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KRYSTAL KARAT CASE CONCLUDES

by B J BECKHAM The trial of Opal May, the woman charged with robbing her own jewelry store and causing the death of  Theresa Burkart, concluded Wednesday in the New Grace County Courthouse. In her closing statement Rachel Shorte, of Henley, Martin and Kelly, asserted that the prosecution was trying to trick the jury into seeing facts that were not there.  She stated that the charge of insurance fraud was unfounded. There was no evidence to suggest that Ms. May had filed an insurance claim, as the robbery had just happened, but that the prosecution needed the jury to...
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KRYSTAL KARAT KONTINUES

by B J BECKHAM The trial of Opal May, the jewelry store owner charged with robbing her own store, continued on Monday, in the New Grace County Courthouse. The proceeding began with Doyle  May taking the stand. Mr. May, the husband of the accused, was quick to assure the jury that he was neither involved in the robbery on July 8,  2015 or the transfer of funds from the store’s accounts to the Caymen Island account in his sister-in-laws name.  He confirmed the store’s security system had been non-operational for almost a year, a fact known to the defendant....
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JEWEL THIEF BACK IN COURT

by B J BECKHAM   The trial of Opal May, which began on December 24th  in the New Grace County Courthouse,  continued Friday . To recap – Craig LaPorte of the Attorney General’s office promised the jury he would present video and documents to prove defendant Opal May, owner of Krystal Karats, staged the robbery of her own store and in her attempt to flee the scene caused the death of Theresa Burkart.  Ms. May is charged with felony murder, insurance fraud, discharging a weapon within the town limits and filing a false police report. Rachel Shorte of Henley, Martin and...
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CHRISTMAS LIGHT PRANKSTER IN COURT

by Shannon Longneck Raymond and Silver Gold, Irene Dunbar, Kathy Mavis and Ponce and Evelyn La Rue entered guilty pleas today. The twenty-two count indictment, which included three charges of abduction and assault, reflected the bizarre crimes that took place across New Grace County on December 10th  which left the victims tied naked with Christmas lights to a sleigh in a homeowner’s Christmas  display. Brother and sister Silver and Raymond Gold were arrested on December 12, 2015 for the abduction of Andrew Palmer from his car dealership in Beaudeclaire after forensic evidence linked to Ms. Silver. Although they refused...
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KRYSTAL KARAT KAPER

by BJ BECKHAM The trial of Opal May  began on December 24th  in the New Grace County Courthouse.  Craig LaPorte of the Attorney General’s Office presented his opening statement. Krystal Karats on Main Street in Rosemeade was robbed on the afternoon of July 8, 2015.  The owner reported being in the store alone when a woman entered pushing a stroller. After looking in the cabinets the woman asked to see a watch. When the owner took the watch out of the display she noticed the woman was holding a gun. Due to her hesitation the robber shot several times,...
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