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Parolee Suspected of Killing Girlfriend:  Paige Hewitt of the Houston Chronicle reports Texas parolee Joe Amos Shaw is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend.  Rhonda Scott was found dead in her home from a gun shot wound to the head, with Shaw's ankle monitor found near the body.  Shaw was on parole after being released early for a 1982 murder conviction.

Man to be Resentenced for 2003 Smuggling Deaths
:  Juan A. Lozano from the Associated Press reports that Tyrone Williams was resentenced today to 34 years in prison for his role in the U.S.'s deadliest human smuggling attempt.  Prosecutors allege that in 2003, Williams transported a group of illegal immigrants inside a tractor trailer through southern Texas.  The temperature in the trailer reached as high as 173 degrees during the three-hour trip, but Williams ignored the immigrants' kicks and screams for help.  17 people, including a 5-year-old boy, were found dead in the trailer, and two others died later.  The Fifth Circuit reversed his original sentence of life without parole on the grounds that the judge - not the jury - should have determined the appropriate sentence.

Two Officers Shot and Killed in Florida:  Tamara Lush and Mitch Stacy from the Associated Press report two Florida police officers were fatally shot and a U.S. Marshall wounded earlier today after an hourslong standoff.  Hydra Lacy Jr. 39, failed to show for his scheduled trial in November for aggravated battery.  When officers arrived at his residence, he allegedly shot two officers while hiding in the attic of the home.  Lacy has a long criminal record, including convictions for armed burglary, resisting arrest, and sexual battery.

Illinois Death Penalty Law Could Impact Murder Case:  Art Barnum of the Chicago Tribune reports that Laurence Lovejoy, convicted and sentenced to death in 2007 for killing his stepdaughter, will be back in court after the Illinois Supreme court overturned his conviction and sentence.  Prosecutors allege Lovejoy killed his 16-year-old stepdaughter three weeks after she reported he had raped her.  Prosecutors are seeking a death sentence for Lovejoy if convicted, though a bill currently pending before Governor Pat Quinn to abolish the death penalty in Illinois might affect the case if signed before the end of trial.

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