Latest Trials News

Jury rules for half of 21 plaintiffs in used body parts suit

Nov. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The owner of a now-closed body donation facility was found civilly liable Tuesday for mishandling remains in about half of 21 cases filed by families of the dead. A jury awarded $58 million to 10 of 21 plaintiffs in the case against Stephen Gore, owner of the Biological Resource Center of...

The Latest: Border activist testifies he didn’t harbor men

Nov. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the second trial of a border activist accused of harboring immigrants (all times local): 12:55 p.m. An Arizona border activist is testifying in his second trial on charges of harboring immigrants, saying he is guided by neutrality and the desire to save lives. Scott...

Prosecutor: Officer who shot man was a ‘bully with a badge’

Nov. 19, 2019 2:21 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers have given opening statements in the murder trial of an Alabama police officer charged with killing an unarmed man. Montgomery Officer Aaron Cody Smith is charged in the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn. The Montgomery Advertiser reports prosecutor Ben McGough on...

Prosecutors: Man held in 1979 killing is suspected of others

Nov. 19, 2019 2:14 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Prosecutors are branding an Arizona man a serial killer in a bid to persuade a Nevada judge to deny him bail until his trial in the killing of a California woman more than 40 years ago. Defense attorney David Houston says 73-year-old Charles Gary Sullivan will plead not guilty Tuesday and...

The Latest: Feds: Video shows no one entered Epstein’s cell

Nov. 19, 2019 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on charges against two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Federal prosecutors say security camera footage proves Jeffrey Epstein was alone in his cell the night he killed himself. The 66-year-old...

Ex-girlfriend seeks to avoid testifying at hate crime trial

Nov. 19, 2019 2:06 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A California college student wants to be excused from testifying at the murder trial of an ex-boyfriend charged with a hate crime in a black student’s fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland’s campus. Sean Urbanski’s former girlfriend, Kim Stringer, says...

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....

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...