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
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 27, 2008 at 12:17pm —
*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
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 27, 2008 at 11:31am —
NEWARK, N.J. — Bukhari Washington had resisted the lure of gangs and drugs that derailed the lives of so many in his tough Newark neighborhood.
But that resolve couldn't stop the bullet that tore through the 15-year-old's head on Aug. 14, killing him as he slept in his own bed.
Another teen living one floor down said the bullet accidentally fired as he was "fiddling" with a semiautomatic assault rifle he bought for… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 26, 2008 at 12:13pm —
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
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 26, 2008 at 12:05pm —
*Snoop Dogg is about to focus a great deal of attention to the promotion of his clothing line, Rich & Infamous.
According to Variety, the Long Beach rapper intends to plug the label extensively across the various entertainment properties with which he's involved, including his E! reality TV series "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood" and through product placement in films and music videos. .
Additionally, Snoop's CD packaging will include… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 26, 2008 at 11:38am —
HELENA/WEST HELENA, AR – Authorities say a woman threw a baby, face down in the mud while trying to run from police.
According to a police report, an officer saw a woman getting into a car with a baby in her arms at a gas station in Helena/West Helena, Arkansas. The officer says he went over to ask the woman if she was going to put the child in a car seat, when she gave him a fake name.
After checking the woman’s real name, the officer… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 23, 2008 at 12:00am —
A Blacksburg man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in 2007. Travis Sentell Parker, 28, was found guilty of murder Wednesday after of a three-day jury trial in Gaffney. He is not eligible for parole.
According to prosecutors, Parker fatally shot 27-year-old Moraine Foote on June 22, 2007. Foote suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach about 5:20 p.m. while he stood outside of a home near the… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 15, 2008 at 3:07pm —
BEIJING, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Five facts about American swimmer Michael Phelps who took his career tally to an unprecedented 11 Olympic gold medals on Wednesday.
* Phelps comes from a broken home in Baltimore. His policeman father Fred and school teacher mother Debbie separated when he was only seven. Elder sister Whitney, also a swimmer, has written that she used the swimming pool as a refuge from the yelling.
* When he was 10, Phelps attended the 1996 Olympic Trials to… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 15, 2008 at 9:30am —
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Police say two local women used a baby to help steal money from a charity jar.
South Euclid Police say 24-year-old Laketta Dunlap and 20-year-old Alberta Ragland, stole a Children's Miracle Network charity jar, from the Speedway gas station on Mayfield Road.
Surveillance video shows the two women walking into the store and buying lottery tickets.
Sgt. Ben Parisi says Dunlap then grabbed the… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 10, 2008 at 5:41pm —
Deputies were called to the area of Poppy Hill Road at about 6 p.m. to reports of shots fired. Witnesses said a black Mercedes was driving back and forth on the road before a passenger opened fire on Willie Tolbert IV,who was walking down the street at the time, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. He was not… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 8, 2008 at 9:30pm —
Ministers, police officers and neighbors all gathered at the site of a recent drive-by shooting Monday to highlight the need for community action against violence.
The little green house on Pierce Street where 16-year-old Kymberlee Moore was shot last week still bears a bullet hole near its front door.
Kymberlee, a student at E.C. Glass High School, was shot in the back on July 28 while sitting on the front porch with her family. A… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 6, 2008 at 8:30pm —
In what may be his first big screen role since 'Blade II', Entertainment Weekly posted the first look of Wesley Snipes, along with Don Cheadle, in 'Brooklyn's Finest', which is being directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.
Snipes will play a drug dealer and Cheadle is an undercover officer, respectively.
Also staring in the… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 5, 2008 at 4:52pm —
*The Jacksons will be honored as BMI Icons at the 8th Annual Urban Music Awards scheduled for Sept. 4 in Los Angeles.
Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and, joining in 1976, younger brother Randy, will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute during the ceremony to be held at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. Whether or not all six siblings will show up for the unofficial reunion remains to be seen.
BMI Icon status is… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 5, 2008 at 4:43am —
*Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is seeking a court order to stop Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. from using his likeness in a video game without his permission.
The character, part of the "Real Old School Teams and Players' series, sports the number 32 jersey and is featured as a muscular, African-American running back in the game's "All Brown's Team,' stated the complaint filed Friday in state court in New… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 4, 2008 at 10:50am —
BATON ROUGE, La. — Two months ago, as he left the trailer park he called home after Hurricane Katrina, Alton Love, 41, just knew he was on the brink of getting a working car, an apartment and a good job to support the 9-year-old daughter he is raising on his own. Doris Fountain was in a comfortable hotel, waiting on a water heater and an air-conditioner for her once-flooded house in New Orleans.…
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on August 4, 2008 at 10:13am —
A rolling shootout littered several blocks between Jackson and Summer with shell casings Tuesday and puzzled investigators, who spent most of the afternoon trying to figure out exactly what happened and why.
A brown Pontiac Bonneville that was involved in the shootings slammed into a Chevy pickup and a Nissan minivan at Summer and Hudson amid the gunfire, injuring a woman and a baby in the minivan and forcing officers to close Summer Avenue for… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on July 30, 2008 at 1:33pm —
Police yesterday arrested the man they said beat to death a 38-year-old landscaper with seven children last week in West Philadelphia and then made off with the victim's wallet.
The suspect is the man seen - with two small boys in tow - on a widely circulated surveillance video buying three fitted baseball caps during a shopping spree about an hour after Corey Moody was bashed on the head with a brick, police said.
Billy Langley, 19,… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on July 26, 2008 at 11:30am —
This fall, Chris Rock will be heading home.
The multiple-Emmy Award winning comedian is slated to headline an all new stand up comedy special, titled 'Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger,' which premieres Sept. 27.
The 90-minute special will feature footage from three different performances; at South Africa's Carnival City Casino, New York's legendary Apollo Theatre and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London.
"I wanted to do… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on July 22, 2008 at 6:47am —
The 28-year-old man who died after shooting two Atlanta police officers was a quiet loner who received disability payments for mental problems and did not like police officers, his mother's boyfriend said Wednesday.
Montellis Clark, who was shot to death by police Tuesday after firing at them first, was seeing a therapist regularly for his mental problems and was on medication, said S.B. Willis, a contractor who has dated Clark's mother for the… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on July 17, 2008 at 12:21pm —
Police have charged three people in a plot to have two Virginia Beach police detectives and another person killed.
According to police, Ronald Mayfield Jr., an inmate at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, is charged with trying to hire another man to carry out the killings and enlist his girlfriend in the plan.
Police believe the detectives and… Continue
Added by USDA2DAY Staff on July 14, 2008 at 4:51am —