Suspect arrested for alleged murder of UPenn student, mom says ‘revenge is empty’

A suspect was named in the alleged murder of 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein — initially missing before he was found dead in a shallow grave on the fringe of a Southern California park this week, the police and prosecutors in Orange County said.

Samuel Woodward, 20, a high school classmate of Bernstein’s, was brought into custody Friday afternoon during a traffic stop and charged with suspicion of homicide in the death of the teenager.

PHOTO: Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.Orange County Sheriffs Department/Twitter
Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

Bernstein was visiting home for winter break from Penn when he went missing on Jan. 2.

His corpse was found Tuesday in what Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes described on Friday as “a shallow grave in the brush on the outer perimeter” of Borrego Park near the victim’s Foothill Ranch home.

Barnes refused to discuss what murder weapon was allegedly used.

He also wouldn’t reveal Woodward’s alleged motive or the condition of Bernstein’s body.

But he did say

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‘Revenge Porn’ Suspect Arrested By Nashua Police

NASHUA, NH — A 24-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested by Nashua police this week and charged under New Hampshire’s “revenge porn” law, authorities announced Friday. Jamaal Houston, 24, of Boston, was charged with non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, a felony. New Hampshire lawmakers last approved the “revenge porn” law, which prohibits individuals from sharing explicit images of others, especially through digital media.

According to Nashua police Lieutenant Robert Page, officers opened an investigation in March after receiving a report from a woman that Houston, her ex-boyfriend,” disseminated images of her via social media without her consent.”

Page said officers found the images and obtained a warrant for Houston’s arrest in November. The suspect was caught Monday in Massachusetts then extradited to Nashua, according to Page.

Houston was released on $1,500 bail pending an arraignment.

Photo: Jamaal Houston’s mugshot following his arrest in Nashua in December 2017. (Credit: Nashua Police Department)

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