Marissa Devault qualifies for execution in hammer killing

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PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors decided on Monday that an Arizona woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer is eligible for the death penalty after prosecutors argued that she carried out the brutal killing so she could collect life-insurance money.   The decision clears the way for jurors to now consider whether they will imprison [...]

Marissa Devault guilty of killing husband with hammer

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PHOENIX –  An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. The same jury that convicted Marissa Devault now will decide whether to [...]

Ana Trujillo Guilty in Houston’s ‘Stiletto Murder’

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A Houston jury found Ana Trujillo guilty today in the so-called “stiletto murder” of her boyfriend who was battered by her spiked heel shoe. Trujillo briefly closed her eyes as the verdict was read, but showed little emotion. Her family, however, left the courtroom in tears. The Houston trial gained international notoriety because of the [...]

Oscar Pistorius Judge Won’t Be Swayed By His Tears

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Oscar Pistorius‘ emotional meltdown in court today – along with his crying and vomiting earlier in the trial – will likely have no effect on the judge’s verdict, but could help Pistorius at his sentencing if he is found guilty, South African law experts said today. Pistorius has been emotional throughout the trial, but today [...]

Defense Rests Case in Texas Shoe Stabbing Trial

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Attorneys for a Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her 5 ½-inch stiletto heel used a martial arts expert Monday to demonstrate for jurors how they believe she was attacked on the night of the killing. Ana Trujillo is accused of striking 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the [...]

Ariz. Woman’s Murder Trial Harkens Back Jodi Arias Case

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ABC NEWS:  Jurors in Arizona are deliberating the case of a woman accused of murdering her husband with a hammer, a case that brings to mind last year’s Jodi Arias trial in the very same courtroom. Marissa DeVault, 36, a mother of three, has pleaded not guilty to the January 2009 attack on Dale Harrell, [...]

Oscar Pistorius trial postponed due to illness of assessor

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Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — The trial of Oscar Pistorius, accused of killing his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was postponed until April 7 because one of two assessors was hospitalized. The assessors will help the judge decide the verdict. South Africa does not have jury trials. Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Of [...]

Oscar Pistorius’s family offers support ahead of his cross-examination

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From TheGuardian.com)  When Oscar Pistorius undergoes the ordeal of cross-examination at his murder trial, he will at least have the courtroom support of those who have never doubted him: his family. The double amputee athlete’s mother Sheila died when he was 15, and his estranged father, Henke, has been conspicuously absent from the trial, but [...]

$1 million winner now broke and convicted

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USA TODAY:  CINCINNATI — Kevin Lewis has had a heck of a year. Seven months ago, he had $1 million in his pocket and a big smile on his face. He had neither Wednesday, though, when he stood before a judge and avoided going to prison for drug convictions when he was placed on three [...]

Flight 370 families wait for proof

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(CNN) — The families of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been told the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean. Some got the shaking news from a phone call, others received a text message from Malaysia Airlines telling them to “assume beyond a reasonable doubt” that their relatives did not survive. Others [...]

Key moments emerge in tracking of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

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CNN NEWS: (CNN) — New details provide a clearer chronology about what may have happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 between its takeoff and its last known spotting seven hours later. Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said on Monday that it wasn’t clear whether the final words from the cockpit came before or after [...]

Jodi Arias Penalty Phase Trial Date Set for September

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ABC NEWS:  Prosecutors will again try to convince a jury to sentence Jodi Arias to death in a second penalty phase that will begin in September. During a hearing Monday, which Arias did not attend, a judge set the new trial date with jury selection to begin Sept. 8. The 33-year-old former waitress was convicted [...]

Sandusky ‘was found guilty before trial,’ says ex-Penn State coach’s wife

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(CNN) — Jerry Sandusky’s wife still stands by him, insisting the former Penn State assistant football coach is innocent of sexually abusing young boys. Dottie Sandusky, in an interview with CNN’s Jason Carroll, blames the news media for the conviction that sent her husband, now 70, to prison on a 30- to 60-year sentence. “I [...]

$600K Taken From Safe at Osteen’s Megachurch

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Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country. Police spokesman Kese Smith said Tuesday $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 [...]

George Zimmerman Says He Lives in Constant Fear, Has PTSD

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 ABC NEWS:  George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, says he lives in constant fear and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He also suggested that President Obama helped to inject racism into the controversial shooting in order to win votes for himself during his reelection. Zimmerman’s comments in a Spanish-language interview [...]

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