Prosecution: Highway shooting suspect not insane
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The suspect behind a string of highway shootings in which one woman was killed was ''not rational,'' his lawyer said Wednesday in his closing argument, but prosecutors insisted the defendant knew his actions were wrong and should not be declared insane.
Despite claiming that he was only acting to reduce humiliating voices in his head, Charles McCoy Jr. deliberately picked shooting locations and took steps to avoid capture, Assistant Prosecutor Doug Stead told jurors.
''He knew what he was doing was wrong and he wanted to get away with it,'' he said.
Defense attorney Michael Miller insisted that McCoy was not sane.
Body of Miss. youth killed in 1955 to be exhumed
CHICAGO - A half century after the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till shocked a nation and galvanized the civil rights movement, his body will be exhumed as authorities attempt to determine who killed him, the FBI said Wednesday.
Till's body, buried in a cemetery in the Chicago suburb of Alsip, will be exhumed within the next few weeks for an autopsy, said Deborah Madden, spokeswoman for the FBI office in Jackson, Miss.
Nichols accuses third man in Oklahoma bombing
OKLAHOMA CITY - Terry Nichols has written a letter to a woman who lost two grandchildren in the Oklahoma City bombing and accused a man never charged in the attack of providing some of the explosives used to bring down the building a decade ago.
Nichols, serving a life sentence for his role in the blast, said in the four-page handwritten letter that ''I felt the record should be set straight.'' He claims Arkansas gun collector Roger Moore gave the explosives to Timothy McVeigh and also provided additional bomb components recently found in Nichols' former Kansas home.
He sent the letter to Kathy Sanders, who has written a book about her own investigation of the bombing and corresponds with Nichols. A copy of the letter, first disclosed by the Los Angeles Times, was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press from Sanders' literary agent, Jim Baird.
Driver gets life for Panhandle crash that killed two
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. - A drunken driver has received a rare sentence of life in prison for causing a fiery crash that killed two Texas women by driving the wrong way on Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle.
Julio Cesar Montoya was sentenced Tuesday. Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells gave him the maximum of life for two counts of manslaughter and one for causing serious injury, all while driving under the influence.
Pentagon analyst charged with passing secrets
WASHINGTON - The FBI arrested a Pentagon analyst Wednesday on a charge alleging he passed classified information about potential attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq to employees of a pro-Israel group.
Larry Franklin, 58, of Kearneysville, W.Va., turned himself in Wednesday morning. He made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., and was released on $100,000 bond under the condition he surrender his firearms and passport.
The single charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. A preliminary hearing was set for May 27. Franklin's lawyer, John Richards, said he expects his client will plead innocent.
Fla. elections chief to sue Jeb Bush over removal
MIAMI - Former Broward County elections supervisor Miriam Oliphant said Wednesday she will
sue Gov. Jeb Bush, claiming race was a factor his decision to remove her from office amid allegations of negligence and a botched 2002 primary.
Oliphant and her attorney, Ellis Rubin, announced the plans for a federal lawsuit one day after the state Senate voted 32-7 along racial lines to uphold Bush's 2003 decision to suspend Oliphant, who is black. Oliphant's supporters in the Senate argued that she was singled out even though white election supervisors in other counties also made mistakes in the 2002 election.
Prosecution wraps up case in Jackson molestation trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in the Michael Jackson trial after more than two months of dramatic testimony in which they sought to prove that the pop star molested a teenage cancer patient and conspired to hold his family captive at his fairytale estate.
The defense immediately filed a motion for a judgment of acquittal on grounds the prosecution did not prove its case. Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville said the motion would be heard first thing today.
District Attorney Tom Sneddon closed his case pending the judge's decisions on whether to admit various items that had been shown to the jury but had not yet been formally entered into evidence. The judge said the prosecution could reopen its case later depending on his decisions.
- From wire reports