02:48 PM EDT 03/09/2014
Originally posted 03/09/2014 09:50AM
It was a rough week for Oscar Pistorius.
Originally posted 03/07/2014 03:00PM
A landlord in Tucson removing property abandoned by an evicted family made a gruesome discovery this week: the skeletal remains of a 3-year-old boy stuffed inside a blue toy chest.
Originally posted 02/27/2014 08:10AM
A psychology professor who has consulted for the World Health Organization was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in California for the murder of a man who she says raped her in 1995 when she was in college.
Originally posted 02/21/2014 08:30AM
The man who was driving the jet-ski that struck Usher's ex-wife's son, Kile Glover, was convicted of homicide for the 2012 accident that killed the boy.
Originally posted 02/18/2014 02:20PM
In 1990, when Richard Parker faced an accusation that he'd burned down a cabin he was renovating for another couple, attorney Jon Setzer believed in his son-in-law's innocence and helped to defend him.
"He felt that the suggestion that Richard had been guilty of arson was not justified," attorney George Cate said of his former longtime law partner, in an interview with the Associated Press. "He was supporting his son-in-law at that time."
In a plea deal, Parker eventually was given four years' probation and paid $40,000 restitution. But the cabin's owners, Danny and Rosemary Martin, never forgot that incident – and when they heard a package bomb had killed Jon Setzer and fatally injured his wife, Marian, at their rural Tennessee home on Feb. 10, the Martins made a swift mental connection.
"I told my wife… Richard Parker had killed the Setzers," Danny Martin told the AP.
Originally posted 02/14/2014 10:35AM
Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic sprinter who stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp a year ago today, issued a statement on the anniversary describing her fatal shooting as an accident.
Originally posted 02/13/2014 08:25PM
The son-in-law of a Tennessee couple killed when a package exploded at their home has been charged with first-degree murder in their deaths.
State Fire Marshal's Office spokeswoman Katelyn Abernathy said Richard Parker is also charged with unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon.
Reached by telephone the day before the arrest Thursday, Parker declined to talk about the deaths of Jon and Marion Setzer with the Associated Press. Parker ran Legacy Restorations, a business that specializes in historic restorations, according to its website. His house was just behind the Setzers' in a semi-rural area of Lebanon, about 40 minutes east of Nashville.
Parker was convicted of arson in 1993 in Giles County and sentenced to four months of probation, according to records.
Originally posted 02/13/2014 02:55PM
June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, who was allegedly shot to death by Olympian Oscar Pistorius on Feb. 14 last year, will attend his upcoming murder trial in South Africa.
Originally posted 02/09/2014 12:30PM
An East Tennessee couple accused of killing the man's 5-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink large quantities of grape soda and water will face trial in October.
According to the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office and the autopsy report, Alexa Linboom was brought in to the emergency room on Jan. 1, 2012, by her father, Randall Vaughn, and his wife, Mary Vaughn.
The girl was blue and unresponsive with "an abnormal body posture that indicates severe brain damage," according to the autopsy, which was completed in July 2013.
The Vaughns were arraigned in Hawkins County on Friday. on charges of murder, abuse and neglect. According to the court clerk's office, the judge ordered that Mary Vaughn be represented by a public defender. Randall Vaughn will seek a private attorney. The couple did not enter a plea and are jailed on $500,000 bond each.
Originally posted 01/22/2014 08:00AM
After the recent arrests of Gerald and Alice Uden of Chadwick, Mo. – each charged with murdering their former spouses decades ago, and Gerald also charged and convicted with murdering his adopted sons – PEOPLE talks exclusively with Erica Hayes, the youngest of the couple's five surviving children, in this week's compelling new cover story.
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