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Man in SWAT Gear Wanted in Church Murder

Terri Bevers killed before fitness class on Monday

(Newser) - Police are searching for a man clad in SWAT gear after a fitness instructor was found murdered inside a Texas church on Monday. Terri "Missy" Bevers, 45, arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, 25 miles southwest of Dallas, around 4:20am and was found dead by... More »

'Obvious Trauma' in UT Freshman's Death: Cops

Family say suspect Meechaiel Criner is mentally ill

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the " unthinkable brutality " police say University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser endured at the hands of homeless teen Meechaiel Criner . Though autopsy results aren't expected for several weeks, police sources tell the Austin American-Statesman that Weiser was sexually assaulted and died of... More »

Homeless Teen to Be Charged in Freshman's Murder

The key: a burning backpack

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 17-year-old homeless man in the murder of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser , found dead in a creek on campus on Tuesday. Meechaiel Criner, who is not a student at the school, was arrested Thursday and has been booked in Travis County Jail pending a murder... More »

Killer Sought After Freshman's Body Found in Creek on College Campus

Haruka Weiser suffered 'unthinkable brutality'

(Newser) - Austin police are searching for a killer after the body of an 18-year-old University of Texas freshman was found in a creek behind the campus's alumni building, ABC News reports. Haruka Weiser, a theater and dance major from Portland, Ore., was last seen leaving the drama building Sunday night.... More »

Cops: College Student Takes LSD, Then Beats His Girlfriend to Death

'He states (that) after a while things started to get weird'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student in Seattle allegedly killed his girlfriend after getting high on LSD over the weekend, the Seattle Times reports. According to the Tri-City Herald , police say the suspect, identified as Casey Henderson, and 22-year-old Katy Straalsund took LSD Saturday and walked around the University of Washington, where... More »

Dad Charged After Baby He Shook Dies 23 Years Later

Christopher Barber had already served time for the abuse

(Newser) - Christopher Barber served nearly five years in a Pennsylvania prison in the 1990s for shaking his fussy baby boy and flinging him onto a couch so hard that he suffered catastrophic brain damage. Now Barber is behind bars again, charged with homicide, following his son's death at age 23... More »

Chicago Off to Deadliest Start of This Century

95 homicides reported, up from 48 this time last year

(Newser) - After Chicago suffered its deadliest January in at least 16 years , two deaths in separate shootings over the weekend brought this year's homicide total to 95, giving the city its deadliest start to a year in almost two decades. The same number of homicides was recorded in January and... More »

Gun in Grandma's Bed Kills 3-Year-Old Sleeping There

Police arrested 42-year-old grandmother

(Newser) - A New Orleans woman allegedly slept with both her gun and her grandson in her bed, with tragic consequences. Police were called to home around 2am Wednesday to find the 3-year-old boy had been shot in the chest; he later died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The grandmother, 42-year-old... More »

Cops: Silver, Not Gold, Led to Double Homicide

Handyman faces life in prison

(Newser) - Authorities say the motive in the murders of Beverly and Gregory Giannonatti in Deer Lodge, Montana, was not, as many had speculated , a 25-pound bar of gold, the Washington Post reports. Instead, police say the 79-year-old mother and 57-year-old son were killed in October over 1,700 ounces of silver.... More »

Murder Case Opened After Funeral Director Finds Wound

Myrtle McKinney was initially thought to have died of natural causes

(Newser) - "It's just a horrible circumstance ... that she was in Kings County morgue for a month before we saw this," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce Wednesday. The "she" is Myrtle McKinney, an 82-year-old Brooklyn woman who was found dead on her kitchen floor on... More »

US Marine Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipino

Joseph Scott Pemberton gets 6 to 12 years in prison for death of Jennifer Laude

(Newser) - A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel they had checked into while he was on a leave in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first... More »

Baltimore Logs 300 Homicides for 1st Time Since 1999

But murder motives remain the same, official says

(Newser) - Bad news for Baltimore: The city now has 300 homicides on record for the first time in 16 years, the Baltimore Sun reports. That's thanks to two fresh murders on Saturday—a stabbing and a shooting—which continued a spike in violence that's seen more than one murder... More »

Guy Calls Station About '82 Cold Case, Gets Arrested

Jose Ferreira confessed to cops about killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek in 1982

(Newser) - In 1982, 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing in Milwaukee after she got suspended from school. Her body was found 17 months after she vanished, buried under a neighbor's porch, but the search for her killer eventually went cold, the AP reports. Now her mom, Carolyn Touisgnant, may finally... More »

Woman Jumps From Hotel, Lands on Pedestrian

Victim suffers critical injuries

(Newser) - A man is in critical condition after a woman jumped from the 11th floor of a Los Angeles hotel this morning and landed on top of him, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim was walking by the Crowne Plaza hotel when he was hit from above, and the woman... More »

Chicago Has Deadliest Day Since 2003

9 people killed in homicides on Wednesday alone

(Newser) - Wednesday marked the deadliest day for Chicago in more than a decade with nine people killed by gunshots in eight different districts across the city. Such gun violence hasn't been seen in Chicago since July 5, 2003, when 10 homicides occurred, reports the Chicago Tribune . Police say the various... More »

Study: This Is the Kind of Man Who Murders His Partner

There are striking similarities among these convicts

(Newser) - The kind of man who kills his wife or family fits a pattern, and this new understanding of who commits this kind of murder could help prevent them from happening in the first place. So report Northwestern University researchers in the Journal of Forensic Sciences after interviewing and evaluating 153... More »

SC Cop Killed Unarmed Teen —but This Time, No Outcry

Family says case isn't getting attention because Zachary Hammond was white

(Newser) - Zachary Hammond was killed by police while on a first date in South Carolina on July 26. If you haven't heard about his death, his family says it's because he's white. Their lawyer, Eric Bland, says the unarmed 19-year-old was driving in a Hardee's parking lot... More »

Cops: Guy Killed Ex, Grandma Over Son's Name

Cesar Mazza, 25, was mad that child wasn't named after him, police say

(Newser) - Pittsburgh police say a man upset that his ex-girlfriend wouldn't name their newborn son after him fatally stabbed her 15 times and beat her grandmother to death. Cesar Mazza, 25, is awaiting arraignment today on charges of criminal homicide and kidnapping. Police say he took his 3-month-old son from... More »

After Maddy's Murder, an Unlikely Motherly Bond

Laura Jordan says she told accused killer's mom 'I love you'

(Newser) - The mother of slain 8-year-old Maddy Middleton doesn't blame the mother of alleged killer Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15. In fact, she says she's consoling her friend while dealing with the unimaginable loss of her daughter. Laura Jordan, Maddy's mom, says she found Reggie Factor on her knees... More »

Teen Charged After Body of 8-Year-Old Calif. Girl Found

Police believe body found in dumpster is that of Madyson Middleton

(Newser) - The search for an 8-year-old girl who went missing while riding her scooter Sunday afternoon has apparently come to a sad end. The chief of the Santa Cruz Police Department says a body found in a dumpster last night is likely that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, the AP reports.... More »

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