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« Thread started on: Mar 26th, 2005, 9:57pm »

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When Adrianne Reynolds, the pretty new girl in school, started getting too much attention from the boys, Sarah Kolb, another girl at the East Moline, Ill., school didn't like it and expressed her anger the way a lot of teens do, saying she wanted to kill her rival, classmates of the two said. When Reynolds disappeared and a boy from the school led police to her burned and dismembered body, prosecutors charged Kolb with carrying through on her threats.

Kolb, 16, and Corey Gregory, 17, have both been charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide in the death of Reynolds. Both pleaded not guilty Tuesday, and they were ordered held on $1 million bail. Their trials are scheduled for April 4.
The three were students in the Black Hawk College Outreach Center's GED program.

Rock Island County State's Attorney Jeff Terronez said a third teenager suspected of involvement in the case, a 16-year-old boy, is in juvenile custody but Terronez is considering charging him as an adult as well.

Investigators testifying Tuesday at the preliminary hearings said Kolb choked and beat Reynolds, while Gregory held her arms, then strangled her with a belt on Jan 21.

The pair then allegedly spent six hours trying to burn the body with gasoline at a farm in Mercer County but failed. They then enlisted the help of the third teen to saw off Reynolds' head and arms and cut her torso in half, investigators testified. Her legs had come off when the body partially burned, they said.

Police said Gregory led them to Reynolds' body on Jan. 25. Parts of the body were found in various locations around the Blackhawk State Historic Site in Rock Island and on Kolb's grandparents' farm.

Now, other students are trying to deal with the thought that three people they thought they knew might have done something so monstrous.

"They were my friends for years," Sean McKitrick, who was with Reynolds, Gregory and Kolb on the night the girl was killed, told ABC News affiliate WQAD-TV in East Moline. "I didn't think they were capable of such a thing."

McKitrick came to court to hear the evidence. He said he was with the other three in a car in a Taco Bell parking lot that night, but he said he left after Kolb started yelling at Reynolds and pulling her hair.

"I wish I would have took her with me," he added. "If I knew something like this would have happened, I would have pulled her out of the car with me."

Investigators say Gregory led them to a plastic bag containing Reynolds' head and arms, dumped under a manhole cover in Black Hawk State Park in Rock Island, but he has denied any part in the killing or dismemberment.

Reynolds' mother, Carolyn Franco of Longview, Texas, said she has been trying not to hate the teenagers accused of the killing.

''I don't want to hate them, but I almost can't help it," Franco said. "They took my baby from me. I just don't see how a child could do that to another child, how any human being could do that.''

A parent who knows Gregory told WQAD-TV she still can't believe he could have been involved.

"He was respectful to my family," said Ellie Lopez. "I don't know if something just snapped on him or what, I don't understand."

The teenager who was charged as a juvenile is the one who led investigators to Gregory after his grandmother called police to tell them she'd found a bloody saw in his backpack, police said.

The question that has troubled many in the community is, if the three are guilty, why they would have done it.

Schoolmates told WQAD that Kolb was jealous because Reynolds was getting too much attention from boys at school.

Kolb "had mentioned to a few people that she was going to kill her," said Jackie Martinez, 17. "She [said], 'I don't care.' She told people she wasn't afraid to kill her and she would do it and she's not scared."

Reynolds had been at the school for just a few weeks. She was trying to make a fresh start and earn a General Education Diploma.

"She was pretty and funny," said Betty Wilson, 16.

Kolb had been a student there for over a year and was popular, but when the boys at the school started to take notice of Reynolds, it threw Kolb into a jealous rage, Wilson said.

"They just had some problems over boys and Sarah was upset," she said. "Sarah was really nice. She got along with everyone and all the sudden Adrianne came in, and it's totally different, she says, 'I will kill her, I will kill her.' "

Wilson was one of the last people to see Adrianne alive on Jan. 21.

"I just saw Adrianne and Sarah and two males get into the car. I heard they were going to Taco Bell to get lunch," she said.

Reynolds wasn't looking for trouble, she only wanted to make a fresh start, desperate to fit in with the "in" crowd, Wilson said.

"Adrianne really wanted to be Sarah's friend. That was all she wanted," she said.

A note written by Reynolds days before her murder indicates the girl may have believed her former friend's feelings were serious, and that she hoped they could make up. Reynolds' family found the note after she died and showed it to WQAD. The station took pictures of it, and it is now in the possession of police.

Reynolds' family says the girl wrote the note to Kolb on Jan. 18, asking her point blank in the first sentence: "Why do you hate me so much and why do you want me to die?"

The note indicates the two girls at one time had some kind of relationship, perhaps more than friends.

"I wanted a chance for us to start over again, to at least be friends," Reynolds wrote. "At least talk to me so we can get things worked out."

In the note, Reynolds also told Kolb about saying no to two boys.

"This kid I used to like a lot even asked me, and I told him no. I told him no because of you ... Now I don't have to do that to find or to keep friends. I also realized that's a way to lose them like I did you," she wrote.

Other students at the school both attended have said they believed Kolb was out to get Reynolds. The note appears to show Reynolds was hoping to patch things up, asking Sarah to "write back and tell me what you have to say."

Reynolds' father, Tony Reynolds, said he had forbidden the girl to see Kolb.

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xx Murdered teen had troubled past
« Reply #1 on: Mar 26th, 2005, 11:27pm »

By Kelly Hessedal

New details tonight about a murdered East Moline teenager and what happened before she moved to the Quad Cities.

Before a case ever began in Rock Island County - Adrianne Reynolds had a troubled home life in Texas. Two years ago, charges were filed against Adrianne's step-father, David Franco, accusing him of sexually assaulting her. Adrianne was just 14 at the time.

"Adrianne's one of those kids that comes in and you never forget her," said Stacey Brownlee is a prosecutor in Texas - assigned to Adrianne's case.

"She was so articulate and bright - and it just makes your heart hurt for her," she said. She says the teen talked about drug abuse in her Texas home. She says Adrianne was shifted from one family member to another.

"She was born at the wrong place at the wrong time - her life was horribly twisted," she added.

Just months after she moved to the Quad Cities to live with her adopted father, Adrianne told a judge she lied about the sex abuse. Brownlee doesn't know why she recanted her story - but it wasn't surprising. She says pressure from family members didn't help.

"At that point - everyone was calling Adrianne a liar," she said. "Adrianne was not the bad guy in the story- she was really being made out to be the target patient, everybody was blaming the family's problems on Adrianne which was a pretty heavy burden to put on a 14-year-old child."

Brownlee dismissed the charges. She hoped Adrianne had a fresh start in the Quad Cities, and was finally safe. She was shocked to turn on the news and discover the teen had been brutally murdered. In January, police discovered her dismembered body. Investigators later arrested two of her classmates and charged them with her death.

"I must've watched it 5 to 6 times when they put her picture up there - I was devastated. There are just some kids that get into your heart and you never forget - she was just one of them," she said.

Right now a case is pending against Adrianne's mom - Carolyn Franco. According to prosecutors - Franco threatened to burn down a relative's house after finding out that family member supported Adrianne's claim she was sexually abused.

Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory are charged with Reynolds' murder. They'll be in court for pre-trial hearings next week
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xx 5 hearings coming up in Reynolds case
« Reply #2 on: Mar 28th, 2005, 07:19am »

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Criminal cases surrounding the murder of Adrianne Reynolds will occupy much of the Rock Island County Circuit Court docket next week with five hearings scheduled.
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Sarah Kolb, 16, of Milan, Ill., and Cory Gregory, 17, of Moline, are to appear Monday for pretrial hearings. Both are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a charge of concealing a homicide.
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The teens are being held on $1 million bond each and both have pleaded innocent to all charges.
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On Wednesday, Rock Island County State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez is scheduled to appear before two judges, one for Kolb and one for Gregory, to seek material witness status for an undisclosed number of people who are likely to testify in the cases.
The purpose of declaring some people material witnesses is to give the prosecutor assurance that they will appear in court when called. Terronez has declined to identify the witnesses he intends to classify as material.
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He has listed about 130 people as potential witnesses in the state’s case against Kolb and Gregory. As of Thursday, he had turned over 617 pages of reports and related material in the case to the co-defendants’ attorneys.
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Also on Wednesday, Nathan Gaudet, 16, of Moline, is to be sentenced in juvenile court for his role in the dismemberment of Reynolds’ body. He pleaded guilty last month to a charge of concealing a homicide.
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While Gaudet’s name is listed among the 100-plus potential witnesses, Terronez has said he is not certain the teen will be called to testify against Kolb and Gregory.
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The latest list of possible witnesses in the case includes four employees of the Black Hawk Outreach Center in East Moline where Reynolds, Kolb and Gregory attended school together.
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The three were off-campus for lunch Jan. 21, police said, when a fight between Reynolds and Kolb escalated to murder. After Reynolds was beaten and strangled, police said, Kolb and Gregory attempted to set the body on fire.
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Two days after the killing, police have said, Kolb, Gregory and Gaudet dismembered the remains with hand saws and hid the body parts at a Rock Island park and at a farm in rural Mercer County.
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xx Murder trials delayed: Kolb pushed back to May 31;
« Reply #3 on: Mar 29th, 2005, 07:28am »

By Dustin Lemmon

Cory Charles Gregory and Sarah Anne Kolb, scheduled to go to trial next week for the murder of Adrianne L. Reynolds, Monday had their trials delayed.

Mr. Gregory, 17, and Ms. Kolb, 16, are charged in Rock Island County Circuit Court with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide in the Jan. 21 death of Adrianne L. Reynolds, 16, of East Moline. Both have pleaded innocent and remain in custody on $1 million bail each.

During brief hearings before separate judges Monday, both teens had their cases continued. Ms. Kolb's trial now is set for May 31, but likely will be rescheduled as prosecutors and defense attorneys exchange evidence.

Mr. Gregory's trial was set for Aug. 9 -- a date Judge Walter Braud said would remain firm because he doesn't want any delays after that.

Dave Hoffman, an assistant Rock Island County public defender representing Ms. Kolb, said there are several items the state hasn't provided, including taped interviews.

Steve Hanna, a Moline attorney representing Mr. Gregory, asked Judge Braud to set a cut-off date for the state to provide all its discovery evidence to the defense. However, Judge Braud said the case was too complex to do that.

Judge James T. Teros rescheduled Ms. Kolb's case after noting that it was optimistic of the courts to plan to go to trial next week. "This is a very serious case that was set rather quickly," he said.

Mr. Hoffman said he expects Ms. Kolb's trial to last more than a week.

Ms. Kolb, who appeared calm and composed in court Monday, answered yes to the judge's questions on whether she understood why the case was being continued.

Mr. Gregory also showed little emotion, but looked more tense than Ms. Kolb.

Both are due back in court today when the state plans to order material witnesses to appear at the trials. The state has named more than 100 potential witnesses.

Ms. Kolb and Mr. Gregory are accused of strangling Ms. Reynolds to death in the Taco Bell parking lot on Avenue of the Cities, Moline, then trying to burn her body at a Millersburg farm owned by relatives of Ms. Kolb. Two days later, they allegedly dismembered the body at the farm, left some remains there and took the rest to Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island.

Nathan Gaudet, 16, of Moline, pleaded guilty last month to concealment of a homicide. According to an affidavit and court testimony, he helped dismember the body Jan. 23, and will testify at Mr. Gregory's and Ms. Kolb's trials.
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xx Re: Adrianne Leigh Reynolds - IL
« Reply #4 on: Apr 7th, 2005, 11:11am »

Adrianne's birthday is Sep. 12, 1988 and the day she died was Jan. 25, 2005.
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xx Parents of murder victims join forces to reach out
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11th, 2005, 08:06am »

By Kay Luna


WHEATLAND, Iowa — Carol Knudtson tries to talk about finding one of her son’s T-shirts, pulling it close to her nose and hoping — no, searching — for his familiar smell.
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The rush of memories forces her to stop.
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For a moment, the Wheatland woman bows her head, closing her teary eyes as she thinks about her 27-year-old son, Shane, before his murder 2002 in Kansas City, Kan. Then, smiling bravely, she goes on.
You don’t realize the emotion,” she says, as her husband, Everett, looks on.
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The brutal killing of 16-year-old Adrianne Reynolds of East Moline opened up their wounds again. That’s part of what inspired the Knudtsons and Dave and Jeanne Happ of Durant, who also lost a child to homicide, to join forces to try to help others, and themselves.
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The couples are organizing a Quad-City area grief support group open to people of all ages and walks of life, with its first meeting Tuesday in Davenport. Anyone grieving a loss — whether it happened last week or last year or 50 years ago — is welcome, they said.
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“It’s for people with heavy hearts, right, Jeanne?” Carol Knudtson said. She met the Durant couple, after losing her son, through a mutual acquaintance in Wheatland. They know all too well what heavy hearts feel like.
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The Happs’ daughter, 27-year-old Jennifer Happ, was a third-grade teacher in Joliet, Ill., when she was sexually assaulted and killed in her home in 1996.
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The killer, who was just 16 at the time, was arrested five years later. Until Ashanti Lusby was caught, the Happs said they lived in fear and confusion, suspecting everyone they knew might be involved.
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Lusby, 22, was found guilty of murder, sexual assault and home invasion at his 2002 trial and was sentenced to 130 years in prison. Dave Happ said under state law, Lusby will have to serve at least 65 years of his sentence.
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While the Happs struggled through a murder trial, the Knudtsons were agonizing over their own family’s tragedy.
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Everett Knudtson said he remembers being startled awake by the ringing telephone early one morning in January 2002, foggily grabbing the receiver. He couldn’t hear the voice on the other end very well, but heard him ask how he was related to Shane Knudtson.
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“I’m his father,” he said.
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The caller spoke again, but the connection was bad. The man said he’d call back on another line.
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When Everett Knudtson checked the caller ID, it showed the phone call came from a U.S. government office. That couldn’t be good, he thought.
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In a few minutes, the Knudtsons’ other son, who lived across the street, showed up at the house, visibly shaken. One of Shane’s friends in Missouri had urged police to notify another relative in Iowa about the young man’s death, but not to call back his dad.
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“He told them, ‘His dad has a bad heart,’ ” Everett Knudtson said.
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That was the start of their nightmare.
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Melvin Harris, an acquaintance of Shane’s while he lived in Independence, Mo., was arrested a few days later and charged in the shooting death. Harris was convicted of second-degree murder in late 2002 and sentenced to 51 years and eight months in prison.
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No matter how much time goes by, the Knudtsons remain haunted by their grief. They moved to a new house across town, looking for a fresh start, but the pain lingers.
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“Tragedy can affect anyone,” Carol Knudtson said. “Once it’s touched you, it’s forever.”
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They notice the burden lifts away sometimes when they talk about what happened, especially with others who went through a similar experience. Jeanne Happ said it’s comforting to hash out the wide range of emotions together, laughing and crying, listening and venting.
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Although other grief support groups already exist, most focus on certain types of loss or age groups of victims. That won’t play a factor in the new group.
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Participants will decide after the first meeting if they should become a branch of a larger organization, or stay independent. They’ll think of a name together and plan on meeting bimonthly.
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“You don’t realize how close to the surface the hurt is,” Dave Happ said, tears forming in his eyes. “I know I’ll get more out of this than I’ve put into it.”
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xx Re: Adrianne Leigh Reynolds - IL
« Reply #6 on: May 29th, 2011, 4:32pm »

on Apr 7th, 2005, 11:11am, Maverick1862 wrote:
Adrianne's birthday is Sep. 12, 1988 and the day she died was Jan. 25, 2005.

It's so sad! I'm trying to find sites with more info on this case sad
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