Latest Homicide News

Police ID 2 killed in shooting; woman critically wounded

Sep. 20, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a shooting at a home in Ohio's capital city that also left a third person critically injured. The shooting in Columbus was reported around 3 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said a woman who had been shot in the face ran out of...

Crowd protests charges against Denver anti-racism leaders

Sep. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People gathered at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Saturday to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations. Six protesters, including organizers of demonstrations over the killing of Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, could...

FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The trial of the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd is expected to generate massive public interest when it begins in March. Supporters of audio and visual coverage of the trials say the high-profile nature of Floyd's death and recent courtroom restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic make this the right time to allow cameras in court.(Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Court weighs allowing courtroom cameras in George Floyd case

Sep. 19, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether...

FILE - This 2013 file photo released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office shows Lonnie Loren Kocontes. Kocontes, a former Southern California lawyer was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes was sentenced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after being convicted in June of first-degree murder with a special circumstances enhancement of murder for financial gain.(Orange County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Ex-California attorney sentenced for killing wife on cruise

Sep. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California lawyer was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole for strangling his ex-wife and throwing her body off a cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 2006. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 62, of Safety Harbor, Florida, was convicted in June of...

4 Louisiana police officers charged in Black man's death

Sep. 18, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Four police officers in northwest Louisiana have been charged with negligent homicide and malfeasance in connection with the death last April of a 44-year-old Black man following a video-recorded altercation, a prosecutor's office announced Friday. The four Shreveport police officers...

FILE - In this undated booking file photo provided by the Clark County, Ind., Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Oberhansley. Oberhansley, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was convicted of a murder charge Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 (Clark County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Jury convicts Indiana man accused of killing, cannibalism

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was convicted of a murder charge Friday. Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the guilty verdict against Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville in Tammy Jo...

Andrew Freund appears for a hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill. Freund, who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (Matthew Apgar/Northwest Herald via AP, Pool)

Father gets 30 years after plea in death of Illinois boy, 5

Sep. 18, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. At a brief hearing, Andrew Freund Sr. pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery of a...

FILE- In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, rescue workers search for children trapped inside the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City. The Mexico City prosecutor's office said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, it has requested a sentence of 57 years in prison for the owner and director of the elementary school who has been found guilty of charges equivalent to manslaughter. The school collapse killed 26 people in the devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake. (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros, File)

Mexico City school owner convicted in 2017 collapse

Sep. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner and director of an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during the 2017 earthquake has been found guilty of charges equivalent to manslaughter. The school collapse killed 26 people in the devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake in September 2017. The Mexico City...

Man serving life requests death for Indiana prison slaying

Sep. 18, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A man serving two life sentences at an Indiana prison asked for the death penalty for a slaying of a fellow inmate, but a prosecutor said he is reluctant to pursue it. Tommy P. Holland, 45, of Indianapolis is charged with murder in the stabbing of Clifford Baggett at the Pendleton...

195 homicides reported in St. Louis, surpassing all of 2019

Sep. 18, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The shooting death of a woman in St. Louis marks the city's 195th homicide this year, topping the 194 killings in all of 2019. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 24-year-old woman was killed Thursday night in the city's Benton Park West neighborhood. Police responded to a...