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man on trial in stabbing death in tony philadelphia area


philadelphia (ap) — a man is on trial in a stabbing death in a posh section of philadelphia after an argument that authorities said was over the suspect’s new jersey devils cap.forty-year-old steven simminger is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the march 2016 death of 24-year-old colin mcgovern of churchville.the philadelphia inquirer reports that prosecutors introduced text messages two days before the stabbing in which they said the blackwood, new jersey man called stabbing “a rush” and “satisfying.”they said he was depressed and angry and was “a ticking time bomb” when he stabbed the victim, who was with some companions and looking for a hotel.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksdefense attorney gina capuano said her client “was in fear for his life” a






police: philadelphia city councilman wounded in stabbing


philadelphia — a philadelphia city councilman has been wounded in a stabbing near his home.police say councilman david oh was getting out of his car late wednesday night when he was stabbed in the back during an attempted robbery.oh was taken to a hospital, where he's in critical, but stable condition.no arrests have been made.police continue to investigate.oh was first elected to council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. he's the first asian-american elected to public office in philadelphia, and the only u.s. military veteran currently serving on council.city council president darrell clarke released a statement after the stabbing asking all philadelphians to "keep councilman oh and his family in your thoughts and prayers."






police: philadelphia city councilman wounded in stabbing


philadelphia — a philadelphia city councilman has been wounded in a stabbing.police say councilman david oh was getting out of his car late wednesday night when he was stabbed during an attempted robbery.oh was taken to a hospital. his condition was not immediately available.no arrests have been made.police continue to investigate.oh was first elected to council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. he's the first asian-american elected to public office in philadelphia, and the only u.s. military veteran currently serving on council.






one conviction, one new trial for denver man charged in two 2015 stabbing deaths


denver district attorney's officejamaal edwardsa 31-year-old denver man has been convicted of murder in a 2015 stabbing death, but a jury could not return a verdict in a second murder charge connected to the same incident.jamaal edwards will be sentenced june 23 after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the jan. 7, 2015, stabbing death of john shoeboot, 53. the verdict was returned tuesday, according to a news release from the denver district attorney’s office.edwards also had been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death 42-year-old james clyde brown, who was found dead in the same public housing apartment on the 1400 block of xenia street.a new trial for that charge will begin on oct. 3, the da’s office said.two 911 calls were made to report the fight between the m






man charged with attempted murder in stabbing of councilman


philadelphia — a man has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a philadelphia city councilman during an attempted robbery last week.twenty-four-year-old shawn yarbray was arraigned sunday on the charge as well as aggravated assault, robbery, reckless endangering and a weapons count in the stabbing of republican councilman david oh. his bail was set at $750,000.the councilman said he was approached wednesday night near his home by a man who demanded his car keys and then stabbed him. officials said he was hospitalized overnight and returned to work friday. yarbray turned himself in to police saturday.defense attorney joseph capone said his client denies the allegations "and we'll see what the evidence shows."oh, elected in 2011, is the first asian-american elected to office






judge wants speedy trial for philadelphia's top prosecutor


philadelphia — a federal judge wants philadelphia's indicted top prosecutor to go on trial by next month because of what he calls "the public's right" to a speedy trial.u.s. district judge paul diamond on tuesday has rejected a routine bid by prosecutors to designate district attorney seth williams' bribery and extortion case complex and give them more time to prepare.he has tentatively ordered williams to face trial may 31. but he says williams can seek a delay once he sees the government's witness list.an indictment last month accuses the two-term democrat of accepting more than $100,000 in gifts in exchange for official favors. his lawyers deny that williams sold his office.diamond says the trial is especially urgent because williams remains in office even after surrendering his law lic






teen stabbed during large fight


philadelphia (ap) — a 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was stabbed during a large fight in philadelphia.authorities say the girl was stabbed around 3:50 p.m. monday with an unknown weapon. the stabbing happened during a fight between dozens of juveniles.police and nearby school officials were eventually able to break up the fight and transport the stabbing victim to a local hospital.no arrests have been reported. authorities have not released a description of the suspect.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






woman won’t face death penalty in mother’s slaying


norristown, pa. (ap) — prosecutors have decided that a woman will not face the death penalty if she is convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her mother near philadelphia.twenty-two-year-old elena house-hay is charged in the july 21 death of 54-year-old annette house in limerick township.the (pottstown) mercury reports that montgomery county prosecutors announced the decision at the defendant’s formal arraignment last week.assistant district attorney benjamin mckenna called the slaying “brutal” but said it lacked aggravating circumstances required for capital punishment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.authorities allege that she acknowledged that the two had fought earlier over her mental health treatment, and she sent a friend a message saying






police: philadelphia city councilman wounded in stabbing


philadelphia (ap) — a philadelphia city councilman was stabbed during an attempted robbery near his home, police said.republican councilman david oh was getting out of his car late wednesday night when he was approached by a man, said police lt. john walker.“the male is saying something to him. he can’t understand what he’s saying, so he engages the male in conversation momentarily,” walker said.that’s when, police said, the man pulled out a knife and told oh to give him his keys. he then stabbed oh once in the left side of his body and took off. oh was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical, but stable condition early thursday morning.most read storiessale! get 90% off digital access.“he wants everybody to know he is ok, and he’s doing well,” walker said.oh was first elected






timothy lovelace charged with murder in homeless shelter stabbing


a 34-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge in the fatal stabbing death of a man at a denver homeless shelter. photo supplied by denver police departmenttimothy lovelacetimothy lovelace is accused of stabbing 45-year-old gordon everts on thursday, according to a news release by ken lane, spokesman for denver district attorney beth mccann.the stabbing happened at the central presbyterian homeless shelter, 1680 n. sherman st.lovelace and everts were having a conversation near the victim’s bunk when lovelace left the area, grabbed a chef’s knife and began stabbing everts, the news release says.police arrested him on site. lovelace is being held without bond at the denver city jail.his next court hearing has not been scheduled, the news release says.






virginia teen slaying suspect wants statements thrown out


christiansburg, va. (ap) — lawyers for a man charged with murder in the death of a 13-year-old virginia girl have asked a judge to throw out incriminating statements he allegedly made to investigators.david eisenhauer, of columbia, maryland, is accused of taking nicole lovell to a wooded area and stabbing her to death.eisenhauer is scheduled to go on trial nov. 2. in court documents, his lawyers say his statements should be tossed out because investigators violated his rights.his arguments are similar to those made by his co-defendant, natalie keepers, who objected to how police questioned her and eventually got a confession. keepers, of laurel, maryland, is charged as an accessory. her trial is scheduled to begin in february.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.eisenh






waukegan man gets 16 years for stabbing 1 cousin to death, wounding another


on the third anniversary of his victim's death, a waukegan man received a 16-year prison term for the fatal stabbing of one of his cousins and the serious injury of another.juan guajardo, 41, was sentenced wednesday to 11 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of manuel alaniz, 39, and five years for the wounding of ignacio alaniz-hernandez, who was stabbed by guajardo during the same altercation."this whole thing was a waste. it never should have happened," lake county circuit judge daniel shanes said in handing down the sentence. he referenced the role played by alcohol and drugs in the resulting violence.guajardo was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of alaniz and aggravated battery in the wounding of alaniz-hernandez in a bench trial before shanes in may.guajardo, who decl






elderly man found stabbed to death in philadelphia home


philadelphia (ap) — authorities say an elderly man found dead in his philadelphia home died of multiple stab wounds.officers responded to the home in the port richmond section of northeast philadelphia just after 9 p.m. wednesday after a relative found the 80-year-old victim on the kitchen floor.homicide capt. jack ryan told wpvi-tv that there was “blood throughout the house.” police said there were no signs of forced entry and nothing appeared to have been taken.investigators were seeking surveillance video from the area.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks___information from: wpvi-tv, http://www.6abc.com






death penalty trial to begin for inmate in guard’s slaying


scranton, pa. (ap) — opening statements are scheduled monday in federal court in the death penalty trial of an inmate charged in a pennsylvania federal prison guard’s death more than four years ago.jessie con-ui, 40, is charged in the february 2013 stabbing death of corrections officer eric williams at the canaan federal prison in waymart. williams, 34, was working in a housing unit at the prison when he was attacked. con-ui was angry after the guard ordered a search of his cell the previous day and stabbed the victim more than 200 times, authorities allege.prosecutors are expected to show jurors surveillance video they say indicates the attack was premediated. they allege that con-ui stopped the attack to walk over to a shower, clean a cut on his hand and wrap it before continuing the att






death penalty trial to begin for inmate in guard's slaying


scranton, pa. — opening statements are scheduled monday in federal court in the death penalty trial of an inmate charged in a pennsylvania federal prison guard's death more than four years ago.jessie con-ui, 40, is charged in the february 2013 stabbing death of corrections officer eric williams at the canaan federal prison in waymart. williams, 34, was working in a housing unit at the prison when he was attacked. con-ui was angry after the guard ordered a search of his cell the previous day and stabbed the victim more than 200 times, authorities allege.prosecutors are expected to show jurors surveillance video they say indicates the attack was premediated. they allege that con-ui stopped the attack to walk over to a shower, clean a cut on his hand and wrap it before continuing the attack.






fatal stabbing in denver, 42-year prison sentence.


a denver man was sentenced friday to 42 years in prison for a fatal stabbing.jamaal edwards, 31, was convicted in april of second-degree murder in the death of john shoeboot, 53, according to the denver district attorney’s office.denver district attorney's officejamaal edwardsedwards pleaded guilty, also on friday, to manslaughter for the stabbing death of james clyde brown, 42, a da’s office news release said.in the early morning hours of jan. 7, 2015, edwards fatally stabbed both men in an apartment in the 1400 block of xenia street.edwards was sentenced to 12 years in prison for brown’s death. the sentences will run concurrently.






witnesses: mom on trial in kids' killing acted in jail as if she were stabbing b


after she was booked into the dupage county jail for allegedly killing two children, a naperville woman acted as if she were holding and then stabbing a baby, jail personnel testified monday as the woman's trial entered its second week.two nurses described seeing elzbieta plackowska in the days after oct. 30, 2012, when, according to prosecutors, she stabbed her son justin, 7, to death, along with a 5-year-old named olivia dworakowski, whom plackowska was babysitting at the naperville condo where olivia and her mother lived.prosecutors allege that plackowska, 45, killed the children out of anger and resentment over an unhappy home life. her defense attorneys contend that plackowska was insane at the time, and they called a half-dozen witnesses monday who interacted with her in the days bef






trial scheduled for dad accused of dropping girl off bridge


st. petersburg, fla. — a trial date has been set for a florida man accused of throwing his young daughter to her death off a tampa bay area bridge.following a monday hearing, pinellas county judge chris helinger scheduled the trial for 27-year-old jon jonchuck to begin feb. 5, 2018.another judge found jonchuck competent to stand trial earlier this month. he was deemed incompetent in february 2015, the month after prosecutors say he dropped 5-year-old phoebe jonchuck into tampa bay.the tampa bay times (https://goo.gl/tfex0x) reports jonchuck will remain at a state hospital in gainesville until his trial.jonchuck is charged with first-degree murder. he faces the death penalty, but prosecutors have said they may revisit that decision given his mental health history.






jury selection begins in corruption trial of philadelphia da


philadelphia — philadelphia's top prosecutor is set to go on trial on corruption charges.jury selection gets underway on monday in federal court in philadelphia.district attorney seth williams is accused of taking bribes in exchange for legal favors.prosecutors say williams accepted gifts such as an all-inclusive vacation to the dominican republic, a couch and a jaguar convertible from two separate business owners between 2010 and 2015. they say williams leveraged his connections as the city's top prosecutor to intervene in legal matters on the businessmen's behalf.the 50-year-old, two-term democrat has denied any wrongdoing. he will not seek a third term as district attorney.williams previously served as the city's inspector general and was responsible for investigating corruption and mis






one in custody in deadly stabbing


san jose police investigate at the scene of a fatal stabbing on sunday, july 9, 2017. (marisa kendall/bay area news group) san jose — a person is in custody in the deadly stabbing of a 60-year-old san jose man in a sunday morning clash, authorities said.police declined to reveal additional details about the suspect, though in an alert sent out after the stabbing, they said investigators were searching for a woman in connection with the city’s 16th homicide of the year.officer albert morales said the slaying remains under investigation, but that there is no looming public danger posed by the case.“there is no outstanding suspect in the homicide,” morales said. “detectives are continuing to conduct follow up.”officers were called around 9:53 a.m. for reports of a stabbing at a one-story, mul






woman says she was assaulted by liberian on trial in us


philadelphia — federal prosecutors in philadelphia have begun to call witnesses in the trial of a liberian immigrant who is accused of lying about his past as a war criminal to enter the u.s.jurors on tuesday heard from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by 51-year-old mohammed jabbateh when he was a high-ranking member of a liberian rebel group in the 1990s. prosecutors say he lied about his role as a rebel commander when applying for asylum and residency nearly two decades ago.but jabbateh's attorney says his client never deceived authorities and never committed war crimes in his homeland. he says jabbateh came to the u.s. because he was jailed without food for weeks.jabbateh was arrested last year outside philadelphia. he's charged with immigration fraud and perjury.






burning death trial goes to 2nd day of jury deliberations


batesville, miss. — a second day of jury deliberation starts monday in the trial of a mississippi man charged in the burning death of a woman.jurors deliberated more than four hours sunday without reaching a verdict.twenty-nine-year-old quinton tellis is charged with capital murder in the death of 19-year-old jessica chambers. defense attorneys argued the wrong man is on trial.firefighters testified chambers told them someone named "eric" or "derek" set her on fire. some first responders said chambers looked like a "zombie," with burned skin and hair, when she walked from a wooded area in courtland, mississippi, on dec. 6, 2014. she died hours later.district attorney john champion said chambers' throat was damaged and she could not pronounce the letter t. he said she could have been trying






suspect in custody in stabbing of philadelphia councilman


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police charge suspect in maryland college stabbing death


college park, md. — police in maryland say they have filed murder and assault charges against a suspect in connection with the stabbing death of a college student.sean christopher urbanski of severna park faces charges of first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault for the alleged attack that took place early saturday.the university of maryland police department said the 22-year-old urbanski was arrested after witnesses positively identified him. urbanski is accused of stabbing to death a bowie state university student who was visiting the university of maryland campus.police have said the attack appeared to be random and not race-related. the suspect is white and the victim was black.






federal inmates in philly sue warden for visitation rules


philadelphia (ap) — pre-trial inmates at the federal detention center in philadelphia are suing the facility’s warden because they say a strict visitation policy is preventing them from seeing their children.inmates awaiting trial at the facility filed suit thursday saying a policy that allows visits only from immediate family prevents them from seeing children they have with unmarried partners.the lawsuit in u.s. district court says the rule makes it unreasonably difficult for pre-trial inmates to maintain relationships with their children.a spokesman for the federal detention center did not immediately return a voicemail seeking comment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the suit says most of the roughly 1,000 inmates at the facility are awaiting trial and can be h






police: philadelphia city councilman wounded in stabbing


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texas death row inmate to get new punishment hearing


houston (ap) — the texas court of criminal appeals has agreed with a dallas county state judge’s findings and is returning a 38-year-old el salvadoran man on death row to court for a new punishment hearing.the state’s highest criminal court agreed wednesday that hector medina’s trial lawyers were deficient for failing to present a case during the punishment phase of his 2008 trial.medina was condemned for fatally shooting his two small children — 3-year-old javier and 8-month-old diana — at their home irving in 2007.the court, in another north texas capital case, has upheld the conviction and death sentence of 43-year-old cedric ricks.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he was convicted of fatally stabbing his 30-year-old girlfriend, roxann sanchez, and her 8-year-old






2 sought in connection with noose found in philadelphia tree


philadelphia — police say they want to talk to two people about a noose found hanging between two tree limbs in downtown philadelphia.officers responded friday morning after the noose was reported several blocks from the tony rittenhouse square neighborhood. police said it didn't appear targeted toward a specific person.police say surveillance video shows a white man tossing the rope into the tree after which he is joined by a black man. the two walk away together and appear to be talking.police have released video of the pair walking away.the discovery of the noose in the tree came shortly after the u.s. mint in philadelphia put an employee on leave after a noose was found on the chair of an african-american employee.






trial begins for man accused of tossing infant from bridge


middletown, conn. — testimony has begun in the trial of a man accused of throwing his 7-month-old son to his death from a bridge over the connecticut river.tony moreno has pleaded innocent to charges of murder and risk of injury to a child.he had been working out a custody agreement with the boy's mother when he sent her a text on the night of july 5, 2015, saying "he's dead." aaden moreno's body was recovered from the river two days later.a police officer testified that when he arrived at the arrigoni bridge he saw moreno throw himself off and begin treading water.a judge ruled earlier this week that a confession moreno gave to police when he was in the hospital can be used as evidence in the trial.






the latest: key pretrial ruling a two-edged sword for cosby


philadelphia — the latest on the pretrial ruling in the bill cosby sex-assault case (all times local):10:45 a.m.a ruling friday that only one other accuser can testify at bill cosby's pennsylvania sex assault trial means cosby probably can't appeal on that issue should he be convicted.prosecutors had asked that 13 other women be allowed to testify at the june trial to suggest cosby had a 50-year history of drugging and molesting women.but the suburban philadelphia judge says only one can take the stand: a woman who says she was attacked by cosby at a los angeles hotel in 1996, eight years before cosby's 2004 encounter with trial accuser andrea constand.former prosecutor joseph mcgettigan says the trial will now rise or fall on constand's credibility.and philadelphia defense lawyer william






alabama man charged in grown son’s stabbing death


montgomery, ala. (ap) — a 47-year-old alabama man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of his 22-year-old son..the montgomery advertiser reports that darius richardson was charged saturday with murder in the death of ladarius snow.the stabbing happened around 2:30 a.m. friday.richardson was taken into custody at the crime scene. he was being held at the montgomery county detention facility on a $150,000 bond. information on his attorney was not available from online records.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.police officers and fire medics responded to a report that a person had been shot early friday. at the scene, they found snow with the stab wound. he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.___information from: montgomery adv






the latest: wounded councilman expected to return home soon


philadelphia — the latest on the stabbing of a philadelphia city councilman (all times local):9:25 a.m.a legislative aide says a philadelphia city councilman stabbed in an attempted robbery near his residence had surgery overnight and is expected to return home soon.police say republican councilman david oh was stabbed once in the left side late wednesday night by a would-be robber as he was getting out of his car.no arrests have been made.oh's legislative aide says the councilman, a minister's son, "does not have any ill will toward the person who attacked him." the aide says "that's just the way he is."the aide says the attacker was a complete stranger.oh was first elected to council in 2011. he's the first asian-american elected to public office in philadelphia, and the only u.s. milita






cosby judge expects trial to last 2 weeks; jury sequestered


norristown, pa. — the judge in bill cosby's criminal case in pennsylvania expects the sexual assault trial to last at least two weeks.the jurors will come from the pittsburgh area and be sequestered throughout the trial nearly 300 miles away in suburban philadelphia.montgomery county judge steven o'neill said at a hearing monday that he hopes to pick jurors in late may. he says their names will not be made public.the trial is set to begin june 5.the 79-year-old cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a temple university employee at his home in 2004.the defense wants the jury pool prescreened through a written questionnaire on their background, media habits and feelings about cosby.but o'neill prefers they get the standard 16-question form followed by individual questioning in court.






maple grove man pleads guilty to dinkytown stabbing


a maple grove man pleaded guilty thursday in hennepin county district court to fatally stabbing a 21-year-old acquaintance during an argument about money last summer in minneapolis' dinkytown neighborhood.under a negotiated plea deal, brandon bockoven, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder in the death of sean maina, also of maple grove.on aug. 25 of last year, police were called to the area of 13th and university avenues se., where they found maina suffering from a stab wound in the front seat of a honda sedan. bockoven, who was in the driver's seat, told police he had stabbed maina. two other people were in the car's back seat.just before the stabbing, bockoven and maina had been arguing over money for auto parts that bockoven said maina owed him, police said.bockoven






maple grove man pleads guilty to dinkytown stabbing


a maple grove man pleaded guilty thursday in hennepin county district court to fatally stabbing a 21-year-old acquaintance during an argument about money last summer in minneapolis' dinkytown neighborhood.under a negotiated plea deal, brandon bockoven, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder in the death of sean maina, also of maple grove.on aug. 25 of last year, police were called to the area of 13th and university avenues se., where they found maina suffering from a stab wound in the front seat of a honda sedan. bockoven, who was in the driver's seat, told police he had stabbed maina. two other people were in the car's back seat.just before the stabbing, bockoven and maina had been arguing over money for auto parts that bockoven said maina owed him, police said.bockoven






sequestered jury from outside area to decide bill cosby case


norristown, pa. — a sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assault case against bill cosby, a suburban philadelphia judge ruled monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial itself because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist."montgomery county judge steven o'neill will oversee a june 5 trial over charges that cosby drugged and molested a former temple university employee in 2004.o'neill's ruling came after lawyers for the 79-year-old tv star argued that his trial should be moved to philadelphia or the pittsburgh area. the larger, more diverse population would make it easier to find unbiased jurors, lawyer brian mcmonagle argued, but even then, he said, there was no guarantee that cosby could get a fair hearing."






teen accused of stabbing classmate to impress fictitious horror character pleads


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presswaukesha, wis. (ap) — teen accused of stabbing classmate to impress fictitious horror character pleads guilty, trial to examine mental health.the associated press