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One of Jennifer Parks’ killers to remain sentenced as an adult

James Zarate to remain sentenced as an adult in Jennifer Parks' murder

James Zarate

In 2005, 14-year-old James Zarate helped his older brother Jonathan brutally kill and dismember their neighbor, 16-year-old Jennifer Parks of Randolph, New Jersey. The younger Zarate brother was tried as an adult, convicted, and sentenced to life plus 14 years. Jonathan Zarate was sentenced to life plus 24.

Back in April, James Zarate, now in his mid-20s, attempted to appeal his life sentence by arguing he should have been tried as a juvenile. His defense used the same old argument of his brain supposedly not being fully developed. While a teenage brain is obviously not fully developed, it’s developed enough to the point where they know the difference between right and wrong, and there was nothing more wrong than what the Zarate brothers did to Jennifer.

The brothers invited her over under the guise of watching TV, but when she went to their house they stabbed her to death, dismembered her body then stored her body in a large trunk for 24 hours before trying to dump her remains in the Passaic River. All because Jennifer reported to the school James Zarate was bullying her.

At any time between the time Jennifer was invited over their house until the time they were caught by police trying to dump her body, James Zarate could have told his parents, or police, or anyone. Instead he chose to remain complicit in Jennifer’s murder, up until the point where the Zarates almost got away with it.

Yesterday, a Superior Court judge upheld the original decision to try James Zarate as an adult, which basically upholds his life sentence. In 2016, New Jersey passed a law which said no one under the age of 15 could be charged as an adult. However, the judge ruled the 2016 law does not have to be retroactively applied.

In no way does James Zarate ever deserve to see the outside of a prison ever again. No matter how ‘undeveloped’ his brain might have been, his cold-blooded brutality was fully developed.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for her editorial assistance)

Trial delayed in the Bever family murders

Trial delayed for 16-year-old who helped killed his family

The Bever house.

In July of 2015, 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed their father, 52-year-old David Bever, their mother, 44-year-old April Bever, brothers Daniel, 12, and Christopher, 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria. Thirteen-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and two-year-old Autumn survived. The two brothers allegedly killed their family so they could be ‘more famous than Columbine’.

The elder Bever brother was sentenced to five life sentences without parole after pleading guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. Michael Bever has been charged as an adult and his trial was delayed back in May to start this past August. However, his trial has been delayed again. The trial has been rescheduled due to a new attorney being assigned to Bever, but that’s not what I want to talk about.

The defense is arguing Michael Bever was under the influence of his older brother and feared for himself if he did not carry out his brother’s orders. Except the way the younger Bever helped kill his family betrays that defense completely, in my opinion.

Authorities also say Michael, who was 16 at the time, even banged on the office and bathroom door, where younger siblings were hiding, and begged to be let in, because he feared he would be killed. Police say when the children opened the doors, they were murdered.

That doesn’t sound like someone who feared his brother to me. That sounds more like a psychopath who took great enjoyment in killing his own family for no other reason but trying to be famous. The surviving sister even said the two brothers were talking about committing murders up to a year before the crimes occurred. Some people would argue his brain wasn’t developed enough to realize the repercussions of his actions. If someone his age doesn’t realize killing most of his family isn’t wrong then they really have no business being in society anyway.

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One of Jennifer Parks’ killers wants to be re-sentenced as a juvenile

One of Jennifer Parks' killers wants to be re-sentenced as a juvenile

James Zarate

James Zarate was 14-years-old when he helped his older brother Jonathan brutally murder their 16-year-old Randolph, New Jersey, neighbor Jennifer Parks. For those of you not familiar with the story, Jennifer had been bullied by James Zarate and reported him to the school. To get back at Jennifer for his brother, Jonathan Zarate invited her over to his house to watch TV. Instead, the Zarate brothers brutally bludgeoned and stabbed Jennifer to death. In an effort to try to hide her body they dismembered Jennifer’s corpse and stuffed it into a trunk that they then put in the back of one of their parents’ Jeep. It was a full 24 hours before the pair, along with a friend, tried to dump Jennifer’s remains in the Passaic River. If it were not for a passing police officer, it may have been an eternity before Jennifer’s body would have been found.

Jonathan Zarate was convicted at trial and was sentenced to life plus 24 years. James was charged as an adult and was sentenced to life plus 14, but later had his sentence reduced by nine years. James Zarate has had many appeals denied, but now instead of appealing his conviction he’s trying to have his sentence reduced.

Recently, James Zarate’s public defender has filed a motion to have Zarate’s case moved to family court, in other words he wants to be sentenced as a juvenile.

If you’re a regular reader of this site you’ll notice that Zarate’s attorney is trying a familiar ploy. In 2016, New Jersey passed a law stating that no one under 15 could be charged as an adult. Zarate’s defender is asking for a juvenile re-sentencing under this ruling arguing that a 14-year-old’s brain isn’t fully developed enough to understand their actions when they commit murder. If the ruling were to fall into Zarate’s favor, more than likely he would be released after time served.

As I have argued many times in the past, this is a load of crap, as a 14-year-old’s brain is developed enough to know what murder is. Zarate willingly participated in Jennifer’s murder and at any time could have gone to his parents, the police or Jennifer to warn her in advance. He did none of these things. Instead he took part in an act only the most bloodthirsty of killers would have committed. To have him ever breathe the air outside of a New Jersey prison would not only be a travesty of justice but an insult to Jennifer’s memory. He is where he belongs.

Thanks to Rob for the tip.

UPDATE 4/14/2017: The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has filed its opposition to James Zarate being re-sentenced as a juvenile. They argue that the new statute does not have “express declaration of retroactive application.”

House burns down where Oklahoma family was murdered by their kids

House where Oklahoma family was murdered by their kids burns down

The Bever house now.

If you haven’t heard about the Bever family, they were a family from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who were killed by two of their own family members. In July of 2015, then 18-year-old Robert Bever and then 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed their father, 52-year-old David Bever, their mother, 44-year-old April Bever, brothers Daniel, 12, and Christopher, 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria. Surviving the attack was a then 13-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and a then 2-year-old Autumn who was unharmed. The Bever brothers are said to have killed their family because they wanted to be more famous than Columbine. Robert Bever, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in order to avoid the death penalty, while his brother Michael has been charged as an adult and is set to go on trial later this year.

The Bever house then.

There had been plans made to raze the house and turn it into a memorial park by a city councilman, but part of that point is now moot since the house caught fire last week. So far investigators have not given any cause for the fire or whether or not they think this is a case of arson. There are many possible motives as to why someone may have wanted to burn the house down, but the one I’d like to focus on is that of, what if it was done by a neighbor? I’m not saying it definitely was, because for all we know it could have been a squirrel chewing on a power line. However, the following quote from a local resident caught my attention.

Neighbors said they’re used to people stopping by to look at the house – and even vandalize it.

“They try to take things – pieces of wood from the side and stuff like that ya know,”

Now imagine living in that neighborhood with a ‘murder house’ that’s been vacant for two years, while twisted ghouls constantly come by trying to claim a piece of murderabilia. That’s not even mentioning the number of ‘normal’ vandals that the house has attracted. I could see someone from the neighborhood growing impatient with the planned demolition of the house and taking matters into their own hands.

If this was in fact a case of arson, I see many problems with someone starting their own homegrown suburban renewal program. The first is that fire is very hard to control and this easily could have spread to neighboring residents. Another problem is that fire fighters are putting their lives on the line even when dealing with a single house fire. Any one of them could have easily been killed if the slightest thing had gone wrong in fighting the fire. Then the house would have been a murder house for a second time. Lastly, if this was arson, you just made it easier for the murderabilia ghouls to take a piece of what’s left of the house. They may have even given them an incentive, since not as much of the house is left.

To be honest, I hope it was an accidental fire, as arson may even glamorize the murders further to those that get a thrill from such things.

Joseph Cyr sentenced for Jaymie Adams’ murder. Where is the smoking gun?

Joseph Cyr sentenced for Jaymie Adams' murder. Where is the smoking gun?

Joseph Cyr

In the close to 17 years that I’ve been operating this website in one form or another I have only believed that three people who I’ve written about were wrongly convicted. I’m not one of these people who believes everyone who has ever claimed to have been wrongly convicted on TV or film. Earlier today, 35-year-old Joseph Cyr was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murder of Jaymie Adams and her unborn child. In my opinion Joseph Cyr has been convicted unjustly.

To try to quickly recap, Jaymie Adams was being prostituted on craigslist by her husband, Justin Adams, in Oklahoma City. She disappeared before her body was found. Not only was she stabbed repeatedly but she was pregnant at the time of her death. As I’ve pointed out many times in the past, Justin Adams was not only having an affair with another woman while his wife was missing, He also took out a $100,000 life insurance policy on his wife before she disappeared.

Due to what I consider to be a bungled investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department Justin Adams was only given 10 years probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of his wife.

Jospeh Cyr was then considered a suspect after his DNA was allegedly found in Jaymie Adams, although that was never mentioned on the initial autopsy report. On that evidence alone Cyr was convicted and sentenced which leads me to ask where is the smoking gun. How is Cyr’s DNA evidence enough to convince a jury that Cyr stabbed her close to 30 times? Please read the following articles and tell me if there was something I miss that should convince me without a shadow of a doubt that Cyr killed Jaymie Adams.

2 life sentences for Skiatook man convicted of fatally stabbing pregnant woman he met on Craigslist for sex
Skiatook man gets two life sentences for killing pregnant woman
Man convicted of fatally stabbing married pregnant woman he met on Craigslist for sex gets two life sentences
Joseph Cyr sentenced to life without parole for killing woman, unborn child
Decision reached in the double murder trial of Joseph Cyr

Whatever happened to investigative journalism?

I’ve even received emails from people who attended the trial who say that the DNA was really the prosecution’s only argument that Cyr killed Jaymie. Meanwhile, Justin Adams not only had the means, the motive, the opportunity and was even allegedly in the area of where Jaymie disappeared from yet he gets a pat on the head from police and is sent on his way.

While Cyr may not be innocent I believe he has been convicted on very flimsy evidence and at the very least deserves a retrial at different venue. I also believe that the Oklahoma City Police are trying to cover something up by convicting Cyr and letting Adams walk. I urge everyone reading this to not only please share this story but to also contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) and urge them to investigate the OKCPD’s handling of Jaymie’s murder.

When contacting the OSBI please be polite and respectful as that will go a long way into making our concerns heard.

Grave Injustice: Joseph Cyr convicted of Jaymie Adams’ murder

Grave Injutice: Joseph Cyr convicted of Jaymie Adams' murder

Joseph Cyr

In what os probably the biggest miscarriage of justice I’ve ever posted about on this site, Joseph Cyr was convicted in the murder of Jaymie Adams. Since the beginning I have maintained that Jaymie Adams’ husband, Justin Adams, had more reasons to kill Jaymie than anybody. Even if Jospeh Cyr isn’t innocent, there was enough reasonable doubt, in my opinion, that the jury should have come back with a not guilty verdict.

In their closing arguments, Joseph Cyr’s defense stated that not only did Jaymie Adams have no defensive wounds but no blood was ever found on Joseph Cyr’s clothes. Not to mention we should never forget that Justin Adams not only took out an insurance policy on his wife before her murder but he was also having an affair while police were looking for his missing wife. As far as I’m concerned the only thing that the prosecution was able to prove was that Cyr had sex with Jaymie Adams. Considering her husband was turning her out on craigslist as a prostitute this should come as no surprise. This is no knock against Jaymie Adams but what connections does Justin Adams have to not only have gotten parole on manslaughter charges for his wife’s death but to be treated so saintly by the local media?

Until I hear a confession from Cyr himself or hear concrete evidence that proves he killed Jaymie without a shadow of a doubt I will maintain his innocence. I also maintain that the Oklahoma City police have railroaded an innocent man and should be investigated for improprieties involving this investigation.

The jury has recommended a life sentence without parole for Cyr but as of now this man should not be spending a minute in jail.

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?

Jennifer Parks’ killer has latest sentencing appeal denied

Jennifer Parks' killer has latest sentencing appeal denied

Jennifer Parks

It was 11 years ago today that 16-year-old Jennifer Parks, of Randolph, New Jersey, was brutally murdered by her neighbors, James and Jonathan Zarate. It may then be somewhat fitting that yesterday Jonathan Zarate had his latest sentencing appeal denied. Jonathan Zarate was 18 at the time of Jennifer’s murder and was convicted and sentenced to life in 2009.

Zarate’s latest appeal claimed that his counsel was ineffective by not further pursuing an insanity defense. The courts ruled that Zarate’s counsel did adequately pursue those options before pursuing a defense of diminished capacity.

Someone asked me earlier today if there is one particular crime that I’ve posted about that sticks out in my mind. That answer will always be Jennifer’s murder. Not only was it particularly violent, but it’s probably the most senseless murder I’ve ever posted about. Jennifer had so much potential to bring the world and the fact that she wasn’t able to is a travesty.

Resentencing ordered for one of Jennifer Parks’ killers

James Zarate

James Zarate

James Zarate was 14 when he and his brother Jonathan brutally murdered and dismembered their neighbor, 16-year-old Jennifer Parks, in 2005. The younger Zarate was tried as an adult and sentenced in 2009 to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after serving 76 years of his sentence.

Now a New Jersey judge has ordered a resentencing for James Zarate based on the recent court rulings that mandatory life without parole for teens in cruel and unusual. Let’s not forget how cruel and unusual the Zarate brothers were to Jennifer Parks. Not only did they stab and bludgeon her to death but they dismembered her body so they could stuff it in a trunk which they tried to throw into the Passaic River. That’s not even including how cruel and unusual Jennifer’s murder was to her family. Not only did Jennifer’s parents divorce after her murder but her father, David Parks, died of a heart attack only two years after Zarate’s conviction. I’m sure this order for resentencing has opened old wounds for the Parks family making them relive this nightmare again. Is that not cruel and unusual?

The only saving grace here is that out of the cases that I’m following none of the cases appealed on these recent rulings have resulted in reduced sentences.

Laurie Parks can’t appeal to have Jennifer brought back to her so James Zarate should not be returned to his family any time soon or ever.

Torey Adamcik denied new trial or re-sentencing

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Late last week a judge denied Torey Adamcik’s request for either a new trial or a reconsidered sentence. Adamcik’s attorney argues that recent court rulings that say mandatory life sentences for teens are cruel and unusual however the judge disagreed that those rulings applied in the case of Adamcik.

Along with cohort Brian Draper, Adamcik was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to life for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart. The pair had bragged about the murder on videotape after stabbing Cassie 29 times. Draper was also a fan of the Columbine shooters, what I call a mutant and what Tumblr users call a columbiner.