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August 30, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man accused of shooting into a crowd in Kensington, killing a woman and wounding three men in 2013, told a Philadelphia jury Friday that he was innocent - that he fled with scores of others at the sound of gunfire. When the shooting happened, Luis "Bebe" Soto told the Common Pleas Court jury, he was on parole and "trying to change my life. " "I just came home from upstate," said Soto, a onetime drug-gang member who had been out of prison just three months when the shooting happened on April 9, 2013.
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August 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury will begin deliberations Tuesday in the murder trial of Shaun Warrick, accused in the Valentine's Day slayings of two female cousins in 2011. Testimony in the trial, which began Thursday, came to an unexpectedly sudden end Monday morning after Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb rested his case and defense attorney Jack McMahon announced that the defense would present no evidence. Warrick, 32, of Logan, told Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson that he did not wish to testify in his defense following a meeting with his mother and McMahon.
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August 8, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The foreman of the jury that is charged with deciding whether a former Philadelphia Eagle and his mother are guilty of mortgage fraud charges told a Superior Court judge Thursday that the panel wanted to rehear the testimony of an alleged coconspirator. The jurors want to see if it conflicts with what he told the FBI and other investigators when he agreed to become a prosecution witness, he said. Irving Fryar, a wide receiver who was selected for the Pro Bowl five times in his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, a retired school bus driver from Willingboro, are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly cheating seven lending institutions in South Jersey and Philadelphia out of $1.2 million in 2009.
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August 7, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The jury that heard nearly three weeks of testimony in the mortgage fraud case against former Eagles player Irving Fryar and his mother asked to rehear some of the testimony as it began deliberations Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert in Mount Holly scheduled the panel to return Thursday to rehear parts of the testimony of the prosecution's key witness. Fryar, 52, who made the Pro Bowl five times in his 17-year NFL career, and his mother, Allene McGhee, 74, are standing trial on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.
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July 31, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FORMER NARCOTICS COP Jeffrey Walker, who cooperated extensively with the feds after his arrest and who testified against six of his former colleagues at their trial this spring, was sentenced yesterday to 3 1/2 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, who presided over the trial of Walker's former colleagues - ex-narcotics cop Thomas Liciardello and five others - said he found Walker's testimony at their trial to be truthful and reliable. On the other hand, Robreno said, he found the testimony of two of the six ex-cops' former supervisors - Lt. Robert Otto and Sgt. Joseph McCloskey - "not to be credible.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
EUGENE TOWNES was driving a friend home on the night of July 16, 2013, when he saw two cars weaving in and out of traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard. As he drove up the crest of the hill, at 2nd Street, he realized something happened. He stopped his car. "There was a lot of debris, and I saw a baby carriage," Townes, 45, testified. "Then I saw what looked like a doll. Then I saw a baby. Then I seen another kid laying there. I thought, I can't believe what I'm seeing. It's something you'll never forget.
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July 2, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE JURY was not out long on this one. Two days of testimony in the perjury trial of former Philadelphia Police Officer Steven Lupo ended with a 'not guilty' verdict after about 45 minutes of deliberation. Lupo, accompanied by his tearful wife and supporters, said he was "very thankful" following the verdict. "The jury made the right decision," he said. "I'm very humbled by it. " The defense and prosecution took turns arguing whether Lupo, a six-year veteran who lost his job following the charges, had made an error due to bad memory or had intentionally given false testimony about a 2011 arrest.
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July 1, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the haze surrounding former Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff's firing, there are three events on which all parties can agree. Ruff, while off duty, walked into 35th District headquarters in Ogontz on Aug. 3 and dropped a bag of guns on the counter. He was detained moments later. And within six months, he had lost his job. Everything else that happened between those moments remains up for debate - as was made clear Monday in a civil trial before a federal jury. Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, whose last posting was in Powelton's 16th District, is suing the department and six officers involved in a scuffle that day. He says they assaulted and falsely arrested him when he attempted to anonymously turn in three guns that he had confiscated under a no-questions-asked gun buyback program.
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June 12, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE N-WORD took another complicated and controversial trip through the world of context yesterday during the civil trial of a white Fox 29 anchor who contends he was fired for saying it during a news meeting in 2007. Current and former Fox 29 employees, both black and white, testified that they were both offended and shocked when former anchor Tom Burlington chimed in about colleague Robin Taylor's story on symbolic burial of the notorious racial epithet by the Philadelphia Council of the NAACP.
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