Testimony in the Jodi Arias trial on Thursday centered around emails that were described as showing that Travis Alexander’s friends believed he was abusive to women, but RadarOnline.com has the specifics of the shocking emails that were NOT read to the jury, including one in which Travis allegedly called himself a “sociopath.”
Jodi has claimed that she killed Travis after he “attacked” her, and she was defending herself against him, and that she was a victim of his physical abuse multiple times during their relationship.
Attached to a state filing in the case against George Zimmerman on Thursday was a newly public piece of evidence from the young woman who says she was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before his death.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda's new pleading included as an exhibit a letter, apparently written by the young woman dubbed "Witness 8," to 17-year-old Trayvon's parents less than a month after he was shot Feb. 26, 2012.
The writing, dated March 19, 2012, was attached to de la Rionda's reply to a defense request for sanctions against the state for failing to reveal in a timely fashion that Witness 8 had made false statements.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A judge ruled on Thursday that the 11-year-old girl charged with manslaughter in connection with a baby’s death in Fairfield last year is not competent to stand trial at this time.
However, the judge left open the possibility that the girl will be competent in the future.
In a ruling released on Friday in Skowhegan District Court, Judge Charles LaVerdiere said he concluded that “at this time, the State has not met its burden of demonstrating that the Juvenile is competent to proceed under the standard established by the Maine Juvenile Code.”
From a legal perspective, the Zimmerman case is about whether George
Zimmerman acted in self-defense, but we understand that the case has
also become important to the national conversation about race relations,
about gun control, and about “Stand Your Ground” laws. Although the
Court will not be able to resolve these larger issues, we as the defense
team, have chosen to engage in the national conversation in a
responsible and respectful way.
George Zimmerman was arrested under an extraordinary set of
circumstances, and he is being prosecuted under similar circumstances.
As we prepare for a jury trial in June, we have real concerns about
George’s ability to receive a fair trial. The DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR DISCOVERY VIOLATIONS
is not a frivolous attack on the prosecution, it is a serious attempt
to seek remedy for discovery violations that have a substantial impact
on our ability to defend George.
What is at stake is George Zimmerman’s right to a fair trial, and in a
broader sense, what is at stake is the sanctity of the criminal justice
system and its ability to function properly under the incredible public
and political pressures that have been placed upon it.
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting on Thursday rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and accused defense lawyers of a serious breach of court rules by making the offer public.
In a scathing court document, prosecutors said the defense has repeatedly refused to give them the information they need to evaluate the plea offer, so the offer can't be considered genuine.
On Monday, March 25, the Court canceled the hearing previously
scheduled on April 2. The Court did not consult with the defense before
canceling the hearing. As there are only 74 days until trial, and as
there are Motions before the Court, we hope to appear before the Judge
for pending matters before the next hearing currently scheduled for
A 4-year-old Cleburne boy appeared to be "skin and bones" when he was found dead at home last week, and his adoptive parents had failed to seek medical attention, according to court documents released Thursday.
Buddy Cook appears to have died from dehydration and malnutrition, although a final ruling is pending further tests, according to a petition and affidavits filed by Child Protective Services investigators seeking the removal of Buddy’s seven siblings from their home.
The children are in foster care as the investigation continues.
FARMINGTON — Nathanael Sloop was taking more than 300 pills of prescribed medications during the days before Ethan Stacy died, Sloop’s attorney said in court Thursday.
The evidence presented by attorney Richard Mauro came during the second day of a preliminary hearing for Sloop, 34, of Layton. The hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to require Sloop to stand trial for Ethan’s homicide.
UPDATE 4:23 p.m.: Nathan Sloop’s attorney called up a photograph of Ethan Stacy sitting with Nathan Sloop on the couch, playing video games.
Ethan’s face looks bruised. Mauro called up a photograph of Ethan at the Salt Lake City International Airport the night he arrived in Utah on April 28. Then he showed Detective Roderick another photograph he said was taken immediately afterward.
By Bridget Doyle Tribune reporter 12:48 p.m. CDT, March 28, 2013
Two suspects in the high-profile fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton pleaded not guilty today to dozens of counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges.
Michael Ward, the alleged shooter, was indicted on 141 counts of first-degree murder alone, prompting his attorney to blast Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune Updated: March 28, 2013 - 2:27 PM HUDSON, Wis. — Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to killing his three young daughters, but he maintained that he shouldn’t be held responsible for their deaths because he was mentally ill at the time.
The plea change came Thursday after more than a day of delay and legal wrangling about what kind of evidence would and would not be allowed at his trial, which is scheduled to start with jury selection on Monday.
Schaffhausen, 35, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July 10 deaths of Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5.
Brunswick, Georgia (CNN) -- The sister of De'Marquise Elkins, one of the two teenage boys accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in Brunswick, Georgia, has been arrested on an evidence tampering charge, the Glynn County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Sabrina Elkins, 19, was named in a grand jury indictment released Wednesday, accused of helping her mother get rid of the gun authorities say was used to kill the child during an attempted robbery on March 21.
The grand jury also indicted Elkins' mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, and aunt, Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33, on charges of making false statements or writings, among other things.
James Holmes is willing to spend the rest of his life in prison if it means there's no chance he'll be executed. Now prosecutors have to decide whether that's a deal they're willing to make with the former graduate student accused in last summer's Colorado movie theater massacre.
Holmes' attorneys disclosed in a court filing Wednesday that their client has offered to plead guilty to killing 12 people at a midnight movie, but only if there's no chance he'll be executed.
The man accused of beating a woman to death in her Brevard County home will face a judge on Thursday.
Marcus Royal, 33, turned himself in to authorities in Virginia last week, officials said. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, burglary with battery and violation of probation.
SOUTH BEND — A local family has filed a lawsuit against the city and the South Bend Police Department accusing officers of entering their home without a warrant and tasing and punching a 17-year-old boy in the home while he slept.
Attorney John Ulmer filed the suit in state court last month on behalf of Dan and Vivian Franklin and their teenage son DeShawn, but the suit was moved to federal court last week.
LONDON (AFP) - Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taleban for promoting girls' education, is to tell her life story in a book due out later this year, the publishers said on Thursday, in a deal reportedly worth around S$3.8 million.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. • Police say they are trying to determine how a medical box containing a pair of eyeballs ended up in a trash bin at a gas station in Kansas City.
Police spokesman Steve Young says a worker at a Conoco station in the city's north called police after finding a cardboard box containing the eyeballs late Wednesday. The box was labeled "Keep refrigerated."
According to the warrants, killer Adam Lanza killed 20 children, six adults and himself within five minutes of shooting his way into the building.
Search warrants said Lanza was found dead wearing a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing.
State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III said Lanza killed all the victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun.
Associated Press Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM Updated today at 4:02 AM LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former fiancé of a man whose many pseudonyms included Clark Rockefeller said from the witness stand at his trial that she never knew his true identity until he was charged with murder.
Questioned by a prosecutor, Mihoko Manabe said Wednesday that by the time she met the man whose true name was Christian Gerhartsreiter in 1987 he had a terrible secret to hide.
Gerhartsreiter is charged with the murder of John Sohus, the son of a woman who rented her San Marino, Calif. guest house to the defendant.
Sohus and his wife, Linda, disappeared in 1985, and bones were dug up in the yard of the home in 1994. No sign of Linda Sohus was ever found
Posted: Mar 28, 2013 5:05 AM EDT Updated: Mar 28, 2013 5:05 AM EDT OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - A man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 2 girls near Weleetka is scheduled to formally enter a plea.
Kevin Sweat is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Okfuskee County District Court. A plea of not guilty was previously entered on his behalf.
Sweat was ordered to trial in January on two counts of first-degree murder for the June 2008 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
Updated at 07:26 AM today JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN NEW HAVEN -- Search warrants used in the investigation of the Newtown school shooting are being released along with a statement from prosecutors about their work to unravel the motives of the 20-year-old gunman.
The warrants, which were to be released on Thursday, are related to searches of gunman Adam Lanza's home and car. They have been sealed under an order that expired Wednesday, and prosecutors have made few details available, despite pressure to do so.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has expressed concern about leaked information appearing in the news, and state lawmakers have requested a more complete accounting of the case as they address gun control and other issues raised by the shooting.
6:56 AM, Mar 28, 2013 SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia teenager shot a 13-month-old baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother, according to an indictment returned Wednesday that also charged the suspect with shooting another person in an unrelated robbery attempt earlier this month.
The indictment by a Glynn County grand jury charges 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins on nine counts, including malice murder, in the slaying last Thursday of young Antonio Santiago a few blocks from his home in coastal Brunswick.
By LAURA SUMMERS World Correspondent Published: 3/28/2013 2:22 AM Last Modified: 3/28/2013 4:24 AM
Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp sentenced Marcus Trinidad Mitchell to life in prison with the option of parole, plus a $5,000 fine in the Feb. 24 death of his stepdaughter, Emma Beth Warmerbrodt.
DeLapp followed the sentencing recommendation of the jury who convicted Mitchell on Feb. 1. Mitchell additionally must serve consecutive sentences of 25 years, 12 years and one year on three child neglect charges. Mitchell, who smiled repeatedly during the morning court proceedings, this week filed notice he intends to appeal his conviction.
"This case is, of course, one of the worst kind of cases - the death of a child," Assistant District Attorney Will Drake told the judge as sentencing began.
Posted: March 27, 2013 - 6:56pm By Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | A man accused of murder in the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Barrios in March 2008 will undergo an independent evaluation to determine if he should be civilly committed to a state mental health facility.
After the evaluation is complete, George David Edenfield must appear in court April 18 for a trial on his civil commitment, Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Scarlett said in an order signed Tuesday.
George Edenfield and his parents, David and Peggy Edenfield, were all charged with murder, child molestation, false imprisonment, cruelty to children and other charges in Christopher’s death.
By STEVE ROBSON and HELEN POW PUBLISHED: 23:02 EST, 27 March 2013 UPDATED: 23:02 EST, 27 March 2013
A New York man who admitted he faked his own death for insurance money has been arrested for pretending to be a police officer in an effort to lure women into his van.
Raymond Roth, 48 of Long Island, was taken into custody on Tuesday after he allegedly pulled the stunt at least twice in the past month.
In the first incident, on March 16, Roth allegedly pulled up next to a woman in Freeport, claimed he was a police officer and then demanded she get into the white van he was driving.
When the woman refused and ran away, Roth followed her for a short distance before fleeing the scene, police said.
March 27, 2013 8:51 AM MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The reward has now doubled for information leading to a missing Colorado woman with Minnesota ties.
LeAnn “Annie” Meyer (credit: Wheat Ridge Police)
Leann Annie Meyer, 51, was last seen Feb. 7 in Wheat Ridge, a suburb of Denver, Colo. Both of her vehicles also went missing around that time, but they were found earlier this month. Meyer’s family lives in St. Peter, a little more than an hour south of the Twin Cities.
Virginia Hamrick on March 27th, 2013 Last updated: March 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm
For more than a century, Florida’s notorious Dozier School for Boys served as a state-run correctional institution, its history plagued with stories of abuse.
Aside from accounts of brutal beatings, a number of boys are known to have died at the Marianna institution, their causes of death listed as “accident” or “unknown.” Laid to rest in makeshift, unmarked graves, the mystery behind their deaths and the location of all their bodies was never solved.
ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Defense attorneys representing Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, 9NEWS has confirmed.
This is only an offer from the defense team.
The two-page filing released on Wednesday goes on to say the prosecution has yet to accept the deal because "it may choose to pursue the death penalty."
The deal hinges completely on the prosecution's willingness to take the death penalty off the table.
"Mr. Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case to bring the proceedings to a speedy and definite conclusion," the filing reads.
FARMINGTON — Testimony about the abuse 4-year-old Ethan Stacy suffered at the hands of Nathanael Sloop, which included putting feces in the toddler’s mouth, continued through Wednesday’s morning hearing.
Nathanael Sloop, 34, of Layton is charged with aggravated murder, second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body in the boy’s death.
Able-bodied people, especially those with boats and all-terrain vehicles, are encouraged to help in the search for a missing Walnut Ridge girl.
The Walnut Ridge Police Department and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office are planning a volunteer search for 14-year-old Sidney Randall on Saturday, March 30.
Volunteers are asked to meet at the police department at 9 a.m. where they will be assigned specific areas to search, according to a news release from Sheriff Jody Dotson. Volunteers must sign-in before they will be assigned a search area.
SANFORD - Attorneys for George Zimmerman have filed a new defense witness list, and it includes more than 130 people. Among them: Trayvon Martin's mother and father, their attorney Benjamin Crump, former Sanford police Chief Bill Lee Jr. and former State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.
It also lists Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte and several other members of Trayvon's family, including his step-brother and the Oviedo cousin with whom he'd spent the night the evening before he was fatally shot.
Sloop, 34, is charged in 2nd District Court with aggravated murder in connection with the death of Ethan, whose beaten body was found in a shallow grave near Powder Mountain Ski Resort on May 11, 2010.
At the end of the three-day preliminary hearing, which begins Wednesday, 2nd District Judge Glen Dawson will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
A suburban district attorney who is the son of TV's "Judge Judy" is being accused of interfering in a child rape case in which the suspect is his personal trainer and recently lived with him.
Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy has recused himself from the investigation of Alexandru Hossu, but the local sheriff claims Levy is still involved.
"He is apparently trying to influence and affect the investigation, which could be perceived as an ethical violation of his official duties and perhaps even as an attempt to undermine it," Sheriff Donald Smith said.
BRUNSWICK, Georgia -- The lawyer for one of the Georgia teenagers charged with murder in a baby's shooting said Monday his client is "absolutely" not guilty and the grandmother of the second suspect said her grandson would never be involved in such a crime.
"My client is absolutely, 1,000-percent not guilty," public defender Kevin Gough, who represents 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, told The Associated Press. He made the comments Monday, while preparing for Elkins' first court appearance on the murder charge. It was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.
Detroit - After three long years, the case of Aiyana Stanley-Jones will finally be argued before a jury.
During a March 8 pre-trial hearing, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray-Hathaway denied a motion to dismiss all charges against Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley in the shooting-death of the 7-year-old.
Published: March 26, 2013 By ROBIN FITZGERALD BAY ST. LOUIS -- A woman accused in the recent biting of a child has been arrested on two counts of felony child abuse involving that child and another she allegedly bit more than two years ago, police said.
Detective Lt. Robert O'Neal said Kacey Nicole Whitney, 27, is suspected of leaving a bite mark on a 7-year-old child recently and biting a 4-year-old child a number of times in 2010.
Bay St. Louis police were investigating the recent complaint when they found a similar complaint filed against Whitney on Nov. 12, 2010, O'Neal said.
By Thomas J. Sheeran Associated Press Wednesday March 27, 2013 5:40 AM AKRON — The father of one of three men lured by Craigslist job offers and murdered had yesterday’s sentencing date for the killer etched in his mind: 16 months to the day his son’s body was identified.
Jack Kern, father of Timothy Kern, 47, and relatives of other victims of Richard Beasley, 53, crowded a courtroom yesterday to hear whether Beasley must face execution, but the case was delayed by an attorney’s illness.
Beasley, wearing a red and white striped jail outfit, clutching a cane and sitting in a wheelchair because of back pain, kept his chin on his chest as he was wheeled into court after a 90-minute delay to hear the postponement.
Posted: 03/26/2013 WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - A reward has doubled to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Leann “Annie” Meyer, a Wheat Ridge woman who vanished more than a month ago.
Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero said Tuesday that Meyer’s family notified police that the existing reward had increased by $10,000. US Bank, Meyer's employer, already is offering a reward of $8,000 in conjunction with Crime Stoppers, which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads authorities to Meyers.
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 am By Chuck Rupnow Leader-Telegram staff
Aaron Schaffhausen, a man accused of killing his three daughters last summer at a River Falls residence, is expected to plead guilty today.
"I think we're going to change our plea; change it to guilty by reason of mental disease or defect," John Kucinski, Schaffhausen's attorney, said Tuesday night.
"We'll know a lot more (today). Who knows what might happen, but for right now, that's what we plan to do," he added.
Kucinski declined to say why his client would change his plea.
Assistant state attorney general Gary Freyberg on Tuesday filed a notice in St. Croix County Court of a "plea agreement" that is expected to be discussed today during a motions hearing.
By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore Record Staff Writer March 27, 2013 12:00 AM STOCKTON — Today at 3:54 p.m. marks four years since 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was last seen alive in a haunting surveillance video.
She had been missing for more than a week when a farm worker found a suitcase in an irrigation pond in 2009. Her body was inside.
Stacy Dittrich, a deputy sheriff in Ohio, remembers watching the dreadful news on TV.
“Oh God, I hope they get that sick monster,” Dittrich recalls saying, thinking the perpetrator must be a male sexual predator and a resident of the same mobile home park where Sandra lived, conclusions molded by her years of investigating sex crimes.
Just then, her 13-year-old daughter walked by. “She turned around and said, 'How do you know it's a he?'” Dittrich remembers her daughter then muttering, “I think you're wrong.