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N.Y. Man Murdered Wife, Then Tried to Frame 12-Year-Old Daughter by Writing Fake Confession Note
A 45-year-old man has been convicted of the 2009 murder of his estranged, wealthy wife who was found dead in the bathtub of her tony Manhattan apartment the day before she planned to cut him out of her will, multiple outlets report.
On Wednesday, a jury found Roderick Covlin guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Shele Danishefsky Covlinthis link opens in a new tab, 47, The New York Times reports.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 10.
State Supreme Court overturns lower court ruling, says Sandy Hook families can sue gun manufacturer Remington
The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday narrowly reversed a ruling by a lower court judge dismissing a lawsuit by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting against Remington Arms Company, allowing the case to proceed.
In a 4-3 decision the court remanded the landmark gun case back to Bridgeport Superior Court and possibly created a path that other mass shooting victims can follow to get around the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, known as PLCAA, which has protected the manufacturers of the AR-15 assault rifle from lawsuits.
Teen Who Bludgeoned 10-Year-Old To Death With Metal Pipe And Left Her In A Ditch Sentenced For ‘Heinous’ Crime
According to an affidavit, Zellmer hit Campbell in the head five times with the pipe, then dragged her into a ditch, where she was later found dead. She was found naked from the waist down and police said there was evidence to suggest she'd been sexually assaulted. Zellmer initially had been charged with sexual assault in addition to murder, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Oklahoma Teen, 17, Pleads Guilty in Teacher's Death, Rape of an 81-Year-Old Woman
He once danced on Broadway. Now he’s behind bars after murdering his lover.
Marcus Bellamy was a performer. He danced on Broadway as part of “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” and a replacement performer for “Tarzan.” He even has a few television and movie roles in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Smash,” and “Across the Universe.”
Now, his resume includes his latest role: convicted murderer. Bronx Supreme Court Justice John W. Carter sentenced Bellamy to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for the murder of his partner.
'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett hit with 16 count felony indictment by grand jury
An Illinois grand jury has indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, according to the Cook County State Attorney's Office.
The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, Robert Foley, a senior advisor in the state attorney's office told ABC News.
The first set is related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.
Taco Bell workers fired over video showing them assaulting customers
This Philadelphia couple’s “run for the border” turned into a real dash for their safety.
Brian Reese, 38, said he and his girlfriend were assaulted by employees at a Taco Bell in Center City after he complained that he had waited 45 minutes for an order of burritos, tacos and nachos.
Reese said the employees — who didn’t seem to be too busy at the time — were telling impatient customers like him and his friends that they were swamped with Grubhub orders at the Chestnut Street location that needed to be completed first. But three of the workers apparently had enough criticism from the hangry customers — prompting them to jump over the counter and follow Reese outside, where they attacked him and his girlfriend, shocking video shows.
Catholic Church cardinals implicated in sex abuse, cover-ups
The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church's once-untouchable "princes" increasingly are judged accountable for priests who abuse children and the superiors who allowed the abuse to continue.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch..
Here is a look at cases implicating Catholic cardinals, members of the exclusive club of prelates that advises the pope and eventually elects his successor.
Lawyer convicted of assault after racist rant on Air India flight
A lawyer who subjected aircraft crew to "prolonged" racist abuse on a November flight from Mumbai to London was convicted of assault Wednesday.
Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard that Simone Burns, who goes by Simone O'Broin, also spat at a crew member and grabbed her by the arm after staff refused to serve her more alcohol, the UK's Press Association news agency reported.
Burns, from Hove, England, began her racist rant on the Air India flight when flight attendants declined to sell her a fourth bottle of wine. Prosecutor Lauren Smith told Uxbridge Magistrates' Court that Burns, who is 50, began "swearing and shouting," calling the flight crew "f***ing Indian money-grabbing c***s."
When a cabin supervisor attempted to intervene, Burns spat in her face, swore at her, and "grabbed her by her right upper arm and squeezed it," Smith said.
City murders spike nearly 30 percent through start of 2019
City homicides have spiked nearly 30 percent through the first two months of 2019, leaving the NYPD scrambling to redeploy cops to troubled areas to stanch the bloodshed, the department said Monday in its monthly crime-stats briefing.
California AG Wants To Stop Journalists From Releasing A List Of Cops’ Crimes
After journalists obtained a list of police officers’ past criminal convictions, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office has told them to destroy it and that even possessing it is illegal.
Reporters with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley received the list last month through a public records request from The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
In an article published Tuesday in the Mercury News, the Berkeley reporters said the list contains 10 years’ worth of convictions with nearly 12,000 names of current and former law enforcement officers, as well as people who had applied to become cops.
Some officers had been fired and others remained on the job despite a conviction, they said. It was not clear how many on the list were civilians who applied for positions in law enforcement.
Among officers on the list, some had allegedly been convicted of trafficking drugs, stealing money from departments, sexually assaulting suspects, taking bribes or filing false reports. A “large number” had driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some killing people on the road.
Indiana Republicans removed race & LGBTQ people from a ‘hate crimes’ bill
The Indiana Senate voted to remove all categories from the state’s proposed hate crimes legislation despite numerous hate crimes in the state over the past few years.
Indiana is one of five states without any hate crimes legislation at all. Democrats have tried to pass a hate crimes bill for years, but are always stymied by Republicans supported by the religious right.
Senate Republicans offered an amendment to the bill yesterday that removed all the mentioned categories, like race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The bait-and-switch maneuver was promoted by local anti-LGBTQ hate groups who said the original law privileged “politically favored victim categories.”
Instead, judges will be allowed to use “bias,” generally, as an aggravating circumstance when it comes to sentencing in criminal cases.
All Democrats and seven Republicans voted against the amendment, but it still passed.
McKinney Firefighter Arrested, Accused of Child Sex Abuse
A McKinney firefighter accused of child sex abuse was arrested Sunday, police records show.
Chad Watson, 38, was charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under 14-years-old, according to Collin County Jail records.
A probable cause affidavit obtained by NBC 5 said Watson was accused of groping and touching the genitalia of a minor on three different occasions.
Former Philadelphia Homicide Detective Raped and Intimidated Witnesses and Suspects, DA Says
Houston man, 31, is arrested on Valentine's Day accused of bestiality after 'approaching undercover female police officer and inviting her to have sex with him and his three DOGS'
A man in Houston has been arrested after he allegedly approached an undercover female police officer and offered her a romp with him and his three dogs.
Juan Pablo Tschen, 31, was arrested on Valentine's Day morning at his parent's home in Rice Village, Houston following a sting operation by the police department's Major Offenders Livestock and Animal Cruelty Unit.
Three dogs - a four-year-old German Shepard, a three-year-old Jack Russell-mix, and a two-year-old Australian Shepherd - were seized during a raid of the property.
"My KKK Friends Will Burn Your Family": A Florida Woman Went On A Racist Rant Against A Black Officer
A Florida woman was recorded going on a racist and violent rant against a black officer after he arrested her for drunk driving.
Julie Edwards, 53, told Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputy Brandon King that her "KKK friends would burn his family" and that "niggers should've never been let out of slavery," according to a police report provided to BuzzFeed News.
Dozens with ties to Arkansas group indicted in 'racketeering enterprise'
Racist woman shouts slurs at black shopper, keys her car
Anger over mom's black boyfriend fueled hate crime, Houston police say
This man is under investigation for attacking a trans woman. He just beat a black man.
Wisconsin school investigating after students taunt rival athlete with photo that appears to show him in blackface
2 Malnourished Texas Children Found Living in Dog Crates as Mom, Boyfriend Are Charged
When authorities responded to an alleged domestic violence incident near Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday morning, they found a disturbing scene.
According to a police report first obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a couple had allegedly gotten into a fight. While authorities began investigating it, they heard children crying inside.
A 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were allegedly found locked inside a dog kennel inside the family home, police say. The kennel was approximately 3 feet by 3 feet. They appeared to be malnourished. Two other boys, ages 3 and 1, were also found malnourished, according to police. The younger children were not in kennels, according to WFAA-TV.