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  • Hearing for suspect in police death put off until Dec. 11

    November 14, 2015 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A hearing on evidence in the death of a New Orleans police officer was delayed until December because of difficulties with a video hookup. Travis Boys is charged with first-degree murder in the June 20 shooting death of Officer Daryle Holloway. Online records show Boys is being... more »
  • Colvin gets 15 years in courthouse cocaine conspiracy

    September 8, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge formally sentenced former court clerk William Colvin to 15 years in jail Tuesday for stealing cocaine from an evidence locker at the East Baton Rouge courthouse in order to sell it. Colvin pleaded guilty to malfeasance, cocaine possession, and obstruction of justice charges in... more »
  • 'Significant' evidence found in Illinois police murder

    September 5, 2015 12:19 PM

    FOX LAKE, Ill. - Authorities investigating the slaying of a northern Illinois police officer say they've recovered a new piece of "significant" evidence from the crime scene. Lake County Sheriff's Office detective Christopher Covelli says evidence technicians returning to the scene of Tuesday's shooting in the village of Fox Lake... more »
  • Another plea deal in courthouse evidence theft scheme

    August 10, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The son of former State District Judge Kay Bates pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance, possession of cocaine and obstruction related to a case against him where he was indicted for theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in 2012.... more »
  • New Orleans Police have no evidence linking teenaged deaths

    June 11, 2015 6:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison said there is no evidence connecting the deaths of two young women whose bodies were found on the interstate in New Orleans. NOPD is working with State Police and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in case they find a relationship between the... more »
  • Former clerk pleads guilty in evidence room thefts

    June 2, 2015 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former clerk of court accused of helping steal cocaine and weapons from an evidence locker at the Baton Rouge courthouse pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of cocaine possession and principal to malfeasance in office. Debra Bell admitted in court she took the drugs from the... more »
  • Police: Person seen cleaning up evidence after North St. killing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 6, 2015 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police released surveillance video Monday which they said showed someone possibly cleaning up evidence after a deadly shooting two weeks ago outside a Baton Rouge auto parts store. Cpl. Don Coppola said Baton Rouge Police are trying to identify the person seen in the video looking... more »
  • Key evidence filmmakers found against Robert Durst

    March 16, 2015 4:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Andrew Jarecki's documentary about unsolved killings linked to millionaire Robert Durst uncovered evidence police didn't have before - a previously unknown letter and Durst's own comments, recorded during and after a tough interview for the film. The letters: - An anonymous note mailed to Beverly Hills police... more »
  • Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

    January 30, 2015 1:54 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say the ex-NFL star murdered is compelling forensic evidence of the crime. Jurors are set to hear more testimony Friday in the case against Hernandez, a day after the trial started with... more »
  • IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

    June 24, 2014 2:21 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The head of the IRS says he's seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the agency's targeting of political groups. Republicans in Congress aren't buying it. On Tuesday, they will hear from a White House official who... more »
  • Botched execution offers new evidence to attorneys

    April 30, 2014 3:48 PM

    ST. LOUIS - A bungled execution in Oklahoma provides death penalty opponents with a fresh, startling example of how lethal injections can go wrong. But the odds of successfully challenging the nation's main execution method will probably hinge on exactly what caused Clayton Lockett's apparent agony. If the four-time felon... more »
  • Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence

    April 17, 2014 6:55 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ- Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women. A judge began a hearing on the subject Wednesday, and... more »
  • Holmes' lawyers: Apartment search was illegal

    October 23, 2013 7:47 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes say evidence seized from his booby-trapped apartment shouldn't be used against him because police didn't get a search warrant before sending in a bomb squad robot. Defense attorneys and prosecutors return to court Wednesday for more arguments over... more »
  • Holmes defense, prosecutors resume evidence battle

    October 21, 2013 8:41 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - James Holmes returns to court for another round of skirmishes over what evidence can be used against him when he goes on trial for the Colorado theater shootings. Pretrial hearings resume Monday. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are battling over any scrap of evidence that could... more »
  • Judge's son faces arraignment in drug theft

    October 17, 2013 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three people accused of stealing items from the 19th Judicial Clerk of Court's Office will appear before a judge Thursday for arraignment. One of the defendants, William Colvin, is the son of State District Judge Kay Bates. He's accused, along with his girlfriend Debra Bell,... more »
  • Former Halliburton manager pleads guilty

    October 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former manager for Halliburton pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill. Anthony Badalamenti's guilty plea in U.S District Court today comes with a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing will take place in January. Badalamenti... more »
  • UN: 'Convincing evidence' of Syria chemical attack

    September 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. inspectors say there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people. A report from the inspectors says "the environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide... more »
  • Area police chief indicted for stealing evidence

    September 6, 2013 4:43 PM

    KENTWOOD- The town's chief of police has been indicted in a case of missing evidence. Gregory Newton was indicted by a grand jury for malfeasance in office and unauthorized use of a movable. The indictment comes after a State Police investigation in December of 2012 when a person... more »
  • Syria says US delaying strike because it lacks evidence

    September 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    DAMASCUS - A top Syrian government official is dismissing the Obama administration as confused and hesitant, even as Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington has evidence of sarin gas use by Syria and that the case for a military attack is getting "stronger and stronger." Deputy foreign minister Faysal... more »
  • Kerry: Syria's chemical arms use 'moral obscenity'

    August 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria and is accusing President Bashar Assad of destroying evidence. Ratcheting up criticism of Syria's alleged chemical weapons use, Kerry called last week's attack a "moral obscenity" that should shock the conscience of the world. He says... more »
  • Investigative Unit: judge's son has accounts frozen

    August 14, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man accused of stealing drugs and other items from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial Clerk of Court's Office said he made around $200,000 of the loot. He is believed to have stashed the money in numerous bank accounts, which were frozen the WBRZ News 2... more »
  • Halliburton has incentive to cut another deal

    July 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... more »
  • Six indicted for evidence room cocaine, gun thefts

    July 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury handed up indictments for six people, including a judge's son, in connection with a scheme which led to the theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse last year. The indictment includes charges of malfeasance in... more »
  • Zimmerman jury asks judge for list of evidence

    July 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial are asking the judge for a list of all the evidence. Jurors asked for the inventory list about two hours after the started their deliberations Friday. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury can also choose manslaughter. He... more »
  • Judge allows school records in Zimmerman trial

    July 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Prosecutors at George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial have been presenting evidence about his work in a college criminal justice course. They say the work shows that Zimmerman knew about Florida's self-defense law. In an interview last year with Fox News, Zimmerman had maintained that he did not... more »
  • US judge restricts sharing evidence against Nagin

    June 9, 2013 4:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says Ray Nagin's attorneys must keep a log of who sees federal evidence against the former New Orleans mayor, and are restricted in how they may share such evidence. The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan's order is aimed at preventing public... more »
  • Judge to consider texts, photos in Martin case

    May 28, 2013 8:12 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge is set to consider whether Trayvon Martin's text messages about smoking marijuana and trouble at school can be shown during the trial of the man charged with killing the teen. The text messages and photos, which were released by defense attorneys for George Zimmerman... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer claims feds withheld evidence

    May 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico claims that Justice Department prosecutors withheld evidence and should be sanctioned. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Tuesday on whether sanctions... more »
  • USADA chief: Armstrong has evidence against UCI

    April 25, 2013 10:45 AM

    PARIS - The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wants Lance Armstrong to come forward with information detailing the alleged complicity of cycling's governing body in his doping. Travis Tygart appeared at a Senate hearing in Paris on Thursday to discuss ways to improve the fight against doping. USADA'S scathing... more »
  • No evidence of broader plot tied to Boston

    April 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is no evidence that the bombings at the Boston Marathon are part of a wider plot. Napolitano says DHS will maintain what she called "enhanced security measures at transportation hubs" as a precaution. Two people briefed on the investigation say that a... more »
  • Investigators searching for clues in recovered car

    January 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they are still investigating a car they believe was used in a pharmacy robbery which turned into a hostage standoff and deadly police shooting this week. Col. Richey Johnson said authorities sent the car believed to have been the getaway vehicle in Monday night's... more »
  • Kentwood Police Chief arrested in missing evidence investigation

    January 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    Tangipahoa Parish- The Chief of Police in Kentwood is in trouble with the law himself. Chief Gregory Newton turned himself in to LSP Detectives, following an investigation into missing evidence. The investigation started in December when State Police received a citizen complaint saying $2000 had been misappropriated by... more »
  • Man sues N.O. prosecutors over withheld evidence

    January 10, 2013 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man whose convictions on charges he killed five people at a 1995 party were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year is suing the New Orleans district attorney's office. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on Juan Smith's behalf accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence from defense... more »
  • Courthouse changes announced after cocaine thefts

    December 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced several changes today that will be coming to the district court in Baton Rouge, after a major security breach put 48 pounds of cocaine back on the street. Today federal and state investigators said they added a two-key system to the evidence vaults after... more »
  • Lee request for lab exam of evidence rejected

    November 16, 2012 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The judge presiding over condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's latest appeal has refused to have evidence presented at Lee's 2004 capital murder trial sent to a private lab for examination. State District Judge Richard Anderson denied the defense motion Thursday after prosecutor Dana Cummings objected.... more »
  • Court will decide on collection of DNA samples

    November 9, 2012 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether police may collect DNA samples from people under arrest in a case that pits privacy concerns against public safety interests. The justices say in an order Friday that they will review a Maryland court decision that effectively barred the collection... more »
  • Investigators: Woman set herself on fire

    October 23, 2012 5:07 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Authorities said today that their investigation revealed a woman who claimed she'd been set on fire by three men in Franklin Parish had actually set herself on fire. Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, was in critical condition today after the incident this past weekend. Police said she'd told then... more »
  • Zimmerman wants better management of evidence

    October 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorneys for former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman say prosecutors are dragging their feet on turning over some evidence and not turning over other information in a timely manner. On Monday Zimmerman's attorney's also said prosecutors are providing some discovery in a format that's useless for defense... more »
  • Other crimes to be introduced at Michael Louding's trial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 9, 2012 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Other crimes allegedly committed by accused murderer Michael Louding will be introduced at his trial in March. State District Judge Trudy White made the ruling today, allowing the crimes to be introduced at trial. "We could use the other crimes, also called 4B evidence, in the... more »
  • Police in north Fla. rescue puppy buried alive

    September 28, 2012 10:22 AM

    WILLISTON, Fla. - Police officers found a puppy buried alive near a pit in north Florida. Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow told The Gainesville Sun that officers were disposing of evidence per a court order Thursday when they heard whimpering sounds. Once they found the source of the sound, they... more »
  • New information released in Mari Ann Fowler's disappearance

    April 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH - New details are emerging surrounding one of the area's most infamous abductions. To date, it remains unsolved and stumped even the most seasoned investigators. Mari Ann Fowler was last seen on December 24, 2002 in Port Allen after leaving a fast food restaurant. Search teams... more »
  • Lawyers: Evidence withheld in Angola 5 trial

    April 9, 2012 8:35 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Attorneys appealing the conviction and death sentence of Angola 5 defendant David Brown are seeking a new trial, saying prosecutors withheld evidence. The judge overseeing the Angola 5 cases postponed the trial of the next defendant last week until Sept. 24 without disclosing the reason. Brown was... more »
  • BRPD: Hernandez still "potential suspect" in attack

    December 14, 2011 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said today that a man arrested for rape in Baton Rouge had not been ruled out from a second attack, as they had previously reported. Sgt. Don Kelly said "inaccurate information" was released that 18-year-old Allan Hernandez, who was arrested in suspicion of a rape... more »
  • Deputy denied a chance to look at DNA evidence

    October 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    HOUMA, La. - A former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy's request to see DNA evidence from the investigation that led to his conviction on a sex charge has been rejected by a state district judge. Fifty-one-year-old Glenn Brunet was convicted in 2007 of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. The former... more »
  • Committee developing possible crime tax plan meets for first time

    August 22, 2011 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The committee tasked with tailoring a crime-focused tax plan laid out their needs list on Monday. It was the first time the group, made up of all law enforcement agencies in the parish, along with departments and organizations with ties to crime-fighting, met. The concept arose... more »
  • Former deputy to serve 5 years in tampering case

    July 29, 2011 1:02 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A former Assumption Parish sheriff's lieutenant will serve five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation, for tampering with evidence in hundreds of narcotics cases. The Advocate reports state District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo sentenced 46-year-old Louis Lambert of Labadieville on Thursday. Lambert, who... more »
  • Post-Katrina shooting convict claims new evidence

    February 8, 2011 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina claims new evidence could clear him. Police Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted in December of charges he falsified a report to make it appear that Officer David Warren... more »
  • Testing of key oil spill evidence delayed again

    January 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Forensic testing of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf oil spill investigation could take twice as long as expected. An investigator with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board - one of the groups monitoring the testing - said Friday his agency has been advised the examination... more »

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