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BRYAN WILLIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

At around 7:30 p.m. on January 9, 2014, Bryan Willis and his then
girlfriend, Sara Moran, were sitting in a parked late model SUV on the side of
the road near a gravel pit in Leitchfield. Officer Jesse Townsend noticed them
as he came from the other direction and stopped to make sure everything was
okay. Willis then drove off. In response, Officer Townsend turned on his lights <... More...
   $0 (09-04-2016 - KY)

JOEL DAVID SEARCY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

Searcy contends that a paranoid-delusional episode brought on by his
active methamphetamine addiction explains his conduct on the day in
question. On that day, Searcy drove his childhood friend, Mahailey Harrod, and
her children to a doctor's appointment. On the way back home, they drove past
the mobile-home park where Searcy worked, and he became paranoid after
seeing peo... More...
   $0 (09-04-2016 - KY)

DAVID ALAN JENKINS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

The record indicates that in early 2006, the alleged victim in this case,
"Jane," was residing at the Genesis Home in Mayfield, Graves County,
Kentucky. At that time the Mayfield Genesis Home provided group-home
services to girls. According to the Commonwealth, Jane had been sent there in
conjunction with a juvenile prosecution. Jane revealed to one of the home's
counselor... More...
   $0 (09-04-2016 - KY)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. CHARLES ANTHONY McGRADY

This appeal arises from defendant Charles Anthony McGrady’s first-degree
murder conviction for the shooting death of his cousin James Allen Shore Jr.
Defendant admitted to shooting Mr. Shore. The central issue at trial was whether
defendant shot and killed Mr. Shore in lawful defense of himself and his adult son
Brandon McGrady. Defendant sought to introduce expert witness t... More...
   $0 (09-03-2016 - NC)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. PARIS JUJUAN TODD

Defendant was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon on 14 June 2012
and defendant appealed that conviction to this Court. In his first appeal, defendant
raised two issues: “(1) the trial court erred when it denied defendant’s motion for a
continuance made on the first day of trial, and alternatively, (2) he received
ineffective assistance of counsel.” State v. Todd, 22... More...
   $0 (09-03-2016 - NC)

State of Oklahoma v. Erik Sherney Williams

Tulsa, OK - Man Gets Life Without Parole For Killing Ex-Girlfriend

The State of Oklahoma charged Erick Sherney Williams, age 39, with first-degree murder for killing Christian Shockley, age 24, on October 8, 2014. The victiom was attempting to terminate her relationship with Williams when she was shot outside her apartment.

It was not contested that Defendant shot the decedent. ... More...
   $0 (09-03-2016 - OK)

State of Georgia v. Janna Thompson

Atlanta, GA - Woman Found Innocent of Second-Degree Murder of 3-Year-Ol-

The State of Georgia charged Janna Thompson, age 58, with second-degree murder and cruelty to children as a result of the death of 3-year-old Max Stephens who wrapped twine around his neck and then attempting to go down a slide.

The death of the child from asphyxiation occurred when he was left alone.... More...
   $0 (09-03-2016 - GA)

:STATE OF MISSOURI vs. JEFFREY L. BRUNER

In State v. Smith, 456 S.W.3d 849 (Mo. banc 2015), our supreme court considered the
failure of the trial court to submit a self-defense instruction. As it commenced the discussion of
the factual and procedural background, the court reviewed the evidence “in the light most favorable
to the verdict[.]” Id. at 850. We do not do so here because in reviewing whether the trial court More...
   $0 (09-03-2016 - MO)

VERNON GEORGE CHRISTIAN v. STATE OF MISSOURI

Based on the applicable standard of review, our summary of the relevant facts supporting
Movant’s conviction on direct appeal included only evidence favorable to the jury’s verdict. To
place Movant’s ineffective assistance claim in context, we here include some additional evidence
and procedural background. James King (“King”) provided the following testimony at the November 2010 ... More...
   $0 (09-03-2016 - MO)

United States of America v. Christopher Allen

Lexington - Lexington Man sentenced to more than 30 years for distributing fentanyl and heroin resulting in death

A Lexington man has been sentenced to 365 months in federal prison, for distributing heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 29 year-old woman, who had given birth just two weeks before her death.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced 44 ... More...
   $0 (09-02-2016 - KY)

State of Missouri vs. Anthony Curtis

On January 29, 2012, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Ebony and Errianna Washington
witnessed two groups fighting on the corner of 16th Street and Biddle Street with five to fifteen
people involved. At the time, Ebony lived at 1550 Biddle Street, sharing a common porch with
her great-grandmother, Mary Hubbard, and Errianna lived nearby at 1647 Cole Street. When the
fight started, Ms... More...
   $0 (09-02-2016 - MO)

United States of America v. Randy Exavier Greene

Amarillo, TX - Couple Enter Guilty Pleas in Murder-for-Hire Case

Randy Exavier Greene, 21, formerly of Stratford, Texas, pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging one count of conspiracy to use an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire. Greene’s co-conspirator, Brandi Nicole Blanco, 31, of Dalhart, Texas, previously pleaded guilty.

Each fa... More...
   $0 (09-02-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Koby Dean Johnson

Cheyenne, WY - Fort Washakie Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for First-Degree Murder

Koby Dean Johnson, 52, of Fort Washakie, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on August 26, 2016, for first degree murder and for causing death through the use of a firearm. Johnson was arrested in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. He received life terms of imprisonment on bot... More...
   $0 (09-01-2016 - WY)

BRIAN DARNELL JOHNSON V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

The complainant, Don Miles, testified that appellant is his “brother” or
“half-brother” because they “share the same sister” and were “close.” On September
24, 2013, the complainant attended a “family gathering” at “Obie’s Pool Hall”—“[a]
little, small brick building” with “a few pool tables” and “slot machines.” Also, in
attendance were appellant, Charles Douglas and Alex,2 ... More...
   $0 (09-01-2016 - TX)

Jay Colby Fitzgerald v. The State of Texas

Natty Gonzalez-Roman testified at trial that she stopped at the Fiesta grocery
store at 10401 Jensen at about 8:00 a.m. on July 2, 2014. While Gonzalez-Roman
was in the store, surveillance video of the parking lot shows a black car parking
next to Gonzalez-Roman’s vehicle. Gonzalez-Roman testified that as she was
putting her groceries into her car, she noticed the black car w... More...
   $0 (09-01-2016 - TX)

Weylin W. Alford v. The State of Texas

While appellant was an inmate in the Harris County Jail, the complainant,
Detention Officer M. Lee, noticed that he could not see inside appellant’s jail cell
because the window had been covered by newspaper. Before entering the cell, the
complainant summoned help from other officers. After opening the door to
appellant’s cell, the complainant saw appellant in the middle of t... More...
   $0 (09-01-2016 - TX)

State of Nebraska v. Bruce V. Rask

According to evidence presented at trial, on January 16,
2014, Rask got off work around 11:30 p.m. to midnight. He
procured a 12-pack of Bud Light beer before leaving work.
Rask then picked up his friend, Carson Corr. They drove to the
home of another mutual friend, where Rask and Corr each had
one or two beers. Rask and Corr stayed at the friend’s house
until approximately... More...
   $0 (09-01-2016 - NE)

State of Oklahoma v. Doreatha Poland

Tulsa, OK - Woman Found Guilty of Setting Fire That Killed Boyfriend

The State of Oklahoma charged Doreatha Poland with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, FELONY MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 11/03/2013

A. A person commits murder in the first degree when that person unlawfully and with malice aforethought causes the death of ... More...
   $0 (09-01-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Dale Edward White

Man Involved in Shooting Death of His Father Sentenced to Prison

An Iowa man who illegally possessed firearms was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

Dale Edward White, 25, from Nashua, Iowa, received the prison term after a April 27, 2016, guilty plea to possession of a firearm and ammunition as a prohibited person. White was prohibited from possessing firearm... More...
   $0 (08-31-2016 - IA)

United States of America v. Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla

Aberdeen, MS - Mississippi Man Sentenced to Eight Years In Prison For Conspiring To Provide Material Support To ISIL

Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 23, of Starkville, Mississippi, was sentenced today to serve 96 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

On March 13, Dakhlal... More...
   $0 (08-30-2016 - MS)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. RENÉ MÁRQUEZ-PÉREZ

A fair proceeding before a fair
tribunal is a basic requirement of due process. See In re
Murchison, 349 U.S. 133, 136 (1955). Claiming that judicial
misconduct, inadequate preparation time, and attorney
ineffectiveness denied him a fair proceeding, René Márquez-Pérez
asks us to vacate his conviction and sentence. We hold that the
judge's conduct of the trial, thou... More...
   $0 (08-30-2016 - PR)

In Re: Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Al-Nashir

Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Al-Nashiri is the alleged mastermind of the bombings of the U.S.S. Cole and the French supertanker the M/V Limburg, as well as the attempted bombing of the U.S.S. The Sullivans. Together, the completed attacks killed 18 crew members and injured dozens more. The government charged Al-Nashiri with nine offenses for his role in the attacks and convened a military commiss... More...   $0 (08-30-2016 - DC)

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v IVAN RAMOS

Defendant was convicted following a jury trial of two counts of murder in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man and a woman inside a Montgomery County apartment (133 AD3d 904 [2015], lvs denied 26 NY3d 1143, 1149 [2016]). He was sentenced as a second felony offender to an aggregate term of life in prison without the... More...   $0 (08-30-2016 - NY)

LUIS MATTOS v. STATE OF FLORIDA

Following the entry of a plea of no contest with a reservation of rights, Luis Mattos appeals the trial court’s denial of his motion to suppress. We find that the trial court erred in failing to suppress a portion of the evidence. Accordingly, we affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand for further proceedings.
The state charged Mattos with felony driving under the influence based on h... More...
   $0 (08-28-2016 - FL)

Scott Mansfield v. State of Florida

This case is before this Court on appeal from an order denying Scott
Mansfield’s motion to vacate a judgment of conviction of first-degree murder and
a sentence of death under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851. We have
jurisdiction. See Art. V, § 3(b)(1), Fla. Const. For the reasons below, we affirm.
Mansfield was convicted of the first-degree murder of Sara Robles ... More...
   $0 (08-28-2016 - FL)

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