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Arrest in Boston Slayings:  John M. Guilfoil of The Boston Globe reports on an arrest in "one of the worst multiple homicides in Boston's history," which left four people, including a two-year-old boy, shot to death on a street in September.  Dwane Moore, who was released from custody earlier this year after serving time for manslaughter, is charged with four counts of murder and numerous other supporting counts.  Milton J. Valencia and John R. Ellement, also of The Globe, have this story on what authorities say happened on the night of this drug robbery gone bad.

Jury Recommends Death Sentence in Alabama Murder Case:  After deliberating for an hour and a half, an Alabama jury yesterday recommended a death sentence for convicted murderer Ryan Gerald Russell.  Russell was convicted of killing his 11-year-old cousin Katherine Gillespie in 2008, after her body was found stuffed head first in a trashcan in Russell's SUV.  An autopsy report showed she died from a contact gunshot wound to the head.  Russell's defense team claimed the shooting was accidental.  Katie Hurst and Samantha Hurst of the Shelby County Reporter (AL) have this story.

Queens Sniper Convicted:  Matthew Colletta was convicted of one count of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder stemming from his summer 2006 shooting spree, reports Christina Carrega of the New York Post.  For six and a half hours, Colletta went through Queens targeting red cars and people wearing red clothing.  He defended his behavior to authorities by claiming the Bloods gang (whose members wear red) had threatened him.

DC GPS Ruling Stands:  In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declined to revisit their previous ruling that police must obtain a warrant before tracking a vehicle with GPS.  A three-judge panel of justices determined this summer that GPS tracking absent a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment because a "reasonable person does not expect anyone to monitor and retain a record every time he drives his car, including his origin, route, destination, and each place he stops and how long he stays there."  Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times has this article.

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