Dallas Crime Watch: Thursday, April 28, 2011

A sampling of crime, courts and public safety news in and around Dallas:

• Police are investigating the slaying of a Lake Highlands gay couple whose apartment was apparently set on fire in an attempt to cover up the murders.

• Christopher Johnson told jurors Wednesday that a Dallas police officer wanted to be shot in his bulletproof vest to help conceal his role in the Red Bird-area robbery of a Sam’s Club. He said he refused Officer Alph Coleman’s request, but went along with the officer’s June 2008 plot to rob the store where Coleman worked off-duty security. His share of the take was supposed to be $50,000.

• Arlington police announced Wednesday that they will send at least two officers to all domestic disturbance calls, even when the incident is over and the suspect is believed to have left, as was the case when Officer Jillian Smith was gunned down in December.

• McKinney police were investigating an overnight burglary Wednesday that ended when the homeowner was shot in the 1700 block of Surrey Lane with his own gun. The attackers fled.

A former Woodrow Wilson High School English teacher was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade ordered that Jon Leslie Lyons, 45, not get credit for time he has already served since his June arrest. Lyons must also register as a sex offender for life after his release, the judge ordered.

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–Jason Trahan/Reporter

Source: Crime Blog