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Cops: Relative Killed Entire Chicago Family

One victim was stabbed 45 times

(Newser) - "He was distraught, and I thought it was grief," a victims' advocate recalls of the man she comforted following the grisly murders of six family members —four adults and two children—in Chicago in February. That man is now charged in the case. Police say 22-year-old Diego... More »

Gruesome Child Murders Leave Cops 'Shaken'

Social workers visited children's home 4 times in last year

(Newser) - In the year before two children were found dead in a California storage locker, social workers visited the home of their guardian at least four times but didn't identify enough of a risk to remove the children. "We're looking at the case to see if there's... More »

Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

Ohio couple had kicked her out of their house a week earlier

(Newser) - Married police officers in Tulsa, Okla., are in jail after the husband allegedly shot and killed their daughter's boyfriend. Shannon Kepler turned himself in not long after the shooting and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, while his wife, Gina Kepler, was... More »

Cops: Teen Kills Man for Phone, Is Upset With Model

Seattle student Byron White charged with first-degree murder as an adult

(Newser) - It was a crime both "tragic and senseless," say prosecutors. David Peterson, 54, was out for a walk in his Seattle neighborhood on Feb. 23 when police say high school student Byron White tried to steal his cellphone, the Seattle Times reports. Peterson fought off the teen and... More »

Grandma Shoots Son-in-Law in Custody Battle, Police Say

Victim takes video of assault on iPhone

(Newser) - A Florida woman allegedly shot her son-in-law twice at point-blank range last week, enraged over his ongoing divorce with her daughter. Mother-in-law Cheryl Hepner claims he pulled the weapon, but whoops: He recorded the shooting on his iPhone, ABC News reports. "I can't believe you did that!"... More »

Daughter's 'Honor Killing' Hitting Arizona Court

Dad slammed car into 'Americanized' daughter: prosecutors

(Newser) - An Iraqi immigrant charged with slamming his car into his daughter in a shocking Arizona "honor killing" heads to court this month. Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, faces life in prison if convicted of killing his 20-year-old daughter, Noor, who refused an arranged marriage in Iraq and moved into her... More »

Van der Sloot Clams Up in Court

Murder suspect refuses to answer Peruvian judge's questions

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot appeared in court in Lima today but refused to answer a judge's questions, reports CNN . He says his rights were violated when he was questioned by Peruvian police and confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, Van der Sloot's lawyer said after the hearing. The... More »

Welcome to Joran Van der Sloot's Prison Cell

Accused murderer gets hooks to hang his clothes, but the toilet is gross

(Newser) - CNN sent In Session reporter Jean Casarez to get an inside look at Peru’s Castro Castro, the maximum security prison where Joran Van der Sloot is being held. Casarez walks us through the recreational area, the kitchen (meal of the day: fried chicken nuggets), and of course Van der... More »

8-Year-Old's Killer Gets Life

Melissa Huckaby denies sexually abusing Sandra Cantu

(Newser) - A California Sunday school teacher who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering an 8-year-old neighbor made a tearful apology to the victim's family today as she was sentenced to life in prison. "She did not suffer, and I did not sexually molest her," said Melissa Huckaby, who avoided... More »

Van der Sloot Jailed on Murder Charges

Peru judge orders him to prison until trial

(Newser) - A Peruvian judge today ordered Joran Van der Sloot jailed on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the killing of a 21-year-old Lima woman, determining that he acted with "ferocity and great cruelty." The judge issued the order before dawn, instructing penal authorities to place the 22-year-old... More »

HS Yearbook Includes Entry for Accused Murderer

NH principal apologizes to widower of machete attack victim

(Newser) - A New Hampshire teen charged with first-degree murder in a machete attack on a local woman has been locked up since the October incident—but his picture appears in his high school yearbook. "I can’t understand why you made such a disrespectful decision," David Cates says in... More »

Slain Lacrosse Player's Head 'Hit the Wall'

Accused murderer 'shook' Yeardley Love during argument

(Newser) - The University of Virginia lacrosse player charged with the first-degree murder of Yeardley Love kicked her door open and argued with her, then "shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall," according to an affidavit released today. Love, 22, was found facedown in a pool of blood,... More »

UVa. Student Murdered by Boyfriend: Cops

George Huguely held in death of fellow lacrosse player Yeardley Love

(Newser) - A University of Virginia student has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, who was found in her Charlottesville apartment early this morning. Yeardley Love and George Huguely, both 22, played on UVa.'s highly ranked lacrosse teams, the Daily Progress reports. Police responding to a... More »

Casey Anthony Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Fla. woman charged with daughter's murder sentenced to time served

(Newser) - Casey Anthony pleaded guilty to check fraud today and was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay court costs. Anthony remains jailed awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the 2008 death of her toddler daughter, Caylee. At around the time Casey Anthony told police Caylee had disappeared, she... More »

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