May 1, 1999 |
A judge has freed a teenager who confessed to fatally stabbing a woman who, it turns out, was never stabbed at all. The case has stoked the debate over whether Chicago police are bullying people into admitting to crimes they didn't commit. Eddie Huggins, 16, had spent more than a year behind bars awaiting trial. He was acquitted by a judge Thursday after a medical expert testified that the victim, 26-year-old Lorraine Gates, was beaten and strangled, not stabbed.
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July 3, 1996 |
A Palmdale man accused of sexually assaulting and drowning a fellow Navy courier 14 years ago in Virginia confessed to the crime last week, a federal prosecutor told a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Richard H. Whittle, 38, during an interview with federal investigators before his arrest last Wednesday, told them he was responsible for the unsolved slaying of Pamela Ann Kimbrue in March 1982, Assistant U.S. Atty. George B. Newhouse Jr. said.
June 20, 1997 |
Mir Aimal Kansi, arrested in a dramatic FBI raid at a hotel in Pakistan, confessed to his captors that he was the gunman who went on a shooting spree outside CIA headquarters in 1993, killing two agency employees and wounding three other people, a senior law enforcement official said Thursday. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Kansi's admissions were given to FBI agents escorting him back to the United States aboard a C-141 military cargo plane.
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June 14, 1999 |
Conflicting portraits emerged Sunday of the unemployed laborer who authorities said has confessed to gunning down an Orange County deputy sheriff in a Lake Forest convenience store parking lot. On Sunday, Maurice Gerald Steskal sat alone in a jail cell under a suicide watch, accused of killing Deputy Sheriff Brad Riches, the first Orange County deputy killed on patrol since 1958. Steskal is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.
May 16, 1998 |
Attempting to avoid being executed, about 2,000 prisoners have confessed to taking part in the Hutu-orchestrated slaughter of more than 800,000 people, the Justice Ministry said. On April 24, firing squads executed 22 Rwandans, among the first convicted of genocide in the massacre of minority Tutsis and a smaller number of moderate Hutus. Under the law, defendants who confess are eligible for reduced sentences.
December 12, 2000 |
Hours after his arrest in the slaying of a Yosemite naturalist last year, Cary Stayner told authorities that he never intended to kill the woman and did not feel good about her murder, even though he initially considered keeping her decapitated head as a trophy. A portion of Stayner's lengthy interrogation by an FBI agent after the July 1999 murder of Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, was ordered released Monday by a federal appeals court. Stayner, who pleaded guilty Nov.
September 7, 2005 |
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Tuesday that he had been told that ousted leader Saddam Hussein had confessed to killings and other crimes. But Talabani named no specific crime, and it was unclear what details he might have learned about a legal process intended to be separate from politics. It also was unclear whether, according to Talabani's account, Hussein had confessed to crimes or had acknowledged that he had ordered killings and other actions that he considered legal.
November 8, 1996 |
A group of men arrested here has confessed to the Aug. 10 kidnapping of Japanese executive Mamoru Konno, the Hermosillo newspaper El Imparcial reported Thursday. Konno, president of Sanyo Video Components U.S.A., was kidnapped in Tijuana and freed eight days later after his company paid a $2-million ransom. The paper said the five-member gang led by Jose Maria Serrano Villa was part of a group sought for other murders and kidnappings.
June 7, 1986
A Santa Fe Springs man who confessed his role in a gang rape in Huntington Beach for which his innocent friend spent three years in prison was sentenced to 116 days in jail and three years' probation. Ralph Perez Jr., 21, who was a juvenile at the time of the 1981 attack at Huntington Beach State Park, was sentenced Thursday to probation after Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno gave him credit for 116 days served in jail. Perez had pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the Aug.
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July 27, 1988 |
An unemployed Watts construction worker suspected of three of the so-called Southside Slayer killings testified Tuesday that he confessed to the murders because that is what homicide detectives "wanted to hear."