Rob Krentz, a prominent Arizona rancher, was found shot to death 30 miles from the Mexican border in 2010, and the case was used to justify the state’s harsh immigration laws. But seven years later, it is far from certain that his killer was in the U.S. illegally.
Escapees Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe were denied bail at arraignment in Georgia on Wednesday following their return from Tennessee, where they were apprehended last week. They are accused of killing two prison officers during their escape.
Officer Roy Oliver shot and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, as he rode in a car with four other youths last Saturday night. The arrest warrant affidavit says another officer used his gun to break the car’s rear window before Oliver got behind the officer and fired several rounds into the car as it drove past.
The seven bounty hunters and bondsmen were looking for a wanted fugitive when they confronted four men in a car outside a Clarksville, Tenn., Walmart. But the fugitive was not in the car, and the bounty hunters have been charged for shooting Jalen Johnson, who was not wanted.
Reports have been circulating for weeks that gay men in Chechnya are being rounded up and taken to an unofficial detention center where they are being beaten or killed. Chechen strongman Ramzan A. Kadyrov has denied the reports, insisting homosexuality does not exist in his country.
Timothy Caughman, 66, was a benevolent man content with an unassuming life. Fate placed him in the path of a crazed killer who traveled to New York to commit a racially motivated murder. N.R. Kleinfield of The New York Times pays homage to the victim with a tender profile.
James Dale Ritchie, 40, was a promising athlete whose life had been lost to narcotics. He was killed by other officers after ambushing an Anchorage cop in his patrol car. His gun has been linked to five homicides in July and August in the Alaska city. Ritchie once wrote to a judge, “I’ve ruined my life.”
Officer Jason Stockley is charged with murder in the December 2011 shooting of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, following a high-speed chase. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says new video evidence suggests that a silver handgun found in Smith’s vehicle may have been planted by Stockley, whose DNA was found on the weapon.
The findings confirm a trend reported in a National Institute of Justice study. “The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented,” wrote criminologist Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis who looked at homicide data in 56 large cities.
New York’s highest court appears troubled by the use of recorded jail calls as evidence against accused criminals. Attorneys for Pedro Hernandez, scheduled for a second murder trial next month in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz in Manhattan, have moved to bar prosecutors from using jail phone conversations against him.