February 7, 1995 |
Right after he gunned down two Philadelphia policemen, Borgela Philistin confessed how he overpowered the officers, grabbed one of their guns and blasted each cop in the head, a homicide detective testified yesterday. The words sent a shiver through a Common Pleas courtroom packed with family and friends of Officer Robert Hayes, who died, and Officer John Marynowitz, who watched the testimony from his wheelchair. Philistin, 21, a dope-peddling illegal Haitian immigrant, said in the statement that he fought with the two officers after they stopped him in an unlicensed taxi.
November 23, 1986 |
The man accused in the June shooting death of police officer Daniel Gleason admitted the shooting in a statement from his hospital bed and blamed it on the confrontation last year between police and the radical group MOVE, a detective testified yesterday. The defendant, Nathan Long, said in that statement Gleason "wanted to take away my freedom. It was unfortunate, but he had to be shot," homicide Detective Carol Keenan testified. In the statement, which Keenan said she recorded in longhand as she leaned over Long's bed at Temple University Hospital on June 5, the day of the shooting, Long said that "ever since MOVE," police "would not let the people surrender," Keenan said.
November 11, 2011
Scott Paterno, son of ousted Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno, released this statement Friday night: "I have been asked by my father to make a brief statement on his behalf. "Like everyone who has watched this story unfold, my father is experiencing a range of powerful emotions. He is absolutely distraught over what happened to the children and their families. He also wants very much to speak publicly and answer questions. "At this stage, however, he has no choice but to be patient and defer to the legal process.
March 18, 1993 |
Vivian King's self-portrait as a drunk, frustrated mother battling a belligerent daughter was presented for the first time yesterday as a detective read her chilling account of the rage that she said had driven her to kill her 17-year-old daughter, track star Shilie Turner. At a preliminary hearing in a packed courtroom, a detective read King's statement, which she recanted two days after giving it to police. "I was drunk on corn liquor. . . . I just lost my mind," King told detectives, when, according to the statement, she forced Turner at gunpoint into a wooded section of Fairmount Park, hit her on the head with the butt of her gun and shot her three times as she lay on the ground.
May 13, 2011 |
A full 2 days after Bernard Hopkins again accused Donovan McNabb of being too white of a black man, and a full 2 days after McNabb's camp declined to comment on Hopkins' denigration, McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, issued a statement that served two purposes. First, it gallantly and accurately defended McNabb's unimpeachable character and considerable athletic accomplishments. Second, given its convoluted wording and elitist tone, it proved Hopkins' point: McNabb and his brand are fully assimilated into a culture of corporate white America.
August 8, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM – Andy Reid and his family tacitly confirmed the worst in a statement released Monday evening: Garrett Reid "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years" – his battle with drugs, which led to Garrett's incarceration several times from 2007 to 2009. An Eagles spokesman said the family was aware of the inference that would be made from its characterization of the death of the eldest son, who passed away in a Lehigh dorm room Sunday morning. Monday morning, Eagles tackle Todd Herremans said he would be surprised if it turned out Garrett Reid's previous problems factored into his death.
January 18, 1997 |
One of the two men accused in the murder of Center City jogger Kimberly Ernest testified yesterday that he never gave police a statement admitting involvement in her killing despite brutal tactics by police who he said slapped and punched him, spit on him and forced him to strip naked. Herbert Haak 3d, 26, said he was "beaten up" and humiliated by Sgt. Paul Musi and Detectives Thomas Augustine and Dennis Dusak, who, he said, were unsuccessful in getting him to confess. Haak said he had been poked in the stomach with a fingernail file, punched three or four times in the chest, spit on, lied to and ridiculed.
March 9, 1993 |
A childhood friend of Myla Friedman's yesterday disavowed portions of a 1990 statement in which police said she told them Friedman asked her to lie to detectives who were investigating Bryan Edwards' death. Audra Switzer testified yesterday, with her own attorney at her side, that key sentences in the police statement - most of them damaging to Friedman - were either misrepresentations of what she told investigators or statements she did not make at all. Friedman is charged with murder in the Nov. 26, 1989, shooting death of Edwards, who was killed by a single shot to his neck while in her bed. She says she shot him in self-defense after he raped her and while he was assaulting her sexually.
November 3, 1990 |
Just what the prosecution will be able to tell a jury in Myla Friedman's murder trial is a wide-open question after key evidence was tossed out yesterday on the grounds that city homicide detectives botched her interrogation and a search of the slaying scene. The action yesterday by Senior Common Pleas Judge Juanita Kidd Stout also throws into doubt when the trial of Friedman, 25, will begin. She is charged with murder in the Nov. 26, 1989, shooting death of Bryan Edwards, 28, in the Spring Garden apartment they had shared for nearly two years.
June 28, 1994 |
Sixteen years after a North Philadelphia man was sentenced to life for killing a poultry salesman, prosecutors yesterday released a witness' handwritten statement supporting the convicted man's claim that he is innocent and that his younger brother is the real killer. The statement, taken 14 days after the crime, came to light in a hearing for a new trial sought by Kevin Brinkley, who was 16 when he was sentenced to life in prison for the Dec. 22, 1977, shooting of Charles Haag, a door-to-door salesman known to his customers as "the eggman.