The man who shot and wounded a firefighter during a six-hour standoff with authorities fled his New York home on Friday, opening fire on police, who returned it and shot him dead, law enforcement said. Garland Tyree, 38, an alleged gang member who authorities were trying to arrest for a federal parole violation, had promised to surrender but instead dashed out the back door with an assault rifle, spraying bullets at police who surrounded the multi-family home in New York's Staten Island borough, police said. An AK-47, three handguns and a smoke grenade were recovered from the scene on Destiny Court, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A sweeping decision this week by the Connecticut Supreme Court that found the death penalty no longer meets society's evolving standards of decency could be influential across a nation that is increasingly questioning the practice, legal experts said.
PHOENIX (AP) — A plea agreement fell apart Friday for an Arizona man accused of killing his wife and adult son because he feared he gave his wife HIV and worried about what his jobless son would make of his life.
By a 3-0 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Kilpatrick, 45, failed to show that his trial lawyers were constitutionally ineffective because they had recently joined a law firm that was suing him in a civil matter related to the criminal case. The panel also upheld the conviction and 21-year prison term of Kilpatrick's friend, Bobby Ferguson, 46, a Detroit contractor.