Travis' secret engagement ring?

Travis Alexander Calls Himself ‘A Sociopath’ In Shocking Emails Not Shared With Jodi Arias Jury

Testimony in the Jodi Arias trial on Thursday centered around emails that were described as showing that Travis Alexander’s friends believed he was abusive to women, but has the specifics of the shocking emails that were NOT read to the jury, including one in which Travis allegedly called himself a “sociopath.”

 Jodi has claimed that she killed Travis after he “attacked” her, and she was defending herself against him, and that she was a victim of his physical abuse multiple times during their relationship.


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Convicted Massachusetts rapist caught in Maine after 34 years

'America's Most Wanted' won't be back on Lifetime

NEW YORK (AP) — "America's Most Wanted' may have come to an end after 25 years.

 Lifetime network has confirmed it won't be picking up the crime-fighting series for another season.


George Zimmerman case: State reveals new letter from key witness in Trayvon Martin shooting

Attached to a state filing in the case against George Zimmerman on Thursday was a newly public piece of evidence from the young woman who says she was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before his death.

 Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda's new pleading included as an exhibit a letter, apparently written by the young woman dubbed "Witness 8," to 17-year-old Trayvon's parents less than a month after he was shot Feb. 26, 2012.

The writing, dated March 19, 2012, was attached to de la Rionda's reply to a defense request for sanctions against the state for failing to reveal in a timely fashion that Witness 8 had made false statements.

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11-year-old girl charged with manslaughter ruled not competent to stand trial at this time

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A judge ruled on Thursday that the 11-year-old girl charged with manslaughter in connection with a baby’s death in Fairfield last year is not competent to stand trial at this time.

 However, the judge left open the possibility that the girl will be competent in the future.

 In a ruling released on Friday in Skowhegan District Court, Judge Charles LaVerdiere said he concluded that “at this time, the State has not met its burden of demonstrating that the Juvenile is competent to proceed under the standard established by the Maine Juvenile Code.”


With Respect to the State's Response to Defendant's Motion for Sanctions Against State Attorney's Office for Discovery Violations (George Zimmerman)


The STATE'S RESPONSE TO DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR DISCOVERY VIOLATIONS, while pointed, has little substance that addresses the very serious motion we have before the Court.

From a legal perspective, the Zimmerman case is about whether George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, but we understand that the case has also become important to the national conversation about race relations, about gun control, and about “Stand Your Ground” laws. Although the Court will not be able to resolve these larger issues, we as the defense team, have chosen to engage in the national conversation in a responsible and respectful way.

George Zimmerman was arrested under an extraordinary set of circumstances, and he is being prosecuted under similar circumstances. As we prepare for a jury trial in June, we have real concerns about George’s ability to receive a fair trial. The DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR DISCOVERY VIOLATIONS is not a frivolous attack on the prosecution, it is a serious attempt to seek remedy for discovery violations that have a substantial impact on our ability to defend George.

What is at stake is George Zimmerman’s right to a fair trial, and in a broader sense, what is at stake is the sanctity of the criminal justice system and its ability to function properly under the incredible public and political pressures that have been placed upon it.


Prosecutors Reject Colo. Shooting Suspect Plea Offer

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting on Thursday rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and accused defense lawyers of a serious breach of court rules by making the offer public.

 In a scathing court document, prosecutors said the defense has repeatedly refused to give them the information they need to evaluate the plea offer, so the offer can't be considered genuine.


Cops: Tyshekka Collier arrested after slapping wrong child

Jodi Arias expert: Friends warned of Travis’ ways

STATE'S REDACTED 13th Supplemental Discovery (George Zimmerman)


The following STATE'S REDACTED 13th SUPPLEMENTAL DISCOVERY has been filed with the Court:





Defense requests change of venue for upcoming murder trial for Millerberg

The defense has filed a change of venue motion seeking to move the upcoming murder trial of Eric Millerberg to Park City or Salt Lake County.

 The motion cites extensive publicity around the case as depriving Millerberg of his right to a fair trial before an impartial jury.

 The case has long been in the public eye, drawing coverage by local and Salt Lake City media since 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen was reported missing in September 2011.


ID's 'Disappeared' looks at Tracy Ocasio case

The case of Tracy Ocasio will be examined on "Disappeared" at 8 p.m. Sunday on Investigation Discovery.

The channel provided this preview: "Tracy Ocasio is spending the night watching the Magic in the NBA playoffs in Orlando.

 A night of celebration turns tragic when Tracy disappears. Investigators begin to wonder if someone Tracy is familiar with holds the answers to her disappearance."


Monthlong food drive organized in Ayla Reynolds’ name

WATERVILLE, Maine — A monthlong food drive has been organized in the name of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

The 20-month-old girl was last seen at her father’s Waterville home in December 2011. Her third birthday will be on April 4.

 ‘Wishes for Ayla’ is a monthlong food drive in April to help children, families and communities.

 The drive will raise food and donations for the NorthEast Dream Center, a charity that supports many food pantries and shelters in rural New England.


Regarding the Next Hearing Date in the Zimmerman Case


On Monday, March 25, the Court canceled the hearing previously scheduled on April 2. The Court did not consult with the defense before canceling the hearing. As there are only 74 days until trial, and as there are Motions before the Court, we hope to appear before the Judge for pending matters before the next hearing currently scheduled for April 30.


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Police: SC mom arrested after slapping wrong child


 The mother of a middle school student who was being suspended has been arrested after deputies say she walked into the school and slapped the wrong child.

 Spartanburg County sheriff's deputies said 36-year-old Tyshekka Collier went to Fairforest Middle School Wednesday morning to pick up her son.

 Principal Ty Dawkins called authorities after Collier walked into the office, mistook a boy for her son and slapped him in the face.


Affidavit: Cleburne boy, 4, appeared malnourished at time of death

A 4-year-old Cleburne boy appeared to be "skin and bones" when he was found dead at home last week, and his adoptive parents had failed to seek medical attention, according to court documents released Thursday.

 Buddy Cook appears to have died from dehydration and malnutrition, although a final ruling is pending further tests, according to a petition and affidavits filed by Child Protective Services investigators seeking the removal of Buddy’s seven siblings from their home.

The children are in foster care as the investigation continues.


Lanza's bedroom was an arsenal

Attorney: Sloop on hundreds of meds before Ethan Stacy's death

FARMINGTON — Nathanael Sloop was taking more than 300 pills of prescribed medications during the days before Ethan Stacy died, Sloop’s attorney said in court Thursday.

 The evidence presented by attorney Richard Mauro came during the second day of a preliminary hearing for Sloop, 34, of Layton. The hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to require Sloop to stand trial for Ethan’s homicide.


Officials investigating video showing young girl fight in Tampa

TAMPA -- A video posted on Facebook has gone viral that shows two young girls fighting in the yard of a Tampa apartment complex.

A 6-year-old Tampa girl was beaten up by her 7-year-old friend. Police say the 14-year-old sister of the young girl throwing the punches recorded the whole thing.



Defense begins in Ethan Stacy murder case

UPDATE 4:23 p.m.: Nathan Sloop’s attorney called up a photograph of Ethan Stacy sitting with Nathan Sloop on the couch, playing video games.

Ethan’s face looks bruised. Mauro called up a photograph of Ethan at the Salt Lake City International Airport the night he arrived in Utah on April 28. Then he showed Detective Roderick another photograph he said was taken immediately afterward.


George Zimmerman's lawyer called out for 'grandstanding'


 Prosecutors said George Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O'Mara is "grandstanding" in his motion that asks for the state to be fined.

 O’Mara said the state violated the discovery process by not revealing significant information about the state’s "star" witness -- the girl known as Witness 8.


State Response To Defendant's Motion (George Zimmerman)


Arias defense has cost Maricopa County more than $1.4 million

Jodi Arias' big jail headache

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City commissioner arrested in connection to fatal shooting

Brunswick City Commissioner James Henry Brooks, Sr. has been arrested in connection to the investigation of the fatal shooting of a Brunswick toddler, Channel 4 confirmed Thursday.


Father of 6-year-old confronts North Philadelphia intruder

NORTH PHILADELPHIA - March 28, 2013 (WPVI) -- A North Philadelphia father says his family was going about its evening routine when things took a turn for the bizarre.

Shamont says it was around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He was in an upstairs bedroom when his 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter took the dog out to go to the bathroom.


Toddler, 2, didn't get immediate help

Toddler, 2, didn't get immediate help

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - The 2-year-old Greenville girl who remains in critical condition as police investigate a possible child abuse did not get help right away for her injuries.

Two-year-old Brooklyn was on life support with a severe closed head injury as of Wednesday at Grand Rapids' Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.


Police Hunt For 2 Men Connected To Northridge Abduction

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Northridge, CA -

 (FOX 11) It's a sad but strange story -- and it's getting more complicated.

 This involves the reported kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home earlier this week.

Thankfully she was found alive, but as details of her ordeal surface, what she was went through can only be described as horrific.

 Poor little girl.

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Mutilated dolls hang from trees in SC yard

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Antonio Santiago Shooting Update: Police find bullet fired in Ga. baby killing

(CBS/AP) SAVANNAH, Ga. - Investigators are looking at a possible gang tie in the slaying of Georgia toddler Antonio Santiago and said Thursday that a bullet used in the shooting has been recovered.

 More search warrants were executed Wednesday night, though Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering didn't say specifically what evidence might have been found.


Arias' defense team accuses prosecution of misconduct


Suspect in Hadiya slaying indicted on 141 counts of murder

By Bridget Doyle
Tribune reporter
12:48 p.m. CDT, March 28, 2013
Two suspects in the high-profile fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton pleaded not guilty today to dozens of counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Michael Ward, the alleged shooter, was indicted on 141 counts of first-degree murder alone, prompting his attorney to blast Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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Federal grand jury indicts David Renz on child porn charges

March 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM,
updated March 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM
A federal grand jury today indicted David J. Renz, who is accused of killing Lori Bresnahan in Clay March 14, on child pornography charges.

A grand jury in Syracuse indicted Renz, 29, of Cicero, with one count of receiving child pornography and five counts of possession of child pornography, the Justice Department said.

Renz was arrested Jan. 9 by the FBI with these child pornography charges, which were reported publicly when he was charged with murder.

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Aaron Schaffhausen pleads guilty to murders of three daughters, maintains insanity claim

by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
Updated: March 28, 2013 - 2:27 PM
HUDSON, Wis. — Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to killing his three young daughters, but he maintained that he shouldn’t be held responsible for their deaths because he was mentally ill at the time.

The plea change came Thursday after more than a day of delay and legal wrangling about what kind of evidence would and would not be allowed at his trial, which is scheduled to start with jury selection on Monday.

Schaffhausen, 35, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July 10 deaths of Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5.

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Suspected baby shooter's sister arrested

Brunswick, Georgia (CNN) -- The sister of De'Marquise Elkins, one of the two teenage boys accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in Brunswick, Georgia, has been arrested on an evidence tampering charge, the Glynn County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Sabrina Elkins, 19, was named in a grand jury indictment released Wednesday, accused of helping her mother get rid of the gun authorities say was used to kill the child during an attempted robbery on March 21.

 The grand jury also indicted Elkins' mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, and aunt, Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33, on charges of making false statements or writings, among other things.

They had been arrested earlier.


Family members react to Holmes' plea offer

James Holmes is willing to spend the rest of his life in prison if it means there's no chance he'll be executed. Now prosecutors have to decide whether that's a deal they're willing to make with the former graduate student accused in last summer's Colorado movie theater massacre.

 Holmes' attorneys disclosed in a court filing Wednesday that their client has offered to plead guilty to killing 12 people at a midnight movie, but only if there's no chance he'll be executed.


Zimmerman lawyer: Could tweets hurt defense?

George Zimmerman's attorney says he's worried about the effect the "insensitive" tweets from his client's brother will have on the already controversial Trayvon Martin murder case.

 Mark O'Mara says Robert Zimmerman -- whose tweets mentioned the suspect in the recent killing of a baby in Georgia and Martin -- does not represent his brother or the defense.

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Man accused of beating woman, 80, to death to face judge

The man accused of beating a woman to death in her Brevard County home will face a judge on Thursday.

 Marcus Royal, 33, turned himself in to authorities in Virginia last week, officials said. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, burglary with battery and violation of probation.

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Set of eyeballs found in Conoco trash can

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A set of eyeballs found at a Conoco gas station have police puzzled. They’re hoping surveillance video will help them identify the people who left them there.

 Kansas City, Mo., police said a Conoco employee called authorities after finding a cardboard box with a medical cooler inside a trash can at the Conoco located near NW 112th and N. Ambassador Dr.


Disturbing details revealed in Ethan Stacy murder case

UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: “We’re going to argue that it shouldn’t be bound over,” defense attorney Richard Mauro told reporters outside of court after the day’s testimony had ended.

 Defense attorneys are expected to cross examine Detective Roderick tomorrow afternoon.


Could this explain Jodi's interrogation room antics?

Has Jodi Arias accepted her fate?

Domestic violence expert resumes testimony on Jodi Arias murder trial

Testimony resumes in Jodi Arias' murder trial with a domestic violence expert who is discussing the generalities of abusers and victims.

 Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette (la-VI'-oh-let) says many victims of such abuse don't report it and rarely tell anyone because they feel ashamed and humiliated.

The defense witness returns to the witness stand for a third day on Thursday.

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Family claims police brutality in lawsuit

SOUTH BEND — A local family has filed a lawsuit against the city and the South Bend Police Department accusing officers of entering their home without a warrant and tasing and punching a 17-year-old boy in the home while he slept.

 Attorney John Ulmer filed the suit in state court last month on behalf of Dan and Vivian Franklin and their teenage son DeShawn, but the suit was moved to federal court last week.

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Father's Facebook post prompts Kaukauna schools to investigate bullying

Man stabs woman 54 times, drops TV on her head

SAGINAW, Mich. --

 (AP) A man authorities say killed a woman by stabbing her 54 times and dropping a TV on her head in southeastern Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder, torture and other charges. reports ( ) that a jury in Saginaw County Circuit Court deliberated for less than 15 minutes Wednesday before convicting 21-year-old Lashon Hollman.

He faces a mandatory term of life in prison without the chance of parole when sentenced May 9.


Shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala to pen life story

LONDON (AFP) - Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taleban for promoting girls' education, is to tell her life story in a book due out later this year, the publishers said on Thursday, in a deal reportedly worth around S$3.8 million.

The book will be entitled "I Am Malala".


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Police: Teens try to poison teacher with hand sanitizer

Two 13-year-old boys in Virginia admit, they tried to poison one of their teachers.

 It happened at Hines Middle School in Newport News; police say the boys admit that, every day for three months, they squirted liquid hand sanitizer into their teacher’s morning cup of tea.

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Pair of eyeballs found in trash at KC gas station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. • Police say they are trying to determine how a medical box containing a pair of eyeballs ended up in a trash bin at a gas station in Kansas City.

 Police spokesman Steve Young says a worker at a Conoco station in the city's north called police after finding a cardboard box containing the eyeballs late Wednesday. The box was labeled "Keep refrigerated."


Headache: Did Arias migraine put brakes on trial?

When Judge Sherry Stephens canceled Wednesday’s court session in the Jodi Arias trial, her assistant and court officials did not provide a reason why.

They simply told reporters court would resume Thursday morning.

Sources told Nancy Grace producer Alexis Weed that the reason for Wednesday’s trial cancellation was that Arias was suffering a migraine headache.


Search warrants released in Newtown shooting investigation

According to the warrants, killer Adam Lanza killed 20 children, six adults and himself within five minutes of shooting his way into the building.

 Search warrants said Lanza was found dead wearing a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing.

State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III said Lanza killed all the victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun.


Witness tells of love affair with fake Rockefeller

Associated Press
Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM
Updated today at 4:02 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former fiancé of a man whose many pseudonyms included Clark Rockefeller said from the witness stand at his trial that she never knew his true identity until he was charged with murder.

Questioned by a prosecutor, Mihoko Manabe said Wednesday that by the time she met the man whose true name was Christian Gerhartsreiter in 1987 he had a terrible secret to hide.

Gerhartsreiter is charged with the murder of John Sohus, the son of a woman who rented her San Marino, Calif. guest house to the defendant.

Sohus and his wife, Linda, disappeared in 1985, and bones were dug up in the yard of the home in 1994. No sign of Linda Sohus was ever found

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Arraignment set for Okla. man in deaths of 2 girls

Posted: Mar 28, 2013 5:05 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 5:05 AM EDT
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - A man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 2 girls near Weleetka is scheduled to formally enter a plea.

Kevin Sweat is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Okfuskee County District Court. A plea of not guilty was previously entered on his behalf.

Sweat was ordered to trial in January on two counts of first-degree murder for the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

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Warrants to be released in Newtown shooting investigation

Updated at 07:26 AM today
NEW HAVEN -- Search warrants used in the investigation of the Newtown school shooting are being released along with a statement from prosecutors about their work to unravel the motives of the 20-year-old gunman.

The warrants, which were to be released on Thursday, are related to searches of gunman Adam Lanza's home and car. They have been sealed under an order that expired Wednesday, and prosecutors have made few details available, despite pressure to do so.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has expressed concern about leaked information appearing in the news, and state lawmakers have requested a more complete accounting of the case as they address gun control and other issues raised by the shooting.

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Search resumes for murdered woman in Wayne County, WV in 2002

Posted: Thu 6:08 AM, Mar 28, 2013
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - The search for Samantha Burns, who went missing in 2002, is again underway in Wayne County.

The FBI and West Virginia State Police are searching a wooded area off of Buffalo Creek Road near the intersection of Route 75.

FBI investigators say they recently received a tip that caused the need for the search. They are currently working to clear the area of brush.

Samantha Burns went missing back in 2002.

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George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case update: Robert Zimmerman Jr. apologizes on Piers Morgan: (Video)

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Teen Indicted in GA Baby Slaying, 2nd Shooting

6:56 AM, Mar 28, 2013
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia teenager shot a 13-month-old baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother, according to an indictment returned Wednesday that also charged the suspect with shooting another person in an unrelated robbery attempt earlier this month.

The indictment by a Glynn County grand jury charges 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins on nine counts, including malice murder, in the slaying last Thursday of young Antonio Santiago a few blocks from his home in coastal Brunswick.

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Police Arrest Parents Of Toddler Who Drowned In Central Texas Motel Bathtub

CALDWELL (March 27, 2013)--The parents of a toddler who drowned in a motel bathtub in Caldwell have been arrested for child endangerment and drug possession.

Michael Fredrickson, 36, and Samantha Lange, 24, were arrested Monday.

Caldwell Police say they found methamphetamine in the room at the Caldwell Motel in which the couple was living in with their two sons.

Last week, the couple’s 1-year-old, Aiden, was found dead in a bathtub, and their 2 year old son was taken by Child Protective Services.

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'My mum's doing the shopping, call her if I need anything': Mother leaves baby in locked car with note

By Rachel Blundy
25 Mar 2013 16:01
A mother left her baby alone in a locked car while she did the weekly shop with a note asking passers-by to call her if there were any problems.

The shocking picture of the baby was taken by a concerned fellow shopper at the supermarket car park in Porirua, New Zealand.

A man who parked next to the woman's car saw the infant inside with a note which read "My mum's doing the shopping, call her if I need anything" and a mobile phone number written underneath.

He told a local newspaper: "We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back.

"And my wife said, 'I'm not going in without someone being here with the baby'."

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Missing Wilson Co. teens found at 44-year-old man's house (Video)

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Dewey man gets life sentence in baby's death

By LAURA SUMMERS World Correspondent
Published: 3/28/2013  2:22 AM
Last Modified: 3/28/2013  4:24 AM
Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp sentenced Marcus Trinidad Mitchell to life in prison with the option of parole, plus a $5,000 fine in the Feb. 24 death of his stepdaughter, Emma Beth Warmerbrodt.

DeLapp followed the sentencing recommendation of the jury who convicted Mitchell on Feb. 1. Mitchell additionally must serve consecutive sentences of 25 years, 12 years and one year on three child neglect charges. Mitchell, who smiled repeatedly during the morning court proceedings, this week filed notice he intends to appeal his conviction.

"This case is, of course, one of the worst kind of cases - the death of a child," Assistant District Attorney Will Drake told the judge as sentencing began.

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Trial date set for alleged child killer

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Daily Dunklin Democrat
KENNETT, Mo. -- A November trial is scheduled for a Bootheel man accused of murdering his 3-year-old neighbor.

Shawn Morgan of Senath, Mo., accused in the murder of Breeann Rodriguez, has been scheduled to stand trial beginning Nov. 18.

Jury selection will be Nov. 14 in Phelps County. An additional day has been slotted if need arises. The trial will be in Dunklin County.

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Accused child molester, killer George Edenfield to undergo commitment proceedings

Posted: March 27, 2013 - 6:56pm
By Terry Dickson
BRUNSWICK | A man accused of murder in the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Barrios in March 2008 will undergo an independent evaluation to determine if he should be civilly committed to a state mental health facility.

After the evaluation is complete, George David Edenfield must appear in court April 18 for a trial on his civil commitment, Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Scarlett said in an order signed Tuesday.

George Edenfield and his parents, David and Peggy Edenfield, were all charged with murder, child molestation, false imprisonment, cruelty to children and other charges in Christopher’s death.

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Man who faked own death for insurance cash is arrested for impersonating a police officer to lure women into his van

PUBLISHED: 23:02 EST, 27 March 2013
UPDATED: 23:02 EST, 27 March 2013
A New York man who admitted he faked his own death for insurance money has been arrested for pretending to be a police officer in an effort to lure women into his van.

Raymond Roth, 48 of Long Island, was taken into custody on Tuesday after he allegedly pulled the stunt at least twice in the past month.

In the first incident, on March 16, Roth allegedly pulled up next to a woman in Freeport, claimed he was a police officer and then demanded she get into the white van he was driving.

When the woman refused and ran away, Roth followed her for a short distance before fleeing the scene, police said.

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Reward Doubles To Find Missing Woman With MN Ties

March 27, 2013 8:51 AM
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The reward has now doubled for information leading to a missing Colorado woman with Minnesota ties.
LeAnn “Annie” Meyer (credit: Wheat Ridge Police)

Leann Annie Meyer, 51, was last seen Feb. 7 in Wheat Ridge, a suburb of Denver, Colo. Both of her vehicles also went missing around that time, but they were found earlier this month. Meyer’s family lives in St. Peter, a little more than an hour south of the Twin Cities.

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Unmarked graves exhumed at Dozier School for Boys

Virginia Hamrick on March 27th, 2013
Last updated: March 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm
For more than a century, Florida’s notorious Dozier School for Boys served as a state-run correctional institution, its history plagued with stories of abuse.

Aside from accounts of brutal beatings, a number of boys are known to have died at the Marianna institution, their causes of death listed as “accident” or “unknown.” Laid to rest in makeshift, unmarked graves, the mystery behind their deaths and the location of all their bodies was never solved.

Now, anthropologists are looking for answers.

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UPDATE: Missing 10-Year-Old Northridge Girl Found, Two Wanted in Abduction

By Jonathan Lloyd, John Cadiz Klemack, Melissa Pamer and Samantha Tata
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
Updated 11:18 PM PDT

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NORTHRIDGE ( — Police Wednesday were searching for a 10-year-old Northridge girl who disappeared from her home overnight.

 Nicole Ryan is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall and about 100 pounds with long red hair, according to police.


UPDATE: No plea change yet for dad in Wis. girls' deaths (Video)

Posted: Wed 6:47 AM, Mar 27, 2013
Reporter: WEAU Staff 
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Theater shooting: Suspect James Holmes may plead guilty to avoid death penalty

ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Defense attorneys representing Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, 9NEWS has confirmed.

 This is only an offer from the defense team. The two-page filing released on Wednesday goes on to say the prosecution has yet to accept the deal because "it may choose to pursue the death penalty."

The deal hinges completely on the prosecution's willingness to take the death penalty off the table. "Mr. Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case to bring the proceedings to a speedy and definite conclusion," the filing reads.


Knox’s atty.: Retrial is 'painful for her'

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Testimony: Sloop stuffed feces in Ethan Stacy's mouth

FARMINGTON — Testimony about the abuse 4-year-old Ethan Stacy suffered at the hands of Nathanael Sloop, which included putting feces in the toddler’s mouth, continued through Wednesday’s morning hearing.

 Nathanael Sloop, 34, of Layton is charged with aggravated murder, second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body in the boy’s death.




Girls accused of threatening Steubenville rape victim given house arrest


 Two teenage girls accused of threatening a Steubenville rape victim through their social media accounts were placed on house arrest Wednesday.

The threats, police said, surfaced on Twitter in the hours after Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond were found guilty of the rape earlier this month.

 Investigators said the teens raped the victim at an alcohol-fueled party last summer.


Is defense putting Travis on trial?

Senath man accused of killing 3-year-old goes to trial in November


 A Bootheel man accused of killing his 3-year-old neighbor is scheduled to stand trial in November.

Court records show Shawn Morgan's trial will begin on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.


Searchers needed to help find missing girl

Able-bodied people, especially those with boats and all-terrain vehicles, are encouraged to help in the search for a missing Walnut Ridge girl.

The Walnut Ridge Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office are planning a volunteer search for 14-year-old Sidney Randall on Saturday, March 30.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the police department at 9 a.m. where they will be assigned specific areas to search, according to a news release from Sheriff Jody Dotson. Volunteers must sign-in before they will be assigned a search area.



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George Zimmerman's lawyers file witness list with 130 names

SANFORD - Attorneys for George Zimmerman have filed a new defense witness list, and it includes more than 130 people. Among them: Trayvon Martin's mother and father, their attorney Benjamin Crump, former Sanford police Chief Bill Lee Jr. and former State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.

 It also lists Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte and several other members of Trayvon's family, including his step-brother and the Oviedo cousin with whom he'd spent the night the evening before he was fatally shot.

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Hearing set for Nathan Sloop in the murder of 4-year-old Ethan Stacy

Sloop, 34, is charged in 2nd District Court with aggravated murder in connection with the death of Ethan, whose beaten body was found in a shallow grave near Powder Mountain Ski Resort on May 11, 2010.

 At the end of the three-day preliminary hearing, which begins Wednesday, 2nd District Judge Glen Dawson will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.


Jodi Arias trial: Attorneys don't want you to know where taxpayer money spent on defense is going

PHOENIX - Jodi Arias’ attorneys do not want you know where the taxpayer money spent on her defense is going.

 Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott filed paperwork asking a judge to “seal any and all billing records submitted by any member of Ms. Arias’ defense team…”

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Malnourished 4-year-old boy spent days alone at home with mother’s corpse

UNION, New Jersey (PIX11) – It was a foul odor coming from the apartment that alerted police to force open the chain-locked front door.

 Once inside, Union police officers found a very malnourished and dehydrated 4-year-old boy in the living room, and the badly decomposing body of his mother on the floor of the bedroom.

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Bombshell: Jodi Arias beat her mother?

Prosecutor Juan Martinez dropped a bombshell in court Monday, claiming that Jodi Arias had a history of beating her mother.

It is unclear where he got the information from since neither the defense team nor the prosecution have hinted at the incidents before.

 Forensic psychologist Richard Samuels is on the stand testifying about how he diagnosed Arias with post-traumatic stress disorder for allegedly killing her ex-boyfriend in self-defense.

 One symptom of PTSD Samuels said he observed in Arias was her bouts of irritability and anger.


La. fugitive Keana Barnes captured in Los Angeles

NEW ORLEANS —Investigators said that 33-year-old Keana Barnes, who escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in January, was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department.

 Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence on a manslaughter charges.

 She is expected to be in federal court on Wednesday.

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Judge Judy's Son, a DA, Embroiled in NY Rape Case

A suburban district attorney who is the son of TV's "Judge Judy" is being accused of interfering in a child rape case in which the suspect is his personal trainer and recently lived with him.

 Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy has recused himself from the investigation of Alexandru Hossu, but the local sheriff claims Levy is still involved.

 "He is apparently trying to influence and affect the investigation, which could be perceived as an ethical violation of his official duties and perhaps even as an attempt to undermine it," Sheriff Donald Smith said.


De'Marquise Elkins, Dominique Lang, Sherry West update: Lawyer defends teens in baby killing case

BRUNSWICK, Georgia -- The lawyer for one of the Georgia teenagers charged with murder in a baby's shooting said Monday his client is "absolutely" not guilty and the grandmother of the second suspect said her grandson would never be involved in such a crime.

 "My client is absolutely, 1,000-percent not guilty," public defender Kevin Gough, who represents 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, told The Associated Press. He made the comments Monday, while preparing for Elkins' first court appearance on the murder charge. It was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

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Jodi Arias: Is her trial more riveting than Casey Anthony's?

A co-worker confided this week that she was thrilled to be able to listen to the Jodi Arias case again.

"It's better than Casey Anthony," she said.

 Do you agree? I find the Arias trial repetitive, tiresome and long, oh so very long. The trial has made racy content boring.


Mother arrested after her boyfriend 'finds corpses of two dead babies hidden in her freezer'

Two dead babies have been found in a freezer in a block of flats in France.

 A woman has been arrested on suspicion of infanticide after her partner made the horrifying discovery at their home in Ambérieu-en-Bugey.

After her arrest, it emerged that the 32-year-old waitress was convicted of killing a new-born child a decade ago.

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Mother in visitation fight with child's grandparents after husband's murder


An Orlando mother is in a fight over her daughter that could land her in jail.

The battle for visitation has been going on for years. It started when Jennifer Watkins' husband, Steve Watkins, was murdered by her grandmother, Shirley Skinner, in 2008.

 Ever since his death, her deceased husband's parents have fought to see their granddaughter in Illinois, but Jennifer Watkins refuses.


New video: Arias complains about handcuffs!

Detroit Police Officer Accused of Shooting 7-Year-Old Will Go to Trial

Detroit - After three long years, the case of Aiyana Stanley-Jones will finally be argued before a jury.

During a March 8 pre-trial hearing, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray-Hathaway denied a motion to dismiss all charges against Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley in the shooting-death of the 7-year-old.


Bay St. Louis woman accused of biting two children

Published: March 26, 2013
BAY ST. LOUIS -- A woman accused in the recent biting of a child has been arrested on two counts of felony child abuse involving that child and another she allegedly bit more than two years ago, police said.

Detective Lt. Robert O'Neal said Kacey Nicole Whitney, 27, is suspected of leaving a bite mark on a 7-year-old child recently and biting a 4-year-old child a number of times in 2010.

Bay St. Louis police were investigating the recent complaint when they found a similar complaint filed against Whitney on Nov. 12, 2010, O'Neal said.

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Craigslist killer’s sentencing delayed

By Thomas J. Sheeran
Associated Press
Wednesday March 27, 2013 5:40 AM
AKRON — The father of one of three men lured by Craigslist job offers and murdered had yesterday’s sentencing date for the killer etched in his mind: 16 months to the day his son’s body was identified.

Jack Kern, father of Timothy Kern, 47, and relatives of other victims of Richard Beasley, 53, crowded a courtroom yesterday to hear whether Beasley must face execution, but the case was delayed by an attorney’s illness.

Beasley, wearing a red and white striped jail outfit, clutching a cane and sitting in a wheelchair because of back pain, kept his chin on his chest as he was wheeled into court after a 90-minute delay to hear the postponement.

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Ocala parents arrested on child neglect charges

Posted March 26, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.
OCALA — Deputies have arrested the parents of three children who were found living in squalid conditions near Ocala.

When Marion County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home Monday they found knives and suspected drugs near the children. They arrested 31-year-old Jess Palmer and 25-year-old Stephanie Renee Palmer on child neglect charges.

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Reward now $20,000 for info leading to Leann 'Annie' Meyer, Wheat Ridge woman missing over a month

Posted: 03/26/2013
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - A reward has doubled to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Leann “Annie” Meyer, a Wheat Ridge woman who vanished more than a month ago.

Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero said Tuesday that Meyer’s family notified police that the existing reward had increased by $10,000. US Bank, Meyer's employer, already is offering a reward of $8,000 in conjunction with Crime Stoppers, which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads authorities to Meyers.

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Schaffhausen guilty plea expected

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 am
By Chuck Rupnow Leader-Telegram staff
Aaron Schaffhausen, a man accused of killing his three daughters last summer at a River Falls residence, is expected to plead guilty today.

"I think we're going to change our plea; change it to guilty by reason of mental disease or defect," John Kucinski, Schaffhausen's attorney, said Tuesday night.

"We'll know a lot more (today). Who knows what might happen, but for right now, that's what we plan to do," he added.
Kucinski declined to say why his client would change his plea.

Assistant state attorney general Gary Freyberg on Tuesday filed a notice in St. Croix County Court of a "plea agreement" that is expected to be discussed today during a motions hearing.

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Author chronicles Sandra Cantu case-Today marks four years since Tracy girl's murder

By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore
Record Staff Writer
March 27, 2013 12:00 AM
STOCKTON — Today at 3:54 p.m. marks four years since 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was last seen alive in a haunting surveillance video.
She had been missing for more than a week when a farm worker found a suitcase in an irrigation pond in 2009. Her body was inside.

Stacy Dittrich, a deputy sheriff in Ohio, remembers watching the dreadful news on TV.

“Oh God, I hope they get that sick monster,” Dittrich recalls saying, thinking the perpetrator must be a male sexual predator and a resident of the same mobile home park where Sandra lived, conclusions molded by her years of investigating sex crimes.

Just then, her 13-year-old daughter walked by. “She turned around and said, 'How do you know it's a he?'” Dittrich remembers her daughter then muttering, “I think you're wrong.

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Search for April Jones due to end next month

Last updated Wed 27 Mar 2013
Police involved in the search for missing five-year-old April Jones are expecting it to finish by the end of April.

Officers from Dyfed Powys Police, along with other forces from across the UK, have been searching Machynlleth and the surrounding area since the schoolgirl went missing in October.

In a statement, Dyfed Powys Police say no searches are taking place this week due to the weather, and no searches will be carried out over Easter.

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