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Man, 77, charged in 1974 murder of Texas teenage girl

Sep. 22, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A man was arrested and charged in the 1974 killing of a Texas teenage girl after nearly 50 years of investigation and the advancement of DNA technology, police said Tuesday. Glen McCurley, 77, of Fort Worth, was arrested early Monday and charged with capital murder in the...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne.  Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020,  in favor of attorneys for Payne, who had filed a petition in July requesting DNA testing in the long-running case.  Payne, is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 3 in Nashville.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case

Sep. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, a judge ruled Wednesday. Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled in favor of attorneys...

Robert Duboise looks up Jeremiah 52:31, a Bible verse he relates to, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 in Tampa. The Florida man who spent the last 37 years in prison on a rape and murder charge was freed from prison after officials discovered dramatic new evidence that proved his innocence. (Martha Asencio Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Jailed for 37 years, Florida man cleared of murder, rape

Sep. 14, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After 37 years behind bars, a Florida man was formally cleared Monday of a 1983 rape and murder that DNA evidence proved he did not commit after a long-ago trial that relied on a sketchy jailhouse informant and faulty bite mark analysis. Robert DuBoise was released from prison...

This photo, provided by the New York City Police Department, shows Deputy Inspector Michael King.  The new head of New York City's sex crimes unit is not only a veteran investigator, but also a forensic nurse who has conducted the physical exams and evidence collection that are vital to solving such cases. (Courtesy New York City Police Department)

NYC's new sex crimes chief has a background in nursing

Sep. 3, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The new head of New York City's sex crimes unit is not only a veteran police investigator, but also a forensic nurse who has conducted the physical exams and evidence collection vital to solving such cases. Deputy Inspector Michael King started Monday as commander of the NYPD's Special...

A group holds rifles as they watch protesters on the street Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Protests continued following the police shooting of Jacob Blake two days earlier. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Vigilante calls on social media before deadly Kenosha attack

Aug. 27, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

Repeated calls for armed vigilantes to travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to protect businesses following the police shooting of Jacob Blake spread across social media in the hours before two people were shot to death and a third was wounded during a third night of unrest in the city. Multiple threads on Facebook and...

Robert Duboise hugs his mother after being released from prison Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Bowling Green, Fla. Duboise, who spent the last 37 years in prison on a rape and murder charge, was ordered released after officials discovered new evidence that proved his innocence. (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Innocent Florida inmate released after 37 years

Aug. 27, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who spent the last 37 years in prison on a rape and murder charge was released Thursday, hours after officials revealed dramatic new evidence that proved his innocence. Robert DuBoise walked out of the Hardee Correctional Institution in Bowling Green, Florida,...

FILE - In this file photo provided by the U.S. Army is Sgt. Elder Fernandes. Police say a body found near Fort Hood, Texas, is likely that of Fernandes. Temple police said late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, that identification found with the body indicates the man may be Fernandes. Fernandes is the third soldier from Fort Hood to go missing in the past year. (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Family: Soldier believed dead was happy until recently

Aug. 26, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An aunt of a soldier whose body is believed to have been found about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) from the Texas base where he was stationed says her nephew had been happy in the Army up until a few months ago, when he reported being sexually assaulted by a superior. A body that...

FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

Aug. 14, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. So for many Lebanese, their...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2015 file photo, Myanmar migrants Win Zaw Htun, right, and Zaw Lin, left, both 22, are escorted by officials after their guilty verdict at court in Koh Samui, Thailand. The two were convicted of killing 24-year-old British David Miller and raping and killing 23-year-old British Hannah Witheridge, whose battered bodies were found on a beach in 2014 on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand, a popular destination for diving. They had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 under a general clemency decree issued by King Maha Vajiralongkorn. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File)

Thailand commutes death sentences in killings of UK tourists

Aug. 14, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two migrant workers from Myanmar convicted in the 2014 killings of two young British tourists on a Thai holiday island have had their death sentences reduced to life imprisonment. Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were among many convicts in Thai prisons whose sentences were reduced under a clemency...

This photo provided by attorney Kelley Henry shows Pervis Payne. A district attorney in Tennessee said Thursday, July 30, 2020 that she is fighting a request by the inmate facing execution in December to have a judge order DNA testing of evidence in his case. Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich said a bag of evidence reviewed by Payne's lawyers in an evidence property room last year came from a different case that has nothing to do with the 1987 stabbings of a woman and her daughter for which Payne was convicted and sentenced to death. (Kelley Henry via AP)

Condemned Tennessee inmate pushes for DNA tests in his case

Aug. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December continued to push Friday for DNA testing of the evidence in his case, arguing that would exonerate him. Pervis Payne, 53, has always maintained his innocence in the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her...