FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Jesse Matthew Jr., charged with the murders of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for a sexual assault on a woman a decade ago in northern Virginia.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: If there was ever a murder case perfectly suited for media and public consumption it was the O.J. Simpson murder trial. It had it all: A former football star charged with killing his ex-wife and her friend. A slow-speed police chase seen by millions on TV that involved the defendant and a white Ford Bronco. And a defense attorney (Johnnie Cochran, Jr.) who famously said about a leather glove, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." And so Simpson was let go. No wonder the Los Angeles court spectacle was dubbed "Trial of the Century."
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge sentenced a northwest North Dakota woman to 25 years in prison Friday for her teenage son's starvation death after defense attorneys and prosecutors reached a plea agreement.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's highest criminal court unanimously agreed Friday to halt all of the state's scheduled executions after its prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week.
A mentally disabled Connecticut man whose 1992 murder and rape conviction was overturned earlier this year after he spent a quarter century in prison can never be tried again for the crimes, a Connecticut judge ruled on Friday. Prosecutors had asked a state Supreme Court judge to leave open the possibility of another trial for Richard Lapointe, 69, drawing fire from his defense attorneys who said new DNA evidence proved him innocent. Lapointe spent 26 years behind bars for the 1988 rape and murder of his ex-wife's grandmother, 88-year-old Bernice Martin.