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15 Years After Murder of 'Canes Star, Teammate Is Arrested

Rashaun Jones pleads not guilty in 2006 slaying of University of Miami player Bryan Pata

(Newser) - Update: A former player on the University of Miami football team has pleaded not guilty to killing a teammate in 2006. Raushan Jones, 35, is currently charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Bryan Pata, 22, though that could eventually be bumped up to a first-degree count. Our original...

After Plea, 'Monster' Hears From Slain Student's Mother

Brandon Theesfeld admits killing Ally Kostial, an Ole Miss student, in 2019

(Newser) - Two years after Ally Kostial's body was found near a Mississippi lake, Brandon Theesfeld pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder. He received a life sentence under his plea agreement, which lets Theesfeld avoid any possibility of receiving the death penalty, the Daily Journal reports. He'll have a chance...

1985 Shaken Baby Case Yields New Murder Charge

Terry McKirchy could face life in prison if convicted in Florida

(Newser) - Babysitter Terry McKirchy got a light sentence 36 years ago after pleading no contest to attempted murder for shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely that he suffered permanent brain damage—weekends in jail for three months and three years probation. But now McKirchy is facing a possible life sentence after...

Witnesses Say Mollie Tibbetts Was at Sex Trafficking House

Cristhian Bahena Rivera's sentencing delayed as attorneys seek new trial

(Newser) - Cristhian Bahena Rivera, convicted of killing Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa, was supposed to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday. Instead, sentencing will be delayed as a judge hears a motion to throw out his first-degree murder conviction and hold a new trial....

Cops: Woman Murdered Friend, Framed Victim's Husband

Pamela Hupp's alleged scheme nearly succeeded

(Newser) - In 2013, Pamela Hupp testified that her best friend, Betsy Faria, had been murdered by her husband, Russ Faria, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Six years after the conviction was overturned, however, Hupp herself is accused of stabbing her best friend to death, then staging the...

Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Slaying of Mollie Tibbetts

First-degree murder conviction means a life sentence without parole for killer

(Newser) - A jury returned a guilty verdict Friday in the 2018 slaying of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old Iowa college student. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a farmhand and Mexican national, was convicted of first-degree murder after seven hours of deliberations, NBC reports. Rivera, 26, faces the state's mandatory sentence of life in...

114 Stab Wounds: Boy, 14, Will Be Tried as Adult

Teen allegedly murdered a 13-year-old cheerleader in Florida

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy in Florida will be charged as an adult with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a 13-year-old cheerleader 114 times. Based on the law and evidence, "it was not a difficult decision to make that he should be charged as an adult," 7th Judicial Circuit State...

After Months of No Progress, Arrests in 'Heinous' Denver Case

3 teen boys face murder charges after house fire that killed family of 5

(Newser) - Three teenage boys have been arrested in the Denver house fire that killed a family of five in August, after months without progress . Authorities say the two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old face 28 criminal counts, including first-degree murder, attempted murder with extreme indifference, arson, and burglary, per the New York ...

The Alleged Kidnapper Was an On-Duty Cop

Memphis officer Patric Ferguson charged with abducting, killing another man

(Newser) - The crime itself is jarring enough: Police say one man kidnapped another at gunpoint, forced him into a car, then shot him to death inside the vehicle. The chilling twist: The suspect was on duty at the time as a police officer in Memphis, Tenn., and authorities say the vehicle...

Cops: Stalker Waited 90 Mins. for Pregnant Woman, Shot Her

Remy Lee gave birth to a healthy baby before dying of her injuries

(Newser) - A pregnant woman fatally ambushed outside a New Jersey apartment building gave birth to a healthy baby before she died, police say. Per NBC New York , prosecutors allege that Donqua Thomas, 30, arrived at the Brooks-Sloate Terrace complex in Paterson on Thursday afternoon and waited in his vehicle for 90...

Cops: Parents Forced Boy to Drink Lethal Amount of Water

Colorado couple charged with murder in 11-year-old's death

(Newser) - A Colorado couple is charged with first-degree murder in the March death of their 11-year-old son, who was forced to drink large amounts of water. Father Ryan Sabin and stepmother Tara Sabin of Black Forest were arrested Tuesday after a months-long investigation and are now held without bail at the...

Break in Murder Case Comes After Unusual Offer
Arrest in Murder Case
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Arrest in Murder Case Comes After Odd Offer

Woman was trying to sell victims' pickup for $200, explaining why they didn't need it

(Newser) - Police have made three arrests in the murder of a couple who were killed in their own bed near Haines City, Fla., and the break in the case came in a strange way—involving a $200 offer for the victims' truck. Coverage:
  • The murders: Between two and three weeks ago,

Report: Boy Tried to Stop Mom From Killing Baby Sister

Then Rachel Henry allegedly killed 3-year-old, her 3rd young child, all reportedly with her bare hands

(Newser) - The 22-year-old mother arrested in the murders of her three children in Phoenix smothered each with her bare hands, according to court records. The children's father and another woman described as an "aunt" were out Monday when Rachel Henry first smothered her 1-year-old daughter—initially described as a...

Iowa Man Killed Wife After She Set Up Bank Meeting: Cops

He used her credit card to pay off a debt the day after her funeral

(Newser) - An Iowa City man has been charged with first-degree murder more than six months after his wife of 42 years, University of Iowa Health Care administrator JoEllen Browning, was found stabbed to death in their bedroom. There was no sign of forced entry. No murder weapon was found and Roy...

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...

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,...

Homeowner Shoots Teen, but Murder Charges Go Elsewhere

5 teens charged because police say they were committing a burglary at time of shooting

(Newser) - Five Illinois teens are charged as adults with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 14-year-old—despite not touching the trigger. The deceased was fatally shot in the head by a homeowner in Old Mill Creek who described an attempt to steal a 2011 Audi from his driveway around...

It Was a Slow Death for Woman Killed for Her Unborn

2 suspects now charged with first-degree murder of infant

(Newser) - Clarisa Figueroa faces a slew of charges in the death of a pregnant woman allegedly killed for her unborn baby. Now, a new one. Both Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, 24, appeared at court in Chicago on Thursday to face first-degree murder charges in the death of that infant, who...

After 'Perfect Murder,' Sisters Chose to 'Run Their Mouths'
After 'Perfect Murder,' Sisters
Chose to 'Run Their Mouths'
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After 'Perfect Murder,' Sisters Chose to 'Run Their Mouths'

Both are charged in father's 2015 death, previously listed as natural

(Newser) - Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County, Fla., calls it "the perfect murder." Mary-Beth Tomaselli allegedly held the nose and arms of her father, who'd been given a mix of alcohol and sleeping pills, while her sister, Linda Roberts, allegedly stuffed a rag down his throat. As the...

3-Year-Old Found in Creek Died of Chloroform Poisoning

Mother's boyfriend is now charged with murder

(Newser) - Police have finally filed murder charges in the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods, whose body was found in a creek in December, days after her mother said she'd disappeared from her North Carolina home. The mother's live-in boyfriend, Adolphus Earl Kimrey II—already facing charges including concealing a...

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