July 9, 2015 |
A 24-YEAR-OLD man accused of killing a mother and three of her kids while allegedly racing another driver on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago opted yesterday to forgo a jury trial and have a judge hear the case instead. In exchange for passing on a jury trial, Khusen Akhmedov, if convicted of multiple counts of third-degree murder, would not face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Defense attorney Michael Diamondstein, in his opening statement before Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff, admitted that Akhmedov's 2012 silver Audi S4 was the car that smashed into Samara Banks, 27, and three of her young sons as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard about 10:30 p.m. July 16, 2013.
July 7, 2015 |
A 32-year-old man who was reportedly racing another driver on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago when the other driver allegedly hit and killed a mother and three of her kids who were crossing the Boulevard pleaded guilty in court Monday. Ahmen Holloman pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide instead of facing a jury trial. As part of a deal negotiated by his attorney, Lonny Fish, and Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb, Holloman was then sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison by Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff.
May 20, 2015 |
Any police officer who has had to bite his tongue as he watched a suspect walk free after a jury trial would likely agree with the statement that a not-guilty verdict isn't the same as innocence. Remember that in considering last week's acquittal of six former members of an elite Philadelphia police narcotics unit accused of corruption. While a federal jury did not convict the accused, more than 80 pending lawsuits addressing their behavior suggest this story isn't over. A lawyer for one of the defendants had the audacity to say Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey owes an apology to the former officers he fired.
April 17, 2015 |
CRYING AND emotional, Daniela Gonzalez yesterday told a judge that the last image she had of her 3-year-old son was of him in his coffin with his teddy bear. "This [murder] has completely torn my heart, and it's been ripped out and thrown into a 5-foot box," she said. Gonzalez, 25, was speaking at the sentencing hearing of her former boyfriend, Joseph Zysk, with whom she had a four-month relationship. On Monday, Zysk, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of Gonzalez's son, Jason Larkin Jr., instead of facing a retrial.
March 20, 2015 |
MORE DEFENSE attorneys in the upcoming trial of six ex-narcotics cops charged with conspiring to rob alleged drug dealers argued before a judge yesterday that the federal government's indictment is tainted by alleged victims who had perjured themselves. Michael Diamondstein, who represents ex-cop John Speiser, first contended earlier this week that all charges should be tossed out against his client because the main witness against Speiser had committed perjury. But before Diamondstein could argue his motion yesterday before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, another attorney, Gregory Pagano, who represents ex-cop Perry Betts, stood up and contended that another alleged victim in the indictment had also perjured himself when he testified before the investigating grand jury.
March 8, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury is to resume deliberations Monday in the attempted murder trial of a Feltonville man accused of shooting a police officer in 2013. On Friday, the Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about an hour after hearing closing arguments in the trial of Eric Torres. Torres, 33, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons counts in the Aug. 13, 2013, wounding of Officer Edward Davies during a struggle inside a Feltonville grocery.
February 26, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury said Tuesday that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson should pay $2.5 million to a 20-year-old autistic man from Alabama - who developed size 46 DD breasts as a young teenager - because the company failed to adequately warn of that potential side effect from his use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. This was the first case related to the condition called gynecomastia that went to a jury, but thousands more lawsuits are lined up in Philadelphia, California, Missouri, and other locations.
February 11, 2015 |
Recanting critical parts of a statement he made to detectives as a 16-year-old, the son of accused child-killer Margarita Garabito told a Philadelphia jury on Monday that his mother never hit or raised her voice at her 10-year-old stepdaughter. According to his signed statement of Oct. 21, 2009, to homicide detectives, Omar Jose Lorenzo said he heard the sound of "slapping" coming from Charlenni Ferreira's bedroom after his mother went in to discipline the girl. Lorenzo's statement also says he told detectives he saw his mother take a broom into Charlenni's bedroom to discipline her and then heard the girl crying.
January 12, 2015 |
A Common Pleas Court jury trial will resume its deliberations Monday in the case of a Point Breeze man accused of firing 17 shots at a 45-year-old man in a parking lot in 2012, killing him in front of his 5-year-old son. Jurors must decide whether Jahmir Harris, 25, is the man seen on security camera footage getting out of a vehicle and shooting Louis Porter, a married barber who had been standing near his Cadillac outside the Walgreens store at...