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Photos of victim in Arias trial take center stage

Defense lawyers and the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial had a series of sharp exchanges Monday over allegations of attorney misconduct and whether digitally enhanced photos of the victim should be presented for the jury as it decides whether to convict the former waitress and aspiring photographer of murder. The arguments between prosecutor Juan Martinez and defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi showed how acrimonious the trial has become between the two sides after more than three months of testimony. Nurmi claimed that the prosecutor committed misconduct by bullying a key defense witness. Martinez used the words “voodoo” and “fantastical” to describe a last-minute defense effort to admit digitally enhanced photos of the victim. “This isn’t second grade. Continue Reading →

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Police: former Texas official emailed threat

Authorities investigating the murders of a Texas prosecutor and his wife believe a former county official sent a threatening email to law officers three days after the killings. The Kaufman County sheriff released a probable cause affidavit Monday that shows authorities traced the threat to the personal computer of former Justice of the Peace Eric Lyle Williams. The prosecutor’s office handled a theft case against Williams that resulted in him losing his job. Authorities say the email implied that if authorities didn’t respond to various demands, there’d be another attack. Williams is being held on $3 million bond on a charge of making a terroristic threat. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity says at least 20 weapons found in Williams’ storage locker are being tested. Continue Reading →

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Pa. woman cited for calling 911 seeking divorce

Police have cited a 42-year-old Pennsylvania woman for disorderly conduct after she called 911 requesting a divorce and police assistance to make her husband leave. Troopers say the woman called just after 1 a.m. Saturday asking that officers be sent to her home in Girard Township in northwestern Pennsylvania. Police say they explained to the woman, whom they are not identifying, that a divorce is a civil matter and that they could not make her husband leave the residence because no crime had been committed. Instead, police have cited the woman for disorderly conduct and misusing the Erie County 911 system. Via: Fox News Continue Reading →

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Former justice of peace eyed as suspect in murder of Texas DA, wife

A former justice of the peace who is now a top suspect in the deaths of a Texas district attorney and his wife is expected to be charged with capital murder this week, law enforcement authorities said. Eric Lyle Williams, 46, was arrested Saturday on a charge of making a terroristic threat and is being held in the Kaufman County Jail on $3 million bond. His arrest came after federal and local agents investigating the March 28 deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, searched Williams’ home on Friday. Williams was prosecuted by McLelland last year for theft. On Saturday, during a search of a Seagoville storage unit linked to Williams, authorities found several weapons and a Ford Crown Victoria car similar to one seen leaving the McLellands’ neighborhood on the morning of the killings, the Dallas Morning Post reports. Continue Reading →

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Wash. searchers wait to recover avalanche victim

Searchers in Washington are waiting for safer snow condition to recover the body of a man buried in an avalanche about 50 miles east of Seattle. The snow fall happened Saturday at Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades. The 60-year-old Kent man and two friends were swept more than 1,200 feet down the mountain. The friends were not seriously injured. The search for the missing man was suspended Sunday because of the danger. Continue Reading →

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Vatican declares Colorado boy's recovery a miracle

A Colorado mom whose son became gravely ill as a little boy has always figured his prayer-aided recovery was miraculous, but now the Vatican has made it official. Luke Burgie was just four in 1998, when he developed a severe gastrointestinal condition his doctors couldn’t diagnose, much less cure, according to The Denver Post. For six months, he suffered stomach pain and unrelenting diarrhea and even stopped growing. But the illness went away on Feb. 22, 1999, just as two members of the Sisters of St. Continue Reading →

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