June 3, 2013 |
A man who gained Internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” was ordered held on $3-million bail after a plea of not guilty to murder was entered on his behalf in a New Jersey court. Caleb McGillivary, 24, is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his home in Clark, N.J. The case now goes to a grand jury. McGillivary wore an oatmeal-colored T-shirt as he questioned Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba about what was going on during the proceeding in a courtroom in Union County, N.J. Told at the end of the appearance that he was being held in lieu of $3-million bail, McGillivary replied: “OK, fine.
November 21, 2013 |
Michael Skakel, whose conviction in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley was vacated last month, was released from custody after a Connecticut judge granted the Kennedy relative bail at $1.2 million on Thursday. [UPDATED 11:29 a.m. PST, Nov. 21 ] Skakel, 53, is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Skakel has spent more than 11 years in prison as part of a sentence of 20 years to life in the murder case, set in the affluent Connecticut enclave of Greenwich.
June 27, 2013 |
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was denied bail by a Fall River, Mass., judge one day after being charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's lawyer said the case against his client is circumstantial, while a prosecutor called the evidence "overwhelming. " Judge Renee Dupuis agreed with both men's assessments, calling the prosecution's case "circumstantial but very, very strong. " "The facts, as I understand it, suggest that basically a coldblooded person killed another person because that person disrespected him," she said in denying the request for bail.
November 20, 2013 |
South African runner Oscar Pistorius was indicted Wednesday on two new charges that are believed to allege he fired guns in public during separate incidents that occurred before he killed his girlfriend in his apartment in February. Already indicted on a main charge of murder in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp as well as a charge of illegal possession of ammunition, the double-amputee hero of the 2012 London Olympics will likely have to defend himself against all four charges at his trial scheduled for March.
July 11, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman assumed that Trayvon Martin was up to no good on a rainy night in this Florida town so the neighborhood watch volunteer decided to act, which led to a confrontation that resulted in the death of the unarmed teenager, according to the prosecution in the murder case that excited passions about race and guns across the nation. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda on Thursday gave the closing statements to the six-woman jury that will decide the fate Zimmerman, 29. He is charged with second-degree murder but earlier Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the jurors will also be allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter.
April 14, 2009 |
Four months after a grand jury indicted two white men in the dragging death of a black man in this racially troubled northeast Texas town, key evidence against the pair appears to be evaporating -- and one defense attorney believes he can win an acquittal when the first case comes to trial in July. Police have alleged that Shannon Keith Finley and Charles Ryan Crostley, both 28, used Finley's pickup truck to run over and kill Brandon McClelland, 24, on a rural road in September.