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He Was Convicted of Murder at 11. Now, 'Long Overdue Justice'

Court overturns Jordan Brown's conviction

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a then-11-year-old boy in the 2009 shotgun slaying of his father's pregnant fiancée , saying prosecutors had not provided enough evidence to support it, the AP reports. The state Supreme Court's 5-0 ruling clears Jordan Brown of wrongdoing,... More »

Texas Executes Man Despite Request of Victim's Children

Christopher Young killed store owner in 2004

(Newser) - The children of San Antonio convenience store owner Hasmukh "Hash" Patel did not want Christopher Young to be executed for the murder of their father—but Texas executed him Tuesday night anyway. Young, 34, received a lethal injection after lawyers failed to win a last-minute reprieve from Gov. Greg... More »

She Learned She Wasn't in the Will, Allegedly Killed Mom

Gabriela Perero has been charged with premeditated murder

(Newser) - A woman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is accused of beating her 85-year-old mother to death after learning she wouldn't be receiving an inheritance from her. After Luisa Perero died from her injuries, police charged her daughter Gabriela Perero, 53, with premeditated murder and aggravated battery on a person over... More »

Arrest Finally Made in Notorious 1988 Murder

Cops say suspect taunted them for years

(Newser) - Police in Indiana believe they have finally caught a suspect whose sickening crime has haunted investigators for more than 30 years. Grabill resident John D. Miller, 59, was arrested early Sunday and police say he has confessed to kidnapping, raping, and strangling 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl April Tinsley on Good... More »

Wife Disappears After Husband 'Drowns' on Lake Trip

Investigators are looking for Lori Barnes

(Newser) - An Idaho man's drowning death may not be so accidental after all, Fox News reports. The wife of Larry Isenberg, 68, said he fell from their boat and drowned in Lake Coeur d'Alene in February, but the county examiner now says he died with lethal levels of Benadryl... More »

Body of Missing Girl Identified After 44 Years

Relatives thought they would die wondering

(Newser) - After Akron 17-year-old Linda Pagano vanished in 1974, her family spent 44 years wondering what had happened to her. Now they know she was murdered. Stepfather Byron Claflin reported her missing a day after he kicked her out of his apartment for coming home late from a concert. The Cuyahoga... More »

'New Information' Reopens Inquiry in Emmett Till's Murder

Following publication of a book in which Carolyn Donham says she lied when testifying against Till

(Newser) - The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teen whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it's reinvestigating Till'... More »

'Particularly Heavy Guilt' Found, Neo-Nazi Sentenced

Beate Zschaepe gets life in prison in Germany for her part in 10 racially motivated murders

(Newser) - A member of a neo-Nazi group in Germany has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in 10 racially motivated murders, though her lawyer claims she "was demonstrably present at no crime scene and never fired a weapon or detonated a bomb." Beate Zschaepe, 43, of... More »

Killer Struck 24 Years Ago. Now, a New Sketch

Police in Maryland use DNA phenotyping in hunt for new leads

(Newser) - Police in Maryland hope to track down a rapist and murderer who struck decades ago with an image crafted using his own DNA. After 42-year-old Le Bich-Thuy was raped and strangled after leaving Rockville's Twinbrook Metro station in 1994, DNA recovered from the scene was found to match DNA... More »

2 Elements of Billionaires' Deaths Their Kids Found Odd

How could it be murder-suicide if Barry Sherman's legs were so neat?

(Newser) - Toronto police in late January revealed that, after a six-week investigation, they believed Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered in a targeted killing. One of the couple's four children tells the Wall Street Journal he thinks police would have said something quite different had he and his... More »

45 Years Later, Jury Finds Car Accident Was Murder

Donnie Rudd faces a minimum of 14 years for 1973 slaying

(Newser) - A weeklong trial and three hours of jury deliberations have ended a family's "45-year nightmare." Donnie Rudd, a 76-year-old former lawyer, was found guilty Monday of killing his teenage bride , Noreen Kumeta, a month after their 1973 wedding in Illinois' Cook County. Prosecutors argued Rudd staged the... More »

Body Found in Dirt Mound Feels Like 'Deja Vu': Police Chief

Bones emerge a half-mile from graves of 11 female victims

(Newser) - Nearly a decade ago, the remains of 11 women who disappeared in New Mexico in the early 2000s were found buried in shallow graves in what's become the state's largest unsolved serial killing. As macabre as it was, police immediately suspected more graves remained hidden, given the unsolved... More »

Cops: Son Wanted Her in Assisted Living. She Killed Him

92-year-old Anna Blessing allegedly hid pistols in her robe

(Newser) - A 92-year-old Arizona woman who didn't want to move to a nursing home might be spending the rest of her days in prison instead. Police say Anna Blessing told them she had been contemplating her 72-year-old son's plans to put her in assisted living for several days before... More »

Arrest Made in 'Highly Complex' Probe of 8 Infant Deaths

'Health care professional' is accused of killing newborns in UK neonatal unit

(Newser) - Seventeen newborns died at a UK hospital over a 15-month period, while another 15 suffered "non-fatal collapses"—and police say they've finally taken a "significant step forward" in figuring out what happened. The BBC and CBS News report an arrest has been made of a female... More »

7 Other Shootings Emerge After Dad Shot in His Tent

Tristan Beaudette's killing may be linked to other Malibu incidents

(Newser) - An apparently senseless killing in a California wilderness park may help authorities to understand seven other strange incidents, CNN reports. Detectives say they have no motive in the murder of Tristan Beaudette, 35, a scientist who was shot in a tent beside his 2- and 4-year old daughters on June... More »

Suspect Kills Himself 44 Years After Gruesome Church Murder

Steve Crawford shot himself after cops knocked on his door

(Newser) - A man linked by DNA to a 1974 ritualistic church killing on the Stanford University campus apparently killed himself in his San Jose apartment Thursday after detectives knocked on his door to serve a search warrant, authorities say. Steve Crawford, 72, was a security guard who claimed to have found... More »

Sandwich Killer? Man May Have Poisoned Up to 21 Co-Workers

German man allegedly caught sprinkling toxic substance onto a co-worker’s lunch

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing as many as 21 engineering workers over two decades at a valve manufacturing company in western Germany, reports CNN . The 56-year-old metal-fittings worker, identified only as Klaus O, was caught on surveillance video sprinkling a powdery substance onto a co-worker’s sandwich... More »

Prosecutors: 'He Wanted to Kill Her,' So He Married Her

Suspect in another killing, Donnie Rudd accused of murdering wife in 1973

(Newser) - For more than 40 years it was thought a car accident killed 19-year-old Noreen Kumeta a month after her 1973 wedding. Now, prosecutors argue the woman buried in her wedding dress was perhaps the first of her husband's murder victims. In a trial playing out in Illinois' Cook County,... More »

She Thought It Was a Date. There Was Only Murder

David Eisenhauer gets 50 years in Nicole Lovell's slaying

(Newser) - A man described by his alleged accomplice as a "sociopath" following his arrest for the killing of a 13-year-old Virginia girl will serve 50 years behind bars. Convicted in February of the 2016 murder of Nicole Lovell following no contest pleas, David Eisenhauer, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 60... More »

Blogger Killed by 'Troll' After Giving Speech on Online Abuse

Kenichiro Okamoto had feuded with alleged murderer online

(Newser) - Kenichiro Okamoto had just finished giving a seminar on resolving online disputes Sunday night when the well-known Japanese blogger was stabbed to death by a man he'd argued with online, the Guardian reports. Hidemitsu Matsumoto allegedly followed Okamoto into the bathroom at the event venue in Fukuoka and stabbed... More »

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