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Louisville, KY (The Weekly Vice) – Marcus McGinnis, a 22-year-old Kentucky man, was jailed after he allegedly beat a woman with her own vacuum cleaner.

According to Louisville Police, officers were dispatched to an area residence after receiving a report of domestic violence.

Officers arrived on the scene to find a woman who was bleeding from the chin, had severe bruising on her body, and a raised bite mark on her shoulder.

The woman told police she had been arguing with McGinnis when he suddenly grabbed her in a bear hug and then bite off a chunk of skin from her chin. He then choked the woman while holding her against a wall and bit her on the shoulder.

When the woman was down on the floor, McGinnis kicked her several times before spotting a vacuum cleaner nearby. That’s when he grabbed the vacuum and began beating the woman with it like a baseball bat.

McGinnis was still at the scene when police arrived and he made several threats towards the woman when he was taken into custody.

He was booked into jail and charged with fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

SMH……… I Can NOT Believe This…

Springfield, Mo. (The Weekly Vice) – Marcus O’Neal, a 28-year-old Springfield man, was jailed after he allegedly beat, strip searched and strangled his girlfriend because she “liked” a friend’s photograph on Facebook.

According to police, O’Neal turned violent and attacked his girlfriend after he looked at her Facebook page and noticed that she had “liked” a friend’s photograph.

The photograph in question belonged to the woman’s girlfriend, who was seen standing next to a male companion. O’Neal became jealous, however, believing that his girlfriend wanted to be romantically involved with the man in the photograph.

Although the victim pleaded that she had no interest in the man in the photograph, O’Neal retaliated by slapping her across the face. He then allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck, carried her to a bedroom and threw her onto the bed.

O’Neal paused for a moment to tell the victim’s children that she had been cheating on him and was nothing but a “whore.” He then slapped the woman again.

About a half hour after the attack began, both the woman and her children were crying. That’s when O’Neal closed the windows so neighbors couldn’t hear the crying and screaming. He then locked the door so no one could interrupt what he was about to do next.

He then forced the woman to strip naked in front of him so he could search her body for signs of sexual activity. O’Neal spit on the woman, threatened to kill her family and yelled obscenities at her.

When O’Neal eventually became tired, the woman thought of an excuse to leave the house and checked herself into a hospital. Officers who were called to the hospital found scratch marks and bruising on the woman’s neck which were consistent with her statement.

O’Neal, who was out of jail on bond after he assaulted the same woman, was taken into custody. He told investigators that he never touched the woman and that the injuries on her neck were actually hickeys.

He was booked into the Greene County Jail and charged with three counts of domestic assault. His bond has been set at $25,000.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice


PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius, who is expected to testify in his murder trial at the end of the week, said after the prosecution closed its case against the double-amputee runner on Tuesday that he’s going through “a tough time.”

It is likely Pistorius will take the stand to open the defense’s case, said defense lawyer Brian Webber, adding there’s no specific requirement for him to testify first but that it is normal practice.

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“I don’t think we have a choice; it’s a question of when,” Webber said of Pistorius’ testimony, which legal experts describe as critical because the judge will have a chance to assess whether he is a credible witness. Judge Thokozile Masipa will deliver a ruling in the case, with the help of two assessors. There is no jury system in South Africa.

After the prosecution closed its case, lead defense lawyer Barry Roux asked for time to consult some of the 107 state witnesses who had not testified against Pistorius, who is accused of murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he shot through the closed door of a toilet cubicle at his home last year. Masipa adjourned the trial until Friday so that Roux could prepare his arguments that Pistorius, 27, killed the 29-year-old model by accident, thinking she was an intruder.

Pistorius has sometimes reacted emotionally during the prosecution’s case, shedding tears this week during testimony of text messages that he and Steenkamp exchanged in the weeks before he killed her in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. In earlier testimony, he retched and vomited at a pathologist’s descriptions of Steenkamp’s gunshot wounds. At other times, he has appeared calm, taking notes during testimony and conferring with his lawyers during breaks.

The former Olympian once basked in global publicity stemming from his achievements on the track but became an almost silent, somewhat cryptic figure after he killed Steenkamp, his account outlined only in legal statements that were carefully tailored by his high-powered legal team. On Tuesday, he made brief comments to reporters after the court adjourned.

“It’s a tough time,” Pistorius said. “We’ve got a lot ahead of us.”

Earlier Tuesday, Roux sought to show that Pistorius had a loving relationship with Steenkamp, referring to telephone messages in which they exchanged warm compliments and said they missed each other.

The testimony contrasted with several messages read in court a day earlier in which Pistorius and Steenkamp argued in the weeks before he shot her, part of the prosecution’s effort to bolster its case that the athlete killed his girlfriend after an argument. In those messages, Steenkamp told the runner that she was sometimes scared by his behavior, which included jealous outbursts in front of others.

Roux noted that the tense messages amounted to a tiny fraction of the roughly 1,700 messages that police Capt. Francois Moller, a cellular telephone expert, extracted from the mobile devices of the couple. Roux noted a Jan. 19 exchange in which Reeva sent Pistorius a photo of herself in a hoodie and making a kissing face, followed by the message: “You like it?”

“I love it,” Pistorius said, according to the message.

“So warm,” Steenkamp responded.

Roux was also granted permission to show CCTV video, earlier broadcast by Sky News, which showed Pistorius and Steenkamp kissing in a convenience store.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned the relevance of showing the convenience store video, saying he could ask for a courtroom viewing of another video, also broadcast by Sky News, that shows Pistorius at a gun range, firing a shotgun and using a pistol to shoot a watermelon, which bursts on impact.

Nel also said that many messages of affection between the couple were brief, in contrast to the texted arguments, which were far longer and dwelled on their relationship in greater depth.

Earlier, Moller said Steenkamp connected to the Internet on her cellular telephone hours before Pistorius killed her. She made the connection just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2013, and the connection lasted for more than 11 hours, possibly because social media programs were still open.

Pistorius shot her shortly after 3 a.m. in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, and Moller’s extraction of data also described what appeared to be a frantic series of phone calls made from one of Pistorius’ cell phones after the killing. They include a call to the administrator of the housing estate where Pistorius lived at 3:19 a.m. on Feb. 14, a call a minute later to an ambulance service, and a call a minute after that to the housing estate security.

Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

Oscar Pistorus Sells Home Reeva Was Shot In…

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer says the double-amputee athlete is selling the house where he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to raise money for his legal bills.

Lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement Thursday that it had “become necessary” for Pistorius to sell the villa in a gated community in Pretoria because his ongoing murder trial will go beyond the expected three-week duration.

Webber adds that Pistorius has never returned to the house since he fatally shot Steenkamp in an upstairs bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year. Webber says Pistorius “cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again.” Webber says the house has remained “sealed” since it was handed back by police over a year ago.

Pistorius is on trial charged with premeditated murder in Steenkamp’s shooting death.


Pistorius sits in the dock as he waits for proceedings to begin on March 18 Pistorius sits in the dock as he waits for proceedings to begin on March 18 Werner Beukes, AP




Legs or NO Legs

Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — Oscar Pistorius was on the stumps of his amputated legs when he knocked down a locked toilet door with a cricket bat to reach his shot girlfriend, a police forensic expert said Wednesday, countering the track star’s assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time.
South African police colonel J.G. Vermeulen took the stand to discuss marks on a cricket bat and a bent steel plate found in the bathroom door after the athlete shot model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.
Wielding the cricket bat in his hands, Vermuelen squatted down before swinging it at the actual wooden door in a court reconstruction to show the angle of the marks. He said the location of the spots on the door was consistent with Pistorius not wearing his prosthetic legs.
“From the forensic evidence, he was on his stumps,” Vermeulen said.
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Defense attorney Barry Roux countered by suggesting that even with his prosthetic legs on, Pistorius would not be swinging a bat at the same height as an able-bodied person.
In a change from his bail hearing, when the state based its case for a premeditated murder charge on Pistorius having had his prosthetic legs on when he fired the shots, the prosecution said Wednesday he was on his stumps during the shooting and when he bashed down the door. The track star has said he didn’t have his prosthetics on when he shot at the toilet door after hearing a noise, but then put them on when he tried to break open the door, realizing his girlfriend may be inside.
The door is being used in the Pretoria court to show the trajectory of the bullets fired at Steenkamp, which both sides can use to argue whether it was premeditated murder or not.
Pistorius, the first double-amputee to run in the Olympic Games, regularly wears prosthetic legs. If he was not wearing them at the time, the trajectory of the bullets would be lower and the defense can argue that he was feeling vulnerable and didn’t have time to think.
The 27-year old has pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting. He admits killing Steenkamp, 29, by shooting her through a locked bathroom door in his house. However, he says that he mistook her for a burglar in the middle of the night and that the shooting was a tragic mistake. Pistorius has said he tried to break open the door when he realized he’d shot Steenkamp.
Door in focus
The court heard that the door was intact before the shots were fired.
Under cross-examination, Vermeulen said the first and only time he went to the crime scene was on March 8, 2013, nearly a month after the shooting. Asked about a mark on the door which he did not investigate, he said it was not from a cricket bat.
Roux asserted it was the mark of a prosthetic leg kicking the door with a sock on and that fabric remained in the mark on the door. Vermeulen was unwilling to accept that that was the only possible explanation.
Vermeulen told the court there were footprints consistent with police shoes on the bathroom door at one point and photos of this were shown. They were later removed and Vermeulen said he did not know how. He said that from photos, he knew the door was removed from its hinges and left on the floor for some time.
When Roux suggested they were wiped off by someone who did not know the importance of police procedure, Vermeulen chuckled.
Close-up photographs of the damaged door were shown in court, as well as scuffs on the autographed cricket bat, prompting a Tweet from former South African test cricketer Herschelle Gibbs: ‏”Just saw my signature on the bat used by the accused in Oscar trial…lol”.
Pistorius, who took notes and drew sketches during the testimony Wednesday, covered his eyes with his hand when a photo of a panel of the blood-spattered door was shown.
Friend: Pistorius sped, fired
Before the scientist testified, a friend of Pistorius who was with him twice when guns went off in the South African track star’s hands was back on the stand to testify against him.
Prosecutors trying to convict Pistorius of murdering his girlfriend have charged him as well with breaking gun laws on both occasions.
The incidents were not connected to the fatal shooting of Steenkamp, but prosecutors appear to be using them to demonstrate that Pistorius is not safe around guns.
He grinned and shook his head as his friend, Darren Fresco, testified that Pistorius had been speeding during an incident that ended with the track star firing a shot out of the sunroof of a car.
Fresco said Pistorius was driving about 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), but it turned out that a photo of the speedometer taken during that drive shows Fresco was driving. He said Pistorius was “furious” that police had touched his gun and later fired a shot out the sunroof.
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The two men had been pulled over for speeding.
Fresco also testified about an incident at Tashas restaurant in which Pistorius is accused of asking him to take the blame for firing Fresco’s pistol under a table a month before Steenkamp’s death.
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Gun at his bedside
The case against Pistorius is largely circumstantial, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said in his opening statement last week. Pistorius and Steenkamp were the only people in his house when he killed her.
Nel has been building a picture of what happened through the testimony of neighbors who heard screaming and bangs that night; experts; current and former friends of Pistorius; and a security guard who sped to the scene because of reports of gunshots.
Defense attorney Roux has gone after holes, doubts, discrepancies and inconsistencies in prosecution witness stories.
Many prosecution witnesses’ accounts are consistent with Pistorius’ version of events: that he got up in the night, went out to his balcony to get a fan, came back inside and heard noises in the bathroom that he thought came from an intruder.
He said he took the gun and fired while calling for Steenkamp to call police. When she didn’t answer, he realized it could have been her in the bathroom, he said.
Former girlfriend testifies
Samantha Taylor, a former girlfriend of Pistorius, testified Friday that he reacted similarly once when she was sleeping at his house.
She said he once heard something hit a bathroom window and woke her up to ask if she’d heard it, too, before taking his gun and going to investigate. Taylor said Pistorius woke her up other times when he thought he’d heard a noise.
She also testified that Pistorius slept with a pistol on his bedside table or on the floor beside his prosthetic legs.
Prosecutors appear to have been trying to demonstrate that Pistorius and Steenkamp had a loud argument before the shooting, suggesting it’s the reason he killed her.
Who was screaming?
Neighbors said they heard a woman screaming before the shots were fired. But the defense is proposing that what neighbors thought was Steenkamp screaming in fear for her life was in fact Pistorius when he realized what he had done.
Pistorius and at least two neighbors made phone calls to security after the shooting, allowing the defense to use phone records to establish a timeline of events.
One prosecution witness, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Steenkamp, cast doubt on the defense timeline by saying she had probably eaten about two hours before she died. Pistorius says the couple had gone to bed hours before that.
Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide the verdict. South Africa does not have jury trials.
In South Africa, premeditated murder carries a mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 25 years. Pistorius also could get five years for each gun indictment and 15 years for a firearms charge he also faces.
If he isn’t convicted of premeditated murder, the sprinter could face a lesser charge of culpable homicide, a crime based on negligence. The sentence for culpable homicide is at the judge’s discretion. The trial is expected to take at least three weeks.
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CNN’s Richard Allen Green reported and wrote from Pretoria, Faith Karimi and Emily Smith wrote from Atlanta. Marie-Louise Gumuchian in London contributed to this report.