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March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Matt Pearce
AUSTIN, Texas - Rashad Charjuan Owens was a music producer with hopes of stardom. He lived in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles from this city's famed South by Southwest Conference, the annual festival where the worlds of music, film and technology blur. Police said an officer on drunk-driving patrol tried to stop a gray sedan about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. But the car took off, weaving, then accelerating the wrong way on a one-way street. It went through police barricades that were set up on Red River Street to protect pedestrians, then dashed through the entertainment district, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up. Rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m. During the chaotic flight under pursuit by the police, the vehicle - which authorities said may have been stolen - hit a moped, a taxi and a bicyclist, then went onto a sidewalk and hit a van, police said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Authorities charged two men Wednesday with the 2006 murders of three people discovered shot to death in a burning house in Riverside County. A grand jury indicted Cristin Conrad Smith, 25, and Robert Lars Pape, 25, on three counts of murder each, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. Smith and Pape were arrested Tuesday afternoon and are being held without bail at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Prosecutors believe Smith and Pape killed Becky Friedli; her mother, Vicki; and Vicki's boyfriend, Jon Hayward, nearly eight years ago. The three victims were found shot to death in the Friedli's home in the Pinyon Pines community south of Palm Desert.
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March 11, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Money was not a motive in the slaying of a wealthy San Juan Capistrano couple who were shot, allegedly by their 19-year-old son, Orange County prosecutors said. Ashton Sachs is accused of killing his parents as they were sleeping and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but was left paralyzed in the Feb. 9 incident. Sachs appeared in court briefly Monday, and told the judge he could not afford to hire an attorney. A public defender was appointed and his arraignment was postponed to April 4. Sachs was arrested late last week while staying with friends in San Diego.
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March 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Glenn Ford, one of the nation's longest-serving prisoners on death row, is scheduled to be freed from a Louisiana prison after he was exonerated of charges that he killed a man in 1983, his lawyers announced. A Louisiana court on Monday ordered that Ford, an African American who served 30 years on death row, be released after new information exonerated the former yard worker of killing a white man. Ford was expected to be released Tuesday. [Updated, 5:53 p.m.:  Ford walked free Tuesday afternoon.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner's girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Earlier, during a court break, he was hunched over and deeply upset, with his sister, Aimee, and brother, Carl, hugging him. Steenkamp was staying at the athlete's house on the night of the killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago has been charged with murder, prosecutors said. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in connection with the 2012 death of Hervey Medellin, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Campos-Martinez was arrested by LAPD's elite robbery-homicide detectives Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Campos-Martinez was being held on $1-million bail in Texas pending an extradition hearing.
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March 10, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 19-year-old charged with fatally shooting his parents and critically injuring his 8-year-old brother while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano home had long planned to “kill the people that loved him the most,” an Orange County prosecutor said Monday. Dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Ashton Sachs appeared in court briefly Monday, and told the judge he could not afford to hire an attorney. A public defender was appointed and his arraignment was postponed to April 4. Sachs is accused of entering his family home on Feb. 9 and shooting his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but is now paralyzed.
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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Clint Massey, who raps under the name RondoNumbaNine, brags in one of his videos about his ability to "meet face to face, put a hole in your face, still beat the case. " "Glock go blah , damn, that's great," he raps. Now the 17-year-old Chicago rapper is charged with first-degree murder in a shooting, and investigators say there's a fingerprint, witnesses and video footage that connect him to the killing, according to local media reports. Massey appeared in court Sunday, where he was ordered held in lieu of $2-million bail on suspicion of being part of a two-gunman team that shot and killed a livery driver in Chicago's South Side in February.
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March 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
  A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove her three young children into the surf in a locked minivan said she wanted to take them to a better place, said authorities, who charged her Friday with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse. Ebony Wilkerson, 32, was arrested Friday and was being held without bond in the county jail , according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida . She has been in the Halifax Health Medical Center undergoing a mental health evaluation for several days, officials said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Prosecutors have filed murder charges against four men in connection with a brawl five years ago that left two people fatally wounded by gunfire in an alley near a Long Beach flower shop. Authorities said that when the officers arrived at the scene in the 2000 block of Del Amo Boulevard in the early afternoon of March 1, 2009, they found two men with gunshot wounds: Long Beach residents Austin Seng and Chamreun Kong, both of whom died. A preliminary investigation revealed that two groups of men were engaged in a fight, and that shots were fired from one group into the next, striking Seng and Kong, according to police.
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