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Nephew, 8, Was in the Room When Police Shot Woman

They were playing a video game when they heard noises outside

(Newser) - Atatiana Jefferson was proud of being a "cool auntie" and had been up late playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed in her Fort Worth home by police early Saturday, lawyer Lee Merritt says. He says Jefferson and the boy—who was in the room... More »

Cops: Man Threatened Mayor 14 Times in 2 Days

Aides feared San Antonio man could be 'next mass shooter'

(Newser) - A San Antonio man left messages on Mayor Ron Nirenberg's Facebook page so alarming that an aide warned police the man could be "the next mass shooter." Police say Adam Converse, 25, left at least 14 messages on the mayor's page on Oct. 4 and Oct.... More »

'That's Murder': Family Reacts to Police Bodycam Footage

Atatiana Jefferson was killed at her Texas home

(Newser) - A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her own home in Texas didn't have time to perceive a threat before shooting her, an attorney for the woman's family said. "You didn't hear the officer shout, 'Gun, gun, gun,'" attorney Lee... More »

Officer Kills Woman in Her Home After Welfare Call

Atatiana Jefferson was apparently shot through her window

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas say a black woman was fatally shot by a white officer inside her Fort Worth home after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, the AP reports. The shooting happened early Saturday after a neighbor called police to say the front door to the... More »

Day Before Wedding, Woman Tells Fiance to Turn Himself In

She saw an online post apparently showing him robbing a bank to pay for ring, venue

(Newser) - Coming up with the cash to pay for a wedding can be a stressful endeavor, and in a case out of Texas, it turned out to be a criminal endeavor for a groom-to-be. ABC News reports that Heath Edward Bumpous was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery after a Friday... More »

Cheerleader Jumps Off Float, Saves Choking Toddler

2-year-old Clarke's face was 'super red,' then purple, teen hero Tyra Winters says

(Newser) - One minute Tyra Winters was celebrating homecoming at Rockwall High School. The next thing thing the Texas teen knew, she was being called a hero. Tyra, 17, was riding on a parade float Sept. 18 with her fellow cheerleaders and the school football team when she heard people saying that... More »

Victim's Brother: This Is Why I Hugged the Shooter

Brandt Jean talks about his now-famous embrace with Amber Guyger

(Newser) - Feelings are "mixed" about the "remarkable" hug that the younger brother of Botham Jean gave to Amber Guyger at her sentencing hearing, per the Jean family attorney, but one person who's sure that what he did was right is Brandt Jean, ABC News reports. The 18-year-old made... 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 »

Dallas Cop Who Killed Neighbor Hears Her Fate

Amber Guyger shows little emotion as the sentence is read in court

(Newser) - A white Dallas police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbor in his apartment, which she said she mistook for her own unit one floor below, the AP reports. Amber Guyger didn't appear to show much reaction, at least from the angle... More »

Man Shot Fleeing Burglar, Went Back to Bed: Cops

Dallas man said he fired a shot 'into the night'

(Newser) - A Dallas man who told police he fired at a fleeing burglar before going back to bed has been charged with murder. Police say James Michael Meyer told them that after hearing a noise around 5am Thursday, he saw somebody with a pickax trying to break into his storage shed... More »

Traffic Stop Officer Killed in 'Ruthless, Cold-Blooded Way'

Sandeep Dhaliwal was considered a 'trailblazer'

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy described as "a trailblazer" because he was the first Sikh deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office when he joined the force 10 years ago, was shot and killed while making a traffic stop Friday near Houston, the AP reports. Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42,... More »

'Three Cheers' for Bus Driver Who Goes Above and Beyond

Jerry Martin earns praise in his Texas community

(Newser) - A Texas school bus driver is winning accolades for the extra effort he puts in, People reports. Jerry Martin, who's driven a Copperas Cove school bus for 18 years, mows a curbside lawn after work so kids won't have to wait for the bus in high grass. "... More »

Cop Accused of Killing Man in His Home: I Wish He'd Shot Me

At murder trial, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger says she thought Botham Jean was going to kill her

(Newser) - The former Dallas cop who shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment took the stand Friday morning at her Texas murder trial, emotional as her defense team continued to insist that Jean's death was a "tragic but innocent" mistake that happened after she entered his... More »

Texas Executes Inmate Who Stabbed 2 Stepsons

Robert Sparks also killed wife in 2007 attack

(Newser) - A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection for the slayings of 9-year-old Harold Sublet and 10-year-old Raekwon Agnew in their Dallas home, the... More »

'Worst Gender Reveal' Ever? It Involves a Hippo

Texas couple criticized for their methodology, but zoo says Tank 'enjoyed it'

(Newser) - Some people might say Bridgette and Jonathan Joseph get the prize for the most creative way to find out the sex of their baby; others, not so much. Put Ana Breton in the latter category. "I did it. I found the worst gender reveal," she tweeted Saturday, along... More »

Thousands Are About to Get a $2.7M Letter of 'Love'

Dallas-area church raised the funds to pay off medical debt for locals

(Newser) - Close to 2,400 families in two Texas counties will get a letter this week that will lift their hearts, but also (and more importantly) relieve their wallets. What that note will inform them, per FOX 4 News : that a Dallas-area church has raised enough money—almost $2.7 million... More »

Officials Rule Unanimously on Teacher Who Tweeted Trump

Georgia Clark had made anti-immigration remarks in her tweets

(Newser) - A Texas teacher has lost her appeal to be rehired after losing her job over anti-immigration comments in tweets to President Trump, CBS-DFW reports. Georgia Clark thought the tweets—one of which said the high school where she taught was "taken over" by "illegal students from Mexico"—... More »

FBI Seeks 'Mummy Marauder'

Man wrapped in gauze robbed Texas bank

(Newser) - The FBI's Houston office is trying to catch a bank robber dubbed the "Mummy Marauder" before the city's news outlets can use the headline "The Mummy Returns." The FBI says the robber had white gauze wrapped around his face and arms when he robbed the... More »

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going... More »

Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston cranked out dozens of albums

(Newser) - His iconic "Jeremiah the Innocent" frog graces the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets in Austin, his struggles with mental illness were well-documented, and his songs have been covered and revered by everyone from the Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain to Tom Waits. Now, Texas and the entire musical... More »

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