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June 26, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - They'd been learning about this place and the terrible history it holds for months. So when the Anderson Monarchs entered 16th Street Baptist Church at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, nearly the exact time a deadly bomb exploded there on Sept. 15, 1963, they did so as solemnly as mourners. Almost immediately in this place they were told was "hallowed ground," their wide eyes were drawn upward to a spot high on a sanctuary wall. There the projected faces of the four black girls killed in that horrific act 52 years ago smiled down upon them like welcoming angels.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
IT'S UNCLEAR from court testimony who put the white towel over Lauren Fenningham's head - perhaps it was her killer, or perhaps the person who found her - but it was someone who knew that few could handle seeing what had happened to her young body. Darren Williams, 26, is on trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week for the murders of Fenningham, 18, and Sean Neal, 23, inside Neal's house on Sebring Road near Shelly in Northeast Philadelphia on Aug. 6, 2013. Williams faces the death penalty if convicted by Judge Steven Geroff, who is presiding over the bench trial.
NEWS
December 23, 2014
A story Sunday about the murders of six people in Montgomery County misidentified one crime scene. Joanne Gilbert and Patricia Hill were killed in Lansdale. In addition, the research database cited did not include a 1982 case in Wilkes-Barre in which 13 people were killed.
NEWS
December 5, 2014
THE BILL COSBY saga had a built-in local angle. While Cos no longer lives here, he hung out at Temple and the Penn Relays so often it was like he never left. In the court of public opinion, the death of Michael Brown is the flip side of the Cosby story - Cosby is crucified while Brown is canonized - but the Brown story lacked a Philly local angle until Charles Barkley jumped in with his size-16 feet. Although Cosby hasn't been charged with anything, let alone convicted, it's hard to believe he's a lamb.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THEODORE HUDSON's co-worker was just trying to be a nice guy, checking on the West Philly resident's well-being. He never imagined he'd walk into a crime scene, or find Hudson's body splayed facedown on the floor. "It's just terrible," said the co-worker, who spoke with the Daily News on the condition of anonymity last night. "We can't believe this happened. " Hudson, 60, was found dead inside his apartment on Chester Avenue near 42nd Street just before 10 a.m. Monday.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Construction of a built-in pool in a charming section of Riverton came to a "screaming" stop when a worker discovered a human skull Monday afternoon. Tuesday, the normally quiet riverfront neighborhood with turn-of-the century mansions was transformed into a crime scene with police, detectives, and an anthropologist studying what appeared to be particularly old remains. How old? Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, could only say "very" old until experts do a thorough analysis to determine the age, gender, identity, and cause of death, and how the skeletal remains got to the spot about six feet deep in the 600 block of Bank Avenue.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County Court jury on Friday heard emotional testimony from relatives of a King of Prussia grandmother and infant who were murdered in 2012. But the 28-year-old man convicted in the killings had earlier asked the judge to skip the proceedings. "I don't want this hearing," Ranghunandan Yandamuri quietly told Judge Steven T. O'Neill on Friday morning, before the witnesses took the stand. "I would rather take the death penalty. " Yandamuri, 28, a former information technology worker who immigrated from India on a work visa, did not explain his reasoning, and ultimately it was moot.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County jury on Friday heard emotional testimony from relatives of a King of Prussia grandmother and infant who were murdered in 2012. But the 28-year-old man convicted in the killings initially asked the judge to skip the proceedings altogether. "I don't want this hearing," Ranghunandan Yandamuri quietly told Judge Steven T. O'Neill Friday morning, before the witnesses took the stand. "I would rather take the death penalty. " Yandamuri, 28, a former information technology worker who immigrated from India on a work visa, did not explain his reasoning, and ultimately it was moot.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The King of Prussia man on trial in the 2012 murders of a baby and grandmother told a Montgomery County jury Monday that he confessed to the killings because the police had threatened him and his wife. Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, a former information technology worker on trial in Norristown, told jurors he was home having lunch with his wife at the time the slayings took place elsewhere in his apartment complex. But his wife told police he wasn't there, he said, because she was afraid to place him so close to the crime scene.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four jurors in the trial of a King of Prussia man charged with killing a baby and her grandmother began crying after seeing a photograph of the 10-month-old girl's body Thursday, prompting a Montgomery County judge to block prosecutors from showing the rest of the images. The picture showed the infant's foot, leg, and the hem of her white dress on a floor, protruding from beneath a bench in an empty, trash-strewn sauna where her lifeless body was found by police in October 2012. Prosecutors allege that Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, left the baby there several days after kidnapping her from her parents' apartment in a scheme to collect ransom money.
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