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Emanuel Lovell WEBB

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


A.K.A.: The Bridgeport Killer"
 
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape - Mutilation
Number of victims: 4 - 5
Date of murders: 1990 - 1994
Date of birth: 1966
Victims profile: Sharon Cunningham, 39 / Minnie Sutton, 37 / Elizabeth Gandy, 34 / Sheila Etheridge, 29 / Evelyn Charity, 37
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Georgia/Connecticut, USA
Status: Sentenced to 20 years in prison in Georgia in 1994. Released on parole in late 2001. Sentenced to 60 years in prison in Connecticut on June 23, 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 

Conn. Man Gets 60 Years For Strangling Three Women

FoxNews.com

June 24, 2008

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.   A former security guard has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the strangling deaths of three women in Bridgeport, crimes that sparked fears of a serial killer on the loose in Connecticut's largest city in the 1990s.

Emanuel Lovell Webb, 42, a former Bridgeport resident, was charged with the killings two years ago after authorities in a cold case investigation linked him to the deaths using DNA evidence.

Webb pleaded no contest last month to murder charges in the stranglings of Sharon Cunningham, 39, Minnie Sutton, 37 and Elizabeth Gandy, 34. Investigators also said DNA tests linked him to the killing of a fourth woman, 29-year-old Sheila Etheridge, but charges in that case were dropped.

Three of the women were mutilated or disfigured, including one who was stabbed in the neck, chest, forehead and stomach, police said. Each of the crimes had a sexual aspect, authorities said.

The victims' families applauded Monday after Bridgeport Superior Court Judge George Thim announced the sentence.

"Justice may have been delayed, but it was never denied," Gandy's daughter, Tequea Gandy, exclaimed as she left the courthouse.

Webb's arrest two years ago came when he was already in jail in Georgia for violating his parole for the death of a young woman there in 1994. Police said Webb worked for a Fairfield security company before moving to Mount Vernon, Ga., in 1993.

Webb told the judge on Monday that he didn't want to cause the victims' families more distress by continuing to maintain his innocence.

"My heart goes out to all of you," he told the families. "There are lots of things I don't agree with."

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Corradino said Webb was a predator.

"He was motivated by his lust for killing," he told the judge. "This case shouts for the maximum sentence."

The victims' relatives agreed.

"I was robbed of a mother, my son was robbed of a grandmother and if he is released from prison no one will be safe from this sick man," Tequea Gandy said.

 
 

Suspect pleads no contest to 3 murder charges

May 31, 2008

A former Fairfield security guard pleaded no contest to murder charges Thursday in the strangling deaths of three women in Bridgeport and plans to challenge a judge's order that consolidated all three cases.

Emanuel Lovell Webb, 42, was charged two years ago with killing three women in the 1990s after authorities say DNA in a cold case investigation linked him to the crimes.

A no contest plea means the defendant doesn't contest the charges, but the state will make a finding of guilty.

The former Bridgeport resident was already in custody at the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Ga., when he was charged in 2006 with strangling 34-year-old Elizabeth "Maxine" Gandy to death in Bridgeport in 1993. Detectives said they also used DNA to link him to the deaths of Sharon Cunningham, 39, Minnie Sutton, 37, and Sheila Etheridge, 29.

Earlier this month, a state judge ruled that prosecutors presented enough evidence to consolidate the cases of Cunningham, Sutton and Gandy into one trial. Charges were dropped in the Etheridge case.

Three of the women were mutilated or disfigured, including one who was stabbed in the neck, chest, forehead and stomach, police said. Each of the crimes had a sexual aspect.

The crimes sparked fears of a serial killer on the loose in Connecticut's largest city. They went unsolved until 2006, when detectives said they linked Webb to the killings with DNA evidence. The evidence included a cigarette butt found at one of the crime scenes.

Webb, who was being held in jail in Georgia for violating his parole for the death of a young woman in 1994, frequented the same clubs as the victims, police said.

Police said that before moving to Mount Vernon, Ga., in August 1993, Webb worked for a Fairfield security company and a construction company.

His public defender Miles Gerety said the no contest plea will allow Webb to appeal the consolidation order, which Gerety called "well-reasoned" but wrong.

"I just don't see how you can get a fair trial," Gerety said.

Gerety said the DNA evidence did not prove Webb committed the crimes. He said another unidentified person's DNA also was found on the cigarette butt.

Joseph Corradino, senior assistant state's attorney, said blood found at one of the crime scenes and fingernail scrappings from the victim matched Webb's DNA. He said the crimes were committed near Webb's home and bore strong similarities.

Webb faces up to 60 years in prison for the crimes.

Tequea Gandy, whose mother, Elizabeth, was strangled in 1993, attended the hearing Thursday. She said she wants to see Webb spend the rest of his life in jail.

"It destroyed my life," she said. "I want him to suffer...so he can think about all the pain he caused people."

Webb did not face capital felony, which would have made him eligible for the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole, because his crimes did not fit the definition under the law, Corradino said. That charge applies when there are additional elements to a killing, such as rape or kidnapping, authorities said.

Corradino said there should be a provision under the law for serial killers.

"It's a gap in the capital felony statute," Corradino said. "There's not even the possibility of life without release."

A telephone message was left for Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, co-chairman of the legislature's Judiciary Committee.

 
 


 

Judge consolidates 3 strangulation cases

May 12, 2008

A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday the state can consolidate into one trial charges that former Fairfield security guard Emanuel Lovell Webb fatally strangled three women here in the early 1990s.

Judge Robert Devlin Jr., in a 16-page decision, said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Corradino and Assistant State's Attorney Marc Durso had presented sufficient evidence that the murders of Sharon Cunningham, 39; Minnie Sutton, 37; and Elizabeth Gandy, 34, have enough in common to try Webb in a single court case.

The judge ruled, however, that prosecutors had not proved sufficiently that a fourth woman, Sheila Etheridge, 29, died at Webb's hands or that her death could be linked to the three other cases.

The judge granted Webb's lawyers a continuance until June 2 for jury selection in the case. The trial is set to begin July 17.

If convicted of all charges in the three cases, Webb would face multiple life prison terms.

During a hearing last week, retired FBI Special Agent Gregg McCrary, formerly with the FBI's Behavior Analysis Unit, testified he believes the four murders were committed by the same person.

McCrary, who said he investigated a number of serial killings as a member of the FBI unit, which was depicted in the popular television program "Criminal Minds," said he found shared characteristics in the four homicides.

He said all the victims were drug users; they were in the same social group in the city's East Side; there were "sexual components" in each of the crimes; each victim was disfigured by her killer and Webb's DNA was found at each crime scene.

McCrary said there were also "striking similarities" between the murders of the four women and the July 10, 1994, murder of 37-year-old Evelyn Charity, found strangled and stabbed in her Vidalia, Ga., home.

Webb was arrested for that crime and convicted of involuntary manslaughter after he contended Charity died during "wild sex."

On Monday, Webb's lawyers, Assistant Public Defenders Miles Gerety and Susan Coccia, brought to court Associate State Medical Examiner Dr. Edward McDonough. While McDonough testified he found there was a pattern to the murders of Gandy, Sutton and Cunningham, he said he believes that the cause of Etheridge's death remains undetermined and could not be considered a homicide.

Cunningham's body was found shortly after noon April 1, 1990, in a burning car at Crescent and Bunnell streets.

Sutton was found lying partially clothed on the floor of her Webster Avenue home on March 28, 1992. Gandy's partially clothed body was found April 19, 1993, in an abandoned building at Stratford Avenue and Fifth Street.

Etheridge was found dead in her Bishop Avenue apartment on June 28, 1993.

The judge also ruled that the prosecutors could present to the jury information about Charity's killing during Webb's trial on the Bridgeport charges.

 
 


 

DNA links Georgia man to Bridgeport killings in early 1990s

Bridgeport-AP, June 7, 2006

New DNA testing has linked a Georgia man to the killings of four Connecticut women in the early 1990s, and investigators believe he may have been involved in up to six other slayings here.

Emanuel Lovell Webb was charged recently with murder in the killing of Elizabeth Gandy, 34, on April 19, 1993, prosecutor Jonathan Benedict said.

Webb, 40, is in prison in Georgia on a parole violation. Benedict said authorities were discussing his extradition to Connecticut.

Webb was linked to Gandy's slaying after cold-case detectives began reinvestigating the killings of about 15 Bridgeport women in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Benedict said.

During that time, young women were found dead in vacant buildings and lots in the city's seedy East End.

Webb knew some of the women. Others he met through work, friends or at bars.

"One of the commonalities was him," Bridgeport police Lt. James Viadero said. "He happened to know them or had met him or was the last person to have see them. He just kept on popping up."

Detectives discovered that 10 homicides from that period had similar characteristics, and sent evidence from four of the cases to the FBI to compare evidence with DNA profiles of convicted felons nationwide. Such profiles were not available in the early 1990s.

The identification system recorded DNA "hits" for Webb in the killings of Gandy and three other Bridgeport women: Sharon Cunningham, Minnie Sutton and Sheila Etheridge.

Police are continuing to look into the homicides of Cunningham, Sutton, Etheridge and other women killed around the same time, Benedict said.

Webb lived with his sister, Bernice Snead, and a girlfriend in the East End from 1987 through 1993, the Connecticut Post reported Wednesday.

In August 1993, Webb moved back to Mount Vernon, Ga., where his family had lived previously. He was charged there in July 1994 with the killing of Evelyn Charity, who was sexually assaulted and strangled, according to Georgia court records.

Webb later pleaded guilty to reduced charges and received a prison sentence of 20 years. He was released on parole in late 2001.

 
 

Georgia man may be linked to Connecticut killings

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.

Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, say new D-N-A testing has linked a Georgia man to the killings of four women in Bridgeport in the early 1990s, and investigators believe he may have been involved in up to six other homicides in the city.

Police told the Connecticut Post that detectives recently went to the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Georgia, and charged 40-year-old Emanuel Lovell Webb with murder in the killing of 34-year-old Elizabeth "Maxine" Gandy on April 19, 1993.

Webb is being held at the Georgia prison on a parole violation. Bridgeport State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict says authorities have been talking with Georgia officials about extraditing Webb to Connecticut.

Benedict credited the Bridgeport police Cold Case Unit with being persistent in its review of the killings of about 15 Bridgeport women in the late 1908s and early 1990s. The unit began taking a second look at the homicides in 2000.

The two members of the Cold Case Unit, Detectives Heitor Teixeira and Robert Sherback, found that ten of the killings had some similarities.

The detectives sent evidence from four homicide cases to the F-B-I, so that federal authorities could compare the samples with D-N-A profiles of convicted felons nationwide stored in the Combined D-N-A Identification System. The DNA technology and nationwide profiles were not available in the early 1990s.

Police say the identification system recorded D-N-A "hits" for Webb in all four cases. The cases included the killings of Gandy, Sharon Cunningham, Minnie Sutton and Sheila Etheridge.

 
 

Police: 'East End Killer' found

Georgia man suspected in up to 10 Bridgeport murders

BRIDGEPORT Police said Tuesday they have arrested a Georgia man they believe is responsible for at least four murders of young women in the city in the early 1990s.

Emanuel Lovell Webb, 40, was charged with one count of murder by Bridgeport Police detectives at the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Ga., where he was being held on a parole violation.

Police said they have traced Webb through DNA to four murders here, but they said he could be responsible for as many as 10.

He has been charged with the April 19, 1993, murder of 34-year-old Elizabeth "Maxine" Gandy.

State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict said the arrest was the result of the persistence of the Bridgeport Police Department's Cold Case Unit, which in 2000 began to reinvestigate a series of homicides of Bridgeport women in the early 1990s.

He said the Cold Case Unit is continuing to investigate the murders of Sharon Cunningham, Minnie Sutton and Sheila Etheridge, "as well other unsolved homicides of females around that general time frame."

Benedict said members of the unit have been in contact with Georgia officials to arrange Webb's extradition to Connecticut.

In March 1994, then-State's Attorney Donald A. Browne established a special Homicide Task Force to investigate the murders of a number of young women found dead in vacant buildings and lots in the city's East End. At that time, police dubbed the unknown suspect the "East End Killer."

The task force later disbanded, having uncovered few leads.

In 2000, Detectives Heitor Teixeira and Robert Sherback, the sole members of the department's Cold Case Unit, picked up the cases. They reinvestigated about 15 murders of young women between the late 1980s and early 1990s and selected 10 that had similar characteristics.

Evidence from four cases involving Gandy, Sutton, Cunningham and Etheridge were sent to the FBI for comparison in its Combined DNA Identification System, which maintains DNA profiles collected from convicted felons nationwide. The DNA technology and nationwide profiles were not available in the early 1990s.

Police said sperm had been located at the murder scenes of Cunningham and Etheridge, a cigarette butt was found at Sutton's murder scene, and Gandy had skin under her fingernails from scratching her killer.

In each case, CODIS recorded DNA "hits" for Webb, police said.

Between 1987 and August 1993, Webb lived with his sister, Bernice Snead, and a girlfriend in the East End of Bridgeport.

Teixeira said a hunch made the investigators check old records at Bridgeport Hospital that showed that the day after Gandy's murder, Webb had gone to the hospital to be treated for a laceration to his right middle finger.

"Detectives Teixeira and Sherback did a great work on this investigation," said Police Lt. James Viadero. "I know they feel satisfaction to be able to close a case this old and to bring closure to the victims."

Reached at her Bridgeport home, Bernice Snead expressed shock that her brother was a suspect in the killings.

"My mother is 80 years old and lives with him in Georgia; get the hell off my phone," she said.

Webb was born in Vidalia, Ga., on April 9, 1966. His family later moved to Mount Vernon, Ga., where in 1969 his father, Shade Webb, a disabled Navy veteran, died of pneumonia.

After graduating from high school, Webb moved to Bridgeport, where he lived with his sister. While here, Webb held jobs with Bur-Don Security of Fairfield and J&B Construction of Bridgeport. In 1986, he started a relationship with Jadee Hanson; they had two children. They lived on Smith Street and later Carroll Avenue.

In August 1993, Webb and his family moved back to Mount Vernon, Ga. According to Georgia court records, he was arrested there in July 1994 for the murder of Evelyn Charity, who was sexually assaulted and strangled. Webb subsequently pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of involuntary manslaughter, robbery and theft of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released on parole on Dec. 18, 2001.

 
 


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