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Benjamon Ray Stewart a/k/a Benjamon Todd Stewart v. The State of Texas

On July 23, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m., Stewart
played pool and drank three or four beers at a bar in Fort Worth. After leaving
the bar, Stewart made purchases at a nearby Walmart store, once at 11:31 p.m.
and again at 12:46 a.m. A Walmart employee, who helped Stewart load his
items into his truck after his second shopping trip, noticed that Stewart ha... More...
   $0 (06-08-2016 - TX)

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Kareem Turner

Norfolk, VA - Defendant Found Guilty of Murder With 45 Year Sentence Recommendation

The Commonwealth of Virginia charged Kareem Turner with first-degree murder, attempted robbery and firearms violations in conjunction with the shooting death of Dajuan Glover in 2014.

The gun used in the shooting was found in that Glover had the keys to when he was arrested.

The Commonwea... More...
   $0 (06-07-2016 - VA)

Kelli Tyrrell v. BNSF Railway Company

The plaintiffs in these consolidated appeals, Robert Nelson and Kelli Tyrrell
(Tyrrell), as Special Administrator of the Estate of Brent Tyrrell (Brent), pled violations
of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. §§ 51 through 60, for injuries
allegedly sustained while Nelson and Brent were employed by BNSF Railway Company
in states other than Montana. Both act... More...
   $0 (06-07-2016 - MT)

State of Colorado v. Alishia Huerena

Golden, CO - Woman Gets 16 Years For Fatal Car Crash

The State of Colorado charged Alishia Huerena, age 35, with reckless manslaughter for causing a wreck on U.S. 6 that killed Kimberly Henderson, age 51. The State claimed that Huerena grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle in which she was a passenger causing it to run into Henderson's Toyota 4Runner, which, in turn, caused her to ru... More...
   $0 (06-07-2016 - CO)


The defendant, George Michael Leniart, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a),1 and three counts of capital felony in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 1995) § 53a54b (5), (7) and (9), as amended by Public Acts 1995, No. 95-16, § 4.2 The defendant claims that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a... More...   $0 (06-07-2016 - CT)

Ralph Byrd Cooper, Jr. v. State of Tennessee

This case arises from the Petitioner‟s rape of the victim in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Based on this incident, an Anderson County grand jury indicted the Petitioner for aggravated assault and aggravated rape. The State dismissed the aggravated assault charge prior to trial. On direct appeal, our Supreme Court summarized the underlying facts of the case as follows:
According to the victi... More...
   $0 (06-06-2016 - TN)

Jean Dedmon v. Debbie Steelman, et al.

Jean and Fred Dedmon (collectively, ―Plaintiffs‖) filed this lawsuit against John T. Cook, seeking to recover for injuries arising out of a car accident. Plaintiffs alleged that Mrs. Dedmon incurred medical expenses totaling $52,482.87, and they attached her medical bills to the complaint. Defendant Cook filed an answer specifically denying that the medical bills attached to the comp... More...   $0 (06-06-2016 - TN)

Judy Childress, et al. v. United Parcel Service Inc., et al

This case arises from a motor vehicle accident between Don W. Childress and a United Parcel Service (“UPS”) vehicle operated by Matthew Medley (together with UPS, “Appellants”). The accident occurred on August 29, 2012, in Dyer County, Tennessee. Mr. Childress died approximately three months later. Following his death, Mr. Childress’s widow, Judy Childress (“Appellee”) filed a lawsuit against A... More...   $0 (06-06-2016 - TN)

Commonwealth v. Millien

On the evening of October 20, 2009, the
defendant's six month old daughter, Jahanna, was rushed to the
emergency room, unconscious and unresponsive. She was diagnosed
with traumatic brain injury, and scans of her brain showed
retinal hemorrhages, subdural hematoma, and brain swelling, the
three symptoms known as "the triad" associated with shaken baby
syndrome. The ... More...
   $0 (06-06-2016 - MA)

Commonwealth v. Lyons

The defendant, Marie E. Lyons, is serving a life
sentence for the murder in the second degree of Gerard Charron.1
She appeals from the denial of her postconviction motion,
brought pursuant to G. L. c. 278A, § 3 (§ 3 motion), in which
she sought access to biological evidence for the purpose of
conducting deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing. The key
evidence consists... More...
   $0 (06-06-2016 - MA)

State of New Mexico v. Corey Franklin

Las Cruces, NM - Corey Franklin sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend

A Las Cruces man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend in January 2015.

Corey Franklin, now 25, was convicted of first-degree murder after stabbing and beating his girlfriend, Graciela Hernandez, to death.

The incident happened outside a home in the 1400 block of Ecli... More...
   $0 (06-04-2016 - NM)

Benjamin Robert Harper v. The State of Texas

The complainant, Kimberly Lockett, testified that on the night of May 14,
2014, while she was asleep in her bed, appellant, who was her boyfriend, broke
through the front door of her apartment. Although he lived with her and normally
carried a key, he had been out of town earlier that day, and she, not expecting him
to return that night, had engaged the deadbolt lock on the fr... More...
   $0 (06-04-2016 - TX)

Feanyichi Ezekwesi Uvukansi v. The State of Texas

Frazier Thompson testified that on June 20, 2012, immediately after his
performance at a rap concert at The Blue Room nightclub (the “nightclub”), he
walked outside into the nightclub’s parking lot and towards his car, which he had
valeted “right in front of the club.” Within a “few seconds” of stepping into the
parking lot, someone shot him in the back. Frazier, who was stan... More...
   $0 (06-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Olaf James Haugen

Billings, MT - Lame Deer Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Prison for Rape

Olaf James Haugen, 29, of Lame Deer was sentenced today to 210 months in prison and 10 years’ supervised release for rape.

Haugan was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse following a two-day jury trial in Billings in December of 2015. Haugen was indicted by a grand jury in January on the single cou... More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - MT)

United States of America v. Cristobal Ortiz a/k/a Filero

Seattle, WA - Long Time Skagit County Violent Drug Dealer Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

Guns, Drugs, Cash seized from Defendant with Lengthy Criminal History

A long-time Skagit County, Washington drug dealer and gang member was sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. CRIST... More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - WA)


On October 9, 2014, the State charged Colvin by information with attempted
deliberate homicide in the September 4, 2014 shooting of Michael Aja. At the time of the
incident Aja was sitting in his Jeep vehicle. Colvin claimed that he was holding the pistol
inside the driver’s side window when it accidently fired and hit Aja. On the same day as
the shooting, law enforcement o... More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - MT)

Fleury v. IntraWest Winter Park Operations Corp

In this case, we determine whether an avalanche that occurs within the bounds
of a ski resort qualifies as an “inherent danger[] and risk[] of skiing” under the Ski
Safety Act of 1979, §§ 33-44-101 to -114, C.R.S. (2015) (the “SSA” or “Act”). If so, the
statute would preclude skiers from bringing claims against ski area operators for
injuries resulting from these kinds of aval... More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - CO)

United States of America v. Matthew Policarpio

Newark, NJ - Essex County, New Jersey, Man Admits Role In Oxycodone Distribution Ring

An Essex County, New Jersey, man admitted to his role in a conspiracy to illegally obtain and distribute oxycodone in New Jersey.

Matthew Policarpio, 28, of Newark, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

According to documents f... More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - NJ)


At the conclusion of a two-day trial in September 2013, a
jury convicted defendant of a single count of second-degree
eluding, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2(b), based on evidence that defendant
was driving his tinted-window vehicle1 at an excessive speed and
failed to comply with a police officer's direction that he come
to a stop. Defendant was sentenced to a nine-year prison term More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - NJ)


On October 15, 2007, a Monmouth County Grand Jury indicted
defendant on three counts of first-degree aggravated
manslaughter, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4(a)(1) (counts one, two and
three); three counts of second-degree vehicular homicide,
N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5(a) (counts four, five and six); one count of
second-degree aggravated assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(1) (count
seven); one coun... More...
   $0 (06-02-2016 - NJ)

United States of America v. Roy D. Reynolds

Bowling Green, KY - Franklin, Kentucky, Physician Guilty Of Illegal Distribution Of Controlled Substances

Prescribed opiate pain medications outside the course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.

Two patients died while under his care.

A Franklin, Kentucky, physician pleaded guilty of the illegal distribution of controlled substance... More...
   $0 (06-01-2016 - KY)

The State of Florida vs. Daryl Miller

Daryl Miller was charged with violating section 322.34(5) of the Florida
Statutes titled “[d]riving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or
disqualified.” See § 322.34(5), Fla. Stat. (2014).1 The trial court treated Miller’s
sworn motion to dismiss as a motion for reduction of charges to the lesser included
offense of driving without a valid driver’s license. See § 322... More...
   $0 (06-01-2016 - FL)

Leshannon Jerome Shelly v. State of Florida*

Leshannon Shelly appeals his judgment and sentence after the trial court denied his motion to suppress a videotaped confession and a jury found him guilty of first degree murder with a firearm and attempted first degree murder with a firearm. Shelly argues his confession should have been suppressed because (1) he invoked his right to an attorney and (2) his confession was involuntary based on the... More...   $0 (06-01-2016 - FL)

Angelo Atwell v. State of Florida

Angelo Atwell was sixteen years old when, in August 1990, he committed
armed robbery and first-degree murder. Under the statute then in effect, Atwell
was sentenced for the first-degree murder to a mandatory term of life
imprisonment, with the possibility of parole after twenty-five years, and was
sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the armed <... More...
   $0 (06-01-2016 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Travis Tate

This is Defendant‟s direct appeal from his convictions for causing the death of Demarcus Smith and the injury of Kevin Miller at a BP gas station on July 18, 2012, in Shelby County. Defendant was indicted for one count of first degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, and one count of employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
Mr. Smith and... More...
   $0 (06-01-2016 - TN)

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