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Officer Says Steinle Killing Could Have Been an Accident

Kate Steinle.

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — A police investigator who analyzed the scene of Kate Steinle’s shooting death on San Francisco’s Pier 14 testified for most of the day Monday in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate.

The most telling statement Monday, for the defense, may have been police crime scene investigator John Evans’ acknowledgment that he was aware that if a handgun falls from high enough it can accidentally fire, and that he could not rule that out in this case.

Garcia-Zarate, 45, is charged with second-degree murder and gun charges for shooting Steinle as she walked with her father on July 1, 2015. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Steinle’s death became a lightning rod for debate over sanctuary city laws and immigration enforcement, because Garcia-Zarate, a Mexican citizen, had been deported five times. Superior Court

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Police witnesses detail aftermath of Steinle killing: Defendant ‘a deer in the headlights’

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Police-witnesses-detail-aftermath-of-Steinle-12306492.php


Updated 4:43 pm, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WATCH LIVE: Quinton Tellis on Trial for Killing Jessica Chambers Day 3

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The capital murder trial of 28-year-old Quinton Verdell Tellis continues on Thursday. Prosecutors say he’s responsible for the horrific death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. Court is expected to start at approximately 10am ET/9am CT in Batesville, Mississippi. At some point in the day, jurors are expected to be brought to important areas outside of court.

A grand jury indicted Tellis for lighting Chambers’ car on fire, leading to her death. Authorities said they discovered her covered in burns on almost her entire body, on December 6, 2014. The charge is capital murder because the victim passed away because of the alleged commission of third-degree arson. District 17 District Attorney John Champion has said prosecutors won’t pursue the death penalty, so if Tellis

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Jury deadlocks over mom accused of burying guns in Brandon High athlete killing

TAMPA — A jury deadlocked just two hours into deliberations, leaving a Hillsborough County judge to declare a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a mother accused of burying guns after her son shot and killed a Brandon High athlete.

“After extensive deliberation … we are not able to come to a unanimous verdict,” the jury forewoman wrote to Circuit Judge Nick Nazaretian. “More time tomorrow will not affect the verdict dispute.”

Jurors declined to comment as they left the courtroom. A second trial was set for Dec. 12.

The failed effort to reach a verdict in Heidi Quinn’s trial followed a morning of testimony that aired new information about the New Year’s Day killing of basketball player Jayquon Johnson, 17.

Until Tuesday, the only account that had been made public was that of Cody Quinn, the teen

Read more at: http://www.tbo.com/news/courts/criminal/teen-witness-tells-of-brandon-basketball-players-death-hiding-of-guns-by/2339695

Jury deadlocks over mom accused of burying guns in Brandon High athlete killing

TAMPA — A jury deadlocked just two hours into deliberations, leaving a Hillsborough County judge to declare a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a mother accused of burying guns after her son shot and killed a Brandon High athlete.

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“After extensive deliberation … we are not able to come to a unanimous verdict,” the jury forewoman wrote to Circuit Judge Nick Nazaretian. “More time tomorrow will not affect the verdict dispute.”

Jurors declined to comment as they left the courtroom. A second trial was set for Dec. 12.

The failed effort to reach a verdict in Heidi Quinn’s trial followed a morning of testimony that aired new information about the New

Read more at: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/teen-witness-tells-of-brandon-basketball-players-death-hiding-of-guns-by/2339695

Faith in DNA: Arrest of Gary Schara in 1992 killing of Lisa Ziegert shows evolution of science in criminal …

Long before it would ever be used to identify a suspect in her daughter’s homicide, Dianne “Dee” Ziegert said she had faith in the evolving science of DNA.

In 1995, just three years after Lisa Ziegert was found slain in Agawam, the Springfield Morning Union, a predecessor of The Republican, ran a brief story about a $1,100 donation her parents made to the Agawam High School science department.

The money was used to purchase equipment for genetics classes to study the relatively new science of DNA.

Reminded of the donation this week shortly after it was announced that DNA evidence led investigators to charge Gary Schara, 48, of West Springfield with the abduction, rape and murder of Lisa Ziegert, Dianne Ziegert smiled.

She followed developments in DNA science over the years, and said she always had faith it would help solve her daughter’s homicide.

“With science, everything is modern and it always gets better,” she said. “Forensics

Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/09/gary_schara_ziegert_dna_evidence.html

Victim’s mother testifies in retrial of man accused of killing Knoxville pregnant woman

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The state has a big task at hand in the Norman Clark retrial. Prosecutors are trying to convince 12 jurors that Clark is a killer.

They say he’s the only person with a motive to kill Brittany Eldridge: she was having a baby that he didn’t want and it was a threat to his freedom.

On the other hand, the defense is advancing an argument that Eldridge’s death was a burglary gone bad, a narrative that was put to the test in day four of the retrial.

Previous story: Text messages take center stage in day 3 of Norman Clark retrial

“Unfortunately I think I’m going to have to take him to court to get any help from him financially,” Assistant DA Leslie Nassios read an entry from

Read more at: http://wate.com/2017/09/14/victims-mother-testifies-in-retrial-of-man-accused-of-killing-knoxville-pregnant-woman/

Man Pleads Guilty To 1993 Killing After New Evidence Re-Opens Cold Case

A Florida man has pleaded guilty on Tuesday for a 1993 murder, and police are crediting the Oxygen show “Cold Justice” for the closure on the cold case.

Angelo E. Ruth, 61, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the death of Mattie Henry, 40, according to WINK News. Henry’s half-naked body was found in September 1993 near a recreational center. She suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

Fort Myers police said “Cold Justice” helped renew leads in the case. The forensic evidence and witness statements that the show brought out led to Ruth’s arrest in 2016.

Two years before Henry’s murder, Ruth took out a fraudulent life insurance policy on her, according to an ABC affiliate. Investigators with the show helped police confirm that Ruth forged Henry’s signature on the $100,000 life insurance policy, according to the Root. Then, publicity from the show allowed key witnesses to come forward, and

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/man-pleads-guilty-to-1993-killing-after-new-evidence-reopens-cold-case