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A 'Troubling Decline' Continues in Chicago

Fewer homicides are being solved

(Newser) - A "troubling decline" in the number of homicides solved by Chicago police is continuing, USA Today reports. According to data obtained by the paper, the city's homicide clearance rate was 15.4% during the first half of the year, meaning that a suspect was identified or arrested in... More »

Marine's Midnight Murder Leaves Wife 'Speechless'

No suspects named in Friday shooting in Lemon Grove, Calif.

(Newser) - Alexia Truax married her best friend last spring before giving birth to the couple's son in September. A year later, her world has been turned upside down. "Speechless" is how the 20-year-old Texas resident describes feeling after learning her husband, Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Truax Jr., was fatally... More »

Are People Getting Away With Murder at Work?

One certified fraud examiner thinks so

(Newser) - The Atlantic plucks an unexpected data point out of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics study on fatal workplace injuries: One of the top causes on the list (after things like falling and traffic accidents) is homicide, with some 500 reported in 2016. The Atlantic uses that as a jumping-off... More »

Visiting a Cemetery, They Find a Body

Xavier D.Luckey was pronounced dead at the scene

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say a husband and wife visiting their granddaughter's grave found a man's body lying nearby. High Point police said in a news release a caller told a 911 dispatcher the body was lying next to a mausoleum just inside the cemetery Tuesday, per the... More »

3 House Visits Yielded Nothing. On 4th, a Body in a Fish Tank

2 suspects identified in case of missing SF man

(Newser) - It had been months since Scott Free last saw his neighbor when a crime scene cleanup crew arrived at that neighbor's home on Aug 14. Thanks to Free's 911 call, San Francisco police are now trying to identify a body without a head or hands, found so badly... More »

Coach Accused of Throwing Punch in Tourist's NYC Death

Jamill Jones charged with misdemeanor assault

(Newser) - A single punch may have destroyed the life of a rising college basketball coach—and ended the life of a Florida man who was visiting New York City for his stepsister's wedding. Police say Jamill Jones, an assistant coach at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, surrendered to police... More »

Man Looking for Uber Fatally Punched

He banged on the window of the wrong vehicle

(Newser) - A Florida man visiting New York City for a wedding was fatally punched by a stranger after knocking on the window of the wrong vehicle, police say. Family members believe Boca Raton resident Sandor Szabo ordered an Uber from the hotel his brother was staying in in Queens to his... More »

Man Shot Dead Trying to Save Abused Puppy

His fiancee wants to adopt it

(Newser) - A 37-year-old Tennessee man was shot dead after challenging a man who was abusing a puppy, police say. Fiancee Sue Hoskins, who recently moved back to the state from Iowa with Robert Wilson, tells the Tennessean that he tried to stop a man who was holding a Yorkshire terrier puppy... More »

Suit: Cop Shot Unarmed Teen 'Without Warning'

Excessive force alleged in Antwon Rose's June death

(Newser) - A lawsuit alleging "excessive and deadly force" has followed a homicide charge in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in East Pittsburgh. "It is time that we begin to seek answers," a lawyer tells ABC News of the federal suit filed Tuesday on behalf... More »

Man Dies After Son Finds Him With Dog's Leash Around Neck

Bill Bishop's April death has now been ruled a homicide

(Newser) - A Durham, NC, man died in April after being found with a dog leash wrapped around his neck—and the dog still attached to it—and now his death has been ruled a homicide. William "Bill" Bishop's 16-year-old son found him unconscious and slouched in a chair in... More »

Bullet Ends Journey of Cop Trying to Save Younger Brother

TJ Smith tried to keep his brother away from crime

(Newser) - TJ Smith had given Baltimore bad news before, but this was different. The police department's top spokesman—known for his personal descriptions of shootings that were tearing Baltimore apart—learned via paging alert on July 2, 2017, that his half-brother Dionay had been fatally shot in the head. So... More »

Cop Who Shot Antwon Rose as He Fled Charged With Homicide

Officer Michael Rosfeld appeared in City Court in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Hours after being sworn in with the East Pittsburgh Police Department, Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Antwon Rose. Now the cop has been charged in connection with the June 19 killing. Philly.com reports Rosfeld appeared in City Court in Pittsburgh Wednesday to face one count of criminal homicide. He... More »

Scientist Shot Dead While Camping With Girls, 2 and 4

Police are investigating Tristan Beaudette's death as a homicide

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times describes the campground at Malibu Creek State Park as a popular one "frequented by hikers." On Friday it was also the scene of what police believe was a homicide. Tristan Beaudette, 35, was shot dead around 4:45am in the presence of his 2-... More »

Cops Thought He Killed His Parents. He Was Dead All Along

Affidavit reveals brutal details of triple murder in Connecticut

(Newser) - For more than four months, 21-year-old Matthew Lindquist was considered a suspect in the murders of his parents, found inside their burned-out home in Griswold, Conn., on Dec. 20. All the time, he was lying dead 1,500 feet away, a third victim of what police describe as a fake... More »

Doc Who Says He's Done 40K Abortions Pleads Guilty for One

Prosecutors say Robert Rho botched 30-year-old woman's abortion, leading to her death

(Newser) - A doctor's attorney says a death under his client's watch was tragic but not criminal; an assistant DA calls it a case of "greed and arrogance." Either way, Dr. Robert Rho, who says he's done at least 40,000 abortions, has pleaded guilty to criminally... More »

Man's 'Gay Panic' Defense Works

James Miller says he stabbed neighbor in self-defense

(Newser) - A former police employee skirted murder and manslaughter charges in Texas this week when a jury sided with his so-called "gay panic" defense, the Houston Chronicle reports. James Miller, 69, testified that in 2015 he was at the house of neighbor David Spencer, 32, drinking and jamming on their... More »

Ex Arrested in Nicaragua Over Student's NY Death

Police say Haley Anderson's death was a homicide

(Newser) - An ex-boyfriend has been arrested in Nicaragua over the killing of college student Haley Anderson in New York. Anderson, 22, who hails from Long Island, was found dead in an off-campus house at the State University of New York at Binghamton in upstate New York Friday, WABC reports. The exact... More »

10 US Cities Plagued by Murder

St. Louis' murder rate is highest, with 59.8 murders for every 100,000 residents

(Newser) - It's not exactly an honor any US city wants to claim, but 10 of them have been dubbed the "murder capitals" of America, per 24/7 Wall St. The site, which notes a recent spike in murders (nearly 1,400 more across the nation in 2016 than in 2015),... More »

Cops: Quadruple Homicide in Pa. Not Random

Police say they have no suspects after bodies of 4 men were found in Reading apartment

(Newser) - Police in the small Pennsylvania city of Reading haven't identified any suspects in a quadruple homicide that's believed to be among the deadliest shootings in the area in recent history, officials say. The victims, all men, were shot several times, and their bodies were found Sunday evening in... More »

Body of Missing Student Found in California Park

Blaze Bernstein case is now a homicide investigation

(Newser) - The search for missing University of Pennsylvania sophomore Blaze Bernstein came to a grim end when the 19-year-old's body was found in a park near his parents' home, having apparently been exposed by this week's rainstorms, police in California say. The Orange County Sheriff's Department has not... More »

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