Posted: November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

When Chicago police responded to a 911 call what they found horrified even the most seasoned investigators.

3 year old Donnell Coakley, seen praying in this exclusive video, was found beaten to death with over 100 injuries to his body including severe injuries to his buttocks, legs, back, arms and head. He was missing patches of hair and had a large open wound exposing muscle on his left arm. Donnell also had burn marks on his body, and there was evidence from marks on his wrist that he had been bound and beat with an electrical cord. He was found with rotting muscle and dead tendons and bone, and if the other injuries didn’t kill him, his left arm would have had to be amputated, according to prosecutors. In addition to the injuries from being struck, prosecutors said the boy had a chipped tooth and trauma “to scrotum (possible burn) and anus. So who’s responsible? 3 adults have been charged with murder for this horrific crime, and whats’s so tradgic about this story and it was his parents and cousin.

Tylesha Griffin, 22, and Donnell Coakley Sr., 24, allegedly tried to warm their son’s body after Coakley tried to resuscitate Donnell Coakley Jr. Friday night. But Griffin didn’t call even 911 until hours later, well after the little boy took his last breath, and well after they purchased and smoked marijuana, feet away from the dead child’s body.

Tylesha Griffin, left, Donnell Coakley Sr., center, and Dominique Lott. (Chicago Police Department)chi-charged-in-childs-death-20141112

Gang member Tevin Lee is charged with first degree murder of 11 Chicago resident Shamiya Adams. He was in a dispute with rival gang members after he believed they jumped a friend. Lee fired 4 -5 shots, one of which entered through a 2 inch opening in a window of the home, striking and killing young Shamiya Adams. Lee admits he was present but denies being the shooter. This is another case of senseless violence. 

Clyde Hedrick has been sentenced to the max of 20 years.  It took the jury less than an hour to decide his fate.

Justice has been served…or has it?

In the state of Texas, the typical sentence for involuntary manslaughter, for which Clyde Hedrick is charged in relation to the murder of Ellen Beason, is 2 years to 10 years behind bars. But, the state is able to bring in charges from other crimes prior to this incident In this case it was attempted arson committed in the state of Florida. This allows prosecutors to trump the charges up to 20 years max, which, in my opinion feels much more fitting to the crime. The states closing was powerful, reiterating for the jury the testimony of Clyde’s step-daughter, in very emotional testimony, told of repeated sexual abuse at the hands of Clyde Hedrick. The state used this to show the jury Hedrick’s is a repeat offender and although he’s now 60, is still a danger to society and should get the max of 20 years for the murder of Ellen Beason. Stand by jury is deciding the sentence of Clyde Hedrick’s.

The Texas judicial system wasted no time in sentencing Clyde Hedrick’s after finding him guilty on Friday for the murder of Ellen Beason.

Sentencing is under way and the same jury that found him guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter will decide what his sentence should be for that crime. But in making that decision there is a lot of information this jury will never know.

Key information was omitted from the testimony of Max Stevenson, a former cell-mate of Clyde Hedrick’s who testified that Clyde confessed to him behind bars, to killing Ellen Beason. What sparked this conversation between cellmates is very interesting and possibly connects Hedricks to other murders. And this missing information is the reason why I have been referencing the “Killing Fields” throughout this entire trial.

Tim Miller’s organization, Texas Equusearch, was inspired by his own daughters disappearance and murder and his frustration at not getting answers or assistance from law enforcement. His organization is devoted to searching for missing people and relies solely on donations and volunteers. One of those volunteers is a man named Vernon Armentor, he was Tim’s daughter Laura’s boyfriend at the time she was murdered and because of this, Tim always had a certain sense of fondness for Vern. That is, until it was discovered that, just last year, Vern had been using a TES bank card to withdrawal unauthorized funds, to the tune of $7,000. Vern was charged and served almost a year in jail and the story , much to the dismay of Miller and his organization, made local headlines.

All this happened in June of 2013, the same time Clyde was in jail with Max Stevenson. And it was this headline that sparked the conversation about Ellen Beason.

So what’s the connection?

According to court documents, Max Stevenson alleges that a newspaper with the headline about the Vern/Texas Equusearch incident and a response from Tim Miller was present when (and actually what sparked) Clyde Hedrick’s admitting to killing Ellen Beason. Allegedly Clyde told Stevenson and 2 other inmates that he had sex with and willingly murdered Millers daughter Laura and admitted to them he also killed Heidi Fye and Ellen Beason; Information the jury was forbidden to hear. Outside the presence of the jury, right before a handcuffed Max Stevenson was to testify, he was given strict instructions from the state not to discuss the article, or make any mention of the statements Hedrick’s made about him having sex with and killing Laura Miller or Heidi Fye. Although prosecutors even alluded to these other crimes in state documents, it seems this information, sadly, has no place or bearing on this trial, even in the sentencing phase.

However, family members of both Laura Miller and Heidi Fye, who have been in court everyday including today for sentencing, hold out hope that somehow there will also be justice for the crimes they believe Hedrick’s committed against their loved ones. Justice for the murders of Laura Miller and Heidi Fye.

The jury has just announced their verdict and they found Clyde Hedrick’s guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the murder of Ellen Beason. This charge brings a possible minimum sentence of 2 years with a maximum sentence of 20 years. Sentencing is Monday and it should be very interesting as the state filed that document I mentioned in earlier posts allowing evidence of other crimes in. The document, known as “State’s notice of intent to use evidence of other crimes, wrongs or acts,” specifically mentions by name, two women who were killed in the 1980s. Heidi Fye and Laura Miller. Their bodies were found in a field in League City TX. Fye was found in April 1984, while Miller, whose father, Tim Miller, started Texas Equusearch “TXEQ” was found in February 1986 after disappearing in September 1984.

The state claims there is not enough evidence to charge Hedrick’s with Fye’s or Miller’s murder, but they may be able to use this information to bargain with Hedrick’s in exchange for his admission of quilt in these murders. Justice can be a dirty game that sometimes come with a price-tag, but the families of these victims deserve justice and closure, at any price.

Verdict Is In. Stand By…

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized