11:11 AM EDT 12/13/2013
Originally posted 11/21/2013 11:55AM
Three traumatized women have been rescued from a London home after one called a charity to say she'd been held against her will for more than three decades, British police said Thursday.
Metropolitan Police said a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday at a home in south London as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
The investigation comes after a charity contacted police in October to report that a woman had phoned to say she'd been held unwillingly for more than 30 years.
The catalyst for the call was a television documentary on forced marriages, according to police.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 01:30PM
Attorneys for an Army lieutenant and father of two facing life in prison for a three-state sex-crime spree will tell the jury that cops failed to investigate their client's twin brother.
Army 1st Lt. Aaron G. Lucas, 32, of Fort Carson, Colo., an artillery officer who has earned 10 medals including a bronze star, "just wants fairness. That’s what he risked his life for, for our country," his co-defense attorney, Elizabeth McClintock, told PEOPLE Monday.
McClintock says she's not claiming Brian F. Lucas is guilty of any of the 32 charges facing his twin brother – only that, if the evidence points to multiple suspects, the cops have to look carefully at each one. In this case, she says, DNA evidence linked to Aaron could just as easily have been linked to Brian.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 02:45PM
George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin in July, was arrested Monday after a domestic violence call, PEOPLE confirms.
A woman identifying herself as Zimmerman's girlfriend told officers that he attacked her – and that she's pregnant, a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE. During a press conference later in the day, it was revealed that the victim now says she isn't pregnant.
Also during the press conference, the woman claimed that Zimmerman aimed a long barrel shotgun at her and broke a table. He then allegedly shoved her out of the house and barricaded her on her front porch.
Originally posted 11/16/2013 07:00PM
Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a host of new questions about what happened to the seemingly happy couple and their two young sons.
The McStay family – Joseph, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their sons Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3 – were apparent homicide victims, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said.
Originally posted 11/15/2013 03:00PM
A Montana newlywed told a judge Friday that she unintentionally pushed her husband off a cliff July 7 after he grabbed her arm during an argument.
"We were in the middle of an argument and he thought I was going to run away. Cody had grabbed me and I thought he was going to push me down," Jordan Graham, 22, told a U.S. District Court judge in a pretrial hearing. "My first instinct was to get him off [of me]."
The judge was considering a defense motion alleging that FBI agents misrepresented Graham's police interview to make it sound as if she pushed Cody Johnson, 25, after they scuffled instead of during the scuffle.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 01:00PM
Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and '80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice.
Bulger, 84, was defiant to the end, calling his trial on racketeering charges a sham and refusing to testify or provide information to probation officials preparing a sentencing report for the judge.
A Boston jury convicted Bulger in August in a broad racketeering indictment that included murder, extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges.
Originally posted 11/13/2013 02:15PM
Put out another "dumb criminals" alert – police arrested four suspected thieves after the men posted Instagram photos of a $120 Carl's Jr. splurge, allegedly financed with stolen credit cards.
Tavion Spignor, Leroy Jackson and Malek Morgan, alongside an unnamed underage accomplice, were arrested Nov. 11, two days after they allegedly broke into four cars in two Rocklin, Calif., parking lots and stealing wallets and GPS units.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 02:05PM
Moments before the guilty verdict was read against her father Martin MacNeill in a hushed Provo, Utah, courtroom just after 1 a.m. Saturday, his daughter Alexis Somers was already overcome with emotion.
"My whole body was trembling, I was so nervous and scared," says Somers, 31, who led a five-year crusade to get her father convicted of murdering her mother, Michele, 50. "My aunts and I were just clinging to each other. We had no idea how the verdicts would turn out."
As a court clerk announced the two guilty verdicts – for murder and obstruction of justice – Somers, her sister and aunts, cried out with relief as MacNeill, 57, stood at the defendant's table, stone-faced.
"It was a collective gasp," says Somers, whose chest heaved with emotion in the courtroom. "We'd been living in fear of our father for so long. He'd threatened to destroy us for standing up to him. To finally get justice for our mom was overwhelming."
Originally posted 11/09/2013 07:05AM
After deliberating for 11 hours, a Provo, Utah jury of five men and three women has found Martin MacNeill, a former physician, guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Michele, 50.
The jury, who heard two weeks of testimony from MacNeill's two mistresses, his daughters and jailhouse informants, also found him guilty of second-degree obstruction of justice.
As the verdicts were read aloud just after 1 a.m. Saturday, an emotional cry was heard from the courtroom audience. MacNeill's daughters Rachel MacNeill, 34, and Alexis Somers, 31, as well as their aunt Linda Cluff, 53, were visibly shaken as they hugged each other and cried. MacNeill, wearing a gray suit, stood emotionless.
Originally posted 11/05/2013 06:00PM
If Martin MacNeill loved his wife Michele, who he stands accused of murdering by overmedicating then drowning her in April 2007, he allegedly didn't show it while in prison.
Two shackled inmates, referred anonymously as inmates No. 3 and 4, separately testified Tuesday in a Provo, Utah, courtroom that the former doctor used profanity when describing his wife while he served three years in a Texas prison for identity theft.
"He called her a b––––," inmate 3 testified. "I said 'Whoa, you're talking about the dead.'"
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