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The countryside was patched with late-winter snow the evening that Diane Newton King came home to her death. As the 34-year-old newscaster pulled a Jeep Wagoneer up to her rented house in the early darkness, her killer lay snugly in the loft of the barn overlooking the gravel driveway. Newton King, wearing a sweat shirt with an American flag emblazoned across the chest, got out of the car. The killer shot her through the heart. While she lay dying, the sniper, firing a bolt-action .
March 9, 2001 | Associated Press
A former Navy sailor was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the first of what could be six trials in the deaths of Detroit-area prostitutes. John E. Armstrong, 27, showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He will be sentenced April 3 to life in prison without parole. Armstrong told police he found Wendy Jordan's half-naked body in the icy Rouge River on Jan. 2, 2000. She had been strangled.
August 22, 1995 | From Associated Press
As dozens of onlookers gathered, some cheering, three men pulled a woman from her car, ripped off her clothes and chased her until she was forced off a bridge to her death. None of the bystanders tried to help Deletha Word, 33, during the confrontation that began with two minor traffic accidents early Saturday on the Belle Isle bridge, said Police Sgt. John Morel. A man who arrived late tried to rescue her from the Detroit River but couldn't reach her.
September 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of letting a 6-year-old boy get his hands on the gun he allegedly used to kill a first-grade classmate was sentenced to two to 15 years in prison. Jamelle James, 20, was charged with leaving a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol in a shoe box in his bedroom. Police say a boy living in the household took the gun to school and shot Kayla Rolland, 6, on Feb. 29. James pleaded no contest last month to involuntary manslaughter. At his sentencing, James apologized to Kayla's father.
Murder suspect Charles E. Rathbun was described by Sheriff Sherman Block for the first time Thursday as a "possible serial killer" as detectives broadened their investigation to examine the unsolved slayings or disappearances of young women in at least two other states.
August 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
A man confessed to intentionally crashing his family's car through a barrier and into the Detroit River in a plot to kill his wife and children, police said Friday. All four children drowned. Lawrence DeLisle, 28, wearing a white jail jumpsuit, stood silently during arraignment before 27th District Judge Lawrence Emmert. DeLisle and his wife survived the Aug. 3 accident after boaters tossed them life preservers.
April 17, 1987 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
A star football player was slain and two other students were seriously wounded in an inner-city high school here Thursday, in one of the worst incidents of violence to date in the deeply troubled Detroit public school system, where shootings and the carrying of guns by students have become common.
A jury in Michigan returned a $25-million civil judgment against the "Jenny Jones" show on Friday, a stinging indictment of the "trash TV" genre that could have a chilling effect on a wide variety of TV programs, say television producers and executives.
March 13, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Enough! Enough! Enough! Some daytime talk-show hosts thrive on combustibility, the most striking example being Geraldo Rivera's famous episode that erupted into a chair-tossing, punch-throwing mini-race war and earned him a broken nose that he exhibited like a trophy.
April 21, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who shot his way into a Ford Motor Co. assembly plant, killing one person and wounding several others, was found guilty of first-degree murder by jurors who rejected his insanity defense. The Oakland County Circuit Court jury in Pontiac found Gerald Atkins, 31, guilty on 24 other counts in the November 1996 shooting spree and 4 1/2-hour standoff with police at Ford's Wixom Assembly Plant.
September 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
In a case that heightened racial tensions, a judge threw out manslaughter charges Wednesday against a store security guard accused of fatally choking a black man after an alleged shoplifting. The judge said the victim may have died of a heart problem, rather than asphyxiation. Dennis Richardson, 29, a guard for Lord & Taylor, was charged with choking Frederick Finley, 32, on June 22 after Richardson and other guards confronted him in the parking lot.
July 22, 2000 | Associated Press
A former Navy sailor suspected of going from port to port killing women was ordered Friday to stand trial in the first of five prostitute-murder cases against him in the Detroit area. John Eric Armstrong, 26, told police he was "guilty, sorry and angry" for strangling Wendy Jordan on Jan. 2, according to a confession that was read Friday in Dearborn Heights District Court.
July 21, 2000 | Associated Press
Three teenagers were sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of a homeless man who had cheated them out of less than $1 after buying them beer. Mark A. Gonzalez, 16, Ryan A. Kendrick, 17, and Michael D. Worden, 16, were convicted of murdering 34-year-old Mark Harris in 1999 with boards, sticks and bricks. Harris lived in a debris-filled trailer behind a doughnut shop. A fourth teenager pleaded guilty to murder and is awaiting sentencing.
July 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
Police will not press shoplifting charges against the three companions of a black man whose death outside a shopping center sparked protests. Chief Ron Deziel said Friday that the decision was made despite store surveillance videotapes that he said pointed to shoplifting by the man's common-law wife and two children. "Because this case has received so much publicity . . . I think we would be severely criticized if we brought charges," Deziel said.
July 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
A private security guard was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in last month's suffocation death of a black man who was put in a hold outside a department store. The charge against Dennis Richardson, a 29-year-old guard for the Lord & Taylor store at a mall in Dearborn, came a day after thousands of protesters rallied outside the store. They suggested the death June 22 of Frederick Finley had racial overtones, though Richardson also is black.
June 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An attorney charged with killing his pregnant wife didn't love her, professing his love instead to a judge with whom he was having an affair, a prosecutor said in his closing arguments. Fletcher, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in Leann Fletcher's Aug. 16 shooting death. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.
January 4, 1989
A veteran Detroit school official was arraigned on a murder charge in the death of his wife, whose body was found in a freezer at their home more than three years after she was reported missing. Leonard Tyburski, 45, who heads the department of attendance at Detroit Mackenzie High School, was ordered held without bond on a charge of open murder after his arraignment in 35th District Court.
June 27, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A leading pediatric specialist was fatally shot in an examining room by a man officials said was angry over the treatment he received for a hearing problem. Dr. John Kemink, 42, was shot in the head, shoulder and abdomen at the University of Michigan Hospital's clinic in Ann Arbor. A 68-year-old man described as a regular patient of Kemink's was arrested as he tried to leave the building. The man, Chester Leo Posby, was charged with murder and ordered held without bond pending a hearing.
They had talked by phone, the son in Diamond Bar visiting friends on a still-young evening, his father with acquaintances at midnight at a Northwest night club. "Just to see how he was doing," Chris Claiborne says of the conversation. Less than two hours later, at 1:50 a.m. on April 21, Emmitt Claiborne was lying in a concrete alley between a row of parked cars behind Will's Place and a small brick house with a Neighborhood Watch sign in front, shot to death at 51.
May 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
A former police officer convicted in the 1992 beating death of black motorist Malice Green was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison Tuesday. Larry Nevers was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last month at his second trial. His first conviction, for second-degree murder, was thrown out in 1997 after a federal judge determined the jury had been prejudiced.
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