A 15-year-old Bronx girl planned the murder of an ex-girlfriend she assumed made sexually explicit photos of the teen public. She tricked the 20-year-old victim into a building where another young attacker pushed a knife blade into her chest.
What We Know:
- Police sources have stated that this was a planned revenge homicide after the girl was arrested for murder along with the supposed stabber, a fellow 15-year-old boy. A third suspect is still on the loose in this deadly November 2 murder plan that ended inside the Mount Eden home where Bond’s father lived.
- According to police, surveillance video caught Bond and the girl walking together just before the deadly betrayal, with two young males waiting just down the hallway. The two boys then jumped on her, with one stabbing the victim in the chest and the other swinging what seemed to be a cane at Bond.
- Police believe revenge was the motive, saying the female suspect, who had a previous relationship with the victim, had learned explicit photos of her were circulating.
- The victim’s mother reported receiving condolences from the accused girl on the day following Bond’s killing, stating this wasn’t the first time the girl went after her mentally-ill daughter.
- Shadonna Watson, the mother of the victim, stated:
“She set my daughter up, and she even messaged me on Facebook afterward, she said, ”So sorry for your loss, mama bear.” This girl is the devil. That girl cut my daughter a few weeks ago. If she did that, she probably came back to finish the job.”
- Police confirmed Bond filed a complaint on Oct. 13 that an ex-girlfriend cut her face and stabbed her in the back and buttocks. Bond proceeded to Lincoln Hospital and later checked herself out.
- Watson now thinks the girl’s cruel condolences after Bond’s death were meant to shift investigators away from her. Cops stated that the involved teen accused Bond of making the obscene photos public and planned with the boy to murder the defenseless victim.
- Police mention the female suspect became angry after seeing the photos were released, but it was unclear if they were even posted on social media or made public by Bond.
The girl was taken into custody two days after the killing, while the boy was arrested Monday, both were charged with murder, manslaughter, and possession of a weapon. Their identities are being kept secret due to their ages.
Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack
Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.
What We Know:
- Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
- Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
- A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack. Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.
Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.
New Orleans 911 Operator Wanted After Allegedly Disconnecting Calls on Purpose
A New Orleans 911 operator deliberately disconnected emergency calls without obtaining necessary information or relaying the callers’ emergencies to other dispatchers, and she is now facing arrest, according to authorities.
What We Know:
- Precious Stephens, 25, is wanted on a count of malfeasance in office, and she remained at large Thursday, police said. She has been fired from her job as a 911 operator, officials said.
“(The district) has and will continue to cooperate with the … investigation into this matter and dedicated to providing any and all assistance to aid in (the) efforts.”
- Stephens worked for the Orleans Parish Communication District, which dispatches first responders to 911 calls. On Aug. 24, the district reported to police that Stephens had deliberately disconnected 911 calls without obtaining vital information or informing other dispatchers about the callers who were in need of help. The district conducted an investigation into the quality of a random set of calls when they detected the problems with Stephens during her shifts Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, officials said. A statement from the district highlighted how its own internal protocols identified the issues with Stephens, who was immediately turned over to police and dismissed from her post.
Police asked anyone who knows where Stephens is to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.
Louisiana law defines malfeasance in office as unlawfully performing a job in public service. It can carry up to five years in prison.
R&B Star R. Kelly Jurors Summoned for Sex Trafficking Trial
The first phase of R. Kelly‘s trial began on Aug. 9 with a jury selection after several delays.
What We Know:
- U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly asked potential jurors if they could keep an open mind about Kelly as he faces charges for abusing women and girls for nearly two decades. Donnelly also reminded jurors that Kelly was presumed innocent, so they should not feel influenced by any bad publicity the singer experienced because of the accusations.
- Due to pandemic restrictions, the event took place online. Because of this, Kelly and the jurors faced difficulty popping up on the screen and the audio cut off at times.
- During the trial, jurors will expect to hear testimonies from several of Kelly’s accusers. In addition, a judge ruled that officials may only use the women’s first names. Currently, Kelly faces sex trafficking charges. Scrutiny around Kelly’s sexual behavior has followed him for decades. These include charges for child pornography. Alongside the sex-trafficking case in New York, Kelly also faces sex-related charges against him in Illinois and Minnesota.
- In addition, prosecutors might provide evidence that Kelly schemed with others to buy a fake ID for late R&B singer Aaliyah. In 1994, when Aaliyah was only 15, Kelly married and began a sexual relationship with her; it is also speculated he impregnated her. Prosecutors believe he married her so that she could not testify against him.
- In regards to his sex-trafficking trial, Kelly denies any wrongdoing; he has pleaded not guilty to leading a criminal enterprise of managers, bodyguards, and other employees who recruited women and girls for sex. Concerning the criminal enterprise, federal prosecutors reported the group found victims at concerts and other venues. After recruiting the women and children, they would make travel arrangements so they could meet with Kelly. Kelly’s lawyers claimed the victims were “groupies” who showed up at his concerts and “were dying to be with” Kelly.
The case is scheduled to officially begin on Aug. 18 with opening statements.