May 11, 2000 |
Amy Grossberg, the onetime University of Delaware student whose infant son was found dead in a motel trash bin, was released from prison yesterday after serving two years of a 30-month sentence for manslaughter. Officials said she was released early from the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution for good behavior and because she had participated in prison education programs. Grossberg said nothing to reporters when she left the New Castle prison or when she arrived at her home in a Bergen County suburb.
October 4, 1990 |
A North Philadelphia youth was acquitted of murder charges yesterday in the Christmas Day shooting of a man who hit him with a baseball bat. But Michael Keaton, 17, of Hemberger Way near Jefferson Street, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a weapons offense for shooting more than once. Common Pleas Judge David N. Savitt returned the verdict after ruling that Keaton was provoked into shooting Acie Frames, 40, of Diamond Street near 25th. Keaton was committed to prison pending sentencing on Dec. 12. Defense lawyer Willis W. Berry Jr. said Keaton "was minding his own business" in front of his apartment building when Frames falsely accused him of breaking into Frames' car earlier in the day. "My client was beaten with a baseball bat," Berry said.
July 20, 1987 |
A South Philadelphia man whom the prosecution claimed assumed the roles of "judge, jury and executioner" has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting to death a suspected burglar. A Common Pleas jury returned its verdict yesterday against Franklin Lott, 38, of Annin Street near 19th. The victim, George Crenshaw, 32, of Florence Avenue near 56th Street, had served a brief prison term for an earlier burglary at the Lott home, according to Assistant District Attorney Joseph Casey.
December 17, 1998 |
Construction worker Charles Bevin, 22, has beaten a murder rap for the fatal shooting of his foreman. Yesterday, after defense lawyer Mark S. Gottlieb said the killing of Herbert Musgrove, 37, on Saturday, was either self-defense or at most manslaughter, Municipal Judge Eric L. Lilian held Bevin for trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Bevin, of 15th Street near 68th Avenue, was freed on $25,000 bail. "I don't think the defendant is a risk to the community or a risk to flee," Lilian said.
April 21, 1999 |
It was another case of a death caused by someone playing with a loaded handgun. Marcel Crump says his 22-year-old cousin ignored his warnings to stop toying with a gun on the second-floor of their North Philadelphia house on June 1, 1997. "Put it down!" Crump shouted to Joseph Day. Day refused, so Crump tried to disarm him by grabbing his arm, said defense lawyer Michael F. Giampietro yesterday. The gun went off and Day was killed when a bullet tore into his head, added Giampietro.
November 4, 1988 |
A Camden County jury yesterday acquitted Jose Baez of murdering Juan Velez in December but convicted him of manslaughter, illegal possession of a gun and hindering apprehension. Baez, 19, of the 900 block of North 32d Street in Camden, had been accused of shooting Velez, 19, of the 1400 block of Bradley Street in Camden, during an argument at Bergen Avenue and River Road in Camden about 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Defense attorney Leonard Baker argued that Baez could not have shot Velez because he was playing pool at a friend's house in Pennsauken at the time, a contention buttressed by testimony from the friend.
April 14, 1993 |
Charles Twyman blew up when he saw Richard Scott cutting a hole in the roof of Twyman's 1992 Mustang convertible in front of his house last April 14. He grabbed a gun and shot Scott to death. "There was a justification, although not a legally recognized justification," said Common Pleas Judge Robert A. Latrone yesterday in convicting Twyman, 23, of West Philadelphia, a construction worker, of voluntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person. "This is a different kind of case," said the judge, who allowed Twyman, of Chestnut Street near 57th, to remain free on bail pending sentencing.
July 18, 1997 |
She was drunk, police say, and "indifferent" to the welfare of the eight young children who rode in her car - most without seatbelts. Now, Patricia Wells must answer for the Fourth of July accident that claimed the lives of six of those children, including one of her own. Yesterday, less than 24 hours after her young victims were buried with 1,000 mourners in attendance, Wells arrived at police headquarters escorted by her father. She was crying as she entered the building to face 16 charges, including aggravated manslaughter.