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Kansas City Shooting Suspect Charged With Capital Murder

Frazier Glenn Miller held on $10M bond

(Newser) - Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges today against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather... More »

Mom Who Drove Kids Into Ocean Charged

Florida woman accused of trying to kill her 3 children

(Newser) - The 32-year-old mother who drove her three kids into the Atlantic Ocean has been charged with attempted murder, reports CNN . Ebony Wilkerson has denied trying to harm her kids, but they and witnesses at the scene in Daytona Beach tell a much different story. "She actually told them to... More »

Maryland Vet Charged With Murdering Adopted Son, 3

Former Marine Brian O'Callaghan says his son slipped in tub

(Newser) - Brian O'Callaghan and his wife, Jennfer, badly wanted a second child. Working with Catholic Charities, in October they adopted a South Korean toddler with special needs, whom they named Madoc Hyeonsu O'Callaghan, according to this obituary . On February 3, the 3-year-old died, with injuries police say were consistent... More »

Soldier Charged With Murder After Deaf Iraqi Boys' 2007 Deaths

Michael Barbera allegedly shot unarmed teens

(Newser) - A US soldier has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder following the 2007 deaths of two deaf Iraqi boys, NPR reports. The teen boys—a pair of cattle herders, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last year reported—had no apparent connection to insurgents and were unarmed when small-kill team leader... More »

Cops: Grandmother Kills Baby With Sledgehammer

Horrific murder near Chicago

(Newser) - “I have never seen anything like this," says the Oak Lawn police chief in suburban Chicago. The case he's referring to makes for grim reading: Police say a 61-year-old woman killed her 6-month-old granddaughter with a sledgehammer and a knife, reports CBS Local . Alfreda Giedrocz is charged... More »

Scrooge McDuck Helps Crack Murder Case

Suspect sold custom-made gold chain with the character to local shop

(Newser) - In life, Miguel Rodriguez was apparently a big fan of Scrooge McDuck. In death, the cartoon character may have helped catch his killers. The Hartford Courant explains the weird case: The 25-year-old Rodriguez was shot to death on a city street this summer, and his killers stole a custom-made gold... More »

3 Teens Charged in Oklahoma 'Boredom' Killing

2 face first-degree murder charges

(Newser) - Murder charges were filed today in the death of an Australian college student in Oklahoma, but police haven't changed the chilling motive: They say three teens decided to shoot 23-year-old Christopher Lane as he jogged along a road in Duncan because they were bored. Prosecutors charged 15-year-old James Francis... More »

LA Car Rampage Suspect: It Was an Accident

Nathan Campbell, 38, faces possible life in prison

(Newser) - A lawyer for a Colorado man charged today with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car through a weekend throng on the Venice Beach boardwalk said it was an accident that has left his client devastated. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anybody," said... More »

Calif. Murder Suspect May Have Victim's Kids

Cops seek man who is believed to have killed woman, another child in fire

(Newser) - Cops in San Diego County think a man suspected of murdering a woman and child is on the run with two more children, reports CBS Los Angeles . Authorities are looking for James Lee DiMaggio, 40, and think he abducted Hannah Anderson, 16, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan. The hunt began... More »

Cops Liken Doctor to Serial Killer

He's charged with 4 murders in apparent revenge killings

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia got fired as a pathology resident from Omaha's Creighton University a dozen years ago for erratic behavior. Since then, four people linked to his firing have been murdered, and now the 40-year-old is under arrest and charged with four homicides, reports Reuters . "At this... More »

Texts, Bubble Gum Might Doom Aaron Hernandez

While Patriots might try to avoid paying him millions he is due

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez is due back in court today for a bail hearing as more details emerge about the murder of a man named Odin Lloyd that prosecutors say he orchestrated. (It's not clear yet whether they think the former NFL player did the actual shooting.) Two standout details... More »

Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

Ex-Patriots tight end pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez was arraigned today, and not on anything so tame as the once-rumored obstruction of justice charges. The newly unemployed NFL tight end has been charged with murder and several gun-related charges, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors told the court that they have surveillance tape showing Hernandez holding a... More »

Owner of Killer Pit Bulls Charged With Murder

Calif. victim died of up to 200 puncture wounds

(Newser) - The owner of a pack of pit bulls that mauled a 63-year-old woman to death this month has been charged with murder, in a case that has rocked the town of Littlerock, California. Alex Jackson, 29, was yesterday charged in the death of Pamela Devitt, who died after suffering as... More »

Faith-Healing Couple Charged in Baby's Death

Pennsylvania couple accused of murder after second child dies

(Newser) - This time, a Pennsylvania couple that embraces faith healing over medicine is facing murder charges and jail time after one of their children died. Herbert and Catherine Schaible are being held without bail on third-degree murder charges filed this week in the death of their 8-month-old son to pneumonia, reports... More »

The Angry World of Oscar Pistorius

'Vanity Fair' profiles main players, night of killing, ahead of trial

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius returns to court next month for his murder trial, notes the Huffington Post , and anyone interested in the case should make a new Vanity Fair piece required reading. The article by Mark Seal doesn't have any bombshell revelations on the main question—did the amputee Olympian murder... More »

Judge Tosses 3 Murder Charges Vs. Abortion Doc

But there are still plenty of others facing Kermit Gosnell

(Newser) - A Philadelphia judge has thrown out many of the charges facing Kermit Gosnell, including three first-degree murder counts, NBC Philadelphia reports. The judge also put the kibosh on five counts of abuse of a corpse and one of infanticide. The 72-year-old is hardly home free, however; he still faces four... More »

Judge Is Asked to Keep Murder Trial Free of Sympathy

Woman's suicide try doomed her fetus

(Newser) - An unusual murder case in Indiana has prompted an unusual request from prosecutors: They want the judge to bar spectators in the courtroom from wearing buttons that express support or sympathy for accused killer Bei Bei Shuai, reports AP . They also want the defense to refrain from asking questions of... More »

Man Charged in Death of Gay Mayoral Candidate

Politics likely not a factor in Marco McMillian's death, coroner says

(Newser) - Mississippi police have charged a 22-year-old man with killing openly gay Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, whose body was found by the Mississippi River on Wednesday. Police revealed that the suspect, Lawrence Reed, had been driving McMillian's SUV when it collided head-on with another car Tuesday morning. Reed and... More »

Pistorius Bro Also Faces Murder Charge

'Carl is innocent,' family lawyer says of 2008 road death

(Newser) - Not a good month for the Pistorius clan: On the heels of Oscar Pistorius' murder charge in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp comes the news that brother Carl Pistorius is facing a murder charge of his own. The culpable homicide charge isn't new, reports the BBC , and stems... More »

Steenkamp Dad: If He's Telling the Truth, I'll Try to Forgive Him

Pistorius may resume training next week

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius is staying with an uncle in a Pretoria suburb today after being released on bail yesterday, reports the Guardian . The father of the woman he killed, meanwhile, offers this assessment to a German newspaper:
  • "If it didn't happen the way he says it did, he must
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