OSSIPEE — Michael Petelis will spend decades in prison after pleading guilty in Carroll County Superior Court Wednesday to accomplice to second-degree murder for his role in the death of Krista Dittmeyer in April of 2011.
Prosecutors say Anthony Papile, Trevor Ferguson and Petelis were planning to rob the 20-year-old Dittmeyer, but Papile killed her in the process. Dittmeyer's body was found in a pond at the base of Cranmore ski area several days after her black Nissan Sentra and her then 14-month-old daughter were found abandoned in a Cranmore parking lot.
Famed defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has launched a new attack on the prosecutor trying George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Florida State Attorney Angela Cory “has a reputation for always overcharging and then trying to reduce the charges as part of a plea bargain,’’ Dershowitz told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
Authorities are investigating the disappearance of a longtime Santa Barbara television news anchor, her station announced Wednesday.
KEYT-TV Channel 3 said in a statement that it had learned Wednesday morning that Paula Lopez had "gone missing." Lopez, who spent six years at KCAL-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles, co-anchors the Santa Barbara station's 11 p.m. broadcast.
(WXYZ) - A couple months before her 5th birthday, a little girl, who had been raised by her grandparents in Gibraltar, was ripped from their care without warning. A local judge handed the child over to her biological mother who she barely knows-- and who is married to a man with a history of child abuse.
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Police say two boys and their grandmother were found dead in a car Tuesday night. An amber alert was issued after the grandmother abducted the children from daycare Tuesday afternoon.
Today 02/26/13 shortly after 4:00 p.m. State Police Troop E received a report from the mother of two children Ashton Perry age 6 months and Alton Perry 2 years. The mother stated that the children had been picked up from their daycare in Danielson by their grandmother. The grandmother identified as DEBRA DENISON DOB 4/5/65 had picked up the children at about 2:30.m. and the children and grandmother could not be located.
Jeremiah Wright still cannot rationally defend himself against the charge that he beheaded his 7-year-old son, so he will be returned to a state mental-health facility where doctors will again attempt to restore his competency to stand trial, a Thibodaux judge ruled last Tuesday.
Casey Anthony’s former defense attorney may soon make an appearance in a Marion County courtroom.
Jose Baez is now the lead defense attorney in the Stevin Roopnarine murder case. Roopnarine is accused of shooting LaVar Watson, an Iraq War veteran, in the back of the head on Christmas night in 2011.
Jodi Arias dropped the bombshell news that she thought Travis Alexander was having an affair with a married woman and that is why she hacked into his emails on the stand Tuesday, but RadarOnline.com spoke exclusively with the woman who adamantly denies Jodi’s claims!
“No! I was not having an affair with Travis! Jodi is a liar,”
George Zimmerman has gained 105 pounds in the year since he shot Trayvon Martin. His lawyers are citing his weight gain as a sign of his emotional distress and mental state in their effort to postpone his criminal trial, which is set to start in June.
DENVER (CBS4) – The parents of a missing teenager will come together to ask the nation to help find their son.
Dylan Redwine’s parents are divorced and admit they have their differences, but they will appear on Dr. Phil on Tuesday.
(DENVER) -- The teenage suspect in the murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway will stand trial after a judge ruled there is enough evidence, including an alleged 911 confession, to move forward with the case.
Prosecutors played the 911 recording on Friday at a preliminary hearing for Austin Sigg, 18, in which the teen confessed to murdering the fifth grader and trying to kidnap a female jogger.
Sybrina Fulton wants George Zimmerman to stand trial for killing her son Trayvon Martin a year ago tomorrow in Sanford, Fla. Before that can happen, Judge Debra Nelson must determine whether the immunity from prosecution granted under Florida’s insane “stand your ground” (SYG) law applies to Zimmerman and his actions on Feb. 26, 2012. Neither Fulton nor her attorney Benjamin Crump believe it does. This is the only area where they agree with Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer. But Fulton says if the former neighborhood watch volunteer avoids a jury trial, “a whole lot of people need to be afraid.”
Ever since the killing of Trayvon Martin a year ago tomorrow seared the national consciousness, passions have run high. Read the comments after any piece on Trayvon and his killer George Zimmerman, and you will encounter a range of reactions, from shock and pain to raw racism. The noxious notion among some Zimmerman supporters that the unarmed 17-year-old got what he deserved is particularly galling to his mother, Sybrina Fulton.
“From that day until now, I’m still in disbelief. I just feel like he’s away. He’s away. I mean, in actuality, I know that he’s not coming back.” Sybrina Fulton told me over a seafood lunch in Maryland on Friday. “I’ve had people to die, pass away in my family. But the level that I’ve gone through with this is just, it just surpasses everything that I’ve been through. Not only because it was a sudden death. It was a minor. It was a teenager. It was a, you know, it was my baby.”
CHARDON, Ohio • A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school a year ago plans to plead guilty, his attorney said Tuesday.
Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane will enter the plea during a court hearing later Tuesday morning, said attorney Ian Friedman. Friedman declined to discuss the details of the plea deal, which has been in the works for weeks.
IRVINE - Thousands paid their respects Sunday to Keith Lawrence and his fiancee Monica Quan - the first victims of a killing spree this month attributed to a disgruntled ex-Los Angeles police officer - at the university where they met and began their life together.
The emotional memorial service at Concordia University elicited both tears and laughter as those who knew and loved the young couple shared memories of two promising lives cut tragically short. The ceremony took place on the same floor where both Quan and Lawrence excelled as star basketball players for the school.
On opening day of Jodi Aria’s trial, she ”cried” when the prosecutor spoke of her alleged evil deeds in stabbing her boyfriend 27 times and slashing his throat and then shooting him in the head. She also “cried” when her defense lawyer said that her acts we in self defense. But the crying she did for both the prosecution and defense’s arguments looked like what you see in the above photo, She hid her face and looked down.
That type of body language will not bode well for a jury because it looked fake and manipulative.
LOS CRISTIANOS, Spain, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A 29-year-old Bulgarian man has been found guilty of decapitating a 60-year-old British woman in supermarket on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
Deyan Deyanov, 29, who has a mental health condition, faces 15 to 20 years in a psychiatric unit after being found guilty of killing Jennifer Mills-Westley in Los Cristianos in May 2011, the BBC reported.
PHOENIX -- After days of listening to accused murderer Jodi Arias answer questions posed by her defense team, prosecutor Juan Martinez was finally able to ask some questions of his own Thursday as he launched aggressive cross examination.
A former actor and teacher at theater groups in Contra Costa and San Mateo counties has been charged with child molestation and other sex crimes against children.
Jason Pedroza, 27, of San Bruno, was arraigned in a Martinez courtroom Friday morning on charges of child molestation, sexual battery, contacting a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor and using a minor for a non-commercial sex act, according to court documents.
On Friday morning, Illinois Department of Corrections officers transferred the former suburban Chicago police officer from the Will County Jail--where he's been held in solitary confinement for the past four years--to Statevill prison outside Joliet. Then, he was later moved to Pontiac Correctional Facility.
A judge sentenced him Thursday for the 2004 drowning death of his fourth wife, Kathleen Savio. He's a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Local authorities in the summer of 2011 were investigating a case of child pornography production but ended up busting an alleged pimp and his associate after a 15-year-old girl accused them of prostituting her by way of online escort advertisements.
Dontavious M. Blake, 32, and Tara Jo Moore, 26, are facing federal charges of sex trafficking of minors and inducing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts. They both have a pre-trial detention hearing Tuesday.
A judge on Friday ruled that the defense team for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, cannot depose Ben Crump, the attorney representing the slain teen's family.
Zimmerman's lead attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, and attorney Don West argued the motion, seeking to question Crump. Zimmerman and Crump did not attend the hearing.
OHANNESBURG (AP) - The father of Oscar Pistorius's slain girlfriend has told a South African newspaper that the athlete will have to "live with his conscience" if he is lying about how he killed her.
In its Saturday edition, the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper quotes Barry Steenkamp as saying Pistorius will "suffer" alone if his assertion that he accidentally shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp is false.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the former neighborhood watch leader accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin are seeking to obtain a deposition from a witness who says she was on the phone with the teenager before he was killed.
George Zimmerman’s lead attorney, Mark O’Mara, will present a motion to the judge on Friday asking to question the woman known as Witness 8.
Described as a friend of the 17-year-old Martin, she originally recounted the conversation she had with him to attorney Benjamin Crump in a recorded phone interview.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The attorney representing an 11-year-old Fairfield girl accused of killing a 3-month-old baby last summer has filed a motion in Skowhegan District Court to have the girl’s competency hearing closed to the public.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting the case, countered with a motion filed on Thursday to keep the hearing open to the public.
It was nearing midnight when Terie Evans called police in Irvine with a hunch: An ex-Los Angeles police officer named Christopher Dorner might have killed a young Irvine woman and her fiance a few days earlier.
Evans, an LAPD sergeant who had trained Dorner, conceded that her theory was a long shot. But Dorner's name had suddenly surfaced the day before in a strange phone call.
And she knew he had a connection to the woman who had been killed. It seemed too much to dismiss as a coincidence.
It wouldn't take long for Irvine detectives to realize just how valuable Evans' tip was.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Donors have given thousands of dollars to help the Alabama boy who was held hostage for days in an underground bunker.
An online campaign raised more than $10,000 to send 6-year-old Ethan Gilman and his family to Disney World.
Authorities say another $7,000 was given to the child, much in small donations in birthday cards. And Dr. Phil McGraw of the "Dr. Phil" TV show made a donation through his foundation.
SANTA ANA – She cut a diminutive figure, hardly visible alongside the other inmates in holding cages at the farthest end of a cavernous Orange County courtroom.
At an appearance last month where Sonia Hermosillo pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that she murdered her disabled infant son by tossing him from the fourth floor of a hospital parking structure, she spoke softly through a Spanish interpreter and nodded when a judge asked a question.
Rumors that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recovered the skeletal remains of Haleigh Cummings, the 5-year-old girl who disappeared February 2009 from her Satsuma home, are not true, according to Sheriff Jeff Hardy.
The Sheriff’s Office said it received numerous inquiries regarding the recovery of the missing girl’s body after a rumor spread that she had been located.
But nothing was found Thursday when the Sheriff’s Office checked an area in South Putnam for the investigation.
This month, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post published three opinions regarding the Zimmerman Case: The 'rabid' hate aimed at Trayvon Martin, Playing 'Games' with Trayvon Martin's image, and 'Stand Your Ground' eludes Robert Zimmerman.
These three editorials draw attention to aspects of the Zimmerman Case
that should be addressed; however, Mr. Capehart's positions betray his
clear presumption of Mr. Zimmerman's guilt, which is fine in the context
of an opinion piece, but in order to make his point, he must overlook
some clear issues that are important to the broader social relevance of
this case. He must also overlook the significant forensic evidence that
supports George's claim of self-defense, and that FBI documents related
to the civil rights investigation show no evidence that George acted in a
racially motivated way that night (to the contrary, they illustrate
examples of George as a non-racist who has a colorblind life
philosophy). Mr. Capehart's voluntary decision to ignore this
information bespeaks his willingness to craft his message without care
for accuracy. Again, we understand that such is wholly allowed in an
opinion piece, but we suggest his responsibility as a journalist should
also impact his presentation.
The Zimmerman Case has become a flashpoint in the conversation about
racial injustice. While we contest that any racial motivation played a
role in the Zimmerman Case, we are compelled to use the notoriety of
this case to begin a realistic, honest conversation about racial
injustice. But here is a warning: to focus so intently on George
Zimmerman, and to equate a civil rights victory to a Zimmerman
conviction cheapens the conversation and threatens to drive us further
apart. If the Zimmerman Case is to be the catalyst for conversation
about race, then we owe it to ourselves to have a complete and nuanced
understanding of all the factors involved.
HICKORY, N.C. -- A skull found in Caldwell County last April has been identified as that of Zahra Baker.
The skull was found in the woods on Winkler Way off N.C. 268 on April 17 by a hunter.
Zahra, a two-time cancer survivor, was 10 years old when she was killed and dismembered in September 2010. Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Zahra’s death in September 2011, but her skull had never been found before now.