Army Veteran Fernando Duarte Fatally Shot in Florida Casino Parking Lot, Prosecutors Drop Murder Charges Against Two Men who Proved Self Defense (2016)

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Fernando Duarte, US Army Veteran

Army veteran and former Ranger Fernando Duarte was shot and killed in a casino parking lot in Miami, Florida on Christmas day, December 25, 2016, after winning a prize. According to police, there was an argument ensued and escalated in the parking lot before Duarte was murdered by two suspects who were later identified and arrested. Kenin Bailey and Mikey Lenard were both charged with first degree murder. But the prosecutors dropped the charges against them because the evidenced revealed that Fernando was the aggressor and the two killed him in self-defense.

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SSgt Steven Williams, US Air Force, Pleaded No Contest to the Second Degree Murder of his USAF Veteran Ex-Wife Tricia Todd in Florida (2016)

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SSgt Steven Williams, US Air Force

  • SSgt Steven Williams, 30, US Air Force, and USAF veteran Tricia Todd, 30, were married for 11 years and had one child
  • Williams and Todd divorced on February 2, 2016
  • Williams was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina
  • Tricia Todd lived in Hobe Sound, Florida with their only child
  • Williams traveled to Florida to visit their only child
  • Tricia vanished from Florida on April 26, 2016
  • Williams is accused in May 2016 of murdering Tricia Todd
  • Williams admitted to getting in an argument about finances & pushed Todd
  • Williams pleaded no contest to the second degree murder of Tricia Todd
  • Williams was sentenced to 35 years in prison if he led investigators to the body
  • Williams led investigators to her mutilated body in Florida
  • Williams could face additional federal penalties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) as he was an active member of the armed forces at the time the crime was committed

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Tricia Todd death: Authorities find partial remains in container
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Facebook: Search for Tricia Williams Todd

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OnyxLearn More About K9s for Warriors & How Service Dogs Heal

Since 9/11 and the resulting conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan there are over 500 thousand disabled military warriors.  One in five suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  One in six will attempt or commit suicide.  Symptoms of PTSD are mental changes, including, but not limited to; hostility, aggression, depression, suicide, paranoia, acrophobia, nightmares, panic attacks, poor coping skills, memory loss, and lack of trust.  PTSD affects not only the warriors but their families and the workplace.  Studies have proven there are actual physical changes in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brain adding to the horrific war experiences that warriors have endured.

Service canines are a medically proven recovery aid for our warriors suffering from PTSD.  Service canines are considered medical equipment and are recognized by the U. S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the American disability act of 1990.

At K9s For Warriors, our philosophy is to involve the veteran in the training of their new service canine partner, allowing them the opportunity to be part of the solution to their recovery.  Our academy is staffed by skilled certified canine handlers and trainers.  Each academy is three weeks in length where the warrior learns the skills needed to train their own canines.  We provide a service canine, training, certification, equipment, seminars, vet care, most meals,  and housing, free of charge. Each warrior is responsible for their own transportation to and from our facility which is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Classes are limited to three to five warriors in each session.

K9s For Warriors is supported by The Wounded Warrior Project, Birdies for the Brave, Warrior Gateway, and many other military organizations.  We highly recommend each applicant contact one of our many alumni to hear for themselves the positive recovery changes after attending our Academy.  We feel the best way to gain the knowledge of our methods, and training techniques is to talk to fellow Veterans for their recommendations.  K9s For Warriors will provide such information upon request.

K9s For Warriors will be accepting over fifty warriors for our Academy in a calendar year.  Our goal is to help our warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence.  They fought for our tomorrows, we will fight for theirs.

OUR MISSION WILL BE MET!

Learn more: http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/

Raped and Pregnant at MacDill Air Force Base.

My Duty to Speak

M.T FLorida

I joined the Air Force at age 18, in 1981. I after basic and technical school I arrived at MacDill AFB. I was the first woman in my career field assigned to my shop and was not accepted at all.

My first roll call I was told that I would not be there long as I had no business invaded this man’s career field. I was told that I would be carried out in a body bag, commit suicide, go AWOL, or be put in a straight jacket before they were done with me.

Within a couple weeks I was attacked at the barracks (not raped) and suffered a head injury which my attacker did this in front of a group of people and never was charged. While in the hospital one of the supervisors started to befriend me. He built my trust up. At a party off…

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US ArmyInsider outrage: Staff Sgt. Andrew Britton-Mihalo, 25

Britton-Mihalo, a Green Beret, was slain April 25 by an elite counterpart with the Afghan special forces on a base the two sides shared in Kandahar Province. But those circumstances haven’t played much of a part in Mihalo’s grief. “We just accepted it,” she said.

Britton-Mihalo’s father was a Marine, his stepfather served in the Army and his two half-brothers are also in the Army.

Read more: http://www.stripes.com/insider-outrage-staff-sgt-andrew-britton-mihalo-25-1.191954

Air Force Major Melissa Birtzer Found Dead at Eglin Air Force Base Range, No Foul Play Suspected (2012)

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Major Melissa Birtzer, US Air Force

Air Force Major Melissa Birtzer, 42, went missing from the Fort Walton Beach area in Florida on November 17, 2012.  A few days later on Nov 20th, Major Birtzer was found dead at the Eglin Air Force Base range. The USAF reported that the case was under investigation and then updated the public with the announcement that there was no foul play suspected. The official cause of death is unknown but was not ruled a homicide. Co-workers shared she may have been ‘depressed’ prior to her disappearance. Major Birtzer served honorably for 18 years first as an enlisted Intelligence Specialist and then as a Nurse. She also completed two tours in Afghanistan. Melissa is survived by a spouse and two children.

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Army Veteran Kirby Archer Commits String of Crimes After Dishonorable Discharge Including Four Murders in an Attempt to Flee to Cuba (2007)

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Kirby Archer, US Army Veteran

Army veteran Kirby Archer and Guillermo Zarabozo offered to pay a Miami, Florida based charter company $4000 to take them to Bimini to meet up with their girlfriends. The Joe Cool agreed and the two headed out with Jake Branam, Kelley Branam, Scott Gamble, and Samuel Kairy. When they didn’t return home on Sunday, their families began to worry. They eventually contacted the United States Coast Guard for assistance with locating them. The USCG found the boat off the coast of Cuba, 140 miles off course. They also found two survivors: Archer and Zarabozo. The two claimed to be victims of crimes. They said the boat had been hijacked and the other four were shot. They claimed their lives were spared because they knew Spanish and were asked to drive the boat until it ran out of gas. Both the USCG and the Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved with this case. They learned that Kirby Archer was dishonorably discharged from the Army after he went Absent Without Leave (AWOL). He was arrested for child sexual abuse and was on the run after stealing money from his place of employment. It is believed that he met Zarabozo at Guantanamo Bay where Archer was once assigned; Zarabozo was a child refugee. They made plans to flee to Cuba and used the Joe Cool to execute the plan. Both of them were arrested for lying to federal agents. After Zarabozo’s home was searched, they found shell casings that matched those found on the boat. They also observed that Zarabozo’s 9 mm was not in the case and unaccounted for. Both Archer and Zarabozo were charged with sixteen counts including four murders. There was no body and no murder weapons so it was considered a circumstantial case. The defendants turned on each other but the prosecutors were able to show how it took both men to commit the crimes against the four individuals on the boat. There were two guns used in the commission of the crimes, therefore both were involved. Archer and Zarabozo were sentenced to five consecutive life terms. The Joe Cool slip is empty to this day. Jake and Kelley Branam’s children are living with her sister in Washington.

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The crew of a luxury charter yacht falls prey to a fugitive’s cold-blooded escape plan en route to Bimini, a remote Bahamian paradise in the Bermuda Triangle. -Discovery ID

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James KuennAfter 24 years, he’s found guilty

LARGO — For nearly 22 years, James B. Kuenn kept a terrible secret.

On Wednesday, after one of the longest murder investigations in Pinellas County history, Kuenn told a jury via videotape what he had kept hidden:

He killed Carol Hutto after the 16-year-old resisted his advances during a 1976 tryst in a vacant house.

A jury of eight men and four women heard Kuenn’s tearful confession and deliberated for 22 minutes before convicting him of first-degree murder.

Kuenn, who served on a submarine in Connecticut before his 1998 arrest, wore a stern expression as he was escorted from the courtroom after the verdict. He will be sentenced Tuesday.

The U.S. Navy petty officer, now 40, faces a sentence of up to life in prison. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Read more: http://www.sptimes.com/News/021000/TampaBay/After_24_years__he_s_.shtml

Dishonorably Discharged Marine & Fugitive David Bieber Guilty of Murdering Police Officer in Great Britain, Charged with Two Murder for Hire Schemes in Florida (1995)

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David Bieber, USMC Veteran

On February 9, 1995, Markus Mueller, 29, was found shot to death in his Bonita Springs, Florida home. Markus answered his door and was shot three times in the doorway of his own home. His girlfriend Danielle found his body and informed authorities that she thought fellow bodybuilder David Bieber shot her boyfriend. David Bieber, 29, and Markus Mueller were both involved in an illegal steroid smuggling business; they made a lot of money. Apparently Bieber wanted to take over the business and he wanted Mueller’s girlfriend too. Danielle wanted to be with Mueller but he was married to a woman in Germany who he was not going to divorce. Danielle married Bieber on February 3, 1995 just a few days before the murder, and immediately began questioning her decision. She wanted to go back to Mueller but Bieber wasn’t having it. David made several statements to friends that he wanted Markus dead. David was brought into the police station for questioning but denied being involved in the murder. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department still believed that David was involved because he had the motive but they did not have the evidence to charge him.

In August 1995, a random shooting occurred involving Michelle Stanforth. She was shot at four times by an identified gunman but all the bullets missed her. Police learned that Michelle dated David Bieber in 1993 and that one day David showed up to her work and threatened Michelle and told her if she left him, she would be sorry. Michelle broke up with him and filed a restraining order. Police also learned that David had a history of violence against women dating back to 1989; he dated a sixteen year old that he later sexually violated. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department continued to investigate the murder of Markus Mueller and the attempted murder of Michelle Stanforth. They began by learning more about David Bieber. What they learned is that David appeared to be the all American boy until he began using steroids in his teens. After this David became more aggressive and violent. He joined the US Marine Corps to help him channel some of his aggression. Instead he rebelled against authority and ultimately found himself AWOL, facing charges, and dishonorably discharged. The aggressive ex-Marine remained a prime suspect in the murder and attempted murder cases but police still didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.

In September 1995, detectives learned from an informant that David Snipes was involved in a murder-for-hire scheme. David Snipes admitted that he was hired for $1,250 to kill Michelle Stanforth and hired for $1,000 to kill Markus Mueller. Snipes informed authorities that John Saladino hired him to kill them. When John Saladino was arrested, police learned that he was roommates with David Bieber. It didn’t take long before Saladino admitted that Bieber hired him to kill Michelle Stanforth and Markus Mueller. Saladino also admitted that Bieber put a hit on the lead homicide detective and his two sons. Police obtained a warrant to apprehend Bieber on first degree murder charges but instead he vanished. David Bieber became the focus of a nationwide manhunt. Both John Saladino and David Snipes were locked up for their role in the murder for hire schemes. Saladino was found guilty of second degree murder and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. David Snipes was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to death by the electric chair but on appeal, it was commuted down to life in prison. David Bieber went missing for the next eight years. Police would later learn that Bieber altered his appearance, put on weight, and changed his name to Nathan Coleman.

In 1996, David was able to obtain a tourist Visa for England. He worked a few jobs and then met another woman who he married in March 1997 right before his six month tourist Visa expired. David found himself divorced again in May 2002 because of all his suspicious activity. David doesn’t resurface until he is confronted by two Leeds, England police officers on December 26, 2003. He was found sitting in front of a known suspicious gambling and betting location. The police ran his plates and placed David in the backseat of the cruiser while they awaited the information. At this point, they didn’t know David was a fugitive and had a concealed 9 mm; but they were concerned about his behavior and called for back up. The officers learned David’s car was stolen and were going to arrest him when he pulled out the gun. He shot and wounded one officer who was able to get away and shot Officer Ian Broadhurst in the shoulder and the abdomen initially. After back up responded, he shot and wounded another officer and then executed Officer Broadhurst, who was on the ground begging for his life. David Bieber was able to escape again.

The police were able to match fingerprints in the vehicle to David Bieber and that’s when they learned he was a fugitive on the run. David’s ex-wife in England was able to help the cops make the connection between David and his new alias Nathan Coleman; she was even able to give them an address. David had fled but he left behind evidence in his apartment and his storage locker that connected him to the crimes. On December 31, 2003, a SWAT team descended on a hotel after getting a tip that he had checked in. Initially, an armed and dangerous David refused to come out of his hotel room and things were tense, but police were able to apprehend him without a single shot fired. On December 2, 2004, David Bieber was found guilty and given three life sentences without the possibility of parole. But on appeal, Bieber’s sentence was reduced. Regardless, he is not eligible for parole until 2041; he will be 75 years old. In the event David is ever paroled from Great Britain, the State of Florida stands ready to extradite David Bieber and charge him with the murder of Markus Mueller and the attempted murder of Michelle Stanforth.

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Rage on the Run: An American Bodybuilder Becomes An International Fugitive (48 Hours)
Suspect in Bonita murder has life sentence reduced in England
Killer who shot dead police officer granted £12,000 legal aid to fight for a cushier life in prison
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In the line of duty: Ian Broadhurst’s murder, a decade on
Cop killer David Bieber ‘Britain’s most dangerous’
Cop killer’s reduced security request rejected
Convicted 1995 Lee County hitman wants life sentence reduced
£277,000 legal aid for police killer… which even helped him whine about his ‘uncomfy cell’: Widow brands decision to give him public money ‘absolutely disgraceful’
Leeds, England Police Officer Ian Broadhurst Gunned Down by Dishonorably Discharged Marine and Fugitive David Bieber During Routine Traffic Stop (2003)
Killer on the Run: David Bieber (Documentary)
David Bieber, The Bodybuilder Serial Killer (YouTube)

Navy Wife Dina Kichler Raped & Murdered in Mayport, Florida by John Brewer Shortly After her Husband Deployed for Six Months on USS Forestall (1990)

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Dina Kichler, US Navy Spouse

Navy spouse Dina Kichler was beat, raped and murdered by civilian John Brewer in Mayport, Florida on December 3, 1990. Brewer targeted Dina Kichler months before by befriending her and offering to help her out while her husband was away. The night after her husband Pat Kichler shipped out for six months with the US Navy on the USS Forestall, John Brewer made his move. He stopped by Dina’s residence uninvited and because she knew him she opened the door. John immediately hit her in the face and dragged her upstairs to her bedroom where he beat, raped, and strangled her to death. Her co-workers called the police because they were concerned when she didn’t show up for work and they couldn’t get ahold of her. It would be a few years and significant advancements in forensic technology before authorities could prove that John Brewer committed the rape and murder of Dina Kichler.

John Brewer was considered a suspect in the murder of Dina Kichler but the prosecutor lacked evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove that Brewer committed the crime. In the meantime, detectives attended a national conference where they discussed unsolved cases with other investigators. After the Florida detectives discussed the Dina Kichler case, New Hampshire detectives recognized the modus operandi of the killer. The methodology of the death was identical to that of Michelle Lafond who was raped and murdered in 1987. Florida police combed through the New Hampshire case file for Michelle LaFond and discovered that John Brewer applied for a job with Michelle’s husband. Meanwhile, the police collected DNA evidence from both Dina and Michelle and it would be around this time that the DNA evidence could be compared to known suspects. John Brewer’s DNA sample was entered into a FBI national database in Quantico, Virginia and the sample was a match to Dina Kichler in Florida and Michelle Lafond in New Hampshire.

Florida prosecutors were able to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and John Brewer plead guilty to the rape and first degree murder of Dina Kichler in June 1999 to avoid the death penalty. He also plead guilty to the rape and murder of Michelle Lafond in New Hampshire. John Brewer was given two life sentences.

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Unusual Suspects: An Eye for Murder (Amazon Video)
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In December of 1990, young Navy wife and mother Dina Kichler is found brutalized and strangled in her Mayport, Florida apartment. Investigators work through a list of the victim’s admirers before closing in on the killer. -Discovery ID