November 21, 2014

Arias Porn Debate Heats Up

The debate over who deleted pornography from murder victim Travis Alexander's computer if there was any porn on the computer took another turn as Jodi Arias' defense lawyers filed a response motion to the prosecutor's counter claims made earlier this week. Attorney Jennifer Willmott answered prosecutor Juan Martinez' assertion that he had been given a copy, not of Alexander's computer hard drive, but a hard drive from "an individual named Tony (who) has nothing to do with this case." Read more...

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McStay Suspect Has Serious Heart Disease

The murder case filed against a former business associate of a Joseph McStay, found dead with his wife and small children in two shallow desert graves last year, has been reassigned to San Bernardino's central courthouse, officials said. The announcement comes the same day Merritt's attorney told reporters that his 57-year-old client is being treated for congestive heart failure. Read more...

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Man Kills Wife, Father-in-Law

A Michigan man accused of fatally shooting his wife and father-in-law was charged with murder, home invasion and kidnapping. Keith A. Ferguson, 40, of Kalkaska was arraigned on open murder, firearms and other charges in Kalkaska District Court. A judge set his bond at $10 million, and Sheriff David Israel said Ferguson will be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. Read more...

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2 Children Dead in Home Shooting

A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said. State police received a report of multiple shootings in the home on Holly Park Drive, Trooper Alina Spies said. Inside the home, troopers found a boy and a girl dead. Read more...

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Kendrick's Parents Challenge Timeline

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his Valdosta high school in January 2013, have released a video that focuses on two brothers who the family contends were on campus when Johnson was last seen alive, and who they say may have had a motive to harm their son. Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson and their attorney, Chevene King, disclosed what they called new information to challenge the police assertion that 25 students on the Lowndes High School wrestling team, including one of the brothers, were not at school at the time the 17-year-old went missing. Read more...

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Teen Beauty Arrested for Drugs

A former beauty pageant contestant's arrest on drug charges underscores a chilling pattern of drug abuse that police say they see time and time again among young people in the Salem-Keizer area. Jamie France, 23, was found by Keizer Police in a Salem hotel room as they were executing a search warrant on reports that Jarrod Wells was selling drugs out of his Keizer home. Read more...



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November 20, 2014

3 Injured in FSU Library Shooting

Three people were injured and a gunman killed when police armed with assault rifles swarmed Florida State University after the shooter opened fire inside Strozier Library, police said. At least two people with gunshot wounds were transported to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, the hospital said. Campus police responded first after receiving a report of an armed person near the library at 12:30 a.m. and promptly confronted the unidentified gunman. Read more...

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Grand Jury to Get Morris Case

A grand jury is set to take up the case of missing Texas woman Christina Morris, who vanished after a night out with friends Aug. 30. The Collin County Grand Jury will look at Enrique Arochi, the man last seen with the 23-year-old Morris. The two were seen on surveillance video walking in the parking garage of a Plano shopping and dining development in the early morning hours the day she disappeared. Read more...

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Hannah Died From 'Homicidal Violence'

A University of Virginia student whose disappearance sparked a monthlong search died from "homicidal violence" but the exact cause is unknown, authorities said. The Albemarle County Police Department outlined the findings from the Virginia medical examiner's office in the death of 18-year-old Hannah Graham but said a final autopsy report has not been issued. Read more...

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New Orleans Student Missing

A New Orleans student has been missing since Monday, Nov. 17 and police are now asking for help to find her. Shroq Aziz, 19, left her house for class at Delgado Community College around 7:30 a.m. Monday, but her family grew worried when she did not come home that night. Ali Aziz, the student's brother, told the station that before the family called the police, they had gone to campus looking for her. Read more...

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Utah to Revive Firing Squads

Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs. The proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield would call for a firing squad if the state cannot obtain the lethal injection drugs 30 days before the scheduled execution. Read more...

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Man Wrongly Convicted of 1978 Slaying

A 69-year-old man who has spent 36 years behind bars for murder was wrongly convicted and could be released after a court hearing next week, prosecutors in Southern California said. The Ventura County District Attorney's office announced that new evidence resulted in a judge overturning the conviction of Michael Hanline. He was found guilty in 1980 of first-degree murder in the death two years earlier of Ventura resident J.T. McGarry. Hanline was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read more...

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Hospital CEO, Wife Stabbed

The brother of a New Jersey woman whose body was pulled from a burning home in September says that she and her husband, a hospital executive, were both fatally stabbed. In separate interviews, Peter Mitchko told reporters that's what he has been told by sons of John and Joyce Sheridan, as well as the pathologist the sons hired to investigate the case. Read more...



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November 19, 2014

Missouri Executes 1994 Killer

A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday -- the ninth execution in Missouri this year. Leon Taylor, 56, was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre, minutes after receiving a lethal injection. With Taylor's death, 2014 ties 1999 for having the most executions in a year in Missouri. Taylor shot worker Robert Newton to death in front of Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter during a gas station robbery in Independence, Missouri. Taylor tried to kill the girl, too, but the gun jammed. Read more...

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Ex-Cop Indicted in Wife's 2012 Death

The husband of a woman found shot to death on New Year's Day 2012 and whose death was initially ruled a suicide is now charged with murdering her. Tom Fallis, a 34-year-old former law enforcement officer, was indicted Monday by a Weld County, Colo. grand jury on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Ashley. Read more...

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Student's Stabbing Remains Mystery

Investigators may never know why a 33-year-old man rushed into a McMinnville convenience store last weekend and fatally stabbed a Linfield College athlete, the top prosecutor in Yamhill County said. Toxicology reports are being expedited, and officers are still examining surveillance tapes for clues in the deaths of Parker Moore, District Attorney Brad Berry said. But he said the stabbing could remain a mystery. Read more...

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Woman Dismembered, Cooked Neighbor

A Florida woman is accused of cooking her neighbor after strangling and dismembering him in order to hide evidence. Court documents obtained by Orlando television station says Angela Stoldt tried to cremate her neighbor's body by putting several body parts in an oven and in pots on the stove. When that didn't work, she put his body parts in bags and threw them in the trash. Read more...

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Man Arrested in Fatal NYC Subway Shove

Police have taken into custody a man who allegedly pushed a rider onto the subway tracks in the Bronx, where he was killed by an oncoming train. Kevin Darden, 34, was arrested without incident in front of his mother's house. Charges were pending, but he is expected to be arraigned in the death of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61. Police say Kwok and his wife waiting on a subway platform Sunday morning, headed to Manhattan for her birthday breakfast, when he was shoved onto the tracks as the train approached. Read more...

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Grandson Sentenced in Dragging Death

A Northern California family says it is still trying to understand what led to the slaying of their 84-year-old father, who was killed by being dragged behind a pickup truck for six miles. A Mendocino County judge sentenced 25-year-old Kenneth Wilkinson, the victim's grandson, to 25 years to life in prison in the 2012 slaying of Richard "Mel" Wilkinson in the Willits area. Kenneth Wilkinson had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Read more...

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Man Gets 25 Years in Roommate's Scalding

A judge has sentenced a Baltimore man to 25 years in prison after prosecutors say he threw boiling water on his roommate after a dispute over breakfast sausages. Prosecutors say 39-year-old Donte Frye was convicted of assault for luring his roommate to the top of basement stairs and throwing a pot of boiling water on his face in April 2013, causing second-degree burns and severe scarring. Prosecutors say Frye thought his roommate had eaten his breakfast sausages. Read more...


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November 18, 2014

Fugitive Mom Turns Herself In

A New Hampshire woman who fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute has turned herself in to face trial. Genevieve Kelley of Whitefield disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in the fall of 2004 after her attempt to prove her ex-husband had harmed the child backfired. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated tips through the years. Shortly after Mary turned 18 in February and no longer subject to the family court, the 50-year-old Kelley made contact. Her lawyer says she wants to face a jury on her custodial interference charge. She says her daughter is safe. Read more...

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Man Found With Missing Girl Arrested

A 32-year-old man found in North Carolina with a 12-year-old missing Maryland girl is charged with kidnapping and first-degree rape. Victor Arroyo was found with the 12-year-old, who was reported missing on Nov. 11 after she didn't show up to her Baltimore County school. Police say the girl was known to communicate with men in other states using her iPad and Xbox. Clues from both devices played a crucial role in finding her, according to the station. Read more...

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Mom Guilty of Killing 4-Year-Old

A Utah woman sobbed before a judge while taking full responsibility for the beastly murder of her 4-year-old son. Stephanie Sloop, whose tiny son Ethan was repeatedly burned and beaten before his disfigured body was tossed into a shallow grave in 2010, pleaded guilty to his murder while telling a Farmington judge: "I am entirely responsible because I was his mommy." The 31-year-old's weepy confession came with her guilty plea to first-degree felony aggravated murder and second-degree felony obstructing justice. Read more...

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Cop Shoots Combative Woman

A north Florida sheriff's deputy fatally shot a woman who had grabbed his stun gun during an altercation and pointed it at him. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says the shooting occurred at the entrance to a mobile home park in Inverness. The deputy was responding to a disturbance call from someone reporting that 46-year-old Dawn Renee Cameron was trying to light her neighbor's truck on fire. According to an incident report, the deputy shot Cameron after she pointed his stun gun at him. Read more...

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Teacher Threatened Student With Knife

A New Mexico middle school teacher was arrested after threatening a 12-year-old student with a knife when the boy spoke during a test, police said. Math teacher Benjamin Nagurski was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises. Nagurski approached the student to tell him to "stop talking" while waving the knife, making the boy feel "scared" and "unsafe," the criminal complaint read. Read more...

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Man Sought for 4 Killings Captured

A fugitive wanted on murder charges in four Los Angeles killings has been captured after a detective spotted his photo on Facebook and tracked him down to a Riverside, Calif. home where he'd been living under a false identity, authorities said. Eduardo Rodriguez, 35, was arrested by U.S. marshals in Riverside, where he had lived under an assumed name for five years, visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas without being noticed. Read more...

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3 Arrested in Shooting of Councilman

Police say three suspected gang members have been arrested in the killing of a South Carolina city councilman who was gunned down earlier this month. Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said Friday that 18-year-old Christopher Moore is charged with murder and 25-year-old Quinton McClinton is charged with accessory to murder. An arrest warrant identifies Moore as the man who shot 70-year-old Chester City Councilman Odell Williams on Nov. 4. Read more...



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November 17, 2014

Matthew Charged in 2005 Fairfax Case

The man charged in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been officially charged in another abduction case that took place in Fairfax in 2005. Jesse Matthew pleaded not guilty to charges of abduction, sexual assault and attempted murder in Fairfax County Courthouse. Read more...

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Attorneys Charged in Stabbing Attack

A pair of married northern Virginia attorneys are charged with malicious wounding and abduction in a stabbing attack of another couple still fighting for their lives. Police say attorneys Andrew and Alecia Schmuhl of Springfield remain in custody stemming from the attack in an affluent neighborhood in McLean, Va. They're being held without bond. Read more...

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Mom Charges for Extreme Abuse

A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to 78 years in prison for beating, whipping and waterboarding her children. 34-year-old Lakechia Schonta Stanley, of St. Louis, was sentenced for multiple assault and endangerment charges. Prosecutors described the abuse as "systematic torture." Her children told interviewers that the abuse included whippings with electrical cords and being forced into scalding or freezing showers. Read more...

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Man Accused of Attacking Veteran

A North Carolina man is accused of beating a veteran he met at a bar and may soon be charged with arson in the case, authorities said. The victim had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned when the hotel room they were in caught fire, his longtime partner said. Garry Joseph Gupton, 26, a Greensboro city employee, has been charged with aggravated assault with intent to kill in connection with the attack. Police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said there is no indication the incident was motivated by the sexuality of the victim, Stephen Patrick White, 46. Read more...

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Scissor Stabbing Suspect Denies Murder

A woman accused of stabbing an elderly man with scissors, denied committing the murder in a jailhouse interview. Crystal Huff, 40, is accused of first attempting to use a cord to kill 66-year-old Richard Whipple, then stabbing him multiple times, and ultimately, pouring soap down his throat. He was found more than a week later, on Oct. 2, after managers at his apartment building smelled an odor coming from his apartment and decided to look inside. Read more...

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Man Gets 105 Years for Child Porn

A Florida man was sentenced to 105 years in prison after police found about 80,000 pornographic images on his computer in what the FBI called "nationwide sextortion." Lucas Chansler, 31, of St. Johns County admitted he used online threats to extort pornographic images from children in August. He pleaded guilty to nine counts of producing pornography. He faced 15 to 30 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines for every count. Read more...

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Woman Photographed in Dressing Room

A Target employee in Santa Clarita has been arrested for allegedly photographing a woman in the dressing room. Ricky Alexander Torres, 21, was arrested at a Target store located in the 19100 block of Golden Valley Road. The woman caught Torres taking the pictures and alerted store employees, authorities said. The woman placed Torres under citizens arrest before he was detained by store security. Read more...

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Peeping Tom Arrested at Mall

Dunwoody police arrested a man they describe as a repeat peeping Tom after he was caught running from Perimeter Mall. An officer was summoned by a store employee and captured the suspect "after a lengthy foot pursuit through the parking deck and bushes." Kareem S. Habbal was charged peeping Tom and obstruction of officers. Read more...


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November 14, 2014

Eric Frein Charged With Terrorism

The man arrested for ambushing two troopers at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has been charged with terrorism. Eric Frein, who told police that he killed one trooper and wounded another because he wanted to make a change in government, is now facing terrorism charges along with first-degree murder. Read more...

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Florida Executes Child's Killer

A Florida man who fatally shot his sleeping wife and then raped and killed his young stepdaughter 22 years ago was put to death for the child's slaying. Chadwick Banks, 43, was pronounced dead after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the office of Gov. Rick Scott said. Banks was condemned for the 1992 killing of 10-year-old Melody Cooper. Banks also received a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Cassandra Banks, in the attack in Florida. Read more...

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Man Kills First and Second Wife

A man accused of pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park also killed his first wife 17 years earlier, prosecutors said, and a judge agreed the cases were "glaringly" similar. U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya ordered Harold Henthorn, 58, to remain jailed without bond after a hearing in which prosecutors argued he was a dangerous flight risk with $1.5 million at his disposal that includes some of his late wife's assets. Read more...

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Abigail Waited to Name Captor

A New Hampshire teen who was kidnapped in October 2013 waited until a week after she was home to reveal her alleged captor's identity, according to court papers. The documents also said Abigail Hernandez told investigators she learned her captor's name from a cookbook he had handed her during her captivity. Kibby was charged in July with kidnapping the then-14-year-old on Oct. 9, 2013, as she walked home from her high school in Conway. Read more...

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Armored Truck Drivers Steal $1 Million

It was a scheme that relied on authorities not noticing a little more than $1 million missing from a Loomis armored truck. The plan was allegedly concocted by Cesar Yanez and Aldo Esquivel Vega, who drove the armored vehicle daily, ferrying millions of dollars in cash from a Bank of America distribution center in downtown Los Angeles. During one of those trips in June, prosecutors say, the drivers parked at Los Anayas restaurant on West Adams Boulevard, stashed bags containing roughly $1 million in cash in a trash can and carried on with their route. Read more...

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Rape Victim Billed for Forensic Exam

Christine went to a Chicago hospital in 2013 after she was raped. She had gone out for a night of dinner and drinks with friends, and said she does not remember the attack itself. "I don't remember anything after leaving the dinner portion," Christine told CBS Chicago. "I woke up naked and I don't remember anything else after that." Christine is thinking of moving away from Illinois, to get away from memories of her own rape, and the nightmare she experienced afterwards, when the hospital demanded she pay for her rape kit. Read more...

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West Virginia Suspends Greeks

West Virginia University has suspended social and pledging activities at its campus-affiliated fraternities and sororities following two recent incidents. "The action to halt fraternity and sorority activities while these matters are being reviewed is being done with the well-being and safety of our students in mind. That is - and must always be - our foremost priority," WVU Dean of Students Corey Farris said in a statement released jointly with the Inter-Fraternity Council and Panhellenic Council. Read more...



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