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  • 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 »
  • Prosecutor: Pistorius shot lover as they talked

    April 11, 2014 6:55 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has told the world-famous athlete that he fatally shot his girlfriend through a toilet door as they were talking. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel insists that Pistorius intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp and put it Friday during cross-examination of the... more »
  • Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover Play Video

    April 9, 2014 7:09 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has urged the athlete to "take responsibility" for fatally shooting his girlfriend, pushing him to look at a police photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied head that was displayed in court. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Wednesday that Steenkamp's head... more »
  • Pistorius continues testimony at murder trial

    April 8, 2014 6:38 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was testifying for a second day at his murder trial Tuesday, answering questions from his defense lawyer. Pistorius is expected to speak about the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and will also be cross-examined by the prosecution. The double-amputee Olympic runner was the... more »
  • Man gets 60 years for gas station slaying Play Video

    March 31, 2014 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A killer pleaded guilty to his crime, and will spend the next sixty years in prison. Phillip Carter, 23, was set to stand trial in the murder of Bobby Nelson, 43, in 2012. Nelson, a fuel truck driver, was killed at a gas station in downtown. ... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer seeks sentencing delay

    March 27, 2014 7:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Kurt Mix was convicted in December for deleting text messages in what prosecutors said was an attempt to hamper the government's criminal... more »
  • Pistorius selling house where he shot Steenkamp

    March 20, 2014 8:49 AM

    JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius' lawyer says the double-amputee athlete is selling the house where he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to raise money for his legal bills. Lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement Thursday that it had "become necessary" for Pistorius to sell the villa in a gated community in... more »
  • Expert: Pistorius' girlfriend standing when shot

    March 19, 2014 8:43 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A police ballistics expert says Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was standing up in a toilet cubicle when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four bullets fired by the double-amputee athlete. Capt. Christiaan Mangena says Reeva Steenkamp then fell back onto a magazine... more »
  • Mother wants trial for deadly hit and run Play Video

    March 14, 2014 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mother traveled more than 2,000 miles to Baton Rouge Friday to seek justice for her daughter who died in a hit and run crash four years ago. Today Michelle Carson spoke with News 2 about her fight to get answers. "It's horrible. I mean... more »
  • Pistorius friend identified in gunplay testifies

    March 11, 2014 8:53 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The friend of Oscar Pistorius who was identified by witnesses as being with the athlete on two occasions when a gun was shot in public is testifying at Pistorius' murder trial on Tuesday. Darren Fresco was asked by Pistorius to take the blame, a previous witness... more »
  • Former mayor: "I'm ready for this to be over" Play Video

    February 26, 2014 4:37 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A judge in Port Allen scheduled a trial for March 31 for issues surrounding embattled ex-mayor Deedy Slaughter. When Slaughter walked out of court, she said, "I'm ready for it to be over." The issues involve controversial decisions she made during her short 11 months... more »
  • Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting

    February 16, 2014 10:53 AM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury's inability to agree on a murder charge will give prosecutors and defense attorneys fodder for their next moves in the case of a Florida teen fatally shot after an argument over loud music. Forty-seven-year-old Michael Dunn was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into... more »
  • Deliberations resume in loud music killing trial

    February 13, 2014 6:50 AM

    JACKSONVILLE, FL - Jurors deliberating whether a Florida man committed murder when he fatally shot a teen after an argument over loud music will watch a security-camera video that captured sounds of the gunshots. The 12 jurors will watch the video from a Jacksonville convenience store security camera on Thursday... more »
  • Jurors find Nagin guilty of 20 out of 21 counts

    February 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors returned a guilty verdict against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday in his federal corruption trial. The jury made the announcement after just over six hours of deliberation, according to WDSU in New Orleans. Nagin faced a 21-count indictment and was found guilty... more »
  • Accused killer's grandmother to get $40k settlement

    February 12, 2014 12:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A settlement for an accused killer's grandmother is up for discussion at Wednesday afternoon's Metro Council meeting. Linda Thomas sued the city after she said she was injured when police searched her home for her grandson, Aramis Jackson, more than three year ago. Jackson faces charges... more »
  • Lawyers for Boston Marathon suspect due in court

    February 9, 2014 6:59 PM

    BOSTON - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court this week for the first time since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev. A status conference is scheduled Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The 20-year-old... more »
  • Nagin takes stand in federal trial

    February 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand to defend himself in his federal corruption trial. Nagin began his testimony by discussing his relationship with Rodney Williams. Williams was the first witness for the prosecution when the trial began last week. Four others followed,... more »
  • Girl claims she was "waterboarded"

    February 3, 2014 7:38 PM

    GEORGETOWN, DELAWARE- A girl who claims she was "waterboarded" by her mother's boyfriend described how he held her face under a running faucet to punish her. The 12-year-old testified at the trial of Melvin Morse, a pediatrician, who pleaded not guilty to endangerment and assault charges. The girl... more »
  • Cosmetic injection death

    January 31, 2014 7:53 PM

    JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI- A woman testified she was only trying to help Karima Gordon when she arranged illegal silicon buttocks injections that led to Gordon's death. But a jury didn't believe her and she was found guilty of manslaughter. Natasha Stewart, also known as Pebblez Da Model, was originally charged... more »
  • Opening statements begin in trial of ex-mayor

    January 30, 2014 9:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal prosecutor opened the government corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin by telling a jury that "corruption was alive and well" at City Hall during Nagin's two terms as mayor. Nagin's lawyer countered by noting the criminal history of one witness and the... more »
  • Anonymous witnesses in bomb plot case

    January 29, 2014 7:27 PM

    NEW YORK- A man being tried for plotting terror attacks against police and soldiers in Manhattan may face his accusers in secret. Prosecutors want to keep some testimony against Jose Pimentel out of the public eye because one witness is an uncover cop and two others are confidential informants.... more »
  • Trial begins for man accused of running over child Play Video

    January 17, 2014 5:26 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Trial is underway for a man accused of running over a child in Watson last year. Brad Welch, is charged with negligent homicide. Police say 6-year-old Tyler Myers had fallen from his scooter and was lying on the sidewalk when Welch turned into his driveway, running over... more »
  • Trial underway for man accused of running over child

    January 17, 2014 11:51 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The trial of a man accused of running over a child in Denham Springs last year  is now underway. Brad Welch was charged with negligent homicide after investigators say he was on his cell phone at the time. Six year old Tyler Myers was riding... more »
  • Murphy Painter found not guilty

    December 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal jury has found former Alcohol and Tobacco Commissioner Murphy Painter not guilty of illegally using state and federal databases. He was acquitted on 29 counts of computer fraud and false statements to the FBI. An inspector general's report showed Painter looked up 1,884... more »
  • Painter trial starting to wind down Play Video

    December 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The defense has wrapped up their closing arguments in the trial of former ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter in Baton Rouge. Prosecutors will soon have their chance to make their closing arguments, before the case goes to the jury. Painter is accused of spying on people by... more »
  • Jury to weigh ex-BP engineer's case for 2nd day

    December 17, 2013 8:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury will return to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated for roughly 90 minutes... more »
  • Prosecutors say Painter violated public's trust Play Video

    December 11, 2013 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- During fiery opening statements Wednesday, federal prosecutors told jurors former Alcohol Tobacco Control Commissioner violated the public's trust. Prosecutors say Painter abused his authority and ran more than a thousand names in state and federal databases illegally. Many of those people did not have ties to ATC... more »
  • Opening statements begin in Painter trial

    December 11, 2013 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of former Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter in Baton Rouge. Painter is accused of conducting hundreds of personal searches through state and local databases while he was in office. In court Wednesday, prosecutors told jurors that... more »
  • Jury selection continues in BP engineer trial

    December 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jury selection is continuing in the case of a former BP engineer accused of obstruction of justice related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department has charged Kurt Mix with deleting text messages and voicemails in order to impede the investigation... more »
  • Jury selection begins in former BP engineer trial

    December 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts and voicemails about the response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice by the U.S.... more »
  • Musso trial begins today

    December 2, 2013 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The trial of Dustin Musso, who's accused of murdering his grandfather, setting the man's home on fire and stealing his car, starts today. Prosecutors are going to use an alleged confession and past threats against him. Investigators said the younger Musso set fire to his... more »
  • Thibodaux man found competent to stand trial

    November 23, 2013 1:43 PM

    Thibodaux - The Thibodaux man accused of beheading his 7-year-old son in August 2011 has been found competent to stand trial. Lafourche Parish Judge John LeBlanc ruled Friday that Jeremiah Lee Wright is now fit for trial, following his former decision in February that Wright was incompetent to stand... more »
  • Bombing suspect wants to lift prison restrictions

    November 12, 2013 8:14 AM

    BOSTON - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are headed to court to ask a judge to ease restrictions placed on him in prison as he awaits trial. Tsarnaev's lawyers argued in a motion filed last month that so-called "special administrative measures" are impairing their ability to... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to threatening witness

    October 31, 2013 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man has pleaded guilty to one count of threatening to retaliate against a witness in a federal criminal tax trial. The U.S. Department of Justice says Anthony Williams entered the plea Wednesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. ... more »
  • Ascension redistricting trial postponed

    October 29, 2013 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge reset the trial date in a five-year-old lawsuit over the redistricting of public school attendance zones in Ascension Parish. On Monday, U.S. Chief District Judge Brian A. Jackson set trial for Feb. 3-7, though dueling motions for summary judgment remain on his desk... more »
  • Ex-N.O. mayor's bribery trial postponed until January

    October 24, 2013 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on bribery charges. Nagin's trial was scheduled to start Monday, but U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order Thursday that moves the trial date to Jan. 27. Nagin's lawyer, Robert... more »
  • Penalty phase to continue in Angola 5 trial

    October 14, 2013 7:54 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Angola 5 inmate Barry S. Edge heard testimony from relatives of the Louisiana State Penitentiary officer killed nearly 14 years ago, as well as from Edge's family members. A jury convicted the 53-year-old Saturday of first-degree murder in the... more »
  • BP trial to focus on scientists' spill estimates

    October 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts for oil giant BP and the federal government will make their cases this week on one of the most contentious debates that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill: how much oil got into the ocean. At stake are billions of dollars in penalties under... more »
  • Judge: inmate's rights were violated, calls for release

    October 1, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago. Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury... more »
  • Defense calls LSU murder case "runaway train"

    September 30, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Opening statements started this morning in the trial of two men accused of killing a pair of LSU grad students in nearly six years ago. Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis face life sentences if they're convicted of killing Kiran Kumar Allam and Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma, who... more »
  • Nagin seeks trial delay, citing prosecutors' posts

    September 19, 2013 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has asked a federal judge to postpone his bribery trial indefinitely so his attorney can explore whether the case has been tainted by alleged misconduct. Nagin's trial is scheduled to start on Oct. 28, but his lawyer argued in a court filing... more »
  • Sandusky's bid for new trial going to court in Pa.

    September 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's challenge to his child molestation conviction is going before a state appeals court Tuesday. The former Penn State assistant football coach is seeking to overturn a sentence that could keep him behind bars for life. He's also asking for a new trial. Pennsylvania's Superior Court... more »
  • Trial involving Port Allen mayor pushed back

    September 11, 2013 11:46 AM

    PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom. Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to... more »
  • New trial sought for cop killer

    September 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man sentenced to death for killing a Baton Rouge police officer in 2004 is seeking a new trial. Shedran Williams' attorney, Gary Clements, argued in a court filing last week that his 42-year-old client is mentally disabled. Clements also claimed Williams' conviction was tainted... more »
  • Hearing underway in Musso murder trial

    August 26, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A hearing is underway this morning in the trial of Dustin Musso, who's accused of murdering his grandfather, setting the man's home on fire and stealing his car. Prosecutors are presenting evidence Musso threatened his grandfather prior to the crime. Investigators said the younger Musso... more »
  • Ex-wife says Jackson wasn't doctor shopping

    August 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Michael Jackson's ex-wife has testified that she did not see any signs that the entertainer was shopping for doctors during the nearly 20 years she was close to him. Debbie Rowe also told a jury on Thursday that Jackson's frequent medical visits were tied to legitimate procedures. Rowe... more »
  • Police enter 'not guilty' pleas in ticket quota case Play Video

    August 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    HENDERSON - The police chief and deputy chief of Henderson pleaded not guilty today to charges they ran a ticket quota system, awarding officers who wrote more traffic violations. Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd each face charges of public payroll fraud, malfeasance in office and... more »
  • 'Whitey' Bulger guilty of gangland killings

    August 12, 2013 1:13 PM

    BOSTON - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger has been convicted in a string of 11 killings and other underworld crimes. The 83-year-old Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted Monday of committing or playing a role in the killings during the 1970s and '80s while he led... more »
  • Jury given time amid rapid pace of Fort Hood trial

    August 12, 2013 11:51 AM

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Testimony is moving so quickly during the Fort Hood shooting trial that military jurors are getting time between witnesses to go through their notes. Maj. Nidal Hasan is acting as his own attorney during the trial at the Texas military base, where he's accused of killing... more »
  • Trial ends in lawsuit about heat on La. death row

    August 7, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A three-day trial has wrapped up in a lawsuit claiming that three death row inmates are forced to live in unsafe heat conditions. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson did not say when he would rule in the lawsuit, but he said because of the health claims, it... more »
  • Prosecutor: Hasan wanted to kill many soldiers

    August 6, 2013 9:27 AM

    FORT HOOD, Texas - A military prosecutor says an Army psychiatrist accused of the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation planned to "kill as many soldiers as he could." The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesday under heavy security at Fort Hood. The 42-year-old Hasan... more »
  • Judge orders Port Allen Mayor to stand trial Play Video

    July 31, 2013 4:31 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Judge Alvin Batiste ruled today that Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter will go to trial for a lawsuit filed against her by Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain. In court, Slaughter's attorneys filed a motion to have McCain's entire lawsuit tossed out. Judge Batiste ruled there was enough... more »
  • Port Allen Mayor ordered to stand trial for meddling

    July 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A judge ordered Mayor Deedy Slaughter to stand trial over accusations she continued to interfere with the work of Port Allen's chief financial officer after being specifically ordered not to. Judge Alvin Batiste said despite arguments by the mayor's attorneys there were enough issues of material... more »
  • Judge: 3 Penn St. ex-officials to stand trial

    July 30, 2013 2:21 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa.- Three former Penn State administrators have been ordered to stand trial in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. A Pennsylvania district judge on Tuesday ruled that prosecutors had shown enough evidence to warrant a trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director... more »
  • Obama: America needs 'some soul searching' after Trayvon Martin case trial

    July 19, 2013 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the nation needs to do some "soul-searching" following George Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. In an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama declined to wade into legal questions about the Florida case, saying, "Once... more »
  • Judge delays 2nd phase of trial over BP oil spill

    July 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered a two-week delay of the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Friday moved the start of the second phase from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30 to give... more »
  • Other jurors distance themselves from Juror B37

    July 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Four of the six jurors from the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman are distancing themselves from statements another juror made in a televised interview. The four jurors issued a brief statement Tuesday on court stationary saying the opinions expressed by Juror B37 are not... more »
  • Trial date set for accused drunk driver Play Video

    July 16, 2013 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A district court judge tentatively set a trial date of Feb. 10, 2014 for the man accused of hitting two cyclists, killing one. It's been nearly a year and a half since Nathan Crowson was hit and killed riding along Perkins Road, and his brother thinks... more »
  • Branch in court for vehicular homicide hearing

    July 16, 2013 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man accused of killing a cyclist last year while driving drunk in Baton Rouge is in court for a pre-trial hearing this morning. Joseph Branch is accused of second offense DWI and vehicular homicide in the death of Nathan Crowson back in January 2012. ... more »
  • Cecil Collins released from jail

    July 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former LSU and pro football player Cecil Collins left jail Friday afternoon after posting bail. He was being held on a $25,000 bond in connection with a 15-year-old burglary. Thursday, a judge granted the leave rather than keeping him in jail on a probation violation. Collins... 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 »
  • Prosecution finishes rebuttal in Zimmerman trial

    July 12, 2013 12:14 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor in George Zimmerman's murder trial has ended his rebuttal, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer told a series of lies in his statements about shooting Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor John Guy argued that Zimmerman repeatedly lied about the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. His rebuttal came... more »
  • Defense begins closings in George Zimmerman trial

    July 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have begun their closing arguments at his second-degree murder trial in Florida. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara on Friday began his last effort to convince six jurors that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. The jurors could... more »
  • Gossip doesn't pay

    July 11, 2013 7:47 PM

    COVINGTON, KENTUCKY- A gossip website and its operator defamed an ex NFL cheerleader and was ordered to pay $338,000 in damages. Jurors in the federal libel trial found posts on the website thedirty.com about Sarah Jones were false. They also found that the operator of the site, Nik Richie, acted... more »
  • Judge grants bond for Cecil Collins in probation case Play Video

    July 11, 2013 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge chose to grant a $25,000 bond for former LSU and pro football player Cecil Collins today in connection with a 15-year-old burglary, rather than sending him back to jail for a probation violation. Collins was out on probation for the 1998 crime when he... more »
  • Judge: Zimmerman jury can't consider 3rd-degree murder

    July 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge. Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday, saying it was best to exercise caution. Defense attorney Don West had objected strongly to the third-degree murder proposal since... more »
  • Defense rests case in George Zimmerman trial

    July 10, 2013 3:03 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Defense attorneys have rested their case in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial after calling 18 witnesses over less than a week. Prosecutors now plan to call two rebuttal witnesses. Both sides will then work on jury instructions before presenting closing arguments. The case is then sent to... more »
  • Another delay in workplace shooting trial

    July 10, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There are more delays in the trial of a man accused of a deadly workplace shooting in Baton Rouge. Judge Tony Marabella was set to decide if Richard Matthews would be allowed to participate in his own defense, but Marabella wants to hear from the doctor... more »
  • Expert: Zimmerman was in worse shape than Martin

    July 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A public safety expert called by the defense says George Zimmerman's physical capabilities were inferior to those of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Former police officer Dennis Root was called as a witness Wednesday by defense attorneys. Root testified that Martin was in better physical shape than Zimmerman, and... more »
  • Gunshot expert backs Zimmerman's story

    July 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A gunshot wound expert hired by the defense has testified that the forensic evidence backs George Zimmerman's account that Trayvon Martin was on top of him when he fatally shot the teen. However, under cross-examination, Dr. Vincent DiMaio conceded that the wound could also be consistent with... more »
  • Prosecutor: State will rest in Zimmerman trial

    July 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    SANFORD, Fla.- Prosecutors say they are resting their case in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the judge Friday afternoon that the state would rest its case. Over two weeks, prosecutors called more than... more »
  • Cops: Evidence found in secret Hernandez apartment

    July 3, 2013 4:50 PM

    WRENTHAM, Ma. - Court documents indicate the search of a secret "flop house" leased by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has turned up what police say could be key evidence in the murder case against him. Search warrants records indicate that police searching the Franklin, Mass., apartment found a... more »
  • Trial delayed for ex-BP executive in spill probe

    July 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Wednesday to give... 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 »
  • Cleveland kidnapping suspect competent for trial

    July 3, 2013 9:55 AM

    CLEVELAND - A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial. A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand... more »
  • Testimony to begin in week 2 of Zimmerman trial

    July 1, 2013 8:12 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - Testimony in the George Zimmerman trial is expected to shift toward prosecution witnesses that will testify on scientific evidence against a former neighborhood watch leader charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Entering the second week of testimony Monday, prosecutors have yet to call forensics experts... more »
  • Zimmerman trial over teen's death enters 5th day

    June 28, 2013 9:04 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A video security expert has taken the witness stand in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Greg McKinney is the first witness Friday as the trial enters a fifth day of testimony. McKinney's company monitored the security cameras at the townhome complex where Zimmerman fatally shot... more »
  • Judge: Determining size of BP spill no "easy task"

    June 27, 2013 5:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill says it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's busted well in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing Thursday... more »
  • Prosecutor: Zimmerman killed teen 'because he wanted to'

    June 24, 2013 2:17 PM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida prosecutor is hoping that George Zimmerman's own words will show that he's guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Prosecutor John Guy began his opening statement today by repeating the words that Zimmerman was heard using to a police dispatcher as... more »
  • Judge: No audio testimony in Zimmerman trial

    June 22, 2013 11:11 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman says prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 calls moments before he was killed can't testify at trial. Judge Debra Nelson's written ruling was released Saturday. She'd heard arguments in a multiday... more »

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