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System slow to resolve complaints of Chicago police torture

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Decades after evidence first emerged that Chicago police detectives were repeatedly winning confessions through coercion and torture, the Cook County criminal justice system struggles to respond to the complaints of hundreds of defendants that they were coerced years ago into falsely...

Police: Owner blew up house on his daughter's wedding day

Sep. 14, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

EDGEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A homeowner near Pittsburgh blew up his house on his daughter's wedding day, police said shortly after his body was found in the rubble late Saturday. The man had been seen standing in front of his house in Edgewood shortly before it exploded and caught fire, authorities said, but for...

State Police: Taos homicide victim, suspect had disputes

Sep. 14, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Taos man gunned down when he went to feed his livestock and the man arrested in the early morning killing previously had disputes. The New Mexico State Police said Gregg Steele was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, armed robbery and tampering with...

Detectives: Transgender woman slain, body burned in car

Sep. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

CLEWSITON, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff's deputies are investigating the slaying of a transgender woman whose body was found in her burning car. Media reports say the Hendry County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Sept. 4 death of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater in Clewiston, Florida. The Human Rights...

Jonesboro man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in 2018

Sep. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A Jonesboro man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2018 death of a woman described by prosecutors as his girlfriend. Court documents show 40-year-old Terrance Bernard Taylor pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Shonda Gonzalez and was sentenced...

Colorado judge rejects Make My Day law in home shooting

Sep. 14, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge has rejected an argument that a man was justified in shooting a home visitor under the state's Make My Day law. The Pueblo Chieftain reported Friday that 59-year-old Thomas Addington was charged with murder and assault after shooting and killing 40-year-old Amanda...

Teens withdraw guilty pleas in fatal freeway rock-throwing

Sep. 14, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Four Flint-area teens have withdrawn guilty pleas in the death of a 32-year-old man killed in 2017 by a rock thrown from an interstate overpass. WJRT-TV reports that 18-year-old Mark Sekelsky, 16-year-old Trevor Gray, 17-year-old Mikadyn Payne and 17-year-old Alexzander Miller withdrew...

Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants

Sep. 14, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A movement to put jailhouse informants under a more powerful microscope before they testify is gaining traction around the country, a byproduct of new DNA testing technology that has exonerated dozens of people wrongly locked up based on informants' lies. Several states have moved to...

Death penalty hearing scheduled for 1985 murder of Boy Scout

Sep. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments later this year about whether an Ohio man should be executed for the torture, rape and murder of a 12-year-old Boy Scout. Danny Lee Hill was sentenced to death for the 1985 slaying of Raymond Fife. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Sikh preaches love 18 years after brother killed over turban

Sep. 14, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Indian Sikh immigrant Rana Singh Sodhi still preaches love and tolerance 18 years after his brother was gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by a man who mistook him for a Muslim because of his turban and beard. "I want there to be more awareness, more peace in the...