Thursday, January 17 2013 9:36 PM EST2013-01-18 02:36:43 GMT
On Thursday morning, the three men suspected of killing and dismembering a Boone County man appeared in court to answer for murder charges. A detective took the stand and testified that the three suspects,More >>
A Boone County Sheriff's detective said three murder suspects killed and dismembered a suspected drug dealer in order to find and assault other dealers.More >>
Wednesday, January 16 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-01-17 04:27:44 GMT
The Boone County Sheriff's Office have released a preliminary identification of the man who was killed and dismembered in Boone COunty. Officers say the victim is Daniel Delfin, 19, of Walton. OfficersMore >>
The Boone County Sheriff's Office released a preliminary identification of the man who was killed and dismembered in Boone COunty.More >>
Wednesday, January 16 2013 11:50 AM EST2013-01-16 16:50:42 GMT
The Boone County Sheriff's Office says no further searching is planned for the remains of a man who was murdered and dismembered. Three men, Jefferey All, 21, Anthony Baumgartner, 23, and Stephen Harkness,More >>
The Boone County Sheriff's Office says no further searching is planned for the remains of a man who was murdered and dismembered.More >>
Wednesday, January 16 2013 6:31 AM EST2013-01-16 11:31:08 GMT
Three Boone County men have been arrested for the kidnapping, torture, murder and dismemberment of another man. Investigators charged Jefferey Allen, 21, of Verona, Anthony Baumgartner, 23, of Florence,More >>
Three Boone County men have been arrested for the kidnapping, torture, murder and dismemberment of a victim who has yet to be identified. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:42 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:42:47 GMT
Police in Charlotte are investigating after a man died in police custody after he was involved in a fight with another man. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers were calledMore >>
Police in Charlotte are investigating after a man died in police custody after he was involved in a fight with another man.More >>
But in at least one case, FOX19 has uncovered signs of trouble while one of the Marines was deployed in Afghanistan.
As authorities announce Wednesday they're suspending the search for more of the victim's body parts and identify the victim for the first time, the military records FOX19 obtained give some insight into the lives of two of the three men who, according to a sheriff's spokesman, wanted to "rid the world of evil" by kidnapping, killing, and dismembering a suspected heroin dealer.
Stephen E. Harkness of Verona, Kentucky, served as a water support technician with the Marines in Afghanistan. Just like it sounds, a water support technician is responsible for making sure fellow Marines get drinking water and are able to take showers.
According to Harkness's military record, he served only about two months in Afghanistan. But a Marine's tour of duty in Afghanistan usually lasts about seven months, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune tells FOX19.
Harkness was under the command of the Camp Lejeune-based logistics group.
"I cannot confirm the specific reason why his deployment to Afghanistan appears to be shorter than the normal six to seven month period," said Lt. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps spokesman at Camp Lejeune. He said Marines' personnel records are protected by the federal Privacy Act.
Another sign of trouble in Harkness's life is the fact that he left Kentucky in March 2011 as a lance corporal, according to a newspaper profile of him at the time.
However, the records obtained by FOX19 show that when he left the Marines a year ago this month he had been demoted one notch to private first class.
Boone County sheriff's spokesman Tom Scheben said Tuesday that at least one of the suspects in this case was dishonorably discharged from the Marines.
"One of them, for example, is an ex-Marine," Scheben said. "And I say ex-Marine because he was dishonorably discharged, to the best of my knowledge. And two of his buddies, I guess, fall into that same mindset, perhaps. Not the Marine mindset; the dishonorably discharged Marine mindset."
Scheben told FOX19 this afternoon he had no further information to provide. The Marines won't comment about Harkness's discharge.
Harkness's record indicates he received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and NATO Medal for service in Afghanistan. Just as their titles indicate, these medals honor service only. In and of themselves, they are not necessarily indications of particular ability, honor, or courage under fire.
Jefferey W. Allen of Verona, Kentucky, also served in the Marines. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at 29 Palms, California.