Our laws are clearly being tested in the first story by a ten year old boy and in the second by newlyweds.
Darke County Prosecutor Richard Howell admits that the boy didn't give investigators a clear motive. But Howell told the newspaper that the boy is responsible for the fire. Winans' mother, Sabrina Jones, screamed at the boy's supporters outside the court Monday. "My grandkids didn't even see the age of 10," Jones yelled. While police allege that the boy confessed to setting the blaze after three days of questioning. Some claim the boy has been made a "scape goat."
William Zink, pastor of the New Life Pentecostals of Greenville, said the boy attended church and had overcome the recent death of his stepfather from AIDS. "It was not just your 'American pie' family," Zink said. He said the boy had no bed and slept on the couch. The boy will now be under house arrest and staying with grandmother Tammy Reed. A forensic and psychological exam will be performed. The charges against the boy remain as one juvenile count of arson and five counts of murder. (Arson carries a minimum of one to three years in detention. Murder could keep the boy in custody until age 21 However, if the boy is labeled a serious youth offender under Ohio law he could be imprisoned for life.) Zink said the boy is worth saving from the juvenile justice system. ) Some think the boy is innocent. Others think he should be treated as an adult. No one apparently fails to realize the tragedy that struck this family.
Mark Kozik and Heidi Kozik
Mark and Heidi Kozik got married three days before they allegedly robbed a bank. Mark Kozik, 32, and Heidi Kozik, 30, are held on $1 million bond. The couple is suspected of six armed robberies, including a heist at the National Bank in Fox Lake in August. If convicted of the the Fox Lake robbery, the Koziks could face more than 30 years in prison.
Allegedly, while Mark Kozik was inside robbing the bank, Heidi Kozik was waiting outside in a silver Grand Prix with the motor running. Kozik jumped in the back passenger side of the car and dropped his baseball cap. The car then sped away according to an unidentified witness.
A fingerprint at the bank allegedly matched Mark Kozik's. (Mark apparently has a prior conviction for burglary.) Furthermore, according to detectives, a gun they found at Kozik's house looks like the one used in the robbery. Heidi Kozik apparently does not have a criminal record. Two innocent love sick kids still blinded by the euphoria of their wedding or two hardened bank robbers? You decide...
ALL SUSPECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!
Update 10-4-07 Some family members have apparently posted exclusive insight on the Kozik couple. Apparently, neither of the Koziks are represented by counsel as of this date. Should any criminal defense attorney be interested in helping either one of the Koziks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can try to get your contact information to relatives.
Update 10-8-07 Fox Lake police indicate that Mark C. Kozik, 32, and his wife, Heidi L. Kozik, 30, of Spring Grove, allegedly admitted to being involved in the Aug. 7 robbery of the National City Bank in Fox Lake. According to Fox Lake police, the couple also allegedly admitted to other armed robberies in Lake and McHenry County. If this is true, Koziks could face some major jail time. (The Koziks remain innocent until otherwise proven!)
Update 6-22-11: In the comments section, it was reported that Heidi Kunz admitted to serving as a get-away driver in a 2006 robbery of a Payday Loan Store in McHenry, Illinois. The chief detective was reported as John Birk and the prosecutor as Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein. Mark Kozik is apparently serving time in Atlanta until 1-30-29. LINK.