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Iowa woman sentenced to life in prison for killing husband

Nov. 15, 2019 3:16 PM EST

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — A south-central Iowa woman convicted in September of killing her husband has been sentenced to life in prison. The Daily Iowegian reports that 47-year-old Barbara Pasa, of Centerville, received the mandatory life sentence on Friday. A jury convicted Pasa of arson and first-degree murder....

Arkansas court rules driver wasn’t negligent in fatal crash

Nov. 15, 2019 3:13 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A driver who crashed his pickup truck into another vehicle on a state highway, killing a family of four, was not criminally negligent, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled. In a decision issued Thursday, the court said there’s no evidence Benjamin Ward Ledwell was speeding,...

The Latest: Prosecutors disappointed after heiress acquitted

Nov. 15, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a California real estate heiress charged with killing her children’s father (all times local): 12:10 p.m. A San Francisco Bay Area prosecutor says he’s disappointed that a jury did not convict a real estate heiress of killing the father of her...

The Latest: Husband charged in Missouri woman’s death

Nov. 15, 2019 2:50 PM EST

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on charges against the husband of a missing St. Louis County woman (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The husband of a missing Missouri woman is now charged in her death. Prosecutors on Friday charged 28-year-old Beau Rothwell with second-degree murder. He also is charged with...

Ex-astronaut set for trial in wreck that killed 2 girls

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander is set for trial next month in Alabama on reckless murder charges in a wreck that killed two girls. Court records show the trial of one-time NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr. is scheduled for Dec. 9. The 63-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck...

Real estate heiress who posted $35M bail acquitted of murder

Nov. 15, 2019 2:25 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area real estate heiress whose family posted $35 million bail to keep her out of jail until her trial was acquitted Friday of killing the father of her children. After deliberating for 12 days, jurors said Tiffany Li is not guilty of conspiring with her boyfriend to...

Oklahoma couple charged in death of 3-year-old they adopted

Nov. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EST

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A Broken Arrow couple is charged in the death of their 3-year-old daughter who they had adopted less than a year ago. Court documents show 25-year-old Kelsey Seaman was charged Friday with first-degree murder, child abuse, child neglect and obstructing an officer in the Nov. 6 death...

Nicaraguan judge sentences man to 30 years in NY killing

Nov. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Nicaraguan judge sentenced a man to 30 years behind bars in the killing of a young nursing student in upstate New York, a district attorney in the state said Friday. The trial of Orlando Tercero in the 2018 killing of Haley Anderson marked an exceedingly rare legal proceeding in which...

Genealogy used to charge California man with 1980s killings

Nov. 15, 2019 2:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a 64-year old man with murdering two women in the 1980s. District Attorney Jackie Lacey says the charges filed Friday are the first in the county resulting from use of investigative genetic genealogy. Horace Van Vaultz Jr. is charged with two...

Trial of Colorado man accused in fiancee’s death nears end

Nov. 15, 2019 2:07 PM EST

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys planned to make their final case to the jury Friday in the murder trial of a Colorado rancher accused of beating his fiancée to death with a baseball ball with their 1-year-old daughter in the next room. Prosecutors have leaned on explosive testimony from a woman...