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Grand jury clears cop who fatally shot man during crisis

Sep. 16, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared a Portland police officer in the deadly shooting of a man who called for help during a mental health crisis and later brandished a screwdriver, prosecutors said. Officer Curtis Brown will not face criminal charges in the...

Jury weighing fate of Robert Durst after long murder trial

Sep. 14, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury began deliberating Tuesday in the lengthy murder trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst after a prosecutor described him as a “narcissistic psychopath" who needs to be held accountable. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin...

Florida jury panel dismissed over clerk of courts comment

Sep. 14, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A panel of South Florida jurors was sent home after defense lawyers claimed that they were potentially poisoned by welcoming comments from the clerk of courts. Broward County Clerk of Courts Brenda Forman quipped that those who do the crime...

Jury selection starts in parking lot killing trial

Sep. 13, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of an man charged in a fatal shooting in a Walmart parking lot in Auburn. Gage Dalphonse, 23, of Auburn, is accused of shooting a Turner man twice in the back on July 27, 2019, at the Walmart after a...

Massachusetts man faces retrial in killing in Maine

Sep. 13, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the retrial of a Massachusetts man whose murder conviction was overturned by the state supreme court in Maine. Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 35 years as the convicted triggerman in a...

Appeals court revives California death row inmate challenge

Sep. 10, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California death row inmate who was convicted of a 1986 killing by a jury with only one Black member can challenge his conviction and sentence, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Curtis Lee Ervin, who is Black, was tried by a mostly white panel...

Jury finds man guilty of fatally shooting 2 people in car

Sep. 10, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man has been convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men in University Place. A jury found Alex Lopez Leon, 24, guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court, The News Tribune reported. He is...

Possible virus case delays jury selection in murder trial

Sep. 10, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

CAIRO, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection in the death penalty trial of a Georgia inmate charged with killing two prison guards was halted Thursday because an attorney in the case is being tested for the coronavirus. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said a defense attorney in...

Prosecutors: School massacre not mitigated by others' errors

Sep. 08, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former student accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school should not be allowed to use any failures by his therapists, school officials or campus security guards as mitigating factors during the death penalty phase of his trial if he...

'Varsity Blues' trial promises fresh insights in old scandal

Sep. 08, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The first trial in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions bribery scandal will begin this week, with the potential to shed light on investigators' tactics and brighten the spotlight on a secretive school selection process many have long complained is rigged to...