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This Khashoggi Murder Trial Won't Be Secret

20 Saudi nationals go on trial in absentia in Turkey

(Newser) - Twenty Saudi nationals are on trial in absentia in Turkey for the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, including two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Ahmed al-Asiri, the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence, and Saud al-Qahtani, an... More »

Coronavirus Has Now Delayed an Infamous Murder Trial

Robert Durst trial is now postponed in LA at least until April 6

(Newser) - The trial of Robert Durst has become another coronavirus casualty. Los Angeles County Superior Court Mark E. Windham says the murder trial of the real estate heir will be adjourned until at least April 6. The superior court's presiding judge said Sunday that new civil and criminal trials will... More »

Durst Plotted to Kill Brother, Too: Prosecutors

He allegedly used 'Igor' as code for murder

(Newser) - "I was planning on Igor-ing BM." So said Robert Durst in a jailhouse phone call in 2001, a recording played during his murder trial Monday. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin explained to jurors that "BM" referred to his brother, Douglas, and "Igor-ing" was his code for... More »

Mistrial in Case of Boy Killed With Stick After Courtroom Fracas

Man's stepson charges stepfather during sentencing hearing

(Newser) - A judge declared a mistrial Thursday for an Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick after the man's stepson charged at his stepfather during the sentencing hearing, the AP reports. Circuit Judge Brad Karren granted the request for a mistrial... More »

Lawyer Claims Dulos Found Bloody Clothes on His Porch

Judge rejects request for a posthumous trial

(Newser) - Fotis Dulos had a good explanation for why he was caught on surveillance video dumping his estranged wife's bloody clothes in trash cans on the day she disappeared, according to the dead murder suspect's lawyer. Norm Pattis said Wednesday that Dulos—who declared his innocence in a note... More »

American Teens Who Face Life in Italy Go on Trial

Gabriel Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Elder accused of murdering a cop

(Newser) - Two American teens were arrested in Italy over the summer for allegedly killing a Rome police officer in the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. On Wednesday, their trial in the Italian capital began, ABC News reports. Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 19, and Finnegan Elder, now 20, face charges of aggravated... More »

Teen Allegedly Kills Abuser, Now Faces Life Sentence

Chrystul Kizer accused of killing man, and her attorneys say she was victim of sex trafficking

(Newser) - A 19-year-old woman in Wisconsin faces a life sentence for allegedly murdering a man in Kenosha last year, and the case is generating national attention for its unusual circumstances. The crime itself was a brutal one, as ABC News recounts. Randall Volar, 34, was shot twice in the head in... More »

Man Who Has Had 6 Murder Trials Released on Bail

Curtis Flowers has been behind bars for 22 years

(Newser) - A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court for racial bias was granted his freedom for the first time in 22 years Monday while prosecutors decide whether to retry him for a seventh time. A judge set a bond of $250,000 for Curtis Flowers,... More »

Before Doctors Were Killed in Penthouse, a Text: 'Serious'

Bampumim Teixeira pleaded not guilty in deaths of Dr. Richard Field, Dr. Lina Bolanos in Boston

(Newser) - Two doctors who were planning to spend the rest of their lives together ended up dead in May 2017. Last Thursday, the man accused of murdering them went on trial. Dr. Richard Field and fiancee Dr. Lina Bolanos were found slain in their South Boston penthouse with their throats slit... More »

Man Who Murdered 4 in His Family Found Not Guilty

Lovequawn Scott was mentally ill at the time, court says

(Newser) - A South Carolina man who murdered four family members was found not guilty Friday by reason of insanity, WCSC reports. In a bench trial, Jennifer Kneece Shealy of the Ninth Circuit's Solicitor's Office said Lovequawn Scott was clearly ill and had been refused help at a mental health... More »

Key Witness in Amber Guyger Trial Shot, Killed

Joshua Brown shot to death in a parking lot just days after Dallas police officer hears her fate

(Newser) - A witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor has been killed in a shooting, the Dallas Morning News reports. Authorities said Joshua Brown, who lived in the same apartment complex as Amber Guyger and Botham Jean, was shot and killed... More »

Verdict Is in for Ex-Cop Who Killed Man in His Home

Amber Guyger is found guilty of murder

(Newser) - The verdict is in for Amber Guyger. On Tuesday a Dallas jury unanimously found her guilty of murdering Botham Jean after entering his apartment last year by mistake, NBC News reports. The former Dallas police officer had pleaded not guilty, saying her building's floor plan was confusing, but prosecutors... More »

Cop Accused of Killing Man in His Home: I Wish He'd Shot Me

At murder trial, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger says she thought Botham Jean was going to kill her

(Newser) - The former Dallas cop who shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment took the stand Friday morning at her Texas murder trial, emotional as her defense team continued to insist that Jean's death was a "tragic but innocent" mistake that happened after she entered his... More »

Verdict In on Corn Rake Murder in America's Heartland

Hog farmer Todd Mullis convicted of killing wife Amy in Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa hog farmer on trial for murdering his wife has heard his fate. CNN and the Washington Post report that Todd Mullis was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury Monday in a Dubuque County courtroom, despite his initial claim that Amy Mullis died in November 2018 after... More »

An Affair, Then Murder on an Iowa Hog Farm

Prosecutors allege Todd Mullis killed wife Amy in November

(Newser) - On Nov. 10 of last year, an Iowa man called 911 around noon. Todd Mullis said he sent his 13-year-old son to check on his wife, and the boy found Amy Mullis in a shed at their Earlville hog farm with a corn rake impaled in her back. She was... More »

Man Allegedly Killed Dad Who Cut Weekly Allowance to $300

Lawyers for Thomas Gilbert Jr. say he's mentally ill

(Newser) - Thomas Gilbert Jr. has lived a privileged life. The son of a millionaire hedge-fund founder, he grew up among the rich and well-connected in Manhattan before graduating from Princeton with an economics degree. But rather than follow in dad's footsteps, he lived on a $1,000 weekly allowance from... More »

Claus von Bulow, Acquitted in Sensational Murder Trial, Dies

Sunny von Bulow fell into an irreversible coma

(Newser) - Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, has died, the AP reports. He was 92. Von Bulow's son-in-law, Riccardo Pavoncelli, tells The New York Times that von... More »

Student Accused of Decapitating Schoolmate

Mathew Borges' trial begins in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A murder trial began Monday for a Massachusetts teen accused of cutting off a schoolmate's head in a jealous rage, the Boston Herald reports. In his opening statement, a prosecutor said Mathew Borges, then 15, decapitated 16-year-old Manuel Viloria-Paulino in November 2016 after accusing him of sleeping with Borges'... More »

A Baptist Serial Killer. A Famous Writer. Then, 'Mysteries'

The 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author struggled with an incredible case

(Newser) - When Harper Lee tried her hand at true-crime writing, she picked a doozey—but that didn't guarantee success, CBS News reports. The To Kill a Mockingbird author hadn't published in 17 years when she grew interested in Willie Maxwell, a Baptist minister in Alexander City, Alabama. Maxwell's... More »

Durst's Final Jinx Words Seem 'Damning.' They Were Also Edited

As trial approaches, documentary makers under fire for presenting his words out of order

(Newser) - Dramatic storytelling or manipulation of the truth? That's the question posed by the New York Times about the HBO documentary The Jinx, which in 2015 aired an apparent "confession" by Robert Durst—accused of killing friend Susan Berman and long suspected of killing his wife—in its final... More »

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