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Court Deposition Reveals Details Of Vegas Shooter’s Life Before The Massacre

A 97-page deposition obtained by CNN reveals details about the life of Stephen Paddock, the murderer behind the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In the documents, Paddock is revealed to have been a high-stakes gambler with a paranoiac and miserly streak.

The document comes by way of a 2013 deposition pertaining to a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell on a walkway in 2011. It may be the most comprehensive collection of information available on Paddock.

The deposition reveals that Paddock had no known mental health issues but had been perscribed Valium for “anxiousness.”

“He’s like on retainer, I call it, I guess,” Paddock had said of the doctor who perscribed him the drugs. “It means I pay a fee yearly … I have good access to him.”

Paddock was also revealed to be somewhat of a drifter, living largely at hotel casinos, where he lived for

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Court Allows 21-Year-Old Convicted Rapist To Play In College Football Game

A federal appeals court is allowing a man convicted of sexual assault to continue to play college football this weekend, Crime Online reported, even as his university tried to keep that from happening.

Ma’lik Richmond, 21, was convicted in 2013 of digitally penetrating a heavily intoxicated 16-year-old girl and taking photos of her naked body in the infamous Steubenville, Ohio case, along with his co-perpetrator Trent Mays. The victim apparently only learned that she had been raped through widely circulated social media posts showing her repeated assaults.

Richmond, who was 16 years old at the time, served about 10 months in a juvenile detention center for the crime, according to USA Today. He then returned to his high school football team and later joined the football team of Youngstown State University.

After the ensuing controversy, including a petition started by a Youngstown student, the university decided to block Richmond

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Pastor Who Blames Cold Medicine For Killing Wife Appears In Court: ‘There’s A Lot To This Story’

An aspiring pastor in North Carolina who allegedly killed his wife while high on cough syrup last week made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Matthew James Phelps, 29, called police last week stating that he had a dream and woke up to his brutally murdered wife, according to the Raleigh News Observer. Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29, was found fatally stabbed at the townhouse where they both lived.

The two had been married less than a year.

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According to BuzzFeed, Phelps admitted to taking too much Coricidin Cough Cold the night of the killing.

Phelps did not enter a plea during Tuesday’s hearing, according to PEOPLE. His attorney, Joseph Cheshire, urged the public to not rush to conclusions.

“It’s a very tragic situation — sad

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Horrifying Video Showing Teen Help 16-Year-Old Friend Hang Herself Revealed In Court: ‘Thumbs Up If You’re OK’

An 18-year-old boy is charged with murder in the death of his 16-year-old friend.

According to KSL Jchandra Brown of Payson, Utah was found hanging by a rope on May 6. Prosecutors believe that her friend, Tyerell Przybycien, helped her kill herself and recorded the suicide—without trying to save her.

Przybycien is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and desecration of a human body, a class B misdemeanor.

In court, jurors watched the 10-minute video showing the death. Przybycien asks Brown to “say something, please.” As the girl’s body becomes still, he keeps recording and adding commentary. “Um, are you there? Move or something,” he adds. “Thumbs up if you’re OK.” 

Toward the end of the video, Przybycien says, “that’s when the brain stops getting any oxygen,” and, “I guess I’ll just leave this here now.”

Brown’s mother believes her daughter was “groomed” by Przybycien to carry out the suicide. His lawyers are challenging the murder charge but he

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Video Shows Murderer Laughing In Court As Statement From Victim’s Crying Mother Is Read

It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.

“I’ve lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren,” a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.

Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, “I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”

The judge was less than impressed.

“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll

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Murderer Laughs In Court As Victim’s Mom’s Statement Is Read …

It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.

“I’ve lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren,” a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.

Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, “I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”

The judge was less than impressed.

“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll

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Bill Cosby’s Wife Showed Up In Court For The First Time

Bill Cosby‘s wife is showing her support during his current sexual assault trial, walking arm-in-arm with the comedian today as he headed in to his trial. According to ABC Newsthis is Camille’s first time attending the proceedings in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby did not testify during the trial and has pled not guilty. The plaintiff, Andrea Constand, testified that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004. “In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn’t get there and I was very limp, so I wasn’t able to fight him,” she said. “I wanted it to stop.”

Cosby has been accused by over 50 women of drugging or sexual misconduct. He has denied the allegations.

In the last hours the defense rested after calling just one witness, a detective. The prosecution rested its case last Friday

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“I Killed My Wife And I Don’t Know Why,” Claims 91-Year-Old Man Who Wept In Court

Anchorage resident Duane Marvin, 91, was wheeled into court on Wednesday, crying. He has been accused of fatally shooting his wife. According to NBC affiliate station KTUU, Marvin could be heard saying “my wife…” as he was wheeled into the courtroom. He was wearing headphones and weeping.

Marvin is facing charges that include murder in the first and second degree for the death of his 92-year-old Charlotte Marvin, his wife. The elderly man is also being charged with tampering with physical evidence. His granddaughter, Gena Powers, told the judge that Marvin suffers from dementia.

Marvin’s defense attorney, Jon Buchholdt said the woman’s death was an accident. “He didn’t shoot his wife on purpose, he stumbled and fell and in the falling of it and the police knew that and yet they send him to jail knowing the condition he’s in,” Buchholdt said. “He’s like a child, this man, you do not put a child

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Court rejects appeal of Connecticut woman in murder-for-hire – New …

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A court on Monday rejected the appeal of a Connecticut woman convicted in a 1994 murder-for-hire case that landed her in prison for life and was depicted in books and TV shows.

Three judges on the Connecticut Appellate Court disagreed with Beth Carpenter’s argument that her trial lawyer made mistakes, including not securing a plea deal and not having an expert witness examine her before the trial.

Carpenter intends to appeal the ruling to the Connecticut Supreme Court, said her lawyer, Norman Pattis.

“The result is disappointing,” Pattis said. “We remain hopeful that justice will, in the end, be done. Beth Carpenter does not belong behind bars.”

Kevin Kane, the state’s top prosecutor, said the court ruling speaks for itself. He said his thoughts are with the victim’s family.

Carpenter, now 53, was convicted of murder and conspiracy in

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Court rejects appeal of Connecticut woman in murder-for-hire

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A court on Monday rejected the appeal of a Connecticut woman convicted in a 1994 murder-for-hire case that landed her in prison for life and was depicted in books and TV shows.

Three judges on the Connecticut Appellate Court disagreed with Beth Carpenter’s argument that her trial lawyer made mistakes, including not securing a plea deal and not having an expert witness examine her before the trial.

Carpenter intends to appeal the ruling to the Connecticut Supreme Court, said her lawyer, Norman Pattis.

“The result is disappointing,” Pattis said. “We remain hopeful that justice will, in the end, be done. Beth Carpenter does not belong behind bars.”

Kevin Kane, the state’s top prosecutor, said the court ruling speaks for itself. He said his thoughts are with the victim’s family.

Carpenter, now 53, was convicted of murder and conspiracy in

Read more at: http://www.njherald.com/article/20170320/AP/303209752