November 16, 2013 |
Axel Barreto, convicted of killing three teenage members of a Juniata Park gang involved in a running dispute with his stepson, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after a Philadelphia jury deadlocked on the death penalty. "Were you able to reach a verdict?" a court deputy asked the forewoman of the Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women. "We could not, unfortunately," replied the juror, after two days of deliberating over Barreto's sentence for the Jan. 10, 2012, shooting deaths of Joshua Soto, 14; Donti Lugo, 14; and Javier Orlandi, 16. Thus ended one of two Philadelphia trials this week involving a possible death sentence.
November 14, 2013 |
A Philadelphia jury last week took less than 40 minutes to convict Omar Sharif Cash of murder in the 2008 killing of Muliek Brown. On Tuesday, the panel learned that the crime was far from his first. As the sentencing phase of Cash's trial began, prosecutors delved deep into the 31-year-old's run-ins with the law, including a narrow escape from a potential death sentence three years previously, in an effort to convince jurors that this time he deserved to die. "This is the rare circumstance where [the death penalty decision]
November 9, 2013 |
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the York County man charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's infant son, last seen alive Aug. 4 at an Upper Darby home, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Ummad Rushdi, 30, allegedly told police he shook 7-month-old Hamza Ali because the infant would not stop crying, then made a failed attempt at CPR before he buried the infant somewhere in the York area. He has not told police the precise location of the body.
November 8, 2013 |
KING OF PRUSSIA In the year since an elderly Indian immigrant and her 10-month-old granddaughter were murdered in their King of Prussia apartment, a story that always was tragic and twisted has become stranger still. The case has drawn headlines in India, but none as explosive as a report last month. "Like a wild elephant that tramples everything in its path . . . Raghunandan Yandamuri went on a verbal rampage Sunday, with a blistering attack on his public defender lawyer, the Indian consulate, the Pennsylvania police and his fellow inmates in the county jail.
November 2, 2013
Variety in job offers Joel Naroff's plea for a wider variety of jobs in Philadelphia highlights a tremendous challenge for many unemployed ("Creating 'good jobs' just part of answer," Oct. 20). Without openings at all skill levels, those lacking high school or college degrees have few options. Low-income individuals can play a key role in the revitalization of our economy, but they need opportunities that match their skill and education. At Entrepreneur Works - a nonprofit organization that supports underserved small-business owners in the region - we enable self-employment through entrepreneurship by providing training and access to capital.
October 29, 2013 |
TEA-BAGGER! Marxist! Racist! Traitor! From the political name-calling you get from the extremes, you'd swear that Americans, politically, are as divided as North and South Korea and have no center. You'd be wrong. Here's the New American Center: * Photo ID at the polls: 75 percent support, 58 percent strongly; * Gun control: 60 percent want background checks and/or stronger gun laws; * Ending affirmative action in hiring and college admissions: 57 percent support; * Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: 54 percent oppose; * The Constitution can't provide guidance for many modern problems, 54 percent agree; * Religious organizations should have no role in politics: 59 percent agree; * Increase to $10 minimum wage, 67 percent support; * Government assistance (food stamps, welfare, Medicaid)
October 23, 2013 |
AXEL BARRETO made headlines Jan. 10, 2012, when he stormed out the back door of his Juniata Park home, and shot up a Toyota Corolla containing seven teenage boys who had come to fight one of his three stepsons. Three of the boys in the car died, one survived a gunshot to the neck and three were uninjured. The car had been circling the block before the shooting. Barreto, 32, goes on trial this week and could receive the death penalty if his jury finds him guilty of first-degree murder.
October 9, 2013 |
The two accused shooters in the 2011 slaying of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro were found guilty Monday of both first- and second-degree murder in Bucks County Court. Breon Powell, 22, and Kazair Gist, 19, were accused of entering DeGennaro's home in December 2011 and firing at him during a botched robbery attempt. Powell's shotgun blast struck DeGennaro in the chest, the prosecution said, while Gist fired a handgun that missed. DeGennaro died that night. Monday's verdict came after a five-week trial that featured about 30 witnesses, according to Assistant District Attorney Matthew Weintraub.
July 26, 2013
CLEVELAND - Deep plea-deal discussions hinging on the death penalty were underway yesterday for a man charged with kidnapping three women, keeping them cooped up in his run-down home and raping them repeatedly for about a decade, and a court hearing was scheduled for today. Both sides in the case against former school-bus driver Ariel Castro are headed back to court this morning before a judge who wants to be kept updated on the talks, Castro's attorney said. The sticking point in the plea talks for Castro, whose trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 5, has been whether the prosecutor would rule out the death penalty as demanded by the defense.