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Key witness says Colorado man fatally beat fiancee with bat

Feb. 19, 2019 6:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man beat his fiancee to death with a baseball bat, convinced a woman he was having an affair with to clean up a bloody crime scene and then burned the victim's remains while she watched, investigators said Tuesday. Dramatic testimony at a Colorado hearing relied heavily on what Krystal Jean...

Police: Missing Louisiana teen found nude; 2 men arrested

Feb. 19, 2019 6:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A missing 16-year-old was found, nude and incoherent, after her family received threatening text messages, and a registered sex offender and a man paroled after a manslaughter conviction have been arrested, Louisiana State Police said Tuesday. The girl had been missing for days when she...

The Latest: Judge orders trial in Colorado woman's death

Feb. 19, 2019 6:50 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the case of the death of a missing Colorado woman (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Colorado judge has ruled a man will stand trial on charges of murder and solicitation to commit murder in his fiancee's death. Teller County Judge Scott Sells made the decision Tuesday after a...

Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen

Feb. 19, 2019 6:28 PM EST

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. A jury...

Maine man arrested in Alaska cold case contests extradition

Feb. 19, 2019 5:53 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing a woman 26 years ago in Alaska signaled his intention to contest extradition on Tuesday and said through a lawyer that he is innocent of the charges. Steven Downs, of Auburn, Maine, made his intentions known in the first court appearance since his...

Elderly Wyoming prison inmate dies

Feb. 19, 2019 5:34 PM EST

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — An 81-year-old inmate at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution has died. The state Corrections Department says Gene T. Wigfield died from a lengthy illness on Sunday. Wigfield was serving a 25-30 year prison sentence for attempted second-degree murder in Big Horn County. He...

The Latest: Police say they know motive in LA triple killing

Feb. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a triple homicide in a Los Angeles home (all times local): 2:17 p.m. Los Angeles police homicide investigators believe whoever killed three men inside a home in a gated community was allowed inside by one of the victims. Capt. Billy Hayes says the violence Monday afternoon...

Ex-detective faces charges in sexual assault of witnesses

Feb. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer was arrested Tuesday on allegations he sexually assaulted male witnesses and suspects over his decade-plus career as a detective. A judge ordered 52-year-old Philip Nordo held without bail in protective custody during a preliminary arraignment...

5 to stand trial in Guatemala shelter fire that killed 41

Feb. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled that five current and former Guatemalan officials should stand trial over a blaze that killed 41 girls at a state-run home for troubled youth. The order said they bear potential responsibility since they represented institutions responsible for protecting...

Deputy sheriff fatally shoots man at Hawaii Capitol

Feb. 19, 2019 4:39 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A deputy Hawaii sheriff shot and killed a man during a struggle at the state Capitol. The state Department of Public Safety says the deputy sheriff was conducting routine patrols at the Capitol in downtown Honolulu Monday night when he encountered a man with a bottle of alcohol. Hawaii News...