06:43 AM EDT 05/22/2013
Originally posted 02/15/2013 12:05PM
After his tearful morning in court in which prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against Oscar Pistorius for allegedly killing his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his family issued a statement reacting to the news.
"The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms," the statement read, without elaborating.
The statement also said Pistorius wanted to "send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva."
Originally posted 02/14/2013 09:00AM
Hours before her tragic death, Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was clearly excited for Valentine's Day, posting several messages about the "day of love" on Twitter.
"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???" she wrote in one post. In another, replying to a friend, she added: "It should be a day of love for everyone."
Steenkamp, 30, whom authorities believe was shot to death by Pistorius, 26 – though the details of the alleged murder remain unclear – also posted a photo Wednesday of a shake that the Paralympic champion had gotten her.
"It's a beautiful day! Make things happen," she wrote.
Originally posted 02/08/2013 01:15PM
A massive manhunt continues Friday in Southern California for Christopher Dorner, a rage-filled former Los Angeles police officer on a self-confessed vendetta that left one policemen dead, another seriously wounded and another two people dead.
San Bernadino County Sheriffs confirmed in a Friday morning news conference that cabins are being scoured in the snowy mountains surrounding Big Bear, where Dorner, a former LAPD officer with military training, has a cabin of his own.
Police earlier found Dorner's burned-out pickup truck and tracks leading away from the vehicle off a wooded road near Big Bear.
Originally posted 01/18/2013 12:10PM
A diary is one place to come clean – but for Jodi Arias, it was apparently just another place to lie about her alleged involvement in her Mormon lover's murder.
"Last night was so hard," Arias, 32, allegedly wrote, according to court motions that surfaced during the third week of her Arizona murder trial. "Knowing he wasn't calling me anytime soon was just killing me. I broke down as I climbed into bed and just cried and cried and cried until I fell asleep."
Arias allegedly wrote the entry on June 11, 2008, only two days after Travis Alexander's body was found in his home.
Forensic experts have testified his attacker stabbed him roughly 30 times, slashed his throat from ear to ear and shot him with a .25-caliber gun, the same caliber as a handgun reported stolen from Arias's grandparents' home.
Originally posted 11/28/2012 12:40PM
Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing the two young children she cared for, faced a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Tuesday morning – and entered a plea of not guilty.
Still in the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center bed a month after police said she fatally stabbed Lucia, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, before she turned the knife on herself, Ortega had her plea entered on her behalf by her public-assistance lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg.
"My client is profoundly mentally impaired and in need of medical attention," the attorney said, reports the New York Post. The paper also says that during the 10-minute legal proceeding in the hospital Ortega, 50, appeared alert though remained silent and under a blanket.
Originally posted 11/13/2012 07:00PM
Goateed, tattooed millionaire software pioneer John McAfee, who is on the run from police in Belize after the murder of his neighbor, claims that the authorities are trying to pin the killing on him.
"They will kill me if they find me," McAfee, whose whereabouts are still unknown, tells Wired magazine. "They've been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me."
In the interview, the 67-year-old McAfee detailed how he hid from a contingent of police who showed up at his one-acre beachfront estate shortly after the body of Gregory Faull, 52, was discovered by a housekeeper on Nov. 11 with a bullet in the back of his head.
Originally posted 11/08/2012 03:55PM
Jared Loughner, the man who killed six people and wounded 13 – including Gabrielle Giffords – in a 2011 shooting spree outside of a Tuscon, Ariz., grocery store, was sentenced on Thursday to seven consecutive life terms and 140 years in prison without parole.
"Her life has been forever changed ... immeasurably altered," Giffords's husband, retired astronaut, Mark Kelly, said in court on Thursday with his wife by his side. "Every day is a continual struggle to do those things she was once so ... good at."
Giffords suffered a single gunshot wound through the brain. Although news reports at the time initially indicated the shot may have been fatal, the congresswoman survived and underwent surgery at the University Medical Center in Tucson.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that six of Loughner's life sentences represent the six slain victims, and one represents the attempted assassination of Giffords, according to CNN.
Originally posted 11/04/2012 02:00PM
An aspiring model murdered in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008 was allegedly killed by a hired "muscle" contracted by her father's former business partner, according to recently released court documents.
Prosecutors charge that Juliana Redding was strangled by Kelly Soo Park, 47, who "has a history of threatening and intimidating individuals who have an ongoing dispute with" Dr. Munir Uwaydah, a Southern California doctor and businessman.
Originally posted 11/04/2012 08:00AM
Yoselyn Ortega, the Upper West Side nanny who was accused of killing the two young children she cared for in their apartment on Oct. 25, was charged with first-degree murder on Saturday night, police told the New York Times.
According to the report, Ortega, 50, was able to speak with police on Saturday afternoon from her bed at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. They had delayed charging her because she was being intubated and treated for self-inflicted wounds after she stabbed herself in the throat and cut her wrists.
A police spokesperson declined to share more information with the Times about Ortega's motive or her health and when she is expected to be released from the hospital. She currently remains there under police guard.
Originally posted 10/30/2012 06:00PM
Giselle Esteban was convicted Monday of murdering Michelle Le – a woman who had once been her close friend, but who Esteban came to view as a romantic rival.
Esteban, 28, and Le were once classmates at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, and later lived near each other in the San Francisco area. But according to trial testimony, that friendship soured when Esteban became convinced that her friend and Esteban's ex-boyfriend, Scott Marasigan, were romantically involved, that he got her pregnant in 2005, and that Le was responsible for the couple's breakup. (Marasigan testified that he and Le dated in 2003 for a month, but never slept together.)
Le, a 26-year-old nursing student, went missing from a hospital parking lot in Hayward, Calif., in May 2011. Her remains were discovered in September 2011 in the remote Sunol Canyon.
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