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Death Row Inmate Suspect in Another Murder:  An Ohio man recently sentenced to death for murdering a 23-year-old mother and her two young children is now the focus of an unsolved 1994 murder that investigators have reopened.  SF Gate reports that inmate Curtis Clinton used to live in the same neighborhood as 73-year-old Ida May Franklin and frequently visited her prior to her death.  In April 1994, Franklin's body was discovered under a mattress propped against a couch, strangled and with her throat slit.  Similarly, in September 2012, Heather Jackson's body was found between a mattress and a box spring; she and her two children had also been strangled.  Jackson and her children were killed seven months after Clinton was released from prison for a 10-year sentence of involuntary manslaughter, also involving the strangulation death of a woman.

Criminal Who Inspired Three Strikes Released on PRCS:  The man whose lengthy criminal history inspired California's three strikes law is out of prison and living in Fresno after being released under the state's prison realignment law.  CT Post reports that because Realignment defines Douglas Walker's last crime was non-serious, he has been released on post-release community supervision, rather than state parole.  In 1992, Walker received a nine-year sentence for robbery, attempted robbery, and accessory charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Kimber Reynolds.  His most recent conviction was for grand theft.  The author of the three strikes law believes Walker will commit another crime.

Details Surrounding Sandy Hook Shooting Released: Connecticut authorities revealed today that they have yet to establish a motive behind last December's deadly Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that resulted in the deaths of 20 first-graders and six adults.  Fox News reports that the 44-page summary released today by the state indicates that suspected gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, had a fascination with mass-shootings and collected newspaper articles detailing similar shootings from around the world.  It was also revealed that Lanza suffered from 'significant mental health issues', but refused to seek treatment or medication.

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