Student's killer asks judge for death sentence

PICKENS, S.C. - The Tennessee man who confessed to raping and killing a South Carolina college student asked for a death sentence Wednesday, saying prison time would do no good because he's too violent.

'I've shown by my actions both in and out of prison that I cannot be rehabilitated,' Jerry Buck Inman, 38, told Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller. 'I don't say any of this to be disrespectful, but your honor, in all reality, there's really only one sentence appropriate for someone like me, and I ask you to impose that sentence.'

Inman pleaded guilty last year to killing Tiffany Souers in May 2006. The body of the 20-year-old Clemson University engineering student from Ladue, Mo., was found in her apartment near campus with the striped bikini top used to strangle her still wound around her neck.

Craigslist killer took 'souvenirs' from victims

BOSTON - A Boston University medical student accused of robbing women who advertised erotic services on Craigslist, killing one of them, had items belonging to both victims in his apartment, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Philip Markoff is charged with killing a masseuse at the Marriott Copley Place hotel April 14. He is also charged in the robbery of another woman who he allegedly met at another Boston hotel four days earlier.

A law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said police found items belonging to both women in Markoff's apartment in Quincy, south of Boston.

ABC News said two unidentified law enforcement sources said Markoff appeared to be collecting underwear as 'souvenirs' from his alleged victims.

Quadriplegic girl found dead in storage unit

FLINT, Mich. - Police have found the body of a missing 9-year-old quadriplegic girl in a public storage facility near Flint, Mich.

Flint police said in a statement that investigators found the body of Shylea Thomas early Wednesday at a storage facility in Vienna Township, about 65 miles northwest of Detroit.

Detective Sgt. Mitch Brown said officers went to a Flint home after receiving a call from state Department of Human Services workers that the girl was missing.

Brown said investigators learned overnight that Shylea died several weeks ago and where her body was stored.

Police have made one arrest but haven't identified the person.

Report: Ala. killer left note explaining spree

DOTHAN, Ala. - A letter released by investigators shows the man blamed for last month's killing spree in south Alabama wanted people to pay for making him and his mother suffer.

In the letter obtained by the Dothan Eagle, 28-year-old Michael McLendon wrote that he fatally shot his mother while she slept because she was sick, perhaps with cancer.

Authorities said McLendon fatally shot 10 people before killing himself March 10. The letter to a family member was found in a mailbox by his home.

Polo player links supplement to 21 horse deaths

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A member of a Venezuelan-owned polo team said a supplement likely killed 21 horses before a match last weekend in Florida.

Juan Martin Nero told the Argentine newspaper La Nacion the horses were given a commonly used supplement known as Biodyl that contains a combination of vitamins and minerals.

Nero said the drug is often given to horses, but was likely tainted at a lab.

The horses began collapsing Sunday before one of the sport's top championships at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Nero said five horses that did not get the supplement were OK.

Police looking into death of Freddie Mac CFO

WASHINGTON - The chief financial officer of money-losing mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead in his basement early Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide.

David Kellermann, 41, apparently hung himself, said a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. He asked not to be identified.