Latest Homicide News

The Latest: Police: Suspect in family slayings was boyfriend

Jul. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of a Georgia woman and her three young children (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A Georgia police chief says a suspect charged with killing a woman and her three young children was the woman's live-in boyfriend, and likely the children's father. Police found...

Day 2 of deliberations on death penalty in scholar's slaying

Jul. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors have resumed deliberations on whether an ex-University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for slaying a 26-year-old scholar from China. Thursday is the second day of deliberations in the penalty stage of the federal case against Brendt Christensen. Jurors...

3rd person charged in contract killing of Florida woman

Jul. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a third person has been arrested in the contract killing of a Florida woman. Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say 37-year-old Stephen Shelton Hand was charged Tuesday with murder in the May 9 stabbing death of 44-year-old Velvet Love Burns. The Florida Times-Union...

Texas woman pleads guilty in shooting deaths of 2 daughters

Jul. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017. Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against Sarah Nicole Henderson in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of capital murder in...

Police: Mom, 3 children found slain at Georgia apartment

Jul. 18, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A woman and her three young children were found slain at a Georgia apartment complex by police and a man has been charged with murder. A tip led police to the bodies of 29-year-old Jessica Spellman and her children late Wednesday inside an apartment at the Elizabeth Canty Homes...

ATF offers $5,000 for leads on Morgan State student slaying

Jul. 18, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities in Baltimore are offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of two suspects in the slaying of a Morgan State University student during a botched robbery. News outlets report Baltimore's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering the reward in...

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Jul. 18, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Guatemalan man charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children had been deported twice from the U.S. and is believed to be in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday night that 31-year-old Marvin Oswaldo...

Dutch criminal convicted of ordering murder of Iranian

Jul. 18, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An Amsterdam court has convicted a 38-year-old career criminal of organizing the murder of an Iranian who lived in the Netherlands, but says the motive for the killing remains unclear. The victim, Iranian-born Ali Motamed, was gunned down outside his home by two hit men on...

Birmingham officer shot, suspect killed in downtown shootout

Jul. 18, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was shot multiple times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout that ended in what authorities described as a running gun battle through downtown Birmingham. The shooting, which happened Wednesday night, was among three shootings...

Bond set at $250,000 in deadly Milwaukee road rage shooting

Jul. 18, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl in what Milwaukee police say was a road rage shooting is jailed on $250,000 cash bond. Thirty-nine-year-old Antonio Bratcher is accused of firing a gun from his SUV into another vehicle Saturday after nearly colliding with it on Milwaukee's north...