Michael D. Taylor was too young for a death sentence when he raped and murdered a classmate at McCluer North High School in 1995, but later went to death row for a prison killing.
On Tuesday, a divided Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing in the capital case, with a new set of jurors.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith said that prosecutors failed to provide the defense with evidence that… Continue
New York—Brooklyn was definitely in the building.
Young Jeezy performed at the Blender Theater in Manhattan last night and the out of towner treated the Big Apple crowd to a treat.
Da Snowman welcomed Fabolous (”Breathe”) and Maino (”Hi Hater”) on stage to perform with him. But the capacity crowd really went crazy when Jeezy asked them to put their lighters up and out from backstage came Lil Kim.
Diddy discusses how gas prices have effected his private jet action:
Maybe Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury should have consulted Sean Combs before he bought himself a private jet. Marbury - in the last year of his Knicks contract, which will pay him another $21 million - is said to have plunked down about $45 million for the aircraft. But Combs, who already owns a jet, isn’t using it because fuel costs have skyrocketed. The hip-hop mogul… Continue
*Authorities in South Africa are looking to question R. Kelly regarding a scam in which he allegedly profited $130,000 from a tour despite failing to show up, reports WENN.
Busiswe Zakwe was arrested and charged with swindling thousands of dollars from investors by promising ticket sale profits if they brought an R. Kelly tour to the country in 2005. Kelly never stepped foot in South Africa, but the woman claims she deposited the investors' money… Continue
*Episodes of HBO's "The Wire" have been recognized by The Humanitas in its annual awards honoring film and TV writing that explores the human condition.
"The Wire" faces competition from ABC's "Boston Legal" and the HBO mini-series "John Adams" in the 60-minute television category.
Meanwhile, the writers behind "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Juno" and "Lars and the Real Girl" have been named finalists in the 2008 Humanitas Prize… Continue
*In her new book, "Keeping the Faith" singer Faith Evans writes of catching rapper Lil Kim red-handed and buck naked in the bed of her husband, the late Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace.
Evans writes: I don’t know what got into my head. But I decided that I needed to know once and for all what Big was really trying to do. On that night before Christmas, I drove to Big’s house on a mission to find out where I really stood.
Business mogul Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and his partners have announced today the sale of the 40/40 Club in Las Vegas for
an undisclosed amount. The 24,000 square floor ultra sports bar and lounge
located in The Palazzo and Casino, will not operate under the 40/40 brand, as
the sale is for the lease and not the naming rights.
“The sale is a great business decision, we are delighted. We look forward
to expanding the brand… Continue
As you may all already know yes Yung Berg got robbed in Detroit. Trick Trick's Brother Diesel is sporting Yung Berg's $70,000 Transformer Chain, It has been noted that Diesel is known Club Bouncer and Jack boy, (at Plan B Night Club in Detroit). Employed by Peter Arabo. He is also a rapper under Trick Trick's Goon Squad. We hear from inside sources in Detroit that Diesel sells small amounts narcotics around Detroit and known for jack-moves. Kind of funnie but Diesel is also suing the Detroit… Continue
Local 10 reports "Rapper DMX dropped the F-bomb during an extradition hearing in a Miami-Dade County courtroom Tuesday morning after learning he would spend another month in jail. "I ain't going back to no f---ing jail," said DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons. "Oh, well that just ingratiated you to me," said Judge Lawrence Schwartz. "I've never heard the F-word before, so it's OK." The judge then warned Simmons' lawyer that the rapper had better not curse in his… Continue
UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Beaver Falls mother is accused of abandoning her baby last week by dropping it off on the porch of a home in Union Township.
According to police, Lelanie Gurley said she didn't want her 4-month-old baby anymore, so she put him on the front step of a home along Grandview Avenue. Gurley said she called the house to tell them the baby was there and watched until someone came out to get him.
PITTSBURGH -- Police have released surveillance photos from a convenience store robbery in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.
Two men with guns confronted two employees at the Quick Stop on Liberty Avenue at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday and forced one of the workers to lie on the floor, police said.
One of the men grabbed an employee's keys and took cash from him, police said.
Artives Freeman, whose first-degree murder trial was abruptly halted in May after he entered the courtroom dressed in a suit and tie and covered in his own feces, has been declared competent to stand trial.
Freeman was sent to a mental hospital for an examination. A psychologist concluded he is not mentally ill but had been feigning symptoms of mental illness.
The 24-year-old Charlottean, accused of killing a 46-year-old female… Continue