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Suspect Arrested in Killing of Woman at LA Furniture Store

Shawn Laval Smith allegedly stabbed 24-year-old woman to death at random

(Newser) - Update: Police say a man suspected of fatally stabbing a young woman in a Los Angeles furniture store last week is now in custody. The LAPD says 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith was arrested in Pasadena on Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Times . The arrest follows a manhunt and the offer...

Prosecutors Add 71 Counts in Parade Deaths

Darrell Brooks Jr. already faced first-degree homicide charges

(Newser) - Prosecutors added dozens of charges Wednesday against a man accused of driving his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year, killing six people and injuring dozens. Investigators say Darrell Brooks Jr. drove his Ford Escape into the parade in downtown Waukesha on Nov. 21, and prosecutors charged...

New Twist in Murdaugh Murders Involves Wife's Will
Murdaugh's Wife Left a Will
Behind, but With One 'Oddity'
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Murdaugh's Wife Left a Will Behind, but With One 'Oddity'

Someone had crossed off name of Maggie Murdaugh's sister as estate handler on 2005 doc

(Newser) - The strange saga swirling around South Carolina's Murdaugh family continues, now involving the supposed final wishes of the late Maggie Murdaugh. NBC News reports the 52-year-old, found shot to death in June in her rural Islandton home along with 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh, left behind a last will and...

Autopsy Report: Miya Marcano Was Bound With Duct Tape

Her cause of death ruled 'homicide by undetermined means'

(Newser) - The death of a woman who went missing from the Florida apartment complex where she lived did indeed die of a homicide, but the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office wasn't able to get much more specific than that. Per its autopsy report, Miya Marcano died of "homicide...

Girl's Alleged Killer Arrested 43 Years Later

Mark Stanley Personette, 76, may have more victims, say police

(Newser) - A man was arrested in Colorado on suspicion of killing a teenage girl in San Francisco more than four decades ago—and detectives say he may be a suspect in other unsolved homicides, per the AP . Mark Stanley Personette, 76, was arrested in suburban Denver last week following a joint...

Pamela Smart Seeks Freedom 31 Years After Husband's Death
Pamela Smart Seeks Release

Pamela Smart Seeks Release

Other defendants in her husband's 1990 slaying have all been released

(Newser) - More than three decades after her husband was slain in their New Hampshire home, Pamela Smart has "accepted responsibility for her role in Gregg Smart's murder" and "expressed deep remorse and anguish concerning her conduct," her lawyers say. The claim is included in a new filing...

Cops: Gang Member Fatally Stabbed Columbia Student

Davide Giri, 30, died after attack in same park where Tessa Majors was killed; suspect in custody

(Newser) - A graduate student at Columbia University was stabbed to death Thursday night in New York City's Morningside Park, the same park where Barnard College student Tessa Majors was fatally stabbed almost two years ago to the day. The New York Times reports that Davide Giri, 30, was about two...

Cops: Man Killed Girlfriend a Day After Her Ultrasound

Kwanmaine Boyd reportedly said 'he did not want any more children'

(Newser) - A Texas man is charged with killing his girlfriend one day after an ultrasound confirmed she was pregnant. Cavanna Smith, a 25-year-old teacher, was found to be about four and a half weeks pregnant at an Oct. 5 ultrasound appointment, which her sister, Brittany Wilson, attended. Smith was nervous and...

Woman Fatally Shot Unloading Gifts From Her Baby Shower

7-months-pregnant Jessica Covington ambushed during 'heinous crime' in Philly

(Newser) - A mom-to-be's weekend celebration ended in tragedy after she was fatally gunned down in Philadelphia. According to the city's police department, the seven-months-pregnant woman—IDed by sources as Jessica Covington, 32, per CBS Philly —was outside her home around 8:30pm Saturday, unloading gifts out of her...

It Happened 'in Just 8 Minutes.' Now, a Cop Charged

DA: Kenneth Cha shot unarmed man in 2017; the man died last January

(Newser) - For just the second time, an on-duty law enforcement officer in San Francisco is being prosecuted for a homicide, according to the district attorney's office. Officer Kenneth Cha faces charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic firearm, among others, after allegedly shooting an unarmed Sean Moore—who...

Parents: Daughter Stabbed 20 Times Didn't Kill Herself

After filing suit 2 years ago, Ellen Greenberg's parents can take their case to trial

(Newser) - Ellen Greenberg died more than a decade ago, but her parents still aren't content with the determination of how—so much so that they sued the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office. The Washington Post recaps the case thus far, starting with the 27-year-old's Jan. 26, 2011, death. The...

Man Who Killed Ex-Wife During Livestream Gets Death Sentence

Chinese vlogger Lhamo died 2 weeks after being doused with gas, set on fire

(Newser) - A man who murdered his ex-wife last year by setting her on fire, all while she was livestreaming, has heard his fate in a Chinese intermediate people's court. The Shanghai Daily reports Tang Lu was on Thursday convicted of killing 30-year-old Lhamo, a vlogger and social media influencer, while...

Slain Instagram Star's Husband Kills Himself as Police Close in

Alexis Robinault Sharkey was found dead last year

(Newser) - Update: The husband of an Instagram star found slain in roadside bushes near her Texas apartment last year killed himself as authorities tried to arrest him on charges connected to her death. US marshals arrived at Thomas Sharkey's Florida home late Tuesday; there was no confrontation, he simply ran...

FBI Says Homicide Rate Soared 30% in 2020

That's the biggest single-year increase on record

(Newser) - Last year was exceptionally deadly in more ways than one. According to the latest statistics from the FBI, the homicide rate soared almost 30% in 2020, the biggest year-on-year increase since the agency started keeping national records in the 1960s, the Hill reports. The overall violent crime rate was up...

It's 'the Closure of a Case That Has Haunted Our Community'

Mother charged in 1992 murder of infant found in South Carolina river

(Newser) - Nearly 30 years after an infant girl's stabbed body was found floating on a South Carolina river, authorities announced the arrest Tuesday of the child's mother and said she has been charged in the death, per the AP . Stacy Michelle Costner Rabon, 48, of Rock Hill, SC, faces...

Mollie Tibbetts' Killer Loses His Bid for New Trial

Cristhian Bahena Rivera says two masked men killed Iowa college student

(Newser) - A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man's request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found in a cornfield weeks after she disappeared while out for a run near her small hometown. Judge Joel Yates' ruling cleared...

Suspect in Golf Course Triple Murder Now in Custody

Bryan Rhoden charged with kidnapping, murder

(Newser) - A man accused of killing three people at a metro Atlanta golf club was arrested on unrelated charges hours after the Saturday homicides and released on bail Tuesday, police say. Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox said Thursday evening that Atlanta man Bryan Anthony Rhoden was arrested again Thursday and...

Mom Arrested in Newborn's Death, 14 Years Later

Another cold case helped along by DNA evidence in 2007 homicide in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - "Baby Mary Anne" would have been 14 this year, had she not been killed as a newborn and dumped in a trash bin at a Pennsylvania YMCA. Now, justice may be around the corner, thanks to DNA evidence that has helped along yet another cold case. PennLive.com reports...

Triple Murder at Golf Course Remains a Mystery
Golf Course Triple Homicide
'Doesn't Make Any Sense'
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Golf Course Triple Homicide 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

Pro Gene Siller and 2 other men were found slain on Atlanta-area course over the weekend

(Newser) - "This doesn't make any sense," a member of the Pinetree Country Club near Atlanta tells CNN . Brian Katrek, who also is an anchor of SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, was referring to the triple homicide that occurred on the club's golf course in Kennesaw over the holiday...

Woman Who Tortured, Killed Maid Gets 30 Years

Singaporean woman's employee weighed just 53 pounds when she died

(Newser) - A Singapore woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in what authorities say was one of the worst cases of "maid abuse" imaginable. Gaiyathiri Murugayan, 40, pleaded guilty earlier this year to dozens of charges, including culpable homicide, in the 2016 death of live-in domestic worker Piang...

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