Latest Trials News

Closing arguments up next in deadly prison breakout trial

Oct. 19, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected next week in the trial of an inmate accused of murder in a deadly attempted breakout that left four North Carolina prison workers dead. Jurors on Thursday heard grisly details about the disturbance in a video interview, The Virginian-Pilot...

Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial

Oct. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina...

Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

Oct. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in...

Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state's highest court. A state nominating commission led by attorneys selected Shawnee County...

The Latest: Jury recommends death for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 18, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a jury's sentencing recommendation for a man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" in California. (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A Los Angeles jury has recommended the death sentence for a man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer." One victim of 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo was...

Jury recommends death penalty for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" after he was found guilty of two murders and an attempted murder. The victims of Michael Gargiulo, 43, included 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was killed on a night in 2001 when she had...

Man convicted of killing senator's nephew gets life sentence

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced 25-year-old John A. Radavich on Friday for the slaying of...

Pennsylvania sports doc faces new misconduct charge

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania sports medicine doctor set to stand trial on charges he sexually harassed several patients has been hit with a new accusation of inappropriate touching. Dr. William Vollmar was charged with corruption of minors and indecent assault. WGAL-TV reports that a man now in his...

Man found competent for trial in killing of 12-year-old

Oct. 18, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in the killing of a 12-year-old boy has been found competent to stand trial. The Connecticut Post reports that after a reviewing a report by a psychologist and psychiatrist a judge found 18-year-old Tajay Chambers mentally competent for trial Thursday....

Jury reaches decision on sentence for 'Boy Next Door Killer'

Oct. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has decided whether a man prosecutors have dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" will get a sentence of death or life in prison for the killings of two women and the attempted murder of a third. The jury's decision in the case of 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo will be read...