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July 26, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
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June 23, 2013 | By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
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.
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May 17, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
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.
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May 9, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update Wednesday: The read back of testimony is underway. The Philadelphia jury in the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell cut deliberations short Tuesday after asking the judge to have the testimony of a Gosnell clinic worker read back to them. Because the testimony of Lynda Williams was spread over parts of two days, April 9 and 10, and covers about 270 pages, Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart and prosecution and defense lawyers decided to do the reading at one stretch when the jury returns Wednesday to begin a sixth full day of deliberations.
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April 25, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JACK McMAHON, the often explosive and combative lawyer for accused baby-killer Dr. Kermit Gosnell, rested his case yesterday without as much as a whimper. Without calling Gosnell, 72, to the witness stand, nor anyone else to speak in his defense, McMahon rose from his seat just after 1:30 p.m. and announced that he was resting his case. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart then informed the jury that the next step in the capital-murder trial would be closing arguments on Monday.
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April 17, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
KARNAMAYA MONGAR was turned away from two abortion clinics in Virginia and one in Washington, D.C., because she was too far along in her pregnancy, before being referred to Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the woman's tearful daughter testified Tuesday morning. The decision by Mongar, 41, to undergo a November 2009 abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic ultimately led to her death from a drug overdose and to Gosnell being charged with her murder. Yashoda Gurung, aided by an interpreter, spoke softly and at times used tissue to wipe tears as she spoke of the two-day abortion procedure that ended with her mother's death.
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April 13, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony in a Norristown double-murder trial this week stretched far beyond Montgomery County, from a single crime scene to a vast network of interstate drug rings, federal investigations, wiretaps, confidential informants, and "snitching. " Luckenson Desrivieres, 25, has admitted that he stabbed to death two friends - Marc Winchell Estiverne, 23, and Estiverne's girlfriend, Shamara Hill, 26 - in the boardinghouse where they were staying. Prosecutors argued that the killing was premeditated, and presented a witness who said Desrivieres had talked about robbing and killing Estiverne over a debt.
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March 27, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former coach Mike McQueary, who testified that he witnessed Jerry Sandusky raping a child in a Pennsylvania State University locker-room shower, might have been unduly influenced by overzealous investigators, Sandusky said in an interview broadcast on Today on Monday. "His story changed a lot," said Sandusky, 69, who is serving a 30- to 60-year jail term for his conviction last year on sexual-abuse charges. "I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds, associated that was sex going on," he said before pausing to laugh.
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March 27, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Testimony in the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell came to a loud, angry halt this morning when a legal dispute erupted about the planned testimony of a prosecution toxicologist. Prosecutors want toxicologist Timothy Rohrig to interpret the amount of the powerful sedative Demerol found in the body of Karnamaya Mongar. Mongar, a 41-year-old Virginia woman, died Nov. 19, 2009 while undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell, 72, is charged with third-degree murder in Mongar's death, which prosecutors say was caused when Gosnell's untrained workers gave the diminutive woman multiple doses of Demerol and other drugs to anesthetize her. Prosecutors say Rohrig, chief toxicologist and director of the Sedgwick County, Kansas, Regional Forensic Science Center, would estimate the amount of Demerol in Mongar's body based on blood samples taken during her autopsy.
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