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March 19, 2001 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She has raked her memory, looking for signs. Looking for some tip-off that her son, her Mitch, would--at age 13--conspire with a buddy to steal an arsenal, set up an ambush. Massacre his classmates. She has raked her memory. She has come up empty. "You can drive yourself crazy with the what-ifs, the should-have-knowns," she says. "But I can sleep at night. There's nothing I regret. There's nothing I could have or would have done different."
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March 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A jury convicted a man in the rape and murder of a 13-year-old boy who suffocated while tied up in an hours-long assault the defendant claimed was consensual. Joshua Macabe Brown, 23, was sentenced in Bentonville, Ark., to 25 years in prison on the rape charge, but jurors said they were split, 11 to 1, on the penalty for the murder charge. The judge said he would impose a sentence next Friday. Brown was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1999 death of Jesse Dirkhising.
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September 18, 1992 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The macabre incident that left Purvis Miller's bullet-strewn body lying on the side of Highway 395 just south of Little Rock, Ark., 11 days ago, was not considered that unusual by local authorities. Lt. Calvin Hollowell of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department had to retrieve a crumpled news release on the death from the trash to read it Thursday. "We've had a lot of deaths since then," he said. Miller, 33, a former USC basketball star, died in Sweet Home, Ark.
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March 19, 2001 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She has raked her memory, looking for signs. Looking for some tip-off that her son, her Mitch, would--at age 13--conspire with a buddy to steal an arsenal, set up an ambush. Massacre his classmates. She has raked her memory. She has come up empty. "You can drive yourself crazy with the what-ifs, the should-have-knowns," she says. "But I can sleep at night. There's nothing I regret. There's nothing I could have or would have done different."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
No one will ever accuse their films of being drab or uneventful. After the remarkable PBS documentary, "Brother's Keeper," Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky gave us HBO's "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills," a twisting, stunning 1996 account of three weird-behaving teenagers being tried and perhaps unjustly convicted in the grisly slayings of three 8-year-olds in West Memphis, Ark., a serene town of 28,000 along the Mississippi River.
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September 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
Three young men hired by a pregnant woman's boyfriend kicked her in the belly and killed the baby, prosecutors said Thursday as they brought murder charges in the first test of Arkansas' new Fetal Protection Law. The law, passed this year, makes it a crime to injure a fetus more than 12 weeks old. It allows exceptions for abortions. Without the law, prosecutors would have had to limit the charges to crimes against the pregnant woman, who was badly beaten.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | JIM NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal judge Wednesday cleared the way for next week's execution of a convicted murderer here, dismissing charges that a sheriff, who has since become a congressman, beat a confession out of the suspect. After hearing conflicting testimony Tuesday, U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele refused to stay next Wednesday's scheduled execution of Barry Lee Fairchild, 36, convicted of the 1983 abduction and shooting death of an Air Force nurse.
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March 31, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
Some reluctant pupils had to be coaxed out of their parents' cars as Westside Middle School in Jonesboro got back to the business of learning after four classmates and a teacher were killed in a schoolyard ambush last week. Twenty-two of the school's 239 students were absent, only 10 more than on a normal day. A dozen counselors were on hand to ease the transition from grief to learning. "I'm hearing laughter, I'm hearing talking," said Betty Stockton, a school district psychologist.
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July 21, 1987 | Associated Press
The state Supreme Court on Monday reversed the capital murder conviction of a teen-ager found guilty of stabbing three people to death. Ronald Ward of West Memphis was 15 when he was sentenced to death in September, 1985. At the time, he was believed to be the youngest inmate on Death Row in the United States. The court found that the prosecutor's eight peremptory challenges were used to strike blacks from the jury in violation of the Constitution's equal protection clause.
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April 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
Thousands of teary-eyed people attended a memorial service Tuesday evening for the victims of the Arkansas schoolyard ambush. Five white wreaths arranged like the Olympic rings stood on one end of the arena stage--one each for the four students and the teacher killed. Five small tulip trees to be planted at the school as a memorial to the dead stood apart. Atty. Gen.
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | Associated Press
A 13-year-old boy was sedated, restrained and gagged with his own underwear and duct tape, then raped repeatedly before he suffocated, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. In his opening statement, prosecutor Bob Balfe said Jesse Dirkhising had been restrained on a bed before dying in the assault on Sept. 26, 1999. If convicted, Joshua Macabe Brown, 23, could be sentenced to death.
NEWS
December 8, 2000 | Associated Press
Murder charges against two young men, one of whom supposedly bragged about the killing, were dropped when the alleged victim turned up alive in Arkansas. Paul Higgs, 21, had not been seen for several weeks after an argument with Adam W. Wuesthoff, 17, and Karl R. Wright, 20, in October at a house near the Arkansas state line. The two men were arrested after one of them told friends he had shot and killed Higgs and buried him in the woods in the Mark Twain National Forest, officials said.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | Associated Press
A prosecutor who had the FBI test the wrong strand of hair from the 1991 murder of a schoolgirl said Wednesday he will drop charges against the suspect. The correct hair strand eventually was sent to the FBI, but the laboratory couldn't extract sufficient DNA material from it, prosecutor Fletcher Long Jr. said. That left no physical evidence to link Robbie Dale Tubbs of Weiner to the death of 9-year-old Christina Pipkin, Long said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
No one will ever accuse their films of being drab or uneventful. After the remarkable PBS documentary, "Brother's Keeper," Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky gave us HBO's "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills," a twisting, stunning 1996 account of three weird-behaving teenagers being tried and perhaps unjustly convicted in the grisly slayings of three 8-year-olds in West Memphis, Ark., a serene town of 28,000 along the Mississippi River.
NEWS
October 7, 1999 | Associated Press
A convicted killer who escaped from prison Sunday morning was back behind bars Wednesday but is the prime suspect in two deaths while he was on the run. Kenneth D. Williams crawled into a 500-gallon barrel of hog slops in a prison kitchen and escaped while the mass of table scraps was being towed to a prison farm, officials said Wednesday. He is accused in the deaths of a farmer near the prison and the driver of a truck that Williams apparently rammed while driving the farmer's truck.
NEWS
September 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A couple were accused in a Little Rock, Ark., court of leaving their 18-month-old son to die in the wilderness, and are also suspected of tossing his 2 1/2-year-old brother to his death in a lake. The mother had told police in June that the children had been kidnapped by their father. Last week, however, the father told police that the couple abandoned their children in a ravine and a pond. Alex Ware, 33, and Chantilly Harrell, 21, of Memphis, Tenn.
NEWS
October 7, 1999 | Associated Press
A convicted killer who escaped from prison Sunday morning was back behind bars Wednesday but is the prime suspect in two deaths while he was on the run. Kenneth D. Williams crawled into a 500-gallon barrel of hog slops in a prison kitchen and escaped while the mass of table scraps was being towed to a prison farm, officials said Wednesday. He is accused in the deaths of a farmer near the prison and the driver of a truck that Williams apparently rammed while driving the farmer's truck.
NEWS
June 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
A father's grief turned to rage Friday when he rushed at one of three teen-agers accused of killing his son and two playmates. "I'll chase you all the way to hell," Steven Branch yelled. Court officers subdued Branch before he reached the defendant. The teen-agers were arrested Thursday and charged with capital murder, but police Inspector Gary Gitchell would not discuss a motive or reveal what was found during a search of their homes.
NEWS
September 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
Three young men hired by a pregnant woman's boyfriend kicked her in the belly and killed the baby, prosecutors said Thursday as they brought murder charges in the first test of Arkansas' new Fetal Protection Law. The law, passed this year, makes it a crime to injure a fetus more than 12 weeks old. It allows exceptions for abortions. Without the law, prosecutors would have had to limit the charges to crimes against the pregnant woman, who was badly beaten.
NEWS
May 15, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal jury in Little Rock, Ark., ordered the death penalty for a white supremacist for the murder of an Arkansas family as part of a plot to set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. Danny Lee, 26, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted along with Chevie Kehoe, 26, of Colville, Wash., in the scheme. Earlier this week, the jury spared Kehoe's life, deciding he should get life in prison without parole. The two were convicted of killing a gun dealer, his wife and their daughter.
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