July 18, 1992 |
The Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a woman's murder conviction Friday, ruling that "battered woman's syndrome" may have caused her to take the blame. The court ordered a new trial for Ann McMaugh, reversing a lower court ruling that rejected the battered woman's defense. "Today we acknowledge that this court does recognize that battered woman's syndrome is a mental or an emotional condition that can affect women and that it does have certain legal consequences," Justice Donald Shea wrote.
February 23, 2002 |
On a fine summer night in June 2000, two Rhode Island college students were out on a date. Hours later, Amy Shute and Jason Burgeson were shot dead at a partially constructed golf course, victims of a crime whose icy randomness jarred this hard-edged city. Providence shuddered anew this week as chilling details of the killings unfolded at the trial of the only one of the five men who did not plead guilty to a plot to rob, carjack and murder anyone they happened to find that night.
November 17, 1991 |
Asphyxiation appears to have caused the death of an 8-year-old girl who had disappeared with her parents, but officials may never know for sure, an investigator said last week. The bodies of Emily Brendel, her mother, Alice, 46, and father, Ernest, 53, were found Nov. 7 in shallow graves at the edge of field in suburban Barrington, about half a mile from their home. They had been missing seven weeks.