11/3 - Breaking News: Elk Rapids Woman Arrested for Murdering Teenage Son

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Our news team is following a developing story out of Antrim County. We've just learned police arrested an Elk Rapids woman for the shooting death of her 16-year-old son, Samuel Avery back in 2007.

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Funny Bunny

Pinconning, MI

#368 Feb 1, 2010
Hop hop hop. It's comic relief time kids and Funny Bunny is here!

How many shoes does the Prosecution ware while he is pretending to work on a case?
What time is it

Pinconning, MI

#369 Feb 1, 2010
Naive wrote:
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I have my wits about me, but at least I'm not as naive and blind as some of you are. I'll ask you and others who may care to respond: How many cases have you heard of where the medical examiner changed his opinion as to cause and time of death when presented with circumstantial evidence? At least you might have something about being unjustly accused of a noncrime.
And the medical examiner changed his mind TWO YEARS later on the anniversary of Sam's death right after Anne's recovery and the lower courts decision to psych eval Lance.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#370 Feb 1, 2010
Jenny K wrote:
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How do you know there was no gunshot residue on her hands?
How do you feel about the Prosecutor lying to the media about where the gunshot wound was in Sam's head? If there is so much evidence, why did he have to lie?
Jenny you never give up. I don't know if or if not there was GSR on her hands or clothes. My point was she could of worn latex gloves which would leave no evidence of finger prints or DNA. She had hours at her disposal to clean up herself, the gun and anything else she needed to.

I also don't know if the prosecutor lied or not. But as I've said before LE and Prosecutors are under no obligation to give the mkedia any information other than what the media can obtain directly from publicly available documents. I will say the Prosecutor Koop I know doesn't need to lie and doesn't.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#371 Feb 1, 2010
Billy Bob wrote:
http://www.upnorthlive.com/new s/story.aspx?id=409032
You'll never guess who was the Judge/Refferee for all of Anne and Lance's divorce and child custody battles? Mikko FAILED to protect Anne and the children from Lance. He allowed Lance to ignore court orders repeatedly with no consequences. Mikko's reply to Anne was, "Take him to court", when Lance didn't follow court orders but it did no good because it was always in front of Judge Mikko.
Lance showed up at the same doctor's appointment for the daughter that day when he never attended any of the other appointments or the surgery so, why that day, the day of Sam's death. What did he know about the gun? He was the one that dilivered the tanning bed to the house where the gun came from. He was the one with the strange behavior that day, just like the night of the fire.
Ah now to you Billy Bob. Let's put that custody hearing in the right perspective. Day one in March,'08 not much took place other than witnesses were sequestered. Two days later Avery-Miller's then attorney contacts her ex-boyfriend trying to get information from him. He had been SUBPORNAED through his attorney to testify.
No conspiracy as Avery-Miller stated. It's highly unusual if not inappropriate for counsel to make direct contact with witnesses of the opposing party. He refused her request to meet without his and/or Mr. Miller's counsel present.

Two days later Avery-Miller made a harassing phyone call to a member of her exboyfriend's family...making wild and intimidating accusations. That incident not surprisingly was reported to LE. As a side note Avery-Miller had never met that family member.

Jump forward to April,'08... hearings resumes at 9:00am. At 8:30 from the courtroom parking lot Avery-Miller makes another harassing and intimidating phone call to another family member of her ex-boyfriend.

Hearings begin and before any witnesses are called Avery-Miller is held in contempt of court necessitating her attorney to take to a stairwell and caution in very clear and strong language to behave.

During the course of testimony over the next two days Avery-Miller testifies among other things that those now infamous tanning beds had been taken to a landfill. In the end both she and her exhusband were admonished and reminded of their respective responsibilities and that future violations of the court's orders would dealt with severely including threatened jail time.

It wasn't long before Avery-Miller violated one or more of the orders and they were back in court. During one of these hearings Avery-Miller engaged in verbal outbreak against the referee and then ran from the courthouse before bailiffs or LE could stop her.

As to his alleged strange behavior I wasn't there for the fire or the doctor's appointment...were you?
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#372 Feb 1, 2010
Susan B wrote:
Sam could have also waited that morning until Anne had the daughter and herself away from the house before he put the gun to the side of his head and shot himself leaving behind several suicide notes. Any guesses about gunshot residue on Sam's hands or does anybody know the truth about that?
Ah someone new who hasn't read all the prior posts. It is highly unlikely that one shoots themself and then is able to wipe the weapon and its holster clean and then place them in another bedroom in the house...in fact it's more than unlikely...it ain't possible. I've seen a lot, but I haven't seen any suicide notes he authored.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#373 Feb 1, 2010
Kelly J wrote:
Why would she need to "clean things up" if she knew she was going to kill herself?
Well there are some who think that she never really intended to kill herself...but who knows. So cleaning things up would be important...like changing clothes, maybe washing or disposing of those she had on in the morning...getting rid of those damn latex gloves...wiping down that gun and holster...and hiding it in her bed room...
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#374 Feb 1, 2010
Fact Jack wrote:
How did Carol get away with harrassing Anne for so long starting the next day after Sam's death?
Previously answered and answered and answered.....
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#375 Feb 1, 2010
SS Victoria wrote:
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Anne's stepfather testified that he knew nothing about the gun being gone from his house until he found out that Sam was shot.
I highly doubt that her mother knew anything about it either. That leaves Sam and Anne of course. Also, unless you've read the journal, I wouldn't speak about what's in it. There's a lot of heresay and rumors floating around about what is in it, what was inserted in it, what was written, what was typed, whether the writing was Anne's, etc. And...it's not going to do much good speculating on any of it, because the journal (for lack of better description) is now not admissible evidence in court. Also, as far as hearing a gunshot, a little 22 isn't all THAT loud. In fact, a 22 pistol kind of looks like a toy in my opinion, but oh we sure know it isn't.
Read both the "suicide" letter...like I said she said goodbye to everyone but her boyfriend Jeff...and told one person to essentially "f...off". The journal too its 20 or so pages of her ramblings. I think we agree on how loud the gunshot might have been and who could've heard it. You can be sure you wouldn't hear it in a running car parked at the rear of the house...two floors and some distance from Sam's bedroom.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#376 Feb 1, 2010
Gone Fishing wrote:
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You are distorting the truth again, Horses Mouth, just like the Record Eagle and the Prosecutor. Did you actually read that article?
Quoting AAH verbatim is a lot better then misquoting her like the Record Eagle did several times, and tends to do to other people, too. I know some community leaders that won't talk to the RE anymore because of the misquoting. Anne Stanton had backed up sources of the important facts in that article unlike Art Bukowski from the Record Eagle that printed the Prosecutor’s lies before researching the “facts”. It sells more paper that way. The Express is free and writes important articles with more than 3 paragraphs in it.
Did anyone else notice the strange behavior the Prosecutor exhibited during the last hearings? He shows a picture of the gunshot wound to the side of the head and then continues to say "in the back of the head" the rest of the entire hearing even though he showed the picture and the coroner said it was at the side above Sam’s ear. Anyone else notice any other strange behavior exhibited by the Prosecutor? It's like he is in denial that it was a suicide and he is doing his best to cover it up and target AAM. Kind of like what Intrepid said he was doing, targeting Anne.
Wow Intrepid, you go away for a little while and look what happens!
What happened at the latest hearing when the trial date was set? How did that all go down? I wasn’t at the one but heard that the Prosecutor stated that she was competent to stand trial, the date was set, the Judge’s gavel hit. The hearing ended and them 30 seconds later the Prosecutor said she was crazy and needed a psych evaluation. WTF? Did anyone else out there hear or see the same strange behavior from the Prosecutor?
Did I take the bait correctly, AHM? Whew Weeeee!!! This is fun!
As for the Northern Express article. Yes it quotes Avery-Miller verbatim...but as you might know Avery-Miller has a bit of a problem with the truth, all the facts, the context of some of jer statements. In fact some were so distorted and out of context that the Northern Express/"investigative reporter" Anne Stanton offered to print some corrections. The affected parties decloined her offer. And no, despite what Ms. Stanton might say she made no effort to contact other parties to either verify or correct Avery-Miller's statements.

I don't recall saying anything about targetting Avery-Miller.

As for getting a professional opinion that she's competent to stand trial...damn good idea...neutralizes that defense argument.
Like I said my bet is she is competent aand will stand in that court ro0om to hear those charges read against her as the trial starts...maybe not in April...but soon enough.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#377 Feb 1, 2010
Hammer On The Nail wrote:
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Considering the Prosecutor never showed up to defend Anne against Carol at the trial and Carol got off scot-free for harassing Anne, you may have just hit the nail on the head. The Northern Express article stated there was a police documented conspiracy between Anne's eXes. Think Carol was in on that? Did Carol know Lance?
How would "take this thing over a cliff" solve anything. Sounds like you want to hide/destroy something.
Prosecutors don't defend people they prosecute people. Ms. Blue was prosecuted by the prosecutor's office...found gulity of a misdemeanor and sentenced to one day in jail.

Gee I'll have to go back to that infamous Anne Stanotn article. But I don't think there was any mention of a "police documented" conspiracy...I believe that's another example of Avery-Miller's wild-ass immagination and being a thorough investigative reporter Ms. Stanton simply used Avery-Miller's statement.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#378 Feb 1, 2010
What time is it wrote:
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And the medical examiner changed his mind TWO YEARS later on the anniversary of Sam's death right after Anne's recovery and the lower courts decision to psych eval Lance.
Missed this one earlier. Also allows me to apologize for some poor previous typing mistakes.

Lets not confuse the medical examiner with the forensic pathologist. I think we're talking about two differnt individuals.

I didn't realize Avery-Miller was sick but gee I'm glad she recovered. Oh you're referring to those screwed up ideas that reside between her ears. Somehow I beleive that may be an incurable problem she suffers from...or I should say she inflicts on others causing them to suffer.

As for Lance undergoing evaluations...you must know more than I do about that...but is it relevant to Sam's murder and the charges his mother is facing...I don't think so.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#379 Feb 1, 2010
Funny Bunny wrote:
Hop hop hop. It's comic relief time kids and Funny Bunny is here!
How many shoes does the Prosecution ware while he is pretending to work on a case?
Is "funny bunny" as real as the "Easter Bunny". Me thinks "funny bunny" has been here before leaving little "bunny" nuggets behind her...
Funny Bunny

Pinconning, MI

#380 Feb 2, 2010
Any guesses on the riddle yet? Do you need more time, or maybe a clue?
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#381 Feb 2, 2010
Funny Bunny wrote:
Any guesses on the riddle yet? Do you need more time, or maybe a clue?
First it's wear not ware. But I'll take a clue "nugget"
Court Reporter

Traverse City, MI

#382 Feb 2, 2010
PITP wrote:
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Yes, the PA will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that AAM was the one who pulled the trigger that ended her son's life. If I were sitting amongst the jury, there would have to be some rock hard evidence before I would send someone away for life for such a crime. So far, I haven't heard about much hard evidence--only circumstantial. There would have to be a heaping pile of circumstantial evidence that wasn't shot all full of holes before I would agree to a guilty verdict. Now this case is stalled because of further psych and handwriting evals. It's almost like the prosecution is trying to break her down. Now it is doubtful that the trial will even be held in April.
Does anyone know if handwriting analyses are allowed in court, or are they like lie detector tests? If so, this could all be prolonged for more circumstantial evidence!! Why would the lawyers be asking for psych evals now? If she has withstood the hearings and jail until now, wouldn't that be evidence enough? I say, let's get this thing on the road and quit stalling!!
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#383 Feb 2, 2010
Court Reporter wrote:
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Does anyone know if handwriting analyses are allowed in court, or are they like lie detector tests? If so, this could all be prolonged for more circumstantial evidence!! Why would the lawyers be asking for psych evals now? If she has withstood the hearings and jail until now, wouldn't that be evidence enough? I say, let's get this thing on the road and quit stalling!!
Handwriting experts are permitted to verify or refute who the writer is. It is also admissible as are fingerprint evidence.

It is not unusual for either or both the prosecution and defense attorneys to request a competency evaluation in a murder trial. This simply establishes that the defendant is mentally able to comprehend and understand the charges against him/her as well as the trial process. In this case it has nothing to do with whether she could distinguish right from wrong, good from evil in the commission of the crime. Her attorneys and she argue as their defense that it was a suicide not a murder.

You obviously are not familiar with major or capital crime trials...they proceed at their own pace. As my colleague Another Horses Mouth explained... the prosecution is burdened with meeting the speedy trial requirement...but the defense often asks for delays for their evidence gathering and analysis or will waive the speedy trial requirement.

In any case don't start holding your breath just yet.
Another Horses Mouth

United States

#384 Feb 3, 2010
In fact, don't even think of holding your breath over this affair; all you will do is end up looking like a smurf. Anne has spent her life perfecting the game of lying and obfuscation; she's pulled more rabbits out of her hat than David Copperfield......in fact, "Funny Bunny" is probably one of them.
Funny Bunny

Pinconning, MI

#385 Feb 4, 2010
Court Reporter wrote:
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Does anyone know if handwriting analyses are allowed in court, or are they like lie detector tests? If so, this could all be prolonged for more circumstantial evidence!! Why would the lawyers be asking for psych evals now? If she has withstood the hearings and jail until now, wouldn't that be evidence enough? I say, let's get this thing on the road and quit stalling!!
"Quit Stalling", that is a good guess. You are so close, but you forgot to mention how many shoes. How has it taken so long to get an analyses? He sure is dragging his feet. Hint: that was a clue.
Funny Bunny

Pinconning, MI

#386 Feb 4, 2010
Your slanderous statements hurt my friend.
Intrepid

Kalkaska, MI

#387 Feb 4, 2010
Funny Bunny wrote:
Your slanderous statements hurt my friend.
You can't be slandered by the TRUTH!

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