Police recieved a 911 call on Thurs. about 4 pm. When they responded to the address, they found David M. Abell, 17, outside the address, dead at the scene. Two others had also been stabbed, and they drove away from the address and were found about a mile from the scene. Police were not sure where the assailant was, if he was in the home or would return to it. 

Police believe there was some type of altercation or arguement at the address which led up to the stabbings. The other two who were stabbed were 14-year-old Raven Haub and 17-year-old Travis Stephenson. They were found near the address and were flown to a hospital where they were reported to be in serious condition. Police say all involved were either brothers or friends and that they all may have lived together.

The victim's brother was arrested, while walking along a road. In custody is Joseph Abell, 27, who was found walking along a road and was arrested without incident. (I have also seen the name listed as Able). Police say that Joseph Abell has a previous arrest on his record. He pleaded guilty last year to a charge of battery for hitting his brother-in-law with a hammer. Abell has been charged with the murder of his brother and the attempted murder of the two others.


Accident exposes murder

A police officer driving behind Alofa Time’s truck and noticed his erratic driving. Then he saw him hit a car.

Dead at the scene were Samantha Nina Murphy, 36, and her 4-year-old daughter, Jae Lynne Grimes. Murphy’s other daughter was injured in the accident and is now in stable condition in the hospital.

Police investigating the accident scene had a problem. Besides the child transported to the hospital, and the bodies of the two killed in the accident, they found a decapitated head of a woman which had been tossed into the roadway during the accident.

Time, 51, was not injured in the accident. And he allegedly admitted to knowledge of the severed head. Allegedly he admitted to involvement of his wife’s death. After obtaining a search warrant police went to Time’s home and Theresa Time’s, 47, decapitated body was found in the garage of the couple’s home. She was found sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle. An autopsy has been scheduled to try to determine her cause of death. It should be completed about Monday.

Time has been indited on 2 counts of 2nd degree murder in the deaths of the mother and child killed in the accident. He is also being charged with 1 st degree homicide in the death of his wife. There is also a pending charge of domestic battery that he had pleaded innocent to in March.

The couple had only been married for 3 months before their divorce in January. Though it is alleged they continued to live together off and on. In March a judge issued a no contact order against Time for allegedly abusing his wife.

According to one police report that incident involved “Alofa grabbed her by both forearms and threw her to the bed.  He then moved both hands to her throat and applied pressure, making it difficult for Theresa to breath.” Not long after Theresa Time asked that the no contact order be lifted so that they could work things out. The judge refused to lift the order until Theresa Time had completed a positive safety planning class last month, then the order was lifted.

When I was a teen I remember having the feeling that if I went somewhere I shouldn’t, that that was the time I would have car trouble, or a ticket, or an accident. But that didn’t stop me from going where I wanted, and evidently it didn’t stop him either.

Ok, a mother and child have died. One child is alive, but hospitalized. And his wife is dead now and won’t be testifying at his domestic violence trial. However, he is facing worse charges. At first I had trouble with the 2nd degree murder charges. Usually a vehicle accident would get manslaughter or vehicular homicide. Then I think I have figured it out. I am not a lawyer and have no legal expertise, but I think the higher charges may have applied because the accident occurred during the commission of another crime. He was transporting a portion of his dead wife’s remains. Now why her head was in the truck and her body at home, I haven’t figured out.

Yes, there was a history of domestic violence, court involvement and probably police involvement at least in Mar., also. It seems to have been a rather violent relationship, even as short as it apparently was.

I was impressed by the judge requiring the safety prevention class before he dismissed the order. I wish more of that were done. Though to be honest, it is up to the couple’s choice if they decide to reconcile. And if it saved one woman by making her reconsider her decision to rescind a protection or retraining order, then it would be worth it.


Police believe the auto “accident” may have been intentional. The officer who was behind Time’s vehicle  “he saw a truck in front of him swerve into a car in the oncoming lane and crash into a passenger car.”

The daughter who was hospitalized is 8 years old, and her grandfather and stepgrandmother are at the hospital with her now.


Police say that when Time was taken into custody, he begged for officers to kill him. Police have found a suicide note, and money he set aside for unspecified arrangements after his death.

Time is currently being held in the county in which the accident occurred. He was given a $1 million dollar bond, but authorities say if he meets that bond, he will be transferred to the county in which his wife was found, and that judge there has already denied bail.

Besides the domestic violence charges against him for abuse of his  wife in Mar. it appears that he also has a previous history of domestic abuse charges in California.


Pled guilty to first degree murder in exchange for having the death penalty dropped.

Big Question

One question I have heard frequently is about family murders. Are they a new phenomenon or have they always been around? I was just over at CLEWS and found one of her older posts in which she addresses that issue. This is from May of 2005 which was before I began my blog, so you will have to forgive the delay in presentation. If you aren't familiar with CLEWS, it is a historic crime blog, therefore I don't think much will have changed since this post.

Divorce and parents and children

Every now and then I stray from the crime genre. And today this is one of those times. This is legally not a crime, per se.

I have been involved recently in some online and offline discussions on how a parents divorce or separation can affect any children involved. So in line with those conversations I am presenting this post. It is about a case currently being heard in court. The experts have testified. It is now up to a judge to make a ruling. I am not going to try to take a side here. Except to say that there has to be a better way to handle these problems. The people involved are not being named, as the case involves a minor child.

Mother and Father have an 8 year old child. They are currently in court to get a ruling on whether or not the 8 year old child should be circumcised.

The Mother states that the child was not circumcised at birth per the Father's wishes, as their son was "not a Jew" per the Father. She also alleges the son had suffered from an infection at least 4 times since 2004. She has stated that "was crying profusely" and "very scared" when trying to put on pants or swimming trunks. Experts have testified that circumcision would prevent the painful redness, swelling and cracking.

Attornies for the Mother have alleged that the father has twice been convicted of contempt and sentenced to jail for failing to help pay the boys medical expenses. In addition it is alleged that he was facing another ruling on contempt at the start of this hearing, but that he paid some overdue bills prior to the hearing.

The Mother has alleged that the Father showed their son pictures of a circumcision in progress, and told him he could be left with a limp, lose his penis or die from the procedure.

Experts have also testified for the father. These experts were not paid, they donated their time as a part of a growing anti-circumcision movement or recieved payment from that organization. They stated that a circumcision was not needed, that the infections were a result of poor hygiene or swimming in water with high chemical levels. They have said that better hygiene and medication would help the boy.

Additionally they have said that the mother only wants the circumcision so that the child could look more like the stepfather and stepbrother. And they hinted that boy may have seen the 11 year old stepbrother or touched him.

The father denies the "anti-semitic" remark but has admitted to downloading information from the internet to show the boy. He also testified that the boy had never complained to him about pain near his penis.