Category Archives: Woman

Double Murder/Suicide – Killed – China Leann Barber (Mobile, AL)

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MOBILE, Alabama — A shooting reported early this morning at Campus Quarters near the University of South Alabama has claimed the life of a third victim, a Mobile Police Department spokeswoman said.

The case is now being investigated “as a double homicide and a suicide,” said MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains.

“One of the males was in a previous relationship with the female and an argument started,” Rains said. “That’s all we know.”

Around 4:45 a.m., officers were called to Campus Quarters at 112 South University Blvd after a shooting reportedly injured multiple people, according to police.

On arrival, police found a man and a woman approximately 100 yards apart from each other at the complex. They had died of gunshot wounds, Rains said.

A third man was transported to the hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Around 2 p.m., police said he had passed away.

MOBILE, Alabama — China Leann Barber, 20, Robert “BJ” Sprinkle, 23, and Augustus “Gus” Bennett are the names of the three people who died in Tuesday’s shooting at Campus Quarters apartment complex in Mobile, near the University of South Alabama.

The Mobile Police Department confirmed the names Wednesday after making sure the families were notified.

Mobile Police Department also stated that Sprinkle was the shooter.

Barber and Sprinkle attended Theodore High School and were married, according to Mobile County marriage records. The two married on December 12, 2012 and became estranged recently, according to family.

According to a friend of Barber’s who spoke to Alabama Media Group, Barber and Sprinkle had been separated since May 4, 2013.

They had been a couple for 4 1/2 years.

The wedding had not been planned and was a spur-of-the-moment decision that Barber later expressed remorse for, according to the friend.

Bennett, of Coden, Alabama, announced that he was in a relationship with Barber on Dec. 8 of this year, via his Facebook page.

Barber’s family has suffered immense tragedy growing up in impoverished conditions and she is the fourth of six children to die. Her brothers Ben and Tyler died in separate car accidents, and her brother Kevin of natural causes.

China Barber, 20, and boyfriend Gus Bennett were gunned down at her apartment complex by China’s estranged husband Robert Sprinkle

Sprinkle had been friends with Bennett and had been with China for years before they married last December

The couple split in May

China grew up in abject poverty but graduated from high school with honors and attended college on scholarship

Bennett posted their relationship on Facebook three days before he and China were murdered

Killed – Radonna Roland-Holman (Mount Vernon, MO)


A 54-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his wife, and then called 911 and waited for deputies to arrive at their home east of La Russell.

Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay said David K. Holman was arrested Monday night after the fatal shooting of Radonna L. (Roland) Holman, 55, inside their home at 6504 Highway 97.

Holman was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He remained in custody Wednesday at the Lawrence County Jail in Mount Vernon without any bond amount set as yet. He is expected to make an initial court appearance sometime today.

DeLay said Holman called 911 to report that his wife had been shot. Deputies who responded to the call found her on a bed in the residence with a single gunshot wound to her torso. The deputies tried to revive her, but she appeared to have died before the arrival of emergency responders, the sheriff said.

Lawrence County authorities say a man has been charged with first-degree murder in the apparent shooting death of his wife.

The sheriff’s office says 55-year-old Radonna Roland-Holman was found on a bed at her home Monday night in western Lawrence County with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Deputies were unable to save her.

Investigators say her husband, 54-year-old David Holman, called authorities to the house. He was later charged and is being held without bond in the county jail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Killed – Woman (Craig County, VA)


Virginia State Police and the Craig County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a death investigation.

Investigators were called to a home in the 5000 block of Craig Valley Drive (Route 311) on Monday afternoon.

When they arrived they found a 51-year-old woman dead of a gunshot wound.

Police tell WDBJ7 that a man from that same address was later arrested for domestic assault.

Murder/Suicide – Killed – Dr. Mary Jean Martin (Rock Hill, SC)

Dr. Mary Jean Martin

A former chairwoman of Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees died Monday after investigators say her husband shot her and then shot himself at their Rock Hill home.

James Martin, 91, and his wife, Mary Jean Martin, 81, were pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m. at their home in the Huntington Place neighborhood off Herlong Avenue, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said. They had been married for 14 years and had no children together.

Gast called the deaths a murder-suicide.

On Tuesday, autopsy results showed that James and Mary Martin died as a result of gunshot wounds, Gast said.

Police were called to the Martin house at about 8 a.m. after a caregiver found the couple, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger, spokesman for the Rock Hill Police Department. The door to the house at 1662 Huntcliff Drive was locked, he said, and police don’t believe anyone else was involved in the shootings.

Gast said James Martin left behind a note of instructions, telling whoever found the couple what family members to call. The note was not addressed to a specific person.

Investigators plan to submit forensic evidence to the State Law Enforcement Division, Bollinger said.

On Monday in Rock Hill, the 91-year-old husband of Mary Martin, a former chairwoman of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, shot her as she lay in bed. He then shot and killed himself and was found in that same bed, according to a police report.

So far, as the case remains under investigation, police have not conclusively determined that James H. Martin’s shooting of his wife, 81, was a mercy killing.

But for a York County prosecutor and a Rock Hill church leader – both of whom have dealt with murder-suicide and murder allegedly to end suffering – there is no such thing as a mercy killing.

“The idea that someone, even a spouse who loves the other person, would make the decision to take the life of the other is frightening,” said Willy Thompson, the 16th Circuit deputy solicitor who prosecuted Hartner. “The victim isn’t given a chance to prepare for death, to talk with family, any of that.

“Even if there is illness involved, the victim can’t prepare and no one around them can prepare.”

In the Martin case, there is no one to prosecute because the killer committed suicide.

Killed – Karen Louise Edwards (Killeen, TX)

Karen Louise Edwards

KILLEEN (December 11, 2013) Karen Louise Edwards, 43, of Killeen, who was killed at a local apartment building, where the man charged in the death held officers at bay for nearly two hours, was shot, stabbed and cut with a sword, an affidavit released Wednesday says.

Daniel Lorenzo Wilson, 41, of Killeen was jailed Wednesday evening in lieu of $1 million bond, charged with murder in Edwards’ death.

She died of gunshot wounds, blunt force trauma injuries and stab wounds to the head, trunk and extremities, according to preliminary autopsy results released Wednesday and an affidavit released later in the day details how she was killed.

A woman who was with Wilson at the apartment at 916 Mimosa early Monday morning told investigators that Edwards, whom she knew as “Kiki,” knocked on the door of the apartment and then got into an argument with Wilson.

Then, she said, Wilson “shot Kiki three times and then stabbed and cut Kiki with a sword,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said Wilson then threatened her with a gun and forced her at gunpoint to help him drag the dead woman to an abandoned residence in the area, the affidavit said.

Afterward, she told investigators, Wilson forced her to return to his apartment where he put the gun on a table.

She told investigators that at the first opportunity, she grabbed the gun and ran.

She called 911 at around 5:30 a.m. Monday and reported that she had escaped from a man who took her hostage after shooting Edwards.

The woman led officers to Edwards’ body behind 919 Mimosa St., and the Killeen Police Department’s SWAT Team was sent to the scene.

Officers blocked off surrounding streets, evacuated some residents in the area and told others to remain inside.

Police negotiators were able to convince the man to surrender at around 7:25 a.m. Monday.

Investigators later found what appeared to be blood and drag marks leading away from the apartment and found “a large amount of suspected blood” inside the residence, where they also discovered and seized “numerous knives and swords.”

Murder/Suicide – Killed – Betty White (Montrose, CO)


MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) Authorities say a man shot his elderly and ailing wife to death before turning the gun on himself.

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee tells the Montrose Daily Press that 67-year-old Eddie White shot 81-year-old Betty White in the torso at the couple’s home Dec. 8. The rifle was found next to the man’s body when a concerned family member discovered the deaths later that evening.

Killed – Firdous Malawi (Memphis, TN)


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men have been indicted in the murder of a woman at a Memphis motel.

Firdous Malawi, 19, was found shot to death at the Super 8 Motel at 6015 Macon Cove December 8, 2013.

Indicted were Joshua Trenell, 23, and George Bady, 19.

According to District Attorney Amy Weirich, surveillance video showed the two men entering room 225 where the woman’s body later was found and then leaving the room together.

Investigators say the 19-year-old victim was found dead at the motel on Macon Cove just after noon Sunday.