Jurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial will hear the youngest victim's mother describe discovering that she was pregnant earlier that day and how she took her six-year-old daughter to a Batman film to celebrate, the judge ruled on Thursday. Prosecutors have spent eight weeks calling more than 200 witnesses in their murder case against gunman James Holmes. Lawyers for Holmes, now 27, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, had sought to block much of what is expected to be a heart-rending account from Moser, arguing that many parts would be irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.
NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.
Lyle Mitchell, who like his wife, Joyce Mitchell, worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, did not know about the escape plans until they were discovered missing on June 6, his lawyer, Peter Dumas, told NBC's "Today" television program. On the 13th day of the massive manhunt by New York State Police and other law enforcement officers on Thursday, criticism began surfacing over a separate investigation ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo into prison failings that led to the escape. Mitchell visited his wife on Tuesday in jail, where she is being held on charges she supplied hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, Dumas said.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clementa Pinckney, among those killed in the Charleston church where he was the beloved pastor, was also a state senator lauded Thursday as "the best of the 46 of us in this chamber" as colleagues gathered in tribute near his black-draped desk in the state Capitol.