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PA Seeks Death Penalty for Ransom Killer: Brad Segall of CBS News reports prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Raghu Yandamuri in Philadelphia. Yandamuri allegedly killed a ten-month-old girl and her grandmother October 2012. He stabbed the grandmother to death, then kidnapped the infant and suffocated her, dumping her body in the same building. CBS News previously reported Yandamuri left 10 copies of a ransom note for 50,000 dollars in the apartment.  

Court Denies IN Quad Killer's Appeal: The Associated Press reports a federal court judge denied Indiana death row inmate Joseph Corcoran's sentence appeal last week. Corcoran was convicted in 1999 of shooting his brother, his sister's fiance, and two other men to death with a semiautomatic rifle in July 1997. His case has been reviewed by the Indiana Supreme Court five times, a federal court twice, and the U.S. Supreme Court twice. His attorneys plan to file another appeal. He has also bragged while in prison about shooting his parents to death with a shotgun in 1992. He had been charged but acquitted in that case.

Four IL Double Homicide Suspects Arrested: The Associated Press reports four people appeared in court Monday in Illinois for the murders of two men. Allegedly, Alisa Massaro, 18, Adam Landerman, 19, Joshua Miner, 24, Bethany McKee, 18, lured the victims, two 22-year-old men, to Massaro's home. They then robbed the victims, killed them, and attempted to dismember them. Three of the suspects were arrested at the home, where police found the bodies Thursday; one was later apprehended.

FBI Releases Early 2012 Crime Statistics: The FBI has this preliminary report for the first six months of 2012. According to the report, violent crime went up 1.9 percent compared to the first half of 2011. Nationally, murder dropped 1.7 percent, rape declined 1.4 percent, robberies increased by 2 percent, and assaults went up by 2.3 percent. Property crime increased 1.5 percent nationwide. All categories of property crimes went up, theft by 1.9 percent, vehicle thefts by 1.7 percent, and burglary went up 0.1 percent. In the West, violent crime is up 3.1 percent and property crime by 4.7 percent. In the Midwest, violent crime increased 2.5 percent, and property crime by 1.3 percent. In the Northeast and South, property crime increased by 1.1 percent. However, the northeast experienced a 4.0 percent increase in property crime, while it declined 1.4 percent in the South.

Oakland Violent Crime Wave Continues: CBS San Francisco reports four separate people were shot to death on Friday in Oakland in six hours. The murders are believed to be a gang retaliation for the murder of a woman in Summer 2012. Oakland Police Chef Howard Jordan explained in a news conference Monday that an estimated 90 percent of the violence in the city since last summer has stemmed from the gang feud. Oakland city officials have hired former Los Angeles police chief  and New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton to help develop strategies to handle the crime wave. Details in this News Scan.

Search for More John Wayne Gacy Victims: Don Babwin of the Associated Press reports a search for more victims of Illinois serial killer John Wayne Gacy will be carried out. Gacy was convicted in 1980 of killing 33 young men. Investigators had located 29 bodies in the crawlspace and yard of his home in the 1970s. A judge approved a warrant to search for bodies underneath his late mother's apartment complex. According to witnesses, he had been a handyman for the property. Gacy was executed in 1994.

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