Tuesday, June 14, 2011


IT WAS one of the worst day's in the history of Michigan law enforcement. By the time it was over, three Inkster cops were dead at the hands of one family. What kind of woman could be matriarch of a family like that. Meet Alberta Easter. Happily, as of Sunday, she is as dead as a door nail.
Prison officials say the 93-year-old cop killer died of natural causes at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor just after being rushed (why?) from the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti.
We have no idea what she was like in her dotage but in 1987, she was
involved in a wild shootout at a motel that killed the three cops. She had been living at the motel when cops came to bust her for bouncing a $286 check. A shootout ensued and there was a 10-hour standoff between her and her three boys and the cops. Killed in the initial shootout were Officers Clay Hoover, 24, and Dan Dubiel, 36, and Sgt. Ira Parker, 41. Hoover and Dubiel were shot 29 times each, according to testimony at the murder trial.
Easter and three sons were convicted of first-degree murder and given three life sentences apiece.
Two sons, William and Roy Lemons, remain in prison. The third, George Lemons, died in prison in 1996. Previously, the family had been small time crooks. The slayings, over nothing.


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