09:00 AM EDT 12/13/2013
Originally posted 12/12/2013 03:30PM
After three days of testimony, Jordan Graham pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder for pushing her husband off of a cliff just eight days after their wedding.
The deal came in federal court in Missoula, Mont., at lunchtime Thursday, just before her jury was set to hear closing arguments. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy accepted the plea, but said she first had to tell him the truth.
Graham said that she and Cody Johnson were on the Loop Trail in Glacier National Park July 7, arguing over what the defense has referred to as her "wedding blues," when Johnson grabbed her arm. She said she brushed him away and then she pushed him. The shove sent her husband over the edge of the steep cliff and to his death at the bottom of a ravine.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 12:40PM
The murder trial of a Montana woman accused of pushing her new husband to his death began with the jury seeing a smiling Cody Johnson, looking dapper in a blue shirt and striped tie.
That photograph was replaced minutes later with one of Johnson's body lying face-down in a pool of water at the bottom of a cliff in Glacier National Park.
There were no witnesses to what happened the night of July 7, when Johnson and Jordan Graham argued over their 8-day-old marriage at a popular spot in the park, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean told jurors Monday in a Missoula, Mont., courtroom.
Originally posted 12/06/2013 04:55PM
A defense attorney is crediting jailers with saving the life of a Utah doctor who tried to kill himself after he was recently convicted of murdering his wife.
Martin MacNeill was alone in his cell when he attempted suicide at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Because he was under close observation, jailers were able to respond quickly, MacNeill's lawyer, Randy Spencer, tells The Associated Press.
"It sounds like they saved his life, to their credit," Spencer said Friday.
MacNeill was rushed to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with unspecified injuries. He was expected to be returned to Utah County Jail on Friday.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 02:10PM
Dr. William Petit Jr. and his wife, Christine, released a photo of their 5-day-old son, William Petit III on Wednesday.
"Our son is a beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas gift," Dr. Petit, 57, said in a statement. "He is very lovable and sweet."
Dr. Petit lost his first wife, Jennifer, 48, and daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in a brutal home invasion in July 2007. He married Christine Paluf, a photographer, in August 2012.
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 11/26/2013 12:45PM
A man who played Santa Claus at a Massachusetts mall has been barred from the shopping center after he was charged with groping an 18-year-old woman playing an elf.
Herbert Jones was released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to indecent assault and battery. A judge ordered him to stay away from the Hanover Mall and barred him from playing Santa anywhere pending the outcome of his case.
Police say the woman called them Saturday to report that the 62-year-old Jones had pinched her buttocks and made suggestive comments. The two worked at a Santa photo booth.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 03:20PM
Brittany Murphy's mother Sharon has come forward to dispute claims by Brittany's father that her daughter may have been intentionally poisoned before her death in 2009.
"I have chosen to stay out of the limelight since the tragic and sudden death of my wonderful, talented, loving daughter four years ago this Dec. 20," Sharon Murphy writes for The Hollywood Reporter in response to an assertion by Brittany's estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, that a new lab test reveals the possibility of foul play.
"I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter's memory by a man who may be her biological father, but was never a real father to her in her lifetime," Sharon writes. "He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered."
Originally posted 11/25/2013 12:25PM
A school superintendent and three more people have been charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year in eastern Ohio.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the charges Monday in Steubenville, Ohio.
The grand jury had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.
Originally posted 11/23/2013 05:30PM
Is she a victim or a cold-blooded killer?
That's the question being asked about psychology professor Norma Patricia Esparza, who was taken into custody in Orange County, Calif., last week for the 1995 murder of Gonzalo Ramirez.
Prosecutors say that eight years ago, Esparza, then a student at Pomona College, went to a bar with a group that included her boyfriend and pointed out a man who she said had raped her.
That man's body was later found dumped on a nearby road.
Originally posted 11/22/2013 02:00PM
The body of a popular Massachusetts teacher who police say was killed by one of her students was found in the woods, naked from the waist down and with her throat slit and a note that read, "I hate you all," according to court documents released Friday.
The search warrant application was released after requests by the Associated Press, The Boston Globe and other media organizations.
Philip Chism, a 14-year-old soccer player who moved from Clarksville, Tenn., at the beginning of the school year, is charged with murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in the Oct. 22 death of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. His attorney, Denise Regan, said Friday she had no comment. He is being held without bail.
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