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‘Hit style’ murder trial scheduled for September

A Bulloch County judge denied a motion Monday to continue the trial of a man accused of orchestrating a “hit-style” murder while he was in prison.

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Mother testifies at murder trial, her son was the victim

By MARK RUSSELL
The former partner of a man on trial for the murder of her 12-month-old son did not “in a million years” believe anyone would hurt the boy, a court has heard.

Kate Leithhead told the Supreme Court how she had left her son, Silas, with her boyfriend, Paul Ta Vuong, at her Richmond apartment to buy heroin from her local dealer on May 15 last year.

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Oscar Pistorius Case Update: 2 Sides of Reeva Steenkamp Murder Trial

AP

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Was Oscar Pistorius in a rage during a fight and intent on killing his girlfriend, or terrified of an attack by an intruder and startled by a noise?

 

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Trial set for murder in Indian Colony

Murder trial set in Elko Colony killing

ELKO — Thomas D. Caudill pleaded not guilty this week to the Aug. 5 killing of his friend Wes Lozano, who was shot once in the torso at a house on the upper Elko Indian Colony.

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Police believe Caudill visited resident Taryn Thomas at the house on the morning of the slaying. While there, he pulled out a gun and indicated he was going to use it on himself or people who had “done him wrong,” according to a police report.

 

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Lawyer charged with murder solicitation targeted his former office manager, her lawyer says

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Lawyer charged with murder solicitation targeted his former office manager, her lawyer says

Posted Aug 21, 2014 9:45 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
 
A Texas lawyer charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder was seeking to kill his former office manager, an attorney for the claimed target says.
 
Ex-employee Maryann Uribe has been litigating in civil court in Nueces County against attorney Paul Andrews, 57, for several years. Earlier this year, Andrews was criminally charged with barratry in Bexar County, and on Wednesday he was arrested in the claimed murder-solicitation plot, which Bexar County authorities said involved a witness in the barratry case.
 
Attorney Bill Edwards of Corpus Christi represents Uribe. A prosecutor told him his client was the intended victim in the murder-for-hire, Edwards says, and “we’re now discussing the security measures we should take around here,” the San Antonio Express News reports.
 
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Man beat murder charge in detective’s death, but feds seek life term in drug case, citing slaying

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Man beat murder charge in detective’s death, but feds seek life term in drug case, citing slaying

Posted Aug 21, 2014 2:50 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
State prosecutors dropped a murder case against Justin “J-Rock” Austin in the 2008 slaying of a Chicago police officer, alleging the defendant and others intimidated witnesses from testifying.
 
However, federal prosecutors are now seeking a life sentence for Austin in an unrelated Chicago drug case in which he has been convicted, contending that the Traveling Vice Lord leader was indeed responsible for the murders of off-duty detective Robert Soto and a female companion, Kathryn Romberg. Because the evidence is being presented at sentencing, rather than in an effort to convict Austin of the crimes, Austin’s guilt needs to be proven only by a preponderance of the evidence rather than the beyond-reasonable-doubt standard that applies to criminal trials, the Chicago Tribune reports.
 
The two victims were sitting in Soto’s parked vehicle outside Romberg’s home on the West Side of the city early one morning when they were shot to death. The feds say Austin shot them in a case of mistaken identity, thinking that Soto was a rival drug dealer who was known by his street name of “Quick.”
 
“It was survival of the fittest, the Wild Wild West. It was kill or be killed,” prosecution witness Jeffery Scott testified during a Thursday hearing. He worked in Austin’s drug operation and is awaiting sentencing after taking a plea in a drug-distribution case.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow was also told that Soto described to responding police officers, as he was dying, what his assailant’s vehicle looked like.
 
Attorney Richard Kling represents Austin. In an opening statement, he said it was police pulling out the stops to make a case in the slaying of a fellow officer who pressured witnesses to point the finger at Austin. Had there been evidence to prove a murder case against his client, Cook County would have pursued it, Kling argued.
 
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