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April 22, 2015

Gang Rape Teen Back in Jail

A teenaged girl accused of collaborating with four others in the brutal 2013 sexual assault of a Florida 16-year-old returned to jail for violating the terms of her pre-trial release, according to authorities in Broward County. Photos of Erica Avery, 17, and messages to the alleged victim in Hollywood, north of Miami, surfaced on social media sites, a breach of the requirement that Avery stay off the Internet in the $100,000 bond that had allowed her to go home last month. Read more...

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April 21, 2015

AC/DC Drummer Pleads Guilty

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty in New Zealand to drug possession and threatening to kill an ex-employee. The 60-year-old rocker admitted as part of the plea he offered an associate the choice of a car, motorcycle, $153,000 or a house to have the victim "taken out." Rudd then called the former employee and threatened him on the phone. "I'm going to come over and kill you," Rudd said. Read more...

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Newborn Killer Gets Life

A Utah woman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn babies and hiding their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison in a case that drew national attention and sent shockwaves through her quiet community. Judge Darold McDade handed down the term for Megan Huntsman, who told police she was too addicted to methamphetamine to care for more children. Huntsman, 40, pleaded guilty to six counts of murder in February. She said in court papers she wanted to take responsibility in the deaths. Read more...

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April 20, 2015

Final FAMU Hazing Trial Scheduled

Three years have passed since the brutal beating death of a Florida A&M University drum major exposed a culture of hazing within the school's band. The final three former band members charged with manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of Robert Champion will go on trial Monday. Champion, 26, of Decatur, Georgia, died after being attacked on the band's bus in November 2011 after a football game where the highly-regarded Marching 100 had performed. Read more...

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April 17, 2015

Police Chief Indicted for Misdemeanor

A one-time Georgia police chief who stepped down after he paralyzed his sleeping ex-wife in an early New Year's Day shooting has been indicted on a charge stemming from the incident. A grand jury slapped William McCollom with a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge after he blasted 58-year-old Margaret (Maggie) McCollom with his service weapon. He turned himself in to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Read more...

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Grandma Convicted of Killing Husband

A 73-year-old grandmother from Northern California has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of her third husband - three decades after being acquitted of killing her second husband. A Placerville jury took less than two hours to return a guilty verdict against Colleen Ann Harris. Seventy-two-year-old Robert Harris was found dead from a shotgun blast at the couple's home in 2013. Read more...

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Durst Wants Seized Money Back

Lawyers for jailed millionaire Robert Durst say he wants back more than $161,000 in cash confiscated by New Orleans police. Durst got the money legally and it is neither needed for evidence nor subject to forfeiture, his attorneys claimed. Authorities found more than $44,000 in Durst's room at the J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans. After his arrest, they intercepted a package containing $117,000 that was sent to the hotel for Everette Ward — the name Durst used to register at the hotel. Read more...

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April 16, 2015

Slender Man Suspect Wants Treatment

The attorney for a 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who is charged with stabbing a classmate to appease the fictional character Slender Man wants a judge to reduce her bail and allow her to be treated for psychotic disorders at a residential treatment center. Attorney Anthony Cotton wants Morgan Geyser's bail reduced to from $500,000 to a signature bond. Read more...

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Cardiologist Tried to Kill Rival

Instead of being a life saver, Long Island Dr. Anthony Moschetto was described by authorities as a "monster" who sought to rub out a rival Nassau County heart physician. He was accused of bartering prescription pills and semiautomatic guns in the shocking murder-for-hire plot thwarted by undercover cops. "He wanted to put him out of business so he could get his business," said Nassau County prosecutor Anne Donnelly, explaining that Moschetto's hatred for the doctor stemmed from a "professional dispute." Read more...

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April 15, 2015

Hernandez Guilty of Murder

Former Florida Gator and New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of the first-degree murder Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister. The Massachusetts jury returned the guilty verdict in the seventh day of deliberations. Read more...

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Trial Date Set for Drew Peterson

A trial date has been set for convicted killer Drew Peterson on charges connected with him trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill the prosecutor who was in charge of his murder trial. Circuit Judge Richard Brown set July 6 for the start of the trial. Read more...

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Jury Seated in Theater Trial

In what was probably the most massive selection process in history, a jury has been seated in the Colorado theater shooting trial. A panel of 12 jurors and 12 alternates will hear evidence in the trial of James Holmes. Read more...

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Cheating Teachers Get Jail Time

All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators were sentenced to jail time in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on the state's standardized tests, and the judge called the case "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town." Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter had delayed sentencing by a day and encouraged all to negotiate deal with prosecutors. But only two agreed to deals. Read more...

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Oregon Inmate Flashes Judge

An Oregon inmate dropped his pants and flashed a judge during an in-camera appearance, authorities said. Dustin Irons, 26, was due for a status conference on an assault case when he suddenly unleashed his lewd surprise and insulted the judge with an off-color remark. The unamused judge slapped him with an additional 30 days in jail for criminal contempt. Read more...


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April 14, 2015

Suge Knight Witness Clams Up

The star witness in Suge Knight's murder case testified he was "extremely mad" but not packing heat when he punched the music mogul during a deadly confrontation at a burger stand in January. Cle (Bone) Sloan was subpoenaed by prosecutors and quickly turned into a hostile witness, saying he wasn't a "snitch" and had almost no memory of the incident that ended with Knight running him and local businessman Terry Carter over with a Ford Raptor truck. Read more...

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April 10, 2015

Cameraman Banned From Hernandez Trial

Jurors have completed deliberations for a third day in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, on a day when the judge banned a Boston TV cameraman for following jurors to their parking spots. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh banned Robert Cusanelli of WHDH-TV from the courthouse. He acknowledged on questioning from a lawyer for the station that he decided to find out where the jurors were parking. He said he didn't talk to them or take their pictures. Read more...

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April 09, 2015

Pam Smart Accomplice Up for Parole

A second man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband in a case that inspired sensational media coverage is up for parole in New Hampshire. Patrick Randall held a knife to Gregory Smart's throat in May 1990 as Billy Flynn, who was Pamela Smart's teenage lover, shot him in the head. Flynn was paroled last month; Smart is serving life without parole after being convicted of plotting the murder. Randall was 16 when Gregory Smart was killed. Now 41, he's been at a halfway house and faces the parole board on Thursday in Concord. If successful, Randall would be released after June 4. Read more...

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Hernandez Jury Asks About Weapons

Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked for clarification on weapon and ammunition possession charges he faces. Judge Susan Garsh brought the 12-member jury into the courtroom after receiving two questions about the possession charges. Hernandez is charged with illegally possessing a .45-caliber handgun and .22-caliber ammunition. Read more...

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Suge Knight Fires Attorney

A judge gave former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight time to hire a new attorney in a robbery case filed after a celebrity photographer accused Knight and comedian Katt Williams of taking her camera last year. In a separate case, Knight has been charged with murder in a deadly hit-and-run. The Death Row Records co-founder appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom chained to a wheelchair. He complained to Judge Ronald Coen, saying he could walk. Knight fell at his previous court hearing and has been taken from courthouses four times for medical conditions since he was charged with murder in early February. Read more...

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South Carolina Chicken Killer Arrested

Clarendon County deputies have arrested a man they have charged with killing over 300,000 chickens. James Laverne Lowery was arrested Tuesday night, twelve warrants were issued for his arrest stemming from the deliberate killings of over 300,000 chickens. "He hurt farmers in this county who work every day to feed their families that had no ax to grind with him, but yet he punished them as well," said Sheriff Randy Garrett. Read more...


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April 08, 2015

Jury Gets Boston Bombing Case

A federal jury of seven women and five men began deliberations in the case of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The jury must reach verdicts in 30 different charges, 17 of which could qualify Tsarnaev for the death penalty if he is found guilty. Read more...

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April 07, 2015

Arias Sentencing Will Be Televised

A judge will permit live video coverage of convicted murderer Jodi Arias' sentencing April 13. But Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Arra said in an email Monday that some footage could be excluded because some witnesses may not want to be photographed. Judge Sherry Stephens will decide whether Arias will spend the rest of her life in prison for killing her lover or be eligible for possible release after serving 25 years. Read more...

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April 06, 2015

Boston Bombing Trial Nears End

Closing arguments begin in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, leading up to jury deliberations almost certain to result in a conviction for Tsarnaev, who has admitted his role. Tsarnaev's lawyers, whose goal is to spare Tsarnaev, 21, from the death penalty, called only four witnesses last week. They sought to portray Tsarnaev as a puppet of his older brother, Tamerlan, who they say masterminded the April 15, 2013 attack. Read more...

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April 03, 2015

Erin Corwin Expected Marriage Proposal

A Marine wife, who thought she was pregnant with another Marine's child, was expecting her lover to propose marriage on the day she was killed and dumped down an abandoned mine shaft in the desert. Read more...

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Hernandez Prosecution Rests

The prosecution rested in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez after spending more than two months presenting a case that he killed Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 17, 2013, killing of Lloyd, who was found dead in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots. Read more...

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Robert Durst Hearing Postponed

A Louisiana judge postponed a court hearing for millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst after FBI agents failed to show up. Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell agreed to the one-week delay after Durst's lawyer accused prosecutors of playing "hide the ball." "We needed more time ... to make sure our employees are well-prepared to take the stand," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Duane Evans, who admitted that the government instructed the agents to ignore the defense subpoenas. Read more...

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April 01, 2015

Defense Rests in Bombing Trial

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial after presenting a brief case aimed at showing his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. But Tsarnaev's lawyer said he was a troubled 19-year-old who had fallen under the influence of his radicalized brother, Tamerlan, 26. Closing arguments are schedule April 6. Read more...

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Rape Victim Dies Hours Before Trial

A 10-year-old Ohio girl preparing to face a man accused of raping her was killed in a early morning house fire just hours before the trial was set to begin, authorities said. Authorities have delayed the rape trial of 47-year-old Robert Seman after the little girl and her grandparents died in the 3:40 a.m. blaze in Youngstown, Ohio. Read more...

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Man Sentenced for Stealing Dying Woman's Ring

A Kansas man who stole the wedding ring off of an unconscious mom's finger as she lay dying in a Taco Bell drive-thru will spend more than 11 years behind bars. Daquantrius Johnson will serve the 136-month sentence on top of other prison terms for crimes he committed in 2013. The 21-year-old will be locked up for more than 20 years altogether. Read more...

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March 31, 2015

Hernandez's Fiancee Dumped Weapon

During her eight hours on the witness stand inside Courtroom 7 at the Fall River Justice Center, Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancée of Aaron Hernandez, was asked a range of questions about him, from infidelities to murder allegations. She was pressed about what she saw in the days after Odin Lloyd — the man who was dating her sister Shaneah — was shot to death less than a mile from Hernandez's house. She testified with immunity, and the central part of her appearance focused on the prospect that she spirited the murder weapon out of the house she shared with Hernandez. Read more...

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Bombing Jury Sees Autopsy Photos

Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial wept and others turned away as gruesome autopsy photos of a slaughtered 8-year-old boy were shown in court as the prosecution rested its case. Martin Richard's left arm was nearly ripped off and his chest blown open by a blast so strong it also sliced through his liver, pancreas and large intestine, fractured his ribs, ruptured his stomach and cut both his abdominal aorta and his spinal cord almost in half, a medical examiner testified. Read more...

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March 27, 2015

Jury Votes 'Life' in Running Death

A jury is recommending life without parole for an Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in her granddaughter's running death. Jurors rejected prosecutors' pleas for a death sentence for Joyce Hardin Garrard in the February 2012 death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. The decision came on a split vote: seven for life, five for death. It came Thursday on Garrard's 50th birthday. Read more...

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March 24, 2015

Darren Sharper Gets 9 Years

Darren Sharper, the former NFL safety who traversed the nation drugging women and sexually assaulting them, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no-contest in a California case in which he was accused of raping two women he knocked out with a powerful sedative mixed with alcohol. Facing 33 years on the California charges, Sharper, 39, is expected to serve just nine years of a 20-year prison term after accepting a negotiated settlement that encompasses sentences for crimes in four states. Read more...

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March 23, 2015

Woman Guilty in Running Death

A 49-year-old woman in Alabama has been convicted of killing her 9-year-old granddaughter by running the child to death. Jurors took about four hours Friday to convict Joyce Hardin Garrard of murder. She could face the death penalty. She was emotionless as the verdict was read. Relatives erupted in sobs. Garrard forced Savannah Hardin to run and pick up sticks for hours as penance for lying, prosecutors said. She made the girl run even though Savannah vomited and begged for relief. Read more...

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Suge Knight Collapses in Court

Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's collapsed in a courtroom shortly after a judge ordered him held on $25 million bail in a January hit-and-run murder case which in killed one man and injured another. Knight's attorney Matthew Fletcher said his client, who is diabetic and has a blood clot, told him that he hadn't received any medication. Fletcher said Knight hit his head on a chair when he fell after the bail hearing. Read more...


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March 20, 2015

Theater Evidence Will Be Graphic

Prosecutors revealed several pieces of evidence they plan to present in the Aurora theater shooting trial this week during jury selection. Attorneys for the prosecution announced Wednesday they plan on using several large exhibits of evidence, including a 5×7-foot replica model of the theater, which will require pre-planning to set up in the courtroom, several of the actual seats from inside the theater and pieces of drywall showing bullet holes and projectiles. Read more...

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Boston Bomber Painted as Hate Filled

Terrorists recruit new troops online, and today we saw how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was enlisted in the unthinkable in Boston. The defense admitted on day one Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "did it." But they've portrayed him as a typical, fun-loving college student led astray by an overbearing brother. Today, prosecutors did their best to shatter that image. They showed the jury links to dozens of hate-filled speeches of radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki found on Tsarnaev's laptop. Read more...

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March 19, 2015

Defense Attorney Demands Bobo Evidence

One of the attorneys defending a man charged in the murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo has filed a motion demanding that evidence against his client be turned over, the charges be dropped, or the prosecutor be held in contempt of court. John Herbison, one of the attorneys for Jason Autry, who has been in jail since April 2014, said the judge previously ordered prosecutors to turn over the evidence against his client by the end of December 2014. Read more...

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Granny Denies Making Girl Run

An Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death testified that she would "rather die" than hurt the little girl, and denied it would have even been possible to make her run as punishment, as prosecutors contend happened. Joyce Hardin Garrard took the witness stand to say she never intended any harm to 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. Prosecutors contend the woman made the girl run for hours as punishment for a lie, leading to her collapse and death in a hospital days later. Read more...

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March 18, 2015

Teen Sentenced for Beating Mom to Death

A teen hulk who beat his mother to death with a frying pan and hammer was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Arizona. Michael Helms, who turned 18 the same day he was sentenced, pleaded guilty in February to slaying his mother, Tina Helms Spencer, and beating his stepfather. "There are no amount of words I can say to show I am sorry," Helms told Judge Bruce Cohen Monday. "The terms are fair for what I've done." Read more...

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March 17, 2015

Holdout Arias Juror Fires Back

The lone holdout juror in the 11-1 vote for giving convicted killer Jodi Arias the death penalty, is receiving deaths and is under 24-hour police protection. The 33-year-old woman, who has not officially been identified, told reporters she is living in fear. Read more...

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McStay Suspect Wants to See Evidence

A man charged with killing a San Diego County family whose bodies were found buried in the desert is asking the prosecution to turn over more evidence. Charles "Chase" Merritt is representing himself in court. Merritt told a judge that he has seen about a third of the evidence that could be used against him. Prosecutors said Merritt should have all of the evidence - some 9,000 pages worth - by the end of the week. Read more...

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March 16, 2015

Jodi Arias Breaks Jail Rules

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias will have to go without phone calls and video chats in jail for now unless they have to do with legal matters, the Maricopa County sheriff said. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that Arias violated several rules, and the jail will enforce disciplinary restrictions for six weeks. According to Arpaio, there was evidence that Arias was trying to avoid having conversations monitored by using other inmates to make phone calls for her. She also is accused of speaking with minors through the jail's video visitation system. Read more...

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March 13, 2015

Cop Who Robbed Drug Dealers Sentenced

An ex-NYPD cop was sentenced to 18 years in prison for robbing drug dealers of cash and drugs. Jose Tejada, a 17-year-veteran of the force, also provided members of the robbery crew with police equipment so they could pose as cops. "He committed these robberies while on duty, in uniform and sworn to protect the public," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Pravda. "And you didn't hear an apology today for his conduct." Read more...

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March 12, 2015

Tempers Flare at Running Trial

Emotions boiled over in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death, with the defense accusing the state of withholding key evidence and a prosecutor cursing angrily in front of jurors. Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree refused a defense request to end the case of Joyce Hardin Garrard in a mistrial, but prosecutors withdrew a medical witness who was on the stand when the flare-up occurred. Read more...

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March 11, 2015

Grand Jury Indicts Arochi

The suspect in the disappearance of a Forth Worth woman has been indicted by a Collin County grand jury on charges in two separate cases. Enrique Arochi, 24, has been indicted for aggravated kidnapping in the case of Christina Morris, who vanished August 30. Read more...

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Trial Begins in Running Death

An Alabama woman charged with capital murder in the death of her granddaughter forced the girl to run for more than three hours carrying sticks and firewood as a punishment for lying, prosecutors said. Joyce Garrard is accused of forcing 9-year-old Savannah Hardin to run until she died as punishment for a lie about eating candy on the school bus. She could be sentenced either to death or life without parole if convicted. Read more...

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March 10, 2015

Video Shows Boston Bomber

Boston Marathon bombing trial jurors saw previously unreleased footage of the carnage. A security camera video shows Dzhokar Tsarnaev in the moments leading up to the second blast of the fateful April 2013 day outside of a restaurant near the finish line. The chilling video shows Tsarnaev, 19 at the time, coming into the picture wearing a white hat and carrying a backpack that investigators believe he put on the ground on the site of the second explosion. Read more...

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Suge Knight's Truck on Video

Leaked security video shows the exact moment Suge Knight mowed down two men with his truck – and the rap mogul's new lawyer claims the graphic footage vindicates his client of murder. The video was filmed Jan 29. in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in Compton, Calif. It appears to shows Knight drive up in his red Ford F-150 Raptor truck as gang member-turned filmmaker Cle "Bone" Sloan approaches on the driver's side and a scuffle breaks out. Read more...

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Allman Movie Director Pleads Guilty

The director of a movie about musician Gregg Allman pleaded guilty in a train crash that killed a camera assistant and injured six film workers, and prosecutors in exchange dropped charges against his wife and business partner. As part of the plea deal, Director Randall Miller will spend two years in the county jail and another eight on probation on involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges. He also will pay a $20,000 fine. Miller's wife and business partner, Jody Savin, will no longer face the same charges. Read more...

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March 09, 2015

Pamela Smart's Lover Up for Parole

The man who gunned down the husband of his New Hampshire high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, 25 years ago is making his first bid for parole. Billy Flynn's first bid for parole is Thursday, his 41st birthday. Flynn has expressed remorse and apologized for his crime ever since he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified that killing Gregg Smart was Pamela Smart's idea. Read more...

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March 06, 2015

Michael Brown's Parents to Sue

Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson said that they would file a civil lawsuit in Michael Brown's death. Attorney Daryl Parks said at a news conference in north St. Louis County that the City of Ferguson and former Officer Darren Wilson would be named in the wrongful death lawsuit, which they plan to file promptly. Read more...

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Sisters' Murder Charges Dropped

A 15-year-old north Florida girl who authorities say fatally shot her 16-year-old brother after years of abuse has pleaded no contest to felony burglary and will receive probation. Third Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister said that the girl will not face a murder charge. The girl and her 11-year-old sister were arrested on suspicion of murder after the Jan. 5 shooting. No charges were filed against the younger sister. Read more...

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Texting Leads to Fatal Crash

A Wisconsin mother was sending messages on her cell phone minutes before a horrific crash killed her daughter and two nieces, authorities said. Kari Milberg's phone records show she was carrying on a Facebook chat while driving the little girls and her young son home from a playdate at an indoor playground in December 2013. Pierce County prosecutors have now levied three felony counts of driving-related homicide charges against the 34-year-old mother in the tragic crash. Read more...

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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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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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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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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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March 03, 2015

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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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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February 27, 2015

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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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

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...

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February 25, 2015

Eddie Ray Routh Guilty

Ex-Marine Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty of killing 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. The 27-year-old gunman will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after a Texas jury found him guilty of killing the pair at a friend's shooting range in February 2013. Jury deliberations took only hours, after prosecutors portrayed gunman Eddie Ray Routh as a cold, calculating killer. Read more...

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'Bonnie and Clyde' Suspect Interviewed

The Kentucky teen in the so-called "Bonnie and Clyde" crime spree swears he'd do it all over again for his underage partner in crime. "The look in her eyes at the beach, the way she looked at me...she was the most happy girl alive," Dalton Hayes, 18, says about his 13-year-old accomplice in the first interview since their January arrest. "I would do it all over again to protect her." Read more...

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Deputy Seen Dragging Incompetent Suspect

A Florida sheriff's deputy is under investigation after he was caught on video dragging a mentally ill woman by her ankle shackles down a courthouse hallway, authorities said. The woman sobbed and called miserably for her mother as Broward County Deputy Christopher Johnson slid her toward a jail doorway. Rios was in Broward County Court on Monday for a status hearing after two doctors found her mentally incompetent. Read more...

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February 24, 2015

Arias Won't Take the Stand

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has declined to address a jury considering whether to sentence her to life in prison or death in the killing of her former boyfriend. Arias said that she wanted to make comments to jurors but insisted the courtroom be cleared. She said she wouldn't make any remarks if she could be seen and heard from a remote viewing room. Read more...

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February 23, 2015

Hernandez Jurors See Video

Grainy surveillance video seen by jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say was driven by Hernandez. Hernandez is charged in the June 17, 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister. A neighbor who lived across the street from Lloyd in the Dorchester section of Boston captured the video on three surveillance cameras on his property early that morning. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:21 AM

'Drill Sargent From Hell' Trial Begins

A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. In court, the 59-year-old year old woman, plump and with a ponytail, looks like a typical grandmother aside from a jail uniform and shackles. And her attorneys argue Garrard's beloved granddaughter died because of other medical problems, not anything Garrard did. Garrard goes on trial in the death three years ago of Savannah Hardin, a blond-haired girl known for her big smile and love of reading. Read more...

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February 20, 2015

American Sniper Defense Rests

Attorneys mounting an insanity defense rested their case in the trial of the ex-Marine charged with gunning down "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man. Eddie Ray Routh did not testify during his trial for capital murder in the deaths of Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range two years ago. Jurors heard from a forensic psychiatrist who said Routh has schizophrenia and showed signs of psychosis in the weeks leading up to the slayings. Read more...

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February 19, 2015

Trial Date Set in Hannah Graham Case

A judge has set the date for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. Jesse Matthew's trial is scheduled to begin June 29. The trial is expected to last about three weeks, the judge said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 AM

Killer Husband Gets 45 Years

Texas authorities gave the Lubbock man who pleaded guilty to strangling his wife to death a 45-year prison sentence and dropped his indecency with a child charges. Epifanio Jose Guzman, 43, confessed to police in June that he choked his wife Rachel Guzman during an argument until her body went limp, placed her in the couple's bed and slept a night by the body before he woke up and realized that she had died. Read more...

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February 18, 2015

Prosecution Rests American Sniper Case

Prosecutors have rested their case in the Texas capital murder trial of a former Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man in 2013. Before resting, prosecutors played a recorded phone call between Eddie Ray Routh and a reporter from The New Yorker magazine. During the interview, Routh describes the events surrounding the killings of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Girl's Running Death Trial Begins

Jury selection is beginning in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died. Court officials say about 300 potential jurors are due in court for the trial of Joyce Hardin Garrard. Another 300 have been summoned for Thursday. The 59-year-old Boaz woman is charged in the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin three years ago. Prosecutors contend the woman made the child run for hours as a punishment for a lie about candy. Read more...

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February 17, 2015

American Sniper Jury Hears Confession

A videotaped confession by the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend was shown to jurors as the trial resumed in Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, confessed to the February 2013 slayings but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. "I'm just sorry for what I've done," Routh said in the interview with Texas Ranger Danny Briley. "I've got tons of people eating on my soul right now," he added. Read more...

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February 13, 2015

Woman Admits Teacher's Choking

Abandoning any claims to an insanity defense, a Vermont woman pleaded guilty to the 2012 strangulation of a prep school teacher who prosecutors say was lured to her death with a ruse about a broken down car. At a mental competency hearing, a judge found Patricia Prue capable of rational decisions before she pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the death of St. Johnsbury Academy teacher Melissa Jenkins. Read more...

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February 12, 2015

Newborn Killer Set for Plea Deal

A Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage appears set to take a plea deal. Court records show prosecutors and attorneys for 39-year-old Megan Huntsman have reached a resolution, and requested a special setting for a hearing in Provo, Utah. The attorneys said last month they were negotiating a plea deal. Read more...

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February 11, 2015

Father Who Tossed Daughter Is Incompetent

A Florida man accused of throwing his daughter off a bridge has been found by doctors to be incompetent to stand trial in her death. John Jonchuck appeared in court Tuesday. The case has been reset for a status check on Feb. 17. If the court rules in line with the doctors' reports, Jonchuck would likely be sent to a hospital for six months before his case returns to court for another status check. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:20 AM

Hernandez's Fiancée Granted Immunity

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's fiancée has been granted immunity sought by prosecutors in Hernandez's murder trial. The decision released by a judge means that Shayanna Jenkins could be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. Prosecutors filed the petition last month, and Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh held a closed hearing at that time, but did not immediately release a decision. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:20 AM

Son's Trial Set in Hammer Deaths

A suburban Detroit man with a history of mental illness who is accused of beating his 87-year-old father and 85-year-old mother to death with a hammer has been ordered to stand trial in their slayings. A Rochester Hills district judge ruled that there's enough evidence to try 53-year-old Jeffrey B. Maurer in Oakland County Circuit Court on first-degree murder charges. Maurer faces an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

3 Sentenced in Hate Crime Murder

Three people were sentenced to federal prison, following a hate crimes investigation stemming from the death of a black man who was beaten and run over by a truck in Mississippi. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced Deryl Paul Dedmon to 50 years; John Aaron Rice to 18 1/2 years; and Dylan Wade Butler to seven years. They were charged in the June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson (pictured). Read more...


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February 10, 2015

Drew Peterson Faces New Charges

Convicted wife killer Drew Peterson is now facing charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who led his 2012 conviction. Peterson is charged with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder of Will County State Attorney James Glasgow. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:55 AM

Change of Venue Denied Tsaranev Again

The latest effort to move the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsaranev has been denied by Judge George O'Toole. O'Toole blasted the third attempt to move the trial by Tsarnaev's attorneys in a lengthy ruling, describing it has having "even less, not more, merit than the prior ones." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:54 AM

Judge Denies Bond Reduction For Arochi

The man last seen with 23-year-old Christina Morris was in court seeking to lower his $1 million bond. Plano police arrested Enrique Arochi, 24, in December and charged him with aggravated kidnapping related to the disappearance of Morris, 22. She hasn't been seen or heard from since August 30, 2014. The judge denied the lower bond.
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Posted by Webmaster at 02:51 AM

Jury Ready in 'American Sniper' Trial

A jury has been seated in the trial of a man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper," with the judge estimating no more than two dozen people were dismissed from service because of publicity about the case. Ten women and two men will serve as jurors for Eddie Ray Routh's trial. Routh, a former Marine, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, 35-year-old Chad Littlefield. Read more...




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February 04, 2015

Man Pleads in 1990s Cold Case

A Phoenix man has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in two cold case killings from the early 1990s. Bryan Patrick Miller was arrested Jan. 13 in the 1992 killing of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and the 1993 slaying of 17-year-old Melanie Bernas. Police say recently collected DNA evidence linked the now 42-year-old Miller to the deaths. Read more...

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February 03, 2015

Holmes Jury Selection Moving Quickly

The jury selection in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting case could possibly end a week earlier than expected because the process is going faster than expected. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said the selection is going so well, the first phase of the process could end within a week. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

Etan Patz's Mom Testifies

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who vanished on his way to school 35 years ago testified Monday that he was trusting but also scared of being lost or alone. Julie Patz recounted her time living in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood when her son, Etan, was little. Etan disappeared on May 25, 1979 - the first time he walked to school alone. Julie Patz cried when talking about how she felt in the hours after she learned Etan was missing. Read more...

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February 02, 2015

McStay Suspect Wants Speedy Trial

The man accused of killing a California family of four whose bodies were found in the Mojave Desert has asked to represent himself in hopes of speeding up the legal process. Charles "Chase" Merritt has been charged with the murders of the Joseph McStay family. Robert Ponce, who was acting as Merritt's attorney, said the accused killer believes that he has only six to eight months to live. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:14 AM

Etan Patz Murder Trial Begins

More than three decades after the disappearance of Etan Patz, the man accused in the 1979 murder of the 6-year-old boy is now on trial. Etan Patz murder suspect in court, A standing-room only crowd packed the Manhattan courtroom as opening statements began in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, a man who worked in a nearby bodega at the time and confessed to killing the boy many years later. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:12 AM

Charges Dropped Against Detroit Cop

At the prosecutor's request, a judge dismissed the last charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid. The judge said she's willing to be the "scapegoat" if critics don't like the result. Two trials against Officer Joseph Weekley ended without verdicts on a charge of reckless use of a gun. During the second trial, Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed the most serious charge, involuntary manslaughter, saying there was insufficient evidence. Read more...

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January 30, 2015

Frein Enters Not Guilty Plea

The man accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers outside their barracks and set off a 48-day manhunt has entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. Eric Frein pleaded not guilty to killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on September 12, 2014. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:08 AM

Aaron Hernandez Trial Begins

As his former teammates prepare for the Super Bowl, Aaron Hernandez is in court in Fall River, Mass. -- on trial for murder. Hernandez, who had a $40 million contract as a tight end with the New England Patriots when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, sat expressionless as he listened to opening statements in his trial. The prosecution and the defense painted starkly different pictures of the 25-year-old former pro athlete. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

Slain Teacher Had 16 Stab Wounds

A Massachusetts state trooper wiped his eyes while testifying about 16 stab wounds to the neck of a slain math teacher that were allegedly inflicted by a student. The testimony came during the third day of a hearing on a defense request to suppress evidence in the upcoming trial of 16-year-old Philip Chism. Trooper Steven Buccheri's voice cracked while testifying about Ritzer's injuries. Read more...

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January 29, 2015

Kendrick Johnson's Parents Convicted

Seven relatives of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his high school two years ago, were convicted Wednesday of unlawfully blocking access to government property when they held a protest in April 2013. Johnson's parents, Jacquelyn and Kenneth Johnson, along with 5 other family members, were arrested following the protest in which they allegedly blocked access to the entrance of the Lowndes County Judicial Complex. Read more...

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January 27, 2015

Hernandez Jury Ready to Go

A jury has been seated for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh seated a jury of 13 women and five men, including alternates, after more than two weeks of jury selection. They were chosen from a pool of 53 potential jurors who made it through screening for biases and hardships. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:30 AM

Wounded Suspect Charged in Crime Spree

A 32-year-old New Castle man, who was shot by the service station clerk he was trying to rob last week, has been linked to a string of armed robberies across New Castle County since December, state police said. Jose A. Quinones has been charged with 12 counts of first-degree robbery and attempted robbery and 13 counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. Quinones has also been linked to six additional robberies in Wilmington, said Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale, a state police spokesman. Read more...

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January 26, 2015

Entombed Body Found in House

Authorities in Virginia are seeking the extradition of a North Carolina woman on a charge related to the discovery of a body in a house where she had once lived. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said the remains were found entombed in concrete. The remains were determined to be 70-year-old James H. Austin. Capt. Brian Wright says police are seeking the extradition of the former occupant of the Elliston house, 52-year-old Janice B. Widenor. He said she was charged Friday in Greensboro, N.C., with unlawful disposal and concealment of a body. Read more...

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January 23, 2015

TBI Completes Bobo Case Analysis

Authorities say they have completed their analysis of more than 460 pieces of evidence in the case of a woman whose partial remains were found three years after her disappearance, possibly bringing defense attorneys a step closer to seeing how prosecutors have linked their clients to her. Two men, Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, were arrested last spring and charged with murder and kidnapping in the case of Holly Bobo, a nursing student who was 20 when she disappeared from her house in April 2011. In October, John Dylan Adams was charged with raping Bobo. All have pleaded not guilty. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:42 AM

Detective Helped Girlfriend Flee

Authorities say a veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband. Detective Ronald Dove was indicted on charges that include obstruction, evidence tampering, flight and conspiracy. He has since turned himself in to police. Officials say Dove was the get-away driver after his girlfriend, Erica Sanchez, allegedly stabbed her ex-husband once through the heart in 2013. Read more...

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January 22, 2015

Former Sheriff Gets 10 Years

A federal judge sentenced a former New Mexico sheriff to 10 years in prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage. Ex-Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella told the judge during the sentencing hearing that he did good deeds during his tenure. But the court also received letters from community members who were critical of Rodella. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:27 AM

Woman Pleads Guilty in Explosion

A woman charged in a deadly 2012 house explosion in Indianapolis agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and to testify against at least two other people in the fiery natural gas blast that damaged dozens of homes. Monserrate Shirley, who had initally pleaded not guilty after she and two men were charged in late 2012, appeared before a Marion County judge in a courtroom filled with current and former residents of the neighborhood scarred by the blast. Read more...

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January 20, 2015

Holmes Jury Selection Begins

After several delays over a two-year period, jury selection finally begins today in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting case, but don't expect opening statements in the death penalty trial of James Holmes to begin anytime soon. Some 9,000 potential jurors - a number believed to be the most in history - will begin showing up today 250 at a time to begin the selection process. Read more...

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January 16, 2015

Bondage 'Master' Gets Life Sentence

Calling him a "master of manipulation," a judge sentenced a former Rotary Club president to life in prison for arranging his wife's killing, so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination. "You lived in two worlds," Wayne County Judge Vonda Evans told Bob Bashara. "Light - your family, community and friends. And darkness where your lies were your truth and your truth was a lie. ... I have no mercy for you." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:27 AM

Woman Gets 219 Years in Sex Ring

A judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years. Wendy Holland, 35, showed no emotion as the judge condemned her to serve at least 50 years in prison before parole consideration, a prosecutor said. Jurors convicted the woman of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month. Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a 20-year prison sentence. Read more...

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January 13, 2015

Gag Order Denied in Jesse Matthew Case

A judge has denied a request for a gag order, but also disallowed cameras in the Fairfax County attempted murder case against Jesse Matthew, the man also accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Charlottesville. The Fairfax case, which is related to a 2005 sexual assault, is scheduled to go on trial March 9. Read more...

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January 12, 2015

FAMU Killer Gets 6 Years

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced to more than six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major, making him the first to receive prison time in the case. Dante Martin received 77 months, but prosecutors wanted nine years in the beating death of 26-year-old Robert Champion during a brutal hazing ritual in November 2011. Read more...

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January 09, 2015

Judge Tosses Murder Indictment

A Louisiana judge has thrown out a murder indictment against a man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor over the alleged rape of the man's wife. Judge Clayton Davis made the ruling Tuesday. Woodrow Karey allegedly shot pastor Ronald Harris in 2013 at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center during a revival service. Two days earlier, Karey's wife had filed a rape complaint against Harris. Read more...

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January 08, 2015

Patterson Back in Custody

A man charged in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is back in custody after South Dakota authorities say he violated the terms of his bond by contacting the boy's mother. The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant and Joseph Patterson turned himself in. Patterson was released on a $2 million bond in September. He's charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault in Tyrese Ruffin's 2013 death. Read more...

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January 07, 2015

Former Virginia Governor Sentenced

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has been sentenced to 24 months in a minimum security prison for his corruption conviction on 11 different counts related to conspiracy to commit fraud. Judge James Spencer issued the sentence after hearing brief arguments from lawyers and testimony from 11 character witnesses. In addition to the expected testimony about his good character, witnesses included faith-based non-profit leaders who asked the judge to allow McDonnell to serve with their organizations instead of in prison. Read more...

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January 06, 2015

Eric Frein Ordered to Stand Trial

Following a preliminary hearing at which the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence, a Pennsylvania judge has ordered Eric Frein to stand trial for the murder of one state trooper and the wounding of another. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:11 AM

Etan Patz's Murder Trial Begins

Jury selection has started in New York City for one of the nation's most infamous and enduring missing-child cases. About 100 prospective jurors began filling out lengthy questionnaires for Pedro Hernandez's murder trial. Prosecutors say the New Jersey man admitted killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, but his defense says his confession was false. Etan vanished while walking to his Manhattan school bus stop May 25, 1979. That date, May 25, later became National Missing Children's Day. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:10 AM

Plea Deal for Disabled Woman's Killer

A man accused of having stabbed his disabled former teacher more than 100 times with a fillet knife pleaded no contest to murder in exchange for a punishment of no more than 20 years in prison. The plea agreement sets the minimum possible punishment for Paul Dominguez, 38, at five years in prison for the Valentine's Day 2012 slaying of Elma Sartuche, 61. State District Judge Melisa Skinner is set to decide the prison term next month. Read more...

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January 05, 2015

Boston Bombing Trial to Begin

The trial of the surviving suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings is scheduled to begin with jury selection today in federal court in Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, will be in the courtroom as 1,200 potential jurors will be questioned in an effort to choose 12 jurors and six alternates. The selection process is expected to last at least two weeks, with potential jurors brought into the courtroom and questioned in groups of 250. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:01 AM

Three Indicted in Clarksville Murder

Two men and a juvenile have been indicted in the December term of the Montgomery County grand jury and charged with the premeditated murder of a 19-year-old man who was shot to death following a disagreement over a girl. Joshua Steven Aretz, 20, Clinton L. Hunter III, 18, and Quinton Hunter, 17, are charged with "unlawfully, feloniously, intentionally and with premeditation" killing Adam Marquez on Aug. 29. Read more...

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January 03, 2015

Bobo Suspects Want Charges Dropped

Two men charged with the abduction and murder of Holly Bobo have asked the judge to dismiss the charges against them because their attorneys said they have seen no evidence that links them to her murder. In fact, claim attorneys for Zach Adams and Jason Autry, prosecutors have not turned over any evidence that shows that the Tennessee nursing student is dead. Read more...

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December 30, 2014

13 Theater Shooting Jurors Excused

It wasn't difficult to excuse the first dozen jurors from the 9,000 who received summonses to serve in the murder trial of accused theater shooter James Holmes. Twelve of them were also listed as witnesses for the prosecution in the case. Another person called as a potential juror in the case was an employee of the district attorney's office. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:43 AM

Bishopette Blamed for Fatal Crash

The first female bishop at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Baltimore, a diocese spokeswoman said. Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was driving the car that hit 41-year-old Tom Palermo, diocese spokeswoman Sharon Tillman said. Palermo died at a nearby hospital. Read more...

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December 24, 2014

Change of Venue Likely in Bobo Case

The judge presiding over the Holly Bobo case has indicated that he will probably grant motions of the defendants for a change of venue when they are filed. Judge C. Creed McKinley said during a hearing that he thought it would be impossible to find an impartial jury in Decatur County due to pretrial publicity and emotions in the community. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:27 AM

Dog-Fighting Ring Brings 22 Indictments

Authorities say they've broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat. Authorities said that a Baltimore grand jury returned indictments against 22 people involved in the ring, 14 of whom are in custody. They're all charged with animal cruelty, dog fighting and conspiracy. The indictments came after authorities raided 18 locations in the Baltimore area and a compound in West Virginia. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

Marathon Bomber Asks for Delay

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon suspect, are again asking a federal judge to delay his trial until September. In a motion Tsarnaev's lawyers argued that the trial, currently scheduled to start with jury selection on Jan. 5, would begin faster than "99 of the 119 federal capital trials to get underway since 2004." Read more...




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December 19, 2014

Prue Gets Life Sentence

A man convicted of luring, kidnapping and killing a popular Vermont teacher has been given a life sentence. Allen Prue was sentenced to life for the first-degree murder of Melissa Jenkins. But, the judge stopped short of sentencing Prue to a life without the possibility of parole, as prosecutors requested, citing Prue's lack of any criminal record before the kidnapping of Jenkins. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:00 AM

Slender Man Defendants Competent

Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled. State experts concluded that both girls were competent, but their attorneys contested those conclusions. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren held back-to-back hearings for both girls to decide. Bohren's decisions mean both cases will continue to preliminary hearings, where a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence for trial. Read more...

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December 18, 2014

Kibby Indicted on 205 Charges

A man arrested for kidnapping a New Hampshire 14-year-old and holding her captive for nine months has been indicted on more than 200 charges related to the case. Nathaniel Kibby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of the charges. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:57 AM

Rikers Island Guard Convicted

A New York City jail guard has been convicted of a civil rights charge after a jury concluded he ignored the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate who had swallowed a toxic soap ball. Terrence Pendergrass shook his head repeatedly as the verdict was announced in Manhattan federal court. Pendergrass was charged in the death of 25-year-old Jason Echevarria, who had bipolar disorder and was being held on a burglary charge. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:57 AM

Woman Requests Extra Jail Time

An Oregon woman who called in fake bomb threats to elementary schools asked for a higher prison sentence so she could take advantage of programs behind bars. Jenelle Robyn Pinkston, 47, persuaded a Eugene judge to tack an extra year onto the two-year sentence prosecutors had recommended. She said she wanted more time for treatment in prison medical and mental health programs. Read more...




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December 17, 2014

Driver Faces Homicide Charges

Prosecutors have filed a charge of criminally negligent homicide against an Oregon woman they say struck a man with her station wagon, flipping him on top of the car and then carrying him 11 blocks. Sixty-seven-year-old Daniel Ortiz-Reynaga, a resident of Mexico, had been crossing a street in Springfield, Ore., with his adult son. Police arrested 30-year-old Isabel Gloria McDaniel of Veneta on charges of failing to perform the duties of a driver and evidence tampering. Prosecutors later added the homicide charge. Read more...


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December 15, 2014

'Satanic' Killer Found Guilty

A jury convicted a Houston-area teenager of capital murder in the death of a girl who prosecutors say was killed as part of a satanic ritual. Jurors found Jose E. Reyes, 18, guilty in the February death of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes in a vacant apartment southeast of Houston. Reyes will receive an automatic life sentence. Reyes' attorneys had sought a lesser sentence and argued their client may be guilty of murder, but not capital murder. Read more...

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December 12, 2014

Delay Rejected for Theater Shooter

Time is apparently running out for the accused Aurora, Colorado theater shooter. The judge in the case has denied yet another request by attorneys for James Holmes to delay his murder trial. Defense attorneys requested another trial delay because they said medical emergencies involving members of the defense team had made it impossible for them to be ready for next month's trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:06 AM

Boy, 10, Still in Adult Jail

A 10-year-old boy who's been in an adult jail since authorities say he fatally beat a 90-year-old woman two months ago is scared, lonely and misses his mother, his public defender said. The boy, one of the youngest ever to face an adult homicide charge in Pennsylvania, met with family through a glass partition when he was first brought to the county lockup in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. More recently, he was permitted to have physical contact with them, according to the attorney, Scott Bennett. Read more...

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December 11, 2014

Accused Wife Killer Post Bail

A former Weld County, Colo. sheriff's deputy indicted for murder in the 2012 shooting death of his wife has posted $500,000 bail. Tom Fallis, 34, was released from jail. Fallis, who was arrested in Bloomington, Ind., last month, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 28-year-old Ashley Fallis on Jan. 1, 2012, after a New Year's Eve party at their home in Evans. The death was initially ruled a suicide, but Ashley's family insisted she died at the hands of her husband and that another law enforcement officer helped him cover it up. Read more...

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December 10, 2014

Parents Sentenced in Grape Soda Death

A Tennessee couple was sentenced to 35 years in prison after forcing the man's 5-year-old daughter to drink excessive amounts of grape soda as punishment, causing her death. Randall Lee Vaughn, 42, and Mary Lavonne Vaughn, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect in a plea agreement. "They're going where they belong," Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said. Read more...

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December 09, 2014

Jodi Arias Trial Delayed a Week

Jurors in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court were given another week off after a status conference that played out mostly at the judge's bench, out of earshot of the press and public. Arias' lead defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi, reiterated to Judge Sherry Stephens that he had three witnesses who refuse to testify in public and that he would like to wait until he can take an appeals court order forbidding secret testimony to the Arizona Supreme Court. Read more...

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December 05, 2014

Husband Convicted in Frying Pan Murder

A New Jersey man was convicted of murder for bludgeoning his wife with a frying pan then strangling her, apparently after they argued over the dire state of their finances. Former securities salesman Patrick Allen had been trying to hide the family's financial difficulties from his wife, Kimberly, before the argument that led to her death in 2011, prosecutors said. Read more...

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Texas Official Guilty of Murder

A Texas jury found a former justice of the peace accused of shooting dead two Texas prosecutors guilty of capital murder, after a prosecutor called him "a ruthless killing machine" who had carefully plotted his crimes. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Eric Williams, 47, who was charged with shooting dead District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in 2013. Read more...

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December 04, 2014

No Crime Committed in Chokehold Death

A grand jury declined to indict a white New York City police officer who used an apparent chokehold on Eric Garner, who was black, and who died after the July confrontation in the borough of Staten Island. Garner, a father of six, died after police officer Daniel Pantaleo attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Read more...

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December 03, 2014

Judge Releases 'In Cold Blood' Files

The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired the book "In Cold Blood" can publish his father's field notes that he says substantially contradict the account found in Truman Capote's literary masterpiece. Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks said he made an error when he initially blocked publication of the criminal investigation files in 2012. His decision means that Ronald Nye of Oklahoma City can use his father's files for a book he plans about the slayings of prominent farmer and community leader Herbert Clutter, his wife and two children in Holcomb. Read more...

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Murder-for-Hire Trial Starts

A key witness has testified that a Connecticut woman paid him $5,000 in 2012 to kill her ex-husband during a child custody dispute that police said had millions of dollars at stake. Tiffany Stevens of Bloomfield went on trial in Hartford Superior Court. She has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. The witness, John McDaid of Granville, Massachusetts, testified he didn't follow through on the hit and revealed the plot to Stevens' ex-husband, Eric Stevens, who told Simsbury police. Read more...

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November 28, 2014

Court: Arias Testimony Must Be Open

An appeals court has overturned the trial judge's ruling that a witness in the penalty trial of Jodi Arias could testify behind closed doors. Wording in the Arizona Court of Appeals ruling may have indicated that the witness was Arias herself. Read more...

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Police Seeking Hernandez Sneakers

Authorities have returned to the home of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez seeking sneakers they believe were worn on the night of a 2013 killing he's charged in. State and local authorities went to Hernandez's North Attleborough home this week but seized no evidence. Authorities wanted the Nikes to compare with sneaker prints at the industrial park where the bullet-riddled body of Odin Lloyd was found in June 2013. Read more...

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Widow Gets Life for Revenge Killing

A South Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man she claimed was behind her husband's fatal shooting. A Miami-Dade judge gave 37-year-old Janepsy Carballo the mandatory sentence right after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Carballo lured Ilan Nissim, her dead husband's business partner, to her North Miami home in 2008 and then shot him in the back multiple times. Read more...

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November 26, 2014

Murder Suspect Had Past Arrests

Prosecutors say a man accused in the killing of a Colorado mother who led a double life as a paid escort has a history of kidnapping women. Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubenstein recounted Lester Jones' criminal history in court in Grand Junction, arguing the 63-year-old was a flight risk. A judge agreed to hold him on $2 million bond in the 2007 death of Paige Birgfeld. Read more...

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Judge OKs Hernandez Trial Delay

A judge has agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men. Hernandez is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a chance encounter at a nightclub. His trial was scheduled to begin in May. Hernandez's lawyer asked a judge to delay the trial by six months, citing a separate murder trial Hernandez faces in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Read more...

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November 25, 2014

Confession Allowed in Etan Patz Case

A suspect's confession to choking Brooklyn boy Etan Patz to death in 1979 may be used at his murder trial, a judge ruled, allowing what appears to be prosecutors' key evidence in one of the nation's most notorious missing children's cases. The suspect, Pedro Hernandez, 53, has pleaded not guilty to killing 6-year-old Etan, one of the first missing children ever pictured on a milk carton. He vanished while walking to his school bus stop. Hernandez's defense has said his confession to the wrenching crime was imaginary. Read more...

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Teen Who Faked Abduction Sentenced

A Michigan woman who admitted she faked her own disappearance and even put an ad on Craigslist to find an "abductor" has been placed on probation for three years. Hayley Turner, 18, of Temperance, didn't apologize or offer any explanation for her actions as she faced Monroe Circuit Court Judge Daniel White. "Anything you want to say for yourself," Judge White asked Turner. "No your honor," she said. Read more...

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November 24, 2014

Cop Shoots Kid Holding Replica Gun

A 12-year-old boy in Cleveland died a day after being shot by police who mistakenly believed he had a real gun, officials said. Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents, as the department investigates the shooting. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice. An attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting. Read more...

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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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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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November 20, 2014

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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November 19, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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November 13, 2014

McStay Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

The man charged with murdering the McStays, a family of four who disappeared in 2010 and whose remains were found last year in the California desert, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. Chase Merritt, 57, appeared in a Victorville courtroom wearing a shirt and tie. The next hearing in the case was scheduled for Nov. 20. Merritt is being held without bail. Read more...

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Jesse Matthew Transferred to Fairfax

The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who was found dead, was transferred from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail to a Fairfax detention center. Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, is scheduled to appear in court there for a status hearing in connection with a 2005 attack on a 26-year-old Fairfax woman. He is charged with abduction, sexual assault and attempted capital murder in that case. Read more...

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Slenderman Stabbing Suspect, 12, Competent

A state doctor says the mental condition of one of two Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slenderman has improved, and that the 12-year-old is fit to stand trial. Judge Michael Bohren summarized the doctor's report during a brief hearing. But he didn't act on the report after defense attorney Anthony Cotton said he hadn't had a chance to discuss it with his client. Read more...

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November 12, 2014

Arias Lawyers Want Charges Dropped

Convicted killer Jodi Arias' attorneys want all charges against her dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct. In a motion to the court, the lawyers claim that evidence on the computer of Arias' boyfriend Travis Alexander was erased. Read more...

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November 10, 2014

Judge Will Summon 9,000 Jurors

The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case says he plans to issue 9,000 summonses to prospective jurors. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in a Friday order that he initially planned to summon 6,000 people but decided to add more. He says it will be easier to call off prospective jurors who are not needed than to adjust if there are not enough. Read more...

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Man Guilty of Poisoning Wife

A University of Pittsburgh researcher charged in the cyanide poisoning death of his wife last year was convicted of first-degree murder. Dr. Robert Ferrante, who hung his head when the verdict was read in court, faces a mandatory life sentence in the April 2013 death of 41-year-old neurologist Dr. Autumn Klein. The jury, which deliberated for 15 hours over two days, agreed with Allegheny County prosecutors who accused Ferrante of lacing his wife's creatine energy drink with cyanide. Read more...

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Art Thief Admits to Heists

A Pennsylvania man charged with stealing $100,000 worth of artwork, including a Pablo Picasso etching, from a suburban New York City estate has pleaded guilty in a deal that sentenced him to time served. Joselito Vega, of Easton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty as his trial was set to begin in Brooklyn state Supreme Court. He was sentenced to one year for each count, all to run concurrently. If convicted of all charges, he could have gotten a maximum of 25 years. Read more...

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November 06, 2014

Father Convicted of 2 Murders

A man accused of killing his two young children and burying them in Alabama and Mississippi has been convicted of capital murder. John DeBlase was convicted after a 10-day trial. DeBlase and his common-law wife Heather Keaton have each blamed each other for the killings of DeBlase's 4-year-old daughter Natalie and his 3-year-old son Chase. Keaton will be tried separately. Read more...

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November 05, 2014

Arias Trial Delayed by Appeals Court

A decision by an Arizona judge to close to the public the testimony of a defense witness in the Jodi Arias murder penalty trial has caused the trial to be delayed after an appeals court ruled that secret testimony must be halted. Read more...

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November 04, 2014

No Bail for Gregory Lewis

The Massachusetts man suspected of raping a 13-year-old girl, then going on a cross-country crime spree after cutting off his court-ordered monitoring device, was ordered held without bail. Gregory Lewis pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to 17 charges connected to the alleged rape and an alleged attack on his stepfather. He was held pending a hearing Nov. 10 to determine whether he is a danger to society. Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent six weeks on the run after snipping off the GPS monitoring device when he was arraigned in August on charges that included statutory rape of a child. Read more...

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November 03, 2014

Frein's Rifle Being Tested

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says investigators are testing a .308 caliber rifle recovered from an abandoned airport hangar to determine if it is the weapon used to kill a trooper and critically wound another officer in the September ambush on a police barracks. Noonan said law enforcement agencies may have had to change their strategy if the search for 31-year-old suspect Eric Frein had gone on for years. Read more...

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October 29, 2014

Bomber's Friend Found Guilty

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of lying during the investigation into the 2013 attack. Robel Phillipos, 21, was convicted of two counts for lying about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room while two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence three days after the bombing while an intense manhunt was underway for the suspected bombers. He looked straight ahead impassively as the guilty verdicts were read. Read more...

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October 28, 2014

Theater Shooting Trial Delayed

A Colorado judge has postponed the death penalty trial for movie theater shooter James Holmes so that Holmes' attorneys can have more time to evaluate a second report on their client's sanity. Judge Carlos A. Samour wrote in a ruling that jury selection will start Jan. 20. It had been set for Dec. 8. The new schedule won't unnecessarily delay the case but gives Holmes' attorneys time to analyze the second sanity exam and prepare for trial, Samour wrote in the order. Read more...

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October 27, 2014

Man Guilty of Cemetery Killing

A 60-year-old western New York man has been found guilty in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in 1979. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says an Erie County Court jury found Michael Rodriguez of Buffalo guilty of second-degree murder after three hours of deliberations. The body of his wife, 21-year-old Patricia Rodriguez, was found in a Lackawanna cemetery on Good Friday in April 1979. Police say she had been stabbed more than 100 times. Read more...

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October 23, 2014

Holmes Asks for Another Delay

In a motion that surprised absolutely no one, attorneys for James Holmes, the accused Aurora theater shooter, have asked for another trial delay. Holmes' public defender asked for the delay to give the defense time to review the mental evaluation filed with the court. Read more...

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October 22, 2014

Doc Interviewed Holmes 22 Hours

Defense attorneys say the doctor who conducted a sanity evaluation on the man charged with a mass killing in a Colorado movie theater interviewed him for 22 hours. Attorneys for James Holmes made the revelation in court documents released Tuesday that deal with what evidence the defense must share with prosecutors. The doctor's findings haven't been released. Read more...

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Cemetery Killing Trial Underway

A 60-year-old western New York man is on trial - charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death in a cemetery over 35 years ago. The trial of Michael Rodriguez, of Buffalo, began in Erie County Court. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death of Patricia Rodriguez, the mother of his two children. She was found dead in a Lackawana cemetery on Good Friday in April 1979 at the age of 21. Police say she had been stabbed more than 100 times. Read more...

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October 21, 2014

Matthew Charged in D.C. Rape

The suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was charged with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment. Matthew, 32, is being held in Charlottesville, Va., on a charge related to the Sept. 13 disappearance of Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia. Read more...

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October 20, 2014

Man Plotted to Kill Witness

A Northern California man awaiting trial for insurance fraud has been charged with plotting to kill nine witnesses set to testify against him. Contra Costa County prosecutors say a grand jury on Friday indicted Charles Waldo, of Pittsburg, after he allegedly conspired with other inmates to arrange the killing of the witnesses. Prosecutors say investigators found a hit list that included the witnesses' names, in what order they were to be killed, and suggestions to kill them in car crashes, with drug overdoses and in robberies "gone bad." Read more...

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October 17, 2014

Day Care Provider Avoids Life Sentence

An Iowa woman admitted to causing the head injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl at her in-home day care, but avoided a life sentence under a plea agreement with prosecutors. Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Sapp told the court that she dropped the toddler to the ground. Read more...

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Florida Court Limits Phone Tracking

In a sweeping ruling, Florida's highest court said that police in the state have no right to use a cellphone to track someone's movements without a warrant. The state Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision ruled that Broward County Sheriff's Office had no right to stop and arrest Shawn Tracey for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine. Read more...

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Tourist Arrested for Brooklyn Bridge Selfie

"It was beautiful," Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, said after sharing the selfies with the Daily News. "It was the best point to look and enjoy (the view)." Kolchin was busted for the summer stunt and spent a few days in jail before making bail. His case was resolved last week with a guilty plea to a misdemeanor that prohibits climbing on structures and 92 hours of community service. Read more...


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October 16, 2014

Kidnap Gang Leader Gets 9 Life Terms

The co-leader of a violent Mexican drug gang convicted of several murders was sentenced in San Diego County to nine terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentencing of Juan Francisco Estrada Gonzalez ends the longest criminal trial in county history, lasting 15 months including jury selection, U-T San Diego reported. In January, a jury found him responsible for six murders and four kidnappings. Read more...

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'Stringbean' Killer Granted Parole

The burglar sentenced to life for murdering "Hee Haw" banjo player David (Stringbean) Akeman and his wife, Estelle, in 1973 has been granted parole. A vote by the seven-member Tennessee Board of Parole approved John A. Brown's release after 40 years in prison for the Akemans' deaths, according to the Tennessean newspaper. The 63-year-old killer went before a parole board on five prior occasions, which requires four votes to grant such a request. Read more...




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October 14, 2014

Ex-Prosecutor Gets Trial Date

Few had more cachet than Curtis Lovelace: an all-Big Ten football player, longtime prosecutor, school board president, sports broadcaster and educator at the local university. That sparkling image in the 40,000-strong western Illinois community of Quincy was shattered when he recently was charged with suffocating his first wife and mother of four on Valentine's Day in 2006. Read more...

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October 13, 2014

Judge Denies Hernandez Evidence Motion

A judge has denied a motion filed on behalf of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from his cellphone in his upcoming murder trial. Lawyers for the former New England Patriots tight end asked a judge to throw out the cellphone evidence, saying state police didn't have a warrant to take it after his arrest last year. Prosecutors argued Hernandez's lawyers agreed to turn the phone over to investigators. Read more...

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October 10, 2014

Man Convicted of Killing Baby, Grandmother

A Pennsylvania man accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong has been convicted of murder. Raghunandan Yandamuri had served as his own lawyer. He was expressionless as the verdict against him was read. The 27-year-old faces the possibility of the death penalty for the 2012 slayings of Saanvi Venna and grandmother Satayrathi Venna. Read more...

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Judge Charged With Hit-And-Run

An Indiana County judge has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and obstructing justice after she allegedly sideswiped an oncoming vehicle last month. Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega, 41, was placed on paid leave last month after state court officials learned she was under investigation for the Sept. 13 crash. According to a state police compliant, Rega's SUV crossed the center line just after midnight that morning and knocked the mirror off an oncoming car owned by Tina Johns of Clymer. Read more...

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October 09, 2014

Joshua Miner Found Guilty

A second defendant accused of the murders of a double murder at a home in Joliet, Illinois has been found guilty by a judge. Judge Gerald Kinney convicted Joshua Miner of the murder of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins. Read more...

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Questions Ready for Theater Jurors

The judge in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting case has finalized at list of 75 questions he plans to use to ask 3,300 potential jurors who will be summoned for the December trial. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. plans to issue summons to 6,000 jurors for the murder trial of James Holmes for the killing of 12 people in July 2012. Read more...

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October 08, 2014

Atlanta Cheating Witness Changes Story

Under the terms of a plea deal, Former Gideons Elementary School Principal Armstead Salters agreed to testify that because of pressure from former superintendent Beverly Hall and former regional executive director Michael Pitts, he had no choice but to encourage and aid cheating at his school.
But, he changed his story. He testified several times that neither Hall nor Pitts ever put pressure on him to cheat. Read more...

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October 05, 2014

Hernandez Bullet Evidence Tossed

Bullets found in an apartment rented by ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and an ammunition magazine found in his Hummer were thrown out as evidence in his murder case by a judge who said state police didn't demonstrate probable cause for the searches. Judge E. Susan Garsh said there were "absolutely no facts" linking Hernandez "in any way at all to the crime under investigation" in an affidavit supporting the warrant application to search his Franklin, Mass. apartment. Read more...

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'The Situation' Court Case Delayed

A former "Jersey Shore" cast member is delaying a court hearing in his tax fraud case so he can film another reality TV show. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was scheduled to be arraigned on federal conspiracy and tax fraud counts in Newark, New Jersey. But the proceeding was moved to Oct. 23 after Sorrentino's lawyer said his client has to tape another reality show in Los Angeles. Read more...

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Killer Dog Owner Sentence

A California pit bull owner convicted of second-degree murder after his dogs fatally mauled a woman was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Alex Donald Jackson, 31, was convicted last month in the death of Pamela Devitt. The 63-year-old retiree was taking a morning stroll in the high desert town of Littlerock when four of Jackson's dogs leaped over a fence and attacked her in the street. Read more...




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October 02, 2014

Dunn Guilty in 'Loud Music' Trial

A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., found Michael Dunn, a white man who fatally shot a black teenager after an argument over loud music outside a convenience store, guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said the 47-year-old Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 times into a sports utility vehicle carrying 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three of his friends in November 2012. The jury reached its verdict after more than five hours of deliberations. Read more...

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Officer Pleads Guilty in Drugstore Killings

A former police officer has pleaded guilty to murder in the slaying of two people during a Tennessee pharmacy robbery last year. 37-year-old Jason Holt was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn has said Holt killed Down Home Pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell despite Lovell complying with Holt's request for oxycodone pills. Customer Alexander Sommerville was also killed in the May 23, 2013, robbery in Bean Station where Holt had once worked as an officer. Two employees were wounded. Read more...

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October 01, 2014

Teen Convicted in Newlywed Murders

It took a jury in Colorado Springs, Colorado, less than four hours to convict teenager of killing a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife during a burglary. The jury found 18-year-old Macyo January guilty of first-degree murder in the January 2013 killings. He also was convicted Tuesday of first-degree burglary. January will be sentenced Oct. 22. Read more...

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Cameras Limited in Theater Shooting Trial

News organizations won't be allowed to have their own cameras in the courtroom during the Colorado theater shooting trial, but they can use video and still images from a closed-circuit TV camera already in the courtroom. The judge announced the restrictions saying that media can record and broadcast video from the small camera mounted on the courtroom ceiling. It will show the witness stand, a video screen where evidence will be shown, the judge, the defense table and part of the prosecution table. Read more...

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September 30, 2014

Jodi Arias Jury Selection Begins

Dozens of jurors were dismissed in the first day of jury selection in the penalty phase retrial of convicted killer Jodi Arias. Approximately one third of the 300 potential jurors questioned admitted they had seen too much media coverage or that they had alerady made up their minds about her punishment. Read more...

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Atlanta School Cheating Trial Begins

The criminal trial of a dozen public school educators opened with prosecutors alleging that the teachers and administrators had engaged in a "widespread, cleverly disguised" conspiracy to cheat on standardized test scores in an effort to protect their jobs and win favor and bonuses from administrators. But a procession of defense lawyers used their opening statements to cast doubt on the trustworthiness of witnesses who will be called by the prosecution in the trial. Read more...

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Wife Convicted of Insurance Murder

A Keller, Texas woman accused in the death of her husband was found guilty of murder and now faces life in prison. Jurors took nearly seven hours to convict Michele Williams, 45, for the 2011 fatal shooting of her husband Greg, 40. Prosecutors said Williams killed her husband in order to collect insurance money. Read more...

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Daughter Gets Life in Foster Mom's Stabbing

A northeast Ohio teenager who killed her foster mother in 2012 at her foster father's urging has been sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole in 30 years. Sabrina Zunich, 19, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel in their home in the Cleveland suburbs. Zunich testified at the trial of Kevin Knoefel that he'd threatened suicide if his wife wasn't killed. Zunich and the now 44-year-old Kevin Knoefel were romantically involved. Read more...

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September 29, 2014

Matthew Extradicted Back to Virginia

The man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student is back in Charlottesville after being arrested in Texas. Capt. Aaron Carver of the Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail confirmed that the suspect is in custody there. Authorities have charged 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore from northern Virginia who has been missing since Sept. 13. Read more...

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Doctor Convicted in Lover's Poisoning

A cancer researcher in Texas was convicted of aggravated assault for poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, a breast cancer doctor based at Houston's famed Texas Medical Center, had been involved in a sexual relationship with her fellow researcher, Dr. George Blumenschein. Blumenschein survived, but told jurors he now has only about 40 percent of his kidney function. Read more...

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New Mexico Sheriff Convicted of Abuse

A northern New Mexico sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage. Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, sitting in the defendant's chair rather than on the side of the law, and his family were visibly upset when jurors convicted him of pulling his gun on a driver and violating the 26-year-old's civil rights. His wife, state Rep. Debbie Rodella, D-Espanola, sobbed after the verdict was read. Read more...

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September 26, 2014

Samuel Little Gets 3 Life Sentences

Samuel Little has a rap sheet across half the U.S. but has little time in prison to show for it. That has changed. Little, 74, was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s during the crack cocaine scourge, when several serial killers prowled the streets of South Los Angeles and preyed on drug users and prostitutes. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:48 AM

September 25, 2014

Joshua Miner Waves Jury Trial

The alleged mastermind of a plot to lure two men to a party at a home in Joliet, Illinois so that they could be killed and robbed is facing a bench trial this week for the murders of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins. As jury selection was about to begin, Joshua Miner waved his right to a trial by jury and is being tried before the same judge that found co-defendant Bethany McKee guilty. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:55 AM

Boston Bomber Trial Will Not Move

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, will take place in Boston but will be delayed two months and is to start in January. Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. of Federal District Court denied a defense request to move the trial outside Boston, saying that the region was big enough to find 12 jurors who could be impartial. Read more...

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September 24, 2014

Joliet Suspect Waves Jury Trial

One of four people accused of strangling two men for money to buy cigarettes and alcohol in Joliet, Ill. last year waived his right to a jury trial Monday. His fate now will be decided by the same judge who found a co-defendant guilty of murder last month. Jury selection was to begin Monday, but 26-year-old Joshua Miner opted for a bench trial before Will County Judge Gerald Kinney on first-degree murder charges. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:55 AM

Hernandez Cousin Gets Probation

A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the 2012 killings of two Boston men. Tanya Singleton changed her plea to guilty during a hearing in Boston. Singleton, of Bristol, Connecticut, has been battling a recurrence of breast cancer. Read more...

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September 23, 2014

Hot Car Mom Passes Polygraph

The wife of a Georgia man charged with murdering his toddler by leaving the child in a hot car for hours this summer has passed a polygraph test, her lawyer said. So-called lie detector exams are not admissible in Georgia criminal court, and the test given to Leanna Harris was not court-sanctioned. She has not been charged in the case. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:52 AM

September 22, 2014

Another Arrest in Holly Bobo Murder

The brother of the man charged with the murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo has been arrested in connection with the case and charged with tampering with evidence. John Dylan Adams, brother of Zach Adams, was being held without bond in the Madison County jail. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Adams "disposed of items he knew to be of evidentiary value to the case." Read more...

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September 19, 2014

Clemson Killer Gets 50 Years

A judge has sentenced a man to 50 years in prison for the fatally shooting a Clemson University student while he was trying to rob the student's roommates of drugs. A Pickens County, S.C., jury found 20-year-old Lester Mosley Jr. guilty of murder, first-degree burglary, two counts of attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:36 AM

Craiglist Killers Get Life in Prison

A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death was sentenced to life in prison without parole, by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the Pennsylvania courtroom while some of the victims' relatives described their grief and pain since the Nov. 11 murder of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. Elytte Barbour read a written apology, but said he could not explain his actions. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:35 AM

September 18, 2014

Man Guilty in Clemson Murder Trial

A 20-year-old man will spend most of the rest of his life in prison, and a family continues to grieve the loss of a son following a jury's murder conviction in the slaying of a Clemson University student almost two years ago. A judge sentenced Lester Devaria Mosley Jr. to 50 years in prison after a jury convicted him of murder in the death of Steven Grich in December 2012. A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated about 90 minutes before finding Mosley guilty of murder, first-degree burglary, two counts of attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Read more...

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September 17, 2014

'Baby Kate' Murder Charge Dropped

A judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Michigan man accused of killing his missing daughter, who was 4 months old when she disappeared. Mason County District Judge Peter Wadel in Ludington threw out the open murder charge against 24-year-old Sean Phillips. Katherine Phillips disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. The girl's body remains missing, and the judge says there isn't enough evidence to prove she's dead. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:26 AM

Man Fatally Shoots Daughter's Boyfriend

Police said a 32-year-old man was fatally shot by his girlfriend's father after he climbed through a window to visit her. The girlfriend, 20, lives with her 41-year-old father at an apartment complex in Northeast Philadelphia, according to the station. No one involved in the incident has been identified by authorities. Police said the father possibly mistook the victim for an intruder when he opened fire and hit the man in the head. Read more...

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September 16, 2014

Gabriel Gaeta Charged as Adult

A 17-year-old neighbor of a Washington state 6-year-old, who was sexually assaulted, beaten, strangled and dumped in the woods, has been formally charged as an adult in her rape and murder. Gabriel Gaeta faces aggravated first-degree murder and aggravated rape charges. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM

Professor Admits Killing Rapist

A psychology professor pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors for the 1995 killing of a man she says raped her. Norma Patricia Esparza, 40, entered the plea in Orange County Superior Court in exchange for a six-year prison sentence and agreement to testify in the trial of two other suspects in the killing, said defense attorney Jack Earley. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:37 AM

Media Seeks Arias Camera Coverage

Several television stations are seeking less restrictive camera coverage of Jodi Arias' planned Sept. 29 penalty phase retrial. Arias' first trial was broadcast live, but the judge denied that right this time around, ruling that no footage could be broadcast until after the final verdict. A media lawyer sought Monday to amend that order, allowing trial footage to be aired 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:37 AM

Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty to 4 Murders

A man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men at their homes in a small Ohio city. Donald Hoffman, 41, is charged on 21 counts for the slayings in Bucyrus discovered earlier this month. Some counts include specifications for a potential death penalty. Other charges include four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping, four counts of felonious assault and one count of abuse of a corpse. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM

September 11, 2014

Jodi Arias Wants Her Lawyers Back

Jodi Arias has filed a two-page motion to give up her right to act as her own attorney in the second penalty phase trial of her murder trial. Arias had previously requested and received the right to serve as her own attorney after she disagree with one of her lawyers about strategy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:59 AM

Pastor Sentenced in 1st Wife's Death

A former Pennsylvania pastor already serving life without parole for bludgeoning his second wife to death in 2008 was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in the 1999 death of his first wife. Arthur "A.B." Schirmer was sentenced in Lebanon County after pleading no contest in June to third-degree murder. Schirmer, 66, a former Methodist clergyman, had long claimed he was out for a run on April 23, 1999, when he returned home to find the body of 50-year-old Jewel Schirmer, his wife of 31 years, in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement steps. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:59 AM

Trial Begins For Socialite Gigi Jordan

Opening statements began in the trial of a multimillionaire accused of killing her autistic son inside a Manhattan hotel room. Socialite Gigi Jordan was arrested in 2010 after police said they found her 8-year-old son, Jude Mirra, dead from a drug overdose in a 16th-floor suite at the Peninsula Hotel in Midtown. Investigators say his mother was found nearby with a concoction of pills and a suicide note, babbling incoherently. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

September 05, 2014

Hot Car Dad Indicted on 8 Charges

A Georgia man who said he forgot to drop his son off and daycare and drove to work instead has been indicted on eight counts by a grand jury. Justin Ross Harris will face charges of malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. Other charges in the Cobb County grand jury indictment were related to sexually explicit exchanges Harris is accused of having with an underage girl. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

Whitey Bulger Moved to Florida Prison

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) has been transferred to a federal prison in Florida. The 85-year-old is serving two life sentences after a 2013 racketeering conviction tying him to 11 murders and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and '80s. Bulger had been incarcerated in Arizona. His attorney Hank Brennan said he hasn't been told why Bulger was moved. Bulger still faces a Florida murder charge in the 1982 killing of gambling executive John Callahan. Read more...

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September 04, 2014

Judge Rules for Susan Powell's Parents

Although he did not agree with how the process was handled, a judge has ruled that the parents of Susan Powell were in legal bounds to cut out Josh Powell's mother and sister from a trust fund that will have $2.3 million when the missing Utah woman is declared dead. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:40 AM

Porch Shooter Sentenced to 17-30 Years

A suburban Detroit man was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman who appeared on his porch before dawn. Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder in the Nov. 2 death of Renisha McBride, 19. Before getting his sentence, the Dearborn Heights man apologized to McBride's family, saying he killed a woman who was "too young to leave this world." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:37 AM

September 01, 2014

Bethany McKee Guilty of Murder

A 20-year-old Illinois woman has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for her part in the deaths of two 22-year-old black men. Will County Judge Gerald Kinney found Bethany McKee guilty in the deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins in a house in Joliet. Read more...

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August 29, 2014

Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

A jury unanimously decided on a death sentence for Bryan Hulsey, a man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2007 death of a Glendale, Ariz. police officer. Hulsey stood and applauded when the verdict was read, saying, "Good job," twice. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer also sentenced Hulsey to nine years in prison on one count of attempted first-degree murder to run consecutively with his death sentence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:33 AM

Murder Suspect's Girlfriend Charged

Police have arrested the girlfriend of a man who they say fatally shot a home health care nurse outside an apartment complex in North Carolina. Jessica Renee Parrisher, 28, was arrested for allegedly lying to authorities investigating the death of 58-year-old Wendy Johnson in Cary, N.C., according to an arrest warrant. Parrisher has been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:31 AM

August 28, 2014

Dad Acquitted in Revenge Killing

A grieving dad has escaped a possible life sentence after a Texas jury acquitted him of charges that he shot the drunk driver who killed his young sons. David Barajas, 32, broke down in tears as the 'not guilty' verdict was read in an Angleton court. Prosecutors had tried to prove the father was the gunman who killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage, but there was little physical evidence tying Barajas to the crime. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:47 AM

Craigslist Couple Plead Guilty

A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole. Miranda Barbour, 19, and Elytte Barbour, 22, had previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges that carried a possible death penalty upon conviction. They changed their pleas to guilty of second-degree murder at what was to have been a routine status conference in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:44 AM

August 27, 2014

Former Marine Pleads Not Guilty

A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine. 24-year-old Christopher Lee entered the plea Tuesday to first-degree murder with a special allegation of lying in wait. Lee was arrested in Alaska on Aug. 17 after the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin was found down a 100-foot mine shaft near Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert. The Tennessee native went missing June 28. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:44 AM

Wife Sentenced for 1970 Murder

An elderly woman from Missouri was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband in the mid-1970s. Alice Uden, 75, equipped with a hearing aid and sitting in a wheelchair, softly wept as a Wyoming judge announced her fate. The life sentence brings an end the bizarre tale of the Udens -- an aging couple accused of killing their former spouses decades ago. Read more...

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August 26, 2014

Bike Trail Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

An Iowa man pleaded not guilty Monday in the case of a man found dead near a bike path over the weekend. Steven Jonas, 49, of Clive, was arrested late Sunday evening and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Zachary Michael Paulsen. According to the station, Paulsen's body was found Saturday morning lying against a fence by volunteers working to clear brush along the town's Greenbelt Trail. Read more...

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August 22, 2014

Babysitter's Killer Gets Prison

A Utah woman accused of helping her husband dump their teenage baby sitter's body in the woods after a night of sex and drugs has been sentenced to up to five years in prison. A state judge sentenced 41-year-old Dea Millerberg in an emotional hearing. Calling the crime heinous and depraved, Judge W. Brent West said he would have leveled a harsher sentence if not for a plea deal prosecutors agreed to in exchange for Millerberg's testimony against her husband. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:50 AM

Bomber's Friend Pleads Guilty

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing he was suspected of carrying out the 2013 attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:49 AM

Purdue Shooter Pleads Guilty

A court official says the man accused in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a fellow Purdue University student has pleaded guilty to murder. Cody Cousins, 24, of Warsaw, Ind., entered the plea during a Tippecanoe County court hearing in Lafayette. He has been jailed without bond since his arrest soon after the Jan. 21 attack that killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., in a classroom filled with Purdue electrical engineering students. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:48 AM

August 21, 2014

Suspect Wanted Witnesses Killed

A Florida woman accused of killing her 80-year-old mother-in-law in New York tried to get rid of two prosecution witnesses by suggesting a murderous plot to a fellow jail inmate, a district attorney said. A grand jury indictment added charges of conspiracy, witness intimidation and witness tampering to the first-degree murder case against Diana Nadell, said Rockland County prosecutor Thomas Zugibe. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:45 AM

Rapper Gucci Mane Gets Three Years

Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago. The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with extra limitations on his travel during that time and to pay a $5,000 fine. Read more...

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August 20, 2014

DNA Links Serial Killer to 1987 Murder

DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert testified. Forensic DNA analyst Amanda Mendoza was asked during the trial if she had made a positive match of the DNA to defendant Samuel Little. "That's correct," she said after tossing out extravagant statistics. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:34 AM

Murder Charged in Erin Corwin Case

The alleged lover and former neighbor of Erin Corwin, the wife of a U.S. Marine whose body was recently found in an abandoned Southern California mine shaft, has been charged in her murder. Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee, a former Marine, was arrested Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with the death of 19-year-old Erin Corwin. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:33 AM

August 19, 2014

Hernandez Fiancee Wants Charges Dismissed

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is seeking to have perjury charges dismissed. Shayanna Jenkins' lawyers filed a motion in county court in Fall River, Mass. stating that prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence to a grand jury. The defense's legal memorandum supporting the arguments was filed under seal. Jenkins had been expected in court last week, but that hearing was postponed until Aug. 22. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:29 AM

August 18, 2014

Bomber's Defense Seeking D.C. Trial

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sparred over motions Thursday as they prepared for a November trial. Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. said at the hourlong status hearing that he will give lawyers more time to submit arguments on whether the trial should be relocated to Washington, D.C. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:20 AM

Man Gets 55 Years for 2012 Murder

A former Willowbrook man who gunned down a man in a family feud over drug money -- and then asked the victim if he'd had enough as he lay dying in the street -- was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Juan Cuellar, 25, formerly of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane, had been found guilty this spring of the first-degree murder of Joshua Holmes, 18, of west suburban Willowbrook. Read more...

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August 15, 2014

Lizzi Marriott's Killer Gets Life

A New Hampshire man who raped and killed a college student has been sentenced to life in prison after the victim's family tearfully and angrily lamented what he took from them. A judge handed down the maximum sentence to 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia for the Oct. 9, 2012, killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:36 AM

August 14, 2014

McKee Verdict Expected Aug. 29

Closing arguments were completed in the trial of Bethany McKee, who is accused in the murder of two men in a Joliet house. The fate of McKee is now in the hands of a Will County judge after McKee waved her rights to testify on her own behalf and to a jury trial. McKee is the first among four people to stand trial in the murders of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:12 AM

August 13, 2014

Wife Supports Hot-Car Dad

The mother of a Georgia toddler who died after being left for hours in his father's car insists her husband was a loving father and would never have intentionally harmed their son, according to a recent victim impact statement sent to prosecutors. Leanna Harris also said she has been living a "tortured existence" in the weeks since the death of her 22-month-old son, Cooper, and is undergoing counseling for grief and depression. She has moved back to Alabama to be closer to family and friends. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:06 AM

Aaron Hernandez's Cousin Avoids Jail

A cousin of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was spared jail time only because of her advanced cancer, a judge said in sentencing her to two years of probation. Tanya Singleton pleaded guilty to refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity. "Ms. Singleton's health is the only reason she is not being placed in jail," Fall River Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh said. County jail officials made it clear they could not meet Singleton's medical needs, the judge said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

August 12, 2014

Accused Killer Was Family Friend

The 17-year-old arrested in the rape and death of 6-year-old Jenise Wright has been identified as Gabriel Gaeta, a close friend of the family who has visited their home many times. He has been charged as an adult in the case and is being held on $1 million bond. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:42 AM

August 08, 2014

Detroit Porch Shooter Guilty

A suburban Detroit homeowner who fatally shot an unarmed woman on his porch was found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Theodore Wafer, 55, said he shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride in self-defense when she showed up drunk on his porch before dawn on Nov. 2. Several hours earlier, McBride had crashed her car into a parked car on a Detroit street about a half-mile from Wafer's house in Dearborn Heights. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:13 AM

McKee Murder Trial Continues

The longtime friend of a Joliet woman accused in the gruesome 2013 strangling deaths of two men in Joliet testified Thursday that she and her friends decided to rob the men because they needed the money. "We ran out of cigarettes and had no more money for alcohol," Alisa Massaro testified. "Robbery was the last decision made." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:12 AM

August 07, 2014

Judge Delays Kibby Evidence Decision

A New Hampshire judge is putting off ruling on whether to move evidence including the house of a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who returned home after nine months. Nathaniel Kibby is charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez Oct. 9, as she walked home from high school. She returned home two weeks ago. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:07 AM

Man Admits Killing In-Laws With Bomb

A Tennessee man pleaded guilty to killing his wife's parents with a bomb disguised as a lamp to get out of repaying the couple a $40,000 debt. Richard Parker entered the plea in Wilson County Criminal Court in a deal that calls for him to serve life in prison without parole. The deal allows Parker, who is either 49 or 50, to avoid the death penalty, which prosecutors had filed to seek in the event the case went to trial. Read more...

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August 06, 2014

Cop Charged in 'Suitcase Murders'

A former police officer accused of hiding the corpses of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases in rural Wisconsin is newly charged with killing one of the victims. According to a criminal complaint, ex-West Allis Police Officer Steven Zelich admitted to choking 19-year-old Jenny Gamez during a sex game. The complaint alleges Zelich killed the college student from Oregon during a choking game that went too far, hid her body in a suitcase she brought to their sex date and then kept her body in his refrigerator for months. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:42 AM

Murder Victims Killed for Cash

The 2013 slayings of two men in Joliet, Ill., were carried out as part of a plot to steal money, alcohol and cigarettes, a prosecutor told jurors in the trial of one of the suspects. In her opening statement for the trial of the first of four suspects in the case, Will County Assistant State's Attorney Tricia McKenna said that while the killers believed one of the victims was known to carry large amounts of cash, when the two were strangled and the killers checked their pockets, they found just $120. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:41 AM

Man Sentenced for Girlfriend's Murder

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend in her western New York college dorm room two years ago. Clayton Whittemore wept while being sentenced to the maximum prison term in Rochester. Whittemore was convicted of second-degree murder in May for fatally beating 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut in her room at the State University of New York College at Brockport. Whittemore and Kogut were from New Hartford, near Utica, N.Y. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:40 AM

August 05, 2014

Trial Set for Bethany McKee

Trial will begin next week for 20-year-old Bethany McKee, one of four suspects accused of the murder and robbery of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, who were killed in Joliet, Illinois last year. McKee was arrested along with Joshua Miner, 26, Adam Landerman, 21, and Alisa Massaro, 22, for the murders of the two black men, which took place at Massaro's home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:47 AM

Bullied Girl's Mom Sues

The mother of a 13-year-old Florida girl who authorities say jumped to her death because she was bullied is suing the Polk County School Board, alleging the school board didn't do enough to protect her daughter. The suit, filed in Polk County, also names a construction materials company and a teenager accused of stalking her daughter. Rebecca Sedwick was 12 when she leaped to her death at an abandoned concrete plant in September 2013. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:45 AM

August 04, 2014

Tied-Up Wife Accused of Murder

A Houston-area woman has been charged in the 2012 slaying of her husband in a death originally reported as an attack on the couple at their home. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Sandra Melgar faces a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of Jaime Melgar. Relatives arrived at the home on Dec. 23, 2012, to help the Melgars celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary. Family members reported finding the husband tied up and stabbed to death in one closet and the wife bound and alive in another. Read more...

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August 01, 2014

Judge Orders Skakel Evidence Preserved

A Connecticut judge ordered prosecutors Wednesday to preserve all evidence as Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel awaits a new trial in his murder case. Stamford Superior Court Judge Gary White made the ruling after Skakel's attorney sought to preserve hairs found at the crime scene. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Daughter of Dead Flight Attendant Charged

The teenage daughter of a flight attendant whose body was found in the trunk of her car has been charged with murder. Alyssa Barrett, 17, is charged with murder and robbery in the death of DeCarol Deloney-Cain, 54, according to the station. Barrett's boyfriend, 18-year-old Damarius Rashard Wren, was charged earlier this month. Read more...

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July 31, 2014

Lovette Not Guilty in Mahato Murder

When the not guilty verdict was announced, Mindy Solie burst into tears. Solie, who owns the Durham apartment building where Abhijit Mahato was found shot to death, execution style, in January 2008, had been in the courtroom during most of the trial of the man accused of the Duke graduate student's murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:38 AM

July 30, 2014

The Abduction of Abigail Hernandez

On October 9, 2013, 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez left Kennett High School in Conway, New Hampshire and started walking home along her usual route. She sent several text messages between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. along her walk, but she never made it home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:21 AM

July 29, 2014

Trial Begins Over Oklahoma Video

Attorneys for the FBI have told a federal judge in Utah that the agency has found no evidence that unreleased Oklahoma City bombing videos exist. The comments came during the first day of a trial triggered by a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Salt Lake City lawyer Jesse Trentadue. He says the FBI won't release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:49 AM

July 28, 2014

Skakel Wants Evidence Suppressed

Michael Skakel's attorney is trying to suppress some of the evidence the prosecution plans to use in his up-coming trail for the murder of Martha Moxley in 1975. Attorney Stephen Seegar wants to prevent the prosecution from using audio tapes of interviews with Skakel with writer Richard Hoffman. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:47 AM

July 24, 2014

Man Acquitted After 20 Years

A former gang leader who alleged he was framed by corrupt Chicago Heights police officers for a 1993 murder recalled how years ago he asked his family to raise $1,000 to buy legal books, then taught himself the law and wrote the court filings that eventually won him a new trial. With the help of attorneys from the University of Chicago's Exoneration Project, Rodell Sanders, 49, returned home to his family hours after a Cook County jury acquitted him Tuesday night. He had spent 20 years in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:29 AM

Woman Gets Life in Stavation Case

A North Texas jury sentenced a woman to life in prison for the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, must serve 30 years in prison before she becomes eligible for parole. The Dallas County jury imposed the sentence a day after taking less than an hour to find Ramsey guilty of intentional serious injury to a child in the death of Johnathan Ramsey. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:28 AM

July 23, 2014

Henandez Murder Trial Date Set

Jury selection in former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's trial for the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9. Judge Susan Garsh set the date during a proceeding in Fall River Superior Court which dealt with scheduling issues. Garsh said jurors would be selected from a pool of 1,000 people brought in over several days. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:20 AM

Road Rage Murder Trial Underway

The murder trial of a New Jersey police officer accused of shooting a Maryland man last year begins this week. Defense attorneys representing Police Detective Joseph Walker, 41, said in opening arguments Monday that the off-duty officer fatally shot 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. in self defense after a road rage incident in June 2013, according to the station. Walker is charged with first-degree murder. Read more...
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July 22, 2014

Boston Bomber's Friend Guilty

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors saying he agreed with a friend's plan to remove Tsarnaev's backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:31 AM

July 18, 2014

Hernandez's Fiancee Lied at Least 12 Times

Prosecutors have spelled out what they say is evidence that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge, including comments she made about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction. In a filing in Fall River Superior Court, the prosecution listed more than a dozen instances in which it says it has evidence contradicting Shayanna Jenkins' testimony to the grand jury investigating the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Read more...

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July 17, 2014

Heroin Ho Pleads Not Guilty

Alix Tichelman, an alleged high-end prostitute accused of injecting Google executive Forrest Hayes with a fatal dose of heroin and leaving him to die on his yacht, pleaded not guilty in a California courtroom on manslaughter charges, along with drug and prostitution charges. News of the femme-fatale's involvement in the unsavory death of the Google executive aboard his high-priced yacht in Santa Cruz, CA, has caused ripples of anger and frustration clear across the country for the friends of nightclub owner Dean Riopelle in Atlanta, GA. Riopelle, 53, her ex-boyfriend, also died of a drug overdose - apparently, like Hayes, with Tichelman by his side. Read more...

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July 16, 2014

Man Gets Life for Killing Wife

A suicidal South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his bedridden wife and their 9-year-old granddaughter, saying he wanted to spare them the pain of living without him, prosecutors said. Ronald Gregory shot his wife, 71-year-old Barbara Gregory, and his granddaughter Mia Rodgers, on March 21. Gregory told detectives that Mia survived for an hour, but instead of calling for help, Gregory held Mia as she bled to death, prosecutor Kevin Brackett said. Read more...

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Scooter Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

One of three men charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while riding a scooter pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges. Jeffery Ellerbee, 21, appeared in handcuffs and entered his plea through his attorney, Susan McCoy. He did not look over to the gallery at friends and family members of Genesis Rincon during the brief arraignment as he answered several questions from state Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark. Read more...

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White Supremacist Grigsby Sentenced

White supremacist Holly Ann Grigsby, 27, of Portland, was sentenced to life in federal prison for killing four people in three states, including in Washington, in the fall of 2011 with boyfriend David "Joey" Pedersen. Grigsby told the court she was sorry that her drug addiction and her actions hurt not only the victims and their families, but also her husband and son and even the white supremacist movement. Pedersen, 34, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of carjacking resulting in death, will be sentenced Aug. 4. Read more...

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July 15, 2014

Missing Pregnant Woman's Ex Charged

The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime. Steven Capobianco, 24, was expected to be served with an arrest warrant at Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been held since last month in an unrelated case. Read more...

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July 14, 2014

'To Die For' Killer Transferred

A New Hampshire man who was 16 when his lover persuaded him and his friends to kill her husband has been moved to a minimum-security prison. William "Billy" Flynn was moved this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Read more...

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July 11, 2014

Family Killer Gets Life

Lakshminivasa Nerusu stabbed his wife 59 times and later slit the throats of his two children when they returned to their Michigan home from school in 2008. After that, he spent nearly five years on the run in India, hiding from professional failure - and authorities. The 46-year-old unemployed computer software programmer, who insists he was insane at the time of the brutal killings, was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison. Read more...

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July 10, 2014

Aurora Theater Trial Delayed Again

The first-degree murder trial of James Holmes for the deaths of 12 people and injury of 70 others in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater has been delayed again and no new date has been set. The latest delay is due to the state mental hospital not being able to complete a second court-ordered psychological evaluation of the defendant, who has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Read more...

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Convicted Woman Killer Dies in Prison

A 23-year-old woman convicted of the brutal murder of her romantic rival in 2010 died suddenly in prison last week and her family suspects foul play, said the lawyer who defended her at trial and has been rehired by the family to look into her death. Nadiyah Venable died at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton Township on July 1, according her offender details page on the New Jersey Department of Corrections web site. Venable was sentenced in September to 55 years in prison for the murder of Sha-Ron Moens in 2010. Read more...

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July 09, 2014

Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Robbing Banks

A 64-year-old attorney and businessman who already had admitted to robbing three banks pleaded guilty another bank heist and to shooting a Missouri trooper. Warren Gladders of Wentzville pleaded guilty to five felony charges in Warren County Circuit Court in the September 2013 armed robbery at the First Bank of Marthasville. He was charged with stealing $43,000 from the bank and then firing four shots at a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. Read more...

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July 07, 2014

Boston Bomber Friend's Trial to Begin

More than a year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the first trial is about to get underway. Opening statements are expected in the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, a 20-year-old friend of the accused suspects who is charged with obstruction. Prosecutors say he and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, took a backpack containing fireworks from surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth after seeing his picture on the news. Read more...

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Hot-Car Dad Discussed Insurance

The Georgia father accused of murder in his son's death last month in a hot SUV told family members how to cash in on the $27,000 life insurance policies on the boy, according to search warrants. Justin Ross Harris, 33, allegedly made the comments while in jail. Read more...

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July 04, 2014

The Hot-Car Death of Cooper Harris

On June 18, 2014, 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris strapped his 22-month-old son Cooper into a car seat in the back of his SUV to take him to daycare. Instead, Harris drove straight to work at the offices of Home Depot in Cobb County, Georgia and left the toddler in the hot car all day with the temperature 88-degrees outside. Read more...

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Son of Former Mob Boss Convicted

The son of a former Philadelphia mob boss has been convicted in a financial fraud trial. Nicodemo Scarfo was found guilty in New Jersey of multiple counts including racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud. Scarfo and his co-defendants were accused of taking over a publicly held company by intimidation and then using its assets to buy cars, houses and a yacht named Priceless. Read more...




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July 01, 2014

Woman Sentenced in Coffee Can Fortune

An Alabama woman was sentenced Monday to a year on probation to cap a bizarre case in which a trucker enlisted her and two others to help him hide a small fortune he found stuffed in coffee cans inside an elderly man's garage. David Lamer, 48, and his 47-year-old wife, Roxanne, were sentenced to federal prison in September for their role in a conspiracy to defraud the United States by hiding the money from the Internal Revenue Service. Read more...

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June 27, 2014

Convicted Man Dies in Court

Authorities in Cleveland say a man collapsed and died outside a courtroom minutes after a judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail for trying to restrain and kiss a 14-year-old girl. The coroner's office is expected to determine why 51-year-old Miguel Aybar died. The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that Aybar was in handcuffs when he slumped to the floor in the hallway outside the courtroom. Read more...


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June 26, 2014

Judge Frees Convicted Killer

DeKalb's top prosecutor contends a judge overstepped and broke the law when he released a woman a jury convicted of murder and is now asking the court to order the woman's immediate arrest. "Pamela L. Ballin — found guilty of malice murder — has been released into the community with no bond and against the laws of Georgia," said a motion DeKalb District Attorney Robert James filed in Superior Court. Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott released Pamela Ballin last week, saying he was considering overturning a jury's verdict that she was guilty of murdering her husband, Derrick "Ricky" Ballin Sr. in 2009. Read more...

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June 25, 2014

Date Set for 2nd Hernandez Trial

A judge has scheduled a tentative May 2015 trial date for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men, and his lawyers asked the judge to issue a gag order because of intense media coverage. But first, he's due to to go trial for another murder in October. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a random nightclub encounter in Boston on July 16, 2012. Read more...

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Woman Sentenced for Kidnapping Newborn

A woman who dressed as a nurse and abducted a 3-day-old boy from a Pittsburgh hospital in a handbag has been sentenced to up to five years in prison followed by 10 years' probation. Breona Moore, 21, of East McKeesport, Pa., told the Allegheny County judge who sentenced her that all she wanted to do was "love someone." Read more...

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June 23, 2014

Murder Suspect's Statement Admissible

A judge has ruled that statements given to police by Joshua Miner, one of the defendants charged with the murders of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins are admissible and can be used against him in court. Lea Norbut, Miner's attorney, had argued that Miner, 25, should have been provided with an attorney after he inquired about one during the interviews with investigators. Read more...

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Man Pleads Guilty in Aspen Killing

A former Denver anesthesiologist has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of a prominent Aspen woman and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. William F. Styler, 66, entered his plea after accepting a deal with prosecutors. Styler said that he went to the 57-year-old Nancy Pfister's home on Feb. 24 and attacked her with a hammer while she slept. He then wrapped her body and stuffed it in a closet, where she was found by police two days later. Read more...

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June 20, 2014

Man Guilty of Beating Girlfriend's Son

A Plaistow, N.H. man was convicted of 11 charges in connection with the severe beating of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son but was acquitted on a single charge of burning the boy. Roland Dow was accused of assaulting the toddler, failing to get him medical help, coaching him to lie to a social worker and secretly recording the social worker's visit. A Rockingham County Superior Court jury convicted him after less than two hours of deliberations. Read more...

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June 19, 2014

Utah Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder

A Utah teenager is pleading guilty to intentionally and knowingly stabbing his two younger brothers to death as part of a plea deal. The 16-year-old agreed to the deal in a court in Farmington. The agreement calls for him to serve time for one count of murder in juvenile detention until he turns 21. At that time, he'll be transferred into the adult court system and serve a sentence of 15 years to life in adult jail. Read more...

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Hernandez's Lawyers Challenge Warrant

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are questioning the validity of a search warrant executed at the former New England Patriots player's home as part of an investigation into last year's shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, in which Hernandez is charged with murder. In court, the defense questioned a state trooper involved in the June 2013 search of Hernandez's North Attleborough home as part of the investigation into the killing Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Read more...


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June 18, 2014

Cab Driver Gets Life in 1989 Murder

A former cab driver has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a 71-year-old woman in her South Salt Lake, Utah home 25 years ago. Gary Dean Hilfiker was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in May to aggravated murder in the 1989 death of Flora Rundle. He had given rides to Rundle several times, and was charged with breaking into her home, stabbing her and taking a couple hundred dollars from her purse. Read more...

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June 17, 2014

Ex-Felon Convicted Of 2nd Degree Murder

An ex-felon has been convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting a man during an argument in unincorporated San Leandro four years ago. An Alameda County Superior Court jury convicted 33-year-old Damien Earl Jones of the murder charge, as well as illegal use of a firearm and additional firearm-related felonies for the shooting death of 33-year-old Billy Ray Williams in unincorporated San Leandro on July 8, 2010. Read more...

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2 Charged in Road Rage Death

Two people have been charged in the shooting death of a Northern California man during a road rage incident that prompted one officer to raise more than $104,000 to help support the victim's family. Fidadelfo Silva Ortiz, 17, and Daniel Alejandro Reyes, 23, both of San Jose, were arrested separately late last month on suspicion of killing Phuoc Hong Long Lam, 37, police said. Ortiz was charged as an adult with murder and Reyes was charged with accessory to murder, prosecutor Stephen Poolos said. Read more...

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Testimony Allowed in Running Death

Jurors will get to hear testimony by medical workers who treated a 9-year-old Alabama girl who officials say was forced by her grandmother to run as punishment until she collapsed and died, a judge ruled. Circuit Judge William Ogletree refused to place broad limits on what emergency responders and hospital workers could say about the way they cared for Savannah Hardin. The ruling came as lawyers prepare for the capital murder trial of the child's grandmother, Joyce Garrard. The 49-year-old woman is scheduled to go on trial in September. Read more...

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June 16, 2014

Man Guilty in Triple Murder

A Memphis man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his girlfriend and her parents more than two years ago. Sedrick Clayton was convicted following a jury trial in the deaths of 23-year-old Pashea Fisher and her parents during an argument in January 2012. Clayton and Fisher's 4-year-old daughter was in the house at the time. Clayton took the girl with him before turning himself in hours after the shooting. The girl, now 6, was a key trial witness. Read more...

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June 13, 2014

Jury Finds Man Guilty of 2013 Murder

For much of this week, Edward J. Williams found himself in a position similar to one he'd been in eight years ago: on trial for a shooting on the Hilltop. A jury acquitted Williams in 2006 in connection with a nonfatal shooting, but a different jury deciding his fate in Franklin County Common Pleas Court quickly reached a different verdict in an unrelated 2013 homicide. Jurors found Williams guilty of murder after about an hour of deliberations, deciding that he killed Willie M. Kimbro on Jan. 31, 2013. Read more...

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June 12, 2014

Husband Found Guilty in 1991 Murder

A Williamson County jury found Rex Nisbett guilty in the 1991 murder of his wife Vicki Nisbett. The jury delivered their verdict after two days of deliberation. Prosecutors worked to convince jurors that even though Vicki's body was never recovered, there was enough circumstantial evidence to convict Nisbitt of murder. Read more...

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Woman Pleads in Babysitter Case

A woman accused of helping her husband dump their teenage baby sitter in the woods is pleading guilty to desecration of a human body and other charges as part of a plea deal. 41-year-old Dea Millerberg agreed to the deal in an Ogden court. She also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and obtaining a prescription illegally. Read more...

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June 11, 2014

Luis Gonzalez Acquitted in Murder

Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez has been acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a Providence child. Gonzalez, along with four other admitted gang members, was charged in connection with the June 2013 shooting in which 12-year-old Aynis Vargas was killed and three women were injured. His was the only case that made it to trial; the rest pleaded guilty to their respective roles. After four days of deliberations, the jury handed down a verdict that cleared Gonzalez of both murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges. Read more...


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June 10, 2014

Man Indicted in 4 Shooting Deaths

A North Texas man suspected in a daylong series of shootings that ended with five people dead has been indicted in four of those killings. Charles Brownlow was indicted in the deaths of his mother, aunt and two other people who lived in the town of Terrell, east of Dallas. He already faced a capital murder charge for the death of a store clerk. Read more...

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'Loud Music Death' Retrial Set

Michael Dunn, a Florida man who killed a teenager during an argument over loud music, will face a second murder trial after an original jury deadlocked on the charge. A judge ruled that Dunn will be tried again starting Sept. 22. In February, a jury deadlocked on the first-degree murder count but convicted Dunn of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at his companions. Jordan Davis, 17, of Marietta, Georgia, was killed during the 2012 encounter at a Jacksonville gas station. Read more...

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June 05, 2014

Men Sentenced in Murder of DJ Keys

Judge Lisa Borges sentenced Dontee Robinson and Dominique Hamler to 140 years in prison. The two were sentenced together and were convicted of the Murder of Thomas Keys also known as "DJ Keys". According to investigators, Keys and his cousin Marvin Finney II were lured to One Stop Media. Once there the two were zipped tied, duct taped, and shot multiple times. Keys died, but Finney survived. He then helped police with the investigation. Read more...

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Daughter-in-Law's Charges Upgraded

With the daughter and friends of her mother-in-law who was beaten to death behind her, Diana Nadell stared ahead, showing no emotion as the prosecutor told a judge that she now faces a first-degree murder charge in the brutal killing of the 80-year-old New York woman. The charge, which carries a sentence of life without parole, was upgraded because "The defendant hired Andrea Benson to aid her in the savage murder of Peggy Nadell," prosecutor Richard Kennison Moran told Justice Rolf Thorsen. Read more...

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June 03, 2014

Hernandez's Cousin Pleads Not Guilty

A cousin of former New England Patriots and Florida Gators player Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a criminal contempt of court charge. Tanya Singleton appeared in Suffolk Superior Court where a judge ordered her confined to her Bristol, Conn. home with GPS tracking. Singleton, who is being treated for breast cancer, is allowed to leave home for medical appointments. Read more...

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June 02, 2014

Judge Denies Arias Motion

An Arizona judge has turned down a motion by defense attorneys for Jodi Arias to remove the death penalty as an option because a defense aide was banned from visiting their client in jail for a week in March. Read more...

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Man Convicted of Quadruple Homicide

A man serving life sentences for two killings was convicted in the deaths of four others who were fatally beaten with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment. After a little over three hours of deliberations, jurors found Nicholas Sheley, 34, guilty of murder in the deaths of 29-year-old Brock Branson; 20-year-old Kilynna Blake; her son, 2-year-old Dayan; and 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve in Rock Falls in June 2008. Read more...

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May 29, 2014

Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty

Former New England Patriots and Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to two murder charges for allegedly ambushing and gunning down two men in 2012 after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub. Hernandez, 24, is already facing charges in the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Read more...

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May 28, 2014

Hernandez Associate Pleads Not Guilty

An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the shooting death of a man near Hernandez's home last summer. Carlos Ortiz was arraigned in Fall River Superior Court on a murder charge in connection with the June 2013 death of Odin Lloyd. He is being held without bail and a pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 24. Read more...

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Trial Set for 5 F.A.M.U. Students

The five remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major are headed for trial. Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion, of Decatur, Ga. Seven accepted plea deals of community service and probation for what prosecutors called minor roles. Judge Renee Roche set a June 24 trial date during a pre-trial conference. Read more...

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Broadcaster's Son Pleads Guilty

The son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy pleaded guilty to murder and other charges for stabbing his girlfriend last year and attacking people who tried to help her, and was immediately given the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Jared Remy, 35, admitted in Middlesex Superior Court that he fatally stabbed 27-year-old Jennifer Martel in August. Read more...

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Brother 'Not Guilty' in Stabbing

A Jersey City man accused of fatally stabbing his sister 107 times during a 2010 altercation was found not guilty of murder by a jury. Vishnu Phagoo, 37, remains jailed because he faces an arson charge stemming from a 2009 incident where he allegedly tried to burn down the Jersey City home of a different relative. Read more...

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May 26, 2014

Woman Gets 10 Years in Double Murder

In a move that left her codefendants surprised, a 20-year-old woman entered a guilty plea to lesser charges and received a 10-year sentence in the case of a double homicide that took place in her Joliet, Illinois home. Alissa Massaro has agreed to testify against her three codefendants in their muder trials for the deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins in January 2013. Read more...

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Boyfriend Guilty of Dismemberment

A man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the strangulation and dismemberment death of his ex-girlfriend. Prosecutors were seeking a first-degree murder verdict against Jason Griffith, 35, who was convicted of killing 31-year-old Deborah Flores-Narvaez in December 2010. The jury began deliberations following a 9-day trial in Nevada, where a second-degree murder conviction carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Read more...

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Wife Gets Life in Car Bomb Case

One-time socialite Pamela Phillips proclaimed her innocence in a Tucson courtroom as she was sentenced to spend "natural life" in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1996 murder of her husband, Gary Triano. "I am innocent," Phillips repeated three times in a row, first facing the judge and then turning to address the packed courtroom gallery. Pima County Judge Richard Fields was unfazed, ? expressing "great gratitude" to the jury which found Phillips guilty and contending that he had no "residual doubt" about the verdict before imposing the natural life sentence. Read more...

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Mom Who Buried Baby Alive Gets Life

A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison after a Harris County jury found her guilty of capital murder for burying her infant son in mud near a bayou, smothering the 2-month-old. Jurors deliberated about two hours before returning their verdict against Narjes Modarresi. State district Judge Maria Jackson issued her punishment immediately afterward. Read more...

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May 23, 2014

Reservation Killer Gets 40 Years

A young man who killed a 4-year-old boy on an American Indian reservation in central Michigan has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison, the maximum under his plea agreement. Anthony Bennett appeared in federal court in Bay City, months after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and admitting he killed Carnel Chamberlain. Read more...

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May 22, 2014

Sante Kimes Dies in Prison

Sante Kimes served her life sentence. The convicted mastermind behind a deadly mother-son grifter team responsible for at least two murders, has died at age 79 of natural causes at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. Read more...

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Tatoos May Provide Murder Clues

Investigators asked for help from tattoo artists who may have inked former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, saying they could help in the prosecution of a double murder Hernandez is charged with committing in 2012. The Suffolk District Attorney's Office stressed that the tattoo artists are considered witnesses, not suspects, and "may have made observations of evidentiary value." Read more...

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May 21, 2014

Jury Selected for Mazzaglia Trial

The jury has been selection for the murder trial of Seth Mazzaglia, the man accused of raping and killing University of New Hampshire student Lizzi Marriott. Potential jurors learned that the evidence will include testimony about bondage, sadomasochism and domination. They were asked if the fact that Marriott was in a lesbian relationship at the time of the incident in Dover would sway their opinion of the evidence. Read more...


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May 16, 2014

Hernandez Indicted in 2012 Double-Murder

Aaron Hernandez spent parts of his NFL off-seasons working out, studying game film and committing three murders, authorities charged. The former New England Patriots star was indicted for gunning down two men in a Boston drive-by on July 16, 2012. Prosecutors say Hernandez, 24, used a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson to blast two men at a traffic light. Read more...

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May 15, 2014

Teen Charged in School Shooting

A teen is accused of shooting five people near an Atlanta high school. Marcellus Brooks, 17, made his first appearance in court. He is charged with five counts of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting five people at Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday. His public defender's request to the judge to put his client - who is in school and employed - on house arrest was refused, according to the station. Read more...

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May 14, 2014

Convicted Killer Faces More Trials

Two men, a woman and a 2-year-old boy were brutally beaten to death in an apartment they shared in the northwest Illinois town of Rock Falls in June 2008. Each was hit with a hammer, again and again, an autopsy later showed. Authorities say the man who swung that hammer is Nicholas Sheley, who already is serving two life terms for killings in Galesburg and Sterling that same June. In all, police believe Sheley killed eight people in Illinois and Missouri over seven days. Read more...

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Granny Wants Murder Charges Dropped

An Alabama woman charged with capital murder in her granddaughter's running death is asking a judge to dismiss the case because of what her attorneys claim is prosecutors' failure to turn over potential evidence just weeks before trial. Joyce Garrard, 48, argued in court documents that prosecutors have not abided by a judge's schedule to disclose potential expert witnesses who could testify about the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin in 2012. Read more...


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May 12, 2014

'Craigslist Rapist' Gets 36 Years

A McHenry County judge sentenced a northern Illinois man to 36 years in prison for raping a woman he met via Craigslist. Charles Oliver, 46, of Woodstock, Ill., was accused of raping as many as eight women. In February he was convicted of sexually assaulting one woman. He later pleaded guilty to two additional sex charges, and in exchange the remaining charges against him were dropped. Read more...

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May 08, 2014

Agents Not Charged in Idaho Shooting

Two FBI agents will not be facing any charges in connection with the shooting of a California man who killed a teen girl's mother and brother and abducted her into the Idaho wilderness. Federal and state prosecutors agreed that the agents will not be charged in the death of James DiMaggio, who kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson in August 2013. Read more...

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Husband Gets Life in Insurance Murder

A South Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife of four days to collect a $1 million life insurance policy. A Miami-Dade County judge sentenced 42-year-old Michel Escoto. He was convicted last month of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Escoto was newly married to 21-year-old Wendy Trapaga when he strangled and beat her to death with a tire iron in October 2002. Read more...

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May 07, 2014

'Club Kid' Killer Michael Alig Free

Notorious "club kid" killer Michael Alig has been released from prison after serving 17 years for killing his roommate over a drug debt. Alig was released from the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, New York. Alig, 48, was part of a decadent 1990s party scene characterized by wild costumes and rampant drug use. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1997 for killing Andre "Angel" Melendez. Read more...

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No Remorse From Perv Killers

A couple who carried out a plan to kill a registered sex offender and his wife showed little remorse when they were sentenced to life in prison, with one shouting: "That's what child molesters get." Initially, Jeremy and Christine Moody apologized to the judge and asked for a 30-year sentence so they could see their children and grow old together. But after Union County Judge Lee Alford handed down the maximum punishment, they shared a brief kiss and then showed how they really felt. Read more...

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May 05, 2014

3rd Man Suspected in Bobo Case

A third man, who originally had been given immunity from prosecution in the case, may now be indicted along with two previous suspects in the kidnapping and murder of missing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo. Shayne Austin is expected to be indicted along with Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, who have been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Austin, 29, has not officially been charged with any crime in the Bobo case. Read more...

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Meat Cleaver Killer Gets Life

A schizophrenic was sentenced to life in prison without parole for hacking a Manhattan psychotherapist to death with a meat cleaver, capping a criminal case confounded for years by questions about the attacker's mental health. In a moving proceeding, 47-year-old David Tarloff described a constant battle in his mind and pleaded for mercy as he was sentenced on his first-degree murder conviction, a conclusion that came after repeated mistrials and findings that Tarloff was unfit for court. Read more...

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Man Gets Life in Triple Slaying

A man who killed a southern Colorado couple and their daughter in November will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors. Harry Mapps pleaded guilty to killing Reginald and Kim Tuttle and their adult daughter Dawn Roderick and setting their house in the small town of Rye on fire. The Tuttles had taken Mapps in as a guest and gave him a job with their trucking company, but he was about to be kicked out and fired at the time of the killings. Read more...

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May 01, 2014

Etan Patz Suspect Sentenced

A convicted child molester long suspected in the notorious 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City will spend six to 20 years in a Pennsylvania prison for failing to register an address under Megan's Law the last time he left prison. A Luzerne County judge handed down the sentence against 70-year-old Jose Ramos, who was convicted in January of providing false information to prison officials. Read more...

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Husband Gets 50-Year Sentence

An eccentric German man, who at one point masqueraded as an Iraqi general, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 2011 murder of his 91-year-old wife in Wash, D.C.. Albrecht Muth, 49, was convicted in January of killing his wife, Viola Drath. The German writer and socialite was found dead in the couple's row home in Washington's posh Georgetown neighborhood in August, 2011. Read more...

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April 30, 2014

Homeowner Guilty of Murder

Byron Smith, the Minnesota man who fatally shot two teens after they broke into his home, was found guilty on all four counts of murder. The jury deliberated for three hours before finding the 65-year-old guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of cousins Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, reports the station. Read more...

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Gang Leader Convicted of Murdering Teen

A Bronx gang leader was found guilty Tuesday of the cold-blooded killing of a 16-year-old boy, authorities said. Prosecutors said Trinitarios thug Carlos (White Boy) Urena was the triggerman in the 2005 murder of Ka'Shawn Phillips. The teen, who was shot in the head in Yonkers, just over the Bronx border, was also stabbed 20 times. Read more...

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April 24, 2014

Holmes Appeals Sanity Exam

The pre-trial proceedings in the Colorado theater shooting case will face yet another delay. Next month's scheduled hearings have been postponed after attorneys for James Holmes filed a notice to appeal a judge's ruling that ordered a second mental examination for the defendant. Read more...

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April 23, 2014

Police Fatally Shoot 19-Year-Old

A young woman suspected of auto theft was shot and killed by an Albuquerque police officer following a foot chase. This is the first fatal shooting since the Department of Justice concluded on April 10 that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) displayed a culture of aggression and a pattern of excessive force. Albuquerque police have come under intense scrutiny in recent months for their use of deadly force. The shooting of 38-year-old James Boyd, a homeless man, drew national outrage after video of the altercation went viral in March. Read more...

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April 22, 2014

Defendant Shot Dead in Court

A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said. Siale Angilau, 25, died at a hospital after he was shot in the chest as he rushed the witness with a pen in an "aggressive, threatening manner," the FBI said. Read more...

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April 18, 2014

Public Barred from Holmes Hearing

For the second time, the media and other members of the public will be barred from a pretrial hearing in the Colorado theater shooting case. The judge said that part of a May 5-6 hearing will be closed while attorneys discuss a questionnaire that prospective jurors will fill out. Another part of the hearing will be open, when the two sides discuss other jury selection procedures. Read more...

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Mom Kept Dead Son on Ice

The lawyer for a North Texas woman accused of killing her son and leaving his body in the bathtub for four days is hoping that his client's sworn affidavit regarding her Hindu beliefs will help clear her name. Pallavi Dhawan, 38, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav, almost three months ago. Read more...

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April 17, 2014

Home Invasion Suspect Acquitted

A man who spent five years in prison is now free after a jury acquitted him of charges related to a murder in McKeesport. Robert Pace, of Carrick, was accused of homicide and other charges in a 2009 Easter Sunday home invasion that turned deadly. Read more...

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April 15, 2014

Man Guilty of Plot to Decapitate Judge

A con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam has been sentenced to life in prison for a failed plot to decapitate a New York judge and prosecutor. Another judge in Brooklyn imposed the sentence against Joseph Romano, 50. Before hearing his fate, Romano told the judge he was innocent. He says he was framed by federal agents to keep him from exposing misconduct in the coin fraud investigation. Read more...

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90-Year-Old Man Convicted of Murder

A 90-year-old funeral director who shot and killed a man during an argument has been found guilty of third-degree murder. William Welsh was convicted of twice shooting 58-year-old William Menni in the neck last July at a Homestead, Pa., construction site. The site in Allegheny County was located right next to Welsh's funeral home, and he and the victim had a longstanding feud. Officials said an argument over payment for demolition work Menni did for Welsh is what lead to the fatal incident. Read more...

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April 14, 2014

Aaron Hernandez Accomplices Charged

A Bristol County grand jury returned separate indictments for Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, the alleged accomplices of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in the killing of Odin Lloyd, charging both with murder. Hernandez is also being held in jail while he awaits trial for his first-degree murder and weapons charges. Read more...

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April 09, 2014

Woman Guilty in Car Bombinb Murder

Pamela Phillips, a once-prominent socialite was found guilty in the 1996 Tucson car bomb killing of her ex-husband after spending years abroad living a lavish lifestyle across Europe. Phillips, 56, was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder after less than three days of deliberations that began last week. She faces life in prison at her May 22 sentencing. Read more...

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Stiletto Shoe Attacker Found Guilty

A woman was convicted of murder for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Prosecutors said Ana Trujillo used the shoe to hit 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face during an argument at his Houston condominium in June. Trujillo's attorney had argued the 45-year-old woman was defending herself during an attack by Andersson, a University of Houston professor and researcher. Read more...

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April 08, 2014

Former Policeman Gets Life

A former California police officer who used his authority to coerce at least five women into performing sexual acts has been given a sentence that will keep him in prison the rest of his life. Sergio Alvarez was sentenced to 205 years to life after being convicted of 18 felony sexual assault counts. Read more...

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Theater Shooter Wants Trial Moved

Attorneys for the man charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater have asked a judge to move the trial to another location, citing the emotional and economic burdens the massacre has placed on local residents. In motions made public Monday, defense attorneys also cited "incessant and unrelenting" news coverage. Read more...

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Mom Gets 23 Years for Daughter's Death

A Detroit woman has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter just weeks after a family court official refused to have the girl removed from the mother's care. Wayne County Judge Margaret Van Houten issued the prison sentence in accordance with an agreement between prosecutors and Semeria Greene. Read more...

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April 04, 2014

Creek-Tossing Dad Found Guilty

A New Jersey man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat has been convicted of murder. Jurors found Arthur Morgan III guilty of killing Tierra Morgan-Glover, whose body was pulled from a creek in a park near the Jersey shore in November 2011. Prosecutors say he killed Tierra to get back at her mother for breaking off their engagement. They say he weighed down her pink car seat with a tire jack. Read more...

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April 03, 2014

New Charges Filed in Holly Bobo Case

A Tennessee man being held without bond in connection with the disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo is not facing additional charges in connection with threatening a witness in the case. Zachary Adams now faces new charges related to threatening his own brother. Read more...

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Accused Homeowner Wants New Judge

Lawyers for a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch are asking a rookie judge to step aside and are signaling that the victim's lifestyle should be fair game at a June trial. Several court filings show Theodore Wafer plans an aggressive defense to a charge of second-degree murder. Suggestions that Renisha McBride was on his Dearborn Heights porch simply to seek help after a car crash are "fiction" and "utterly erroneous," says attorney Cheryl Carpenter. Read more...

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April 02, 2014

Man Beheaded for Voodoo Ritual

A man accused of beheading a Topeka resident with a guitar string three years ago and keeping his head as part of a voodoo ritual pleaded not guilty to premeditated first-degree murder. James Paul Harris kept the head of 49-year-old James Gerety to talk to it, police said, after Gerety was killed sometime in March or April of 2011. Harris, 29, pleaded not guilty and his trial was set for June 23, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Read more...

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Sister: Craigslist Killing Suspect Lying

The sister of Miranda Barbour, a Pennsylvania woman charged along with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they allegedly lured through Craigslist, says her sister is making up the claim that she killed more than 20 people. Miranda Barbour's sister, Ashley Dean, called Barbour a "master at lying" who is drawing on the escapades of television serial killer "Dexter." Barbour, 19, made the claim that she killed more than 20 to a reporter after being charged in the stabbing death of a man she allegedly lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship for money. She has pleaded not guilty. Read more...

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Officer Faces Trial in Gunpoint Rapes

A former Philadelphia police officer who was hailed as a hero and sat next to Michelle Obama at a presidential address will stand trial on charges he raped two prostitutes at gunpoint. The November trial comes after 28-year-old Richard DeCoatsworth withdrew a plea to reduced charges. DeCoatsworth has experienced a long slide since he was shot in the face pursuing a suspect in 2007 and attended the president's State of the Union address in 2009. Read more...

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Accused Antifreeze Killer Released

A northeast Ohio woman suspected of fatally poisoning her husband by slipping antifreeze into his drink has been released on $250,000 bond. Ashtabula County court records show 53-year-old Teresa Kotomski was granted bond. Kotomski was arrested on a murder charge in Conneaut, where she was living with family. Read more...

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March 31, 2014

Armed Robber Convicted of Murder

A Kenner man faces spending the rest of his life in prison for shooting two people during an armed robbery attempt, killing one of them and injuring the other. Joseph Humbles, 21, was convicted in a Jefferson Parish courtroom of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery, in connection with the Oct. 28, 2010, crime in Kenner. Read more...

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Student Sues ABC Agents

Elizabeth Daly spent night behind bars after Virginia authorities jumped on her car, flashed a gun, tried to break window believing the 20-year-old had illegally bought beer. The UVA student had purchased case of sparkling water. Read more...

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49ers' Chris Culliver Arrested

The San Jose Police received a call that a bicyclist had been struck by an automobile that fled the scene. An eyewitness saw the accident and followed Culliver's vehicle until he cornered him in the area of Mekler Court. He attempted to block Culliver's vehicle from leaving. Read more...

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March 28, 2014

Bride Killer Gets 30 Years

A Montana woman, who as a newlywed bride pushed her husband to his death off a cliff in Glacier National Park, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her crime. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Jordan Graham, 22, for her guilty plea to second-degree murder. Read more...

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Private Convicted of Murdering Wife

An Army soldier accused of strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket $500,000 in benefit money was convicted by a military judge in a case that hinged on dueling medical experts who couldn't agree on how the woman died. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, 22, of Cashmere, Wash., was on trial for four days during a Fort Stewart court-martial. The charges carry an automatic life sentence. Read more...

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March 27, 2014

Oklahoma's Execution Law 'Unconstitutional'

A judge ruled Oklahoma state's execution law unconstitutional because its privacy provision is so strict that it that prevents inmates from finding out the source of drugs used in executions, even through the courts. After condemned inmates gasped or complained they were "burning" during executions in January, inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner asked Oklahoma prison officials who was making the drugs that would kill them and whether the material was pure. Read more...

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Bride Wants to Change Murder Plea

A Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said. Jordan Linn Graham wants the change because prosecutors are still recommending life in prison, even though second-degree murder would normally carry a lesser sentence, defense attorney Michael Donahoe said in a motion. Graham's attorneys have argued the "extremely reckless but unintentional act" warranted 10 years in prison. Read more...

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March 26, 2014

Darren Sharper Bail Denied

A judge in Los Angeles has again refused to release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail. Sharper is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year. He was previously released on $1 million bail before being charged in Arizona with similar counts. Sharper, 38, is under investigation for allegedly raping and drugging women in five states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana and Florida. Read more...




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March 25, 2014

Cop Sued for Seizing Man's iPhone

An Orlando police officer seized a man's iPhone for recording an arrest and then arrested him for resisting arrest, according to a lawsuit filed by the man, Alberto Troche, who prosecutors declined to try on the charge of resisting arrest without violence. Troche was recording a late night arrest he thought seemed excessive when police asked bystanders to stop recording and give up their phones. Read more...

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March 24, 2014

Babysitter Pleads Guilty to Shaking Death

A Westville, N.J. woman pleaded guilty to fatally shaking a 2-year-old girl she was babysitting in 2011. Sheila Polanski, 36, was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Madeline McHenry. She admitted to shaking and slamming the little girl on the floor while babysitting the child on July 5, 2011. Polanski initially denied responsibility for the incident. Read more...

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March 21, 2014

Son Gets Life in Parents' Murders

A man accused of killing his parents and then throwing a party with their bodies still inside their house has been ordered to spend life in prison without possibility of parole. Authorities say Tyler Hadley killed his parents, Mary Jo and Blake Hadley, in 2011. Hadley pleaded no contest in February to two counts of first-degree murder. Read more...

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Life Sentence Sought for Newlywed

Federal prosecutors recommended a life sentence for a 22-year old Montana newlywed Jordan Graham who admitted she pushed her new husband off a cliff last year in Glacier National Park. Her attorney, however, said the "extremely reckless but unintentional act" merits 10 years in prison. A sentencing hearing for Graham is set for March 27 before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula. Graham entered a guilty plea in December to second-degree murder in the July 2013 death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days. Read more...

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March 19, 2014

Theater Shooter's Evaluation Delayed

The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has put a new sanity evaluation for defendant James Holmes on hold because defense lawyers have objected to it. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. issued a stay until the defense objections are resolved. It wasn't immediately known how long that will take. Details of the objections haven't been made public. Read more...

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Trial Opens in Murder of 9-Year-Old

On a hot summer day in 2009, nine-year-old Chastity Turner was washing her pitbull Pinky with a garden hose outside her father's home in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, an idyllic moment shattered by gunfire that burst from a passing blue-green van. The gunman was after her father, a gang leader who oversaw crack cocaine sales on the block, prosecutors allege, but it was Chastity who was fatally shot in the back as she ran down the driveway for the safety of the backyard. Her father and two other men were wounded but survived. Read more...

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Man Pleads Guilty In Niece's Murder

A central Illinois man admitted he killed his niece and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Justin DeRyke, 22, appeared in court and changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in the murder of his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long. Originally, DeRyke had claimed the girl fell on a stick that pierced her neck, so he stabbed her repeatedly to end her suffering. Read more...


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March 17, 2014

Grand Jury to Hear Bedroom Shooting Case

A Harris County grand jury will decide whether a Houston-area father will face charges for fatally shooting a teenage boy he found in his daughter's bedroom. Detectives say the man's 16-year-old daughter let the 17-year-old boy, identified as Johran McCormick, into her family's home in Spring, Texas, and sneaked him into her bedroom, but when her father walked in and questioned who the boy was, she said she didn't know. Read more...

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Charges Dropped in 1 FAMU Case

Prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against one of the remaining defendants in the hazing death of a FAMU drum major. Zachary White, the attorney for ex-band member Henry Nesbitt, said that the prosecutor is dismissing manslaughter and felony hazing charges against Nesbitt in Robert Champion's November 2011 death following a hazing ritual outside an Orlando hotel. Nesbitt called 911 after Champion collapsed. Read more...

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Former Prison Escapee Freed

Charges were dropped against a 60-year-old San Diego woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities learned she had surrendered decades ago and been sentenced to time served. Judge Michael Smyth ordered Judy Lynn Hayman be released immediately. Hayman was arrested Feb. 4 after Michigan authorities discovered she was living in San Diego. Read more...

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March 14, 2014

Dad Kills Boy in Daughter's Bedroom

A Houston-area father fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was inside his teen daughter's bedroom. The father, who was not identified, was notified by one of his children that there was someone in his 16-year-old daughter's room, the report said. He reportedly found his daughter in bed with the teen. Read more...

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March 13, 2014

Bruce Davis Granted Parole

Bruce Davis -- a former associate of Charles Manson and a convicted killer himself -- was granted parole Wednesday in California, the state Department of Corrections said. Davis was sent to state prison on April 21, 1972, for the first-degree murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea in 1969. He was given a life sentence. The corrections department's Board of Parole Hearings granted parole for the 71-year-old Davis following his 28th parole suitability hearing. Read more...

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March 12, 2014

Stroller Accomplice Wants Juvenile Trial

A Georgia teenager charged as an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy in his stroller wants his trial moved to juvenile court so he can avoid being prosecuted for murder — a legal move the slain baby's mother says she opposes. A judge Tuesday ordered a mental evaluation for 16-year-old Dominique Lang, who is charged as an adult with felony murder in the March 2013 slaying of young Antonio Santiago. Read more...

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Octomom Pleads Not Guilty

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman has pleaded not guilty to a fourth count of welfare fraud. The single mother of octuplets and six other children appeared briefly for arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court. The latest count alleges Suleman, 38, wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state. Read more...

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Teen Who Killed Grandparents Gets Life

A judge says an Iowa teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his grandparents should never get another chance at freedom. District Judge Michael Shubatt sentenced 18-year-old Isaiah Sweet to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the May 2012 shooting deaths of Janet and Richard Sweet at their home in Manchester. Read more...

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March 11, 2014

Brothers Deny Killing Grandmother

Two brothers suspected along with their cousin of killing a 78-year-old woman during a botched robbery at her Vermont home in 2010 and then dumping her body in a ravine have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. Half-brothers Richard Fletcher and Keith Baird entered the pleas in court while relatives of victim Pat O'Hagan looked on. Read more...

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March 10, 2014

Preacher Convicted of Killing Son-in-Law

An Oklahoma City preacher has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his son-in-law. An Oklahoma County jury found 54-year-old Michael Scott Elder guilty in the Feb. 20, 2013, shooting death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson and recommended a 15-year-prison sentence. Sentencing was scheduled for April 28. Read more...

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March 07, 2014

Man Charged in Holly Bobo Case

A Tennessee man whose property and home were searched last week in connection with a missing nursing student has now been charged in the case. Zachary Adams has been charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of Holly Bobo. Read more...

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March 06, 2014

Man Guilty of Killing Newlywed Wife

Paul Mattei, a 67-year-old Georgia man, has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for killing his wife for insurance money, Fulton County prosecutors say. District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says Mattei was found guilty on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, insurance fraud and weapons offenses in the June 2011 death of Angela Williams. Read more...

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Ivy League Killer Found Guilty

This time, they cried tears of relief. The mother and grandmother of tragic Danielle Thomas filled a Queens courtroom with their sobs as the pretty brunette's Ivy Leaguer former boyfriend was convicted of her murder. Raised in a group home, but schooled at Columbia University and the University of Florida, convicted first-degree murderer Jason Bohn now faces a maximum of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced April 2. Read more...

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March 05, 2014

White Supremacist Accepts Legal Aid

A white supremacist accused of a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives has accepted legal help less than two months after winning the right to represent himself at his upcoming trial, his lawyers said. Court-appointed attorneys Renee Manes and Richard Wolf confirmed in phone interviews that they are again representing David "Joey" Pedersen. Pedersen, 32, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 28, are awaiting trial on federal charges of kidnapping, carjacking and murder. They are accused of killing a man on the Oregon coast and another in Northern California. Read more...

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March 04, 2014

Man Gets 40 Years in Freeway Shootings

A man who kept a swath of southeastern Michigan on edge for weeks by shooting at two-dozen vehicles along a busy highway corridor was sentenced to 16-to-40 years in prison on a terrorism conviction. Raulie Casteel, 44, learned his fate in Livingston County Circuit Court, where a jury in January found him guilty of terrorism, rejecting his claim that the shootings were the impulsive result of uncontrolled delusions and paranoia. Read more...

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February 28, 2014

Trial Date Set for James Holmes

For the third time, a Colorado judge has set a trial date for the man accused of shooting up an Aurora movie theater while dressed as the Joker. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour scheduled October 14 as the date for the capital murder trial of James Holmes, who killed 12 people in July 2012. Read more...

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February 27, 2014

Skylar Neese's Killer Gets 30 Years

The second teen accused of luring their friend from her home, stabbing her to death and leaving her body in the woods has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Rachel Shoaf entered a guilty plea in May 2013 to second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese. Read more...

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Casey Anthony: Zanny Was Real

In a deposition in her federal bankruptcy case, Casey Anthony testified that the "Zanny the Nanny" her attorney claimed at her murder trial was fabricated was actually a real person who once did babysit for her. Anthony said she met Zenaida Gonzales at Universal Studios in 2006 and she once cared for Caylee that year. Read more...

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February 26, 2014

Man Guilty of Killing Trooper

The jury in the murder trial against Eric John Knysz, charged with shooting and killing Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, came back with a guilty verdict. The trial featured testimony for the prosecution by Sarah Renee Knysz, Eric's wife, who earlier pleaded guilty as charged to accessory after the fact to a felony and motor vehicle theft, and John Peter Knysz, Eric's father and a former police officer. Sarah Knysz is serving a prison sentence of two to five years. Read more...

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February 25, 2014

Mom Charged With Murder in Dismemberment Case

A Michigan mother, who was accused of dismembering her son's body, was charged with his murder. Authorities revealed that Donna Scrivo used an electric circular saw to dismember her adult son's body after she killed him. Read more...

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February 24, 2014

Man Admits Plot to Kill Mom

A Houston man has admitted to hiring a classmate to kill his mother in 2009. Prosecutors said Danish Minhas, 21, a former class president at his high school, wanted to escape his mother's strict rules. Minhas was set to go on trial last week and could have faced life in prison if convicted. Instead, he pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for 50 years in prison. Read more...

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February 20, 2014

Man Changes Plea in Parents' Murder

A Florida man charged with first-degree murder in his parents' 2011 death changed his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity to no contest. Tyler Hadley is accused of using a hammer to bludgeon his mother and father to death in 2011 inside their Port St. Lucie home when he was only 17. Read more...

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New Exam Ordered for Theater Shooter

A Colorado judge has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation for the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 in a 2012 shooting attack at an Aurora movie theater. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ordered the new exam of defendant James Holmes because he ruled the first evaluation "incomplete and inadequate." Read more...

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February 19, 2014

Defiant Armored Car Killer Gets Life

A defiant former armored car driver, convicted of killing his partner and stealing $2.3 million, told a judge not to lecture him as he was being sentenced. Kenneth Konias Jr. was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 to 20 years for killing fellow Garda Cash Logistics guard Michael Haines. Read more...

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February 14, 2014

'Good Cause' Carry Law Rejected

A federal appeals court struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show "good cause" to carry a concealed firearm, a ruling that could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a 2009 lawsuit, ruled in a 2-1 decision that San Diego County's restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens' Second Amendment rights to bear arms. Read more...


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February 13, 2014

Woman Guilty in Fetal Theft

A Massachusetts woman accused of killing her pregnant friend three months after her own miscarriage was convicted of beating and strangling her, then cutting the baby from her womb and passing the child off as her daughter. Julie Corey, 39, sobbed as a Worcester Superior Court jury found her guilty of the 2009 murder of 23-year-old Darlene Haynes. Prosecutors said Haynes was eight months pregnant when Corey attacked her and cut the baby out of her body. Read more...

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February 12, 2014

Trooper Who Stopped Cop Sues

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over. That October 2011 confrontation made national headlines and eventually got Lopez fired. But Watts' actions involving a fellow officer didn't sit well with many in law enforcement, and not long after she made that traffic stop, she says, the harassment began. Read more...

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February 11, 2014

Man Gets 30 Years in Border Agent's Death

A man convicted in the shooting death of a federal Border Patrol agent during a firefight that revealed the government's botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, who is from El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, is the only person to be convicted in the Dec. 14, 2010, shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border. Read more...

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February 10, 2014

Man Confesses During Trial to 1990 Killing

A man on trial for the murder of a New Jersey teenager nearly a quarter-century ago has pleaded guilty to the crime. The Middlesex County prosecutor's office announced that Steven Parkey Jr., admitted to killing Nikki Adams of New Brunswick on October 3, 1990. The 15-year-old Adams was discovered dead from multiple stab wounds in an Edison motel room. Read more...

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February 07, 2014

Man Who Shot Deputy Not Indicted

A Burleson County Grand Jury declined to indict the man who shot and killed a Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy who was serving a search warrant in December. Investigators were executing a search warrant at Henry McGee's mobile home near Snook when the shooting happened. Henry Magee, 28, is no longer charged in the shooting death of Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Sowders. Read more...

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February 06, 2014

Prosecution Rests in Nagin Trial

Federal prosecutors rested their corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, leaving it to defense lawyers to counter five days of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including five who said they were involved in bribing Nagin. Nagin served as mayor from 2002 to 2010. Prosecutors allege that corruption spanned the two terms and included the period after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, when contractors sought to benefit from potentially lucrative rebuilding jobs in the devastated city. Read more...

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February 03, 2014

Trial Begins in Zimmerman-Like Case

A white software developer is about to go on trial in Florida in the death of a black teenager — in a case that raises comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn. Police say Dunn fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store after arguing over loud music that Davis and his friends were playing from their SUV. Read more...

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January 31, 2014

Jury Deadlocked in 1974 Iowa Murder

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man charged with first-degree murder in the 1974 slaying of a 17-year-old girl at an Iowa farmhouse. Judge Richard Meadows declared the mistrial Thursday after jurors couldn't reach a verdict in the case against 67-year-old Robert "Gene" Pilcher. The 12-member jury had been deliberating for a week. Read more...

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January 30, 2014

Killer Teen Faces 2nd Rape Charge

A 15-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with killing his math teacher is returning to court for arraignment on a second rape charge. Philip Chism is charged in the October killing of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old teacher at Danvers High School. Chism has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, robbery and murder. He was indicted last week on the initial rape charge. In court documents filed last week, state police say Chism admitted killing Ritzer, but denied raping her. Read more...

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Holmes Jury to Get Limited Info

The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case says jurors will be informed that the state executes prisoners by lethal injection, but will be told nothing else about how the death penalty is carried out. In a ruling the judge granted a prosecution motion to limit what jurors are told about executions if defendant James Holmes is convicted. Read more...

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Man Sentenced in Dismemberment Case

A 73-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in the dismemberment of a still-unidentified woman whose remains were found in his bathtub. Alphonso Jackson was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty this month to second-degree murder, concealing the death of an individual and tampering with evidence. Read more...

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January 28, 2014

Teen Gets Life in Skylar Neese Case

A West Virginia teenager has been given a life sentence for conspiring with another friend to lure 16-year-old Skylar Neese out of her house then stabbing her to death. In exchange for her first-degree murder guilty plea, Shelia Eddy may be eligible for parole after serving at least 15 years in prison. Read more...

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Nagin's Bribery Trial Opens

Jury selection began in the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who faces charges that he accepted bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work. Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina stuck in 2005, served two terms before leaving office in 2010. He was living in a Dallas suburb when a federal grand jury indicted him a year ago. Read more...

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Jodi Arias' Defense Tops $2 Million

Jodi Arias' legal bills have topped $2 million, a tab that's being paid by Arizona taxpayers and will continue to climb with a new penalty phase set for March. Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick tells The Associated Press the county has paid nearly $2.2 million for her court-appointed attorneys, expert witnesses and other costs associated with Arias' defense. Read more...

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Grand Jury Indicts Charlotte Officer

A grand jury has indicted a North Carolina police officer for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man. The panel handed down the indictment against Charlotte Officer Randall Kerrick, hours after a judge ruled the North Carolina Attorney General's office could resubmit the case. A separate grand jury declined to indict Kerrick last week. Read more...

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January 24, 2014

Men Deny Responsibility in Spierer Case

Two men accused of giving alcohol to an Indiana University coed before she disappeared in June 2011 have filed papers in federal court claiming they were not in anyway responsible for her disappearance. Jason Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman said they had no control or had any right to control the 20-year-old Lauren Spierer on the night she vanished. Read more...

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January 23, 2014

Woman Charged in Nightclub Death

A 25-year-old mother charged with beating a woman to death outside of an Orange County nightclub pleaded not guilty to murder. Her attorney said she was a victim of a brawl — not a killer. Vanesa Zavala of Santa Ana stood with eyes downcast and hands clasped in front of her as her lawyer entered the plea in Superior Court. Read more...

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January 22, 2014

Central Park Jogger Lawsuit on Hold

A federal magistrate judge has put the decade-old Central Park jogger case on hold so the parties can work toward a settlement. The $250 million lawsuit was filed on behalf of five black and Hispanic people convicted in 1990 of raping and beating a white woman jogging in the park a year earlier. Read more...


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January 20, 2014

Man Who Shot Burgler Charged

A Florida man arrested for chasing down – and fatally shooting - a suspected burglar in Orlando is claiming self-defense in what legal experts say is likely to become the latest Florida "stand your ground" case. Claudius Smith, 32, is being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder with a firearm in connection with bloody events that occurred earlier this week at the Fountain at MetroWest apartments. Read more...

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January 17, 2014

Man Acquitted in 1987 Murder

Loved ones of a Brooklyn teen who was fatally stabbed 27 years ago burst into tears when her accused killer was cleared by jurors — who later said they were convinced of his guilt but lacked enough evidence. The stunning verdict came in the trial of Edwin Alcaide, 54, who was charged with the murder of Lissette Torres, 19, on New Year's Day 1987. His DNA was found under her fingernails; he had scratches on his face a day later and was the last person seen with her. Read more...

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January 16, 2014

Man Guilty of Shooting 3 Children

A Houston man has pleaded guilty to capital murder for the shooting deaths of his three children in 2010 when he was locked in a custody dispute with the children's mother. Fifty-year-old Mohammad Goher entered his pleas in exchange for a sentence of life without parole. Court records show Goher admitted to shooting 14-year-old Saeedah, 12-year-old Saeed and 7-year-old Aisha while they slept at his apartment in September 2010. Read more...

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January 09, 2014

'Grim Sleeper' Evidence Ruled Legal

DNA evidence that linked a former Los Angeles garbage collector to at least 16 murders was obtained legally, a California judge has ruled. Judge Kathleen Kennedy ruled that DNA from Lonnie Franklin Jr. could be used at his trial in what is known as the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer case. Read more...

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Judge Rules Against New Jackson Trial

A judge issued a tentative ruling against granting a new trial in a negligence case filed by the mother of Michael Jackson claiming a concert promoter was financially liable for the singer's death. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos did not immediately finalize the ruling after hearing more than two hours of arguments from lawyers. Read more...

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January 07, 2014

Chicago Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled that Chicago's ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional. "The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government's reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment," wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang. Read more...

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'Kai the Hitchhiker' Pleads Not Guilty

A man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the beating death of an elderly New Jersey man last year. Caleb McGillivary, 24, remained silent while his public defender entered the plea in court in Elizabeth. McGillivary is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his Clark home. McGillivary was arrested in Philadelphia days later and could face a life sentence if he's convicted. Read more...

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December 31, 2013

Ohio Man Pleads to 2 Murders

A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges, including the murders of two women more than 15 years ago. Elias Acevedo entered the pleas in a hushed courtroom as relatives of some of the victims watched, some wiping away tears. In all, Acevedo, 49, agreed to plead guilty to 297 counts, including kidnapping and raping children. He accepted a life prison term under the plea deal. Read more...

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December 27, 2013

Jodi Arias Trial to Stay in Phoenix

The Jodi Arias trial is to stay in Phoenix, a judge ruled last week, while the family of Travis Alexander–the man she killed–said a pre-trial hearing will take place next week. Arias was convicted in the 2008 killing of her live-in boyfriend Travis Alexander. Alexander's family, via the "Justice for Travis Alexander" Facebook page, said the next hearing for Arias is Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Read more...

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December 26, 2013

Hernandez Judge Weighs Gag Order

A Massachusetts judge may impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused the state of allowing leaks that they say could jeopardize his right to a fair trial. At a hearing in Fall River Superior Court, defense attorney Michael Fee blamed prosecutors for out-of-court statements reported in the media in an attempt to tarnish the ex-player. Read more...


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December 23, 2013

Theater Gunman Competent to Stand Trial

The former graduate student accused of gunning down scores of patrons in a Colorado movie theater last year was found competent to stand trial by court-appointed sanity evaluators, a judge said. The disclosure by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour came in the course of legal wrangling over the evaluations that threaten to delay for months a possible trial for 26-year-old James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people and wounding dozens more during a midnight screening of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises", in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Read more...

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Public Barred From Holmes Hearing

The public and the news media were barred from a pretrial hearing in the Colorado theater shooting case that included testimony from a psychiatrist who evaluated whether defendant James Holmes was insane, the judge ruled. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said testimony from the psychiatrist and other witnesses would "infect a large portion of the jury pool with factual information" about Holmes' sanity and make it impossible for him to get a fair trial. Read more...

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December 18, 2013

LAX Shooting Suspect Ciancia Indicted

Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old Californian suspected of shooting to death a federal security officer at Los Angeles International Airport last month, was indicted on first degree murder charges that carry a potential death penalty, the U.S. said. In an 11-count grand jury indictment returned today Ciancia was charged with murdering Gerardo Hernandez, a Transportation Security administration officer, during a Nov. 1 shooting spree that wounded two other TSA officers and another person. Read more...

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Whitey Bulger Transferred to Oklahoma

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma although a prosecutor there said officials haven't yet decided whether to try him for a 1981 murder in Tulsa. It appeared to be a coincidence that the 84-year-old gangster was taken from Brooklyn, N.Y., to FTC Oklahoma City, a transfer point that houses inmates as they are moved between prisons. Chris Burke, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons, would not say where Bulger is ultimately headed, citing Bureau of Prisons policy. Read more...

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December 17, 2013

Father Gets 15 Years for Insurance Murder

A 53-year-old upstate New York man who killed his son for the insurance money has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Karl Karlsen was sentenced after pleading guilty in November to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Levi Karlsen. Prosecutors said Karlsen killed his son in 2008 by shifting a truck off its jacks as the younger man worked underneath on the family's Finger Lakes property in Romulus. Read more...

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December 16, 2013

School Shooter Came Armed for Slaughter

The unhinged teen who shot a fellow student at his Colorado school before killing himself arrived armed for slaughter. Karl Pierson, 18, stormed Arapahoe High School in the Denver suburbs Friday with a pump-action shotgun, machete, three incendiary devices and ammunition strapped to his body, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. Read more...

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December 13, 2013

Son Who Stabbed Father Guilty of Murder

Jurors determined that a man who killed his father by stabbing him once in the chest with a 7-inch kitchen knife didn't do so in self-defense. Kyle Miller, 30, first was tried on a charge of murder in November, but state District Judge Mary Roman declared a mistrial after 19 hours of deliberations because the jury was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of a guilty verdict. Read more...

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December 12, 2013

Man Pleads Guilty in Maze Murder

Jahleel Hoskins has pleaded guilty to several charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of his girlfriend, Latrice Maze. Hoskins also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and being a habitual offender, fourth degree. The guilty plea came on day three of Hoskins' trial in Kent County Circuit Court. He was originally charged with open murder in Maze's March 19 death. Read more...

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December 10, 2013

Jury Selection Begins in Newlywed Murder Trial

Jury selection gets underway in the murder trial of a newlywed bride accused of pushing her husband to his death in Glacier National Park just days after their wedding. Jordan Graham has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and making a false statement to authorities in the death of Cody Johnson. Read more...

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December 09, 2013

Convicted Doctor Attempts Suicide

Jail officials say they intervened in a suicide attempt by the Utah doctor recently convicted of leaving his heavily drugged wife to die in a bathtub. Martin MacNeill was rushed to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with unspecified injuries after the suicide attempt. MacNeill was expected to be returned to Utah County Jail. Read more...

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December 05, 2013

Greed Reigns in Michale Jackson's Family

Michael Jackson's family has filed court papers indicating that they plans to seek a new trial in their wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, according to Reuters. A California jury determined in October that AEG was not responsible for the singer's death in 2009. Attorneys for Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children filed a two-page document that cites misconduct in the jury of the trial and insufficient evidence as reasons they should be granted a new one. Read more...

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December 04, 2013

Prosecutors Say Hernandez's Girlfriend Lied

Prosecutors say the girlfriend of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez lied to a grand jury nearly 30 times, including saying she could not recall where she left a large box Hernandez allegedly told her to dispose of. Prosecutors made the accusation in a document filed in Fall River Superior Court explaining a perjury charge against Shayanna Jenkins. Read more...

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Mother Pleads Guilty to Murder

An Ohio woman has pleaded guilty to murder in the slaying of her 18-month-old daughter, whose remains were found in a box three months after she was reported missing. Angela Steinfurth entered a type of guilty plea to murder and obstructing justice under which she maintains her innocence but acknowledges prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her. Her plea deal calls for a life sentence with parole eligibility after 18 years. Read more...

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December 03, 2013

Baby Elaina's Mother Indicted for Murder

An Ohio grand jury indicted Angela Steinfurth for murder in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, Elaina. Steinfurth's ex-boyfriend, Steven King, was also indicted on charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Elaina Steinfurth, widely known as "baby Elaina" since her disappearance, was reported missing from an East Toledo, Ohio, home -- a house owned by King's family -- on June 2. Angela Steinfurth initially said she last saw Elaina when she put the 18-month-old down for a nap that day. Read more...

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Officers on Trial in Death of Homeless Man

Opening statements are underway in the trial of two California police officers charged in the death of a homeless man whose family says was schizophrenic. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said that Fullerton officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are responsible for the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in July 2011. Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Read more...

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Trial Begins in Pregnant Woman's Death

In one of the final text messages entered into Margorie Holland's cellphone -- composed but not sent the day she died -- the 37-year-old Apple Valley woman told a relative in Texas she and her husband wouldn't be coming to plan for a move there, prosecutors say. "Getting a divorce instead," the message read. "Explain later." Within hours, she was dead in what Dakota County prosecutors argue was the final act of a marriage to Roger Holland "based upon fraud and deceit" and crumbling amid her husband's financial misdeeds. Read more...

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December 02, 2013

Jodi Arias Fades From Spotlight

For months, Jodi Arias was a television staple and practically every minute of her murder trial was broadcast live. But Arias has vanished from view since her trial ended in May, and the judge has done a complete about-face. She has shut the media and public out of nearly every hearing in the case and drawn complaints from First Amendment lawyers that she has gone too far. Read more...

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Bulger Items to Hit Auction Block?

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger could soon see some of his jewelry, clothes and other belongings on the auction block. The U.S. Marshals Service will auction off many of the items seized from Bulger's California apartment after his arrest two years ago. Authorities say the profits will be split among the families of those who were killed by Bulger. Items belonging to Bulger and his girlfriend are in storage in Massachusetts and are being appraised. Read more...

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November 28, 2013

Ridgeway's Killer Confesses to Crime

In a soft voice, teenager Austin Sigg confessed in gruesome detail how he snatched a 10-year-old girl from his Colorado neighborhood and dismembered her. But what Sigg could not explain to police detectives is why. "It was a random place, a random time. Random everything," Sigg told officers in interrogation video released this week. "I was just driving and just kind of looking. And I saw her ... found the place to park. And I parked, and I waited. And she walked by, and I grabbed her." Read more...

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November 25, 2013

Crystal Mangum Guilty of Murder

The woman who falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of sexual assault has been found guilty of second-degree murder of her boyfriend. Crystal Mangum was convicted of the stabbing death of Reginal Daye in his apartment in April 2011. Read more...

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Mother Guilty of 3-Year-Old's Murder

A woman who reported her 3-year-old son missing from a family gathering at a Cleveland park has been convicted of aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. A Cuyahoga County jury found 21-year-old Camilia Terry guilty of the murder of her middle child Emilliano. Read more...

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Secrecy Shrouds Sandy Hook Probe

A prosecutor is planning to release a report on the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the public will have to wait longer for the state police's full accounting of the crime. The decision to continue withholding the bulk of the evidence is stirring new criticism of the secrecy that has surrounded the probe since a gunman killed 20 children and six educators inside the school on Dec. 14. Read more...

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Man Mistakenly Arrested 11 Times

A man arrested or detained nearly a dozen times because he was mistaken for a suspected drug dealer cannot sue Las Vegas police, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled. Justices in an order dated dismissed Francisco Gonzalez's suit against the police department, saying the agency was immune from such lawsuits. North Las Vegas police issued an arrest warrant for suspected drug dealer Francisco Garcia-Gonzalez in 2007 and entered his information into a law enforcement database. Read more...

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November 22, 2013

Teen Charged With Teacher's Murder

A Massachusetts grand jury indicted a 14-year-old high school student on charges of murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in the death of a 24-year-old math teacher at his school near Boston last month. Philip Chism, 14, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Colleen Ritzer, whose body was found on October 22 in the woods behind the high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, about 20 miles north of Boston. Read more...

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Theater Shooting Trial Postponed

The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has indefinitely postponed the trial of suspect James Holmes so attorneys can argue whether he should undergo another psychiatric evaluation. District Judge Carlos Samour scheduled hearings on the issue for Dec. 17 and 18. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at an Aurora theater in July 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and want Holmes to undergo further evaluation of his sanity. Read more...

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November 21, 2013

Armored Car Killer Found Guilty

The armored car driver who killed his co-worker and made off with $2.3 million has been found guilty of first-degree murder by a Pennsylvania judge. Kenneth Konias Jr. was found guilty of the murder of Garda Cash Logistics employee Michael Haines. Read more...

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Former Paralegal on Trial for Murder

Five years after he admitted to killing and dismembering a man, a former Fresno paralegal stands trial, trying to prove he did it in self-defense. Waldron admitted he killed Jonathan Taylor, cut up the body, and disposed of it up near Shaver Lake. But he says Taylor started the confrontation, and the rest of his actions can be explained by his belief that Taylor was a gang member. Read more...

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November 20, 2013

Teen Gets Life in Ridgeway Case

The teen who killed and dismembered 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was sentenced to life in prison. Austin Sigg, 18, pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering Ridgeway in October 2012. Sigg's defense pointed to a recent Supreme Court decision calling mandatory life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional in asking the judge to allow Sigg the possibility of being released someday. Sigg was 17 when he kidnapped and killed Ridgeway. Read more...

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November 19, 2013

Armored Car Trial Winds Down

The murder trial for a former armored truck guard accused of killing his co-worker and stealing millions of dollars resumed on Monday. Pictures taken inside the Garda truck were introduced at the Kenneth Konias trial Monday morning. The prosecution said the bins inside showed no sign of struggle as Konias claimed. Read more...

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November 18, 2013

Crystal Mangum Trial Begins

Testimony has begun in the murder trial of a North Carolina woman who once falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her. Crystal Mangum is on trial for the April 3, 2010 stabbing death of her boyfriend, Reginald Dye, in his Durham apartment. Read more...

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November 15, 2013

Bulger Gets 2 Life Sentences

Infamous Boston crime mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger has been sentenced to two life sentences plus five years for his murder and racketeering convictions. U.S. District Court Justice Denise Casper told Bulger during sentencing that his "conduct in of itself merits the most sincere penalty." Read more...

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Man Gets 50 Years in Road Rage Murder

A Cook County judge has sentenced a man to 50 years in prison in the 2009 road rage shooting death of a Burbank man, according to prosecutors and court records. Mikel Pernell, 34, was found guilty in September of killing George Cruz, 30, on Sept. 18, 2009, after Cruz accidentally cut him off in traffic near 105th Street and Hoxie Avenue, and was sentenced by Cook County Criminal Court Judge Carol Howard. Read more...

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November 14, 2013

2 More Plea in FAMU Band Hazing

A former band member charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major pleaded no contest to manslaughter and could become the first person to go to prison for his involvement in the beating. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton described Jessie Baskin, 22, as being "most-consistently identified as the most enthusiastic" band member participating in the hazing ritual that led to Robert Champion' death. Baskin was beating Champion with his hands and feet, Ashton said. Read more...

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November 13, 2013

Man Guilty of Killing Rape Witness

A Dallas-area man has been convicted of killing his children's baby sitter to silence her in a pending rape case against him. Franklin Davis was found guilty of capital murder in the death of 16-year-old Shania Gray. The jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death. Davis admitted to luring Gray into his car outside her school last year, shooting her and dumping her body in a river. Read more...

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Man Admits Shooting Wife's Dad

A man accused of shooting his wife's father during a Father's Day Mass in Ogden, Utah, has taken a plea deal. Charles Richard Jennings Jr. pleaded guilty and mentally ill last week to charges of attempted murder and aggravated burglary. Defendants who enter such a plea can be rehabilitated at the state psychiatric center and returned to prison to serve out their sentences. Read more...

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Trial Begins for Crystal Mangum

Jury selection began in the murder trial of Crystal Mangum, who is charged in the April 2011 death of her 46-year-old boyfriend. According to investigators, Mangum stabbed Reginald Daye with a kitchen knife during an argument at his Durham apartment. He died several days later. Mangum claims she stabbed Daye in self defense and alleges it was a case of domestic violence. The couple had been dating for about a month at the time of his death. Read more...

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November 11, 2013

11 Bikers Indicted in SUV Brawl

A grand jury has indicted 11 bikers, including an undercover New York City police detective, on various charges related to a motorcyclist-SUV highway melee. The indictment says undercover detective Wojciech Braszczok was charged with gang assault, criminal mischief, riot and other counts. Prosecutors have said Braszczok participated in the Sept. 29 attack by shattering the SUV's back window. He was off duty at the time. Read more...

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November 08, 2013

Man Blames Wife for Planting Drugs

A man accused of planting drugs on the PTA president at his son's school blamed everything on his wife at the beginning of his trial. Jill and Kent Easter, from California, are accused of conspiring against Kelli Peters, a volunteer at Plaza Vista Elementary School which their son attended. Read more...

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Man Gets 28 Years for Friend's Death

An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to killing a friend and stuffing his body inside an unplugged freezer has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. Walter Logan was sentenced after pleading guilty to reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 29-year-old Alex Shipp. Read more...

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Coroner Slams Handling of Kendrick's Case

In a scathing report recently obtained by CNN, the coroner in the case of a Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat blasted how the initial investigation was handled. Authorities say Kendrick Johnson fell into the mat and suffocated while trying to retrieve a sneaker. His family suspects the 17-year-old was murdered and that someone has tried to cover up evidence in the case. Read more...

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November 07, 2013

Jury Selection Set in Armored Car Case

Jury selection is set to begin for a former armored car guard charged with killing his work partner and stealing $2.3 million in a Pittsburgh heist last year. Twenty-four-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. was arrested in Florida about two months after the Feb. 28, 2012 heist. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. won't pursue the death penalty, saying he prefers Konias be convicted, imprisoned and forgotten about instead of becoming a potential death-row celebrity. Read more...

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Crystal Mangum Jurors to Be Questioned

A Superior Court judge said that he would include questions about 2006 rape allegations against Duke University lacrosse players in a questionnaire for potential jurors in an upcoming Durham murder trial. Crystal Mangum, 34, is charged in the April 2011 death of Reginald Daye. Jury selection in her trial is scheduled to start next Tuesday. Read more...

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November 06, 2013

Fifth Man Indicted in Triple Shooting

A fifth man has been indicted for the murder of a 12-year-old girl and the shooting of three women outside the Hartford Park projects in June. Luis "Didi" Gonzalez, 18, was indicted by a Providence County grand jury in the murder of Aynis Vargas and the triple shooting. Gonzalez's older brother, also named Luis Gonzalez and nicknamed "Fat Boy," and two other young men are also charged. Another man, Ricardo Vasquez, 21, pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced to life in prison. Read more...

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November 05, 2013

Man Gets 20 Years in Cold Case Murder

An accused killer in a cold case that was cracked by a tipster received 20 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Willie McNeil, 38, of St. Louis, was charged in 2011 with first-degree murder, assault and robbery in the death of Mark Raiffie. Raiffie, 47, was beaten and shot on May 24, 1999, at the family business that he ran, Raiffie Vending Co. Read more...

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November 04, 2013

Mom Who Planted Drugs Pleads Guilty

An Irvine mother accused of planting drugs in the car of a PTA volunteer at her son's school pleaded guilty to a false imprisonment charge. Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 40, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years of formal probation, the office said. Easter was ordered to serve 120 days in jail, with 245 days of her term stayed, pending the completion of 100 hours of community service, said Paul S. Meyer, her attorney.] Read more...

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November 01, 2013

Man Pleads Guilty to 67 Arson Charges

For five months last year, as arson fires lit up the Eastern Shore at night, the question on everyone's mind was: Who? When police charged a former volunteer firefighter and his fiancée, the question became: Why? When Charles R. Smith III pleaded guilty to setting nearly 70 arson blazes, an answer began to emerge: He may have been motivated, at least initially, by the emotional connection he felt with his fiancée when the first fire was set. Read more...

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Fifth Grader Convicted in Murder Plot

An 11-year-old boy was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in a fifth-grade plot against a female classmate. Judge Allen Nielsen of Stevens County Superior Court said that "simple anger" had fueled the plot, which the boy devised this year with a 10-year-old classmate at Fort Colville Elementary School in northeast Washington. Read more...

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October 31, 2013

Man Found Guilty of Wife's 1990 Murder

A former Aurora man already serving a life sentence for two homicides was found guilty of killing his wife almost a quarter-century ago. A Kane County jury deliberated about three hours before finding Aurelio Montano, 58, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Maria Montano in July 1990. Prosecutors allege that Montano strangled her with yarn or twine, buried her body on a horse farm near Naperville and later exhumed her remains before destroying them, possibly with a wood chipper. Read more...

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October 30, 2013

Man Guilty in Wife's Oil-Change Death

A southwestern Idaho man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife by causing a car to fall on her while she changed the oil. Rodney Wayne Bibbey, 38, initially told police that his wife was changing the oil in her car when the jack slipped. An investigation determined the April 2012 death of 35-year-old Trina Bibbey was a homicide. Read more...

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Woman Who Burned Victim Alive Convicted

Jill May died homeless and helpless in an empty parking lot, doused with gasoline and burned alive. After six long years of legal wrangling in the case, a San Francisco jury needed just four hours to decide that her longtime drug dealer was the one who lit the fire. Mia Sagote, 36, of San Francisco sat stoically while a Superior Court clerk read guilty verdicts against her for murder, kidnapping and robbery, with special circumstances including torture. May's family let out a loud gasp as they heard the pronouncements, and her daughter, Lakesha James, sobbed and sank her face to her hands. Read more...

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Jury Awards 13-Year-Old Girl $150M

A jury has awarded more than $150 million in damages to a 13-year-old girl who watched her family burn to death in a fiery crash on a Southern California freeway. The jury found a California trucking company and one of its drivers liable. Kylie Asam was 9 when she and her 11-year-old brother, Blaine, managed to escape from their family's mangled SUV after it struck and got caught under a big rig parked on the shoulder of Interstate 210 nearly four years ago. They saw their parents and older brother get burned alive after the vehicle they were trapped in caught fire. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 AM

October 25, 2013

Trooper Cleared in Family's Deaths

A onetime Indiana state trooper who was convicted twice in the 2000 slayings of his wife and children has been cleared in their deaths in a third trial. David Camm had maintained his innocence in the deaths of his wife, Kimberly, 7-year-old son, Brad, and 5-year-old daughter, Jill. All three were found fatally shot Sept. 28, 2000, at the family's home in the southern Indiana community of Georgetown. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:55 AM

Ray Nagin Corruption Trial Delayed

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will not stand trial Monday. A federal judge Thursday agreed to delay it until next year. The public corruption trial is now set for Jan. 27, giving prosecutors and the defense more time to prepare or potentially reach a plea deal. Read more...

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October 24, 2013

Casey Anthony Settles With EquuSearch

Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted in the 2008 killing of her 2-year-old daughter, has reached a settlement with a search and rescue organization that spent $100,000 looking for her missing daughter, the group's lawyer said. Texas EquuSearch lawyer Marc Wites said the organization decided against taking the case to trial. Anthony, 26, filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming she has just over a $1,000 in assets and nearly $800,000 in debt, according to a court filing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:36 AM

Widow Pleads to 1985 Murder

Carolyn Krizan-Wilson had always been considered a suspect in her husband's 1985 shooting death in their Houston-area home. Investigators never believed her story that a barefoot man who had raped her about a week before had somehow tracked her down and assaulted her again in her home before fatally shooting her sleeping spouse. Twenty-eight years after her husband's death — Krizan-Wilson pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for a six-month sentence and 10 years of probation. Read more...

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October 23, 2013

John Ramsey Wants Indictment Sealed

John Ramsey says he's opposed to the possible release of documents in an indictment related to the 1996 killing of his 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet. Ramsey's attorneys sent a letter to Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett. It says the release of an indictment that wasn't prosecuted "only serves to further defame (John Ramsey) and his late wife Patricia." Read more...

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October 15, 2013

Mobster Ducks Jail With Heart Failure

Feds 110, Colombo crime family 1. That's the scorecard for the government in its historic takedown of the city's five Mafia families in January 2011. Reputed Colombo soldier Ralph Scopo Jr. died last week of liver and heart failure, making him the only gangster from the massive sweep to escape conviction. Read more...

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October 14, 2013

Holmes Trial Could Last 8 Months

Jurors who are chosen for the murder trial of a Colorado man who killed 12 people in an Aurora movie theater in July 2012 will be told the proceedings could last up to eight months, the judge has said. The jury selection for James Holmes' trial alone could take up to two months, potential jurors will be told. Read more...

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October 11, 2013

Ex-Detroit Mayor Sentenced to 28 Years

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption, after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble. Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:02 AM

Ariel Castro's Guards Falsified Logs

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said. Castro's pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, according to the report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Read more...

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October 08, 2013

Tsarnaev Charged in Death of MIT Guard

Massachusetts authorities issued an arrest warrant for alleged Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday on charges related to the shooting death of an MIT security guard. He's currently in federal custody after pleading not guilty to 30 charges related to the April 15 bombing that killed three and injured 260 people at the Boston marathon. Read more...

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October 07, 2013

Cold-Case Homicide Trial to Start

Jury selection in the long-awaited criminal trial for Rick Riffe, an Alaska man accused of killing an elderly Lewis County couple in 1985, will begin in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis. Since Riffe's 2012 arrest, the trial has been delayed four times. Last week, days before the trial was to start, it appeared the case was again in limbo after Riffe's lead defense attorney failed to appear in court for a pretrial hearing. Read more...

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October 03, 2013

Man Convicted of Killing Wife

A jury convicted a Minnesota man in the slaying of his wife, whose body was found in the Mississippi River months after she disappeared, though jurors decided he did not intend to kill her. In the second day of deliberations, the jury convicted Jeffery Trevino on one count of second-degree unintentional murder. The St. Paul man was acquitted on a second count that alleged he intended to kill his 30-year-old wife, Kira Steger. Steger's body was found in the river in May, more than two months after she went missing. Read more...

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October 02, 2013

Teen Guilty in Jessica's Death

A Colorado teen pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in a case that panicked Denver-area residents last year. Austin Sigg, 18, entered the pleas in the death of Jessica Ridgeway in the Denver suburb of Westminster. Police said Sigg had confessed to the crime and that officers discovered of some of the girl's remains at his home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:30 AM

Witness Claims Hernandez Pulled Trigger

A man who survived a 2012 shooting in Boston that killed two people has claimed that then-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was the man who pulled the trigger. The man, who asked that his identity be kept secret out of concern for his safety, made the claim in an interview with WFXT television in Boston, and said he recognized Hernandez as the man who fatally shot two of his friends in July 2012 after the former NFL star was arrested this past June for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:29 AM

Dying La. Inmate Ordered Released

A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was ordered released Tuesday by a federal judge who also ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted the man in a prison guard's slaying. U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge overturned Herman Wallace's 1974 murder conviction in the death of Angola guard Brent Miller. Read more...

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October 01, 2013

Holmes' Lawyers Not Ready for Trial

Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are hinting they might not be ready for the February trial start date. Holmes' lawyers asked the judge to give them more time to file motions and to set deadlines for prosecutors to turn over a list of witnesses they plan to call. Prosecutors say they don't know how many of the potential 4,000 witnesses they'll actually call. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:07 AM

Defendant Restrained at Murder Trial

A former prison guard charged with killing two Tennessee postal workers had to be physically restrained and removed from a Memphis courtroom after an outburst during a federal court hearing. Chastain Montgomery became upset during his mother's testimony at a hearing to determine whether he is eligible for the death penalty if convicted in the October 2010 shootings of Paula Robinson and Judy Spray. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:07 AM

September 30, 2013

Amanda Knox Back on Trial

The retrial of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate in 2007 opens in Italy on Monday, refocusing international attention on the sensational case although the American will not be in court. Knox and her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 of killing 21-year-old Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:25 AM

Man Guilty of Killing 4-Year-Old

A D.C. man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son. Thirty-three-year-old Peter Hendy II entered the plea in Superior Court. Sentencing is set for Nov. 22. According to facts present in court, Hendy was baby-sitting Kamari Taylor on Aug. 5 while Hendy's girlfriend was at work. Prosecutors say Hendy admitted to becoming angry with the child about riding a scooter and punched him several times in the midsection. Read more...

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September 24, 2013

Fort Worth Man Receives 99 Years

A jury sentenced a 21-year-old man to 99 years in prison for murdering his friend and an additional 50 years in prison for wounding the friend's girlfriend. Jose Luis Acosta of Fort Worth was convicted of murder in the death of Eduardo Bustos and attempted capital murder in the wounding of Savana Rodriguez, Bustos' girlfriend. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:12 AM

September 17, 2013

Boa: State Threw Zimmerman Case

The medical examiner who testified in the George Zimmerman trial says his office, state prosecutors and police had no interest in convicting the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and set him up to take the blame for a failed prosecution. "They told me that I had a poor performance in the George Zimmerman trial," Bao said. "They never give me any reason why they would say that." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Man Gets Life for Killing Doctor

A Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a doctor in what prosecutors say was a murder-for-hire plot has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. David Neal Shepard was sentenced during a brief hearing in Lubbock. He pleaded guilty last month to capital murder in the July 2012 fatal shooting of Dr. Joseph Sonnier III. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to not seek the death penalty. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:25 AM

September 11, 2013

Rayvon's Medical Examiner Axed

The medical examiner who performed Trayvon Martin's autopsy and subsequently offered conflicting testimony at the murder trial of George Zimmerman has been relieved of his position. Shiping Bao was fired from his position as an associate medical examiner last week. The examiner's last day on the job was Sept. 6. Dr. Bao has retained a lawyer and is suing Volusia County. In a letter dated Aug. 23, Bao was granted 30 days to find employment at another office, and he declined to resign at the end of that period. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:10 AM

Families Want Say at Bulger's Sentencing

Prosecutors have asked a judge to allow victim impact statements from family members of all 19 people Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was accused of killing, even though Bulger wasn't convicted in every death. The 84-year-old mob boss was convicted last month of racketeering charges, including 11 killings. Prosecutor Brian Kelly said Tuesday in federal court that even though Bulger wasn't convicted in eight killings, relatives of those victims want to speak or submit written testimony at Bulger's November sentencing hearing. He said there's legal precedent. Read more...

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September 09, 2013

Drew Peterson Fears for Life

A former police officer convicted of killing his third wife while his fourth wife is still missing without a trace fears for his life as he serves his 38-year prison sentence. Drew Peterson told his attorney that he feels like he is going to die in prison. Peterson was convicted of the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson vanished in 2007. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

Court Blocks Rapist's Resentencing

Montana's Supreme Court intervened in a rape case to block a judge from resentencing a former teacher who got a mere 30 days in prison for his months-long relationship with a 14-year-old student. Justices said Judge G. Todd Baugh lacks authority to reconsider the sentence he gave former Billings teacher Stacey Rambold, 54. An appeal of the case already was pending, but Baugh had been seeking to undo a sentence that was widely criticized when he remarked that victim Cherice Moralez was "older than her chronological age." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:33 AM

September 06, 2013

Mom Killer Refuses to Leave Cell

A teenager accused of brutally stabbing her mother to death refused to leave her jail cell for court. She did appear before a judge later and was charged with murder. Isabella Guzman was scheduled to appear in an Arapahoe County Court room to hear the charges against her. Those charges stem from the Aug. 28 incident at Guzman's home where she lived with her mother in Aurora. Read more...

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September 05, 2013

Attorneys Seek 'Stand Your Ground' Defense

Attorneys for a Titusville man accused of shooting three people during a neighborhood feud say the charges against him should be dismissed under Florida's "stand your ground" law. William T. Woodward's attorneys say he'd been the target of threats and was exercising his right under the state's law to defend himself on Sept. 3, 2012. Florida Today reports 44-year-old Woodward opened fire during a Labor Day barbecue. Gary Lee Hembree and Roger Picior were killed. Bruce Timothy Blake was struck 11 times and survived. Read more...

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September 04, 2013

Father Who Killed Rapist Not Charged

A Texas father will not face murder charges for killing a man with his own bare hands after he discovered the suspect raping his 5-year-old daughter in a remote barn. A Lavaca County grand jury decided not to charge the 23-year-old father, whose name was withheld, in the June 9 death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, citing Texas state law where deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault, the Daily Mail reported. Read more...

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September 02, 2013

Elkins Guilty of Stroller Shooting

A Georgia jury deliberated less than two hours before finding an 18-year-old guilty of 11 counts related to the shooting of a baby as he was being pushed by his mother in a stroller. De'Marquise Elkins was found guilty of two counts of felony murder and one count of malice murder for the shooting of 13-month old Antonio Santiago. Read more...

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August 30, 2013

Boston Bomber's Pal Indicted

Prosecutors say a friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been indicted for allegedly making false statements to authorities. Authorities say Robel Phillipos is facing up to 16 years in prison in connection with two federal criminal counts. Following his May arrest, a judge ordered the 19-year-old released on $100,000 bond on one count of lying to authorities. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:08 AM

Murder-for-Hire Suspect Pleads Guilty

A 52-year-old man who prosecutors say was paid in silver bars by a plastic surgeon to kill a love rival in Texas pleaded guilty to capital murder. David Neal Shepard entered the plea in the killing of Dr. Joseph Sonnier III, 57, whose body was found, stabbed and shot, at his Lubbock home July 11, 2012. Judge James B. Darnell pronounced Shepard guilty and said the state is recommending a sentence of life in prison without parole. Shepard could have faced the death penalty. Darnell said sentencing would take place in about two weeks. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:08 AM

Man Gets 10 Years for Shooting Wife

A Litchfield man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting his wife in the leg at their home in 2009. John Lavoie said he would rather die than go to prison and asked a judge to euthanize him during his sentencing in Litchfield Superior Court. Judge James P. Ginocchio told Lavoie that he was going to prison because of his own actions and that it was his choice if he wanted to live. Read more...

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August 28, 2013

Arias Requests Change of Venue

Attorneys for a woman convicted of killing her boyfriend in his Phoenix home have asked for a change of venue for the retrial of the penalty phase of her trial. The original jury that found Jodi Arias guilty of Travis Alexander's murder was not able to reach a decision concerning her punishment for the crime. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:28 AM

Stroller Baby's Mom Testifies

The mother of a baby who was fatally shot in his stroller in coastal Georgia testified at a man's murder trial Tuesday that she threw her arms across her baby in a bid to save him. Sherry West cried as she told the court what happened as she walked home from the Brunswick post office March 21 with her 13-month-old son, Antonio Santiago. Two teenagers approached her, and the older one demanded money, West testified. Read more...

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August 27, 2013

Zimmerman to Seek Legal Fees

An attorney for George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of all charges in connection with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, will be seeking part of the defense's legal fees of his five-week murder trial. Mark O'Mara said he will ask the state to pay up to $300,000 of Zimmerman's legal expenses. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:19 AM

Stoller Shooter Hid the Gun

A man accused of fatally shooting a baby in coastal Georgia hid a gun at a relative's apartment the day after the slaying, and his mother and sister came to retrieve the weapon later that day, a woman who lives in the home said. Danielle Williams testified that De'Marquise Elkins came to her home March 22, the day after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot to death in his stroller, and asked if he could hide a gun under a loveseat. Later that day, Elkins' mother and sister came by the apartment, took the gun from under the loveseat and left the home with it, Williams said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:19 AM

Judge Postpones Arias Retrial

An Arizona judge presiding over the high-profile murder trial of Jodi Arias postponed setting a date to begin selecting a new jury to decide whether the former waitress from California should be executed for slaying her ex-boyfriend. In postponing setting a date, the judge said she needed to deal with pending legal filings in the case. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:19 AM

Hernandez Associate Waives Court Hearing

An associate of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has waived his right to appear at a hearing connected to a Massachusetts murder. The probable cause hearing for Ernest Wallace occurred in Attleboro court. The hearing was continued to Sept. 23. Wallace was indicted on a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact. He pleaded not guilty earlier in district court to the same charge and was ordered held on $500,000 bail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:17 AM

August 26, 2013

Amanda Knox Won't Return to Italy

One of Amanda Knox's lawyers says the American won't return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the slaying of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, where they were students. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. The new appeals trial begins in Florence on Sept. 30. Read more...

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August 23, 2013

Teen Fingered as Stoller Shooter

The teen accused of shooting a toddler between the eyes during a robbery attempt counted down from five before firing, his alleged accomplice testified after pointing him out as the shooter. Dominique Lang testified that he ran into De'Marquise Elkins on the morning of the March 21 slaying. A short while later as the two walked together, they saw Sherry West with a stroller. Lang says Elkins walked to West and demanded her purse before pulling out a gun. When West refused to hand the purse over, he hit her in the face with it and threatened her baby. 'The baby was in the stroller screaming,' Lang said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:05 AM

Hernandez Indicted for June Murder

Former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury in Massachusetts on a charge of first-degree murder and five firearms violations for the June killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, appeared briefly in Attleboro District Court after being indicted in the shooting of Lloyd, whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:04 AM

Man Sentenced for Mennonite Assault

A central Pennsylvania man convicted of robbing and assaulting three elderly Mennonite sisters has been sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison. The Lancaster County sentencing judge said 22-year-old Dereck Taylor Holt is a danger to the community. Holt will get psychiatric treatment in prison. Authorities say Holt pretended to be an insurance salesman to get inside the Clay Township home in December, then bound the 85- to 91-year-old victims, hit them with a stun gun, sprayed their home with household chemicals and left them for dead. Read more...

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August 22, 2013

Co-Defendant Quizzed in Stroller Case

The jury hearing evidence in the fatal shooting of a toddler in a stroller in Brunswick will hear the testimony of the 15-year-old boy who authorities said was with the accused shooter, the trial judge ruled. The jury was outside the courtroom as Dominique Lang, 15, said he had been with murder defendant De'Marquise Elkins, 18, when he tried first to rob Sherry West and then shot her baby, Antonio Santiago, in the head. Lang testified as Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley conducted a hearing on a defense motion to disallow Lang's identification of Elkins. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:59 AM

Nurse Sentenced in Hit Man Case

Andrew Martin, a former Cleveland Clinic nurse, was sentenced by a federal judge to 12 years in prison after he admitted trying to get a patient to act as a hitman. Martin had pleaded guilty in April to using a phone to further the plot. Authorities say he offered $10,000 to an ER patient to kill a woman in a dispute over ownership of her deceased brother's home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:58 AM

Arias Wants Jurors' Twitter Accounts

Jodi Arias' attorneys want a judge to allow them to monitor the Twitter accounts of the jury seated in her murder trial to be certain jurors aren't communicating details about the case on social media. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home, but the same jury failed to reach a decision on her sentence. Her case is now in limbo as prosecutors decide whether to seat a new jury in pursuit of the death penalty. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:57 AM

DiMaggio Family Requests DNA Samples

James DiMaggio's family is requesting DNA samples from the family of Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl he's accused of kidnapping and whose mother and brother were found dead in his burned home. The reason? They want to know if he was the biological father of the children, Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan, the family spokesman said. "We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. And if they have anything left from Ethan, that we get a DNA sample," family spokesman Andrew Spanswick said. "There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:56 AM

August 21, 2013

Serial Killer Naso Found Guilty

A man who drugged prostitutes, photographed and strangled them while they were unconscious then disposed of their nude bodies has been convicted in four of their deaths. Joseph Naso was found guilty in Marin County, California for the murders of four women between 1977 and 1994. Read more...

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August 20, 2013

Stroller Shooting Trial Begins

More than 300 miles from the Brunswick, Georgia street where a 13-month old baby was shot in his stroller, a panel of 48 potential jurors has been called to hear the case. Jury selection has begun for De'Marquise Elkins, charged with the murder of Antonio Santiago on March 21, 2013. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:29 AM

Andrea Sneiderman Convicted of Perjury

The Georgia woman accused of lying to investigators about the death of her husband has been convicted of perjury and several other counts. Jurors began deliberating in the Andrea Sneiderman case after closing arguments Thursday. Sneiderman was found guilty of hindering the apprehension of a criminal, concealment of material fact, three counts of giving false statements and four counts of perjury. She was found not guilty of three counts perjury and one count of giving a false statement. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:29 AM

August 19, 2013

Judge Denies Arias Motion

The death penalty is still on the table for a woman convicted of stabbing and shooting her lover to death in his Arizona home. A judge has turned down a motion by Jodi Arias to set aside the jury's finding that the murder of Travis Alexander was done in an "especially cruel" manner. Read more...

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August 16, 2013

Rockefeller Imposter Gets 27 Years

A man who once posed as a Rockefeller family heir among other aliases has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for 1985 murder of the son of his then landlady. Christian Gerhartsreiter, also known as "Clark Rockefeller," was sentenced for the murder of 27-year-old John Sohus in San Marino, California. Sohus remains were found nine years later, buried in the backyard of the property where Gerhartsreiter was living at the time. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:20 AM

August 15, 2013

State Mulls Charges Against Bulger

Prosecutors in Massachusetts plan to meet with their federal counterparts to determine whether murder or other charges can be brought against James "Whitey" Bulger or his associates at the state level now that his federal trial is over. A spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley says the office is "always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides." Bulger was convicted Monday in 11 killings. He has never been charged with murder in a Massachusetts court. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:04 AM

Jesse Jackson, Jr., Gets 2 1/2 Years

Former Illinois lawmaker Jesse Jackson, Jr., was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He will also face 36 months of probation, 500 hours of community service and continued mental health care. His wife Sandra Jackson was sentenced to one year, after pleading guilty to tax fraud. The couple's prison sentences will be staggered, and the judge left it up to the Jacksons' discretion to determine who will be first to serve their sentence. She will also have to pay $22,000 in restitution, and will face a year of supervised probation upon her release. Read more...

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August 14, 2013

Bomber's Friends Plead Not Guilty

Two college friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for removing evidence from Tsarnaev's dormitory room three days after the attack. The two students, who are from Kazakhstan, are accused in federal court of removing a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop computer from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as the FBI was searching for him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

N.Y. Nanny Again Found Fit

A New York City nanny charged with stabbing two small children to death has again been found fit for trial after asking a judge to reconsider. A Manhattan judge reaffirmed his finding in Yoselyn Ortega's case. Police say Ortega killed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim in October while their mother was out picking up her third child from a swimming lesson. Authorities say Ortega also cut her throat in a suicide attempt. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

Wife Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

A Baltimore County jury rejected a White Marsh woman's claim that the only way to end years of spousal abuse was to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The jury, composed of nine women and three men, convicted Karla Porter of first-degree murder in a case that tested the scope of self-defense arguments. The 51-year-old defendant stood stoically in a dark pant suit with her long red hair tightly braided as the jury foreman read the verdict, which could send her to prison for the rest of her life without the possibility of parole. Read more...

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August 13, 2013

Whitey Bulger Guilty of Racketeering

In a verdict that surprised no one, a federal jury has found former mobster James "Whitey" Bulger guilty of racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with his activates as the leader of the Winter Hill Gang in South Boston. Bulger was also found guilty of extortion, money laundering and several firearms-related charges. When sentenced, the 83-year-old Bulger will probably spend the rest of his days in prison. Read more...

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August 12, 2013

Woman Gets 34 Years in Brutal Murder

The Washington state woman called a "danger to society" was sentenced to 34 years in prison for plotting to kill a 70-year-old Navy veteran – a two-time Purple Heart recipient – because she wanted to steal his valuable coin collection. Brenda Nicholas was the "mastermind" behind the December 2011 stabbing death of Francis "Patrick" Fleming and carried out the murder with extreme brutality, according to deputy prosecutor Carla Carlstrom. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:45 AM

Teen Acquitted of Stepbrother's Murder

A Kentucky teenager was acquitted of beating his 14-year-old stepbrother to death, and officials scrambled to get the teen out of jail for the first time since his father tried to pin the murder on him two years ago. Judge Barry Willett dismissed charges that Joshua Young, now 17, murdered Trey Zwicker in May 2011, leaving him to die in a creek bed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:44 AM

August 09, 2013

Students Charged in Boston Bomb Case

A U.S. grand jury indicted two students from Kazakhstan on obstruction of justice charges, alleging they helped hide evidence related to the April Boston marathon bombing that killed three and injured 264. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, were college friends of surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They are charged with removing a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev's dorm room after the FBI released pictures of Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan in an effort to learn the names of the bombers, the U.S. Attorney's office for Massachusetts said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:02 AM

Biker Gang Leader Convicted of Murder

A biker gang leader was convicted Wednesday of murdering a Hells Angels leader during a 2011 shootout at a Nevada casino that prosecutors said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group. The Washoe District Court jury deliberated for only five hours before returning guilty verdicts on all seven felony counts, including first- and second-degree murder, for Ernesto Gonzalez, ex-president of the Vagos motorcycle gang's chapter in Nicaragua. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

Former Stripper Gets 20 Years

Vicky Renee Miller was sentenced to the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Miller showed little reaction as the verdict was read. After questioning from the defense, District Judge Ray Wheless determined that Miller was indigent and that an attorney would be appointed to handle her appeal. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:00 AM

NYC Officer Won't Be Re-Indicted

A grand jury has decided not to re-indict a New York City police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager in his home amid a crackdown on illegal drugs. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson and the teen's parents say they're disappointed by the decision. Officer Richard Haste was indicted last summer on manslaughter charges in the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. Read more...

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August 08, 2013

Phoenix Officer Set for Murder Trial

It had all the elements of a routine police call when officers responded to a trailer home near Central Avenue and Baseline Road on an early October day in 2010. A mother had called to tell police that her son had threatened her in the trailer they shared, and she feared he might assault her. Elvira Fernandez also told police that her son, Daniel Frank Rodriguez, was not armed. Without an imminent threat, police took 20 minutes to respond, according to court documents. Read more...

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August 07, 2013

Jury Begins Bulger Deliberations

The jury in the federal racketeering trial of reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger has gone home for the day without reaching a verdict. The jury of 12 began deliberating shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday and were dismissed by a judge around 4:30 p.m. Bulger is charged in a sweeping indictment that includes 19 murders, extortion, conspiracy, and multiple money-laundering and weapons counts. Read more...

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Fort Hood Trial Turns Bizarre

The trial of the Fort Hood gunman, who is acting as his own attorney, took a surreal turn as the former Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 in the November 2009 attack grilled witnesses -- including his former boss in the military and a fellow Muslim who spoke to him the day of the shooting. After a short opening statement in which ex-Army Maj. Nidal Hasan called himself a "mujahedeen," admitted to the rampage and said "the dead bodies will show that war is an ugly thing," Hasan cross-examined prosecution witnesses, including retired Lt. Col Ben Kirk Phillips, his former boss. Read more...

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August 06, 2013

Former Lawman Gets Life Sentence

A defiant former Kansas police instructor has been sentenced to life in prison for the April 2011 shooting death of his wife. Before he was sentenced, Brett Seacat accused the judge of helping to convict him by hiding evidence that proves Seacat's innocence. The 37-year-old Kingman man told Judge Larry Solomon in a rambling courtroom statement that the judge helped convict him because Solomon wants a Kansas Supreme Court nomination. Read more...

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August 05, 2013

Casey Anthony Pays to Protect Her Story

A federal bankruptcy judge has signed off on a deal that will allow Casey Anthony to pay the bankruptcy trustee $25,000 in exchange for not having to sell her life story to pay her debts. The trustee had suggested the selling of the rights to Anthony's story could help pay some of $792,000 she owes to creditors. Anthony, who was found not guilty in the death of her daughter Caylee, opposed the trustee's suggestion. Read more...

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Whitey Bulger Won't Testify

Whitey Bulger declined to take the witness stand Friday but had his say anyway — calling his federal murder trial a sham and telling the judge: "Do what you want with me." Bulger, the reputed boss of a ruthless gang that ruled the streets of South Boston a generation ago, stood in court to answer the judge's question about whether he would testify. Asked whether he understood the decision, he said he did. Then he added his take on the proceedings. Read more...

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Andrea Sneiderman Trial to Begin

Opening statements are set to begin in the case of a suburban Atlanta woman accused of lying under oath and hindering the investigation into her husband's death. With a jury of six women and six men seated last week, arguments in the trial of 37-year-old Andrea Sneiderman are scheduled to start. Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool. Andrea Sneiderman's former boss Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing, but was found mentally ill. Read more...

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August 02, 2013

Kidnapper Castro Sentenced to Life

Ariel Castro, who held three women captive for a decade, says he's "not a monster," just sick. A judge sentenced Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years. "These people are trying to paint me as a monster," Castro said at the sentencing hearing. "I'm not a monster. I'm sick." Last week, Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to 937 charges connected to the kidnapping and imprisonment of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus. Read more...

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Michelle Knight: 'Your Hell Is Just Beginning'

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was spared the death penalty when he pleaded guilty July 26 to more than 900 counts including kidnapping, torture and rape for imprisoning three women in his home for about a decade. Addressing her captor in court during his sentencing hearing Thursday, one of his victims said capital punishment would have been "so much easier" than a life sentence for the 53-year-old, who staunchly denied in court that he ever raped or tortured his victims. Read more...

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August 01, 2013

Castro's Victims Kept Diaries

Court documents detail the horrifying conditions in which a "remorseless" Ariel Castro held the three women he kidnapped and locked up for years in his Cleveland home. The documents, a sentencing memo prepared by prosecutors ahead of Castro's formal sentencing hearing Thursday, reveal that the three women kept detailed diaries of their years of captivity — "during which he serially abused them physically, emotionally, and sexually on a daily basis," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty wrote. "The entries speak of forced sexual conduct, of being locked in a dark room, of anticipating the next session of abuse, of the dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family, of being chained to a wall, of being held like a prisoner of war, of missing the lives they once enjoyed, of emotional abuse, of his threats to kill, of being treated like an animal, of continuous abuse, and of desiring freedom," the memo says. Read more...

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Michael Madison Pleads Not Guilty

A man pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags earlier this month. Michael Madison, 35, appeared via a video feed from jail for his arraignment, for which he was handcuffed and wearing orange jail scrubs. When the judge asked him how he was, Madison answered, "I've been better." The judge continued his $6 million bond and said she would appoint two attorneys to represent him. Read more...

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July 31, 2013

Chandra Levy Court Documents Unsealed

A judge has ordered the release of sealed documents and transcripts from court proceedings related to the murder case of Chandra Levy, a Washington intern whose disappearance in 2001 drew national headlines and damaged a U.S. congressman's political career. D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ruled that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia should release the transcripts of secret conversations between the lawyers and the judge at the judge's bench in hearings from earlier this year. Read more...

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Ariel Castro to Pay to Tear Down Home

Ariel Castro will have to pay for the demolition of the Cleveland house of horrors where he imprisoned and raped three women for a decade, according to details of his guilty plea. To avoid the death penalty, Castro pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping and attempted murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole — plus 1,000 years. Prosecutors dropped 40 extra counts that were considered redundant. Read more...

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Penn State Officials Ordered to Trial

For two days, prosecutors portrayed three former leaders of Pennsylvania State University as more focused on protecting the school's reputation than the consequences of burying reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting children. District Judge William Wenner agreed that they had offered enough of a case that former president Graham B. Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley should be held for trial on charges that include perjury, child endangerment, obstruction, and failing to report abuse. Read more...

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July 30, 2013

Bulger Wants Jury Sequestered

The defense opened its case in the federal racketeering and murder trial of James "Whitey" Bulger by calling for the jury to be sequestered. Defense attorneys J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Boston to sequester the jurors because of the "unprecedented level of media coverage" and sensational nature of the trial. In the six-page document, the defense team outlines how the trial has garnered "extensive publicity" and cites several Boston Globe articles written by columnist Kevin Cullen, who has followed Bulger's story for decades. Read more...

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July 29, 2013

Ariel Castro Pleads Guilty

The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three young women, raping and holding them captive for more than 10 years has accepted a plea deal that will spare him from a possible death penalty. Ariel Castro agreed to a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison after pleading to 997 criminal charges. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight will not have to publicly testify about their ordeal. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:07 AM

No Proof of Lauren Spierer's Death

The attorney for a man being sued for wrongful death by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is seeking to have the case dismissed because there's no proof the woman has been injured or is dead. Greg Garrison represents Michael Beth in the civil lawsuit. He filed the new motion in federal court in Indianapolis, along with attorneys for Jason "Jay" Rosenbaum and Corey Rossman, the other two defendants in the complaint. Garrison said Spierer's two-year disappearance isn't enough to presume she's dead. Read more...

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July 26, 2013

Castro Offered Life Plus 1,000 Years

Ohio prosecutors were close to reaching a plea deal with Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive for a decade. That deal, which he is expected to accept, is life without parole with an additional 1,000 years. The deal would allow Castro to avoid the death penalty, and would also forestall a trial, a prospect that threatened to force the city of Cleveland, not to mention the three women, to relive tales of what prosecutors say was Castro’s horror house of torture and rape. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:43 AM

Hammer Child Killer Faces Trial

A Utah judge ruled there's enough evidence for a man accused of killing his 4-year-old stepson to stand trial on murder charges. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Nathanael Sloop and his wife malnourished and abused the boy for days until he died in May 2010. Sloop is accused of using a hammer to disfigure Ethan Stacy's face and burying his body in the northern Utah mountains. Read more...

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July 25, 2013

Aaron Hernandez Hearing Delayed

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot who prosecutors say orchestrated the murder of a semi-professional football player, appeared in court for a probable cause hearing, which was delayed. Defense attorney Jamie Sultan objected to the delay and asked the judge to dismiss the case because he said prosecutors failed to meet the probable cause threshold four weeks after his client's last court appearance. Read more...

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Former Bulger Partner Admits Lying

James "Whitey" Bulger's former partner in crime returned to the witness stand for a fifth day of testimony, with the defense harping on his role as an FBI informant while trying to discredit him as a liar. Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi claims he and Bulger were secret FBI informants for years while they ran the city's murderous Irish mob known as the Winter Hill Gang. Read more...

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July 24, 2013

Importing Execution Drugs Ruled Illegal

A federal appeals court has ruled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration broke the law when it allowed three states to import from a foreign source a drug used in lethal injections. The court said the FDA violated the law by allowing Arizona, California and Tennessee to bypass regulations to obtain the unapproved drugs. The court rejected the FDA's claim that the agency's authority to admit or reject foreign drug shipments is not subject to judicial review. Read more...

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Brothers Guilty of 5 Bar Killings

Two brothers accused of killing five people at a Denver bar during a robbery and then setting the building on fire to destroy evidence have pleaded guilty in deals with prosecutors. Joseph Hill, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and will be sentenced to life in prison at a hearing Oct. 3. Lynell Hill, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder naming all five victims, aggravated robbery and first-degree arson. His plea agreement stipulates a 70-year prison term. Read more...

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July 23, 2013

Man Who Shot Teen Neighbor Gets Life

A 76-year-old Milwaukee man who shot and killed his teen neighbor after accusing the boy of burglary has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. John H. Spooner was convicted last week of first-degree intentional homicide. He acknowledged shooting 13-year-old Darius Simmons in the chest last year while the teen's mother watched. At a sentencing hearing, Judge Jeffrey Wagner denied Spooner the possibility of parole. Read more...

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July 22, 2013

Bulger Witness Describes Stranglation

A juror wept Friday as James "Whitey" Bulger's former partner told a tragic tale of a slip of the lip and the ensuing result -- the strangling death of a 26-year-old woman, who was killed because she'd heard too much. What made this recitation of deadly details different from the ones that preceded it during reputed mob boss Bulger's trial in federal court was that the victim had been the girlfriend of the witness. Read more...

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Babysitter Wants Murder Charge Dismissed

The attorney for a northern Idaho woman charged with killing a 2-year-old girl has asked a judge to dismiss a grand jury's indictment contending misconduct by the prosecutor at the grand jury proceeding. Attorney Richard M. Cuddihy filed a motion asking that the first-degree murder charge against 29-year-old Natasha Hodges be dismissed. Cuddihy says misconduct by Nez Perce County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sandra K. Dickerson was "so blatant and severe that it was prejudicial." Read more...

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July 19, 2013

Was Nancy Grace's Comment Racist?

Nancy Grace has come under fire for a seemingly racist comment during her coverage of the George Zimmerman trial on HLN. "Give Zimmerman back his life? He's out on bond driving through Taco Bell every night, having a churro," Grace said in response to lead defense attorney Mark O'Mara's closing argument. "You know, long story short, he's got his life. Who is going to give life back to Trayvon Martin? I find that, at the very least,a very poor choice of words." Read more...

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July 18, 2013

Politics Shouldn't Force Federal Case

We have a Department of Justice, not a Department of Social Justice. That is an essential distinction. It is brought into sharp relief by politicized demands that George Zimmerman, having just been acquitted of murder by the state of Florida, be subjected to a second prosecution -- a federal civil rights indictment -- over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The Justice Department has earned the trust of the United States courts precisely because it resists the politicization of law enforcement. Its tradition is to ensure the equal protection of law for every American, to evaluate cases strictly on the basis of facts and law, and to recognize its obligations not only to the community but also to criminal suspects. Read more...

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Race, Bias and the Zimmerman Jury

In the courts and in society, we tend to think of racial bias as overt bigotry and imagine that the George Zimmermans and the Paula Deens of the world hold negative stereotypes of other races and intentionally think less of them as people. Actual bias, however, operates in the brain in a much different way. Read more...

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Can Zimmerman Make a Living?

His trial's over. And now it turns out that George Zimmerman might need the same thing millions of Americans are looking for: a job. As Zimmerman and his legal team mounted their defense, they convinced people across the country to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help him. Living expenses, bodyguards and expert witnesses were costly, they argued on websites set up to raise money in the case. Read more...

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July 17, 2013

Zimmerman Jurors Request Privacy

Four of the jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial distanced themselves late Tuesday from statements that another juror made in a televised interview. The statement, which was written on court stationary and signed by Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40, said the opinions expressed by Juror B37 in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night were not representative of their views. The jurors also requested privacy in the midst of the ongoing controversy over the not guilty verdict rendered Saturday evening. Read more...

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Whistleblower to Sue State Attorney

A former worker in the Office of the State Attorney in Jacksonville, Fla., who was fired after testifying that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman's defense team plans to file a lawsuit against his ex-employer. Attorney Wesley White, who represents Ben Kruidbos, said he will bring a "whistleblower" type lawsuit on Kruidbos' behalf. Kruidbos, who had worked as prosecutors' information technology officer, was fired Friday over infractions the State Attorney's Office detailed in a strongly worded six-page letter. Read more...

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Bulger Trial: 'Pay or Get Killed'

A businessman testifying in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger described terrifying moments in 1982 when, he said, Bulger shoved a machine gun between his legs and threatened to kill him if he didn't pay him $400,000. Michael Solimando, a construction contractor, said a friend of his, John Callahan, had asked him in early 1982 to invest in a building renovation project in Boston. Read more...

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Cop Acquitted of Wife's Murder

A former Albuquerque police officer has been acquitted of murder in the death of his wife after a trial that contained a series of salacious revelations about his extramarital affairs with co-workers. Jurors returned the verdict against Levi Chavez in the shooting of 26-year-old Tera Chavez. Prosecutors contended that she was shot in the mouth to make it appear to be a suicide. Jurors reached their decision after listening to weeks of testimony detailing the couple's crumbling marriage amid a number of affairs by Levi Chavez with co-workers and acquaintances. Read more...

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4 Teens Charged in Beating Death

Wake County authorities have formally charged four teens as adults in the beating death of a 38-year-old homeless man late last year. Angel Muniz, Tyrell Hamilton, Raheem Hall and Tereise Massenburg – all 15 years old at the time of the attack – are now 16. All four were indicted by a Wake County grand jury on June 24 to be tried as adults. Read more...

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July 16, 2013

Zimmerman Jury Initially Split

When the six-woman jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial took its first vote during deliberations, they were split down the middle - with three voting for acquittal, two for manslaughter and one for second-degree murder. But as they looked more closely at the law during 18 hours of deliberations, their only choice was a not guilty verdict, one juror said. Read more...

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Man Who Killed 3 Daughters Sentenced

Just over a year after a Wisconsin man killed his three daughters to get back at his ex-wife, he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. A jury found in April that 35-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen was sane when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their River Falls home. Schaffhausen had admitted he killed the girls in July 2012 to get back at his ex-wife, but argued he had a mental defect that kept him from knowing it was wrong. Read more...

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Man Gets Life for Arranging Murders

Johnny Borizov sat calmly as a judge ripped him for recruiting a friend to kill ex-girlfriend Angela Kramer and her family so he could gain sole custody of their son. The 2010 shooting spree killed Kramer's parents and younger brother, while she survived the 3 a.m. rampage at the family's Darien home by hiding in a closet. Read more...

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July 15, 2013

What's Next for George Zimmerman?

Acquitted of second-degree murder by a Florida jury, George Zimmerman still faces federal scrutiny and a possible civil suit that could compel him to do something he avoided at his trial: testify. The not-guilty verdict spells the end of the riveting state criminal case against Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense in the death of Trayvon Martin, but his legal odyssey may be far from over. "We clearly must move on to the next step in terms of the federal government and the civil courts," the Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC after the verdict. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:08 AM

Zimmerman Fears for His Life

His GPS monitor has been cut off and George Zimmerman is free -- but only legally. Zimmerman fears for his life. He's a reviled figure to millions, despite his acquittal in Trayvon Martin's killing. And he could still be held criminally liable for Martin's death. Zimmerman's attorney describes him as a marked man. "He has to be very cautious and protective of his safety because there is still a fringe element who have said ... that they will not listen to a verdict of not guilty," said Mark O'Mara. Read more...

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July 13, 2013

George Zimmerman Not Guilty

In a case that many think should have never been prosecuted, a jury of six women unanimously found George Zimmerman not guilty of the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin. After deliberating for almost 16 hours and more than 12 hours straight Saturday, the jurors returned their verdict shortly after 10 p.m. The jury rejected the idea that Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder or the lesser-included charge of manslaughter. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 10:47 PM

Zimmerman Murder Case Goes to Jury

Lawyers prosecuting and defending George Zimmerman painted vastly different pictures in their closing arguments Friday of the man at the center of the country's most-watched murder trial. In final addresses before the jury began its deliberations, the 29-year-old Zimmerman, was alternately portrayed as an innocent man defending himself and as a lying killer who attacked a child. The jury of six women began deliberating about 2:30 p.m. and went on for about 3 1/2 hours before breaking for the night. Read more...

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July 12, 2013

Prosecution Attacks Zimmerman's 'Lies'

Court recessed for the day after a prosecutor gave emotional closing arguments in the George Zimmerman case, aiming for a second-degree murder conviction for the former neighborhood watch volunteer he described as a "wannabe cop." Court was set to resume this morning, when Zimmerman's defense is expected to launch their closing arguments. Zimmerman, 29, is charged in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda portrayed Zimmerman as a "wannabe cop" who profiled Martin -- who he said was a boy only several weeks past his seventeeth birthday -- as a criminal. But he told the jury that it was Martin, not Zimmerman, who had reason to be in fear that evening. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:15 AM

Bulger Jurors See Victim Photos

Graphic testimony from a forensic anthropologist, including images of decomposing bones and brain matter, continued in the federal case against Boston's reputed mob boss, James "Whitey" Bulger. Dr. Ann Marie Mires, a Massachusetts state forensic anthropologist, showed jurors gruesome photos of human remains found in shallow graves in the Boston area. One grave was at Tenean Beach in Dorchester, and two sets of remains were excavated along the Neponset River. The remains at Tenean Beach were found in a 3-foot grave in September 2000, Mires told the court. Read more...

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July 11, 2013

Boston Bomber Pleads Not Guilty

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty as 30 survivors and victims' relatives stared him down in the courtroom. Tsarnaev, 19, was arraigned on a 30-count indictment that charges him with using weapons of mass destruction and killing four people. He wore an orange jail jumpsuit over a black T-shirt and a bandage or cast on his left hand. His attitude seemed almost casual as he smiled crookedly, stroked his chin, slouched in his seat and glanced around the federal courtroom. Read more...

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July 10, 2013

'Rockefeller' Sentencing Delayed

The man who posed as a Rockefeller and was convicted two months ago of a 1985 California slaying has yet to be sentenced for his first-degree conviction. Christian Gerhartsreiter, also known as "Clark Rockefeller," was scheduled to be sentenced in June, but his sentencing hearing has been delayed by a legal snag. Gerhartsreiter requested permission from the court to represent himself at his sentencing hearing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Zimmerman Judge Delays Rulings

In a hearing outside of the jury's presence, attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial argued about whether jurors should see the defense's 3D re-creation of the altercation between the neighborhood watch captain and Trayvon Martin. The defense also wants jurors to hear about Martin's text messages, which reportedly show he had been in fights and was trying to purchase a gun. The judge recessed court right before 10 p.m. ET, saying she would wait until Wednesday morning to make decisions on both of these issues. Defense attorney Don West vented his frustration as the judge left the bench, saying he was having trouble keeping up with the long hours and fast-paced schedule of the trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Expletives Fly Between Bulger, Ex-Partner

Two days of testimony by a former partner of reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger ended dramatically when Kevin Weeks and Bulger -- once so close that they spoke nearly every day for more than a decade -- shouted at one another across a federal courtroom in Boston. Bulger's lawyer, J.W. Carney, tried to portray Weeks as an opportunist who knew how to manipulate the system, someone who cut a deal with prosecutors to serve just five years in prison for aiding and abetting five killings, several of which, Weeks testified, he saw Bulger commit. Read more...

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July 09, 2013

Judge Allows Trayvon's Toxicology

The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial will allow jurors to hear evidence that shooting victim Trayvon Martin had small amounts of marijuana in his body when he died. Judge Debra Nelson on Monday denied a prosecution request to keep out parts of a toxicology report that shows the teen had marijuana in his system when he was shot to death by Zimmerman, a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood watch volunteer, on Feb. 26, 2012. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:12 AM

Screams Not Trayvon, Father Said

A parade of defense witnesses took the stand to say it was George Zimmerman and not Trayvon Martin who can be heard screaming on a 911 tape the day Zimmerman shot the teen, and a detective said even the slain boy's father said the frightened voice was not his son's. Sanford Police Det. Christopher Serino, the lead investigator in the case, testified that Tracy Martin and his girlfriend met with him one or two days after the shooting to "bring him up to speed" regarding the investigation. During that meeting, Tracy Martin did not recognize his son's voice on the 911 recording, Serino told jurors. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:11 AM

July 08, 2013

Zimmerman Defense Begins Case

The prosecution in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial for the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin came to an end after nine days of testimony from witnesses, who many times appeared to be testifying for the defense. Several witnesses appeared to have actually benefited the defense more than the state. Now the real defense case has begun, after the judge denied a motion for an acquittal. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

July 05, 2013

Prosecution Winding Down Zimmerman Case

Prosecutors are winding down their case in George Zimmerman's murder trial after presenting evidence and testimony to refute Zimmerman's claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. It is still to be seen if they will call one or both of Martin's parents to the witness stand to testify about whose voice is on 911 recordings of a fight between Zimmerman and Martin that preceded the shooting. Zimmerman's attorneys are adamant that he is the one screaming on the recordings, while Martin's parents have said it's their son. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:06 AM

'Clark Rockefeller' Sentencing Delayed

The Rockefeller impostor convicted recently of the cold-case murder of a California man asked to assume a new role as attorney representing himself for sentencing. Christian Gerhartsreiter made a brief court appearance to lodge his request. His lawyers were on the phone from Boston. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli took the request under submission and delayed sentencing until Aug. 15. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:05 AM

July 04, 2013

Ariel Castro Fit to Stand Trial

The Cleveland man who allegedly kidnapped and held captive three women in his basement for more than a decade has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial. A judge said during a hearing that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense. Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:22 AM

July 03, 2013

Casey Anthony Stiffs EquuSearch Again

The non-profit organization that spent weeks looking for a missing Florida trial will apparently not be getting reimbursed for its efforts. A bankruptcy judge has partially dismissed Texas EquuSearch's $100,000 lawsuit against Casey Anthony, mother of Caylee Anthony. EquuSearch was in the process of suing Anthony earlier this year, when she declared bankruptcy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:10 AM

Bulger Jailhouse Tapes Played for Jury

Jailhouse tapes of James "Whitey" Bulger were played Tuesday for jurors, who heard the accused Boston mobster make a machine-gun sound as he chatted about the murder of an associate left riddled with bullets in a phone booth. The gruesome 1975 death of Eddie Connors is one of 19 that Bulger allegedly was involved in. Convicted hitman John Martorano previously testified that Bulger was the triggerman in Connors' slaying. Jurors have also seen a photo of the victim, an ex-boxer, sprawled in the booth with the receiver suspended over his bloodied body. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:10 AM

Zimmerman Prosecution on the Defense

Prosecutors in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman scrambled Tuesday to undo damage to their case by one of their leading witnesses, a Sanford police officer who interviewed the defendant hours after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. The witness, Officer Chris Serino of the Sanford police, had testified under cross-examination on Monday afternoon that Mr. Zimmerman seemed to be telling the truth when he said he had fired his gun in self-defense. The officer's remarks made for a dramatic moment in the trial — and clearly benefited the defense — but drew no immediate objection from the prosecutors. The court then recessed for the day. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:09 AM

July 02, 2013

Jurors Hear Zimmerman Interviews

Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial on Monday listened to a series of police interviews with detectives growing more pointed in their questioning of the neighborhood watch volunteer's account of how he came to fatally shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors played audio and video tapes of the interviews that Zimmerman had with Sanford police investigators Doris Singleton and Chris Serino. In an early interview, just hours after the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting, Singleton recounted that Zimmerman noticed a cross she was wearing and said: "In Catholic religion, it's always wrong to kill someone." Singleton said she responded, "If what you're telling me is true, I don't think that what God meant was that you couldn't save your own life." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:31 AM

Agent Apologizes to Bulger Victims

Retired FBI agent John Morris made an emotional apology in court to the families of those named by prosecutors as victims of accused mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, saying he had indirectly tipped off Bulger's gang that one of the victims was cooperating with federal authorities. "I don't want to ask for your forgiveness, but I do want to express my sincere apology for things that I may have done and things that I didn't do," Morris said, his face reddening and his eyes tearing. "Not a day in my life has gone by that I haven't thought about this. Not a day in my life has gone by that I haven't prayed … that God give you blessing and comfort for the pain that you have suffered. I am truly sorry." Read more...

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June 28, 2013

Bulger Trial Details FBI Corruption

Former FBI supervisor John Morris thought he had left his sordid relationship with James "Whitey" Bulger back in Boston along with the envelopes of money, the cases of expensive wine, the home-cooked meals he had prepared for the accused mob boss. "I wanted to break as many ties as I could with Boston," Morris told a federal court in Boston today. He transferred to FBI headquarters at Quantico, Va., and thought it was over. Read more...

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June 27, 2013

Ohio Victims Want Quick Resolution

A man charged with holding three women captive in his run-down home for about a decade will undergo an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ordered. A brief statement issued by attorneys on behalf of the women suggested they want a quick resolution of the case. "The longer this process lasts, the more painful it is for them. And the more sordid details of this horror that get disclosed in this process, the more painful it is for them," said attorney Kathy Joseph, representing one of the women, Michelle Knight. Read more...

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June 25, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Opens

Prosecutors told six female jurors that a Sanford, Florida Neighborhood Watch captain shot an unarmed teenager because he profiled him as a troublemaker and wanted to shoot him, as opening statements kicked off the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman for shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The defense told the jury a different story: that Zimmerman was forced to shoot in self-defense to save his own life. Read more...

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Teen Gets 34 Years for Gang Murder

A Richmond judge sentenced a teenager to 34 years in prison for murdering another teen in what authorities described as a "cold-blooded, calculated" initiation into a violent street gang. Judge Clarence N. Jenkins Jr. of Richmond Circuit Court ordered the sentence for Luis Osvaldo Ramirez-Cabello, 17, of Chesterfield County, for the slaying of Osbin Noel Hernandez-Gonzales. Hernandez-Gonzales, 18, was shot by Ramirez-Cabello and at least one other teen in July 2011 along a foot trail near the James River in South Richmond. The two shooters committed the killing as an initiation into the street gang MS-13, authorities said. Read more...

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June 24, 2013

Zimmerman Prosecutors Can Use 'Profiled'

Prosecutors will be allowed to tell jurors that George Zimmerman "profiled" black teenager Trayvon Martin before their deadly confrontation, as long as they don't use the term exclusively to refer to race, the judge ruled. Lawyers for Zimmerman, who is of white and Hispanic descent, had asked the Florida court to bar prosecutors from using the term during opening statements, which are slated for Monday morning. During a pre-trial hearing, assistant state attorney John Guy argued that the word "profiled" doesn't necessarily mean someone was singled out because of their race, but could refer to their age, clothes or type of car they were driving. Read more...

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Bulger Wants Gag Order Lifted

James "Whitey" Bulger wants to tell his side of the story -- outside the courtroom. Defense attorneys in Bulger's high-profile racketeering trial filed a motion Saturday saying a gag order is infringing on their client's Constitutional rights of free speech effective assistance of counsel. The defense asks federal Judge Denise J. Casper to lift the gag order, citing "personal attacks" against their client in the media and "an enormous degree of media attention and public discourse." Read more...

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June 21, 2013

6 Women Picked for Zimmerman Jury

Six women were selected to serve on the Florida jury that will decide if George Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The jurors — five of them white and one who is black or Hispanic, according to prosecutors — were identified in court only by number on the ninth day of selection. Four alternates – two men and two women – were also chosen. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:24 AM

Relatives of Bulger Victims Testify

A woman who survived a gangland hit that left her boyfriend paralyzed and his friend dead choked back tears Thursday at the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger as she recalled ducking in the front seat of a new Mercedes Benz when she heard a hail of gunfire. Diane Sussman de Tennen, who was shot in the arm, was the first of a series of witnesses who described being wounded or losing a loved one in shootings allegedly orchestrated by Bulger and his gang. Family members of several victims gave emotional testimony describing how they learned their relatives had been killed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:24 AM

Teen Convicted of Home Arson

A teenager has been convicted of killing his father and two brothers by setting the family's New York home on fire. A jury ruled 16-year-old Michael Pilato guilty of arson and multiple counts of murder, finding he intended to kill his relatives in December 2011 when he used gasoline to set fire to the home in Webster, just northeast of Rochester. Read more...

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June 20, 2013

Trial Date Set for Ariel Castro

A man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them in his home and raping them over a decade was given a late summer trial date. Ariel Castro, 52, appeared in court for a brief hearing as Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said he was aiming to begin the trial by Aug. 4, meeting a 90-day speedy trial requirement. Castro was arrested May 6, and the speedy trial requirement could be waived to allow more preparation time. Castro faces another pretrial hearing June 26. Read more...

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Maine Man Charged in Teen Death

A man accused of using a phony Facebook profile to lure a 15-year-old girl to her death pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and kidnapping charges. Kyle Dube, 20, of Orono, entered the pleas during his arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Defense lawyer Stephen Smith requested a psychological evaluation for Dube, who was returned to jail after the brief court appearance. Dube is accused of creating a fake Facebook profile and using it to set up a meeting with Nichole Cable, of Glenburn, before killing her and hiding her body on May 12. Read more...




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June 19, 2013

Zimmerman Jury Narrowed Down

Forty potential jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial were asked Tuesday to return for further questioning, clearing the first round of interviews for a case that involves issues of race, equal justice and gun control. Prosecutors and defense attorneys whittled down the pool from hundreds of prospects on the seventh day of jury selection. The attorneys had been questioning jurors about their exposure to media coverage of Zimmerman's fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Starting Wednesday, they will be able to ask those invited to the next round more detailed questions about how they feel about the case. Read more...

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June 18, 2013

Hit Man Testifies at Bulger Trial

A former hitman who admitted killing 20 people says he decided to testify against James "Whitey" Bulger after learning Bulger and his partner were FBI informants. John Martorano served 12 years in prison after striking a cooperation deal with prosecutors. He was released in 2007. Martorano, 72, took the witness stand against Bulger. He described Bulger and his partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, as his "partners in crime," his best friends and the godfathers of his children. Read more...

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Joseph Naso: 'I'm Not the Monster'

An elderly California photographer charged with the slayings of four prostitutes dating back to the 1970s opened his own defense at his serial-murder trial, declaring to jurors, "I'm not the monster that killed these women." Joseph Naso, 79, who has admitted a penchant for taking erotic pictures of women and displayed dozens of such photos in court on Monday, stood stoop-shouldered in a blue suit and tie, his hands crossed behind his back, as he politely greeted the 12 men and women who will decide his fate. Read more...

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June 17, 2013

Bible Teacher's Killer to Go Free

A one-time death row inmate who was convicted of stabbing a 78-year-old Indiana Bible teacher 33 times to rob her of $10, is now scheduled to walk free today. Paula Cooper was 15 when she entered the home of Ruth Pelke on May 14, 1985 under the pretense that she wanted to learn more about the Bible. Cooper's death sentence was set aside by the Indiana Supreme Court in 1988, and she was given a 60-year sentence. Read more...

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Former Bookie Testifies Against Bulger

In many respects it was like a meeting of old friends: James "Whitey" Bulger listening carefully -- laughing heartily at one point -- to colorful recollections of former Boston bookie Richard O'Brien, who ran a successful bookmaking operation that he inherited from his father. But this was no remember-when reunion between two elderly men. The 84-year-old O'Brien, who lives in Florida and uses a wheel chair, testified as a prosecution witness at the federal trial of Bulger, who is charged in the deaths of 19 people during the nearly two decades that prosecutors say he was the head of the Irish mob in Boston. Read more...

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June 14, 2013

Zimmerman Jury to Be Sequestered

The six jurors and four alternates eventually picked to hear the second-degree murder case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be sequestered for the two to four weeks the trial will last, the judge presiding over the case said for the first time. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson told a potential juror on the fourth day of selection that all panelists will be kept isolated. During the first four days of jury selection, attorneys have asked potential jurors about the hardships they would face if they were kept away from their families during the trial. Defense attorney Don West explained to one candidate that if picked she would have limited contact with her family, would be monitored by court security outside the courtroom and would have to live in a hotel for the duration. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:07 AM

Jurors in Bulger Trial See Weapons

Jurors in James "Whitey" Bulger's racketeering trial were shown machine guns and other weapons from a massive arsenal that investigators say he and his gang owned, as prosecutors attempted to show that Bulger ran a criminal enterprise through violence, intimidation and fear. Retired state police Col. Thomas Foley identified weapons hidden in several locations during a 2000 investigation, including in a shed behind a South Boston home owned by the mother of Bulger's partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. When investigators searched the shed, they found just one handgun, but later, Flemmi's son led them to a house in Somerville and a storage facility in Florida where the guns had been moved. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:07 AM

Holmes Could Withdraw Insanity Plea

Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes say they might withdraw his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity after they see the results of his mental evaluation. The defense made the statement in a motion. The motion didn't say what plea Holmes would enter if he changes. Nor did the motion indicate what kind of a result would cause the defense to drop the insanity plea, but presumably it would be a finding that he was sane. Read more...

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June 13, 2013

'Whitey' Bulger Trial Begins

Prosecutors called James "Whitey" Bulger a hands-on killer whose Winter Hill Gang "ran amok" in Boston for almost 30 years, as opening statements were made in his federal racketeering trial. Bulger is accused of 19 murders, extorting money from other criminals and corrupting law enforcement officers. The 83-year-old Bulger avoided prosecution for years as a Most Wanted fugitive from 1994 until his capture in 2011. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:25 AM

Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty

A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade pleaded not guilty to hundreds of rape and kidnapping charges, and the defense hinted at avoiding a trial with a plea deal if the death penalty were ruled out. The death penalty is in play because among the accusations facing Ariel Castro, 52, is that he forced a miscarriage by one of the women, which is considered a killing under Ohio law. That charge doesn't include a possible death penalty, but a prosecutor has said that's under review. Read more...

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Escapee Guilty of Barbershop Slaying

A man was convicted of killing a barbershop customer, wounding the barber, and then injuring two officers during a shootout with police, all just days after escaping from prison. Tamik Kirkland of Springfield, who turned 27 during his trial, was found guilty in Hampden Superior Court of first-degree murder and a variety of other charges for the shooting death of Sheldon Innocent, 24, of Wilbraham, a customer at Bill Brown's House of Beauty in April 2011. The murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole. Read more...

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June 12, 2013

Zimmerman Jury Selection Continues

More than 40 potential jurors were dismissed Tuesday - day two of jury selection - in the case of former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, accused of killing unarmed teen Trayvon Martin during an altercation last year in a Sanford, Fla. gated community. After reciting details about the case she had heard in the news, Juror "B-51," a white, female retiree, told the attorneys they're going to have a hard time finding jurors who haven't heard about the case and can only hope they find residents who can keep an open mind. Read more...

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Lawman Convicted in Wife's Death

A former Kansas lawman has been found guilty in his wife's April 2011 death. Brett Seacat was accused of killing 34-year-old Vashti Seacat, 16 days after she filed for divorce. Her charred body was found next to a melted gas container on the remains of her bed, along with a .44-caliber pistol. A Kingman County jury on Tuesday found the 37-year-old guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated endangering a child. Read more...

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June 11, 2013

Bulger Seeks Delay in Openings

Lawyers for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger asked a judge Monday to delay opening statements in his racketeering trial so they can investigate a claim that law enforcement protected a hit man who is expected to be a star prosecution witness. In a written motion, the defense said John Martorano, who admitted killing 20 people, has committed crimes since his 2007 release from federal prison and has been shielded from investigation. Prosecutors opposed the delay, saying in a written response that the allegation was "thoroughly debunked" after an investigation. Read more...

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Stabber Not Guilty By Insanity

A man accused of stabbing four people at a Columbus, Ohio, building last year has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. John Mallett also was ordered sent to a Columbus forensic psychiatric facility under a judge's ruling. The March 2012 attacks appeared to be a random assault on people inside and outside a downtown Columbus trade school. Read more...

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June 10, 2013

Zimmerman Jury Selection Begins

More than 500 potential jurors will begin reporting today as the murder trial of a Florida neighborhood watch captain gets underway. George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin inside a gated community in Sanford. Six jurors and four alternates will be chosen to hear the case, which is expected to last about three months. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:13 AM

Ariel Castro Faces 329 Charges

A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for a decade has been indicted on 329 charges including kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said. A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned the indictment Friday against Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver fired last fall. The grand jury charged Castro with one count of aggravated murder, saying he purposely caused the unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:12 AM

Colorado Man Guilty in Hatchet Murder

An El Paso County jury convicted a Colorado Springs man of first-degree murder in the brutal death of a homeless man who was slain by repeated blows with a hatchet and dumped in a wooded ravine. Jordan Rowland, who reportedly told a friend after the Aug. 16, 2011, killing that victim William C. Mickle "bit the blade," will receive the only penalty available when he is sentenced this month: Life without parole. Read more...

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June 07, 2013

Clay Waller Pleads Guilty to Wife's Murder

A Missouri man has been given a 20-year sentence for the death of his estranged wife in exchange for telling authorities where to find her body two years after she disappeared. Clay Waller pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Jacque Sue Waller on June 1, 2011. She was the mother of the couple's now 7-year-old triplets. Read more...

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Zimmerman Hearing Heats Up

A pre-trial hearing in the George Zimmerman case got heated Thursday as defense lawyers charged that Florida prosecutors have withheld photos of guns taken from Trayvon Martin's phone. "We caught you hiding the information and confronted you about it and you never gave it to us," Zimmerman attorney Don West, testifying on the witness stand, told Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda. De la Rionda had just laced into West, asking why a report from a defense expert was delayed. "Should we be asking for sanctions for you all?" he demanded. Read more...

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Zimmerman Winesses Must Testify Publicly

A Florida judge has denied a defense request to let a handful of witnesses testify confidentiality during George Zimmerman's trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's attorney asked the judge Thursday to allow the witnesses to give their testimony out of the public's eye. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says the witnesses have concerns for their safety about testifying at the trial, which starts next week. He says their testimony could impact the jury's decision. Read more...

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June 06, 2013

Zimmerman Jury Won't Be Sequestered

The identities of potential jurors in the trial of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin will be kept confidential. The judge presiding over George Zimmerman's trial also ruled that potential jurors won't be sequestered, as requested by defense attorneys. During jury selection beginning next week, potential jurors will be referred to only by their jury numbers. Read more...

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Bulger Wants Comments Admitted

Lawyers for reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger want jurors to hear statements that government prosecutors made about a star witness against Bulger, including that the witness is "sick" and not credible. Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. argued in federal court Wednesday the statements about former Bulger cohort Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi during past litigation are critical to helping the jury decide Flemmi's reliability. Read more...

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Man to Plead Guilty in Death of Wife

A lawyer says a southeast Missouri man will plead guilty to killing his estranged wife, a mother of triplets. Public defender Christopher Davis said that Clay Waller will confess to killing 39-year-old Jacque Waller at a Thursday hearing. Jacque Waller's body was found on a Mississippi River island May 29. Davis would not say Wednesday whether Clay Waller led police to his wife's body. She had been missing since June 1, 2011, the same day the couple met with a divorce lawyer. Read more...

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June 05, 2013

Jury Selection Starts in Bulger Trial

Jury selection began in the trial of reputed Boston mob boss and longtime fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger on murder and racketeering charges. Bulger was arrested in California in 2011 after 16 years on the run. Now 83, he's charged in the killings of 19 people during his days as the leader of south Boston's Winter Hill gang. Federal prosecutors say Bulger led the Irish mob from the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. But after Bulger fled impending racketeering charges, investigators found he had been an FBI informant whose handler tipped him off about the charges -- a tale that became the inspiration for the Oscar-winning 2006 drama "The Departed." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:40 AM

Judge Accepts Holmes Insanity Plea

A judge accepted James' Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater shooting suspect. Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Denver-area movie theater last summer, killing 12 people and injuring 70. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The mental evaluation could take months. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:37 AM

Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Murder

A Los Angeles jury has found a woman defendant not guilty of murder in the strangling of an aspiring model. The verdict in favor of defendant Kelly Soo Park prompted friends of Redding to scream and yell, calling her a murderer. Park had to be escorted from court out a back way. The jury returned verdicts twice. The first time the panel found Park not guilty of first-degree murder. After hearing more arguments from lawyers, the panel returned to deliberations and then came back with an acquittal on the lesser included offense of second-degree murder. Read more...

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June 04, 2013

Court OKs DNA Collection at Arrest

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the collection of DNA samples from persons who have been arrested, but not yet convicted of a crime. In a 5-4 vote, the high court the practice is not a violation of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches. The practice of collecting DNA at the time someone is arrested is already in place in 28 states, the District of Columbia and federal law enforcement agencies. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:28 AM

Fort Hood Suspect to Represent Himself

A military judge is allowing the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to represent himself at his upcoming murder trial. The judge also ruled Monday that Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys will remain on the case, but only if he asks for their help. The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, said last week that a report indicates Hasan is mentally competent to represent himself. Read more...

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June 03, 2013

Whitey Bulger Trial to Begin

The long-awaited murder trial of reputed Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is set to begin this week. The 83-year-old Bulger was once a feared man accused of running the violent Winter Hill Gang. Prosecutors say he played a role in 19 murders over two decades and they plan to have his former cohorts testify against him. The infamous gangsters on the witness list include Bulger's former partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, hit man John Martorano and former Bulger lieutenant Kevin Weeks. Read more...

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May 30, 2013

Zimmerman Defense Fund Depleated

George Zimmerman's defense fund is almost depleted with less than two weeks until the former neighborhood watch leader goes on trial in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's attorneys posted on their website that the fund had less than $5,000 left. The fund had almost $315,000 in January. The attorneys say they calculate that Zimmerman needs another $120,000 to put on a good defense or even another $75,000 to give him a fighting chance. Read more...

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May 29, 2013

Judge Limits Zimmerman's Defense

A Florida judge has ruled that attorneys for a neighborhood watch guard, who shot a teenager in a gated community, will not initially be able to bring up aspects of the victim's past at his up-coming trial unless the prosecution opens the door in its case. George Zimmerman's attorneys will not be able to mention Trayvon Martin's marijuana use, school problems and fighting experience during opening statements. Read more...

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May 27, 2013

'Double Jeopardy' Lets Killer Go Free

A Dallas man whom police accused of killing his cancer-stricken girlfriend went free after prosecutors realized the law won't allow him to be charged with murder. Charging Sharone Sylvester Brown, 61, would violate the "double jeopardy" standard because he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault against Sherry Whitacre before prosecutors knew she had died and before her death was ruled a homicide, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office said. Read more...

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May 24, 2013

Arias Jury Hung on Penalty

A mistrial has been declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision. The same jury found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting and stabbing death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. A penalty phase retrial is tentatively scheduled for July 18. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

Zimmerman's Attorneys Release Texts, Pics

The defense team for George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the Florida shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has released a trove of texts and photos from Martin's cell phone — but it's not clear whether they'll be admissible in trial. The newly released evidence, posted to a website run by Zimmerman's defense team, includes texts from Martin where he discusses being suspended from school and smoking marijuana. He also shows an interest in guns in several texts. Read more...

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May 23, 2013

Jodi Arias Jury Still Deliberating

A little more than an hour into deliberations, the jury in the Jodi Arias murder trial told the judge that it had a question: If they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to death or to life in prison for the 2008 murder of her lover, Travis Alexander, should they write it on a jury question form or just tell her? They were at an impasse. Judge Sherry Stephens called them into the courtroom and read them a standard "impasse instruction," asking them to go back to try again. Arias was visibly relieved. Read more...

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May 22, 2013

'The Bishop' Sentenced to 37 Years

An Iowa letter carrier was sentenced to 37 years in prison for sending dud pipe bombs with letters signed "The Bishop" in an odd but potentially deadly bid to drive up the value of shares he owned. John Tomkins, 48, showed little emotion as a federal judge in Chicago imposed the sentence. Later, before marshals led the Dubuque, Iowa, man away in handcuffs, he smiled as his attorney patted his shoulder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

Levy Judge Promises 'Openness'

A judge promised more openness after months of confidential post-trial proceedings in the case of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy, disclosing for the first time the reason a key prosecution witness could be discredited. Prosecutors and defense attorneys for convicted killer Ingmar Guandique were in court again for a hearing in the case. Before the proceeding, lawyers had met several times beginning in December, and the public and press were barred from hearing all or part of those proceedings. Read more...

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May 21, 2013

Judge Releases Boston Bomber's Records

A judge approved a request by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense attorneys to receive records compiled on him in federal prison. U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said in her order that prison officials should give attorneys the daily activity logs, suicide watch logs, psychology data files, photographs, commissary files they requested, and other records. The judge said prosecutors also are entitled to the records, turning down a defense request that the records not be provided to the government until the defense had a chance to file objections to a judge. She also found no reason to keep private the defense's sealed request. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

Character Witness for Jodi Arias Pulls Out

A woman who planned to testify as a character witness for Jodi Arias in a bid to spare her life decided that she couldn't go through with it, saying she had received death threats and was deeply conflicted about the case. Lawyers for Arias, who was convicted earlier this month of the frenzied murder of an ex-lover, quickly asked for a mistrial in the sentencing phase on the grounds that a witness had been intimidated. The judge denied the request. The potential witness, Patricia Womack, is a childhood friend of Arias who planned to testify about Arias' abusive childhood. Besides the threats, she said that her heart went out to the family of Travis Alexander, whom Arias was convicted of killing. Read more...

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May 18, 2013

More Time Needed to Indict Boston Bomber

Federal prosecutors say they'll ask for more time to indict Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Prosecutors said they will not indict Tsranaev within the 30-day period prescribed the Federal Speedy Trial Act. Sunday marks 30 days since Tsarnaev was arrested following the April 15 bombing. Prosecutors didn't specify under which exception they'd seek an extension. Read more...

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May 17, 2013

Arias Lawyers Wanted to Withdraw

Attorneys for Jodi Arias asked to step down from the case after their client was convicted of first-degree murder, but a judge denied the request. Arias returned to court for the final phase of her trial as the same jury that convicted her last week now weighs whether the former waitress should be sentenced to life in prison or death. Her attorneys must convince jurors she shouldn't be executed. But just Tuesday, Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott asked a judge for permission to withdraw from the case. The detail was contained in court minutes and provides no information about why the two defense lawyers asked to withdraw. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:51 AM

Bulger Wants Jury Background Checks

Federal prosecutors in the upcoming racketeering trial of Massachusetts' reputed gangster Whitey Bulger want to do criminal background checks on potential jurors. In a court filing, prosecutors cited the case of convicted killer Gary Sampson, who was sentenced to death for carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men and was also convicted of killing a New Hampshire man during a 2001 crime spree. Sampson's sentence was set aside by a judge who found that one juror repeatedly answered questions about her life dishonestly. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:51 AM

Jury Believes Blinking Victim

An Ohio man was found guilty in the shooting death of a man who authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator. Ricardo Woods, 35, was convicted of fatally shooting David Chandler in Cincinnati in 2010 by a Hamilton County Common Pleas jury. Woods also was convicted of felonious assault. He could be sentenced to life in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:50 AM

Etan Patz Case Heads to Trial

The murder case will proceed against Pedro Hernandez -- accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared on his way to a New York City school bus stop in 1979 -- after a judge denied a motion to dismiss the case, a court official said. Judge Maxwell Wiley determined that there was enough evidence for the case against Hernandez to proceed, according to the judge's clerk's office. The defendant's lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, said that while he believes Hernandez shouldn't face murder charges, he's not surprised by the decision. Read more...

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May 16, 2013

12-Year-Old Charged With Murder

A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister appeared in juvenile court to face murder charges. The boy was formally charged with second-degree murder in the death of his sister, Leila Fowler. No plea was entered in the brief hearing. The small town of Valley Springs, Calif., is reeling after authorities made an arrest in the killing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler: her 12-year-old brother, who previously said a man broke into their house and killed his sister. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:16 AM

May 15, 2013

Prosecutors: Trayvon's Behavior Not Relevant

With the murder trial still a month away, attorneys are already fighting it out in court in the case of Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Prosecutors want to block George Zimmerman's defense team from presenting evidence about Martin's marijuana use and background. Meanwhile, Zimmerman's attorneys are challenging audio analysis of screams heard on 9-1-1 calls made during the shooting. Read more...

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May 14, 2013

Abortionist Convicted of First-Degree Murder

Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for the death of three babies that prosecutors said were delivered alive and subsequently killed. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty when the jury reconvenes for the sentencing phase next week. "He's disappointed and he's upset," defense lawyer Jack McMahon said of his client, who appeared calm in the courtroom. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Prosecutors Want to Hide Travon's Past

Florida prosecutors say Trayvon Martin's troubles at school and his marijuana smoking should not be talked about at a trial for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Prosecutors asked a judge to block Zimmerman's attorneys from presenting this evidence as well as information about Martin getting into a fight and wearing fake gold teeth. Prosecutors also want to keep out of the trial any social media screen names Martin used, the contents of his text messages and his school records. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

May 13, 2013

Teen Gets 27 Years in Killing

A Mississippi teenager faces 27 years in prison after running over and killing a man walking along a rural highway in a case the victim's family called a hate crime. Matthew Darby, 18, pleaded guilty earlier this week to manslaughter in the July 2012 death of 61-year-old Johnny Lee Butts. Companions put Darby at the wheel of the white Chevrolet that hit Butts from behind on a highway in Panola County, about 150 miles north of Jackson. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:04 AM

Man Gets 100 Years in Murder of Teen

A Hartford man was sentenced to 100 years in prison for the shooting death of a 15-year-old. Paul Davis is one of two suspects in the shooting death of Kerry Foster on May 28, 2006. Foster and a 14-year-old friend were standing on Clark Street when a car pulled up alongside them and shots were fired. Foster was killed. The 14-year-old was wounded, but survived. An investigation by the Hartford Major Crimes Unit and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney led to the arrest of Davis in 2009. Read more...

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May 10, 2013

Zimmerman Wants Jurors Sequestered

The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin wants the jury at his trial to be sequestered and for panelists to be able to inspect the crime scene. Zimmerman's attorney filed a motion asking that jurors be kept in isolation during the trial and that their names and other personal information remain confidential because of the immense attention the case has received. Read more...

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May 08, 2013

Equusearch Seeks $100,000 from Casey Anthony

A Texas search and rescue organization involved in the search for 2-year-old Caylee Anthony says her mother, Casey, owes it more than $100,000 in expenses. Attorneys for Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery say in recent federal bankruptcy court documents that Casey Anthony knew her daughter was already dead when the search began in 2008. Anthony was acquitted of murder in her daughter's death. Her attorney said during trial that the girl drowned accidentally in a family swimming pool. Read more...

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May 07, 2013

Casey Anthony Judge Felt 'Shock, Disbelief'

Two years after jury selection began for the Casey Anthony murder trial, Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the case, said the Florida mother was "very manipulative." "There were two sides to Casey Anthony," he told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Monday in an exclusive interview. "There was the side that was before the jury, where she portrayed the role of a mother who had lost a child, someone who was wrongfully accused, and then you could notice the change and transformation in her when the jury went out." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Zimmerman Challenges Use of Voice Experts

A lawyer for a Florida man charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin is asking a judge to bar voice-recognition experts from testifying at his murder trial on grounds their techniques are not scientifically valid. Prosecutors are expected to call audio experts to testify in the trial of George Zimmerman to analyze a 911 call made during the night when Martin was shot and killed. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, goes on trial June 10 on charges of second-degree murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Man Sentenced for Murder of Parents

A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison in the shotgun slayings of his parents in their suburban Pittsburgh home. James Yeckel Jr., 54, pleaded guilty in Allegheny County to third-degree murder. Yeckel apologized "to the family" for the September 2011 deaths of 74-year-old James and Carol Ann Yeckel. Read more...

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May 04, 2013

Arias Jury Begins Deliberations

Jurors began deliberations in Jodi Arias' murder trial on Friday after four months of testimony and closing arguments from both sides that presented far different scenarios of the killing and motivation, leaving the panel to come to grips with the dearth of evidence and Arias' ever-changing version of events. The panel deliberated for just about an hour before concluding for the day. Deliberations resume Monday. Closing arguments wrapped up with Arias' lawyer imploring jurors to take an impartial view of his client, even if they don't like her, and prosecutors describing the defendant as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the attack and is still lying. Read more...

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May 03, 2013

Jackson Jurors Hear Voicemail

Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, told him Jackson was sick, and implored him to have blood tests done, according to a voicemail played Thursday in court. The message left by Frank DeLeo was retrieved by police from the cellphone of Dr. Murray and played during the trial of a negligence lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against concert promoter AEG Live. "I'm sure you're aware he had an episode last night," the message said. "He's sick ... We gotta see what he's doing." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:57 AM

Judge Rejects Bulger's Immunity Defense

A federal judge has rejected accused mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's plan to argue that he cannot be prosecuted for 19 murders because of an immunity agreement worked out with a now-deceased prosecutor. In a court filing made public, District Court Judge Denise Casper said lawyers for Bulger could not make the case at trial that he had immunity from prosecution. Read more...

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May 02, 2013

Woman Gets 10 Years for 1957 Murder

Seventy-six-year-old Ruby C. Klokow of Sheboygan pleaded no contest three months ago in her daughter's 1957 death. Prosecutors previously agreed to recommend a jail sentence of 45 days because of her age and medical issues. They also cited challenges associated with prosecuting such an old case. But Judge Angela Sutkiewicz delivered a harsher sentence. Read more...

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April 30, 2013

Famed Attorney to Defend Bomber

A famed death penalty attorney has joined the defense team in the case of the deadly bombings that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Judy Clarke, who has served as criminal defense attorney in several high-profile death penalty cases, will help defend 19-year-old bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three and injured 264 on April 15, 2013. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Attorney: Jackson Trial to Get 'Ugly'

AEG Live's lawyer warned jurors that "we're going to show some ugly stuff" as he began the defense's opening statement in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. The concert promoter has no choice to reveal Jackson's "deepest, darkest secret" because the company must defend itself from the accusation from Jackson's family that it is responsible for the pop icon's death, Marvin Putnam said. Before Putnam began, a Jackson lawyer played for the jury a sentimental song Jackson wrote and recorded for his three children titled "You Are My Life." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:38 AM

Woman Guilty of Severing Husband's Penis

A Southern California jury has convicted a woman who was accused of drugging her estranged husband before severing his penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal. Jurors found Catherine Kieu guilty of charges of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 11, 2011, attack. During trial, the 60-year-old victim testified that his penis could not be reattached and that he felt as though he had been murdered. Deputy District Attorney John Christl told jurors that Kieu, 50, drugged the man's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife. Read more...

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April 26, 2013

Another Jodi Arias Juror Dismissed

A third juror has been dismissed in the Jodi Arias murder trial in Phoenix. The juror's dismissal leaves 15 people on the jury panel to decide Arias' fate. No reason for the dismissal was immediately announced. Arias faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:07 AM

Man Charged for Killing Teen Burglers

A Minnesota man accused of killing two teenagers who broke into his home last year has been charged with first-degree murder. A grand jury indicted Byron Smith under seal Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder with premeditation. The 64-year-old Smith initially was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the November deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Read more...

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April 24, 2013

Judge Delays 'In Cold Blood' Auction

A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked the auction of investigation files of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family known as the "In Cold Blood" slayings. Judge Larry Hendricks ruled that he wanted to personally view the files, that were kept at the home of KBI agent Harold Nye, before making a final decision. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:52 AM

Man Gets Life for Killing 2 Sisters

A 32-year-old northwest Missouri man has been sentenced to two life terms after pleading guilty to killing two sisters while he was high on methamphetamine. Clifford Miller, of Trimble, pleaded guilty in Platte County Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree murder. A judge sentenced him to two life terms without the possibility of parole in the July 2012 deaths of 19-year-old Britny Haarup and 22-year-old Ashley Key. Read more...

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April 23, 2013

Jury Chosen in Michael Jackson Case

A jury was chosen in the $40 billion civil lawsuit over the death of Michael Jackson that pits the pop star's mother against concert promoters AEG Live. After a month-long search for a jury, six men and six women were seated to hear what could be an emotional three-month trial that will revisit the checkered life and 2009 death of the "King of Pop" on the eve of a planned comeback. Three alternate jurors still have to be chosen, clearing the way for opening statements to begin possibly later this week or early next week. Read more...

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April 22, 2013

Jurors Voice Anti-Jackson Opinions

Lawyers in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother began using challenges to reject prospective jurors but were confronted with a new set of panelists who had strong opinions critical of the superstar singer. The search was to continue for jurors who could be impartial toward Jackson and AEG, the company that promoted Jackson's ill-fated "This is It" concert. No sooner had the attorneys excused two panelists for bias and used five of their 16 peremptory challenges to remove others without stating a cause than they were confronted with new problems. Read more...

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April 19, 2013

Grandmother Gets 22 Years for Murder

A 75-year-old Detroit-area woman convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her teen grandson was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison, despite a plea from her lawyer that she may not survive a long stay. Sandra Layne got a minimum sentence of 20 years for second-degree murder, along with a mandatory two-year sentence for using a gun to kill 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman. Hoffman was shot six times, including twice in the back, last spring in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

April 17, 2013

Jodi Arias' Defense Rests

Defense attorneys in Jodi Arias' murder trial rested their case after about 2 1/2 months of testimony aimed at portraying the defendant as a victim of domestic violence who was forced to fight for her life on the day she killed her one-time boyfriend. The trial is expected to continue at least several more weeks before jurors begin deliberations. Testimony in the trial began in early January with opening statements, followed by the prosecutor making quick work of the state's case, concluding in less than two weeks. Defense attorneys began calling witnesses on Jan. 29. Read more...

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April 16, 2013

Arias Trial to Feature Victim Photos

Defense lawyers and the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial had a series of sharp exchanges over allegations of attorney misconduct and whether digitally enhanced photos of the victim should be presented for the jury as it decides whether to convict the former waitress and aspiring photographer of murder. The arguments between prosecutor Juan Martinez and defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi showed how acrimonious the trial has become between the two sides after more than three months of testimony. Read more...

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April 15, 2013

Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Ridgeway Case

The Colorado teenager accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway pleaded not guilty on all counts he is facing, a court spokesman said. Austin Sigg is accused of strangling young Jessica, dismembering her and placing some of her body parts in a crawlspace under his family's home. Sigg, who lived about one mile from Ridgeway family, was 17 at the time of the killing and was charged as an adult. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

School District Sue False Accuser

The Long Beach Unified School District is suing a woman who falsely accused a former high school football star of rape in hopes of recovering legal fees and a $750,000 settlement paid to her. The district alleged Wanetta Gibson committed contractual fraud in a lawsuit filed last November. Gibson was 15 when she accused Brian Banks of attacking her on their high school campus. He insisted the sexual contact with Gibson was consensual, but pleaded no contest to forcible rape on the advice of his lawyer and spent more than five years in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Gov. Must Reduce Prison Population

A panel of three federal judges has roundly rejected California Governor Jerry Brown's contention that his state's prisons are no longer overcrowded, and ordered the state to continue to reduce its inmate population. The judges, in an opinion issued on Thursday, denied the state's request to be released from a court-imposed cap that limits California's ability to hold more than roughly a third more prisoners than its facilities were built to house. They also demanded that the state develop a detailed plan to carry out its order, due in three weeks, and in a strongly worded statement reminded Brown that he must comply with the court's orders. Read more...

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April 12, 2013

Arias Sells Art for Money From Jail

Jodi Arias is apparently profiting from the notoriety she has received since killing her one-time boyfriend, selling drawings from jail on a website operated by a third party, her mother said. The website, which also accepts donations, offers her original art work, noting authenticity in the form of the following: "All pieces created after January 26, 2013 are authenticated with Jodi Arias' right thumbprint." Her mother, Sandra Arias, said the site is, indeed, Jodi's. The money is being used to help pay for family expenses while attending the trial, she said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Zimmerman's Mom Blasts News Media

In a scathing letter released on the anniversary of George Zimmerman's arrest in Trayvon Martin's shooting death, Zimmerman's mother writes that her son was charged "solely to placate the masses," and that the news media helped pass on a false narrative against an innocent man. "April 11, 2012, will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses," Gladys Zimmerman wrote. Read more...

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April 11, 2013

'Rockefeller' Imposter Guilty of 1985 Murder

After deliberating for one day, a California jury has found Christian Gerhartsreiter guilty of first-degree murder. The man who once used the alias "Clark Rockefeller" was convicted of the murder of John Sohus who disappeared along with his wife Linda in 1985. Gerhartsreiter's defense tried to blame the murder on Linda Sohus, who has never been found. Read more...

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April 10, 2013

'Rockefeller' Jury Begins Deliberations

After a presentation by the prosecutor that seemed to have many in the court spellbound, jurors today began deliberating in the murder trial of Christian Gerhartsreiter, the con man known as Clark Rockefeller in Massachusetts, who is accused of killing the son of his former landlord in 1985. The panel left the courtroom for their closed-door deliberations around 1 p.m Eastern Daylight Time after hearing a nearly hourlong rebuttal closing argument from the prosecutor, Habib Balian, who stitched together the circumstantial case against Gerhartsreiter. Read more...

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April 08, 2013

Michael Jackson Civil Trial Begins

As jury selection continues in a civil trial brought by the family of pop singer Michael Jackson against the company who was promoting his concerts, a judge has ruled cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. Jackson's mother Katherine and his three children are suing AEG Live for negligence and breach of contract for hiring the doctor who gave him a lethal dose of anesthetics. Anschutz Entertainment Group claims that it was Jackson, not the company, who hired Dr. Conrad Murray. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:44 AM

Judge Wants Speedy Stoller Trial

A Georgia judge says he wants a trial before the year ends for a teenager charged with fatally shooting a baby in the face. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley told attorneys Friday he expects a 2013 trial for 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins. The suspect is charged with malice murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago two weeks ago in the coastal city of Brunswick. Police say the child was shot as Elkins and a younger teenager tried to rob the boy's mother. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:43 AM

Man Sentenced in Beheading of Girlfriend

A man who pleaded guilty to murder in the beheading of his pregnant girlfriend on a New York City rooftop in 1989 was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Philip Ward apologized tearfully for killing Veronica Bowen, who was six weeks pregnant. The 46-year-old Ward, who pleaded guilty on March 22, is already in prison for killing the woman who became his girlfriend after Bowen's death. The sentences will run consecutively. Bowen's naked, headless body was found on the rooftop of an upper Manhattan apartment building. Her head was never found. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:43 AM

Man Gets Life in Officers' Deaths

An Alaska man has been sentenced to prison for life in the 2010 shooting deaths of two Hoonah police officers, in a case that rocked that tiny community and galvanized the state's law enforcement community. State court Judge David George on Friday sentenced John Marvin Jr. to two consecutive sentences of 99 years in the deaths of Hoonah Police Sgt. Anthony Wallace and officer Matthew Tokuoka. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

Mom of Frozen Newborn Sentenced

A northern Illinois woman who admitted leaving a newborn daughter to freeze to death along a rural roadway in 2004 was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Katie Stockton, 32, faced up to 60 years in prison for the death of the infant, who became known as Baby Crystal around the Rock River Valley after her frozen remains were found. Winnebago County prosecutors dropped 11 remaining murder charges in exchange for her guilty plea in February to a single count of first-degree murder. Read more...

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April 05, 2013

Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned of Threat

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told campus police a month before the Colorado theater attack that Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, according to documents. Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, Denver, told police in June that the shooting suspect also threatened and intimidated her. It was more than a month before the July 20 attack at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:55 AM

Arias Jury Will Not Be Sequestered

The judge in Jodi Arias' murder case denied a defense motion to order jurors sequestered for the remainder of the trial during a bizarre week when one panelist was removed and videos emerged of Arias' parents telling authorities she has mental problems. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi sought the sequestration after noting the release of the footage and parts of Arias' journal to the media, explaining it could bias the jury. Read more...

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April 04, 2013

Gang Founder Re-Sentenced to 108 Years

One of the founders of a white supremacist Colorado prison gang was re-sentenced Wednesday to 108 years in prison for gang activities behind bars, ruling out parole for a man the judge called "a thoroughly dangerous individual." Benjamin Davis was serving a 30-year sentence for robberies he committed when he was 19 when authorities say he helped start the 211 Crew. While in prison, he was convicted of charges related to his gang involvement, including racketeering and assault, and sentenced to 108 years in 2007. In February, the state appeals court ordered that a judge review whether the 38-year-old should serve the sentences back-to-back for 138 years total or 108 years, which might give Davis a chance at parole. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:51 AM

Alaska Woman Acquitted of Murdering Husband

A jury acquitted an Alaska woman who shot her husband six times as he slept, killing him, after she said the man held her against her will and tortured her for three days. A Palmer jury found Lisa Donlon not guilty on all counts after several days of deliberations following a four-week trial. Donlon was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. She shot her husband, Jason Donlon, once in the head and five times in the back with a .45-caliber handgun while he slept Oct. 7, 2010. The mother of three called 911 to report the shooting. Read more...

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April 03, 2013

Bulger's Lawyers Argue Immunity Deal

Attorneys for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger are arguing that authorities in Massachusetts should keep their end of an alleged deal granting him immunity from federal prosecution. Bulger's attorneys made the argument in papers filed in federal court in Boston. The 83-year-old Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings. In their filing, his attorneys say Bulger was an FBI informant whose deal with authorities gave him immunity from federal prosecution in return for cooperation. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:04 AM

Juror Removed in Arias Trial

An Arizona judge dismissed a female juror Tuesday in the murder trial of Jodi Arias, but denied the defense's motion for a mistrial. Judge Sherri Stephens dismissed juror number 5, a married, white woman in her 30s. The woman has multi-colored hair and was said to be observant and a good note-taker. Arias' attorneys claimed "juror misconduct" was discovered during a closed proceeding last week, though they didn't cite specifics. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:03 AM

Trial to Revisit Michael Jackson's Life

Jury selection has begun in a Los Angeles civil trial that will revisit the checkered life and sudden death of superstar Michael Jackson before a planned comeback that he had hoped would revive his tattered personal and musical reputation. Jackson's elderly mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, the promoters of a never-realized series of 2009 London concerts, for the wrongful death of her son, alleging they were negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he rehearsed for a planned series of 50 shows. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:03 AM

Ex-Wife of 'Clark Rockefeller' Testifies

The woman who married a notorious Rockefeller impostor and bore his child told jurors in his murder trial how she was charmed by the bright, quirky man during their 12-year-marriage. Sandra Boss, 45, said she ­believed everything the man, who called himself Clark Rockefeller, told her about himself. Testifying in court, Boss said the couple met in 1993 when she was studying for her MBA at Harvard University and was invited to a cocktail party at his New York apartment. The theme was the game Clue, and they came in costume. Read more...

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April 02, 2013

Ex-Wife to Testify in 'Rockefeller' Trial

As the murder trial of Rockefeller impersonator Christian Gerhartsreiter resumes Tuesday, his ex-wife Sandra Boss, who was deceived into 12 years of marriage and bearing his child under the Rockefeller name, is scheduled to take the witness stand. The prosecution wants the jury to consider that the same man capable of perpetrating a heartless con job on his own wife and child could also commit murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:16 AM

March 29, 2013

Zimmerman Deposition Request Denied

For a second time, a judge is denying a request by George Zimmerman's attorney to depose a lawyer for the family of Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson issued the denial this week. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, wanted to depose Ben Crump, claiming he could provide testimony that shows a key witness for prosecutors had lied. Crump interviewed the teen known as "Witness 8" shortly after Martin's shooting death in February 2012. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

March 28, 2013

Man Guilty in Wrongful Conviction Case

A West Texas jury convicted a man for the murder of an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying and spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated. Jurors in San Angelo found Mark Alan Norwood guilty of capital murder for the 1986 beating death of Christine Morton, who was attacked in her north Austin home, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported. Prosecutors said Norwood beat and sexually assaulted the woman. He now faces up to life in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:51 AM

March 27, 2013

Bulger's Lawyers Want Informant's Identity

Lawyers for reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger have asked a judge to order prosecutors to turn over the name of an informant they say could help them discredit an important witness. The defense says the informant could help them challenge the truthfulness of Kevin Weeks, a longtime Bulger associate who is expected to be a key prosecution witness at Bulger's trial. Bulger's lawyers say the informant could contradict Weeks' past testimony about the proceeds from a $14.3 million winning lottery ticket he, Bulger and two others shared in 1991. A former FBI agent has said two informants said the lottery ticket was a money-laundering scheme. Read more...

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March 23, 2013

Postcard Key in 'Rockefeller' Trial

Testimony in the murder trial of notorious Rockefeller impostor Christian Gerhartsreiter examined a postcard from Linda Sohus sent to her mother from Paris after she disappeared. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sohus' mother testified that she was puzzled to receive a postcard from her daughter from Paris after she disappeared in 1985 along with her husband, John Sohus. Susan Mayfield said her daughter did not have a passport or enough money saved for such an extravagant trip, and had never mentioned leaving the country. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:33 AM

March 22, 2013

Judge Orders Hearing for 'Barefoot Bandit'

A superior court judge in Washington has ordered a new court date for charges the Skagit County prosecutor is pursuing against "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore. Harris-Moore's attorney John Henry Browne says the next hearing on April 10 will be to consider dismissing the new charges, which are for a crime Harris-Moore already pleaded guilty to in a 2011 plea deal with three counties. Read more...

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March 20, 2013

Defiant Teen Gets Life in Ohio Shooting

Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria. T.J. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

Grandmother Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

A grandmother who said she shot her drug-addicted grandson in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder in the death. The jury deliberated over parts of two days in the case of Sandra Layne, 75, charged with open murder in the May 18 death of Jonathan Hoffman, 17. Prosecutors said Layne stalked her grandson inside the West Bloomfield, Mich., condo where they both lived and shot him six times, intent on killing him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

Woman Guilty of Murder of Newborn Twins

A jury has convicted a 26-year-old Tennessee woman of felony murder and other counts in the smothering deaths of her newborn twins. She was immediately sentenced to life in prison. The jury found Lindsey Lowe of suburban Nashville guilty of felony murder, premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse after deliberating for two hours. Jurors had heard testimony that Lowe told police she smothered her twin boys after giving birth in the bathroom of her parent's home Sept. 12, 2011. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

March 19, 2013

Arias Suffers From Dissociative Amnesia

A defense witness says Jodi Arias suffers from dissociative amnesia and that explains why she can't remember much from the day she says she killed her lover in self-defense. Psychologist Richard Samuels testified Monday at Arias' Arizona murder trial that such amnesia is caused with a person suffers a traumatic event, such as a killing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

March 16, 2013

New Judge Named for Bulger's Trial

A new judge has been named to preside over the trial of former Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger a day after the previous judge was removed to eliminate any appearance of bias. The clerk of the federal court announced the appointment of U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper. A federal appeals court had removed Judge Richard Stearns from the case, citing his background as a former federal prosecutor. Stearns worked that job in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

March 15, 2013

Court Removes Whitey Bulger's Judge

The judge who was set to preside over the trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was removed from the case Thursday by a federal appeals court that found his background as a former federal prosecutor could create the appearance of bias. In a significant victory for the defense, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns must step down from the case. Bulger's lawyers argued that Stearns should be removed because he was a federal prosecutor in Boston in the 1980s. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:44 AM

March 14, 2013

Man Gets Probation in Death of 360-Pound Wife

A Detroit-area man who authorities say allowed his 360-pound wife to fester and die in a bed surrounded by her own waste avoided prison Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to probation. Michael Brooks pleaded guilty in January to a felony charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult. His wife, Yolanda Reese-Brooks, died of morbid obesity and other injuries in October. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:14 AM

March 13, 2013

Hearing Begins in Murder of Marine Wife

Three people charged in the murder of 22-year old Marine wife, Brittany Killgore, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for them to stand trial. Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Killgore in April 2012. The defendants, who have all pleaded not guilty, are also charged with conspiracy, kidnapping and torture. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Father Charged in Boy's Roadside Death

A Petaluma man faces criminal charges after a birthday outing led to the roadside death of his daughter's 13-year-old friend. Mike Krnaich, 41, was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment in the June 15 accident that resulted in the death of Trevor Smith. The accident occurred when Krnaich was taking his daughter and some friends on a trip to Lake Mendocino, and his pickup truck ran out of fuel on Highway 101. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:13 AM

March 12, 2013

Jury Selection Begins for 'Clark Rockefeller'

The German immigrant who used a string of aliases across the country to cover his crimes, is going on trial for the 1985 death of his California landlord. Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of Christian Gerhartsreiter, best known as "Clark Rockefeller." Gerhartsreiter has been charged with the murder of John Sohus, who disappeared along, with his wife Linda, in 1985. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:27 AM

March 08, 2013

Caged Child Trial 'Most-Disturbing'

Gloucester County's Commonwealth's Attorney says she took on one of the most disturbing cases she's ever prosecuted, when she was elected to office back in November. In April of 2011, police arrested Brian Gore, 31, and his wife Shannon, 26, after discovering the couple's six-year-old daughter starved in a make-shift cage inside their trailer. Prosecutor Holly Smith says the horrifying discovery rattled the small Gloucester community. "I can't image there's a prosecutor in Virginia who's ever seen a case like this before," Smith says. Read more...

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March 07, 2013

Jodi Arias Answers Juror Questions

Jodi Arias was peppered with questions from the jury in her murder trial Wednesday about her actions on the day she killed her lover and in the months leading up to that fateful day in Arizona. Arizona is one of just a few states where jurors are allowed to ask questions of witnesses during a criminal trial as a matter of law. Jurors in the Arias trial had about 100 questions for her after her lengthy testimony over the last two weeks. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:19 AM

Defendant Testifies in Craigslist Killings Case

The alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers testified at his trial today, telling an Ohio jury he's innocent and had actually been targeted by one alleged victim who survived. Richard Beasley could face the death penalty if he's convicted of the killings on a southeastern Ohio farm where he allegedly shot three men who responded to online job ads. "I had no idea that somebody, anybody, had been killed down on that farm. I had no way to know," Richard Beasley, 53, testified at his murder trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:18 AM

March 06, 2013

Zimmerman Cancels 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

In a move that surprised prosecutors, attorneys for the man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin cancelled a scheduled pre-trial hearing on issues surrounding Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. George Zimmerman's lawyers said they do not have time to prepare for the pre-trial hearing and the up-coming June 10 jury trial too. The move, however, could signal a shift in strategy for Zimmerman's defense team. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:15 AM

Killer Wyoming Teens Denied Bail

Two Wyoming teenagers who police say stole guns then murdered a family while trying to steal a car will be held in jail without bail. Stephen Hammer, 19, and Tanner VanPelt, 18, made their first appearance in court Tuesday after being apprehended in connection with a triple murder in Clark, a small community near the border with Montana. Circuit Judge Bruce Waters ruled that due to the severity of the charges – 11 felonies in all, including premeditated murder, murder during a robbery and using a firearm to commit a crime – the two men would be held without bond. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

Arias Accuses Boyfriend of Pedophilia

Jodi Arias has resumed testimony in her Arizona death penalty case discussing her accusations that the victim had sexual desires for young boys. The 32-year-old is charged in the June 2008 killing of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. She says it was self-defense, but police say she planned the attack on Travis Alexander in a jealous rage. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with Alexander's death, then blamed it on masked intruders before settling on self-defense. Arias' attorney worked again to portray the victim as a sexual deviant. As questioning resumed, Arias read from journal entries noting, without specifically citing, her concern for his deviancy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

March 05, 2013

Judge Rejects Whitey Bulger's Immunity Claim

Gangster James "Whitey" Bulger cannot present evidence to a jury about his claim that he was given immunity for future crimes, including murder, a federal judge ruled Monday, calling Bulger's contention that he had a license to kill "beyond the pale." U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns found that an immunity agreement "cannot as a matter of public policy license future criminal conduct." "The court concludes that any grant of prospective immunity to commit murder was without authorization and is hence unenforceable under any circumstance," Stearns wrote. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:36 AM

Casey Anthony Appears in Federal Court

Casey Anthony said in bankruptcy court Monday that she doesn't pay rent or utilities, and she hasn't received any offers for book, movie or TV deals. Anthony made her remarks at a meeting with creditors in her bankruptcy case in Tampa. She also said she was unemployed. "I don't pay rent. I don't pay utilities. I guess you could say I'm living free off the kindness of others," she said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:34 AM

March 02, 2013

Aurora Shooter to Plead Insanity?

James Eagan Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a crowded Colorado movie theater last year, may seek to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers indicated in court documents. Holmes, 25, allegedly stormed a theater in Centennial, Colo., showing the premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20 and opened fire with an armament of legally acquired weapons. He is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other offenses. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:22 AM

Woman Sentenced in Septic Tank Case

A newly unsealed confession shows a woman told authorities her son accidentally strangled his estranged wife before his parents helped hide the body in a southeast Ohio septic tank. Sandra Inman told an investigator in 2011 she wanted to see her grandchildren more, so she and her husband and son forced her daughter-in-law, Summer, into a car in Logan to discuss the issue. Inman said her son bound his wife's wrists with plastic zip ties and unintentionally strangled her with one around the neck. Inman said they panicked and hid the body. A week later, Inman told authorities where it was. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:21 AM

March 01, 2013

Cop Killer Gets 45 Years

A man convicted of firing the shot in a botched robbery that killed a New York City police officer has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison. Lamont Pride was convicted this month of second-degree murder in the death of Officer Peter Figoski. He was acquitted of a more serious murder charge. The courtroom was crowded with police officers and Figoski's family during sentencing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

February 26, 2013

Prosecutor Questions Honesty of Jodi Arias

Jodi Arias calmly tried to explain away her lies Monday as a prosecutor in her Arizona murder trial hammered her about not being honest with authorities, friends or family, even sending the victim's grandmother flowers after she killed him, all in an attempt to throw off suspicion and avoid being charged. Arias said she lied because she was ashamed of having killed her lover, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. Arias also said she didn't want details of their raunchy sexual relationship to be revealed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:10 AM

Evidence Detailed in Ohio Craigslist Trial

The alleged mastermind of a deadly plot to lure victims with phony Craigslist job offers, a scheme that led to three deaths and the wounding of a fourth man, went on trial Monday for murder, with prosecutors outlining motives of robbery and identity theft. "He wanted a new identity and he got it," prosecutor Emily Pelphrey told jurors as she outlined the evidence against Richard Beasley, 53, an ex-convict who slumped in his wheelchair without looking at Pelphrey. Beasley has back problems. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:10 AM

February 22, 2013

Jodi Arias Cross-Examination Heats Up

A woman charged in the stabbing and shooting death of her Arizona lover traded barbs with a prosecutor under a withering cross-examination as she struggled to explain why she can recall precise details of her life from years earlier, yet can't remember crucial aspects of the murder case against her. Jodi Arias, 32, was testifying for a ninth day as the prosecution began its cross-examination, hammering her with questions about her apparent selective memory. Questioning grew so heated Thursday that the judge admonished Arias and prosecutor Juan Martinez to stop talking over each other. Arias smirked at times while Martinez stammered in frustration. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:33 PM

More Charges in Jessica Ridgeway Case

Colorado prosecutors have added a sexual exploitation charge against an 18-year-old accused of killing and kidnapping a suburban Denver school girl. He's also charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery in the October killing of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, of Westminster, and accused of attacking a runner. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:32 PM

Drew Peterson Gets 38 Years

A former Illinois police officer has been sentenced for the death of his third wife, which was originally ruled as an accident. Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the death of Kathleen Savio after screaming in court, "I did not kill Kathleen!" Peterson was convicted of Savio's 2004 murder on September 6, 2012. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:36 AM

February 21, 2013

Jodi Arias Says She Doesn't Remember

A woman charged with killing her lover testified Wednesday that she has no recollection of stabbing him, slitting his throat or even whether she shot him during a fight at his Arizona home nearly five years ago. Jodi Arias, 32, has spent nearly eight days on the witness stand recounting in precise detail one event of her life after another, but when pressed Wednesday about how she killed Travis Alexander, she drew a blank, noting there was a "huge gap" in her memory from that day in June 2008. She remembers getting in a fight with Alexander, shooting at him as they tussled, putting a knife in the dishwasher and disposing of the gun in the desert as she drove from Arizona on her way to see a friend in Utah. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:02 AM

February 19, 2013

Peterson Lawyers Take Fight to Court

A lawyerly war of words between Drew Peterson's former lead trial attorney and current lawyers is heading to court. Jurors in September convicted the former suburban Chicago police officer of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. A judge will hear arguments from current attorneys that Peterson deserves a new trial on grounds that lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched the initial trial. Brodsky left defense team in November and denies the allegations. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:10 AM

February 18, 2013

Former Ms. Washington Sentenced

Peggy Sue Thomas, a former Ms. Washington, was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the murder of a former colleague's husband. Thomas accepted a plea bargain in January, one week before she was due to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge. She pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree and prosecutors recommended a four-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. In the case, prosecutors alleged that Thomas and her then-boyfriend, James Huden, lured Russel Douglas into a remote area so Huden could shoot him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

February 16, 2013

Speight Receives 5 Life Sentences

A man once ruled incompetent to assist with his defense, has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the shootings of eight people at his Appomattox home. Christopher Speight was sentenced to five life sentences plus 18 years for the January 2010 mass murders in rural Virginia. Speight pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder, one count of attempted capital murder of a police officer and five firearms-related charges. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:53 AM

Woman Sentenced in Eye Drop Poison Case

A central Pennsylvania woman will spend two to four years in prison for poisoning her boyfriend with eye drops. Thirty-three-year-old Vickie Jo Mills, of McConnellsburg, was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated assault. State police say Mills admitted putting eyedrops into Thurman Nesbitt's drinking water 10 to 12 times since June 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:51 AM

February 13, 2013

Jodi Arias Says Lover Was a Pedophile

A woman charged with killing her lover in Arizona is set to continue testifying for a fifth day Tuesday, a day after she broke down in tears describing how her relationship with the victim included satisfying his "deviant" sexual urges and how he once beat her, kicked her in the ribs and broke her finger. Jodi Arias, 32, also claimed Monday that Travis Alexander was a pedophile, and said she once caught him masturbating with pictures of boys, including one of a 5- or 6-year-old boy in his underwear. She said he gave her little boy's Spider-Man underwear on Valentine's Day. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:07 AM

February 12, 2013

Inmates Plead Guilty to 2011 Crime Spree

Two inmates have pleaded guilty to kidnapping in connection with a crime spree through four states that began with an escape from a Louisiana jail and included the death of an Ohio man they took captive. Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth entered the pleas in federal court in Jackson. U.S. District Judge David Bramlette set sentencing for May 30. Prosecutors recommended each man be sentenced to the maximum of life in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

February 08, 2013

Closed Chandra Levy Hearings Continue

A judge has ruled that hearings in the 2001 Chandra Levy murder case will continue to be closed to the public and the news media. The hearings have been held behind closed doors over the last several weeks and could signal a problem with the prosecution. Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted of Levy's murder in 2010 and is serving a 60-year prison sentence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:08 AM

Former Drew Peterson Lawyer Files Suit

A public quarrel between one former and one current attorney for Drew Peterson over who is to blame for the suburban Chicago police officer's murder conviction has escalated again. Joel Brodsky, Peterson's lead trial attorney who has since stepped down from the legal team, filed a 31-page defamation lawsuit this week that hurls bitter denunciations wrapped in legalese at Steve Greenberg, a co-counsel at the trial who is still representing Peterson. Peterson was convicted in September. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:07 AM

February 07, 2013

Jodi Arias Felt 'Like a Prostitute'

An Arizona woman charged with stabbing and shooting her lover to death - and whose graphic testimony has gripped viewers across the United States - described in court a relationship based around sex that left her feeling "like a prostitute." Lawyers for Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty if convicted, argue she acted in self-defense when she killed her lover. He was found in the shower of his Phoenix valley home, shot in the face, stabbed 27 times and with his throat slit. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

Judge Keeps Levy Hearings Closed

A Washington judge defended his decision to keep the public and media from hearing proceedings related to the 2001 Chandra Levy murder case and said information about them would be available soon. In court Wednesday, Judge Gerald Fisher said he reluctantly sealed prior proceedings after concluding it was necessary. He had previously cited "safety issues." Fisher gave no date when the information would be public. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

February 06, 2013

Jodi Arias Back to the Stand

The tumultuous love affair between accused killer Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander began with such a rush of intensity that just days after meeting one another, Arias broke up with her boyfriend of four years and had her first sexual encounter with Alexander. Their relationship would turn out to be equally intense, as Arias and Alexander dated for a year and then broke up, but continued to sleep together until Alexander was killed a year later. She is now on trial for Alexander's murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:04 AM

Zimmerman Trial Not Delayed

On what would have been Trayvon Martin's 18th birthday, lawyers for his accused killer George Zimmerman were denied a request to delay this summer's murder trial. Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara claimed during an often heated one-hour hearing that he needed more time to prepare, and that the state was not being cooperative with key evidence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:04 AM

February 05, 2013

Jodi Arias Testifies at Trial

The woman at the center of a sensational murder trial in Phoenix took the witness stand Monday, telling jurors how she endured an abusive childhood at the hands of her parents and contemplated suicide after the killing. The decision by defense lawyers to put Jodi Arias, 32, on the stand was a surprise move in a case that has become a daily fixture on cable news with its story of sex, betrayal and violence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:55 AM

Murder Defendant Goes Berserk in Court

The Framingham man accused of killing his teenage wife and hiding her decaying corpse inside their apartment attacked her family members in court, briefly delaying his murder trial, officials said. Kyle Alleyne walked into the Middlesex Superior courtroom this morning before jumping over a railing toward the family, knocking over several boxes and making "some contact" with family members of Heather Alleyne. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:55 AM

February 02, 2013

Trial Spotlights Mormon Sex Rules

The murder trial of Jodi Arias has been filled with salacious details of phone sex, graphic text messages, and an erotic sexual relationship between her and her devout Mormon ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Arias, 32, converted to Mormonism when she began to date Alexander, then 29, in 2006. Though they were both outwardly devout, they immediately developed a sexual relationship. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:10 AM

Nickey Van Exel Gets 60 Years

A Texas jury sentenced the son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel to 60 years in prison in the shooting death of a longtime friend. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, 22, received the punishment after his father wept on the witness stand and apologized to the family of the victim, Bradley Bassey Eyo. The same jury in Dallas County in North Texas found the younger Van Exel guilty of murder on Thursday. Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:09 AM

February 01, 2013

Media Wants Access to Levy Hearings

Several media organizations are asking a Washington judge to hear their request to access transcripts and documents related to recent secret proceedings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy. The group, which includes The Associated Press, filed a motion Wednesday asking Judge Gerald Fisher to hold a hearing Feb. 6 on the request. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

January 31, 2013

Zimmerman Wants to Delay Trial

Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death want more time to prepare his case. Attorneys for George Zimmerman filed a motion Wednesday to delay the case. Spokesman Shawn Vincent says the attorneys want Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial to be moved from June to November. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty. A hearing in which Zimmerman will argue he was acting in self-defense is scheduled for April. The judge has said that hearing will be at least 45 days before the trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM

Roadway Shooting Suspect Found Competent

A man charged in a shooting spree that targeted motorists along a highway corridor in four Michigan counties has been found competent to stand trial. A forensic competency examination found Raulie Casteel fit for trial on charges brought by the state attorney general's office. The findings were discussed at a hearing Wednesday in Howell District Court. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:25 AM

January 30, 2013

Subway Pusher Not Mentally Fit

Defense attorneys for a woman accused of shoving a man to his death from a New York City subway platform are contesting a ruling that she is mentally fit for trial. The defense will have its own psychiatrist examine Erika Menendez. Her arraignment was postponed until Feb. 27. Her family was in court but didn't comment. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:49 AM

January 29, 2013

Judge Declares Mistrial in Murder Case

District Judge Ken Keeling declared a mistrial in the capital murder trial of John Ray Falk Jr. Brazos County jurors returned after 55 days of trial delay to hear closing arguments but instead were dismissed after Keeling explained he didn't believe they could remain impartial in reaching a verdict considering the highly unusual circumstances. "Asking jurors to return a verdict in a complicated case such as this places an impossible and unconscionable burden on them," Keeling said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:53 AM

January 28, 2013

Former Beauty Queen Pleads Guilty

Two days after Christmas 2003: A man walking his dog through the woods on Whidbey Island in Washington state spots a yellow Chevy sports utility vehicle, its door open, its driver with a bullet in the head. The victim is Russel Douglas, 32, and when police search his cell phone records, according to court documents, they find that he has recently been in touch with Peggy Sue Thomas – a 6-foot-tall, single mother of two who was crowned Ms. Washington in 2000. On Thursday, a week before her first-degree murder trial was scheduled to begin, Thomas, 47, pleaded guilty to first-degree rendering of criminal assistance with three additional years for the involvement of a gun – a crime that will likely result in a four-year sentence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:11 AM

Judge Drops Most Charges in Zumba Case

A judge dropped most of the charges against a figure in a prostitution scandal centered on a Zumba studio, prompting another appeal, more jury selection delays and defense accusations of prosecution "shenanigans." Justice Nancy Mills dismissed 46 of 59 misdemeanor counts against Mark Strong Sr., a day after the state's highest court ruled the closed jury selection process had to be opened to the public. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:10 AM

January 24, 2013

Crime Spree Leads to Long Sentence

It's hard to say exactly where Peter Cuddie's life went wrong, but on Wednesday all the bad turns led him straight to a long term in a prison cell. That's the day a judge sentenced him to more than 20 years in prison for burglarizing a house, fleeing the scene, crashing into another car and running away and leaving a hidden cache of drugs in his wrecked SUV. It's the day he listened for almost four hours as a prosecutor described him as a remorseless drug dealer who left a trail of wrecked and damaged lives in the wake of a one-day crime spree that ended with his arrest Oct. 24. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:30 AM

January 23, 2013

Trial Starts in Zumba Prostitution Case

The process finding a jury untainted by international news coverage of a prostitution scandal got under way in fits and starts Tuesday in the trial of the business partner of a Zumba instructor accused of using her dance studio as a front for prostitution. More than 140 potential jurors were called into the courtroom Tuesday before being dismissed to fill out questionnaires in the trial of Mark Strong Sr., who faces 59 misdemeanor counts including conspiring with Zumba instructor Alexis Wright. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:08 AM

January 22, 2013

Ex-NFL Cheerleader's Trial to Begin

A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had sex with her underage student is about to begin another court battle in a bizarre case stemming from sexually tinged, disparaging comments made about her on a website long before the scandal was revealed. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old northern Kentucky woman, was convicted three months ago of having sex with a student who at the time was 17. She and the young man, who is now 18, are in a relationship, and she is suing a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based gossip website and its owner over lewd comments made about her online long before any accusations involving the teenager surfaced. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:10 AM

January 18, 2013

Officer Convicted of Killing Mistress, Baby

A Maryland jury has convicted a District of Columbia police officer of killing his mistress and leaving their baby daughter to die in hot car. The Prince George's County jury returned the verdict against Richmond Phillips on two counts of first-degree murder. Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after police found the body of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright in the Oxon Run Stream Valley Park. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaylin, was found dead nearby in a car seat in Wright's car. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

January 17, 2013

Woman Gets 24 Years for Stabbing Mother

An Orange County woman who lied to her boyfriend and family about being pregnant was sentenced to 24 years in state prison for stabbing a new mother and attempting to kidnap her infant child, prosecutors said. Gabriela Osorio, 30, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder, kidnapping a child under 14 years of age, first-degree residential burglary, criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence and three felony counts of aggravated assault with a knife causing great bodily injury. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:33 AM

January 15, 2013

Arias Jurors See Bloody Photos

Jurors have been shown graphic pictures said to be taken moments before a suburban Phoenix man was killed in his home, allegedly by his girlfriend. Jodi Arias could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if she's convicted in the June 2008 killing of 30-year-old Travis Alexander of Mesa. The jury in Arias' murder trial was shown several photos of Alexander in his shower. One picture showed what appeared to be a bloody body on the shower floor. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:59 AM

Boy Guilty of Neo-Nazi Father's Murder

A California judge found that a boy was responsible for the second-degree murder of his white supremacist father when the defendant was just 10. Prosecutors argued the boy, now 12, knew what he was doing when he shot 32-year-old Jeff Hall — a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement — and the slaying was premeditated. Defense attorney Matthew Hardy said his client grew up in an abusive and violent environment and learned it was acceptable to kill people who were a threat. Hardy contended the boy thought if he shot his dad, the violence would end. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:59 AM

January 11, 2013

Theatre Shooter to Face Trial

A judge ruled that there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer. Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with 166 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:37 AM

Murder Suspect: 'Please Kill Me'

An Alabama man accused of fatally stabbing his 2-year-old son wailed, banged his head on a table and asked a central Indiana judge for a rope during his initial court appearance. Micah William Harrison, 30, of Robertsdale, Ala., feared someone was trying to kill him Wednesday when he fatally stabbed his 2-year-old son, Michael, in the chest with a kitchen knife and in the forehead with a nail-pulling tool, Noblesville police said in a probable cause affidavit. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:36 AM

January 09, 2013

Rodney Alcala Gets More Prison Time

A prolific serial killer already facing the death penalty in California is now facing more prison time after pleading guilty to the murders of two more women in New York. Rodney Alcala was given two additional 25-years-to-life sentences by a tearful Judge Bonnie Wittner in Manhattan Criminal Court. He was sentenced for the murders of Cornelia Crilley in 1971 and Ellen Hover in 1976. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:31 AM

Bulger's Lawyers to Ask for Judge Removal

Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are asking a federal appeals court to remove a judge who's scheduled to preside over Bulger's trial on murder charges. The defense is scheduled to argue Tuesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Bulger's attorneys say U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns has a conflict of interest because he was a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant. Bulger now claims he received immunity for his crimes while giving the FBI information on the Mafia, his gang's main rival. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:30 AM

January 07, 2013

DA Seeks Death Penalty in Tulsa Shootings

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty against two Tulsa men charged in the April 2012 shooting rampage that killed three black people and left two others wounded. Jake England, 20, and Alvin Watts, 33, are charged with first-degree murder in the killings of William Allen, Bobby Clark and Dannaer Fields, who were shot over Easter weekend as they walked near their homes. England and Watts are due to be arraigned in district court. They also face hate crimes charges. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:55 AM

Man Gets 50 Years for 2002 Murder

A 34-year-old Woodbury man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a Clarksboro woman more than a decade ago. Brian M. Mertz was found guilty of first-degree murder in October for attacking 22-year-old Jennifer Whipkey in May 2002. She was choked and beaten, and her body was stabbed and slashed more than 60 times, police said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:54 AM

January 04, 2013

Man Sentenced for German Tourist Murder

A South Los Angeles man who went on the run for a decade was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for a botched robbery that killed a German tourist. Paul Carpenter, 35, was sentenced for his role in the October 1998 killing of Horst Fietz near a Santa Monica hotel. Fietz, 50, a building supervisor from Lobau, Germany, was shot when he refused to hand over his wife's handbag to three robbers who fled without taking anything. A hotel security camera recorded the crime and police matched fingerprints found in the getaway car to two suspects who were arrested two months later. A third suspect was arrested in January 1999. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:30 AM

Detective Testifies Against Jodi Arias

A woman charged with killing her motivational speaker ex-boyfriend in a jealous rage in Arizona in 2008 calmly denied any involvement in the gruesome slaying in a recorded telephone call with a detective that was played for jurors. Jodi Arias, 32, could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if she's convicted of killing Travis Alexander. On the call, Arias denied being involved in the death and calmly told the detective that she had not seen Alexander, 30, in two months. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:26 AM

Pastor Declared Competent to Stand Trial

A mid-Michigan pastor charged with killing a young woman in her trailer has been declared competent to stand trial. The determination involving 55-year-old John D. White was made Wednesday by Isabella County Judge William T. Ervin following a psychiatric exam. A prosecutor plans to meet next week with defense lawyer Gordon Bloem to schedule when White will face a hearing to determine whether the case goes to trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:25 AM

January 03, 2013

Woman on Trial for Boyfriend's Killing

Attorneys in the trial surrounding the 2008 gruesome killing of a suburban Phoenix man painted opposing pictures of the victim in opening statements, with prosecutors describing him as a devout Mormon and a "good man," and the defense saying he was violent and abusive. On trial in the case is 32-year-old Jodi Arias, who could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if convicted. She is accused of shooting Travis Alexander in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat, then leaving him in a shower in his Mesa home in June 2008. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:01 AM

December 26, 2012

Why Fort Hood Shooter Still Awaits Trial

A new judge in the case of Nidal Hasan, who's accused of screaming "Allahu Akbar" and gunning down fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, has decided to ignore an Army regulation. Col. Tara Anderson, replacing Col. Gregory Gross as judge, said that although the Army requires Hasan to be clean-shaven, she would not challenge Hasan's decision to disobey the regulation. "I'm not going to hold that against you," Anderson told Hasan.
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Posted by Webmaster at 05:50 AM

December 20, 2012

Man Gets 30 Years for 5 Slayings

A plea deal calls for a New Orleans man to be sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in five killings in 2007, including the shooting of an off-duty police officer. Steven Earl Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty to five of the 17 counts he faced in a March indictment. A court filing disclosed the terms of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:35 AM

Jeffrey Pyne Guilty of Killing His Mother

A Michigan jury found Jeffrey Pyne guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his mentally ill mother. Pyne, 22, a former high school valedictorian, star athlete and University of Michigan biology student, had been accused of killing his 51-year-old mother, Ruth Pyne, in the family's Highland Township, Mich., garage on May 27, 2011. Ruth Pyne had been bludgeoned and stabbed 16 times. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:34 AM

December 19, 2012

Man Sentenced for Bizarre Murder Plot

A Chambers County man who pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and brandishing a firearm in a bizarre murder-for-hire plot involving a Ukrainian blonde has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield in Beaumont also ordered 49-year-old David Sartin, of Hankamer, to forfeit $50,000 cash, a handgun, stun gun, laptop computer and a truck. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:28 AM

December 18, 2012

Dougherty Gang Gets 35 Years

A federal judge ignored usual sentencing guidelines and threw the proverbial book at three Florida siblings who robbed a Georgia bank during a 2011 crime spree. Senior Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced each of the "Dougherty Gang" members to 35 years and 8 months in federal prison. Ryan Dougherty, Lee Grace Dougherty and Dylan Dougherty Stanley could be released in 30 years with time off for good behavior, the judge ruled. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:26 AM

December 12, 2012

More Charges for Sierra La Mar Suspect

Antolin Garcia Torres, accused in the alleged murder-kidnapping of missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra La Mar, also will face charges in the alleged attacks on three women in 2009. The district attorney's office filed an amended complaint against Torres to include three separate counts of attempted kidnapping in the commission of a carjacking, Deputy District Attorney David Boyd said. Santa Clara County Judge Jerome Nadler today said Torres will be arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court on murder and kidnapping charges in the LaMar case and the other charges related to altercations with three women in Morgan Hill in 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:03 AM

Pastor to Stand Trial for Wives' Deaths

A retired Pennsylvania pastor accused of killing both of his wives was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in the first wife's 1999 death. District Judge Kim Wolfe found enough evidence at a preliminary hearing to send the charges against Arthur "A.B." Schirmer to trial. The former preacher was charged in September with killing Jewel Schirmer at their home in Lebanon County. Police and prosecutors re-opened the case after Schirmer came under suspicion in the 2008 death of his second wife, Betty Jean, in the Poconos. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

December 11, 2012

Woman Guilty of Murdering Lottery Winner

A Florida woman was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a lottery winner in central Florida. Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Judge Emmett Battles sentenced her to mandatory life without parole for the murder and an additional minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years for using a gun in the commission of a felony. Battles called Moore "the most manipulative person" he had ever seen, describing her as "cold, calculating and cruel." Read more...

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Arm Wrestler Convicted in Wife's Death

A champion arm wrestler from Massachusetts has been convicted in the death of his wife, who jumped out of a window to escape him. Forty-one-year-old Allen Stilkey of Worcester was convicted of manslaughter. His wife, Lisa, jumped from a second-floor window of their home in February during what authorities said was a violent argument. Prosecutors say Stilkey threatened to kill his wife first. They say he had recently taken out a $250,000 life insurance policy on her. Read more...

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December 10, 2012

Elizabeth Johnson Sentenced to 5.25 Years

The woman who told investigators that she killed Baby Gabriel before changing her story has been sentenced to a total of 5.35 years in prison. Elizabeth Johnson was sentenced to 3.5 years for custodial interference followed by a consecutive sentence of 1.75 years on the charge of unlawful imprisonment. Before she was sentenced, Johnson told the judge that she deserved the maximum sentence. She received a sentence that was about half of the 9.5 years she could have received. Read more...

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December 07, 2012

George Zimmerman Sues NBC and Reporters

George Zimmerman is suing NBC, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist. The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed the lawsuit seeking an undisclosed amount of money on Thursday in Seminole County, outside Orlando. The lawsuit claims NBC edited his phone call to a dispatcher last February. Zimmerman describes following Martin in the gated community where he lived, just moments before he fatally shot the 17-year-old teen during a confrontation. Read more...

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December 06, 2012

Trial Postponed for Teen in Slidell Murder

The trial for a Slidell teen accused of driving her boyfriend and his friend to a woman's house so they could steal money and drugs, but ended up killing her, has been moved to February. Katelyn Marie Lusich, 18, was set to stand trial Monday, Dec. 10, on accessory after the fact to first degree murder and armed robbery charges, but Judge Allison Penzato agreed to delay the trial at the defense's request. Lusich, who pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in June, was in court with her defense attorney, Rachel Yazbeck. She faces up to five years in prison if convicted on the accessory charge and between 10 and 99 years if convicted of armed robbery. Read more...

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Inmate Sentenced for Killing Guard

A Utah inmate covered in neo-Nazi tattoos was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole Wednesday for killing a prison guard during a doctor's appointment five years ago, then leading police on a high-speed chase that ended at a fast-food restaurant, where a customer wrestled a gun from him. Curtis Allgier offered a rambling statement that mixed apology and a tribute to his victim with a rebuttal of the evidence against him, while cursing and ranting against the court system and his lawyers. Read more...

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December 04, 2012

Photo Shows Zimmerman's Bloody Face

A photograph taken on the night Trayvon Martin was shot to death shows shooter George Zimmerman with a bloody face and an apparent broken nose. The photo was taken by police officers at the scene of the Sanford, Florida shooting while Zimmerman was sitting in the back of a police cruiser. Earlier images from the night showed Zimmerman bleeding from the back of his head. Read more...

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Feds Seek Life in Family Killings

New York prosecutors say a Florida woman convicted of arranging the killings of her husband and mother-in-law should spend the rest of her life in prison. The U.S. attorney's office filed its sentencing recommendation Monday in the case of Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale and her brother, Cristobal Veliz. Novack's husband was Ben Novack Jr., son of the founder of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. Read more...

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December 03, 2012

Juvenile Trial Begins for 51-Year-Old

In more than three decades practicing law Edward Busichio has never seen a case quiet like this. His 51-year-old client, Carlton R. Franklin, is on trial in a juvenile court for a murder prosecutors say the man committed 36 years ago. Tuesday a judge accustomed to presiding over more minor crimes typically committed by teenagers, will hear one of the oldest cold cases in the history of the courthouse. Prosecutors say Franklin raped and killed 57-year-old Lena Triano, a secretary who lived alone on Ripley Place in a home which abutted Franklin's childhood home. Read more...

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November 29, 2012

Zimmerman to Seek Expense Money

George Zimmerman plans to step up fundraising to pay for his expenses while he awaits trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former neighborhood watch leader's attorney said Wednesday that Zimmerman plans to launch the New George Zimmerman Defense Fund next month. Donors will receive "thank you" cards individually signed by Zimmerman. Read more...

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Man Gets Life in Assault of 11-Year-Old

A jury has sentenced a Texas man to life in prison for his role in the attack of an 11-year-old girl who authorities say was sexually assaulted by 20 males. Jared Len Cruse was convicted of aggravated sexual assault in Liberty. The 20-year-old Cruse had faced a minimum sentence of 25 years. He was the second person tried in the case. Read more...

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November 28, 2012

Man Pleads Guilty to Arson Murders

More than six years after two children burned to death in an SUV in Los Angeles, their father has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Dae Kwon Yun, 61, was sentenced to life in prison after entering the guilty pleas and admitted special circumstances of arson murder and multiple murders, according to the district attorney's office. Read more...

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Mom Convicted of Murder of Her 2 Kids

A Colorado woman has been convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of her two children, who were smothered in May 2011. Kelli Murphy, of Castle Rock, was convicted of two counts each of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder of a victim under age 12. A judge immediately sentenced her to two life sentences without parole. Read more...

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November 27, 2012

Venue Changed Denied in Jenkins Murder

A motion for a change of venue for one of the defendants charged with the first-degree murder of a popular Vermont teacher has been denied. The attorney for Patricia Prue requested the change due to media coverage of the Melissa Jenkins murder case. Patricia is being tried separately from her husband, Allen Prue, who planned the crime, according to police. Read more...

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November 26, 2012

Casey Anthony Detectives Overlooked Searches

The Florida sheriff's office that investigated Caylee Anthony's death confirmed that it overlooked a computer search for suffocation methods made from the little girl's home on the day she was last seen alive. Orange County sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves said the office's computer investigator missed a June 16, 2008, Google search for "fool-proof" suffocation methods. The agency's admission was first reported by Orlando television station WKMG. It's not known who performed the search. The station reported it was done on a browser primarily used by the 2-year-old's mother, Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of the girl's murder in 2011. Read more...

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November 21, 2012

Doug Kennedy Acquitted of Charges

A son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy has been acquitted on all counts in a trial stemming from a clash at a Westchester hospital in January. Douglas Kennedy never took the stand at the trial in which he faced child endangerment and physical harassment charges after a scuffle on the maternity floor of Northern Westchester Hospital. Kennedy was arrested after an altercation with nurses as he tried to remove his newborn from the maternity ward. According to a Mount Kisco, N.Y., police report, Kennedy took his baby from the hospital's newborn unit on Jan. 7, against the instructions of hospital staff who told him the infant needed to stay there. Read more...

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Woman Sentenced to 80 Years for Day Care Fire

A Texas woman convicted of murder after a fire at her home day care resulted in the death of four children was sentenced to 80 years in prison. Last week, Jessica Tata was convicted of felony murder in the February 24, 2011, death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo. The child was among four kids who died after Tata left a group of children alone in a Houston home with a pan of oil cooking on a hot stove. She had gone shopping at a nearby Target store when the deadly blaze broke out. Three other children were injured. Read more...

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November 20, 2012

Officer Pleads Not Guilty in Cannibal Case

A New York City police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he plotted to abduct and cook women so he could eat their body parts. Gilberto Valle entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan. Authorities arrested the 28-year-old NYPD officer last month based on a tip from his estranged wife. Read more...

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Son to Stand Trial in Mom's Dismemberment

A man accused of killing and then partially dismembering his mother in her Solana Beach home in 2010 will face trial for murder, a judge ruled. Testimony during Bryan Chang's preliminary hearing in Vista Superior Court indicated the 31-year-old suffers from mental illness. His attorney said Chang told his father that he has schizophrenia. Twice during the three years since the slaying Chang was ruled incompetent to stand trial and sent to a state mental institution. His preliminary hearing occurred after he was ruled competent. Read more...

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Twin Murder Suspects Moved to Florida Jail

The twin brothers accused of killing a former journalist and then encasing the body in concrete have been returned to Florida, where investigators believe the man died. Christopher Lynn Cormier and William Joseph Cormier, both 31, had been in the Barrow County jail following their Oct. 8 arrests. That was the day information from Pensacola, Fla., police led Winder police to the home of twins' father. The Cormiers are accused of killing Sean Dugas, of Pensacola, possibly over some gaming cards, investigators have said. Read more...

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November 17, 2012

Trucker Who Killed 4 Motorcyclists Gets 26 Years

An Arizona dump truck driver convicted of numerous charges for the 2010 deaths of four motorcyclists has been sentenced to 26 years in prison. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against Michael Jakscht (Jacks) on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment after an August trial. Jakscht plowed his 12-ton truck into a group of motorcyclists stopped at a north Phoenix traffic light on March 25, 2010. Four motorcyclists died and five others were injured in the fiery accident. Read more...

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November 15, 2012

James Holmes 'Unable' to Appear in Court

A judge has postponed a hearing for Colorado movie-theater shooting suspect James Holmes after Holmes' attorneys claimed he was unable to attend, citing an unspecified condition they said he developed. Judge William Sylvester agreed to move the motions hearing to December 10, according to Rob McCallum, a Colorado Judicial Department spokesman. Read more...

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November 12, 2012

Ohio Teen Sentenced To Life In Prison

A teenager was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole Friday for his role in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers. Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty, who had been convicted on Oct. 30 of aggravated murder and attempted murder in the deaths of three men and wounding of a fourth. The sentencing was delayed from Monday amid talks on a deal for leniency in return for Rafferty's testimony against the alleged triggerman. Rafferty was looking to avoid a life sentence without hope of parole. Read more...

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November 10, 2012

Last Dougherty Gang Sibling Pleads Guilty

The third sibling member of the "Dougherty Gang" has entered a guilty plea on charges related to a 2011 bank robbery in south Georgia. Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court in Valdosta to charges of bank robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime. All three siblings - Dylan, Ryan and Lee Grace - will be sentenced Dec. 17. Read more...

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NJ Schoolyard Killer Convicted

The final defendant in a New Jersey schoolyard attack that killed three college-bound friends and left a fourth seriously wounded has been convicted of murder. Gerardo Gomez was among six men and boys charged in the 2007 Newark schoolyard attack, which shocked the state's largest city and led to new anti-crime measures. Three others were convicted at trial and are serving multiple life sentences. Two others pleaded guilty. Read more...

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'Whitey' Bulger Wins 3-Month Trial Delay

A federal judge agreed to delay the murder trial of former mobster James "Whitey" Bulger by three months, rejecting a defense request for eight months. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns said he would put off Bulger's trial from March until June. He said jury selection will begin on June 6. Read more...

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November 09, 2012

Jared Loughner Gets 7 Life Sentences

The Arizona man who pleaded guilty to a shooting rampage after he was forcibly medicated to make him competent has been sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences to be followed by 140 years in prison. Jared Lee Loughner will never be eligible for parole. The sentence came after an emotional sentencing hearing at which his victims, including U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, were able to confront the killer for the first time. Read more...

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November 08, 2012

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Back in Jail

Boston mobster James ''Whitey'' Bulger is out of the hospital and back in jail, where's he's awaiting trial for his alleged role in 19 slayings. The US Marshals Service confirmed that Bulger, 83, a former paid FBI informant, was back in custody at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility. The Marshals Service released no other information. Read more...

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November 07, 2012

Prosecutors Dismiss Capital Murder Case

A capital murder case against a man accused of murdering a University of Utah theater student in 1999 was dismissed. Donald Eugene Younge, 46, was charged with capital murder and nine other felonies in connection with an Aug. 3, 1999, death of Amy Quinton, 22. Prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss all of the charges because of concerns about the evidence. Read more...

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November 06, 2012

Boyfriend Guilty But Mentally Ill of Murder

A Lake County judge has found a Deerfield man guilty but mentally ill of killing his girlfriend's mother with a baseball bat in 2010. The judge convicted 24-year-old Daniel Baker of first-degree murder. He faces 20 years to life in prison. Prosecutors say Baker will receive treatment for mental issues while he is imprisoned. The ruling came after a seven-day trial. His defense attorneys had said he was insane at the time of 50-year-old Marina Aksman's death. Read more...

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Ohio Teen's Sentencing Delayed

With a possible deal for leniency in the works, sentencing was delayed Monday for an Ohio teenager convicted in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers. Judge Lynne Callahan said sentencing for 17-year-old Brogan Rafferty would be held Friday, but she did not explain the reason for the change. The announcement during a brief court session came after a 90-minute delay as prosecutors and defense attorneys met privately in the judge's chambers. Read more...

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Can Jurors Ask Witnesses Questions?

More and more jurisdictions are allowing jurors to submit questions for the witness to answer. In fact, a few states now require judges to ask jurors if they have any questions for the current witness. Proponents claim it gets the jury more involved, but others think the process has its drawbacks. Read more...

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November 05, 2012

Whitey Bulger Hospitalized With Chest Pains

Notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was taken to Boston Medical Center after complaining of chest pains, officials said. Plymouth Fire Department battalion chief Kevin Murphy said in a phone interview tonight that firefighters responded to the Plymouth County Correctional Facility at 1:48 a.m. and took Bulger to the hospital. Read more...

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November 02, 2012

Whitey Bulger's Lawyers Wants Delay

A lawyer for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger asked a judge to delay his trial by eight months, while a prosecutor argued that Bulger has already received "a 16-year continuance" by fleeing Boston and staying on the run all those years. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns didn't immediately rule on the defense request to move the trial from March until next November. Stearns said he expects to issue a written decision within the next few days. Read more...

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Burglar Who Shot 90-Year-Old Convicted

A Marin County jury has convicted a burglar of two counts of attempted murder for breaking into the home of a 90-year-old man and shooting him in the jaw. Jurors needed only two days to also find Samuel Cutrufelli guilty of robbery, burglary and assault with a semiautomatic firearm. The 31-year-old Cutrufelli now faces the possibility of life in prison. No sentencing date has been set. Read more...

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October 31, 2012

Teen Convicted in Fake Craigslist Ad Killings

A jury in Akron, Ohio found a 17-year-old guilty of aggravated murder and other counts for his role in the slayings of three men who were lured to the state by phony Craigslist job ads. Brogan Rafferty was convicted on all counts except Count 42, which was ID fraud. Authorities say Rafferty, of Stow, helped Richard Beasley, of Akron, lure four victims at separate times with bogus Craigslist job offers to a nonexistent cattle farm in rural Noble County in southeast Ohio; they say the motive was robbery. Authorities say Beasley shot and killed three of the men; the fourth victim was shot in the arm and survived. Read more...

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October 30, 2012

Judge Denies Zimmerman Gag Order

A Florida judge is denying prosecutors' request for a gag order in the trial of a neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson said in an order that there was no need for a gag order at this time to ensure a fair trial for George Zimmerman. The 29-year-old Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting last February. Read more...

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Mental Health Care Provider Sued

The mother of a slain 9-year-old Missouri girl is suing a mental health clinic saying it was in a position to know and prevent the violent tendencies of the teenager who killed her daughter. Patricia Preiss filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Pathways Behavioral Healthcare, two employees and 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante, who was convicted in Elizabeth Olten's death. Bustamante was 15 years old at the time of the October 2009 slaying in St. Martins, a small community just west of Jefferson City. She was sentenced in February to life in prison with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to killing Elizabeth. Read more...

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October 27, 2012

Judge Delays Zimmerman Gag Order

The prosecutor in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager in central Florida called the conduct of the defense lawyer "a slippery slope" in pleading with the judge Friday to impose a gag order on all attorneys. Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda wants the order imposed because he believes George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, has been using a website and both social and news media to influence potential jurors in the racially charged case. Read more...

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Craigslist Murder Case Goes to Jury

Jurors in the trial of an Ohio teenager accused in a murder plot that used a Craigslist ad to lure some victims began deliberations after closing arguments depicted the defendant alternately as either a willing accomplice or a youthful pawn. Prosecutors painted Brogan Rafferty, 17, as a knowing partner to Richard Beasley, the 53-year-old accused triggerman in the case. Both suspects are charged with the murders of three men found buried in shallow graves around Ohio last year. Read more...

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October 26, 2012

Whitey's Lawyer Repeats Immunity Claim

A lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger has identified the federal official who he says gave the Boston mobster immunity to commit crimes while he was an FBI informant. In court papers, attorney J.W. Carney says former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Jeremiah O'Sullivan granted Bulger immunity for past or future crimes. The revelation was made in a defense motion for Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself from the case. Read more...

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October 23, 2012

Judge Grants Motion for Trayvon's Records

The new judge in the Trayvon Martin case has granted a defense request to examine in detail the teenager's social media accounts, his cell phone records and his school records. Attorneys for George Zimmerman asked for the files to possibly show Martin's propensity for violent behavior. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old and is claiming he acted out of self-defense. Read more...

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October 20, 2012

Zimmerman Defense to Get School Records

A Florida judge has ruled that George Zimmerman's defense team can have access to Trayvon Martin's school records and can subpoena his social media posts. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said that the defendant is entitled to inquire about the victim's propensity for violence and that videos of Martin involved in mixed martial arts-style fights exist online. Read more...

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October 19, 2012

Baby Gabriel's Mom Guilty of Lesser Charge

The Arizona woman whose 8-month-old Baby Gabriel disappeared in 2009 has been found guilty of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference. The jury found Elizabeth Johnson guilty of the lesser charge after they were not able to agree on the more serious charge of kidnapping. They also decided that there were aggravating circumstances involved with the imprisonment charge, meaning her sentence could be enhanced. Read more...

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October 18, 2012

Trial Date Set in George Zimmerman Case

The new judge in the murder case of former Latino neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, has set a trial date -- though it's still unclear whether the case will actually go to trial. In her first hearing since taking over the case, Judge Debra S. Nelson said June 10 would be the start of Zimmerman's trial, though the date could change as both sides get prepared for what is expected to be a three-week trial. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman claims he was attacked and the shooting was self-defense. Read more...

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October 17, 2012

Baby Gabriel Case Goes to Jury

The fate of 26-year-old Valley mom Elizabeth Johnson is now in the hands of a Maricopa County jury. In a day full of courtroom drama, prosecutors and Johnson's defense attorney presented their closing arguments in the high-profile kidnapping, conspiracy and custodial interference case. The two sides' summations came after defense attorney Marc Victor told Judge Joseph Kreamer that "the defense rests" without ever calling a single witness to the stand in Johnson's defense. Read more...

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October 16, 2012

Zimmerman Attorney Wants More Discovery

Attorneys for former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman said in a motion Monday that prosecutors are dragging their feet on turning over evidence. Zimmerman's attorneys said prosecutors aren't turning information over in a timely manner and are providing some material in a format that's useless for defense experts to examine. They're asking for monthly hearings to manage the turnover of evidence from prosecutors to defense lawyers. Read more...

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October 10, 2012

No Death Penalty in Slaying of Mother, Son

Maryland prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing his estranged wife and her 11-year-old son, a defense lawyer said in court. Stefanie McCardle, a state public defender representing Curtis M. Lopez, revealed the decision during a pretrial hearing aimed at resolving disputes over evidence and witness testimony. Lopez, an ex-convict who spent more than a decade in prison, is charged with killing Jane McQuain inside her Germantown apartment last October and fatally beating her son, William, with a baseball bat. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Teen Headed to Trial in Craigslist Killings

The trial for an Ohio teen accused of being the co-conspirator in an allegedly phony Craigslist job scheme that resulted in the deaths of three men is underway with jury selection beginning today. Brogan Rafferty, 17, allegedly helped his mentor Richard Beasley, 53, lure victims to Ohio with the promise of a job on a cattle farm. The men were told to bring all their belongings because they would be living on the farm. Read more...

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October 09, 2012

No More 'Flint Slasher' Trials?

A man accused of a series of stabbings in the "Flint Slasher" case may not face any additional trials in Michigan because he is already serving a life-without-parole sentence. Prosecutors cited the high cost of criminal trials in their decision not to try Elias Abuelazam on any additional stabbing charges. Abuelazam was found guilty in May for the stabbing death of 49-year-old Arnold Minor. Read more...

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Man Guilty of Killing Pastor at Church

A convicted felon has been found guilty of killing a North Texas pastor in his church last year. Steven Lawayne Nelson faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Jurors in Fort Worth deliberated more than an hour Monday before finding Nelson guilty of capital murder in the March 2011 death of the Rev. Clint Dobson at Arlington's NorthPointe Baptist Church. Read more...

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October 08, 2012

Judge Won't Delay 'Whitey' Bulger's Trial

A federal judge told Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's lawyers in no uncertain terms that she won't delay the start of Bulger's trial. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said the March 4 trial date remains firm, despite complaints from the defense that it will not be ready by then because of a huge volume of documents and other materials it needs to review before trial. Read more...

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Man Gets 47 Years for Mutilating Friend

A judge has sentenced a Northern California man to 47 years in state prison for viciously mutilating and killing his friend after they consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms. Jarrod Wyatt of Crescent City was sentenced in Del Norte County Superior Court, where family and friends spoke about the impact of Taylor Powell's death. The 29-year-old mixed-martial artist pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder involving mayhem for killing his 21-year-old sparring partner in 2010. Read more...

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October 04, 2012

Prosecution Rests in Baby Gabriel Trial

Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of an Arizona woman accused of kidnapping her 8-month-old son Gabriel in 2009, saving the most damaging evidence for last. The jury heard a recording of a telephone call in which Elizabeth Johnson told the baby's father that she had killed the child and put his body in a trash can. The trial will now recess for two weeks before the defense begins its case. Read more...

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October 03, 2012

Baby Gabriel Baby Sitter Testifies

Day six in the trial of missing Baby Gabriel's mom Elizabeth Johnson started with prosecutors calling to the witness stand a couple of people from Texas who interacted with Johnson in late 2009 after the young mom fled with her infant son to San Antonio. "She basically said she needed a baby sitter," Analisa Urias told jurors. Urias said that, at the time, she advertised herself as a baby sitter on Craigslist and got a call from a woman identifying herself only as "Elizabeth" who was seeking a baby sitter for the following day at San Antonio's Home Gate Suites Hotel. Read more...

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October 02, 2012

2 'Dougherty Gang' Siblings Plead Guilty

Two of the three siblings known as the "Dougherty Gang" have decided to take plea deals in their bank-robbing case in Georgia. Ryan Dougherty and Lee Grace Dougherty entered guilty pleas in a federal court in Valdosta. All three siblings had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read more...

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September 27, 2012

Baby Gabriel Trial Could End Early

The high-profile courtroom drama had been expected to run well into November, but prosecutors in Elizabeth Johnson's kidnapping and custodial interference trial are moving much faster than initial estimates and the case could be in the hands of jurors as early as the middle of next week. That word Wednesday from Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer as jurors heard a third day of testimony against the 26-year-old mother of missing baby Gabriel Johnson. Read more...

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September 26, 2012

Baby Gabriel's Father Testifies

Baby Gabriel's father and grandfather testified in court for the prosecution in the kidnapping and custodial interference trial of the missing child's mother. Elizabeth Johnson broke down in tears during testimony Tuesday, just as she did during opening statements last week. Logan McQueary told the jury that Johnson told him she had suffocated the 8-month-old child and put his body in a trash bin. Read more...

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September 25, 2012

Absalon Guilty of 1984 Murder

A man who confessed to murder during a drug treatment group therapy session 28 years ago will now spend the rest of his life in prison for that crime. Ryland Shane Absalon was found guilty of capital murder by a Texas jury last week. The life sentence he recieved was automatic, because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Read more...

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September 24, 2012

Elizabeth Johnson's Trial Resumes

Trial continues at 10:30 a.m. Monday for the Arizona woman charged with criminal wrongdoing in her child's disappearance more than two years ago. Several police officers and detectives are expected to take the stand, as well as Baby Gabriel's father, Logan McQueary. Read more...

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September 21, 2012

Man Convicted of Killing Family on Road Trip

Jurors convicted a suburban Chicago computer specialist of murder in the deaths of his wife and three school-aged kids during a road trip to a water park. Christopher Vaughn, 37, traveled to northwestern Canada a month before the slayings, and had compiled survival guides and posted wistful Internet messages about constructing a cabin and settling for good in the Yukon cut off from the world, state attorneys said. Read more...

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September 19, 2012

Trial Begins in 1984 Stabbing Death

A trial is underway in Fort Worth, Texas which will feature a confession to murder made by the defendant when he was a teenager in a drug and alcohol group therapy session. Ryland Shane Absalon is on trial for the stabbing death of his high school friend Ginger Hayden in 1984. Hayden was stabbed more than 50 times in her bedroom and found by her mother on the day she was to begin college. Read more...
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Posted by Webmaster at 01:56 AM

Jury Selection Begins in Bianca Jones Case

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of D'Andre Lane. Lane is accused of the murder of his daughter, 2-year-old girl Bianca Jones. Jones is still missing. According to CBS Detroit, Lane has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and first degree murder in the disappearance of the toddler, whose body has still not been found. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:55 AM

Chef Claims He Killed, Cooked Wife

A chef on trial for his wife's murder told sheriff's investigators that they couldn't find his wife's body because he had cooked it for four days in boiling water until little was left but her skull. Los Angeles Superior Court jurors heard David Viens make the statements in a recorded interview with sheriff's investigators that was played in court during his murder trial. "I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days," Viens could be heard saying on the recording. Read more...

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September 15, 2012

Man Guilty in 1957 Murder of 7-Year-Old

A judge has convicted a 72-year-old man in the slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl in 1957 after snatching her from a small-town street corner where she was playing. Judge James Hallock pronounced Jack McCullough guilty in a crowded courtroom in Sycamore, 60 miles west of Chicago. McCullough was around 17 when second-grader Maria Ridulph went missing in the small town where they both lived. He later enlisted in the military, and ultimately settled in Seattle where he worked as a Washington state police officer. Read more...

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September 14, 2012

Rapist Who Fled Trial Formally Sentenced

A man who was a fugitive for nearly two weeks after fleeing his trial a day before being convicted in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old Southeast Texas girl was told by a judge Thursday that he would spend nearly the next century in prison. Eric McGowen was formally sentenced to 99 years in prison without parole during a hearing in the same courtroom from which he had fled. He will now be transferred to the Texas prison system. Read more...

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September 13, 2012

Drew Peterson Fires One of His Defense Attorneys

Drew Peterson has fired one of the member of his defense team who argued against calling Kathleen Savio's divorce lawyer as a defense witness, testimony that jurors later said convinced them to render a guilty verdict. Peterson notified attorney Steve Greenberg of his firing. Greenberg said he was shocked to learn he'd been fired days after jurors disclosed that divorce lawyer Harry Smith's testimony tipped the scales in the prosecution's favor. Despite Greenberg's and the rest of the defense team's objections, it was Peterson's lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, who ultimately called Smith to the stand. Read more...

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September 12, 2012

South Dakota Lawyer Challenges Caylee's Law

A defense lawyer for a South Dakota woman charged under the state's new child death reporting law says it's unconstitutional because it violates his client's right against self-incrimination. It's one of the first attempts to question the validity of the new child death reporting laws that have been passed by several state legislatures following the high-profile death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida. Read more...

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September 08, 2012

Bulger Says Prosecutors Hampering Defense

Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger have accused prosecutors of demonizing Bulger, while prosecutors said the defense is trying to influence potential jurors in his remarks to reporters. The two sides trading accusations during a feisty hearing Friday in U.S. District Court. Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said prosecutors spent the nearly 17 years Bulger was a fugitive vilifying him. He said his comments to reporters have simply repeated what he has said in court during pretrial hearings. Read more...

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Hearsay Evidence Swayed Peterson Juror

By the end of the first day of deliberations in the Drew Peterson murder trial, juror Ron Supalo says, there was just a single panelist preventing the group from making a unanimous decision -- him. "I wanted to sleep on it," he said. "I had to rethink everything I wanted to ask today in my mind and then research it the best I could." Supalo said he didn't get much sleep, and when he returned to the courthouse Thursday morning he spent the first part of the day reviewing his courtroom notes and discussing with the other jurors the approximately 10 nagging questions he had. Read more...

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September 07, 2012

Drew Peterson Found Guilty

An Illinois jury deliberated almost 14 hours over two days before finding a former Bolingbrook police officer guilty of murder of his third wife. Drew Peterson, 58, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Kathleen Savio. Savio's 2004 death was originally ruled a homicide after her body was found in a dry bathtub in her home. Read more...

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Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Must Be 'Forcibly Shaved'

A judge ordered that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in a 2009 deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, must be forcibly shaved for further hearings, the Killeen Daily Herald reported. Judge Col. Gregory Gross had said he would deliver a definitive order this week on whether Hasan would be allowed to keep his beard, which he started growing while in jail earlier this summer. Gross barred him from appearing in military court, citing the Army's strict regulations regarding grooming standards. Read more...

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September 06, 2012

Baby Gabriel Trial Set to Begin

Jury selection has begun in the trial of the mother of an infant who was 8 months old when he was last seen almost three years ago. But the Baby Gabriel case is not a murder case. Elizabeth Johnson is facing charges of kidnapping, custodial interference and child abuse only. No one has any idea if Baby Gabriel is alive or dead. Read more...

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September 05, 2012

Attorneys in Peterson Trial Deliver Closings

Prosecutors in Drew Peterson's murder trial implored jurors to use common sense in assessing the circumstantial case against him, while the defense said the state fell far short of proving the former Illinois police officer killed his third wife. The attorneys delivered their closing arguments to jurors who will begin deliberating Wednesday in the trial for Peterson, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Read more...

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September 03, 2012

Final Pitches Readied for Peterson Jurors

After five weeks of testimony, head-scratching moves and blustering before TV cameras, the Drew Peterson trial comes to an end with closing arguments that carry extremely high stakes for both sides. Without any physical evidence linking the former Bolingbrook police sergeant to the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, the final soliloquies provide the only chance for attorneys to show jurors how several pieces of circumstantial evidence come together to either prove or refute Peterson's guilt. Read more...

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September 01, 2012

Man Gets 92 Years in Frat House Shooting

A man has been sentenced to 92 years in prison for a shooting at a fraternity house in Ohio last year in which one man was killed and 11 others were wounded. 23-year-old Columbus Jones Jr. was sentenced after a being convicted of murder and other charges. Prosecutors say Jones left a frat party at Youngstown State after an argument on Feb. 6, 2011, then came back with a gun and started shooting. Read more...

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August 31, 2012

Huguely Gets 23 Years for Murder

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player who beat his ex-girlfriend to death in an apparent drunken rage has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. George W. Huguely V was convicted in February for the murder of Yeardley Love, also a university student. The jury had recommended a 26-year sentence for Huguely. Read more...

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New Judge Assigned to Zimmerman Case

A new judge has been assigned to oversee the case of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin. Debra S. Nelson, a 13-year judicial veteran, was assigned to Zimmerman's case Thursday. A day earlier, an appeals court granted his attorney's request for Judge Kenneth Lester to disqualify himself. Read more...

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Jury to Get Peterson Case Tuesday

A judge sent jurors home after they heard the last testimony at Drew Peterson's murder trial on Thursday, saying they will return after Labor Day to hear closing arguments. The state called just two witnesses, both forensic pathologists, in a one-day rebuttal as they entered the last evidence against the former suburban Chicago police officer. Read more...

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Missing Defendant Gets 99 Years

Jurors convicted a man of taking part in the repeated sexual assaulting a Texas middle school student and sentenced him to 99 years in prison. Eric McGowen wasn't in court when jurors found him guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child or later when they returned with the sentence. The 20-year-old had been free on bail and he skipped out during a break in proceedings Wednesday, the first day of testimony. Read more...

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August 30, 2012

Zimmerman Judge Must Step Aside

Zimmerman Judge Must Step Aside
George Zimmerman's judge must step aside because of bias, a Florida appellate court ruled. The ruling means a new judge will soon preside over Zimmerman's second-degree murder case in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to a website set up by Zimmerman's defense team. Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara filed a motion in July to disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. But Lester denied the motion, finding it "legally insufficient." Read more...

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Defense Rests in Peterson Trial

The defense at the trial of Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, rested after the former Illinois police officer stood in a Joliet, Ill., courtroom and told the judge he had chosen not to testify. The statement came after Peterson's older son, Thomas, 19, testified that he never believed his father killed his mother, Kathleen Savio. Read more...

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August 28, 2012

Peterson Lawyers Mount Defense

Drew Peterson's defense team began Monday to try to counter the state's portrayal of the former suburban Chicago police officer as a bully who was more than capable of slaying his third wife. Prosecutors rested their four-week, 30-plus witness case earlier on Monday, ending with a dramatic letter from the alleged victim, in which Kathleen Savio said she feared her spouse would kill her. Read more...

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August 27, 2012

Drew Peterson's Defense Starts

Assuming the Drew Peterson prosecution rests Monday and the judge refuses to dismiss the murder charge — two highly likely, but not guaranteed, scenarios in this legal circus — the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's attorneys will launch a defense. Over the next few days, they are expected to call pathologists and law enforcement officials to help bolster their assertion that Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, died after accidentally falling in her bathtub and drowning in 2004. Prosecutors contend he killed her after a bitter divorce in which they battled over his pension and child support payments. Read more...

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August 24, 2012

Drew Peterson Told Forth Wife to Lie

A pastor has testified that a former Illinois police officer accused of killing his third wife had told his fourth wife to lie to the police. Rev. Neil Schori said that Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, looked frightened and had tears streaming down her cheeks as she confided in him at a suburban Chicago coffee shop. Stacy Peterson went missing in 2007. Read more...

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August 23, 2012

Peterson Offered $25K to Kill His Third Wife

A witness at Drew Peterson's murder trial says the former Illinois police officer offered him $25,000 to hire someone to kill his third wife and told him it was a secret he'd take to his grave. Jeff Pachter used to work with Peterson at a cable company. Pachter testified Wednesday that Peterson made the request months before Kathleen Savio was found dead in 2004. He says the code word to let Peterson know the hit happened was related to cookies, but he couldn't remember the word. Read more...

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August 22, 2012

Widow Charged With Murder Conspiracy

A Georgia woman accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to kill her husband for his $2 million life insurance has been granted bail after being arrested for murder. A Dekalb County judge set bail at $500,000 for Andrea Sneiderman, accused of conspiring to kill her husband Rusty Sneiderman in November 2010. Her former boss, Nemy Neuman, was convicted of shooting Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare center. Read more...

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Drew Peterson Judge Allows Hit Man Testimony

The judge at Drew Peterson's murder trial says prosecutors can introduce potentially powerful testimony that the former suburban Chicago police officer once took steps to hire a hit man to kill his third wife. Judge Edward Burmila handed prosecutors the legal victory as testimony entered its fourth week. Prosecutors say Peterson asked a one-time co-worker to find someone to kill Kathleen Savio for $25,000. Prosecutors want to show Peterson plotted Savio's murder for weeks, although they allege he killed her himself. Read more...

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August 21, 2012

Officer to Stand Trial in Teen's Death

An Oklahoma County judge ordered a Del City police officer to stand trial in the death of an 18-year-old who was shot following a vehicle pursuit earlier this year. The decision came at the end of a preliminary hearing for Capt. Randy Harrison, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the March 14 death of Dane Scott Jr. According to a police affidavit filed in the case, "Scott was unarmed and was not posing a threat of death of great bodily harm to the officers or any other person." Read more...

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August 17, 2012

Pathologist: Drew Peterson's Third Wife Was Murdered

A pathologist who performed a second autopsy on Drew Peterson's third wife years after she was found dead in her bathtub says the only plausible explanation for her death is that she was murdered. Larry Blum described to jurors how Kathleen Savio had a gash on the back of her head and fresh bruises on her front. He says an accidental fall couldn't have caused injuries on both sides of her body. Read more...

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August 16, 2012

Testimony Focuses on Peterson Threat

The trial of former Chicago-area police Sgt. Drew Peterson, accused of killing his ex-wife, focused on an incident in which he allegedly had threatened to kill her with a knife. Defense attorneys sought to discredit Kathleen Savio's account of the July 2002 incident, in which she had said Peterson pushed her down the stairs of her home, upset about their divorce proceedings, and told her to turn her head so he could kill her. Read more...

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Wildfire Arsonist Guilty of 5 Heart Attack Deaths

A jury found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire. Jurors in San Bernardino found 30-year-old Rickie Fowler guilty of setting the Old Fire in the foothills above San Bernardino in October 2003 that burned 91,000 acres and torched 1,000 buildings over nine days. Prosecutors charged Fowler with the murders of five men, ranging in age from 54 to 93, who died from heart attacks after their homes burned to the ground or as they rushed to evacuate. Read more...

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August 15, 2012

Toxicologist: No Drugs, Alcohol in Savio's Body

Prosecutors at Drew Peterson's trial have begun addressing the central question of whether the former Illinois police officer's third wife was actually murdered. Forensic toxicologist Christopher Long was the first prosecution witness Tuesday. He told jurors about tests done on tissue samples from the body of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio. The defense has said Savio died from an accidental fall and suggested she have may have been under the influence of some substance. Read more...

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August 14, 2012

Colorado Theater Rampage Records Sealed

A Colorado judge ordered that some key records remain sealed and others be released in the case against James Holmes in last month's deadly rampage at an Aurora movie theater. Arapahoe County District Chief Judge William Sylvester issued his order in response to requests by members of the media, including CNN, asking that a host of records be made public. The 24-year-old former graduate student is accused of opening fire during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, leaving 12 dead and injuring 58 others. Read more...

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Zimmerman Appeals Judge's Ruling

George Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, is pushing forward with his fight for a new judge to take over the case. O'Mara announced he will appeal the decision of Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to stay on the case in which Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin. O'Mara filed a motion last month asking Lester to recuse himself, saying the defense had lost faith in the judge's objectivity because Lester reset Zimmerman's bond after finding out how much money his online defense fund had actually raised. Read more...

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August 11, 2012

Savio's Boyfriend Testifies for Prosecution

The boyfriend of Drew Peterson's third wife testified that he saw no bruises on her body in the days before she was found dead, a possible boost to the prosecution's case that her death was not accidental. Savio's boyfriend, Steve Maniaci, was the first witness to take the stand on the eighth day of testimony. He said he began dating Savio around the time she and Peterson were getting divorced. Maniaci said he saw Savio naked three days before her battered body was found and that no marks had been apparent. Read more...

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August 10, 2012

Zimmerman Wants 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

During the 1980s, there was a tourism campaign in Florida that promoted the state by saying: "The rules are different here." Fast forward 30 years, and Florida's legal system is again proving that "rules are different" adage true. Florida was the first state to enact a "stand your ground" law in 2005; since then more than 10 other states have adopted similar laws. George Zimmerman, 29, charged in the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, 17, may never go to trial because of Florida's law. Read more...

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James Holmes Mentally Ill, Attorneys Say

At a court hearing in Centennial, Colo., lawyers representing movie theater mass shooting suspect James Holmes said their client is mentally ill. Holmes' lawyers made the disclosure at a hearing in which a coalition of news organizations argued for the judge to unseal documents related to Holmes, the suspected shooter in the July 20 rampage in an Aurora, Colo., theater that killed 12 people and injured 58. Read more...

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August 09, 2012

George Zimmerman Case Continued

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida, will probably not face trial until early next year, his lawyers said. The Zimmerman case was scheduled for a docket sounding, a pro forma court procedure in which the court is given an update on the progress in the proceedings. However, Judge Kenneth R. Lester granted a defense request to continue the matter - that is, push the docket sounding back - until Oct. 3. Read more...

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Police Sergeant Testifies in Peterson Trial

A former state police officer who led the investigation into the death of Drew Peterson's third wife has told jurors he hadn't investigated a single murder before arriving at the home where the woman lay dead in her bathtub. The now-retired Illinois State Police sergeant, Patrick Collins, took the stand Wednesday morning as prosecutors continued their attempts to convince jurors the investigation of Kathleen Savio's 2004 death was bungled. Collins told jurors he was told by a subordinate about 10 minutes after he got to Savio's suburban Chicago home that her death appeared to be accidental. Read more...

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August 08, 2012

Loughner Pleads Guilty in Tucson Shooting

The man who killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January 2011, will not face the death penalty. Jared Lee Loughner was allowed to plead guilty today after a federal judge ruled him competent to make that decision. Loughner is expected to be sentenced to life without parole. Read more...

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August 07, 2012

Whitey Bulger Will Testify

When the trial begins for a former Boston mobster who was on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list for years, he will testify in his own defense, his attorney announced. James "Whitey" Bulger will tell the jury himself that he was acting under immunity when he committed the crimes with which he is charged. Rather than file a motion to dismiss, Bulger will take his chances with a jury, J.W. Carney Jr., his attorney, said. Read more...

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August 06, 2012

Loughner to Plead Guilty in Giffords Shooting

Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others, will plead guilty Tuesday, a source familiar with the deal told Fox News. A psychiatrist will testify that Loughner is competent to stand trial and understands what he did. It is up to a judge to decide whether to accept that Loughner is incompetent, and to accept the plea. Read more...

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August 02, 2012

Judge Denies Peterson Mistrial

The judge in Drew Peterson's murder trial denied the defense team's request for a mistrial, enabling the trial to resume -- with first responders and a locksmith testifying about the night Peterson's third wife was discovered dead. The mistrial ruling by Will County Judge Edward Burmila during the trial in Joliet, Ill., follows several blunders by prosecutors, who are seeking to prove the 58-year-old former police sergeant killed Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Peterson also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but has not been charged in her case. Read more...

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Peterson Murder Trial in Jeopardy

A visibly angry judge said he will consider declaring a mistrial at Drew Peterson's murder trial after a second major blunder by prosecutors in as many days, once again illustrating how the high-profile case has been beset by problems from the outset. Judge Edward Burmila's blistering rebuke came after prosecutors' second witness suggested Peterson may have put a .38-caliber bullet in his driveway to intimidate him, which prompted Burmila to worry aloud in court whether the former police officer could get a fair trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

Judge in Zimmerman Case Won't Step Aside

The Florida judge presiding over the murder case against a former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed teenager refused a defense request to step aside. In a two-page order, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said the July request by lawyers for George Zimmerman was "legally insufficient" for him to recuse himself. Zimmerman's lawyers had argued that their client feared he could not get a fair trial before Lester, who had revoked Zimmerman's bond and blasted the defendant for failing to completely disclose his assets at an earlier bail hearing. Read more...

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August 01, 2012

Drew Peterson Trial Begins

Prosecutors asked jurors, in their opening statement, to rely on their common sense because there would be little hard evidence to prove that a former police officer killed his third wife during the expected month-long trial. Meanwhile defense attorneys used their opening to attack the character of Drew Peterson's wife Kathleen Savio, calling her "bonkers" and "crazy." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:31 AM

Suspect in Sierra LaMar Case Absent in Court

A man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old Northern California girl was a no-show during a scheduled court appearance. Antolin Garcia-Torres was expected to enter a plea to murder and kidnapping charges but did not appear in a Santa Clara County courtroom on Tuesday, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He is due back in court on Aug. 29. The 21-year-old Garcia-Torres is being held without bail since his arrest in May after the DNA of Sierra LaMar was found in his car and his DNA was found in her handbag. Read more...

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July 31, 2012

Opening Arguments Set for Drew Peterson

Almost five years after the disappearance of his fourth wife, former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson will go on trial for the murder of his third wife. A jury of seven men and five women will hear opening arguments in the long-delayed trial on whether Peterson, 58, killed his then-wife Kathleen Savio in 2004 and made it look like an accident. Savio, 40, was found dead in a dry bathtub on March 1, 2004. Officials ruled the death an accidental drowning until Savio's body was exhumed as part of their investigation. They eventually changed the cause of her death from an accident to homicide and charged Peterson with murder. Read more...

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July 30, 2012

Zimmerman's Wife Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury

The wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter has entered a written plea of not guilty on a perjury charge. Shellie Zimmerman will be arraigned in central Florida after a judge said she lied about her and husband George Zimmerman's finances during a bond hearing. Shellie Zimmerman was arrested June 12 and released on bond the same day. Read more...

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Autopsy Confirms Arsonist Committed Suicide

An autopsy report confirmed Friday that Michael Marin, the former Wall Street trader who collapsed and died in court minutes after he was convicted of arson last month, committed suicide by taking cyanide. Authorities immediately suspected that Marin, 53, killed himself June 28 in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix by swallowing a homemade cyanide pill. Marin had just been convicted of burning down his mansion in 2009 when he went into convulsions at the defendant's table. He was declared dead at the scene. Read more...

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July 27, 2012

Man Convicted of Murder in Police Officer's Death

An Arkansas man was convicted of capital murder for killing a police officer who begged him not to shoot. After deliberating for less than an hour, a jury found Jerry Lard, 38, guilty of killing Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt during a traffic stop in April 2011. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Lard. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Friday morning in Paragould, about 35 miles north of Trumann. The trial was moved at Lard's defense attorneys' request. Read more...

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July 25, 2012

William Balfour Gets Life Sentence

Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law, convicted in May of shooting to death her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, has been given three life sentences plus 120 years in prison. Judge Charles Burns also denied William Balfour's motion for a new trial in the triple murder case. Illinois law does not allow death penalty sentences under any circumstances. Read more...

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July 24, 2012

Drew Peterson Jury Selection Begins

After a final pre-trail ruling excluding some hearsay evidence against the defendant, jury selection began in the case of a former Bollingbrook, Illinois policeman accused in the death of his third wife. As the potential jurors filled the courtroom, Drew Peterson stood and introduced himself to the panel. "Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, I'm Mr. Peterson," he said. "Have a good day." Read more...

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July 19, 2012

Ruling Could Delay Drew Peterson Trial

Will County Judge Edward Burmila touched off the clash, saying he still may bar from Peterson's trial crucial secondhand statements that prosecutors contend tie the former Bolingbrook cop to the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. When Assistant State's Attorney Colleen Griffin pressed the judge for a final ruling before jury selection begins, Burmila chastised prosecutors for raising the issue just three days before the trial. Then he ordered her to sit down. Read more...

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July 17, 2012

Teen Convicted in Beating of 15-Year-Old Girl

A jury found a south Florida teenager guilty of attempted murder for the severe beating of a middle-school girl in 2010 that left her with permanent brain damage, rejecting his claim of insanity. Wayne Treacy, 17, faces up to 50 years in prison for the attack on then-15-year-old Josie Lou Ratley near Deerfield Beach Middle School. Jurors reached the decision after about four hours of deliberations. Read more...

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July 12, 2012

Reputed Gang Member Convicted of 4 Slayings

A reputed New Jersey gang member has been convicted in the slayings of a woman and three teenage girls at an Irvington home nearly four years ago. A jury found 40-year Rolando Terrell guilty Wednesday of four counts each of murder and felony murder in the September 2008 slayings. Prosecutors said Terrell and another man robbed and shot the victims, then set their house on fire. Read more...

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July 09, 2012

Zimmerman at 'Safe House' in Central Florida

The neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin is in a safe house that is being protected by his security team. George Zimmerman was released after posting bail for the second time on a second-degree murder charge. His attorney said he was in Seminole County in central Florida. Read more...

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July 06, 2012

Zimmerman's Defense Team Asks for Donations

The neighborhood watch volunteer who has been charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin has been given the opportunity to bond out of jail again by securing a $1 million bond. Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. set the bond after revoking George Zimmerman's previous $150,000 bond last month. Shortly after the bond was set, Zimmerman's defense team renewed their online plea for donations to his defense fund. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:23 AM

Attorney: Casey Anthony Rejected Early Plea Deal

Casey Anthony's attorney said he strongly considered early in the case whether she should plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the death penalty if convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, but Anthony adamantly insisted she had nothing to do with the toddler's death. In his just-published book "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," attorney Jose Baez said prosecutors offered in 2008 to allow Anthony to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a child and serve up to 13 years in prison. Read more...

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July 04, 2012

Judge Nixes Bathtub at Drew Peterson Trial

Jurors will probably not get to see the actual bathtub in which a former Illinois policeman claims his third wife drowned after a judge ruled on a series of pre-trial motions. Judge Edward Burmila ruled that prosecutors could not introduce the bathtub where Kathleen Savio allegedly drowned during Drew Peterson's murder trial. The long-awaited Peterson trial is scheduled to begin July 31. Read more...

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July 03, 2012

Grandma to Be Tried in Killing Teenage Grandson

A 74-year-old Michigan woman accused of shooting her teenage grandson at their suburban Detroit home will stand trial on murder and firearms charges, a judge ruled after a police officer testified the woman emerged from the home screaming, "I murdered my grandson." Sandra Layne is accused of repeatedly shooting 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman on May 18 at the West Bloomfield Township condo that she and her husband shared with the teen. Her attorney said she acted in self-defense. Read more...

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June 30, 2012

Suicide by Poison Suspected in Arizona Court Death

As the word "guilty" filled the silence of a Phoenix courtroom, defendant Michael Marin closed his eyes, put his head in his hands and appeared to put something in his mouth. He then took a swig from a sports bottle. Minutes later, the 53-year-old Marin was dead. Now investigators are trying to confirm their suspicion that Marin popped a poison pill after the jury found him guilty of arson, a bizarre ending to a case that began in 2009 when he emerged from his burning mansion in scuba gear. Read more...

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June 29, 2012

Trial for 1957 Murder Set for September

A Seattle man charged in the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl will stand trial in September. At a hearing, DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert set Sept. 10 as the start date for the trial of Jack McCullough. McCullough, 72, was charged last year with the abduction and murder of Maria Ridulph, a 7-year-old Sycamore girl who disappeared in December 1957. Read more...

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June 27, 2012

'Flint Slasher' Gets Life Sentence

A man convicted of first-degree murder in the "Flint Slasher" case has been sentenced to life as expected. Elias Abuelazam will spend the rest of his life in prison for the stabbing death of 49-year-old Arnold Minor in August 2010. Under Michigan law, the life sentence was mandatory for a first-degree murder conviction. Read more...

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Prosecutor Snubs Bulger's 'Immunity' Claim

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts expressed skepticism about mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's claim that the government allowed him to commit crimes because he was an FBI informant. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said Bulger's former co-hort, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who was also an FBI informant, used a similar defense, which was rejected by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "Being an informant in a criminal case does not in and of itself immunize you from crimes," Ortiz told reporters during a break at a civil rights symposium. Read more...

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Baez Doubted Casey's Sanity

The Florida mother who was acquitted last year of murdering her 2-year-old daughter had mental health issues that contributed to her habitual lying, the lead attorney in her criminal case says in a new book. In "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," Jose Baez said detectives should have realized Casey Anthony had built a "fantasy world," and her lies weren't evidence of guilt but signs of someone with "serious mental health issues." Read more...

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June 26, 2012

'Flint Slasher' Gets Life Sentence

A man convicted of murder in a 2010 stabbing spree in Michigan was sentenced to life in prison Monday, wrapping up the first in a series of cases against Elias Abuelazam. Michigan offers no parole to people convicted of first-degree murder, which means the 35-year-old Israeli immigrant will be locked up until he dies, unless he wins an appeal. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 10:05 AM

Bulger Claims He Had Immunity

The defense attorney for former Boston Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger says he'll file a motion to dismiss the charges, claiming Bulger had immunity from prosecution for past and future crimes. J.W. Carney Jr. also said Monday he has asked the trial judge to recuse himself because he was a top federal prosecutor. Read more...

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June 23, 2012

Sandusky Convicted of 45 Counts

Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and faces spending the rest of his life in state prison. His attorney said he would appeal the verdict. Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, asked Judge John Cleland to allow Sandusky to be released on house arrest, but Cleland summarily rejected the request, saying: "Bail is revoked. Mr. Sandusky is remanded to the custody of the sheriff." Sandusky was immediately led out of the courthouse in handcuffs as a large crowd of onlookers cheered. Read more...

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June 22, 2012

Video Shows Zimmerman's Account of Fatal Fight

George Zimmerman appears believable when he re-enacts for police what he says led to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, but some of his statements are questionable, lawyers who reviewed the footage said. Even a detective who interrogated the neighborhood watch leader pointed out inconsistencies in his story, particularly Zimmerman's claim that Martin punched him and slammed his head onto the ground when the teenager had no prior history of violence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Man Shoots Lawyer in Custody Dispute

Chesterfield County Police say a 41-year-old man accused of shooting at the opposing attorney in his child custody case faces attempted murder and other charges. Mark M. Low also is charged with abduction, use of a firearm in a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling. He is being held at the county jail without bond pending a hearing Friday in General District Court. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:17 AM

June 21, 2012

Sanford Police Chief Fired

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who came under fire for his department's handling of the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has been fired, City Manager Norton Bonaparte announced in a statement on Wednesday evening. "After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the City of Sanford, I have determined the Police Chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community," Bonaparte said. "We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support." Read more...

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June 19, 2012

Tammi Smith Eligible for Probation

The woman who was the would-be adoptive mother in the Baby Gabriel case has narrowly avoided a mandatory prison sentence for conviction of two crimes related to the case. Tammi Smith is eligible to serve her sentence on probation as a result of a judge's ruling at a hearing Monday. Smith was convicted of forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference in May. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:21 AM

Zimmerman Spoke to Wife in Code From Jail

Speaking by phone from jail, George Zimmerman gave detailed instructions to his wife to conduct a series of money transfers and transactions in allegedly coded exchanges that were intended to hide from the court how much money had been raised to help pay for his legal defense, Florida prosecutors say. Transcripts of the phone calls, which were part of the evidence that the state had introduced in a request to get Zimmerman's bail revoked, were released by the court. Zimmerman's attorney called for a hearing to stop the release of more than 140 other calls. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:21 AM

June 16, 2012

Steven Powell Sentenced to 30 Months

The father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in a Washington state court for recording images of two young neighbor girls in their bathroom. Pierce County prosecutors had asked for an exceptional sentence of 10 years for Steven Powell. His attorneys sought zero to 12 months, saying it's not clear exactly when Powell took the pictures, and it could have been before the state made voyeurism a ranked felony in 2006. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 10:07 AM

Man Sentenced for Killing Biletnikoff's Daughter

A man has been sentenced to 55 years to life in prison for killing the daughter of former Oakland Raiders star Fred Biletnikoff in 1999. Mohammed Haroon Ali received the sentence in San Mateo County Superior Court after being convicted of first-degree murder in March for killing his then-girlfriend Tracey Biletnikoff. At the sentencing, the NFL Hall of Famer called Ali an "animal" and said his hatred for him would never go away. Read more...

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June 15, 2012

Auburn Suspect's Attorney Seeks to Move Trial

An attorney for a Montgomery man accused of killing three people in a shooting at a party near Auburn University said she will ask that his trial be held outside of Lee County, where the school is located. Attorney Susan James said she was worried it would be difficult for Desmonte Leonard, 22, to receive a fair trial in Lee County because the slain included two former players, and a current player also was injured. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Stanford Gets 110 Years for $7B Ponzi Scheme

Former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was sentenced to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over 20 years in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge David Hittner handed down the sentence during a court hearing in which two people spoke on behalf of Stanford's investors about how his fraud had affected their lives. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:41 AM

June 14, 2012

Jury Finds Ex-Police Officer Guilty of Rape

A former Westminster police detective who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for his behavior was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and raping a waitress at gunpoint in a brutal attack, prosecutors said. A San Bernardino County jury will now have to determine whether Marine war veteran Anthony Nicholas Orban was sane at the time of the attack. Read more...

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June 13, 2012

Casey Anthony Admits She Was 'Stupid Kid'

An "ashamed" Casey Anthony concedes that interviews given around the time of her arrest and trial make her look "absolutely horrible," but says "even then, that wasn't who I am." Speaking to CNN's Piers Morgan by telephone, Anthony said, "I've looked back at some of the interviews ... in the way that I've come across. It's horrible. It looks absolutely horrible. I'm ashamed in many ways of the person that I was. Because even then, that wasn't who I am." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:19 AM

Jury to Get 'Stand My Ground' Case

Attorneys for a Texas man who argued the state's version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor after a verbal confrontation at a 2010 party rested their case Tuesday without calling any witnesses. With the end of testimony, jurors had been expected to begin deliberating Raul Rodriguez's fate after closing arguments Tuesday afternoon. But state District Judge David Mendoza delayed closings until Wednesday to give lawyers more time to finalize instructions to the jury. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 04:18 AM

Man Found Guilty in Septic Tank Body Case

A jury has convicted a man of aggravated murder and other charges in the death of his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank in southeast Ohio last year. Hocking County jurors in Logan deliberated for about four hours before returning a verdict in the trial of 27-year-old William Inman II. He could face the death penalty when he's sentenced. His parents also are charged. They are being tried separately in the slaying of his 25-year-old wife, Summer. Read more...

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June 08, 2012

Feds Seek 10 Year Sentence for Bulger's Girlfriend

The longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger should spend 10 years in prison because she knowingly protected one of the region's most violent criminals for more than 16 years, federal prosecutors said. In a sentencing memo filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors say Catherine Greig hid Bulger's identity and handled the daily tasks necessary for them to keep a low-profile in Santa Monica, Calif., where the couple was captured last June while living in a rent-controlled apartment. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:23 PM

Roger Clemens' Wife Takes Stand

Roger Clemens' wife took the stand in her husband's perjury trial late Thursday afternoon, but the bulk of her testimony will take place Friday morning. Clemens is charged with lying to Congress in 2008 when he said he never took performance-enhancing drugs. His former strength coach, Brian McNamee, said he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and HGH in 2000. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:50 AM

Man Gets Life for Killing 2 Men, 10-Year-Old

A Maine man convicted of killing two adults and a 10-year-old boy is going to prison for life. Thayne Ormsby was given three life sentences — one for each murder conviction — in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton. The judge added a 15-year sentence on top of the life sentences for Ormsby's arson conviction. Ormsby was convicted in April in the 2010 stabbing deaths of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son, Jesse, and family friend Jason Dehahn at Ryan's home in the small northern Maine town of Amity. The jury rejected Ormsby's insanity defense. Read more...

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June 07, 2012

Woman Gets Life for Strangling Toddler-Daughter

A central Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling her toddler daughter with a bra. A Seminole County jury found 24-year-old Nioshka Bello guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, and a judge sentenced the woman immediately after that. Authorities say Bello strangled 2-year-old Janessa Sandoval in September 2009 in a Casselberry home. Read more...

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June 06, 2012

Prosecutor: Doctor Knew of Prior Drug Deaths

A prosecutor said a California doctor facing rare murder charges in the drug deaths of three men under her care said she knew three previous patients had died from drug overdoses. At a preliminary hearing set to resume Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney John Niedermann cited the other deaths, which he said would show a pattern of behavior by Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng. Read more...

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June 05, 2012

Van der Sloot's Extradition to U.S. Must Wait

Joran van der Sloot's extradition to the United States will not happen until after he serves his sentence for murder in Peru, the country's highest court has ruled. That could be as long as 28 years. But the decision by Peru's Supreme Court is not final, as Peru's justice minister and Cabinet must also approve it, van der Sloot's lawyer said. Read more...

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June 04, 2012

George Zimmerman Back in Florida Jail

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, surrendered to police and was booked into jail after having his bail revoked two days earlier. Zimmerman's legal team said in a tweet that he was in police custody. Zimmerman's bail was revoked because the judge said he and his wife lied to the court about their finances so he could obtain a lower bond. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Zimmerman would be in a cell by himself, separated from the general population, because the case is so high-profile. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:07 AM

Sandusky to Face Accusers in Sexual Abuse Trial

Seven months after their wrenching allegations of childhood sexual abuse put Penn State University on a world stage, victims will face Jerry Sandusky in court this week. As many as eight young men will confront the retired Penn State assistant football coach from the witness stand in the coming weeks and deliver to a jury their accounts of the abuse they allege he committed over the course of 13 years. After jury selection, set to begin Tuesday and conclude later this week, prosecutors are likely to open their case with the most visceral testimony they have, lawyers familiar with the case say. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

June 02, 2012

Judge Revokes George Zimmerman Bond

A judge has revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday that George Zimmerman misled the court about how much money he had available when his bond was set for $150,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had $135,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:56 AM

Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Role in Killing

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a Virginia handyman in 2010. Twenty-two-year-old Reynard Prather of Oxon Hill, Md., pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria earlier this year to teaming up with two others to try and rob a Centreville man at his home because they expected him to be carrying large sums of cash. When Prather and the other robbers arrived at the home, they ended up confronting a handyman who worked there -- Jose Cardona, a legal immigrant from Guatemala. During a struggle, Cardona was shot and killed. Read more...

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June 01, 2012

Edwards Acquitted on 1 Count, Mistrial on Others

John Edwards was acquitted on one charge of campaign finance fraud and a mistrial was declared on five other counts when jurors said they couldn't decide if he illegally used money to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president. The monthlong trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that dashed Edwards' White House aspirations in 2008, and the jury's decision came on a confusing day. The judge initially called jurors in to read a verdict on all six counts, before learning that they had only agreed to one. About an hour later, the jury sent the note to the judge saying it had exhausted its discussions. Read more...

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May 31, 2012

Judge Won't Delay Sandusky's Sex-Abuse Trial

A judge denied a request from former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to delay the June 5 start of his child sex-abuse trial. Judge John Cleland, saying no trial date is perfect but that "some dates are better than others," said he would not give defense attorney Joe Amendola more time to prepare his defense. Cleland said starting jury selection on Tuesday would, on balance, protect Sandusky's right to a fair trial, the alleged victims' rights to their day in court, the state's obligation to prosecute promptly and the public's expectation of a swift proceeding. Read more...

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May 30, 2012

Whitey Bulger's Defense Wants More Time

The lead attorney for James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded Tuesday to delay the start of his trial, saying the stress of trying to prepare in time to defend the former Boston mobster in November has taken a toll on his health. J.W. Carney Jr. told U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler that it will be "impossible" for him to read hundreds of thousands of documents turned over by prosecutors by Nov. 5, the scheduled trial date. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:59 AM

Edwards Jury Gets Stern Lecture From Judge

The judge in John Edwards' mistress-and-money trial appeared to scold jurors today, slightly delaying a seventh day of deliberations. Following the long weekend jurors here returned to a closed-door meeting with the judge. It is unclear what jurors did that Judge Catherine Eagles felt compelled to hold a closed door session with them, the second such hearing since Friday. When the court reconvened, Eagles gave a longer than normal speech to the jurors, reminding them to carefully choose their words, and not to discuss the trial in small groups or outside the jury room. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:57 AM

Dennis Rodman Sentenced in Family Court

Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced in family court Tuesday to 104 hours of community service on four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support. Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson also placed Rodman on three years of informal probation. The sentence includes the condition that Rodman pay current child and spousal support obligations. Read more...

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May 29, 2012

Tammi Smith Guilty in Baby Gabriel Case

An Arizona woman has been convicted of forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference in connection with the Baby Gabriel case. Tammi Smith, who wanted to adopt the child, can face up to 3.75 years each for her felony convictions. Elizabeth Johnson (pictured), the baby's mother, is being held without bond on kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference charges stemming from the baby's December 2009 disappearance. Read more...

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May 26, 2012

Accused Barista Killer Tries to Escape Court

A thump and then a chorus of screams are heard in an audio recording of an attempted escape from court by a man accused of kidnapping and killing an Alaska barista. Israel Keyes was quickly subdued with a stun gun in the federal courtroom in Anchorage after he somehow broke his leg irons Wednesday. But for a few moments, people can be heard screaming and shouting, "Get him!" One woman shouted, "Kill him!" Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:30 AM

Edwards Juror Issue Arises

The judge in the John Edwards trial abruptly closed the courtroom to talk to attorneys about an issue with a juror and sent the panel home after six days of deliberations with a stern warning not to talk about the case. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles did not indicate what the problem was after meeting with prosecutors and defense lawyers for about 35 minutes, but when she reopened the courtroom, she admonished the jury before dismissing them until Tuesday. Read more...

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May 25, 2012

Zimmerman, Prosecutors Want Evidence Private

Both sides in the Trayvon Martin murder case want some evidence kept private until trial. Prosecutors and George Zimmerman's attorneys in motions asked a judge to keep statements Zimmerman gave detectives and the names and addresses of witnesses from being publicly released. Both items normally would be part of the public record under Florida law. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:38 AM

May 24, 2012

Man to Plead in Dittmeyer Case

The New Hampshire attorney general says one of three defendants in the disappearance and death of a Maine mother whose body was found in a ski area pond last year will plead guilty. Attorney General Michael Delaney says Ossipee resident Anthony Papile will enter a plea and be sentenced Thursday. Papile is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Portland, Maine, resident Krista Dittmeyer, whose car was found idling in a ski area parking lot in April 2011 with her 14-month-old child unharmed inside. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:56 AM

Girlfriend's Texts Blamed for Crash

A New Jersey woman who texted her boyfriend right before he got into a car crash could be held liable, as a judge prepares to rule whether to allow her to be named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a couple injured in the crash. David and Linda Kubert of Dover each lost a leg when Kyle Best, 18 at the time, hit their motorcycle head-on with his pickup truck in 2009 in Montville. The Kuberts' lawyer added Best's girlfriend, Shannon Colonna, to the their existing civil lawsuit against Best, accusing her of contributing to her boyfriend's negligence in the accident, despite not being with him in the car. Read more...

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May 23, 2012

'Flint Slasher' Convicted of Murder

A man suspected in a series of fatal stabbings in the Flint, Michigan area has been found guilty of first-degree murder in one of those fatal stabbings. Elias Abuelazam was convicted of the August 2010 murder of Arnold Minor in the first of the cases to go to trial. Under Michigan law, Abuelazam faces life in prison without parole. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:28 PM

Competency Hearing Requested for Jared Loughner

Attorneys asked a U.S. judge to order a competency hearing for Jared Loughner, accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others including former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a Tucson shooting rampage last year. Prosecutors and defense attorneys, in a joint filing, asked U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to set the status briefing for June 27, nearly three weeks after Loughner's confinement at a federal prison hospital in Missouri is set to expire on June 7. They also requested Loughner, who would not be present at the hearing, remain in custody in the meantime. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:27 PM

4 Witnesses Change Stories in Trayvon Case

At least four key witnesses have changed their stories about what they saw the night George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported. The report comes after state prosecutors released about half the evidence they have in their second-degree murder case against Zimmerman. The witnesses, known publicly only by numbers, first talked to Sanford police and later to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state prosecutors. Read more...

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May 22, 2012

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Webcam Case

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted in a webcam spying incident that preceded his gay roommate Tyler Clementi's suicide, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. Prosecutors and lawyers for Ravi, 20, plan to appeal the sentence. Until then, Ravi remains free. A jury in March convicted Ravi of 15 criminal counts including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and witness and evidence tampering. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:43 AM

Airline Exec Guilty in Child Porn Case

Jurors convicted the founder of a Texas cargo airline on child pornography charges, siding with prosecutors who said he had explicit online chats with undercover officers posing as young teenage girls and collected numerous illegal images. Robert L. Hedrick, who founded Pan American Airways, was found guilty of distribution and possession of child pornography, transfer of obscene materials to a minor, and attempted sexual exploitation of children. He spoke quietly with his lawyers after the verdict was read, but otherwise showed no reaction. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:41 AM

May 19, 2012

Flint Slasher Trial Testimony Ends

The prosecution wrapped up rebuttal testimony Friday afternoon in the murder trial for accused serial stabber Elias Abuelazam. Abuelazam is charged with murder in the August 2010 stabbing death of Arnold Minor in Flint. Psychologist Dr. Thomas Brewer testified that Abuelazam knowingly stabbed his victims. "There's not a sense of empathy for the victim. 'A person died, they didn't die, but I felt better'," Dr. Brewer testified, while paraphrasing what Abuelazam told him during a psychological evaluation. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 PM

Dershowitz: Drop Zimmerman's Murder Charge

A medical report by George Zimmerman's doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 PM

May 18, 2012

Drew Peterson Trial Set for July

When the trial of a former Illinois policeman for the death of his third wife begins at the end of July, prosecutors will not be able to mention that his fourth wife may also be dead. After three years of court battles, the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of Kathleen Slavio is scheduled to begin July 23. Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Peterson is also suspected, but not charged, in the death of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:58 AM

'Evil Spirits' Drove the Flint Slasher

Accused serial stabber Elias Abuelazam told a state psychologist that he felt possessed and had to attack people to get "soul-sucking demons" out of him, according to testimony. Both the defense and prosecution presented their experts to say whether Abuelazam was criminally responsible for the attacks. The prosecution expert said Abuelazam was, while the defense expert said he was not. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:58 AM

Trayvon Martin Shooting 'Ultimately Avoidable'

Prosecutors made public a trove of evidence used to justify murder charges against Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman, including a police report that concluded "the encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman." An initial review of the evidence, which was provided to Zimmerman's attorney early this week, uncovers documentation that will be helpful to both prosecutors and the defense. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:57 AM

$2.3 Million Armored Guard Theif Wants Free Lawyer

An armored car guard accused of killing his partner and making off with more than $2 million returned to Pennsylvania to face charges after his arrest last month in Florida. Kenneth Konias Jr., 22, appeared before a federal judge in Pittsburgh and asked for a public defender. He didn't enter a plea. Konias simply answered "yes" to questions from Judge Lisa P. Lenihan, who granted his request for a court-appointed attorney. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:57 AM

May 17, 2012

Steven Powell Convicted of Voyeurism

A 67-year-old Washington man has been found guilty of voyeurism in a case that was prompted by evidence found during an investigation into the 2009 disappearance of his daughter-in-law, Susan Powell. Steven Powell was convicted of 14 counts of voyeurism stemming from photographs he took of two little girls who were his next door neighbors. Susan Powell has not been seen since she disappeared from her Utah home in December 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:50 AM

Closing Arguments to Begin in Edwards Trial

Closing arguments are set for Thursday in the corruption trial of John Edwards, after his defense team rested its case without calling the former Democratic presidential candidate's ex-mistress to testify. Attorneys for Edwards also chose not to call his eldest daughter, Cate, and prosecution star witness Andrew Young, a former Edwards campaign aide, before wrapping up their case. The government alleges Edwards "knowingly and willingly" accepted large amounts of money from wealthy campaign donors Fred Baron and Rachel Melon to hide former mistress Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy in an effort to remain a viable candidate in his 2008 presidential campaign. Read more...

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May 16, 2012

Dougherty Gang Plead Not Guilty in Georgia

The three siblings accused of committing a cross-country crime spree that started in Florida and ended with a shootout in Colorado were hauled in to court in Georgia to face charges of robbing a bank for cash that helped fuel their escape. The three, 21-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Stanley-Dougherty and 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty, pleaded not guilty to bursting into a Valdosta, Ga., bank and stealing $5,168 to fund their mayhem. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:21 AM

Doc: Zimmerman Had Broken Nose, Black Eye

A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:19 AM

Trial Set for Man Charged in Teen's Death

An Arkansas man accused of killing a 16-year-old girl he met online is slated to go on trial this summer after authorities found her body in a blue, plastic barrel. During a brief hearing, court clerks say Lloyd Jones' trial is scheduled for the week of July 16. Jones has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Angela Allen's death this February. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:17 AM

May 14, 2012

Ex-Detective Sentenced in Murder Cold Case

A former Los Angeles police detective was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for murdering the wife of her former lover 26 years ago. Stephanie Lazarus, 52, was found guilty in March of killing Sherri Rasmussen, a nurse who was bludgeoned and shot to death in the condo she shared with her husband of three months, John Ruetten. Rasmussen's mother, sister and widower spoke during the sentencing hearing about their pain and described the victim as a warm, caring and loving person. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:38 AM

Jurors Acquit Rapper Lil Boosie of Murder

Jurors have acquitted the rapper known as "Lil Boosie" in the 2009 slaying of a man gunned down in his home. They deliberated for an hour before returning the verdict Friday for the 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Torence Hatch. Before the verdict was read, District Judge Mike Erwin warned those in the courtroom not to make any emotional outbursts. Still, many quietly sobbed after the verdict was announced. Hatch, who stood quietly, bowed his head and pumped his fist when he heard the decision from the 12-person jury. Read more...

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May 12, 2012

Balfour Guilty in Hudson Murders

An hour after telling the judge they were split, a Chicago jury returned guilty verdicts against the former brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson for murdering three members of her family in 2008. William Balfour was found guilty of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Under Illinois law, Balfour faces mandatory life without parole sentences for the multiple murders. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:58 AM

May 11, 2012

Hudson Trial: Day 2 Ends Without Verdict

A second day of deliberations ended Thursday evening without a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing three of Jennifer Hudson's family members. The 12 jurors received the murder case Wednesday afternoon and stopped deliberating about five hours later. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:58 AM

May 10, 2012

'Flint Slasher' Trial Underway

Defense attorneys offered no opening statement as the murder trial of a man accused in a series of stabbings in the Flint, Michigan area in 2010 got underway. Elias Abuelazam is on trial for the stabbing death of Arnold Minor on Aug. 2, 2010. Minor was killed in front of a motorcycle shop on South Saginaw on Flint's south side. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:16 AM

Jury Begins Deliberations in Hudson Trial

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of entertainer Jennifer Hudson. Heated closing arguments set a tense tone in the courtroom before the judge sent the 12-person jury into deliberations. The singer-actress kept her head down during much of Cook County prosecutor Jennifer Bagby's dramatic closing argument. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:16 AM

John Edwards Called Liar at Trial

The speechwriter called him a liar. The campaign flack did, too. Even John Edwards's own defense attorney repeatedly told a packed federal courtroom that his client had lied. The one person, though, who struggled most to come to grips with Edwards's mendacity was a headstrong woman who could not be there as prosecutors neared the conclusion of their federal election law case against the former presidential candidate: his wife, Elizabeth, who died of cancer in December 2010. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:15 AM

Zimmerman's Not Guilty Plea Accepted

George Zimmerman's not-guilty plea on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was accepted Tuesday afternoon at his Sanford, Fla., court arraignment, which the defendant did not attend. Judge Kenneth R. Lester set a date for a docket sounding 8:30 a.m., Aug. 8. That's when a trial date will be set unless Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, asks for a continuance. Zimmerman remains free after posting $150,000 bond. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:14 AM

May 07, 2012

Steve Powell's Porn Trial to Begin

The voyeurism and child-pornography charges Steve Powell is facing as his trial begins Monday in Tacoma have nothing to do with the horrific murder-suicide of his son Josh and Josh Powell's two young boys. Nor are they about the bizarre disappearance of Josh Powell's wife, Susan, from their Utah home in 2009. But Susan Powell's relatives hope the trial will shed light on those tragedies. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:16 AM

Judge Assigned Drew Peterson Case

Drew Peterson, a suburban Chicago police officer charged in the death of one of his ex-wives, left jail for the first time in almost two years for a court hearing in his long delayed murder trial. At the hearing, Peterson's case was assigned to Will County Associate Judge Edward Burmila. Brodsky said he expects to start the trial in the next 60 to 90 days. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:15 AM

May 04, 2012

Jury Selected in Flint Slasher Case

A jury has been selected in the first Michigan murder trial for a man accused of a deadly series of stabbings. After two days of screening candidates, lawyers and a judge returned to court Thursday and settled on 12 people and four alternates. Opening statements are set for Tuesday in the trial of Elias Abuelazam. The 35-year-old native of Israel is charged with killing Arnold Minor in summer 2010. He was the last stabbing victim before Abuelazam was captured at an Atlanta airport. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:15 AM

May 03, 2012

Balfour Asked Witness to Alibi Him

A witness in the Jennifer Hudson family murders trial said the accused killer asked her to provide him an alibi for the day of the shootings. Brittany Acoff Howard testified that William Balfour asked her to cover for him for Oct. 24, 2008, the day Hudson's family members were killed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:04 AM

Edwards' Daughter Leaves Trial in Tears

John Edwards' daughter left the courtroom crying during testimony on Wednesday about a confrontation between her father and deceased mother over the one-time presidential candidate's extra-marital affair. Former Edwards aide Christina Reynolds was testifying about an argument Elizabeth Edwards had with her husband on the day in October 2007 that a tabloid published a story about his affair. As Reynolds was beginning the account about what happened at the Raleigh airport, Edwards turned to his daughter Cate, who was seated in the front row. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:04 AM

May 01, 2012

Dougherty Gang Gets Long Prison Terms

The three Florida siblings who launched a nine-day crime spree in an effort to help their sex-offender brother start a new life in another country will not be seeing daylight for many years. The 'Dougherty Gang' received long sentences in Colorado state court and will face even more jail time in Georgia and Florida. Lee-Grace Dougherty, 29; Dylan Stanley-Dougherty 27; and Ryan Dougherty, 22; were sentenced on multiple charges in Walsenburg, Colorado. Read more...

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Drifter Heads to Trial in Michigan Stabbing Spree

An Israeli-born drifter goes to trial for the first time since Flint's shocking summer of 2010, when as many as 14 people were stabbed in the area, five fatally. Elias Abuelazam is charged with killing a 49-year-old man whose body was found in the middle of a busy street, one of three murders and six attempted murders he's accused of in Genesee County. Read more...

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Zimmerman's Lawyer Wants to Delay Document Release

The lawyer for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin wants to delay the release of documents in the case. Attorney Mark O'Mara said on his website Monday that he's concerned that making the documents public without certain protections for witnesses could pose a threat to their safety. Read more...

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Judge Releases Jennifer Hudson's Sister's 911 Call

Moments after finding her mother's body, the sister of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson sobs as she pleads for help in a disturbing 911 recording released to the news media. "Oh my God.... Somebody's killed my mother," Julia Hudson says, while a dispatcher tries to get her to calm down and repeat her address. "She's on the floor and I see blood coming from her head." Read more...

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April 26, 2012

William Balfour Appears to Cry in Court

William Balfour, on trial for the murder of Jennifer Hudson's family, appeared to cry Wednesday in court when prosecutors displayed graphic photographs of the youngest victim, Hudson's 7-year-old nephew. It was the third day of testimony in the trial and the first time Hudson's brother-in-law, William Balfour, has appeared to show any emotion. Balfour dabbed his eyes with a tissue in view of the jury as pictures of the blood-soaked body of Julian King appeared on a large courtroom screen. Read more...

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April 24, 2012

Jennifer Hudson Testifies in Murder Trial

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears as the first witness called in the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. She told jurors that no one in her family wanted her sister to marry the defendant, William Balfour. Balfour is facing three charges of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2008 deaths. Read more...

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George Zimmerman Back Into Hiding

George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Later Monday, the Sanford City Commission rejected by a 3-2 vote the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who was roundly criticized for not initially charging Zimmerman and had stepped down temporarily in March he said to let emotions cool. Read more...

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April 23, 2012

Video Shows Injuries to George Zimmerman's Head

Video purportedly shot minutes after George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death shows heavy bleeding on his scalp, lending possible credence to his claims he killed the teen in self-defense. ABC aired the exclusive video on "Good Morning America" hours before Zimmerman appeared before a judge who ruled he could be freed on bond while he awaits trial on a second degree murder charge. Read more...

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Judge Sets Zimmerman Bond at $150,000

A Florida judge set bond at $150,000 for the release of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. said Zimmerman would not be released immediately and that he would be monitored electronically via GPS. The terms of the bond include a curfew and no alcohol or guns. Also, Zimmerman must be in touch with authorities every three days. The judge wouldn't rule on whether Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state. Read more...

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Woman Going on Trial in 2009 Killings

Sneaky breast implants. Naked amputees. The Batmobile. There are plenty of bizarre elements in the murder case against Narcy Novack, 54, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But they're unlikely to overshadow the grisly killings of her millionaire husband and his mother, which Novack allegedly orchestrated to get her hands on the family estate. Read more...

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April 20, 2012

Judge Steps Down From Trayvon Case

Two judges have recused themselves from presiding over the murder trial of a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who is accused of shooting an unarmed teenager. Judge Jessica Recksiedler, who was assigned the case, stepped down citing a possible conflict of interest in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. The next judge in line to get the case, Judge John D. Galluzzo, also cited a conflict in recusing himself from the trial. Read more...

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April 19, 2012

Judge Steps Down From George Zimmerman Case

The Florida judge who had been assigned to preside over George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial announced that she would recuse herself from the proceedings. Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler issued a statement saying that she would step down from the case. Earlier this week, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, made a motion requesting the judge recuse herself based, in part, on her husband's professional relationship with Mark NeJame, a CNN legal analyst who has publicly commented on the case and was previously approached about representing Zimmerman. Read more...

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April 17, 2012

Sentencing Date Set for George Huguely

The fate of convicted murderer and former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V will be decided in a formal sentencing on Aug. 30, a Virginia judge ruled. In February, a jury recommended that a judge sentence Huguely to 26 years in prison for the beating death of ex-girlfriend and classmate Yeardley Love. The judge can either confirm or lessen the sentence, but he cannot increase it. Read more...

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Zimmerman Lawyer Asks for New Judge

The lawyer for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin, has asked the judge in the case to step down, citing a potential conflict of interest. NBC News confirmed that Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, filed the request on Monday to disqualify Judge Jessica J. Recksiedler in Seminole County Circuit Court. Read more...

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April 11, 2012

Jury Finalized in Hudson Trial

The suspect in the killing of singer Jennfir Hudson's family members tried to get a former girlfriend to provide him with a false alibi for the day that the murders occurred. According to court papers, William Balfour solicited the false alibi from Brittany Acoff-Howard, who now lives in South Carolina. Read more...

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April 10, 2012

Jurors Seated in Hudson Family Murder Trial

The first full day of jury selection in the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's family ended without the seating of a full jury. William Balfour is accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. The 30-year-old Balfour faces a maximum life sentence if convicted. Fourteen people were selected to be among the 12 jurors and six alternates after nine hours of interviewing potential jurors one by one. Read more...

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April 09, 2012

Jennifer Hudson Plays Key Role in Murder Trial

To sit in judgment of William Balfour, would-be jurors must reveal everything they know about singer Jennifer Hudson, including whether they watched her on "American Idol," saw her star-making turn in "Dreamgirls" or read her new book. They even must say whether they belong to Weight Watchers, the diet program for which Hudson has been a spokeswoman for several years. About 150 prospective jurors were asked to make such revelations in a 26-page questionnaire that will help the defense and prosecution select the people to decide Balfour's fate. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:19 AM

Jurors in Hudson Case Asked About Singer

Jennifer Hudson takes center stage in a questionnaire that potential jurors are being asked to fill out to determine if they will be allowed to decide whether or not a man is guilty in the slayings of the singer's mother, brother and nephew. Nine of the 66 questions released to The Associated Press and other media outlets dealt with Hudson's career in movies, television and as an author. Read more...

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April 04, 2012

O.J.'s Lawyer Trying to Get Paid

A Las Vegas lawyer who represented O.J. Simpson in the Nevada trial that led to the celebrity football star's conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges is suing Simpson's Florida-based lead attorney in the case, claiming he was stiffed on promised fees. Gabriel Grasso alleges in a civil breach of contract lawsuit that he was promised $250,000 to serve as local attorney following Simpson's arrest in September 2007. But he said Yale Galanter only paid him $15,000. Read more...

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March 30, 2012

Judge Delays Sandusky Sex-Abuse Trial 3 Weeks

The judge overseeing former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case delayed the start of the trial by three weeks to early June, and prosecutors filed a lengthy court document that said the case should not be dismissed. Judge John Cleland said the additional time was needed "to accommodate various logistical contingencies that have arisen," and the attorney general's office supported the postponement. Read more...

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March 23, 2012

Killer of New Jersey Cop Gets Life

On the day a 20-year-old was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing a New Jersey police officer, the slain patrolman's mother yearned for the kind of Old Testament justice New Jersey courts can no longer provide: an eye for an eye. "He should get the same treatment he gave Christopher," said Jane Calaio, whose son, Christopher Matlosz, was shot to death behind the wheel of his police cruiser on Jan. 14, 2011. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:27 AM

Lawyer Seeks Dismissal of Charges Against Sandusky

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge to throw out the child sex abuse charges against him, arguing some counts are not specific enough, evidence is lacking in others and the statute of limitations may have run out regarding eight of the 10 alleged victims. The catch-all pretrial motion also sought to delay the May 14 start of Sandusky's trial, saying more time was needed to prepare a defense. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:27 AM

Teen Planned to Rob British Tourists

Jurors in the trial of a Florida teen accused of killing two British tourists watched the teen mumble his way through an interview with police detectives and insist that he hadn't left his home the evening of the April 2011 murders. Shawn Tyson, 17, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Defense attorneys have said there was no evidence tying him to the crime and that witnesses testifying against him were not credible. Read more...

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March 21, 2012

Sandusky Prosecutors Must Turn Over Contacts

Pennsylvania prosecutors were ordered to turn over to Jerry Sandusky's lawyer the phone numbers and addresses of those who have accused the former Penn State assistant football coach of sexually abusing them as children. That includes their phone numbers and addresses back when the crimes are alleged to have occurred. It was a pretrial win for Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola, who argued in a filing late last week that it would be very difficult for defense investigators to locate and try to interview them without first getting contact information from prosecutors. Read more...

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March 17, 2012

Rutgers Student Convicted in Webcam Spying Case

A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life was convicted of all counts in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide by throwing himself off a bridge. Indian-born Dharun Ravi, 20, shook his head slightly after the guilty verdicts were read for all 15 counts, including bias intimidation, a hate crime, and invasion of privacy. Read more...

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March 16, 2012

Gang Member Gets Death in Mistaken ID Killing

A San Gabriel Valley gang member has been sentenced to death for killing two people in Whittier, including a man who was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity. Thirty-nine-year-old Gabriel Ronquillo was sentenced for murder with special circumstances. Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Randy Fruto says the judge rejected a motion for a new trial. He says Ronquillo didn't make any statement to the court. Read more...

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Trial Starts for NYC Cop Accused of Rape

Opening remarks have begun in the trial of an off-duty New York Police Department officer accused of raping a teacher in upper Manhattan. Prosecutors described how a drunken Michael Pena threatened the woman with his gun and sexually attacked her on the morning of Aug. 19. The defense admitted the assault happened, but said evidence did not prove that Pena had raped the victim. Pena is currently being held on Rikers Island on $500,000 bail. Read more...

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March 14, 2012

Sandusky's Attorney Vows to Seek Dismissal

A lawyer for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky vowed to seek a dismissal of child sex abuse charges against his client after a judge refused to force prosecutors to provide more details on the allegations. Judge John Cleland rejected attorney Joe Amendola's request for more information such as exact dates of the purported molestations, details that Amendola said were crucial to building a defense against 52 counts of sexual abuse. Read more...

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March 13, 2012

Crime Boss's Companion to Admit Hiding Him

The longtime companion of James "Whitey" Bulger will change her plea to guilty and admit to helping harbor the alleged Boston crime boss as he evaded authorities for 16 years, according to court documents made public. Catherine E. Greig, 60 years old, is expected to say in court later this week that she helped Mr. Bulger avoid capture by using a variety of aliases and stolen identities, according to one of the court documents that was signed by Ms. Greig earlier this month. Read more...

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March 10, 2012

Whitey's Girlfriend Rethinking Plea Deal?

The brother of one of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's alleged murder victims says he's been told by a representative for federal prosecutors in Boston that Bulger's girlfriend Catherine Greig is considering pleading guilty to helping Bulger evade capture. Steven Davis said a federal victim advocate told him that Greig's lawyers indicated she's considering pleading guilty without a plea bargain and prosecutors asked victims' relatives to meet with them Monday. Read more...

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March 09, 2012

Ex-Detective Found Guilty in Cold-Case Murder

A former Los Angeles police detective was found guilty of the 26-year-old murder of the wife of her former lover in a case that hinged on a single piece of evidence — DNA from a bite mark on the victim's arm. The first-degree murder conviction came after a three-week trial that included testimony from a forensic expert who said the DNA was a match to defendant Stephanie Lazarus. Read more...

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March 07, 2012

Casey Anthony's Civil Trial Delay Denied

A Florida judge has denied a request by Casey Anthony's attorneys to delay her upcoming civil trial for defamation. Judge Lisa Munyon rejected the delay motion and ordered the trial to begin on April 10 as scheduled. Anthony is being sued by a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez who claims her reputation has been ruined. Read more...

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February 24, 2012

Judge Grants Gabe Watson Acquittal

Before the defense presented a single witness, a judge dismissed all charges against an Alabama man accused of killing his wife on a honeymoon diving trip to Australia. Judge Tommy Nail granted a defense motion for acquittal of the murder charges against Gabe Watson for the death of his wife Tina. In 2008, Watson pleaded guilty to Australian manslaughter charges and served time in prison in the same case. Read more...

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February 23, 2012

Huguely Guilty of Yeardley Love Murder

Jurors deliberated about nine hours before finding a former University of Virginia lacrosse player guilty of murder. George Huguely V was found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love in her Charlottesville apartment. Love, a member of the Virginia women's lacrosse team, was found face down on a bloody pillow in her bed on May 3, 2010. Read more...

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February 22, 2012

Jury to Get George Huguely Case

Jurors in former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V's murder trial will begin deliberations to decide the 24-year-old's fate and two legal experts have told ABCNews.com that it is possible that Huguely could be free by the end of the week. Huguely faces six charges, including first-degree murder, in the death of former girlfriend Yeardley Love. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Read more...

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February 17, 2012

Dougherty Gang Takes Plea Deal

The two brothers of the former fugitive Dougherty Gang have joined their sister in pleading guilty to reduced charges in connection with their failed high-speed attempt to avoid law enforcement in Colorado. Ryan Dougherty, 21, and Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, entered pleas in Huerfano County court. A week ago, Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, pleaded guilty to lesser charges after prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges. Read more...

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February 16, 2012

Gabe Watson Weeps at Diving Murder Trial

As Gabe Watson struggled to save his wife during their fateful Queensland dive he thought other divers in the vicinity would think "something odd was going on", Watson told Townsville detectives. The police interview was played to the jury on the third day of Watson's murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama. He wept in court as he listened to a portion of the police interview where he recalled the moment he was told attempts to resuscitate his wife failed. Read more...

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February 15, 2012

Yeardley Love Died of Blow to Head

University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love likely died about two hours after suffering a blow to the head that prosecutors say was inflicted by the young woman's former boyfriend, A brain expert testified. George Huguely V, 24, is accused of killing Love, 22, in 2010 in what authorities claim was the drunken culmination of a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship between the fellow senior lacrosse players at the university. Prosecutors said Love suffered brain trauma when Huguely slammed her head against a wall. Read more...

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February 11, 2012

Rockefeller Impersonator Pleads Not Guilty

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born man known for impersonating a Rockefeller, pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County court to a charge of murder. He is accused of killing his landlady's son, who disappeared in the mid-1980s and whose bones were discovered nine years later in the backyard of what had been his mother's Southern California home. Read more...

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February 10, 2012

Lee Grace Dougherty Pleads Guilty

One of three fugitive Dougherty siblings who were the focus of a nationwide search last summer will have to serve at least nine years in prison after pleading guilty in Colorado to reduced charges. Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of attempted first-degree assault and two counts of felony menacing. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop 21 other charges. Read more...

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February 07, 2012

Ex-Lacrosse Player Pleads Not Guilty

Jury selection is under way in the trial of a University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, who played on the women's team. tHE 24-year-old George Huguely V of Chevy Chase, Md., pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. Twelve jurors and three alternates are to be selected from 160 people. Read more...

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February 06, 2012

Virginia Lacrosse Murder Trial Set to Begin

In the nearly two years since a University of Virginia lacrosse player was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, it's become easier for possible abuse victims to get a restraining order and students must tell the school if they've ever been arrested. Those are the most concrete policy changes since the May 2010 death of Yeardley Love, who played on the women's lacrosse team. School officials and students also have tried to make the culture on campus one in which people look out for each other and aren't afraid to report relationship violence. Read more...

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January 23, 2012

Katrina Officer Headed to Trial

Twenty New Orleans police officers have been charged in a series of probes by the Justice Department's civil rights division since 2010. A retired sergeant who was assigned to investigate deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina will be the last of those officers to get his day in court. A trial is scheduled to start Monday for Gerard Dugue, who is charged with participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six unarmed people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:58 AM

'Rockefeller' Jurors Hear About Bloodstains

A forensic scientist testifying in the murder case against a man who posed as an heir to the Rockefeller fortune said she found four bloodstains in the Southern California guesthouse where the suspect lived. Criminalist Lynne Herold gave the testimony in a preliminary hearing to determine whether Christian Gerhartsreiter should stand trial for the death of John Sohus, whose remains were found at his former home in San Marino in 1994, nearly 10 years after he and his wife vanished. Read more...

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