Latest Trials News

What to expect in closings for ex-cop's trial in Floyd death

Apr. 16, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked the world with multiple other angles of Floyd’s arrest. And over and over, Derek...

Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

Apr. 16, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin 's trial in George Floyd's death will be in a jury's hands by early next week, after his brief defense wrapped up with Chauvin passing on a chance to take the stand and tell the public for the first time what he was thinking when he pressed...

Lawyers don't seek trial delay in newspaper shooting case

Apr. 16, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for a man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper said Friday they will not seek a delay at this time for the second phase of his trial to determine whether he is not criminally responsible due to insanity for the attack nearly three years ago. ...

Philadelphia prepares for potential unrest following verdict

Apr. 16, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police and city officials outlined their plans Friday to respond to protests and any potential unrest following the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd. Closing...

Mount Vernon woman found guilty of plot to kill ex-husband

Apr. 16, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A Mount Vernon woman was found guilty of solicitation to commit murder after a jury found she had tried to convince her child to kill his father by adding rat poison to his food and drink. 37-year-old Vanessa Valdiglesias-Lavalle was also...

Second jury convicts Rapid City man of assaulting 3 girls

Apr. 16, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man accused of sexually assaulting three young girls in Pennington County has been convicted after his first trial ended when the jury could not unanimously agree on his guilt or innocence. Teddy Guzman, 38, was found guilty of...

Jury trials resume in Pima County; differ from pre-pandemic

Apr. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jury trials have resumed at Pima County Superior Court, but they are different from the way they were before the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago. Instead of sitting together in a jury box, jurors now sit throughout the courtroom behind plexiglass...

Mexico orders 30 marines to stand trial in disappearances

Apr. 15, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday a court has ordered 30 marines to stand trial in the cases of people who disappeared during anti-crime operations in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2018. The Navy had said previously there were...

Defendant flees North Carolina courtroom during lunch break

Apr. 15, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A man who was on trial on attempted murder charges fled a North Carolina courtroom while he was on lunch break, authorities said. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Deonta Earl Bridgers, 31, who jurors convicted in absentia on...

Texas' longest serving death row inmate has sentence tossed

Apr. 15, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the sentence of Texas’ longest serving death row inmate, whose attorneys say has languished in prison for more than 45 years because he's too mentally ill to be executed. Raymond Riles’ “death sentence can no longer...