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Confession, now guilty pleas in killings of wife, 2 kids

Posted by Administrator on October 30, 2010

There was no explanation for why Justus Kebabe killed his two older children at their Vadnais Heights apartment, then fled with his 3-year-old daughter.

Justus Kebabe accused of killing his wife and two kids in MN

Justus Kebabe accused of killing his wife and two kids in MN

Justus Kebabe admitted to killing most of his family in their Vadnais Heights apartment during his first in-custody interview with investigators, and he never changed his story. On Friday afternoon, he pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree intentional murder for the deaths earlier this month of his wife and two of their three children.

The plea came at an omnibus hearing for Kebabe, 43, at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center next door to the jail. He will be sentenced Jan. 14 by District Judge Elena Ostby.

The county attorney’s office said it will ask for three consecutive sentences of 25 years and six months, meaning Kebabe would have to spend at least 50 years in prison before he is eligible for release.

In court Friday, Kebabe admitted that he hit his wife, Bilha Omare, 32, with a golf club, then strangled her with electrical wire in the family’s third-floor apartment in the Willow Ridge Apartments in the 1200 block of County Road D.

He said he gave two of the children cranberry juice laced with Tylenol PM pills before killing 12-year-old Kinley Ogendi by holding his head underwater and 9-year-old Ivyn Ogendi by suffocating her with a pillow and strangling her.

The bodies were discovered early Oct. 14 after a relative, concerned about Kebabe’s erratic behavior, called 911. Kebabe was arrested by a state trooper the previous evening after his vehicle ran out of gas on Interstate 35 near Faribault, Minn.

His 3-year-old daughter was in the car, unharmed. There was no explanation for why the older two children were killed and the youngest was not.

He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Rice County Law Enforcement Center, where authorities learned a few hours later about the killings. Kebabe told investigators he was angry because he believed his wife was being unfaithful.

He tried to kill himself at the Ramsey County jail on Oct. 14 by stuffing a wad of toilet paper into his mouth to block his airway. He had been on suicide watch since he was brought to the jail and he was found before he lost consciousness.

The killings came just a few months after Kebabe was discharged from probation after a December 2008 incident of domestic violence. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct and was on probation for a year.

In a police report, Omare told a sheriff’s deputy that Kebabe had abused her repeatedly, including knocking her unconscious when they lived in Kenya. Kebabe came to the United States in 1996, she said, and she followed in 2003.

Source: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/106338263.html?elr=KArks8c7PaP3iUMEaPc:E7_ec7PaP3iUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU7DYaGEP7vDEh7P:DiUs

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Kenyan anti- corruption official shot – police

Posted by Administrator on October 28, 2010

Suru Tanna the anti-corruption officer who was shot in Kenya

Suru Tanna the anti-corruption officer who was shot in Kenya

NAIROBI Oct 28 (Reuters) – A senior official at Kenya’s anti-corruption agency was shot outside his house in the capital on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) said the reason for the attack on Suru Tanna, a member of its advisory board, was not yet known.

Tanna was in the intensive care unit at Nairobi Hospital after being shot by three men who stole a mobile phone and a jacket, police said.

The commission has cranked up a long-promised war on graft in Kenya, east Africa’s biggest economy, where corruption is endemic. The country was placed 154 out of 178 states in Transparency International’s global corruption index released on Tuesday.

“We don’t know the motive for the shooting and we don’t want to speculate. He does not have any direct input in ongoing corruption investigations and is usually briefed on such matters,” commission spokesman Nicholas Simani said.

The commission’s senior officials have security at all times and it had no plans to review security measures, he added.

Tanna is the chairman of the board of packaging company General Printers Ltd and a former chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

The commission’s head said last week he would go after the “big fish” behind big corruption scandals, citing new powers granted by the new constitution. (Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by David Clarke and Angus MacSwan))

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KABB Fox San Antonio :: Top Stories – Teen Dies After Shooting- Christina Coleman

Posted by Administrator on October 20, 2010

KABB Fox San Antonio :: Top Stories – Teen Dies After Shooting- Christina Coleman.

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Kenyan man kills his wife and two children in Minnesota

Posted by Administrator on October 14, 2010

Justus Ogendi Kebabe

Justus Ogendi Kebabe

A mother and her two children were found killed in a Vadnais Heights apartment late Wednesday, and the woman’s husband — and father of the children — has confessed, the Ramsey County sheriff said today.

The man has been identified as Justus Ogendi Kebabe, 43, Sheriff Bob Fletcher said today at a briefing. The couple’s 3-year-old child was found safe with Kebabe.

The names of the deceased have not been released but that information is expected this afternoon. The children were 9 and 12 years old, Fletcher said.

Public records show a 32-year-old woman, Bilha Omare, lived in the apartment.

Around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to check on the welfare of a person at Willow Ridge Apartments on the 1200 block of County Road D, the sheriff’s office said.

“Unfortunately, when they arrived they discovered a terrible tragedy,” Fletcher said. “A mother and her two children had been murdered and the suspect at the time was not at the scene.”

The bodies of the woman and children were in separate rooms, with the doors closed. The woman was in the bathroom. Fletcher declined to comment on how the victims were killed.

Working with apartment management, deputies determined the woman had a husband, Kebabe, and a child who weren’t there, Fletcher said.

Investigators do not yet know how long the mother and children had been dead. The woman had not been to work this week. The children had been reported sick and were not in school this

week, Fletcher said.

Photo: Kinley and Ivyn Ogendi who were murdered along with their mother Bilha Omare in MN

Photo: Kinley and Ivyn Ogendi who were murdered along with their mother Bilha Omare in MN

It’s possible the kids were killed earlier in the week, but the mother may have been dead before the children, Fletcher said.

Surveillance video showed Kebabe leaving the building at 4:51 p.m. Wednesday, Fletcher said, so “we know that the deaths occurred prior to that.”

“The scene is horrific because we don’t know for sure how long they’ve been dead,” Fletcher said. The children not being in school “lends credence to the fact that they were either murdered earlier

in the week or that they were held in the room for the entire period of time while their mother was in the building, deceased,” the sheriff said.

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper arrested Kebabe about 10:30 p.m. along Interstate 35, just south of the Elko-New Market exit, said State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske. The 3-year-old child was with him.

About 10 p.m., the Patrol took a report of a vehicle blocking a lane of I-35. Kebabe apparently had run out of gas, Roeske said, and before a trooper arrived, a woman helped push Kebabe car’s to the side of the highway.

Kebabe was gone when the trooper arrived. Soon after, the trooper spotted Kebabe and the man ran away. He was caught “pretty much immediately,” Roeske said. Kebabe was arrested and booked into the Rice County Jail on suspicion of impaired driving.

Troopers did not suspect alcohol and field sobriety tests were not given, Roeske said, adding, “His behavior was erratic enough they suspected something.”

While Kebabe was being processed at the jail, an alert went out that Ramsey County authorities were looking for Kebabe, he said.

A Ramsey County social services worker picked the child up about 4 a.m.

The call that summoned deputies came from a relative of the family who had concerns about Kebabe’s “erratic behavior,” Fletcher said. The caller “was worried about whether he was a danger to himself or others,” Fletcher said.

Kebabe had been arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault against his wife in the same apartment in December 2008. The case involved “a physical pushing assault,” Fletcher said. Kebabe pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the case, Fletcher said.

“Of course, that makes the event even more disturbing, that the system wasn’t able to intervene during that two-year period,” Fletcher said. He said deputies hadn’t been called to the apartment since the 2008 assault.

Vadnais Heights Mayor Sue Banovetz said Fletcher called her about 3 a.m. and told her what had happened.

“I felt physically ill,” she said, crying at this morning’s press conference. “It’s a very sad day in our community for this family and for the loss of a mother and two of her children. It’s easy and trite to say, I suppose, it never happens in my community. I don’t remember ever a time that this has happened. But it points out that domestic violence can happen at any community.”

Banovetz, who later put flowers at the apartment building’s door, noted that this Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“I would plead with anybody who is suffering, even a small bit in a home where there’s domestic violence, to please reach out for help,” she said.

Amanda Sjostrand, the apartment’s assistant manager, lives next door to the family. Her daughter usually goes to the bus stop with the children.

“I assumed they were sick because they weren’t out,” she said. “I heard nothing going on suspicious or anything. I just didn’t think anything of it at the time.”

Sjostrand said she didn’t know the adults well, but her children played with the children who were killed.

They were “just beautiful, beautiful caring children,” Sjostrand said. “… They were always taking care of my little one. They were always saying, ‘Hi how are you doing?’ in the hallways. They were just well raised children. They were beautiful, beautiful hearts and they’re going to be truly missed by a lot of people in the building.”

Kebabe was also friendly, Sjostrand said, adding that she “never really suspected anything.”

Kebabe came from Kenya about 10 years ago, Fletcher said. He and his wife both worked, though Fletcher declined to say where.

Marisa Vette, communications director at White Bear Lake Area Schools, would not confirm the two oldest children were enrolled the district’s schools, including Willow Lane Elementary. She said the apartment complex falls within the boundary of the school.

Because parent-teacher conferences were held today across the district, district staff, including Willow Lane Principal Barbara Kearn, spent most of the day at the apartment to “give support to students who live there and their parents,” Vette said.

Conferences also are scheduled for Friday, so students won’t be back to schools until Monday, Vette said.

“We’ll have extra support for any students that need it,” she said.

Fletcher said that people at the sheriff’s office don’t remember “a tragedy of this magnitude. We can say definitively for the last 33 years that there has not been a triple homicide in the jurisdiction the sheriff patrols, in the seven contract cities.”

And, with young children slain, “It would be tough to imagine a tragedy as bad as this one,” Fletcher said.

Mara H. Gottfried can be reached at mgottfried@pioneerpress.com

Nick Ferraro can be reached at nferraro@pioneerpress.com

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Jambonewspot has been able to get more updates from a relative of the suspect. We spoke to Mr Joseph Lister Nyaringo and in addition to the above, we can report that Mr Kebabe had lamented the fact that he had brought his wife from Kenya to the US and she had started “disrespecting him.” He told Mr Onyango that he believed that his wife was involved with someone else.

Police had earlier last year been called to the couple’s home after a domestic disturbance was reported. Ms Omare claimed that Kebabe had been violent and this lead to the suspect being charged with domestic violence.
Kebabe who was a nurse had his license revoked due to the charges and he was out of work for almost a year. He could not work without his license and he blamed the wife for his woes. His wife was a nursing student in Minnesotta.
According to the Ramsey Sherriff’s department who described the scene as horrific, Ms Omare may have been dead much earlier because she had not gone to work for a while.

They also believe that the children may have had to live and stay in the apartment for a while with their dead mother. They may not have known she was dead and they may have been killed later.
Charges are expected to be filed on Monday.

Additional reporting by Jambonewspot.com

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Kenyan in court for the murder of his wife in Namibia

Posted by Administrator on September 23, 2010

Kenneth Orina facing murder charges in Namibia after his wife was found dead in their apartment.

Kenneth Orina facing murder charges in Namibia after his wife was found dead in their apartment.

TWO months before the alleged murder of his wife, Kenyan nurse Kenneth Orina asked the Police at Grootfontein to protect him from his spouse, it was testified in the High Court at Oshakati yesterday.

On the second day of Orina’s trial before Judge Christie Liebenberg, the former Grootfontein Police Station commander, Inspector Amon Ndilula, told the court that Orina visited his office on July 9 2007 to ask if his wife could be detained for a few days while he made arrangements for her return to their home country.

Ndilula testified that Orina complained about his wife being aggressive towards him, fighting with him, attacking him, and having tried to pour hot water over him while he was sleeping. He also said he could no longer live with her in the same place, Ndilula told the court.

A little over two months after that visit to the Grootfontein Police Station, Orina’s wife, Rose Chepkemoi Kiplangat (33), was allegedly murdered in the couple’s flat in the Grootfontein State Hospital Nurses’ Home.

Orina is now on trial on charges of murder, defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so, and an alternative charge of violating a dead human body, in connection with the alleged killing of his wife.

The prosecution is charging that he killed her in their flat during the period of September 14 to 17 2007, and that he then dismembered her remains and dumped the body parts at various spots at Grootfontein. Orina (37) denied guilt on all of the charges at the start of his trial on Tuesday.

According to Ndilula, Orina was still in his office when Kiplangat also arrived there. Because Orina’s complaint was of a domestic nature he referred the couple to the Grootfontein Magistrate’s Office so that their matter could be dealt with according to the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, the court heard.

A colleague of Ndilula, Inspector Magdalena Garises, also told the judge yesterday that she found Kiplangat – barefoot, looking dishevelled and disoriented, and crying at times – at the Grootfontein Police Station on July 9 2007.

Kiplangat was complaining about her husband being abusive, Garises said. On advice from Ndilula, she and Orina were referred to the Magistrate’s Office, Garises testified. She also said Ndilula told her that Orina had reported that his wife was missing and that she was trying to kill herself.

Ndilula disputed this part of Garises’s evidence. Orina only told him that his wife wanted to commit suicide, he said. Brisk progress has been made with the prosecution’s case over the first two days of the trial, with State advocate Neville Wamambo having presented the testimony of 17 witnesses to the court so far.

Six of those witnesses told the court yesterday about how body parts – first a human head and forearms, and then two thighs and a torso – were discovered at Grootfontein on September 17 and 25 2007.

Defence lawyer Inonge Mainga is representing Orina, who has remained in custody since his arrest on October 30 2007.

TheNamibian.com

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City police seize two with male body parts

Posted by Administrator on September 13, 2010

Two mortuary attendants who had attempted to sell body parts on Monday have been arrested.

Police in Nairobi seized the two in Hurlingham. One is believed to be an attendant at the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary and the other at a private funeral home in the same area.

They were arrested at about 12.30pm with a green paper bag containing male genitals suspected to have been chopped off a body at the hospital.

Police had been tipped off about the body organ selling syndicate and laid an ambush before arresting the two as they took the genitals to an undisclosed location.

According to the deputy Kilimani OCPD Johana Chebii, police laid an ambush at the KNH parking lot where they saw the mortuary attendant board a vehicle that sped off before it was intercepted.

“Acting on a tip off that there were people trading in human body parts , detectives went to KNH and laid an ambush. One man carrying a green paper bag boarded a vehicle which was intercepted and upon searching we found a full male organ wrapped in papers,” Mr Chebii said.

Police were by Monday evening still searching the morgue to find which body the genitals had been chopped from.

A team of investigators led by the Kilimani DCIO Mwenda Italia were questioning the two suspects over the bizarre trades and how long they had been involved.

Removed organs

Police believe that the theft of body parts had been going on for some time because the suspects had removed the organs and left the hospital with relative ease.

“We don’t know if this business has been going on for long, and how many people are involved.

“We urge relatives of deceased people to always check if the bodies they collect have all parts before taking them away,” Mr Chebii said.

Mr Chebii said that the suspects would be taken to court and charged as soon as the investigations are complete.

Source: Daily Nation

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Kenyan refugee jailed over stabbing

Posted by Administrator on June 24, 2010

Thomas Kamau

Thomas Kamau

A CHARITY helper who stabbed his friend in the stomach has been jailed for four years.

Thomas Kamau left Teddy Harrison with life-threatening injuries after plunging a knife into his stomach at a party in Iffley Road, East Oxford, in December.

The married father-of-two had recently bought a recovery truck for £4,000 to start his own business, but his victim had annoyed him by driving it without permission and hiding the keys.

Kamau, 30, of Pond Close, Risinghurst, was convicted by a jury of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm earlier this month.

On Tuesday, Oxford Crown Court heard 23-year-old Mr Harrison, from Wood Farm, was left with a one-and-a-half inch incision in his left upper abdomen.

Trudi Yeatman, prosecuting, said: “Stomach juices were released into his bloodstream which caused a very serious infection.”

A consultant’s report read out in court stated: “The injury was life-threatening, as a result of blood loss and the contamination of the abdomen with the gastric content.”

Sumita Mahtab, defending, said Kamau had sought political asylum from Kenya in Britain in 1999.

She said: “He belonged to a tribe and his father was an activist in the opposition party. His father and two other brothers were killed, massacred with machetes in front of him at the age of 15.”

Having been put in a Unicef-run orphanage camp, Kamau fled to Britain, where he was financially supported by friends until 2003 when he was permitted to work.

Miss Mahtab said her client worked as a cleaner and in warehouses and “when he wasn’t in work never relied on benefits”.

In 2004 he began working as a care assistant and was “on many occasions given the award for carer of the month” at a care home in Kidlington.

Miss Mahtab said Kamau had bought a recovery truck for £4,000 and had invested a further £5,000 to start the business, which was due to launch shortly after he attacked Mr Harrison.

She added: “He was also involved in charity work with Unicef, delivering magazines and emptying bags for donation.

“He was highly regarded and loved the Kenyan community. This offence was completely out of character.”

Jailing him for four years, Judge Julian Hall said: “This was a single stab wound to a vulnerable part of the body, committed on a friend with whom he had fallen out.”

He added: “I’ve had put before me your personal history which is not unusual but is of course rare nonetheless.

“Many people would admire the way you put your life together after that start.

“It’s quite clear that you’re a force for good in your community.

“Mr Harrison had by the unauthorised use of your truck I think threatened your future.”

Source: OXFORDMAIL-UK

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Kenyan gets 6-year sentence in $600,000 benefits scheme

Posted by Administrator on June 19, 2010

A Kenyan national who used to live in Worcester was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 81 months in prison for being part of a scheme to secure more than $600,000 in unemployment benefits.

From about March 2006 through June 2008, the defendant, Peter Mwangi, 35, formerly of 2 Delldale St., registered 11 fictitious employers with the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance and filed hundreds of fraudulent claims in the names of supposed former employees of these businesses, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra S. Bower. He used his own identity as well as identities of other people, living and dead, to make the claims.

The state mailed benefit checks to numerous addresses that Mr. Mwangi controlled. He cashed the checks or deposited them into bank accounts, receiving $612,913 in bogus unemployment benefits over two years.

In June 2007, the defendant applied for and received a U.S. passport using another man’s name, Social Security number, birth date and other information. The passport bearing Mr. Mwangi’s photo but the other man’s information was seized in September 2008 in a search of Mr. Mwangi’s storage unit in Webster.

Mr. Mwangi, who previously had been ordered removed from the country, was taken into administrative custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in June 2008. Yesterday, he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 36 months of supervision upon release from his sentence of 6 years and 9 months.

Mr. Mwangi was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and full restitution. He pleaded guilty in December to three counts of mail fraud, passport fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20100618/NEWS/6180572/1003/NEWS03

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Kenyan woman in Birmingham, AL held in connection with Ruth Munene’s murder

Posted by Administrator on June 15, 2010

 
 

Nancy Kinuthia who is being held for the murder of Ruth Munene in Birmingham Alabama

Nancy Kinuthia who is being held for the murder of Ruth Munene in Birmingham Alabama

MUSCLE SHOALS

– A Birmingham woman accused of stabbing her roommate more than 100 times was taken into custody Monday night at a Muscle Shoals residence, officials said.

Nancy Wanjiru Kinuthia, 40, was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. at a residence in the 300 block of Monroe Avenue, officials said.

She is charged with murder in the death of Ruth Wawira Munene, 51, according to Birmingham Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Johnny Williams.

Authorities said Munene was found inside her Southside apartment in the 200 block of 21st Avenue South at about 11 p.m. Friday after friends said they were unable to get in touch with her.

Williams said officers had to force their way into the apartment when no one would come to the door. Once inside, he said officers found Munene unresponsive and called Birmingham Fire and Rescue, who pronounced her dead.

Williams said a warrant was issued for Kinuthia’s arrest and turned over to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Muscle Shoals Police Capt. Eddie Lang said he and two officers assisted the task force on executing the warrant Monday.

Lang said the task force had information that Kinuthia was staying at a residence in the 300 block of Monroe Avenue.

He said once the officers and U.S. Marshals arrived Kinuthia was taken into custody without incident.

Kinuthia is being held in the Lauderdale County Jail on a $200,000 bail.

She is awaiting being transported back to Birmingham.

Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.

Source:http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20100616/NEWS/100619846/1011/NEWS?Title=Birmingham-murder-suspect-found-in-Muscle-Shoals

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Trial set for 2007 murder in Lynn

Posted by Administrator on June 15, 2010

Patrick Waweru and Esther Kinyanjui in happier days

Patrick Waweru and Esther Kinyanjui in happier days

LAWRENCE – The long-awaited trial of a Lynn man who lured his ex-girlfriend from Delaware and then allegedly stabbed her to death 20 times in front of their two young children in 2007 is scheduled to begin today in Lawrence Superior Court.

Patrick Waweru, also known as “Mwangi,” 31, who last lived at 4 Kingsley Terrace is charged with murder in the first-degree in connection with the Oct. 15, 2007 stabbing death of Esther W. Kinyanjui, a registered nurse. Jury selection is expected to begin on Tuesday for the expected five-day trial with Judge Richard E. Welch, III presiding. Jurors are expected to travel to Lynn to view the scene of the crime sometime within the week.

In June 2007, Kinyanjui and Waweru, their two children and Esther’s mother, Ruth Nyamu, moved from Massachusetts to Delaware. A few days before the murder, Waweru allegedly called Kinyanjui in Delaware, telling her that there was a court hearing she must attend regarding the apartment they once shared in Peabody, luring her here under a false pretense.

Kinyanjui drove to Massachusetts with their children and her mother on the night of Oct. 13, 2007 and went to her sister’s home at 130 Adams St. in Lynn. Waweru met up with Kinyanjui the day before and the day of the alleged murder at his Kingsley Terrace apartment. Shortly after 9:30 p.m., Kinyanjui apparently convinced Waweru to take her back to her sister’s home by promising him she would retrieve her possessions in Delaware and return to live with him in Massachusetts.

When they arrived at her sister’s home, she went inside alone to the basement area where her mother and sister Margaret were and told them that Waweru had misled her, there was no court hearing and that he had held her hostage all day at his apartment. She went on to tell her family that Waweru was outside in the car, but in the meantime he apparently became suspicious and forced his way into the home. He first lunged at Margaret, striking her on the head with a 2×4 piece of lumber while allegedly yelling “I have to kill Esther.” Then he struck Kinyanjui with the board and dropped it.

Margaret told investigators that she quickly retrieved the piece of wood, ran upstairs and out of the apartment with one of the children yelling for help. Waweru then allegedly pulled out a knife from his sock and began repeatedly stabbing Kinyanjui in the neck, chest, back and arms before fleeing from the scene. When police responded to the scene they found Kinyanjui slumped against a washing machine in a pool of blood. She had sustained more than 20 stab wounds to her body. Police arrested Waweru at his apartment shortly after the incident. He appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, according to police reports.

The couple had been involved in a relationship for approximately six years. During that time, Waweru had reportedly abused and threatened Kinyanjui a number of times. He has had a history of mental illness. Waweru has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge as well as two counts of home invasion, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of reckless child endangerment and a single count of armed assault with intent to murder in connection with the case.

Defense lawyer Russell C. Sobelman is not disputing the facts of the case. He will focus on an insanity defense putting forth a number of expert witnesses who will corroborate his theory of diminished capacity. “He just snapped,” said Sobelman regarding his defense following a final pretrial hearing last week in Salem Superior Court.

Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall will dispute his theory with her own experts. She maintains that Waweru was sane and that he planned and carried out the slaying with cruelty. She has listed 21 potential witnesses for the government’s case and lists 11 proposed exhibits it will introduce.

A conviction on the charge of first-degree murder carries a life sentence behind bars, with no chance of ever being released. If the jury finds that Waweru was insane at the time of the attack, he will spend one day to life in a mental institution until medical experts feel he is mentally stable and can be released. Waweru was indicted by an Essex County grand jury in November 2007 and has been held without bail pending his trial at the Middleton Jail since his arraignment.

Source: http://www.thedailyitemoflynn.com/articles/2010/06/14/news/news02.txt

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