Pa. woman admits killing husband
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A woman pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree murder for killing her bigamist husband just hours before he was to leave for Morocco to visit his second wife.
Myra Morton, 48, was upset about the new marriage and her husband's plans to have children with the younger woman, authorities have said. She shot her 47-year-old husband, Jereleigh Morton, twice in the head in August while he slept, and initially blamed an intruder.
She faces from five to 20 years in prison, defense lawyers said.
Myra Morton's actions were caused by emotional turmoil, her lawyers said.
'This is a classic case of 'one can only be pushed so far,' defense attorney Timothy Woodward said. 'Everybody has their point. And Myra was pushed to that limit."
3 NYPD officers cleared in 50-shot killing of groom
NEW YORK - Civil rights leaders demanded a federal investigation and vowed to march through the streets in protest after three police officers were cleared of all charges Friday in the killing of an unarmed man cut down in a hail of 50 bullets on his wedding day.
The verdict by Justice Arthur Cooperman elicited gasps as well as tears of joy and sorrow. Detective Michael Oliver, who fired 31 of the shots, wept at the defense table, while the mother of victim Sean Bell cried in the packed courtroom. Shouts of 'Murderers! Murderers!' and 'KKK!' rang out on the courthouse steps.
Bell, a 23-year-old black man, was killed outside a strip club in Queens in 2006 as he was leaving his bachelor party with two friends.
Prosecutor: Teller wounded in bank robbery loses twins
INDIANAPOLIS - A pregnant teller shot in a bank robbery has lost the twins she was carrying, and police continued to search for the gunman Friday.
Katherin Shuffield, who was five months pregnant, was critically wounded when a masked gunman shot her in the abdomen Tuesday morning at a Huntington Bank branch.
Authorities and the family had said the bullets had not hit the twins. Complications set in, however, and one twin was born dead and the other died after birth, said Marion County's chief deputy coroner, Alfarena Ballew.
Ohio man accused of helping teen plot school attack
CLEVELAND - Authorities near Cleveland have arrested a man they say
e-mailed an Indiana teenager about conducting a Columbine-style attack on two schools.
Lakewood Police Chief Tim Malley said 33-year-old Lee Billi was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder. A 16-year-old boy appeared in an Indiana courtroom Friday morning in the case.
Malley said he doesn't know how far along the two were in their alleged plans.
Authorities said the two exchanged e-mails Sunday in which they discussed mass murders at the same time at the teen's school near South Bend and at another location.
Suspects in 2 N.C. killings surrender after standoff
NORFOLK, Va. - A couple sought in the slayings of a Meals on Wheels volunteer and her client surrendered Friday after a five-hour standoff in a shopping mall parking garage, state police said.
Timothy Hartford Jr., 38, and Ashley Smith, 26, are suspects in the Thursday shooting deaths of a man and woman in Winston-Salem, N.C., police said. The victims were a 77-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer and a man she was serving lunch. Another volunteer, the dead woman's husband, was wounded.
Polygamist sect sweep raises legal questions
SAN ANGELO, Texas - The state of Texas made a damning accusation when it rounded up 462 children at a polygamous sect's ranch: The adults are forcing teenage girls into marriage and sex, creating a culture so poisonous that none should be allowed to keep their children.
But the broad sweep - from nursing infants to teenagers - is raising constitutional questions, even in a state where authorities have wide latitude for taking a family's children.
The move has the appearance of 'a class-action child removal,' said Jessica Dixon, director of the child advocacy center at Southern Methodist University's law school in Dallas.
Rod Parker, a spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, contends that the state has essentially said, 'If you're a member of this religious group, then you're not allowed to have children."