Violent crime

FILE - This file photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Andrea Christensen, the sister of former University of Illinois student Brendt Christensen who is convicted of killing a Chinese scholar, told a jury, Monday, July 15, 2019, deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 3:56 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student is facing life in prison for the rape and murder of a 26-year-old scholar from China whom he abducted from a bus stop near campus in 2017, after a federal jury said Thursday that they failed to agree on sentencing him to death...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, July 18, 2019, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the "heart of this decision." (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying he poses a danger to the public and might use his "great wealth and vast resources" to flee the country. Epstein, with his hands folded before him, showed no reaction to the...
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FILE - This April 14, 2019 file photo shows YG performing at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Authorities say they searched the home of rapper YG in connection with a police-involved shooting in Compton on July 3. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said on Thursday, July 18, 2019, the rapper, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, has not been implicated in the shooting and was not home at the time of the raid. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 2:39 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities searched the Los Angeles-area home of rapper YG on Thursday in connection with a police shooting in Compton that killed a bystander earlier this month. Deputy Marvin Crowder, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, said the rapper, whose real name is...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court in Nantucket, Mass. On Wednesday, July 17, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault case against Oscar-winning actor, who had been accused of groping 18-year-old man in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
July 18, 2019 - 2:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Spacey's legal woes are not over, despite the collapse of the only criminal case brought against the two-time Oscar winner since he became mired in sexual misconduct allegations. The former "House of Cards" star is still being investigated in London and Los Angeles over several...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court in Nantucket, Mass. On Wednesday, July 17, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault case against Oscar-winning actor, who had been accused of groping 18-year-old man in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
July 18, 2019 - 2:09 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Spacey's legal woes are not over, despite the collapse of the only criminal case brought against the two-time Oscar winner since he became mired in sexual misconduct allegations. The former "House of Cards" star is still being investigated in London and Los Angeles over several...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. At the center of Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago, complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway. Known as the Zorro Ranch, the high-desert property is now tied to an investigation that the state attorney general's office says it has opened into Epstein with plans to forward findings to federal authorities in New York. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 2:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 2 p.m. A U.S. senator and a Florida congresswoman are praising a federal judge's decision to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, the chairman of the Senate...
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July 18, 2019 - 1:28 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have identified a suspect accused of the brutal killing and rape of American scientist Suzanne Eaton. In a statement Thursday, police identified the man as 27-year-old Yiannis Paraskakis, from the port of Chania on the island of Crete. Police have...
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This booking photo released by the Polk County, Iowa, Jail, shows Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana. Authorities say the Guatemalan man, charged with killing shooting 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, had been deported twice from the U.S. and is believed to be in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday night, July 17, 2019, that the 31-year-old Escobar-Orellana gave Des Moines police a false name, Marvin Esquivel-Lopez. (Polk County Jail via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 12:38 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond...
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FILE - This Nov. 2, 2017 file booking photo released by Henderson County Sheriff's Office in Athens, Texas shows Sarah Nicole Henderson. Henderson has agreed to a plea deal that will result in a life sentence for fatally shooting her two young daughters in 2017. Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against 31-year-old Henderson in exchange for her guilty plea Wednesday, July 17, 2019, on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her 7- and 5-year-old daughters. (Henderson County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 11:36 am
ATHENS, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017. Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against Sarah Nicole Henderson in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of capital...
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July 18, 2019 - 10:50 am
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a woman and her three children have been found dead at a Georgia apartment complex and a man has been arrested. News outlets quote Columbus police Maj. John Hawk as saying a tip led authorities to discover the bodies of 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her children...
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