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Woman With String of Dead Husbands Goes to Trial

She's charged with 2nd hubby's murder

(Newser) - Emma Raine either has the worst luck with men, or she's—as prosecutors suggest—a "serial husband killer" and "black widow." The 52-year-old woman, widowed three times, face charges of second-degree murder in the death of her second husband, Ernest Smith, shot to death in Louisiana... More »

Doc Who Blamed Cough Syrup Gets 49 Years for Murders

It's the maximum sentence within state guidelines

(Newser) - Dr. Louis Chen, convicted of fatally stabbing his lover 177 times before slashing their toddler son's throat from ear to ear in a gruesome 2011 double homicide he blamed on a buildup of the active ingredient in cough syrup, will spend 49 years in prison for his crime. "... More »

Murder Conviction Reversed Thanks to Skype

Court says defendant missed out on right to confront witness

(Newser) - Technology is great, except when you're trying to get someone convicted for murder and you have your DNA expert testify via Skype, which denies the defendant his Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses in court, which in turn gets the defendant (who was convicted and sentenced to life in... More »

Most Blacks Change Their Mind About OJ

Has Simpson's public image changed that much?

(Newser) - Anyone who was around during OJ Simpson's murder trial will recall how it divided blacks and whites—and may be surprised that most blacks today say OJ was probably guilty, Five Thirty-Eight reports. Some 57% of blacks say OJ likely did kill ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend... More »

In 4th Trial for Wife's Murder on 9/11, Man Not Guilty

Calvin Harris goes free

(Newser) - A wealthy man on trial for a fourth time since his estranged wife disappeared in 2001 was found not guilty of murder Tuesday, the AP reports. The ruling for Calvin Harris came almost eight weeks after Judge Richard Mott began hearing the nonjury trial. Harris' 35-year-old wife, Michele, disappeared on... More »

Swimsuit Model on Trial in Millionaire's Death

Maria Kukucova shot Andrew Bush 3 times, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A Slovakian model on trial in the fatal shooting of her British millionaire ex-boyfriend tearfully testified Monday that he pulled out a pistol and it went off while they struggled for it, the AP reports. Prosecutors say Maria Kukucova shot Andrew Bush twice in the head and once in the... More »

One of NJ's 'Most Notorious Cold Cases' Is Closed

Michelle Lodzinski guilty of murdering young son

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter-century after she reported him missing, Michelle Lodzinski has been found guilty of murdering her 5-year-old son. The conviction closes one of New Jersey's "most notorious cold cases," the New York Times reports. Lodzinski told police that her son, Timothy "Timmy" Wiltsey, disappeared from... More »

Police Hacked iPhone of Actor's Murdered Wife

Authorities say text messages show the couple were fighting

(Newser) - While the FBI was trying to figure out a way into the locked iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, the LAPD found a hacker to crack a phone belonging to the murdered wife of actor Michael Jace , the Los Angeles Times reports. Jace—best known for... More »

Auschwitz Guard: 'I Could Smell the Burning Bodies'

In court, Reinhold Hanning talks of experience for first time

(Newser) - Reinhold Hanning knew what was happening at Auschwitz when he served as a guard there more than seven decades ago. "I could smell the burning bodies," he wrote in a 22-page statement read aloud by his lawyer Friday in a German courtroom. "I knew corpses were being... More »

Attorneys: Murder Case of NBA Star's Father Was Botched

Daniel Green was found guilty of killing James Jordan

(Newser) - Twenty years later, the man found guilty of murdering Michael Jordan's father may get a fresh trial. Attorneys for the convicted gunman, Daniel Green, say the original trial was rife with problems that only now are coming to light, the Charlotte Observer reports. To recap, Green and Larry Demery... More »

Man Goes on Trial for Wife's Murder, for 4th Time

The high-profile upstate New York case involves no body and no weapon

(Newser) - Michele Harris went missing on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, at the age of 35, and hasn't been seen since. Her empty minivan, with her keys still in the ignition, was found at the end of her and her estranged husband's long driveway, but the mother of... More »

Cops: Girls Fatally Beat Woman, Post Snapchat Pics

Grisly trial is under way in the UK

(Newser) - At around 7:15pm on Dec. 8, 2014, prosecutors say two girls who were then 13 and 14 let themselves into the unlocked home of a woman in the UK, a woman known as an alcoholic who sometimes bought liquor and cigarettes for underage teens. At 7:30pm, the woman,... More »

LA Getting Another Celeb Murder Trial

Robert Durst will face charges next summer in friend's killing

(Newser) - Los Angeles will get another high-profile celebrity trial next summer: Real estate heir Robert Durst has agreed to be extradited from Louisiana to face charges that he murdered friend Susan Berman in 2000, reports the AP . The Durst case is convoluted, but he's the one who seemingly implicated himself... More »

Mass. Kid, 16, Guilty in Math Teacher's Rape, Murder

Philip Chism convicted as adult in gruesome slaying of Colleen Ritzer in school bathroom

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teenager was convicted Tuesday of raping and killing his high school math teacher. Philip Chism was 14 when he followed his algebra teacher, Colleen Ritzer, into a school bathroom, strangled her, stabbed her at least 16 times, and raped her. During his trial, his lawyer admitted Chism killed... More »

Texas Judge's Answer to Man's Antics: Shock Belt

Defendant with mental illness wouldn't stand up

(Newser) - A capital murder trial put on hold after a literal shock will resume in Smith County, Texas, on Monday and for the first time, defendant James Calvert will not represent himself. After Calvert was accused of murdering ex-wife Jelena Sriraman and abducting their 4-year-old son in October 2012, the 45-year-old... More »

US Man to Face Trial for 1997 Murder in S. Korea

Arthur Patterson was then 17, son of US military contractor

(Newser) - An American man is about to face trial in South Korea for a murder he says he didn't commit. Arthur Patterson, 35, was just 17 when he and a Korean-American friend, Edward Lee, challenged each other to kill a man with a pocketknife in 1997, according to prosecutors. Both... More »

Jury Rules in Case of Wife 'Pushed Off Cliff'

Harold Henthorn was accused of first-degree murder

(Newser) - A man accused of pushing his wife off a cliff may spend the rest of his life in prison. Today a Denver jury found Harold Henthorn, 59, guilty of premeditated murder in the death of wife Toni Henthorn, who took a 140-foot fall at Rocky Mountain National Park three years... More »

Murder Suspect Put in Cell With Guy Testifying Against Him

Needless to say, a fight broke out

(Newser) - A pretty big oops in Lima, Ohio, this week: Markelus Carter is charged with murder, and during a break in his trial Wednesday, a guard accidentally put him in the same holding cell with another inmate who was set to testify against him. Neither man was handcuffed, and a fight... More »

Prosecutors: Man Stole Wife's $30K Diamond After Murder

Toni Henthorn's rock was missing after fall, but hand wasn't badly injured

(Newser) - A woman whose husband is charged with pushing her to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park was wearing her wedding ring when she died, but the expensive diamond was missing, a park ranger testified yesterday. Prosecutors say Harold Henthorn—charged with first-degree murder in... More »

High Court Slams Amanda Knox Case for 'Bouts of Amnesia'

Prosecutors call out 'stunning weakness' of prosecution

(Newser) - Italy's top criminal court has scathingly faulted prosecutors for presenting a flawed and hastily constructed case against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, saying today it threw out their convictions for the 2007 murder of her British roommate in part because there was no proof they were in... More »

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