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New Witness: I Saw Fate of Natalee Holloway

Dutchman Jurrien de Jong says he saw suspect dispose of her body

(Newser) - On the night of May 30, 2005, Natalee Holloway ran onto a construction site with suspect Joran van der Sloot hot at her heels—and only five minutes later she was dead, according to a man who claims to be an eyewitness. But he says investigators won't take his... More »

Witness Who Filmed Police Attack Sent to Jail

Levi Frasier recorded punching incident on his tablet

(Newser) - A guy who filmed an incident of police violence was arrested this week and spent a night in jail—which his attorney says should raise a few eyebrows, the Denver Post reports. "The timing is curious to say the least," the attorney says of Levi Frasier's arrest.... More »

White Witness: Michael Brown Had His Hands Up

Construction worker says Brown moved toward cop

(Newser) - A witness described by some media outlets as white has given his account of the Michael Brown shooting. One of two construction workers who gave accounts to the FBI, he says that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson chased Brown, shot at him from behind, and when Brown turned around... More »

Berlusconi Bribed 'Bunga Bunga' Women to Keep Quiet: Court

New probe likely for former Italian PM

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi paid women who attended his "bunga bunga" parties to keep silent during a probe, an Italian court says. Amid suspicion over the parties, investigators searched the homes of young women allegedly involved. Afterward, in January 2011, Berlusconi invited the women to talk with his lawyers—and the... More »

FBI Report Contradicts Benghazi 'Witness'

Dylan Davies told Bureau he never made it to consulate

(Newser) - CBS' 60 Minutes today backpedaled away from an attention-grabbing report on the Benghazi consulate attack that it aired two weeks ago, saying it had "learned of new information that undercuts the account" of its key source, a security officer who was protecting the US mission when it was attacked.... More »

Survivors Describe Navy Yard Shooting

'We're lucky he was far enough away he was a bad shot'

(Newser) - Terrie Durham and Todd Brundidge were working in a third-floor office at the Navy Yard yesterday when the alarm went off. "Someone came up to my desk and said, 'This is not a drill. Someone had just been shot," Brundidge tells NBC . They left their office, only... More »

Judge Tosses 'Bewildering' Murder Conviction

Frees defendant after 23 years in prison

(Newser) - A federal judge yesterday overturned the decades-old murder conviction of a Brooklyn man, lambasting the trial judge's decisions as "incomprehensible," the jury's conclusion as "bewildering," the man's lawyers as "indolent and ill prepared," and the prosecutors as "overzealous and deceitful.... More »

Dottie Sandusky Defends Her Husband

She says Jerry didn't molest boys who slept over

(Newser) - It was a busy day in court for Jerry Sandusky's defense team:
  • Wife defends him: Sandusky's wife, Dottie, said her husband never had inappropriate contact with boys who slept over, reports AP . She also denied that the basement had a soundproof room, and she specifically refuted one man'
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Prosecutors Release Zimmerman Witness List

Audio experts, Trayvon Martin's family on the list

(Newser) - Prosecutors gave the public a small, censored look at their case against George Zimmerman yesterday, delivering an eight-page list of witnesses it intends to call to the stand and evidence it intends to use. It also sent evidence to Zimmerman's defense team, though the team would say only that... More »

Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin Pummeled Me

Police say witnesses have corroborated much of his account

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman, climbed on top of him, and banged his head into the sidewalk several times before a bloodied Zimmerman shot and killed him. Or at least, that's what Zimmerman told police in the wake of the shooting, and authorities tell the Orlando Sentinel that witnesses... More »

Prince Harry: Witness for the Prosecution?

Royal family member may testify in robbery case

(Newser) - Prince Harry may testify in a case involving a friend whose cell phone was allegedly stolen late last month, ABC News reports. Harry was on the phone with buddy Thomas van Straubenzee on Nov. 30 when Harry overheard his friend's cell being robbed. Harry drove to south-west London looking... More »

Sandusky Witness Changed His Story: Insider

Mike McQueary's account at core of Penn State case

(Newser) - The witness whose account of the now-infamous shower encounter sits at the center of the Penn State child abuse case has changed his story over the years, according to the Patriot-News . Much of the case against Jerry Sandusky hinges on former assistant coach Mike McQueary's report that he saw... More »

Sandusky May Have Tampered With Witness: Lawyer

Coach dined with at least 1 alleged victim

(Newser) - One lawyer in the Penn State abuse scandal is crying foul after Jerry Sandusky reached out to his alleged victims while under a grand jury investigation, MSNBC reports. "One of the questions that raised in my mind, ‘Was this an effort on his part to tamper with witnesses?’... More »

Witness: Anthony Called Herself 'Good Liar'

Also: Ex scored $4K selling photos of Casey to mag

(Newser) - Casey Anthony told an acquaintance she was a great liar when they spent time together in July 2008, the woman told the court today in Anthony’s murder trial . After talking to someone on the phone, Anthony tossed it aside and said, “Oh my God, I am such a... More »

Huntsville Survivor Describes 'Methodical' Shooting

Joseph Ng says Amy Bishop shot each victim in head until gun jammed

(Newser) - A survivor of the University of Alabama-Huntsville shooting said the professor charged in the attack methodically shot the victims in the head until her gun apparently jammed and she was pushed out of the room. Associate professor Joseph Ng described the scene, saying that a half an hour into a... More »

Lone AP Reporter Logs 300 Executions

Writer has seen more deaths than...anyone, perhaps

(Newser) - The fever pitch of executions in Texas since the 1980s has made the taking of a life at Huntsville’s prison almost de rigueur. Newsrooms that used to send a reporter every time an inmate was put to death now rely on the AP—and one AP writer in particular:... More »

Knox Lied About Sex Murder Under Stress: Witness

Forty-hour interrogation disoriented suspect, neurologist testifies

(Newser) - Amanda Knox was telling the truth when she said she was lying, a neurologist testified today. Professor Carlo Caltagirone, the final witness in Knox's 8-month trial, backed up the suspect's claim that she had confessed to overhearing Meredith Kercher's murder because of stress, the Daily Mail reports. "Situations of... More »

Jaycee Likely to Testify Against Garridos

Lawyer says she's doing 'remarkably well' with family reunion

(Newser) - Jaycee Lee Dugard will likely testify against the couple who held her captive for 18 years, says her family’s lawyer. “Jaycee will, in all likelihood, be a witness for the prosecution,” he told CBS’ Early Show. “She’s aware of that and understands that. That day... More »

Madoff Lieutenant Expected to Blow Lid Off Scam

(Newser) - Investigators see yesterday's guilty plea of Bernard Madoff's right-hand man as a major breakthrough in their efforts to untangle the elaborate Ponzi scheme, BusinessWeek reports. Frank DiPascali, chief financial officer at Madoff's firm, has promised to cooperate with prosecutors and is expected to name other people involved in the scam... More »

US Used Mentally Ill Witness at Gitmo

Detainee with antisocial personality disorder testified against others

(Newser) - Justice Department lawyers withheld records detailing the mental illness of a witness used against numerous fellow Guantanamo detainees, McClatchy Newspapers report. "How can this court have any confidence whatsoever in the United States government to comply with its obligations and to be truthful?" asked a federal judge, who ruled... More »

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