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Jury acquits man in fatal Racine biker club shooting

Jun. 29, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

A man accused in a fatal shooting at a Racine biker club in 2020 has been acquitted of criminal charges. Jurors found 37-year-old Donley Carey not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of DeMarcus Anderson at the Sin City Biker Club. A jury on Tuesday also found...

Man acquitted of murder because of insanity escapes hospital

Jun. 28, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man acquitted by reason of insanity of murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his father in Austin has escaped from a state hospital to which he was committed, authorities said Monday. Staff at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, near the Oklahoma border...

Lawyers want 101-year-old alleged ex-Nazi guard acquitted

Jun. 27, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Lawyers asked a German court Monday to acquit a 101-year-old man charged with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder for allegedly serving as an SS guard at a World War II Nazi concentration camp. The defendant, whose name wasn't released due to German privacy...

4 Louisiana police officers cleared in Black man's death

Jun. 20, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has acquitted four city police officers in the death of a Black man arrested in April 2020. Caddo District Court Judge Chris Victory ruled Friday that prosecutors failed to prove their case against Brian Ross, James LeClare, Treona McCarter...

Judge acquits key figures in Panama Papers scandal

Jun. 16, 2022 23:59 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Panamanian judge acquitted 39 people in a money laundering case Thursday, including lawyers Jurgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, who were key figures in the Panama Papers case. Judge Baloísa Marquínez Morán ruled that the prosecution did not prove that the law...

Georgetown dad acquitted in final college bribery scam trial

Jun. 16, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A father was acquitted Thursday of charges that he paid off a Georgetown University tennis coach to get his daughter into the school in the final trial linked to the explosive college admissions bribery scandal. Amin Khoury’s case is the 57th stemming from the...

DNA retest concludes acquitted man likely committed murder

Jun. 15, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A man acquitted at retrial after his conviction and death sentence for raping and murdering a woman was overturned was almost certainly the actual killer according to new DNA tests, a Florida prosecutor announced Wednesday. Retesting shows DNA found in...

Man acquitted in 2019 park death gets probation in 2nd case

Jun. 15, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man acquitted in the shooting death of the son of a high-ranking police official during a brawl at a south Philadelphia park three years ago has been sentenced to probation in another case. Tyquan Atkinson, 23, was acquitted in April of fatally shooting...

Man sentenced in shots fired after self-defense slaying

Jun. 11, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man acquitted last month on grounds of self-defense in the shooting death of a University of Toledo football player after a fight at a Toledo pizza restaurant nearly two years ago has been sentenced to nine to 12 years for three extra shots he fired. The...

Russian suspect appeals for acquittal at Dutch MH17 trial

Jun. 10, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Russian suspect in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine appealed Friday in a video statement to a Dutch court to be declared innocent, as judges adjourned the long-running trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian separatist rebel...