A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted a Grapevine man on two counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the drug overdose deaths of two Southlake Carroll High School teens.
You'll recall that Cullen Marino, 22, (shown here) is accused of providing drugs to Chase Nunez, 18, and Kyle McNutt, 17, and then failing to call 911 after he found them unresponsive in the middle of the night.
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, which has been mentioned in reports about the killing of prosecutors in Kaufman County, is active in Tarrant County.
"We probably run across them on a daily basis," said Herschel Tebay, commander of the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit.
"If," he added, "we run across white males dealing in drugs in Tarrant County, there's a good chance the Aryan Brotherhood is involved in one way or the other."
Investigators have yet to say whether they really believe the ABT is responsible for the Kaufman murders. But this Texas prison gang is known for extreme violence and illegal drug dealings in Tarrant County, Tebay and other officials said Tuesday.
For example, Stephen Lance Heard (shown above) was affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood. He was convicted in the killing of Fort Worth police officer Henry "Hank" Nava in November 2005.
PCP ingestion is what caused the death of the man who fatally beat a Forest Hill minister with an electric guitar in October, the Tarrant County medical examiner ruled Tuesday.
Derrick Birdow's "sudden death [was] associated with phencyclidine ingestion," and the manner of death was accidental, Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani ruled.
"We suspected very early on, based on his behavior, that we might be looking at PCP, just based on prior experience and our knowledge of that drug," Forest Hill police Chief Dan Dennis said Tuesday.
Peerwani did not find that the Taser shocks contributed to Birdow's death, said Linda Anderson, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office.
Dennis said the autopsy found only one puncture wound from the Taser in Birdow's body, indicating that only one of the Taser's two prongs made contact.
PCP is an illegal drug abused for hallucinogenic effect. It often causes severe mood disorders, paranoia and hostility, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Its effects on the body "can be accompanied by a sense of strength and invulnerability," according to a DEA online fact sheet.
In July 1997, Kimberly McCarthy went to her neighbor's home in Lancaster to borrow a cup of sugar.
But according to evidence in her capital murder trial (her original mugshot is shown here), McCarthy wound up stabbing Dorothy Booth, 71, five times and then bludgeoned her with a large candle holder.
Next, she cut a finger off of Booth, a retired college professor (shown right), to take her diamond wedding ring.
According to The Associated Press, McCarthy drove Booth's Mercedes to Dallas, pawned the ring for $200 and then went to a crack house to buy some cocaine. Evidence also showed she used Booth's credit cards at a liquor store and was carrying the victim's driver's license, the AP reported.
McCarthy, who was sent to Texas' death row, is now 51 (her latest photo is at left).
She is set to die Jan. 29. because the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review her case, according to the AP.
C. Wayne Huff, McCarthy's attorney, said the Supreme Court's decision was not unexpected and he would file a clemency request with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the AP reported.
"We're working on seeing if there are any other avenues we can take," he said.
Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in the nation's cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America.
It's happening in major cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., and Evansville, Ind., according to The Associated Press. Authorities are also seeing evidence that inner-city gangs are becoming involved in meth production and distribution.
A group of armed men stormed a town in the mountains of the western state of Sinaloa on Christmas Eve and shot nine men to death with assault weapons, then dumped their bodies on a sports field as part of a war between Mexico's two most powerful cartels, officials said Wednesday.
They said El Platanar de Los Ontiveros had become part of a dispute between the Sinaloa cartel controlled by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted man (shown here), and remnants of the Beltran-Leyva cartel who have allied themselves with the Zetas, a paramilitary organized-crime group founded by ex-members of the Mexican special forces.
The nine victims were eating Christmas dinner when gunmen entered the town on foot, surrounded them, and opened fire with assault rifles.
They decapitated one victim with a machete and dumped the bodies on field, officials said.
The army had set up a checkpoint nearby to hunt for drugs, but the killers had avoided it by entering the town on foot.