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Repeat Offender Named as Homicide Suspect: A Northern California man is behind bars on suspicion of murder after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.  Jess Sullivan of the Daily Republic reports that 20-year-old Samuel Nodine has a lengthy criminal past that includes several probation violations and assault charges.  Nodine is believed to be the person responsible for stabbing to death a former gang associate on the night of July 31, just two months after a judge put him on probation for the third time in less than two years.

MO High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of murdering a 9-year-old girl.  Kyle Troutman of the Cassville Democrat reports that 39-year-old Christopher Collings appealed his  sentence claiming that he had confessed to a police officer he knew, and that photographs of the victim shown at trial were not relevant to the case.  Collings kidnapped the young girl and brought her back to his home where he raped and murdered her before dumping her body in a cave.

Gun Ban for Those Convicted of Domestic Violence: A California appeals court has ruled that anyone convicted of domestic violence will be permanently barred from possessing a firearm even if no physical injury was inflicted.  Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the decision made by the court applies a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Castleman which clarified a  law extending the federal ban on firearm ownership to those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.  Prior to 1996, California law only restricted firearms for those convicted of felony domestic violence.

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