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Accused Murderer Faces Death Penalty in Two States: An Illinois man who sparked a two-state manhunt last month will now face death penalty trials in both Ohio and Kentucky for his crimes.  Jill Drury of WDTN News reports that 41-year-old Terry Froman is accused of murdering a teenager in Kentucky and then kidnapping the boy's mother and driving her to Ohio, where he shot and killed her as well.  Froman will face murder charges in Kentucky first, then face kidnapping and murder charges in Ohio, he is being held on $1 million bond.

Convicted Sex Offender Identified as Murder Suspect: An Indiana man is behind bars and facing murder charges after confessing to killing at least seven women.  CBS Chicago reports that 43-year-old Darren Vann, who is a registered sex offender in Texas, allegedly told police that the murders date back to as many as 20 years ago, and so far, all of his victims appear to be women.  Vann claims to have victims in other states as well, but is only choosing to discuss his Indiana victims because the state has the death penalty and he wants to be executed for his crimes.

Parole Denied for Convicted Cop Killer: One of the men convicted of murdering a Massachusetts police chief will remain behind bars after being denied parole for the second time since being convicted two decades ago.  Scott J. Croteau of The Telegram reports that 42-year-old Kenneth B. Padgett, along with two co-defendants, were breaking into homes and stole a vehicle on the morning of February 1, 1994, when the officer pursued them one of the men fired several rounds piercing his lung and heart, leaving him for dead.  Since being incarcerated, Croteau has had several disciplinary issues and involved himself in a white supremacist gang.  His next parole hearing will be in a few years.

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Rapist/ Murderer Released from Prison: An Oregon man convicted of raping and murdering a high school classmate more than two decades ago has been released from custody.  Emily E. Smith of The Oregonian reports that Conrad Engweiler, who was 15-years-old at the time of the killing, was convicted of raping and strangling Erin Tonna Reynolds to death in 1990, he was originally sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years but that sentence was eventually reduced after several parole hearings.  Engweiler will be required to register as a sex offender and will be supervised for a minimum of three years.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Accused Killers
: Prosecutors in Georgia intend to seek death sentences for a pair of men accused of kidnapping and murdering a young couple in August 2014.  Steve Visser of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two men are accused of kidnapping a man and his pregnant wife for ransom.  The couple was later found shot to death just miles away from their home.  One of the suspects, 40-year-old Cleveland Gay, was released on parole earlier this year after serving nearly 22 years of a life sentence he received in 1992 for murdering two people when he was 15-years-old.

Murderer Sentenced to Life: A Washington man convicted of murdering two people and nearly killing a third has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.  KOMO News reports that 39-year-old Aaron Livingston agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for the beating death of his girlfriend and a man he suspected she was having and affair with.  After the murders, Livingston tried to kill a 60-year-old family friend by strangling her with an electrical cord. 

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Ex Con Charged With Murder: A repeat felon has been arrested and charged with killing a Northern California man and then shooting the man's mother earlier this year.  KTVU News reports that 34-year-old Demond Spikes shot the man in the abdomen and the head before turning the gun on his mother and shooting her through a sliding glass door.  If convicted, Spikes faces a possible life sentence since he already has two prior felony convictions and this would become his third strike.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Killer: Prosecutors in Kansas have announced their plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused of murdering his adoptive parents.  Tim Potter of the Wichita Eagle reports that 19-year-old Anthony Bluml began resenting his parents after he was kicked out of the home for smoking marijuana.  Police believe he killed his parents in order to gain access to the couple's life insurance.  Bluml is just one of four defendants charged in the murder.  His biological mother also participated in the killings and has also been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Realignment Offender Linked  to Car Theft Ring: A California man currently on Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for a vehicle theft conviction has been arrested yet again for stealing more vehicles and knowingly receiving stolen property.  Allison Gatlin of The Californian reports that 45-year-old Gary Dean had been arrested at least six times between 2006 and 2011 on a variety of charges.  IN 2011 he was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.  He was released on PRCS after serving time behind bars.  Dean is currently being held in county jail on a number of charges including vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of stolen vehicles.

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Murderer Sentenced to Nine Life Terms: A California judge has sentenced the leader of a notorious Mexican drug trafficking gang to nine life terms without the possibility of parole after being found guilty on multiple counts of murder and kidnapping.  KUSI News reports that 35-year-old Juan Estrada Gonzalez was sentenced to 29 years in prison in Mexico in 2003, but he escaped and came to the United States, where prosecutors say he murdered six people between 2004 and 2007.  Estrada Gonzalez's co-defendant was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

NJ High Court Upholds Attempted Murder Conviction: The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld the attempted murder conviction for a man found guilty of shooting a police officer in 2012.  WMUR News reports that Myles Webster was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for shooting the officer multiple times at close range, leaving him critically injured.  Webster appealed his conviction based claiming that he was wrongly identified by the officer and witnesses interviewed at the scene of the crime.     

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Florida Man: Prosecutors in Florida will seek the death penalty for a man charged with the of killing his girlfriend's one-year-old son.  The Tampa Bay Times reports that 24-year-old Austin Hamilton allegedly beat the young boy repeatedly with a belt before dropping him on his head, resulting in his death.  Hamilton admitted to police that he 'lost control' while changing the boy's diaper and hit him multiple times with a belt, but has pled not guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges.

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Realignment Offender Suspected of Murder: Police in Barstow, CA believe that the person responsible for murdering a man Monday night is on active Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS), a form of probation started under Governor Brown's Realignment legislation.  Jose Quintero of the Desert Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Andrew Gallegos, a known gang member, stabbed his victim to death Monday evening just after 8:00 p.m.  Police have yet to locate Gallegos and are warning citizens not to approach him as he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Rapist Denied Release: An Ohio man scheduled for release from prison this week will remain behind bars after his DNA linked him to five unsolved rapes.  Sean Rowe of Fox Columbus reports that 54-year-old Dwayne Wilson, who was already serving a five-year sentence for a separate sexual assault conviction, will now be charged with nine counts of rape and five counts of kidnapping after DNA linked him to assaults against five women between 1994 and 1997.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently launched a campaign to test thousands of rape kits that had gone un-tested across the state, so far, the campaign has resulted in over 1,000 hits to DNA already in a nationwide database.   

FL Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence: Florida's highest court has upheld the death sentence for convicted rapist and murderer William Davis III.  Desiree Stennett of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Davis kidnapped a 19-year-old receptionist from her workplace before raping and strangling her to death.  Davis never denied his involvement in the murder and actually requested that he be sentenced to death during his trial. His attorneys have not announced whether they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Convicted Murderer Beats Mother to Death: A New Jersey man is in custody and charged with beating his mother to death just days after he was released from serving a 30-year prison sentence for murder.  The Associated Press reports that 45-year-old Steven Pratt allegedly beat his mother to death Sunday morning after his family threw a welcome-home party for him celebrating his release from prison.  In 1984, Pratt was convicted of murdering his next-door neighbor when he was 15-years-old and sentenced to 30 years in prison after being tried as an adult, he is once again facing first-degree murder charges and is being held on $1 million bail.

OK Attorney General Seeks to Delay Upcoming Executions: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a notice seeking to delay three of the state's upcoming executions.  The Associated Press reports that the attorney general has announced that the state needs more time to obtain execution drugs and time to train staff on new execution protocols.  Oklahoma put all executions on hold after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett earlier this year.
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Convicted Killer Sentenced to 160 Years in Prison: A Chicago man has been sentenced to 160 years in prison after being found guilty of stabbing to death a 14-year-old girl nearly three years ago during a botched home robbery.  ABC News reports that 41-year-old John Wilson Jr., an ex-con, stole the young girl's cellphone after killing her and taunted her mother by sending text messages from her phone.  Wilson was given the maximum sentence for the killing, as the state of Illinois does not have the death penalty.

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Man Wearing GPS Device Arrested on Drug Charges: A Massachusetts man on federal probation for drug possession and distribution has been arrested again for drug sales despite having a GPS monitoring device attached to his ankle.  George Graham of The Republican reports that 26-year-old David Faust was arrested Thursday afternoon for selling cocaine, OxyContin, and marijuana throughout the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  Faust has a lengthy criminal past and has been arrested on multiple occasions for drug possession and sales.

DNA Links Man to Cold Case Murder: A Texas man is behind bars and facing murder charges after a DNA sample linked him to a 2008 cold case killing.  Shaley Sanders of KCBD News reports that 43-year-old Billy Lumbaugh Jr. is the man believed to be responsible for killing a Lubbock woman in 2008 and dumping her body in a field.  In addition to the murder charge, Lumbaugh was also linked to an unsolved rape and an unsolved kidnapping and robbery. 

Kansas Man Faces Possible Death Sentence: A Kansas man faces a possible death sentence if he is found guilty in the brutal murders of a mother and her three young children.  Jeff Lehr of CNHR News reports that 23-year-old David C. Bennett Jr. allegedly broke into the woman's home and sexually assaulted her in the middle of the night.  He returned hours later and strangled the woman and her three young children to death.  Bennett is currently being held in county jail on charges of first-degree murder and rape.

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Convicted Killer Sentenced to Life: A Texas teenager has been ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty of murdering his mother earlier this year.  Jason Molinet of the New York Daily News reports that 18-year-old Kevin Davis beat his mother to death with a hammer before sexually assaulting her corpse.  He also told police that he was planning on killing his sister as well, but got tired of waiting for her to come home.  Prosecutors originally gave Davis the option of serving just 60 years behind bars, but he declined, deciding to let the jury determine his sentence.   

Suspect Arrested in Cold Case Murder: A California man suspected of murdering his mother-in-law more than a decade ago has been arrested and charged with her murder.  CBS Los Angeles reports that 46-year-old John Gutierrez allegedly beat the woman with a blunt object before tying a bag over head, causing her to die of asphyxia.  Police announced that newly found evidence and witness interviews led to the eventual arrest of Gutierrez earlier this week.

CA Man Sentenced to Death: A California man convicted of murdering two women in Los Angeles three decades ago has been sentenced to death.  Marc Cota-Robles of ABC News reports that 50-year-old Kevin Haley was originally sentenced to death for one of the killings in 1988, but the California Supreme Court reversed the special circumstance allegations, which forced a re-trial.  This time around, the jury found that the special circumstance did in fact apply and Haley was sentenced to death for both murders.  


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Florida Teen Sentenced to Life in Prison: A Florida teen convicted of murdering two people during a carjacking attempt in 2011 has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars.  NBC Miami reports that 19-year-old Eric Ellington told authorities that he shot one of his victims 11 times at point blank range because he "didn't look scared enough" when Ellington demanded that he get out of his vehicle.  Ellington's two accomplices at the time of the killings have also been charged with first-degree murder and are awaiting sentencing.

Man Extradited in Decades-Old Cold Case: A California man has been extradited to Kentucky in order to face charges in the murder of a 20-month-old baby more than 40 years ago.  Matthew Glowicki of The Courier-Journal reports that 65-year-old Lawrence Beck brought his girlfriend's son to the hospital in December of 1971 claiming that the child was unresponsive due to illness.  Doctors were unable to revive the boy and quickly determined that he exhibited signs of severe abuse.  Due to limited forensic technology, police were unable to make an arrest.  Police now believe they have enough forensic evidence to convict Beck of murder.  He is currently being held in a Kentucky county jail on $500,000 bond.

Alabama Man Convicted in Triple Homicide: An Alabama killer now faces a possible death sentence after being found guilty of murdering three men at a party in 2012.  CBS News reports that 24-year-old Desmonte Leonard was convicted on several counts of murder and attempted murder.  At a party in Auburn in June 2012 Leonard fired his gun nine times into a crowd leaving three men dead and three others wounded.  Leonard faces a minimum sentence of life without parole.


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High Court Rejects Death Penalty Appeal: The United States Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Texas man convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1997.  Lou Antonelli of the Daily Tribune reports that Robert Charles Ladd was sentenced to death in 1997 after being found guilty of brutally raping and murdering a woman before setting her home on fire.  The victim's family is hopeful that since the appeal was denied, an execution date will be set in the near future.

Illegal Immigrant Responsible for Hit and Run: Police in North Carolina revealed that the man responsible for running over two young children last week and then fleeing the scene was an illegal immigrant with an active deportation warrant.  Lisa Boykin Batts of The Wilson Times reports that a county judge raised Marcos Santiaga Bautista's bond from $30,000 to more than $1 million after realizing he was a fugitive.  In addition to the felony hit and run charge, Bautista has also been charged with several other crimes including failure to register a motor vehicle and displaying fictitious registration.

Execution Date set for Convicted Killer: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a December 2 execution date for convicted murderer Michael Ballard.  Tom Shortell of The Express-Times reports that Ballard pled guilty to murdering four people in a brutal knife attack in 2010.  If the execution is carried out as planned, this will be the first execution carried out in the state of Pennsylvania since 1999.


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U.S. Jails Releasing Illegal Immigrant Detainees: Jails across the country are no longer honoring federal requests to hold inmates for additional days while immigration authorities set up their deportation.  Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times reports that city and county jails across the U.S. began ignoring the holds after a series of federal court rulings issued this spring determined that immigration holds are no longer mandatory.  In California specifically, law enforcement agencies can only honor an immigration hold if the inmate has been charged with or is convicted of a serious offense.

Convicted Killer may Face Death Penalty: An Ohio jury is set to decide whether or not a 19-year-old convicted of murdering a U.S. Navy recruit should face the death penalty or not.  The Associated Press reports that if the jury decides to sentence Austin Myers to death, he will become the youngest inmate on the state's death row.  Myers was found guilty of murdering an 18-year-old Navy recruit in January after a burglary attempt.  Authorities later found the victim's body several counties away.

Woman Sentenced to Life for Quadruple Homicide: A Texas woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after pleading guilty to helping her boyfriend murder two women and two children in 2010.  Lynh Bui of The Washington Post reports that 21-year-old T'keisha Gilmer blocked the door of one of the victim's apartments while her boyfriend shot all four of the victims execution style after a dispute occurred when a cooler full of marijuana went missing.  Gilmer's boyfriend was also convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.  

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Nevada High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in favor of upholding the death penalty for a California man convicted of murdering his wife in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2006.  Sean Whaley of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that prosecutors allege that John Watson shot his wife before cutting her body up with a band saw.  In letters written from jail, Watson admitted to cooking and eating part of his wife's body, but police have yet to find any remains.  Watson challenged his sentence based on the claim that he suffered from mental illness.

Texas Man Sentenced to Life in Brutal Killing: A Texas man convicted of brutally murdering a woman and her one-year-old son in 2011 has been sentenced to in prison.  Annie Potasznik of CBS Dallas Fort Worth reports that 31-year-old Thomas Olivas brutally stabbed the woman before setting her apartment on fire with her infant son trapped inside.  Police believe the pair had a prior relationship and their was an argument concerning payment of child support.  Prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty, resulting in an automatic sentence of life without parole.

Convicted Killer Won't be Granted Early Release: The man responsible for the brutal killing of a South Carolina high school student in 1995 will stay behind bars for another year despite an attempt made by the state to release him ahead of schedule.  John Monk of The State reports that 36-year-old Calen Radwell was a juvenile at the time of the killing and was sentenced to spend 20 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.  For reasons unknown the state's Corrections Department moved his release date up by almost a year leaving the victim's family outraged.  The judge ruled in favor of the victim's family, ordering that Radwell fulfill his entire sentence and be released in the fall of 2015.


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Florida Man Convicted in 'Loud Music' Killing: A Florida man who shot into a car full of teens after getting into an argument over loud music has been found guilty of first-degree murder.  CNN reports that 47-year-old Michael Dunn shot 10 rounds into the vehicle, leaving 17-year-old Jordan Davis dead.  Dunn was found guilty on four charges related to the killing earlier this year but the jury deadlocked on whether or not he was guilty of murder.  Dunn is scheduled to be sentenced later this month on the first-degree murder conviction, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Ohio Man Found Guilty in Quadruple Homicide: A 22-year-old Ohio man will now face a possible death sentence after being convicted of murdering four people in April 2013.  Adam Ferrise of the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that Deshanon Haywood was convicted of several felonies including 13 counts of aggravated murder, four counts of kidnapping, and two counts of aggravated robbery in what authorities believe was a drug-deal gone bad.  Haywood is scheduled to be sentenced on October 14.  His co-defendant was also found guilty of murder and was sentenced to four consecutive life terms.

Child Rapist Sentenced to Life Behind Bars: A Georgia man convicted on four counts of aggravated child molestation will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to four consecutive life terms.  Tyler H. Jones of the LaGrange Daily News reports that Daryl E. McGruder repeatedly raped and sodomized two young girls over the course of several months. The judge presiding over the case is notorious for handing down harsh sentences for child predators. Last year, he sentenced a sex offender to 1,000 years in prison.  


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California Teen Convicted in Brutal Double Murder:  A California jury has determined that a teenager convicted of murdering an elderly couple in 2013 was sane at the time of the crime.  News 10 Sacramento reports that 17-year-old Daniel Marsh broke into the couple's home in April 2013 and tortured the pair before stabbing them dozens of times.  Authorities say Marsh showed no remorse after his arrest and had even bragged to his friends about the killing.  Marsh faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole, the death penalty was not an option due to his age at the time of the crime.

Tennessee High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to uphold the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering six people in 2008.  Samantha Bryson of the Commercial Appeal reports that Jessie Dotson fatally shot his brother, his fiancee, and two other adults before stabbing and beating two young boys to death. Authorities say Dotson also stabbed his 9-year-old nephew in the head, but the young boy was able to survive along with two other children found at the scene.  Dotson was given six death sentences for each of his first-degree murder convictions and was also given three consecutive 40-year sentences for each attempted murder charge.

Convicted Killer to Stand Trial in Inmate Murder
: Prosecutors in Kentucky have announced that they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with murdering a fellow inmate at a high-security federal prison in 2009.  The Associated Press reports that 31-year-old John Millner allegedly stabbed another inmate with a homemade icepick before he strangling him to death.  At the time of the killing, Millner was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a murder he committed in Washington in 2002.   


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Murderer Sentenced to Life: A Massachusetts man convicted of murdering three people in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Anthony Fay of WWLP News reports that Caius Veiovis was sentenced to three consecutive life terms for the killings, which is the mandatory sentence required under state law.  Two other men were also convicted in the murders and are currently serving life terms. 

Prosecutors May Pursue the Death Penalty for Beheading Suspect: Prosecutors in Oklahoma have announced that they will likely seek the death penalty against 30-year-old Alton Nolen, the man accused of beheading a woman at his former work place last week.  Michael Martinez of CNN reports that Nolen, an ex-con, allegedly attacked two women at a food processing plant after learning that he had been fired, Nolen beheaded one woman and was attempting to behead the other when he was shot by a reserve deputy sheriff.  Nolen has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for assault and battery on a police officer, escape from a detention center, and drug possession.

Inmate Faces Additional Charges in Cold Case Killing: A New Mexico man extradited to Washington in 2003 to plead guilty in a cold case murder is now back in his home state to face charges in another cold case killing.  Sara Jean Green of the Seattle Times reports that 63-year-old Anthony John Morris pled guilty to strangling a 19-year-old Seattle woman in 1982 after DNA linked him to the crime.  While serving his prison sentence in Washington, Morris was linked to another cold case murder in Albuquerque and transferred back to his home state for trial.  If convicted in the Albuquerque murder Morris he will return to Washington to serve out the rest of his sentence while authorities in New Mexico decide whether or not he should serve prison time in their state.


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