Grim milestone for St. Louis: 15 child homicides in 2020 tops all of last year
ST. LOUIS — Bertha Wherry looked at the curb Thursday where her 14-year-old great-nephew died after he was shot in the head one night earlier, and she cried furious tears for a “respectful kid” who longed to leave the city.“He didn’t do nothing to nobody,” Wherry said, her voice breaking. “I don’t feel it was right. … I tried to protect (him) as best I could.”Victrail Mora was shot late Wednesday in front of his mother’s home in the 2800 block of Gamble Street in St. Louis. Family members say there was a crowd of people standing nearby when he was killed, but they don’t know if anyone will spe...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Third body camera video in George Floyd killing shows officer pushing bystanders
MINNEAPOLIS—A third body camera video from the day George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police was publicly released by the court Thursday, showing that an officer pushed two men as he tried to keep angry bystanders at bay.Former officer Tou Thao’s attorney, Robert Paule, filed Thao’s body camera video with the court to support a motion to dismiss criminal charges against him. Paule has argued in court filings that the case should be dropped because Thao was focused on crowd control and didn’t have a full view of what was happening as three of his former colleagues restrained Floyd, among ot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Police: Professional poker player Susie Zhao was tortured, set on fire
DETROIT — New details in the murder investigation of Susie Zhao, the professional poker player who recently returned to Michigan, show she was tied up, tortured, sexually assaulted and then set on fire.Zhao’s body was discovered on the early morning of July 13 in the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in White Lake Township. Police now believe Jeffrey Morris, 60, of Pontiac tortured and sexually assaulted Zhao before he killed her. Morris was arraigned in 52-2 District Court on Aug. 4 in Clarkston. He is charged with first-degree premeditated murder.Police have concluded that Zhao was bound by zip t...
Detroit Free Press
In 1982, he killed her entire family. Upon his death, she's finally getting closure.
PHILADELPHIA — The man who broke into Miriam Smith’s New Jersey home more than 38 years ago, killing her parents and 3-year-old sister, had finally died.She started to cry.“Why are you crying, Mommy?” her 6-year-old daughter, Peyton, asked her Monday night. She held the girl close. “People just cry sometimes when they’re happy,” Smith said. She thought about how she was just a half-year younger than Peyton when she watched that man shoot her mom, dad, and sister Sandra.He had stolen so much from her — her adoptive family, her innocence, her sense of safety — and saddled her with a survivor’s g...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dahleen Glanton: What did we learn from the murder of George Floyd? The police shooting in Chicago shows not very much
After months of protests and civil unrest over the police shooting of George Floyd, Chicagoans were tested Monday on what we have learned.We failed miserably.In our collective anger over the looting that occurred in the aftermath of a police shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, we lost focus on the most important thing — human life.Police shot another Black man on Sunday. This time it wasn’t fatal, but we all know it could have been. Many African Americans are rightfully angry.It is understandable why others are upset that one of the most beautiful parts of our city ...
Prosecutors seek permission for single trial for all 4 ex-officers in George Floyd killing
MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors are seeking to try the four former officers charged in George Floyd’s killing in one trial.Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank filed a motion Wednesday requesting to join the trials of Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. A trial date has been set for March 8.Frank argued that the charges and evidence against the four are similar, that witnesses and family members “are likely to be traumatized by multiple trials” and that the “interests of justice” necessitate one trial.“Trying these cases jointly would ensure that the jury understands … a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Judge says he withheld bodycam videos in George Floyd killing to preserve 'fair trial'
MINNEAPOLIS — The courts have a legal right to withhold the broad distribution of some evidence, wrote the Hennepin County judge who initially limited distribution of police body-worn camera videos in the George Floyd killing.Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill filed a memorandum Tuesday explaining his rationale, and why he reversed that decision after a coalition of several media companies challenged him.“Cases that generate intense public interest and media scrutiny highlight the tension between two fundamental rights: the right guaranteed under the federal and state constitutions to...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
No motive seen in SUV driver accused of striking woman and her daughter, then circling back and killing mother
CHICAGO — Zoraleigh Ryan was just steps away from safety.She didn’t like walking down Hubbard Street with her daughter late Monday night, so she decided to duck into a hotel and call for a ride. They were crossing Hubbard, about to enter the Courtyard Marriott, when they heard the screech of tires and saw a silver Ford Explorer racing straight for them.Ryan was hit first, then her 20-year-old daughter. The SUV stopped and the driver got out, standing about 10 feet away as a bystander rushed to tend to the women. Then he got back into the SUV, circled the block and came at them again, according...
Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd cases likely to air on Court TV
Court TV is likely to get a few million witnesses for the prosecution.In a bombshell disclosure, the true-life crime channel announced Tuesday in a statement that it plans to roll cameras for two high profile court cases.Minnesota vs. Chauvin, which chronicles the murder case against Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who was involved in the May 25 death of George Floyd; and State of Georgia vs. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William Bryan, who were arrested in connection to the Feb. 23 death of 25-year-old jogger Ahmaud Arbery, are both expected to be blockbuster events.“The most importa...
New York Daily News
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Minn. woman who led police on nationwide manhunt pleads guilty to killing husband, gets life without paroleMINNEAPOLIS — Lois Riess pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday in the death of her husband in 2018 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.John Stiles, spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office was handling the prosecution, confirmed the sentence.In July, Riess, 58, who was recently extradited from Florida to Minnesota for killing her husband pleaded not guilty in Dodge County District Court.After the killing in her Blooming Prairie home, s...
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