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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,...

Former Grad Student Guilty of Murdering Professor

Murad Dervish shot University of Arizona hydrologist Thomas Meixner 11 times

(Newser) - A jury took less than three hours Tuesday to find a former graduate student guilty of murdering a professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Hydrology. Murad Dervish, 48, was found guilty on charges including first-degree murder in the October 2022 shooting of department head Thomas Meixner, 52,...

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...

Cops: Scam Calls Ended in Uber Driver's Murder

William Brock of Ohio accused of killing innocent woman after both received deceptive requests

(Newser) - An 81-year-old Ohio man is accused of shooting and killing an Uber driver who was directed to his home as part of a scam. Police say the homeowner, now charged with murder, received a call from a scammer who demanded he cover bond for a jailed relative. The caller, who...

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...

Las Vegas Shooter Killed Self, Others in Front of Wife: Report

Attorney suggests Ashley Prince's ex-husband, the shooter's son, knew of crime in advance

(Newser) - Hiding under a table, having just seen a man shot and killed before her eyes, a terrified woman begged for her life. And it was spared, according to court documents laying out the scene at a Las Vegas law office, where attorney Joseph Houston stood up at the start of...

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,...

After Memo on 'Very Difficult Time,' a Sheriff's Tragic Death

Richard Berdnik, sheriff in Jersey's Passaic County, dies in apparent suicide in restaurant

(Newser) - Condolences are pouring in for a New Jersey sheriff who apparently committed suicide Tuesday while dining at a Clifton restaurant. Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik was having lunch at Toros around 3:30pm when he visited a basement bathroom, where he was later found dead of what sources say was...

Man Guilty of Killing Woman Who Pulled Into Wrong Driveway

Homeowner testified that he was scared when vehicles drove up in the dark

(Newser) - Kevin Monahan was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and tampering in the fatal shooting of Kaylin Gillis, the 20-year-old woman who was in a car that accidentally pulled into Monahan's driveway while trying to find a party at a friend's house. Monahan faces up to...

Inmate Convicted on Blind Man's Eyewitness Testimony Is Freed

Darien Harris released from prison after 12 years behind bars

(Newser) - Darien Harris is a free man, a dozen years after he was convicted of murder based largely on the eyewitness testimony of a man who'd been legally blind for more than a decade before testifying in the trial. Prosecutors originally said they'd retry Harris after a judge vacated...

Texas Boy, 13, Gets 12 Years for Killing Drive-in Worker

He was 12 years old when he shot man involved in altercation with his uncle

(Newser) - A Texas boy who was 12 years old when he fatally shot a Sonic Drive-in employee in May has been sentenced to 12 years of incarceration after being convicted of murder. The boy, now 13, will begin his sentence in juvenile detention and could later be transferred to adult prison,...

Brussels Terror Suspect Dead, Should've Been Deported

45-year-old man, shot dead by police, was denied asylum in 2019

(Newser) - Police in Belgium on Tuesday shot dead a suspected Tunisian extremist accused of killing two Swedish soccer fans in a brazen shooting on a Brussels street before disappearing into the night, per the AP . Hours after a manhunt began in the Belgian capital, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden posted on X,...

Woman Who Posed as Stranded Motorist, Killed Student Pleads Guilty

She pleaded guilty after 2nd woman was convicted in the case last week

(Newser) - The woman who posed as a stranded motorist in an attempt to rob two Florida college students, only to end up fatally shooting one of them when he pulled his own gun in self-defense, pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday. Yasmine Hider will be sentenced January 4 and faces up to...

Cops: He Got Away With Murder —Until 2nd in Same Place

July beating death made police revisit December death in same Louisiana apartment

(Newser) - When Christina Hobbs was found dead in her Louisiana apartment in December, authorities concluded she'd died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Some seven months later, authorities concluded that the 26-year-old had in fact been murdered only after a man with which she was involved allegedly killed a second woman...

Boy, 12, 'Brutally Killed and Placed in a Trash Can'

Hezekiah Bernard of Philadelphia was shot in the head around Aug. 22

(Newser) - A body found in a dumpster in West Philadelphia last week is a 12-year-old boy who was shot in the head and wrapped in plastic. Police identified him Thursday as Hezekiah "Hezzy" Bernard, a homicide victim who'd been under the care of the Department of Human Services, per...

California Store Owner Killed Defending Her Pride Flag

Shooter killed Laura Ann Carleton in front of clothing store before deadly encounter with police

(Newser) - A store owner in California was shot and killed Friday by a man who made derogatory comments about rainbow Pride flags erected outside the store, according to investigators. Laura "Lauri" Ann Carleton, 66, was shot outside her Mag Pi clothing store in Cedar Glen, about 60 miles east of...

Police: Patient Shot, Killed Surgeon in Exam Room

Police arrested suspect outside clinic in Collierville, Tennessee

(Newser) - Police say a patient fatally shot an orthopedic surgeon in an exam room at a Tennessee clinic on Tuesday. Dr. Benjamin Mauck, a husband and father of two young children, was shot dead around 2pm in what police described as a targeted "one-on-one interaction" at Campbell Clinic Orthopedics in...

Guy Charged With Taking Break From a Date to Kill a Man

Erick Aguirre allegedly shot and killed a fake parking attendant in Houston

(Newser) - A woman told Houston police that she went on a date with a guy, only to find out later that he committed murder when he left for a short time, according to a criminal complaint. Erick Aguirre, 29, is accused of fatally shooting a man who was posing as a...

Shooting Victim Credits Fellow Journalist for Saving His Life

Photographer Jesse Walden mourns his 'best friend' Dylan Lyons in Florida

(Newser) - The photojournalist who survived Wednesday's deadly shootings in Orlando Springs, Florida, says he never saw his attacker coming. Jesse Walden and reporter Dylan Lyons of Spectrum News 13 had rolled up to the scene of an earlier shooting, where 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin was killed in a vehicle, in preparation...

Reporter Gunned Down at Murder Scene Is IDed

Spectrum News 13's Dylan Lyons was fatally shot in Florida while reporting on previous shooting

(Newser) - Dylan Lyons was a passionate young journalist who at 24 had already been honored by the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists for his 2020 election reporting on the 3rd Congressional District. "He took his job very seriously," according to colleague Josh Miller. "He loved his career. He...

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