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Miguel Antonio Atilano v. The State of Texas

The State’s principal witness was S. Gibson, a Patrol Sergeant with the
Somervell County Sheriff’s Department. One night in May 2015, Gibson observed
a motorist who seemed to be having difficulty. The motorist drove his pickup truck
partly onto the shoulder of the road, activated his hazard lights, and traveled much
more slowly than the posted speed limit. The motorist event... More...
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Juan Antonio Cornejo v. The State of Texas

This case concerns the reliability requirements for the hearsay exception for statements
against penal interest where a co-defendant implicates the defendant in capital murder. Santos
Gonzalez, a resident of Socorro, TX, came home in the early afternoon after spending time at the
Speaking Rock Casino. His neighbor, who was out in her front yard, told him she had heard
gunshot... More...
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Christroyvius DeJuan Mason v. The State of Texas

On the day of the incident, Mason and his brother, Parris Hughes, were assisting their close
friends, Grundy and Grundy’s brother, Dewey Hale, in moving out of their then-current residence
in Paris, Texas. A squabble between Grundy and Mason arose because Grundy accused Mason of
having stolen a gold medallion necklace from him. The squabble escalated quite quickly and
Mason s... More...
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Deion Reed v. The State of Texas

On the night of May 15, 2012, the Longview Police Department (LPD) received reports
that shots had just been fired in the Signal Hill apartment complex parking lot. LPD officers
Dennis Phillips and Benny Cooks were dispatched to Signal Hill with instructions to be on the
lookout for an orange Mitsubishi Eclipse, which they soon spotted. While witnesses urged Phillips
to quick... More...
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Lauro Pablo Valdez, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Valdez was indicted for the murder of Manuel Rodriguez. Valdez pled not guilty, and the
case proceeded to a jury trial. At trial, the trial court admitted video recordings from Valdez’s
home security cameras. One video recording, which has no audio, shows the following:
-A red SUV pulled up to Valdez’s residence at approximately 8:19 a.m. Rodriguez exited the vehicle and approached... More...
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Herbert Hoover Pratt III v. The State of Texas

Appellant Herbert Hoover Pratt III was arrested pursuant to a warrant after
he answered the front door of his house in response to the police’s knock. Police
discovered cocaine in his pocket during the post-arrest frisk for weapons and
contraband. Pratt was charged with and convicted of possession of a controlled
1See Tex. R. A... More...
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State of Ohio v. Aaron Dean

The victim in this case, referred to as “I.M.R.,” offered the following
testimony at trial. I.M.R. is a married, mother of three. Between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. on
April 20, 2016, I.M.R. was walking on Lagrange Street in downtown Toledo, near the
Gold Star liquor store, talking on her cell phone with a friend. A person, whom she
identified in court as Dean, approached her from b... More...
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The defendant, Donald Raynor, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a). On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court (1) improperly denied the defendant’s motion in limine to exclude or limit the scope of the testimony of the state’s expert witness on firearm and toolmark identification, and (2) abuse... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - CT)


The facts of this tragic case, which arises out of events that transpired more than forty years ago, are set forth in considerable detail in the habeas court’s memorandum of decision and in this court’s decision on the petitioner’s direct appeal.2 See State v. Skakel, supra, 276 Conn. 640–53. For present purposes, we focus our attention on those facts and procedural history that are most relevant ... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - FL)


Joseph Reverdes challenges his convictions and sentences for three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of home invasion robbery with a firearm. He was convicted following a jury trial, and the trial court sentenced him on each of the attempted murder convictions to life in prison as a habitual felony offender
with a thirty-year prison releasee reoffender (PRR) mandatory min... More...
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On the evening of February 6, 2017, Shearer was arrested for the murder of
Butler Tony and transported to the Butler County Jail. Once there, Shearer confessed to
detectives to shooting Tony in the head. Two days later, on February 8, 2017, Shearer
appeared at her arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. Thereafter, on March 3, 2017,
a preliminary hearing was held befo... More...
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United States of America v. Anthony Foye Eastern District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, VA - Nine Trey Gangster Sentenced to Life for Four Murders

A member of the Nine Trey Gangsters was sentenced on May 2, 2018 to life in prison for his role in four murders and several additional non-fatal shootings.

According to court documents, Anthony Foye, 26, of Suffolk, is a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a street gang with members in states across the East Coast... More...
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West was an addict and dealer of methamphetamine and opiates. He
regularly used and sold methamphetamine with Matthew Cizek. Over time, West
“decided to stop giving [Cizek] drugs” because he believed Cizek was “becoming
very paranoid” and “saying lots of crazy things,” and Cizek “never seemed to have
any money” to pay for the drugs he was supposed to be selling for West. How... More...
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United States of America v. Terrance Nathaniel Brown, aka War; Clifford Alexander Jennings, aka Big Cliff; Ronnie Monroe Nicholas Jr., aka RG; Michael Jamal Jones, aka M. Stone; and Jermaine Shiquill Epps, aka Money Western District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, VA - Five Gang Members Who Smuggled Drugs into Virginia Prisons Sentenced to Prison

Five members of the Mad Stone Bloods (MSB) gang were sentenced this week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke for their roles in a criminal conspiracy that involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into Virginia prisons, and the facilitation of the ... More...
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Defendant, Cody Ficklen, was one of fourteen defendants indicted on August
26, 2016, for one count of conspiracy to racketeer, a violation of La.R.S. 15:1353(D),
one count of racketeering, a violation of La.R.S. 15:1353(C), and one count of being
a member of a criminal street gang, a violation of La.R.S. 15:1403. Defendant filed
a Motion to Quash and a Motion for Bill of Parti... More...
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On February 13, 2015, Kiasha Clovis and Defendant’s sister, Melissa Hayes,
were involved in an altercation in an apartment that the two women shared in
Alexandria. Melissa Hayes was in the process of moving out and was being
assisted by her boyfriend, Devonte Davis, her sister, Myra Hayes, Mr. Davis’s
mother and sister, and Defendant. The Davises, along with Myra and Defendan... More...
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On February 10, 2016, Defendant and his wife, Clarissa, were engaged in a
physical altercation at their Anacoco, Louisiana, home. Defendant placed Clarissa
in a choke hold, where he held her until she passed out. Sometime between 12:00
and 12:30 a.m., Defendant went to the home of his neighbor, Mr. Justin Kay, and
asked if he could use his phone because his wife had hidden th... More...
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State of Kentucky v. Austin Moore

Frankfort, KY - Jury Finds Young Man Guilty of Manslaughter

The State of Kentucky charged Austin Moore, age 20, with second-degree murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs resulting in an accident that caused the death of Alyssa Hutcherson, 18, and injuring another teen.

The State claimed that he drank alcohol, sm... More...
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New York, NY - Hector Rivera Sentenced To Life In Prison Plus 25 Years For Ordering 2004 Murder Of Jeweler In Midtown Manhattan

Hector Rivera was sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire conspiracy, and use of a firearm resulting in death, in connection with his role in ordering the 2004 murder of Eduard Nektalov, a Manhattan diamond dealer. RIVERA w... More...
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Shermon Valentine Ranson v. The State of Texas

In a single issue on appeal, Appellant argues that the evidence presented at trial is insufficient to support the verdict of the jury. Specifically, Appellant argues that the evidence is insufficient to prove that Appellant acted as a party to the murder. We review the sufficiency of the evidence under the standard of review set forth in Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307 (1979). Brooks v. State,... More...   $0 (05-02-2018 - TX)


In 1978, Youpee was convicted of murder in federal court and sentenced to life in
federal prison. In 2009, while on federal parole, Youpee committed the offense of
Robbery, a felony, in violation of § 45-5-401, MCA. In 2010, the District Courtsentenced
him toa fifteen-yearcommitment to theMontanaDepartment of Corrections with tenyears
suspended and 163 days of credit for time ... More...
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United States of America v. Richard Monroe United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Rutland, VT - Richard Monroe Pleads Guilty In Connection With The Death of Kevin DeOliveira

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on April 18, 2018, Richard Monroe, age 25, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to possessing firearms in furtherance of his cocaine trafficking and to discharging a handgun and killing ... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Tonnako Anthony Carl Miller Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Tonnako Anthony Carl Miller, age 15, and others with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, FELONY MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 05/18/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
BRIDGERS, CHASE ALLEN Disposed: CONVICTION, 12/11/2017. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT(PCRG)<... More...
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On November 24, 2016, Walton’s boyfriend, MarQuevous Watkins
(“Watkins”) asked her to give him, Zachariah Huddleston (“Huddleston”), T.F., and
J.L. a ride to Jeffrey Brentlinger’s (“Brentlinger”) house. Walton agreed to drive
these four passengers after she was offered forty dollars in gas money. Walton was
aware that T.F. and J.L. were going to Brentlinger’s house to perform... More...
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Bryson Williams appeals from his conviction and sentence on one count of
murder (proximate result of felonious assault) with a firearm specification and one count
of discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises.1
{¶ 2} Williams advances three assignments of error. First, he challenges the
weight of the evidence to sustain his convictions. Second, he alleges ineffective... More...
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