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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Toxicology reports to determine what killed Turlock sex offender

10-14-2014 California:

Police are awaiting results of toxicology test results before declaring that suicide was the reason for the death of a Turlock man who had pled guilty to sexually abusing a young girl and awaiting sentencing before he was found dead at a Ceres church.

Robert Daniel Gomes, 34, was found dead at 12:44 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in the parking lot at St. Jude's Catholic Church at 3824 Mitchell Road in Ceres. His body was inside a black Chevy Tahoe parked outside the church.

The death is a suspected suicide from drug overdose, but the investigation will remain open pending toxicology results, according to the Ceres Police Department.

In August Gomes entered guilty pleas to eight felony counts of sexual abuse, including continuous sexual abuse of a child, sodomy, oral copulation, and unlawful sexual intercourse.

Gomes was accused of assaulting a 13-year-old girl over a three year period while he was dating her mother. The victim reported the abuse when she was 16 years old.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Autopsy shows inmate in botched execution died from injection

9-8-2014 Oklahoma:

A team of medical examiners has ruled that Oklahoma death row prisoner Clayton Lockett died from the state's lethal injection and not by heart attack.

The report, which was released Thursday by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, called the manner of death a "judicially ordered execution."

The controversial April 29 execution of Lockett, who was convicted in 1999 of murder and rape, took 43 minutes from the time he was first injected.

Witnesses described the man convulsing and writhing on the gurney, as well as struggling to speak, before officials blocked the witnesses' view. The execution was halted, but Lockett eventually died.

Man killed crossing Kingston Pike was registered sex offender

8-29-2014 Tennessee:

KNOXVILLE — A man killed Thursday night while trying to cross Kingston Pike in West Knoxville was a registered sex offender with a recent rash of arrests on alcohol-related charges, records show.

Bryan Scott Beason, 54, died after being struck at 9:51 p.m. by a SUV near the intersection with Lovell Road, according to Knoxville police.

Beason was crossing the five-lane road from the south side of the road and had made it to the center turn lane, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

When Beason tried to continue his trek to the north side of the road, he was struck by an eastbound 2009 Ford Escape driven by Paige Schubert, 19, of Knoxville, DeBusk said.

"The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time of the incident although one was available less than 200 feet away," DeBusk said.

Sex offender dies in custody

9-11-2014 Florida:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 78-year-old sex offender jailed for violating his probation was found dead in his cell Thursday at the Duval County Jail, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police and firefighters tried using CPR to resuscitate James Henry Byrd after he was found unresponsive during a routine cell check, police said. Byrd was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Byrd was arrested June 12 for a violation of court-ordered probation related to a lewd and lascivious molestation charge. He was declared incompetent and had been waiting for a bed to open up at a state treatment facility, according to JSO.

Investigators do not suspect foul play, but the investigation into Byrd's death is ongoing. ..Source..

Pocatello man who apparently killed himself after leading law enforcement officers on chase had long list of criminal offenses

10-7-2014 Idaho:

POCATELLO – The city man who apparently committed suicide in his car after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit Saturday night had an extensive criminal history dating back to 2000.

The approximately 25 minute chase ended at a mobile home park off Wilson Avenue when suspect Bryan Seward turned his gun on himself, authorities said. He then involuntarily crashed his vehicle into an unoccupied mobile home. Seward had fired at law enforcement officers from his car after initiating the chase but no one was wounded, authorities said.

The 46-year-old Seward last got in trouble with the law on Oct. 31, 2013, when he was charged with lewd conduct with a child under 16 in Bannock County. The charge carried a penalty enhancement because authorities deemed Seward to be a persistent violator.