March 2, 2005 |
Justina Morley, the 15-year-old who lured a Fishtown teenager to his death in 2003, began to cry yesterday as she demonstrated how her alleged accomplices attacked Jason Sweeney with a hatchet and a hammer. Morley, now 16, testified that she feels remorse for the brutal slaying and for luring Sweeney to his death with the promise of sex. But in a jailhouse letter to Domenic Coia, one of the defendants, Morley wrote: "I am guilty. But I still don't feel guilty for anything.
January 21, 1993 |
The West Philadelphia food store owner was not only the cousin of a jailed enemy of the Junior Black Mafia, he was also the object of affection of a female companion of JBM boss Aaron Jones. That put Bruce Kennedy, 26, in serious jeopardy, a prosecutor said. And on Aug. 18, 1990, two enforcers of the drug syndicate pumped 10 bullets into him with an Uzi as he was making a steak sandwich at Kennedy's Mommie's Food Market, 54th Street near Master. Yesterday, a jury convicted Jones, 30, and two henchmen, Sam Brown, 29, and James Anderson, 21, of first-degree murder.
June 1, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Attorneys for a Chicago businessman of Pakistani origin accused in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks on Tuesday painted the government's chief witness as a serial liar who struck a plea deal to save his life. The witness, David Coleman Headley, whose late mother was a Philadelphia socialite and tavern owner and his late father a Pakistani official, has pleaded guilty to laying the groundwork for the three-day rampage in India's commercial capital. He spent five days on the witness stand detailing how he received orders from a Pakistani extremist group and the country's main intelligence agency to conduct video surveillance in Mumbai.
April 10, 1986 |
David Kurzband, the government's key witness in the federal perjury trial of Philadelphia lawyer Robert F. Simone, finished his testimony yesterday and was rushed away wearing dark glasses and surrounded by federal marshals. Except for 25 new pages of transcripts of tape-recorded conversations involving Kurzband, Simone and two other men, most of yesterday's court session in Camden concerned review of testimony that Kurzband had given since he first took the witness stand March 26. Kurzband, 53, a former casino-junket operator who is in the federal witness-protection program, was working as an informant for the FBI when he secretly recorded meetings in 1981, 1983 and 1984 that he had with Simone and reputed mob figures.
March 9, 1990 |
John S. Vento, a key witness in the racial killing of a black youth last summer in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, sat down yesterday in a courtroom chair normally reserved for defendants. He stared straight ahead and swallowed hard. Vento, 21, faces a hard choice. He can cooperate with prosecutors and testify that he saw one of his friends fire the shots that killed Yusuf K. Hawkins, 16. Or he can keep his mouth shut and get charged with second-degree murder himself. Once before he apparently made that choice.
October 19, 1989 |
A key witness against a Coatesville woman who is accused of twice contracting to have her husband murdered tearfully refused to testify against her yesterday in Chester County Court. Craig Hardy told authorities in November that Jean O'Neill, 48, of the 100 block of North Fourth Avenue in Coatesville, promised him money and drugs if he killed her husband, Eugene O'Neill. Hardy, 18, of Wagontown, Chester County, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in May and admitted that he had tried to beat Eugene O'Neill to death with an ax handle provided by Jean O'Neill.
February 12, 1986 |
A former defendant in the murder conspiracy case against Robert Marshall yesterday described the prosecution's star witness as a con man who forced others to join his money-making schemes and who avoided paying taxes on his earnings from the ventures. James E. Davis of Shreveport, La., a craggy-faced construction worker with slicked-back hair, testified yesterday that he was often an unwilling partner in Billy Wayne McKinnon's business schemes. He said he was unwittingly drawn into McKinnon's last intrigue, in which Marshall's wife, Maria, was shot to death Sept.
May 31, 1987 |
For Chester County President Judge Leonard Sugerman, the scene in Courtroom 4 last week was more than familiar. Seated before him wearing leg shackles were the three Johnston brothers, whom he sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison for murdering six people. After being convicted in 1980, Bruce Johnston Sr., 47, Norman Johnston, 37, and David Johnston, 39, were committed to Graterford Prison. Scanning the courtroom as he took the bench Tuesday morning, Sugerman nodded, acknowledging new and old associates.
October 2, 1998 |
The 12-year-old girl came to court prepared to relive the nightmare of watching her 51-year-old grandmother shot and killed after a Labor Day cookout on a West Philadelphia street. It wasn't easy, but Tamika Thompson did what she had to do, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson. Yesterday, during a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge James M. DeLeon, Tamika said she saw Anthony Brown, 24, of Girard Avenue near 54th Street, kill Frances Rorie, a mother of six and grandmother of 27, on Conestoga Street near Poplar.
August 10, 1989 |
Lawyer Ruben A. Rodriguez took the stand in his own defense yesterday and denied paying money in 1986 to an aide to former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth S. Harris in return for not-guilty verdicts in two drug cases. Under questioning by defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Sr., Rodriguez insisted that he had only a casual - rather than corrupt - relationship with the former judicial aide, Conrad R. Cheeks, the key prosecution witness who implicated him in the case-fixing conspiracy.