December 28, 2000 |
A prosecutor in Lake Charles, La., vowed to retry award-winning jailhouse journalist Wilbert Rideau, 58, to keep him in prison for the 1961 murder of a bank teller. Rideau's conviction for abducting and killing bank teller Julia Ferguson was overturned last week by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said blacks had been improperly excluded from the grand jury that indicted Rideau, who is black. The 20-member jury had only one black member. Dist. Atty.
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October 25, 2000 |
Was that Jesse James Caston, one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives, getting gas last month at a Westminster service station? FBI officials said Tuesday that it might have been, based on a solid eyewitness sighting and other information--including his new work boots.
July 25, 2000 |
A Louisiana fisherman was charged with second-degree murder Monday for allegedly killing his captain in a dramatic fight for the only life jacket aboard their sinking shrimp boat. Alvin Latham, 46, has been jailed on $200,000 bail for the death of Raymond Leiker on the night of July 16 in stormy seas off the Louisiana coast, said John Marie, spokesman for the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Department. Latham, who survived without the life jacket, faces up to life in prison if convicted.
March 12, 1999 |
A gunman kicked open the doors of a church during services and marched down the aisle, killing his wife, 2-year-old son and another person as he fired into the pews while screaming parishioners scattered, police and witnesses said. "His little boy turned and said, 'Daddy.' That's when he shot. He hit his wife first and then the baby," congregation member Lolita Enkadi said. "And then he just started emptying his gun." Shon Miller's 25-year-old wife, Carla; their son, Shon Jr.
March 9, 1999 |
The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a lawsuit at its preliminary stage that seeks to hold filmmaker Oliver Stone liable for a young couple's murderous rampage in Louisiana and Mississippi. The damage claim, filed on behalf of one victim's family, maintains that Stone's 1994 movie "Natural Born Killers" was intended to incite others to go on violent crime sprees.
October 24, 1998 |
A doctor was convicted of attempted second-degree murder for injecting his former lover with blood from an AIDS patient, infecting her with the virus that causes the disease. A jury found Dr. Richard Schmidt guilty of walking into Janice Allen's darkened apartment on Aug. 4, 1994, and injected her with the tainted blood. Schmidt, 52, faces life in prison. Prosecutors said Schmidt injected her after Allen, 34, told him that their relationship was over after 10 years.