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At long last, jury gets closing arguments in Depp trial

May. 27, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Johnny Depp’s lawyers asked a jury Friday “to give Mr. Depp his life back” by finding his ex-wife, Amber Heard, guilty of libel. Heard “ruined his life by falsely telling the world she was a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of Mr. Depp,”...

Amber Heard ends testimony asking Depp to 'leave me alone'

May. 26, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard told jurors Thursday that a harassment campaign waged against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp has left her humiliated and scared for her life from multiple death threats, and said she just wants “Johnny to leave me alone.” Heard was the final...

Ex-Virginia Tech linebacker testifies in fatal beating trial

May. 26, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia Tech football player took the stand in his own defense at his murder trial Thursday, testifying that he felt "violated” when he discovered that a Tinder match he believed was a woman was actually a man. Isimemen Etute, 19, is charged...

Trial begins for ex-Virginia Tech football player in killing

May. 25, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A trial began Wednesday for a former Virginia Tech football player accused in the fatal beating of a Tinder match he originally believed was a woman. Isimemen Etute, a former linebacker, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2021 death of...

Triple killing trial is underway in Belfast, Maine

May. 25, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine man on trial in the killings of three people delivered his own opening statement Wednesday, calling the victims “drug addicts" and describing the deaths as “accidents” and “self defense.” A prosecutor described a calculated plan in which...

Depp retakes witness stand, calls Heard's allegations insane

May. 25, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Johnny Depp called his ex-wife's accusations of sexual and physical abuse “insane” Wednesday as he returned to the witness stand in his libel suit against Amber Heard. “Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unbelievably brutal, cruel,...

Defense calls no witnesses in case of man killed, beheaded

May. 25, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Prosecutors wrapped up their case and the defense called no witnesses Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife’s coworker after he discovered they were texting, and then forcing her to behead him. The judge also denied a defense request to...

Texas school shooting invades trial of Parkland murderer

May. 25, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The mass shooting at a Texas elementary school invaded the penalty trial of Florida’s campus killer Wednesday as lawyers argued over whether potential jurors should be questioned directly about the nation’s latest gun tragedy and a victim’s father was brought...

Tentative $161.5M settlement reached in WVa opioid trial

May. 25, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of West Virginia and two remaining pharmaceutical manufacturers have reached a tentative $161.5 million settlement just as closing arguments were set to begin in a seven-week trial over the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said...

Wisconsin man pleads not guilty to US Capitol riot charges

May. 25, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

PULASKI, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of participating in last year's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges. Riley Kasper, 23, of Pulaski, is accused of pepper-spraying law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 riot and faces charges...