March 05, 2015

Boston Bomber Trials Begins

The accused Boston Marathon bomber had "murder in his heart" when he placed a backpack containing a shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bomb near a clutch of kids at the finish line. "He pretended to be a spectator, but he had murder in his heart," Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb charged. "He believed he was a soldier in a holy war against Americans." One of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's victims was an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard who was standing on a metal barrier with several other kids so he could get a better view of the runners. Read more...

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Darren Wilson Cleared by DOJ

The Justice Department says it won't prosecute former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests. Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot. The results of the federal investigation were leaked late last month. Read more...

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Duty Belt Saves Florida Cop

A Florida cop survived a potentially deadly gun blast to the stomach when his duty belt repelled an unhinged gunman's bullet, authorities said. "Thank God his duty belt stopped that round from entering into his body," Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez said. "It actually entered into the belt and was caught right behind it in another belt that he was wearing." Officer John Schwarze and his partner were ambushed when they responded to a call for help, Velasquez said. Read more...

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Gunman Kills Police Detective

A gunman ambushed cops and killed a veteran detective during a door-to-door shooting spree in an Atlanta-area suburb, police said. Det. Terence Avery Green, a 22-year veteran Fulton County officer, died in a shootout with the suspect. Police said the suspect was possibly drunk when he started terrorizing the Cedar Grove neighborhood near Fairburn, Ga. Read more...

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Teen Gets 6 Years for Stabbing

The Illinois teenager who admitted to stabbing her little half-sister to death because she felt unappreciated will stay in a juvenile facility until her 21st birthday. A parole board could release the 15-year-old who pleaded guilty to murder in January a year early after she serves five of the six years. The teen said she misses her 11-year-old half-sister, Dora Betancourt, during a juvenile court hearing. Read more...

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Remains of Missing Teen Found

The remains of a Colorado teen missing since December have been found. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year-old Kelly Mae Myers, of Grand Junction, were recovered in Cactus Park - a recreation area south of Grand Junction on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Investigators say her death is suspicious. Myers' mother, Kim Lee, told reporters in January that her daughter had been involved with drugs in the past and that there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court when she disappeared. Read more...

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Vegas Apartment Shooting Leaves 2 Dead

Las Vegas police say two people died and two others were hospitalized in an apparent homicide at an apartment complex. Cops say the shots rang out at 10:19 p.m. at the Broadstone Talavera Apartments at 2251 South Fort Apache Rd. Officers arriving on the scene found two victims dead and first responders rushed two males with gun wounds to University Medical Center. Read more...

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'Cute Mug Shot Girl' Arrested Again

The mug shot camera loves her. A North Carolina beauty whose booking photo went viral is back in trouble following a shoplifting arrest, records revealed. Alysa Bathrick, 18, became Internet famous late last year when she posted her own mug shot from a drug bust. "Surrendered myself at 7 a.m., got released at 11:30 a.m.," she wrote in December 2014. "F--k what you heard. And my mugshot's cute." The bad girl's outlaw attitude and model looks earned her an instant following as "Cute Mug Shot Girl" from lovestruck web lurkers offering to bail her out. Read more...


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March 04, 2015

Drew Peterson Pleads Not Guilty

Convicted wife killer and former police officer Drew Peterson has entered a not guilty plea to charges that he tried to hire someone to kill the state's attorney who led the prosecution against him. Peterson waived his right to a preliminary hearing and requested a speedy trial. Read more...

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Arias Jury at Impasse

A lawyer for Jodi Arias says jurors at her sentencing retrial are at an impasse over whether to send the convicted murderer to life in prison or to death for the 2008 killing of her lover, Travis Alexander. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens denied a request by Arias' attorneys for a mistrial and instead read additional jury instructions and told the panel to resume deliberations. Jurors have deliberated about 17 hours over four days. Read more...

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Judge Tosses Teen's Confession

A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a teenager's confession to police that he killed his math teacher cannot be used in his murder trial. Judge David Lowy's ruling came in the case of 16-year-old Philip Chism. He has pleaded not guilty to killing and raping 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer on school grounds in October 2013. Chism's lawyers had said police coerced the statement from the former Danvers High School student after he invoked his right to remain silent. Read more...

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Jury Seated for Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to go on trial Wednesday after federal jury was seated to hear evidence in the deadly terrorist attack that shocked the world. A jury of 10 women and eight men includes a house painter, an U.S. Coast Guard traffic controller, a retired actuary and a recently fired auditor. The all-white panel is also comprised of a Massachusetts state social worker who has no qualms about voting for the death penalty if warranted. Read more...

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Men Charged in Home Invasion

The last of eight men accused in a Feb. 20 home invasion in the town of Mosinee were charged in Marathon County court in connection with the incident. Jared Salawater, 21, of Schofield was charged with armed burglary, burglary of a dwelling, boat or motor home, two counts of armed robbery with threat of force, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer, according to court records. Read more...

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Man Charged in Drug-Induced Homicide of Toddler

A North Lawndale man was ordered held in lieu of $350,000 bond on charges of endangering the life of a 2-year-old boy who died from methadone poisoning while under his care. Reginal Z. Brown was babysitting Mickel Brown June 18, 2014, in his first-floor apartment when the toddler ingested the synthetic opioid, which is commonly used as a painkiller and to treat narcotic addiction, authorities said. Read more...




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March 03, 2015

Georgia Woman's Execution Delayed

The only woman on Georgia's death row got another reprieve Monday night as state prison officials said there was a problem with "cloudy" injection drugs. Kelly Gissendaner, 46, was supposed to be put to death by lethal injection last week for the 1997 murder of her husband. But bad weather forced the execution to be delayed. The latest postponement came thanks to legal wrangling by her attorney as the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed last-minute arguments seeking a stay coupled with a problem with the lethal execution cocktail. Read more...

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Justice Rees' Mom Charged With Murder

The mother of Justice Rees, a 20-day-old baby found dead in a northern California swamp last week, was charged Saturday morning with the boy's death, despite her initial claim that two of them had been kidnapped and attacked. Meanwhile, the baby's father was arrested on Sunday on unrelated misdemeanor charges and is being held on $120,000 bail. The charge against the mother, 23-year-old Samantha Green, was announced by Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, who said she is the "sole individual responsible for the death of her child." Read more...

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Robbers Steal $4.8 Million in Gold

Armed men stole $4.8 million in gold bars from an armored truck that broke down on the side of a North Carolina highway, authorities said. The daring robbers reportedly overwhelmed three security guards on Sunday evening, binding their hands behind their backs before they marched them into the woods and made off with two barrels of gleaming bullion. The guards from Miami-based transport company TransValue Inc. were hauling the valuable cargo from Florida to Massachusetts when the truck started acting up, authorities said. Read more...

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'Black Hat Bandits' Strike Again

According to the FBI, the "Black Hat Bandits" robbed another Virginia bank. The robbery took place at the Wells Fargo branch located at W. Broad Street in Falls Church. This marks the eighth robbery committed by the Black Hat Bandits since January. Officials say that two suspects dressed in all black -- and brandishing small firearms -- entered the bank with ski masks covering their faces while a third suspect waited in a vehicle. Read more...

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Death Penalty Sought in Chapel Hill

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with murdering three Muslim students in their North Carolina home last month. The decision by the Durham County District Attorney's Office's to seek the most severe punishment for Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, follows the Feb. 10 shooting deaths of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19. Read more...

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Lacey Spears Guilty of Son's Murder

A mommy blogger who chronicled her boy's many illnesses was convicted of murder Monday for poisoning the 5-year-old with high levels of salt. A New York jury found Lacey Spears guilty of the top count in the death of little Garnett Spears, buying into prosecutors' contention the mother was hungry for attention and later became concerned the sickly son would tell on her. It was "nothing short of torture," for Spears, 27, to force-feed the boy with high concentrations of sodium, assistant district attorney Patricia Murphy told the White Plains jury. Read more...


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March 02, 2015

Slender Man Case in Adult Court?

Defense attorneys and prosecutors have both filled motions in Waukesha County on whether two girls who stabbed their friend in the Slender Man stabbing case should be tried in adult or juvenile court. Prosecutors argue that when Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured their friend Peyton Leutner into the woods, stabbed her 19 times and left her for dead after planning the crime for months, they were committing attempted first-degree homicide. Read more...

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Homeless Man Killed by LAPD

Cops in Los Angeles fatally shot a homeless man they scuffled with in broad daylight in downtown L.A.'s Skid Row, according to a disturbing video of the incident that a bystander later posted to social media. Several cops struggled with a man, whose name hasn't been released, in a pile of tents and sleeping materials on the 540 block of South San Pedro St. in the footage (with extremely graphic language) that the witness uploaded to Facebook. Read more...

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Aaron Hernandez Deleted Texts

Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone. Evidence presented to the jury Friday also showed multiple calls placed from the phone of co-defendant Ernest Wallace to the victim, Odin Lloyd, in the hours before he was killed, including the same minute that Lloyd was seen getting into a car outside his home about an hour before he died early on June 17, 2013. Read more...

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Alabama Girl, 14, Dies in Shooting

A 14-year-old Alabama girl was killed after two men fired into a group of girls who decided to have a brawl over an argument they had on Facebook. Birmingham police have arrested two male suspects, ages 17 and 19, who fired into the crowded group of girls who were fighting in the street. The gunfire killed Kierra'onna Rice and two other victims were transported to the hospital. Read more...

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Police Chief Fired After Prostitution Arrest

A South Florida police chief is out of a job after being accused of soliciting a prostitute who turned out to be an undercover deputy. Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson was arrested in Dania Beach. He bonded out hours later and had some words for the public. "I want to apologize to the community, and I want to apologize to my elected officials," said Johnson. "Tonight was a very unfortunate situation for me dealing with an incident that occurred today. It just overwhelmed me. The stress overwhelmed me, and I made a very bad decision to deal with that moment that I have never experienced before." Read more...

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Murder Linked to Baby Selling?

For most of her 35 years, Amanda Jones repressed the urge to explore the grim events at the genesis of her life. "My family would tell me, 'We aren't going to talk about this because it makes daddy sad," Jones said. " 'And you don't want to make daddy cry, do you?'" Today, Jones is a mother of three who lives in the Finger Lakes. But in 1980, the infant Amanda and her mother, Cheryl Jones, were victims of a deadly con by Jackie Schut, one of the more pitiless figures in the deep roster of American depravity. Read more...



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February 27, 2015

John Jonchuck Ruled Incompetent

The Florida man accused of tossing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge has been declared incompetent to stand trial. John Jonchuck will be send to a prison mental facility for treatment until he can understand the charges against him. Judge Chris Helinger ruled Jonchuck incompetent after two court-appointed experts testified about his mental state. They also testified that they believe he will become competent after six to nine months of treatment. Read more...

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Teen Admits Killing 81-Year-Old

A 17-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to strangling an 81-year-old woman while burglarizing the victim's upstate New York home before setting it on fire. Jennifer Molyneaux pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, admitting in Orange County Court that she killed Helen Mills on Aug. 2. The teen told the judge that she and her then-19-year-old boyfriend, Devin Giordano, were high on heroin and other drugs when they broke into the home and attacked Mills in her bedroom. Read more...

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'Stop Whining' Dispatcher Fired

A 911 dispatcher who told a 13-year-old girl to "stop whining" as her father lay dying in a hit-and-run crash on a Maryland highway is out of the job. Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Russ Davies says the dispatcher no longer works for the department. The dispatcher's name was not released. The Feb. 1 incident triggered an investigation after the dispatcher told the girl to stop whining. Read more...

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Caregiver Beats 92-Year-Old Woman

A 28-year-old Memphis man is charged with assaulting a 92-year-old woman. The woman, Willie Frances Robinson, said Thomas Standley got mad with her because she wouldn't take her medicine. The woman said Standley choked her, then grabbed her by her arm and shook her violently. In a police affidavit, the station reported, Robinson claimed Standley beats her often and talked her into signing over her power of attorney. Read more...

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Daughter, Grandson Charged in Death

An Eaton County woman and her adult son are facing criminal charges in connection with death of the woman's mother early last year. Robin Sanford, 53, and Tyler Sanford, 23, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and first-degree vulnerable adult abuse in connection with the death of Nancy Belen, 76, of Lansing, authorities said. Belen shared a room with her daughter and grandson at the Red Roof Inn in Delta Township for several years before dying in January 2014 from medical problems that had gone untreated, Eaton County Sheriff's officials said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:52 AM Posted to Murders

Detective Arrested On Fraud Charge

A former Sweetwater detective is on the other side of the law after being arrested on a fraud charge.
Octavio Oliu, 42, was arrested and booked into jail after Police said he "used a stolen Michigan license plate on an unmarked police vehicle and accumulated more than 530 Sun Pass violations." Read more...

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Bookkeeper Embezzled More Than $150,000

A woman has been charged for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her employer. Kristie Marx, 44, was charged with computer crime, two counts of theft and two counts of forgery. Marx is accused of stealing more than $150,000 from Blue Moon Works, a computer graphics company she worked for. Through several schemes, she allegedly charged personal items to a company credit card, gave herself an unauthorized pay raise, manipulated state and federal withholding taxes, wrote herself checks from the company account and added herself and her dependents to the company health insurance plan. Read more...

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Man Burns Down Sex Offender's Home

A man with burns on his face now faces arson charges. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections rented a home in a Madison suburb for convicted sex offender Harold Nyberg last year. Officials say keeping Nyberg under supervised release in the house would only cost $75,000 a year. Keeping him in prison would cost $150,000. The community didn't want him nearby. One of those angry residents was Russell Speigle, 50, spoke out loudly against the plan. Read more...


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February 26, 2015

JonBenet Crime Scene Botched

A former Boulder, Colorado police chief says his officers should have done a better job of securing the crime scene at the home where JonBenet Ramsey was found killed. Mark Beckner said a lack of manpower due to the Christmas holiday was partially to blame for the confusion at the scene. In an online question and answer session, Beckner said detectives should have separated the parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, and taken full statements from each of them on day one. Read more...

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Georgia Woman's Execution Delayed

The state of Georgia on Wednesday delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, had been scheduled for execution at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. The execution has been reset for Monday, according to a Department of Corrections statement. Read more...

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Jury Gets Jodi Arias Case

The case of convicted murderer Jodi Arias went to a jury Wednesday that will decide if she is sentenced to death or life in prison for killing her boyfriend. The jury got the case after a defense lawyer made his final plea for mercy in the killing that grabbed global attention over the violent nature of the crime. Read more...

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Mom of 4 Found Dead in Car

Authorities are searching for the ex-boyfriend of a woman found shot to death in her car after charging him with criminal homicide in her death. Police surrounded the Uniontown home of 45-year-old Terry Walker but soon found he wasn't there. Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Read more...

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Pet Store Arsonist Gets 5 Years

A former Las Vegas pet shop owner who was caught on surveillance video torching her business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued last year failed to sway her sentencing judge with a courtroom announcement that she was three months pregnant. Clark County District Court Judge David Barker said he thought Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 36, was using her pregnancy to try to get him to hand down a lesser sentence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:39 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Mom Charged in Fatal Fire

The mother of two children killed in a Preble County house fire has been charged with two felonies in the incident. The Preble County Prosecuting Attorney's Office formally filed two charges of endangering children against Chastity Hall, 35. The charges are third-degree felonies. The bodies of Malea Bradburn, 10, and her brother, Malachi Bradburn, 9, were found in the house's basement. Read more...



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