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Cop On the Job 4 Days Charged With Homicide

Rookie Chris Samayoa shot suspect from patrol vehicle in 2017

(Newser) - A former San Francisco police officer is facing charges of on-duty homicide in what the district attorney's office says is a first for the city. Chris Samayoa is accused of fatally shooting a 42-year-old Black man, Keita O'Neil, on what was his fourth day on the job in... More »

25 Years Later, Caller Confesses

Alabama man wasn't a suspect in the killing

(Newser) - The days without an arrest turned into months and then years after someone killed Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995. While never closed, the Alabama case went cold without new evidence. Then the phone rang at the Decatur Police Department. Johnny Dwight Whited called investigators saying he wanted to confess to... More »

Black Teen's Mysterious Death Investigated as a Homicide

Disfigured body was found in ankle-deep water

(Newser) - When the family of 15-year-old Qauwan "Bobby" Charles reported him missing on Oct. 30, police in Baldwin, Louisiana told them the boy was probably at a football game, an attorney for the family says. No Amber Alert was issued. Four days later, the Black teenager was found dead in... More »

Ex-Ballerina's Bitter Custody Battle Turns Deadly

Ashley Benefield, 28, is accused of murdering estranged husband Doug Benefield, 58

(Newser) - A former professional dancer is accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband after she claimed a domestic violence incident forced her to act in self-defense. A release from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the incident took place Sept. 27 in Central Park, Fla., where Ashley Benefield, 28—who... More »

Cops: Man Gunned Down Teen Worker at McDonald's Drive-Thru

Justin Michael Mullis, 24, charged after apparently random shooting of Kylee Leniz, 16, in Nevada

(Newser) - In what appears to be a random crime, a Nevada man is in custody and accused of fatally shooting a teen worker at McDonald's over the weekend. Police say that 16-year-old Kylee Leniz died after being shot at the restaurant in Elko on Sunday night, and 24-year-old Justin Michael... More »

At Border Between 2 States, Handoff of a Murder Suspect

Kyle Rittenhouse of Illinois is accused of killing 2 in Kenosha, Wis.

(Newser) - A 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wis., has been extradited to stand trial on homicide charges, with sheriff’s deputies in Illinois handing him over to their counterparts in Wisconsin shortly after a judge on Friday approved the contested extradition. In his afternoon ruling that... More »

Cops: Girl, 8, Died After Being Forced to Jump on Trampoline

Texas couple charged with capital murder

(Newser) - A Texas couple could be facing the death penalty for forcing an 8-year-old girl to jump on a trampoline. Ashley and Daniel Schwarz have been arrested on capital murder charges in the Aug. 29 death of the Odessa girl, ABC reports. Police say the girl, who was in the couple'... More »

Bar Customer, 80, Dies After Confronting Maskless Man

NY man was shoved to the ground

(Newser) - In a case the district attorney describes as "beyond sad," an 80-year-old bar patron was shoved to the ground and fatally injured after he confronted a fellow customer for not wearing a mask. Rocco Sapienza, a retired steelworker and former Marine, died from head trauma on Oct. 1,... More »

In 27 Cities, Homicides Jumped 50% This Summer

Analysts have a list of possibilities for why

(Newser) - Homicides increased 53% this summer in 27 US cities over the same three-month period last year—when there was no pandemic. There was a 14% rise in the number of aggravated assaults in the cities, a new analysis by the Council on Criminal Justice show. But overall, US crime is... More »

Amber Guyger: It Really Wasn't Murder

The former Dallas police officer appeals her sentence

(Newser) - The former Dallas cop who killed an unarmed Black man in his own home—a deadly mistake—has formally appealed her sentence , per CNN . Amber Guyger's lawyers are calling her murder conviction unfair because she considered Botham Jean, 26, a threat at the time. A lighter sentence for criminally... More »

Judge Whose Son Was Shot Dead Reveals His Last Words

NJ's Esther Salas details Daniel Anderl's final moments at hands of 'monster'

(Newser) - "Two weeks ago, my life as I knew it changed in an instant, and my family will never be the same." So starts an emotional nine-minute video released Monday by US District Judge Esther Salas, whose 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, her only child with husband Mark Anderl, was... More »

Worrying Pandemic Trend: a Rise in Homicides

'Wall Street Journal' finds the trend in 36 of the largest 50 cities

(Newser) - Chicago has logged 430 homicides so far this year, up 51% from this point last year, reports the Sun-Times . And while Chicago has drawn much of the attention over rising homicides, it's far from alone among big US cities. A Wall Street Journal analysis finds that 36 of the... More »

Sheriff: 3 Men Going Fishing Killed in 'Horrific Scene'

Friends were going night fishing in remote Florida area when they were beaten and shot to death

(Newser) - Three friends on their way to go fishing were beaten and shot to death in a grisly scene in the backwoods of Florida that the Polk County sheriff is calling a "massacre." “This is a horrific scene," Grady Judd tells the Lakeland Ledger . "I’ve... More »

Killer IDed in 38-Year-Old Cold Case, but He Won't Go to Prison

Harold Warren Jarrell, suspected of murdering 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser in Ohio, died in 1996

(Newser) - In September 1982, 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser was abducted while walking home from school in Columbus Ohio, then beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled to death. Her body was discovered in a field two days later, but her killer was never found. Now, nearly four decades later, authorities say they have... 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 »

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 »

On One Point, the Competing George Floyd Autopsies Agree

His death was a homicide, they both conclude

(Newser) - George Floyd's family disagrees with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office on Floyd's cause of death—but the medical examiner did classify his death as a homicide. On that point the two autopsies (one performed by the ME's office and one ordered by Floyd's family... More »

They Showed Up to Work on the Bridge. They Made a Grim Find

Bodies of 2 sisters found in Georgia, and investigators say it was a double homicide

(Newser) - The bodies of a teen about to graduate from high school and her older sister were found under a Georgia bridge this week, and police say it's now a homicide investigation. CNN identifies the women as 19-year-old Vanita Richardson and 31-year-old Truvenia Campbell. The news site says the women... More »

Family Dollar Guard Killed After Barring Woman Without a Mask

3 charged in slaying at Michigan store

(Newser) - A woman, her adult son, and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn't wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus. Calvin Munerlyn was shot Friday... More »

Step Outside in This City, Get Recorded Everywhere

Aerial surveillance in Baltimore meant to deter homicides, but irks ACLU, privacy advocates

(Newser) - Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky. For the next six months, up to three airplanes outfitted with wide-angle cameras will sweep over Baltimore in daytime flights designed to capture movements across about 90% of... More »

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