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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 »

Alleged Murderer Wore Ankle Monitor —Until It Got Repossessed

Clint Walker was missing for 2 weeks in Texas

(Newser) - A murder suspect was effectively at large in Texas after his GPS ankle monitor was removed because he failed to pay a monitoring fee. Clint Walker, who is awaiting trial after being accused of fatally shooting a security guard during a November 2016 robbery, was ordered to pay a monthly... More »

She Allegedly Told Cop to Kill Hubby: 'Burn This Letter Xoxo'

Florida sheriff calls Jesse Lopez a 'nut'

(Newser) - A Florida woman jailed for performing medical procedures without a license wasn't subtle about the fact that she wanted a witness in the case—her husband—dead, according to authorities. "In the Polk County vernacular, this lady's a nut," Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday in announcing... More »

Relative: Teen Fugitives Left a Cellphone Video

RCMP promise an update in 'a couple of weeks'

(Newser) - Two murder suspects believed to have committed suicide following a lengthy manhunt in Canada left behind a cellphone video, which includes their "last will and testament," according to a family member. The unnamed relative tells the Toronto Star that 30 seconds of footage—a goodbye message including the... More »

Cops: He Walked Out of a 7-Eleven, Covered in Blood

Zachary Castaneda allegedly killed 4, injured 2

(Newser) - The suspect in a Southern California stabbing rampage that left four people dead and two injured pleaded not guilty Friday to murder, attempted murder, and other counts. Zachary Castaneda was arraigned in his jail cell instead of court after refusing to leave his jail cell, Orange County District Attorney Todd... More »

Damaged Boat a Dead End in Manhunt for Canadian Teens

But divers turned up nothing in the Nelson River

(Newser) - Canadian authorities made clear a week ago that they aren't ending the search for two teens who are suspected of murdering three people in British Columbia , but that search effort has yet again borne no fruit. ABC News reports the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent an underwater recovery team... More »

Suspect in Murder of Ole Miss Student Found One State Over

Brandon Theesfeld, accused of killing Alexandria 'Ally' Kostial, was found at Memphis gas station

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on the 22-year-old man suspected of killing 21-year-old Ole Miss student Alexandria "Ally" Kostial . Tennessee police say Brandon Theesfeld, originally from Texas, was spotted and detained at a gas station in Memphis and was subsequently brought back to Mississippi, where he was arrested, charged... More »

Suspect Arrested in Mouseketeer's Death

Daniel James Burda had done odd jobs for Dennis Day and his husband

(Newser) - A man was arrested Friday in the death of a former Mouseketeer who was missing for nearly a year before police announced last month that his body had been found in April in his Oregon home. It remains unclear why the body of Dennis Day, 76, wasn't found on... More »

Cops: Instead of Calling Police, Walgreens Called This Guy

Louis Hicks charged with murder after allegedly shooting woman thought to be shoplifter: police

(Newser) - Police say a man has been charged with murder and pretending to be an officer in the shooting death of a woman inside a Chicago Walgreens store. Chicago Police rep Anthony Guglielmi says Louis Hicks, 33, turned himself in Wednesday night, the AP reports. Police have said a store manager... More »

No One Would Testify Against Appalachian Trail Suspect

Sheriff said hikers didn't want to leave the trail to go to court

(Newser) - Ronald Sanchez suffered from PTSD and major depression after years of military service, including three deployments in Iraq, but the 43-year-old Army veteran took to the outdoors to deal with the stress. It was during one of those outdoor activities when the Oklahoma man's life came to a tragic... More »

Alleged Killer: I Wanted Victim to Live, Despite Affair With Wife

Christian R. Martin said Calvin Phillips would've defended him in court

(Newser) - One of the three people Christian R. Martin is accused of killing in 2015 had been set to testify in a court-martial stemming from allegations of physical and sexual abuse and the mishandling of classified information, levied by Martin's ex-wife, Joan Harmon. Martin, an Army major turned pilot, would... More »

Soldier Faces Murder Charges 47 Years After Bloody Sunday

18 other suspects are off the hook

(Newser) - The first charges have been laid 47 years after Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday, when 13 demonstrators were shot and killed by British troops. A former paratrooper is charged with the murders of two men, James Wray and William McKinney, and the attempted murders of four others: Patrick O'Donnell,... More »

A Little Girl's Body Was Found Saturday. On Monday, an Arrest

Body of Alabama's Amberly Barnett found in woods behind Christopher Madison's home, cops say

(Newser) - A missing 11-year-old girl was found dead in Alabama on Saturday, and on Monday, a 33-year-old Collinsville man was charged with murder in the case. Per DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden, the body of Amberly Barnett, who'd been strangled, was found in the woods behind the home of Christopher... More »

Teen Feared 'Something Would Happen to Her.' Then She Was Killed

Man convicted of raping Mujey Dumbuya now on trial for her murder

(Newser) - In November 2017, Michigan teen Mujey Dumbuya said that Quinn James, 43, had raped her multiple times starting when she was 15. He was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct, released on bond days later, and ordered to have no contact with Dumbuya. On Jan. 24 of the following... More »

A 'Glorious Day' in Jayme Closs' Hometown, a Suspect Named

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with kidnapping Wisconsin teen, killing her parents

(Newser) - Jayme Closs is alive , and new details are emerging. The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, who went missing in October from her Barron home, where her parents were found shot dead, turned up about 60 miles away near Gordon Thursday after fleeing her captor. In what Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane... More »

Lawyer Thinks New DNA Analysis Will Absolve Avery

Appellate court must approve the testing first

(Newser) - Steven Avery's lawyer is confident his fate is not yet sealed. A leading expert is willing to use a new form of DNA analysis on human bones found in the Manitowoc County-owned gravel pit next to Avery's Wisconsin property, which "will prove [Teresa Halbach's] murder and... More »

Murder Suspect: Victim Asked Me to Clean Crime Scene

David Pena says estranged wife, stabbed by someone else, didn't want son to see her like that

(Newser) - Screams for help weren't Martha Mendiola's last words, per the California man accused of trying to kill her. Her estranged husband David Pena instead says she said to him: "I love you. Please don't let [my son] see me like this." That's the story... More »

Verdict Is in for Man Accused of 2015 'Mansion Murders'

Daron Wint killed a mom, dad, their 10-year-old, and their housekeeper in quadruple slaying

(Newser) - A piece of pizza helped seal murder charges against Daron Wint; a jury helped seal his fate. Per the Washington Post , the 37-year-old was handed a guilty verdict Thursday for the 2015 quadruple slaying of a family in Washington, DC, and their housekeeper, six weeks after his trial started. In... More »

Couple Found With Body Parts in Stroller May Have Killed 20

Male suspect says he pulverized bones for fertilizer, used victims' flesh for pet food

(Newser) - Police in Mexico had been tracking a couple, suspecting them of being tied to the disappearance of three women and a 2-month-old baby. So when cops spotted them pushing a baby carriage Thursday in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec, they were hopeful they'd find the infant inside. Instead,... More »

'Well-Planned Conspiracy' or Trick in Kim Jong Nam Death?

Judge greenlights murder trial for 2 women accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half brother

(Newser) - They've been called trained assassins , but one of the two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia has a different excuse for his death last year : "This whole thing is a setup, I was tricked." Per the Guardian , that's what Indonesian... More »

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