April 20, 2007 |
One question many people are asking after the shootings at Virginia Tech is how someone so deranged could have legally purchased firearms. The answer is twofold: Although the gunman, Seung-hui Cho, had been accused of harassing women, he had not been convicted of a crime. And although he was considered mentally ill, he had not been committed to a mental institution or declared mentally incapacitated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2002 |
A state appeals court has overturned a conviction in a 1981 Pasadena triple murder, concluding that prosecutors should have uncovered information about a key witness that could have undermined his credibility and led to an acquittal. The ruling came in the case of Anthony Stacy, who was convicted by a Los Angeles County jury of shooting to death a man, a pregnant woman and her viable fetus during a robbery of a drug house. The ruling, centering on the background of witness Charles E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2001 |
After prosecutors raised new allegations, a judge Friday postponed the sanity hearing for the man who killed seven people at Cal State Fullerton in 1976. Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Wagner submitted tapes of recent interviews with Bonnie Sykes, the ex-wife of killer Edward Allaway, in which she alleges rape and domestic abuse by her husband. Wagner did not elaborate or say how the claims might be relevant to Allaway's condition today.
August 3, 2005 |
Prosecutors in Milwaukee ended their investigation into a shooting at a March church service without determining the exact reason why the gunman carried out a vendetta against the pastor and his family, killing seven people and then himself. Waukesha County Dist. Atty. Paul Bucher said that Terry Ratzmann, 44, selected the pastor's family "for execution, and then randomly opened up fire after that, ultimately taking his own life."
April 21, 2005 |
On one of the grisliest days of the nearly 2-year-old insurgency, Iraq's new president on Wednesday confirmed the discovery of more than 50 slain hostages in the Tigris River south of the capital. In a separate discovery, a hospital official said the bodies of 19 Iraqi soldiers were found in a soccer stadium in the western city of Haditha, apparent victims of assassination.
April 5, 2005 |
Authorities arrested 11 police officers suspected of participating in the Thursday slayings of 30 people in two towns on Rio's poor outskirts. Four of the officers were charged with murder and the others were confined to barracks. Authorities believe that the killings were a show of force by rogue police angered by the arrest of eight officers caught on film disposing of two bodies. Officials said they were seeking a 12th suspect.
December 15, 2005 |
A soldier killed about a dozen civilians returning from a festival near Nepal's capital, apparently after an argument broke out between him and villagers, officials said. The soldier was also killed in the incident, but it was unclear how he died, said Basanta Raj Bhattarai, the chief administrative official of Bhaktapur district. He said an investigation was underway.
January 15, 2005 |
A couple and their two daughters -- their bodies bound and gagged and their throats slashed -- were found slain inside their modest two-story home in Jersey City. Grieving relatives described the four victims as a religious family with no enemies. Police broke down the front door of the family's house after relatives said they had not heard from them for several days.
August 22, 2002 |
AFGHANISTAN * The Afghan government said the reported deaths of hundreds of Taliban prisoners following their surrender last year appeared to be an "atrocity" and pledged to cooperate in an investigation. But officials stopped short of pledging to organize an inquiry themselves. The United Nations said Tuesday that it had investigated a mass grave at Dasht-i-Leili but suspended the probe as Afghanistan could not protect witnesses.
October 21, 2002 |
Chanting "Thou shalt not kill," hundreds rallied near the burned-out shell of the Baltimore house where an arson killed five children and their mother, who had fought to clear drug dealers from her neighborhood. "The time has come for us not to just say those words, but to live them," said Bishop Felton Edwin May, the head of the Baltimore-Washington conference of the United Methodist Church.