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Guy Who Sold Stolen Brains on eBay Sentenced

He took remains of mental patients from old hospital

(Newser) - A man who stole the preserved brains of mental patients from a former hospital for the insane and sold them on eBay has been sentenced by a judge who wants him to find a less macabre way to make a living. David Charles, 23, was ordered to obtain a high... More »

Documents: Pastor's Wife 'Charged at' Gunman

Chilling details emerge in Indianapolis slaying

(Newser) - The 18-year-old accused of murdering Amanda Blackburn during a home invasion robbery claims he shot her after she charged at him, according to court documents seen by NBC News . Larry Taylor told accomplices that the pregnant 28-year-old pastor's wife "charged at him and he shot her somewhere in... More »

Teen Charged With Killing Pastor's Wife

Indianapolis cops get break in high-profile case

(Newser) - Police in Indianapolis say they've solved the high-profile murder of a young pastor's wife. Officers arrested 18-year-old Larry Taylor early Monday and charged him with shooting 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn in the head, reports the Indianapolis Star . Two other suspects are being held as alleged accomplices, reports Fox59 . Police... More »

Cops Release Pics of Suspect in Murder of Pastor's Wife

Husband of Amanda Blackburn says she 'didn't have an enemy in the world'

(Newser) - Indianapolis police trying to find out who murdered Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 10 have ruled out her husband, Davey, and on Friday they announced a breakthrough: a picture of the suspect . The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released two photos Monday night, captured by a neighboring home's security camera, the... More »

Cops Rule Out Pastor Husband in Wife's Murder

Pregnancy could add 20 years to killer's sentence

(Newser) - Cops hunting the killer—or killers—of a pregnant woman during a home invasion in Indianapolis have yet to make any arrests, though they've completely ruled out her husband, pastor Davey Blackburn. Police say Blackburn, who returned from the gym Tuesday morning to find his wife, Amanda, dying from... More »

Pastor's Pregnant Wife Shot in Head by Intruders

Amanda Blackburn was taken off life support on Thursday

(Newser) - Indianapolis residents are reeling after the death of a pastor's pregnant wife. Amanda Blackburn, 28, was taken off life support on Thursday, two days after she was shot in the head during an apparent robbery at her Northwestside home, reports the Indianapolis Star . Police have released few details about... More »

3 Injured in Indianapolis Mall Shooting

Police say it wasn't a random attack

(Newser) - A gunman shot three people and terrified hundreds more when he opened fire at a mall in Indianapolis Wednesday night. Police believe the incident was the result of a dispute between the gunman and one of the victims, not a random mass shooting, reports the Indianapolis Star . Police say the... More »

Millions May Still Be Out There From '70s Murder

FBI agent investigating heiress's murder may have lifted cash: reporter

(Newser) - During the last few months of her life, Marjorie Jackson became wary of keeping her inherited fortune in the bank, so she withdrew $8.6 million and stashed it in garbage bags, drawers, and toolboxes all over her Indianapolis home, the Indianapolis Star reports. And she may have had even... More »

Ex-Olympic Coach Found Dead in Jail Cell

Marvin Sharp was facing several felony charges

(Newser) - An award-winning gymnastic coach charged with crimes against underage children was found dead yesterday in his jail cell, WRTV Indianapolis reports. Authorities say Marvin Sharp, 49, took his own life but gave no further details. Arrested just last month, Sharp was accused of molesting a preteen gymnast and storing thousands... More »

Freed Death-Row Inmate Kills Self

Paula Cooper gained support of pope when sentenced to death at 16

(Newser) - Paula Cooper, once the youngest death-row inmate in the US, has been found dead of a suicide two years after she was released after 27 years in prison . Police say Cooper, 45, was found dead near an ITT Technical Institute parking lot in Indianapolis on Tuesday. She suffered a self-inflicted... More »

Indiana Governor Won't Answer Discrimination Question

George Stephanopoulos tries again and again

(Newser) - "We are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there's a way to clarify the intent of the law." That from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who yesterday spoke to the Indianapolis Star about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And in an appearance on ABC'... More »

Girl Scout, 9, Shot on Way to Get Cookies

Sinai Miller is home recovering with a bandaged leg

(Newser) - Sinai Miller had been waiting all day Tuesday for 4:30pm when she could pick up her Girl Scout cookies and begin selling them to neighbors. When the time came, she stepped outside her apartment with her two younger sisters, but "they didn't even get to make it... More »

Teen Girl Killed, Burned After Turning New Leaf

Dominique Allen was abducted and strangled in Indianapolis

(Newser) - This summer, an Indianapolis teenager was abducted, strangled, and set on fire—a horrifying crime made all the more tragic by her story of a troubled girl gone good, the Indianapolis Star reports. Dominique Allen was 15 when someone apparently kidnapped her outside a neighbor's house, killed her on... More »

Woman Has Lived in House Rent-Free for 8 Years

Loopholes have allowed Lisa Hardy to stay—but the house has just been sold

(Newser) - For eight years, Lisa Hardy has lived in a three-bedroom house in Indianapolis, paying her utilities, growing a garden, and raising her three children. The only thing that sets her apart from most other parents across America: She hasn't paid a cent in rent or mortgage payments. And the... More »

Crash Leaves Indiana Highway Coated in Butter

But no injuries reported after semitrailer carrying dairy products overturns

(Newser) - Butter is good on just about everything—except a highway. A semitrailer overturned on an Indianapolis interstate today, spilling what police say are 45,000 pounds of packages of butter and other dairy products. The crash happened about 3:30am on Interstate 465 on the city's south side and... More »

2 More Courts Find Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage's post-DOMA winning streak continues

(Newser) - Same-sex marriage continued its remarkable legal winning streak today, as a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah's ban was unconstitutional, and a separate court said the same of Indiana's ban. The Utah decision is the first such ruling from a federal appeals court, according to the AP . "... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Cops: Burglar Sold Stolen Brains on eBay

He allegedly broke into medical history museum many times

(Newser) - Lots of brains were stolen in Indianapolis, but no zombies involved: Police say a 21-year-old man broke into the city's Medical History Museum multiple times to steal the preserved brains of mental patients, which he sold on eBay. The brain burglar was arrested following a sting operation set up... More »

3 Killed in Summer Camp Bus Crash

Bus overturns on way back from teen church camp

(Newser) - Three people are dead after a bus carrying teens from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis this afternoon. Among those killed were a husband and wife, the Indianapolis Star reports. The bus was carrying 40 members of the Colonial Hill Baptist Church back from camp, reports the AP . Both kids... More »

Indy Couple Allegedly Blew Up Their Own House

Three arrested in allegedly intentional blast that killed two

(Newser) - Police have arrested three people in the deadly Indianapolis blast that killed two people and destroyed 29 homes —and the people arrested are the family that lived in the house at the center of the blast. Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend Mark Leonard, who lived in the house, and... More »

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