Child pornography charges reinstated for Steven Powell ( Susan Powell )

TACOMA, Wash. (ABC 4 Utah) UPDATE: Steven Powell pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday.


Detroit mother arrested after young son finds gun, shoots self

DETROIT (WJBK) - A mother is under arrest on Detroit's west side after her 4-year-old boy received a gunshot wound in their home. The boy, Jaylen Lum, is being treated at the hospital in temporary serious condition.

 It happened around 10 p.m. Monday in the 6200 block of Minock, which is near the intersection of Evergreen and Ford roads.


Oscar Pistorius: Reeva Steenkamp's family believe prosecutors' appeal 'correct' if in society's interest

The families of Oscar Pistorius and the woman he killed have accepted the decision by South African prosecutors to press for a murder conviction and a harsher sentence for the athlete.

 Pistorius began a five-year prison stretch on October 21 after being found guilty of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter, for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.


The Missing: James Nesbitt denies new BBC whodunit is based on Madeline McCann case

James Nesbitt, star of The Missing, says the BBC drama is not based on the Madeline McCann case despite the similarities between the two investigations.

 The hotly-anticipated drama kicks off in 2006 when five-year-old Oliver vanishes into thin air during a family trip to France.


New Jodi Arias jury hears same damning evidence

PHOENIX — The lead detective in the Jodi Arias murder case spent all day Monday on the witness stand in Maricopa County Superior Court as prosecutor Juan Martinez led him and the jury through damning evidence from the days and weeks after Arias killed her lover, Travis Alexander, in 2008.

 Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores said very little, but Martinez needed him on the stand to present all the ways that Arias had tried to deflect blame even as she attracted attention to herself.


Woman accused of driving children into ocean wants visitation rights ( Ebony Wilkerson )

FAMU's Champion died 'because his friends beat him to death,' prosecutor tells jurors

The mother of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion clutched his ballcap Tuesday as she arrived for the trial of Dante Martin, the former band member accused of organizing the hazing ritual that killed her son.

 "I carry this hat with me as I carry a bracelet that he bought me one Mother's Day just to have something to get me through," she said of the weathered, orange and green cap with his band nickname, "The Example," written under its brim.


Autopsy report released in death of 16-year-old Alexandria Chery

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office released on Tuesday its autopsy report in the death of 16-year-old Alexandria Chery.

 Alexandria was reported missing by her mother and was found on Aug. 1. Deputies identified her body on Aug. 6, almost a week after her remains were found near the Osceola-Polk County line.


Mom left boy, 5, locked in car to go to work, Seminole deputies say

LAKE MARY, Fla. - A Seminole County woman has been charged with child neglect after deputies say she left her 5-year-old child in a hot car while she was at work.

 Nakisha Burke was arrested on Monday afternoon at Convergys Corporation at Lake Mary, according to deputies.


Jane Bashara's sister: Jane didn't want divorce

In a spiral-bound notebook, Jane Bashara scrawled out in blue ink the reasons she and her husband fought.

 "Bob makes plans – doesn't tell me," she wrote underneath another sentence that was started, but scratched out and said: "We make plan."


Holly Bobo's accused killer charged with bringing drugs into jail

DECATURVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The man accused of killing Holly Bobo has been indicted for smuggling drugs into jail.

In March, the TBI said Zachary Adams brought meth into jail when he was transferred from Decatur County to the Chester County Jail.


Inside the sickening school for mini-jihadis: Pictures show children as young as five getting combat and weapons training at ISIS military camp

Sickening new images have emerged purporting to show young Syrian children being trained at a military camp run by Islamic State terrorists.

 The photographs, understood to have been taken at a school near the jihadis' de facto capital Raqqa, show children barely older than five being taught basic combat and survival skills, learning how to use enormous assault rifles, and being given lessons in extremist ideology.

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DeBlase trial: slain children's mother cries on stand, 'Nobody can blame me more than I can blame myself'

MOBILE, Alabama - "I know there were things I could have done then. I should have done something."

Through tears on the witness stand, the mother of slain siblings Natalie and Chase DeBlase expressed extreme sorrow at their deaths and said their father was someone she trusted to raise them while she got her act together.


Ben Needham: 25-years-old today

Twenty five years ago today Kerry Needham gave birth to her first child, Ben, at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire. He was 6lb 6oz.

The Needhams were, and despite what fate was to bestow on them, are, a normal, hard-working family.


Parents arrested in case involving teen found in cage

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PARIS TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) - Two people were arrested after a mentally-challenged teen was found in a caged bed Monday, Oct. 20.


Alabama couple who appeared on 'Maury' in 2013 face sexual abuse charges in connection with 5-year-old girl

An Alabama couple facing sex abuse charges in connection with a young girl appeared on the "Maury" TV show last year, it's emerged.

David Anthony Williams and Brittany Day, from Anniston, starred in the episode entitled "I Love My Fiance and my Ex ... Who's My Baby's Dad?" which was taped on Sept. 19, 2013.


Prosecutor: Bashara collapses; trial suspended

Detroit — Murder defendant Robert Bashara collapsed as he prepared for court Wednesday morning, suffering from what his attorneys said were "significant health issues," which has suspended the case until at least next week.

 Bashara, who is accused of hiring his handyman Joseph Gentz to kill his wife, Jane Bashara, doubled over in pain while getting registered for court in the Dickerson Facility, where he's housed in a segregated unit, according to his attorneys Lillian Diallo and Michael McCarthy.


10-year-old girl shot, killed while watching Royals game with family

A 10-year-old girl gathered with her family to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the World Series.

 As a hail of bullets pierced her grandmother’s home, she bolted rather than jumping to the floor as other family members did. She died as she ran for a back room.


Inside court: How’s Jodi Arias acting this time around?

As Arias flutters her lashes at the seasoned detective, jurors are visually exposed to her manipulative nature for the first time.

Between hair flips and the soft tone in her voice, Arias is eager to appear weak and demure.

Unaware that Detective Flores is moments away from exposing her to her own nude photos, taken approximately an hour before a knife was repeatedly plunged in to Travis Alexander's body.


Relisha Rudd still missing on her 9th birthday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On October 29, 2005, Relisha Rudd was born into a world of struggle. She and her family would later become homeless and live in a shelter in Washington, D.C.

 All the pictures and videos we have of Relisha show her smile, her personality and her love of life. Even though she was in a shelter, she enjoyed dancing and playing at arts and crafts time.


Jury Hears Jodi Arias & Travis Alexander’s Recorded Sex Phone Call, But Legal Analyst Says Jurors Are Losing ‘Shock Value’

Jurors considering whether or not Jodi Arias should live or die heard the killer and her victim engage in sizzling sex talk and sing to each other during Tuesday’s death penalty retrial.

 “I love it when you grab my butt,” Arias is heard telling Travis Alexander in the 40-minute phone call recorded just weeks before she stabbed him 27 times, slit his throat and shot him.


Boy, 15, sentenced to nine years for shooting girl in the neck at birthday party

A teenager who shot a girl in the neck after she went to his home to give him a birthday present was sentenced to nine years’ detention today.

 Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, 15, died after she was hit by a bullet from a counterfeit 1930s Italian Beretta pistol in the bedroom of a house in Hackney in March.


Detroit Mother, Boyfriend Charged With Murder, Torture In Death Of Her 7-Year-Old Son ( Immanuel Foster )

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit mother and her boyfriend have been charged with first-degree murder and torture in the death of the woman’s 7-year-old son who weighed only 27 pounds.

 The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Monday that 22-year-old Victoria Foster and 28-year-old Cory Rimson were arraigned Friday.


Mom charged in child’s death has criminal record

Gary man charged with murder in slaying of boy, 13 ( Kobe Jones )

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old Gary man with murder after he allegedly shot a 13-year-old neighbor who he suspected of burglarizing his home.

 Khanji Fairley was being held without bond Monday at the Lake County Jail following the slaying of Kobe Jones of Gary.


No Bail for Mom Charged With Beating 4-Year-Old Daughter to Death in Homeless Shelter ( Linayjah Meraldo )

According to a criminal complaint, Curry became enraged when she found her daughter, 4-year-old Linayjah Meraldo, squirting hand lotion on the floor of their apartment at the Briarwood Family Residence, a temporary housing shelter on 134th Street, Thursday.

 The angered Curry allegedly hit Meraldo in the face and stomach, then threw her against a wall and onto a bed.


Court docs: Drug deal led to shooting that injured 10-year-old girl


GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - Police have arrested a man accused of firing a shot that went into an apartment and hit a 10-year-old girl.


Keizer mom admits being stoned as son, 4, dies in fire

KEIZER, Ore. – A 23-year-old mom was high on marijuana when a fire started in her Keizer apartment and killed her young son, according to court documents obtained by KGW.

 Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez was charged Monday with manslaughter for her 4-year-old son's death last Friday. Keizer police said the incident was criminal in nature but offered no other details.


Mother calling for justice in Tajshon’s murder ( Tajshon Sherman )

Deshea Sherman is pleading for whoever is responsible to come forward. Late Monday afternoon the Marion County corner identified the victim 25-year old Tajshon Sherman.


Father-in-law of missing Utah mother-of-two Susan Powell arrested on reinstated child porn charges

Steve Powell - the father-in-law of Susan Powell, the Utah mother-of-two missing since 2009 - has been arrested in Washington state on reinstated charges of possessing child pornography.

 Powell, a person of interest in Susan’s disappearance, was only released in March from the Washington state prison after serving 30 months in a voyeurism case.

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Bashara tells Jane's mom: You didn't know your daughter

After Bob Bashara told an interviewer that he and his late wife Jane Bashara had an "open marriage," Jane Bashara's mother made a request.

 "Please don't bring Jane down to your level," Lorraine Engelbrecht told Bashara in a phone call.


Man charged with 3 counts of juvenile rape

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – A Benton man is charged with three counts of rape involved alleged juvenile victims.

Benton police said Oct. 27 just after midnight, officers took a report of a possible rape involving a female juvenile victim.


Father of missing teen Erica Parsons found guilty of financial fraud

A federal jury in Winston-Salem found Sandy Parsons guilty of almost all the federal fraud charges against him Monday. But his court case – and his wife’s guilty plea on similar charges earlier this month – have yielded no clues about the disappearance of their adoptive daughter, Erica Parsons.

 The federal charges against Sandy and Casey Parsons don’t directly address Erica’s missing person case, which gained national attention after she was reported missing July 30, 2013.

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Sheriff: Marysville shooter arranged meeting with victims ( Jaylen Fryberg )

Freshman Jaylen Fryberg texted five classmates to meet for lunch Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School before shooting them, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said during a news conference Monday in Everett.

Trenary said once the five were seated at a table in the cafeteria, Fryberg opened fire with a handgun, killing two and wounding three others before taking his own life.


Charges to be reinstated against mom who left kids in car ( Shanesha Taylor )

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has decided to reinstate charges against Shanesha Taylor.

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New date set for Colo. theater shooting trial

(CNN) —Jury selection in the trial of James Holmes, the suspect in the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting, won't begin until January, a judge ruled Monday.
The delay gives Holmes' defense team more time to review a court-ordered sanity examination and prepare for the trial.

THE INSIDERS: What Happened to Kamrie Mitchell?

SUWANNEE COUNTY, FL. (WTXL) - It's a case with more questions than answers. It involves drugs, a missing woman and a convicted felon.

As time ticks by family, friends and law enforcement continue to look for clues into the disappearance of a Suwannee County girl who vanished over two years ago.


Defense team files second motion for evidence in Heather Elvis case

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The defense team for Sidney Moorer filed a second motion for prosecutors to come forth with evidence in the murder trial of Heather Elvis. Moorer and wife, Tammy, are accused of murdering Elvis.

The motion compelling the state to “produce certain evidence” was filed October 20. The first motion was filed by the defense team on September 2.


Lawyers Make Argument For Jordan Linn Graham's Appeal

MISSOULA - Seven months after a Kalispell bride who admitted to pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park files a motion to appeal her case, her attorneys file the paperwork to back it up.

 In a 127-page appeal filed on Friday, attorneys for Jordan Linn Graham argue federal prosecutors warped and held back evidence to convince the jury she planned on murdering Cody Johnson.


Oklahoma inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms without parole in the killings of two girls and his fiancee, but his punishment was delayed about an hour because he attacked one of his defense attorneys with a razor blade.

 Kevin Sweat cut attorney Peter Astor, causing a minor neck wound, said Okfuskee County District Attorney Max Cook.

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Josh Young arrested twice in same day

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the third time this week, a Louisville teen acquitted of killing his stepbrother is in trouble with the law. 

Joshua Young was arrested twice Wednesday for public intoxication. According to a police report, just before midnight Wednesday Young was arrested at the Intown Suits on Preston Highway.


Detective grilled on change of story in Jodi Arias trial

For the second day in a row defense attorneys for Jodi Arias grilled a witness on why the state changed its version of Alexander's death between 2009 and 2012.

 Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores admitted Thursday that during court hearings in 2009 he testified that Alexander, 30, had first been shot in the head, then stabbed and then had his throat cut.


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PD: Mom left child, 7, alone at movie theater to hang out with friends

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —A Central Florida mother is thrown in jail, accused of leaving her 7-year-old son in the movie theater alone so she could hang out with her friends.

Carolina Uchoa, 34, went before a judge Friday afternoon. She's accused of taking her son to an afternoon matinee on Thursday then leaving before the movie ended without her child.


Police: Woman offered to sell child

HAMMOND, La. — A couple that police say tried to sell a child at a southeast Louisiana gas station appear headed for Texas.

 Master Trooper Brooks David, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, says the blue Dodge minivan with Florida license plates was spotted in Lake Charles Friday afternoon but headed west on Interstate 10 before troopers could catch it.


Friends raising money for family of 9-month-old shooting victim ( Jacob Hambaugh )

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office said baby Jacob Hambaugh was taken off life support at Riley Children’s Hospital Thursday evening.


T.J. Lane will not be charged for recent prison escape

LIMA, Ohio -- The Allen County prosecutor does not want to give T.J. Lane another chance to act up in court, so he will not charge the convicted Chardon shooter for his recent prison escape.

 At his March, 2013 sentencing for killing three Chardon High School students and wounding three others, Lane showed off a T-shirt that had the word "killer" printed on it.


Jury in Sandy Parsons' Federal Fraud Trial To Continue Deliberations Monday

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The jury in Sandy Parsons' federal fraud trial is set to continue deliberations Monday. Sandy Parsons, the adoptive father of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons, took the stand in his own defense Friday morning.


Madeleine McCann new DNA hope: Curtains may hold key to who took her

Detectives plan to do new tests on curtains which hung in the apartment where Madeleine McCann disappeared.

 They believe the fabric, which has been sealed in an evidence file since three-year-old Madeleine vanished in Portugal in 2007, may hold DNA which will identify to her abductor.


Breakdown of the Hannah Graham Case and what's Next for Jesse Matthew

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A community mourns this weekend following the news that the body found in Albemarle County belongs to University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.


Recap: Week 1 of Arias sentencing retrial

After over a year of anticipation, the Jodi Arias retrial on her sentencing for the murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander commenced this week in a Phoenix, Arizona courtroom.

Arias, already convicted of first-degree murder, is now facing a possible sentence of death or life in prison.


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Hannah Graham: Remains Found Belong to UVa. Student

Judge: Accused killer not competent

MILFORD - A judge has determined that the 22-year-old man from Orange who allegedly stabbed his mother to death is not competent to enter a plea.

Timothy Granata appeared in Milford Superior Court Tuesday morning. Police say he was found clutching a Bible and admitted to the alleged murder back in July.


5-Year-Old Finds Gun Under Pillow While Visiting Dad in New Haven: Police

A 5-year-old girl told her mom she found a gun under her pillow when she was visiting her dad in New Haven.

 Shaquan Hayes, 32, of New Haven, the girl's father, is a convicted felon on probation, police said.


Criminal complaint describes gruesome details of alleged child abuse

CONWAY, Pa. — A Beaver County mother is facing charges after authorities said she abused her daughter by violently pulling her hair.


Uncle of slain 2-year-old Li'Asia Moorer speaks as man charged in her death has bond set at $2.5M ( Li’Asia Moorer )

CLEVELAND - Court records indicate that the slain toddler who was killed Friday was set for a custody hearing Tuesday.

 The toddler, 2-year-old Li’Asia Moorer, was in the care of Jason Hull, now charged in her death, when she died.


Baby girl dies after ‘parents leave her alone in cot for 16 hours’ ( Avarice Alexander )

A BABY girl has died after her parents left her alone in her cot for 16 hours, police said.

 Adam and Jasmyne Alexander, both 21, allegedly left nine-month-old Avarice in her crib from 8.30pm on Saturday night to 12.30pm on Sunday, when she was found dead.


UPDATED: Nokesville parents charged in death of 9-month-old daughter ( Avarice Alexander )

A GoFundMe page claims a 9-month-old Nokesville baby died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but police allege it was a case of neglect.

 Police and rescue workers responded to the 10200 block of Aqua View Court at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 to investigate reports of an unresponsive infant, Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said in a news release.


John Goodman DUI trial Day 3 focuses on nurse’s testimony

When nurse Cecelia Betts took the witness stand in John Goodman’s first DUI manslaughter trial, she said she deliberately refrained from noting that Goodman smelled of alcohol after a fatal 2010 car crash because she didn’t want to testify about it in court.


Prosecutors say dead babies were found clothed

UXBRIDGE, Mass. — They were hidden away in closets just a few feet from where their siblings slept: the skeletal remains of three infants found in a squalid, vermin-infested house.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered a Massachusetts woman held on $1 million cash bail after prosecutors said at least two of the babies may have been alive for "some period of time" before they were discovered.


Judge says mom accused of newborn's death might get pregnant if released, sets $5 million bail

Despite strong words last month from a deeply concerned judge -- who set Sarah Mangus' bail at $10 million during a September hearing -- Mangus just had to try again.

 The 29-year-old meth-addicted mom -- accused of causing the death of her newborn daughter -- desperately wants to get out of jail pending her trial for murder next year.


Witness to Jordan Davis murder speaks with FCN

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He was homeless, living out of his truck, and just stopped at a gas station on Jacksonville's Southside to let his girlfriend use the restroom.


Convicted paedophile believed to have been in Portugal at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance arrested in Malta

A “notorious” British paedophile suspected of having links to Madeleine McCann's disappearance is being held in Malta.

 Roderick McDonald – on the run after being convicted in 2012 of abusing two girls – was arrested in a dramatic swoop and will be extradited back to the UK.

North Middleton dad gets 10 years in prison for assault that left infant daughter disabled

CARLISLE – Brendon R. Groves' 17-month old daughter should be running around and playing with her older sister by this age.

 Instead, she spends most of her day in a baby swing or sitting in a beanbag chair, the girl's grandmother, Pamela Price, told Cumberland County Judge Thomas Placey Tuesday.


Man accused of luring 13-year-old from central Fla. to Davie for sex

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Former friend of Bashara testifies about BDSM lifestyle

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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) - Robert Godard was the first witness in the Bob Bashara trial for the murder of wife Jane on Tuesday.


Attorneys close to selecting Jodi Arias jury


PHOENIX (CBS5) - It has sex, religion, and a whole lot of drama.


TIMELINE OF EVENTS: Holly Bobo abduction, murder

Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student, was abducted from her home outside Parsons, about 100 miles west of Nashville, on the morning of April 13, 2011.

Her remains were found by two farmers in a rural area outside Holladay, Tennessee, in Decatur County on Sept. 7, 2014. Below is a timeline of key events:


Police: No running water, OKC home full of cockroaches; Mom arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY —Oklahoma City police have arrested a woman on a complaint of child neglect after officers said her home was filthy and cockroach-infested.

Samantha Holden, 34, was arrested Tuesday at her home near Interstate 44 and Southwest 29th Street and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

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Update: Trial in Sandy Parsons fraud case set for next week Winston-Salem ( Erica Parsons )

GREENSBORO — The federal fraud trial for a father of a missing adopted girl is scheduled to begin next week in Winston-Salem, officials said today.

 Sandy Wade Parsons has been indicted on more than 40 counts.


Prayer vigil honors Georgia teen found dead in high school gym ( Kendrick Johnson )

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The community of Valdosta, along with the father of Jordan Davis, came together Friday night to honor Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson, the 17-year-old found dead nearly two years ago at Lowndes High School.


John Goodman retrial: Juror reports being harassed

Just two days into the DUI manslaughter retrial of Wellington polo magnate John Goodman, a sequestered juror has reported being heckled by a trio of young people who told her, "Van Vliet went to jail and so will you."

 The juror, a retired real estate agent, said she had "no idea" what they meant but the comment — combined with things she's heard in the courtroom — made her wonder if there was a previous trial.


Police: Arraignment in Theresa Dekeyzer murder case

(WJBK) - The Warren Police Department says a three-count arrest warrant has been issued in the investigation of Theresa Dekeyzer's murder.

 Dekeyzer is the 22-year-old Warren woman who had been missing since June before her body was found inside a 55-gallon drum inside a trailer at a storage facility in September.


Disturbing new details released in Longwood man's alleged plot to rape child, kill family

LONGWOOD, Fla. — Channel 9 has uncovered disturbing new evidence against a Longwood man accused of posing as a filmmaker in an effort to rape and kill young girls and their families.


Boy, 10, charged as adult in death of woman, 90

TYLER HILL, Pa. — A 10-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman over the weekend in northeastern Pennsylvania.

 Prosecutors in Wayne County said the boy was visiting his grandfather, the caretaker of Helen Novak, in Tyler Hill on Saturday, when county emergency responders got a call reporting her death.


New Portuguese prosecutor in Madeleine McCann investigation 'determined' to solve case

A new Portuguese prosecutor has been charged with solving the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years after the British child vanished from her holiday apartment.

 Ines Sequeira will lead the investigation into the case as Scotland Yard prepares to return to Praia da Luz to 're-interview' three suspects.

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Sheriff: Aaron Hernandez a Model Inmate

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been a model inmate since being moved to a Boston jail and will be allowed to watch his former teammates on television if his behavior continues.

 Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins tells the Boston Herald there have been ‘‘no problems, no complaints,’’ and Hernandez is mingling with the general population at the Nashua Street Jail.


Oscar Pistorius trial: Questions over athlete's 'caring' image

The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius case has scrutinised his charity work, as it tries to show he deserves jail for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

 On the second day of the athlete's sentencing hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the main motive of the work was to further his career.


Bob Bashara Murder Trial: Opening statements scheduled Tuesday ( Jane Bashara )

Attorneys are scheduled to give opening statements in the murder case against 56-year-old Robert Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park Tuesday.

 The case, involving affairs, a sex dungeon and a murder for hire plot lurking beneath what once appeared to be a pristine suburban Detroit facade, has garnered national media attention.


Jodi Arias Trial: Jury Selection Restarts on Tuesday as Residents Say They’ve Had Enough

The Jodi Arias trial is set to resume on Tuesday when attorneys, Judge Sherry Stephens, and others return to the courtroom to finish selecting a new jury.

Arias was convicted last year of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008 but the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on a verdict.


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Oscar Pistorius community service call angers prosecutor

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius should not go to jail over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his sentencing hearing has been told.

 A probation officer appearing for the defence said Pistorius should serve house arrest and community service.


Family waits with anger and hope: Is daughter’s death linked to Jesse Matthew? ( Cassandra Morton , Morgan Harrington , Hannah Graham )

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Cassandra Morton never became a household name like some of the other women.

 Not like Morgan Harrington.

Or Hannah Graham.

Even for the people in the historically black Tinbridge Hill neighborhood of Lynchburg, where sense of community and oral history thrive, memories of Morton are hazy.


Laws seal up past of suspect in Hannah Graham case

Two Virginia universities are pressing each other to unearth the information they exchanged after an on-campus rape allegation against Jesse “LJ” Matthew Jr. more than a decade ago, when the football player was transferring from Liberty University to Christopher Newport University shortly after a woman accused him of sexual assault.

Matthew, 32, has been charged with abduction in connection with last month’s disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, an alleged kidnapping that police say was for the purposes of sexually assaulting the 18-year-old from Fairfax County.


Hannah Graham Search Brings Awareness to Cold Cases

10-month-old girl trapped under dead dad's body for 3 days survives ordeal

A family tragedy has become a story of survival. A father, 43-year-old Jason Fields, with heart problems apparently succumbed in his home.

But when this dad died almost instantly of a heart ailment, he fell in such a way as to trap his 10-month-old daughter, Betty Jean Fields, who authorities in Shreveport, Louisiana, say was stuck under the body and squeezed against a wall.


Hunt for missing Madeleine McCann: Cost of British police search tops £10million

The cost of the British police search for Madeleine McCann will top £10million as a new drive for the truth gives fresh hope to her parents.

 Scotland Yard’s review of the youngster’s disappearance seven years ago will cost more than double the original £5million that was ­estimated by the Home Office.


Joe Gentz refuses to tesify in the Bob Bashara trial, could face First Degree Murder ( Jane Bashara )

DETROIT (WXYZ) - "I understand that" 50-year-old Joe Gentz repeatedly said to Judge Vonda Evans when she told him the prosecutor could withdraw his plea deal and charge him with First Degree Murder.

 That would mean automatic life in prison.

Gentz has taken the position that he was promised a reduced sentence to 5 years in prison, in exchange for this testimony in the murder trial of Bob Bashara.


Oscar Pistorius a 'broken man,' psychologist says at sentencing hearing

(CNN) -- Oscar Pistorius is a "broken man" after the death of his girlfriend, a psychologist said Monday, as his defense used a sentencing hearing to try to convince a judge of his fragile emotional state.

Dr. Lore Hartzenberg said the Olympian described his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, as the love of his life. He lost faith in himself and his abilities after the killing, she said.


Georgia couple arrested after 2-year-old child gets drunk from mixed drink

ATLANTA, GA -- A Georgia couple remains in jail on felony child abuse charges after police say they got their 2-year-old son drunk.

 Jasmin Briana Moore and William Chester Hickson were arrested last week on felony cruelty to children charges,.....


Alleged abuse to be left out of Parsons fraud case ( Erica Parsons )

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The fraud trial for the adoptive father of Erica Parsons is scheduled to begin next week but jurors will not be hearing anything about the criminal investigation into what happened to the little girl.


As Angela Corey reflects on a controversial two years, she says she's done what she thought was right

In the last two years, State Attorney Angela Corey has basked in praise of some and been hit by criticism from others.

“That’s a very polite way of putting it,” Corey said with a chuckle after a reporter mentioned that last week.


Student breaks father's jaw because son wouldn't give up bus seat, police say

HOUMA, La. —Two high school students were arrested Wednesday after police said they broke a man's jaw because his son wouldn't give up his bus seat.

 According to a news release from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, a man from Schriever told authorities that a group came to his home to fight his 16-year-old stepson.

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2 arrested on murder complaints in case of missing Piedmont teen ( Anne Hill )

OKLAHOMA CITY —Two people have been arrested on first-degree murder complaints in the case of a missing Piedmont teenager, according to police.

 Chadd Raymond, 16, and Chloe Thomas, 17, were arrested over the weekend in the disappearance of Anne Hill, officers said.

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Judge allows cellphone evidence in Hernandez murder case

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot charged with killing three people, suffered a legal setback Friday when a Bristol Superior Court judge denied his motion to toss key evidence from the athlete’s cellphone.

In a 22-page ruling, Judge E. Susan Garsh wrote that Hernandez’s lawyers voluntarily turned over the phone to State Police on the evening of June 18, 2013, one day after the killing of Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester.


Mom who tried to kill daughter gets 10-22 years

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A judge Wednesday sentenced the mother of an autistic Michigan teenager to 10-22 years in prison for what the woman described as a failed murder-suicide attempt brought on by despair after years of violent attacks by her child and failure to find affordable and effective treatment.

 Kelli Rai Stapleton, 46, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree child abuse in a bargain with prosecutors who dismissed an attempted murder charge.


Sanel Saint Simon: Attorney 'unreliable,' wants new one ( Alexandria Chery )

ORLANDO -- Sanel Saint Simon, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Alexandria Chery, wants a new attorney. Saint Simon sent a letter to Judge Donald Myers, asking for a Nelson hearing.

In the letter, Saint Simon called his attorney "Unreliable" and "ineffective." He said he can't get in contact with her and she doesn't keep scheduled appointments.


Tanning nanny left kids in car, gets prison

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 24-year-old nanny will spend the next year and a half in state prison after leaving two children in a car on one of the hottest days this spring while she was inside a tanning salon.

 It was also discovered that she lied about having a child with brain damage, prosecutors said.


Jury Deliberates in Montgomery County Baby, Grandma Murder Trial ( Saanvi Venna )

 A suburban Philadelphia man is on trial for the slayings of a baby and her grandmother killed in what authorities have called a botched kidnapping plot.

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Phoenix infant boy allegedly shaken by dad dies

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a Phoenix infant critically injured after allegedly being shaken 15 times by his father has died.

 Phoenix police say the 6-week-old boy died Tuesday.


Police arrest man in connection with death of 1-month-old

A 1-month-old girl is dead and Phoenix police arrested her father on suspicion of murder, according to family members.

 Police and fire officials were called at about 1 p.m. Wednesday regarding an injured child at a home near 43rd Avenue and Baseline Road.


Teen Convicted of Murdering His Mother Given Life Sentence South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - Kevin Davis, the 18-year old who pleaded guilty of beating his mother to death back in March, was handed down a life sentence Wednesday.


Mother of three killed, others injured after refusing to give man her phone number ( Mary Spears )

Detroit, MI – An engaged mother of three, 27-year-old Mary Spears, was shot and killed Sunday morning after refusing to give a man her phone number.

 Spears was at the American Legion Joe Louis Post No. 375, a bar in eastern Detroit. That’s when family members said a 38-year-old man approached her and asked for her phone number.


Hammer attacker walks through hotel lobby moments before bludgeoning tourist sisters and 'licking weapon clean of blood'

The man who bludgeoned three sisters with a hammer in an horrific attack in their hotel room is seen walking through the lobby moments before the assault.

 The CCTV, shown to jurors today, shows Philip Spence walking calmly through the lobby of the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch before attacking tourists Ohoud, Khulood and Fatima Al-Najjar soon after they had arrived from the United Arab Emirates.


Matthew worked as cab driver on night Morgan Harrington went missing, according to WTVR story

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CHARLOTTESVILLE - Jesse Matthew was working as a cab driver on the night Morgan Harrington disappeared, according to CBS affiliate WTVR in Richmond.


Judge: Gun OK as evidence in Alexander retrial

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Marissa Alexander was in court Thursday as her attorney argued to suppress some evidence from her upcoming retrial, including the gun she fired in a confrontation with her estranged husband.


Deputies: Mom's boyfriend planned to kill Alexandria Chery, 16

Nine hours after Alexandria Chery was reported missing, Orange County homicide detectives knew it was likely that she was already dead.

Blood was splattered throughout the walls and floor of the apartment she shared with her brother, her mother and Sanel Saint Simon, her mother's longtime boyfriend.


Toddler poisoned by e-cigarette liquid, mom says

KENT, Wash. — A toddler in Kent, Washington, was poisoned by liquid nicotine last week, Seattle's KIRO-TV reported.

 The 22-month-old found the bottle of the liquid, which her dad uses in e-cigarettes, and drank it, said the girl's mother, Nicole Oliver.


Boy Dies After Being Left in Car During Church Choir Practice

A 3-year-old boy has died a day after being left in a hot car for several hours while his mother and a family friend were in church for a choir practice, police said Monday.

Officer James Holmes says the family friend had taken the boy and other children to a church where the friend and the child's mother had choir practice late Saturday morning. The mother had arrived earlier.


Police: Portland dad left 2 kids in hot van to get massage


PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A Portland man left his two children alone in a hot van while he went to get a massage at Massage Envy in Sherwood, police said Tuesday.


Sex-offender son accused of burning dad in attempted murder

Diana Torres had had enough. After years of arrests, documented alcohol abuse and erratic, sometimes violent behavior by her brother, registered sex offender Santiago Torres Jr., she asked a judge in early May for a domestic-violence injunction. It was granted.

But last month, in light of their father's cancer diagnosis, Torres Jr.'s sister asked the judge to rescind the restraining order and give her brother another chance to return to their Toledo Street home and be a part of their family again.


20-year-old Hayward man charged with murdering his mother with scissors

HAYWARD, Calif. — A 20-year-old University of California at Santa Cruz student was charged with murder Tuesday for allegedly fatally stabbing his 57-year-old mother with scissors at her home in Hayward on Saturday evening.

 Joseph Badiali was scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward Tuesday afternoon on the charge that he murdered Rosemary Badiali at a single-story home at 27548 La Porte Avenue shortly before 6:50 p.m. on Saturday.


Simi Valley Mom Arrested After Children Found in Hot Car

A Simi Valley mother was arrested Monday for allegedly leaving her children locked in a car while at a veterinary hospital, police said.

The Simi Valley Police Department responded to a disturbance call involving a woman at a tire store on East Los Angeles Avenue, police said.


Polo Tycoon Cannot Adopt Adult Girlfriend, Florida Court Rules ( John Goodman )

A Miami appeals court today reversed a ruling that allowed Florida polo tycoon John Goodman to adopt his longtime adult girlfriend.

Florida's Third District Court of Appeals Senior Judge Alan R. Schwartz wrote that the adoption of a "paramour" or lover was "so contrary to the beneficent purposes of such an action" that it could not be confirmed by the court, according to court documents


Oscar Pistorius Sentencing Date: 'Blade Runner' Faces 15 Years Imprisonment October 13

Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic sprint runner nicknamed the "Blade Runner," now faces sentencing on Oct. 13 following his trial related to the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines' Day last year.

 On Sept. 12, a court in South Africa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, and not murder. Pistorius had shot Reeva Steenkamp four times.


Katie Hopkins Causes Madeleine McCann Twitter Storm Over Brenda Leyland Death As Alan Sugar Has Sly Dig

The ex-Apprentice rent-a-gob caused a stir on her Twitter page last night when she commented on the Madeline McCann case following the suicide of an internet troll, Brenda Leyland, who had been targeting Madeline's parents, accusing them of being behind the four-year-old's disappearance in 2007.

 Katie wrote to her 224,000 followers: "How many more must die before the McCann's accept their negligence is at the heart of all their grief? Enough already."


Police Dig for Details on Suspect as Search for Hannah Graham Continues

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Blackstone 'house of horrors' to be demolished Oct. 21

BLACKSTONE, Mass. —Barring last-minute legal action from the homeowner, the house where three dead infants were discovered last month will be demolished on Oct. 21, the Board of Health decided Tuesday.

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Kids Come Across Human Skull Near Playground

Human remains found behind an apartment complex over the weekend, could help investigators in Tennessee solve a year old cold case.

Police say the skull, which was discovered by two kids playing in the area surfaced in the same area where an elderly man disappeared last summer.


2 bodies found in north Phoenix home

Crump said a 14-year-old girl came home to make the discovery at about 4 p.m. and called police.

 She found her stepfather in a bedroom and her mother in the garage, sitting in the driver's seat of a car that had multiple bullet holes in it, he said.


Colorado girl escapes kidnapper in Phoenix

Vermont mom, boyfriend charged in death of boy, 13 ( Isaac Robitille )

HARDWICK, Vt. —A woman and her boyfriend who police said put alcohol in her disabled 13-year-old son's IV tube, killing him, were charged on Tuesday with murder.

 Melissa Robitille and Walter Richter III were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Isaac Robitille.

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Murder Charges Filed In Death Of Armada Teen April Millsap

ARMADA (WWJ) - Multiple charges have been filed against a 32-year-old man in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found along a popular nature trail this summer.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith on Wednesday announced that James VanCallis, Jr. is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration in the death of April Millsap.


PD: Mother accused of punching, biting children in Holly Hill

Investigators were alarmed of the alleged abuse by the victims’ pastor, according to the Holly Hill Police Department.

 According to the arrest affidavit, the children told the pastor their adopted mother, 37-year-old Allison Fowler, abused them after the pastor noticed scratch and bite marks on one of the children.

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Lawyers begin to individually question prospective jurors at Jodi Arias' sentencing retrial

Lawyers began individually questioning prospective jurors for the penalty phase retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias, the next step in the effort to pick an impartial panel that will determine whether she receives the death penalty or life in prison.
Potential jurors answered questions Monday about their views on the death penalty and whether they can fairly judge the evidence.


Court records detail changing stories provided by Jarrod Tutko Jr.'s mother

HARRISBURG - When Kimberly Tutko first talked to Harrisburg police in August about the death of her 9-year-old son, she said she wasn't involved in the boy's care at all.

She told police, and many news reporters who came to her door later, that she was solely in charge of taking care of her bedridden daughter. She said her husband, Jarrod Tutko Sr., was solely in charge of taking care of Jarrod Jr., who had Fragile X Syndrome. The boy starved to death alone in his feces-covered bedroom.


Oscar Pistorius Update: New Book Claims 'Bladerunner' Talked To 'Babyshoes' On Night Of Steenkamp's Death

As Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for his culpable homicide conviction, details continue to emerge surrounding the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

South African journalists Barry Bateman and Mandy Weiner have written a book about the trial, purportedly exposing information that was not divulged in court.


Has Madeleine McCann finally been found in Spain? Police investigate new sighting

Former soldier and prison worker David Fullman - not real name - said he contacted UK detectives after spotting a blonde girl speaking Spanish with an English accent in the communal pool area at the Tropicana apartment complex in La Herradura, near Nerja.

 It is the third reported sighting of the girl in the area.


South Africa: Honeymoon murder trial to start ( Anni Dewani' )

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is preparing for another high-profile murder trial weeks after athlete Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide.

 The trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, who is accused of ordering the killing of his wife while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, is to start Monday after a lengthy legal process to extradite him from the U.K. to South Africa.


Jefro Titus Phillips: Lake Worth man arrested and charged with sexual battery to a child

A Lake Worth man has been arrested and charged with sexual battery to a child.

 42-year-old Jefro Titus Phillips was arrested Saturday after an investigation by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Children and Families.


John Goodman retrial: Day 2 of juror selection underway in Tampa

Day two of jury selection for the DUI manslaughter retrial of polo magnate John Goodman is happening now in a Tampa courtroom.

 Fifty prospective jurors will be questioned this Tuesday morning about whether they've seen media coverage of the case and whether they'd face any major hardship from being sequestered for three and a half weeks.


Josh Powell’s family asks Utah judge to declare Susan Powell dead

The family of Josh Powell is asking a judge to declare that Susan Powell was dead before May of last year.

 Terrica and Alina Powell — Josh Powell’s mother and sister, respectively — filed a complaint Friday in 3rd District Court against Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father and conservator of her estate.


Reeves' defense team seeks to reconstruct crime scene in Pasco theater

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WESLEY CHAPEL, FL (WFLA) - Attorneys for Curtis Reeves are asking a judge if they can recreate a crime scene.


Aunt of toddler's killer guilty of lying to authorities ( Antonio Santiago )

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The aunt of a Georgia man who was convicted of fatally shooting an infant in the face while trying to rob the child's mother will spend five years in prison for lying about where her nephew was when it happened, according to the Glynn County District Attorney's Office.

 Katrina Elkins, 35, was convicted Friday of making a false statement when she provided police with a bogus alibi for De'Marquise Elkins while they were investigating him for the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in March 2013, prosecutors said. She pleaded guilty and avoided a trial that was set to go to jury selection Oct. 13.


Attorney Requests Reopening Alexis Murphy Case

Randy Taylor's attorney Michael Hallahan is now requesting that the commonwealth revisit the Alexis Murphy case.

 The request comes after police confirmed earlier this week that Jesse Matthew is linked by forensic evidence to the Morgan Harrington case. Harrington disappeared after seeing a concert at John Paul Jones Arena in 2009. Her remains were found on an Albemarle farm three months later.


Woman Who Trolled Family of Missing Girl Found Dead ( Madeleine Mccann )

LONDON (AP) — A woman who was accused of sending Internet abuse to the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead in a hotel room. Her death has revived debate about media responsibility and how best to respond to online “trolls.”

 Television channel Sky News identified 63-year-old Brenda Leyland as a Twitter user who had attacked Kate and Gerry McCann under the name “sweepyface.”


Cops: Okla. grandma dressed up like witch, abused child

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A young Oklahoma girl who authorities said was severely abused reportedly told police that her grandmother would dress up a like a witch before torturing her.

CBS affiliate KWTV reports that 49-year-old Geneva Robinson took the child to a hospital "to be admitted," because "she could not control her anymore."


Child dies after being left in hot car in Phoenix church parking lot

Police say Hayden Nelson had been left in the car for around three hours.

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