September 28, 2013 |
Alicia Nixon-James took the witness stand at a murder trial Thursday to talk about the little boy who had called her Mommy. She had waited long, grief-filled months for this moment, and she wanted to be strong - strong for Khalil. Nixon-James raised Khalil Wimes with love for the first three years of his life as his foster mother. He thrived in her care - a happy, healthy 3-year-old who slept with his favorite Diego doll, loved smashed bananas, and whose asthma Nixon-James had curbed with regular doctor's visits and almond milk.
September 11, 2013 |
A day after he allegedly stabbed a homeless man to death in Doylestown, Dale Wakefield told his sister he "just snapped. " Calling from his cellphone on July 3, Wakefield told her he was drinking at Mugs to celebrate his 21st birthday and then started to walk home to her apartment. "He said there was a man who said something to him next to the bus station, asking him for money," Wendy Wakefield testified Monday in Warrington District Court. "He tried to ignore him. And then the man kept on asking him for things and shoved him. And my brother just snapped.
August 16, 2013 |
Bennett Levin, the former commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections who blasted the agency two weeks ago in testimony to City Council, wants an apology from Mayor Nutter for his suggesting that Levin was out of touch with L&I's current operations. Appearing before a Council committee investigating the city's demolition practices, Levin said the Center City building collapse that killed six people in June was the latest in a series of fatal accidents that were at least partially attributable to poor performance by L&I and other city agencies.
August 9, 2013 |
THE MONTH before Jaquinn Brewton died, his left foot was too swollen to fit into a shoe, he had a mark on his arm and his bushy hair was a sight, police officer Teresa Sanchious told a jury yesterday. After the officer spotted the boy and Nadera Batson, his godmother, in a drugstore parking lot, the woman was "evasive" when she asked about the boy's foot, Sanchious said. She took Batson's name and phone number, told her where to get Jaquinn a free haircut and later called the Department of Human Services.
August 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The battle over Pennsylvania's voter identification law touched on familiar themes Tuesday as the state concluded its case after almost three weeks of testimony. Witnesses for the Department of State testified for several hours detailing the extent to which they worked to make information about the law widely known - including reaching out to the elderly, veterans groups, the homeless, and immigrant communities - to ensure residents without ID would understand the steps needed to get it. Attorneys for the plaintiffs questioned the same officials about the wide range of difficulties voters encountered and the disparity in estimates on how many remain without proper ID. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.
July 31, 2013 |
Vacation Ownership Group president Adam Lacerda, on trial in Camden on charges that he headed a $2.4 million scheme to defraud 225 time-share owners, loved his mobile-phone app, a company insider turned prosecution witness told a jury Monday. It was so handy for helping perpetuate the fraud that he and Lacerda laughed about it, Brian Corley, 28, testified in the federal case against Lacerda, 29, and his wife, Ashley, 33, owners of Vacation Ownership Group, and three employees. "It was more of an uncomfortable laugh.
July 27, 2013 |
A retired criminal defense attorney Thursday undercut convicted killer Ricky Welborn's claim that he told the lawyer he was responsible for a 1995 killing for which two North Philadelphia men are serving life in prison. "He never told me something like that," testified Daniel H. Greene. "That's something I would have remembered. " Welborn's signed statement to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, dated June 11, 2011, is a key piece of evidence in its effort to get a new trial for Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder.
July 26, 2013 |
AN ATTORNEY who represented a man who claims to have committed a 1995 murder for which two other men are serving life sentences cast doubt yesterday on his former client's claim. Daniel H. Greene, 86, who has since retired from practice, said Ricky "Rolex" Wilborn, 34, never told him that he committed the slaying, which Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder were convicted of committing. Wilborn is serving a life sentence for an unrelated murder. "He never told me he was involved in any other murder; I would have remembered that," Greene testified yesterday during a hearing to determine if Gilyard and Felder, both 34, should get new trials.
June 23, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman said Saturday that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 call moments before he was killed won't be allowed to testify at trial. Judge Debra Nelson reached her decision after hearing arguments that stretched over several days this month on whether to allow testimony from two prosecution experts. One expert ruled out Zimmerman as the screamer and another said it was Martin. Defense experts argued there was not enough audio to determine who the screams are coming from.
May 17, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Jurors deciding the fate of convicted murderer Jodi Arias were brought to tears Thursday, visibly shaken by dramatic statements from the victim's family members as they described how their lives were ripped apart by the killing. Travis Alexander's younger brother Steven told the panel he was hospitalized for ulcers, lost sleep and separated from his wife. He paused to choke back tears and regain his composure as he recounted the phone call he got from his sister the day his brother's body was found.