Author Archive: Trench Reynolds

16 year independent crime, news and opinion blogger.

Jaymie Adams murder trial started with inadequate reporting

Jaymie Adams murder trial started with inadequate press

Jaymie Adams

Did you know that the trial for Jaymie Adams’ murder started in Oklahoma City? You couldn’t tell by looking at the press. While the trial started on October 17th, today was the first I saw anything about it in the news. That’s eight days after the trial had already started. So what does the press deem worthy enough to finally report on about this trial? The testimony of ‘widower’ Justin Adams.

This is the same Justin Adams that was prostituting his pregnant wife on craigslist. The same Justin Adams who was allegedly having an affair with another woman at the time of his wife’s murder. The same Justin Adams who took out a $100K life insurance policy on his wife prior to her murder. The same Justin Adams who was only charged with manslaughter in his wife’s death and walked out of court a free man.

So what did he testify?

“We had no other choice,” Justin Dewayne Adams testified. “It was something we fell into to pay bills.”

“Neither one of us really enjoyed what she was doing … It was demeaning towards her,” Justin Adams testified. “The money was great but it wasn’t worth what it was doing to us.”

Sorry, but I have a hard time believing that he’s the grieving widower whose wife was killed after they supposedly hit hard times.

Instead, the man being tried is Joseph Cyr. Investigators claim that Cyr’s DNA was found in Jaymie, even though it was not reported in the initial autopsy report. I have yet to see any kind of motive reported as to why Cyr would stab Jaymie Adams to death, only that he had sex with her.

I have a friend that has been attending the trial, and they’ve told me what hasn’t been reported on. What allegedly hasn’t been reported on is that the defense claims that there were two other DNA samples, besides Joseph Cyr’s recovered at the crime scene. One was in a used condom and another was on a cigarette butt. These DNA samples were said to be from unidentified males. My friend also said that Justin Adams’ mother, Tina Clarke, allegedly gave conflicting testimony to what Adams himself has claimed. This doesn’t necessarily make Cyr innocent but it sounds like it does cast reasonable doubt.

Why isn’t any of this being reported and why is the press making a pimp who possibly killed his own wife out to be a saint?

Kenny Bartley released from jail yet again

Kenny Bartley released from jail yet again

Kenny Bartley

Late last week, Campbell County school shooter, Kenny Bartley, was released from jail yet again. He had been serving time for violating his probation when he failed to update his address with authorities and violating the terms of his alcohol monitoring bracelet.

In 2005, when Bartley was a teenager, he opened fire in the administration office of Campbell County High School in Tennessee, killing Principal Ken Bruce. He was charged as an adult and his plea deal saw him sentenced to 45 years. However, the plea was thrown out and a subsequent retrial saw Bartley being released after time served.

Sometime after his release, Bartley went to live with his counselor and her family in Virginia. The counselor’s young son has since died from blunt force trauma and the autopsy reports say that it was related to child abuse. Bartley was allegedly with the boy at the time. So far there have been no criminal charges filed in the boy’s death.

There have also been accusations that Bartley had been romantically involved with his counselor while in Virginia.

If history is any indicator it probably won’t be long before Bartley is in trouble again. The only question is will there be another body left in his wake?

Couple found guilty in craigslist murder of Abilene police officer

Couple convicted of murder of Abilene police officer amid doubts of intent

Phillip and Violet Walter

Last week, Violet and Phillip Walter have been convicted in the murder of Abilene, Texas, police officer Don Allen, in his Clyde, Texas, home. Both Walters have been sentenced to 40 years behind bars for Officer Allen’s killing.

Officer Allen’s official cause of death was asphyxiation. Allen had placed a craigslist ad looking for a couple to help commit sex acts that included pegging, (WARNING: Explicit) and communication between Allen and the Walters seem to insinuate that erotic asphyxiation was on the table as well. The deputy medical examiner testified that an accidental death by erotic asphyxiation couldn’t be ruled out. Prosecutors argued that the Walters discussed plans to rob Officer Allen before his death occurred.

APD officer Tim Pipes read a series of text messages sent between Violet and Phillip on the day of Allen’s death. They showed Violet telling Phillip to find a way to get money to prevent impending homelessness and hunger. They then showed that Violet set up a meeting with a person referenced as “Clyde lick.” A Ranger testified earlier in the case that “lick” is slang for a robbery or the victim of a robbery. Another text message from Violet to Phillip says, “Choke him,” with another sent hours before Allen’s death saying, “Take him out all the way, just do it.”

Officer Allen’s death should serve as a warning to others looking to get their rocks off through craigslist. If a police officer isn’t safe from craigslist criminals, neither is anyone else. With craigslist’s low barrier of entry and implied notions of anonymity, crimes like these will only continue to occur.

$10,000 reward offered for video of Carina Saunders’ murder

$10,000 reward offered for video of Carina Saunders' murder

Carina Saunders

19-year-old Carina Saunders’ mutilated body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma, in 2011. It’s been long rumored that a video exists of Carina’s murder, now the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) believes that the video does exist. A week and a half ago the OBSI held a press conference where they have offered a $10,000 reward for the video.

The OBSI also released additional details about Carina’a murder and initial disappearance…

Family members last saw Saunders on Sept. 28, 2011, and her body was found Oct. 13, 2011. Investigators have located surveillance video from Oct. 8, 2011, outside the Newcastle Casino. Saunders is seen getting into a red, four-door Ford pickup with a brush guard and lights on the top, Florence said.

The only description of anyone inside the pickup is a man with full tattoo sleeves on both arms, he said.

“Also worth making note of is that there were girls nearby in a dark car who were pleading with Carina not to go with them. To this date, we don’t know who those girls were, but we would like to know who they were,” Florence said. “If they will come forward, we’d like to talk to them, find out what they saw, what they witnessed, why they were concerned about Carina’s safety and getting in this red pickup.”

It has been thought that Carina’s murder had something to do with human trafficking. Two suspects had been previously arrested, however charges against them were dropped after the OBSI took over the investigation due to lack of evidence at the time. However the charges were dropped without prejudice, so the suspects could be arrested again if the evidence supports it.

If you have any information, call the OSBI Hotline at 1 (800) 522-8017.


Truck driving craigslist creeper accused of raping Idaho boy

Truck driving craigslist creeper accused of raping Idaho boy

Kyle Townsend

31-year-old truck driver Kyle Townsend is accused of allegedly raping a 14-year-old boy that he met through craigslist. The Idaho Falls boy had placed an ad on craigslist, looking for a ride to Nevada. Police say that Townsend responded to the ad and picked up the boy at a local mall. Then this is reportedly what happened next…

Court records show Townsend forced the boy to perform sexual acts and then raped him. The teen reported to police he vomited after the assault and Townsend kicked him out of the truck saying the boy was “too easy.”

Townsend is also accused of trying to pick up another boy and sending him nude photos.

This is what a lot of predators do. The first victim in the story, more than likely, was having problems at home. Sexual predators will take advantage of situations like this in order to gain the trust of their victim. They’ll look for kids reaching out for help but instead of lending a helping hand they strike with a closed fist.

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

Early last week the 911 calls to police from the Townville Elementary School shooting were released. In one of those calls the caller claimed that there was a second shooter in the area. Does this mean that Jesse Osborne had an accomplice that is currently at large? Not at all.

As I’ve discussed before second shooters in school shootings are rare and have only happened at Columbine and Jonesboro. Reportings of second shooters are usually due to multiple eyewitness reports of the same shooter or someone claiming that someone fleeing from the site is another shooter.

So don’t read too much into second shooter claims. Initial reports from school shootings are often incomplete or even downright wrong. The odds are it’s just two different witnesses describing the same person.

Craigslist killing in SC leaves one dead, three arrested

Craigslist killing in SC leaves one dead, three arrested

On October 10th, 22-year-old Branden Boyd was shot and killed during a craigslist transaction involving a cell phone in Calhoun County, South Carolina. Charged with his murder are brothers Chavasse Michael Smith, 19, and Hasani Dion Smith, 17, and 20-year-old Darian Washington.

During the transaction a shootout began between the Smith Brothers and Boyd. Washington has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Police say that the Smith Brothers contacted Boyd, who was selling the phone on craigslist, and planned to rob him.

Chicago teacher accused of Snapchat sex with students

Chicago teacher accused of Snapchat sex with students

June Kendall


I have a backlog of stories that need posting so some of posts in the near future will be done in what I like to call ‘lightning round’ style. This will be one of them.

29-year-old high school teacher June Kendall, is accused of having sex with two 17-year-old male students from the school. The subject was allegedly broached over the photo sharing app Snapchat, which was said to have included Kendall sharing explicit photos of herself. She reportedly had sex with the two students, albeit separately, at the school during school hours.

While the age of consent in Illinois is 17, it is against the law to have sex with anyone under 18 if you hold a position of authority over the victim. A teacher is definitely one of those positions.

Again, no matter how ‘cool’ or ‘approachable’ a teacher may be, it is highly inappropriate for a teacher to Snapchat with his or her students, whether the students are male or female.

We get letters: And if you call yourself a journalist?

We get letters: And if you call yourself a journalist?

Again I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been trying to juggle my schedule to prioritize everything just right and it hasn’t been easy, but I digress…

I received the following email from Terri or Tammy. I received basically the same email five times. After doing a little website traffic research I discovered that this was in response to my last post about the Backpage situation.

You need to check your facts they are completely off and copied from other sites who also didn’t do their research. I hope you don’t call yourself an investigative or even credible journalist because obviously you are not. You don’t even allow anyone to comment to your page which is ok because I doubt not may people read it since it is just your opinion and not real news. Do your own research instead of copying others. And if you call yourself a journalist? What a joke and name calling? Disgusting and trashy at it’s finest.

*sigh* People still keep throwing the ‘j’ word at me. A website does not a journalist make, not to mention I’ve never claimed to be a journalist. What I am is a citizen who wants to bring attention to the fact that Backpage is not only enabling the widespread problems of sexual slavery, human trafficking and child prostitution, but that they’re profiting from them as well. One does not have to be journalist to try to bring attention to an injustice that Backpage personifies.

Liz McDougall breaks her silence, Mike Lacey bribes?, and Carl Ferrer is held without bond: The latest on Backpage

Liz McDougall breaks her silence, Mike Lacey bribes?, and Carl Ferrer is held without bond: The latest on Backpage

Backpage Attorney Liz McDougall

Backpage attorney Liz Mcougall has finally commented on the arrest of Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer on pimping charges.

This past week she had the following to say

The attorney for is blasting the raid on the online classified ad portal’s Dallas headquarters and the arrest of chief executive Carl Ferrer as “an election year stunt” on the part of the California attorney general and “not a good-faith action by law enforcement.”

In a statement issued Friday, Backpage general counsel Liz McDougall said “the actions of the California and Texas attorneys general are flatly illegal” and “ignore the holdings of numerous federal courts that the First Amendment protects the ads on”

McDougall says Backpage will, in her words, “take all steps necessary to end this frivolous prosecution and will pursue its full remedies under federal law against the state actors who chose to ignore the law, as it has done successfully in other cases.”

Do you think that she believes her own clamoring yet? She talks about good faith legal actions on the part of law enforcement while Backpage collects millions of dollars from people who are being sold into sexual slavery. If anything is flatly illegal, it’s collecting profit from the proceeds of obviously illegal activity where human lives are traded. Not to mention if anyone is not only ignoring the law, let alone common decency, it’s been Backpage.

On another note, Backpage shareholder Mike Lacey sent certain former employees of Village Voice Media unsolicited $5000 checks. If you’ll recall Lacey and Jim Larkin used to run Village Voice Media. Backpage used to be under the umbrella of VVM before they broke off in 2012. D Magazine columnist Tim Rogers suspects it may be so certain Village Voice Media employees would be conflicted in writing about Backpage’s legal issues. That sounds a lot like bribing journalists, doesn’t it? Hearst would be proud.

Speaking of Ferrer himself, it was originally reported that he was being held in Texas on a $500K bond, but now ABC is reporting that he’s been transferred to a California jail where he is being held without bond. As I’ve commented before he should be held without bond since he is an obvious flight risk. I mean the man did blow off a Congressional subpoena to ‘attend business’ in Amsterdam, where he runs many sites similar to Backpage but even more blatant. CBS confirms that he is being held without bail.

As of the time I’m typing this Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey have still not been apprehended.

UPDATE 10/10/2016: Lacey and Larkin are now both in custody in California after they turned themselves in.

UPDATE 10/26/2016: Larkin and Lacey are looking st six years, while Ferrer is looking at 22.

Two weeks ago the three of them were granted bail. Ferrer’s was $500K, while Lacey’s and Larkin’s were $250K. All three posted bond and were released.