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Third-Striker to be Released in Sacramento:  Suzanne Phan of ABC News reports that a judge approved the first resentencing and release of a third-striker from prison into Sacramento County on  Wednesday. Following the passage of Proposition 36, inmates serving life sentences under California's three-strikes law have been applying for re-sentencing hearings statewide. These inmates could could be granted release based on the severity of their third offense. Courts and attorneys have been reviewing cases to see which inmates still pose a threat to the public. Continued from this News Scan.

TX DA Murder Suspects Charged: 
Danny Robbins of the Associated Press reports that Eric Lyle Williams, a former justice of the peace in Kaufman, Texas, and his wife have been charged with the shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. It is alleged that Williams was the shooter, his wife the getaway driver. The McLellands were fatally shot at their home in March, two months after the murder of Hasse. Evidence linking Williams to the murders was found in a storage unit filled with weapons. Continued from this News Scan.

Boston Bombing Suspect Killed, Second Escaped: 
Eileen Sullivan, Meghan Barr and Katie Zezima of the Associated Press report that one of two suspects in Boston Marathon bombing was killed during a shootout with officers. The brothers allegedly killed three and injured more than 180 on Monday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed, while his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, managed to escaped. The pair fatally shot a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer late Thursday night. Responding officers were then led on a car chase. The suspects had thrown explosives and fired shots out of the vehicle. A transit police officer was seriously injured during the gunfight. Continued from this blog post.

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