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NATIONAL
November 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor in Elkhart said he was considering seeking the death penalty against a mother charged with strangling her four children. Angelica Alvarez, 27, was ordered jailed without bond on four counts of murder during a court hearing just hours after she was released from Elkhart General Hospital. She had been in the hospital since being found unconscious with a faint pulse on Nov. 14 next to the bodies of her children, ages 2 to 8.
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NEWS
March 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fingerprints found in the home of two murdered Dartmouth College professors matched the younger of the two teen suspects, according to police documents. The 23 pages of affidavits released in Lebanon District Court outline some of the evidence that led police to Robert Tulloch, 17, and James Parker, 16, but give no information on motive. The Chelsea, Vt., teenagers both face two counts of first-degree murder in the Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
In the early hours of New Year's Eve 2006, 9-year-old Henry Cruz lay still under the covers in his family's one-bedroom Koreatown apartment. In the next room, he heard sounds of a struggle, screams and then gunshots. Peering out from under the edge of the blanket, the boy saw a man dressed in black walk into the bedroom, open a drawer and grab his father's wallet before taking off. On Wednesday, that man, Matthew Ian Koontz, and an accomplice, Jonathan Blackwell, were found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Henry's father and sister, and the attempted murder of his mother, who was shot in the stomach but survived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Six people have been arrested in connection with five recent murders that have sent Oakland's homicide rate spiraling. They include those suspected of killing a 14-year-old boy with an assault rifle, police said. Officials said four of the suspects have admitted being involved in the murders, which took place between October and January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
In the city of New York, in 1964, a destitute young black man named George Whitmore Jr. confessed to three murders he did not commit. "I didn't do it, but they wouldn't believe me," Whitmore, then a 50-year-old handyman, told New York Newsday in 1995. "At one point I really did think I was going to the electric chair. " He was eventually proved innocent, and his legal case helped persuade New York lawmakers in the mid-1960s to drop the state's death penalty for most crimes. The case was also cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1966 Miranda ruling, which established such protections for suspects as the right to remain silent.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Frances Newton was executed in Huntsville for the fatal shootings of her husband and two children 18 years ago, becoming the third woman, and first black woman, to be put to death in the state since executions resumed in 1982. Strapped to the death chamber gurney, with her parents among the people watching, Newton, 40, declined to make a final statement, quietly saying "no" and shaking her head when the warden asked if she would like to speak before being given a lethal injection.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit was convicted of murdering a photographer whose charred bones were found in a burn pit outside his home. Steven Avery, 44, faces a mandatory life prison term for killing Teresa Halbach, 25, on Halloween 2005 near his family's salvage yard, where she had gone to photograph a minivan to be listed for sale in a magazine. Avery had been released from prison in 2003 after being cleared by DNA analysis.
WORLD
September 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An agent for Iran's Intelligence Ministry was charged with "semi-premeditated murder" in the death of a Canadian photojournalist, according to the Tehran prosecutor's office. Zahra Kazemi, 54, a Canadian of Iranian origin, was detained in June for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during protests. After 77 hours of interrogation, she was rushed to a hospital. She died 14 days later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2002
A Ventura County Superior Court judge is considering whether serial rapist Vincent Sanchez can plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. Sanchez, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping as well as two special circumstance allegations in connection with the July 2001 slaying of 20-year-old Moorpark College student Megan Barroso. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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