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Aug 3, 2018

Release of man from jail before murder, rape spurs outrage

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Only weeks before a nurse was slain and another woman was sexually assaulted on opposite sides of the country, a New York judge released the suspect without bail in a separate strangulation case — not knowing he had a violent criminal history involving women. The freeing of Danueal Drayton on July […]

Feb 27, 2018

Mom who killed child argues cops have done same to suspects

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman is appealing her conviction for suffocating her daughter, arguing police officers who accidentally kill detainees in similar ways are not convicted. The Providence Journal reports 44-year-old Kimberly Fry recently brought her case before a Superior Court judge. She was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2009 killing […]

Jul 10, 2017

Soldier charged with slayings of wife, NY trooper

THERESA — An Army soldier killed his wife and a state police trooper who had responded to reports of shots fired at the couple’s rural upstate property, authorities said Monday. Staff Sgt. Justin Walters surrendered after the Sunday night slayings and was charged with two counts of murder, authorities said. A second woman living on […]

Mar 3, 2017

Accused cop killer in Florida adopts sovereign citizens defense

On social media, Markeith Loyd’s persona — documented in dozens of Facebook Live videos — was as fluid as his latest mood. Sometimes, he was a down-to-earth, God-fearing boyfriend who was eagerly looking forward to fatherhood. Other times, he was a weightlifting, womanizing “street legend” whose goal was to be on the television show “America’s […]

Jan 30, 2017

Key Till witness gave false testimony, historian says

NEW YORK — The woman at the center of the trial of Emmett Till’s alleged killers has acknowledged that she falsely testified he made physical and verbal threats, according to a new book. Historian Timothy B. Tyson told The Associated Press on Saturday that Carolyn Donham broke her long public silence in an interview with […]

Jan 25, 2017

Case dropped against man jailed 25 years

NEW YORK — After spending a quarter-century in prison on a conviction that got overturned, Johnny Hincapie was waiting to hear whether he’d finally be cleared of suspicion in an infamous tourist killing. He got both a yes and a no Wednesday. Prosecutors said they’d dismiss rather than retry the 1990 case, yet they emphasized […]

Jan 4, 2017

Can Amazon Echo help solve a murder?

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Arkansas, one Sunday morning in November 2015, they discovered Victor Collins’ dead body in the backyard. Police records describe a grim scene: Collins’ body was floating face up in a hot tub, and his left eye and lips were dark and swollen. The resident who had called […]

Jan 27, 2016

Brian Baxter Jr. gets 25 to life for 2014 murder

A Rochester man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for a 2014 murder. Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Alex R. Renzi sentenced Brian Baxter Jr., 20, for the Nov. 6, 2014, killing of Quadrey Henderson-Speed. 19. Henderson-Speed was walking to his school bus stop on Jefferson Avenue near Seward Street in […]

Oct 6, 2015

Teen’s manslaughter conviction stands in brutal murder

Even though a teenage gang member did not inflict the fatal stab wounds to a 16-year-old boy, his participation in the murder was enough to support his conviction of first-degree manslaughter. The Appellate Division, Fourth Department on Friday affirmed the 2013 conviction of Ezeiekile Nafi, then 17, in the July 2012 killing of Darren Brown, […]

Aug 26, 2015

Rochester man admits to drug conspiracy involving 1998 murder

Angelo Cruz, 39, of Rochester, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, while also admitting he helped in the October 1998 murder of Francisco Santos on the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation in Erie County. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years and a maximum […]

Jul 30, 2015

Doctor sentenced for killing wife

SYRACUSE (AP) — A prominent central New York physician has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing his estranged wife inside their mansion and trying to cover up the crime. Sixty-three-year-old Dr. Robert Neulander was sentenced Thursday in Onondaga County Court. The judge says he didn’t impose the maximum sentence of […]

Jul 2, 2015

Court overturns 2007 murder conviction

    ROCHESTER (AP) — The state’s highest court has overturned a murder conviction in which the suspect accused Monroe County’s district attorney of prosecutorial misconduct.’The court reversed the 2007 murder conviction of Howard Wright. He claimed that District Attorney Sandra Doorley misrepresented the DNA evidence against him. The panel ruled that Wright’s lawyer, Ra[...]

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