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Muslim Teen's Slaying Now a Death Penalty Case

Authorities now say that Nabra Hassanen was raped by Darwin Martinez-Torres

(Newser) - The man accused of killing a Muslim teenager in a case that drew national attention in June will face the death penalty. Prosecutors in Fairfax, Va., laid out their case Monday in the slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, and it includes a disturbing new revelation. For the first time, authorities... More »

Teen Who Killed Girlfriend's Parents in 2010 to Walk Free

Victims' family members are outraged

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy fatally shot Darlene Nevil, 46, twice on Aug. 17, 2010, then shot her husband five times. With a bullet lodged in his throat, Alan Nevil, 48, climbed out a window and reached a neighbor's yard in Garland, Texas, before identifying the boy as his stepdaughter's... More »

'Drill Sergeant From Hell' Dies in Prison

Joyce Garrard was convicted of punishing granddaughter to death

(Newser) - An Alabama woman convicted of punishing her 9-year-old granddaughter until the girl vomited, collapsed, and died has herself died in prison, the Washington Post reports. Joyce Garrard, 50—dubbed by prosecutors the "drill sergeant from hell"—suffered a heart attack last Sunday after a family visit and died... More »

Mom Withdrew $15K for Robbers Before Her Murder

Bank surveillance tape shows mother's desperate bid to save family

(Newser) - In a desperate bid to save her family, a Connecticut mom withdrew $15,000 for home invaders who were holding her husband and two daughters hostage. Despite the payoff, she and her children were sexually assaulted and murdered, prosecutors said yesterday. Jennifer Hawke-Petit withdrew the money while at least one... More »

Man Kills Tot for Crying During World Cup: Cops

Texas thug facing capital murder charge

(Newser) - A man is facing a capital murder charge in Texas for allegedly killing a toddler who kept crying while he was watching the USA-Ghana soccer game last week. Investigators say illegal immigrant Hector Castro beat and suffocated his 2-year-old stepdaughter and then forced a screw down her throat to make... More »

Prof Accused in Rampage Attempts Suicide

Amy Bishop also charged with murder in brother's 1986 death

(Newser) - Amy Bishop attempted suicide early today, less than 2 days after learning she's been charged with first-degree murder in the 1986 death of her brother , reports WHNT of Huntsville , Ala. Bishop already faces three charges of capital murder in the February shooting rampage that took the lives of three of... More »

Condemned Killer Opts for Execution by Firing Squad

Ronnie Lee Gardner set to die June 18 after 25-year legal battle

(Newser) - A Utah man convicted in the 1985 murder of a lawyer has exhausted his legal options and will be executed in June—by a firing squad. Ronnie Lee Gardner, who was attempting to escape from a courthouse in Salt Lake City when he shot and killed Michael Burdell, said he... More »

Casey Anthony Judge Quits, Blasting Defense Team

Stan Strickland recuses himself, mocks lawyers for argument

(Newser) - The judge in the Casey Anthony murder case has recused himself and unloaded on the accused child murderer's lawyers on his way out the door. The defense team forced the move by accusing Stan Strickland of bias, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "At its core, defense counsel's motion accuses the... More »

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