The verdict is in for Michael Dunn. He has not been convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Jordan Davis, 17, an unarmed black teenager, for playing what Dunn described as “thug music” loudly. He was found guilty on four other charges, three for attempted second-degree murder and one for firing 10 shots at a sports utility vehicle with four teens inside, three bullets fatally wounding Jordan . . .
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On Tuesday, Clark County Judge Linda Marie Bell denied former NFL star O.J. Simpson’s request, that a conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping be dismissed. Simpson, 66, won’t be eligible for parole until age 70.
In July, Simpson received parole for some–but not all–of the crimes he committed. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners agreed that Simpson had been a “model prisoner,” and the parole decision became effective on Oct. 2, but Simpson remains imprisoned for other crimes . . .
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James “Whitey” Bulger, 84, was sentenced to two life sentences, plus five years Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge, Denise A. Casper. She read each name of Bulger’s murder victims and also ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution to the families of the victims.
On Aug. 12 after a two-month trial, a jury deliberated for five days and found him guilty of participating in 11 murders and 31 counts, including drug offenses, racketeering, extortion and other crimes. He was found not guilty of 7 murders and a verdict could not be reached on 1 murder . . .
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Pastor Ronald J. Harris, Sr. was shot dead Friday as he preached at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles. Woodrow Karey, 53, is charged with second-degree murder and bond is set at $1 million.
Kim Mayers, a spokeswoman for the Calcasieu’s Parish Sheriff’s office said had no information on whether the suspects knew each other.
CNN now reports Karey is a deacon at Tabernacle of Praise, and the shooting was motivated by undisclosed issues at the church . . .
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Lesiie Jeanea Chance, 46, principal of Fairview Elementary School, in Bakersfield, Calif., was arrested Thursday as a suspect in the slaying of husband Todd Chance, 45. The town, including parents and children are in disbelief and psychologists were called in to assist the school community with processing the news . . .
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James St. James (formerly James “Jim” Wolcott), 61, is a college professor at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Forty-six years ago, he was a drugged-up 15-year-old who killed his father, mother and teen sister with a .22 caliber rifle after a glue-sniffing binge.
Reportedly, in 1967, in Georgetown, Texas, St. James shot his father, Gordon Wolcott, twice in the chest, then shot his 17-year old sister, Libby, once in the chest and once in the face. His mother, Elizabeth, awakened by the noise called out from her bedroom, and he responded by shooting her twice in the head and once in the chest . . .
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“One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“George Zimmerman got away with murder. . . ” are the words of Juror B29, a 36-year-old married mother of eight, known only by her first name, Maddy. She spoke them to Robin Roberts, and the interview aired on “Good Morning America” Friday. . . .
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Michael Madison, 35, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder and three counts of kidnapping Monday after the bodies of three women were found in East Cleveland, Ohio. The accused’s bail is $6 million dollars, and he has waived rights to a preliminary hearing . . .
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Kermit Gosnell, 72, a Philadelphia abortion doctor, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. On Wednesday, he was given a third life sentence for killing a baby he described as so big it could “walk to the bus” . . .
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Investigators have confirmed that female DNA was found on at least one of the Boston Marathon bomb fragments. A DNA sample was collected from Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, 24, widow of bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, at her family home, in West Kingston, RI. . . .