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Hemet Man Pleads Guilty To Halloween 2012 Murder, Rape of Murrieta Woman

17 hours 28 min ago

MURRIETA - A Hemet man pleaded guilty on Friday to raping and murdering a 23 year old Murrieta woman on Oct. 31, 2012, and also to setting fire to the woman's apartment, where her 3 year old son was sleeping. As part of his pretrial plea deal with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Marquise Denzell McGlown, 25, will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on August 7, but will not be sentenced to the death penalty.

Accused Charleston church gunman plans to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:42pm

However, Bruck said that because federal officials have not decided whether to seek a death sentence for some of these charges, he did not want to enter a guilty plea yet. As a result, the judge said he would enter a not guilty plea.

Brothers Charged With 5 Counts of Murder in Stabbing Deaths

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:27pm

First-degree murder charges were formally filed Friday against two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings. Robert Davis Bever, 18, and Michael John Bever, 16, were each charged with five counts of first degree murder in the July 22 deaths of parents David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, and siblings Daniel Bever, 12; Christopher Bever, 7; and Victoria Bever, 5. The brothers were also charged with one count of assault and battery with intent to kill involving multiple stabbings inflicted on a 13-year-old sister who survived the attack.

Chad reintroduces death penalty. Which other countries use it?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:12pm

The Chadian parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to reauthorize the death penalty, six months after its abolition, the BBC reported . Despite the ban, on July 11 a Boko Haram suicide bomber man dressed in a woman's burqa blew himself up in the capital's main market, killing 15 people .

Pope wins anti-death penalty award

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:07am

Rome, July 31 - Pope Francis has been awarded the Hands off Cain prize as 'Abolitionist of the Year 2015' for his contribution to ending the death penalty worldwide during his pontificate, the NGO said Friday. The radical association that campaigns against the death penalty around the world said that the Argentine pope "whose pontificate began with the abolition of life imprisonment and the introduction of the crime of torture in the Vatican State penal code, has spoken out strongly and clearly not just against the death penalty but also about the penalty until death".

County should not seek the death penalty again

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:58am

IN theory, the death penalty is the ultimate punishment for the most serious murders in Washington. But in practice, it is pursued too randomly and with little success to justify its exorbitant costs and moral quandary.

US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:45pm

Jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial received instructions Thursday before their next round of deliberations to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes... Jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial received instructions Thursday before their next round of deliberations to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life... Authorities say police in at least eight states are investigating unsolved cases that may be linked to an Oregon man who was recently killed by an escort in West Virginia.

The Latest: Colorado shooting jurors end day's deliberations

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:35pm

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, second from left in white shirt, stands with his defense team during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in C... . In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., top right, reads instructions to jurors, as James Holmes, fourth from left, sits during the sentencing phase of the Col... Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have gone home for the day after starting deliberations on whether to keep the death penalty on the table for gunman James Holmes.

The Latest: Colorado shooting jurors end day's deliberations

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:35pm

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures while making her closing argument to the jury in the sentencing phase of the trial of James Holmes, top left in white shirt, in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Following closing arguments, jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial will deliberate to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders.

35-year-old Central California death penalty case gets review

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:21pm

Attorneys representing a man who was given the death penalty 35 years ago for raping and killing his 12-year-old stepdaughter have asked a judge to spare his life, because they claim the man has been intellectually disabled since childhood. The Fresno Bee reports the hearing held Wednesday is the first of its kind for Fresno County.

India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:16pm

Ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups, India on Thursday hanged an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack. The police barred media from publishing images of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon's funeral, apparently fearing a backlash against the execution that many said was driven by politics.

Death penalty hardly tough on crime

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:09am

Two positives arise from the death-penalty confrontation among Gov. Wolf, District Attorney Seth Williams, and Attorney General Kathleen Kane . It keeps capital punishment under the spotlight, and it also makes it clear that many Democrats differ little from Republicans in important areas.

Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:59am

Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect. Irek Hamidullin was a combatant captured on the battlefield - not a financier, recruiter or schemer arrested outside the theater of war, like so many of the terrorist suspects who have been tried by civilian courts instead of by the U.S. military.

Aurora shooter's mother says she still loves him as prosecutors seek death penalty

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:54am

James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when she called that June of 2012 and revealed he was quitting therapy and dropping out of school.

King County prosecutor will not seek death penalty for Michele Anderson

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:45pm

Michele Anderson, pictured above in a file photo, is accused of killing her parents as well as her brother and sister-in-law, and their 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. Her purported partner in the Christmas Eve 2007 slayings, boyfriend Joseph McEnroe, was spared a death sentence in May after being convicted in the massacre.

Death penalty dropped from Carnation killings trial

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:35pm

The King County prosecutor says he will no longer seek the death penalty in the trail of a former Carnation woman accused of killing her family on Christmas Eve 2007. The Seattle Times reports King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced Wednesday morning that his office will withdraw its notice to seek the death penalty against Michele Anderson.

'Death penalty no answer to terror'

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:31pm

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Impending execution brings out mixed feelings in India

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:21am

In this July 28, 2015, photo, an Indian woman participates in a protest against the hanging of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, in Mumbai, India. Jailed for more than two decades over his role ... NEW DELHI - Few countries sentence more people to death than India.

Commute death penalty of Yakub Memon to honour APJ Abdul Kalama s principles

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 7:15am

New Delhi, Jul 29 : Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to reconsider the mercy petition of death row convict Yakub Memon as a "fitting tribute" to former President APJ Abdul Kalam whose "conscientious opposition" to capital punishment is widely known. In his appeal to the President, Gandhi said Kalam had, as recently as earlier this month, expressed his opposition to the concept of capital punishment.

Bangladesh upholds death penalty for opposition leader for 1971 war crimes

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:12am

A Bangladeshi activist celebrates after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, convicted of war crimes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for the influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister Khaleda Zia for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.