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Family of slain ex-Arkansas lawmaker "sickened" by arrest

Jun. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

The family of a former Arkansas state senator who was found dead outside of her home says they are "sickened and upset" by the thought that one of her friends could have been involved in her killing. Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, of Pocahontas, in connection...

Knox accuses media of having built false story around her

Jun. 15, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted. The former exchange student from the...

Man arrested in '87 cold case slaying of soldier in Colorado

Jun. 14, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday. Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987...

Rash of child killings angers, frustrates St. Louis leaders

Jun. 14, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gunfire that has long haunted St. Louis streets has taken an even more disturbing turn, with a rash of shootings involving children that has left the city's police chief angered and frustrated by the lack of cooperation of witnesses. Four children died from gunfire over the past week...

Jurors listen to suspect say he killed scholar from China

Jun. 14, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in a federal death-penalty trial heard secretly recorded audio Friday in which a former University of Illinois doctoral student describes to his girlfriend how he killed a visiting scholar from China, calling the 26-year-old woman "valiant" as she tried to fight back. The...

Tooth fragment testing OK'd in Colorado missing woman case

Jun. 14, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will be permitted to conduct DNA testing on a tooth fragment found on the ranch of a Colorado man suspected of killing the mother of his child and burning her body, a judge ruled Friday. The Gazette reports that investigators discovered the fragment while searching a...

The Latest: Jurors hear suspect say he killed scholar

Jun. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest from the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with slaying a visiting scholar from China (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Prosecutors have played a secret audio recording at the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with...

5 convicted in Bronx murder of teen with knives, machetes

Jun. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five young men were convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing of a teenager at a Bronx bodega, images of which were captured on a surveillance video and drew massive public outrage. The Bronx Criminal Court jury reached the verdict in the death of 15-year-old Lesandro...

Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman's womb dies

Jun. 14, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman's womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said. Yovanny Jadiel (yoh-VAH'-nee YAH'-dee-el) Lopez died at Christ Medical Center in...

New trial ordered for men charged as teens in 1985 death

Jun. 14, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered new trials for two men who were convicted more than three decades ago in the stabbing and beating death of a 65-year-old man. The court found that Ralph "Ricky" Birch and Shawn Henning were convicted based in part on false testimony about...