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Alabama husband, 47, convicted of manslaughter for the death of his camgirl wife

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William Jeffrey West, 47, was convicted of manslaughter for the death of his camgirl wife on Friday. Pictured in his 2018 mugshot

William Jeffrey West, 47, was convicted of manslaughter for the death of his camgirl wife on Friday. Pictured in his 2018 mugshot

William Jeffrey West, 47, was convicted of manslaughter for the death of his camgirl wife on Friday. Pictured in his 2018 mugshot

An Alabama man has been convicted of reckless manslaughter after his fingerprints were found on the glass bottle used to beat his camgirl wife to death.  

William Jeffrey West, 47, of Calera was accused of killing Kathleen ‘Kat’ Dawn West, 42, by beating her with the Lucid Absinthe bottle on January 13, 2018.  

Her partially clothed body was found by a passing motorist around 5am the following day outside the couple’s home.

West was found guilty of manslaughter on Friday despite Kat’s own family maintaining his innocence and her mother testifying in his defense at trial.   

Kat, who bore a resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, was a stay-at-home mom who lived a double live as a ‘camgirl’. 

She had a subscription-only website where she went by the name of Kitty Kat West and posted risqué-photos of herself. 

She also publicly posted lingerie photos online while charging viewers to see sexier images. 

West’s trial began on Tuesday with prosecutors arguing he had killed his wife during a fight following a ‘date night’ that included him taking racy photos of her. 

They said that she died from a blow to the head and that both her blood and her husband’s fingerprints were on the bottle. 

William Jeffrey West, 47, of Calera was accused of killing Kathleen 'Kat' Dawn West, 42, by beating her to death with a Lucid Absinthe bottle on January 13, 2018

William Jeffrey West, 47, of Calera was accused of killing Kathleen 'Kat' Dawn West, 42, by beating her to death with a Lucid Absinthe bottle on January 13, 2018

William Jeffrey West, 47, of Calera was accused of killing Kathleen ‘Kat’ Dawn West, 42, by beating her to death with a Lucid Absinthe bottle on January 13, 2018

Kat, who bore a resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, was a 'camgirl' who had a subscription-only website where she went by the name of Kitty Kat West and posted risqué-photos of herself

Kat, who bore a resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, was a 'camgirl' who had a subscription-only website where she went by the name of Kitty Kat West and posted risqué-photos of herself

Kat West

Kat West

Kat, who bore a resemblance to Marilyn Monroe, was a ‘camgirl’ who had a subscription-only website where she went by the name of Kitty Kat West and posted risqué-photos of herself

Yet West claimed Kat had been drunk and died accidentally after she fell and hit her head. 

The victim’s mother, Nancy Martin, backed him up, describing her daughter outside court as an alcoholic who took medication for bipolar disorder and had a history of binge drinking. 

Despite the testimony from her family, West was found guilty at around 10pm Friday after the jury deliberated for five hours, according to Alabama.com.   

He had originally been charged with murder but prosecutors still welcomed the manslaughter conviction. 

‘While we continue to believe this was an intentional murder, we are pleased he is being brought to justice,’ said Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Daniel McBrayer. 

West was said to be ‘stunned’ by the outcome and remained silent as he was found guilty.

‘We maintained that he was innocent, that the evidence supported a not guilty verdict, so we’re disappointed but we have to respect the juries’ decision at this point,’ said his attorney John Robbins. 

‘Jeff is stunned,’ Robbins added. ‘He has maintained he did not kill his wife since Day 1 and that’s still his position. It’s never going to change and all he can do is keep fighting this.’  

During the four-day trial, the jury heard how the couple returned home from dinner on the January night in 2018, stopping off at a liquor store where they bought Jameson whiskey and the bottle of Absinthe.

They both drank a lot before they began the photo shoot at around 9.30pm in which Kat posed in a pink bra, pink multi-colored panties and pink stiletto shoes. 

West told police there had been some strain within their marriage because Kat had a higher sex drive than him and enjoyed having sex four to five times a week

West told police there had been some strain within their marriage because Kat had a higher sex drive than him and enjoyed having sex four to five times a week

 West told police there had been some strain within their marriage because Kat had a higher sex drive than him and enjoyed having sex four to five times a week

Kat West

Kat West

Jeffrey's attorney argued Tuesday there was no tension between the couple about her adult photos and he helped take her pictures

Jeffrey's attorney argued Tuesday there was no tension between the couple about her adult photos and he helped take her pictures

West’s attorney argued Tuesday there was no tension between the couple about her adult photos and he helped take her pictures but the jury decided he was guilty of manslaughter

During the four-day trial, the jury heard how the couple returned home from dinner on the January night in 2018, stopping off at a liquor store, pictured above

During the four-day trial, the jury heard how the couple returned home from dinner on the January night in 2018, stopping off at a liquor store, pictured above

During the four-day trial, the jury heard how the couple returned home from dinner on the January night in 2018, stopping off at a liquor store, pictured above 

They bought Jameson whiskey and the bottle of Absinthe used to beat Kat to death

They bought Jameson whiskey and the bottle of Absinthe used to beat Kat to death

They bought Jameson whiskey and the bottle of Absinthe used to beat Kat to death

‘Yes, she had a website. She posed nude. She did that for her own self-esteem, Robbins said. ‘Jeff was fully aware of what his wife did, and he assisted her.’ 

Yet, prosecutors claimed that an argument then erupted as West was ‘fed up with this Instagram stuff’.  

‘He grabs her phone and chunks it out the front door where it lands in the street,’ the alleged. 

Testimony previously heard that Kat’s phone was cracked at the time of her death.  

During the third day of proceedings on Thursday, jurors listened to West’s 90-minute interview with police where he was asked about the events leading up to Kat’s death and the couple’s sex life.

Prosecutors on Thursday reveled West's left thumb and ring finger prints were found on the Lucid absinthe bottle (stock image) and suggested he had held it by its throat'

Prosecutors on Thursday reveled West's left thumb and ring finger prints were found on the Lucid absinthe bottle (stock image) and suggested he had held it by its throat'

Prosecutors on Thursday reveled West’s left thumb and ring finger prints were found on the Lucid absinthe bottle (stock image) and suggested he had held it by its throat’ 

West told investigators his wife’s job as an exhibitionist did not bother him and that he and she ‘were in a good spot’, AL reported. 

He did however admit there had been some strain within their marriage because Kat had a higher sex drive than him and enjoyed having sex four to five times a week. 

‘I’m not as sexual as she is,’ he told police. ‘It is what it is. I’m happy with myself. She wasn’t happy with it.’ 

Despite their differences, West insisted he would never hurt his wife. 

‘We were totally in a good spot,’ he said. ‘I would not hurt my wife, not even accidentally. I would not hurt my wife.’ 

During the interview West also revealed Kat was bisexual and had recently ‘wanted to look into that lifestyle’. 

He also said the two talked openly about her camgirl job and there was ‘nothing to be jealous about.’  

‘It’s just pictures. She got money for it,’ he said, adding that she had ‘never stepped out on the marriage.’ 

Kat's family had spoken out in her husband's defense and claimed he was innocent

Kat's family had spoken out in her husband's defense and claimed he was innocent

Kat’s family had spoken out in her husband’s defense and claimed he was innocent

West revealed Kat was bisexual and had recently 'wanted to look into that lifestyle'

West revealed Kat was bisexual and had recently 'wanted to look into that lifestyle'

West revealed Kat was bisexual and had recently ‘wanted to look into that lifestyle’

'It's just pictures. She got money for it,' West told police about his wife Kat's double-life as a cam-girl

'It's just pictures. She got money for it,' West told police about his wife Kat's double-life as a cam-girl

Kat West

Kat West

‘It’s just pictures. She got money for it,’ West told police about his wife Kat’s double-life as a cam-girl, adding that she had ‘never stepped out on the marriage’

Jeffrey was charged with her death and accused of using a bottle of liquor to kill her by hitting her in the head.  His defense attorney argued that Kat was drunk and fell and hit her head that night after West went to sleep at 10.30pm. Jeffrey pictured above in orange jumpsuit

Jeffrey was charged with her death and accused of using a bottle of liquor to kill her by hitting her in the head.  His defense attorney argued that Kat was drunk and fell and hit her head that night after West went to sleep at 10.30pm. Jeffrey pictured above in orange jumpsuit

Jeffrey was charged with her death and accused of using a bottle of liquor to kill her by hitting her in the head.  His defense attorney argued that Kat was drunk and fell and hit her head that night after West went to sleep at 10.30pm. Jeffrey pictured above in orange jumpsuit

On the night of her death, West claimed he went to bed at 10.30pm and only discovered his wife had been killed the following morning.  

Prosecutors, however, presented the jury with evidence contradicting West’s claims. 

They revealed data taken from his iPhone Health app showed he had taken 18 steps between 11.03pm and 11.10pm – when he was apparently sleeping.   

Steven Payne, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency print examiner, also told the jury West’s left thumb and ring finger prints were found on the absinthe bottle. 

The prints suggested he had held the bottle by the ‘throat’ instead of the base, according to AL. 

On January 13, 2018 Kathleen Dawn 'Kat' West, 42, was found partially nude by a passing motorist around 5am outside the couple's Calera home

On January 13, 2018 Kathleen Dawn 'Kat' West, 42, was found partially nude by a passing motorist around 5am outside the couple's Calera home

On January 13, 2018 Kathleen Dawn ‘Kat’ West, 42, was found partially nude by a passing motorist around 5am outside the couple’s Calera home

During the prosecution’s opening statements in Shelby County Court Tuesday, Prosecutor Daniel McBrayer said there was evidence that the couple had prior arguments before her death.

He said evidence in the case will also show how many times West hit her with the bottle and that a medical examiner will testify that there was nothing else in the area where her body was found that could’ve been used to kill her.

‘It did not result from a fall,’ the prosecutor said. ‘When this person got hit, they were going down fast.’ 

Defense attorney John Charles Robbins earlier told jurors that the cause of Kat’s death was blunt force trauma based on an autopsy report, which did not rule out falling.   

Kat’s parents have publicly defended the man, whom they described during interviews as a devoted, loving husband and a good father to the couple’s teenage daughter. 

The Army veteran worked as a campus police officer at Birmingham-Southern College before his arrest. 

West stayed with his in-laws after the woman’s death and before his arrest.  

He faces between two and 20 years in prison when he is sentenced and is being remanded in jail until the hearing in 60 days time after his $500,00 bond was revoked. 

McBrayer said that he would be asking for a prison sentence at the hearing.  

West’s defense is going to argue, however, that he should be placed on probation according to Kat’s family’s wishes. 

‘The family, (Kat West’s parents) would want that. They’re in shock,’ Robbins said. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Inside the Gold Coast’s best new rooftop beach club with four pools and countless bars

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The plans for a $5million Vegas-styled rooftop beach club in the Gold Coast have been unveiled – with thousands set to flock to the stunning bar from as early as next year.

The Cali Beach Club will look over Australia’s iconic Surfers Paradise beach while welcoming up to 2,000 guests at any given time.

The club will boast four beach-edged pools, an outdoor cinema and exclusive VIP cabanas when construction is finished.

Reached only by a glass elevator, the beach bar will sit four storeys above street level and offer panoramic views of the famous Surfers Paradise skyline.

Plans have been unveiled for the Gold Coast's Cali Beach Club, which is set to open its doors early next year

Plans have been unveiled for the Gold Coast's Cali Beach Club, which is set to open its doors early next year

Plans have been unveiled for the Gold Coast’s Cali Beach Club, which is set to open its doors early next year

The 5000sqm club boasts three beach-edged swimming pools along with countless sun lounges

The 5000sqm club boasts three beach-edged swimming pools along with countless sun lounges

The 5000sqm club boasts three beach-edged swimming pools along with countless sun lounges

A sand-covered volleyball court, world class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer.

Expected to open its doors early next year, the club, which is owned by hospitality group, Artesian Hospitality, will sit on the corner of Surfers Paradise Blvd and Elkhorn Avenue.

Artersian’s Managing Partner, Matthew Keegan, said the new addition to the popular tourist spot would drastically change the city’s nightlife.

‘Cali Beach Club marks the start of something special for entertainment offerings of its kind in Queensland, and Australia in general,’ he said.

‘Cali Beach Club is a complete testament to our commitment to bring unique venues to life that will ensure our customers’ expectations are not just met but exceeded.

‘Our aim is to deliver a luxury hospitality experience that will surpass anything currently available in Australia and I am totally confident in announcing today that we will achieve that aim.’ 

The club's construction is set to create up to 300 new jobs on the Gold Coast

The club's construction is set to create up to 300 new jobs on the Gold Coast

The club’s construction is set to create up to 300 new jobs on the Gold Coast

A sand-covered volleyball court, world-class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer

A sand-covered volleyball court, world-class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer

A sand-covered volleyball court, world-class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer

The $5million club can hold up to 2,000 visitors at any one time and will be open well into the night

The $5million club can hold up to 2,000 visitors at any one time and will be open well into the night

The $5million club can hold up to 2,000 visitors at any one time and will be open well into the night

The plans were revealed on Wednesday with the construction set to offer up to 150 jobs with another 160 on offer after the club is finished. 

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said he was looking forward to making a visit himself to the rooftop club. 

‘This is exactly what Surfers Paradise, and our city needs!’ he said.

‘I applaud the team behind this development as it will be a beacon for locals and visitors.’

No official date has been set for when Cali Beach Club will open but owners say it will be ready at the start of 2021. 

Cali Beach Club even boasts a huge outdoor cinema where revellers can relax and unwind while looking over the ocean

Cali Beach Club even boasts a huge outdoor cinema where revellers can relax and unwind while looking over the ocean

Cali Beach Club even boasts a huge outdoor cinema where revellers can relax and unwind while looking over the ocean

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Woodville Pizza Bar worker who ‘sent South Australia into coronavirus lockdown’ won’t be charged

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No criminal charges will be laid against the coronavirus-infected pizza bar worker accused of sending South Australia into a ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown

The Spanish worker, 36, from the Woodville Pizza Bar, north of Adelaide‘s CBD, was accused of lying to contact tracers about not working at the restaurant. 

South Australians were confined to their homes for a strict six-day lockdown on November 18 after officials believed a super strain of coronavirus had spread.

But SA police on Wednesday confirmed the 36-year-old worker would not be charged over the lies he told after testing positive to the virus.  

No criminal charges will be laid against the Woodville Pizza Bar (pictured above) employee who lied about working at the restaurant and sparked Adelaide's frenzied lockdown

No criminal charges will be laid against the Woodville Pizza Bar (pictured above) employee who lied about working at the restaurant and sparked Adelaide's frenzied lockdown

No criminal charges will be laid against the Woodville Pizza Bar (pictured above) employee who lied about working at the restaurant and sparked Adelaide’s frenzied lockdown 

The 36-year-old Spanish man didn't tell contact tracers he worked at the restaurant and caused fears a new virus super strain was spreading (Covid-19 marshals pictured in Adelaide)

The 36-year-old Spanish man didn't tell contact tracers he worked at the restaurant and caused fears a new virus super strain was spreading (Covid-19 marshals pictured in Adelaide)

The 36-year-old Spanish man didn’t tell contact tracers he worked at the restaurant and caused fears a new virus super strain was spreading (Covid-19 marshals pictured in Adelaide)  

The 36-year-old was put under investigation after falsely claiming he didn’t work at the takeaway, where another employee had become infected. 

This prompted officials to believe he caught Covid off a pizza box and a super strain of the virus had been unleashed.

South Australian health authorities later determined he was an employee at the Woodville Pizza Bar and had caught the virus from his colleague. 

The strict lockdown was lifted at midnight on November 21 and the Operation Protect taskforce was formed to investigate the bungle. 

SA Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey said the investigation identified the 36-year-old’s ‘first conversation with contact tracers was misleading’. 

‘That conversation was central to information provided by SA Health to decision makers preceding the lockdown,’ Commissioner Harvey explained. 

‘The criminal investigation also indicated the male person changed his initial version regarding simple contact with a pizza box, to confirm he had in fact worked at the Woodville Pizza Bar.’ 

Adelaide (pictured above) was sent into a panicked six-day lockdown that was cut short after officials realised the employee caught the virus off his co-worker and not a pizza box

Adelaide (pictured above) was sent into a panicked six-day lockdown that was cut short after officials realised the employee caught the virus off his co-worker and not a pizza box

Adelaide (pictured above) was sent into a panicked six-day lockdown that was cut short after officials realised the employee caught the virus off his co-worker and not a pizza box 

But Commissioner Harvey said the initial conversation could not be substantiated and meant there was not enough evidence to prove an offence.     

‘The suite of available evidence, which investigators do have, has been provided to the Department of Public Prosecution and senior SAPOL prosecution members. 

‘The advice provided back to investigators is that based on limited evidence available for presentation to a court, the matter would not likely succeed or progress.

‘Based on that advice no criminal charge will be laid by the task force investigators against the male suspect at the centre of the investigation,’ he explained. 

SA Premier Steven Marshall has previously voiced his outrage at the 36-year-old’s lie.

‘Their story didn’t add up. We pursued them. We now know that they lied,’ Mr Marshall said on November 20.

‘The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation.

‘To say that I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement.’

SA Police said no charges would be laid against the 36-year-old man as there was not enough evidence to prove an offence (Contact tracing pictured in Adelaide on November 19)

SA Police said no charges would be laid against the 36-year-old man as there was not enough evidence to prove an offence (Contact tracing pictured in Adelaide on November 19)

SA Police said no charges would be laid against the 36-year-old man as there was not enough evidence to prove an offence (Contact tracing pictured in Adelaide on November 19) 

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Australian woman finds a centipede in her shoe after remembering to check it before putting it on

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An Australia woman had a lucky escape from a painful bite from a centipede when she spotted it in her shoe as she was about to put it on.

Remembering her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on, she spied the creepy crawly just in time.

The woman’s husband posted a photo to social media of her blue Vans at their Adelaide home on Wednesday.

Inside, a brown centipede with orange legs sat inside of the woman’s shoe.

An Australian woman has found a centipede in her shoe during her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on

An Australian woman has found a centipede in her shoe during her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on

An Australian woman has found a centipede in her shoe during her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on

The insect’s front legs, which they use to catch food and secrete venom, appear ready to strike.

The woman’s husband said the shoe check saved his wife ‘a bit of pain’ if she had put it on.

The relieved husband said the shoes were not left outside and the insect must sneaked inside their home under the door.

Social media users commiserated with the woman and her husband.

‘F**k I hate centipedes. I’ll cop spiders, snakes, wasps and loads of other critters we have – but keep these creepy f**ks away from me,’ one person said.

Another said: ‘Yeah they’re just the worst, “oh I need like 30 legs because eight just doesn’t cut it”.’

One person said: ‘My husband has told me of the morning ritual of the “checking of the shoe.” Now, I see it.’

Another person said the entire pair of shoes needed to be thrown out.  

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