial and leaving questions that now will likely remain unanswered.

Bill Bricker, who had been on home confinement in Michigan while fighting extradition to Wyoming, where he was charged with molesting three children at a summer camp, died at about 10 p.m. Friday, his attorney Michael Lewis said.

A Michigan funeral home director said Bricker will be cremated with no services or obituary — a quiet ending for a former Winnetka “man of the year” who mentored countless children for decades.

“The passing of any person is not cause for celebration,” said one man who earlier told the Tribune that Bricker abused him in the 1950s during several scout trips. “However ... I am very pleased that he didn’t leave with the world continuing to adore him.”

Born in 1920, William Hartwell Bricker taught physical education at Hubbard Woods School from 1949 to 1985 and was a Boy Scout leader for even longer, interacting with generations of local children, many of whom also attended the Wyoming camp where he worked every summer. A longtime Winnetka resident who himself attended Hubbard Woods as a boy, Bricker was lauded as a hero upon his return from service in World War II and years later was named Winnetka’s “Man of the Year.” If he had died even a few months earlier, his public legacy might look very different.