Crystal Magnum has been found guilty of second degree murder in the stabbing death of her then-boyfriend Reginald Daye in 2011. The 12-person jury took two days to come to the guilty verdict in a case that pitted the prosecution's version of murder against the defense team's version of self defense.
Critical safety features in the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair had been tampered with according to investigators, allowing the carnival ride to be set in motion while riders were attempting to exit. The ride operator, a 46-year-old man from Georgia is facing felony assault charges in relation to the NC State Fair tragedy; his first court appearance was last week.
Good news for job seekers in the Charlotte area with a criminal history - Target has decided to 'ban the box' nationally, removing the box that requests applicants to disclose any prior criminal problems on the application form. The corporation has stated that it is its goal, nationwide, to assist in the reintegration of those who have been through the criminal justice system by offering more jobs to convicted ex-offenders.
Researchers studying the validity of recounted memories have discovered something that many criminal defense lawyers have known for quite some time, "Memories can be unreliable." According to the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), relying on witness accounts of alleged activity in the criminal context can be particularly troublesome.
Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Michael Jordan's father, James Jordan, in 1993, still maintains that he was falsely accused and wrongly convicted of the man's death. Green has renewed his quest for a new trial or dismissal of his murder and armed robbery convictions with a request to the State Bureau of Investigation for information about blood tests related to his case.
According to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, Deanna Pruitt had contacted one of their police informants, inquiring about hiring the person to kill an acquaintance of hers. Pruitt allegedly offered to pay the hitman for the killing.
What you say and what you don't say can be used against you in a court of law, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Salinas v. Texas, the Court ruled that Salinas' silence during questioning by law enforcement about a murder could be presented in court to help prove that he is guilty of the crime charged.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision this week in Maryland v. King, allowing law enforcement officers around the country to take a cheek swab after an arrest for a serious crime. Cheek cells contain a person's DNA, which can then be used to determine whether an arrested person can be tied to open, unsolved crimes through CODIS. And, that DNA information can possibly be stored forever.
A blood analyst who worked for the State Bureau of Investigation when Mike Peterson was brought to trial on murder charges in 2001 may be the key to Peterson's request for a new, fair trial. Peterson was convicted of the murder in 2003, but his conviction was set aside in 2011 because of false testimony offered by a witness for the state.
The defense team offered a guilty plea in exchange for life without parole for the infamous Colorado theater gunman. But, prosecutors declined the offer and have publicly announced that they will seek the death penalty as punishment for the man who killed 12 people and injured 70 while they watched a late-night showing of a Batman film.