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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 »

Cops: NJ Man Killed 7 in 'Horrific' Spree Over 7 Weeks

Shootings occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania over 7 weeks

(Newser) - A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities say. The killings began in Elizabeth, NJ, on May 18 and ended 70 miles away in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when... More »

Remains of Boy Last Seen in 2004 Found in Mom's Trunk

Virginia's Tonya Slaton, 44, charged with concealing dead body

(Newser) - The case of a vanished teenager appears to have gotten more confusing with the discovery of his body, rather than less so. Quincy Jamar Davis was last seen in 2004 when he was just 14, living with his mother in Virginia Beach. On June 6, however, a Virginia State Police... More »

Son Kills Mom During Fight About College Grades: Cops

Tyler Blansit, 22, confessed to police

(Newser) - Mentone, a popular vacation destination on top of Alabama's Lookout Mountain, is more closely associated with the words "retreat," "paradise," and "idyllic" than with "murder." But as AL.com puts it, "that paradise was shattered Friday" when police received a 911... More »

Baltimore Murder Count Hits 43-Year High

43 people killed in city in May, 116 so far in 2015

(Newser) - Three fatal shootings in Baltimore yesterday bring May's homicide count to 43, making it the most violent month in more than 40 years. Police say two men were fatally shot in the head about 1am; about 11am, a man was fatally shot in the back. May is the deadliest... More »

Mom Charged After Boy, 1, Thrown From Bridge Dies

Charged may be upgraded; Zymeir Perry lived for 6 days

(Newser) - The 20-month-old boy whose mother allegedly tossed him over the side of a Pennsylvania bridge into the Lehigh River, then followed him in, has died after six days, reports NBC Philadelphia . Police had previously charged 19-year-old Johnesha Perry with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child;... More »

Van Driver Charged With Freddie Gray's Murder

Five more officers charged in his death

(Newser) - To cheers from local residents, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced today there was no probable cause for Freddie Gray's arrest and that six police officers will be charged in connection with the 25-year-old's death, NBC News reports. The stiffest charge—second-degree murder—will be filed against... 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 »

Cops: Red Power Ranger Killed Roommate

Ricardo Medina allegedly stabbed man with sword

(Newser) - A former Power Ranger has been booked on a murder charge after allegedly killing his roommate with a sword, police in Los Angeles County say. Ricardo Medina, who played the Red Power Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, allegedly got in a fight with roommate Joshua Sutter, retreated to his... More »

Mississippi Teenager Burned Alive

Father says Jessica Chambers named killer before death

(Newser) - Seasoned investigators in Mississippi say it's the most brutal crime they have ever seen. Jessica Chambers, 19, was burned alive on Saturday night after she went out to have her car cleaned and get a bite to eat. She was found badly burned near her burning car on a... More »

Man Whose Young Son Died in Hot Car Is Charged

Kyle Seitz faces a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to year in prison

(Newser) - The Connecticut father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car in July has been charged with negligent homicide, reports the AP . Kyle Seitz, 36, turned himself in yesterday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest, police say. He was released on a... More »

Army Vet Survives Afghanistan, Dies on LA Streets

Francisco Garcia was shot dead two days before Veterans Day

(Newser) - A young Army veteran who had recently returned from Afghanistan was shot and killed while at a party—two days before Veterans Day. Though the Los Angeles Police Department initially reported that Francisco Garcia, 21, had returned to his Los Angeles home two weeks earlier and on Saturday attended a... More »

Murder Suspect, 10, Will Stay in Adult Jail

Family 'not ready' for release of Tristen Kurilla

(Newser) - Tristen Kurilla, the Pennsylvania 10-year-old who confessed to killing a 90-year-old woman over the weekend, is still in an adult prison and for now, his family thinks that could be the best place for him. His attorney withdrew a bail request yesterday saying the "family just doesn't feel... More »

School to 5-Year-Old Girl: Promise You Won't Kill

Alabama school has girl sign contract against murder, suicide

(Newser) - An Alabama mom says her 5-year-old daughter got in a heap of trouble for drawing a picture of a gun and aiming her crayon in a gunlike fashion, Local 15TV reports via BuzzFeed . In fact, little Elizabeth was assessed for suicidal thoughts and told to sign a contract promising not... More »

Man Drives Across US, Confesses to 1997 Homicide

Matthew Gibson wouldn't have been caught otherwise, prosecutor says

(Newser) - A cold-case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago. Matthew Gibson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after driving from North Carolina to Arizona to turn... More »

Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Sentence for negligent killing is at judge's discretion

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the AP reports. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa found the athlete not guilty of murder or premeditated murder . Sentencing will begin Oct. 13, reports CNN , which says a typical sentence for... More »

Self-Help Guru Out of Prison, Teaching Again

James Arthur Ray was convicted in deaths of 3 people

(Newser) - A self-help author who spent nearly two years in prison for the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony is again hosting seminars in the state. Starting yesterday in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, James Arthur Ray is leading discussions on how to deal with personal crisis.... More »

James Brady's Death Ruled a Homicide

John Hinckley's bullet in 1981 ultimately killed him: medical examiner

(Newser) - A Virginia medical examiner ruled today that the death of James Brady, Ronald Reagan's former press secretary, was actually a homicide, NBC Washington reports. Brady was severely wounded with a bullet to the head when John Hinckley tried to assassinate Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in 1981. The... More »

Detective Scrawls Message in Victim's Blood

Charles Hoffacker may be in trouble for it, too

(Newser) - Crime-solver by day, offbeat artist by night? That's New Orleans homicide detective Charles Hoffacker, who last week scrawled a message at a murder scene—in the victim's blood, WWLTV reports. The department has decommissioned him (no uni, no gun, no street jobs) and launched an internal investigation, but... More »

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