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Judge Halts Execution Over Risk to Families

Relatives of victims filed suit saying they shouldn't have to travel during pandemic

(Newser) - Three days before it was scheduled to take place, a federal judge in Indiana on Friday halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by injection on Monday. But Chief District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in Indiana ruled that the... More »

They Were Filming TikTok Vids on the Beach. Then, a Grisly Find

Remains discovered by teens on Seattle's Alki Beach belong to shooting victims

(Newser) - A group of teens were filming TikTok videos on a Seattle beach when they discovered the remains of two murder victims. In a video viewed around the world, the teens are seen stumbling upon a foul-smelling suitcase that had washed ashore on Alki Beach on June 19. A female opens... More »

Here Are the Details From New George Floyd Transcripts

Derek Chauvin allegedly told Floyd, 'It takes a lot of oxygen to talk'

(Newser) - New bodycam transcripts were released in the death of George Floyd Wednesday, and they're difficult to read. They were made public as part of former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's request to have the charges against him in the case, aiding and abetting murder and aiding and abetting... More »

A Father-Son Outing Turns Deadly, Randomly

California doctor Ari Gershman was shot dead by a 'random gunman'

(Newser) - A California doctor was shot dead on Friday while off-roading in a new four-wheel drive Jeep with his 15-year-old son—who fled the gunman and survived a more than 30-hour ordeal in the Tahoe National Forest. Ari Gershman, a 45-year-old pulmonary doctor from Danville, was shot by a "random... More »

Grandma Who Killed Lookalike Faces Another Murder Charge

Lois Riess has been extradited to Minnesota

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman serving life in prison for the murder of a Florida woman who resembled her is back in her home state to face another murder charge. Lois Riess was booked Friday on charges of first and second-degree murder in the March 2018 killing of her husband, David Riess,... More »

Incredibly Cold Murder Case Spawns 2 Arrests

Theodore 'Teddy' Edwards was gunned down in 1993 in a Connecticut restaurant

(Newser) - Connecticut police have arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old restaurant custodian whose killing had gone unsolved for 27 years, the AP reports. Bridgeport police said Danarius Dukes was apprehended Thursday in Stamford, and authorities announced Friday that Breeze Brown, also known as Eric Brown,... More »

2 Cops Charged With Murder in Oklahoma

Investigators say Jared Lakey was tased more than 50 times

(Newser) - Two Oklahoma police officers are charged with second-degree murder after allegedly using a Taser on a man more than 50 times. Jared Lakey, 28, died on July 6, 2019, two days after he confronted officers Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman in Wilson, per the Frontier . Taylor had responded to a... More »

A Black Man's Brutal Murder Causes Pause in Denmark

Officials say Phillip Mbuji Johansen's killing wasn't a race-based crime; many disagree

(Newser) - One of the two white men suspected of torturing and killing a black man in Denmark has the words "white power” and a swastika tattooed on his legs, yet prosecutors have said "skin color" played no role in the crime. It's a determination that has rankled many... More »

3 Men Indicted on Murder Charges in Arbery Killing

Grand jury supports felony murder charges

(Newser) - Three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia, a prosecutor announced Wednesday. Prosecutor Joyette Holmes said a Glynn County grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder in... More »

Teen Facing Life for Killing Abuser Gets a Break

Community groups raise $400K to get Chrystul Kizer out of jail

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen held in jail for two years for the murder of her alleged sex trafficker has been released on bail after $400,000 was raised by groups including the Milwaukee Freedom Fund. The fund worked with the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Chicago Community Bond Fund, and the national... More »

After 7 Killed in Alabama, 2 Suspects Nabbed in Oregon

Cops say Frederic Rogers, John Legg, accused of killing 7, were part of '7 Deadly Sins' club

(Newser) - Two men who allegedly shot seven people to death at an Alabama home earlier this month are now in custody in Oregon. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the suspects—Frederic Rogers, 22, and John Legg, 19, neither of whom have a criminal record—were detained "without incident"... More »

Tessa Majors' Parents Release Devastating Letter

First teen was sentenced Monday in plea deal; others are charged with Majors' murder

(Newser) - The young teen who took a plea deal in the death of Tessa Majors was sentenced Monday to 18 months in juvenile detention, at least six of which will be served in a facility before he could potentially be released and monitored, USA Today reports. The boy, who was 13... More »

2 Black Lives Matter Protesters Found Dead

Activists had been reported missing in Florida

(Newser) - Two women who met after recent Black Lives Matter protests against the death of George Floyd were found dead in Florida on Saturday, Fox News reports. The bodies of Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, and Victoria Sims, 75, were both found in the vicinity of suspect Aaron Glee's Tallahassee home; he... More »

Black Man Found Hanging From Tree Near City Hall

Robert Fuller's body was found in Palmdale, California

(Newser) - Authorities in the Southern California city of Palmdale are investigating the death of a 24-year-old black man found hanging from a tree near City Hall, which they originally described as an apparent suicide, prompting outrage in the community, the AP reports. A passerby reported seeing Robert Fuller's body around... More »

Baltimore Cops Seek Suspect in Killing of Longtime Radio Host

Tyra Womack, announcer for popular gospel program, gunned down outside home

(Newser) - What appears to have been a neighbors' tiff led to the murder of a popular gospel radio host, say police, who are now on the hunt for her killer. The Baltimore Sun reports that 57-year-old Tyra Womack, an announcer on WEAA's Gospel Grace program for more than three decades,... More »

Likely Killer Claimed He Tried to Resuscitate Swedish PM

Prosecutors wrap up investigation, naming deceased suspect who arrived at scene

(Newser) - Authorities have a suspect in the 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme—but the unsolved case will now be closed. Those are just some of the developments shared Wednesday as chief prosecutor Krister Petersson wrapped up his investigation of the high-profile case that has been an "open... More »

Chicago Logs Deadliest Day in Modern History

Crime Lab counts 18 murders in 24 hours on May 31

(Newser) - Chicago has logged its deadliest day in modern history, with 18 murders on May 31. "A hardworking father killed just before 1am. A West Side high school student murdered two hours later. A man killed amid South Side looting at a cellphone store at 12:30pm," begins a... More »

2 Officers Die in Ambush Killings. Enter the FBI

Steven Carrillo, 32, is arrested in California

(Newser) - The FBI and local investigators are trying to determine a possible link between the ambush-style killing of a Northern California sheriff's deputy Saturday night and that of a federal officer who was fatally shot outside the US courthouse in Oakland more than a week ago, the AP reports. The... More »

'Octogenarian Bingo Killer' Arrested in Spain

Cops say 84-year-old man knew victim from game

(Newser) - The Spanish press is calling him "El asesino octogenario del bingo"—the Octogenarian Bingo Killer. Police say an 84-year-old man has been arrested after a yearlong investigation into the murder of an 83-year-old woman in Fuenlabrada, near Madrid, the Guardian reports. The victim was stabbed to death in... More »

Farmer's Killing Was 'Incomprehensible'—Until Now

Elmer Yuill was murdered on his farm back in 1991. Now, a suspect emerges

(Newser) - Elmer Yuill's killing made no sense at all. The gentle farmer liked doting on his younger sisters and kept his barnyard so clean that drivers pulled over for photos. Yet early one morning in 1991, the 77-year-old was found dead, two bullets in the back—execution style—on that... More »

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