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Time Might Be Running Out in 'Suicide-by-Text' Case

There's a chance prosecutors will need to put Michelle Carter on trial by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Time could be running out for Massachusetts prosecutors seeking to put a teenager on trial for encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life by sending him dozens of text messages and telling him to "get back in" a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes, the AP reports. Michelle... More »

Mom, Grandma Charged in Teen's Heroin Overdose

The 16-year-old's body was found in an Ohio hotel

(Newser) - The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a suspected heroin overdose were charged in his death after authorities say they think the mom and her son had used the drug together, the AP reports. Syringes, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia were found in the Ohio hotel room... More »

Director Jailed in Assistant's Death Gets Sprung Early

Randall Miller out on legal misstep after plea deal for death on 'Midnight Rider' set

(Newser) - In what Deadline calls a "shock ruling," Midnight Rider director Randall Miller was set free Wednesday from a Georgia jail after serving only half of his plea-deal term for his role in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, the AP reports. The early release was due to... More »

New Texts Surface From 'Suicide-by-Text' Teen

Judge dismisses plea to drop charges against Michelle Carter

(Newser) - It looks like Michelle Carter will be tried for allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide in a Massachusetts parking lot last July. A judge refused to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges against Carter, 18, in a court ruling on Tuesday, though her lawyer says he'll appeal, reports the Sun ... More »

Cops: Teen Urged Friend to Kill Himself—and He Did

Michelle Carter has been charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - The sad story of one teen's suicide is turning into a bizarre criminal case for another. Police say Michelle Carter egged on friend Conrad Roy to kill himself—even when he seemed to change his mind at the last minute—because she wanted the sympathy and attention of others,... More »

Cops: SC Man Hugged Baby to Death

Family friend charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - A South Carolina man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly giving a 14-month-old boy a hug so tight it killed him. An arrest warrant states that Robert Christian Kemp, a 26-year-old described as a friend of the family, was looking after Jaylen Harris when he gave him "... More »

Guy Killed After Friend Misses Bulletproof Vest

He asked friends to shoot him, and one did

(Newser) - Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? An 18-year-old woman faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after she allegedly fatally shot her friend in the chest Wednesday ... because he asked her to. Though 25-year-old victim Blake Wardell wore a Kevlar bulletproof vest during the incident, the bullet from the... More »

Dad Charged in Children's Dirt-Pit Deaths

Jordan Arwood hit with two counts of involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - Five months after the deaths of his daughter and nephew, a North Carolina man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Police say Jordan Arwood, 31, had been digging with a backhoe, and without building permits, near where James Caldwell, 7, and Chloe Arwood, 6, were playing in a two-story-deep hole.... More »

Grandma Recounts Night Cops Killed 7-Year-Old

Tells trial cops 'came to kill' in 2010 raid that left granddaughter dead

(Newser) - Beneath a multi-colored quilt of Disney cartoon characters, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones lay peacefully on the living room couch of her grandmother's first-floor Detroit flat. Within seconds, a stun grenade smashed through a window, exploding over the couch. Armed, black-clad and masked police officers swarmed into the living room and,... More »

Police Arrest Crane Operator in Philadelphia Collapse

Faces charges of involuntary manslaughter in deadly building accident

(Newser) - Sean Benschop, the crane operator behind the stick in the Philadelphia building collapse that killed six and injured 14 this week, turned himself in to police today after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Benschop— who may have been high at the time of the accident —will be... More »

Soldier Gets 3.5 Years for Deadly Hiccups 'Cure'

Patrick Myers says he was trying to scare away fellow soldier's hiccups

(Newser) - A Fort Hood soldier has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, saying he shot his friend accidentally while trying to scare away his hiccups. Fort Hood officials say Spc. Patrick Edward Myers, of Spartanburg, SC, was sentenced yesterday to 3.5 years in military prison. He also was busted to private... More »

Conrad Murray Hit With Max Sentence

Michael Jackson's doctor gets 4 years

(Newser) - Dr. Conrad Murray was hit with the maximum sentence of four years' imprisonment today for his role in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter , will serve his time in county jail rather than prison because he is a non-violent felon, TMZ reports. It is... More »

Defense Expert: Murray Screwed Up

Defense says Jackson administered propofol to himself

(Newser) - Conrad Murray’s lawyers called an expert anesthesiologist to the stand today, but the jury’s out (no pun intended) on whether his testimony helped or hurt Michael Jackson's doctor. Dr. Paul White contradicted a prosecution expert who said that evidence showed that Murray had pumped Jackson full of... More »

Drug Dose 40x What Murray Claimed: Expert

'People just don't wake up from anesthesia like that': professor

(Newser) - An expert witness has cast some serious doubt on Conrad Murray’s account of Michael Jackson’s death. An anesthesiologist told the court yesterday that the doctor had likely given the singer 40 times the propofol dose he has claimed. Murray kept the surgical anesthetic flowing even when Jackson’s... More »

Jurors See Photo of Jackson's Naked Corpse

Singer 'healthier than average' before fatal OD, doc says

(Newser) - A photo of Michael Jackson's body was shown to jurors in the Conrad Murray trial yesterday as a coroner described the autopsy and his decision to rule the death a homicide. Jackson's body appears emaciated in the photo, but Los Angeles Deputy Medical Examiner Christopher Rogers said he... More »

Jacko Was 'Wasted' After Seeing Skin Doc

Singer may have been 'legally blind': Murray tape

(Newser) - The final third of a Conrad Murray interview with police following Michael Jackson's death was played to jurors today, as Murray's trial for involuntary manslaughter continues. On the June 27, 2009, tape, Murray says Jackson was seeing other doctors but never told him about it, though he deduced... More »

Tour Exec Confronted Doc About 'Incoherent' Jackson

But Murray said to leave the doctoring to him, says Kenny Ortega

(Newser) - From Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, more sad details about the King of Pop’s last days. Kenny Ortega, the choreographer for Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, testified yesterday that he confronted Murray just days before Jackson’s death, airing his... More »

Cop in BART Killing Gets Out After a Year

Former transit officer Johannes Mehserle served one year behind bars

(Newser) - A former Oakland transit cop convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed man on a subway platform last year was freed today after a year in prison, reports CNN . Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter, but he received one day of good conduct credit for each... More »

BP Managers May Face Manslaughter Charges

Investigation focusing on decisions they made leading up to explosion

(Newser) - Manslaughter charges may be coming down the pike for a handful of BP managers. Bloomberg spoke with three insiders who say federal prosecutors are considering whether to pursue the charges based on decisions made in the lead-up to the oil rig explosion that killed 11. Charging individuals would be an... More »

Michael Jackson Doctor Keeps License

California medical board wanted Conrad Murray banned

(Newser) - Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, can keep his medical license, a California judge ruled today. Murray is already barred from using Propofol, the powerful sedative that killed Jackson, as a condition of his $75,000 bail, ABC News reports . The state... More »

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