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Woman, 85, Kills Intruder in Shootout While Cuffed to Chair

'Her grit, determination, and will to live appear to be what saved her that night'

(Newser) - It was a textbook case of justifiable homicide and "one of the most heroic acts of self-preservation I have ever heard of," a county prosecutor in Idaho wrote Tuesday, describing how an 85-year-old woman managed to kill her attacker despite being handcuffed and shot herself during a home...

Man Killed in Triple Murder Wasn't Supposed to Be Home

20-year-old victim typically would have been at work on a Friday afternoon

(Newser) - One of the victims of a Minnesota home invasion and triple murder wasn't supposed to be at home at the time. Jorge Reyes-Jungwirth, 20, normally worked at his tree removal job on Fridays, but his boss told him to take last Friday off because it was going to be...

2nd Mistrial Declared in 2015 Slaying
Judge Convicts
in 2015 Slaying

Judge Convicts in 2015 Slaying

Amanda Blackburn was shot to death in her Indianapolis home

(Newser) - Update: Almost seven years after Amanda Blackburn was shot to death in her home, and after two mistrials, Larry Jo Taylor Jr. has been convicted in the killing. In a four-day trial, an Indiana judge found Taylor guilty of burglary, theft, and other charges, while acquitting him on a robbery...

17-Year-Old Grabs Shotgun, Kills 2 Breaking Into Home

Case will go to grand jury, Texas sheriff says

(Newser) - A 17-year-old in a Houston suburb opened fire with a shotgun when three masked, armed men broke into a home, killing two of them. The third man fled the house and drove away, police said. A 12-year-old child, an adult woman, and another 17-year-old were in the Channelview home at...

Prosecutors: Gang Targeting Celebs Set Its Sights on Mariah

26 are now facing charges related to the 'Drug Rich' gang

(Newser) - A violent street gang has been targeting the homes of the wealthy and famous in Atlanta, including pop star Mariah Carey, prosecutors said Monday. They announced a 220-count indictment alleging attempted murders, shootings, kidnappings, home invasions, armed robberies, and carjackings by 26 members of the "Drug Rich" gang, some...

The Break-In, Kidnapping Was So Bizarre No One Believed Them

Katia Savchuk pens an incredible piece for 'Atavist Magazine'

(Newser) - Katia Savchuk's incredible piece for the Atavist Magazine is called "A Crime Beyond Belief," and that pretty much nails it. In nearly 20,000 words, she peels back the onion on a March 2015 home invasion and kidnapping in Vallejo, Calif., that was so bizarre police and...

Teen Arrested After Homework Found in Getaway Car

High school student faces murder charge in home-invasion robbery

(Newser) - An 18-year-old man arrested in a home-invasion robbery in which a Las Vegas woman was killed left his high school homework in the getaway car, police said. Math homework bearing Kamari Oliver's name was found in a backpack in the vehicle after the victim's boyfriend saw several robbers...

DNA on Gatorade Bottle Leads to Arrest in Home Invasion
Cops: Home Invasion Suspect
Made One Big Mistake
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Cops: Home Invasion Suspect Made One Big Mistake

After zip-tying elderly couple, he left his DNA on a Gatorade bottle, police say

(Newser) - A suspect in a terrifying home invasion robbery in New York City poured bleach in the victims' home to get rid of evidence, authorities say, but he was identified through DNA he left on a Gatorade bottle. Erik Shaw, 52, was arrested this week in connection with the Aug. 23,...

When Mom Didn't Send Wordle Score, She Called the Cops

Denyse Holt rescued after 21 hours held captive in her Illinois home

(Newser) - A 80-year-old Illinois woman woke at 1am Sunday to find a naked and bloodied man threatening her with a pair of scissors. It was the start of a 21-hour ordeal that thankfully ended after the woman's daughter—concerned that her mother hadn't forwarded her Wordle score for the...

$150K Reward Offered in Lake Tahoe Killing

Shooter hid in home for 4 hours, police say

(Newser) - The daughter of a Lake Tahoe, Calif., man shot to death in a June home invasion is offering 150,000 reasons for someone to come forward about the crime, FOX 40 reports. A man shown on surveillance video sneaked into the home of Robert Spohr and Wendy Wood, hid until...

Oprah on Beverly Hills Murder: 'World Is Upside Down'

Jacqueline Avant's shooting death follows string of robberies targeting the rich and famous

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is among the celebrities in shock at the killing of Jacqueline Avant , a philanthropist with ties to the rich and famous who called Beverly Hills home for half a decade. The 81-year-old wife of legendary music producer Clarence Avant and mother of former US ambassador to the Bahamas...

Official on Killing of Music Exec's Wife: Probably Not Random

Tyler Perry pledges 'every available resource' to find killer of Jackie Avant, wife of Clarence Avant

(Newser) - Update: The home invasion that led to the killing of a well-known music executive's wife may have been a targeted one, at least according to the chief of the Beverly Hills police. "I don't think that it's a random attack, but I can't speculate on...

Killer's Appeal Rejected in Triple Homicide

Joshua Komisarjevsky and another man murdered a woman, daughters in Connecticut

(Newser) - The Connecticut Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a man convicted of murder, sexual assault, and other crimes in the killings of a woman and her two daughters , ages 11 and 17, in a 2007 home invasion. Justices issued a 7-0 decision Monday upholding the convictions against Joshua Komisarjevsky, per...

12-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Home Invader: Cops

Charges against the boy are not expected

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say that a 12-year-old boy shot and killed an intruder Saturday during a home invasion robbery, ABC reports. A 73-year-old resident of the apartment where the attempted robbery occurred was shot by one of the suspects, the Goldsboro Police Department said in a statement , and was...

Wealthy Alabama Man Survives 'Horrid Life Experience'

Elton B. Stephens Jr. was kidnapped and forced to pay a ransom, per court documents

(Newser) - A wealthy retired businessman in Birmingham, Ala., was kidnapped before he was forced to wire $250,000 to his captors in a "horrid life experience," according to the man's attorney. Around 1am on Sept. 11, intruders entered the rented home of Elton B. Stephens Jr., whose family...

Cops: Man in His 70s Killed Intruder Who Attacked Wife

Suspect smashed through front door of Florida home

(Newser) - A Florida man in his 70s fatally shot an intruder who smashed through his front door and attacked his wife, police say. According to a Facebook post from the Bay County Sheriff's Office , the man was outside his Panama City home early Tuesday morning when he was approached by...

3 Suspects Killed During Texas Home Invasion

Cops say man opened fire after they entered home

(Newser) - When deputies arrived at a mobile home in Channelview, Texas, on Monday morning, three men were dead outside—and their car was still running in the driveway. Police say a resident opened fire on the men with a shotgun during an attempted burglary or home invasion in the Houston suburb,...

Cops: Bank Teller Robs Man Who Made Big Withdrawal

19-year-old faces slew of charges in Maryland

(Newser) - It's usually the bank teller that gets robbed. Not so in a case out of Maryland, where police say a teller who told them he was "tired of working two jobs" invaded the home of a customer who'd withdrawn several thousand dollars, reports the Baltimore Sun . Nathan...

8 Months Pregnant, Woman Returns Home Invaders' Fire

One of the armed men was killed, the other fled

(Newser) - Hearing a commotion one evening last week, a Florida woman who'd been in a back bedroom of the family house looked out to see what was going on. When she saw two men holding her 11-year-old daughter and pistol-whipping her husband, and one of them took a shot at...

Teen Dies in Struggle to Protect Home, Sister
Teen Dies in Struggle
to Protect Home, Sister

Teen Dies in Struggle to Protect Home, Sister

Florida's Khyler Edman to get a hero's sendoff

(Newser) - Thousands of people have opened their wallets to ensure a funeral fit for a hero after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a struggle as he protected his little sister during a home invasion, according to police in Port Charlotte, Fla. Khyler Edman went toe to toe with the suspect,...

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