South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.
Gunfire was heard inside his Pretoria mansion at 4am this morning and it is believed his partner may have been killed after a Valentine's Day surprise went tragically wrong.
The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old for two months.
She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police have said, and Pistorius will appear in court tomorrow after a hearing scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled.
Pretoria police spokeswoman Denise Beukes confirmed he had been charged with murder, adding they had been called to his home on several occasions since 2011 to deal with 'allegations of a domestic nature'.
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JENNINGS • Don Moore got the news about his daughter’s death in a horrible way.
He called Sophia Moore’s cellphone, and the boyfriend she had recently broken up with answered. Moore asked to speak with his daughter.
“He said ‘Well, Sophia is dead. I killed her. She’s laying in a pool of blood. You never liked me anyway,’ ” Don Moore said, describing the brief conversation he had late Tuesday with Calvin Campbell II.
Campbell turned himself in at the Jennings Police Station about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and confessed to killing Moore, 28, St. Louis County Officer Randy Vaughn said. Campbell, 32, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was jailed in St. Louis County without bail.
But Don Moore said that before Campbell’s confession he tormented his victim’s relatives by boasting of the slaying. He took her car and her phone and broke the news of her death and his role in it to whomever called. Don Moore said Campbell went as far as calling Sophia Moore’s grandmother to tell her that Sophia, the mother of two, was dead at his hands.
“It’s just devastating,” Don Moore said. “How could you tell a grandmother something like that?”
Police were summoned to Moore’s home by neighbors Jovonah Burks and Melinda Roberts. The two said Wednesday that they had answered a banging at their door Tuesday night and opened it to find Moore’s 9-year-old son on their doorstep.
“Help me!” Burks remembers him screaming. “He just killed my momma.”
The boy told Burks, 21, and her mother, Roberts, 51, that an attacker had stormed into his home in the 9400 block of Dawn Court. The boy said he had escaped out a window while the man stabbed his mother to death. He didn’t know whether his 8-year-old brother had gotten out.
“He grabbed me so tight and said, ‘Help me, please help me. What are we going to do without my momma? Where are we going to go?’ ” Roberts recalled Wednesday.
Police said Sophia Moore died of stab wounds to her chest. They say she had kicked Campbell out of the house the week before. Tuesday night, they say, he came back angry.
They say Campbell had pounded on the door to get in, then punched Moore in the face. He grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Moore as she tried to escape out a back kitchen window, police said. Her sons were unharmed, authorities said.
Campbell’s criminal history includes convictions in St. Louis city and county for unlawful use of a weapon, marijuana possession, misdemeanor assault, domestic assault and drug trafficking.
According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Campbell served two years of probation for an October 2006 marijuana possession conviction and went to prison for 3½ months in 2009 after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon. He then returned to prison for six months in 2011 for a probation violation. Court records say he also served 63 days in jail for two misdemeanor counts of assault.
After the attack, Roberts said, police put both boys in a patrol car until their father arrived. He took them away before they could see authorities carry their mother’s body out of the home.
“All I could think was how tight he had grabbed me begging for help,” Roberts said. “It broke my heart.”
Don Moore said his grandsons were getting counseling for the ordeal. “I don’t know the long-term effect it’s going to have on them,” he said.
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A woman was found killed and two small children located unharmed in Garrison late Tuesday when a Baltimore County Police tactical unit forced its way into a home following a call about a possible domestic dispute.
Katie Hadel, 33, had been stabbed multiple times, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
A suspect, Jeffrey Michael Shiflett, also 33, of Annapolis, who had been in a previous relationship with Hadel, was located at 11:02 a.m. Wednesday walking along a road in Reisterstown, and taken into custody without incident, police said.
Police identified Shiflett early Thursday morning. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said. The suspect is not Hadel's husband, police said.
Officers responded to the home in the unit block of Wellhaven Circle — near the McDonogh School — at 10:09 p.m. after receiving the call. They knocked on the door but received no answer, said Lt. Rob McCullough, a police spokesman.
Hearing motion inside, officers called in a special tactical unit, which then forced its way in, McCullough said.
Inside, officers located the dead woman and the two small children, who appeared physically unharmed, McCullough said.
"It appeared the suspect had left the location prior to our arrival," McCullough said.
The 911 call had been placed by a neighbor. Police have not confirmed the ages of the two children who were in the home. They have also not explained the status or type of relationship between Hadel and Shiflett.
"This is still an ongoing investigation so we are not ready yet to provide details about the relationships of the people involved here," said Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman, on Wednesday.
Homicide detectives are investigating the case.
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RED SPRINGS — Investigators are trying to determine today what led to the shooting deaths of two women during an apparent domestic dispute Wednesday evening at a home near Red Springs, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey. Two men were injured, one of whom was shot and the other severely beaten.
According to Sealey, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the home of Kathy Bullard, 59, of 12156 N.C. 211 West, about two miles east of Red Springs, at about 5:30 p.m. Sealey said the caller, Kendra Matteson, 24, said that her husband, 31-year-old Joseph Matteson, was outside the home with a handgun and was threatening to kill her. She called back a few minutes later and said shots had been fired, he said.
When deputies arrived at the home, they found Joseph Matteson’s mother, 55-year-old Donna Matteson, shot to death and lying in the front yard, Sealey said. Bullard was found shot dead inside her home, he said.
According to Sealey, Bullard’s son, 28-year-old Mark Anthony Bullard, was found shot inside the home, and Joseph Matteson was found badly beaten and lying beside the road. Both men were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center by ambulance and later airlifted to Chapel Hill, Sealey said.
Sealey said a 9-year-old child was found inside a car outside of the home and a 1-year-old was inside the home in a crib. He said both children were Kendra’s.
“We’re trying to find out which one did the shooting,” he said. “We’re trying to determine what did happen, but we think it was a domestic.”
Sealey said that Kendra had “left” Joseph and their home at 2675 Calloway Road in Raeford, and had been staying with Bullard for a few days. He said that he was told that Kendra and Mark Anthony Bullard used to date.
Sealey said information was sketchy this morning, and the Sheriff’s Office was releasing all the information it could.