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Idaho man exonerated in decades-old murder case

Jul. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man who spent two decades behind bars for the murder of an eastern Idaho woman after making a false confession has been exonerated. Bonneville County Judge Alan Stephens on Wednesday vacated Christopher Tapp's murder conviction. Tapp was arrested for the murder of Angie...

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

Jul. 18, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the "heart of this decision." Epstein, with his hands folded before him, showed no reaction to the...

Teen convicted of murder of store owner during robbery

Jul. 18, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A teen has been convicted of murder in the shooting of a Sumter store owner during a robbery. Prosecutor Ernest "Chip" Finney III said Sincere Dinkins unloaded his gun into Vijaykumar Patel during the November 2017 robbery at the Save-Mart Grocery. The Sumter Item reports Dinkins was 17...

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...