Thursday, December 28, 2017

UPDATE: Important court decisions in Crosley Green's case

by Dark Sleuth


Summary of legal developments in the Crosley Green case in 2018:

July 2018:  Crosley Green won a new trial after the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida "ruled that prosecutor Chris White improperly suppressed crucial evidence from Green's attorneys that might have resulted in a different verdict."  As John A. Torres reported for Florida Today, "this is known as a Brady violation."  

August 2018Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed the July 2018 federal court ruling granting Crosley Green a new trial.

September 2018:  Crosley Green's attorneys responded to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's appeal to deny Green a new trial with a "claim of actual innocence."  Green's attorneys are continuing to fight, including a "63-page cross appeal" that serves to "preserve the record and keep certain assertions active in case they need to them up before the U.S. Supreme Court." 

No resolutions yet, pending court decisions

Crosley Green and his attorney at a court hearing.
(Source: Florida Today)

Crosley Green was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Chip Flynn in 1990.  For more than 25 years, Green has been fighting to prove his innocence and win back his freedom. 

Learn more about Crosley Green's case in my previous post:
Crosley Green - Miscarriage of Justice

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the 11th District Court of Appeals gave Crosley Green an important legal victory. 
According to Florida Today
This means that there may likely be a hearing regarding in Green's case in 2018.  His attorneys "want to present their case in open court, arguing the conviction was rife with inconsistencies and a pattern of misconduct by the state."
This is a hopeful turn in a painful case.  Let's hope that Crosley Green can be a free man in 2018!

Source of information:
Florida Today, "In major legal victory, Crosley Green may get a chance to prove his innocence," by John A. Torres, December 16, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Unidentified Jane Doe - Jenkins County, Georgia 1988

By Dark Sleuth

 Jenkins County Jane Doe
(Source: NCMEC

On Sunday, February 14, 1988, the body of a young woman was discovered in Jenkins County, Georgia. She was the victim of a homicide (by asphyxiation) and her remains were discarded in a dumpster just north of Millen, Georgia.  Authorities believe she had been dead for  4 to 7 days before she was recovered.

She has been nameless for more than 25 years and her murder remains unsolved.

Photo of duffle bag in which Jenkins County 
Jane Doe was found. 
(Source: NCMEC

Physical Characteristics:
Estimated Age: 16 - 25 years old 
Race:  Asian, possibly Asian/White
Estimated Height: 5' 4" 
Estimated Weight: 135 - 145 lbs
Hair Color: Dark brown, long & straight
Eye Color: Brown
Teeth: Good condition, with crooked upper teeth.  Had a lower molar extracted not long before her death.   

If you have any information on this case, please contact:
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Tel: 912-871-1121 

Jenkins County Sheriff's Office
Tel: 912-982-4211

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Tel: 1-800-843-5678

Friday, December 22, 2017

O'Dina Lucero - Missing from Roswell, New Mexico since 1979

By Dark Sleuth

O'Dina Jeannette Lucero
(Source: Charley Project

Originally from California, Lucero was visiting her grandparents and family in New Mexico.  

On the day she disappeared, Lucero went to a convenience store and never returned.  She was "reportedly close to her grandparents and her family doesn't believe she would have been gone this long without contact."

Physical Description:
Age: 18 
Year of birth: 1960
Race: Latina/ Hispanic
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 100 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown 

Lucero's family maintains a Facebook page:

If you have any information on this case, please contact:

Mill Valley Police Department
Tel: 415-389-4100

Sources of Information:

Charley Project, O'Dina Jeannette Lucero:

NamUs Case Profile, MP #15070:

The Doe Network, Case #3890DFNM:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Patricio Pacheco - 1987 Unsolved Murder - Santa Fe, New Mexico

By Dark Sleuth

Patricio Pacheco

Two days without hearing from her son was all it took for Patricio Pacheco's mother to worry.  Pacheco visited her daily.   The last time she saw her son was on the night of Thursday, June 11, 1987, when he watered her lawn. 

On Saturday, June 13, 1987, Pacheco's family discovered his body in his apartment on Agua Fría Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pacheco, also known as "Bito," was 40 years old when he was bludgeoned to death in his own home.  Numerous beer cans found in the apartment indicated to police that Pacheco had company before he died.   

Beer cans in Pacheco's apartment

Testing on the hammer revealed the presence of both Pacheco's DNA and unknown DNA

Photo of the murder weapon, a claw hammer, found 
in Pacheco's apartment.

The Santa Fe Police Department believe the case is solvable, despite the number of years that have passed. 

Patricio Pacheco came from a large family.  He worked at his family's business, Owl's Liquors on Hickox Street, as well as other jobs.   Pacheco was described as "a quiet man."

If you have any information on this case, please contact:

Santa Fe Police Department 
Tel: 505-690-6850

Sources of Information:
The Albuquerque Journal, "DNA could be key to Santa Fe cold cases," by T.S. Last, June 17, 2016:

The Santa Fe New Mexican, "Detectives to revisit 29-year-old cold case," by Andrew Oxford, June 13, 2016:


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UPDATE: Authorities charge suspect in Rashawn Brazell case

By Dark Sleuth

11/29/2018:  UPDATE: Kwauhuru Govan was convicted of the 2004 murder of 17 year-old Sharabia Thomas in September 2018.  He was sentenced to the maximum, 25 years to life.  He is awaiting trial for the murder of Rashawn Brazell.  

1/13/2018 UPDATE:  NYPD is investigating Kwauhuru Govan, the suspect charged in Rashawn Brazell's murder, in relation to a 2005 unidentified John Doe case in Brooklyn.

Related Posts:
1/13/2018: Unidentifed John Doe Victim in Suspected Serial Killer Case- Brooklyn, NY 

2/15/2016: Rashawn Brazell: Murder & the NYC Subway 

Kwauhuru Govan, suspect charged in Rashawn Brazell's murder.
(Source: PIX11 News

For 12 years the murder of Rashawn Brazell went unsolved until  Kwauhuru Govan was charged in February 2017.  

At the time, Govan was already in custody in New York City for the 2004 murder of 17 year-old Sharabia Thomas.  Her case remained unsolved for years until cold-case detectives were able to match DNA found under her fingernails to Govan. 

According to both the New York Daily News and PIX11 News, authorities are eyeing Govan in relation to other unsolved crimes.  NYPD Chief of Detectives has stated that Govan "might be a serial killer."

Govan lived near both of his suspected victims, Thomas and Brazell, on Gates Avenue in Brooklyn.  According to prosecutors, Govan stated during an interview that he was a "Jehovah's Witness" and that Brazell was "an abomination" because he was "gay."   Perhaps the true motive for Brazell's murder was a hate crime.  

Govan was described as "violent toward people in his neighborhood... drawing a gun on at least two occasions on those who lived around him."  "He liked to have this power over people and have people afraid of him," someone told the New York Times.

Kwauhuru Govan has ties to New York, California and Florida.  He has a long criminal history involving "robbery, assault, burglary and weapons possession."  

Watch the PIX11 News video:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crosley Green- Miscarriage of Justice

By Dark Sleuth

UPDATE: On December 15, 2017, the 11th District Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision that Crosley Green's appeal was untimely and therefore could not be heard.  The reversal means that there will probably be a hearing in Green's case in which his attorneys will present Green's claim of "'actual innocence' amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct".  

Crosley Green 
(Source: CBS 48 Hours

For over 25 years, Crosley Green, has sat in a Florida prison, convicted of a crime he did not commit.  His story has been featured on 48 Hours in the episode, "Last Chance for Freedom." 

Watch the full episode here:

I've never been able to forget Mr. Green's case.  I firmly believe he is innocent of this crime.  It is difficult to reconcile how he could have lost so many years to a miscarriage of justice.

48 Hours reporter Erin Moriarty has stated, "This case has haunted me...  It's just gone on so long.  They need to take a new look at this case."  She has reported on it since 1999.  

Mr. Green's attorney, Keith Harrison, of Crowell & Moring , told 48 Hours that "Crosley's not a broken man... He really has an extremely strong spirit." Even strong spirits need help and support.  Please be sure to read the end of this post for more information on how you can help Crosley Green's fight for freedom!  

Green's nightmare began in April 1989.

The Crime

On the night of April 3, 1989 in Brevard County, Florida, 22 year-old Chip Flynn was out with his ex-girlfriend Kim Hallock.   According to Hallock, they were sitting in his truck at a baseball field when a black man kidnapped and robbed them at gunpoint.

The pair were driven by the kidnapper to a remote orange grove.  Hallock told authorities that it was there that Flynn recovered his own weapon from the truck and fired at the kidnapper.  In the ongoing confusion, Hallock drove away to get help.

3 miles later, Hallock called 911.  Police found Flynn in the grove.  He was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest.  Flynn could still speak, but would not tell authorities who shot him.  He died while waiting for an ambulance.  

The Wrong Man

Hallock's statements to authorities were problematic from the beginning and included several inconsistencies.  

She could not accurately describe her assailant.  It was also difficult to explain  how the assailant drove the "hard to handle truck" with a "custom gear shift" all the while keeping the gun pointed at his two captives.

Hallock claimed there were multiple shots fired at the grove, but authorities "found no shell casings or bullets to support that.  The only bullet found was the one that killed Chip." 

Authorities found that Chip Flynn had no gunpowder residue on his hands, despite Hallock's statement that he had fired his weapon at the kidnapper.  Hallock's hands were never tested for gunpowder residue, according to investigators.  Her clothes were also not collected for testing. 

Hallock also stated that both she and Flynn were barefoot in the grove, and that Flynn was made to heel.  Authorities, however, found "no bare footprints... no knee prints... no shin prints." 

She could not explain why it had taken her so long to call 911, despite passing by several places, including a hospital, where she could have gotten help.

Despite these problems, Crosley Green was arrested days later after being identified by Hallock in a flawed photo lineup.  The irony is that Green did not even match Hallock's original description of her assailant, whom she described as having "jheri-curled hair" and being "well built." Green was slender and had short hair.  

The Fight for Freedom


Monday, January 9, 2017

Sandra "Sandy" Morden - "Fly Creek" Jane Doe - Clark County, Washington 1980

By Dark Sleuth

UPDATE:  As of 10/29/2019, "Fly Creek" Jane Doe has been identified as Sandra "Sandy" Renee Morden.   Investigators used the firm, Parabon NanoLabs, to create a DNA profile for genetic genealogy.  According to news reports, Sandy Morden had ties to Portland and Vancouver.  "Investigators don’t know where Sandy was between May 1977 and when her remains were found in February 1980."  

From KOIN News

 Sandy Morden, identified as "Fly Creek" Jane Doe.
(Source: KOIN News)

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe
(Source: NCMEC)

On Sunday, February 24, 1980, a father and son were panning for gold in the Chelatchie Prairie area of north Clark County, Washington when they made a sad discovery.

Investigators found the partial skeletal remains of an unidentified teenage girl in a "dumping area near Fly Creek."  Another source described the location as "a shallow grave... near Canyon Creek Road."

The victim's intact skull was recovered, helping authorities generate facial reconstructions and chart her dental records.  "Fly Creek" Jane Doe had "regularly visited the dentist and her mouth had some unique characteristics." 

"Fly Creek" Jane Doe had another unique and noticeable characteristic: "enlarged" or "well developed" neck muscles. According to The Doe Network case profile, this indicative that she may have been "an athlete or laborer."

Sadly, because her remains were only partially recovered, authorities could not determine her height, weight or other identifying characteristics such as hair color and eye color.

Her race has been described as "biracial," with The Doe Network elaborating that she, "was white, with possibly Asian or Native traits."

She was between 13-18 years old.  A 2014 article from The Columbian lists her manner of death as a "gunshot wound to the back of the head."  She may have died between November 1978 and April 1979.   

It has been nearly 37 years since Jane Doe was found.  Time to give her back her name. 

If you have any information that can help identify "Fly Creek" Jane Doe or solve her murder, please contact:

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office:
(360) 397-2595 

Clark County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Tip Line:
(360) 397-2036