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May 25, 2012 | By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
ORLANDO, Fla. - Evidence released last week in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard on the rainy February night when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Three changed their stories in ways that could damage Zimmerman. One man who initially told police Martin was atop Zimmerman punching him "MMA-style" - a reference to Mixed Marital Arts - later said he was no longer sure about the punches.
December 21, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
  Two witnesses for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst accused of passing a trove of national security secrets to WikiLeaks, testified Wednesday that analysts listened to music CDs, watched videos and played games on their classified computers in Iraq. Army Capt. Barclay Keay, who spent several weeks in charge of the intelligence unit where Manning worked, said he was surprised to see compact discs and other media items inside the supposedly secure facility at Forward Operating Base Hammer, near Baghdad, where the analysts handled highly classified materials.
April 15, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Long Beach police Monday night were looking for at least three people who witnessed a 63-year-old man being set on fire last week as he sat inside his sport utility vehicle. Jerry Payne was trapped inside his green SUV as flames quickly devoured the vehicle Friday evening. Payne died Monday morning , the Long Beach Police Department said. Payne was alone in the SUV outside a 7-Eleven store in the 5100 block of Pacific Coast Highway when a man walked up to the driver's side and threw a flammable substance into the vehicle, which exploded into flames, police said.  Some people rushed to help Payne, who lived in Long Beach.
February 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Three people were dead after an early Thursday-morning shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, in which the driver of one vehicle was shot dead and a taxi caught fire, killing a driver and a passenger. Los Angeles Times staff reporter John M. Glionna is reporting on the shooting from Las Vegas . Give a moment for the following Storify to load . Warning: Some users use strong language.
April 10, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
The civil trial in which Michael Jackson's mother and three children have blamed entertainment powerhouse AEG for the music legend's 2009 death is expected to include a string of witnesses -- a list both lengthy and celebrity-studded. Attorneys for the plaintiffs have listed 97 possible witnesses and the defense 113, many of which overlap. Among those who could testify are Jackson's mother, Katherine' two of his children; his ex-wives Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe; and nearly all of his siblings.
June 19, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial continued to present its character witnesses Tuesday, each testifying that the former Penn State football coach who is charged with sexually abusing children is a good person and a "class act. " Neighbors, friends and former professors at Penn State testified that Sandusky is a good man and father figure. The witnesses are part of the defense strategy to rehabilitate Sandusky's image after more than four days of prosecution testimony that portrayed the former coach as a predatory pedophile.
Robert Levine knows all the stories. The gray-haired man talking with his wife over in the corner is a mob lawyer from the Midwest. The stout, mustachioed gentleman opposite him is a Mexican drug lord holding court with his extended family, complete with mournful wife, bored-looking daughter and solicitous son-in-law. Scattered about elsewhere in the linoleum-tiled waiting room on visiting day in the U.S.
September 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
More than 40 friends and family members of a Dodgers fan slain after a Giants game in San Francisco passed out fliers and begged witnesses to Wednesday's fatal stabbing to come forward. Jonathan Denver's parents, brother and aunt said information about the stabbing will help bring closure to the Denver family, as well as to the family of a 21-year-old Lodi man who was arrested and released. He has not been charged. The family was handing out fliers, including one with a photo from the game Denver had attended on the night he was killed.
August 21, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 in a mass shooting on this Army base nearly four years ago declined to testify or to call witnesses in his defense Wednesday. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 42, has been representing himself at his court martial for the last two weeks. Military legal experts had not expected Hasan to testify , because he would be limited to answering questions and subject to cross-examination by prosecutors.
December 18, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
A California lawmaker is trying to make it a crime for witnesses not to report homicides, rapes and other violent attacks. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), was prompted by the gang rape of a 16-year-old Richmond High School student who was attacked for about two hours while at least a dozen witnesses failed to call police. (Richmond police initially said the girl was 15.) "It is a horrible, horrible indictment on the state of affairs when a 16-year-old blameless girl can be viciously assaulted and anywhere from 10 to 14 witnesses don't do anything about it," Nava said in an interview.
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