July 11, 1999 |
Death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal said a magazine article that reports he expressed regret for killing a Philadelphia police officer is a "rumor-turned-lie." Abu-Jamal, who has maintained his innocence, released a statement from prison, saying the Vanity Fair piece is wrong and that he had never been contacted about the allegation by anyone connected with the article. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther, was found guilty of killing Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
February 22, 2006 |
A man confessed to bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer handle and a claw hammer after an argument that started over an empty roll of toilet paper, authorities said. Franklin Paul Crow, 56, was charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Kenneth Matthews in the small town of Moss Bluff, the Marion County sheriff's office said. The two men shared a mobile home.
April 22, 2003 |
Sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo willingly confessed to some of the shootings during a police interview last fall, laughing as he recalled shooting an FBI analyst in the head, prosecutors said in legal briefs made public Monday. Malvo's lawyers assert that police manipulated a confession about his role in the spate of shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area.
January 8, 2004 |
The lone suspect in the Sept. 10 stabbing death of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh has confessed, chief prosecutor Agneta Blidberg said. Blidberg said there were traces of DNA on the murder weapon that matched that of suspect Mijailo Mijailovic. His lawyer said the crime was not politically motivated.
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.
December 5, 2001 |
A judge ruled Tuesday that a woman's confession to police that she drowned her five children can be considered by a jury when her case goes to trial. Andrea Yates' attorneys had spent two days arguing that her confession should not be allowed as evidence. They said she "lacked the prerequisite mental capacity" to understand or waive her constitutional rights when she admitted drowning her four sons and infant daughter.
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.