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Dentist Charged With Murder After Girlfriend's Overdose

Texts allegedly reveal James Ryan 'continuously fed' Sarah Harris' addiction

(Newser) - A Maryland dentist has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, a former patient and employee, whom he was allegedly supplying with drugs. Sarah Harris, 25, had been living with 48-year-old James Michael Ryan in Clarksburg for seven months when she died of an anesthesia overdose...

After a 'Heinous' Murder, Parents Turn In NOLA Teens

4 teens likely to be charged as adults in carjacking death of Linda Frickey, 73

(Newser) - Four teens are facing murder charges in a "heinous and unthinkable" fatal carjacking in New Orleans on Monday—after two sets of parents turned them in. A 17-year-old male, 16-year-old female, and two 15-year-old females will be charged with second-degree murder in the death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey, who...

Her Body Was Found in California Wilderness in 2001. Now, Justice

3 MS-13 gang members convicted of murder in death of 13-year-old girl

(Newser) - Justice was finally served Thursday in the case of a young California teen murdered more than two decades ago by MS-13 gang members. The Whittier Daily News reports that Santos Grimaldi, 39, and Melvin Sandoval, 42, were convicted of first-degree murder in the case of 13-year-old Jacqueline Piazza, who was...

Sheriff: Church Musician Killed His Family, Then Called Cops

'It just doesn't make sense'

(Newser) - A Florida man is in custody after allegedly shooting and killing his wife, son, and daughter early Wednesday morning. "It just—it's crazy. It just doesn't make sense," Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper told WJXT . He said the suspected shooter, 57-year-old William Conway Broyles, called 911...

Adoptive Parents Plead Not Guilty in 6-Year-Old Girl's Death

Isaac and Lehua Kalua of Oahu charged with murdering their adopted daughter

(Newser) - Update: The adoptive parents of a 6-year-old Hawaii girl have pleaded not guilty to charges their horrific abuse led to her death. Per CNN , Isaac and Lehua Kalua, both charged with second-degree murder, entered their pleas via an attorney on Friday in the death of Isabella Kalua, previously known as...

Cops Who Tased Man More Than 50 Times Guilty of Murder

Former Oklahoma officers convicted of second-degree murder

(Newser) - Update: Two former Oklahoma police officers were convicted of second-degree murder Friday for excessive use of a Taser on an unarmed man who died two days later in 2019. The crime is punishable by 10 years to life behind bars. They were also convicted of assault and battery with a...

NY State Trooper Indicted for Murder of 11-Year-Old Girl

Family of Monica Goods says she was killed after high-speed chase by Christopher Baldner

(Newser) - A week before she turned 12, Monica Goods was killed on the New York State Thruway last winter after her family's car flipped over and threw her from the vehicle. Now, a New York State Trooper has been charged with murder, with Monica's family claiming Christopher Baldner rammed...

Teen on Joyride Allegedly Killed Runner, Then Laughed About It

15-year-old charged in juvenile court with felony murder of Greg Moore

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl took her godmother's vehicle out for a joyride without permission, then decided to "scare" a runner by hitting and ultimately killing him, according to prosecutors in Washington state, who've filed criminal charges of second-degree felony murder and felony hit-and-run. Charging documents allege the 15-year-old...

Man Who Killed High School Runners Learns Fate

It's 3 consecutive life sentences for Oklahoma's Max Townsend

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man will likely never leave prison again after plowing his truck into a high school cross-country team , killing three and injuring four, on the day after his own son's death. Kolby Crum, 18; Rachel Freeman, 17; and Yuridia Martinez, 16, died as a result of the Feb....

Loud Music Allegedly Led to Black Man's Death

Unlicensed gas station security guard charged with shooting Alvin Motley Jr. in Memphis

(Newser) - A Black man who traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to visit with his niece and nephew ended up dead at a Kroger gas station where he was allegedly shot by a security guard upset about his loud music. That's according to an affidavit claiming 54-year-old Gregory Livingston, who is white,...

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...

After Grisly CEO Murder, Cops Think They Have Their Man

Police believe Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, may have killed Fahim Saleh over discovery of embezzlement

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the gruesome Manhattan murder of 33-year-old tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh. Two officials tell the New York Times that 21-year-old Tyrese Devon Haspil, Saleh's personal assistant, was taken into custody Friday morning and is expected to be charged with second-degree murder, as well as...

NM Cop in Fatal Video: 'I'm Going to ... Choke You Out, Bro'

Lawyer says neck restraint was sanctioned by police at the time of suspect's death in custody

(Newser) - The former New Mexico police officer who used a fatal chokehold on a Latino man is now charged with second-degree murder. Former Las Cruces police officer Christopher Smelser was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 29 death of Antonio Valenzuela. State Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the new...

He Escaped From Custody. Then, a Chase and Gunfire

Ex-deputy Aaron Russell charged with 2nd-degree murder of unarmed man in San Diego

(Newser) - A California sheriff's deputy has been charged with murder after shooting an unarmed man who'd escaped from a park ranger's car. Aaron Russell, 23, was arrested Monday and booked into San Diego County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, which could result in 15 years to life...

They Met Up for a Sneaker Sale. Then Everything Went Awry

Teen girl killed during shootout over Adidas Yeezy shoes near Miami: cops

(Newser) - A Miami high school senior weeks away from graduation was killed last week during what cops say was a botched sale of Adidas Yeezy sneakers. Two men have since been arrested and charged with murder. CNN reports that Andrea Camps Lacayo died April 7 after she accompanied her boyfriend, Sergio...

She Said They Were Playing Hide-and-Seek. Police Disagree

Cops say Sarah Boone zipped boyfriend into suitcase and left him to die

(Newser) - A woman zipped her boyfriend in a suitcase, ignored his pleas for help as she berated him with allegations of abuse and cheating, and ultimately left him to die, according to police in Florida. Sarah Boone—arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder in the Monday death of Jorge Torres,...

She Vanished From a Beach. Now, Her Husband's Arrest

Sonam Saxena accused of 2nd-degree murder during family's annual Hawaii vacation

(Newser) - A Washington state family's annual Hawaii vacation has ended in apparent tragedy, with the dad now in police custody. People reports that 43-year-old Sonam Saxena, a product manager for Google Cloud, has been arrested on one count of second-degree murder after he told cops his wife disappeared after a...

She Said She Wanted a Divorce. Then, a Cruise Ship Nightmare

Kenneth Ray Manzanares pleads guilty to brutal killing of his wife on Emerald Princess

(Newser) - A family vacation took a terrible turn aboard a Princess Cruises ship, and now the legal repercussions continue for one of the vacationers. Fox 13 reports that 42-year-old Kenneth Ray Manzanares has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, during a cruise to Alaska...

He Was Her 'Longtime Love' —and Cruise Ship Killer

Eric Newman of Kansas admits to 2018 murder aboard Carnival Elation

(Newser) - A Kansas man has admitted to killing his girlfriend on a cruise to the Bahamas. Eric Newman of Topeka pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Tamara Tucker of Missouri, with whom he'd set out on a four-day cruise in 2018, per the AP . Carnival...

Wealthy Man Wanted a Secret Bunker, Got a Cell Instead

Daniel Beckwitt handed 21 years, with all but 9 suspended, in death of Askia Khafra

(Newser) - During Daniel Beckwitt's trial, his lawyer explained the Maryland man wanted to build a bunker below his Bethesda home due to his fear of a nuke attack by North Korea. He'll now spend his time in a different sort of confined space. The New York Times reports the...

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