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Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her...

The Latest: Judge berates China scholar's killer

Jul. 18, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing in scholar's slaying (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A federal judge has castigated an ex-University of Illinois student for showing no remorse for his slaying of a scholar from China and for not apologizing to his victim's family. Judge James Shadid spoke...

Robbery suspect walks out of trial while jury deliberates

Jul. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An armed-robbery defendant walked out of his trial just moments before a Florida jury found him guilty. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 29-year-old Antonio Jama Gearing had been released on $75,000 bail so he was free to move about the Daytona Beach courtroom Tuesday....

Jury deliberates death penalty in Chinese scholar's slaying

Jul. 17, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up...

The Latest: Illinois jury goes home without sentence verdict

Jul. 17, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing in the slaying of a visiting Chinese scholar (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Jurors have gone home after a first day of deliberations without a decision on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for slaying a young...

Man convicted for killing woman in front of her children

Jul. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man who served decades in prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime — stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be a threat...

Jury convicts boy who pointed gun at teacher, pulled trigger

Jul. 17, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 13-year-old eastern Iowa student has been found guilty on three charges after he pointed a gun at a teacher and pulled the trigger, but the jury declined to convict him of attempted murder. The Quad-City Times reports jurors in Davenport convicted the boy Wednesday of carrying...

Jury finds former student guilty in pledge's death

Jul. 17, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana jury on Wednesday convicted a former Louisiana State University student of negligent homicide in a fraternity pledge's drinking death during a hazing nearly two years ago. The six jurors took less than an hour to convict Matthew Naquin, 21, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, in...

Prosecutor: Israeli woman oversaw $145M investor fraud plot

Jul. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Recorded telephone calls, company emails and videotaped evidence will show that an Israeli woman oversaw a "massive" scheme to defraud tens of thousands of investors across the globe out of tens of millions of dollars, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. "She trained (employees)...

Testimony ends in penalty phase of slain Chinese woman case

Jul. 16, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Testimony has wrapped up in the penalty phase of the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student convicted of killing a scholar from China. Prosecutors called their last witnesses Tuesday to rebut presentations by Brendt Christensen's lawyers. The (Champaign) News-Gazette...