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Nov 27, 2023

DC homicides rise, ‘closure rate’ falls

WASHINGTON — Though it’s no longer the homicide capital of the United States, the nation’s capital is witnessing a multiyear spike in the number of homicides but solving far fewer of them. And for families of the victims, the issue of unsolved killings cuts deep. Asiyah Timimi’s husband, Aqueel, was stabbed in a dispute in […]

Nov 17, 2023

Judge steps aside as Murdaugh seeks new murder trial

COLUMBIA — The judge that presided over Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial has agreed to step aside as the former lawyer convicted of killing his wife and younger son requests a new trial, citing alleged jury tampering, the South Carolina Supreme Court said Thursday. But the justices refused a request from defense lawyers to remove Judge […]

Sep 14, 2023

Slaying suspect wants cameras barred from courtroom

BOISE, Idaho — Attorneys for a man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death late last year want cameras banned from the courtroom, contending that news coverage of the criminal proceedings has violated a judge’s orders and threatens his right to a fair trial. Bryan Kohberger is charged with four counts of […]

Sep 7, 2023

Officers kill man after ex-wife slain, deputy wounded

LEXINGTON — Law enforcement officers in South Carolina fatally shot a man after he broke into his ex-wife’s home, killed her, drove her car through her garage door and fired at police during a chase early Wednesday, authorities said. One deputy was wounded in the shootings in Lexington but is expected to survive, Lexington County […]

Aug 28, 2023

Murdaugh to plead guilty in theft case

COLUMBIA — Convicted murderer and former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges he stole millions of dollars from clients, according to court records. If Murdaugh doesn’t change his mind before standing in front of a judge on Sept. 21, it would mark the first time he admits guilt […]

Jul 13, 2023

Man recaptured after running when deal cutting 16 years off murder sentence was revoked

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police on Wednesday captured a man who had been on the run for 11 weeks after the South Carolina Supreme Court revoked an unannounced deal that cut 16 years off his 35-year murder sentence. Jeroid Price was captured without violence at a New York City apartment after a tip to South […]

Jul 5, 2023

Man charged with murder in deaths of daughter, sister-in-law after 6 people found dead in house fire

GREEN POND, S.C. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in the killings of his sister-in-law and daughter after South Carolina authorities found six people dead while responding to reports of a house fire and stabbings, officials said at a press conference Monday. 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone identified a 50-year-old woman and […]

Jun 20, 2023

Lawyer facing 30 to life for murdering his girlfriend dies in custody

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawyer who faced a lengthy sentence for murdering his longtime girlfriend before fleeing to Cuba five years ago died Sunday after he was found unconscious in his cell, authorities said. James Ray III, 60, was pronounced dead Sunday at University Hospital in Newark, where he had been taken […]

May 25, 2023

Adnan Syed’s lawyer appeals to Maryland Supreme Court

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Adnan Syed’s lawyer asked Maryland’s highest court on Wednesday to overturn a lower court’s ruling that reinstated his murder conviction from more than two decades ago — after he was freed last year in a legal case that gained international attention from the hit podcast “Serial.” Syed’s lawyer also is asking […]

May 3, 2023

Appeals court refuses to reconsider Adnan Syed’s sentence

A Maryland appellate court on Tuesday denied a request by Adnan Syed’s lawyer to reconsider its recent decision to reinstate his murder conviction. His lawyer said she will appeal to the Maryland Supreme Court. The Appellate Court of Maryland reinstated the conviction in March in a ruling that upheld arguments from the victim’s family claiming […]

May 2, 2023

South Carolina man arrested in Michigan woman’s 1988 killing

THREE RIVERS, Mich. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been charged in a Michigan woman’s 1988 slaying after investigators used forensic genetic genealogy to narrow the pool of suspects to a single family, authorities said Monday. Robert Odell Waters, 53, was arrested Sunday afternoon in Beaufort, South Carolina, where he lives, in the killing […]

Apr 27, 2023

Justices cancel order cutting 16 years off murder sentence

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Justices on South Carolina’s highest court on Wednesday erased an order that cut 16 years off a convicted murderer’s sentence, a deal the inmate won by reporting another prisoner’s escape that had gone undetected for two days. The 3-2 ruling came less than two hours after the South Carolina Supreme Court […]

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