Latest Homicide News

Oregon Governor: No special session on death-penalty law

Sep. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will not call a special session of the Legislature because of questions raised about whether a new law which narrows death penalty cases is retroactive. Brown said Wednesday that while it's clear there's a misunderstanding regarding the intent of the words...

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting near homeless shelter

Sep. 18, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to a fatal shooting in June 2018. The Portland Press Herald reports 20-year-old Tyrese Collins appeared in Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday after initially pleading not guilty to murder in the death of 45-year-old...

5 accused of obstructing murder case of Brazilian politician

Sep. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's departing attorney general requested on Tuesday that five people be charged with obstruction of justice during the investigation into the 2018 killing of a leftist city councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro. Acting a day before handing over the reins to her successor, Attorney...

Prosecutor: Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit

Sep. 18, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder...

Grandmother of slain 9-year-old Chicago boy testifies

Sep. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee's grandmother took the witness stand in the trial of two men charged with murder in the boy's slaying to recount for jurors how the fourth grader told her he loved her before racing off to play basketball on the day he was shot to death. The Chicago Tribune reports...

The Latest: Man arraigned in killings of 4 women in Detroit

Sep. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the case against a man accused in the killings of four women in Detroit (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A 34-year-old man has been arraigned in the slayings of four women whose bodies were found in vacant houses in Detroit. Deangelo Martin's case went before a 36th District Court...

Police investigate after transgender woman's body found

Sep. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have launched a homicide investigation after the body of a transgender woman was found in the debris of a house fire. The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they're trying to determine if someone intentionally set the fire. The body...

Man convicted of murder, rape sentenced to death in Florida

Sep. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to death for the murder of a 35-year-old woman and the sexual assault of her young daughter. The State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville announced Wednesday that Donald Hugh Davidson Jr. had waived his right to a jury trial after pleading guilty to...

Lawyer: Man charged with corn rake killing irate over affair

Sep. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says an Iowa man accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife was irate over her affair and fearful he'd lose their farm if she divorced him. Testimony resumed Wednesday after opening statements for the trial of 43-year-old Todd Mullis. He's charged with first-degree...

Nigerian women protest over apparent serial killings

Sep. 18, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Women in southern Nigeria marched in the streets on Wednesday to protest the deaths of several women in hotel rooms by what appears to be a serial killer. "Their killers must be found," the women chanted, many dressed in black for mourning, during the second day of protests in the...