OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.
Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said at a news conference. Cross also faces one count of first-degree, premeditated murder for the death of a woman who was gunned down while visiting her mother at a nearby retirement complex.
The capital murder charge carries the death penalty as possible punishment, Howe said. Cross is being held on $10 million bond, and is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Johnson County District Court.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — After a central Minnesota man repeatedly shot a teen who entered his home, he dragged the boy's bloodied body into a basement workshop, authorities say, sat down — and waited.
When another teen began descending the stairway minutes later, Byron Smith fired again. The girl tumbled down the stairs and he shot her some more, including what he allegedly called "a good, clean finishing shot" into her head as she gasped for air, according to a criminal complaint.
It was Thanksgiving Day, 2012, and Smith, 65, left the teens' bodies in his basement overnight before asking a neighbor to call police, the complaint said.
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (AP) — A man in his 70s opened fire Sunday outside of a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community, killing three people, authorities said.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference Sunday evening that a person who had been reported to be in critical condition earlier was among three killed in the attacks, which apparently occurred minutes apart.
"Today is a sad and very tragic day," Douglass said. "As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There's a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information."
A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas on Wednesday for fatally beating a former Baylor University history professor and attacking his wife more than 16 years ago. Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, 44, was lethally injected in the state's death chamber in Huntsville.
He was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested for the October 1997 slaying of 49-year-old Glen Lich, who just 10 days earlier had entered into a 'work for living quarters' arrangement with Hernandez-Llanas.
The anticipation. The need to get that hit. The lies. The elaborate schemes to quash that craving that’s gnawing… Just gnawing and gnawing on the inside of your skull like an unreachable itch. Everything is, eventually, reduced to simply standing between you and that thing that you need.
This could be describing an alcoholic in the grips of their addiction. But you could also be talking about a serial killer.
Craig Traube, psychologist and criminologist, recently aired the idea of serial killing being similar to an addiction at a talk he gave at the Akeso Crescent Clinic in Randburg.
New charges mean Dellen Millard is now an accused serial killer
Dellen Millard, the heir of a decimated aviation dynasty charged last May with the murder of Tim Bosma, the Hamilton, Ont., man who vanished during a test drive of a pickup truck he was selling online, is now an accused serial killer.
Mr. Millard, 28, of Toronto, appeared in a Toronto court Thursday and was charged with two more counts of first-degree murder: that of his father, Wayne, whose death in November 2012 was previously deemed a gunshot suicide; and of a former girlfriend, Laura Babcock, who was 23 when she disappeared in June 2012.
Police also said Mr. Millard’s friend and co-accused in the Bosma case, Mark Smich, 26, of Oakville, Ont., faces a second charge of first-degree murder in the Babcock case; and Christina Noudga, 21, of Toronto, Mr. Millard’s girlfriend at the time of his arrest, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder in Mr. Bosma’s death.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Errek Jett, the district attorney in Lawrence County, Alabama, said that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told investigators he carried out the crimes working as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Jett said they believe Martinez because of the details he gave investigators.
Martinez was arrested last year shortly after crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona and sent to Alabama, where he awaits trial on one murder charge. Once word got out, a steady stream of investigators from across the country came to question Martinez, Jett said.
ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A killer who has been in custody in a psychiatric hospital for more than 40 years is asking a western Michigan judge to give him a chance at freedom under a law that was repealed in the 1960s but still applies to him.
The serial killer who murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler has been awarded a £4500 payout after being assaulted in prison. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it is "hugely disappointed" by the judge's decision.
Former nightclub bouncer Levi Bellfield was attacked by a fellow prisoner with a makeshift weapon in 2009 at Wakefield Prison before he went on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Milly. He is believed to have suffered minor injuries but launched legal action claiming prison staff should have protected him.
Lawyers on behalf of the MoJ fought against his case for three years but they were forced to admit full liability at Durham County Court on Wednesday. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We are hugely disappointed Levi Bellfield was awarded £4500 by a judge."