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SD Card Led to His Arrest—and a New Confession

Brian Steven Smith accused of killing 2 Alaska Native women

(Newser) - The man accused of the brutal strangling of a woman in an Alaska hotel room last month killed another woman, police say. Brian Steven Smith, 48, was charged with murder, sexual assault, and evidence tampering based on footage from an SD card labeled "homicide at midtown Marriott," found... More »

Cops Find Dead Woman at Actor's Home. Then, a Shootout

Police say Ron Ely's wife was killed by the couple's son

(Newser) - Two people were killed Tuesday at the California home of actor Ron Ely, who's described as safe and uninjured. Deputies responded to a call about a family dispute at the home in the Santa Barbara suburb of Hope Ranch around 8:15pm to find the body of an elderly... More »

Cops Weren't Sure Brutal Video Was Real. It Was

Discovery of SD card leads to arrest for woman's murder in Alaska

(Newser) - "One of the first questions that detectives had to answer was, 'Was this staged, or did this really happen?'" says an official with the Anchorage Police Department. Unfortunately, it really happened. The official was referring to the discovery of a digital memory card that appeared to show... More »

Murder Charge Against 9-Year-Old Triggers Debate

Mom says boy accused of setting fatal fire 'not a monster'; critics say murder charge is too severe

(Newser) - The mother of a 9-year-old accused of setting an Illinois mobile home fire in April that killed five family members is speaking out—and she wants people to know her son is "not a monster," per the AP . The 28-year-old mom, IDed by the Chicago Tribune as Katie... More »

Police Say Woman Killed 6 Relatives Over 14 Years

Woman in India was motivated by greed, police say

(Newser) - India has been transfixed by a case involving an alleged serial killer with an incongruous name. Police say Jolly Thomas, 47, has admitted poisoning six relatives with cyanide over a 14-year period, the Guardian reports. She was present at the deaths of all six victims, who had consumed food or... More »

Illinois 9-Year-Old Hit With 5 Counts of First-Degree Murder

'Probation, given the age, is about the only outcome that could happen here'

(Newser) - A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, the AP reports. The juvenile also was charged with two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, the (Peoria)... More »

Children's Book Author, Family Found Dead in Home

'This is a horrible, horrible event,' DA says

(Newser) - A relative who arrived at a home in a Boston suburb Monday morning to take children to school made a horrifying find downstairs: The body of their mother, 40-year-old Deirdre Zaccardi. After the relative called 911, police found the bodies of the family's three children—11-year-old Alexis and 9-year-old... More »

Man Charged in NYC Homeless Murders

Randy Santos, 24, is up on murder and attempted murder

(Newser) - Four homeless men are dead, and prosecutors have their perp. Randy Santos, 24, was charged Sunday with four counts of murder and one of attempted murder as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, an NYPD detective tells CNN . The four men were beaten to death and one seriously injured in... More »

They Were Sleeping on the Streets. Now, 4 Dead in Rampage

Victims believed to have been homeless; 'long metal object' recovered

(Newser) - Four men who were believed to be homeless were brutally attacked and killed Saturday in a New York City street rampage. New York Police Department Detective Annette Shelton says that a fifth man remained in critical condition Saturday after also being struck with a long metal object that authorities recovered.... More »

Victim's Brother: This Is Why I Hugged the Shooter

Brandt Jean talks about his now-famous embrace with Amber Guyger

(Newser) - Feelings are "mixed" about the "remarkable" hug that the younger brother of Botham Jean gave to Amber Guyger at her sentencing hearing, per the Jean family attorney, but one person who's sure that what he did was right is Brandt Jean, ABC News reports. The 18-year-old made... More »

Tech Exec Found Dead Hours After Kidnapping

Police in Santa Cruz believe robbery was the motive

(Newser) - A wealthy tech executive was kidnapped from his oceanfront home in Santa Cruz at 3am Tuesday and found dead later that day, police in California say. Police say they received a 911 call reporting a kidnapping and home invasion early Tuesday from the home of Tushar Atre, the 50-year-old founder... More »

Man Accused of Killing 6-Year-Old Son in Horrific Tub Exorcism

Complaint says Pablo Martinez held boy he said was 'demonic' under faucet of scalding water

(Newser) - A horrific crime out of Arizona, where a father is accused of the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old son after an apparent exorcism attempt. The Arizona Republic reports that Pablo Martinez, said to be in his 30s, was arrested after the incident on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation outside Tucson,... More »

A Decades-Long Serial Killer Case Ends With Confession

S. Korea's Lee Chun-jae admitted to 14 murders, but statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - Police had only been able to link him to a handful of rapes and murders in South Korea—but a suspected serial killer has just confessed to many more. The New York Times reports that 56-year-old Lee Chun-jae, already in prison for life for raping and killing his sister-in-law, has... More »

Mom Sentenced in Deaths of 2 Girls Banished by Cult

Her daughters were kept in a car without food, water

(Newser) - A Colorado woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars for killing her two daughters after she and other members of a doomsday religious group banished them to a car without food or water because the girls were thought to have been impure. Nashika Bramble was sentenced to... 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 »

Fugitive Disbarred Attorney Captured After 8 Months

Richard Merritt is accused of killing his own mother

(Newser) - A disbarred attorney from Georgia who allegedly killed his mother and went on the run instead of surrendering to serve a prison sentence has been recaptured after eight months as a fugitive. Authorities say Richard Merritt was arrested by the US Marshals Service in a thrift store in Nashville on... More »

Roadside Killers Had Weirdest Escape Plan

The RCMP reveals how they tracked down Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod

(Newser) - Sad, but true: Two triple homicide suspects in Canada believed they could escape by hijacking a boat to Africa, the National Post reports. On Friday, the RCMP revealed how they identified Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod as roadside killers and tracked them down in the swampy terrain of northern Manitoba.... More »

7 More Teens Charged After Boy Killed 'Over a Girl'

Khaseen Morris was only 16

(Newser) - Police said Saturday they've made seven more arrests in the murder of a teen who was stabbed while dozens of onlookers recorded video on their phones, CNN reports. Khaseen Morris, 16, was allegedly killed outside a Long Island strip mall in a confrontation with a group of teens over... More »

Man Who Killed Dad After Allowance Cut Is Sentenced

Thomas Gilbert Jr gets life in prison

(Newser) - The trial that shocked New York's high society is over—and Thomas Gilbert Jr, accused of murdering his father over an allowance cut, got life in prison. Judge Melissa Jackson acknowledged the defendant's "mental issues" Friday but saw no excuse for shooting his 70-year-old father in the... 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 »

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