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March 28, 1987 | ERIC MALNIC and JACK JONES, Times Staff Writers
A convicted killer in Alabama awaiting trial in four murders there has confessed to the slayings of two women in Los Angeles, one of whom had been listed as a victim of the so-called Southside Serial Killer, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block announced Friday.
October 7, 2011
When even conservative Supreme Court justices express sympathy for a death row inmate, it's a good bet that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. That's the case with Cory Maples, a convicted murderer from Alabama, who missed a deadline for an appeal because a notice sent to his two lawyers was sent back marked "return to sender. " At oral arguments this week, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked the lawyer for the state of Alabama: "Mr. Maples has lost his right to appeal through no fault of his own through a series of very unusual and unfortunate circumstances....
February 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
A man convicted of murdering a federal judge during a string of mail bombings that terrorized the South was sentenced Monday to die in Alabama's electric chair. Walter Leroy Moody already is serving seven life sentences without parole on his federal convictions in the bombings. The death sentence handed down in state court pleased the family of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Vance, who was killed when he opened a package in his kitchen in 1989.
January 23, 2003 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The details trickle out of Jerry Porter. His older brother's name was Peter Gray. He was murdered on Aug. 15, 2001. It happened in Alabama. A woman cut his throat. "She only got like 25 years or something like that," Porter told a few reporters, shaking his head. "In Alabama they've got the death penalty. I think she should have gotten it. Take a life, you lose your life -- that's what I say."
A job applicant who speaks English with a thick foreign accent may be denied employment without violating federal anti-discrimination laws, according to a ruling that the Supreme Court let stand on Monday. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids job discrimination based on an individual's "national origin," race, sex or religion. But the U.S.
April 17, 1994 | from Times Wire Services
Three employees of a fast-food restaurant were herded into a walk-in cooler and shot to death early Saturday, police said. A fourth worker, wounded and left for dead, crawled to a phone and called police. Less than two hours later, police arrested two people and charged them with capital murder. One of the suspects had been fired Monday from the Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken restaurant, police Capt. Jimmie Flanagan said.
April 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
A jury recommended Wednesday that a convicted drug kingpin become the first person in the nation sentenced to death under a 1988 federal law allowing capital punishment in drug-related killings. David Ronald Chandler was tight-lipped but showed no emotion when the jurors made their unanimous recommendation after deliberating for 90 minutes.
A small homemade bomb rocked an abortion clinic early Thursday, severely injuring a nurse and killing a Birmingham police officer who moonlighted as the clinic's security guard. The nation's first fatal bombing of an abortion clinic left a hole in the ground outside the New Woman All Women Health Care Clinic and shook buildings for blocks around. Students at the University of Alabama were awakened by the blast about 7:30 a.m. Many said the sound was sickening--and instantly recognizable.
December 28, 1989 | Associated Press
An intruder was shot to death in a house booby-trapped against break-ins, police said. The man, apparently a burglar, on Tuesday night tripped a wire set up by the home's owner to fire a rifle, police said.
December 17, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A federal appeals judge was killed by a mail bomb that went off at his home Saturday afternoon and his wife was seriously wounded, authorities said. U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert S. Vance, 58, died instantly when a package delivered to his home went off, FBI spokesman Chuck Steinmetz said. It was believed to be only the third time during this century that a federal judge had been assassinated, officials said.
April 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Racial hatred and a desire to halt the civil rights movement led a Ku Klux Klansman to bomb a Birmingham church in 1963, killing four black girls, a federal prosecutor said on the opening day of the historic murder trial. Thomas Blanton Jr.'s "hatred and hostility toward African Americans" provided the 62-year-old defendant with a motive to bomb the 16th Street Baptist Church, U.S. Atty. Doug Jones told a Birmingham court.
April 14, 2001 | Associated Press
A judge sentenced a 16-year-old girl to life in prison without parole Friday for murdering her grandfather and aunt and trying to kill her grandmother and sister. Ashley Jones was convicted in March. She could not be sentenced to death because she was 14 at the time of the 1999 killings. Jones' 78-year-old grandfather, Deroy C. Nalls, died after being shot, stabbed and set afire. Her aunt, Millie Nalls, 30, was shot and stabbed to death.
December 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
A woman was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday for the "road rage" shooting death of another motorist on a highway exit ramp. Shirley Henson, 41, was convicted of manslaughter for killing Gena Foster, 34. Prosecutors said Henson tailgated Foster for several miles on Interstate 65 as the two women drove from work to their homes in suburban Birmingham in 1999.
Decades after they were named as suspects, two former Ku Klux Klansmen have been charged with murder in the infamous 1963 bombing of a black Birmingham, Ala., church, one of the most hideous crimes of the civil rights era. Nearly 37 years have passed since a dynamite bomb rocked the landmark 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four young girls in a basement lounge.
August 6, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
A former construction worker accused of helping kill a gay man, allegedly because of an unwanted sexual advance, was convicted Thursday of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole. Charles M. Butler Jr., 21, was convicted in the slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who had his throat slashed and was beaten to death. His body then was burned on a pile of old tires. The victim's father asked that Butler not be sentenced to death.
August 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A skinhead who pleaded guilty to killing a gay man testified in Rockford, Ala., that his co-defendant did not strike the fatal blows but joined him in a scheme to lure the victim to a remote area with the promise of sex. Steven Eric Mullins, 25, has pleaded guilty to capital murder in the Feb. 19 death of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who was beaten with an ax handle and whose throat was cut. Charles M. Butler Jr.
The man accused of killing a federal judge and a civil rights attorney with mail bombs ignored his attorney's advice Wednesday and took the witness stand in his own defense, tearfully telling a story of betrayal, depression and retribution. At times rambling and other times breaking down in sobs, Walter Leroy Moody Jr., a 57-year-old Georgia man, admitted falsifying evidence in an attempt to reverse his 1972 federal conviction for bomb possession.
February 11, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Federal agents reportedly examined items that were confiscated from a suspect in a probe of mail bombings that killed a federal judge and a Savannah, Ga., attorney in December. The FBI began searching a house, a storage shed and three vehicles belonging to Walter Leroy Moody of Rex, Ga. Moody became a target in the inquiry after federal agents noted similarities between a bomb that injured his former wife in 1972 and the ones used in the fatal bombings.
August 4, 1999 | From Reuters
An Alabama construction worker accused of helping beat a gay man to death with an ax handle was at the scene during the killing but did not participate, his lawyer said at the start of his murder trial Tuesday. "That boy is not a killer," defense attorney William Hill said during his opening statement, describing Charles Butler, 21, who was charged with murder in the Feb. 19 slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 34.
August 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker accused of killing a gay man over an unwanted sexual advance rejected a plea bargain in a Rockford, Ala., court, refusing to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee he wouldn't get the death penalty. Charles M. Butler is one of two men charged in the Feb. 19 slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who was beaten with an ax handle and burned atop a pile of kerosene-soaked tires.
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