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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.'"
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 10/29/2013 04:20PM
Martin MacNeill not only moved his mistress, Gypsy Willis, into his Pleasant Grove, Utah, family home a little over a week after his wife's mysterious April 2007 death – but he also proposed marriage to her within three months, Willis testified Tuesday.
In her second day on the stand in MacNeill's first-degree murder trial, Willis, 37, whose affair began with him in November 2006 after they met online, calmly admitted to sending suggestive photos of herself to MacNeill, 57, the day after his wife's funeral.
"That's me lying down on a pillow … and me on a mirror exposing my back," Willis said coyly, occasionally smiling, when asked to describe two photos she'd sent. She also stated that, in early July 2007, MacNeill proposed in a restaurant in Wyoming and gave her a 4.5-carat engagement ring worth about $7,000.
Originally posted 10/28/2013 08:50AM
The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.
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