Tag: Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

She Went to Court to Save Her 3-Year-Old Daughter. Days Later, the Child Was Dead.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The words were desperate and pleading. “I am very afraid for my child’s safety and mental development with her deranged father,” Cherone Coleman wrote to Family Court in Queens in late April. “Father is losing a grip on reality […]

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The Judge and Jury Agreed I Didn’t Kill Anyone. So Why Did I Just Serve 16 Years for Murder?

By Adnan Khan Video by Adam Westbrook In 2003, Adnan Khan committed a robbery in which one of his accomplices unexpectedly killed their victim. The prosecutors, judge and jury all agreed Khan did not plan or commit the murder. Yet he was still sentenced as if he had — and given a life sentence. The […]

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New Zealand Plans New Round of Gun Restrictions, Including Registry

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Monday announced plans for sweeping new restrictions on gun ownership, the second such wave of changes since a deadly shooting at two mosques in Christchurch earlier this year. The changes, which include a mandatory gun registry and a ban on gun purchases by […]

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A Murderer Deemed Too Old for Violence Was Just Convicted of Another Killing

A murderer with a long history of violence against women — but who had been freed from prison and deemed unlikely to hurt anyone again because of his advancing age — was convicted by a jury in Maine this week in the stabbing death of a mother of twin boys. It took the jury less […]

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Four Chicago Police Officers Fired for Cover-Up of Laquan McDonald Shooting

CHICAGO — On an autumn night in 2014, a black teenager named Laquan McDonald was shot dead by a Chicago police officer. Nearly five years later, on Thursday, a city oversight board voted to fire four other officers accused of covering up the circumstances of Laquan’s death. The process, which could extend further if the […]

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Ex-L.S.U. Student Convicted in Fraternity Hazing Death of Freshman

A former student at Louisiana State University was convicted Wednesday of negligent homicide for his role in the hazing death of an 18-year-old fraternity pledge who became extremely intoxicated during an initiation ritual in 2017. The conviction of Matthew Naquin, 21, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Tex., is the latest example of the hard line increasingly […]

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Suspect in Sadie Roberts-Joseph Killing Was Her Tenant, Police Say

The police announced an arrest on Tuesday in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, a beloved community leader in Baton Rouge, La., and the founder of the city’s African-American history museum. Chief Murphy J. Paul Jr. of the Baton Rouge Police Department said the suspect, Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, was a tenant in a residence […]

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MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Brutal Murders in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Using machetes, knives and baseball bats, members of the criminal MS-13 gang killed their victims, dismembered their bodies and threw their remains into a canyon in the Angeles National Forest, according to a sweeping indictment unsealed Tuesday by federal authorities in Los Angeles. In one instance, they said, members of the gang […]

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How the Eric Garner Decision Compares With Other Cases

After the fatal chokehold of Eric Garner by a New York City police officer, a familiar pattern unfolded: Expressions of outrage, promises to investigate, a long wait for a resolution. On Tuesday, just before the fifth anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death, word came that federal prosecutors would not seek civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo, […]

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To Plot My Next Murder, I Went to the Body Farm

Ernest Hemingway once said that an author must know the entire iceberg to write about only the tip. This has become a basic tenet among suspense novelists: Learn everything about an important topic but include just the fraction of details relevant to the story. I wonder whether even Hemingway might have thought I was taking […]

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As Los Angeles Officials Hailed Nipsey Hussle as a Hero, Others Were Investigating Him

LOS ANGELES — The memory of the rapper Nipsey Hussle still looms large over Los Angeles. On one mural, his spray-painted image is adorned with angel wings; on others it is surrounded by inspirational quotes. A city intersection has been named in his honor. And a strip mall he owned in South Los Angeles has […]

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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, Baton Rouge Community Leader, Is Found Dead in Homicide

Louisiana was bracing for a dangerous tropical storm over the weekend when the call came about a different kind of crisis: a dead body in a car trunk near downtown Baton Rouge. What the police discovered Friday was a surprising blow. The body was that of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, a community leader and the founder […]

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He Emerged From Prison a Potent Symbol of H.I.V. Criminalization

Last week, Michael L. Johnson, a former college wrestler convicted of failing to disclose to sexual partners that he was H.I.V. positive in a racially charged case that reignited calls to re-examine laws that criminalize H.I.V. exposure, walked out of the Boonville Correctional Center in Missouri 25 years earlier than expected. Mr. Johnson, 27, was […]

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Man Attacking ICE Detention Center Is Fatally Shot by the Police

The police fatally shot a man who was attacking an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday morning, the authorities said. The man, who was armed with a rifle, was throwing unspecified “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a police statement. The man, identified by officials on Saturday afternoon as Willem […]

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A Gay Teenager Fatally Stabbed a Classmate. Was It Self-Defense?

Abel Cedeno said he never intended to use the knife he brandished in a Bronx high school classroom two years ago. He had been pelted with broken pencils and wads of paper, and the knife “was only meant to deter — to scare people away,” he said on the witness stand on Thursday while defending […]

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The Taliban Promise to Protect Women. Here’s Why Women Don’t Believe Them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — At just 29, Zainab Fayez made herself into one of Afghanistan’s foremost defenders of women. As the first and only female prosecutor in Kandahar Province, deep in the conservative south of the country, she sent 21 men to jail for beating and abusing their wives or fiancées. I thought I should speak […]

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Duduzane Zuma, Son of South Africa’s Ex-President, Acquitted in Homicide Case

JOHANNESBURG — A politically influential son of former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa was cleared of culpable homicide on Friday in a case that has come to be seen as a proxy for factional battles within the governing African National Congress. The charges against the son, Duduzane Zuma, also included negligent and reckless driving […]

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After an Officer Fatally Shoots a Teenager on a California Freeway, Her Family Asks, ‘Why, Lord?’

The police officer was driving east on State Route 91 in Southern California on Friday evening, taking his police dog to a veterinarian, the authorities said, when he crossed paths with 17-year-old Hannah Williams, who was also driving east. They said that at some point, the two vehicles hit each other. Then, the Fullerton police […]

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An Arizona Teenager Was Fatally Stabbed. The Suspect Blames Rap Music.

A 17-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in Arizona by a man who said the rap music the victim was listening to made him feel “unsafe,” the police said. The victim, Elijah Al-Amin of Glendale, had finished work at a Subway sandwich shop and stopped at a Circle K convenience store in Peoria early Thursday morning, […]

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