Judge declares mistrial in case of ex-TSU president
HOUSTON - A judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a former Texas Southern University president after a jury said it couldn't decide if she misspent school funds to lavishly decorate her homes.
The jury deliberated for four days in the trial of Priscilla Slade before telling state District Judge Brock Thomas in a note that 'to continue deliberating would be of no benefit.' The jurors had told Thomas in three previous notes that they were deadlocked.
Uncle says school shooter was upset with teachers
CLEVELAND - The 14-year-old who opened fire at his high school had been upset with teachers, saying they wouldn't listen to his side of the story regarding a recent after-school scuffle that got him suspended, the teenager's uncle said Friday.
Larry Looney, who lived upstairs from Asa Coon in a duplex, said the two were lifting weights Tuesday when the boy told him about Monday's fight with another student and his three-day suspension.
'He really didn't want to talk about it,' Looney said. 'He said he really didn't do anything to start it. He said the teachers wouldn't listen to his side of the story."
Coon shot two teachers and two students Wednesday at SuccessTech Academy then committed suicide. All the shooting victims survived. One teacher remained hospitalized Friday in good condition.
Police: Mother bought guns for
Pa. boy charged with school plot
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A troubled teenager accused of plotting a school attack built up a stash of weapons with the help of his mother, authorities said Friday.
Michele Cossey, 46, was arrested Friday on charges of illegally buying her home-schooled son, Dillon, a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9 mm semiautomatic rifle with a laser scope.
The parents were indulging the boy's interests because he was unhappy, not knowingly aiding a school assault, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor said. The parents didn't know of the teen's plans, but 'by virtue of her indulgence, she enabled him to get in this position,' Castor said.
Judge sends 'Jena 6' teen back to jail
NEW ORLEANS - A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate drew thousands to Louisiana for a civil rights demonstration is back in jail, but a prosecutor said Friday the sentence has nothing to do with the racially charged case.
Mychal Bell, 17, was unexpectedly sent back to prison on Thursday after going to juvenile court in central Louisiana's LaSalle Parish for what he expected to be a routine hearing, Carol Powell Lexing, one of his attorneys said.
Instead, state District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. decided Bell had violated probation and sentenced him to 18 months in jail on two counts of simple battery and two counts of criminal destruction of property, Lexing said.
Guards, nurse acquitted of manslaughter in boot camp case
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Eight former boot camp workers were acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was videotaped being punched and kicked. The scene sparked outrage and changes in the juvenile system, but it took jurors just 90 minutes to decide it was not a crime.
Anger over the verdict was obvious outside the courtroom, where bystanders screamed 'murderer' at former guard Henry Dickens as he described his relief at the verdict.
Martin Lee Anderson died a day after being hit and kicked by Dickens and six other guards as a nurse watched, a 30-minute confrontation that drew protests in the state capital and spelled the end of Florida's system of juvenile boot camps.
Sailor found dead after training accident in Virginia
JAMESTOWN, Va. - The Coast Guard on Friday recovered the body of a sailor who was tossed with two other sailors into the James River when their small boat collided with a tugboat and capsized, the military said.
The three were on a training exercise late Thursday off Jamestown Island when their 24-foot rigid-hulled inflatable boat collided with the tug and capsized, Lt. David Luckett said.
The Navy was investigating, Luckett said.
Sen. Ted Kennedy undergoes surgery
BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy underwent surgery Friday to repair a partially blocked artery in his neck, which was discovered during an examination of a decades-old back injury.
Kennedy, 75, underwent the hourlong procedure on his left carotid artery - a major supplier of blood to the neck and head - at Massachusetts General Hospital, his office announced.