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Idaho state crime lab prioritizes evidence testing in college students' brutal murder case

Idaho state crime lab prioritizes evidence testing in college students' brutal murder case

FIRST ON FOX – MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho state crime lab has prioritized testing on evidence from the Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were murdered on Nov. 13, according to authorities.Idaho State Police (ISP) Forensic Services is “doing much of the forensics analysis” in the case, which is a “priority for them,” ISP Public Information Officer Aaron Snell told Fox News Digital in a Friday interview.”There have been scientists working 24/7 in the lab to try and get back some of those results in quick order,” Snell continued. “So, while there’s other cases going on, this case is a priority. And we’re starting to get back some results.”While it is unclear exactly how long it will take authorities to determine whether DNA that did not belong to any of the victims was left at the scene of the crime, results will “go to the detectives” when they become available, Snell explained.UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO STUDENTS KILLED: A TIMELINE OF EVENTS
State police forensics on Nov. 21 look for clues at the Moscow, Idaho, home where four students were murdered on Nov. 13. 
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)The evidence will help create a “full picture” of the crime scene and what exactly unfolded in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, when the four students were stabbed to death while sleeping.IDAHO MURDERS: INVESTIGATORS WORK THROUGH THANKSGIVING DAY AS COLLEGE TOWN SHUTS DOWNEach of the victims including Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Madison Mogen, 21, had multiple stab wounds. “Some” of the victims had defensive wounds, according to autopsy results from the Latah County coroner. 
A split photo showing the crime scene and the victims, including University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital/ Instagram/ @xanakernodle/ @kayleegoncalves))There were no signs of forced entry at the victims’ residence, which was known among neighbors as a loud party house for U of I students, but the crime scene was very bloody when police arrived shortly after receiving a 911 call reporting an unconscious person at 11:58 a.m. that morning.IDAHO MURDERS: FOX NEWS’ TED WILLIAMS PUSHES BACK AGAINST ‘PEEPING TOM’ THEORY: ‘MORE PERSONAL’It is unclear exactly how many people — including the victims’ two roommates — were at the home before police arrived.
Flowers and a toy bear sit as a memorial the house where four University of Idaho students were murdered at 1122 King Rd. in Moscow on November 21, 2022.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)”We’re going to be patient. We’re going to be thorough. And…we also ask that the community recognize that there are some aspects of this investigation that will take us a little bit longer, but we’re going to continue to work through,” Snell said.IDAHO INVESTIGATORS RULE OUT CONNECTION BETWEEN COLLEGE MURDERS AND OTHER UNSOLVED STABBINGSMoscow’s last homicide occurred in 2015. Since quadruple murder, dozens of federal and state law enforcement officials have been assigned to the case to assist MPD in identifying and finding the killer, as well as the killer’s motive.Officials are also still searching for the murder weapon, which they believe to be a knife. They have received and analyzed more than 1,000 tips related to the case.
The Moscow, Idaho, Police Department headquarters.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPUniversity of Idaho students will have the option to take remote classes as the perpetrator remains on loose. Police are asking anyone with information or footage related to the slayings to call 208-883-7180 or tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting at Houston home

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting at Houston home

AUSTIN, Texas — A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a Thanksgiving day shooting at a Houston-area home that left two people dead and two wounded, according to the Houston Police Department. A man believed to be a former spouse of one of the victims entered the home through the back door as the families were finishing dinner Thursday and shot four people, Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Patricia Cantu said earlier Friday. The suspect has been questioned and is facing two counts of capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault, according to a Friday statement from the Houston Police Department.“There were four other people inside the house. As soon as they heard the shooting, they ran to the rooms for safety,” Cantu said. “The suspect discharged multiple rounds and even reloaded his weapon at the scene.”A woman and a man were pronounced dead. A second man was in critical condition and a 15-year-old boy was in stable condition at a hospital, Cantu said.Police have not identified the suspect and formal charges are pending, according to the Friday statement by Houston police.

Judge to decide on Florida face-biter insanity plea

Judge to decide on Florida face-biter insanity plea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A former college student who randomly killed a Florida couple in their garage six years ago and then chewed on one victim’s face finally goes on trial Monday, with a judge deciding whether he goes to prison for life or to a mental hospital. Austin Harrouff, 25, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges for his August 2016 slayings of John Stevens, a 59-year-old landscaper, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mishcon Stevens, who had retired after working in finance. The former Florida State University student has waived a jury trial, meaning Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer will decide whether Harrouff was insane when he killed the couple, and seriously injured the neighbor who came to their aid. The trial has been delayed by the pandemic, legal wranglings and Harrouff’s recovery from critical injuries suffered while drinking a chemical during the attack. It will be in Stuart, an hour drive north of West Palm Beach, and last about three weeks. Prosecutor Brandon White did not respond to a call and email seeking comment. Harrouff’s lead attorney, Robert Watson, declined comment. Under Florida law, defendants are presumed sane. For Harrouff’s defense to succeed, Watson must show that he had a severe mental breakdown that prevented him from understanding his actions or that they were wrong by “clear and convincing evidence.” Harrouff has said he was fleeing a demon when he attacked the couple. If convicted, Harrouff will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole; prosecutors waived the death penalty. If Harrouff is ruled insane, Bauer will commit him to a secure mental hospital until doctors and a judge agree that he is no longer dangerous. That would also effectively be a life sentence, said Craig Trocino, a University of Miami law professor, because “it’s highly unlikely” that doctors and a judge would risk releasing a killer as notorious as Harrouff. Two mental health experts, one hired by prosecutors and one by the defense, examined Harrouff and found that he suffered an acute psychotic episode during the attack. They also found that he couldn’t distinguish between right and wrong. Prosecutors then hired a second expert who said Harrouff was sane, but recently withdrew him saying he has serious health issues. They now have a third expert who believes Harrouff was on a drug that didn’t appear in post-arrest tests, but has not examined him.Lea Johnston, a University of Florida law professor, said that only about 1% of felony defendants try an insanity defense because the bar to succeed is so high. About a quarter of those succeed, usually in a pretrial deal where prosecutors agree that the defendant’s mental illness meets the standard. She said for insanity defenses that reach trial, defendants who waive a jury have the most success. Judges understand the system, she said, while jurors often worry that defendants acquitted by reason of insanity will be released sooner. They also may question whether treatment at a mental hospital works. “There is decades of research showing that (the public) is biased against the insanity defense and it is widely misunderstood,” she said. Harrouff’s attack made national headlines because of its brutality and randomness; he did not know the victims. He was a 19-year-old with no criminal record — a former high school football player and wrestler who was studying exercise science. He stripped nearly naked and attacked the couple in their open garage with tools that he found there. When police arrived, Harrouff was biting chunks off John Stevens’ face. It took took several officers, an electric stun gun and a police dog to subdue Harrouff. Officers didn’t shoot him because they feared hitting Stevens. Harrouff nearly died from chemicals he drank in the garage, which burned his digestive system. Investigators found he purchased some hallucinogenic mushrooms a few days before the attack, but friends said he destroyed them and no trace was found in his blood. He also did Google searches for “how to know if you are going crazy.”Harrouff’s parents, who are divorced, and others said he had acted strangely for weeks. His parents had set up an appointment for him to be evaluated, but the attack occurred first. His father, Wade Harrouff, told TV psychologist Phil McGraw that on the night of the slayings his son left a restaurant where they had been eating without explanation. He walked two miles (three kilometers) to his mother’s house and tried to drink cooking oil. Mina Harrouff stopped him, but he poured the oil into a bowl with Parmesan cheese and ate it.She brought him back to the restaurant. Wade Harrouff, a dentist, told McGraw he grabbed his son and said, “What is wrong with you?” He said his son raised his fist, but Wade Harrouff’s girlfriend told him to stop and he left. The restaurant’s security video shows Austin Harrouff calmly exiting about 45 minutes before the attack. His mother, before knowing of the attack, called 911 and told the dispatcher her son seemed delusional, claiming to have superpowers and that demons were in her house.But it was too late — Harrouff walked or ran the four miles (six kilometers) to the Stevens’ home. Austin Harrouff told McGraw he was escaping a demon he called Daniel and only has vague recollections of the slayings.He said he encountered Michelle Stevens in the couple’s garage. She screamed, and “then it’s a blur.”“I don’t remember what she said — I just remember being yelled at,” Harrouff said. He said he grabbed a machete, but doesn’t remember why he killed her and her husband. “It’s like it happened, but I wasn’t aware of it,” Harrouff said.

Florida doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple women under anesthesia at ritzy cosmetic studio

Florida doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple women under anesthesia at ritzy cosmetic studio

A Florida cosmetic doctor has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women while they were under anesthesia at his office on Naples’ ritzy 5th Avenue.The Naples Police Department on Nov. 22 confirmed two women’s allegations against Dr. Eric Andrew Salata — a 54-year-old, board-certified physician at Pura Vida Medical Spa, though there could be more victims.”We have had several people contact our detectives related to the Salata investigation,” Naples Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Bryan McGinn told Fox News Digital, adding that he could not confirm reports that a third woman has come forward, according to local outlet NBC2 News.The first victim told police that Salata had administered “nitrous oxide to assist with sedation and pain from the procedure,” according to a press release from Naples Police.FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER WOMAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL WITH HATCHET PROTRUDING FROM HEAD
Three women have come forward accusing Naples cosmetic physician Eric Andrew Salata of sexual assault.
(Collier County Sheriff’s Office)”During the procedure, as the nitrous oxide was wearing off, she found Dr. Salata performing sexual intercourse,” Naples police said.The victim felt “shocked after the sedation subsided about what had taken place, contacted police and submitted to a sexual assault examination,” which was then submitted to a lab for further investigation.’LIFE SENTENCE’: MOTHER OF FLORIDA LAWYER KILLED IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT DETAILS FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICEA second victim relayed a similar incident in which Salata allegedly assaulted her while she was under sedation at his spa. Detectives collected evidence and submitted it to a lab in that instance, as well.
Dr. Andrew Salata was a board-certified physician at Pura Vida Medical Spa in Naples, Florida.
(Fox News Digital)The first two victims who came forward were 51 and 73 years old, according to a police report obtained by the Naples Daily News. The victims recalled inhaling laughing gas under Salata’s instructions to ease pain from their respective procedures before he allegedly raped them, the outlet reported.FLORIDA POLICE PREVENT ‘MASS CASUALTY’ EVENT AFTER STOPPING WOMAN FROM DRIVING CAR THROUGH 5K ROUTENow, a third victim has reportedly come forward against the doctor on the record, according to NBC2 News.McGinn told the outlet that the police department is “still very much encouraging those with information to come forward.”
A third woman has also reportedly come forward against Salata, according to local reports.
(Fox News Digital)Authorities found Salata at his Pura Vida spa on Nov. 21 and arrested the 54-year-old doctor on two counts of sexual battery to a physically helpless person. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Nov. 22, Salata appeared in court and posted bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 19.The website and Instagram accounts for Pura Vida Medical Spa have been taken down since accusations surfaced against Salata.

Walmart shooter left 'death note,' bought gun day of killing

Walmart shooter left 'death note,' bought gun day of killing

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The Walmart supervisor who fatally shot six co-workers at a store in Virginia bought the gun just hours before the killings and left a note on his phone accusing colleagues of mocking him, authorities said Friday.“Sorry everyone but I did not plan this I promise things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan,” Andre Bing wrote on a note that was left on his phone, the Chesapeake Police Department said Friday.Police said the 9 mm handgun used in the Tuesday night shooting was legally purchased that morning and that Bing had no criminal record. They released a copy of the note found on his phone that appeared to redact the names of specific people he mentioned.It was not clear when the note was written, but in it Bing claimed he was harassed and said he was pushed to the brink by a perception his phone was hacked.He wrote, “My only wish would have been to start over from scratch and that my parents would have paid closer attention to my social deficits.” Bing died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.Coworkers of Bing who survived the shooting said he was difficult and known for being hostile with employees. One survivor said Bing seemed to target people and fired at some victims after they were already hit.Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in a store break room to begin their overnight shift late Tuesday when Bing, a team leader, entered and opened fire. While another witness has described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she observed him target certain people.“The way he was acting — he was going hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The way he was looking at people’s faces and the way he did what he did, he was picking people out.”Wilczewski said she had only worked at the store for five days and being a new employee may have been the reason she was spared. She said she was hiding under a table after the shooting started and that at one point, Bing told her to get out from under the table. But when he saw who she was, he told her, “Jessie, go home.”Former coworkers and residents of Chesapeake, a city of about 250,000 people near Virginia’s coast, have been struggling to make sense of the rampage. Bing’s death note rambles at times through 11 paragraphs, with references to nontraditional cancer treatments and songwriting. He says people unfairly compared him to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and wrote: “I would have never killed anyone who entered my home.”And he wished for a wife but wrote he didn’t deserve one. Some who worked with Bing, 31, said he had a reputation for being an aggressive, if not hostile, supervisor who once admitted to having “anger issues.” But he also could make people laugh and seemed to be dealing with the typical stresses at work that many people endure. “I don’t think he had many people to fall back on in his personal life,” said Nathan Sinclair, who worked at the Walmart for nearly a year before leaving earlier this month. During chats among coworkers, “We would be like ‘work is consuming my life.’ And (Bing) would be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a social life anyway,’” Sinclair recalled Thursday. Sinclair said he and Bing did not get along. Bing was known for being “verbally hostile” to employees and wasn’t particularly well-liked. But Sinclair also said there were times when Bing was made fun of.Police have identified the victims as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Randy Blevins, 70, and Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, who were all from Chesapeake; and Tyneka Johnson, 22, of nearby Portsmouth. Chavez-Barron’s name was released Friday; it had been withheld previously because of his age.Two others who were shot remained hospitalized, police said Friday. One is still in critical condition, and the other is in fair to improving condition.Six people were wounded in the shooting, which happened just after 10 p.m. as shoppers were stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said they believe about 50 people were in the store at the time.Bing was identified as an overnight team leader who had been a Walmart employee since 2010. Police said he had one handgun and several magazines of ammunition.Walmart employee Briana Tyler said the overnight stocking team of 15 to 20 people had just gathered in the break room to go over the morning plan. Another team leader had begun speaking when Bing entered the room and opened fire, Tyler and Wiczewski said.The attack was the second major shooting in Virginia this month. Three University of Virginia football players were fatally shot on a bus Nov. 13 as they returned from a field trip. Two other students were wounded.The Walmart shooting also comes days after a person opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado — killing five and wounding 17. Tuesday night’s shooting brought back memories of another attack at a Walmart in 2019, when a gunman killed 23 at a store in El Paso, Texas.Also on Friday, a person suffered injuries not considered life-threatening after being shot at a Walmart in Lumberton, North Carolina, police said. Investigators described it as an isolated altercation between two people who knew each other.———Barakat reported from Falls Church, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Chesapeake and Michael Kunzelman in Silver Spring, Maryland, and news researchers Rhonda Shafner and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.

Florida man arrested for attempted murder after woman rushed to hospital with hatchet protruding from head

Florida man arrested for attempted murder after woman rushed to hospital with hatchet protruding from head

A Florida man was arrested for attempted murder after a woman was transported to the hospital with a hatchet protruding from her head.Michel Dougherty, 40, was charged with one felony count of Attempted Second Degree Murder.According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies had responded Tuesday at around 10:30 a.m. to an attempted murder.AUTISTIC FLORIDA BOY, 5, FOUND DEAD IN POND AFTER WANDERING FROM HOME
Michel Dougherty, 40, was charged with one felony count of Attempted Second Degree Murder.
(Alachua County Jail)Deputies located the woman, 56, with a hatchet protruding from her head. She was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.Dougherty had fled the scene of the attack before deputies arrived. Detectives found his vehicle later that day in Gainesville, Florida.
A Florida man was arrested for attempted murder after a woman was transported to the hospital with a hatchet protruding from her head.
(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)And just before 3 a.m. on Thursday, Dougherty was pulled over by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputy and taken into custody. He was then transported to the Alachua County Jail.FLORIDA POLICE PREVENT ‘MASS CASUALTY’ EVENT AFTER STOPPING WOMAN FROM DRIVING CAR THROUGH 5K ROUTE
Deputies located the woman, 56, with a hatchet protruding from her head. She was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDougherty will be transported to the Pinellas County Jail at a later date, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident remains an active investigation.

Idaho investigators rule out connection between college murders and other unsolved stabbings

Idaho investigators rule out connection between college murders and other unsolved stabbings

MOSCOW, Idaho – FIRST ON FOX: Detectives looking into a quadruple homicide of a group of University of Idaho students have ruled out a connection between the jarring attack and two other unsolved stabbings with similar characteristics.”We don’t believe, at this time, that these murders are actually linked to two other knife murders that have occurred,” Aaron Snell, the director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital Friday. “At this point in time, our detectives were aware of these cases, and we have looked into them.”Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead hours after police say someone attacked them in their sleep on Nov. 13.Reporters at a news briefing Wednesday asked Moscow police about the possible connection between the students’ slayings and a second unsolved stabbing, which left Travis Juetten dead and seriously injured his wife Jamilyn in Oregon.Authorities say an intruder attacked the couple in their sleep around 3 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2021.IDAHO MURDERS: DETECTIVES, FBI RETURN TO CAMPUS STABBING SCENE, COLLECT EVIDENCE AND MEET WITH PROSECUTOR
Map showing a string of killings in the Washington-Idaho-Oregon region
(Fox News Digital)Travis Juetten, 26, fought back but succumbed to his injuries.His wife, who is 26 now, survived 19 stab wounds.
Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were attacked in their home around 3:00 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2021 by an assailant wielding a knife. 
(Marion County Sheriff’s office)The following morning, the Idaho Tribune reported that a third nearby attack under eerily similar circumstances.Sandra Ladd, 71, was found dead in her home in Washougal, Washington, according to Oregon Crime Stoppers. Her death was ruled a homicide after the medical examiner found multiple stab wounds in her torso, Washougal police said at the time.IDAHO MURDERS: THIRD UNSOLVED STABBING ATTACK RESURFACES AMID COLLEGE SLAYING MYSTERY
Sandra Ladd, 71, was found stabbed to death on June 2020.
(Oregon Crime Stoppers)The attacks on the students and the Juettens both happened between 3 and 4 a.m. on the 13th of a month. Ladd was found dead in her bed on June 14, 2020.In all three cases, no suspect has been identified, and no weapons have been recovered.However, investigators say the Idaho attack was targeted.And while Snell previously said investigators had “not ruled out any idea or concept” he confirmed Friday that they were confident the three cases were unrelated, based on what evidence they’ve obtained so far.
The victims of Nov. 13 University of Idaho massacre. 
(Instagram @xanakernodle / @maddiemogen / @kayleegoncalves)”We have excellent investigators on these cases and as we get critiqued by other people that don’t have any knowledge of it — it’s always very interesting to be critiqued by people who don’t have knowledge of a specific case,” he said, although he added that investigators would consider new evidence if it surfaced.”Based on what they know from the other two cases, it doesn’t seem that they are the same,” he said.
A photo of Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, who were slaughtered Sunday with two other University of Idaho students.
(Instagram)As they continue to look for answers in the college killings, they are also asking the public for information on Goncalves’ potential stalker — no matter how small the details may be.”We feel that if there was a stalker, that would be a pretty important piece of information that we would want to know,” Snell said. “And so we have followed all the tips and leads for that regard, that we’ve been able to we have not been able to corroborate anything.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut he said if it’s true there was a stalker, it would be “very important to the investigation.” Anyone with information on the stalker or on the case in general is asked to call the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.