Lomita chef Viens confessed on tape to cooking his wife’s body

By Larry Altman Staff Writer
Posted:   09/18/2012 07:13:44 PM PDT
Updated:   09/19/2012 02:35:39 PM PDT

A Lomita chef accused of killing his wife whose body has never been found told detectives that he slowly cooked her for four days in a 55-gallon drum, boiling her body in water and discarding her remains in his restaurant’s grease pit, according to a taped confession played in court.

David Viens, 49, said he hid his wife Dawn Viens’ skull and jawbone in his mother’s attic, but a detective said he could not find it.

Viens revealed the grisly details of how he disposed of his wife’s body when he summoned detectives to his hospital room at County-USC Medical Center on March 15, 2011, three weeks after he jumped from a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff in a suicide attempt as detectives closed in.

Jurors read a transcript as Viens’ recorded statement was played at his murder trial in Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles. Viens, sitting in his wheelchair, appeared to stare straight ahead.

“I manipulated her so the face was – the face is down, and I took some – some things – like weights that we use, and I put them on the top of her body, and I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days,”

Viens said.”You cooked Dawn’s body for four days?” sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Richard Garcia asked.

“I cooked her four days,” he said. “I let her cool. I strained it out as I – I was in there, OK.”

Viens is charged with killing his wife, who was last seen Oct. 18, 2009.

Viens’ confession revealed details about the final hours of Dawn Viens’ life.

Viens said he had just worked 100 hours in his first week at his new restaurant, the Thyme Contemporary Cafe on Narbonne Avenue. He went to bed tired on Oct. 17, 2009.

His wife, he said, had been using cocaine and drinking and he did not want anything to do with it. He went to bed.

When he awakened Oct. 18, 2009, he found her watching football, eating pizza and drinking beer.

Viens said he checked the restaurant’s cash receipts and found “a lot of money” was missing. He double-checked his math at his mother’s house and returned home. That night, he and Dawn ate at California Pizza Kitchen, and he went out drinking with a friend. Dawn called him, upset.

When he got home, he took an Ambien and moved a bureau in front of a door so his wife could not enter the room. But she was able to get in anyway, and raised hell with him, he said.

“So, I’m laying there and the next thing I know, she’s all over me and she’s got the light in my face, calling me all kinds of mean names and stuff,” he said. “And I keep telling her the same thing, `Just leave me alone. I just need to sleep.

I just need to sleep. Just let me sleep.”‘

Viens told detectives he got up, grabbed his wife by both hands and forced her onto the living room floor.

“I wrap her hands up real quick,” Viens said. “I wrap her feet up real quick, and I take a piece of clear duct tape – wrapping tape – and I put that over her mouth. And that was it. I said, `Good night.”‘

Viens said he awakened four hours later. Dawn was dead.

“I’m like `Dawn,”‘

Viens said. “I just freaked. I go, `Oh my God. And I go rushing out there and she’s gone.”

Viens said he asked himself how this could have happened.

“I obviously can’t bring her back to life,” Viens told detectives. “And – but what can I do? What can I do? What can I do? And that’s when I came up with the idea of cleaning the grease traps and commingling in the excess protein in those units. If you ever really looked at that, you would see where we mix up real good.”

Viens was not asked where the boiling took place, but it was implied it was at the restaurant where the grease pit was located. Restaurants use the equipment to collect used cooking grease and oil, which is later sucked away by a disposal company.

Viens said he poured seven or eight pounds of grease from the drum into his grease trap using a trash bag.

Viens told detectives he took his wife’s skull and jaw in one piece and hid it in the attic of his mother’s Torrance home.

“The whole skull and jaw came out in perfectly one piece,” he said. “That’s the only thing I didn’t want to get rid of in case I wanted to leave it somewhere.”

The rest of the remains were placed in trash bags and buried in debris in the trash bin behind his restaurant, Viens said.

“That’s the God’s honest truth,” he said.

In the earlier confession played for jurors, a seriously injured Viens told detectives on March 1, 2011, that he killed his wife by duct taping her mouth, hands and feet, and awakened to find her dead. In that statement, he said he put her body in a trash bag and threw her in a trash container behind his restaurant.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Garcia interviewed Viens while coroner’s officials and detectives were digging his Narbonne Avenue restaurant.

In that confession, Viens said Dawn Viens wanted cocaine that day, and the experience of “doing coke together” wasn’t enjoyable.

“For some reason I just got violent,” Viens said. “Seemed like it had to deal with her stealing money.”

Garcia told Viens that investigators suspected Dawn Viens was buried in the recently renovated restaurant, but Viens told him that wasn’t true.

During cross-examination Viens’ attorney, Fred McCurry, Garcia admitted that without the confessions, investigators had recovered no evidence to find Dawn Viens or actually know how she died.

“Outside of Mr. Viens statements, you have no idea how Mrs. Viens died?” McCurry asked.

“He was the only one there,” Garcia responded.

Said Garcia: “David Viens disposed of the remains in such a way that we can’t recover anything.”

The defense is expected to begin its case on Wednesday. It’s unclear if David Viens will testify.

Fla. woman found slain under Christmas presents

AP Photo

By MEG KINNARD and SUZETTE LABOY
Associated Press
December 6, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After a 67-year-old Florida woman was found beaten, strangled and hidden beneath the Christmas presents in her home, authorities charged a younger woman who had been befriended by the victim.

Patty Michelle White, 40, of York, S.C., was being held in the York County jail on fugitive charges, and was expected to be extradited Tuesday to Florida to face murder charges, authorities said.

The body of Michele O’Dowd of Jacksonville, Fla., was discovered Friday by her twin brother, Phil Axt, who had gone to check on her at her home in a gated community after O’Dowd failed to show up for work.

The door was open and O’Dowd’s house had been ransacked, Axt said. Chairs and tables were turned upside down. Her car and dog were still at home.

“I knew this wasn’t going to pretty,” he said.

A foot was sticking out of a big pile of Christmas gifts, Axt said. Buried under the gifts was his sister’s cold body, her bloody face covered with a towel.

Police said White was an ex-girlfriend of the victim’s nephew, and was considered a family friend. They said White had returned to Florida to rob O’Dowd after staying with relatives in South Carolina.

“Whatever took place in that apartment went horribly wrong and she ended up beating and killing her,” according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. White then returned to South Carolina, where she confessed to authorities after she was pulled over and arrested Saturday.

Axt said his aunt treated White as part of the family, giving her odd jobs to earn extra money even though “she just couldn’t keep a job, couldn’t get her life together.”

O’Dowd allowed White to stay at her home for a month for free, trusting her with her PIN number to her debit card so White could purchase groceries for the two of them.

White later used that debit card to withdraw $1,000 at two bank ATMs in Florida, authorities said.

Authorities took some clothes from White’s family’s home in South Carolina to be examined and turned over to Florida police. A car in which White and her mother were traveling when White was arrested was also examined but later released to the family, police said.

Aunt Miki, as O’Dowd was known to friends and family, was “the most sweetest, kindest person who would never hurt a fly,” Axt said.

He also said his sister’s neighbors heard screams.

“So many people in the community said they heard someone screaming and wailing, and no one called the police,” he said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office declined further comment pending the investigation. There was no answer Tuesday at a phone listing for White’s family in South Carolina.

they get really stupid here in atlanta.  it’s embarrassing.

Man survives leap onto I-85 during rush hour

Gwinnett County News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12:36 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2011
By Alexis Stevens
The 21-year-old man who jumped from the Pleasant Hill Road overpass and landed 23 feet below on I-85 is expected to survive, Gwinnett County police said Tuesday.

Police, however, have not determined if the Lawrenceville man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, Cpl. Jake Smith told the AJC.

The man jumped from the overpass onto the southbound lanes of I-85 during the Monday evening commute. Somehow he wasn’t hit by any vehicles once he hit the concrete, Smith said.

The AJC is not naming the man because he was attempting suicide.

The man was on a bicycle but got off when he noticed a Gwinnett police patrol car nearby, according to the incident report obtained by the AJC. After leaning his bike against the guard rail, he put both legs over and let go, the report states.

When the officer reached the man on I-85 below, he used his patrol car to block other vehicles from striking the man, police said. The jumper was initially unconscious, but then opened his eyes and was moaning, according to the first responding officer.

The officer asked the man in Spanish whether he wanted to live , and the man replied, “No, no mas,” Spanish for “no more.”

Several lanes of I-85 were temporarily closed during the investigation Monday evening.

there’s poison in it

ER visits for intentional poisoning soar, especially among women

By Rita Rubin

The number of people showing up in hospital ERs because of intentional poisoning has soared, a new federal study has found, with women accounting for nearly two-thirds of the cases.

The number of cases of intentional poisoning jumped from 2,609 in 2008 to 14,720 in 2009, according to the latest national data about emergency department visits. Slightly more than a quarter of the patients who showed up at ERs for this type of poisoning were under age 21.

A wide range of substances were involved in the ER visits, including pharmaceutical and illicit drugs, including “date rape” drugs such as Rohypnol, the report from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shows. Illegal drugs such as marijuana, stimulants, cocaine and Ecstasy were involved in 30 percent of the emergency room visits. Prescription medications, such as drugs for insomnia, anxiety and pain, were linked to 21 percent of the poisonings. Alcohol was a factor in in 60 percent of the intentional poisonings, with alcohol combined with other drugs almost half of the time.

“When you mix alcohol and another drug, they tend to amplify each other,” says researcher Peter Delany, Ph.D, who worked on the study.

It’s unclear why the numbers jumped in 2009, although Delaney believes hospital emergency departments and the government agency are getting better at determining intentional poisonings. SAMHSA’s role is to track trends and incidents of substance abuse.

However, that doesn’t explain why women are targeted disproportionately. Increased awareness of “date rape” drugs, such as Rohypnol, could be a possibility, Delany suggests.

“You have to be thinking in some cases men are giving something intentionally to women…with the intention of taking advantage of them,” he says. According to the new SAMHSA report, an estimated 3 million American women have experienced drug-related rape in their lifetime.

Intentional poisoning doesn’t necessarily mean someone is trying to kill the victim. In the report released Thursday, SAMHSA defines it as “a direct attempt to hurt someone or an attempt to render that person defenseless against other types of crime.”

Intentional poisoning represents only a tiny fraction of the 4.6 million drug-related emergency room visits in 2009, according to SAMHSA. But the new report notes, intentional poisoning probably is underestimated. Drugs commonly used to do it may leave the body too quickly to be detected, and some people who’ve been intentionally drugged might not seek immediate medical attention. Plus, Delany says, even if they do, they might not remember how they got sick.

Delany advises women, particularly young women, to be extra careful of their surroundings. He cautions, “Do you really want to take a drink from a guy you don’t know?”

not a very convincing show, either.

‘Cross-dressing bandit’ shot during Paulding standoff

12:15 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2011
By Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bank robbery suspect John Edward McCrary, also known as the “cross-dressing bandit,” remains in critical condition after being shot Thursday night by Paulding County deputies.

Surveillance
Marietta police are looking for this man, who wore women’s clothing while robbing a BB&T Bank on Monday,
Oct. 31, 2011.

Marietta Police Department
John McCrary, 33, is charged with robbing a BB&T Bank in Marietta. McCrary was allegedly dressed as a woman, with a black wig, skirt and short boots.

The shooting came at the end of a four-hour standoff with McCrary at a home on Birch Street near Hiram, after he allegedly pointed a gun at deputies.

McCrary was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center and underwent surgery early Friday morning.

Police have accused McCrary, 33, of the Halloween armed robbery of Marietta’s BB&T bank branch in 1900 block of Sandy Plains Road.

Paulding sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon Gurley said deputies went to the house around 8 pm. in response to a stolen vehicle being located.

“When they made contact with the person at the residence, he pulled a handgun and began threatening suicide,” Gurley said.

“During the negotiations process, it was discovered that the person had active warrants for robbery and aggravated assault out of Cobb County,” Gurley said.

That was the warrant from the Marietta robbery, when McCrary allegedly went into the bank dressed as a woman and told a teller, “Give me all your 20’s, 50’s and 100’s, I have a firearm and I will use it,” according to the warrant.

Police arrested McCrary’s alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Megan Rae Haney, the day after the robbery.

Gurley said the home McCrary went into Thursday night belonged to an acquaintance “he had just recently made.”

The homeowner was at home when McCrary arrived, but was allowed to leave and was kept safe by sheriff’s deputies, Gurley said.

He said that after several hours of negotiations, “the suspect eventually pointed the gun at deputies, forcing them to fire their weapons, striking the suspect.”

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, Gurley said.

Return for updates.

— Staff reporter David Ibata contributed to this story.

this poor guy.

By Rhonda CookThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Sturdivant has lost his liberty, a kidney, his home, his business and all his belongings.

Pipes, tires and trash are scattered all over the property once owned by David Sturdivant on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. His deceased father's house is on the property but it also has been looted.
Johnny Crawford, Jcrawford@ajc.com Pipes, tires and trash are scattered all over the property once owned by David Sturdivant on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. His deceased father’s house is on the property but it also has been looted.
Fulton County Sheriff’s Department David Sturdivant has been held at the Fulton County Jail since April 8.
David Sturdivant lived in this two-story structure that was attached to a one-story cinder-block building that was the shop for his lawn mower repair business. The looters have turned the property into a trash dump.

Johnny Crawford, Jcrawford@ajc.com David Sturdivant lived in this two-story structure that was attached to a one-story cinder-block building that was the shop for his lawn mower repair business. The looters have turned the property into a trash dump.

He has nothing left other than the $21 a friend put on his account at the Fulton County Jail, where he has been since April 8.

The 64-year-old Marine Purple Heart recipient could have left jail two weeks ago, but he refused to plead guilty to a misdemeanor,  a deal that included 12 months probation with credit for the seven months served. The deal would have let Sturdivant  keep his guns – four rifles and a pistol — as well as his military disability benefits, according to the prosecutor.

Fulton County Judge Kelly Lee told Sturdivant it was a good offer because he was looking at as much as 105 years in prison if a jury convicted him of all six felony charges he faces.

“He was under the mistaken belief it would be OK to shoot at an intruder,” senior assistant district attorney Jason Park said in court. Sturdivant is charged with shooting at a  man  in his yard —  not in his house — that he thought was there to steal from him.

Yet as far as Sturdivant is concerned, he did nothing wrong.

“We’ll go to trial,” public defender Wes Bryant told the judge on Oct. 27.

It has been quite an odyssey for Sturdivant since he woke from a nap just after 1 p.m. April 8 to go to the bathroom.

A police officer shot him in the stomach, which cost him a kidney. His house and business burned almost two months later while he was in jail. The tools and lawnmowers Sturdivant had in his shop for repair have been stolen. His antique Thunderbird and white Ford 150 pickup, electronics and HAM radio equipment that belonged to his father, the surveillance cameras positioned around the property, his clothes, important papers and even the door knobs and the key to his mailbox, all gone. He has no family and his only friend is already caring for an elderly mother and can’t take him in.

The Veterans Administration, alerted to Sturdivant’s plight, said it has programs that help homeless vets and someone would go to the jail to talk with Sturdivant about services available in the next few days.

According to police reports, Sturdivant awoke on that Friday afternoon to see Dennis Alexander in his yard. Alexander’s pickup was parked beside the engine repair shop attached to Sturdivant’s house and one of the riding lawnmowers in for repair was positioned near the open tailgate to the bed of the Dodge Ram. Alexander, jailed several times for property crimes but not charged in this case, told police he was there to buy parts.

“Get off my property and stop stealing my stuff,” Sturdivant shouted at Alexander from the second-floor balcony.

The neighbors said Alexander, who was not charged in this encounter, mocked Sturdivant . Sturdivant, a frequent target of thieves,  answered with a single shot from his commercial-grade M14.

Police officers nearby with a crew filming the truTV reality television program Bait Car heard the shot — the only one Sturdivant fired — and responded to the corner of Bolton Road and Collier Drive to find a naked and armed Sturdivant.

A truTV camera captured it all – the confusion, tension, the fast breathing and the adrenaline of the officers who swarmed to the corner lot shrouded by trees, bushes and underbrush.

Two of the officers, including the one who fired the shot that hit Sturdivant, were still wearing microphones from the Bait Car taping when they responded to the shot.

“Where he at? Where he at?” an officer can be heard shouting.

Another says, “You got a shot, take it.”

“Drop the gun,” one officer shouts.

A second later one rifle shot is fired.

“I think he’s down. He went down. He went down. He went down. I don’t see him any more,” said one of the first officers wearing the mic from the taping.

A minute and 45 seconds later, Sturdivant peeked over a four-foot-tall piece of plywood that was the railing for his balcony and three police officers responded with gun fire. According to court records three officers fired a total of 14 times.

“Did he pop up?” asks a second officer, still wearing a microphone from the television taping.

“Did you guys see a gun? Did he see a gun? I hope it was a gun.”

Inside his house, Sturdivant called 911 for an ambulance. He told the operator the police had shot him.

According to court records, the bullet that hit Sturdivant first passed through the strap of his rifle and then a wooden piece on the barrel before going into the left side of his abdomen. His lawyer says the route of the bullet suggests that Sturdivant never pointed the rifle at the officers. APD’s internal investigation into the shooting is pending.

Sturdivant was at Grady Memorial Hospital for about a week and he has been housed in the medical unit at the jail since.

On May 30, there was a fire on his property that the fire department called “suspicious.”

His house and everything inside burned. Vandals have left his late-father’s house a few yards away uninhabitable. All Sturdivant’s tools for his business have been stolen from his repair shop. At the same time, it looks as if the property where he lived all his life except for his four tours in Vietnam is now being treated as a garbage dump.

“Looters have taken everything,” said Sturdivant’s friend from childhood, Bill Erquitt. “Now it’s the biggest trash heap. … If it’s metal, it’s gone.”

Sturdivant is still waiting for his trial to be scheduled and is hopeful of the outcome, according to his lawyer. He has nothing left to lose.

they’re all screwed up.  so sad it’s funny.

Man admits rape and sexual abuse of his sister (12)

The Irish Times – Saturday, November 5, 2011

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl was raped and sexually abused by her older brother after their alcoholic mother abandoned the family following the death of their abusive alcoholic father, a court has heard.

The abuse began after the family’s mother walked out on the family, leaving the then 18-year-old in charge of three younger siblings.

He abused the youngest of them a number of times over the course of a year.

The man, now aged 40, pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault – including two which were equivalent to oral rape – and one count of buggery on his sister in 1989 at the family home.

The investigating garda told the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork that the victim contacted gardaí in February 2010 and made two detailed statements outlining the catalogue of abuse she suffered at the hands of her brother.

They were members of a large family but the older siblings had all moved away from home because of the abusive nature of their father, who had a serious drink problem.

When he died, their mother, who also had a drink problem, moved away as well.

The four youngest children were left on their own, with the eldest of the four, the accused, effectively in charge. He was working part-time and the other three children, including the victim, ended up only attending school intermittently.

The garda told how one night in 1989, the accused entered his sister’s bedroom on the pretext of introducing her to sexual matters to prepare her for having a boyfriend. This escalated to rape and buggery over the following months.

The garda said that the victim had told of her disgust at the abuse and she found him getting her to perform oral sex the most disgusting. She also spoke of screaming in pain when he penetrated anally on another occasion.

She told gardaí how she used to focus on shining star lights on the ceiling of her bedroom when her brother raped her. The abuse only stopped when he became concerned that she might get pregnant.

The garda said the girl was afraid to tell anyone about the abuse because her mother had told her that she might be taken away from the family home if she made any complaints about how she was faring there living with her siblings.

When he was arrested, the accused said that he did not recall the abuse but he accepted that it was unlikely that his sister was imagining it. He indicated last September that he was pleading guilty to all eight charges against him.

“My bedroom should have been childish and full of innocence. Instead of protecting me, he took away my innocence and breached a trust,” the woman said.

She added that having to tell her family about the abuse was the hardest thing she faced but they were very supportive.

Another sister, the eldest, broke down giving evidence on behalf of her brother, saying that they had all been abused by both their father, and by others who used to mind them, and that as soon as they were old enough, they all moved away from home.

Everyone had suffered but by her sister coming forward and her brother facing up to the charges, some good might come.

“We might have broken the circle once and for all for this family. What happened was unbelievable from start to finish,” she said.

The defendant, who the court heard later went abroad where he became addicted to heroin and developed hepatitis C. He has since recovered. He took the witness box and turned to face his sister as he apologised to her for what he had done.

“I’m very, very sorry for what I did to you and I’m very very sorry for what I failed to do. I know you will never forget what I did but I hope some day, you may be able to forgive me. I am very, very sorry,” he said.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded the accused in custody for sentence at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin next Monday week and he ordered that his name be placed on the sex offenders register.

oops.

Police arrest man for child pornography after tipoff from burglars

By Kim Hutcherson, CNN
updated 6:21 PM EST, Thu October 6, 2011

(CNN) — A central California man has been arrested for possession of child pornography, thanks to a tip from burglars who robbed the man’s property, authorities said.

Last month, a juvenile and a 19-year-old illegally accessed the property of Kraig Stockard, 54, of Delhi, California, according to a statement from Deputy Tom MacKenzie of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. They broke into Stockard’s barn and stole approximately 50 CDs they believed were blank.

Stockard filed a police report on the incident on September 12, according to MacKenzie.

But the young people who stole the CDs were in for a surprise. When they began putting the discs into their computer, they discovered that some of them contained pornographic images of children, the statement said.

Despite having obtained the CDs under decidedly shady circumstances, the pair decided to report Stockard to the police.

A search warrant was served and three more computers and three laptops were taken from Stockard’s home, along with several external hard drives. Police said there were thousands of pictures and movies on the CDs — more than 30 of the 50 discs had child pornography on them.

Investigators said Stockard has been downloading indecent images of children since 2004. He has admitted possessing the pornography on the CDs but has refused to say whether there is pornography on the computers, they said. Stockard was booked for possession of child pornography and posted $25,000 bail.

The two burglar suspects who reported Stockard have not been arrested.

Their case has been sent to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for review. When reached for comment, a press officer told CNN the office could not comment on the case because one of the informants in question is a juvenile.

i might have followed this in an earlier post, but it’s come to trial now.

Sep 26, 2011

Grandmother on trial in walkway death of toddler

Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY

A Virginia grandmother is on trial on charges of fatally tossing her 2-year-old granddaughter off a sixth-level elevated walkway at a shopping center Nov. 29, several news organizations report.

Jury selection in the trial of Carmela Dela Rosa begins today. The little girl, Angelyn Ogdoc, fell about 50 feet from the walkway at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va., and died about nine hours later. The incident took place after a family outing.

Dela Rosa has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and her lawyer, public defender Dawn Butorac, has said Dela Rosa suffers from significant mental illness, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors say Dela Rosa’s actions were premeditated and that she knew what she was doing.

and here’s an earlier article back from when it first happened.

Officials: Grandmother Was Carrying Child Before Throwing Her

Submitted by WUSA9 Web Staff
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 1:09pm

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) — The investigation on the grandmother, who police say threw her 2-year-old granddaughter off of a mall garage walkway, has revealed few details on what lead to the horrific event Monday night.

Police and the Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney’s office are looking at surveillance video taken that evening at Tysons Corner mall, from every angle, to try to rule out all other possibilities of how the toddler, Angelyn Ogdoc, may have fallen off the walkway.

Ogdoc’s grandmother, Carmela Dela Rosa, has no previous criminal record, according to the commonwealth attorney’s office. However, they say they have been told she had some history of mental illness.

Dela Rosa was walking behind the rest of the family on the way out of the mall Monday night, carrying Angelyn in her arms, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office tells 9News Now.

There was no known argument that lead up to the incident, nor was there any warning when it happened, officials tell 9News Now.

The Commonwealth Attorney could raise charge to first degree if they determine premeditation. He is expected to try the case himself.

Dela Rosa faces a life sentence if she’s tried and convicted of first degree murder.

A trial date could be set for March.

and here’s an earlier video reporting on it.  there was footage at one  point, but i’m not sure if it’s been removed.  you know how the internet is; that’s why i repost so many articles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I9s7KT-KEQ

the latest.

Va. woman gets 35 years for murdering granddaughter at mall

By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Oct 06, 2011

Update at 5:27 p.m. ET: The jury has sentenced Carmela dela Rosa to 35 years in prison after convicting her of murder for throwing her 2-year-old granddaughter from a mall walkway, the Associated Press says.Original post: A Virginia jury has convicted Carmela Dela Rosa of murder for throwing her 2-year-old granddaughter from a pedestrian bridge at a shopping mall because she was angry that her daughter got pregnant out of wedlock, the Associated Press reports.

Attorneys for Dela Rosa, 50, had argued she was insane when she threw Angelyn Ogdoc off the 45-foot-high skywalk at Tysons Corner Center in McLean last November.

i love georgia

By David Ibata

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Prospective drug dealers, take note: When setting up a score, it’s a bad idea to bring along a couple of young children and a loaded shotgun.

A drug deal going down in the parking lot of a Cobb County pharmacy earlier this month was interrupted by a terrific blast when children brought to the deal by their mother, and left in the back seat of a minivan, got hold of the firearm, police said. A 3-year-old pulled the trigger.

The discharge went into the roof of the vehicle, and no one was hurt. But a passerby heard the gunshot and called police.

An officer found two uncooperative adults and learned that a third had fled, according to a Cobb County Police Department report of the Sept. 6 incident. The three adults, all Marietta residents, were arrested.

The state Department of Family and Children Services is investigating, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Events leading up to the incident began when Shayla Sutherland, 28, loaded her two children, ages 3 and 5, into a blue Chrysler Town & Country minivan driven by Leah Porter, 28, police said.

The foursome went to the Rite Aid drug store in the 4600 block of Hicks Road near Mableton. They parked outside the store and waited. Brandon Donahue, 30, drove up in a white Mercury and pulled alongside.

“Donahue, Sutherland and Porter were negotiating the sale of prescription medications when a firearm was fired,” Cobb police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. “It was determined inside the van was a loaded 12-gauge Mossberg. The children apparently were playing with the shotgun when the trigger was fired, discharging the shotgun.”

Sutherland jumped out of the vehicle and pulled her two children with her, police said. Porter drove off. When an officer arrived, he learned Sutherland had fled into the Rite Aid and left her two children in the back seat of Donahue’s car.

“Donahue lied repeatedly and did not cooperate with officers’ questions,” the police report said. The man was arrested and charged with obstruction.

“Sutherland was also not cooperative and lied repeatedly to officers,” police said. The woman was arrested and charged with giving a false name/date of birth and obstruction, and for using a cell phone in the illicit sale of drugs.

Porter was stopped a few miles away. She was arrested and charged with reckless conduct.

Police seized the shotgun. They found in the weapon an empty shell casing and two live shotgun slug rounds.