09:45 AM EDT 12/09/2013
Originally posted 12/09/2013 07:30AM
As her newlywed husband Cody Johnson lay face down at the bottom of a cliff on the night of July 7, Jordan Graham fired off a flurry of text messages to her friends, discussing her dance moves and planting fake stories to explain Johnson's disappearance, federal prosecutors say in pretrial briefs.
Although there were no eyewitnesses to Johnson's tragic fall at Glacier National Park, prosecutors say those text messages, along with testimony from friends and fellow churchgoers about Graham's behavior before and after the tragedy, will help prove first-degree murder to the federal jury to be impaneled Monday morning in Missoula, Mont.
Graham, 22, "engaged in a nine-day campaign to hide her crime from friends, family and law enforcement," wrote the prosecutors, adding that Graham, "lied to Glacier National Park law enforcement and every other law enforcement agency she encountered in order to hide her crime."
Graham's attorneys may write off her failure to report her husband's death, or to seem like a grieving widow, as by-products of a quirky personality. Her defense attorneys write in their 12-page pretrial brief that Graham was "naive, immature, socially inept, shy, quiet and unable to relate well to adults."
Originally posted 12/06/2013 09:35AM
Detectives arrested a teenager Thursday accused of stealing some wreckage from the Porsche that Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash, and a second suspect was planning to turn himself in, authorities said.
The theft occurred as the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was being towed from the accident scene Saturday night, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
The investigation led detectives to Jameson Witty, 18, who was arrested at his home in Los Angeles and was being held on $20,000 bail, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. A second suspect, a 25-year-old man whose name has not been released, was outside California and arranging to surrender, the statement said.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 10:55AM
Keri Russell has felicitations for the NYPD after thieves broke into her Brooklyn Heights home while she was sleeping Wednesday morning.
"The break-in did happen," the actress's rep tells PEOPLE. "Everyone is fine, and Keri sends her thanks to the police."
A laptop, jewelry said to be earrings and a purse were taken around 3 a.m. Wednesday, reports the Associated Press. Although asleep at the time, Russell, 37, awoke to hear footsteps and voices in the apartment, then she called 911.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 02:50PM
Steven King II and Angela Steinfurth pleaded guilty Tuesday in the killing of her 18-month-old daughter, whose remains were found in a box in a garage three months after she was reported missing.
Prosecutors said the mother tossed the toddler across her bedroom in early June because she wouldn't stop crying, severely injuring the girl.
King, the 24-year-old ex-boyfriend, told a Toledo judge that he had found the girl, Elaina Steinfurth, injured in her bedroom and that he tried to resuscitate her. He said he then covered her mouth until she stopped breathing and put her in a bag.
The girl's remains were found in September in the rafters of a garage that belongs to King's family.
Originally posted 11/29/2013 04:55PM
On Friday, media mogul Charles Saatchi described himself as "utterly heartbroken" to have split from celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.
Speaking at the fraud trial of ex-employees Elisabetta "Lisa" Grillo and sister Francesca Grillo, Saatchi added that he still “adored" his ex-wife, whom he divorced in July, shortly after he was pictured with his hands around Lawson's throat at a London restaurant.
"I wish this last year had never happened," Saatchi told Isleworth Crown Court in West London. "If you think I am taking any pleasure from this situation then you are greatly mistaken."
Originally posted 11/28/2013 03:30PM
Two Italian sisters accused of stealing more than £685,000 ($1,119,000) from Nigella Lawson and media mogul Charles Saatchi claimed in a London court Thursday that they were "being treated worse than Filipino slaves" when asked to own up to their misdeeds.
Elisabetta "Lisa" Grillo, 41, "freaked" when she was asked to sign a "draconian" letter admitting she dishonestly used a Saatchi credit card for personal purchases, her lawyer said.
Grillo and her sister Francesca, 35 – both of whom were former personal assistants to Lawson and Saatchi – were open about their four-year spending spree, the court heard. But both sisters have pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 01:00PM
The former lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses, including trying to rape a baby.
Ian Watkins, 36, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offenses, including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images.
He had denied the charges but changed his plea Tuesday at Cardiff Crown Court and admitted 11 offenses, including sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child and making child pornography.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 12:15PM
Has TV chef Nigella Lawson been abusing cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills for more than a decade?
That's what the The Taste judge's two assistants claimed Tuesday in a British court, in an explosive hearing that now seems to be targeting Lawson's character.
A U.K. rep for Lawson, 53, declined to discuss the new reports with PEOPLE, citing he "can't comment during live proceedings." But according to the U.K's Telegraph, the prosecutor on the case told the court, "This is a totally scurrilous account which has been raised by the defense."
Those who work with Lawson agree. Despite the recent accusations, ABC is moving forward with the second season of Lawson's reality show The Taste, which filmed in L.A. this past fall. "The show will air as planned beginning Jan. 2," a rep for the network said.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 05:45PM
Why Adam Lanza went on his murderous shooting rampage at a Newtown elementary school is a mystery and may never be known, prosecutors said Monday in a report that closed out their yearlong investigation.
Lanza, 20, was obsessed with mass murders and the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in particular, but investigators found no evidence he ever told others of his intentions to carry out such an attack, according to the summary report by the lead investigator, State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III.
Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. He also shot his mother to death inside their home before driving to the school, and committed suicide with a handgun as police arrived.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 08:30AM
In October 2009, Joseph McStay excitedly e-mailed a friend about the house he and his wife had purchased in the San Diego suburb of Fallbrook, Calif. He boasted it had a "loft/game room & big yard for kids to go crazy," referring to their rambunctious preschoolers, Gianni and Joe Jr. "Love it."
So when the family seemingly disappeared four months later without telling any relatives, friends or business associates, and their car turned up four days later at the Mexican border, many people who knew them feared the worst.
"My fear is that I'm looking for two adult shallow graves and ... my two nephews' crosses," Joseph's kid brother, Michael, told the Orange County Register a few weeks after the Feb. 4, 2010, disappearance.
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