(Warning: Due to explicit lyrics within this article from a song children should not be present when you read this!)
We have been working on putting things together for an update on Alicia Ritenour and the pending trial, as we have many updates to discuss and decided what to allow at this time. Through public records we have obtained we know different aspects of the case and what the prosecution seems to be going after.
Some aspects that we know, and have better understanding about are:
Subpoenas that have been filed by the prosecution, whom they have been filed upon, and in one case why it was filed to obtain information supposable for this case, or to make a speculation. Facebook is one that has been subpoenaed, with a subpoena requesting Alicia Ritenour’s account, the main reason is a song by Eminem (A.K.A. Marshall Mathers) a Rap Artist. Oddly most rap music I have ever had the displeasure of hearing is trash talking, however this is what younger kids are into in their 20s or younger.
The part of the song they are going after is a lyrics Alicia put up on her Facebook page which is no longer available, but I will post the part of the song the prosecution is going after that they have decided to take out of context. This is not the whole song, but the part the prosecution will try to imply that was Alicia’s state of mind, when she typed it. However the odd thing is I have kids that have listened to this junk, repeated the lyrics, and yet it is just a song that they liked so much they sang it. All four of them are in their twenties so I don’t have to actually get mad about their choices of songs anymore.
The song is “Rabbit Run” By Eminem
“Some days I just wanna up and call it quits
I feel like I’m surrounded by a wall of bricks
Every time I go to get up I just fall in piss
My life’s like one great big ball of shit
If I could just, put it all into all I spit
Instead of always tryin to swallow it
Instead of starin at this wall and shit
While I sit writer’s block, sick of all this shit
Can’t call it, shit
All I know is I’m about to hit the wall
If I have to see another one of mom’s alcholic fits
This is it, last straw, that’s all, that’s it
I ain’t dealin with another fuckin politic
I’m like a skillet bubbling until it filters up
I’m about to kill it, I can feel it buildin up
Blow this buildin up, I’ve been sealed enough
My cup, runneth over, I done filled it up
The pen explodes and busts, ink spills my guts
You think, all I do is stand here and feel my nuts?
Well I’ma show you what, you gon’ feel my rush
You don’t feel it, then it must be too real to touch
Peal the dutch, I’m about to tear shit up
Goosebumps yea, I’ma make your hair sit up
Yea sit up, I’ma tell you who I be
I’ma make you hate me, cause you ain’t me
You wait, it ain’t too late to finally see
What you closed-minded fucks were too blind to see”
There is a radio version with no swear words, but this is not what the prosecution will be going after unless they want to bring that version up then claim that Alicia changed the words on her own choice to make it look as if she were annoyed.
There is no real DNA evidence taken from the crime scene or from everyone that was in that apartment the night before to the next day when Ava was found, other than Alicia and Ave’s DNA. Witnesses (not mentioning two males names) were allowed to leave with all their belongings (Also should have been considered evidence) without it being searched, or held as evidence while the investigation was going on. For a murder scene the Apartment was not sealed off until many hours after everyone had left, being left unattended for hours were anyone with a key could have accessed it with a key. (FYI: Jacob Rauch had a key to the apartment, and he and Logan left together. Did they possible return after everyone had left and no police guard was present?
There have been numerous subpoena filed by the prosecution for medical workers, and law enforcement. None have been filed for their two “star” witnesses Jacob A. Rauch, or Logan D. Cavan, or anyone else that might state a different situation other then what the prosecution might be trying to portray of Alicia, which they want to portray her as a cold blooded murderer.
After more research I have not found a single subpoena filed on behalf of her “public defense attorney” Michael H. Adams, I have also found that he has not talked with certain witnesses to different events that pertain to Logan which happened before Ava’s murder. He has not interviewed other witnesses the morning of Ava’s murder, nor has he attempted to do so as of this post.
I do not know of the defense attorney even talking to Alicia and Ava’s case worker, the apartment manager, everyone that was in that apartment the day Ava was found (there were numerous family and friends that were at the apartment after they found Ava, which watched the events and saw where things were placed in the apartment, but yet have been interviewed. Alicia’s neighbor whom knows of an event between Logan and Ava, but now says he can’t remember. Has the defense even talked to Ava’s family physician to substantiate that Alicia too her in for her shots, checkups, and some bumps Ava got while trying to learn to walk? As I stated in an earlier article Logan sat on the couch expressionless while people were franticly trying to revive Ava, and help. Why did he not get up and help or even see what was going on, my guess is he already knew what was in Ava’s room and didn’t need to see it again.
According to the information I have understood Jake however has claimed to be one of the last ones to be with Ava putting her to bed the night before she was found.
Here is my perspective on everything so far: We have a prosecution that has no real evidence so they are going after Facebook posts, there are two known criminals as “star witnesses” whom have received “slaps on the wrist” for charges after talking to investigators one charge was settled on the same day Logan did an interview. Logan and Jake’s stories have changed a few times. Investigators failed to keep a secure crime scene, failed to take in evidence, and have failed to follow up on points of interest pertaining to Logan. The States Attorney (prosecution) has made unproven statements which can be classified as defamatory, which I will deal with at a later time when appropriate.
The defense attorney has failed to properly prepare for this case, has not interviewed witnesses, and has not subpoenaed any potential witnesses, from court records from the bond reduction hearing it seems he doesn’t even know facts about the family. Only in the past month has the public defender (Michael H. Adams, Chief Public Defender) done most of his work on the case.
Susan R. Krisko Assistant Iowa Attorney General, and Amy Zenor Assistant Mahaska County Attorney have already offered two different plea deals one the day of the bond hearing:
First plea deal was dropping the Murder in the First Degree charge down to 2nd Degree Murder and dropping the Child Endangerment Resulting in Death Charge.
The second plea deal offered by the prosecution recently dropped the Charges down to Attempted Murder, and Child Endangerment Resulting in Death.
Both offers when offered are about the same prison time, so nothing has really changed in the offer for prison time, but the charges have significantly dropped. What is this telling the public? The prosecution has no real evidence other than two criminal witnesses, and a Facebook page. They have DNA of Ava and Alicia they obtained from the apartment, all of which is not unusual DNA since they lived there. They have no DNA from the two male witnesses that lived there, because they didn’t collect any from them.
In all I see this as a questionable investigation, a failure on both the prosecution and defense to do any real preparation, and a colossal train wreak about to happen. Will an innocent or guilty person go to prison over “what if’s”, or is a guilty person still walking the streets, getting high, and partying? If the wrong person goes to prison is Mahaska County prepared along with the state to sometime down the road to pay out possible millions of dollars for wrongful imprisonment. Are Attorney’s ready to possible tarnish their reputations, and careers to play this out as if it were a sporting event, that the only thing that matters is who wins?
Through the Innocents Project since the year 2000 there has been 254 convictions overturned because of DNA.
I want everyone to look at some of the posts on Facebook of Alicia’s progress of becoming a mother and being a mother and decide if this is a mother whom was supposed to be angry. These are posts from Alicia’s Facebook that I am sure the Prosecution will not bring up in court.
Here is an interesting statistic:
Exonerees can be found in all parts of the country, but most were concentrated in Illinois, New York, Texas, and California.
- 93 percent are men, 7 percent women;
- Nearly 50 percent are black, 38 percent white, 11 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Native American or Asian;
- 48 percent had been falsely convicted of homicides, 35 percent of sexual assaults (23 percent adult, 12 percent child), five percent robberies, five percent other violent crimes, and seven percent drug, white-collar and other non-violent crimes.
As a group, they spent more than 10,000 years in prison, an average of more than 11 years each.