Homicide

This undated image taken from video, provided by KCTV in Kansas City, Mo., shows Ken Middleton, a Missouri inmate who has insisted for 30 years that he didn't kill his wife and is clinging to hope that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will grant him clemency. Kathy Middleton died from a gunshot wound in her Blue Springs home on Feb. 20, 1990, and her husband, Ken, was sentenced to life and 200 years for first-degree murder. (Photo courtesy KCTV via AP)
March 03, 2020 - 11:57 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 75-year-old Missouri inmate who insists he did not kill his wife is clinging to hope that Gov. Mike Parson will heed his petition for clemency, despite three decades of unsuccessful legal efforts to secure his freedom. Kathy Middleton died from a gunshot wound in her Blue...
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Dezso John Lokos summons a flock of birds with hand motions after dumping a bag of rice for them on a sidewalk, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Lokos, who makes it a habit to feed the birds downtown, has been in America since 1951 after fleeing Hungary during World War II, and authorities want to deport him from his Atlanta home. (AP Photo/John Amis)
March 02, 2020 - 10:25 am
ATLANTA (AP) — As he approaches a flock of pigeons on a downtown Atlanta sidewalk, John Lokos flaps his arms slowly to let them know he's a friend. He pours peanuts and rice on the ground and puts his finger to his lips. “They feel safe right now when we're quiet," he says, and the birds gobble up...
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This Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 image from cellphone video shows Chicago police officers trying to apprehend a suspect inside a downtown Chicago train station. After a struggle with police, the suspect was shot as he fled up the escalator with the officers in pursuit. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said video footage of police shooting and wounding the suspect is “extremely disturbing” and that she supports the interim police superintendent's request for prosecutors to be sent directly to the scene.   (Michael McDunnah via AP)
February 29, 2020 - 4:54 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor said video footage of police shooting and wounding a suspect inside a downtown Chicago train station is “extremely disturbing” and that she supports the interim police superintendent's request for prosecutors to be sent directly to the scene — an unusual or perhaps...
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FILE - This Thursday, May 30, 2019, file photo provided by the Denver District Attorney shows Leland Pankey. Pankey, the father of a 7-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete in a storage unit in 2018 was sentenced to 72 years in prison on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in his death. Pankey, 40, received the maximum sentence possible after pleading guilty in January to child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a deceased body in the death of Caden McWilliams. (Denver District Attorney via AP, File)
February 28, 2020 - 4:47 pm
DENVER (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete in a storage unit in 2018 was sentenced to 72 years in prison on Friday in his death. Leland Pankey, 40, received the maximum sentence possible after pleading guilty in January to child abuse resulting in death...
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FILE - This Jan 28, 2019, file booking photo released by St. Louis Police Department shows Nathaniel Hendren. The former St. Louis police officer accused of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2019 shooting death of a female colleague pleaded guilty Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. (St. Louis Police Department via AP, File)
February 28, 2020 - 12:25 pm
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis police officer accused of accidentally killing a female colleague while playing a variation of Russian roulette pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Nathaniel Hendren, 30, had been scheduled to go to trial March 23 on charges of first-...
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Defendant Willie Cory Godbolt, center, reacts after he is sentenced to death for each of four counts of capital murder at the Pike County Courthouse in Magnolia, Miss., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Pictured with Godbolt are defense attorneys Alison Steiner, left, and Katherine Poor, right. On Tuesday, Godbolt was convicted of killing eight people in May 2017, in Brookhaven. (Donna Campbell/The Daily Leader via AP, Pool)
February 28, 2020 - 12:26 am
MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was given four death sentences by a jury on Thursday, hours after he spoke in court and blamed the devil for his actions the night eight people were shot to death. Willie Cory Godbolt, 37, was convicted Tuesday of the May 2017 slayings of eight people. Four...
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February 27, 2020 - 2:34 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A competency hearing for a man accused of killing a Kansas college football player and wounding New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine was rescheduled Thursday because he had refused to cooperate with efforts to evaluate him. During a hearing Thursday for Francisco...
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Joevanny Vargas, Lorena Vargas and Madison Vargas grieve as witness impact statements are read regarding the death of Miranda Vargas during the sentencing of Hudy Muldrow, Wednesday, Feb., 26, 2020, at state Superior Court in Morristown, N.J. Muldrow, 79, the driver of a school bus who veered across Interstate 80 in New Jersey after missing an exit and crashed into a dump truck, killing a teacher and a student and injuring dozens of others, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
February 26, 2020 - 5:05 pm
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The driver of a school bus who veered across Interstate 80 in New Jersey after missing an exit and crashed into a dump truck, killing a teacher and a student and injuring dozens of others, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Hudy Muldrow, 79, had pleaded guilty in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 26, 2020 - 5:04 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House...
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February 26, 2020 - 12:21 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man charged in his young granddaughter’s fatal fall from a cruise ship’s open window in Puerto Rico agreed to plead guilty in her July 2019 death, explaining that he was doing so “to try to help end part of this nightmare for my family.” Salvatore “Sam" Anello, who...
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