Britain writes to India asking for return of organs of 8-year-old, mother says 'India killed my daughter'

Kounteya Sinha, TNN
May 31, 2013, 08.56 PM IST
LONDON: British councillor Narinder Kaur Kooner has written to the Indian government asking that the organs of eight-year-old Gurkiren Kaur Loyal be returned to her family to carry out a proper cremation of their daughter.

Gurkiren, a resident of Birmingham, died in mysterious circumstances during her first family holiday to Punjab in April.

Later, when her body was returned to the family in the UK after a postmortem, it was found that her internal organs were missing. Subsequently, the Sikh family claim that their daughter was murdered by health workers as part of an organ trade racket.

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'Mark Bridger beat me when I was pregnant with his child and kept photos of my injuries', says killer's ex-lover

PUBLISHED: 18:01 EST, 30 May 2013
UPDATED: 05:04 EST, 31 May 2013
Keeley Reynolds was a happy-go-lucky teenager when she caught Mark Bridger’s roving eye.

She was just 17 and saw him as her ‘first love’. He would go on to subject her to years of physical abuse – punching her in the stomach whilst she was pregnant with their child.

Almost 26 years later, she described how the man she thought was a ‘gentleman’ isolated her from her family and friends before regularly beating her.

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Georgia Williams disappearance: Police given more time to hold suspect

31 May 2013 Last updated at 09:06 ET
Detectives searching for missing teenager Georgia Williams have been given more time to question a man being held on suspicion of her murder.

The 17-year-old student, from Wellington, Shropshire, was last seen in the town on Sunday evening.

Police are investigating "potentially significant" sightings of a van linked to her disappearance in north Wales.

A man, 22, from Wellington, who was arrested in Glasgow on Tuesday, is being questioned by police in Telford.

West Mercia Police made an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme on Thursday for sightings of a silver Toyota Hiace 300 GS van, registration CX06 ASV.

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Jodi Arias appeal rejected by high court

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday declined an appeal from Jodi Arias' defense attorneys challenging the prosecution's basis for seeking the death penalty in the case.


Man who broke infant son's ribs gets 3 years in prison

PHOENIX – A Valley man who was arrested for breaking his infant son’s ribs will be spending the next few years behind bars.

 Benjamin Cooper, 19, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison and 18 years of supervised probation.


Former Denver preschool teacher pleads guilty in horrifying child porn case

A former Denver preschool teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to distributing child pornography from a collection that prosecutors said was one of the largest in the U.S.

 David Paul Moe, 46, of Denver was held without bail in U.S. District Court in Denver pending a sentencing hearing in September.


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Trial of Commerce City woman accused of killing grandson, 4, begins

POSTED: 05/29/2013 01:16:47 PM MDT
UPDATED: 05/30/2013 12:00:40 AM MDT
By Yesenia Robles
The Denver Post
BRIGHTON — Christine Trujillo clutched a photograph as she struggled through tears to tell an Adams County jury about visiting her mother's house and finding her son naked, freezing and bruised, and on one occasion, with a bell tied to his ankle.

Her son, 4-year-old Gabriel Trujillo, died in February 2012. Her mother, Doris Becky Trujillo, is standing trial for first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the boy's death.

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Christine Markham inquiry: Prank calls about 'murder'

Thursday, May 30, 2013
NEW details of lines of inquiry police have looked into since nine year old Christine Markham's disappearance have now been revealed to the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

In July 1973, a woman got in touch with police to say someone had been calling her saying that he had murdered Christine.

It was claimed he told her in detail how he had killed Christine and called her a number of times. This turned out to be a prank call.

Two of the people interviewed by the initial inquiry team died within weeks of her disappearance.

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Casey Anthony bankruptcy hearing ends without ruling

A judge heard arguments this afternoon about how — and where — the two defamation lawsuits against Casey Anthony should proceed but the hearing ended without a ruling.

 The suits, brought by Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk, were halted in their tracks by Anthony's January Chapter 7 filing, which she hopes ultimately will end them for good.

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Father of man FBI shot claims son was executed

Bradley Lockhart, Shaniya Davis' father, reflects on Mario McNeill trial and verdict

Published: 07:55 AM, Thu May 30, 2013
By Michael Futch
Bradley Lockhart said he found no closure, no reason to celebrate Wednesday following the jury's verdict of death for the convicted killer of his daughter, Shaniya Davis.

But at least, he said, he and his family have some answers.

And, he added, those answers bring some comfort.

As for his reaction to Mario McNeill's punishment, Lockhart said his position has never changed in the 43 months since the body of his 5-year-old daughter was found in a wooded area about 30 miles from her home.

"It's up to God and the justice system and these jurors, who made the decision," said Lockhart in a phone interview early Wednesday evening, hours after the sentencing phase had concluded.

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Laura Day's Capital Murder Trial to Begin Next Week

Posted: May 30, 2013 12:19 PM by Ben Lloyd
CORPUS CHRISTI - Jury selection begins next Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Laura Day. She's charged for the drowning death of 6-year-old stepson Taylor Syring.

Day told police she allowed Taylor to swim near Bob Hall Pier without a life jacket last fall when he went under the water and came back up unconscious.

According to the arrest affidavit, Day knows CPR but chose not to perform any life saving efforts on the beach. Instead, she placed the boy in her vehicle and drove 12 miles to Bay Area Hospital, according to police.

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Jacque Waller's remains found in Cape Girardeau County

2:39 PM, May 30, 2013
Brandie Piper
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Nearly two years to the day of Jacque Waller's disappearance, the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor has confirmed her remains were found Wednesday.

Jacque was 39-years-old when she was last seen in June 1, 2011 after meeting her husband, Clay Waller, to finalize plans for a divorce.

Dozens of searches for Jacque turned up nothing.

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April Jones's mother: 'I still can't go into her bedroom'

Thursday 30 May 2013 09.42 EDT
Full text of victim impact statement given by Coral Jones before sentencing of Mark Bridger for killing her daughter

I am Coral Joyce Jones and I am the mother of April Sue Lyn Jones.

In addition to previous statements I have made I also wish to make a statement in relation to the devastating effect the loss of our beautiful daughter April has had on me and my family.

Words alone cannot describe how we are feeling or how we manage to function on a daily basis and I would never ever want any other family to go through what we are and will go through for the rest of our lives.

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Mark Bridger jailed for life for April Jones murder

30 MAY 2013
Mark Bridger will spend the rest of his life in jail after being given a "whole life" sentence for the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones in October last year.

Bridger, 47, denied murder but said that he had run over April in his car and maintains that he can not remember where he had put her body.

The former slaughterhouse worker was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice, and sentenced to whole life imprisonment.

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Lawmakers Call for an AG Investigation of the Jerry Andrew Active Case

WED MAY 29, 2013
3 members of the Alaska Legislature are calling for the Alaska Attorney General to investigate the circumstances behind the release of Jerry Andrew Active from jail just hours before he allegedly committed a double homicide and sexual assault in Anchorage.

On Wednesday Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis was joined by Senator Bill Wielechowski and Representative Geran Tarr in sending a letter to Attorney General Michael Geraghty calling for the investigation. Jerry Andrew Active is charged with killing an elderly couple and sexually assaulting their 2-year old great granddaughter.

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Man punches girlfriend through windshield, police say

Joseph Price was arrested and faces a host of charges after police said he punched his girlfriend through the windshield of her car. She was parked at The Kimberly’s Center along Northeast 14th Street.

 Investigators said Price then struck the woman because she would not respond to him. He then threw her out of the vehicle and drove off, according to a news release.

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Hailey Dunn: What's Next?

It's been over a month since remains found in Scurry County were identified as Hailey Dunn's. And since then, no word has come out as to how she died. And while many have their theories, confirmation takes time.

"There could be skull fractures, there could be broken bones. Forensic pathologists can examine those bones and determine whether these are impact wounds or old fractures or new fractures, or if they've healed or if they haven't," said Sgt. Lynn Beard of the Abilene Police Department.


Judge sets Aug. 19 for trial of those charged with killing 13-month-old boy

Posted: May 29, 2013 - 9:23pm
Updated: May 30, 2013 - 12:32am
By Terry Dickson
BRUNSWICK - A 17-year-old Brunswick boy, his mother and his sister, all charged in the March 21 shooting death of a 13-month-old Brunswick boy, could go on trial as early as Aug. 19, the judge in the case said during a conference Wednesday.

Another defendant, Dominique Demetrius Lang, 15, could be tried separately from De’Marquise Elkins, 17, who is accused of firing the shot that killed Antonio Santiago as he sat in his stroller. Also, Elkins’ aunt, Katrina Elkins, might also get her own trial, prosecutors said.

All five defendants in the case, including De’Marquise Elkins’ sister, Sabrina Elkins, were at the same defense table Wednesday for a conference on trial and hearing dates, the filing of motions and other issues.

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Arizona Supreme Court denies review in Arias case

Wednesday, May. 29, 2013
The Associated Press
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal on whether a judge improperly allowed prosecutors to seek a death sentence for Jodi Arias in the 2008 stabbing and shooting of her former boyfriend.

Arias' lawyers filed the mid-trial appeal with the state high court three months ago after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens denied a mistrial motion and a mid-level state court then refused to consider an appeal.

Arias' lawyers say Stephens wrongly allowed a potential death sentence to be based on trial testimony that contradicted a police detective's testimony during a 2009 hearing about how Travis Alexander was killed.

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Portuguese cleaner speaks of ‘weird’ stranger at Madeleine ( #McCann ) apartment

A Portuguese laundry worker who was working at the resort from where Madeleine McCann disappeared has this week spoken about a “weird” stranger lurking in a dark stairwell a day earlier.

Mário Fernando Madeira Marreiros (47) told the Mirror this week that his testimony was ignored by Portuguese investigators.

He says he made the sighting the night before Madeleine’s disappearance as he went to collect dirty laundry.

“I saw the weird guy and we nearly bumped into each other. He was embarrassed. He looked nervous.”

Mário Fernando continues that the man had “a really fat face” and that he wore “two-tone sunglasses”.

“There was no reason for him to be there and no reason to wear the glasses as it was dark under the stairs”, he told the Mirror.

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Sarah Murnaghan: Dying girl's plight sparks fight over organ transplants

Posted: 05/29/2013
By: CNN Wire
The plight of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who could die within weeks without a lung transplant has sparked a fight for new rules governing organ donations.

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition on, and a congressman has called on the Obama administration to take quick action.

Sarah Murnaghan -- whose story CNN chronicled -- needs new lungs. She's been in a Philadelphia hospital for months due to the cystic fibrosis that she's had since birth.

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Judges Ignored Probation Officers Attempts to Keep Active Behind Bars

By Matthew F. Smith
Story Created: May 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM AKDT
Story Updated: May 30, 2013 at 1:35 AM AKDT
ANCHORAGE – Twice in 2013 an Anchorage judge granted probation to Jerry Andrew Active, the 24-year-old sex offender accused of a Mountain View double homicide that left a toddler sexually assaulted.

In January and April of this year, Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller added months to Active’s sentence but ordered that he be returned to probation, despite multiple petitions from probation officers—including one filed as recently as February 2013—to revoke Active’s probation and keep him locked up.

On Wednesday CBS 11 obtained audio recordings of Active's last two sentencing hearings in Anchorage. Just minutes long, Active declines to speak on his own behalf several times, and no mention is made of his violent 2009 crimes that were the reason he was in prison.

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Death of 15-year-old Nichole Cable was kidnapping gone wrong, affidavit says

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 29, 2013, at 5:44 p.m.
Last modified May 29, 2013, at 7:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 15-year-old girl’s death was a kidnapping gone wrong, according to the affidavit released late Wednesday after the Penobscot County grand jury indicted Kyle Dube, 20, of Orono on charges of murder and kidnapping.

Kyle Dube was charged on May 21 in connection with the death of Nichole Cable of Alton and Glenburn on Mother’s Day, the day she disappeared. Her body was found late May 20 in a wooded area of Old Town.

Dube intended to “kidnap Nichole and hide her; that he would later find her and be the hero,” the affidavit, written by Maine State Police Detective Thomas D. Pickering, said.

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Friend of Georgia Williams arrested for murder: missing teen believed to have attended photo shoot at home of suspect

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of
murdering Georgia Williams, the teenager who has been missing since Sunday.

Ms Williams vanished after visiting the man for a modelling-style photo shoot. Her boyfriend Matthew Bird raised the alarm after she failed to meet him at a music festival the following day.

Last night Ms Williams’ boyfriend posted an emotional appeal on Facebook appealing for contact from her. He wrote: "I love you so much Georgia Williams you mean the world to me please just come back or get in contact with us. I need you and I miss you so much." The pair are believed to have been in a relationship for six weeks.

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Gurkiren Loyal death: Tests 'show brain infection'

29 May 2013 Last updated at 14:09 ET
By Michele Paduano
BBC Midlands health correspondent
Tests carried out into how an eight-year-old girl died in a hospital in India have found there was evidence of infection around the brain.

Gurkiren Loyal's body was repatriated without some internal organs so it has not been possible to carry out a post-mortem examination in the UK.

Gurkiren, from Birmingham, fell ill on holiday in the Punjab in April.

She died suddenly following an injection after being diagnosed with mild dehydration at a clinic in Khanna.

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Zimmerman And Martin Attorneys 'Concerned' After Pre-Trial Hearings

May 29, 2013
12:00 PM
Yesterday a Florida judge ruled that attorneys for George Zimmerman — the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin — will not be able to use evidence that could shed a negative light on Martin's character during opening arguments.

Host Michel Martin speaks with Rene Stutzman of the Orlando Sentinel about what these rulings mean.

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Amanda Berry's Dying Dad Reveals All

Published on: May 29, 2013
The last time JOHNNY BERRY saw his daughter, she was a happy, carefree 16-year-old, working at Burger King and making good grades in high school.

AMANDA BERRY's next 10 years would be spent chained up and gagged in a rundown house of horrors on Cleveland's Seymour Avenue, allegedly suffering a decade of brutal rapes and beatings at the hands of accused kidnapper ARIEL CASTRO.

"If I could get my hands on that monster Castro, I'd kill him myself!" Johnny, who lives in Elizabethton, Tenn., told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "I'd rip him to shreds!"

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Officials suspend searches for Kathlynn Shepard

May 29, 2013
Written by Emily Schettler
Ground searches in a three-county area for missing Iowa teenager have been suspended, law enforcement officials announced late Wednesday afternoon.

The ground searches by law enforcement officers and volunteers covered more than 250 square miles in Boone, Webster and Hamilton counties, officials said. Several areas where ground searches were previously preformed for the missing teen are now under water due to this week’s heavy rains.

“The investigation continues to be very active and very much ongoing,” said Gerard Meyers, assistant director of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. He said the search has been suspended due to the weather and the fact that much of the area has already been retraced.

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Another mental evaluation for Zachary Holly, charged with rape and death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman

12:09 PM, May 29, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas man charged with killing his 6-year-old neighbor is expected to undergo another mental evaluation.

Defense attorney Pat Aydelott says a psychologist will evaluate Zachary Holly next month. Aydelott says Holly has already undergone one mental evaluation, but the results of that evaluation have not been made public.

Holly appeared in court Wednesday in the northwest Arkansas city of Bentonville.

The 28-year-old has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary in the November death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. The girl's death ended a short life marred by abuse. Her father and stepmother are in prison for chaining her to a dresser in 2011.

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Family of missing Cleveland woman Ashley Leszyeski gives medical examiner DNA

Posted: 05/29/2013
Last Updated: 13 hours and 29 minutes ago
By: Tracy Carloss
CLEVELAND - As the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner works to identify a decomposed woman's body found on the east side of Cleveland, the family of a missing mother waits to hear if it's their loved one.

On Wednesday, the family of Ashley Leszyeski provided the office with her DNA. The 22-year-old has been missing since May 3 only blocks from where a body was found Tuesday on Anderson Avenue off of East 93rd Street.

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Del Valle woman sentenced in child’s PCP lunch case

By Patrick Beach
American-Statesman Staff
Torina Ann Gutierrez was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for child endangerment in a case in which investigators said the Del Valle woman put PCP in her 6-year-old’s school lunch.

Gutierrez, 35, faced a penalty of two to 10 years’ probation or prison after taking a plea deal in March. She also received a two-year sentence to run concurrently on an unrelated theft charge. Prosecutors agreed to waive another charge of criminal negligence.

An affidavit filed in Travis County in June 2012 said the girl told sheriff’s investigators the sandwich in her school lunch tasted like “fireworks.” The then-first grader said she could hear “banging in her head,” according to records.

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Murder defendant Bargo complains of jail treatment (Seath Jackson)

Bargo is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm in the killing of Seath Jackson, 15, in 2011. Bargo and four co-defendants were arrested and charged in the case.

By April Warren
Staff writer
Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.
Michael Shane Bargo was back in court Wednesday afternoon after writing a letter to the judge complaining of mistreatment at the Marion County Jail.

Circuit Judge David Eddy said he received a letter on Tuesday from Bargo marked "confidential." The judge told the lawyers and officials in the courtroom it is improper for him to receive correspondence from Bargo, 21, regarding the criminal case.

The judge gave the unopened envelop to Bargo's defense attorneys, Candace Hawthorne and Charles Holloman, to read.

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Judge rejects Holmes' challenge to insanity law

POSTED: 05/29/2013 02:56:02 PM MDT
UPDATED: 05/29/2013 03:33:32 PM MDT
The Associated Press
DENVER—The judge in the Colorado theater shootings has rejected arguments by defense lawyers that state laws on insanity and the death penalty violate the Constitution.

The judge released his ruling Wednesday in the case against James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20 attack on a Denver-area movie theater.

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Susan Powell's father distributes fliers, searches for leads along I-84 corridor

By Eric Fink
CREATED MAY. 29, 2013
Driving down from Washington, Chuck Cox stops in an Ontario motel holding a flier of his missing daughter, Susan Powell who disappeared without a trace from her home outside Salt Lake City in December 2009.

Along with a photo of Susan, the flier includes photos of the two persons of interest in her case, Susan's husband Josh and his brother Michael and pictures of two Ford model cars. Cadaver dogs smelled decomposing human remains in one of the trunks. Chuck Cox suspects those remains are those of his daughter.

"Everybody along the I-84 corridor can think about what they've seen," Cox said. "Maybe, something that didn't make sense three years ago or seemed odd to them three years ago will now click in their minds and it'll be important."

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Convicted Killer Joran Van Der Sloot Plans To Wed In Peru Prison

Published May 29, 2013
Joran van der Sloot, who became known around the world for the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru and for being arrested twice, but never charged, in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, has wedding plans.

Claiming he is a changed man, he is asking to have his sentence reduced from to 28 to 20 years.

According to his lawyer, Maximo Altez, the Dutch man seeks to rebuild his life by marrying in prison, for which he is still awaiting the permission of the prison authorities.

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Kathlynn Shepard's father speaks out at Grassley town hall meeting

5:01 PM CDT May 29, 2013
By Laura Nichols
FORT DODGE, Iowa —The father of a missing Iowa girl abducted a week ago spoke out at town hall meeting by Sen. Charles Grassley Wednesday morning.

Kathlynn Shepard has been missing since May 20 when she and a friend were abducted. Authorities believe the man responsible, Michael Klunder, later killed himself. Searchers continue to look for Kathlynn near the town of Dayton.

Kathlynn's father, Michael Shepard, gave an emotional speech at the meeting in Fort Dodge Wednesday that he wants stricter laws for offenders who commit crimes against children.

Holding up his daughter's picture, Shepard told Grassley, and the crowd, what he wants.

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A Mother's Grief (Jade Morris)

Updated: Wednesday, 29 May 2013, 4:13 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 29 May 2013, 4:13 PM EDT
Sandra Gonzalez
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (KSNV) - Less than six months ago, Tejuana Reeves' daughter Jade Morris was murdered. The death of the child was a high profile case, and now Reeves has been dealt another heartbreaking loss: the death of a second child. No one wants to outlive their children, let alone two. That's the reality for Reeves who is now in the process of planning a funeral for a son.

"Jordan was kind of like a people person, lots of friends, just to talk, if he called you or somebody called him and said 'Jordan can you come help me do this?" He's right there," Reeves said.

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Casey Anthony bankruptcy hearing today

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
5:19 a.m. EDT, May 30, 2013
Casey Anthony's bankruptcy will return to court in Tampa on Thursday afternoon, when a judge will hear argument on how — and where — the two defamation lawsuits against her should proceed.

The suits, brought by Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk, were halted in their tracks by Anthony's January Chapter 7 filing, which she hopes ultimately will end them for good.

Gonzalez and Kronk are both listed as creditors in Anthony's bankruptcy, but because the suits haven't been resolved, it's unclear what, if anything, she owes them.

The parties don't agree on how to settle that question: Anthony's lawyers want a judge in federal court to rule on the suits, likely the quicker alternative.

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#McCann photo 'found in scam device'

29 MAY 2013
A photograph of missing Madeleine McCann was found in a scam device which claimed to be able to detect bombs and "contraband", a court has heard.

Three people who made and marketed the mobile phone-sized detector claimed it could detect objects by using paper and cards.

After police moved in, one of the devices was taken to an expert, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey.

He said: "Four pieces of paper were removed from the handle. On one piece of paper there was an image of Madeleine McCann, the missing child." Madeleine, three, disappeared from a Portuguese holiday site in May 2007.

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Trial postponed again for Anthony Bennett, charged in homicide of 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain

By Andy Hoag
May 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM,
updated May 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM
BAY CITY, MI — Anthony M. Bennett, the Mount Pleasant man charged with killing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son, now will not stand trial until January.

U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Wednesday, May 29, postponed Bennett's trial until Jan. 14 because he recently was appointed a new attorney.

The order to postpone the 21-year-old Bennett's trial comes five weeks after the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board suspended Bennett's then-attorney Anthony T. Chambers' license to practice law for 180 days.

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Zimmerman Defense Fund Out Of Money


There are 12 days until jury selection begins in the Zimmerman Case. With less than two weeks left before trial, the defense is without funds to properly prepare the case. There is less than $5,000 in the trust account, we have more than $20,000 in liabilities, and we’ll need even more to get through trial. In the last two months we’ve received a little over $26,000 in donations -- a sizable sum, but less than half of what we needed.

Everyone on the defense team has made sacrifices in our fight to prove George’s innocence. Mr. O’Mara and Mr. West have not been paid a cent for their services; many interns work diligently for no money; some staffers work for far less than they deserve. Meanwhile, the State of Florida has spared no expense in it’s prosecution of George Zimmerman.

In the days ahead, we need to spend thousands of dollars on transcripts of crucial depositions. We need to pay experts and provide them accommodations during the time they may be needed at trial. We’ve contributed all we can, and now we need to ask, hopefully for the last time, for your help.
We never expected the support we have received. Although we’ve only publicly asked for help a handful of times, there has rarely been a day where at least one donation hasn’t trickled in. For those who have supported us, you have our sincerest gratitude.

We’ve calculated that we need another $120,000 to give George the defense he deserves. At the barest minimum, we need $75,000 to give George a fighting chance. Had we declared indigency, George’s defense would end up costing Florida taxpayers more than $1,000,000. As it stands now, with a little extra support, we’re going to get through trial for less than half that figure, and we’ll have done it, not with tax-payer funds, but with the money generously donated by people from across the country who believe George is innocent and that he is being wrongly prosecuted.

If you believe that George acted properly in self-defense; if you feel he is being wrongly prosecuted; if you feel that George deserves a fair trial, please consider sending one last donation. Even the smallest donations of $5.00 and $10.00 are significant when multiplied by the thousands who contribute.

We hope that on the eve of trial, in our time of greatest need, many of those who have supported us will support us again, and that many of those who have considered supporting us will do so now. One way or another, the defense is committed to getting George to a not-guilty verdict, but it sure will be easier with your help.


Prosecutors: 'Friends' plotted killing of 15-year-old (Skylar Neese)

by CBS News
Posted on May 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM
STAR CITY, W. Va. -- For nearly nine months, the people of this small West Virginia town saw the face of missing 16-year-old honors student Skylar Neese everywhere -- beaming at them from fliers on utility poles, in gas stations, even at the local tattoo parlor.

She had been missing since she slipped out of her bedroom window one night last summer, but some in this town of fewer than 2,000 people never believed she had run away.

Police chased numerous leads with no luck. The break finally came when one of Neese's friends admitted plotting with another girl to kill her -- shocking even the investigators working the case.
A newly released transcript of a secret plea hearing reveals that 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf said she and the second girl carried out a plan to kill Neese.

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Mario McNeill sentenced to death in Shaniya Davis case

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Jurors in the Mario McNeill murder trial quickly decided Wednesday that he should be sentenced to death for the murder of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

The jury in the case reached their verdict within 30 minutes of receiving instructions from a judge following an one-sided closing argument from prosecutors for why McNeill should get the death penalty. The court then accepted the sentence.

Following the decision, the judge and Shaniya's father, Brad Lockhart, addressed McNeill.

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Caryn Kelley found not guilty of killing boyfriend, says she's going to Disney World

11:54 AM, May 29, 2013
Orlando, Florida (WKMG) -- Jurors on Tuesday found a College Park woman accused of killing her boyfriend in 2011 not guilty of manslaughter charges.

While leaving the courthouse, Caryn Kelley was asked what she's going to do next.

"Go to Disney World," she replied.

Kelley was charged with manslaughter in the death of Phillip Peatross, 46, who died of a gunshot wound to the face at a home in the College Park area of Orlando.

Jurors decided to begin deliberations Tuesday night after closing arguments ended earlier in the day.

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Defense attorney seeks to keep details secret in Nichole Cable murder case

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 29, 2013, at 7:57 a.m.
Last modified May 29, 2013, at 12:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Superior Court justice said that he would decide by the end of the the day Wednesday if documents in the Nichole Cable murder case would be unsealed immediately or kept secret until the man accused of killing the 15-year-old goes on trial.

Superior Court Justice William Anderson made the announcement after a 30-minute hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

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Police Still Examining Klunder's Possible Connection To Evansdale Case

By Erin Jordan, Reporter
Story Created: May 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM CDT
Story Updated: May 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM CDT
EVANSDALE, Iowa - The Evansdale Police Department hopes to decide by next week whether Michael Klunder, a registered sex offender who abducted two central Iowa girls last week before hanging himself, was involved in the murders of two cousins last year.

A dozen investigators are retracing Klunder’s steps since July, when Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, were abducted while they were riding bikes near Evansdale, said Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock.

The girls’ bodies were found in a Bremer County wildlife preserve in December. No one has been charged.

“If Klunder is the responsible party, we want to have evidence to back it up,” Smock said.

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Suspect (Jerry Active) in Double Homicide Had History of Probation Violations (Video)

Defense rests in the Harris trial

of the Journal Star
Posted May 29, 2013 @ 09:48 AM
Last update May 29, 2013 @ 10:03 AM
Defense attorneys announced Wednesday morning they would not call any additional witnesses and rested their case.

Daniel Fultz, one of Christopher Harris' attorneys, told Judge Scott Drazewski that he would rest his case as soon as the jury reentered the room. Prosecutors then told the judge they would likely call up to a half-dozen rebuttal witnesses.

Prosecutors are allowed to call additional witnesses after the defense rests as they have the burden of proof in the matter. It appears closings are still scheduled for Thursday morning.

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Van der Sloot Appeal - Flores family not present

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May 29, 2013, 09:19
The higher appeal case of Joran van der Sloot starts today at the Supreme Court in Lima, Peru. The Dutchman since January last year a 28-year prison sentence for the murder of Stephany Flores hopes for substantial sentence.The family of the murdered Stephany Flores is not present. Their lawyer says to news agency Novum that it is "too heavy" for the family.

The family members were present at the time at trial in January last year. They then hoped that Van der Sloot life would disappear behind bars but the Dutchman received a prison sentence of 28 years . Van der Sloot hopes to appeal to a much lower penalty.

His lawyer Máximo Altez believes that the rights of his client have been violated. Van der Sloot was no remission, while shortly after his arrest on a police video of the murder of Flores known. It is common in Peruvian law, the punishment then sharply decreased. Also he showed remorse for his actions and accepting the indictment of justice in the first instance, resulted in Altez not in a significant sentence. The court took two years of the thirty years that justice had demanded.

Legal Expert Giovanna Gismondi late Novum know that they expected the defense of Van der Sloot will want to show that there is insufficient evidence for the premeditated murder and robbery, for which the Dutchman is now condemned. She does not think the court lasts herein. Van der Sloot has previously stated that in an emotional whim he killed Flores.

Van der Sloot spent the night of 29 on May 30, 2010 by the 21-year-old law student Stephany Flores in Atlantic City casino in Lima. He was to the Peruvian capital on their way to a poker tournament. In Tac hotel where he was staying, he brought Flores later life. He fled with the help of three Peruvians to neighboring Chile, where he was arrested on 3 June. Shortly after he was extradited to Peru.

Van der Sloot was stuck in the Miguel Castro Castro prison until he was transferred to his conviction in January 2012 around the heavily guarded Piedras Gordas prison . At the first plenary session is set put the appeal to all parties involved, a spokesperson for the court to know Novum. The 25-year-old Van der Sloot is not present.

Jury could decide if convicted murderer Mario McNeill gets the death penalty today

Published: 09:16 AM, Wed May 29, 2013
By Michael Futch
Prosecutors will present closing arguments to the jury this morning in the penalty phase of the Mario McNeill capital murder trial.

After that, the jury is expected to begin deliberations on whether to sentence McNeill to life without parole or death.

Over the advice of his lawyers, McNeill decided Tuesday that he didn't want them to fight for his life in the sentencing phase. That includes final arguments on his behalf.

When the trial judge asked why, McNeill said softly, "My goal was freedom. I lost my freedom. It doesn't matter after that."

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April Jones case: Jury sent home for the night

29 May 2013 Last updated at 11:19 ET
A jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering April Jones has been sent home for the night.

Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, denies abducting and murdering five-year-old April, who went missing near her Machynlleth home on 1 October 2012.

He has told Mold Crown Court he accidentally ran her over with his car but the prosecution says he murdered her and lied to cover it up.

The judge told the jury to "take as long as you need".

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Accused killer was released from jail just hours before slayings

Published: May 27, 2013
At 8:09 a.m. on Saturday, Jerry Andrew Active walked out of the parking lot of the Anchorage Correctional Complex a free man after serving time for a probation violation, according to Alaska Department of Corrections records.

Less than twelve hours later, the 24-year-old is alleged to have killed an elderly couple and sexually assaulted their 2-year-old great-granddaughter after slipping through an open window at the family's Mountain View apartment.

Active was arrested Saturday night after the couple's grandson and his wife arrived home from a movie to find them dead and their daughter being assaulted.

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Mother On Death Row Likely To Be Freed After Serving 22 Years For Killing 4-Year-Old Son

By Nyasia Draper
May 28, 2013 12:45 PM EDT
An Arizona mother sentenced to death for the murder of her 4-year-old son in 1990 is expected to be released in a few weeks according to Radar Online.

Debra Jean Milke was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse, and kidnapping. Judge Alex Kozinski overturned the verdict on the grounds that the lead investigator, Detective Armando Saldate, falsified information and the evidence used to convict the mother.

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Ben Needham's mum fights for DNA test to see if gypsy in Greece is her son

By Lucy Thornton
28 May 2013
The mum of missing toddler Ben Needham is fighting to get a DNA test to determine if a gypsy in Greece is her son or not.

The fair-haired man, who lives in northern Greece, was identified by two sources after Ben’s mum made an emotional appeal on Greek TV last December.

Kerry Needham, 41, said she has kept silent for five months after the man’s details were passed to Greek detectives by her South Yorkshire police force.

But now the mum has decided to speak out because she is still waiting for them to carry out the DNA test.

She is backed by her MP, Labour’s Angela Smith, who said she is going to raise the issue with the Foreign Office.

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Florida Set To Execute Child Killer

May 28, 2013 4:15 PM
ORLANDO (CBS Miami/AP) — A man convicted of raping and strangling a 10-year-old girl is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, Wednesday.

56-year-old Elmer Carroll’s last chance at a reprieve is before the U.S. Supreme Court. His attorney filed the petition saying Carroll should have been considered mentally ill at the time of the murder.

Attorneys tried for more than two decades to appeal the death sentence, but were not successful.

“As far as I’m concerned, he was mentally ill at the time of the offense,” said Carroll’s attorney, Michael Reiter. “He has had mental illness all of his life.”

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In November 1990, Carroll was indicted on a count of first-degree murder and sexual battery for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Christine McGowan, who lived with her family next door to a halfway house for homeless men where Carroll was staying, in the Orlando suburb of Apopka.

Retrial in the death of Phylicia Barnes postponed till October

By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun
12:54 p.m. EDT, May 28, 2013
A retrial of the man accused of killing Phylicia Barnes has been put off until October, as defense attorneys and prosecutors asked Tuesday for more time to prepare in the case of the teen who went missing while visiting family in Baltimore.

A jury convicted Michael Maurice Johnson of second-degree murder in March, but a judge reversed the verdict because he said prosecutors failed to provide defense attorneys with information about a key witness.
Barnes, a 16-year-old from North Carolina, disappeared during a visit in late 2010. Her body was found months later in the Susquehanna River.

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Bayou St. John searched in hunt for missing teacher (Terrilyn Monette)

May 28, 2013
Almost three months since Jefferson Parish schoolteacher Terrilynn Monette went missing, volunteers continued their underwater search of Bayou St. John on Tuesday, pulling up dumped vehicles in hopes of finding Monette’s 2012 Honda Accord.

Previous police-led searches of the bayou, along with the waterways in City Park, were unsuccessful. But state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, said experts from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were able to develop potential new targets using sonar.

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Gran's New Plea: I Don't Want People To Ever Forget My Maddie ( #McCann )

29th May 2013
By Jerry Lawton
MADELEINE McCann’s gran last night said she wished the missing youngster’s photo was “on the front page of every single newspaper every day”.

Susan Healy, 67, claimed it would help the “world to remember her” so someone may come forward to end the family’s six years of hell.

She said they would “never give up hope that Madeleine was alive” before urging: “Please don’t forget her.”

Susan said her daughter Kate, 45, and son-in-law Gerry, 44, had kept her in the dark about the findings of a two-year Metropolitan Police review of the case.

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McNeill won't fight death penalty, tells judge 'what does it matter'

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Mario Andrette McNeill, who was convicted last week of kidnapping and killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis, told a judge Tuesday that he wants no one to speak on his behalf during his sentencing.

Saying he fully understands he could be sentenced to death, McNeill said, “My goal was freedom. I lost my freedom. What does it matter after that?”

McNeill, who presented no defense during his 12-day trial, also said he didn’t want his mother or anyone else to testify on his behalf during the sentencing phase. McNeill is facing death or life in prison without parole.

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons asked McNeill whether he could tell his mother that he didn't want her to testify on his behalf.

McNeill looked at his mother, Juanita Bell, and said, "I don't want you to testify on my behalf. Love you."

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April Jones case: Judge continues summing up

29 May 2013 Last updated at 07:56 ET
A judge has resumed summing up the evidence in the trial of a man accused of murdering April Jones before the jury retires to consider its verdict.

Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, denies abducting and murdering five-year-old April, who went missing near her Machynlleth home on 1 October 2012.

He has told Mold Crown Court he accidentally ran her over with his car but the prosecution says he murdered her and lied to cover it up.

Her body has never been found.

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10-Year-Old Fights for Her Life Due to "Immoral" Federal Policy

MAY 28 2013
Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is waiting for a lung transplant in a Philadelphia children's hospital, where she's dying from cystic fibrosis. Sarah needs a lung transplant to survive, but a little-known federal policy known as OPTN is standing in her way.

The young patient has been in the hospital since February, where doctors say she will die if she doesn't receive the organ transplant. However, the OPTN policy discriminates against children under the age of 12, meaning that Sarah would probably have received the lung if she was just two years older.

Janet Murnaghan, Sarah's mom, spoke to Peter Johnson, Jr. last night, telling him that unless her daughter gets the lung, she'll be forced to go on a heart-lung machine where the blood will be pumped outside of her body to keep her alive. Murnaghan says the 'sickest person' should qualify as making someone the priority to receive an organ.

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Closing arguments to begin Wednesday in Abaroa murder trial

Published: May 28, 2013 07:01 PM
Modified: May 28, 2013 07:02 PM
DURHAM - Closing arguments in the first-degree murder trial of Raven Abaroa will begin Wednesday after prosecutors wrapped up their rebuttal arguments and a Superior Court judge denied all further motions by Abaroa’s defense attorneys to dismiss the case or to rule it a mistrial.

On Tuesday morning, Janet Abaroa’s former boyfriend told jurors about email exchanges he had with her just weeks before she was killed in April 2005. Jurors also saw evidence of the couple’s bank records and heard a transcript of a hearing regarding a laptop that was missing from the Abaroas’ home the night of the killing.

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Police planned to dig up woods in search for missing girl (Christine Markham)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
POLICE have revealed for the first time that they came close last year to digging up woodland in the search for Christine Markham, the missing Scunthorpe schoolgirl.

The potential breakthrough came a year before the 40th anniversary of her disappearance.

Christine's disappearance in 1973 sparked one of North Lincolnshire's biggest missing person inquiries. Forty years on, Detective Superintendent Christine Wilson opened the case files with Telegraph reporter Richard Sharpe for the first time to talk about some of the potential breakthroughs. No-one has ever been charged over her disappearance.
Christine went missing from her home on Robinson Road in Scunthorpe on May 21, 1973, a day after her ninth birthday.

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Murder suspect, 12, maintains innocence (Leila Fowler)

Written by Christina O'Haver,
The Union Democrat
May 28, 2013 12:30 pm
A 12-year-old Valley Springs boy charged in the stabbing death of his younger sister will plead not guilty Wednesday, defense attorney Mark Reichel said.

The boy is charged by the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office with second-degree murder, with a special allegation of use of a dangerous weapon, in the death of Leila Fowler, 8.

He appeared in court for arraignment May 15 but the hearing was continued to give Reichel and his law partner, Steve Plesser, time to review the evidence.

Reichel said Friday afternoon that they had not yet reviewed all of the evidence.

A detention hearing will also be held Wednesday, at which the court will determine whether the boy must remain in custody. He is held at a juvenile detention facility in El Dorado County and is not able to post bail before the hearing, Reichel said.

The court will also set a date for the boy to return for a jurisdictional hearing setting.

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Caryn Kelly found not guilty in shooting death of boyfriend

By Kristin Kane and Joel Schipper, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 9:41 PM


The jury has found a former Orlando realtor charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend not guilty.
Caryn Kelly was accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend, Phillip Peatross, in July 2011.
The jury returned with the verdict just before 9 p.m. followed by a day of testimony and two hours and 30 minutes of deliberations.
Kelley wiped away tears after letting out a sign of relief when the verdict was read.
As she left the Orange County Courthouse late Tuesday evening after the verdict, she told a reporter who asked, "What are you going to next," she would go to Disney World.

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