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Suspect: Realtor Targeted Because She Was Rich, Worked Alone

Arron Lewis pleads not guilty to kidnapping, murder of Beverly Carter

(Newser) - A little more light is perhaps being shed on the death of real estate agent Beverly Carter : A suspect in the murder, Arron Lewis, told reporters that Carter was targeted because "she was a woman that worked alone—a rich broker," Fox News reports. But he's not... More »

12-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty in Sister's Death

'I say he is innocent': Attorney for Leila Fowler's brother

(Newser) - The brother of 8-year-old Leila Fowler has pleaded not guilty in her death, his lawyer says. The California 12-year-old, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, appeared in juvenile court yesterday, lawyer Mark Reichel said, per CNN . "I say he is innocent," Reichel said. On... More »

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for James Holmes

Holmes' attorneys had asked for 2-3 more months to decide plea

(Newser) - After James Holmes' attorneys said he was not ready to enter a plea this morning, the judge did it for him—not guilty on 166 counts, including the murder of 12 people in an Aurora movie theater last July and attempting to kill 70 others, reports the Denver Post . The... More »

James Holmes Could Be Given 'Truth Serum'

Plea due today in Aurora shooting

(Newser) - James Holmes' plea in the Aurora massacre is due today—and if he pleads insanity at the time of the shooting, he could be administered medication to confirm he's telling the truth. In a so-called "narcoanalytic interview," the defendant could receive inhibition-lowering drugs; these may include sodium... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty

Judge says he's not bound by sentencing guidelines

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson Jr. dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief today and looked to his father, and the rest of his family gathered in court. "Guilty, your honor," he said, making official his reported intention to plead guilty to having misused $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson pleaded guilty... More »

Egyptian Cleric Pleads Not Guilty in NY Court

Abu Hamza al-Masri accused of backing US terror training camp

(Newser) - Abu Hamza al-Masri has pleaded not guilty of conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The Egyptian cleric entered the plea in New York City today after being extradited from Britain , the AP reports. Two others who arrived from the UK, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary,... More »

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Saudi Murder Plot

Manssor Arbabsiar says US invented the plot as a political tool

(Newser) - The Iranian-American accused of conspiring to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US pleaded not guilty today at a federal court. Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, faces charges of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism,... More »

Strauss-Kahn Pleads Not Guilty

He faces 25 years in prison

(Newser) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges today, reports the New York Daily News , which notes that he was joined by his wife and appeared "pale." Should he be convicted on charges of attempted rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, forcible touching, and unlawful imprisonment,... More »

Idol Hit-and-Run Suspect Will Fight Case

Cohen had been at a bar, could've 'walked into the vehicle': lawyer

(Newser) - The 23-year-old charged in the hit-and-run death of American Idol wannabe Alexis Cohen will plead not guilty on all counts, his lawyer tells People. Daniel Bark is mounting a tough defense case, says the lawyer. “We don't have anything in regards to the mechanics of how this young woman... More »

'Craigslist Killer' Pleads Not Guilty

Arraigned on 7 counts including first-degree murder

(Newser) - Philip Markoff spoke a resounding “not guilty” at his arraignment today for the murder of a masseuse, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors described “brutal” attacks against three women as the so-called “Craigslist killer” was arraigned on seven charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, armed kidnapping, armed assault,... More »

Huckaby Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of 8-Year-Old Girl

(Newser) - Melissa Huckaby, the Sunday school teacher accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering an 8-year-old girl in California, pleaded not guilty today, KPIX-TV reports. Sandra Cantu, a playmate of 28-year-old Huckaby’s daughter, was found in a suitcase in a nearby pond in April. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September.... More »

Peterson Pleads Not Guilty

(Newser) - A defense attorney entered a not-guilty plea today for former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson in the 2004 death of his third wife. Peterson stood silently in court, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles. He's been in custody since May 7, when he was arrested near his Bolingbrook home... More »

Mumbai Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Says he's 21 years old; co-defendants also plead not guilty

(Newser) - The only surviving suspected gunman in last year's terrorist attacks in Mumbai pleaded not guilty today to all charges against him, including waging war against India and murder. The presiding judge read out all the charges against Mohammed Ajmal Kasab in a Mumbai courtroom; Kasab responded with a plea of... More »

Judge Orders 'Ashamed' Madoff to Jail on Guilty Plea

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty this morning to all 11 felony charges against him, saying he was "sorry and ashamed" for his criminal acts. The judge accepted the plea and revoked Madoff's bail, bringing cheers from spectators in the courtroom. Madoff was escorted out in handcuffs and will remain in... More »

Alleged Church Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Lawyer enters plea on behalf of suspect still in Ill. hospital

(Newser) - An attorney for the man accused of gunning down an Illinois pastor and wounding two churchgoers with a knife entered a not guilty plea for his client today, and asked for a jury trial. The man, Terry Sedlacek, 27, is charged with murder and aggravated battery in Sunday's attack at... More »

Cops Didn't Wait on Palin Run to Bust Levi's Mom: Probe

Baby daddy's mommy pleads not guilty

(Newser) - The drug case against Bristol Palin’s future mother-in-law wasn’t slowed for political reasons, an investigation found yesterday. A state trooper had suggested as much in an email, prompting a flurry of national concern, the Anchorage Daily News reports. But a probe by the union representing troopers found that... More »

Madoff May Plead Insanity

Sources say attorneys are considering multiple personality disorder argument

(Newser) - You'd have to be a little bit crazy to cook up a $50 billion Ponzi scheme, but Bernard Madoff’s lawyers are exploring taking things a bit further with an insanity defense. “They may even say he has a multiple personality disorder,” a source tells the New York ... More »

'Not Guilty' Plea for Uncooperative Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader refuses to recognize court on war-crimes charges

(Newser) - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic refused to plead today at a UN war-crimes tribunal—so a judge entered a “not guilty” plea for him, the BBC reports. Karadzic, 63, was charged with 11 counts linked to the Bosnian civil war of the 1990s, including genocide, crimes against humanity,... More »

Fla. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening Bush, Obama

Giesel tight-lipped at hearing

(Newser) - A man who authorities said kept an arsenal of weaponry and military gear pleaded not guilty today to threatening to assassinate both President Bush and Barack Obama. Raymond Hunter Geisel, 22, spoke only his name and age as his court-appointed lawyer entered the plea. Geisel had previously been charged with... More »

Fritzl Will Plead Insanity

Lawyer says man who raped daughter for 24 years' is mentally ill, not responsible for actions

(Newser) - The man charged with imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and repeatedly raping her may not spend long behind bars, reports the Times of London, as Josef Fritzel's lawyer plans to plead insanity to avoid a prison term. “Josef Fritzl is mentally ill and therefore not responsible for his... More »

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