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In Surprise Reversal, Charges Dropped Against Trooper

Ryan Londregan fatally shot a Black motorist during a traffic stop in Minnesota

(Newser) - A surprise about-face by the top prosecutor in Minneapolis means that a white state trooper is in the clear after the fatal shooting of a Black motorist in a high-profile case from last year. Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty announced Sunday that she was dropping murder charges against Minnesota State...

Trooper Who Rammed Car Into Suspect Charged With Murder

Det. Sgt. Brian Keely, 50, faces second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges

(Newser) - A Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with murder in the April death of a 25-year-old man whom he struck with an unmarked squad car during a police chase. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday said Det. Sgt. Brian Keely, 50, would be charged with one count of...

Exonerated in 2013 Murder, He's Charged in New Case

Shamel Capers, 26, faces attempted murder charge following 2023 shootout in NYC

(Newser) - A man who was exonerated after spending eight years in prison for a murder he said he did not commit has been charged again—in a different fatal shooting. As the AP reports, Shamel Capers, 26, was indicted Tuesday on charges including attempted murder in connection with a July 23,...

Cops: Man Confesses to Killing Wife Over Medical Bills

It was Ronnie Wiggs' third attempt at murder, police say

(Newser) - A man charged with murder in Missouri has allegedly confessed to killing his wife on his third attempt, saying he could no longer afford to pay her medical bills. The unidentified 72-year-old woman was found without a pulse Friday in her hospital bed at Centerpoint Medical Center in the Kansas...

Cops: Unfulfilled Suicide Pact Leads to Murder Charges

Heavenly Faith Garfield, 21, of Utah, accused of fatally shooting her best friend

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman who allegedly shot her best friend as part of a suicide pact that went only half-fulfilled is facing murder charges in Utah. Heavenly Faith Garfield, arrested Tuesday, is held without bail in Utah County, facing charges of murder and felony discharge of a firearm. Her father called...

Bodies Found, Arrests Made in Case of Missing Kansas Women

In Oklahoma, 4 face first-degree murder charges after Veronica Butler, Jilian Kelley vanished

(Newser) - A pair of big updates came in over the weekend regarding two Kansas women who went missing last month after traveling to Oklahoma, including four arrests and the discovery of two bodies. On Saturday, four individuals were detained in Texas and Cimarron counties in the case of Veronica Butler, 27,...

NYC Subway Rider Is Fatally Pushed Onto Tracks

24-year-old suspect charged with murder

(Newser) - A New York City subway rider was pushed onto the tracks and killed by a train, reports the AP , the latest in a string of violent episodes in the city's transit system that have prompted officials to beef up policing in the subway system. The shoving victim, who hasn'...

Across 2 States, a Carjacking Killing Spree

Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is in custody, accused of murdering 3 family members in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A man faces murder charges in Pennsylvania and carjacking and weapons charges in New Jersey after allegedly killing three family members, carjacking vehicles in both states, and evading law enforcement for hours as police mobilized, authorities said Sunday. Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is charged in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with three...

Prison Escapees Face Murder Charges for Missing US Couple

Grenada charges 3 men who allegedly hijacked husband and wife's yacht, threw them overboard

(Newser) - Authorities have pressed murder charges against a trio of escaped prisoners, accused of hijacking an American couple's yacht last month and throwing them overboard . Per a statement from the Royal Grenada Police Force cited by CNN , 30-year-old Ron Mitchell, 25-year-old Atiba Stanisclaus, and 23-year-old Trevon Robertson (who'd originally...

Trooper Charged With Murder in Shooting of Black Motorist

County attorney says Minnesota trooper's use of deadly force wasn't justified

(Newser) - A Minnesota state trooper was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting of motorist Ricky Cobb II , who failed to get out of his car during a July traffic stop and took his foot off the brake when officers tried to arrest him. In announcing charges of second-degree unintentional murder,...

Cops Arrest Murder Suspect, Find Grisly Evidence in Pocket

Police in Pueblo, Colorado, say Solomon Martinez had victim's severed hand

(Newser) - A man suspected of killing a woman in Colorado had a severed hand in his pocket when he was arrested, according to police. Solomon Martinez, a security guard, was arrested at work on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of the woman, whose body was discovered in a creek...

Mom Accused of Killing Her 2 Kids Is Fighting Extradition

Kimberlee Singler of Colorado Springs remains in Britain, where she was arrested

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs woman accused of killing two of her young children and injuring a third will remain in Britain at least until the end of the month following her arrest there. Kimberlee Singler, 35, appeared in Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday and didn't consent to her extradition to...

Cops: Woman Behind Fatal Meal Also Tried to Kill Husband

Australian police say Erin Patterson attempted to do so 4 times, including with lethal mushrooms

(Newser) - When police in Australia charged a woman this week with three counts of murder over poisonous mushrooms she served to guests, they added unspecified attempted murder charges as well. Now the details are out: Police say Erin Patterson tried to kill her estranged husband, Simon, four different times, reports the...

Man Allegedly Killed Neighbor's Son Over Tree Trimming

Edward Druzolowski, 78, has been charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of Brian Ford

(Newser) - A Florida man allegedly shot his neighbor's son Sunday after the two argued over tree trimming along a shared fence line. The Volusia Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post that Brian Ford, 42, was trimming tree limbs along the fence line between 1880 and 1890 Alameda Drive...

Arrest Made After Microsoft Exec Killed in Front of His Child

Jared Bridegan's ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, is third person charged in the case

(Newser) - Police have arrested a third person in the ambush-style murder of a Microsoft executive last year—his ex-wife. Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, 35, faces charges including first-degree murder, reports Fox News . Prosecutors say she helped plan the slaying of Jared Bridegan, 33, with her new husband, Mario Fernandez, who was previously arrested...

California Judge Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

Lawyer says judge's wife died in 'accidental' shooting

(Newser) - A Southern California judge charged with killing his wife during an argument while he was drunk pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday, and his lawyer says it was an "accidental shooting." Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ricardo Ocampo ordered Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson to surrender...

Prosecutors Say Judge Told Staff: 'I Just Shot My Wife'

California investigators report finding 47 weapons and 26,000 rounds of ammunition in home

(Newser) - Investigators say they seized 47 weapons and more than 26,000 rounds of ammunition from the Southern California home of a judge charged with killing his wife during an argument. Prosecutors said Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson, 72, pulled one of the guns from an ankle holster and...

Killer Hounded by Texans Faces New Murder Charges

Raul Meza had appealed to the public after his release from prison

(Newser) - A Texas man who was convicted of killing an 8-year-old girl in the 1980s and then run out of several towns following his early release from prison has been indicted on two new murder charges, including one that could carry the death penalty, prosecutors announced Friday. Raul Meza Jr., 62,...

She Thought Uber Driver Was Kidnapping Her, Shot Him

Phoebe Copas is now charged with murder in Texas

(Newser) - A Kentucky woman visiting her boyfriend in Texas is now charged with murder after police say she shot an Uber driver she wrongly feared was kidnapping her. According to a complaint affidavit cited by USA Today and the Washington Post , Daniel Piedra, 52, who'd started driving for Uber only...

Man Charged After 3 Found Dead, 3 Others Hit by Van

Police say incidents in UK's Nottingham are all linked

(Newser) - Three people were found dead in the English city of Nottingham, and three others were hit and injured by a van in linked early-morning incidents on Tuesday, police said. A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Nottinghamshire Police said. "This is [a] horrific and tragic incident...

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