Written by administrator on February 19th, 2013
Police ID cell phone store owner killed in robbery
News from Houston Chronicle:
Police have identified the owner of a southeast Houston cell phone store who died at the hospital after he was shot during a holdup at the business Monday afternoon.
His killer has so far eluded capture.
Houston police said two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks forced their way into the Boost Mobile store at 5307 Telephone near Kinney about 4:30 p.m.
Police said the robbers forced the owner, identified as 62-year-old Hamid Warrich, to the ground. They demanded cash from Warrich and the customers who were inside the business at the time.
One of the men shot Warrich after the store owner triggered an alarm.
Warrich was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he later died, HPD officials said.
The suspects left after the shooting……………. continues on Houston Chronicle
Police: Cell phone shows McCowan did not stay home on morning of murder
News from nwitimes.com:
VALPARAISO | Dustin McCowan claims he was home during the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 2011 when it is believed his former girlfriend Amanda Bach was killed, but activity from his cell phone tells a different story, a sheriff’s detective testified Tuesday morning.
Cell activity recorded from towers in the Wheeler area place McCowan’s phone at several locations around and between where Bach’s body and vehicle were found, according to Detective Gene Hopkins.
The sites identified by Verizon Wireless are not considered exact, but rather “best estimated locations,” he said. It shows patterns and movement of cell phone use.
The defense in the McCowan murder trial made a failed attempt Tuesday to keep the cell phone information away from the jurors, attacking its reliability and comparing Hopkins’ expertise to an “elementary student attempting to do calculus.”
In response to questioning from defense attorney Nicholas Barnes, Hopkins said he had been told the technology provided by Verizon is “spot on” in some cases and as much as a mile or more off in others.
One map presented by the defense showed a couple usage points a mile and a half away from McCowan’s then-Union Township home at a time when he is believed to have been at the house. Hopkins said the accuracy of the locations is based in part on the strength of the cell signal. He sa…………… continues on nwitimes.com
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