10:44 PM EDT 12/10/2013
Originally posted 11/01/2013 01:15PM
A medical examiner testified he was unable to prove how the wife of a Utah doctor charged with murder died, possibly complicating an eventual decision by jurors in the case.
The witness, Todd Grey, said Thursday that Michele MacNeill's heart may have stopped beating because of a combination of heart disease and drug toxicity, and that it was possible the 50-year-old woman drowned in a bathtub where she was found.
"I didn't believe I had enough to justify homicide," Grey testified about his finding in the case involving defendant Martin MacNeill.
Originally posted 10/30/2013 05:00PM
A second mistress of Martin MacNeill's calmly took the stand in his first-degree murder trial Wednesday in a Provo, Utah courtroom, and revealed he once told her a chilling detail when they were intimate.
"You know, how after you have sex and you're laying there and you feel close and talk a little more open?" testified Anna Osborne Walthall, 48, whose affair with MacNeill lasted about seven months in 2005 after they briefly worked together. "It was like that."
Osborne Walthall, who once ran a laser-hair removal business in Salt Lake City for which MacNeill was an advisor, said MacNeill told her he knew about a substance that could induce an "undetectable" heart attack that would make the incident appear natural.
Originally posted 10/25/2013 12:15PM
According to court documents released Friday in Boulder, Colo., a grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old beauty pageant winner JonBenét Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and of being accessories to a crime.
The indictment alleges that between Christmas Day and Dec. 26, 1996, John and Patsy Ramsey "unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health," which resulted in her death.
But the release of the documents is somewhat of a red herring. Seventeen years after the nation was shocked by news that the precocious pageant queen had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, JonBenét's case is still considered unsolved.
Originally posted 10/24/2013 09:00AM
With a new trial ordered for Michael Skakel, a defense lawyer for the Kennedy cousin serving time in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor said he will seek his release from prison on bond.
Skakel's conviction was set aside Wednesday by a Connecticut judge, Thomas Bishop, who ruled that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was found guilty in 2002. Bridgeport State's Attorney John Smriga said prosecutors will appeal the decision.
Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, said he expects to file a motion for bail on Thursday. If a judge approves it, Skakel could then post bond and be released from prison.
"We're very, very thrilled," Santos said. "I always felt that Michael was innocent."
Originally posted 10/18/2013 11:35AM
A model of the bathtub a former beauty queen died in took center stage inside a Utah courtroom Friday as her husband stands trial on charges of killing her after convincing her to get a facelift she didn't want, then giving her a lethal combination of prescription drugs and helping her into the bath.
Prosecutors hoped to haul the actual bathtub into court for a demonstration of Michele MacNeill's death, but a model was used instead, according to CNN. The trial will continue with testimony from neighbors, police and paramedics who arrived at the couple's home to find Martin MacNeill's wife comatose.
Prosecutors are trying to portray MacNeill, a former doctor, as a lying, manipulative husband who plotted his wife's death to carry on an affair with his mistress, Gypsy, who the doctor invited to his wife's funeral and asked to marry him weeks later. They said he pressed the plastic surgeon for drugs she didn't need and then gave her the fatal dose.
Originally posted 10/12/2013 06:00PM
Police announced Saturday that, after an investigation that lasted more than two decades, they had arrested the killer of a child who was nicknamed Baby Hope by detectives after her body was discovered inside a picnic cooler beside a Manhattan highway in 1991.
During an interrogation early Saturday, the 4-year-old girl's cousin, Conrado Juarez, had admitted sexually assaulting and smothering her, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
The child's name and the circumstances of her death had been a mystery for two decades. But earlier this week, police announced that a new tip and a DNA test had allowed them to finally identify the baby's mother, a dramatic turnaround in one of the city's more notorious cold cases.
Originally posted 10/07/2013 10:15AM
A Michigan father has been charged in the murder of his baby daughter, two years after she disappeared.
An open murder charge was filed Friday against Sean Phillips, 23, of Ludington, Mich., in the death of his daughter, Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, who was last seen on June 29, 2011, at the age of 4-and-a-half months, according to MLive Muskegon Chronicle via ABC News.
Baby Kate remains missing.
The disappearance of the infant riveted Michigan's west coast, after Phillips allegedly took off with the little girl following an argument with her mother, Ariel Courtland.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 01:30PM
While she tries to put on a brave face in school, Hannah Anderson says that when she thinks about her abduction and her struggles to cope with the murders of her mother and brother, "I break down at night."
The San Diego-area high-school junior, 16, continues to avoid all print interviews, but over the past few days has answered dozens of questions on her ask.fm page, where she also shared photos of her homecoming dance and happier times with her mom and brother.
Asked why she didn't run away from abductor James DiMaggio while on the 1,000-mile trip from San Diego to Idaho – the query also presumed that Anderson wasn't handcuffed – Anderson replied: "How do you know he never had me handcuffed? Because there you are wrong. Don't assume things you don't know. Just stop."
Originally posted 09/30/2013 07:40AM
American student Amanda Knox's second appeals trial in her British roommate's murder opened in Florence Monday in the absence of the star defendant.
Italy's highest court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, overturning their acquittals in the gruesome 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher with a harsh assessment of an appeals court acquittal in 2011. The Court of Cassation said the acquittal was full of "deficiencies, contradictions and illogical" conclusions.
The appellate court is expected to re-examine forensic evidence to determine whether Knox and her former boyfriend helped kill the 21-year-old Kercher while the two women shared an apartment in the Umbrian university town of Perugia.
Knox, now a 26-year-old University of Washington student in Seattle, has not returned to Italy for the trial, nor is she compelled by law to do so. The appellate court hearing the new case could declare her in contempt of court but that carries no additional penalties.
Originally posted 09/21/2013 04:30PM
A Florida woman who became famous for her uncontrollable hiccupping was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday night and will serve life in prison without parole.
A Pinellas County jury deliberated for four hours before delivering the verdict against 22-year-old Jennifer Mee.
Mee wept in the Clearwater courtroom as the verdict was read. Minutes later, Judge Nancy Moate Ley explained that the only possible sentence for the charge was life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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