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Wife Sentenced for Murder of Olympic Bronze Medalist

Jane Laut handed 2 consecutive 25-year-to-life terms

(Newser) - The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist was sentenced to a potential life sentence on Tuesday for shooting him in what she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse. Jane Laut, 59, was given two mandatory, consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life for first-degree murder and using a... More »

Man Allegedly Cuts Off Wife's Hands Over Infertility

Though a fertility clinic found man was the one with the reproductive issue

(Newser) - Domestic violence is a troubling issue in Kenya, and Jackline Mwende has recently become the very public face of it. The 27-year-old from Machakos, a village not far from Nairobi, says her husband came at her in a rage on July 23 with a machete and not only slashed her... More »

Dad Took Kids to Theme Park Day Before Killing Whole Family

Mom Megan Short was planning new life away from her abusive ex

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania father took his three kids to Hershey Park the day before he killed them, Time reports. On Aug. 6, Mark Short, 40, penned an “emotional” suicide note before he shot the children, his estranged wife, and the family dog, before shooting himself in the head, authorities said.... More »

Girl, 2, With New Heart Dies in Family Murder-Suicide

Parents, 3 kids found dead in Pa. home

(Newser) - In May of 2014, Willow Short received a heart transplant when she was just six days old. On Saturday, she was found shot to death along with the rest of her family in what police believe was a murder-suicide. The bodies of Mark Short, 40, Megan Short, 33, and children... More »

Teen Allegedly Kills Dad; Mom Says She's a Hero

Bresha Meadows' mom says her husband abused her for years

(Newser) - 14-year-old Bresha Meadows is accused of shooting and killing her father with his own gun last week in Ohio, People reports. Her mother says she's a hero. “She is my hero," Brandi Meadows tells Fox 8 . "I wasn’t strong enough to get out, and she... More »

Judge Who Chastised Abuse Victim Gets Own Punishment

Jerri Collins will get a public reprimand and has to attend a domestic violence course

(Newser) - A Florida judge who publicly dressed down an abused woman in 2015 and sent her to jail for three days for not showing up to face her abuser in court is now facing her own repercussions. Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins, who reached a plea agreement in March to receive... More »

Cops: Woman Endures Days of Horrific Abuse From Husband

He allegedly blinded her, stabbed her, drugged her, tried to pull her teeth out

(Newser) - Police say a new mother in Atlanta suffered horrific abuse at the hands of her husband for two days before being rescued by her mother. “He was jabbing at her eyes, jabbing at her eyes so she couldn't see the baby," Fawn Ortega tells WSB-TV . "[He]... More »

Man Charged With Murder for Partner's Suicide

Long Vang allegedly abused Jessica Haban for a decade

(Newser) - In a potentially unprecedented move for the state, a Minnesota man is being charged with murder for allegedly driving his partner to suicide. According to the Olmsted County Attorney , Long Vang and Jessica Haban were together for 10 years. During that time, Haban was subject to increasing levels of domestic... More »

Woman Sues Abusive Husband, Is Awarded $21.5M

He spent just 2 days in jail for domestic violence

(Newser) - After her husband spent just two days in jail for giving her a beating that left her with fractured facial bones, Jennifer Kershaw took the unusual step of filing a civil lawsuit—and taught him a $21.5 million lesson. On Tuesday, a jury in Franklin County, Ohio, awarded the... More »

2 Shots Fired After Man Challenges Daughter to 'Duel'

Dad was booked for child abuse, among other charges

(Newser) - A Colorado man has been arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident that included challenging his daughter to a "duel," KRDO reports. Robert Williams, 38, of Calhan was arguing with his daughter on Wednesday evening when things "escalated to the point that the father pulled out a... More »

Graphic Novelist Accused of Girlfriend's Grisly Murder

Blake Leibel allegedly tortured and mutilated the mother of his newborn daughter

(Newser) - The son of a wealthy Canadian family stands accused of a horrifying Hollywood murder. The Washington Post says 35-year-old Blake Leibel is "fascinated by evil." He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and wrote a graphic novel about serial killers and a screenplay about a "madman on... More »

Actor Michael Jace Convicted of Wife's Murder

The Shield actor faces the possibility of life in prison

(Newser) - Actor Michael Jace , who notably played a police officer on The Shield, was convicted Tuesday of fatally shooting his wife in front of their two young sons, the AP reports. The verdict came after a weeklong trial in which Los Angeles jurors were told the actor shot his wife April... More »

Depp's Ex: His Wife Is Making This Up

Vanessa Paradis says he's a lover, not a fighter

(Newser) - Johnny Depp, wife-beater? Not according to his French ex Vanessa Paradis, who wrote a hand-written letter saying she believes "with all my heart" that domestic-violence allegations by Depp's wife, Amber Heard, are "outrageous," per TMZ . "In all the years I have known Johnny, he has... More »

Amber Heard: Johnny Depp Beat Me

She shows up at court with a bruised face

(Newser) - The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp divorce craziness just took a serious turn: Heard went to court Friday—bruised on her face and carrying pictures showing other bruises—and got a temporary restraining order against Depp after alleging that he beat her, reports TMZ , which has a photo of her bruised face.... More »

Woman Arrested for Domestic Violence While Wearing Very Ironic T-Shirt

Emily Wilson probably wishes she had chosen any other shirt

(Newser) - A social studies teacher from Maine was arrested on domestic violence charges last month—while wearing a "Stop Domestic Violence" T-shirt, the Bangor Daily News reports. Jezebel refers to this as the "bad kind of irony." Police say 38-year-old Emily Wilson was arguing with her husband in... More »

Man Gets 25 Years in Prom Date's Death

He admitted to choking her during rough sex

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Houston man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after he woke up to find his prom date dead back in 2014, KHOU reports. Eddie Herrera admitted to choking 17-year-old Jackie Gomez during rough—but consensual—sex in a hotel room after the prom. According to the... More »

Johnny Manziel Turns Self in on Domestic Violence Charges

He immediately posted bond

(Newser) - Johnny Manziel turned himself in on domestic violence charges Wednesday in Texas before immediately posting bond, ABC News reports. According to Yahoo Sports , the bond was $1,500. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback is accused of hitting his now ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley during an argument in January. He was indicted... More »

Cops: Suspect Dead After 5 Shot in Georgia

Killings stemmed from domestic dispute

(Newser) - A man who shot and killed five people during two separate shootings as part of a domestic dispute in Georgia was found dead in his home early Saturday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities say. The body of shooting suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, was recovered Saturday by authorities... More »

Doctor Shot, Killed Trying to Help Wounded Neighbors

Police believe the deadly shooting started as a domestic dispute

(Newser) - A beloved doctor was killed when he rushed to help two women injured in a shooting Monday in Centennial, Colorado, KDVR reports. According to the Denver Post , 65-year-old Kenneth Atkinson was shot in the head and torso as he ran out of his house to help the women, who had... More »

Judge Who Jailed Abuse Victim to Be Punished

Jerri Collins agrees to public reprimand

(Newser) - A central Florida judge who jailed a domestic violence victim for not showing up to testify against her alleged abuser last summer has agreed she acted in poor judgment and will accept punishment. Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins and the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission reached a plea agreement of a... More »

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