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A Texas Dad Still Wants to Know: Who Killed His Boy?

Marshall Stewart has been searching for his son's killers since 1988

(Newser) - "For thirty-five f—ing years, my brain's been turning over all these questions," says Sean Stewart. Questions like why the bodies of his 16-year-old brother, Shane, and Sally McNelly, 18, were left in the brush along a rough dirt path leading to a reservoir outside San Angelo...

5 Years Later, a Conviction in Infamous &#39;Gone Mom&#39; Case
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Judge Decides Sentence in 'Gone Mom' Case

Michelle Troconis was convicted of conspiracy to murder boyfriend's estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos

(Newser) - Michelle Troconis, who was convicted of helping her boyfriend plot and cover up the murder of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Friday. Judge Kevin Randolph imposed a 20-year prison sentence, to be suspended after 14½ years, plus five years' probation,...

Small Town's Ex-Mayor Charged With 3 Murders

Former law officer Jay Ostrem charged with first-degree murder in Centerville, SD killings

(Newser) - Three people were shot to death in a small South Dakota town, and a former law officer who once served as the town's mayor is charged in the killings. Jay Ostrem, 64, was jailed on $1 million cash-only bond on three counts of first-degree murder, South Dakota Attorney General...

Daughter of Missouri Lawmaker Killed in Haiti

Ben Baker's daughter Natalie Lloyd and husband Davy ambushed by gangs in Port-au-Prince

(Newser) - The UN estimates 2,500 people have been hurt or killed during the first quarter of this year amid the ongoing gang violence in Haiti, and now, a Missouri state lawmaker has received tragic news of his own out of the island nation, per KOAM . "My heart is broken...

Judges: Nurse Convicted of Killing 7 Babies Can't Appeal

With a retrial scheduled, British press can't describe details of Lucy Letby hearing

(Newser) - Former nurse Lucy Letby, one of very few women in British history to be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, has been denied permission to appeal her convictions. After a 10-month trial, the 34-year-old was found guilty last year of murdering seven babies and trying to...

Their Final Resting Spot: a Cow Pasture

More details are trickling in on the murders of Kansas women Veronica Butler, Jilian Kelley

(Newser) - Two Kansas women who disappeared after traveling to Oklahoma in March were found dead inside a chest freezer buried in a cow pasture, court documents reveal. The location in Oklahoma's Texas County was just 10 miles from where Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, disappeared March 30 while...

Kouri Richins Speaks From Jail: 'This Means War'

Accused of killing husband, she calls herself an 'innocent mom'

(Newser) - The Utah mom who wrote a children's book about dealing with the grief of losing loved ones, only to then be arrested for allegedly killing her husband by spiking his drink with fentanyl, has issued her first set of public comments on the case. Kouri Richins recorded her thoughts...

Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Driver Hit in Head by Rock

2 teens have pleaded guilty, 3rd will go on trial in Alexa Bartell's death

(Newser) - A second teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the death of a 20-year-old driver who was hit in the head by a rock that crashed through her windshield in suburban Denver last year, the AP reports. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Nicholas Karol-Chik, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder...

Harmony Montgomery's Father Sentenced to 56 Years

5-year-old's body was never found

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man convicted of killing his 5-year-old daughter and moving her corpse around for months before disposing of it was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of 56 years in prison on murder and other charges as relatives of the child called him a monster. That sentence will be...

Laken Riley Murder Suspect Indicted on 10 Charges

Jose Ibarra was allegedly a 'peeping Tom' on another student earlier

(Newser) - The man accused of killing nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus in February was spotted peering through the window of a UGA student shortly before the murder. That's according to an indictment filed Tuesday against Jose Antonio Ibarra, a 26-year-old citizen of Venezuela who entered...

Alleged Serial Killer: I Killed 4, but Don't Blame Me

Canada's Jeremy Skibicki claims he is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder

(Newser) - An accused Canadian serial killer has admitted to killing four Indigenous women but claims he is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. Jeremy Skibicki, 37, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois, 39-year-old Morgan Harris, 26-year-old Marcedes Myran,...

Woman Denies Killing In-Laws With Poisonous Lunch

Erin Patterson of Australia allegedly served deadly mushrooms

(Newser) - A woman accused of serving her ex-husband's family poisonous mushrooms pleaded not guilty in an Australian court on Tuesday to three charges of murder and five charges of attempted murder, per the AP . Erin Patterson, 49, appeared briefly in Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court by video link from a Melbourne...

Cops: Man Confesses to Killing Wife Over Medical Bills

It was Ronnie Wiggs' third attempt at murder, police say

(Newser) - A man charged with murder in Missouri has allegedly confessed to killing his wife on his third attempt, saying he could no longer afford to pay her medical bills. The unidentified 72-year-old woman was found without a pulse Friday in her hospital bed at Centerpoint Medical Center in the Kansas...

2 Women Dead, 5-Year-Old Girl Shot in New Mexico Park

And a missing infant girl was found Monday morning

(Newser) - Two women were found dead and a 5-year-old girl critically injured at a park near Clovis, New Mexico, authorities said Sunday. Meanwhile, the FBI found an abducted 10-month-old girl, who's the daughter of one of the victims, reports CNN , and a suspect is in custody. The FBI didn't...

Surfers Likely Killed for Their Truck Tires on Baja Trip

2 Australians, one American all had gunshot wounds to their heads

(Newser) - Prosecutors say the two Australians and one American killed during a surfing trip to Mexico were likely murdered by thieves who wanted to steal the tires off of their pickup truck. Authorities in Baja California said relatives have confirmed the identities of the three men, whose bodies were found in...

'Killer Nurse' Hears Her Fate: 'Have Fun With the Devil'

Heather Pressdee gets 3 life sentences for administering excess insulin that led to 17 deaths

(Newser) - No one has to worry about Heather Pressdee ever taking care of a patient again. The 41-year-old dubbed the "killer nurse" by her own colleagues pleaded guilty to murder and other charges on Thursday, avoiding the death penalty but earning herself three consecutive life sentences for first-degree murder, plus...

Cops: Unfulfilled Suicide Pact Leads to Murder Charges

Heavenly Faith Garfield, 21, of Utah, accused of fatally shooting her best friend

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman who allegedly shot her best friend as part of a suicide pact that went only half-fulfilled is facing murder charges in Utah. Heavenly Faith Garfield, arrested Tuesday, is held without bail in Utah County, facing charges of murder and felony discharge of a firearm. Her father called...

Robbery Victim Charged in Shooting Death of Girl, 9

Tony Earls opened fire on truck after he was robbed at Houston ATM, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A man accused of fatally shooting a 9-year-old girl when he was robbed at a Houston ATM in 2022 has been indicted on a murder charge in her death. Tuesday's indictment against Tony Earls comes nearly two years after another grand jury declined to indict him in the death...

Person Fishing With a Magnet Finds Evidence in 2015 Murders

Bud and June Runion responded to ad hoping to buy a classic car

(Newser) - Someone using a magnet to fish for metal objects in a Georgia creek pulled up a rifle, as well as some lost belongings of a couple found slain in the same area more than nine years ago. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the items dragged from Horse Creek in...

Ex-Cop Wanted in 2 Killings Found With Gunshot Wound

Suspect Elias Huizar's baby was unharmed, authorities say

(Newser) - A former Washington state police officer wanted in two killings has been found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a chase in Oregon, authorities said Tuesday. His 1-year-old baby was taken safely into custody by Oregon State Patrol troopers. The troopers began chasing former officer Elias Huizar when they saw...

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