Rasheem Carter update: Missing man found dead with severed head near Taylorsville, Mississippi, Attorney Ben Crump says

LAURAL, Miss. — Rasheem Carter, a Mississippi Black man who went missing last October after claiming he was being targeted by white men in his community, was found dead and body dismembered shortly after according to a newly released autopsy, and his family is asking for a federal probe into his death.

Carter was reported missing two days after his last known sighting in Laurel, Mississippi, last October and days after telling his mother and the police about being targeted by white men in the community.

Around a month later on Nov. 2, the 25-year-old’s remains were found in a wooded area south of Taylorsville.

“One thing is for certain … This was not a natural killing. This was not a natural death. This represents a young man who was killed,” attorney Ben Crump said during a press conference Monday, releasing the findings of an autopsy report by the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office.

The report states that the conditions of the remains at the time of the autopsy make it difficult to determine exact timing of the injuries, and states there were signs of animal activity on the remains clouding the picture.

The medical examiner ruled that the cause and manner of death are both undetermined in the report.

Crump, in collaboration with his co-counsel Carlos Moore, is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a federal investigation into Carter’s death.

Carter’s head was severed from his body, with his spinal cord recovered in an area separate from his head, according to Crump.

“They have recently found remains that they believe are also Rasheem Carter at another part of where he went missing, and what that tells us is, this was a nefarious act. This was an evil act. Somebody murdered Rasheem Carter. And we cannot

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Attorney: Deputy wasn’t chasing speeder before deadly crash

FENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed in a crash with an Allegan County Sheriff’s Department cruiser is skeptical of claims the deputy was trying to catch up to a speeder. 

Instead, based on a newly released report from Michigan State Police, attorney Robert Lantzy believes the deputy was actually rushing to pick up a pizza. 

An undated photo of Jose and Ofelia Nunez. (Courtesy Nunez family)
An undated photo of Jose and Ofelia Nunez. (Courtesy Nunez family)

“Absolutely outrageous,” said Lantzy, who’s preparing to file suit against the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, former deputy Thomas Goggins, and Lee Township, which owns the cruiser involved in the crash. 

Goggins, who has since resigned from the sheriff’s office, was charged with two misdemeanor moving violations for the June 12 crash that killed Ofelia Nunez, 74, and seriously injured her husband Jose Nunez.

Goggins and the field training officer who was riding with him have said they were trying to catch a speeding minivan. But the state police report on the fatal crash shows an MSP detective sergeant questioned Goggins about a pizza order the deputies were scheduled to pick up within minutes of the crash.

Deputy Thomas Goggins is sworn in in May 2022. (Allegan County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
Deputy Thomas Goggins is sworn in in May 2022. (Allegan County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

“Thomas advised they were running traffic enforcement until their pizza order was going to be ready,” wrote MSP Detective Sgt. Kyle Gorham in his report. “I asked Thomas if, at the time of the accident, they were heading into Fennville to pick up the pizza. Thomas replied, ‘no,’ they were attempting to make a traffic stop on a speeder.”

But Lantzy, an attorney with Buckfire & Buckfire P.C., said he doesn’t buy Goggins’ denial. 

“I don’t believe they were planning to pull over a speeding motorist

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Esmeralda Soria endorsed by law enforcement in assembly race

Democrat Esmeralda Soria faces Republican Mark Pazin in the 27th District Assembly race in November.

Democrat Esmeralda Soria faces Republican Mark Pazin in the 27th District Assembly race in November.

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Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria captured two big law enforcement endorsements this week in her campaign for the newly drawn state Assembly District 27.

Soria, a Democrat, announced endorsements from the California College and University Police Chiefs Association and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Previously, the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations endorsed Soria.

Soria’s stance on school shootings convinced the college and university police chiefs she was the best choice in the race, the association president said.

“We made our endorsement after carefully evaluating both of the candidates, and Councilmember Soria was the only candidate who shared our commitment to protecting schools from active shooter assaults. She received our overwhelming endorsement,” said retired Chief Joel Justice, president of the association.

The endorsements matter because her challenger is former Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, a Republican, who has linked law enforcement and first-responder support during his campaign. Pazin also previously served as the law enforcement chief for California’s Office of Emergency Services.

Pazin also secured endorsements from key law enforcement figures, such as Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims. Pazin also is endorsed by the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Merced City Firefighters Local 1479 and the California State Sheriff’s Association.

Pazin’s campaign said Soria’s recent law enforcement endorsements show the outgoing Fresno City Councilmember and Fresno City College adjunct professor is trying to “reinvent herself.”

“I’m always amazed at the hypocrisy of Esmeralda Soria and the lengths she goes to reinvent herself,” said Jordan Dennison, Pazin’s campaign manager. “Two years ago she ran for Congress to the left of Jim Costa and made a pilgrimage to Washington, DC, to visit

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STL area law enforcement stress what to do after finding stolen Kia or Hyundai

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Doing everything it takes did not stop North City resident Tennille Kenny from becoming the latest victim of the growing trend of Kia and Hyundai car thefts in the Metro.

“I took all the necessary precautions and steps that I needed to take,” said Kenny. “They stole my car with a club on it. I actually had a club on my steering wheel when they stole my car.”

Her model, a 2017 KIA optima with a pink memorial decal on the back passenger window, was stolen on September 9. Yet, the meaning behind the car is much more important to her than the car itself.

“That car was in memory of my daughter,” she said. “So now I’m feeling, ‘Wow, they’ve taken everything.”

Her daughter died of type one diabetes in January 2021. She hoped the memorial on the back would deter would-be thieves from taking her car. Since it happened, she is also worried about the contents still inside: some of her daughter’s ashes are in a necklace that she still had hanging inside the car.

“I don’t know if they threw it out of the car or if they left it in there,” said Kenny. “So it’s a bit much to know that she may be somewhere in the middle of the street somewhere.”

Like other residents across the Metro, she’s taken the steps to report her car stolen to local police but has not felt like the process has been seamless.

“They haven’t found it anywhere, so they can’t tell me any hotspots to look at or where they’ve been finding all of the abandoned cars at. I’ve just basically been going on Facebook, word of mouth from other coworkers,” she said. “And I just go look in those areas on my

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