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Teens Face 55 Years for Killing They Didn't Commit

'Elkhart 4' case under review by Indiana supreme court

(Newser) - Blake Layman, 16, and some friends were smoking weed and complaining about their empty wallets in October 2012 when the group had the idea to break into a neighbor's house and steal some stuff to sell. When no one answered Rodney Scott's door five minutes later, they put... More »

Cop on Missouri Mass Murder: 'This Is Bad'

Gunman among the dead, police say

(Newser) - Seven people were shot to death in a middle-of-the-night shooting rampage in Texas County, Mo., the Houston Herald reports. The attacks in the south-central part of the state took place at multiple sites. A 36-year-old suspected gunman from Tyrone is also dead, police tell KTVI , saying he was discovered in... More »

2014 Top Model Contestant Dead in Triple Murder

Mirjana Puhar found dead, 19-year-old has been charged

(Newser) - A former America's Next Top Model contestant was found dead Tuesday alongside her boyfriend and another man, and a third man has been charged in the murders. Sources tell TMZ a friend of 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Jonathan Alvarado, went to Alvarado's Charlotte, NC, home... More »

Retired Cop's Suicide Note: Daughters 'Taken Away'

Glen Hochman left note indicating murders, suicide were premeditated

(Newser) - Glen Hochman apparently shot his 13- and 17-year-old daughters in the head with a .40-caliber Glock as they slept early Saturday, shot the family's three dogs, then wrote a suicide note in which he said "that the two girls were taken away," says the police chief in... More »

Minaj Crew Member Killed in Bar Fight

She confirms the news on Twitter

(Newser) - Two members of Nicki Minaj's touring team were stabbed—one fatally—early yesterday outside a bar in Philly, where they were rehearsing for the tour. Minaj confirmed the news on Twitter , and Billboard confirmed the stabbings with the Philadelphia Police Department, though PPD would not reveal details or names.... More »

India Tycoon Accused of Killing 'Slow' Security Guard

Millionaire apparently angry he was asked for ID

(Newser) - Indian millionaire Mohammed Nisham has been charged with murdering his security guard, allegedly because the man took too long opening the gate to Nisham's home in Kerala as the businessman returned from work. Authorities say Nisham deliberately rammed Kattungal Chandrabose with his Hummer, pinning the 50-year-old man against a... More »

Suspect in '46 Lynching: 'Blacks Are Blaming People'

Georgia man says uncle took part in unsolved murders

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating whether alleged perpetrators of a mass lynching nearly 70 years ago in the South remain alive and well, the Guardian reports. Using a suspect-list provided by civil rights activists, investigators knocked on the door of 86-year-old Charlie Peppers in Monroe, Georgia. The subject of their chat:... More »

Sniper Suspect Killed 'Because They Wouldn't Talk to Me'

Witness recalls Eddie Ray Routh's words after arrest

(Newser) - The man accused of killing American Sniper Chris Kyle and a friend says he did it because the two men wouldn't talk to him, according to a witness for the prosecution. Gene Cole, a former sheriff's deputy, told a jury Friday that he overheard remarks by accused gunman... More »

New York City Record: No Murders in 11 Days

Frigid temperatures apparently help

(Newser) - One upside of the frigid weather in the Northeast? New York City has gone 11 days without a murder, the longest stretch since the NYPD began tracking such streaks in 1994, reports the New York Post . If you think the weather plays no role, consider that the previous record—10... More »

Cops: 3 Young Muslims Shot Dead Near UNC

Suspect Craig Stephen Hicks reportedly a vocal atheist on social media

(Newser) - Deah Barakat, a second-year dental student at UNC-Chapel Hill, had scheduled a trip to Turkey this summer to provide dental care to Syrian refugees there. Those dreams were cut short yesterday when the 23-year-old, his 21-year-old wife, and her 19-year-old sister were shot dead in an apartment complex near the... More »

Cops: Cornell Student Kills CEO Dad

Charles Tan, 19, charged with shooting father multiple times with a shotgun

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Cornell University sophomore was arraigned on second-degree murder charges in western New York this morning in the shotgun slaying of his father, the CEO of a local company, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Police responded to a domestic incident in the sleepy upscale suburb of Pittsford last... More »

Cops: Girl, 11, Killed Infant, Showed No Remorse

Ohio girl charged with murder

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl from a Cleveland suburb stands charged with the chilling murder of a 2-month-old girl her mother was babysitting, and authorities say the child showed no remorse. "I'm not sure she appreciated the gravity of what she did," says the police chief in Wickliffe, Ohio,... More »

Boyfriend Faked CPR After Killing Student: Officials

Gregorio Orrostieta charged in Pa. freshman Karlie Hall's brutal death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend, a freshman at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Gregorio Orrostieta, who isn't a student at the school, told police he got in a verbal fight with Karlie Hall, 18, at a party, authorities say. He says she... More »

Hannah Graham Suspect Charged With Murder

Jesse Matthew will not face the death penalty

(Newser) - Jesse Matthew, who had already been charged with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham , has now been charged with her murder. In today announcing the first-degree murder charge, Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford noted Matthew will not face the death penalty. She says that "... More »

No Charges for Power Ranger in Stabbing

Ricardo Medina killed friend in self-defense: lawyer

(Newser) - A former Power Ranger has been released from prison without being charged in the stabbing death of a friend , the New York Daily News reports. A reported fight between Ricardo Medina Jr., 36, and Joshua Sutter, 36, who was staying in Medina's apartment, ended in Sutter's death. Medina... More »

Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty, Has Panic Attack

He's taken to the hospital

(Newser) - Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded not guilty this morning to murder and attempted murder, and it was apparently a stressful experience: TMZ reports that the former hip-hop music mogul suffered a panic attack and was rushed to the hospital. It's the second time he's ended up hospital-bound while... More »

Cops: Social Worker Killed to Cover Up Embezzlement

He told reporters he was 'stunned' by co-worker's death

(Newser) - In a case that Philadelphia police say has left them "angry and confounded," a social worker allegedly gunned down a colleague in broad daylight after she discovered that he had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from an after-school outreach program. Police say Randolph Sanders has confessed to... More »

Dad, Daughter Executed for McDonald's Murder

The two were members of Church of the Almighty God

(Newser) - China has executed a father and daughter after they were convicted of murdering a woman at a McDonald's , the BBC reports. Three others received jail time in the 2014 incident. The attackers were members of a banned cult known as Church of the Almighty God, and they were apparently... More »

Man Busted After Body Parts Found in Suitcase on SF Sidewalk

Mark Andrus, 59, arrested for murder

(Newser) - A 59-year-old man has been arrested in a particularly grisly murder: a suitcase full of body parts was found on a San Francisco sidewalk earlier this week. The arrest followed a call on a tip line, CNN reports. Police arrested Andrus at a city apartment building. He's something of... More »

'Gruesome' Suitcase of Body Parts Left on Busy SF Street

Police say a suspect is identified in case

(Newser) - Police responding to a call about a suspicious package on a downtown San Francisco street yesterday found what a spokeswoman calls "an extremely gruesome crime scene." Next to a pile of garbage and debris, a rolling suitcase held dismembered human body parts, police say, per the San Francisco ... More »

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