Homicide

FILE - This August 2019 file photo released by the Utah Department of Corrections shows Ron Lafferty. Utah prison officials say Lafferty, a death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" and who was nearing an execution by firing squad, has died of natural causes. Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said in a statement Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, that 78-year-old Lafferty died at the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)
November 11, 2019 - 6:01 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in...
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Oleg Sokolov, a history professor at St. Petersburg State University, left, listens to his lawyer sitting in a cage waiting for a court session in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The lawyer for a prominent Russian history professor suspected of murdering a female student, some of whose remains were found in his residence, is asking for him to be released under house arrest pending trial. The case of Oleg Sokolov has attracted wide attention in Russian media because of its grisly drama. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
November 11, 2019 - 8:41 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A St. Petersburg court has rejected a defense lawyer's request for a prominent Russian history professor who's suspected of murdering and dismembering a female student to be released under house arrest pending trial. The court on Monday ordered Oleg Sokolov detained for two months...
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November 10, 2019 - 2:55 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chesa Boudin, the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a baby, has won San Francisco's tightly contested race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system. The former deputy public defender declared victory Saturday...
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A man lays flowers and a candle outside a restaurant, the scene of a shooting on Saturday, in Malmo, Sweden, Sunday Nov. 10, 2019. A 15-year-old boy was killed and another teenager was in critical condition after a shooting in a busy square in the southern city of Malmo, Swedish police said Sunday. Similar incidents and explosions in Malmo recently have alarmed politicians and residents. (Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency via AP)
November 10, 2019 - 12:18 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was killed and another teenager was in critical condition after a shooting in a busy square in the southern city of Malmo, Swedish police said Sunday. Similar incidents and explosions in Malmo recently have alarmed politicians and residents. Malmo police said the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 file photo, Oleg Sokolov, a history professor at St. Petersburg State University, wears a 1812-era French army general's uniforms during a staged battle re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Borodino which in 1812 was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the French invasion of Russia, in St.Petersburg, Russia. Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg are planning to interrogate a prominent professor who has been detained on suspicion of killing a female student after being pulled from a frigid river on Saturday, Nov, 9, 2019 with a backpack containing severed arms. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File) (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
November 10, 2019 - 9:41 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg plan to interrogate a prominent professor who has been detained on suspicion of killing a female student after he was pulled from a frigid river with a backpack containing severed arms. Oleg Sokolov, a history professor at St. Petersburg...
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Supporters rally to stop the execution of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed outside the governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' family asked him to do so. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)
November 09, 2019 - 8:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...
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Family and friends attend the burial service of Christina Langford Johnson the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children earlier this week, in Colonia LeBaron, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. In the attack Monday, Langford Johnson jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she was no threat to the attackers and was shot twice in the heart, community members say. Her daughter Faith Marie Johnson, 7 months old, was found unharmed in her car seat. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
November 09, 2019 - 7:04 pm
COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children from a Mormon community in northern Mexico where cartels have disrupted an otherwise peaceful, rural existence. In the attack Monday, Christina...
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Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks during a news conference at City Hall after Mayor Lori Lightfoot officially announced he would be Chicago's interim police superintendent, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Beck's name surfaced as a possible interim superintendent even before Eddie Johnson made his expected announcement that he was stepping down after more than three years as superintendent and more than 30 years with the department. Johnson, 59, will remain with the department until the end of the year, Lightfoot said. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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November 08, 2019 - 5:00 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor on Friday named former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck to serve as Chicago's interim police superintendent, a day after the city's top police officer announced he is retiring. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Beck was the perfect choice for the job leading the police...
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This undated image provided by the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows Linda La Roche, 64, of Cape Coral, Fla., who has been charged with homicide and hiding a corpse in the 1999 death of Peggy Lynn Johnson. Johnson was known only as Jane Doe after her body was found in a cornfield in Racine County, Wisconsin, until DNA testing in 2019 identified her. (Lee County Sheriff's Office via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 1:23 pm
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A 63-year-old nurse has been charged in the beating death of a 23-year-old cognitively impaired woman whose battered body was discovered at the edge of a cornfield in southeastern Wisconsin in July 1999, police said Friday. Linda La Roche was arrested Tuesday in Cape Coral,...
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This Nov. 8, 2019 booking photo released by Escambia County Jail shows Ibraheem Yazeed in Pensacola, Fla. Authorities have arrested the man wanted in the disappearance of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris' stepdaughter. Jail records show Yazeed was arrested in Florida and booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. He's charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, who was last seen at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23. (Escambia County Jail via AP)
November 08, 2019 - 12:07 pm
A man wanted in the disappearance of UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter has been apprehended in Florida, but the whereabouts of the woman he's accused of abducting remained a mystery Friday. Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested and booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday. Jail records show he'...
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