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Stand Your Ground Defense Won’t Spare Florida Cop A Trial For Shooting Black Man, Judge Rules

Florida’s notorious Stand Your Ground self-defense law won’t be enough to spare a cop from trial for shooting an armed black man.

A judge ruled Friday that she found the police officer’s testimony about the killing of Corey Jones to be “unreliable and not credible.” 

In a 27-page ruling, Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer of Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit Court denied a motion to have the case dismissed. She noted several inconsistencies between the officer’s testimony and the evidence of the case.

Former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman K. Raja had shot and killed Jones, a musician and house inspector, while inspecting Jones’ car that had been parked at the side of an interstate on October 18, 2015. Jones was 31.

What happened between Raja approaching the car and Jones’ death has been disputed. 

Raja fired six shots at Jones — who was armed — only moments after arriving at the scene. Three of the

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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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Meek Mill Should Get New Trial Because Philadelphia Cop Lied In Testimony, Prosecutors Say

 Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper imprisoned for a parole violation, should get a new trial for his criminal conviction because it might have been based on a cop’s false testimony, prosecutors told a judge Monday.

Prosecutors said Mill should be released on bail, and their spokesperson added that the rapper should get a new trial “due to questions of credibility of the arresting officer.”

Judge Genece Brinkley deferred the decision until June, when there will be another hearing in the case.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was arrested in January 2007 and charged with assault, gun and drug possession after a police raid. An officer alleged Mill pointed a gun at police, which the rapper has denied.

Mill was convicted of the possession charges based on the testimony of Philadelphia police officer Reginald V. Graham – the sole government witness. He was sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months in

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Adnan Syed Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Granted A New Trial

Adnan Syed has a shot at freedom. On Thursday, The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a decision made by retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch who ruled that the 35-year-old man deserves a new trial, according to The Associated Press. Syed, who was the focus of the popular 2014 podcast ‘Serial,’ has spent the last 18 years behind bars.

The ruling came after the judge decided that Syed’s lawyer didn’t challenge the very testimony highlighted in ‘Serial.’ Syed’s former lawyer is accused of neglecting to cross-examine a cell tower expert about the accuracy of the location data, which allegedly placed Syed at the scene of the crime, according to Esquire.

Syed’s trial lawyer tweeted the news about the new trial on Thursday afternoon.

In 2000, he was sentenced to life after being convicted of killing Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend and classmate. She was found buried in a shallow grave in Baltimore. Syed

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Witness In Peter Madsen’s Murder Trial: He Wanted To Make A Snuff Film Before Kim Wall’s Death

Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor and submariner, is currently on trial for the dismemberment and murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Some potentially damning testimony includes a witness that said Madsen expressed interest in snuff films before Wall’s death.

The headless torso of 31-year-old Kim Wall was discovered last summer off Copenhagen. She had taken a ride with Peter Madsen on a Nautilus submarine he built. She was writing a story about the Madsen, now 47, and his vessel.

Now, an unidentified female witness said that Madsen had spoken about wanting to make a “snuff video” on his vessel just days before the death of Wall, according to the Danish publication DR. On Monday, day five of the trial, the witness, referred to only as “the mistress” testified that she had a sexual relationship with the submariner. She said that Madsen and a friend exchanged texts in which he expressed

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Porn Is Focus Of Testimony In James Worley Trial For Murder Of …

Just weeks before Sierah Joughin’s bound and gagged body was found in a cornfield a few miles from James Worley’s home, he searched for “hogtyed + teen” on a pornographic website, Toledo Police Detective David Morford testified at Worley’s murder trial.

Worley is currently on trial for the aggravated murder and abduction of University of Toledo student Joughin. The 20-year-old went missing on July 19, 2016 while riding her bike on a rural road near Toledo, according to CNN. Joughin had been texting with her boyfriend but went silent later that night. Three days later her body was discovered buried in a shallow grave in a cornfield.

Worley’s pornography searches have been the focus of testimony in his ongoing trial, according to The Toledo Blade. Morford testified that Worley, now 58, searched for porn for hours the very day that Joughin went missing.

His friend of 35 years, Lawrence Krist,

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Trial Begins For Danish Submariner Accused Of Dismembering American Journalist

Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor and submariner, has been accused of killing and dismembering American journalist Kim Wall after parts of her body were discovered in Koge Bay. Now, after changing his version of the events that lead to the death numerous times, the trial for Madsen has begun.

Wall, a prolific journalist who had written for The New York Times, Harper’s and The Atlantic, had been interviewing Madsen on assignment. She went missing on August 10, 2017. On Aug 21, her torso was discovered, thus initiating a search for more evidence in her death.

Madsen had originally claimed he Wall had safely left his submarine. He later changed his story and said that Wall had died from an accidental blow to the head aboard the vessel. Eventually, he admitted to having a part in her death, saying that he dismembered her in a state of “suicidal psychosis” before sinking his

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Trial Starts For Virginia Tech Student Charged With Murdering 13-Year-Old Girl After Alleged Hookup

A former Virginia Tech student is on trial for the murder of a 13-year-old girl he allegedly stabbed following their hookup. As Fox News reports, David Eisenhauer is on trial for first-degree murder in Christiansburg, Virginia for the death of Nicole Lovell in 2016.

Prosecutors allege that Lovell climbed out her bedroom window in January 2016 to meet Eisenhauer. He was 18 at the time and a freshman majoring in engineering at Virginia Tech. He and the victim, who was in middle school, were allegedly in a relationship.

Her nude body was found three days later, covered in stab wounds, over the state line in North Carolina. Her family discovered her missing the next morning after they moved a dresser that she had pushed to the front of her bedroom door. “She had a huge boy crush kind of thing,” said the victim’s mother Terry. “But in the same sense, it was kind of innocent, you

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Trial Opens For Murder Of High School Hero Zaevion Dobson …

Opening statements were heard yesterday in the trial of three men accused of being involved in the murder of Zaevion Dobson, the 15-year-old high school football star who died protecting friends from a drive-by shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee. Knox County Assistant District Attorney Phil Morton said when the shooting began that night in 2015, “Zaevion’s instinct kicked in, and as a protector, he shielded these girls from gunfire… and in the process, he took the bullet,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. Dobson’s bravery was later cited by then-President Barack Obama, and he was posthumously awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards.

Christopher Drone Bassett, 22, Kipling Deshawn Colbert Jr., 22 and Richard Gregory Williams III, 23, all face first-degree murder charges in connection with the murder, which occurred on December 17, 2015. Dobson and others were hanging out on the back porch of a

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Trial Opens For Murder Of High School Hero Zaevion Dobson, Who Shielded Girls From Drive-By Shooting

Opening statements were heard yesterday in the trial of three men accused of being involved in the murder of Zaevion Dobson, the 15-year-old high school football star who died protecting friends from a drive-by shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee. Knox County Assistant District Attorney Phil Morton said when the shooting began that night in 2015, “Zaevion’s instinct kicked in, and as a protector, he shielded these girls from gunfire… and in the process, he took the bullet,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. Dobson’s bravery was later cited by then-President Barack Obama, and he was posthumously awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards.

Christopher Drone Bassett, 22, Kipling Deshawn Colbert Jr., 22 and Richard Gregory Williams III, 23, all face first-degree murder charges in connection with the murder, which occurred on December 17, 2015. Dobson and others were hanging out on the back porch of a

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