True Crime News Roundup: Police Identify Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Newlyweds In Utah
Plus: Arizona man accused of killing woman on bus; alleged killer in South Carolina dies while burying his victim; Iowa teens who murdered their Spanish teacher to be tried as adults; autopsy results pending in deaths of three American tourists in the Bahamas
Police have identified a suspect in the murders of a newlywed couple who were fatally shot in Utah last summer.
On Aug. 18, 2021, Crystal Turner, 38, and her wife, Kylen Schulte, 24, were discovered dead at their campsite six days after they were at a bar complaining to friends about a “creepy” person spotted lurking in the area where they were staying.
Despite speculation Brian Laundrie could have been responsible for the slayings, which occurred around the same time he and his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, were in the same area, the FBI ruled him out as a suspect in the case.
Petito’s remains were later located in a remote undeveloped camping area in Wyoming.
Authorities recently announced they believe Adam Pinkusiewicz — Turner’s former McDonald’s coworker — murdered her and Schulte, fled Utah, and then killed himself a short time later, the New York Post reported.
According to Grand County Sheriff Steven White, investigators recently learned Pinkusiewicz confessed to the murders and divulged details about the crime police had not shared publicly.
“If nothing else, it will be closure for the family,” White said.
The investigation into the double homicide and Pinkusiewicz’s possible involvement is ongoing.
An Arizona man is in custody after he allegedly murdered a mother on a bus, police say.
A man in Phoenix was allegedly caught on surveillance video using the straps of a bag to strangle a woman after he shoved her to the ground and stole from her on a city bus, police said, citing surveillance footage.
On May 6, Joshua Bagley, 26, allegedly attacked 41-year-old Diane Craig, who was
discovered not breathing after he exited the bus and fled, police said.
According to 12 News, Bagley had been released from jail just days before the attack.
The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where she died.
“After several days and tireless efforts that were a collaborative partnership between several units in the police department and the community, the suspect in this case, Bagley, was taken into custody this afternoon” after officers received a report of a suspicious person that matched his description, Phoenix police announced in a May 10 Facebook post.
Bagley is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.
A man dies while burying a woman police believe he strangled to death.
A South Carolina man attempting to bury his girlfriend’s body in the couple’s backyard died at the scene before he could finish, authorities said.
On May 7, police in Trenton, South Carolina, found Joseph Anthony McKinnon, 60, lying face-down and dead near where the body of his girlfriend, Patricia Ruth Dent, 65, was found wrapped in trash bags and placed in a shallow grave, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office said.
An autopsy determined Anthony suffered a fatal heart attack and his girlfriend died from strangulation.
Deputies believe Anthony had nearly finished filling in the grave with dirt when he collapsed.
A neighbor told People the alleged killer claimed he was digging the pit so he could install a water feature.
Two Iowa teenagers accused of ambushing and killing their Spanish teacher will be tried as adults.
A judge in Iowa denied the requests of two high school students to be tried as juveniles in connection to the murder of their Spanish teacher, WHO13 reported.
Jeremy Goodale, 17, and his classmate, Willard Miller, also 17, were charged with first-degree murder after 66-year-old Nohema Graber was found beaten to death with a baseball bat and stashed in a park beneath a tarp on Nov. 3 in Fairfield.
“The juvenile court’s dwindling time to rehabilitate the defendant is simply insufficient for a crime of such magnitude based on the nature of the offenses described in the minutes of testimony,” District Judge Shawn Showers wrote, noting the accused could only be held in custody six months after turning 19 if convicted in the juvenile court system, the Associated Press reported.
Goodale and his co-defendant, Miller, now face up to life in prison if found guilty of the charges against them.
Officials in the Bahamas are awaiting autopsy results after three American tourists died under mysterious circumstances.
Autopsies are underway to determine the cause of death of three American tourists who were staying in two separate hotel rooms at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in the Bahamas, CNN reported.
Around 9 a.m. on May 6, officers from the George Town Police Station responded to a report at the Grand Exuma resort about an unresponsive man, later identified as Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Donnis Chiarella, 65, was found alive in the same villa and rushed to the hospital. She was then airlifted to Miami and is expected to survive.
While enroute to the resort, police received an additional report of a second unresponsive couple in another villa — Michael Phillips, 68, and his wife Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee. According to a police statement, the two “showed signs of convulsion.”
“The night prior, all of them had reported feeling ill,” Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Rolle said, noting they “were seen by the medics.”
Authorities have been following up with several leads in the case, including looking at food the guests ate and investigating reports of a “strong odor” of insecticides before the tourists’ deaths.
According to the Chiarella’s son, Austin, his mother had woken up to find his father laying on the floor.
“Her legs and arms were swollen and she couldn't move and she screamed to get someone to come in the door,” he told ABC News.
Officials have not said how long it would be for autopsy results to be released.