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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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Man Charged For Killing Christian Camp Counselors Nearly 14 Years Ago

Prosecutors have charged a man for the murders of two Christian camp counselors in California from nearly 14 years ago.

Shaun Gallon, 38, is the suspect for the 2004 deaths of Jason Allen, 26, and Lindsey Cutshall, 22. The two were counselors at a camp near Sacramento who went on a three-day sightseeing trip to the coast and never came back. They were found dead in their sleeping bags on a secluded beach at the mouth of the Russian River in northern California in August 2004.

Gallon was arrested in March 2017 for allegedly murdering his brother in their home in the small town of Forestville, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas.

Gallon had been a person of interest since early in the investigation of the campers’ murders, according to Freitas, but investigators never had enough evidence to charge him.

Officers questioned Gallon about the

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Florida Man’s Wife And Best Friend Indicted For His Death After He Was Missing For 17 Years

Two people were indicted this week for allegedly killing a man more than 17 years ago to collect a life insurance policy: His wife and his best friend, who ended up marrying each other.

Denise Williams was arrested Tuesday and charged for the December 2000 death of former husband Mike Williams. An indictment says she and her husband’s best friend Brian Winchester planned the murder for nine months and passed it off as an accident. Winchester also allegedly pulled the trigger, a grand jury found, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.  

Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact. She is being held without bond.

Winchester and Denise Williams have known each other since pre-school and married five years after Mike’s disappearance. Winchester is currently serving 20 years for kidnapping Denise Williams at gunpoint in 2016, after their marriage fell apart. Winchester said

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Man Who Dressed As Spiderman For Children’s Hospital Gets 105 Years For Child Porn

He’s your creepy neighborhood Spiderman.

A Tennessee man who dressed up as the iconic superhero for a children’s hospital was sentenced Monday to 105 years in prison for the production and transportation of child pornography.

Jarratt A. Turner, of Nashville, took sexually explicit images and videos on multiple occasions of a toddler boy and girl he babysat, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. He had befriended the two families of the respective children and babysat the kids between October 2014 and May 2015. 

Turner molested the children on camera and distributed the images to others online, authorities said. 

“I loooooove little ones. I love my little ones the most and hope you love them too,” he wrote on the perverted photo-sharing website, according to WSMV in Nashville. The name of the website used to distribute photos was not released.

In a failed attempt to trick the cops, he only used public Wi-Fi networks

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Aubrey Carroll, Teen Missing For Two Years, Reappears On …

A Georgia teenager who has been missing for two years suddenly reappeared Tuesday — on a sheriff department’s Facebook page.

Aubrey Carroll was 15 when vanished on May 24, 2016. He walked away from his high school early in a school day and never returned, according to a statement from the FBI.

But he popped up smiling and waving in a picture and video on the Spalding County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page, where he was seen standing next to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix.

“Hey, my name’s Aubrey Carroll. It’s nice to see y’all,” he says in the clip. 

Dix asks Carroll if he has a message for the people who have been worried about him for the last two years. The teen responds, “I’d like to tell y’all thank y’all so much for all your prayers and looking out for my momma. I appreciate y’all so much. I’m all right. I’m okay. I’ve been smiling, and y’all

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Georgia Teen Who Was Missing For Two Years Reappears On Sheriff’s Facebook Page

A Georgia teenager who has been missing for two years suddenly reappeared Tuesday — on a sheriff department’s Facebook page.

Aubrey Carroll was 15 when vanished on May 24, 2016. He walked away from his high school early in a school day and never returned, according to a statement from the FBI.

But he popped up smiling and waving in a picture and video on the Spalding County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page, where he was seen standing next to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix.

“Hey, my name’s Aubrey Carroll. It’s nice to see y’all,” he says in the clip. 

Dix asks Carroll if he has a message for the people who have been worried about him for the last two years. The teen responds, “I’d like to tell y’all thank y’all so much for all your prayers and looking out for my momma. I appreciate y’all so much. I’m all right. I’m okay. I’ve been smiling, and y’all

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Instagram-Famous ‘Cocaine Babe’ Gets Eight Years For Drug Smuggling

She Instagrammed herself into prison. 

Australia’s so-called “Cocaine Babe” was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for cocaine smuggling after she showed off a seven-week drug mule adventure on Instagram.

Melina Roberge, a 24-year-old Canadian, smuggled  95 kilos (about 210 pounds) of cocaine into Australia in 2016, which had an estimated street value of $31 million Australian dollars (about $23 million U.S. dollars), according to the Australian Border Force.

“She wanted to be the envy of others. I doubt she is now,” New South Wales District Court Judge Kate Traill said while handing down the sentence.

“This is a sad indictment on her relative age group in our society.”

Roberge had the help of 30-year-old Isabelle Lagace, a former porn model. Legace pleaded guilty before Roberge, and was senteced to seven-and-a-half years for her role in the Insta-crime.

Another person traveling with the women, 65-year-old Andre Tamin, was arrested and charged, according to the Australian Border Force. He

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Man Dies 21 Years After Enduring Horrific Abuse, Mom And Boyfriend Charged With Murder

A North Carolina man who was abused as a toddler has died as a result of the suffering he endured more than two decades ago, and now his mother and her then-boyfriend are facing murder charges.

When David Stuart was just 15 months old, his mother Robyn Noffsinger and her boyfriend David Tripp put him through unspeakable abuse. In April 1997, he was taken to the hospital after enduring multiple head and brain injuries, burns and broken limbs, according to The Herald Sun in Durham County, North Carolina.

“It was a tremendous amount of head trauma,” Jon David, Brunswick County’s District Attorney, said about the injuries. “His arm was pulled in such a way that he had a spiral fracture of his arm. He was dipped in hot liquids which produced a bad burn.”

The trauma wasn’t just horrific. It was long-lasting, causing permanent damage to Stuart. He was confined to a

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Menendez Brothers Reunited In Prison After 21 Years Apart

Reunited and it feels so … murdery?

The Menendez brothers have been reunited inside a California prison after more than two decades apart.

The siblings were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents inside their Beverly Hills mansion on On August 20, 1989.

Now, Erik Menendez 47, and Lyle Menendez, 50, are now under a home once again, only this time it’s inside a corrections facility The Associated Press reported.

The prison moved Erik into Lyle’s housing unit of San Diego’s R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility on Wednesday. Erik was transferred to the prison from Northern California in February but until this week, the brothers were in separate units. In 1995, the brothers asked to be jailed together but a Beverly Hills detective said they may conspire to escape if put together. Erik’s lawyer called the decision to house them separately “heartless” at the time.

Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said she doesn’t know how

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Cleve Heidelberg, Who Spent Nearly 50 Years In Jail, Found Dead 10 Months After Release

A man recently released from prison after 47 years for a murder he claimed he didn’t commit was found dead on Saturday.

Cleve Heidelberg, who was recently featured on Oxygen’s “Final Appeal” was found dead at his apartment in Peoria County, Illinois over the weekend, According to The Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois. Foul play is not suspected. Police are looking into what may have led to his death. As of now, his initial autopsy was inconclusive.

He has only been a free man for ten months after being released from jail last May. Since then, he got an apartment and purchased a car. Friends and acquaintances said he was looking forward to starting over.

“He was just beginning to live his life after spending almost 50 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit,” his attorney Andy Hale told The Journal Star. “But we are also grateful that

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