Law & Order Briefs

2013-07-27T00:00:00Z 2013-07-27T15:15:24Z Law & Order BriefsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Slain elderly couple

was killed with knife

A knife was used to kill an elderly Tucson couple on Tuesday, court documents reveal.

The felony criminal complaint against three suspects, including the couple's grandson, indicates a knife was used in the double homicide.

Erskin Fulgham, 87, and his wife, Mary Louise Fulgham, 84, were found late Tuesday afternoon in their home with what police described as "obvious signs of trauma," said Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department.

A family member had gone to the house in the 4600 block of East North Street, near the intersection of East Grant and North Swan roads, found the couple and called police.

The couple's grandson, Kyle Austin Drattlo, 20, of Tucson, was arrested in Nevada on Wednesday in the Fulghams' car. With him were Christopher Edward Terry, 23, and Brianna Harding, 21.

All three are facing two counts each of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and one count each of burglary, armed robbery and aggravated robbery. They were booked into the Nye County jail, where they were awaiting extradition.

None of the suspects have Juvenile Court records, said Kim Smith, spokeswoman for Pima County Juvenile Court.

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Theft suspect's image clear on security cam

A man who broke into a storage shed and tried to steal some wine and parts to an engine left behind an important investigative clue - his face clearly shown on a security camera.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said that on June 19, a business owner reported an attempted burglary in the 5200 block of South Mission Road.

The business owner told deputies that a middle-aged man wearing a black tank top and black pants broke into a storage shed behind the business. The man tried to steal several bottles of wine and a piston, and when confronted by the owner threatened to hit him with the engine part. The man then ran away.

The owner turned over a copy of a surveillance video that shows the man looking into the camera and walking around the property.

Anyone with information on the man can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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Police arrest man in child porn case

Tucson police have arrested a man suspected of distributing child pornography from a midtown house.

Ivan Alfonso Machado, 28, was booked into the Pima County jail on July 18 and faces 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

In May, the TPD's Internet Crimes Against Children unit began an investigation into the online sharing of child pornography. It discovered the images were coming from a computer in a house in the 3700 block of East 23rd Street off South Alvernon Way, Hawke said.

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Port officers find woman in car trunk

A Nogales, Ariz., man who was part of a program that allowed for quicker border crossings was arrested Wednesday for trying to smuggle a woman into the United States in the trunk of his car, officials said.

Juan Carlos Chavez, 27, was arrested Wednesday at the Nogales Port of Entry. He had "trusted-traveler" status with the Secure Electronic Network for Traveler's Rapid Inspection - or SENTRI program, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

Chavez was trying to cross into the U.S. when he was sent for an additional inspection after he was unable to open his car trunk. When officers opened the trunk, they found a 34-year-old Mexican woman inside, the agency said.

The vehicle was seized and the woman is being held as a material witness. Chavez's membership in the SENTRI program was revoked.

SENTRI allows members access to a dedicated commuter crossing lane that speeds up the inspection process for low-risk travelers. Qualification for the program requires an extensive background check and in-person interview.

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