The victims: Newlyweds, Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak
[Previously: The Knoxville Horror with a Twist—Four Black Marines Murder Interracial Couple in Winchester, CA; MSM Censors Details, of Course; and The Winchester Atrocity: Down the MSM Memory Hole, While Cops Claim It’s Not a “Racial Crime.”]
In The Diversity Zone, monsters toy with the criminal justice system like a cat with a cornered mouse. Except that unlike real mice, this mouse seems to be in love with mouse-killing cats.
And so it is, that although Friday night will mark the third anniversary of the racist outrage in California that I dubbed the Winchester Atrocity, the torture-rape-murders of newlyweds, Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak, 24, and Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, the four black confessed rapist-torturer-murderers have yet to be tried, and no trial is even scheduled for another five months. (Local media dubbed the crimes the “French Valley murders,” after the area where the Pietrzaks lived. Due to the national MSM’s virtual blackout of the case, however, even that moniker only turned up 75 hits at Google.)
(On a positive note, on May 10, 2009, someone succeeded in posting an entry on the case at The Pretend Encyclopedia/Wikipedia.)
Since the January 21, 2009 announcement by Riverside County DA Rod Pacheco that, if his office wins first-degree murder convictions against the four defendants, he will seek the death penalty, the case has made little progress.
In addition to the system's usual, leisurely pace, the proceedings have been brought to a virtual halt by one defendant. In an effort to cheat Lady Justice, Kesaun Kedron "Psycho" Sykes has been aggressively playing the "crazy card." Meanwhile he, who has nothing to lose, has his back to the wall, while she, who has everything to lose, has exposed herself to fire.
From left, defendants Kevin Darnell Cox, Emrys Justin John, Tyrone Miller and Kesaun K. Sykes
The trial of four Marines accused of slaying a fellow Marine and his wife has been pushed back to March at the earliest.
A change in attorney for one of the defendants caused the delay.
Attorney Doug Myers began representing Kesaun Kedron Sykes about two months ago, and needs time to review the case, he said during a hearing on Friday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
The Marines, Sykes, Kevin Cox, Emrys Justin John and Tyrone Miller, are accused of storming into a young couple's home in French Valley in 2008, tying them up, tormenting them and shooting them at point-blank range in an attempt to rob them of a nonexistent store of money. The victims, Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Faye Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, were killed.
[Trial Postponed for 4 Marines Accused of Slaying French Valley Couple by Peter Surowski, Camp Pendleton Patch, September 9, 2011.]
Riverside County criminal justice authorities seek to try all four defendants together. While severing trials is time-consuming and expensive—just look at the Knoxville Horror (here and here)—clearly this Sykes character guarantees a gargantuan waste of time, money, and trouble, and the best thing authorities can do is to at least sever his case.
Peter Surowski printed more of the specifics in a January report:
Kevin Cox, 23, Tyrone Miller, 23, Emrys John, 21, and Sykes are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, rape with an object and using a firearm.
On the day of the killing, the four defendants, armed with handguns, barged into the victims’ home and bound Pietrzak with tape. Then they stripped his wife in front of him, forced her to dance and raped her with an object, hoping the husband would say where the couple kept their cash and valuables, investigators testified during pretrial hearings.
Unknown to the suspects, the couple had little of value. After taking the couple’s few valuables, including their wedding rings, the suspects shot them several times in the head and tried to set the house on fire, investigators testified.
Detectives later found the victims’ belongings in the defendants’ homes at Camp Pendleton. They also found shoes that match prints found on the crime scene.
If convicted, the defendants could face the death penalty, court records show.
[Defendant Flings Urine in Courtroom, Delays Trial by Peter Surowski, Temecula Patch, January 31, 2011.]
Note that the first news story I quoted above came out one month ago, from one of the system of invaluable local Patch blogs manned by journalists aspiring to one day get paid for their work, God bless ‘em! After a lone report by ABC News almost three years ago, the national MSM left this story to die, even after both victims’ mothers insisted that the crimes were racially motivated.
Locally, the case has been covered by the Sun Valley News, North County Times, and Press-Enterprise in southern California, near the crime scene, and by New York’s Daily News, because Pietrzak had lived in Brooklyn as a child, between immigrating to America and enlisting in the Marine Corps.
Sheriff's investigators allege the defendants beat, bound and gagged the couple while they ransacked the residence, stealing jewelry and other valuables and stuffing them into suitcases that were loaded into John's Jeep Cherokee.
Cox and Sykes allegedly confessed their parts in the deadly attack, each pointing fingers at the other, according to investigators. The pair allegedly cut off Quiana's nightgown and sexually assaulted her on a table with various objects while her husband was forced to watch, according to testimony.
A fellow Camp Pendleton Marine, Justin Weissinger, testified that Miller and John detailed their involvement in the slayings during a conversation with him on the base.
Weissinger alleged the men said they positioned the victims on a sofa and shot both in the head twice, using cushions to suppress the gunfire.
Why the newlyweds were targeted has not been confirmed, though there were racial overtones, with epithets scrawled on a wall in the residence.
Pietrzak was white, of Polish descent, and Quiana, a San Bernardino native, was black.
[Marine Accused of Killing Couple Found Competent to Stand Trial by Anonymous, Valley News, May 26th, 2011.]
The Valley News is, to my knowledge, the only newspaper to openly suggest the murders may have been racially motivated.
Unfortunately, the most recent story I could find in the Daily News was a blog dated February 4, by its longtime top re-write man, Corky Siemaszko.
Siemaszko’s status at the daily gave him the freedom to use the sort of colorful language once typical of crime reporters—“was having his head examined,” “the disgusting display,” “Sykes allegedly joked about sodomizing Quiana Pietrzak with a sex toy...'buzzing sounds'” (alright, that wouldn’t have passed inspection in the past), “the sadistic fiends”—but he was also unfortunately given license to make a basic error in military protocol, by referring to Sgt. Pietrzak as the defendants’ (I believe two of the defendants’) “commanding officer.” As a reader pointed out at the time, no sergeant can be a “commanding officer.”
One of the Marines accused of torturing and murdering their Brooklyn-raised commanding officer and his wife was having his head examined Friday after he suddenly began urinating during his court hearing.
Kesuan Sykes, whose nickname is "Psycho," was in the midst of a pre-trial hearing when he stood up and began flinging urine around a California courtroom.
Court officers pounced on the shackled suspect, and the judge ordered Sykes to undergo a mental evaluation after the disgusting display, which happened last Friday.
Sykes, 23, is believed to be the most disturbed of the four Marines charged with the brutal murders of Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana.
Sykes allegedly joked about sodomizing Quiana Pietrzak with a sex toy - in front of her hog-tied husband - and made "buzzing sounds," a detective has testified.
Pietrzak, 24, a Polish immigrant who grew up in Bensonhurst, and his 26-year-old wife were killed after the intruders burst into their Riverside County home.
Tyrone Miller and Kevin Cox, both 23, and 21-year-old Emrys John are also charged with murdering the newlyweds during the robbery.
The sadistic fiends discussed burning the Pietrzaks alive, but couldn't light a shirt on fire on the stove, police said. So they shot them both in the head.
Cops later found stolen jewelry, an ATM card and Pietrzak's dress uniform in the accused Marines' rooms at the Camp Pendleton military base.
[Marine accused in B'klyn officer torture-murder case yanked for psych eval after court urination by Corky Siemaszko, Daily News, February 4th, 2011.]
A poll accompanying Siemaszko’s blog asked of Sykes, “Do you really think he's crazy?” The results were heartening:
Yes, no sane person would do that. 10% No, he's faking it. 78% I'd need more details to know. 12%
Contradicting its usual practice, the Daily News did not reveal how many readers responded to its poll.
Sykes is now required to wear mittens in court.
For all the yeoman labors by local reporters in California, including Tammy J. McCoy, of the North County Times, Peter Surowski of the January 31 Temecula Patch, and Sarah Burge, of the Press-Enterprise, as far as the courts and the national MSM are concerned, unfortunately this is just another court case involving forgotten victims and protected minorities in … The Diversity Zone.
[Previously, at VDARE and WEJB/NSU, respectively:
The Knoxville Horror with a Twist—Four Black Marines Murder Interracial Couple in Winchester, CA; MSM Censors Details, of Course;
The Winchester Atrocity: Down the MSM Memory Hole, While Cops Claim It’s Not a “Racial Crime”; and
Winchester Atrocity Update; and “Jury Finds Sykes Competent.]
[Thanks to my legman, David in TN.]