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Post by CritterFan1 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:11 am

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Posted: Feb 15, 2011 5:33 AM
New information came out during testimony in the case of a woman arrested in Louisville following the deaths of two children.

Chase DeBlase, 3, and Natalie Deblase, 4, went missing last November. Their skeletal remains were discovered in Mississippi and Alabama.

During a hearing Monday in Alabama, detectives said their stepmother, Heather Leavell-Keaton, told a fellow inmate she poisoned the children with anti-freeze. Detectives say DeBlase wanted the kids dead because, "It would be better if they had less responsibilities." Investigators say that led Leavell-Keaton to kill the children.

DeBlase and Leavell-Keaton both face murder charges, but the Leavell-Keaton's attorney argues her client isn't capable of the crime because she's functionally blind.

The case have been sent to the grand jury.


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Post by CritterFan1 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:23 am

What Happens With Anti-Freeze Poisoning ?
by Kimberly Curth
Published: Mon, February 14, 2011 - 4:37 pm CST Last Updated: Mon, February 14, 2011 - 6:34 pm CST
Mobile County prosecutors believe Heather Keaton and John Deblase murdered their children with a common household chemical, antifreeze.
MOBILE, Alabama - Mobile County prosecutors believe Heather Keaton and John Deblase murdered their children with a common household chemical, antifreeze. They're accused of buying it by the gallons at Wal-Mart, pouring it from the jug, into a cup, then into the children’s' food, causing their deaths.

Anti-freeze is green or orange, odorless and can sometimes taste sweet. That's why vets see more anti-freeze poisonings than doctors, " most pets will ingest it readily, unfortunately, when people try to poison with anti-freeze you'll find it in cans of food and stuff like that mixed in and obviously they are going to eat it that way, as well, typically just dripping out of a radiator, you know, a pet can ingest it and cats are highly sensitive to it," said Vet Mike Rehm.

We talked with a local doctor about what exactly happens when anti-freeze is ingested in humans, "its just basically ethylene glycol it's a form of an alcohol and it can get you pretty sick you go through 3 phases you have neurologicals you can get inebriated like you would with alcohol you can also get comatose if you drink enough of it then you go into that cardiovascular stage that's where most deaths occur your heart rate goes up you get something called metabolic acidosis then lastly you can go into kidney failure," said Greater Mobile Urgent Care Doctor, Darren Waters.

If treated quickly, the chances of survival are good, if not, anti-freeze poisoning can cause organ failure and death.

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Post by CritterFan1 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:27 am

Ex-Inmate: DeBlase Children Poisoned With Anti-Freeze
by Jessica Taloney
Published: Mon, February 14, 2011 - 9:57 am CST Last Updated: Mon, February 14, 2011 - 7:35 pm CST

MOBILE, Alabama - A former inmate at Mobile Metro Jail told police that Heather Keaton confessed to poisoning her stepchildren with anti-freeze, according to testimony at Keaton's preliminary hearing Monday.

According to the ex-inmate, Keaton and the children’s father, John DeBlase, poured anti-freeze in the children’s spaghetti and other meals. They first tested the poison on the family dog “to find out how long it would take to kill a living thing,” the inmate told detectives.

Rosanna Russell was assigned to be Keaton’s “buddy” while serving 17 days in jail on an outstanding warrant. Russell contacted police after she was released from jail, according to Angela Prime, the lead investigator on the case.

Russell told detectives that Keaton, who is legally blind, admitted to burning Natalie with cigarettes, lighters and hot candle wax. Russell said Keaton told her that she and John DeBlase killed the children because they wanted to start their own family and wanted less responsibility.

Investigators believe Natalie DeBlase, 4, died on March 4, 2010. Before her death, Natalie had no control of her bowel movements and her body “stunk” when she would urinate, according to Russell.

After Natalie's death, prosecutors believe Keaton and DeBlase briefly stopped putting poison in Chase's food until they determined he was a "liability." Chase, 2, who repeatedly asked where his sister was, died on June 20, 2010.
Keaton’s defense attorney asked Prime if John DeBlase has been offered a deal to testify against Keaton. The investigator said she is not aware of a deal.
Keaton and DeBlase are both also charged with abuse of a corpse for allegedly dumping the children's bodies on the road. Natalie's body was found near a Beverly Jeffries Highway in Citronelle, while Chase's body, wearing only a diaper, was found in a wooded area in Vancleave, Mississippi. Police found a sock and duct tape near Chase's body.
Circuit Judge Rick Stout determined there is probable cause to send the capital murder case against Keaton to a Grand Jury.
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Post by CritterFan1 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:32 am

Wednesday, Feb 16 2011

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:43 AM on 15th February 2011

A female prisoner has allegedly told another inmate that she poisoned her two step-children with anti-freeze because they were too much responsibility.

Heather Leavell-Keaton, 22, is said to have made the horrifying revelation to a fellow inmate at the Mobile County jail in Alabama.

Mobile Detective Angela Prine testified that Leavell-Keaton told the inmate she and common-law husband John DeBlase wanted the children dead because 'it would be better if they had less responsibilities'.
Alabama man John DeBlase was charged with two counts of murder on Wednesday after police found remains believed to be his three-year-old son
Heather Leavell-Keaton is accused of binding DeBlase's daughter's hands and feet with duct tape, putting a sock in her mouth and leaving her in a suitcase in a closet for about 14 hours

'We poisoned them with anti-freeze': John DeBlase, left, and common-law wife Heather Leavell-Keaton. Leavell-Keaton has allegedly confessed the murders to a fellow inmate in an Alabama jail
Horror claim: Leavell-Keaton is led into a courtroom in Alabama in December

Horror claim: Leavell-Keaton is led into a courtroom in Alabama in December

She is said to have claimed they practised on a dog first.

The body of three-year-old Chase DeBlase was found near Vancleave, Mississippi, on December 8. His four-year-old sister Natalie was found near Citronelle three days later.

Their father is jailed on murder charges. Leavell-Keaton allegedly told the inmate that the couple had poisoned Natalie first - and then Chase because he began crying and asking for his sister.

At a previous hearing, investigators had said Leavell-Keaton told them DeBlase fed rat poison to the children.

Detective Prine's testimony came in a preliminary hearing on capital murder charges against the 22-year-old stepmother.

Leavell-Keaton's attorney, Richard Horne, said she is functionally blind and not capable of some the things she's accused of doing.
Police last week found the body of three-year-old Chase DeBlase (right). Remains found on Saturday near Citronelle in Alabama are believed to be those of his five-year-old sister Natalie

Victims: Natalie Chase, four, and her brother Chase, three. The pair were allegedly killed because they were too much responsibility

But Circuit Judge Rick Stout found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury.

Detective Prine testified that jail inmate Roseanna Russell was assigned to help Leavell-Keaton because of her blindness and the defendant began talking to her about the case.

The detective said Russell learned the couple first poisoned their dog with antifreeze 'to find out how long it would take to kill a living thing'.

Then they started giving antifreeze to the children, who got progressively sicker.

Natalie died March 4, 2010, and they dumped her body, the detective said. They stopped poisoning Chase for a few months but started back because he began crying and asking for his sister in front of others, she testified.

Chase died June 20. On the way to dump his body in Mississippi, they stopped at a video game store to buy two games because they no longer had the responsibilities of the children, the detective said.

If convicted of capital murder, Leavell-Keaton could be executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole.
John DeBlase was charged with two counts of murder on Wednesday after police found remains believed to be his three-year-old son

Horror: Alabama man John DeBlase was charged with two counts of murder in December

According to arrest warrants from December, DeBlase allowed their stepmother to subject them to horrific torture before they were killed.

He allegedly told police he dumped the bodies in wooded areas in two states and covered them in twigs.

Days before the murder charges were filed, warrants detailing the children's mistreatment were prepared when DeBlase was arrested on child abuse charges.

The documents claim DeBlase allowed Leavell-Keaton, to bind the girl's hands and feet with duct tape, put a sock in her mouth and leave her in a suitcase in a cupboard for about 14 hours.

According to the warrants, Leavell-Keaton also duct-taped the boy's hands to the side of his legs, taped a broom handle to his back and shoved a sock in his mouth, also covering it with duct tape. The boy was then forced to stand in a corner all night while the adults went to bed.

The documents don't specify when the alleged abuse occurred, only saying it happened sometime after March 1.

An investigation into the children's disappearance didn't start until late last month after Leavell-Keaton sought a protective order against DeBlase in Kentucky, said Mobile Police Officer Chris Levy.

She claimed in the November 18 filing that DeBlase 'may have murdered his children', and that she feared for her life because he was abusive. The couple just had a child together this summer.

'I am afraid that he is going to do something to harm our daughter because of what he has done to the other children,' she wrote.

A female prisoner has allegedly told another inmate that she poisoned her two step-children with anti-freeze because they were too much responsibility.

Heather Leavell-Keaton, 22, is said to have made the horrifying revelation to a fellow inmate at the Mobile County jail in Alabama.

Mobile Detective Angela Prine testified that Leavell-Keaton told the inmate she and common-law husband John DeBlase wanted the children dead because 'it would be better if they had less responsibilities'.
Alabama man John DeBlase was charged with two counts of murder on Wednesday after police found remains believed to be his three-year-old son
Heather Leavell-Keaton is accused of binding DeBlase's daughter's hands and feet with duct tape, putting a sock in her mouth and leaving her in a suitcase in a closet for about 14 hours

'We poisoned them with anti-freeze': John DeBlase, left, and common-law wife Heather Leavell-Keaton. Leavell-Keaton has allegedly confessed the murders to a fellow inmate in an Alabama jail
Horror claim: Leavell-Keaton is led into a courtroom in Alabama in December

Horror claim: Leavell-Keaton is led into a courtroom in Alabama in December

She is said to have claimed they practised on a dog first.

The body of three-year-old Chase DeBlase was found near Vancleave, Mississippi, on December 8. His four-year-old sister Natalie was found near Citronelle three days later.

Their father is jailed on murder charges. Leavell-Keaton allegedly told the inmate that the couple had poisoned Natalie first - and then Chase because he began crying and asking for his sister.

At a previous hearing, investigators had said Leavell-Keaton told them DeBlase fed rat poison to the children.

Detective Prine's testimony came in a preliminary hearing on capital murder charges against the 22-year-old stepmother.

Leavell-Keaton's attorney, Richard Horne, said she is functionally blind and not capable of some the things she's accused of doing.
Police last week found the body of three-year-old Chase DeBlase (right). Remains found on Saturday near Citronelle in Alabama are believed to be those of his five-year-old sister Natalie

Victims: Natalie Chase, four, and her brother Chase, three. The pair were allegedly killed because they were too much responsibility

But Circuit Judge Rick Stout found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury.

Detective Prine testified that jail inmate Roseanna Russell was assigned to help Leavell-Keaton because of her blindness and the defendant began talking to her about the case.

The detective said Russell learned the couple first poisoned their dog with antifreeze 'to find out how long it would take to kill a living thing'.

Then they started giving antifreeze to the children, who got progressively sicker.

Natalie died March 4, 2010, and they dumped her body, the detective said. They stopped poisoning Chase for a few months but started back because he began crying and asking for his sister in front of others, she testified.

Chase died June 20. On the way to dump his body in Mississippi, they stopped at a video game store to buy two games because they no longer had the responsibilities of the children, the detective said.

If convicted of capital murder, Leavell-Keaton could be executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole.
John DeBlase was charged with two counts of murder on Wednesday after police found remains believed to be his three-year-old son

According to arrest warrants from December, DeBlase allowed their stepmother to subject them to horrific torture before they were killed.

He allegedly told police he dumped the bodies in wooded areas in two states and covered them in twigs.

Days before the murder charges were filed, warrants detailing the children's mistreatment were prepared when DeBlase was arrested on child abuse charges.

The documents claim DeBlase allowed Leavell-Keaton, to bind the girl's hands and feet with duct tape, put a sock in her mouth and leave her in a suitcase in a cupboard for about 14 hours.

According to the warrants, Leavell-Keaton also duct-taped the boy's hands to the side of his legs, taped a broom handle to his back and shoved a sock in his mouth, also covering it with duct tape. The boy was then forced to stand in a corner all night while the adults went to bed.

The documents don't specify when the alleged abuse occurred, only saying it happened sometime after March 1.

An investigation into the children's disappearance didn't start until late last month after Leavell-Keaton sought a protective order against DeBlase in Kentucky, said Mobile Police Officer Chris Levy.

She claimed in the November 18 filing that DeBlase 'may have murdered his children', and that she feared for her life because he was abusive. The couple just had a child together this summer.

'I am afraid that he is going to do something to harm our daughter because of what he has done to the other children,' she wrote.

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Post by artgal16 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:28 am

I thought I had read everything in the way of depravity but there has to be mandatory death penalty for the torture and killing of children in every state.
These people do not deserve to live even in a small cell the rest of their lives - they just dont deserve to live at all.
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Post by lisette on Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:40 pm

Charges against John DeBlase upgraded
DeBlase is accused of killing his two children

Updated: Monday, 22 Aug 2011, 12:23 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 19 Aug 2011, 5:04 PM CDT

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - John DeBlase was first charged with two counts of felony murder for the deaths of his young children, 4-year-old Natalie and 3-year-old Chase. Now he's charged with two counts of capital murder and could possibly get the death penalty if he's convicted.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said new evidence was presented to the grand jury in this case and it upgraded the charges.

Earlier this year, Heater Keaton, the children's stepmother, pleaded not guilty to capital murder.

Prosecutors said Roseanna Russell was assigned to spend an hour a day to help Keaton in Mobile Metro Jail. During that time, Keaton allegedly told Russell she and the children's father, John DeBlase, used antifreeze to poison the children.

The information investigators received from Russell led to the upgraded capital murder charges against Keaton.

District Attorney Ashley Rich would not discuss what new evidence was presented in this case.

"The grand jury indictment says he did intentionally cause the death of Chase and Natalie DeBlase by poisoning and/or starvation and/or dehydration and/or asphyxiation and/or other cause unknown to a grand jury," said Rich.

Court records show DeBlase said Natalie died in March 2010 and Chase died in June of the same year. Their bodies were found at separate times as well.

Chase was found under a pile of sticks in Vancleave, Mississippi. Natalie was found in Citronelle. Both bodies were discovered in December 2010.

"As a prosecutor, we deal with some of the most horrific crimes a person will ever see," said Rich. "This one is especially tough."

John DeBlase is scheduled for an arraignment where he will enter a plea to the new charges of capital murder.

The district attorney plans to seek the death penalty in both of the cases.

John DeBlase's mother said they were shocked to find out their son is now facing capital murder charges.

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Post by lisette on Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:46 pm

Lawyer interested in moving Deblase trial
Updated: Friday, 27 Jul 2012P
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA - Defense Attorney Jim Sears said he hopes the trial for John Deblase is moved out of the area, saying it could be tough to find an impartial jury in Mobile County.

Deblase and his common-law wife, Heather Keaton, are accused of torturing, poisoning and then dumping the bodies of his two small children, Natalie and Chase, in two different wooded areas.

The bodies of the children were discovered in December 2010. Authorities said believe they had been dead for months.

Sears said he thinks there are a few factors that could taint a local jury, including media coverage and even his client’s own father, Richard Deblase.

“It’s not specially his (Richard) comments, but all the media coverage," Sears said.

“I have not said anything that wasn’t true,” Richard Deblase said.

In the months following the arrest of John Deblase, the children’s grandfather Richard publicly supported House Bill 348. The bill is nicknamed “The Grandparents' Law" and supports the visitation rights of grandparents.

"This is my client's father, and he obviously loves his son and cares about what happens to him. But he also loved his grandchildren, and (he was) hurt by the events that took place - their death," said Sears.

Richard DeBlase said he wants justice for his grandchildren.

“You’ve got to pay the pulper sometimes before you can repeat, and that is my feelings,” he said.

Sears said he plans to poll potential jurors ahead of the October trial date to find out what they think they may know about the capital murder case.

"What they have seen on television is not evidence. What they have read in the newspaper is not evidence. Only evidence is what appears in courtroom," said Sears.

Richard Deblase said a change in venue wouldn't keep him from hearing the evidence.

"If I have to hitchhike, I'll be there. Those are our grandkids. And what he failed to realize, is that our family used to be close," said Deblase.

John Deblase and Heather Keaton face multiple capital murder charges, and also abuse of a corpse.

Deblase's trial is expected to begin in October.

Keaton is slated for 2013.

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I just don't understand why it takes so long to bring these cases to trial!!
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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:47 pm

It's because of stupid legal red tape IMHO.

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Post by lisette on Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:01 am

Deblase trial delayed for third time

Published : Thursday, 13 Sep 2012

Paige Malone

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Thursday a Mobile County judge granted the defense another delay in the Deblase murder case.

John Deblase and his common law wife Heather Keaton are accused of torturing and killing Deblase’s two young children, Chase and Jonathan Deblase.

The two pleaded not guilty by reason by mental defect. Deblase has already been evaluated by the prosecutions expert. District Attorney Ashley Rich says it showed he was competent.

Neither Deblase nor Keaton has been evaluated by the defense, one of the reasons for the delay.

Rich says the defense told the judge they needed more time. This is the third time this trial has been delayed.

"We will continue to get our witnesses prepared for the case every time they get a continuance because we intend to see this through to the fullest and make sure that justice is done,” said Rich.

Deblase and Keaton will be tried separately. Deblase was set to go to trial next month, but that’s been pushed to January. Keaton’s trial date has not been set.

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Post by lisette on Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:30 am

DNA expert testifies bodies in Mobile County case were children of suspect John DeBlase
By Brendan Kirby

MOBILE, Alabama – The decomposing bodies of a young boy and girl found in the woods near Citronelle and eastern Mississippi in 2010 were children of capital murder defendant John DeBlase, a DNA expert testified this afternoon.

The first defendant in the murder case will not go on trial until January, but Patrick Goff testified in front of a video camera today because he might not be available next year. Out of an abundance of caution, Mobile County Circuit Judge Rick Stout scheduled the videotaped testimony for today so it can be played for the jury if necessary.

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Post by raine1953 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:57 am

That sick POS. I remember this case and I think the wife (step mom?) was part of this too.? He deserves the DP and so does she! MOO.
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