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FILE - In this March 23, 2001, file photo, Gregory McKnight, 24, is comforted by his attorney in Vinton County Common Pleas Court in McArthur, Ohio, after he was indicted. Lawyers for McKnight, an Ohio death row inmate who is Black, are seeking a new trial based on allegations of racial slurs used during jury deliberations over the inmate's fate. McKnight was sentenced to death almost 20 years ago for the 1999 kidnapping and slaying of a white female college student. (AP Photo/Bill Graham, File)

Ohio killer alleging racism-tainted jury seeks new trial

Oct. 1, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio death row inmate who is Black is seeking a new trial based on allegations that some white jurors used racial slurs in describing him during their deliberations over his fate, according to arguments before a state appeals court. Defendant Gregory McKnight was sentenced to death...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, detainees wait in a cell for an appearance in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. In November 2020, California voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the famously progressive state has become too lenient. Proposition 20 would amend criminal sentencing and supervision laws enacted during the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown that critics say are too favorable to criminals, while Proposition 25 could overturn a 2018 law that eliminates cash bail. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California voters to review criminal justice, bail reforms

Oct. 1, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the progressive state has become too lenient. Proposition 20 would amend criminal sentencing and supervision laws enacted during the last administration of...

Brother of suspect in police shooting charged with gun crime

Oct. 1, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The 17-year-old brother of the teenager suspected of fatally shooting Lincoln Police Investigator Mario Herrera is now facing a gun-related charge. Angel Mendoza is the brother of Felipe Vazquez, also 17, who is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes. Herrera was shot Aug....

Man charged in St. Louis-area store killing, 27 years later

Oct. 1, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — Twenty-seven years after the owner of a suburban St. Louis liquor store owner was killed, police believe they've finally solved the case. Loril Harp, 68, now the resident of a St. Louis nursing home, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 1993 killing of...

Police in Ukraine investigate death of US Embassy employee

Oct. 1, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Ukraine are investigating the death of an American woman who worked for the United States Embassy in Kyiv. The woman was found unconscious with a head injury near the railway tracks in a park not far from the embassy on Wednesday, according to a police statement. She died in...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with Juan Cruz Lopez Jr., far right, a youthful offender at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility, in Stockton, Calif. Newsom signed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, that will phase out the state's remaining juvenile prisons, which currently hold about 750 youths, a move that Sen. Nancy Skinner called

Ban on chokeholds among California criminal justice reforms

Oct. 1, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the slayings of George Floyd and other Black people in police custody across the country, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday banned certain chokeholds as he approved several new laws designed to increase oversight of the criminal justice system. But amid...

Today in History

Oct. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2020. There are 91 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay casino hotel in Las Vegas on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at a concert below, leaving 58...

Grand jury indicts man in shooting deaths of 3 friends

Sep. 30, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury formally charged a 26-year-old man with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of three friends who had gathered at a central Florida lake in July for some late night fishing. Prosecutors have 45 days to determine whether to seek the death penalty for...

Motorist suspected of hitting, killing 2 boys in Los Angeles

Sep. 30, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Two children were hit by a car and killed near Los Angeles, and authorities have arrested the driver in the fatal crash, officials said Wednesday. The boys were crossing the street in Westlake Village when they were struck Tuesday evening, according to the Los Angeles...

Authorities identify victims of double homicide in Chloride

Sep. 30, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

CHLORIDE, Ariz. (AP) — The names of a man and woman found dead at a residence in the small northwestern Arizona town of Chloride. were released Wednesday and authorities are investigating the case as a double homicide. Mohave County Sheriff’s officials said the victims were 57-year-old Bryan Dean...