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On November 20, 2013, the body of a homeless woman, later identified as that of Terese Jameson, the mother of 14 year-old Mickey Jameson and a former employee of the Silver Streak Café in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, was discovered by Detective Rae/Ray Taylor in a trash dumpster in the alley behind the café. Fingerprints on a brick, stained with Jameson's blood, that was found with the body belonged to the café's owner, Carrie/Kerry Townsend, who has been charged with second degree murder in Jameson's death.

According to Mickey and Kim Sanchez, an employee of the homeless shelter where the Jamesons had stayed briefly, Townsend had fired Terese Jameson when she confronted her/him with her suspicion that horse meat was being used in the Silver Streak's famous half-pound all-beef burgers. On the morning of her death, according to Mickey, Jameson went to the café intending to tell Townsend that unless s/he rehired her, she would report her/him to the city health authorities.

The only other person in the Silver Streak that morning was Sandy Gonzales, a meat delivery driver, who says that s/he did not witness any altercation between Townsend and Jameson, but that s/he did later observe a group of teen-aged boys around the dumpster in the alley where her/his delivery truck was parked. Jean/Gene Wade believes that her/his son, Kody "Monster" Wade, who is in a local gang that has a reputation for preying on the homeless and is currently missing, may be involved in the murder.

At trial, Detective Taylor, Kim Sanchez and Mickey Jameson will testify for the prosecution. Carrie/Kerry Townsend; Sandy Gonzales and Jean/Gene Wade will testify for the defense.

Both the prosecution and the defense are ready to proceed in the matter of State of New Mexico vs. Carrie/Kerry Townsend. REQUEST THIS CASE

Adapted by Michelle Giger and Karl Johnson, Esq. from an original CCV case written in 2001.

Thanks to Albuquerque HealthCare for the Homeless, Albuquerque Homeless Coalition, and Sigrid E. Olson, Esq.

On the morning of December 1, 2012, in the season of Shalako, Zuñi Police were notified that Ernesto Cata, a 12 year-old member of the Zuñi Pueblo, and his best friend, 14 year-old Navajo George Bowlegs, were missing. Cata’s body was found the next morning, the victim of an apparent homicide

The initial investigation established that on the evening of November 30, Cata went for his daily run in the hills near the pueblo, in training for his role in the upcoming Shalako ritual as Shulawitsi, the Little Fire God, a physically demanding position requiring the boy to dance continuously for several hours during the ceremonies. According to what Bowlegs, prior to his disappearance, told his friend, Chance Oxford, he had gone to join Cata at the conclusion of his run on the 30th when he saw a kachina, or Zuñi spirit being, where Cata was supposed to meet him, and he fled in terror. Shortly thereafter, Cata’s body, his head nearly severed by a blow from a large and very sharp weapon, was discovered in a shallow grave nearby.

The investigation was soon joined by Lieutenant Jo/Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Police Department, who was assigned to find Bowlegs; Agent Chris O’Malley of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who was involved because the federal government has jurisdiction over homicides committed in Indian Country; and, Agent Pat Baker of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, who suspected Cata’s murder was connected with an ongoing investigation of a possible Mexican heroin smuggling operation at a nearby commune known as “Jason’s Fleece.”

After an extensive search, Lt. Leaphorn finally found George Bowlegs at Shalako during the early morning hours of December 7. Before s/he could apprehend him in the crowds, however, Bowlegs was shot dead in an alleyway by an unknown assailant. Two days later, federal agents raided Jason’s Fleece, discovering not only a quantity of Mexican heroin, but also a machete stained with blood matching Cata’s, the handgun with which Bowlegs was shot, and a top plume from a Zuñi kachina.

Oxford and another resident of Jason’s Fleece, Aaron “Tex” Halsey, were arrested for possession of heroin, and Halsey for the murders of Cata and Bowlegs. Oxford has entered a plea in the possession case in exchange for her/his testimony in the Halsey murder trial. The possession charge against Halsey is still pending.
In Halsey’s trial for the murders of Cata and Bowlegs, the prosecution will call Chance Oxford, Rabbi Isador/a Inglestein, and Agent Chris O’Malley. The defense will call Lt. Jo/e Leaphorn, who believes that Halsey is being framed by the DEA for murders actually committed by Professor Chester Reynolds, who has since disappeared, to cover up a fraudulent anthropological dig; Tristan Isaacs, Professor Reynolds’ assistant at the dig; and, as an adverse witness, Agent Pat Baker.

Both the prosecution and the defense are ready to proceed in the matter of United States of America vs. Aaron Halsey. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WRITTEN BY: Karl Johnson, Esq., Robert Hyde, Esq., Anthony Little, Esq. and Michelle Giger.



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