Jury Finds NE Man Eligible for Death Penalty: A jury last week found a Nebraska man guilty of murder and determined that there are enough aggravating circumstances to make him eligible for the death penalty. KETV reports that Anthony Garcia was convicted Wednesday of four counts of first-degree murder in the 2008 killings of Thomas Hunter, 11, his family's housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, and the 2013 slayings of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary. The murders were for revenge after Dr. William Hunter, Thomas' father, and Brumback fired Garcia in 2001. The aggravating factors found on Friday by the jury were that the murders were especially heinous, more than one person was killed and the murders were committed to conceal the identity of the killer. Garcia now faces a three-judge panel, which must agree with the jury on aggravated circumstances in order to impose a death sentence. A death sentence, however, will only stand if Nebraska voters vote to bring back the death penalty in the November election.
Deadliest Weekend in Chicago this Year: Chicago saw its deadliest weekend so far this year, with 17 killed and 42 wounded in shootings and homicides across the city. The Chicago Tribune reports that among the 17 victims that were killed between Friday afternoon and Monday, seven were younger than 20 and included a 14-year-old honors student and twin 17-year-old boys. The weekend toll surpassed that of Father's Day weekend, which had been the most violent up until now with 59 people shot and 13 killed, and also exceeded the numbers of the three long summer holiday weekends -- Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day -- which are typified by spikes in violence due to warmer weather. So far this year in the city, 638 people have been killed, 217 more than this time last year, and at least 3,662 have been injured in shootings, 1,106 more than during the same period last year. Update: Shibani Mahtani has this story in the WSJ.
OK Fugitive Killed in Shootout: A weeklong manhunt for an Oklahoma man wanted for murdering two relatives, shooting three law enforcement officers and multiple carjackings has ended in a police chase and shootout that left him dead. The AP reports that Michael Dale Vance Jr., 38, began his crime spree on Oct. 23 when he shot and injured a woman for her car, which he drove to his relatives' home, where he killed them. Vance also shot and wounded two responding police officers and fled, committing more carjackings in an effort to evade capture. Police were finally tipped off on Vance's location on Monday. In the process of trying to apprehend Vance, he shot a sheriff in the shoulder and arm, and then led police on a 30-minute chase before being fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with a state trooper. The sheriff's wounds were non-life threatening. Authorities say that the deaths of Vance's relatives were "rage killings" connected to a pending sexual assault case filed against him by a 15-year-old girl. He was scheduled to appear in court on the charge in one week.