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Suspect in Young Girl's Death Captured After Shootout: Three weeks after a 6-year-old girl's body was found wrapped in a tarp in the middle of a northern Texas street, police finally identified the suspect as being her 17-year-old neighbor and arrested him after engaging in a shootout at his home.  Fox News reports that an officer was being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and the suspect, Tyler Holder, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after authorities were forced to return fire.  Authorities believe that Holder sexually assaulted and suffocated the young girl before leaving her body in the middle of the road near her home.

Federal Court Rules States may Keep Lethal Injection Drug: A federal court ruled in the favor of several states and decided that they won't need to surrender their  lethal-injection drug supply despite the fact that the drugs were imported illegally.  Kevin O'Hanlon of the Lincoln Star Journal reports that states were forced to buy the lethal-injection drug, sodium thiopental, oversees after U.S. manufacturers quit producing it due to death-penalty opposition coming from their over-seas customers.  The court also decided that the FDA will no longer be allowed to accept shipments of the drug to the U.S. in the future.  Our Foundation filed a brief in this case encouraging Tuesday's holding.

NY Child Pornography Charges to be Dropped After Search Warrant Error: A New York man facing child pornography charges after more than 100 videos were seized off of his home computer may walk free because the search warrant executed by police listed the wrong address.  Fox News reports that Yuri Bershchansky was being pursued by Department of Homeland Security agents who "accidentally switched" the number of his apartment when writing out the details of the search warrant.  Prosecutors are reviewing their options, and may appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Woman Found to be Posing as a Pro-Zimmerman Rally Supporter: A Texas woman who generated a lot of controversy after holding a sign that said "We're racist & proud" at a pro-Zimmerman rally appears to have been planted there to draw negative attention.  Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit reports that the protestor, Renee Vaughan, has worked for a "far left environmental group" and was attempting to smear the pro-Zimmerman campaign by saying things like "we're better because we're white."  When asked if she was a racist by a reporter Vaughn replied  "there are people here who are racist and apparently think that's OK. I'm not one of them. I'm being sarcastic."     

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