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January 28, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian
Scott Roeder, the abortion foe accused of the premeditated murder of Dr. George Tiller, is expected to explain to a jury today why he killed the late-term abortion specialist, who had survived years of protests, physical attacks and criminal prosecution before being shot in the head in church last May. "He's enthusiastic, he's eloquent, he's ready to make his case," said Roeder's friend David Leach, who met with Roeder on Tuesday at the county jail....
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
A South Los Angeles woman accused of shooting her two sons -- killing her 5-year-old and critically wounding her 16-month-old -- was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder. Latonya Ann Dixon, 26, shouted "I've wasted my life" from her balcony after calling 911 Saturday morning to report that she had killed her children, police said. Dixon was charged with one count of murder, one count of assault on a child causing death and one count of attempted premeditated murder, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
NATIONAL
June 30, 2009 | Joel Hood
When Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. was convicted of premeditated murder in the execution-style slaying of four Iraqis and sentenced to life in prison, his mother went numb. But not for long. Leahy's family, friends, former high school classmates and fellow soldiers mounted a counterstrike for leniency. They wrote letter after letter to the top Army official reviewing the case, attesting to his sterling character and good heart.
WORLD
April 17, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A U.S. Army soldier convicted of murder in the 2007 killings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqis was sentenced to life in prison. Master Sgt. John Hatley, 40, will also have his rank reduced to private, forfeit all pay and receive a dishonorable discharge. He has the possibility of parole after serving 20 years. Hatley was found guilty Wednesday of premeditated murder and conspiracy in the execution-style killings of the detainees. He was found not guilty of premeditated murder in a separate incident.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
This small, tight-knit community was reeling from the killing of a well-liked man who police say was shot Wednesday by his 8-year-old son, and residents are expected to turn out in droves for his funeral today. "I don't think this church is big enough to handle it all," said the Very Rev. John Paul Sauter of St. Johns Catholic Church in St. Johns, a town of about 4,000 people 170 miles northeast of Phoenix. The man, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, a co-worker who rented a room from him, were found dead inside Romero's home.
NATIONAL
October 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Michigan's attorney general said he had issued warrants for three teenagers accused of fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy and wounding three others near Detroit's Henry Ford High School. Two 18-year-olds and a 15-year-old boy were charged with first-degree premeditated murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to state Atty. Gen. Mike Cox. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy asked Cox to take over the case because the father of one of the boys charged is a Detroit police officer, a Cox spokesman said.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A soldier from Barstow was sentenced to 100 years in prison Thursday for raping an Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family last year. Army Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, will be eligible for parole in 10 years under the terms of his plea agreement. He also was given a dishonorable discharge. Cortez pleaded guilty this week to four counts of felony murder, rape and conspiracy to rape in a case considered among the worst atrocities by U.S. military personnel in Iraq.
WORLD
August 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
TURKMENISTAN * President Saparmurad A. Niyazov will largely empty Turkmenistan's prison cells by Dec. 1, granting amnesty to almost all of the former Soviet republic's 17,000 prisoners, an official said. Only prisoners who have committed crimes against the state, been convicted of premeditated murder or are repeat offenders will remain behind bars, a Justice Ministry official said. Although Niyazov has resisted moves toward democracy and economic reforms, he has favored grand gestures of mercy.
NEWS
April 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Mannheim, Germany, sentenced a U.S. soldier to life in prison for drowning her two children in the bathtub. Spc. Lillie Morgan, 22, of Marksville, La., tearfully acknowledged her guilt before the sentence was read, saying of her children, "The fact is, they are gone and I am the cause." She was convicted Thursday of premeditated murder in the Sept. 18 drowning of her children Joshua, 3, and Jazmin, 2 months, at a military housing complex in Hanau, near Frankfurt.
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