March 19, 2013
The third suspect in a Coatesville home-invasion killing surrendered to police Saturday. Dominique M. Lee, 20, turned himself in two days after police arrested his alleged accomplices, Marquis Rayner, 23, and Camren Horne, 20. Police had been searching for Lee, Officer Chris McCarthy said. Police said Lee, Rayner, and Horne, wearing black T-shirts on their heads, broke into a house on Merchant Street in June 2012. Dominique Williams, 20, who was playing a video game in the house, was killed by a shotgun blast.
February 22, 2013 |
Eight months after Pennsylvania's Supreme Court revived the use of county indicting grand juries, in an effort to fight victim-witness intimidation, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has opted to use one in the case of reputed mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo. Nicodemo, 41, was arrested Dec. 13 in the daytime slaying of 50-year-old Gino DePietro outside his South Philadelphia home. The killing occurred as a federal court jury was hearing evidence in the racketeering trial of seven alleged Philadelphia mobsters.
February 21, 2013 |
Eight months after Pennsylvania's Supreme Court revived use of indicting grand juries by county prosecutors, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office has opted to use one in the case of reputed mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo. Nicodemo, 41, was arrested Dec. 13 in the daytime slaying of Gino DePietro outside his South Philadelphia home. The slaying occurred as a federal court jury was hearing evidence in the racketeering trial of seven alleged Philadelphia mobsters. Some trial observers speculated about a possible connection between trial and killing and lawyers feared the news might taint the jury.
January 7, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The suspect in the Colorado movie theater killings returns to court this week for a hearing that might be the closest thing to a trial the victims and their families will get to see. James Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 by opening fire in a darkened theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora last July. At a weeklong preliminary hearing starting Monday, prosecutors will outline their case against Holmes, the first official public disclosure of their evidence.
October 16, 2012 |
DELLA SHEARER took the witness stand Monday in Chester District Court and recounted "the worst beating" - from six teenage girls who broke into her home, videotaped their crime, then posted it on Facebook last month. "They hit me on the side of my face, and it went right through me," Shearer, 48, said of the defendants, ages 15 to 19. "They were just punching everywhere, on my face and my nose, everywhere. " The six defendants, who could be heard laughing callously throughout the video, were crying in court Monday as they stood for their preliminary hearings.
October 2, 2012 |
The preliminary hearings for the six Chester teens accused in the beating of a mentally challenged woman have been continued to a later date. Janyea Bell, 16, Jamia Davis, 15, Anye Davis, 16, Takie Edwards, 19, Rahmiyah Henderson, 16, and Jasmir Womack, 17, are charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, recklessly endangering another person, conspiracy, and related crimes. On Tuesday night, the six allegedly attacked the 48-year-old victim then posted the video on Facebook.
September 27, 2012 |
For a moment, Alisha Kuttler was relieved that she wasn't going to get a speeding ticket. She was on I-95, going about 70 m.p.h., when a motorcycle appeared in the rearview mirror. The officer pulled alongside her and smiled, "as if to acknowledge that I was going to slow down," Kuttler said. She noticed the drill-team insignia on his Harley-Davidson, and in that instant, "there was this loud boom. " Kuttler told a packed courtroom Wednesday morning that she never saw the oncoming headlights or the vehicle driving the wrong way on the highway - only the motorcycle coming down, followed by the officer's body, and then his helmet.
September 13, 2012 |
SOMEONE erased data on a murder victim's stolen phone about two hours after investigators looking for it visited a West Hazleton business, police said. The owner of the electronics store said that he did not know that the iPhone belonged to Aaron Reznick, who died last month after being found beaten on a Hazleton street. "We just bought a phone without knowing what it was," said Nelson Matos, owner of Smart Geek System Computer Services. Police say in court papers supporting a search warrant that someone reset the phone to factory settings and deleted Reznick's information at 11:42 a.m. Aug. 20 - not long after officers were at Smart Geek a second time, looking for the phone.
September 5, 2012 |
An East Frankford man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in the death of his infant son, whose bottle had been spiked with narcotics. Orlando Rosado's decision to forgo a Municipal Court preliminary hearing means his case will move directly to trial in Common Pleas Court on third-degree murder, drug, and child-endangerment charges in the May 11 death of his son, Christopher. According to Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly, Christopher Rosado was found dead in his own vomit by his father and his mother, Crystal Miller, just two days shy of his first birthday.