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Philly Man Freed After 11 Years In Jail For Murder He Didn’t Commit; DA’s Office Admits ‘Egregious’ Error

A Philadelphia man picked up his 11-year-old daughter from the bus stop for the very first time this week, after spending most of her young life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Dontia Patterson was freed Wednesday after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office admitted to bungling the 2007 shooting investigation of Patterson’s friend Antwine Jackson. A judge exonerated him and released him from the house arrest he had been under since March, CBS News reported. He spent 11 years behind bars.

In an “egregious example” of misconduct, police and prosecutors concealed evidence that would’ve likely kept Patterson, 29, out of prison, according to a court motion filed by the district attorney’s office and obtained by Oxygen.com.

Jackson was murdered on a street corner near Patterson’s home. At the time, Patterson rushed outside to be by his friend’s side.

Police and bystanders found him there crying out over his friend’s death. This

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Connecticut Woman Charged For Triple Murder Of Family, Burning Down Their House

A grisly triple murder, home invasion and fire that shocked a sleepy Connecticut neighborhood have led to one suspect’s arrest, and more busts may be on the way, police said.

Ruth Correa, 23, appeared in court Monday on charges for the deaths of Kenneth and Janet Lindquist, as well as their son Matthew. Correa is charged with murder, home invasion, robbery and torching the Lindquist’s house after the killings last December. She did not enter a plea.

Police had initially considered Matthew Lindquist a person of interest in the murder of his parents, whose burned bodies were discovered inside the home. But several months later, on May 5, police found Matthew’s body near the site of the fire, according to WFSB-TV in Hartford. 

New details about the crime emerged Monday, which indicate Kenneth and Janet Lindquist suffered severe blunt trauma to the head, according to the Hartford Courant. Kenneth Lindquist reportedly died

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Mason Ferris Charged With Murder Of Savannah Hill, Tipster Who …

It all started as a helpful tip to put a wanted man behind bars, but ended in the tragic death of the tipster, a 21-year-old mom of two.

A 19-year-old Missouri man was charged with murder Friday, after police accidentally shot and killed Savannah Hill while she was attempting to help bring the man to justice.

Mason Farris (pictured) was wanted for a parole violation when Hill called police last Saturday afternoon to say that Farris was with her. She told them he would likely run away on foot, but suggested she could put on her car’s child safety locks to keep him in her vehicle if they pulled her car over to apprehend him, according to a court document obtained by Oxygen.com.

Eight minutes later two patrol cars and three officers made a traffic stop that ended in tragedy and bloodshed.

Farris, the wanted man, was seated in the back of

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Man Accused Of Sex With Utah Teen Is Now A Suspect In Her Murder

Police believe a man who allegedly had sex with a Utah teen girl in 2017 is the person who brutally murdered her last week.

Shaun French, 24, was arrested Wednesday in Colorado after a nationwide manhunt for three counts of third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Police said he is a suspect for the killing of 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw, though he has not been charged for her death. He has been jailed on a $500,000 bond.

Bagshaw was found dead in her Salt Lake City home Monday after she had called her mom upon returning from school. Bagshaw’s mother heard her screaming and being “violently attacked” before the line went dead, Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

Shearer added there was “quite a bit of evidence” for the girl’s murder “widely spread throughout the home and throughout the area.” No further details about her killing have

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‘Martinis & Murder’ Introduce New Mini Episodes Series, ‘Another Shot’

Fresh off the excitement from the arrest of the Golden State Killer last week, co-hosts John Thrasher and Daryn Carp launched the first ever mini epiosde on Martinis Murder, aptly titled “Another Shot.” 

The mini episodes are meant to keep fans listening during the week between full epiosdes. “We really wanted to do more episodes of some sort but we didn’t have the time for multiple murders in one week,” John Thrasher says. “Matt can barely handle doing his job on the podcast for one episode. Imagine we ask him to do another. It would be a mess!” Daryn Carp also agreed. “John and I love our fans, and we keep wanting to do more for them,” Daryn says. “Another Shot is our chance to answer the fans directly, have fun and take shots! Plus, Matt was hoping this would be his chance to get to talk more. We quickly

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‘Martinis & Murder’ Podcast Reacts to Golden State Killer Arrest

Oxygen’s own podcast hosts John Thrasher and Daryn Carp wasted no time reacting to the astonishing news about the suspected Golden State Killer. Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a man suspected to be the Golden State Killer: Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, a former police officer. He was charged in Sacramento with two murders. 

Martinis Murder covered the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist, in their first two episodes of the show in 2017. Fans of the true crime podcast were quick to note that John’s theory from the first episodes, that the killer had to have been a cop, ended up being true. 

Catch up on Martinis Murder’s original coverage of the killer as well as their recently-released update to the case below.

And catch John and Daryn at CrimeCon 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee May 4-6.

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Surprising Evidence Leads To An Arrest And Murder Charges In Oklahoma Case After Nearly 20 Years

It’s been nearly two decades since a couple was murdered in 1999 and two teen girls went missing. Now, there appears to be a break in the case and it reveals that a dozen people kept quiet about the murders and abductions for years.

Ronnie Dean Busick, 66, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree arson on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death inside their Welch, Oklahoma mobile home just one day before New Year’s Eve in 1999. The home then was set on fire, an attempt to cover up their shooting deaths. Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, both 16, went missing the very same day. Bible was sleeping over at the Freemans the night of the shooting. They were supposed to be celebrating a happy occasion: Ashley’s birthday.

Two other men, who have

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Jurors In Tex McIver Murder Trial Sit In SUV Where Shooting Occured, Hold His Gun

Jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial held his gun on Thursday in an attempt to replay the scene of the alleged crime.

Even though jury deliberations started on Tuesday, jurors asked to revisit the SUV where the deadly shooting took place. And they brought McIver’s gun, the one used to shoot his wife, with them, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.

The jurors are trying to decide, after a lengthy, four-week trial which featured nearly 80 witnesses and captivated the Atlanta community, the fate of McIver. They must decide if the widow is a murderer or if he had an accident.

There is no debate over who killed his wealthy, business-oriented wife Diane. The Georgia lawyer has already admitted to shooting her but claimed that it was an accident. The shooting happened while the couple was in the backseat of their own Ford Explorer, being driven home by friend

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Reward Increased For Texas Murder That Inspired Oscar-Winning Film "Three Billboards"

The reward for information in the Texas murder that inspired the Oscar-winning film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has been doubled — a rare advancement in a cold case that made little progress in nearly three decades. 

The Texas Department Of Public Safety will now offer $6,000 for any info on the murder of Kathy Page, who was found dead in her car in 1991. 

It’s unclear what led to the new reward coming now, although the case has seen a new wave of attention since the release of “Three Billboards” in November. 

Page, 34, was found strangled and in a ditch in what was allegedly staged to look like an accident. Her father, James Fulton, has for decades paid for billboards along the I-10 that condemn the Vidor Police Department for not solving the case and accused Page’s husband of killing her.

“Steve Page brutally murdered his wife in 1991,” one sign says. “Vidor PD

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Robert Durst Sees Autopsy Photos Of Slain Friend As Murder Trial Hearings Begin

Robert Durst sat blankly in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday as prosecutors showed grisly autopsy photos of his slain friend Susan Berman — and argued that Durst should stand trial for her murder.

Durst, the real estate heir who case rose to national prominence through the HBO series “The Jinx,” faces hearing this week to determine whether he will be tried for Berman’s December 2000 death.

The 75-year-old millionaire showed no expression as prosecutors displayed photos of Berman. In one, her right eye was blackened, and in an expression of her final moment, her tongue was stuck between her lips. In another autopsy photo, her black hair was shaved to show the spot where a bullet entered the back of her head, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Despite his lack of emotion over the photos, Durst scowled during other parts of the hearing, according to the Associated Press.

Berman was killed execution-style in her home in Beverly Hills.

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