Nykerion Nealon has been arrested for killing Ahmed Al-Jumaili, the Iraqi immigrant shot as he, his wife and his brother took pictures in the snow on March 5.
Nealon, 17, told police he took to the streets near Al-Jumaili's apartment in far northeast Dallas after someone shot into his girlfriend's apartment on Audelia Road. He gathered some friends and an assault rifle and went out to search for the shooter, police said. Upon seeing Al-Jumaili and his family, Nealon shot at them multiple times, continuing to shoot as they ran back into their apartment.
The view from inside a bus of XTC Cabaret, where unknown illegal activity might or might not have been happening.
One week ago, I went on something called a human-trafficking bus tour and have been struggling since to make sense of what happened. On a DART bus, accompanied by a police officer and about a dozen other human-trafficking tourists, we were taken past the Shops and Park Lane, where a Collin County man was once accused of forcing runaway teens into prostitution, and then by some strip clubs and massage parlors near Harry Hines Boulevard.
Never leaving the safety of the bus, we learned from our tour leader that some of the massage parlors have been busted for selling sex. (!) The case against the strip clubs was not as strong. The clubs we saw, the tour-leaders explained, shared some common traits with other strip clubs, and those other strip clubs were busted for various types of illegal activity. We did not travel by the office building that's home to the online adult classified site BackPage.com, though we were shown the BackPage website in a conference room beforehand. (The Observer's offices are in the same building, different floor, and the two businesses are not related except for being in the same office building. Would have made for a handy bus stop, though.).
As video released by Dallas police of the suspects confirms, the department has frustratingly little to go on in its search for the killers of Ahmed Al-Jumaili. Al-Jumaili, 36, had recently emigrated to Dallas from Iraq. Wednesday night, he saw snow for the first time; when he, his wife and his brother went outside Al-Jumaili's apartment to take some pictures and enjoy the weather, Al-Jumaili was shot. He staggered back into his apartment on Walnut Street in Far Northeast Dallas, before being taken to Texas Health Presbyterian. He died at the hospital.
"Just like all of us, a pretty snowfall brings the child out in us, you can just imagine the excitement between [Al-Jumaili's] wife and his brother and himself as they were enjoying the snow," Dallas Police Department major Jeff Cotner said at a Friday press conference.
Ahmed Al-Jumail was outside with his wife just after midnight Thursday taking pictures of the newly fallen snow when witnesses saw two men walk casually past the couple before turning around and shooting at them, police say. Al-Jumail was hit and transported to the hospital, where he died. He was 36 and had recently emigrated from Iraq.
Alia Salem, executive director of the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has asked that police investigate whether the Al-Jumail and his wife's faith -- and maybe her hijab -- played a role in Al-Jumail's death.
Christina Morris disappeared on August 30, 2014, after walking into the Shops at Legacy garage where she'd parked her car with Enrique Arochi. After police found Morris' DNA in Arochi's trunk, he was arrested and charged with kidnapping 23-year-old Morris. He's been sitting in Collin County Jail since December.
Now, though, new accusations have surfaced against Arochi, who police say sexually assaulted a teenager.
David Campbell should have thought this one through. When you and your buddies have, as DeSoto police believe Campbell did, stolen a monster truck and hidden it deep into the woods, it's not the best idea to try to claim a reward offered for the trucks safe return. People are going to wonder how you knew it was there.
Campbell didn't see that coming. Cops say he called Dallas Hale, part owner of the truck, last week and asked if the $5,000 reward offered for the truck was still available. Hale told him that it was and agreed to meet Campbell at an Exxon just off I-35 in DeSoto.
Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday night, an Erath County jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty for the February 2013 shootings of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield. Routh never disputed that he shot Kyle and Littlefield. At trial, he and his defense team claimed he was legally insane and didn't know right from wrong when he killed Kyle and Littlefield at a shooting range.
The jury disagreed, despite potentially compelling evidence of Routh's paranoid schizophrenia presented by the defense. Routh had been through multiple hospitalizations for his mental illness. Routh convinced the defense's psychiatric expert -- Dr. Mitchell H. Dunn, psychiatrist at Terrell State Hospital -- that he shot Kyle and Littlefield because he believed they were part of a world-domination-seeking group of pig-human hybrids and wanted to kill him. Dunn said Routh acted in self-defense, because he genuinely feared for his life. He did not know, Dunn said, that killing Kyle and Littlefield was wrong.
The tow truck driver who shot and killed a young, unarmed probation officer named Lance Lemons earlier this month was not arrested afterward, and Dallas police are still refusing to identify the shooter. They say they don't have to reveal his name unless they decide to send his case to a grand jury. But whether the driver will ever face charges for killing Lemons remains still uncertain.
"They have NOT made a grand jury referral yet," was the last we heard from a Dallas Police Department spokeswoman in an email. "As it stands, it's still an open investigation."
Chris Kyle signs a copy of his book, American Sniper.
If there was any doubt that Eddie Routh, the former Marine who shot and killed Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield in 2013, was profoundly disturbed, Thursday's testimony at Routh's murder trial erased it. Now, the jury is going to decide whether Routh knew that shooting Kyle and Littlefield was wrong. If he did, he fails to meet Texas' legal insanity standard.
Dr. Mitchell H. Dunn, psychiatrist at Terrell State Hospital, took most of the day to describe his interactions with Routh.
The last time we wrote about Excalibur towing, the person whose car had been towed wondered if someone broke into her car to rip off her parking sticker, possibly causing her car to be towed -- assuming the sticker went missing before her car was hauled away instead of after. "The only explanation I have is that it either fell off and I didn't notice it or someone took it off," the woman said.
Now, a different person whose car was recently towed by Excalibur says that $1,400 she had in her car disappeared somewhere along the line before she got it back.