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Serial Monday: The Tool Box Killers

The year: 1979 Two friends who met in a correctional facility in California. Norris claimed that ittaker had saved him multiple times from being attacked by other inmates. They discovered that they shared an interest in sexual sadism. Over the… Continue Reading →

Verdict Daily Update- 10/5/16

Split verdict in Schenectady murder trial Albany Times Union SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady County jury on Tuesday acquitted a city teenager of the June 29, 2015 murder of 19-year-old Lasean Gause in … Murderer on run after leaving Georgia courtroom… Continue Reading →

Mistrial Avoided: AZ vs. James Ray

HOORAY!! Judge denied motion for mistrial! The proceedings will continue tomorrow1

Mistrial? AZ vs. James Ray

I would love to write the details of this story, the drama, the nailbiting….but Lynne LaMaster already did a fantastic job and I will refer you to her written work as well as post it here. She does a great… Continue Reading →

AZ vs. James Arthur Ray

The Defendant: James Arthur Ray- self-help guru & author The Victims- Kirby Brown, 38 James Shore, 40 and Lizbeth Marie Neuman, 49 What happened: James Arthur Ray author of ran a sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona Arizona stating (taken from… Continue Reading →

MI vs. Stephen Davis- Verdict updated 3/8

Wow this case is a doozy. . . Where: Mt. Clemens, MI . The defendant: Stephen Davis . Other defendant (charged but this isn’t his trial): James LaCoursiere . When: 2008 . Victims: Robert “Bobby” McGuire (17), Nicholas “Nick” Noble… Continue Reading →

Kansas vs. Roeder

Jury selection has begun in the case of Kansas vs. Scott Roeder who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder is a noted anti-abortion activist who prosecutors claim planned the killing. Tiller was… Continue Reading →

South Carolina vs. Grover Rye

The deceased: Robert Odam, an off-duty police officer The suspect: Thomas Grover Rye, who claims he found Odam trespassing on his property and then shot him in self-defense. Charges: Murder found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison The… Continue Reading →

FLA vs. Tyrone Hartsfield

Tyrone Hartsfield was charged with attempted first-degree murder of Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier. Collier was in a car with a teammate when they were ambushed last year. As a result of the 6 bullets, Collier is now paralyzed… Continue Reading →

Damon Darling Live

Here is the link to the live trial! They are going over jury instructions, well the lawyers are arguing about whether or not they should include culpable negligence as a lesser charge…. enjoy FL vs. Damon Darling

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