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Oprah on Beverly Hills Murder: 'World Is Upside Down'

Jacqueline Avant's shooting death follows string of robberies targeting the rich and famous

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is among the celebrities in shock at the killing of Jacqueline Avant , a philanthropist with ties to the rich and famous who called Beverly Hills home for half a decade. The 81-year-old wife of legendary music producer Clarence Avant and mother of former US ambassador to the Bahamas...

Official on Killing of Music Exec's Wife: Probably Not Random

Tyler Perry pledges 'every available resource' to find killer of Jackie Avant, wife of Clarence Avant

(Newser) - Update: The home invasion that led to the killing of a well-known music executive's wife may have been a targeted one, at least according to the chief of the Beverly Hills police. "I don't think that it's a random attack, but I can't speculate on...

Killer's Appeal Rejected in Triple Homicide

Joshua Komisarjevsky and another man murdered a woman, daughters in Connecticut

(Newser) - The Connecticut Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a man convicted of murder, sexual assault, and other crimes in the killings of a woman and her two daughters , ages 11 and 17, in a 2007 home invasion. Justices issued a 7-0 decision Monday upholding the convictions against Joshua Komisarjevsky, per...

12-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Home Invader: Cops

Charges against the boy are not expected

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say that a 12-year-old boy shot and killed an intruder Saturday during a home invasion robbery, ABC reports. A 73-year-old resident of the apartment where the attempted robbery occurred was shot by one of the suspects, the Goldsboro Police Department said in a statement , and was...

Wealthy Alabama Man Survives 'Horrid Life Experience'

Elton B. Stephens Jr. was kidnapped and forced to pay a ransom, per court documents

(Newser) - A wealthy retired businessman in Birmingham, Ala., was kidnapped before he was forced to wire $250,000 to his captors in a "horrid life experience," according to the man's attorney. Around 1am on Sept. 11, intruders entered the rented home of Elton B. Stephens Jr., whose family...

Cops: Man in His 70s Killed Intruder Who Attacked Wife

Suspect smashed through front door of Florida home

(Newser) - A Florida man in his 70s fatally shot an intruder who smashed through his front door and attacked his wife, police say. According to a Facebook post from the Bay County Sheriff's Office , the man was outside his Panama City home early Tuesday morning when he was approached by...

3 Suspects Killed During Texas Home Invasion

Cops say man opened fire after they entered home

(Newser) - When deputies arrived at a mobile home in Channelview, Texas, on Monday morning, three men were dead outside—and their car was still running in the driveway. Police say a resident opened fire on the men with a shotgun during an attempted burglary or home invasion in the Houston suburb,...

Cops: Bank Teller Robs Man Who Made Big Withdrawal

19-year-old faces slew of charges in Maryland

(Newser) - It's usually the bank teller that gets robbed. Not so in a case out of Maryland, where police say a teller who told them he was "tired of working two jobs" invaded the home of a customer who'd withdrawn several thousand dollars, reports the Baltimore Sun . Nathan...

8 Months Pregnant, Woman Returns Home Invaders' Fire

One of the armed men was killed, the other fled

(Newser) - Hearing a commotion one evening last week, a Florida woman who'd been in a back bedroom of the family house looked out to see what was going on. When she saw two men holding her 11-year-old daughter and pistol-whipping her husband, and one of them took a shot at...

Teen Dies in Struggle to Protect Home, Sister
Teen Dies in Struggle
to Protect Home, Sister

Teen Dies in Struggle to Protect Home, Sister

Florida's Khyler Edman to get a hero's sendoff

(Newser) - Thousands of people have opened their wallets to ensure a funeral fit for a hero after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a struggle as he protected his little sister during a home invasion, according to police in Port Charlotte, Fla. Khyler Edman went toe to toe with the suspect,...

Cops: Florida Man Cut Off Neighbor's Penis With Scissors

Alex Bonilla allegedly caught neighbor having sex with his wife

(Newser) - A Florida man is accused of exacting a gruesome revenge on a man he allegedly caught having sex with his wife. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor told police that Alex Bonilla, 49, broke into his home in Bell, west of Gainesville, on Sunday morning when his...

11-Year-Old Lets Intruder 'Have It' With a Machete
11-Year-Old Lets
Intruder 'Have It'
With a Machete
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11-Year-Old Lets Intruder 'Have It' With a Machete

Police say Braydon Smith struck the suspect in the head with the weapon

(Newser) - It's an incredible story that took an incredulous turn: An 11-year-old North Carolina boy went after a home intruder with a machete, wounding him in the head—but after being treated for his injury, the suspect escaped. ABC11 has the timeline, which began last week in Mebane. Braydon Smith...

Judge: Stabbing an Intruder to Death Exceeds Self-Defense

Manitoba man gets five-year sentence

(Newser) - Defending yourself from someone who broke into your house is justified, a judge in Canada decided, but stabbing him 13 times, killing him, is not. The Manitoba judge sentenced Dakota Pratt, 28, to five years in prison Thursday; Pratt had been convicted of manslaughter by a jury in April, CBC...

Home Invasion Gets Very Scary
Home Invasion
Erupts Into Gunfire


Home Invasion Erupts Into Gunfire

Invaders run into gun-toting homeowner

(Newser) - A scary home invasion was caught on video this week, gunfire and all. At least three intruders can be seen kicking in the door and entering the Kentucky mobile home—with the leading perp carrying what appears to be a handgun, Fox News reports. But when they reach a doorway,...

Boy, 12, Allegedly Kills Boxer With 'Heart of Gold'
Alleged Killer
Is Just 12

Boxer's Alleged Killer Is Just 12

Murder charges filed in shooting death of John VanMeter

(Newser) - A 24-year-old boxer in Texas is dead, and his suspected killer is half his age. Police have charged a 12-year-old boy with murder after John Duane VanMeter was shot in the head during a home burglary in Uvalde. VanMeter's girlfriend, Sammy Arellano, called 911 around 8pm Wednesday. She tells...

'Hero' Killed by Cops May Have Missed Their Warnings
'Hero' Killed by Cops Got
5 Warnings Over 13 Seconds
the rundown

'Hero' Killed by Cops Got 5 Warnings Over 13 Seconds

But the scene was noisy and chaotic, and Richard Black's family says his hearing wasn't good

(Newser) - Officers repeatedly instructed Richard "Gary" Black to drop his weapon and show his hands after arriving at his Colorado home in the early hours of Monday morning. The request was made five times over a period the Denver Post reports was 13 seconds. When he didn't, but instead...

Neighbor's Text Saves Wife, Daughter as Professor Murdered

She spotted intruder enter Brooklyn home

(Newser) - A professor in Brooklyn was murdered by an intruder on Monday, police say—and his wife and daughter may have been saved by a sharp-eyed neighbor. Doreen Giuliano says she noticed a man apparently casing the home for hours and then saw him enter through a side door. Giuliano tells...

Woman Killed After Going From Homeless to Six Figures

Makeva Jenkins was shot by a home invader Thursday in Florida

(Newser) - “We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 ... to now making multi six figures," Makeva Jenkins posted Wednesday night on Facebook . Less than three hours later, the Florida mother of three was dead, People reports. According to the Palm Beach Post , a masked man entered Jenkins' home early Thursday and...

Girlfriend at Heart of Burglary That Ended With 3 Teens Dead

Elizabeth Rodriguez allegedly had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma home

(Newser) - Elizabeth Rodriguez believed there were pricey items inside the Broken Arrow, Okla., home of the Peters family. It was for precisely that reason that she planned the home invasion that would get her boyfriend and his two friends killed, police say, per Tulsa World . Rodriguez, 21, has admitted to breaking...

Escaped Inmate Killed by His Own Hostages

Rafael McCloud held Miss. couple prisoner before they shot him

(Newser) - An escaped inmate accused of raping and murdering a woman last year was shot and killed in Mississippi on Thursday by the very people he had taken prisoner. Officials say Rafael McCloud, 34—who escaped from a Warren County jail on March 2 with a worker's uniform—was killed...

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