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What The Tensing Trial Sidebar Conversations Reveal

Court documents unsealed this week reveal some of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ conversations that took part during Ray Tensing’s second trial. More documents are expected soon detailing in-chamber discussions, too.

Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for the 2015 shooting death of Sam DuBose. Two juries failed to reach verdicts and the charges were dismissed Monday. A federal civil rights violation investigation continues.

Transcripts of the sidebar conversations tell what was discussed at various points during the trial when Judge Leslie Ghiz met with assistant prosecutors Seth Tieger and Stacey DeGraffenreid and defense attorney Stew Mathews.

The first documents show the prosecution was concerned about the number of African-Americans the defense was dismissing during jury selection. Twice prosecutors requested Mathews give race-neutral reasons citing Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court decision that says one can’t use a peremptory challenge (a challenge where no reason is needed) to exclude a potential juror based

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Graphic photos shown at Mavoko 3 murder trial – Daily Nation

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A crime scene investigator on Friday tabled horrifying photographs of a victim suspected to have been killed by Syokimau Administration Police officers, last year.

Constable Bernard Kiplagat Serem said he took the photographs on July 1, after one of the bodies was seen floating at Athi River near, Donyo Sabuk Police Station in Machakos.

He said the body was stashed in a gunny bag and a diver helped retrieve it from the River. The officer said he took the photos before and after the body was pulled out of the water.


After removing it from the bag, he took the more photos, including one of the victim, naked. The body was later identified as that of boda boda operator, Josephat Mwenda.

It is clear that Mr Mwenda underwent barbaric torture before he was strangled

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Closing Arguments Underway In Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Wife

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Closing arguments were underway in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her body in the Everglades.

Around noon, prosecution had wrapped their closing arguments and defense was starting their closings in the trial of Cid Torres.

Defense told the jury they are the checks and balances of the judicial system. They said that because his wife Vilet’s body was never found there is no definitive proof of exactly what happened to her. Nevertheless, prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence that Cid killed his wife.

“Cid Torrez was jealous, possessive, manipulative, selfish and has an ego that doesn’t even fit in this courthouse,” said prosecutor Lanie Bandell.

With his fate hanging in the balance, Cid held his hands together and kept his eyes fixed on the jury. He has said he is innocent did not take the stand during his

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Defense, Prosecution Wrap In Murder Trial Of Estranged Wife

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife will hear closing arguments Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense completed their arguments in the trial of Cid Torres.

Cid did not take the stand during his trial.

As for defense, they only put up one witness to defend his brother who testified that the two had drunk two bottles of tequila the night police claim Vilet Torrez disappeared.

Earlier, prosecutors presented witnesses to establish a motive for why they say Cid murdered his estranged wife. They said he was controlling, possessive and jealous and that Vilet was moving on.

“If she’s not with me, she will not be with anybody else,” friend Carlos Prada testified Cid told him before Vilet disappeared.

Prada says Cid also asked him repeatedly where the best place was to bury a body.

Pastor Rafael Nunez said Vilet called him after a

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Witness in Topeka murder trial: Gunman fired 16 shots, two passing through apartment occupied by boy, 7

Jurors saw photographs of a string of shell casings lying in a southeast Topeka street that marked the 14-shot barrage a gunman unleashed as he rode in a slow-moving van, mortally wounding a 20-year-old man.

Two of the shots struck Brian Wade Miller, a Shawnee County District Court jury heard on Wednesday, the third day of Christopher Shawn Pattillo’s trial.

Pattillo, now 18, is charged with two alternative counts of first-degree murder in the death of Miller, an alternative count of involuntary manslaughter, criminal discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault and aggravated endangering of a child younger than 18.

Topeka police officer Martin Brown, a crime scene investigator, said the .40-caliber shell casings were on the east side of the 2000 block of S.E. Echo Ridge, indicating the vehicle was being driven northbound on Echo Creek. One shell casing was found in a

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Prosecutors Wrapping Up In Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Wife

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Prosecutors are finishing their case against murder suspect Cid Torrez whose accused of killing his estranged wife five years ago and burying her body near the Everglades.

Torrez claims he’s innocent but police said he’s behind the disappearance of 38-year-old Vilet Torrez in 2012.

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Cid Torrez (Source: CBS4)

The lead Miramar detective testified Wednesday morning that Vilet’s body would have fit in Torrez’s car trunk.

Police believe Vilet was put in the trunk Of Torrez’s Jaguar after she was murdered and then driven to a remote area for burial.

“I asked one of our female officers that had the same height as the victim. I asked if she would help out or assist and they put her

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Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Wife Intensifies In Week 2

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The murder trial of a Broward man accused of killing his wife is intensifying.

This is as prosecutors are building their case against Cid Torrez, claiming he killed his wife Vilet in a jealous rage back in 2012 in their Miramar townhome.

Crime scene investigator Michael Kelly says Cid Torrez’s blood was found under a sink on a pipe and elsewhere indicating a struggle.

“When you find small blood stains on the wall, remember you’re looking at a scene, something that’s not normal, trying to find indication that the crime scene occurred in the residence,” said Kelly.

Late Monday, Cid Torrez listened attentively as an audio tape of his police interrogation was played. You could hear the anguish in his voice as he denies knowing anything about his estranged wife Vilet’s disappearance.

On the same day, a business associate testified Torrez told him he secretly installed spyware on Vilet’s

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Jury released for holiday break in Terry Maketa trial – KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Boating, camping, and even paddle boarding, Lake Pueblo has a little something for everyone on one of their busiest weekends of the year.

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Rideout trial: Bloody clothes, Craig Rideout’s wallet and keys





CLOSECRAIG RIDEOUT MURDER CASEJudge rules it will be a single trial for all 4 Rideout defendants | 0:55

Attorneys react to a ruling that all four defendants accused in the murder of Craig Rideout will be tried together. The defense attorneys fear that the evidence against one defendant could taint the jury’s impression of another.
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CLOSECRAIG RIDEOUT MURDER CASEWill the defendants face one trial in Rideout case? | 1:43

Craig Rideout, 50, disappeared in July; his corpse was found in a

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