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Supreme Court Denies Request to Delay Release of Thousands of California Prisoners: A divided Supreme Court rejected Governor Brown's request to delay a federal judge's order to release 9,600 prisoners in an effort to reduce inmate overcrowding.  Paige St. John of the LA Times reports that so far, the state has only been able to identify 1,205 inmates that are deemed as nonviolent offenders and able to be released.  Due to today's ruling, the state is forced to release offenders with a history of serious and violent offenders back into California communities. 

Texas Running Out of Execution Drug: The most active death penalty state in the country is running out of its lethal injection drug, and the limited supply they do have expires next month.  Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports that Texas has executed 11 inmates so far this year, and has plans to execute seven more in a few months.  Texas switched to a one-drug sedative last year after one of the drugs in the popular three-drug execution method became difficult to acquire.

Rap Lyrics Lead to Arrest in 2007 Double Murder: Police in Virginia were able to crack a cold case after tips came in that the man responsible for a double homicide in May of 2007 included details of the crime in his rap lyrics.  Andrew Rafferty of NBC News reports that Antwain Steward was arrested after several witnesses came to police about the song and offered clues about the killings being gang related.  Steward is being held on two counts of felony murder, unlawfully discharging a firearm, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Grandmother Admits to Killing and Dismembering her Granddaughter: The case of a 14-year-old Michigan girl who disappeared 15 years ago has finally been solved after her grandmother confessed to her murder.  Gary Ridley of M Live News reports that 73-year-old Lois Janish has been charged with murder after admitting to detectives that she hit her granddaughter over the head with a hammer and then scattered her remains after dismembering her body.  Janish has named her boyfriend, who has since died from alcoholism complications, as an accomplice to the crime.

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