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May 8, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southwest Philadelphia man was held for trial on murder Tuesday in the beating death last July of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter. Edward Golphin, 26, was ordered by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons to stand trial in the July 16 slaying of Seanita Brown. The chief witness against Golphin was Seanita's mother, Josephita Brown, 25, who was charged alone last July in her daughter's death. But on Tuesday, Brown was back in court, testifying for Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly under an agreement in which Brown pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy and child endangerment in exchange for testifying against her boyfriend of four years.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 14-year-old Nathaniel Wells recalled, "We started busting on them. " It was Wells and two teen boys on one side of 19th Street in South Philadelphia and two teenage girls on the other, taunting each other about looks and clothes. It was harmless until it wasn't, when 14-year-old Azim Chaplin looked up and said: "I'm stabbed. " "I lifted up his shirt and just saw blood," Wells said. Wells' testimony on Tuesday persuaded a Municipal Court judge to order 15-year-old Amber Hellesten to stand trial on a charge of third-degree murder in the Feb. 11 stabbing that killed Chaplin in a confrontation in the 2100 block of Watkins Street.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A GATHERING of friends from the Cambodian community turned into a chaotic, bloody scene last month when one man pulled two handguns and opened fire on another man who he believed killed his brother, witnesses said during a preliminary hearing yesterday. Sophal "Paul" Siv, 46, showed no emotion as he listened to testimony that persuaded Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni to hold him for trial on murder and related charges. Siv is accused of killing Hai Luu, 39, of Cherry Hill, in the predawn hours of March 30 inside a Logan residence on Old York Road near Ruscomb Street that doubled as a karaoke party bar. Savanary Uk, Luu's fiancee, testified that Luu and Siv had mutual friends and that, initially, everything was fine that night.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
OSCAR PISTORIUS vomited in the dock and retched repeatedly and loudly at his murder trial yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa, as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he shot, including a head wound that was probably instantly fatal according to the pathologist who performed her autopsy. Reeva Steenkamp was shot with bullets designed to expand on impact and cause maximum damage, Prof. Gert Saayman testified after he identified the type of bullet from fragments in Steenkamp's skull.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA In 2012, Democrat Jose "J.P. " Miranda won 95 percent of the vote in an election that landed him a seat in the state House. Little more than a year later, he was arrested, along with his sister, on corruption charges. On Friday, in a marathon preliminary hearing that pitted the siblings against several former legislative assistants, Miranda's fall from grace continued. Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter ruled that the case against Miranda and Michelle Wilson should proceed to trial.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOR A long time yesterday, it looked as if Rudolph McGriff, who had beaten five murder arrests, might beat a sixth. Two witnesses recanted during McGriff's preliminary hearing, with one claiming he saw nothing because he's "half-blind. " But then an 11-year-old boy took the stand. Myzeh Jessie-Ross calmly testified about the frequent fights that his mother, Malisha "Lai Lai" Jessie, 29, had endured with McGriff, her longtime on-and-off beau. Just hours before she was gunned down on McGriff's Tioga block last April 7, Jessie-Ross said, the broken-up pair got into a shouting match about McGriff's new girlfriend.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A new round of subpoenas indicates that the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures is homing in on testimony by a former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who told lawmakers that the September closures that led to gridlock were part of a traffic study. Bill Baroni's account was disputed by another top Port Authority official. Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), cochair of the special committee, said in an interview Wednesday that Baroni's testimony appeared to be part of a "robust effort to offer an alternate set of facts, apparently an effort to cover up what had happened.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
LINDENWOLD Troy Whye insisted Thursday that he never harmed Krystal Skinner and was not the person who stabbed her 30 times just days after she broke up with him in 2008. "I never put my hands on Krystal," said Whye, 42, who is on trial in Superior Court in Camden for first-degree murder. Skinner was 23 and caring for the couple's 2-year-old son. She was found dead March 26 near the front door of her Lindenwold apartment. Her son was kneeling next to her body, stroking her hair. A bloody butcher knife was nearby.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Friday denied a request by former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier - accused of covering up child sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky - to bar testimony from the school's onetime top lawyer. Cynthia Baldwin represented Spanier during the Sandusky investigation. Baldwin told a grand jury that instead of cooperating with investigators, Spanier hid information and sought to keep the board of trustees in the dark about the expanding criminal investigation.
NEWS
January 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA By 2011, federal agents wanted Louis Monacello locked in a prison cell. His Mafia colleagues wanted him in his grave. Despite those mounting threats, the mob associate known as "Bent Finger Lou" felt confident that he could work even that dire outlook to his benefit, his former neighbor testified Monday. "No matter what happens, he said he was going to get a book deal out of it, or go on TV or something. Other mob guys had done it before," said Jerry Davis, a longtime Philadelphia City Council aide who lived next door to Monacello for years.
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