Jason and Michelle Young

 

Young Home

 

Jason Young testifying at his first trial

 

Jason on surveillance at the Hampton Inn 

 

In November 2006, a young pregnant mother was found dead in her home near Raleigh, North Carolina. Investigators immediately suspected her husband, who had a seemingly rock-solid alibi – he was hundreds of miles away on a business trip at the time of the murder. Or was he?

Note: Part 2 will be released next week (Want to hear it earlier? Go to Patreon.com/CourtJunkie)

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8-year-old Leila Fowler

 

12-year-old Isiah Fowler

 

Fowler home in Valley Springs, CA

 

Investigators at the scene (From The Modesto Bee)

 

In April 2013, the small community in Valley Springs, California, was shaken by a mysterious intruder who allegedly broke into a home and senselessly murdered an 8-year-old girl.

But after an arrest was made, there seemed to be more questions than answers.

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The victim: Shannon Griffin

 

Jennifer Mee as the "Hiccup Girl"

 

Jennifer Mee in court

 

The suspects: Lamont Newton, Jennifer Mee, Laron Raiford

 

Jennifer Charron

 

In 2007, 15-year-old Jennifer Mee gained national attention as the “Hiccup Girl,” a teenager from Florida whose hiccups would not go away. Just a few years later, she would re-emerge after being charged with first-degree murder.

Jennifer’s trial was interesting because there was one thing all sides could agree on – Jennifer herself did not pull the trigger. So would the punishment fit the crime?

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Alexandria and Anastasia Duval

 

Crash site

 

The cliff and crash site

 

Alexandria's mugshot

 

Alexandria and her defense attorney at trial

 

On May 29, 2016, a white SUV mysteriously drove off a cliff in Hana, a town at the eastern end of Maui, in Hawaii. Inside the SUV were identical twin sisters – Alexandria and Anastasia Duval – but only one of them would survive, while the other would be charged with second degree murder.

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Beverly Carter

 

Arron Lewis, mugshot

 

The Wanted photo police released to the public after Arron's car crash

 

Crystal Lowery

 

Carl Carter, Jr., The Beverly Carter Foundation

 

In September 2014, 50-year-old real estate agent Beverly Carter went to meet a couple interested in purchasing a house she was showing, only to never be seen again. Her body was found days later and a man no one in her family knew was taken into custody.

In this episode, I speak with Beverly’s son, Carl Carter Jr., about what this tragedy was like for his family, and how he was able to cope during a very contentious trial – with a defense that tried their best to smear his mother’s name.

Be sure to visit BeverlyCarterFoundation.org for more info on the Beverly Carter Foundation.

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Todd and Barbara Kendhammer (LaCrosse Tribune)

 

Todd testifying at trial

 

Todd's car at the scene

 

Todd at the scene

 

The scratches on Todd's neck

 

The cuts on Todd's hands

 

On September 16, 2016, police in LaCrosse, Wisconsin were called to the scene of a terrible accident. 47-year-old Todd Kendhammer’s car was on the side of the road – the windshield smashed, passenger door open, and his wife Barbara lying on the ground. Todd told the officers and first responders that a pipe had fallen off a passing truck and had gone through their windshield, striking his wife. But after additional investigation, law enforcement officers started to disbelieve Todd’s account.

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Heather Elvis

 

Sidney and Tammy Moorer

 

In December 2013, 20-year-old Heather Elvis mysteriously vanished in the middle of the night and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Law enforcement and prosecutors are convinced that she was murdered by someone she knew. But would they ever be able to solve the case?

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Timea Batts

 

Timothy Batts, testifying at his trial

 

Timothy's interrogation

 

On August 8, 2016, a tragedy occurred at a home in Hendersonville, Tennessee – An 11-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after being shot by her own father.

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Sasha Samsudean

 

Stephen Duxbury

 

Surveillance from Sasha's apartment

 

In the early morning hours of October 17, 2015, two women accompanied 27-year-old Sasha Samsudean home after encountering her in the street after a night out on the town. They did everything right – they shared an Uber with her, they walked her to her door, and they waited until she was safely inside her apartment building, before heading home themselves. But the next day, Sasha’s friends would summon the police, after not being able to get ahold of their friend. What happened to Sasha?

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Ashley Taylor

 

Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Placker

 

Kevin Sweat

 

Memorial for Skyla and Taylor

 

Kevin at Sentencing

 

From 2008 – 2011, the murders of two little girls in Weleetka, Oklahoma, remained unsolved, until a 23-year-old woman’s disappearance would lead to the arrest of a dangerous suspect.

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