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White Ex-Cop Guilty of Shooting Daughter's Black Boyfriend

Jury convicts Shannon Kepler of first-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder. Jurors deliberated about six hours Wednesday night before finding ex-Tulsa officer Shannon... More »

Cops: Child Found Dead After Couple Put Mattress Over Crib

Authorities say mattress was held down with rock salt, bungee cord

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in connection with the death of their 2-year-old son in April. Penn Live reports Justin Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, called 911 when they found their son Eoin unresponsive in his crib on April 25. During an interview... More »

Cops: Sub Owner Confesses Journalist Died in 'Accident'

Peter Madsen also reportedly admitted he 'buried [Kim Wall] at sea'

(Newser) - The mystery of what happened to a Swedish journalist who vanished after a ride on a Danish inventor's submarine is slowly becoming clearer. Though details are still scarce, Copenhagen police say Peter Madsen, after changing his story , has confessed that Kim Wall died in "an accident" on board... More »

Before Shooting Boyfriend for YouTube Glory, She Tweeted

Monalisa Perez tweeted it would be 'one of the most dangerous videos ever'

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend in a failed YouTube video stunt foreshadowed the event when she tweeted that it would be "one of the most dangerous videos ever." Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz... More »

Pair Who Killed Woman for Deflating Ball Learn Their Fate

Natalie Bollen, William Jelly sentenced to 7 years

(Newser) - Her lawyer described it as "an impetuous moment of madness," one that Natalie Bollen will now atone for with seven years of her life. Bollen, 28, and her father William Jelly, 48, were sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail for a fatal assault on Bollen's neighbor,... More »

'Sickening' Details of Fraternity Pledge's Final Hours Revealed

Eighteen frat members charged in death of Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Eighteen fraternity members have been charged—eight of them with manslaughter—after a 19-year-old died during a pledging party in February at Penn State, the Washington Post reports. Video from security cameras inside the Beta Theta Pi frat helped authorities piece together the final hours of Timothy Piazza's life.... More »

Neighbors Killed Woman for Bursting Kid's Ball

Mother, grandfather guilty of manslaughter

(Newser) - A woman who was sick of children's balls landing in her garden was beaten to death by neighbors after she punctured one of them. Prosecutors say Kelly Machin, 34, had long complained about the noise made by neighbor Natalie Bollen's children and about their balls landing in her... More »

Dad Reveals Location of Son's Body— 20 Years Later

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared in 1997

(Newser) - The father of a boy who became the face of a Hawaii campaign for missing and abused children after his 1997 disappearance rode in a van with police and prosecutors last weekend, leading them to the site where he says he dumped his dead son's remains. Peter Kema Sr.... More »

Woman Sentenced in Case of Lethal Butt Injection

Oneal Ron Morris gets 10 years in prison, 5 years probation

(Newser) - A Florida woman whose deadly butt-enhancement injections led to a woman's death was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and five years of probation, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Oneal Ron Morris, 36, was accused in 2011 of injecting tire sealant, cement, and Super Glue into the butts of... More »

Manslaughter Charge for Cop Who Mistakenly Killed Librarian

Mary Knowlton was shot during Punta Gorda role-playing drill

(Newser) - An elderly Florida woman taking part last August in a citizen's role-playing drill with police was accidentally killed during the exercise. Now, per WINK News , Lee Coel, the cop who pulled the trigger has been arrested and charged with felony manslaughter—and Tom Lewis, the chief of the Punta... More »

Lawyer Accused of Killing Wife Owed Her $350K: Court Docs

McIver contends gun went off accidentally while couple were in a car

(Newser) - An Atlanta attorney facing manslaughter charges in the September shooting death of his wife owed her $350,000 when she died, CBS46 reports. A business owned by Diane McIver had spotted her husband, Claud "Tex" McIver, the money in December 2011, with a payoff date (with interest) set for... More »

In Rare Case, Israeli Soldier Guilty in Death of Palestinian

Elor Azaria fatally shot assailant in March

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, capping a nine-month saga that has deeply divided the country, reports the AP . The verdict, which marks an extremely rare instance of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal... More »

'Co-Sleeping' Mom Charged After a 2nd Baby Dies

Erin Piche-Pitts had been warned on co-sleeping dangers for both babies, authorities say

(Newser) - "It happened again" is what Erin Piche-Pitts told authorities when her second infant died of apparent suffocation, even though she'd been repeatedly warned about the dangers of co-sleeping, the New York Times reports. The son of the woman from Winter Haven, Fla., died in October, this time resulting... More »

Will Smith Killer Guilty of Manslaughter

Jury decided against convicting for murder

(Newser) - The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith was convicted of manslaughter on Sunday night, ending a weeklong trial in which the defendant insisted he only fired because the popular football star was drunk and violent and had grabbed a gun following a traffic crash... More »

Guy Who Fatally Shot Ex-NFLer Charged With Manslaughter

Ronald Gasser had initially been released without charges

(Newser) - The man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute has been arrested and jailed on a manslaughter charge, records show. Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday. He was initially taken into custody after the shooting last Thursday but he was released without being charged... More »

Wife Charged in Fatal Crash That Killed Husband

Jennie Jones-Hurdlow allegedly forced her husband off the road

(Newser) - Police say an Arizona woman faces manslaughter charges for chasing down her husband in her SUV, causing him to crash his Harley-Davidson into a light post, the AP reports. Police say 37-year-old Jennie Jones-Hurdlow is responsible for the death of her husband, 51-year-old Brian Hurdlow, following a fight that began... More »

She Was in Love and Expecting. Now She's 'Living a Nightmare'

Kristian Guerrero is warning people not to drink and drive

(Newser) - Everything was going right for Kristian Guerrero. She was married to an "amazing" man, Fabian, with whom she was expecting a child this December. Then came the unthinkable: While driving in San Marcos, Texas, on Aug. 2—the same day Fabian's US residency was approved, per Inside Edition... More »

Mom, 62, Charged After Son Fatally Beats Her Newborn

Kathleen Steele left kids inside van, say police

(Newser) - The fact that a 62-year-old woman recently gave birth to a daughter is newsworthy—as is the fact that she left that newborn and two sons, aged 3 and 6, alone in a locked van for 38 minutes while she was inside a store. But that's just the beginning... More »

Va. Cop Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen

Stephen Rankin plans to appeal manslaughter conviction

(Newser) - A former Portsmouth, Va., police officer was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday after shooting an unarmed black teen last year—the second fatal shooting of his career. Though Stephen Rankin was charged with first-degree murder, a jury convicted him of the lesser charge and recommended he spend two and a... More »

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 »

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