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Suspects in Kristin Smart disappearance could face trial

Sep. 22, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — When the sheriff of San Luis Obispo County hailed the arrests in April of a father and son in the 25-year-old disappearance of college student Kristin Smart, he said he was confident they had the evidence needed to convict them. A judge on...

Airman on trial in Arizona in death of Mennonite woman

Sep. 21, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sasha Krause was a devout Mennonite woman, often immersed in books, who easily quoted scripture and occasionally taught Sunday school before her body was found in a forest clearing in northern Arizona. Mark Gooch was raised in a Mennonite...

San Francisco public defender sues court over trial delays

Sep. 21, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's public defender sued San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of nearly 400 people languishing in jail after being denied a speedy trial because of COVID-19 restrictions. San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju said Tuesday he filed...

Conviction erased in fire that killed 5 kids in Michigan

Sep. 21, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday erased the murder conviction of a man who was blamed for a fire that killed five children in 2000 after a new prosecutor said the investigation and trial were marred by misconduct years ago in suburban Detroit. Juwan Deering will remain...

Great Falls man convicted of using hatchet to kill man

Sep. 21, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls man was convicted Tuesday of using a hatchet to kill another man during a street fight more than three years ago. The jury heard closing statements on Monday and deliberated for more than six hours before finding James Michael...

Lawyer: R. Kelly unlikely to take stand in trafficking trial

Sep. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is unlikely to take the witness stand at his sex-trafficking trial, a lawyer for the R&B singer told a judge Tuesday. The remark by attorney Deveraux Cannick, made with the jury out the courtroom, came as the defense wound down its case at...

Defendant guilty in fatal shooting in Hibbing in 2018

Sep. 21, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A judge has found a defendant accused of fatally shooting one man and injuring another in Hibbing nearly three years ago guilty of murder and assault. Jerome Spann waived his right to a jury trial and opted for a judge to decide his case. A court...

Charges against DA from video to be dismissed after mistrial

Sep. 21, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — One set of criminal charges against a Georgia district attorney is being dismissed, although he still faces more serious charges. A mistrial was declared last week in Mark Jones' trial on charges of first-degree criminal damage to government...

GPS for defendants in Bernalillo County to be monitored 24-7

Sep. 21, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Defendants awaiting trial in Bernalillo County who wear GPS devices will be monitored more closely from now on. The New Mexico Judiciary has announced the implementation of a plan next month to track ankle devices on felony defendants...

Myanmar judge rules that Suu Kyi's trial will continue

Sep. 21, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar ruled Tuesday that prosecutors presented enough evidence against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and two of her political allies for their trial to continue on charges of incitement. Suu Kyi and her elected government were ousted by the...