WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. marshals and police arrested a dangerous ex-convict and took his five companions into custody, safely ending a multistate manhunt in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition from Bower's lawyers, who said his planned execution on June 3 should be halted on grounds that his previous sentencing did not match U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Bower, 67, who has been imprisoned for more than 30 years, is set to be executed by injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville.
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge has granted Drew Peterson's request to delay his trial on charges that the former suburban Chicago police sergeant plotted to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in his third wife's death.
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday.