12:01 PM EDT 03/10/2014
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 02/18/2014 10:00AM
A South Florida artist is facing a criminal charge after police say he smashed a $1 million vase at Miami's new art museum to protest what he called its favoritism for international rather than local art.
Originally posted 02/15/2014 08:30AM
For nearly 40 years, the disappearance of sisters Sheila, 12, and Katherine Lyon, 10, last seen near a shopping mall, has baffled the girls' family and the surrounding community of Kensington, Md.
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 02/07/2014 11:00PM
An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her sister – found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 02:15PM
Wisconsin investigators are celebrating a happy ending after a baby reported missing after being snatched from a crib Thursday morning was found alive, left inside a tote bag near an Iowa gas station.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 02:10PM
A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years' probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents.
Originally posted 02/06/2014 12:25PM
A Michigan officer's decision to look through old files on fugitives led investigators to a woman who escaped from a Michigan prison 37 years ago and was living in San Diego, authorities said Wednesday.
Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, will be returned to Michigan to complete her sentence for attempted larceny.
San Diego police on Monday went to an apartment where a woman matching Hayman's description answered the door. She identified herself as Jamie Lewis and produced government documents with the name, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said.
Officers, however, remained suspicious because of inconsistencies in her story and her resemblance to an old Michigan mug shot they were holding.
Originally posted 01/31/2014 08:50AM
Calling her murder conviction "not right and not fair," a clearly rattled Amanda Knox on Friday described her incredulous reaction to Thursday's verdict, and vowed never to return to Italy – at least not voluntarily.
Originally posted 01/31/2014 07:25AM
Police on Friday found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.
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