True Crime News Roundup: Cops Help Victim Of Overdose, Arrest Him After Learning He Allegedly Killed His Ex

Plus: California man accused of attacking women with pepper-spray; 12-year-old girl dies after making murder pact with friend; three family members arrested in connection with L.A. rapper’s death; and search continues for missing Texas teacher.

September 30, 2022
Kacey Jennings has been charged with capital murder of 28-year-old Allison Maria Castro, pictured here smiling.

On Sept. 19, police responding to an apparent drug overdose found evidence that the overdose victim possibly killed his ex-girlfriend.

Photo by: Fayetteville Police Department

Fayetteville Police Department

By: Aaron Rasmussen

Arkansas man arrested after cops say they responded to his home for possible drug overdose and learned he allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend.

On Sept. 19, police responded to the Fayetteville home of Kacey Jennings and found him “experiencing an apparent drug overdose,” officials said in a statement. At the scene, officers said they allegedly discovered documents “indicating that Jennings possibly killed” his ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old Allison Maria Castro, “and he disposed of her body.” Castro’s family in Hawaii told police they had been unable to get ahold of the missing woman and were concerned for her safety. Following an investigation, authorities charged Jennings on Sept. 26 with capital murder and abuse of a corpse. Castro’s body has not been located.

Read more on People.

Self-described ‘incel’ accused of hate crimes in connection with attacks on women in California.

In at least two violent attacks between November 2021 and April 2022, a 25-year-old Anaheim man allegedly pepper-sprayed and sexually harassed women and then posted videos of the incidents on YouTube, according to prosecutors in Orange County. In one case, Johnny Deven Young is accused of spraying a chemical agent on a 24-year-old woman and a man she was with at the time. Young allegedly asked the victim to show him her genitals and to have sex with him. Prosecutors contend Young is part of an online subculture of sexually-frustrated men who describe themselves as “incels” or “involuntary celibates.” He faces multiple felony charges, including assault with great bodily injury, and illegal use of tear gas. Prosecutors are also seeking hate crime enhancements. If found guilty, Young faces up to 13 years in prison.

Read more on The Los Angeles Times.

Texas girl dies after making murder pact with another child.

A 12-year-old girl shot her father and then turned the gun on herself after authorities believe she made an agreement with another girl to kill their families and pets. According to authorities, on Sept. 20, the child first shot her 38-year-old dad in the abdomen at their Lufkin home and then shot herself in the head. The father survived, but his daughter died two days later from her self-inflicted wounds. “The second 12-year-old female from Lufkin, who sheriff's investigators believe was involved with the planning of the shooting, was taken into custody last week and has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder,” the Parker County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The two children reportedly planned to run away together to Georgia after carrying out the alleged plot, authorities previously said.

Read more on People.

Three family members were arrested in connection with a West Coast rapper’s slaying.

Authorities announced they arrested a 17-year-old boy and his stepmother, Shauntel Trone, 32, in Los Angeles on Sept. 27 in connection with the fatal shooting of the rapper PnB Rock at an area restaurant. The teenager’s father, Freddie Lee Trone, was allegedly the getaway driver and taken into custody in Las Vegas on Sept. 29, according to police. PnB Rock, born Rakim Hasheem Allen, was targeted at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles restaurant on Sept. 12 after a woman he was with reportedly posted a photo of their lunch on Instagram along with the location. Police claimed the gunman shot the entertainer and stole his jewelry before fleeing. The teenager and his father both face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery. The teen’s stepmother was booked on an accessory to murder charge.

Read more at KABC-TV.

Search continues in New Orleans for teacher from Texas who disappeared.

A missing woman from Texas was spotted on surveillance video in Louisiana, according to authorities. On Sept. 22, Michelle Reynolds, a 48-year-old teacher at Fairview Junior High, told her husband she was going to get food and left their home in Alvin. Her Lexus was discovered 350 miles and a state away in New Orleans, where the video showed her parking near the Mississippi River around noon a day after she disappeared. “In the beginning, we were wondering, ‘Was she carjacked? Is something else happening?’ — until we got that surveillance,” Texas EquuSearch member Tim Miller said. “So we know now foul play did not happen from point A to point B. Hopefully, she’s confused, and she’s wandering around over there and somebody’s going to see her, and we’re going to get her back safe. That’s certainly the goal.”

Anyone with information about Michelle Reynolds’ whereabouts is asked to call the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office at (281) 331-9000 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9000.

Read more on The Independent.

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