>Victims in Colorado Springs nightclub shooting identified

Posted on November 24, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov 21 (Reuters) – Colorado Springs officials on Monday identified the five shooting victims who died and the two heroes who prevented further bloodshed at the LGBTQ nightclub where a gunman opened fire on Saturday night.

Another 17 people were wounded by gunfire in the rampage. Police said they had yet to determine a motive, but the city’s mayor and LGBTQ rights groups said the attack bore the hallmarks of a hate crime. The suspected shooter, a 22-year-old man, remained under arrest at a hospital, presumably for injuries sustained when a decorated former Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran pummeled him in a successful effort to stop the assault at Club Q in Colorado’s second-largest city.

Club Q, one of the only places for LGBTQ people to gather in Colorado Springs, attracted a diverse crowd of queer people and straight allies. On Sunday, which was Transgender Day of Remembrance, the club was planning to mark the occasion with a “drag brunch” and a nighttime show “with a variety of gender identities and performance styles.”

Police held him on initial charges including five counts of first-degree murder and bias crimes, but prosecutors said they expected to file formal criminal charges that may differ once he is out of the hospital. The suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, was known to law enforcement, having been arrested in June 2021 after his mother reported he threatened to detonate a bomb and harm her with multiple weapons, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez instead tried to focus Monday’s news conference on the victims. He identified the dead as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers also paid tribute to the heroes who rushed the shooter: Richard Fierro and Thomas James. Fierro is a U.S. Army veteran who did three tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

“I’m straight. My kids are straight, but we go there … Why? Because it’s about community,” Fierro told reporters. When the shooting broke out, Fierro said he rushed the gunman, pulled him to the ground, then grabbed the gunman’s pistol and hit him with it. James helped by removing the shooter’s rifle, which Fierro described as an AR, and kicking him. Meanwhile a drag performer stomped him with high heels, Fierro said.

“I wish I could have done more,” Fierro said. “But those (five) people aren’t home tonight, and I am. And I’m really upset by that. It’s not something I’m proud of.”


>U.S. Army veteran one of two men who took down Colorado shooter

Posted on November 24, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov 21 (Reuters) – A decorated Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who had taken his family to support a drag show performer who was one of his daughter’s friends said his U.S. Army training took over when gunfire broke out at a Colorado LGBTQ club.

“It’s the reflex,” Rich Fierro told reporters gathered on the snow-covered front yard of his suburban Colorado Springs home Monday evening. “Go. Go to the fire. Stop the action. Stop the activity. Don’t let no one get hurt.”

Fierro described grabbing the suspect by the armor the gunman was wearing, dragging him down and using the shooter’s pistol to beat him late Saturday after five people were killed and at least 17 wounded. The dead included the boyfriend of Fierro’s daughter, identified by Colorado Springs police as Raymond Green Vance.

At an earlier news conference, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers had identified Fierro as one of “two heroes,” along with Thomas James, who “saved a lot of lives” at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Fierro said many others deserved credit, including a young man who had been dancing with his daughter and dragged her to safety when the shooting started, and a drag performer who kicked the gunman with her high heels as Fierro held him down.

“I’m not a hero,” Fierro said. “I’m just some dude.”

Officials did not elaborate on the men’s actions, and Fierro’s comments provided details investigators have not spoken about. Fierro said he was detained for about an hour by police who found him with a pistol in his hand in the confused aftermath of the shooting. He mourned his daughter’s boyfriend, who he said he had known since his daughter was in high school.

“He’s a good kid. And I loved him,” Fierro said.

The wounded included a couple, close friends of Fierro who have two young children.

“I wish I could have saved everybody in there,” Fierro said. “I wish I could have done more.”

Fierro and his wife Jess Fierro own a Colorado Springs brewery. Their Atrevida Beer Company was closed on Monday as family members gathered at their home in a quiet Colorado Springs suburb to mourn. Jess Fierro had said earlier that her husband’s hands, knees and an ankle were injured in the struggle with the gunman.

Speaking from her doorstep, Jess Fierro told Reuters the violence sparked her husband’s post traumatic stress disorder. Rich Fierro served 14 years in the military and was awarded the Bronze Star twice as he served as a field artillery officer during three tours of Iraq and a tour of Afghanistan, U.S. Army records show.


>Florida Man Murders Wife For Life Insurance

Posted on November 24, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Mark Sievers for his first-degree murder conviction for his involvement in the death of his wife.

The court also denied Sievers appeal of his corresponding death sentence and his conviction for conspiracy to commit murder.

According to court documents, Sievers’ lawyers made several claims against the ruling, including that a polygraph was not performed on one of the accused killer’s Curtis Wayne Wright. He also claims testimony provided by neighbors should not have been allowed due to it being irrelevant.

The Supreme Court rebuffed all of these claims.

“As to the first-degree murder count, the State had to prove that Dr. Sievers was dead, that Sievers’ criminal act caused her death, and that her death was premeditated,” The Court stated in ruling. “Because Sievers was not present at the murder, the jury was instructed on the principal theory of liability. Under that theory, Sievers could be found guilty of first-degree murder if he had procured, hired, or aided Dr. Sievers’ killing.”

In 2019, Sievers hired Curtis Wayne Wright to stage a home invasion and kill his wife Dr. Theresa Sievers. Wright would enlist the help of Jimmy Rodgers to help carry out the murder in exchange for nearly $100,000 in life insurance proceeds.

While Mark Sievers was on a vacation with this two daughters, Wright and Rodgers would travel from Missouri to Bonita Springs, where they would bludgeon Dr. Sievers to death with hammers.

Two weeks later, Wright was targeted as a suspect and later search warrants uncovered evidence that connected him to the death of Dr. Sievers.

Wright would receive 25 years in prison after accepting a plea deal to testify against Mark Sievers and Jimmy Rodgers.


>Buster Murdaugh’s murder trial

Posted on November 24, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Richard “Buster” Murdaugh Jr.— the lone surviving son of disgraced South Carolina lawyer and accused killer Alex Murdaugh — is living a quiet life with his longtime girlfriend in a resort town ahead of his father’s hotly anticipated murder trial, Fox News Digital has learned. “They’re a really nice couple,” said a neighbor, who wasn’t aware of Buster’s identity or tragic family circumstances. “They always smile and say, hi.”

Buster, and Brooklynn White, both 26, live with their beloved golden retriever, Miller, in a modest one-bedroom Hilton Head Island condominium — a far cry from the sprawling 1,700-acre hunting farm, known as Moselle, where he grew up in Islandton, South Carolina. Alex, 54, is accused of fatally shooting Buster’s only sibling, 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh, and their 52-year-old mother, Maggie Murdaugh, June 7, 2021, near the estate’s dog kennels.

The fallen patriarch is slated to go to trial Jan. 23 for the shocking double homicide. Buster has continued to support his disbarred and jailed father. On Tuesday morning, Buster, wearing a downcast expression, pulled up in his gray GMC Yukon outside the apartment, then carried a basket of laundry inside before leaving.

The home, which features a blue Marlin decoration on the front porch, is in a complex with a communal pool, a tennis court and a gym. It’s unclear when Buster and White began dating — but she accompanied him to the joint funeral of Paul and Maggie, according to a source.

She was seen comforting her beau as he cried at the service, and she affectionately interacted with his father, the source added. White, who’s from Rock Hill, South Carolina, bought the Hilton Head condo for $180,000 in July 2021 after landing her first job out of law school at Olivetti McCray & Withrow, where she specializes in probate and estate planning, according to the firm’s website.

She declined to answer questions Wednesday morning on her boyfriend’s state or the case against his father, politely responding to several requests for comment with a simple, “No, ma’am.” The apartment on Hilton Head, a vacation destination known for its pristine beaches and golf courses, is about 70 miles from Buster’s childhood home.

White attended the University of South Carolina Law School alongside Buster, who was allegedly kicked out in his second semester for plagiarism, the Wall Street Journal reported. Alex paid an attorney $60,000 to try to get Buster readmitted, according to FitsNews.

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>Life Insurance Companies Deny Most Homicide Claims

Posted on November 22, 2022

Author: America’s Best Life Insurance Lawyer


In Accidental Death and Dismemberment Life Insurance Policies, Homicide is considered an Accidental Cause of Death. Nevertheless, life insurance companies routinely deny AD&D Claims when the Cause of Death is listed as a Homicide. This is especially true if the murder victim happens to be a minority. Unfortunately, there is almost a presumption that if someone has been murdered, they must have been doing something wrong themselves.

Life Insurance Companies understand that these Homicide and Murder claims typically involve a lengthy police investigation. The police investigation and potential criminal trial that follows can easily last one or two years. Until the police investigation and/or trial are completed, it is generally impossible to obtain the information needed to exonerate the victim of potential wrongdoing.

Life Insurance Companies often deny these AD&D Claims by alleging that the deceased had a criminal record or was involved in some sort of illegal activity at the time of the murder. These are often completely groundless accusations, but the beneficiary is left to prove otherwise. The large majority of life insurance beneficiaries who receive a claim denial eventually give up and reluctantly accept the life insurance company’s denial of their completely valid AD&D claim.

The DiGeorge Life Insurance Law Firm has tremendous experience winning all types of denied accidental death claims and especially denied murder claims. We know how to work with the police and prosecutors to get the information we need.

>Denied Death Benefit Claims & Denied Life Insurance Claims

Posted on March 26, 2020

Denied Death Benefit ClaimsThere are signs that we are finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. In a few more weeks, the worst will hopefully be behind us, but the economic damage will have been done. Many beneficiaries are fighting with life insurance companies over recently denied death benefit claims.

DiGeorge Life Insurance Law can get wrongfully denied life claims paid. We love turning our clients into winners. Most insurance companies won’t take you seriously. They have no choice but to take us seriously! We are available 24/7 so contact us now.

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DiGeorgeLifeInsuranceLaw.com is nationally known for our skillful and aggressive representation of our beneficiary clients. The life insurance companies certainly know who we are. We only handle life insurance cases and we are highly experienced with every cause of death or scenario leading to a denial. Life insurance denials fit patterns that an experienced life insurance lawyer can immediately recognize and dismantle. So, if you have been denied a life insurance claim, don’t just walk away. You can get that denial reversed. Remember, you don’t pay the lawyer anything unless the lawyer is able to get your death claim paid. The team at DiGeorge Law is available to you 24/7. Let us know how we can help?