*I will forewarn, I do discuss a very brutal murder scene in this post. Any of my information has been released by the media during the current trial of Atiba Spellman. I will list these at the end of this post.*
Now I don’t do this often because well, I just don’t. This is the Criminology major in me coming out probably but also something I stand firmly on.
I have always been an individual that stays up to date with current events. I check news websites atleast three times a day. To me, that is a responsibility you have as being a community member and citizen.
Two lives were brutally ended that night in December. The accused, Atiba Spellman took the stand yesterday in his double-murder trial. When asked if he killed Amiee Varnell and Michael Odriko, he answered “Yes” to both names. He “lost control of his emotions“
But while he admits to killing these two individuals, his lawyer says he is not guilty of first-degree murder. His “crime of passion” is really only manslaughter.
According to his defense attorney, there has been no evidence of PREMEDITIATION. No Premeditation? I’m sorry WHAT!?! This individual sat outside Odriko’s home for several hours before the murders took place, despite the no trespassing order that had been put in place against Spellman. No Premditation? Why did Spellman call several individuals and lie saying he was in Waterloo when really, he was sitting outside this apartment?
Amiee Varnell was stabbed over 13 times. The injury that ultimately killed her was a stab wound to the neck.
Michael Odriko suffered multiple sharp-force injuries as well. One strike had so much force, it broke through his skull.
The crime scene descriptions are graphic, but the reality of such a brutal crime. “lost control of emotions” is NOT AN EXCUSE FOR MURDER. Atiba Spellman ended the lifes of two individuals. He knew what he was doing, he tried covering his tracks after making numerous threats that “they would pay”.
This is Murder. Not Manslaughter.
Ames Tribune-Atiba Spellman Murder Trial Coverage
KCCI-Defense:Spellman Snapped, Committed Crime of Passion