Jodi Arias trial bringing strangers together one tweet at a time

PHOENIX -- The Jodi Arias murder trial is bringing strangers together one tweet at a time. "I've been having a ball.

It's the most interesting thing I've done in ages," said Sandy Metter, of Scottsdale.


Mother of Missing Teen From Lubbock Expresses Her Condolences to Dunn Family

LUBBOCK- Last week's news that remains found in Scurry County are those of Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn came as a shock to many. Others were relieved to know that the mystery of her disappearance is now one step closer to being solved. But for those who are missing family members of their own, it was a reminder that they, too could get that call someday.


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John Cornell's family speaks after disappearance of Sidney Randall

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's been nearly two months and still no sign of Sidney Randall. The 14-year-old girl disappeared from her home in Walnut Ridge March 9. Two days later, police found her step-father, John Cornell, dead off a county road and initially believed he shot himself. But, his family says that is not possible.


Monae Turnage's mother responds to guilty plea

It's been just over a year since 13-year-old Monae Turnage died just a few blocks from her mother's home.

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Who was Hailey Dunn? Friends, family offer insight into the young girl's life


On April 26, the remains found in Scurry County in March were identified as those of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn of Colorado City.

We take a look at the life of this little girl and who she was. Although Hailey Dunn was a cheerleader, friends of her family say she was also a tomboy, who enjoyed a good old-fashioned country dinner.


George Zimmerman waives Stand Your Ground hearing

SANFORD -- George Zimmerman is at the Seminole County Courthouse this morning for the latest hearing in his second-degree murder case.

Zimmerman spoke in court for the first time in months. He agreed to waive his rights to a Stand Your ground preliminary hearing.

Under questioning from Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, Zimmerman repeatedly said "yes" to a series of questions asking if he was aware he was giving up the right to a hearing before his second-degree murder trial in June.


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Man indicted in toddler's death accused of poking her in the head

KATC has new information about the 19-month-old Eunice toddler who died allegedly at the hands of her mother's boyfriend. According to St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court records, a forensic pathologist ruled Victoria LeJeune died from acute traumatic brain injury. Last week, a grand jury indicted Robert H. Miller III on second degree murder in the toddler's death.

On Feb. 24, when a St. Landry Parish deputy was called to check on an unresponsive Victoria at 564 Hwy. 190 Lot 17 in Eunice, he noticed "numerous bruises on the infant's face and body," court records state. Victoria was pronounced dead at Acadian Medical Center.


Army major and his wife 'broke foster children's bones and starved them, force fed them hot sauce and denied them water in order to train them how to behave'

PUBLISHED: 13:37 EST, 30 April 2013
UPDATED: 14:24 EST, 30 April 2013

  • Major John Jackson and wife Carolyn are accused of torturing their three foster children
  • The Jackson are accused of appalling acts of abuse including forcing their adopted kids to eat salt and hot sauce, while denying them access to water
  • They are also accused of breaking bones and then preventing the kids from receiving medical attention
  • Their biological children were warned not to report the horrific crimes and told the adopted kids were being trained how to behave
  • John and Carolyn Jackson have been denied bail and their children are in the custody of child protection services in New Jersey

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Travis Alexander's home now a tourist attraction as followers of the Jodi Arias trial stop and take pictures at the scene of the brutal slaying

PUBLISHED: 15:55 EST, 30 April 2013
UPDATED: 15:57 EST, 30 April 2013
The family who now lives in the home where Jodi Arias stabbed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death are now treated to a constant stream of unwanted visitors who drive past the home because of their morbid fascination about the case.

Alexander's home was sold in foreclosure in 2009, the year after he was stabbed nearly 30 times and shot by Arias.

'I was a little nervous about it. My husband, though, it didn't bother him. He said, "This is a good deal. It's a beautiful home. It's in a great school district,"' the homeowner told USA Today.

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Bob Bashara to enter plea in wife's murder Wednesday

Author: Matt Morawski
Published On: Apr 30 2013 04:51:57 PM EDT
Bob Bashara will be back in court Wednesday to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” in the 2012 murder of his wife, Jane Bashara.

Bashara had long been a person of interest in his wife’s killing.

Handyman Joe Gentz admitted to strangling her and says he was ordered by Bob Bashara to do it.

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Missing 16 year old Sheboygan girl found in Beaver Dam

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
by Staff
Updated on April 30, 2013 @ 2:08 PM
SHEBOYGAN — A 16 year old Sheboygan girl that went missing over a week ago has been located Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Sheboygan Police Department, no suspicious circumstances were reported.

Family and friends were looking for Keyona Marie Olden. She was at home watching television on the evening of Friday, April 19 with her mother and went to bed at 9:30 PM. When her mother checked on her around 1 AM, she was no longer in her bedroom.

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US Atty: NJ Couple Charged With ‘Unimaginable Cruelty To Children’

April 30, 2013 12:46 PM
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A New Jersey Army major and his wife have been arrested on child endangerment charges stemming from a 17-count indictment.

John and Carolyn Jackson were detained Tuesday pending a bail hearing.

The Mount Holly couple is charged with one count of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, 13 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of assault, authorities said.

The two are accused of denying their children food, water and medical care and physically abusing them, including breaking bones and force-feeding them hot sauce, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.

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Police: Remains not those of missing Conn. girls

Updated 7:56 am, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Vernon police say DNA tests show that human remains found in a wooded area in March are not those of three girls who disappeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Police announced the test results Tuesday. Authorities say they still don't know the person's identity and a DNA sample entered into a national database came back negative for a match.

The testing ruled out any links to the cases of Lisa White, Janice Pockett and Debra Spickler.

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Jury of twelve to sit on the April Jones trial

Last updated Tue 30 Apr 2013
Today a jury of 12 will be selected from a potential panel of 30 to sit on the April Jones trial.

All were asked yesterday to ensure they had no connections to the Machynlleth area where the five-year-old went missing, or any links to up to 60 witnesses, who will give evidence.

Tomorrow marks seven months to the day that April went missing, prompting one of the biggest police searches in UK history.

That search was called off just last week.

On Thursday the jury will visit various sites in Machynlleth.

Mark bridger, 47, denies abducting and murdering April Jones, as well as perverting the course of justice by concealing her body.

Bennett gets new attorney

Posted: Tuesday, 04/30/13 01:51 pm
Accused child killer Anthony Michael Bennett is scheduled to be in federal court next week for a status conference after getting a new attorney.

Ann Arbor attorney John A. Shea was appointed to represent Bennett, accused of the June 21 murder of 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain, following former defense attorney Anthony Chambers disqualifying himself because he was suspended from practicing law in Michigan April 22.

Chambers was suspended by the State Of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board for misappropriating client fees and other ethical violations.

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Man accused of complicity in double-murder appears in court

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
RICHMOND — In a brief pretrial hearing Tuesday morning, a man accused of complicity in the murder of a Madison County couple appeared before Judge Jean C. Logue.

Lebruce Ellington, 33, pleaded not guilty in January to complicity to murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence in the 2010 deaths of Sonsaray Warford and Charles Walker.

The couple’s bodies were found in March 2012 in shallow graves off Tates Creek Road.

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Sheriff says intruder intended to attack Calaveras County girl

Monday, Apr. 29, 2013
By Kevin Valine
VALLEY SPRINGS -- Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz vowed Monday evening that he and his officers will hunt down and capture the man suspected of killing 8-year-old Leila Fowler in her home over the weekend.

“This is a sad time in Calaveras County,” the sheriff said at news conference outside of the Valley Springs sheriff’s substation before a battery of TV cameras, microphones and reporters. “ … We are doing everything possible to apprehend the person responsible for the murder of this 8-year-old girl.

“We will not rest until we capture the responsible person.”

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A pregnant ex-girlfriend and rent arrears drove me to become 'forest boy'

The mystery “forest boy” who duped Berlin police and social workers into believing that he was an abandoned child who had roamed the woods of central Europe for five years has revealed that rent arrears and a pregnant ex-girlfriend drove him to launch his elaborate hoax.

Robin van Helsum, a Dutch citizen who is now 21, turned up at Berlin’s town hall in September 2011 sporting a pageboy haircut and T-shirt and equipped with a rucksack, sleeping bag and a two-man tent. Speaking in English, his first words to officials were: “I am all alone in the world.”

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Ruling expected soon on Casey Anthony's life story

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 8:07 AM
We could find out next week if Casey Anthony's life story will be sold.

A federal bankruptcy judge in Tampa is expected to rule on May 7 on whether Casey's bankruptcy trustee can sell her life story. That trustee has gotten a $10,000 offer.

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Dr. Drew mentioned in postcard from Jodi? and Did Jodi Arias plan to kill Travis? (Videos)

Travis' friend feared for his kids around Jodi (Video)

On Monday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew conducted an exclusive interview with Travis Alexander's best friend Chris Hughes.

At one point, Hughes talked about the time he and his wife had Travis come up to their room to discuss Jodi Arias’ behavior.

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April Jones murder: Mark Bridger was 'sexually motivated

30 April 2013 Last updated at 09:37 ET
Blood matching missing April Jones was found in the home of a man accused of abducting and murdering the five-year-old in a sexually motivated attack, a jury at Mold Crown Court has heard.

April went missing near her home in Machynlleth, Powys on 1 October 2012.

Mark Bridger, 47, from Ceinws near Machynlleth, denies abducting and murdering April, and intending to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard juvenile bone fragments were found at Mr Bridger's home.

He has played a cruel game in pretending not to know what he has done to her and with her”

Elwen Evans QC, opening the prosecution's case, said the defendant had gone to enormous lengths to conceal what he had done.

She said: "He has played a cruel game in pretending not to know what he has done to her and with her. It is a game to try and save himself."

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Case of missing nurse, Holly Bobo, has new clues, new detectives

Posted: Apr 30, 2013 9:01 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 30, 2013 9:01 AM EDT
Two years have passed since nursing student Holly Bobo vanished into the woods, and there are now new developments, clues and evidence in the search to bring her home.

Something about the Holly Bobo case, for many, just hurts. How can a beautiful, simple, small-town country girl with no real problems or big issues and studying to become a nurse just disappear without a trace?

Holly Bobo vanished from her family's Parsons, TN, home in Decatur County on April 13, 2011, and in a video clip she is seen singing at a coon hunt just one week before her abduction. What may have seemed like a day of harmless family fund was hardly that at all.

It turns out there were no fewer than 21 sex offenders in attendance that day - a startling number discovered by the group Without Warning: Fight Back, which includes an elite collection of detectives from across the country led by Brentwood mom Sheila Wysocki.

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Soil, calls link man to site where slain Fayetteville girl dumped

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Prosecutors told jurors Monday that they can link a man accused of raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl in 2009 with the location where her body was found.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 32, is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Shaniya Davis. He could face the death penalty if convicted of murder.

Shaniya's body was found in a kudzu patch off N.C. Highway 87 near the Lee-Harnett county line on Nov. 16, 2009, six days after her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, reported her missing from their mobile home on Sleepy Hollow Drive in Fayetteville.

McNeill was seen with the girl on a Sanford hotel security camera hours after her disappearance, and Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said in his opening statement that investigators found cocaine and some of McNeill's pubic hair in the room.

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Espinoza Perez Sentenced to Life in Prison in Child Killings

By Tricia Bishop, Baltimore Sun
7:06 p.m. EDT, April 29, 2013
A Baltimore judge sentenced Policarpio Espinoza Perez to life in prison Monday for conspiring to murder his brother's two children and their young cousin nearly a decade ago in a killing described as the "most horrific" to ever come before the court.

The parents of Ricardo and Lucero Espinoza, 8 and 9 years old, came home to their Fallstaff apartment in May 2004 to find the boys and their 10-year-old cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada, beaten and mutilated, their throats cut and bleeding.

The images haunt the children's survivors today, members of the large Mexican immigrant family told the court Monday. They said the punishment brings no solace.

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Peterson attorney accepts 3-month law license suspension to settle disciplinary charges

By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune reporter
8:06 p.m. CDT, April 29, 2013
One of Drew Peterson's attorneys has agreed to have his law license suspended for three months to settle state disciplinary charges alleging he stole another client's money, records show.

David Peilet, who joined Peterson's defense team last fall to assist with the post-trial appeal after the former Bolingbrook police sergeant was found guilty of drowning his third wife, was accused last April of pocketing almost $4,000 in client money from a 2010 drug case.

Peilet said in court papers that he was suffering from alcohol addiction at the time of the theft but has since undergone treatment and stopped drinking. He has agreed to two years of disciplinary probation along with a two-year suspension of his law license with all but three months stayed, records show.

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Paedophile who sexually abused schoolgirls aged seven and eight is SPARED jail by judge to stop him losing his job

PUBLISHED: 05:02 EST, 30 April 2013
UPDATED: 06:35 EST, 30 April 2013
A paedophile who abused two young children on an allotment has walked free because the judge said jailing him was 'unfair' on his family and would cost him his job.

A victim's father has criticised Judge Mark Lucraft for being 'too lenient' and 'living in cuckoo land' for handing factory worker Gary Karn a suspended sentence.

The 48-year-old from Norwich was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against a child under 13 following a three day trial, in which the seven and eight-year-olds had to give evidence.

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Jodi Arias Trial: Murder Suspect Of Travis Alexander Sells Fake Photo's For Lawyer Fees, Ebay Bans Her Artwork On Website

BY Mereb Gebremariam
Apr 29, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
Jodi Arias has been on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The young woman shot her estranged lover in the face, stabbed him 27 times, and slit his throat and now could be facing the death penalty if found guilty.

During her time in prison, Arias has been drawing pictures and sketches of people and asking fans to buy them so she would have enough money for her court and lawyer fees. One of her controversial "original artwork" of what Arias titled "The Hat Series" which resembled Travis' sister, Tanisha Sorensen who has been present during the trial, however, now new revelations show that the art work are pure imitations of print advertisements.

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April Jones jury to visit town where she disappeared

Steven Morris, Monday 29 April 2013 07.58 EDT
A jury hearing the case against a man accused of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones is to visit the town where she disappeared.

The jurors will be taken to Machynlleth in mid-Wales seven months after April went missing as she played out on her bicycle.

The former lifeguard Mark Bridger, 47, denies abducting and murdering the schoolgirl and concealing or disposing of her body.

Potential jurors were told on the first day of his trial at Mold crown court in north Wales on Monday that the panel would visit Machynlleth.

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Defendant Denies Starving Infant

By Jason Geary
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:50 p.m.
BARTOW | Chauncey Gardner told jurors Monday that he was "shocked" to discover his infant daughter's gaunt condition.

In a low, emotional voice, the 30-year-old Lakeland man insisted that he wasn't responsible for the starvation death of his 5-month-old daughter, Chauntasia.

The child's mother, Tivasha Logan, wouldn't take her to the hospital, he said.

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U.D. man accused of beating child sought

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013
MEDIA COURTHOUSE — An Upper Darby man accused of assaulting his 6-week-old infant is being sought by police after failing to appear for a hearing Monday.

Damon Gary, 36, of the first block of South Keystone Avenue, was allegedly baby-sitting the child in mid-December while the boy’s mother returned to work.

When she came home, the mother allegedly saw the child’s lips were swollen, his left eye was bloody and he had bruises on his cheek.

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Theater rampage: Holmes' lawyers object to Colorado insanity law

By Jenny Deam
April 29, 2013, 7:09 p.m.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Defense attorneys for accused movie theater gunman James E. Holmes renewed their objections Monday to the constitutionality of the state’s insanity defense, giving another hint about how they hope to save their client’s life.

Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Aurora theater on July 20, killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. He is charged with 166 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.

Dist. Atty. George Brauchler announced April 1 that his office would seek the death penalty.

But Homes cannot be put to death if he is found not guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect.

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Jodi Arias: Trial continues soon; Arias' friend Daniel Freeman speaks out

Posted: 04/29/2013
PHOENIX - A mutual friend of accused murderer Jodi Arias and victim Travis Alexander is speaking out for the first time since he testified for the defense in January.

Daniel Freeman was the friend caught in the middle. He was closer to Alexander, but so charmed by Arias he considered her part of his family.

“She was like a sister. She was part of the family and in my family when you’re a friend you’re family,” said Freeman of his once close relationship to Arias.

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Grandmother of abused girl pleads guilty to charge

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 9:40 pm
Updated: 5:10 am, Tue Apr 30, 2013.
Associated Press
The grandmother of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who authorities say died after another relative padlocked her in a footlocker has pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse.

Seventy-four-year-old Judith Deal wasn't charged in Ame Deal's death in July 2011, but was accused of putting hot sauce on the child's mouth, hitting her with a paddle and putting her inside the footlocker as a form of discipline.

She pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of attempted child abuse and faces a punishment ranging from probation to 30 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for June 4.

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Murder trial begins in case of 2-year-old girl’s death

by Alan Riquelmy, staff writer
Attorneys in the case of a 2-year-old girl’s death painted different pictures Monday of the man and woman who are now standing trial in Floyd County Superior Court.

Eric Castro, 28, and Heather Brittany Parker, 22, each face charges of murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and child cruelty in connection with the June 25, 2012, death of Parker’s daughter, Kailee Marie Parker, court records state.

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Lia Green’s mum faces new charge

Published on 30/04/2013 12:15
Lia Green’s mum has been cleared of causing or allowing the toddler’s death - but now faces a lesser charge of child cruelty.

Three-year-old Lia was pronounced dead at Royal Preston Hospital on August 30 last year, after falling ill at her home in Norris Street, Plungington, Preston.

The toddler’s dad Richard Green, 23, of Harling Street, Ribbleton, Preston, denied her murder, but after 10 days of a trial at Preston’s Sessions House, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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George Zimmerman back to court for motions hearing (9:00 AM EST)

Published On: Apr 29 2013 05:48:22 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2013 06:56:25 AM EDT
No fewer than eight motions and demands are slated to be heard by Judge Debra Nelson Tuesday, as George Zimmerman returns to the courtroom where his murder trial is set to begin in six weeks.

But it’s the one item not yet officially on the docket that could prove most interesting.

Prosecutors want Judge Nelson to “conduct a full inquiry” of Zimmerman to make sure he understands he is waiving his right to a pretrial immunity hearing.

At least, it appears he is waiving that right.

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Hearing next month in Casey Anthony bankruptcy case


A hearing has been set in Casey Anthony's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case next month, when two people suing the infamous former murder defendant for defamation will continue their fight to salvage their lawsuits.
The suits, brought separately by Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk, were put in jeopardy by Anthony's January bankruptcy filing, which seeks the discharge of all of her debts and any other claims against her.

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April Jones murder: Mark Bridger appears in court at beginning of trial

By Paul Rowland
29 Apr 2013 11:43
Mark Bridger has appeared at court at the start of his trial over the murder and abduction of April Jones.

Appearing at Mold Crown Court this morning dressed in a blue shirt and tie, the 47-year-old spoke to confirm his name.

The jury for the trial is due to be sworn in today, with the opening of the case expected to take place later in the week.

The missing five-year-old's parents Coral and Paul Jones also arrived at Mold Crown Court this morning.

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Did mom attack her son's heroin dealer with a baseball bat? Jefferson County jury to decide

HILLSBORO • At a glance, it appears like a simple misdemeanor third-degree assault case in Jefferson County — until you see the defendant: 54-year-old Sherrie Gavan, 4-feet-11, 115 pounds.

 She’s accused of a baseball bat attack on a 22-year-old man she claims supplied her son with heroin. In the courtroom, Gavan’s feet didn’t touch ground when she sat upright in her chair.


12 jurors seated in Abaroa murder trial

Durham, N.C. — Twelve jurors were seated as of Wednesday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife in their Durham home eight years ago.

 Raven Abaroa, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the April 26, 2005, stabbing death of 25-year-old Janet Abaroa. He has maintained that he was at a soccer game in Morrisville when his wife was killed and returned home to find her on the floor and their 6-month-old son unharmed in another room.


Jury gal: You slay me! Mistrial probed after she falls for killer

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether a love-struck juror was so charmed by a killer that she orchestrated a hung jury to set him free.

 Juror Katheryne Diop, 21, visited since-convicted murderer Devon Thomas, 28, more than 30 times in jail — and even supported him in court at his second trial — sparking a probe into the possibly justice-stalling relationship.


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Zimmerman will attend hearing Tuesday

His defense team tells WESH 2 they have no intention of giving up the right to seek immunity.

They have waived the two week pre-trial period Judge Debra Nelson set aside to consider the issue, but they won't give up their right to request immunity during the trial.

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Barbara Parchem disappearance called 'foul play' by Sheriff's Office

St. Johns County homicide detectives believe that a Vermont Heights woman, Barbara Parchem, 67, missing since April 5, has met with foul play, Sheriff David Shoar said Friday afternoon.

 At a press conference at his headquarters, Shoar did not divulge more specifics, just saying that the case is “still evolving” and that investigators have uncovered “suspicious activity” during their investigation.


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Mystery still shrouds deaths of woman, children found in creek

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"As far as getting information to me. It was lacking and could have been a lot better," Clutter said. "I feel like there is a lot of information that could be said that hasn't been said to me."

Clutter's wife, Jaime, 35, and their two children Brandon, 10, and Katelyn, 6 months, were found naked and floating in a creek at Binford Park in New Albany in March. Authorities believe the two children drowned. The cause of death for Jaime Clutter has not been determined. Toxicology reports were ready but had not been delivered to New Albany Police, Chief Sherri Knight said.


Mom admits killing 2-year-old daughter, burning child's body

MURPHY, Idaho – A Homedale mother accused of killing her two-year-old daughter and burning up her body in a barrel to cover up the crime has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and five other felony charges.


Reeva ...the last pictures Bladerunner's girlfriend, days before he shot her

THESE are the never-before-seen pictures that tragic model Reeva Steenkamp considered to be her “future”.

 Taken from her most recent portfolio, the images had been approved just days before she was shot dead by athlete boyfriend Oscar Pistorius.

 The photos should have appeared on billboards and other adverts around the world.

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Elliott to go straight to trial for double murder

The case against the 24-year-old Duncan man accused of murdering Tyeshia Jones and Karrie Ann Stone will go directly to trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

 On Thursday, prosecutor Scott Van Alstine said the Crown had decided to proceed by direct indictment in the case against William Gordon Robert Elliott.


Woman charged as accessory in Turnage case pleads guilty

A 49-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to helping her son and another youth in an attempt to conceal the shooting death of 13-year-old Monae Turnage.

 Veronica Alford, of the 1800 block of North Bond Street, was charged with being an accessory after the fact for her role in the teen's death in March 2012.

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Lead detective in Barnes case charged in 2012 incident

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
1:45 p.m. EDT, April 29, 2013
The lead detective in the Phylicia Barnes murder investigation was criminally charged by city prosecutors Monday in connection with a 2012 search for his own missing daughter.

The charges come four weeks before the murder trial is scheduled to go before a jury for the second time.

Det. Daniel T. Nicholson IV was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree burglary and one count of making a false statement to police, prosecutors announced. The charges were filed more than a year after Nicholson allegedly forced his way into a Northeast Baltimore apartments in a frantic search for his daughter, who had run away from home.

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Florida teenager's shooter faces deadline in court

By Barbara Liston
ORLANDO | Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:05am EDT
(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Florida want George Zimmerman to state publicly at a court hearing on Tuesday whether he will pursue his immunity defense in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin on the basis of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, or waive his right to use it.

Prosecutors asked Judge Debra Nelson in a motion to remind Zimmerman "that should defendant in fact wish to waive any pre-trial immunity challenge under this statute, he may not attempt to do so later, particularly once trial has commenced."

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Photos of Lauren Spierer, missing IU student, posted around Bloomington

April 29, 2013 (BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Posters with pictures of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer were posted over the weekend around the Bloomington campus.

Volunteers spent the weekend hanging posters in Bloomington seeking tips about the disappearance of an Indiana University student who vanished nearly two years ago.

The weekend effort to hang posters with Lauren Spierer's image around the southern Indiana college town came less than a week before the day when Spierer would have graduated from IU.

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UPDATE: FOUND SAFE - Amber Alert issued for NM 6-year-old

A boy who may have been abducted at gunpoint from his home in Roswell was found safe in Lubbock hours later, according to New Mexico State Police.

Authorities in New Mexico issued an Amber Alert for six-year-old Elijah Reczek. They say his mother, who lives in Montana, took the boy from his home around Midnight early Monday. Lubbock Police stopped a van with the boy and other people inside around 10:45 Monday morning.

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Updated: Monday, 29 Apr 2013, 7:11 AM MDT
Published : Monday, 29 Apr 2013, 7:04 AM MDT
ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - An Amber Alert has been issued for Roswell 6-year-old Elijah Reczek.

Elijah is three foot six inches tall, weights about 45 pounds, has hazel eyes and shot brown hair. Also Elijah has a small mole on his left cheek

He was last seen about midnight Monday morning at 2711 South Emrald in Roswell.

His mother, Miranda Ann Aguilar, 30, who lives in Montana, took the boy at gunpoint

Aguilar, a Native American woman, stands five foot four inches tall, weighs 115 pounds with long black hair.

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Jodi Arias Trial: Dismissed Juror Says It Was a 'Great Experience'

(PHOENIX) -- A juror in the Jodi Arias trial who was dismissed after listening to four months of proceedings called his time on the jury a "great experience."

 Police in Gilbert, Ariz., said when Daniel Gibb was arrested last Saturday night, he told the arresting officer he was a juror on the Jodi Arias murder trial.


Jodi Arias trial nearing its conclusion, judge says

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens told the Jodi Arias jury that the guilt-and-innocence phase of the four-month-long murder trial will end a week from Friday, and the jury will begin deliberating then.


Jodi Arias Jury Never Saw This Police Complaint About Tire Slashing

Judge to question controversial Goodman juror Monday over misconduct claims

On Monday, watch the hearing concerning John Goodman juror Dennis DeMartin on video courtesy WPTV at You can also interact with Palm Beach Post reporter Jane Musgrave, who will answer your questions in real time.

 The man who could win Wellington polo mogul John Goodman a new trial in his DUI manslaughter case will be the center of attention again Monday, as a judge questions him regarding a seemingly ever-growing list of misconduct claims.


Man who found teen Hailey Dunn's remains speaks exclusively to KTXS


 Saturday, KTXS sat down for an exclusive interview with Curtis Lloyd, the man who found Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn's remains. It was March 16, 2013 that Lloyd was out searching for fossils near Lake JB.Thomas.


Sanford memorial dedicated for Trayvon Martin, other families


 A new memorial was dedicated Saturday not only for Trayvon Martin, but for 10 other people who were killed in Sanford.

 Families of the victims used the occasion to share their stories and speak out for closure and justice.


Las Vegas walk raises awareness about domestic violence

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local child abuse prevention specialists came together on Saturday for the 4th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence Homicide.

 This year's theme was dedicated specifically to child victims. It was an especially emotional day for Tejuana Reeves, whose daughter, 10-year-old Jade Morris, was murdered last December.


Search member reacts to Hailey Dunn discovery

Raw: Mark O'Mara & Benjamin Crump talk about George Zimmerman Case

Family Members in Hailey's Home React to News of Teen's Death, Say They'll Keep Moving Forward

"I've been crying on and off all day," said a Colorado City local at Friday's vigil.

 The news that Hailey Dunn has been found has shocked the Colorado City community "The search is over. But this isn't what we wanted," said searcher Holly Jenkins.


Fatal stabbing of girl, 8, prompts Northern California manhunt

SAN FRANCISCO -- Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told Sunday to keep their doors locked and report anyone considered suspicious as authorities continued the search for the killer of an 8-year-old girl.

 Calaveras County deputies and law enforcement officials from neighboring counties, as well as California Highway Patrol officers and members of the California Department of Justice, were looking for a suspect after Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her Valley Springs home around noon Saturday.


Calaveras Schools Superintendent Issues Statement on Leila Fowler’s Killing

Schools in the Calaveras Unified School District will be open Monday, two days after 8-year-old Leila Fowler was stabbed to death in her Valley Springs home.

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This Is Where Jodi Arias Will Be Executed If Sentenced To Death – All The Details On Her Final Days

The last time the state of Arizona executed a woman the scene was so gruesome that even though it was 83 years ago it is still talked about today.

 Jodi Arias will have a much easier death than Eva Dugan did in 1930, and a much less painful end than that suffered by her victim, Travis Alexander, who was stabbed 29 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the face. If convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, Arias will take her final breaths in the room pictured below, and her life ended by lethal injection.


Amanda Knox says she wrote a letter to murdered Meredith Kercher's family

Amanda Knox has revealed that she wrote a letter intended to be sent to the family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher telling them: “I’m not the one who killed your daughter”.

The 25-year-old American, who is facing renewed accusations that she was involved in the killing, reveals in her book, Waiting to be Heard, that she was eventually dissuaded from sending the letter by her legal team.

In extracts from the book, which will be published in the US on Tuesday, Knox wrote that she wrote letters to both the Kerchers and to Patrick Luamba, the Congolese barman she falsely accused of the murder.

In an extract published by The Sun, Knox writes:

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Texan charged with killing wife dies after jump

Posted: Apr 29, 2013 7:16 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 7:16 AM EDT
ALLEN, Texas (AP) - Police say a Dallas-area man free on bond after being charged with killing his wife has died after apparently jumping from a highway overpass.

Police say the body of 42-year-old Eric Merz of McKinney was located Sunday afternoon at the base of a highway exchange in Allen. Police say the preliminary investigation indicates Merz took his own life.

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Mario McNeill trial to get underway today in Shaniya Davis murder

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The trial of the man charged with raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl in 2009 is scheduled to start this week after a judge ruled the man is mentally competent to stand trial.

Jurors are expected to hear opening statements when the trial of Mario McNeill begins Monday in Cumberland County court. McNeill is charged with raping and killing Shaniya Davis in November 2009.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons ruled that the 32-year-old McNeill is competent to stand trial.

Ammons is expected to rule Monday on a motion by McNeill's lawyers to prevent prosecutors from telling the jury that McNeill knew where Shaniya's body had been hidden.

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Investigators Combing Through Cell Phone Records In Murder Of Hallandale Baby

April 26, 2013 9:01 PM
HALLANDALE BEACH (CBS4) – Cell phones are the latest piece of evidence Hallandale Beach Police detectives are looking at to unravel the murder of baby Dontrell Melvin.

CBS4 News has obtained court documents that show detectives are searching through several cell phones possibly belonging to the child’s mother – Brittney Sierra. A search warrant reveals that investigators are looking for photos, texts or Facebook conversations that might show the last time the baby was seen alive. The search warrant shows that police retrieved several cell phones and an external hard drive from the home of Sierra’s mother earlier this month.

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Search is on for missing Sheboygan teenage girl, Keyona Marie Olden (Video)

Woman convicted of killing newborn twins speaks out

9:14 PM, Apr 26, 2013
The Nashville woman convicted of smothering her newborn twins to death finally spoke at her sentencing on Friday.

Twenty-six-year-old Lindsey Lowe gave birth to her twins in a suburb of Nashville, not in a hospital, but in her parents' home and without help.

Lowe spoke in front of a jury of seven men and five women, saying she can only ask for forgiveness and that she still doesn't know why she killed her newborns.

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Scotland Yard's Madeleine #McCann quiz bill soars to £4.5m

By: James Murray
Published: Sun, April 28, 2013
Detectives are said to be making “good progress” with the ­estimated £6,228-a-day investigation that began in May 2011.

The Home Office told us: “We remain committed to supporting the search.”

Home Secretary Theresa May will this week face pressure to explain in ­detail if taxpayers are ­getting value for money.

The Yard will also be under pressure to call a press conference to say if they are any nearer to catching whoever was responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance in the Algarve in Portugal on May 3, 2007, when she was three.

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'She needs to come home' (Brittanee Drexel)

By Yulanda Florence
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Posted Apr 28, 2013 @ 11:11 AM
Rochester, N.Y. —
A small crowd soon turned into a few dozen at a remembrance vigil for Brittanee Drexel, the Gates Chili High School student who vanished four years ago.

Brittanee, then 17, went missing April 25, 2009. The vigil was held at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte on Thursday to commerate the anniversary of her disappearance. Brittanee was last seen leaving a Myrtle Beach hotel on a spring break trip with friends.

The silent crowd that gathered Thursday included Drexel’s dad, grandmother, sister and friends. Brittanee’s mom, Dawn Drexel,was in Myrtle Beach, where she also held a remembrance ceremony.

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Search for Bryeon Hunter

Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:03 AM EDT
MAYWOOD, Illinois - The search for a missing one year old boy from Maywood, Illinois is continuing.

Authorities suspect Bryeon Hunter, who was the subject of an Amber Alert, was beaten to death by his mother and boyfriend.

A team of professional searchers joined crews in the Des Plaines River in hopes of finding the boy.

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Handwritten notes are new evidence in Brittany Killgore murder

Eva Knott, April 28, 2013
More than a year since Brittany Dawn Killgore’s body was found just outside of San Diego County, a prosecutor in the murder case is sorting through new evidence.

Three weeks ago, a judge allowed prosecutor Patrick Espinoza access to a “pile” of handwritten documents reportedly created by one of the defendants. A friend of defendant Dorothy Maraglino gave the papers to her defense attorney, according to statements in court.

Dorothy Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lopez, 25, and Louis Ray Perez, 46, are all charged with kidnap and torture and murder in the death of Brittany Killgore, who was 22-years-old when she disappeared.

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Suspect, Vehicle Described In Jessica Heeringa Abduction

Jessica Heeringa

NORTON SHORES, Mich- Jessica Heeringa has been missing since April 26th from the Norton Shores area. She was last seen at the Exxon Mobil gas station located at 1196 E. Sternburg Rd.
Jessica is a white female, 25 years old, 5’1 tall, approximately 110 lbs., blond shoulder length hair, and blue eyes. Jessica is also know to wear wired rimed glasses. She may be wearing a blue collared shirt saying “Sternberg Exxon”

Parents Cope with Life After Morgantown Teen Dies

Written by Fallon Pierson
Last updated on April 28, 2013 @ 7:11PM
Created on April 28, 2013 @ 6:24PM
"I've never been through anything this horrible in my life." A heartbroken father describes what it's like to lose his one and only child.

The community continues to support Skylar Neese's family. Sunday, they held a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Ramada Inn in Morgantown.
Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese went missing from her Morgantown home in July of last year. She was seen on a surveillance video getting into a car that night, after sneaking out of her window.

The video lead to no clues to her whereabouts. But Skylar's remains were found months later in Pennsylvania.

With no explanation as to why, her family is left to pick up the pieces and go on.

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Police believe Jessica Heeringa was abducted (Video)

Edmonton woman who drowned her sons mulls having babies

8:21 am, April 28th, 2013
An Edmonton-area mother who was deported after drowning her two sons has told an Aussie newspaper that she is considering having babies again.

“I wouldn’t say no,” quoted Allyson McConnell in the Australian-based newspaper “The Australian.”

McConnell, who is in her home-country of Australia, gave that answer when asked if she would like more children in the future.

McConnell pleaded guilty to drowning her two-year and 10-month sons in their bathtub in 2010.

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ASSUALT CASE: Dan Morrissey’s Trial Delayed

Posted on: 7:05 pm, April 28, 2013,
by Staff Writer,
updated on: 07:10pm, April 28, 2013
The father of one of the Evansdale cousins abducted and killed will not go on trial Monday.

Lyric Cook’s father, Dan Morrissey, was scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges of assault against his wife, Misty Morrissey.

Court officials told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that a witness schedule issues forced the delay of trial and a new date is not yet set.

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Man Who Found Hailey Dunn's Remains Speaks to NewsWest 9 (Video)

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Community Mourns 8 Year Old Slain Girl (Video)

Killer of Calaveras County 8-year-old still at large

Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013
By Kevin Valine
CALAVERAS COUNTY -- The Calaveras County Sheriff's Department continued its massive hunt Sunday for a man suspected of fatally stabbing an 8-year-old girl at her Rancho Calaveras home over the weekend.

The department identified the girl as Leila Fowler, a third-grader at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs, a few miles north of Rancho Calaveras.

Friends described Leila as a child with a smile that would melt anyone's heart and a winning personality, and as a daddy's girl who loved the color purple.

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Social media has played large role in Trayvon Martin case

Published: April 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM
SANFORD, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Lawyers in the Trayvon Martin case can agree on one thing: The uprising on social media from across the United States has dramatically influenced the case.

Mark O'Mara, who is representing George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch captain who admits to killing Martin, said social media pressure is what led to his client's indictment.

"I think if I could do away with all media, including all social media, I would not have an involvement in a criminal case," O'Mara said. "But that's a fantasy that was 40 years ago."

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Trial in central Illinois family's brutal killings to start

April 29, 2013 - 4:16 am EDT
PEORIA, Illinois — The trial for the first of two brothers charged in the brutal killings of a central Illinois family is slated to begin later in the day.

It's been more than three year since five family members were found dead in their Beason home.

Christopher Harris and his brother, Jason Harris, have pleaded not guilty to murder in the September 2009 beating deaths of 46-year-old Raymond Gee, his 39-year-old wife, Ruth Gee, 16-year-old Justina Constant, 14-year-old Dillen Constant and 11-year-old Austin Gee. Three-year-old Tabitha Gee survived.

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Girl, 17, missing for 4 months from Las Cruces

By James Staley \ Las Cruces Sun-News
Posted: 04/29/2013 12:00:00 AM MDT
LAS CRUCES -- Wendi Williamson-Cox of Las Cruces hasn't seen her teenage daughter since December.
But, for Williamson-Cox, it seems longer.

For a while, well before 17-year-old Brandi Williamson ran away, her mother didn't recognize her.
Williamson stopped being the respectful, straight-A student at Oñate High her mother knew. She started skipping school, and hanging out with an older woman.

"I'm scared to death of where she is," Williamson-Cox said.

The piece of information most closely resembling a clue Williamson-Cox has received suggested her daughter had gone to Las Vegas.

But that unsubstantiated information came in January, with no update since then.

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Trial to start in case of NC girl killed in 2009

Published 1:27 am, Monday, April 29, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The trial of the man charged with raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl in 2009 is scheduled to start this week after a judge ruled the man is mentally competent to stand trial.

Jurors are expected to hear opening statements when the trial of Mario McNeill begins Monday in Cumberland County court. McNeill is charged with raping and killing Shaniya Davis in November 2009.

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Peru State responds to suit over missing student Tyler "Ty" Thomas

By LORI PILGER / Lincoln Journal Star
A federal judge has been asked by Peru State College and state college officials to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the mother of a missing Peru student that alleges the school failed to protect her from a fellow student.

Tyler "Ty" Thomas was a 19-year-old college freshman when she went missing from campus Dec. 3, 2010.

Her body hasn't been found, but her family believes she was killed that day, the victim of an assault and an abduction.

Joshua Keadle, who is thought to have been the last one to see Thomas alive, has been described as a person of interest in the case.

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