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Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Eric Frein, wanted in trooper's slaying

14 hours 39 min ago

A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents. "He did not just give up because he was tired," state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect

14 hours 39 min ago

A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents. "He did not just give up because he was tired," state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

Jury finds William Gardner guilty of Winters murder

18 hours 30 min ago

Gardner, 31, was also found guilty of allegations of lying in wait and murder of a witness, along with the intentional and personal discharge of a firearm causing death. The jury also ruled that he is guilty of stalking, vandalism and criminal threats charges.

Man guilty of murder in attack on Chinese students

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:36pm

A man who was recorded confessing to the killings of two Chinese graduate students near the University of Southern California was convicted Monday October 27 of first-degree murder. Javier Bolden, 22, was found guilty of shooting Ming Qu and Ying Wu as they sat in a double-parked car about a mile from campus on April 11, 2012.

Siblings of man murdered by Jodi Arias still traumatized

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:14pm

Jodi Arias looks on during the sentencing phase of her at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Arias was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury hung on the penalty phase, life in prison or the death sentence.

Prisoner who helped free death row inmate is freed himself

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:00pm

A judge ordered the immediate release Thursday of a prisoner whose confession had helped free a death row inmate in a 1982 double killing -- a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end Illinois' death penalty. Alstory Simon's confession in the high-profile case led to the 1999 release of Anthony Porter, who had spent 16 years on death row and whose supporters maintained he was wrongfully convicted.

5 Indian fishermen sentenced to death by Lankan court

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:04am

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI: Five Indian fishermen were given death penalty by a Sri Lankan court on Thursday for alleged drug trafficking, prompting a response from India that it will appeal to a higher court against the judgement. The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of smuggling of drugs, official sources said.

Stepfather testifies about Shawn Ford's upbringing in death penalty phase of case

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:24am

Two days before Shawn Ford killed his girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer, he brawled with his stepfather in a fight that involved a baseball bat, a shovel and a brick. The death penalty phase of Ford's trial continued Wednesday as the jury continued to hear whether to recommend execution or life in prison in his conviction in the couple's March 2013 murder.

Bangladesh: Death penalty will not bring justice for crimes during independence war

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:41am

The death sentence against a leading opposition figure in Bangladesh for war crimes will not bring justice to the millions of victims of the independence war, Amnesty International said. Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of Jamaat-e-Islami, the third largest political party in Bangladesh, was sentenced to death for war crimes today by the International Crimes Tribunal , a Bangladeshi court established to investigate the events of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.

Shawn Ford never felt loved, psychiatrist testifies in death penalty...

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:55pm

Shawn Ford never felt loved by the family who largely ignored him during his childhood, a psychiatrist testified Wednesday in Ford's capital murder case. Ford never felt cared for until he started dating Chelsea Schobert in late 2012, according to Dr. Joy Stankowski, months before Ford attacked Schobert and bludgeoned her parents to death with a sledgehammer.

Is the death penalty really dying a slow death . . . in Texas?!?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:59pm

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new piece from The Atlantic , headlined "In Texas, the Death Penalty is Slowly Dying Out: The Lone Star State carried out its fewest executions since 1996 this year." Here are excerpts: On Tuesday night, the state of Texas executed Miguel Paredes by lethal injection for murdering a woman and her two children sixteen years ago.

Death penalty upheld for Twinsburg cop killer; Montville officer pleads not guilty in dog's death; groundbreaking today for Imperial Avenue memorial: Northeast Ohio News Links

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:52pm

The Ohio Supreme Court today upheld the conviction and death sentence for the man found guilty of killing Twinsburg police officer Joshua Miktarian in 2008 following a traffic stop. A Montville Township officer pleaded not guilty today to charges related to the death of a police dog.

Death penalty phase of sledgehammer murder case enters second day

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:50am

A jury that convicted a 20-year-old man of bludgeoning a New Franklin Township couple to death in April 2013 will continue hearing testimony on Wednesday in the death penalty phase of the case. Defense attorneys Donald Hicks and Jonathan Sinn began presenting evidence Monday in to convince a jury to spare Shawn Ford from being put on death row.

Seminole jury deliberates death penalty for man who killed wife

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:02am


Suspect in cold-case murder found guilty, avoids death penalty

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:16am

A man identified as a suspect in the rape and slaying of a woman in 1990 was found guilty Tuesday. Judge Marsh did not find him guilty of the two specifications and sentenced Sellers to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 20 years.

Texas executes ex-gang member for the 2000 shooting deaths of 3 rivals in San Antonio

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:24pm

A former gang member was put to death Tuesday evening for the fatal shootings of three rivals 14 years ago in San Antonio. Miguel Paredes, 32, was convicted along with two other men in the September 2000 slayings of three people with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

Prosecutors seek death penalty for S. Korean ferry captain

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:22pm

South Korean prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the captain of the capsized Sewol ferry and life in prison for three other crew members involved in the deadly disaster earlier this year. The death penalty is unusual in South Korea, which has not carried out executions in 17 years.

Missouri prepares for 9th execution of 2014

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:13pm

Missouri officials were preparing on Tuesday to execute a man who wasn't able to appeal his conviction in federal court because his attorneys missed a filing deadline. Mark Christeson was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday for the killing of a woman and her two children in 1998.

China mulls eliminating death penalty for illegal fundraising, pimping

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:14am

Criminal code changes being discussed by Chinese lawmakers this week could in future spare the lives of white-collar offenders like Zeng Chengjie, a businessman often referred to as "China's Bernie Madoff" who was executed in July last year. Eight people convicted of terrorism, including three accused of masterminding last OctoberA s deadly vehicle explosion in Tiananmen Square, have been executed, ChinaA s state-run media said Saturday.

China media: Death penalty

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:29am

Media welcome a proposal by the Chinese authorities to abolish the death penalty for some crimes, saying it shows the country is moving away from capital punishment. The standing committee of the National People's Congress , China's top legislature, is reviewing a draft law replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment for nine crimes, including illegal fundraising and smuggling weapons, the official news agency Xinhua reports.