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Police: Boy wounded in shooting that killed parents has died

Police say a 4-year-old boy has died after being wounded in a shooting that killed his estranged parents in southwestern Michigan.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley said the shooting Thursday morning outside a home killed Julina G. Gibson and Nicholas A. Mitchell and left the child in critical condition.

Coakley told the Kalamazoo Gazette the boy, Nicholas J. Mitchell, died later Thursday at a hospital.

Police haven’t released details, but described the shooting as a murder-suicide.

Gibson’s mother, Linda Newkirk, told reporters the shooting occurred while Nicholas A. Mitchell was dropping off the child after an overnight visit. Newkirk said he shot the boy and Gibson before shooting himself.

Newkirk said her daughter and Mitchell had been arguing about visitation of the boy.

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-boy-wounded-shooting-killed-parents-died-51061266

Defense Expert: Shot That Killed Kathryn Steinle Fired From Low to the Ground

A firearms expert called by the defense in the San Francisco murder trial over the 2015 slaying of Kathryn Steinle testified Monday that the gun used to kill her was likely less than 2 feet off the ground when the fatal shot was fired.

James Norris, a former San Francisco criminalist and director of the police department’s forensics division, was the first witness called by attorneys for defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.

The bulk of Norris’ testimony focused on the bullet’s behavior after it ricocheted off the concrete of a pedestrian pier and flew approximately 78 feet to hit Steinle in the lower back. He said the bullet’s path after the ricochet was impossible to predict, aligning with the defense argument that Garcia Zarate didn’t mean to shoot Steinle.

“It loses it’s accuracy immediately when it strikes the ground,” Norris said from the witness stand. He said it might have changed direction to

Read more at: https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/11/06/defense-expert-shot-that-killed-kathryn-steinle-fired-from-low-to-the-ground/

UPDATE: Laflin fire that killed two children ruled arson – Wilkes Barre Times

LAFLIN — Two children are dead and another injured after a house fire that was intentionally set Wednesday night, and a Wilkes-Barre man is in custody for unrelated crimes, authorities say.

Officials ruled the fire an arson at a 5 p.m. press conference at the State Police barracks in Wyoming.

Meanwhile, State Police searched a Wilkes-Barre home as part of their investigation into the fire.

According to a police press release:

Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Luzerne County 911 received a report of a blaze at 60 Oakwood Drive. State Police arrived and found three boys inside the residence.

Two — a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old — were pronounced dead at the scene by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office. The third — an 8-year-old — was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Luzerne County Deputy Coroner Dan Hughes identified the two boys as Devon Major, 12, and Erik Dupree, 16. The cause of death

Read more at: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/680145/police-release-details-on-laflin-fire-that-killed-two-wb-home-being-searched

Judge: Jury must decide if handcuffed man killed himself – ABC News

A jury must decide whether the shooting death of a handcuffed man in the rear of a patrol car was a suicide, accident or “at the hand of a sheriff’s deputy,” a federal judge said in a ruling filed Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna refused to throw out a lawsuit against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and a deputy over the March 2014 death of 22-year-old Victor White III.

The Justice Department and state prosecutors ruled out criminal charges in White’s death, but the judge said the manner of White’s death hasn’t been “conclusively established.”

“Whether White died deliberately by his own hand, accidentally, or at the hand of a sheriff’s deputy is an ultimate question to be decided by the jury, and the jury’s function in that regard should not be usurped,” Hanna wrote in a 54-page ruling.

The judge said there are “factual

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Judge: Jury must decide if handcuffed man killed himself

A jury must decide whether the shooting death of a handcuffed man in the rear of a patrol car was a suicide, accident or “at the hand of a sheriff’s deputy,” a federal judge said in a ruling filed Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna refused to throw out a lawsuit against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and a deputy over the March 2014 death of 22-year-old Victor White III.

The Justice Department and state prosecutors ruled out criminal charges in White’s death, but the judge said the manner of White’s death hasn’t been “conclusively established.”

“Whether White died deliberately by his own hand, accidentally, or at the hand of a sheriff’s deputy is an ultimate question to be decided by the jury, and the jury’s function in that regard should not be usurped,” Hanna wrote in a 54-page ruling.

The judge said there are “factual

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-jury-decide-handcuffed-man-killed-50660093