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    (CNN)A Detroit teen who is suspected of shooting four people, killing three, in a "shooting spree" Sunday has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.Dontae Smith, 19, was charged on Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of animal cruelty and five counts of felony firearm, the prosecutor's office said in a press release.CNN has reached out to several legal aid groups to find Smith's attorney."It is not an overstatement to say that on Sunday morning, August 28, like a scene out of a movie this alleged defendant reigned real terror on the citizens northwest Detroit," prosecutor Kym Worthy said in the release. "Normal, everyday life was brought to a standstill as he moved east to his next victim."Dontae Smith is pictured in this photo provided by the Detroit Police Department.Prosecutors said Chayen Lewis Lee, 28, Lari Brisco, 43, and a woman who has not yet been identified all died in the shootings. John Palif, 76, was shot in the leg and survived the...
    A Las Vegas man accused of killing a doctor and killing five others at a Southern California church lunch because of his hatred for Taiwan, pleaded not guilty on Friday.  David Chou, 68, was charged with murder with an enhancement of a hate crime after he opened fire in May at a Taiwanese congregation that was meeting at a church in Laguna Woods, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.  Dr. John Cheng, 52, was killed trying to stop Chou whose actions were motivated by 'political tensions between China and Taiwan.' Five others were injured, but survived their injuries. Chou appeared in court on August 19 behind a metal-like cage separating him from others. The 68-year-old wore glasses, a face mask, and a yellow jumpsuit. He wore a headset and spoke with the help of a Mandarin interpreter.  The gunman struggled to understand what the judge was telling him - which he told the interpreter.  He has been ordered by Orange County Superior Court Judge Cynthia M. Herrera to be held without bail at the Theo Lacy jail, and will...
    Rapper A$AP Rocky - boyfriend of singing superstar Rihanna and father of her three month-old baby boy - pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles today to shooting at a former friend and music partner during an argument. Charged with two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, Rocky - real name Rakim Mayers - is facing up to four years in jail on each charge if he’s convicted. At his criminal court arraignment today in downtown LA, the 33 year-old hip-hop artist showed up in dark blue suit and tie, with his hair braided in corn rows, and flanked by several dark-suited minders When Judge Victoria Wilson asked Mayers how he wanted to plead today, his attorney, Sara Caplan, entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ to both charges. Rapper A$AP Rocky - boyfriend of singing superstar Rihanna and father of her three month-old baby boy - appeared in Los Angeles court on Wednesday to plead not guilty The rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, who is charged with two counts of assault with a firearm stemming, arrives to his court...
    SAN JOSE — Former UFC fighter Cain Velasquez has formally pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault and weapons charges alleging that in February he chased then shot at a man accused of molesting his young son, and ended up wounding the man’s stepfather. Velasquez entered the plea Friday in a San Jose courtroom accompanied by his attorneys Alexandra Kazarian and Renee Hessling, with several family members and supporters sitting in the court gallery. A preliminary examination — the hearing in which a judge decides whether there is enough evidence for a case to proceed to trial — has been set for Sept. 26. Velasquez, clad in brown jail clothing and wearing a surgical mask over his face, was visibly attentive during the hearing and stood up when telling Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jessica Delgado, “Yes I do” when she asked him to verify his plea and that he understood he was waiving his right to have the preliminary examination within 10 days. He briefly gestured to his supporters before he was escorted back to the Main Jail...
    (CNN)The 21-year-old accused of opening fire at a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 117 criminal charges, including 21 counts of first-degree murder, court officials said.The gunman, Robert E. Crimo III, also was arraigned on 48 counts of attempted first-degree murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery, one for each victim who was struck by a bullet, bullet fragment or shrapnel, Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart said.If he is convicted of murdering any two people, he will face natural life in prison without the possibility of parole, Rinehart said. If the allegation of great bodily harm is proven, those 48 charges would also carry a sentence of up to natural life, Rinehart said. In addition, 48 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm were also charged, which carry a sentence of 6 to 30 years, served at 85 percent under Illinois law.The court hearing came a month after Crimo allegedly climbed onto a rooftop in the Chicago suburb and opened fire on unsuspecting paradegoers, killing seven people.8-year-old boy wounded in Highland Park shooting...
    Robert "Bobby" Crimo III has pleaded not guilty to 117 criminal charges related to the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, during a July Fourth parade. The suspect, accused of opening fire at the holiday parade, made the plea at an arraignment at the Lake County Courthouse on Wednesday. EIGHT-YEAR-OLD VICTIM PARALYZED FROM GUNSHOT WOUND AFTER HIGHLAND PARK MASS SHOOTING Crimo, 21, is accused of killing seven people and injuring 54 others during a parade last month. He faces 21 charges of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder, and 48 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. A prosecutor said Crimo confessed to the shooting voluntarily last month and considered a second attack after leaving the scene of the Independence Day parade. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Crimo's next court appearance is scheduled for November. Highland Park Shooting Mass Shootings Illinois News
    Dorn's wife, Ann Dorn, revealed, "I cried when I heard him say guilty on murder first, all of the stress that had been built up, just released." "Once he retired as a policeman, I never thought I would get that knock on the door," she said. Ann said, "I'm very thankful to the jurors who saw the truth and all the evidence. And I want to thank Marvin Teer for doing a phenomenal job in prosecuting the case." "I don’t want to say we can move on," Dorn's widow added. "There’s never going to be full closure, but it brings us peace." “Dave always said only certain black lives matter,” said Ann – who served as a police officer for 28 years. “He became a perfect example of that.” Ann empathized with Cannon's family, "Nobody wins in this. They’ve lost a son and a brother. So, I feel her pain as much as I felt when he took Dave." Ann believes her husband would have done anything to help Cannon or any of the other looters. "For the young...
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The white gunman charged with killing 10 Black people in a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded not guilty Monday to federal hate crime charges that could be punishable by the death penalty.Payton Gendron was indicted last week on hate crimes and weapons counts. The plea was entered in court by Gendron's attorney, who said she hoped to resolve the case before trial. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles, Gendron was silent during the brief arraignment.The 27-count federal indictment contains special findings, including that Gendron engaged in substantial planning to commit an act of terrorism and took aim at vulnerable older people - specifically 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, 77-year-old Pearl Young, 72-year-old Katherine Massey, 67-year-old Heyward Patterson and 65-year-old Celestine Chaney.SEE ALSO | Tops supermarket in Buffalo reopens 2 months after racist mass shootingAttorney General Merrick Garland, who halted federal executions last year, has not ruled out seeking the death penalty against Gendron, who turned 19 in June. The Justice Department said a decision on whether to seek the death penalty would come later.Gendron, who livestreamed...
    Buffalo, New York (CNN)The 19-year-old accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others when he opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket pleaded not guilty to hate crime and firearms charges in federal court on Monday.Wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at his hands and feet, Payton Gendron was flanked by his lawyers. If convicted, Gendron could face the death penalty. Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to make that decision at a later date.Zeneta Everhart, whose son, Zaire Goodman, 21, was injured in the shooting, attended the hearing and said, for her, justice would mean Gendron spends his life in prison.People are afraid. Buffalo supermarket reopens as fear and trauma still grip community "My son is still recovering from a gunshot wound," she said. "It's hard to sit in the courtroom. He's a terrorist."Gendron, who was remanded back into custody following Monday's hearing, was indicted Thursday on 27 counts, including 14 hate crimes charges and 13 firearms charges, the Justice Department said in a news release.Read MoreJudge Kenneth Schroeder set a September 2...
    BUFFALO, New York -- The white gunman who killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded not guilty Thursday to hate-motivated domestic terrorism and other charges. A prosecutor called the evidence against him overwhelming.A lawyer entered the plea for Payton Gendron, 18, in the first case to make use of New York's domestic terrorism hate crime law. Gendron didn't speak during the brief hearing with a heavy security presence.Witnesses, police and Gendron's own writings and livestreamed video have incriminated him as the gunman who used an AR-style semi-automatic rifle May 14 to target shoppers and employees of a Tops Friendly Market, and he surrendered at the crime scene after putting his rifle to his neck. Authorities said he chose the store because of its location in a predominantly Black neighborhood."There is overwhelming proof of the defendant's guilt," Assistant District Attorney John Fereleto said. "The defendant was caught at the scene of the crime with the weapon in his hands."Gendron has been held without bail since the shooting and is due back in court July 7.He was charged with murder...
    By Mark Morales and Kristina Sgueglia | CNN The 18-year-old suspect in the Buffalo, New York, supermarket shooting that killed 10 people pleaded not guilty to the 25-count indictment against him, his attorney said in court Thursday afternoon. Peyton Gendron, who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackled at his hands and feet, was asked by the judge if he understood the charges against him and he nodded and said “yes, ma’am.” Erie County Supreme Court Judge Susan Eagan agreed with county prosecutor John Feroleto and remanded Gendron until his next court date on July 7. Gendron was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, 10 counts of second-degree murder as a hate crime and three counts of attempted murder as a hate crime, according to the indictment made available Thursday. He also faces a domestic terror charge and a weapons charge, the indictment shows. Authorities allege ample evidence indicates the White teen was motivated by race and that he targeted a supermarket in a predominantly Black community. An Erie County jury indicted the alleged shooter on one count...
    The person suspected of shooting 13 people in Buffalo, New York, in a racist attack pleaded not guilty to the 25 counts contained in an indictment returned by a grand jury on Thursday. Payton Gendron, 18, has been ordered by Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to be held without bond and is due back in court on July 7. The 25 counts Gendron faces include one count of domestic terrorism motivated by hate, 10 counts of first-degree murder, 10 counts of second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder as hate crimes, and one count of illegal possession of a weapon. The counts were first revealed on Wednesday but were made public during Gendron's arraignment hearing. 10-YEAR-OLD SHOOTS AND KILLS WOMAN FIGHTING HER MOTHER AT ORLANDO BARBECUE: POLICE The count for domestic terrorism motivated by hate was included for Gendron, who is white, being accused of attacking people based on race. New York's domestic terrorism hate crime law took effect in November 2020, making Gendron the first defendant to face a charge from that law....
    NEW YORK -- A man charged with shooting up a New York City subway train last month in an attack that wounded 10 people pleaded not guilty Friday to terrorism and other charges.Frank James entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, where U.S, District Judge William F. Kuntz began the proceeding by asking James, "How are you doing today?""Pretty good," James responded.Asked about his educational background, James said he attended public schools in the Bronx before earning a GED. He said he also attended some trade schools.James, 62, is facing charges of committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.The defendant was arrested April 13, about 30 hours after authorities say he drove from Philadelphia and unleashed smoke bombs and dozens of bullets in a train full of morning commuters as it approached a Brooklyn station. The shooting victims ranged in age from 16 to 60; all survived.Authorities said James's bank card, cellphone and a key to...
    Share this: A man charged with shooting up a New York City subway train last month in an attack that wounded 10 people pleaded not guilty Friday to terrorism and other charges. Frank James entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, where U.S, District Judge William F. Kuntz began the proceeding by asking James, “How are you doing today?” “Pretty good,” James responded.
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man accused of shooting at a candidate for mayor of Louisville pleaded not guilty to federal charges in U.S. District Court Friday. Quintez Brown, 21, has been charged by a federal grand jury with “interfering with a federally protected right, and using and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence by shooting at and attempting to kill a candidate for elective office.” Brown faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison on the new federal charges. He also faces state charges of attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment. He pleaded not guilty to those charges earlier this week. Before the hearing began, Brown, who wore a green prison jumpsuit, sat silently and at times lowered his head while looking at a piece of paper in front of him. Members of Brown’s family and some friends sat in the front row. At one point before the proceedings began, Brown’s grandmother started to cry as a family friend embraced her....
    BROCKTON (CBS) – On Wednesday, Kevin Gomes pleaded not guilty to murder in a Brockton shooting that left a 51-year-old man dead over the weekend. Gomes, 26, was arrested Tuesday, in connection with the shooting death Harry Williams. Officers responded to Auna Drive around 2:40 a.m. on Saturday. Williams was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Gomes was held without bail and is next scheduled to appear in court on March 7.
    The father of slain former Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr. has pleaded not guilty in the shooting son of his death. Otis Anderson Sr. was accused of shooting and killing his 23-year-old son during a November 29 argument at the family's Jacksonville-area home. According to court records obtained by DailyMail.com, Anderson Sr. told investigators that he had the right to defend himself during the confrontation with his son that began when a dog belonging to the younger Anderson's girlfriend bit the 52-year-old father. Otis Anderson Sr.'s next court date is scheduled for February 1. He faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted on charges of murder and attempted murder. Otis Anderson Jr. (near left) was killed in November during the argument with his father, Otis Anderson Sr. (right), at his parents' home in Jacksonville, Florida, according to a partially redacted arrest report released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. His mother Denise (far left) was also wounded The father of slain former Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr. has pleaded not guilty in the shooting son...
    (AP) — A doctor pleaded not guilty Monday to a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of a delivery truck driver in southern Vermont more than two years ago, Vermont State Police said. Jozsef Piri, 49, of Naples, Florida, was arrested earlier this month and charged with the death of Roberto Fonseca-Rivera on Nov. 1, 2019, on Vermont Route 103 in Rockingham. READ MORE: Police Respond To Dorchester For Daytime ShootingPiri was initially ordered held without bail. Lawyers agreed to a $250,000 cash bond if certain conditions were met. Prosecutor Steven Brown said the conditions included that Piri turn over to police any passports and firearms in his possession. If Piri posts bail, he will also be required to follow a strict curfew at his home in Naples, Florida. Fonseca-Rivera, 44, was found shot to death in the produce truck he was driving on Route 103 in Rockingham after a coworker at a Hyde Park, Massachusetts, produce distributor told police the GPS on the truck indicated the vehicle had not moved in some time. Roberto Fonseca-Rivera (Photo...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An ex-con pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other counts in the shooting death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music executive Clarence Avant. (credit: CDCR) READ MORE: SigAlert Issued On Westbound SR-118, East Of Rocky Peak Fire Road, After Big Rig Jack-KnifedAariel Maynor, 29, is charged in the slaying of Avant, 81, who was shot on Dec. 1 inside her home in the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills. He was charged on Dec. 6 with one count each of murder, attempted murder, and being a felon with a firearm. Maynor also faces two counts of residential burglary with a person present, and an allegation of using an assault long barrel pistol during the crimes, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He is also charged with shooting at the security guard, who was not injured. READ MORE: LA Verne Residents Opposed To Placement Of Violent Juvenile Offenders In Nearby County FacilitiesMaynor was arrested after allegedly accidentally shooting himself while breaking into another home nearby. (L-R) Jacqueline...
    The man suspected of killing Jacqueline Avant, the late wife of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clarence Avant, pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally shooting her and shooting at her security guard during a burglary in her Beverly Hills, California home.  Aariel Maynor, 29, faces charges of murder, attempted murder, being a felon with a firearm as well as two counts of residential burglary with a person present. A judge set bail at $4.2 million.  LA SUSPECT LURED FROM ‘NCIS’ SET ARRESTED IN HIGH-PROFILE DEATHS OF MODEL, FRIEND: REPORT Aariel Maynor, 29, the man charged in the killing of Jacqueline Avant during an alleged home invasion, pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple charges against him, including murder. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) "Mrs. Avant was a treasured member of our community. Her generosity and good will touched so many lives," District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement released by his office. "My office is working closely with the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments in the investigation and prosecution of this case. We must...
    The parents of the suspected shooter at Oxford High School in Michigan, who allegedly tried to flee, pleaded "not guilty" to manslaughter charges at their arraignment hearing Saturday morning. An Oakland County judge set the bond for James and Jennifer Crumbley at $500,000 each at the hearing and stipulated that they must surrender their weapons to authorities. During the hearing, their defense attorneys disputed claims that the couple was trying to flee, saying that their clients intended to attend the arraignment on Saturday of their own volition. FUGITIVE PARENTS OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN DETROIT "Mr. Crumbley, as with Mrs. Crumbley, is not a flight risk. He is not a danger to the community," said defense attorney Mariell Lehman. "There's no risk that they're going to flee prosecution. They were never fleeing prosecution." Should the defendants post bond, they will need to wear GPS trackers, the judge said. Michigan authorities designated the Crumbleys as fugitives when they disappeared Friday and did not appear at an arraignment scheduled for that afternoon. They were...
    Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer's parking lot where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, November 30, 2021.Eric Seals | USA Today Network | via Reuters James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the teen accused of killing four students in a shooting at a Michigan high school this week, pleaded not guilty on Saturday to involuntary manslaughter charges. Prosecutors charged the Crumbleys with involuntary manslaughter on Friday. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said the couple committed "egregious" acts leading up to the tragedy. That included buying a gun on Black Friday and failing to intervene when their son, Ethan Crumbley, presented concerning behavior. Crumbley, 15, opened fire at Oxford High School on Tuesday, killing four students. He's being charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Under Michigan law, parents can be charged with involuntary manslaughter if authorities believe someone contributed to a...
    The parents of a Michigan student, who is accused of killing four classmates and wounding seven others during a mass shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday, pled not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter charges. James and Jennifer Crumbley appeared for an arraignment at an Oakland court Saturday morning after they were apprehended by police in Detroit and detained in Oakland County Jail. Prosecutors charged the Crumbleys with involuntary manslaughter charges after it was revealed that their 15-year-old son took the 9mm semi-automatic handgun he used in the mass shooting from their home. The court is currently debating the amount of their bond. DEVELOPING Tags Oxford Michigan
    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Michigan school shooting suspect’s parents plead not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Michigan school shooting suspect’s mother pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    "Everything I'm saying is just my personal opinion. I've been a homicide detective, a violent crimes investigator for years. I have a background. I watched the video of the shooting and I'd seen the video of the journalists of Mr. Rittenhouse before the shooting and the protesters before the shooting and I thought it painted a pretty clear picture that Mr. Rittenhouse had a very strong claim for self-defense," Kelly explained. "I was very surprised when he was charged soon after the shooting with these murders and the shooting of the third victim," he added. By donating to Rittenhouse's defense fund, Kelly said he was promoting the foundational American ideal that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. "I was interested in giving him the chance to defend himself in front of a jury. I know that lawyers are expensive, and it's hard sometimes to get the message out there. I wanted to make sure that he had the means necessary to make his claim in court," Kelly told the Daily Mail. "It mattered....
    SAN DIEGO — A TikTok star with nearly a million online followers pleaded not guilty on Monday to shooting and killing his newly estranged wife and a man she was with last week at a San Diego high-rise. Prosecutors said Ali Abulaban had surreptitiously installed a listening device on his 5-year-old daughter’s tablet device, and when he heard his wife and another man talking, he went to her apartment and shot them to death, the Union-Tribune reported. After the shootings, Abulaban, still armed, picked up his daughter from school, Deputy District Attorney Taren Brast said. The details were revealed during the San Diego County Superior Court arraignment for Abulaban, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder as well as special-circumstance allegations of multiple killings, the newspaper reported. Brast said outside court that Abulaban, 29, is a TikTok star known as JinnKid, with more than 940,000 followers on the social media app. His account features comedy skits and impersonations of the character Tony Montana from the 1983 film “Scarface.” Abulaban’s attorney did not comment on the allegations during the...
    A man accused of fatally shooting two young people inside a Southern California movie theater last July has pleaded not guilty, and not guilty by reason of insanity, to two counts of murder. Joseph Jimenez, 20, did not speak during Monday’s hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, letting his attorney enter the pleas, the Press-Enterprise reported. The two different not-guilty pleas were necessary, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, because there would be two phases if the case goes to trial: a guilt phase, and a phase to determine whether Jimenez was insane.  Attorneys are scheduled to return to court on October 22 to discuss an appointment of a defense psychiatrist, the newspaper said. TikTok star Anthony Barajas, 19, and his girlfriend Rylee Goodrich, 18, were shot in the head on July 26 at a theater at the Regal Edwards cinema in the city of Corona, California. They were found by an employee after a 9.35pm screening of The Forever Purge. Scroll down for video  Joseph Jimenez, 20, blamed voices in his head...
    The suspect in the Atlanta-area spa shootings that killed eight people including six Asian Americans in March has pleaded not guilty to the latest charges against him. Robert Aaron Long pleaded not guilty in Fulton County Superior Court to charges of murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism in connection to four of the killings, NBC News reported.  Long is accused of killing four people at Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County before driving to Gold Spa in Atlanta, where he is accused of killing three others. He then allegedly killed an eighth person at Aromatherapy Spa across the street. In May, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis notified the court that she intends to seek the death penalty against Long. Willis is also planning to seek hate crime charges against Long for targeting Asian American women.  The shootings allegedly carried out by Long led to national outrage, putting the spotlight on incidents of anti-Asian hate and bias amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Tuesday’s plea is in connection with the four deaths that occurred at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa. Those victims...
    A former University of Miami football player pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of killing a teammate outside a South Florida apartment complex in 2006. An attorney for Rashaun Jones, 35, entered the plea during a remote court hearing after prosecutors formally filed second-degree murder charge against him. Jones, who was arrested last month, was long suspected in the death of Bryan Pata, 22. Jones was originally arrested on a first-degree murder charge, and prosecutors said he could still face that charge. But to indict him on that charge, prosecutors would have to present the case to a grand jury. Pata was expected to be an early pick in the 2007 NFL draft following his fourth and final season with the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound (1.9-meter, 127-kilogram) defensive lineman was shot several times outside of his Kendall apartment the night of Nov. 7, 2006. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Some witnesses claimed to hear arguing and then gunshots. Despite having hundreds of dollars in his wallet, neither the car nor the cash were taken, police said....
    OAKLAND (BCN) — Retired San Leandro Police Officer Jason Fletcher entered a not guilty plea Thursday morning in Oakland to criminal charges in the death of a man at a Walmart store in April of last year. Fletcher was charged in September with voluntary manslaughter for shooting Steven Taylor to death on the afternoon of April 18, 2020, after Taylor allegedly tried to shoplift a bat and a tent from the store. READ MORE: Richard Sherman’s Father-In-Law Claims He Pepper-Sprayed NFL Player Fewer than 40 seconds passed between the time Fletcher entered the store and the time he shot and killed Taylor. The charges against Fletcher are the first against a police officer by District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in her time as Alameda County’s top prosecutor. READ MORE: Netflix Hires Former Video Game Exec, Hinting At New Direction O’Malley has recently decided not to run for re-election. Attorneys for Fletcher were not immediately available for comment late Thursday morning.   MORE NEWS: San Bruno Police Seize 65,000 Fentanyl Doses, Woman Arrested © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City...
    MARTINEZ — Before a courtroom packed with family members of one of the two men he’s shot and killed in the last three years, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Dep. Andrew Hall formally pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges Wednesday afternoon. Hall, the first policeman to be charged in an on-duty shooting in Contra Costa, also waived his right to appear in future non-important court dates before he was led out of a side exit of the AF Bray Courthouse. Last April, Hall was charged with voluntary manslaughter and firing into a moving vehicle, both felonies, in the November 2018 killing of 33-year-old Laudemer Arboleda. Check back for updates. 
    William 'Roddie' Bryan is among the three men charged with federal hate crimes in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery who was chased and shot while out jogging in Brunswick in February 2020 An attorney for the Georgia man who was charged after he filmed the fatal shooting of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery has claimed any 'patriotic American' would have done the same thing.  William 'Roddie' Bryan is among the three men charged with federal hate crimes in the slaying of the 25-year-old black man who was chased and shot while out jogging in Brunswick in February 2020. Greg McMichael and his adult son, Travis McMichael, are the other two men charged. All three pleaded not guilty to the federal charges during a court appearance on Tuesday.  In an interview CourtTV prior to the federal hearing, Bryan's attorney Kevin Gough insisted that his client was innocent and that a jury would come to the same conclusion. When asked why Bryan joined the chase,  Gough argued that any American would have done the same.  'Any patriotic American under the same circumstances would have...
    More On: Ahmaud Arbery Georgia gov to sign overhaul of citizen’s arrest law after Ahmaud Arbery shooting Ahmaud Arbery’s alleged killers hit with federal hate-crime charges Georgia House votes to repeal citizen’s arrest law over Ahmaud Arbery case Ahmaud Arbery’s mom files federal suit 1 year after his shooting death The three men accused of hunting down Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and fatally shooting him pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday afternoon.  Greg McMichael, his adult son Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Benjamin Cheesbro in a hearing at the Brunswick Federal Courthouse. The trio is already facing state murder charges in the killing. The men, charged with violating Arbery’s civil rights and attempted kidnapping, made no statements to the court beyond basic answers to the judge before entering not guilty pleas to all charges.  Last February, the McMichaels saw Arbery, 25, running past their home and suspected he was a burglar who’d been recorded on video inside a nearby home under construction — so they armed themselves and chased...
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to shooting arrows at police during a standoff. Mitchell Smith, 47, entered his written plea Wednesday to attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault on a peace officer, The Sioux City Journal reported. Police said officers responded to a home called Dec. 1 on a report that Smith had threatened a neighbor's wife. After a brief encounter, the officers were leaving when Smith fired an arrow over the head of an officer,, police said. The officers got into their car and drove about a block, when Smith reportedly fired a second arrow. During a standoff, Smith allegedly fired two more arrows. No one was hit by the arrows. Police eventually were able to subdue Smith with nonlethal munitions and chemical agents. He remains in custody on a $100,000 bond. His attorney, Craig Lane, has requested that the bond be reduced. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Iowa, Associated Press
    Kyle Rittenhouse appears along with his attorney Mark Richards at an arraignment hearing carried on Zoom. Kenosha County Court/Zoom/YouTube Kyle Rittenhouse formally pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the shooting of three protesters at an anti-racism demonstration in August. The 18-year-old is accused of killing two protesters and injuring a third after opening fire at a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The plea comes as the city of Kenosha prepares for the district attorney's decision of whether to charge the police officers involved in Blake's shooting. Rittenhouse's trial is scheduled to begin in late March. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kyle Rittenhouse has formally pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Tuesday afternoon ahead of a trial scheduled to begin in late March. The 18-year-old appeared at the hearing along with his attorney Marck Richards over Zoom. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on March 29, with another pre-trial hearing scheduled for March 10. Kenosha County prosecutors charged Rittenhouse with two counts of homicide, along with several other crimes, after accusing him...
    Kyle Rittenhouse entered not guilty pleas to all charges in connection with multiple shootings in Kenosha, Wisc., during a protest over the summer. The teen has argued they were in self-defense. Prosecutors accused Rittenhouse of traveling from his home in Antioch, Ill., across state lines to nearby Kenosha, after learning of a call for militia to protect businesses in that city during protests on Aug. 25. KYLE RITTENHOUSE’S MOM SAYS TEEN GUNMAN WAS ‘HELPING PEOPLE’ IN KENOSHA Protesters had turned out repeatedly for several nights to condemn the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed after a White officer shot him during a domestic disturbance call. Rittenhouse, who turned 18 last week, shot three people during the protest. Two of them died, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and the shootings left Gaige Grosskreutz seriously wounded. Video circulating online shows scenes from the encounter. In addition to the shooting-related charges, prosecutors had accused the teen of violating curfew to attend the protest in new charges filed this week. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The pleas...
    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection with the shooting death of a woman inside his Easton home last year. Francis Averill, 51, was released on $5,000 bail after his arraignment Monday on one count of manslaughter and two counts of improper storage of a firearm, The Enterprise reported. Averill is charged in the fatal shooting of Tamra Davidson, 49, of Plymouth, who died on Nov. 6, 2019, after being shot inside a two-family home Averill owns and lived in. Averill is an electrical contractor and Davidson was his employee. Averill told investigators that Davidson accidentally shot herself while he slept. But prosecutors said in court that the evidence, including the angle of the wound, does not support his account. Averill's attorney, Kevin Reddington, didn’t present any argument on behalf of his client. He is due back in court on April 1. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, business, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, crime
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A former San Francisco police officer charged in a fatal 2017 officer-involved shooting on Tuesday pleaded not guilty, according to authorities. Former SFPD Officer Christopher Samoyoa appeared virtually in a San Francisco courtroom to plead not guilty to multiple charges.. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the charges — including homicide, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, assault by an executive officer, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and neglectful discharge of a firearm — last month. Samoyoa shot and killed unarmed carjacking suspect Keita O’Neil in 2017. Boudin, who promised to crackdown on any police misconduct during his campaign for office, didn’t mince words when announcing the charges against the former rookie officer at the Nov. 23 news conference. “In San Francisco there has been a long history of officer-involved shootings leading to no accountability whatsoever,” Boudin said. “Further cementing the idea that police are above the law. That stops today. Earlier this morning my office has filed homicide charges against former San Francisco police department officer Chris Samayoa for his 2017 killing of Keita O’Neil.”...
    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A North Dakota man accused of shooting and wounding two police officers in Wisconsin has entered not guilty pleas to charges against him. Nathanael Benton, 23, of Fargo, was bound over for trial in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday after waiving his preliminary hearing, according to court records. Benton is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide/use of a dangerous weapon as well as possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon. The officers, one from Delafield and one from Hartland, were shot Nov. 6 in Waukesha County, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) west of Milwaukee. They had responded to a Holiday Inn Express in Delafield for a complaint about a possible hit-and-run when they confronted Benton and were shot, according to officials. Police chiefs in both the communities have declined to identify the officers, both of whom suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The shooting set off a nine-hour manhunt for Benton. If convicted of all charges, Benton could face more than 140 years in prison. He is also wanted in Fargo for...
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