Missouri serial killer Joseph Franklin, a White Supremacist, was executed by lethal injection today after the Supreme Court denied his appeal. Sixty-three-year-old Franklin's execution was delayed after the German maker of Propofol refused to allow the drug to be used for capital punishment. This forced Missouri officials to change their lethal injection protocol.
Franklin was convicted of killing eight people in racially motivated attacks targeting African Americans and Jews. He shot Flynt after Hustler published photos of an inter-racial couple.
Flynt, who was left paralyzed by the incident, argued against Franklin's execution saying life in prison was a sufficient sentence.
Police said James Brown killed the women in pairs, just days apart, at his Sterling Heights home in December 2011 while his mother was upstairs. The bodies were left miles away in a Detroit neighborhood. Two were burned beyond recognition when a car was set on fire.
Brown, 25, was convicted of first-degree murder, arson and disinterment of a body after a three-week trial in Macomb County court. He faces life in prison with no chance for parole when he returns on April 15.
"I wish they had the electrocutin' chair. I want a life for a life. He needs to die," said Chikita Madison, the mother of one victim and the aunt of another.
28 dead and 113 injured after gang attack train station in China
At least 28 people have been killed and 113 injured after a group of knife-wielding men hacked their way through innocent people at one of China's busiest railway stations.
Photos circulating online showed bodies, pools of blood and abandoned luggage scattered across the terminal floor at Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province.
Authorities described the incident at about 9.20pm local time (1.20pm GMT) as an 'organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack' in which at least 10 people stabbed commuters outside the station terminal before moving inside.
Judge sets October trial for James Holmes in Aurora theater shooting
A judge on Thursday scheduled the start of the Aurora movie theater murder trial for October, but defense attorneys said during a hearing they plan an appeal that could delay the long-postponed trial even longer.
At Thursday's hearing, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour set the start of trial for Oct. 14. That is when the first batch of the 6,000 prospective jurors set to be summoned for the case — one of the largest jury calls in U.S. history — will arrive for the first phase of jury selection. Picking a jury could take three months, meaning opening statements in the trial may not actually begin until 2015. A verdict and possible sentence for James Holmes are likely still more than a year away.
But defense attorneys said a trial already nearly two years in the making could have to be delayed further. Attorney Tamara Brady said the defense plans to ask Samour to reconsider his recent order that Holmes undergo a second psychiatric exam. If Samour upholds his decision, Brady said the defense would likely appeal to the state Supreme Court.
The lawyers said in a court filing Thursday that the FBI has been monitoring the case and that the Bureau of Prisons has tried to screen digital documents they have tried to view with Tsarnaev, in violation of his constitutional rights to prepare his case without government interference.
"These obstacles thwart preparation of important parts of the defense case .... and also threaten the integrity of attorney work product," the lawyers said. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that a defendant's rights to a lawyer "grants attorneys a zone of privacy within which to prepare the client's case and plan strategy, without undue interference," the lawyers wrote in the filing.
The measures limit Tsarnaev's interaction with people who are helping the defense and restrict the communications and other activities of the defense team, the lawyers said.
Pa. Craigslist killing suspect's dad: She's a liar
Sonny Dean also told The Daily Item newspaper on Wednesday that he believes his 19-year-old daughter, Miranda Barbour, may have been involved in one other murder besides the Nov. 11 fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in Sunbury.
Police said LaFerrara met the young woman through her Craigslist ad, which offered companionship in exchange for money.
Investigators allege Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, about 20 times in her parked car as her husband Elytte Barbour held a cord tight against LaFerrara's neck from the back seat and then dumped his body in an alley.
Inside the burns unit at the Hospital Universitario Evangelico in Curitiba, southern Brazil, it is business as usual.
Several young boys watch cartoons with arms, legs and heads bandaged, covering injuries caused by fireworks over the New Year period. Almost all of the patients are being treated on Brazil's national health service, the Unified Health System. But the private, philanthropic hospital, which is the biggest in the state of Parana, is itself recovering from a severe blow.
Almost a year ago, it was sent reeling after the head of one of its intensive care units was arrested over allegations that she had killed patients under her care. Dr Virginia Soares de Souza, along with three other doctors, three nurses and a physiotherapist, was charged with murdering seven patients.
Desperate for answers, some cling to Barbour killing claims
(CNN) -- Not knowing. It's the hardest part.
That's the truth facing the loved ones of slain or missing Americans.
So when a 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman already facing murder charges told a newspaper reporter that she'd killed before -- over and over again, from Alaska to North Carolina -- loved ones couldn't help but sit up and take notice, said Kristy Dyroff, a spokeswoman for the National Organization for Victim Assistance.
Newlywed admits Craigslist killing, at least 22 others
SUNBURY, Pa. — A woman charged along with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across America, claims which police said they are investigating.
In an interview with The Daily Item in Sunbury, 19-year-old Miranda Barbour said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara in November. She also said in the interview she has killed at least 22 others from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.
"I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don't care if people believe me. I just want to get it out," Barbour told the newspaper for a story published Saturday night.