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Ruling sends man back to prison in college student's slaying

Aug. 13, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — A man convicted in the 1994 slaying of a suburban Chicago college student is headed back to prison after a judge determined he was released four years too early due to a sentencing error. Bonzell Joyner, 45, was taken back into custody Wednesday following a Kane County court...

Missouri prosecutors oppose expanding attorney general power

Aug. 13, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prosecutors on Wednesday came out against Republican Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to give the state attorney general the power to prosecute St. Louis homicides. Leaders of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in a statement wrote that prosecutors “stand...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014 file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Woods, who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence, will receive $3 million under a settlement approved by the Reno City Council. Woods was arrested and wrongfully convicted for the 1976 murder of 19-year-old University of Nevada, Reno student Michelle Mitchell. She was released from prison in 2015 when new evidence linked the murder to an Oregon inmate (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Reno agrees to settle wrongful conviction lawsuit for $3M

Aug. 13, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence will receive $3 million under a settlement approved by the Reno City Council. Cathy Woods was wrongfully convicted for the 1976 murder of University of Nevada, Reno student...

Prosecutors: Man sought to have his child porn victim killed

Aug. 13, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who sought and exchanged sexually explicit videos and images with a 13-year-old New York girl paid $20,000 in bitcoin in a bid to have the child victim murdered before eventually calling it off, prosecutors announced Thursday. John Michael Musbach, 31, of Haddonfield,...

Man charged with killing 41-year-old in New Bedford

Aug. 13, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A 27-year-old man as been charged with killing a 41-year-old man in New Bedford, prosecutors said Thursday. Jonovan Gonzalez of New Bedford was arrested Wednesday evening and faces charges including murder and carrying an illegal firearm, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas...

Woman enters plea in fatal stabbing of high school classmate

Aug. 13, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a classmate during a fight inside a Detroit-area high school. Tanaya Lewis’ plea Wednesday came during a pretrial conference in Macomb County Circuit Court and was made under a...

Philly officials ask residents to turn in unwanted guns

Aug. 13, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As the number of shootings and shooting homicides continues to increase across Philadelphia, city leaders and police are asking people to check their homes for guns and surrender them anonymously. City council members along with police announced Thursday that two locations would accept...

Man arrested in mother's fatal beating in Cedar Rapids

Aug. 13, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Cedar Rapids man with first-degree murder and other counts in the fatal beating of his mother earlier this summer. George Alan Deason, 49, was arrested in July, shortly after his mother was found critically injured in her home by her daughter. Police...

Judge: Woman stabbed British tourist in psychotic episode

Aug. 13, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island judge found that a woman who stabbed a British tourist visiting her home did so in a moment of psychosis and is not responsible for second-degree murder. Justice Robert Bogle issued the verdict in the historic trial, which was conducted in part over video, in Nassau...

Tamika Palmer, far left, the mother of Breonna Taylor, and other family members meet with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville police on March 13, and protesters have called for Cameron to charge the officers involved. Cameron has called for patience while the investigation is ongoing. (Christopher 2X via AP)

Breonna Taylor's mother: I'm trying to be patient

Aug. 13, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Five months after her daughter was shot to death by police, Breonna Taylor's mother said she is trying to be patient while waiting to hear if the officers will be charged. But it's hard, she said, when every day feels like the day her daughter died. Tamika Palmer appeared with civil...