Crime

Patrick Frazee is escorted to an awaiting SUV after a hearing at the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Following the daylong hearing, Teller County Judge Scott Sells found there is enough evidence for Frazee to stand trial for murder and other charges. He was arrested in Dec. 2018, about a month after Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day. Frazee and the victim, Berreth, have an infant daughter together. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 12:33 am
DENVER (AP) — Investigators say a Colorado man beat his fiancee to death with a baseball bat after failing to convince a woman he was having an affair with to commit the killing. The grim details revealed in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday provided the first public account of what led prosecutors to...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 10:21 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 10:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on...
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February 19, 2019 - 9:14 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Four former Oklahoma high school players accused of raping a teammate with a pool cue have been ordered to pay $300 in restitution, plus fines and court costs. The Tulsa World reports , citing court records it obtained, that a juvenile judge allowed the four on Jan. 18 to...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2018 file photo, Patrick Frazee leaves the Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colo. Frazee, charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, is scheduled to appear in court, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Frazee, who has not entered a plea, has been jailed since his arrest. (Chappin Everett/The Gazette via AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 8:35 pm
DENVER (AP) — A man beat his fiancee to death with a baseball bat, convinced a woman he was having an affair with to clean up the bloody crime scene and then burned the victim's remains while she watched, investigators said Tuesday. Dramatic testimony at a Colorado hearing relied heavily on what...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly anew and convict him, even if video evidence is available. Speculation the R&B star could face new charges arose after attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, he recently gave prosecutors a VHS tape showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 8:32 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence. One case illustrates the difficulties: The R&B star's own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted. At the heart of that child pornography...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF SARA ON SECOND REFERENCE - FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Grace's adoptive mother, Sara Packer, is expected to testify against Sullivan during the penalty phase of his trial. She has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 6:28 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Aurora Illinois Police Department shows Gary Montez Martin, who police say killed multiple people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse after he was fired, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Aurora Illinois Police Department via AP)
February 19, 2019 - 6:13 pm
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The family of the man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse is offering condolences to the victims' families, with one relative saying "we deeply apologize" for the killings. Gary Martin , 45, died Friday in a shootout with police after he...
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Residents shop at an open-air market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations over prices that have doubled for food, gas and other basic goods in recent weeks and allegations of government corruption. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
February 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said Tuesday that five U.S. citizens are among eight men who have been detained with automatic weapons and other arms, and they are investigating whether anyone authorized their entry into the country. Prosecutor Paul Eronce Villard said the seven...
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Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th congressional race, listens to testimony during a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th congressional district voting irregularities investigation Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)
February 19, 2019 - 3:53 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The investigation into ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional race involves a mix of characters, including a nationally known election lawyer and a local political operative suspected of illegal practices. After Republican Mark Harris appeared to...
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