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Judge rejects new trial for Indiana man in murder-for-hire

Jun. 13, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana judge has rejected a new trial for a man convicted in the 1993 murder-for-hire slaying of a woman found shot to death in her garage. Jess David Woods was convicted in 2009 of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Teresa French's...

More judicial circuits could split after Columbia exits

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Leaders in counties in at least three other Georgia judicial circuits are interested in splitting up after Columbia County successfully persuaded lawmakers to break it off from what had been a three-county Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Administrative...

Judge: Worcester must release police records to newspaper

Jun. 11, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the city of Worcester violated Massachusetts Public Records Law by failing to disclose records of police misconduct investigations requested by a local newspaper. The June 2 decision from Worcester Superior Court Judge...

Governor: Texas building new border barrier; no details yet

Jun. 11, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has offered no details on his plans to construct new barriers along the border with Mexico while also launching an aggressive campaign to arrest migrants — moves that set up another clash with the Biden administration over...

Judge asks Kansas attorney general to review pandemic law

Jun. 10, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

MISSION, Kansas (AP) — A judge has asked the Kansas attorney general to weigh in on “significant constitutional problems” raised by a state law that gives those who object to pandemic restrictions such as mask requirements the right to trigger a 72-hour review. ...

Man sentenced to death for murder of Nebraska store clerk

Jun. 09, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A man was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing and dismembering a Nebraska hardware store clerk who refused to commit to his lifestyle of group sex and fraud. Aubrey Trail was convicted in 2019 of first-degree murder and...

Debt collector to return $475K to Washington consumers

Jun. 09, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Denver-based collection agency must return about $475,000 it collected improperly from up to 5,000 Washington consumers after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson prevailed in a lawsuit alleging unlawful debt-collection practices. Ferguson’s office...

Jury acquits Rapid City man in fatal shooting

Jun. 09, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man is free after prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him and a jury acquitted him of gun crimes in connection with a fatal shooting in Pine Ridge last year. Phillip Pond, 39, was accused of shooting Justin Little Hawk...

Bellingham woman gets 17 years in prison for fatal stabbing

Jun. 08, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for fatally stabbing her father to death during an argument over a cigarette in April 2020, a judge said. Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Robert Olson sentenced Kali...

Man charged in triple killing ruled competent for trial

Jun. 08, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of killing two women and a child in a case that prompted a $1 million payment by the state was ruled mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges, news outlets reported Tuesday. While the defense had raised...