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Man Who Murdered Holly Bobo Learns His Fate

Zach Adams sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, rape

(Newser) - The man who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 20-year-old nursing student in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, WTVF reports. Holly Bobo disappeared in 2011 after going into the woods outside her parents house with an unidentified man; her body wasn't found... More »

Wife Warned He'd Be Murdered If Deported. He Was

Juan Coronilla-Guerrero's case isn't unique

(Newser) - Juan Coronilla-Guerrero's wife told a federal judge that her husband would be murdered if he was forced to return to Mexico, the birthplace he'd fled because of gang violence. And he was—perhaps by the very people he'd hoped to evade. Deported three months ago after federal... More »

Amazon 'Pirate' Suspected in Kayaker's Death Is Killed

Police in Brazil provide new details about killing of Emma Kelty

(Newser) - Police in Brazil still haven't found the body of British adventurer Emma Kelty , but they say they have a pretty good idea of how she was slain. Authorities says a gang known as the "Water Pirates" or "Water Rats" came upon the 43-year-old's campsite and shot... More »

Man Jailed on Murder Charge in 2007. He's Still There

Few Americans have waited for a court date longer than Kharon Davis

(Newser) - Kharon Davis has already served half the minimum sentence for murder, but he's never been found guilty. The New York Times reports Davis has been in an Alabama jail awaiting trial since 2007. He was 22 at the time. It's one of the longest waits for a trial... More »

Cops: Woman Killed on Amazon Trek After Ominous Warning

'I will be killed,' Emma Kelty had been told days earlier

(Newser) - As she traveled through Brazil's northern region on a mission to kayak the 4,000-mile length of the Amazon River, Emma Kelty repeated a warning from a Peruvian guide in tongue-and-cheek fashion. "I will have my boat stolen and I will be killed too," she tweeted . "... More »

White Man Arrested in Potentially Race-Based Murders

Police say Kenneth Gleason killed 2 black men, fired into home of black family

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 23-year-old white man who allegedly killed two black men and fired shots into the home of a black family over the past two weeks in Louisiana, the AP reports. Kenneth Gleason, who was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge on suspicion of first-degree murder, was tied to... More »

Man Murdered Urologist Over 21-Year-Old Grudge

Stanwood Elkus gets life in prison

(Newser) - A retired barber who murdered a urologist inside his Southern California office in 2013 over a 21-year-old grudge was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 10 years without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 1992, Ronald Gilbert—then a medical resident at the veterans hospital... More »

'We Have a Sense of Why He Did It': Arrest in 1992 Murder

Police say they obtained written confession from alleged murderer

(Newser) - Authorities say a man has been charged with killing a Massachusetts middle school teacher's aide 25 years ago, the AP reports. Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Monday that Gary Schara, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, was arrested in Connecticut and charged with the April 1992 death of Lisa Ziegert.... More »

Suspect Held After 'Racially Motivated' Louisiana Murders

2 black men were shot dead in separate incidents

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana suspect that a man taken into custody Saturday is the attacker who killed two black men in apparently random, possibly racially motivated murders. Police say Kenneth Gleason, 23, has been charged only with drug offenses for now because they don't have enough evidence for a murder... More »

Cops: Slain Teacher Sent Text to Boyfriend's Secret Fiancee

'Just looking for an explanation ... woman to woman,' Laura Wallen reportedly wrote

(Newser) - A twist in the case of the pregnant Maryland high school teacher allegedly murdered by her boyfriend : He was already engaged to someone else, say police. Per the Baltimore Sun , cops say both Laura Wallen, 31, and the unnamed other woman initially thought they were dating 32-year-old Tyler Tessier exclusively,... More »

Cops Let Suspect Speak at Appeal for Missing Teacher

He has now been charged with her murder

(Newser) - The search for missing Maryland teacher Laura Wallen has ended with the discovery of her body in a shallow grave—and the arrest of boyfriend Tyler Tessier. Police found the 31-year-old's body in a field in Damascus, Montgomery County, on Wednesday afternoon and arrested Tessier the same day, the... More »

Cops: Ex-Husband Tearfully Confesses to Realtor's Murder

Steven McDowell made a 'remorseful' admission, say police

(Newser) - The No. 1 suspect has admitted to the crime: Police in Texas say Steven McDowell confessed to strangling his ex-wife, realtor Crystal McDowell. He made a "tearful, remorseful confession," says Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, per KTRK . The confession actually came over the weekend after several days of... More »

42 Years After Girls Vanish From Mall, a Guilty Plea

Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. sentenced to 48 years in prison

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the killing of two young sisters from Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 48 years in prison, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall, the AP reports. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his plea in... More »

He Pushed Woman Off Cliff, Then Killed Her Son, 5: Cops

Victim's sister says money dispute led to kidnapping

(Newser) - Jessica Durham saw two faces, including that of her 5-year-old son. Then she was pushed off an 80-foot cliff. She would remarkably survive, but her son wasn't so lucky. Police and family say the 41-year-old Kentucky woman was beaten, then kidnapped along with her son on Friday in response... 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 »

Cops: Carjackers Killed Man Trying to Save Daughter, 2

He tried to get her out the car before turning keys over

(Newser) - Two Philadelphia brothers have been arrested for what police say was the utterly senseless murder of a father in front of his 2-year-old daughter. Police say the brothers approached 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol outside his residence Thursday and demanded his wallet and car keys after he returned from an outing with... More »

The Murder Captivated Iceland. 190 Years Later, It Will Again

Mock trial revisits 1828 case resulting in executions

(Newser) - Residents on Iceland's remote farm of Stapakot were jolted awake on March 14, 1828, when a maid from a neighboring property burst in to tell them that a fire was raging and two men were trapped inside. It was a lie. The men were already dead—clubbed with a... More »

Why Lyft Is 'Devastated' Over Temple Student's Murder

Cops say suspect moved Jenna Burleigh's body using the transportation service

(Newser) - Police are continuing to piece together the murder of Temple University student Jenna Burleigh and say they now know how her alleged killer moved her body 150 miles from Philadelphia. After killing the 22-year-old, Joshua Hupperterz, 29, put her remains in a storage bin and transported it to his mother'... More »

57 Years Later, Ex-Priest on Trial for Beauty Queen's Murder

John Feit heard Irene Garza's confession before she was found dead

(Newser) - More than 57 years after a 25-year-old beauty queen was found slain in Texas, a former Catholic priest will face trial for her murder next week. It was Easter weekend in April 1960 when Irene Garza, whom Courthouse News describes as a "devoutly religious schoolteacher," drove to Sacred... More »

Murder Suspect to 911: 'I Think I Killed My...'

He says he woke to find wife dead after taking cough medicine

(Newser) - An aspiring North Carolina pastor has been charged with murder after confessing in disbelief to a 911 dispatcher that he thought he killed his wife in his sleep. According to the News & Observer , Matthew James Phelps says he took a dose—"more than I should have"—of... More »

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