Thursday, December 28, 2017

UPDATE: Important court decisions in Crosley Green's case

by Dark Sleuth

UPDATE: 

Here's a summary of several 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 reports for Florida Today, "this is known as a Brady violation." 

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/crime/2018/07/20/crosley-green-convicted-murderer-new-trial/807644002/  


August 2018:  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had appealed the July 2018 federal court ruling that granted Crosley Green a new trial.  

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/20/attorney-general-pam-bondi-says-federal-court-wrong-green-ruling/1045146002/


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."   

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2018/09/05/crosley-greens-future-limbo-more-appeals-filed/1202230002/ 

The situation has not been resolved, pending court rulings. 



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 Investigaton
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: