Latest Trials News

Border activist to testify in second federal trial

Nov. 19, 2019 12:22 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona border activist is scheduled to testify Tuesday in the second criminal case against his actions as a member of a humanitarian aid group. Prosecutors say 37-year-old Scott Warren was arrested in early 2018 after harboring two men who sneaked across the U.S.-Mexico border....

Deliberations to resume at trial over mishandled remains

Nov. 19, 2019 12:10 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberations at a trial against the owner of a now-closed Phoenix body donation facility accused of mishandling donated human remains. Tuesday will mark the fifth day of deliberations at the civil trial of Stephen Gore, owner of the Biological Resource Center of Arizona....

Rancher gets life in prison in beating death of his fiancee

Nov. 18, 2019 11:44 PM EST

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado rancher was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday shortly after a jury convicted him of beating his fiancée to death with a baseball bat and setting the woman’s remains on fire to hide the evidence. Patrick Frazee was convicted of first-degree...

Las Vegas man convicted of killing girlfriend, her daughter

Nov. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man has been convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend and her teenage daughter in 2013 and critically wounding the woman’s 4-year-old daughter. Manuel Mata III was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder in the slaying of Maria Flores and first-degree murder in...

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Nov. 18, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an...

Businessman pleads guilty in labor trafficking case

Nov. 18, 2019 7:59 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A businessman accused of exploiting his construction workers has pleaded guilty as his trial was about to start in Minneapolis. Forty-seven-year-old Ricardo Ernesto Batres pleaded guilty Monday in Hennepin County to labor trafficking and insurance fraud. Prosecutors alleged Batres denied...

Defendant in NY attack that killed 8 speaks out in court

Nov. 18, 2019 7:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with killing eight people on a New York City bike path spoke out at a pretrial hearing Monday, complaining that his prosecution was moving forward while no one was held accountable for the death of Muslims worldwide. Sayfullo Saipov, 31, remained quiet until the end of a...

Judge says teen to stand trial in Colorado school shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 7:00 PM EST

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Colorado prosecutors have enough evidence for a teenager to stand trial on dozens of charges in a suburban Denver school shooting that killed a classmate, a judge ruled Monday. Judge Jeffrey Holmes ruled that Alec McKinney, 16, should stand trial on more than 40 charges, including...

No verdict yet reached at trial over mishandled remains

Nov. 18, 2019 6:30 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume Tuesday at a trial against the owner of a now-closed Phoenix body donation facility accused of mishandling donated human remains. Jurors left the courthouse Monday afternoon without reaching a verdict at the civil trial of Stephen Gore, owner of...

Trial begins in 2016 fatal Alabama police shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A majority-white jury was seated Monday to hear the murder trial of an Alabama police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man. News outlets report the panel of 14 jurors, including two alternates, is mostly white, but the exact breakdown is unclear. WSFA-TV reported that nine...