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‘This hurts’: Officials failed to follow up on 2016 DNA hit on man accused of killing North Carolina girl: DA

first_imgFBI Charlotte(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing 13-year-old Hania Aguilar was connected through DNA to a rape from 2016 — but investigators never followed up on that DNA evidence, and if they did, that likely would have saved the girl’s life, prosecutors said Wednesday.“This hurts,” Robeson County, North Carolina, District Attorney Johnson Britt told reporters. “This is like taking a punch to the gut and not being prepared to get it.”Michael McLellan, 34, is accused of abducting and killing the teen in November. Her disappearance sparked a massive manhunt and her body was found in Robeson County weeks later.Britt said he met with Hania’s mother and stepfather “to explain to them what had happened to express my regret, and our regret, that this had been missed. And that in all likelihood had this gone forward and we established a case against him at that time, Hania would not have died.”The missed opportunity came in 2016 when a victim’s rape kit — for a case in which there was no suspect — was sent for analysis, Britt said.The kit was analyzed in 2017, and Britt said the district attorney’s office was told there was a hit from the Combined DNA Index System, known as CODIS, meaning that DNA found from the 2016 victim’s rape kit possibly matched DNA of someone already in the system.CODIS contains DNA samples of known offenders convicted of felonies. McLellan had been convicted of first-degree burglary in January 2007, a class D felony, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections’ website.Britt said an email including that information was sent to the sheriff’s office, copying the district attorney’s officeAt that point, Britt said that information should have given the sheriff’s office probable cause to seek a search warrant, obtain a DNA sample from McLellan and compare that sample to the 2016 rape kit.As Britt held the CODIS report in his hand Wednesday, a reporter asked him if the information on that paper could have saved Hania’s life.“Potentially yes, and probably yes,” Britt responded.Britt said his office and the sheriff’s office are trying to determine how this evidence was overlooked.Hania was abducted outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home in Lumberton on the morning of Nov. 5.She had taken the keys to her aunt’s SUV to start the car when a man dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face forced her in the car and drove away, police said. The stolen SUV was found three days later in Lumberton.Britt said Wednesday that, through the recovered car, McLellan became a suspect in Hania’s kidnapping one week after she vanished, though he was not officially named a suspect until weeks later. By that time McLellan was in custody for a different crime, prosecutors said.Evidence from Hania’s recovered body also linked McLellan to the crime, Britt said.McLellan is charged with 10 felonies in Hania’s case including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape, statutory rape, abduction of a child and first-degree kidnapping, the FBI said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham Forest

first_imgThe Premier League’s elite have learned their opponents for the Carabao Cup third round (Picture: Getty)Holders Manchester City will travel to Preston North End and Arsenal will play host to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup.The Premier League’s elite clubs have all entered the fray, with all seven teams competing in Europe – City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Wolves – discovering their fate on Wednesday evening.Championship outfits Preston and Forest will take on City and Arsenal respectively and MK Dons have been handed a home tie against Liverpool.Chelsea will play either Grimsby or Macclesfield at Stamford Bridge, while Tottenham will be making a trip to Colchester and Wolves will face Reading at Molineux.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTElsewhere, south coast rivals Portsmouth and Southampton will meet at Fratton Park and 2017 winners Manchester United will host League One club Rochdale at Old Trafford. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 28 Aug 2019 10:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares All 16 third round ties will be played the week beginning September 23.City have triumphed in three of their last four Carabao Cup campaigns, beating Liverpool (2016), Arsenal (2018) and, most recently, Chelsea (2019) at Wembley.United were the last team other than City to lift the trophy when Jose Mourinho led them to a 3-2 victory over Southampton back in 2017.MORE: Bolton Wanderers’ survival secured as Football Ventures complete takeover Advertisement Carabao Cup third round draw in full Wolves v ReadingOxford v West HamWatford v SwanseaBrighton v Aston VillaSheffield United v SunderlandColchester v TottenhamPortsmouth v SouthamptonBurton v BournemouthPreston v Manchester CityMK Dons v LiverpoolManchester United v RochdaleLuton v LeicesterChelsea v Grimsby/MacclesfieldSheffield Wednesday v EvertonArsenal v Nottingham ForestCrawley v Stoke Citycenter_img Comment Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham Forest Advertisementlast_img read more

Mother and child die in fiery crash involving a dump truck

first_imgAuthorities in West Palm Beach are reporting that a mother and her one-month-old baby have died after their vehicle struck a dump truck.The incident was reported, Monday at 3:30pm on State Road 80 and Hatton Highway.According to the report, the victim identified as 26-year-old Antoinette Johnson was traveling westbound on State Road 80 approaching Hatton Highway when she struck the backend of a dump truck that was turning left onto Hatton Highway. The victim’s 2008 Chevy Impala immediately became engulfed in flames as it spun out of control before coming to a stop in a southeasterly direction at the intersection.Johnson and her 1-month-old daughter Alina Johnson were pronounced dead at the scene while, the driver of the dump truck was left uninjured in the crash.Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.last_img read more

More Than 60 Vehicles Involved in Weather-related Virginia Crash

first_imgVirginia State Police explain that fog and ice were covering the roads when the crashes began. In all, 63 vehicles were involved.According to officials, around 35 people were taken to nearby hospitals for injuries that ranged from minor to life threatening. No fatalities have been reported. More than 60 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction accident on I-64 in eastern Virginia Sunday morning, according to authorities.The pileup, which occurred about 50 miles east of Richmond, closed both sides of the interstate.last_img read more

Thurston County REALTORS End the Year with More Giving

first_imgFacebook158Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORSThurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA) installed their 2019 officers and board and raised money for several charities at their Installation Luncheon and Holiday Charity Auction on December 6, 2018. The annual event drew nearly 200 attendees and was held at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia, Wash.Wreaths, arrangements and gift baskets contributed by local businesses and individuals lined the large ballroom at the country club for the Holiday Charity Auction that raised more than $7700, a record amount for what has become a yearly event. The money raised by each item went to the charity chosen by the item’s winning bidder.At the event, REALTORS also presented a $6000 check—part of the proceeds from the Association’s annual fundraising golf tournament last September—to the Thurston County Food Bank. The Association had also donated a portion of the money raised at the tournament to the REALTOR Relief Fund that provides help for those who experience devastating loss from disasters like the recent California wildfires.Newly installed TCRA President Kevin Gordham says that in 2019, REALTORS will continue their many charitable activities that contribute so much to local Thurston County communities.“We are out in the community daily helping clients find or sell a home here and the quality of life we all enjoy is one of the biggest attractions to the area,” says Gordham. “Our Association members are dedicated to community giving and support.”Thurston County REALTORS have installed their 2019 officers. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORSThe 2019 officers installed at the event are:President: Kevin Gordham, Keller Williams Realty South SoundPresident-elect: Christina Janis, Epic RealtyTreasurer: Kim Torres, Academy MortgageTreasurer-elect: Necia Leach, Thurston County TitleSecretary:  Michelle Mewhinney-Angel, Windermere Real Estate/OlympiaPast-president: Tonia DeBeaux, John L Scott, Puyallup Main Along with its officers, 10 of the local organization’s board members were also sworn in.A day following the Luncheon, about 100 TCRA members, many of whom donned Santa hats and other festive wear, rang bells and sang carols in front of several area stores to help fill the traditional Salvation Army’s Red Kettles during Thurston County REALTORS® Ring Day.Many REALTOR Associations across Washington state and the U.S. participate in Ring Days in December. TCRA has participated in their event organized by REALTOR® Gregory Moe of Windermere Real Estate/Olympia for the last several years. This year, they helped raise more than $18,700 for the Salvation Army–Olympia Corps.“The enthusiasm for the day was incredible,” added Gordham. “Our members devote their time to help the less fortunate. We are motivated by our care for the community, the wonderful place where we help people find a home. Ring Day is just one of the local REALTORS’ charitable activities in a year that is filled with giving.”The Thurston County REALTORS Association is a professional trade association of more than 700 REALTOR and Affiliate members and is dedicated to protecting homeownership, ethics and professionalism within the real estate industry.last_img read more