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Jodi Arias Retrial of Penalty Phase Set to Open October 21st.


Jodi Arias was back in court for what most thought would be the moment we got to see “who” this jury is! Well not so fast, Jodi Arias came into the courtroom wearing stripes and shackles while the press and public took a deep sigh of disappointment. With Jodi in stripes that meant no jury today. I was a tad bit worried this meant some kind of delay was on the horizon but so far so good for opening statements on October 21st…yes my fingers are crossed.

At any rate, Jodi walked into the courtroom looking happy as her hair bounced with her every step. She sat down next to Jen Willmott and turned around in her chair to see who was in gallery awaiting every word uttered from the lawyers and judge. Jodi grinned at us all and spun back around ready to begin. This is the stuff she lives for, being back in the spotlight with the media and public at full attention. Most of the people in attendance want Justice for Travis besides a few of her supporters that Facebook and Tweet their take on the proceedings to those that want to see Jodi set free. Travis Alexander’s sister Tanisha and her husband Harold, along with close friends were also in attendance and their united front is always powerful.

Nonetheless, the hearing began with tension between Juan Martinez and Kirk Nurmi. Kirk came out with guns a blazing as he said Jodi wasn’t getting a fair trial and the death penalty needed to be dismissed because of the actions of the prosecutor. Kirk argues the states tactics are a “poker game” at his clients expense. He expressed to Judge Stephens Juan is not submitting notes from experts, witnesses he’s going to call for rebuttal, and evidence in a timely manner. Sound familiar? It is, Kirk brought this up at the last hearing and filed a 59 page motion with these complaints enclosed. But, today the defense asked that the rebuttal witnesses for the state be precluded from trial and Judge Stephens denied that request, for now. The Judge did leave a little loop hole open stating that Nurmi could revisit this request after the trial begins. Yeah, another reason for Nurmi to file a motion! What will he do when this trial is over? I do know miles of trees WILL be saved. The courtroom began to heat up as Nurmi threw in a comment that Juan was being “snarky” and Juan didn’t like that so much. Juan stated that the comment was inappropriate and the defense “never wastes a moment to take a shot at the prosecutor.” The judge agreed Juan was not being “snarky” and they moved on. I have definitely noticed a lot more tension between defense and state as the trial draws near. I feel a lot of objections coming from both sides with plenty of sidebar action.

In addition, the defense wants their expert to examine a computer for what Nurmi says will have “a lot of possible evidence on it,” and it will take quite a bit of time to “go through.” He said he wasn’t sure if it would be done by Tuesday and the Judge gave him a laser beam look that said “it better be!” Nurmi then went on to say the availability of this computer has been limited and blamed the state. Juan stood up to say he has given them any opportunity they needed to examine it. Judge Stephens stated the defense had time to complete this task but would discuss the progress further at a closed hearing on Monday at 1:30pm. At this Monday hearing some motions are going to be brought forth that are “outstanding” so to speak. These are motions from quite awhile ago that haven’t been ruled on and Nurmi would like it handled before opening arguments. Some of these motions are Jodi Arias threatening trial participants, interesting….the alleged pinwheel gate scandal at the jail and yes once again Kirk Nurmi wanting off the case. What the details are on these I don’t know because once again it’s all sealed. To piece together this hearing was like roaming through a maze blind. It was choppy info that we all had to draw off of since a lot of it was from previous sealed proceedings. So, speaking of sealed proceedings that’s when we all got told to leave the courtroom so they could discuss the motion for dismissal of the death penalty behind closed doors. Juan filed a response to Nurmi that was sealed so with that we were outta there. I’ve never used the word “sealed” so much until this trial. Boo.. Hiss.. we are dismissed.

Finally, the new Jodi Arias jury will be sworn in on Tuesday, October 21st at 10am with opening arguments also beginning that day. So, in true fashion we are once again in a holding pattern as we await decisions being made on motions and who this jury is that will decide Jodi Arias’ fate. As I walked out of the courtroom I did notice Jodi Arias looked a little less smiley and little more shell shocked as the clock ticks to the final phase in this long awaited trial. The Alexander family looked serious and ready for this journey they’ve been on to end. When all is said and done there are no winners in this case, hopefully closure for some, and on the other side a new reality. Until Trial Begins! The Trial Diaries

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Mom accused of killing 6 babies appears in court


SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah judge will get his first chance in December to hear the evidence against a woman accused of killing six of her seven newborns and storing all of their bodies in her garage.

Attorneys for Megan Huntsman, 39, decided Monday not to waive their right to a preliminary hearing. That proceeding has been set for Dec. 11. At the conclusion of the hearing, a judge will decide if there is sufficient proof to send the case to trial.

Huntsman is in jail on $6 million bail, charged with six counts of first-degree murder. She has not yet entered a plea. She made a brief appearance in court Monday, but didn’t speak.

Huntsman’s estranged husband discovered the infants’ bodies on April 12 while cleaning out the home they had shared in Pleasant Grove, Utah, a city of about 35,000 south of Salt Lake City.

Police say Huntsman strangled or suffocated the infants from 1996 to 2006, and that a seventh baby found in her garage was stillborn. Investigators believe Huntsman was addicted to methamphetamine and didn’t want to care for the babies.

DNA results have revealed that all seven babies were full term and that her now-estranged husband, Darren West, was the biological father of the infants.

Huntsman lived with West during the 10-year period the children were killed, but he is not considered a suspect in the deaths. He went to prison in 2006 and spent more than eight years behind bars after pleading guilty to drug charges.

West made the grisly discovery while cleaning out the garage. He called police to report finding a dead infant in a small white box covered with electrician’s tape. Six other bodies were found wrapped in shirts or towels inside individual boxes in the garage after police obtained a search warrant.

Source: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool/ BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press


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Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence


STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner’s sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius could be sentenced to years in prison, or he could be given a suspended sentence and a fine and receive no jail time for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

More than seven months after Pistorius’ trial started, Judge Thokozile Masipa will announce what punishment she has decided on after finding him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter, but acquitting him of murder.

Prosecutors have demanded at least 10 years in prison for the double-amputee athlete. His defense lawyers have suggested that three years of correctional supervision, with periods of house arrest and community service, would be appropriate.

Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous nighttime intruder about to come out of the cubicle and attack him when he shot four times through the door with his 9 mm pistol. Judge Masipa last month ruled that Pistorius did not intend to kill Steenkamp, but he acted negligently and with excessive force in the Valentine’s Day 2013 killing.

He was also convicted of unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant weeks before Steenkamp’s death. That normally carries a fine for a first offense, but has a maximum of five years in prison.

Masipa has a wide range of options available to her at the climax of the trial because there is no minimum sentence for culpable homicide.

Pistorius, 27, could serve no jail time, and possibly consider returning to the career that made him one of the world’s most recognizable runners on his carbon-fiber running blades, and the first amputee to compete on the track at the Olympics in 2012. He could be placed under house arrest, or he could be sent to prison for up to 15 years, almost certainly ending his running days.

Pistorius’ brother and sister, Carl and Aimee, gave interviews to a South African television station on the eve of the sentencing, describing what they said was a difficult and emotional time in the more than a year-and-a-half since their brother killed Steenkamp.

”It has been a long journey to this point,” Aimee Pistorius told eNCA. ”A very taxing one. It is difficult to support someone through something like this – all the guilt and ridicule and obviously the exposure that has come with it.”

Carl Pistorius said: ”Tomorrow will be very difficult. This is a weight we all have to carry.”

During his sentencing hearing last week, Pistorius’ chief defense lawyer called social workers and a psychologist who testified that the athlete had suffered significantly already, both emotionally and financially.

”He’s not only broke, but he’s broken,” chief defense lawyer Barry Roux said of Pistorius. ”There is nothing left of this man.”

Pistorius’ defense team also argued that South African prisons cannot cater for his disability and he would be vulnerable. Roux even cited an alleged threat against Pistorius by a reputed prison gang leader.

Prosecutors insist Pistorius must go to prison because of what they called the ”horrific” nature of Steenkamp’s death. The 29-year-old model was hit in the head, arm and hip with hollow-point bullets fired by Pistorius.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said that the defense’s suggestion of house arrest and 16 hours of community service a month was a ”shockingly inappropriate” sentence.

Recent sentences for culpable homicide in South Africa have been cited by analysts of Pistorius’ case.

A singer known as Jub Jub had his murder conviction overturned and replaced with a culpable homicide conviction after a 2010 drag race, when he and another man ploughed their cars into a group of schoolchildren on a road, killing four and seriously injuring two. The singer was sentenced to eight years in prison for culpable homicide.

In 2011, a South African rugby player convicted of culpable homicide for the beating death of a policeman on a Pretoria road was given a five-year suspended prison sentence. He served no jail time and paid the victim’s family $85,000 in compensation.

On Monday, correctional services authorities denied media reports by a radio network that they were already preparing a cell for Pistorius in a high-security section of Pretoria Central Prison ahead of the announcement of his sentence.

Source: Alon Skuy/AFP Photo/ AP


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Witnesses: Bob Bashara liked to spank women, looked like “movie star” after wife’s murder


DETROIT (WXYZ) – The second week of Bob Bashara’s First Degree Murder trial has begun. Today, witnesses said Bashara tried to get a $40,000 loan for a BDSM lifestyle friend in November of 2011. This was just two months before his wife Jane was murdered.

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Source: Jim Kiertzner WXYZ

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Boston bomb case judge wants 1,000 juror summonses


BOSTON — A federal judge says at least 1,000 people will be summoned to pick a jury for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv).

Tsarnaev is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. said he expects a pool of 1,000 potential jurors will be called to fill out questionnaires. About 100 will be culled for individual questioning. Twelve jurors and 6 alternates will be picked.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 5.

Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two bombs near the marathon finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police.

Source: DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer AP


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Michelle Knight says she now forgives kidnapper


CHARDON, Ohio — One of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for about a decade told a crowd she has been able to forgive her kidnapper and find peace in her life.

Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21, said she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn’t been his fault, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer ( reported.

Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus broke out of the house in May 2013 after suffering years of torture. Knight said it wasn’t until about a year and a half after her rescue from Castro’s home that she reached a breakthrough.

“I was able to say his name, Ariel Castro,” the 33-year-old Knight said. “I was able to forgive him.”

Knight made the comments during an interview conducted by a radio host on Sunday at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio.

Castro pleaded guilty to a long list of charges and committed suicide in prison in September 2013.

“I felt very appalled by it, but I understood,” Knight said of Castro’s prison suicide. “I don’t condone what he did.”

She received applause from the crowd when she said she hopes for the best for Castro’s family.

“A lot of people who have contacted me through Facebook see me as an inspiration,” said Knight, who has written a book about her ordeal called “Finding Me.” ”It means the world to me and it is an honor to help everybody I can.”

Knight said her time in captivity has made her stronger and has allowed her to know herself better.

“The situation (Castro) put me in didn’t define me,” she said. “I choose to live a meaningful life.”

Source: AP


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Suspect bragged about killing Chinese USC students


LOS ANGELES — Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California were played a videotape Thursday where he bragged about the shootings.

Prosecutors played the video of Javier Bolden boasting to a cellmate after his arrest in the killings of Ming Qu and Ying Wu.

The 23-year-old engineering students were shot on April 11, 2012, while sitting in a parked car in a neighborhood near the campus.

The deaths fueled concerns in China about the safety of students abroad and it spurred USC to provide more protection around campus.

Bolden’s cellmate was a police informant who secretly recorded him discussing how he and a friend had planned to steal the couple’s BMW.

The 22-year-old Bolden is charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder and assault with a firearm in a separate shooting that occurred months earlier.

Bolden’s attorney Andrew Goldman said his client lied to the informant to appear tough and said he would have admitted to the Boston Marathon bombing to impress the informant. The informant had told Bolden he was arrested on murder charges.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Akemon showed jurors a 1 1/2- hour-long police interview he said was Bolden’s confession. In it Bolden admitted that he and a friend targeted USC to find well-off victims.

Goldman said his client made the confession under duress and that Bolden denied involvement in the shootings until a detective mentioned he could face the death penalty.

In February, Bolden’s friend, Bryan Barnes, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the USC shooting. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

Source: AP/ AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Luis Sinco, Pool, File


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Authorities say Michael Brown’s blood found on gun, inside police car


Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown’s blood on the gun, uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer’s story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun.

The evidence will make it harder for the Justice Department to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson on federal charges that he violated Brown’s civil rights, said the officials, who asked their names be withheld because of the sensitivity of the case.

Such evidence would also make it difficult for a county grand jury to indict Wilson on state charges, such as murder or manslaughter, said county sources who also are prohibited from talking on the record about the pending case.

The St. Louis County police, the FBI and a county grand jury are investigating the shooting. The Justice Department is investigating Ferguson and St. Louis County policing practices and whether they have violated the rights of residents.

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson declined to comment.

Wilson, who is white, fatally shot Brown, an African American, on Aug. 9 in the majority black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The three-minute encounter on a sunny Saturday afternoon has rocked the metro area, which remains on edge as it faces continued protests and waits for the grand jury to decide whether Wilson should face any charges in Brown’s death.

The New York Times first reported the forensic evidence Friday, citing “government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation.”

Officials who spoke to The Washington Post on Saturday said the forensic evidence supports Wilson’s account that a scuffle occurred at the police vehicle, that Wilson feared for his life and that Brown went for, or lunged for, his gun. There were two shots fired in the vehicle, including one that hit Brown’s arm, an official said.

Wilson, who has not spoken publicly since the shooting, testified before the grand jury last month. His lawyer, James P. Towey Jr., did not return a call seeking comment Saturday.

Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Brown’s family, could also not be reached for comment.

He told the Times, however, that Wilson’s word isn’t “gospel” and that he should be indicted and go to trial.

“The officer’s going to say whatever he’s going to say to justify killing an unarmed kid,” Crump told the Times. “Right now, they have this secret proceeding where nobody knows what’s happening and nobody knows what’s going on. No matter what happened in the car, Michael Brown ran away from him.”

It has never been in question that there was an altercation. Wilson was inside the vehicle and Brown was at the driver’s window. From the earliest days police have said that Brown had scuffled with Wilson and that a shot was fired in the vehicle.

In those first police accounts, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that Brown “allegedly pushed” Wilson back into the car after Wilson tried to open the door. Brown, police said, then “physically assaulted” Wilson, and went for the gun. Wilson fired inside the vehicle, they said. Wilson then got out and killed Brown, Belmar said. Police had said Wilson feared for his life because Brown charged him on the sidewalk.

Dorian Johnson, the 22-year-old who was with Brown when they encountered Wilson, gave another version of events: Wilson encountered them in the street and ordered them onto the sidewalk. Wilson drove past, then backed up and opened the car door so forcefully that it bounced against the two men. Wilson, still in the car, then grabbed Brown by his collar. Brown was trying to free himself and never tried to get the gun. Wilson drew his gun and threatened to shoot, then it went off. Johnson and Brown then ran.

Several other witnesses recounted activity at the car, but each said they were unclear about the nature of that encounter. They have offered varied though fundamentally similar versions of what happened afterward. Brown, witnesses said, was fleeing when Wilson opened fire on the street. After being hit by a bullet, Brown turned around with his hands up, trying to surrender, when the officer shot him several more times, they said.

Exactly how high Brown’s hands were has been inconsistent in the accounts and at least one witness said after Brown was shot he appeared to take a step toward Wilson. That witness said, however, Brown had his arms around his stomach before hitting the ground.

Brown was shot at least six times, according to three autopsies.

On Saturday, law enforcement officials declined to discuss what happened outside Wilson’s vehicle. St. Louis area authorities declined to comment Saturday.

Protests were explosive after the shooting, when demonstrators squared off against police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds. Images of police patrolling the streets during the day and clashing with demonstrators at night shocked many and drew concern from the White House and some Washington lawmakers.

Some protest organizers said they were unmoved by the forensic details, noting there’s no explanation provided of why Wilson continued to fire at Brown, who witnesses said was fleeing.

“It (does) make us more convinced that there’s not going to be an indictment,” said activist Deray McKesson.

A grand jury decision is expected sometime in November, according to the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office.

Source: The Washington Post/ Scott Olson/Getty Images


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South African hitman dies of brain tumor, was due to testify in Briton’s murder trial


JOHANNESBURG – A South African hitman serving a life sentence for shooting dead the wife of British businessman Shrien Dewani has died of a brain tumor, the justice minister said, before he was due to testify in Dewani’s trial for plotting the murder.

Xolilie Mngeni, 27, was diagnosed with having a brain tumor in 2011, shortly after being convicted of firing the shot that killed Anni Dewani while she was on honeymoon in South Africa.

He died in the hospital section of Goodwood Correctional Centre in Cape Town as his application for medical parole was rejected by Justice Minister Michael Masutha in June.

Mngeni was set to testify in Dewani’s trial which is underway at the Western Cape High Court.

Shrien Dewani has denied all charges of conspiring to kill his wife in Cape Town in November 2010. Three South Africans, including Mngeni, had already been serving jail terms for her murder.

Dewani lost a three-year legal battle in Britain to avoid being extradited to and tried in South Africa.

Last Monday, he told the court he was bisexual, apparently a response to British media speculation that he engineered his wife’s murder to escape a heterosexual relationship.

Source: Reuters


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Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The weekslong search for a missing University of Virginia student appears to have come to a sad end with the announcement by police officials that they have discovered human remains that could be hers.

Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, but Graham’s parents were notified of the preliminary findings, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told a news conference Saturday, shortly after the discovery was made.

A volunteer search for Graham that had been planned for Sunday has been canceled so law enforcement can turn their attention to the new evidence, officials from the Albemarle County Police Department said.

Longo said a search team from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office found the remains Saturday on an abandoned property in southern Albemarle County — the same region where police found the body of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington three months after she vanished in 2009.

Last month, after arresting a suspect in Graham’s disappearance, police said they found a “forensic link” between the two cases.

Thousands of volunteers had searched for the 18-year-old Graham in the weeks since her disappearance Sept. 13.

“Countless hours, thousands of hours, have been spent by literally hundreds of law enforcement, civilian volunteers in an effort to find Hannah,” Longo said. “We think perhaps today proved their worth.”

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 4 on the charge. In the meantime, Matthew is being held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Albermarle County Police are now taking over the investigation. County Police Chief Steve Sellers said anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area or may have seen someone who fits Matthew’s description in the area after Graham’s disappearance, should contact police.

“Today’s discovery is a significant development and we have a great deal of work ahead of us,” Sellers said. “We cannot and we will not jump to any conclusions regarding today’s discovery, so I ask for the public’s patience as we move forward and pursue what is now a new ongoing death investigation.”

Police officials Saturday afternoon had blocked the road leading to the site where the remains were found.

Surveillance videos captured some of what Graham did the night she vanished. Authorities say she met friends at a restaurant for dinner Sept. 12 before stopping by two parties at off-campus housing units. She left the second party alone and eventually texted a friend saying she was lost, authorities said.

She can be seen walking unsteadily and even running at times, past a pub and a service station and then onto a seven-block pedestrian strip that includes the Tempo Restaurant.

Tempo Restaurant owner Brice Cunningham has said Graham appeared to be incapacitated as she walked away with Matthew. Police have said they have no reason to believe she and Matthew knew each other before their encounter.

Matthew, an operating room technician at the university’s hospital who sometimes drives a taxi, had been drinking at the bar earlier that night before he encountered Graham, Cunningham has said.

A week after Graham went missing, Longo publicly described Matthew in detail without naming him, saying investigators wanted to talk to the “person of interest” and had searched his apartment because he was the last person to see her.

Matthew showed up at police headquarters, asked for a lawyer, and then sped away, according to a police account. His exit prompted a warrant for “reckless driving,” a charge that Longo cited as he named the suspect and appealed for information from anyone who saw him with Graham the night she disappeared.

Matthew was arrested a few days later in Galveston, Texas.

While Matthew was a fugitive in Texas, Virginia police added a charge of abduction with intent to defile, a violent felony that under Virginia law compels suspects to submit to DNA testing.

Very quickly thereafter, Virginia State Police announced a “forensic link” to Harrington’s killing. That case, in turn, has been linked by DNA evidence since 2012 to the rape of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia, who survived after a passer-by startled her attacker, the FBI has said.

Following Matthew’s arrest, Christopher Newport University released a statement noting that he had been named in a police file involving a Sept. 7, 2003 sexual assault on the Newport News campus. Matthew was a student there from January 2003 through Oct. 15, 2003.

Matthew had transferred to CNU after three years at Liberty University, where he also was briefly on the football team.

When he was at Liberty University, he was accused of raping a student on campus. That charge was dropped when the person declined to move forward with prosecution, Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette said.

Source: AP


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Police: Colorado school gunman had Sandy Hook pics


DENVER — A student who killed a classmate before taking his own life at a suburban Denver high school last year showed a friend photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and thought one of the images was “funny in a crude way,” according to documents released Thursday.

Karl Pierson, 18, also showed the friend pictures of the shotgun he later used in the Dec. 13 attack at Arapahoe High School, according to investigators’ applications for search warrants.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office released the records to The Associated Press as part of an open-records request. The documents show detectives investigated tips that other students knew of Pierson’s plan, but police have said they concluded no one else was aware of it.

Authorities believe Pierson was targeting his debate coach when he entered the school with a shotgun, machete, homemade bombs and 125 rounds of ammunition. Investigators said he shot and killed 17-year-old Claire Davis before turning the gun on himself in the school library as security officers closed in. The coach escaped unharmed.

The documents show Pierson had written numbers on his arm corresponding to classrooms and the message, in Latin, “The die has been cast.”

Two school security guards told investigators they saw Pierson looking at pictures of guns and mass shootings on his computer six weeks before the shooting. And police found a book about the Columbine High School attack when they searched his mother’s home.

An autopsy report showed the only substance in Pierson’s system the day he died was caffeine.

In closing the case last week, Sheriff Dave Walcher said school officials did not suspend Pierson in September and allowed him to return to class after he threatened to kill the coach, who had recently demoted him as captain of the team.

Pierson’s mother kept him out of school three days.

Administrators did not deem him a danger, even though the coach told them he was so fearful he considered resigning. A school resource officer who is also a deputy made a report of the threat but took no further action.

Source: SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press AP