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With one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, Oklahoma has struggled for decades to properly staff its prisons. A private prison in rural east-central Oklahoma where a correctional officer was fatally stabbed by an inmate this summer is no exception. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville has been plagued with staffing shortages and prison violence. In addition to the killing of 61-year-old guard Alan Hershberger, three inmates have also been killed at the prison so far this year. A 2021 audit of the prison shows it was operating at about 70% of its contractually obligated staffing level.

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A Hawaii grand jury has indicted a former deputy Nevada attorney general on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the 50-year-old cold case of a Honolulu woman killed in 1972. Tudor Chirila is in custody in Reno, Nevada, where he is fighting extradition to Hawaii. The grand jury decision was reached Friday. Honolulu police say new DNA evidence linked the 77-year-old to the crime scene. Chirila says he's fighting extradition because police forced him to provide saliva for the DNA sample and he believes his constitutional rights were violated when he was arrested.

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A Black man died after a police encounter in a Denver suburb in 2019 because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained. According to an amended autopsy report publicly released Friday, Elijah McClain death is still listed as undetermined. The 23-year-old massage therapist was put in a neck hold and injected with ketamine after being stopped in Aurora for “being suspicious.” The case drew renewed attention following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, leading to the indictment last year of three officers and two paramedics on manslaughter and reckless homicide charges in McClain’s death.

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An Idaho judge has banned cameras from the courtroom in the high-profile triple murder case against a mother and her new husband, saying he fears the images could prevent a fair trial. Lori Vallow Daybell and her new husband, Chad Daybell, are accused of conspiring together to kill her two children and his late wife. The strange details of the case have garnered international attention, and late last month Vallow Daybell's attorneys asked the judge to ban cameras from the courtroom. Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce made the ruling on Friday, saying that news organizations will no longer be able to shoot still photography or videos inside the courtroom. Both Vallow Daybell and Daybell have pleaded not guilty.

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal is demanding that authorities don’t review a slain reporter’s electronic devices, which were seized by authorities after his death. The newspaper argues Jeff German's cellphone, four computers and hard drive contain confidential sources and unpublished materials protected by federal and state law. Officials say they could be used in the prosecution and defense of German’s alleged killer. Robert Telles, a Clark County public administrator who recently lost his re-election bid, is accused of stabbing German outside his home earlier this month. German had reported on accusations of bullying and hostility by Telles in his office.

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A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens of others by driving an SUV through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin last year wants to represent himself in a trial that is scheduled to begin in a little more than a week. Darrell Brooks Jr.‘s public defender, Jeremy Perri, filed a motion in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday requesting that he and assistant public defender Anna Kees be taken off the case because Brooks wants to represent himself. A hearing on the motion has been scheduled for Tuesday. If granted it might have an impact on the Oct. 3 start date for Brooks’ trial on six homicide counts and about 70 other charges.

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A North Dakota prison guard was fired over the suicide of a man who was serving life sentences for killing four people. Sgt. Deandre Adams violated corrections policy in failing to adequately check on Chad Isaak, according to a termination letter from the warden at North Dakota State Penitentiary. Adams was fired Thursday. Warden James Sayler noted that Adams had received two previous written reprimands, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Isaak died July 31. An investigative report from the state Highway Patrol released last month found that Adams said he failed to adequately check on Isaak twice.

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A boat captain has been charged with manslaughter in a Memorial Day parasailing crash in the Florida Keys that killed a 33-year-old Illinois woman and injured her young son and nephew. Jail records in Monroe County show 49-year-old Daniel Gavin Couch was booked on Thursday and is being held on a $100,000 bond. A Florida Fish and Wildlife investigation found Couch cut the line holding Supraja Alaparthi and the boys because the parasail was “dragging” in high winds from a summer storm. They were dragged across the waves for nearly 2 miles before slamming into a bridge. A nearby boat captain took them to shore.

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North Dakota's attorney general is condemning the violent death of an 18-year-old allegedly struck by a man who said he drove his SUV into the victim after a political argument. Attorney General Drew Wrigley also offered to help a county attorney prosecute the case. According to a probable cause affidavit, Shannon Brandt told a 911 dispatcher that he struck Cayler Ellingson early Sunday because the teenager was threatening him, and that the teen was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Investigators say they have been unable to confirm Brandt's claims. He has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. Officials say a breath test Sunday showed Brandt's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive.

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A former police officer has been acquitted of murder in the slaying of a Black man in their small Texas town. Shaun Lucas was a white police officer in Wolfe City, a small town where Jonathan Price was a black community activist about 60 miles northeast of Dallas. In October 2020, Lucas answered a fight report at a convenience store when Price greeted him with an outstretched hand and an apology for broken glass. Lucas tried to detain him and when Price resisted, Lucas used a stun gun and then shot Price when he reached for the stun gun.

A Michigan man accused of killing another man and hanging the victim’s mutilated body from a ceiling has pleaded guilty to murder. Mark Latunski appeared in Shiawassee County court Thursday, nearly three years after 25-year-old Kevin Bacon was killed, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit. A judge will hold a hearing on Oct. 18 to determine if the case will be classified as first-degree or second-degree murder. First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Defense attorney Mary Chartier was interested in pursuing an insanity defense at trial. She says she doesn't believe a guilty plea was in Latunski's best interest. Latunski initially was found mentally incompetent to stand trial but that status changed after treatment.

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A former suburban Chicago police officer who was fired after he shot into a car two years ago, killing a Black man and seriously wounding the man’s girlfriend, has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. On Thursday, the Lake County State's Attorney's Office announced it had unsealed grand jury indictments against former Waukegan police Officer Dante Salinas in the Oct. 20, 2020, shooting that killed a 19-year-old local man, Marcellis Stinnette, and wounded his girlfriend, Tafara Williams. He was also indicted on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from a separate incident in 2019. The shooting sparked protests and led the police department to fire Salinas for what it described as “multiple policy and procedure violations.”

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A former suburban Chicago police officer who was fired after he shot into a car two years ago, killing a Black man and seriously wounding the man’s girlfriend, has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. On Thursday, the Lake County State's Attorney's Office announced it had unsealed grand jury indictments against former Waukegan police Officer Dante Salinas in the Oct. 20, 2020, shooting that killed a 19-year-old local man, Marcellis Stinnette, and wounded his girlfriend, Tafara Williams. He was also indicted on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from a separate incident in 2019. The shooting sparked protests and led the police department to fire Salinas for what it described as “multiple policy and procedure violations.”

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A lawyer representing families of victims of a Michigan high school shooting says some teachers and a counselor were aware of the suspect's troubling behavior months before the mass shooting last fall. Detroit attorney Ven Johnson told reporters Thursday that depositions taken in a civil lawsuit against Oxford Community Schools and some staff at Oxford High School reveal Ethan Crumbley had shown a proclivity toward guns, ammunition and violence at the start of the 2021 school year. One teacher said Crumbley drew what appeared to be a gun’s ammunition magazine on a note card in late August 2021. Johnson said Crumbley also wrote in a survey that his favorite books included “Making Bombs for Hitler."

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Prosecutors have dropped manslaughter charges against three nurses who were present when 12 Florida nursing home patients suffered fatal overheating five years ago after Hurricane Irma. But prosecutors said Thursday they still plan to try Jorge Carballo, He was the administrator at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills when Irma knocked out power to the facility’s air conditioning. Patients started dying three days later. They ranged in age from 57 to 99.  Carballo is accused of not getting them proper care. His attorney James Cobb says he has "never seen a more malicious, misguided prosecution in my life.”  He says prosecutors know they can't get a conviction.

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The international court that judged the Khmer Rouge for its brutal 1970s rule ended its work by rejecting the last surviving leader's appeal. The tribunal lasted 16 years and convicted just three men over the regime's crimes that caused the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people. The tribunal reaffirmed the life sentence Khieu Samphan received after being convicted in 2018 of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Busloads of Cambodians, including survivors of the Khmer Rouge's brutality, watched the final proceedings in court Thursday. While the accountability the tribunal provided was limited, experts involved in its work say it matters that the proceedings took place in Cambodia and attacked the impunity of those who commit crimes against humanity.

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A woman has pleaded guilty to killing her father, sister and two handymen in rural mid-Michigan last year. The Morning Sun reports 55-year-old Judy Boyer of Farwell admitted in court to killing all four with a .22-caliber rifle on Oct. 20, 2021. Police were called to her father’s home that day for reports that two people had been shot and wounded. They found four victims: 85-year-old Henry Boyer, 61-year-old Patricia Boyer, 36-year-old Zachary Salminen and 39-year-old Wade Bacon. All were shot at the Boyer home in Grant Township. Authorities have said Bacon and Salminen were there to work on the roof.

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Authorities say an Alabama man is facing a reckless manslaughter charge after his 2-year-old grandson died after being left in a hot vehicle for seven hours this week. Officals said Wednesday that William “Bill” Wiesman is being charged with reckless manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Wiesman told authorities he thought he dropped the child at daycare Tuesday and didn't notice the child still strapped in a car seat as he went to work. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said the boy was discovered when Wiesman drove to the day care Tuesday afternoon, intending to pick up the child. At least 28 children left inside vehicles have died this year in the U.S.

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Two parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre and the daughter of the school’s slain principal testified Wednesday of the fear and pain they have suffered from being targeted with threats by those who believe the lie that the shooting was a hoax. David Wheeler, Erica Lafferty and Jennifer Hensel are among those suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for damages for promoting the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories on his media platforms, including his Infowars web show. A judge last year found Jones and Infowars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems, liable by default for failing to turn over documents in the case. The jury is hearing evidence to determine how much Jones should pay.

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Police say a 2-year-old boy was found dead inside his family’s SUV hours after a man fatally shot his dad at a Houston gas station, then stole the vehicle. A cause of death has not been determined, but authorities believe the child might have died from heat exhaustion. Houston Police Executive Chief Larry Satterwhite said authorities believe the suspect abandoned the SUV with the child locked inside and the engine turned off as the temperature Tuesday reached 95 degrees. A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence.

A white Philadelphia police officer has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a weapons charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man. Officer Eric Ruch Jr. told jurors he feared for his life when he fired at Dennis Plowden Jr. as the 25-year-old sat on a sidewalk after crashing a car during a 2017 chase. He said Plowden had his left hand raised, but kept his right hand hidden despite police orders. Plowden was shot six seconds after Ruch's arrival on the scene. Prosecutors noted that other officers present held their fire. The 34-year-old Ruch was taken into custody after his conviction Wednesday. Sentencing is set for Nov. 17.

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Court documents say a driver charged with fatally striking an 18-year-old in North Dakota allegedly told investigators he purposely hit the teen with his SUV after they had a political argument. Cayler Ellingson was struck and killed following a street dance in McHenry early Sunday. The driver accused of striking Ellingson in an alley, 41-year-old Shannon Brandt, is charged in Foster County with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. A probable cause affidavit says Brandt told investigators he had been drinking alcohol before striking Ellingson and thought the teen was calling people to do him harm after they argued and that he felt threatened. Brandt was released from jail Tuesday after posting $50,000 bond.

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A former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd has been sentenced to three years. Thomas Lane is already serving a 2 1/2-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights. Prosecutors and Lane’s attorneys previously agreed to a recommended state sentence of three years, and prosecutors agreed to allow him to serve that penalty at the same time as his federal sentence, and in a federal prison. Lane appeared at his hearing Wednesday via video from the low-security federal prison camp in Littleton, Colorado. The killing, captured on widely viewed bystander video, sparked protests worldwide as part of a reckoning over racial injustice.

Officials say a suburban Chicago woman faces felony charges after she allegedly shoved her 3-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan and did nothing to save the boy, who was rescued by firefighters but is not expected to survive. Police say 34-year-old Victoria Moreno of Des Plaines, Illinois, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability. Prosecutors said Wednesday that 3-year-old Josiah Brown was pushed Monday afternoon into Lake Michigan by his “beloved aunt” who then stood by as he sank to the lake bottom off Chicago’s Navy Pier, where divers found him a half-hour later.

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