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Family of slain ex-Arkansas lawmaker "sickened" by arrest

Jun. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

The family of a former Arkansas state senator who was found dead outside of her home says they are "sickened and upset" by the thought that one of her friends could have been involved in her killing. Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, of Pocahontas, in connection...

Teen to be tried as adult in retired officer's killing

Jun. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A second teenager charged in the shooting death of a retired St. Louis police sergeant will be tried as an adult. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 17-year-old Jalynn Garner, of St. Louis, was charged Friday in adult court with first-degree murder, robbery and two weapons counts....

Jury finds man guilty in January 2018 shooting death of teen

Jun. 15, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a 19-year-old Independence man of second-degree murder and a weapons count in the January 2018 shooting death of a teen. The Kansas City Star reports that Tyler Gates was found guilty Thursday in the death of 17-year-old Matthew Haylock in the Kansas City,...

Man pleads guilty in 2014 hammer death of Bosnian immigrant

Jun. 15, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A fourth man who participated in a deadly hammer beating in St. Louis has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in the death of a Bosnian immigrant. Twenty-year-old Travid Kidd was sentenced Friday in the 2014 death of Zemir Begic. He pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder. The St....

Knox accuses media of having built false story around her

Jun. 15, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted. The former exchange student from the...

Man arrested in '87 cold case slaying of soldier in Colorado

Jun. 14, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday. Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987...

Rash of child killings angers, frustrates St. Louis leaders

Jun. 14, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gunfire that has long haunted St. Louis streets has taken an even more disturbing turn, with a rash of shootings involving children that has left the city's police chief angered and frustrated by the lack of cooperation of witnesses. Four children died from gunfire over the past week...

Jurors listen to suspect say he killed scholar from China

Jun. 14, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors in a federal death-penalty trial heard secretly recorded audio Friday in which a former University of Illinois doctoral student describes to his girlfriend how he killed a visiting scholar from China, calling the 26-year-old woman "valiant" as she tried to fight back. The...

Tooth fragment testing OK'd in Colorado missing woman case

Jun. 14, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will be permitted to conduct DNA testing on a tooth fragment found on the ranch of a Colorado man suspected of killing the mother of his child and burning her body, a judge ruled Friday. The Gazette reports that investigators discovered the fragment while searching a...

The Latest: Jurors hear suspect say he killed scholar

Jun. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest from the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with slaying a visiting scholar from China (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Prosecutors have played a secret audio recording at the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with...