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Feds Will Pursue Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof

'The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision'

(Newser) - The Justice Department announced Tuesday it will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof , who is accused of killing nine people during a Bible study class inside a historic black church last June in Charleston, South Carolina. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this... More »

Jury Rules Aurora Theater Didn't Need Armed Guards

Cinemark won't have to pay victims of the 2012 mass shooting

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest movie chains will not have to pay the victims of the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting after a jury ruled in its favor Thursday, CBS Denver reports. According to the Denver Post , 28 plaintiffs comprised of victims wounded in the shooting and the families... More »

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooter Mentally Incompetent

Robert Dear's team can now use his mental health as a defense

(Newser) - A man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case, a judge ruled Wednesday, stalling the proceedings and potentially setting the stage for a mental health defense. The decision by Judge Gilbert Martinez puts the case against Robert... More »

Browser Plugin Scrubs Internet of Mass Killers

'Denying a killer the notoriety that they literally kill for'

(Newser) - Research shows 30% of mass shootings are inspired by prior mass shootings, CBS News reports. A gun-control nonprofit is hoping to do something about that with a new browser plugin that removes the names and photos of mass killers from websites. Google Chrome users can download the Zero Minutes of... More »

Ohio Murder Victim Was Threatened on Facebook

Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, received the threat

(Newser) - A new development in Ohio: One of the eight family members killed in a horrific mass slaying had already been threatened on Facebook, CBS News reports. The threat was directed at Christopher Rhoden Jr., who at 16 was the youngest of the victims. "I'm aware of the Facebook... More »

Pot-Growing Found at 3 of 4 Ohio Shooting Sites

Entire state plagued by drug problem: official

(Newser) - Authorities say they found marijuana-growing operations at three of the four locations where eight family members in rural southern Ohio were found murdered in "execution-style" killings on Friday, the AP reports. They said at a news conference Sunday that it's unclear what, if any, role the growing operations... More »

One Ohio Victim: Mom Next to 4-Day-Old Baby

Cops say killer or killers is still at large

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say they are still hunting the suspect—or suspects—who slaughtered eight members of the same family in four rural residences on Friday. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than 30 people have been interviewed in connection with the "horrible tragedy" in Pike County, the... More »

Cops: Suspect Dead After 5 Shot in Georgia

Killings stemmed from domestic dispute

(Newser) - A man who shot and killed five people during two separate shootings as part of a domestic dispute in Georgia was found dead in his home early Saturday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities say. The body of shooting suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, was recovered Saturday by authorities... More »

8 Dead in 'Execution Style' Shootings in Ohio

The shooter or shooters are possibly still out there and 'extremely dangerous'

(Newser) - Eight people are dead after "execution-style" shootings in rural southern Ohio on Friday, reports WBNS . According to WCPO , the victims in the rampage in Peebles are all members of the Rhoden family. One of the dead is a 16-year-old boy, the AP reports. Multiple homes were involved in what... More »

Uber Driver Blames 'Demonic' App for Mass Shooting

He says he experienced 'full body takeover'

(Newser) - The Uber driver accused of murdering six people in Michigan last month gave cops an explanation he said would blow their minds: The app made him do it. According to police reports obtained by MLive , Jason Dalton told police that the Uber app on his iPhone took over his body... More »

Killers at Party Teamed Up to Trap Victims

'They funneled them onto the porch and then just lit them up'

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to six after a horrifying "ambush" at a family cookout in suburban Pittsburgh Wednesday. Police say one of the victims was 8 months pregnant and the death of her unborn child has been ruled a homicide, reports WPXI . As for the other victims, they... More »

Wife: I've Got Bad News for Accused Kalamazoo Shooter

Carole Dalton files for divorce

(Newser) - Mass murder, apparently, was the last straw. The wife of Michigan mass-shooting suspect Jason Dalton has filed for divorce, Michigan Live reports. "There has been a breakdown in the marriage relationship to the extent the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the... More »

90 Minutes Before Kansas Shooting, a Protective Order

Cedric Ford was given it at the Excel Industries plant where he worked

(Newser) - Just an hour and a half before cops say Cedric Ford went on a shooting rampage in Hesston, Kansas, killing three and injuring more than a dozen before being shot and killed by police, he received something that may have been the fatal trigger. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton tells... More »

Sheriff: Kalamazoo Victim Was Shot Saving Kids

Tiana Carruthers' actions 'were very courageous,' he says

(Newser) - As investigators try to piece together Saturday night's shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Mich., the first person to be shot is emerging as a hero. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says Tiana Carruthers, a 25-year-old mother, was with several children outside an apartment complex when alleged gunman Jason Dalton approached... More »

Before Mass Shooting, Uber Sidelined Complaint

Injured Kalamazoo teen still fighting for life

(Newser) - Could faster action from Uber have stopped the Kalamazoo rampage? The company has admitted it received a complaint about driver Jason Dalton hours before Saturday's mass shooting and failed to act on it, the Guardian reports. Passenger Matt Mellen may have been present at the moment the alleged gunman... More »

Driver Charged With Murder in Kalamazoo Killings

6 counts, plus 2 counts of attempted murder

(Newser) - A prosecutor has charged an Uber driver with six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in a series of random shootings in western Michigan, the AP reports. The Kalamazoo County prosecutor filed the charges Monday against 45-year-old Jason Dalton of Kalamazoo Township. Dalton, who was arrested Sunday... More »

Uber User Describes Chilling Exchange With Suspect

Jason Dalton 'liked guns,' neighbors say

(Newser) - More details have emerged about Kalamazoo mass shooting suspect Jason Dalton—but none explain what could have driven him to kill six people in a Saturday night rampage , apparently picking up fares as an Uber driver between murders. Neighbors in rural Michigan tell the Detroit Free Press that the 45-year-old... More »

Mich. Shooting Suspect Was an Uber Driver

May have given rides between 3 shootings Saturday night

(Newser) - The man expected to be charged in the Kalamazoo shooting spree that has so far claimed six lives and injured eight people was an Uber driver who was giving rides to customers in between opening fire on three separate locations, reports WOOD-TV . Uber confirmed that suspect Jason Dalton worked as... More »

6 Dead as Mich. Gunman Goes on 'Random' Rampage

Victims shot at 3 different locations around Kalamazoo

(Newser) - A gunman drove in and around a western Michigan city randomly shooting people in the parking lots of an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant and killing six, and leaving a 14-year-old girl in critical condition; she was earlier reported to be dead. A 45-year-old man identified as... More »

Cops: Texas Teen Killed Mom, 2 Neighbors

He killed himself before 19-hour standoff

(Newser) - Police in Texas are trying to figure out what led to three murders, a suicide, and a "standoff" in which a mobile home full of dead people was surrounded by police overnight. Police say that on Friday, 19-year-old Dylan Westerburg killed his mother, Jennifer Diane Jacques, 42, before going... More »

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