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Mass. Man Pleads to Killing His Family, Gets LWOP: The Associated Press headlines Thomas Mortimer IV pleaded guilty to killing his wife, mother-in-law, and two young children in Massachusetts in 2010. The killings occurred during an argument over a bounced check Mortimer sent to the IRS. Mortimer stabbed his wife more than a dozen times and broke her nose with a frying pan. His mother-in-law was found dead near the door apparently attempting to flee the scene. Mortimer also killed his two-year-old daughter and four-year-old son; slitting their throats.  Mortimer fled leaving behind a written confession. He was caught the next day. Mortimer pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder and was sentenced to life without parole.

TX DA Will Seek Death Penalty: Jennifer Emily of the Dallas Morning News has this article on how Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will be seeking the death penalty for Franklin Davis for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl. Davis was facing charges on four counts of sexual assault, when he allegedly abducted the 16-year-old victim from school and murdered her to prevent her testimony. The girl's body was found, shot and strangled. Davis was charged in the murder Wednesday. 

2 Arrested in Border Patrol Death:
E. Eduardo Castillo and Jacques Billeaud of the Associated Press report federal police arrested two men Thursday suspected in the shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona according to Mexican law enforcement. No other details have been disclosed at this time. This is an update of this earlier news scan.   


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