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Robert Durst: Yes, I Wrote the Infamous 'Cadaver Note'

Admits it's 'difficult to believe' he wrote tipoff note but didn't kill Susan Berman

(Newser) - Murder suspect Robert Durst admitted for the first time Monday something that those following the case probably already knew—he wrote what has come to be known as the "cadaver note." The note has long been a key piece of evidence in the case of Susan Berman, a...

Durst Says He Lied to Cops About Night Wife Disappeared

He falsely claimed to have spoken to her days after she was last seen

(Newser) - Real estate heir Robert Durst testified Wednesday that he has changed his mind many times about whether he actually saw his wife step onto a commuter train for Manhattan on the night she disappeared in 1982, and said he lied to police when he told them he later spoke to...

He Allegedly Suspected Wife's Affair Before She Disappeared

New details revealed in hearing on Barry Morphew's murder case

(Newser) - Barry Morphew told investigators he'd spent a perfect night with his wife before she seemingly vanished on a bike ride in 2020. But according to Suzanne Morphew's best friend, the Colorado couple hadn't had a perfect night in well over a year. Indeed, Suzanne had been having...

'Boy Next Door Killer' Gets Death Sentence for 2 Murders

Michael Thomas Gargiulo was convicted two years ago for the home invasions and killings

(Newser) - For crimes he called “vicious and frightening,” a judge on Friday gave a death sentence to a man prosecutors called “The Boy Next Door Killer” for the home-invasion murders of two women and the attempted murder of a third. Victims' family members wept as Los Angeles Superior...

Made to Testify, Durst's Brother Speaks: 'He'd Like to Murder Me'

Douglas Durst fears his brother 'may have the means to do so,' despite being locked up

(Newser) - The estranged brother of Robert Durst, the real estate heir on trial in his best friend's slaying , testified under threat of subpoena Monday that the two never got along and he feared his oldest sibling would kill him. "He'd like to murder me," Douglas Durst bluntly...

Woman Who Killed Abusive Husband Collapses in Court
She Could've Gotten
Life. What Prosecutors
Sought Made Her Faint
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She Could've Gotten Life. What Prosecutors Sought Made Her Faint

Frenchwoman Valerie Bacot collapses in court on Friday

(Newser) - A Frenchwoman on trial for murdering her abusive husband , who was her abusive stepfather before he forced her to marry him, collapsed in court Friday after hearing how long prosecutors were asking for her to spend in prison. Valerie Bacot, now 40, could have seen life in prison after admitting...

He Was Her Stepdad, Then Her Husband. Now, a Murder Trial

More than 600K call for release of Valerie Bacot, who says Daniel Polette abused her for 24 years

(Newser) - The trial of a Frenchwoman who allegedly shot her husband to death started Monday, and the suspect herself says she deserves to be punished. But Valerie Bacot's story has infuriated activists on domestic violence who say she should be given her freedom, as her husband was also her stepfather,...

Murder Trial Witness Vanishes as Home Burns to the Ground
He Reluctantly Testified.
Now His Home Is
Burned and He's Gone
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He Reluctantly Testified. Now His Home Is Burned and He's Gone

FBI is on the case of missing murder-trial witness in Brownstown, Wash.

(Newser) - Tim Castilleja was scared to admit in court what he'd told federal agents: that on May 3, 2019, he'd seen a man brandishing a rifle and a woman frantically cleaning out a vehicle at his tavern in Brownstown, Wash., on the Yakama Indian Reservation. Federal agents—making the...

Murder Suspect Grills His Own Young Son in Court

'You stabbed me,' 11-year-old tells dad acting as his own lawyer and cross-examining the boy

(Newser) - An 11-year-old witness to the murder of his mom and older sister testified this week in the trial of the first-degree murder suspect, who's also accused of stabbing the boy, dousing him in gasoline, and setting him, and the boy's home, on fire. The suspect, Ronnie Oneal III,...

Mollie Tibbetts' Alleged Killer Reverses Confession

Wednesday's testimony came as surprise to prosecutors

(Newser) - The man on trial for the 2018 stabbing death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts took the stand Wednesday to claim her killers were walking free. Testifying through an interpreter, Mexican national Cristhian Bahena Rivera said two masked men, one carrying a gun and another a knife, showed up...

DNA to Be Tested Decades After Warmus' Conviction

Killer spent 27 years in prison for killing her lover's wife in 1989

(Newser) - Prosecutors in New York have consented to DNA testing of evidence from the 1992 trial of so-called "Fatal Attraction" killer Carolyn Warmus, who was paroled two years ago after serving 27 years in prison for the murder of her lover's wife. Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah consented...

Picture of Chauvin Juror Raises Questions on Impartiality

Facebook post showing Brandon Mitchell in BLM T-shirt at DC march last August could affect appeal

(Newser) - A photo has emerged of one of the jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, and it's raising questions that could affect Chauvin's appeal. Brandon Mitchell, who served on the jury that convicted the former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd, says he went to...

Reversal Follows Testimony on George Floyd's 5 Muffled Words

Witness claimed he said 'I ate too many drugs,' before changing his mind

(Newser) - What looked like a win for the defense soon turned into a blow Wednesday during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin's defense attorney, Eric Nelson, was questioning James Reyerson, a senior special agent with Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which investigates police use-of-force incidents,...

Derek Chauvin Will Face Another Murder Charge

Judge approves 3rd-degree murder charge in George Floyd case; jury selection proceeds

(Newser) - A judge on Thursday granted prosecutors' request to add a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, per the AP . Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill reinstated the charge after the former officer, Derek Chauvin, failed to get appellate courts to block it....

Ahmaud Arbery Suspects Want One Word Off Limits

They ask judge to prevent prosecutors from calling Arbery a 'victim' during trial

(Newser) - When the trial of the father and son accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery gets underway, the pair don't want jurors to hear one particular word in the courtroom: "victim." In a motion filed last week, lawyers for Gregory and Travis McMichael asked a judge to bar prosecutors...

He Was Tried 6 Times for Murder. Now He's Free

Charges dropped against Curtis Flowers for quadruple murder in 1996 in Mississippi

(Newser) - He's had six murder trials, spent nearly two dozen years behind bars, and been sentenced to death four times. Now, Curtis Flowers is officially free. The Black man from Mississippi was released on bail in December—after the US Supreme Court overturned his most recent conviction involving a 1996...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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