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Man convicted of raping children in Cascade County trial

Jul. 18, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Cascade County jury has found a 48-year-old man guilty of six felony charges after four children accused him of sexually abusing them. The Great Falls Tribune reports the jury convicted Scott Wayne Ellison Wednesday of three counts of sexual assault against children, two counts...

Central Valley deputies fatally shoot kidnap suspect

Jul. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Central Valley authorities say a kidnap suspect was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy and the victim was rescued unharmed. The Modesto Police Department says the shooting occurred late Wednesday night when Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies investigating a kidnapping and false...

The Latest: Police: Suspect in family slayings was boyfriend

Jul. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of a Georgia woman and her three young children (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A Georgia police chief says a suspect charged with killing a woman and her three young children was the woman's live-in boyfriend, and likely the children's father. Police found...

Day 2 of deliberations on death penalty in scholar's slaying

Jul. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors have resumed deliberations on whether an ex-University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for slaying a 26-year-old scholar from China. Thursday is the second day of deliberations in the penalty stage of the federal case against Brendt Christensen. Jurors...

Authorities recapture Alabama inmate mistakenly released

Jul. 18, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An inmate in Alabama who was mistakenly set free has been taken back into custody ahead of a murder trial. News outlets report 34-year-old Andrea Duhreal Flagg was captured Wednesday morning in the Dothan area. He had been out since his July 11 release from Donaldson Correctional...

3rd person charged in contract killing of Florida woman

Jul. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a third person has been arrested in the contract killing of a Florida woman. Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say 37-year-old Stephen Shelton Hand was charged Tuesday with murder in the May 9 stabbing death of 44-year-old Velvet Love Burns. The Florida Times-Union...

The Latest: Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case

Jul. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A federal judge has denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. The judge's decision Thursday comes after prosecutors argued Epstein...

Oklahoma court upholds murder convictions, life sentences

Jul. 18, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a man who killed another man in front of the victim's adult son. The court rejected appeals Thursday from Mosi Dennis that included lack of evidence, prosecutorial misconduct, improper...

Texas woman pleads guilty in shooting deaths of 2 daughters

Jul. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017. Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against Sarah Nicole Henderson in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of capital murder in...

Photographer indicted on child pornography charges

Jul. 18, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A photographer arrested in 2018 after authorities said he raped underage models was charged with coercing six minor victims in Oregon to engage in child pornography. The Statesman Journal reports that U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Wednesday that Robert Arnold Koester, 52, was...