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National Guard Ready After Verdict in Mo. Cop Shooting

Jason Stockley acquitted in 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Tensions ran high in St. Louis Friday, with barricades surrounding a federal courthouse and the Missouri National Guard on standby, as the city awaited a verdict in the murder trial of a white cop who shot a 24-year-old black motorist in 2011, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch —and that... More »

Mom Passes Out During Holly Bobo Murder Trial

Prosecutor says killer lived in 'dark world'

(Newser) - A man who lived in the "dark, dark world" of methamphetamine and morphine abducted a Tennessee nursing student from her rural home in 2011, then drugged, raped, and shot her before discarding her body and bragging about it, a prosecutor said Monday. Paul Hagerman made the statements during opening... More »

'Black Widow' Makes Stunning Claim in Murder Trial

'I killed my husband,' Chisako Kakehi tells court

(Newser) - When Chisako Kakehi took the stand during her murder trial Monday, she vowed to remain silent. But that's not what happened. In what the New York Times calls a "cinematic turn," the so-called black widow of Japan admitted to killing her fourth husband, one of at least... More »

Pa. Fugitive's Alleged Diary Scoffed at 2014 Manhunt

Eric Frein, sought for 48 days in cop killing, wrote of surprise at 'massive search': prosecutors

(Newser) - "What I have done has not been done before, and it felt like it was worth a try," Eric Frein allegedly scrawled in a journal while evading capture following the shooting death of a Pennsylvania state trooper in 2014. That entry and others describing the journal writer breaking... More »

US Hiker Killed in Spain Was Tricked by Fake Trail Marker

Miguel Angel Munoz found guilty in Denise Thiem's 2015 death

(Newser) - On Easter Sunday 2015, an Arizona woman disappeared as she walked a famed pilgrimage route in Spain; two years later, her killer has been found guilty. Miguel Angel Munoz was on Wednesday convicted in the murder of Denise Pikka Thiem. The 41-year-old had quit her job working in PetSmart's... More »

He's Spent 10 Years Waiting to Know if He'll Be Found Guilty

Kharon Davis has been sitting in jail for 10 years without a trial

(Newser) - Kharon Davis has spent nearly 10 years in jail. He's had four sets of attorneys, with two judges on the bench. His co-defendants' cases have wrapped up. But Davis has had no trial. There's been no jury, no verdict, no conviction. Police say Davis, then 22, shot 29-year-old... More »

Family Braces for Trial in Daughter's 1984 Murder

Candace Derkson was 13 when she was abducted in Canada

(Newser) - When Candace Derksen went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg in the fall of 1984, it took six weeks for volunteers to find her body—just a few hundred yards from her home, in a storage shed, where the 13-year-old who loved horses had been bound with... More »

12-Year-Old Testified at Ohio 'Trial of Century'—Against Dad

27 years after mom's death, Collier Landry returns to make documentary

(Newser) - At just 12 years old, Collier Landry took the stand in a Mickey Mouse turtleneck to help put the man who murdered his mother behind bars: his father. Now 38, Landry is returning to what the Mansfield Journal of Ohio calls "the local trial of the century." On... More »

Twin Accused of Killing Sister Will Fight Extradition

Alexandria Duval is in Albany, faces murder charges in Hawaii

(Newser) - A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii is fighting her extradition from New York to face a murder charge. A lawyer for 38-year-old Alexandria Duval said Friday at her court appearance in Albany that his client is "profoundly distraught"... More »

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 »

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