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Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in drug-deal killing of Huntsville teen

Prosecutors don’t plan to seek the death penalty if Huntsville capital murder suspect Terrance Rodgers is convicted of killing a 20-year-old during a drug deal.

Terrance Rodgers 

Rodgers is a Huntsville 18-year-old who admitted during recorded Madison County Jail phone calls that he killed Antonio Melson, according to police. Rodgers was arrested following the July 11 drug-deal killing of 20-year-old Melson.

Madison County Assistant District Attorney Bill Starnes said he met with Melson’s family members before deciding not to seek the death penalty.

“Among many other items, we discussed the penalties which might apply in a case of this nature and the thoughts of those present concerning that question,” Starnes wrote in court records. “In light of conversations…the state will not be seeking the death penalty.”

Starnes filed the notice in response to a request from defense attorneys Jake Watson and Shay Golden. The document

Read more at: http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/11/antonio_melson_terrance_rodger_1.html

Namibia: Verdict Over Killing of Children Postponed

THE delivery of the verdict in the High Court trial of a former security guard accused of having murdered his two children by cutting their throats has been shifted to November.

The judgement in the trial of ex-security officer Jonas Penovanhu Shinana (34) was scheduled to be handed down in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, but was postponed to 24 November after judge Nate Ndauendapo indicated his verdict was not yet ready.

Shinana is accused of having murdered his six-year-old son, Matheus Shinana, and three-year-old daughter, Emilia Naatye Shinana, in Wanaheda in Windhoek during the night of 23 to 24 December 2009.

The two children died in the house where Shinana lived after their throats had been slit.

When they were discovered dead on a bloody crime scene on the morning of 24 December 2009, Shinana was found lying next to them on a mattress

Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201710020847.html

Namibia: Verdict Over Killing of Children Postponed – allAfrica.com

THE delivery of the verdict in the High Court trial of a former security guard accused of having murdered his two children by cutting their throats has been shifted to November.

The judgement in the trial of ex-security officer Jonas Penovanhu Shinana (34) was scheduled to be handed down in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, but was postponed to 24 November after judge Nate Ndauendapo indicated his verdict was not yet ready.

Shinana is accused of having murdered his six-year-old son, Matheus Shinana, and three-year-old daughter, Emilia Naatye Shinana, in Wanaheda in Windhoek during the night of 23 to 24 December 2009.

The two children died in the house where Shinana lived after their throats had been slit.

When they were discovered dead on a bloody crime scene on the morning of 24 December 2009, Shinana was found lying next to them on a mattress

Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201710020847.html

Verdict over killing of children postponed

THE delivery of the verdict in the High Court trial of a former security guard accused of having murdered his two children by cutting their throats has been shifted to November.

The judgement in the trial of ex-security officer Jonas Penovanhu Shinana (34) was scheduled to be handed down in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, but was postponed to 24 November after judge Nate Ndauendapo indicated his verdict was not yet ready.

Shinana is accused of having murdered his six-year-old son, Matheus Shinana, and three-year-old daughter, Emilia Naatye Shinana, in Wanaheda in Windhoek during the night of 23 to 24 December 2009.

The two children died in the house where Shinana lived after their throats had been slit.

When they were discovered dead on a bloody crime scene on the morning of 24 December 2009, Shinana was found lying next to them on a mattress with a piece of rope around his neck,

Read more at: https://www.namibian.com.na/59913/read/Verdict-over-killing-of-children-postponed

Verdict over killing of children postponed – The Namibian

THE delivery of the verdict in the High Court trial of a former security guard accused of having murdered his two children by cutting their throats has been shifted to November.

The judgement in the trial of ex-security officer Jonas Penovanhu Shinana (34) was scheduled to be handed down in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, but was postponed to 24 November after judge Nate Ndauendapo indicated his verdict was not yet ready.

Shinana is accused of having murdered his six-year-old son, Matheus Shinana, and three-year-old daughter, Emilia Naatye Shinana, in Wanaheda in Windhoek during the night of 23 to 24 December 2009.

The two children died in the house where Shinana lived after their throats had been slit.

When they were discovered dead on a bloody crime scene on the morning of 24 December 2009, Shinana was found lying next to them on a mattress with a piece of rope around his neck,

Read more at: https://www.namibian.com.na/59913/read/Verdict-over-killing-of-children-postponed

Pittsburg roommate killing: Staged scene, or self-defense?

MARTINEZ — When murder defendant Ryon Evan Wittlin shot and killed his 23-year-old roommate in the living room of the Pittsburg home they both shared, no one else was there to see it.

Now, more than a year after the Aug. 2016 killing, jurors will be asked to determine what happened. At the start of the trial Monday, the prosecutor called it a cold-blooded murder, saying the victim, Nicholas Ryan Shaeffer, was a quiet introvert who never saw it coming.

Ryon Evan Wittlin, 48, is being tried on charges that he murdered his23-year-old roommate in Aug. 2016. (Pittsburg police dept.)
Ryon Evan Wittlin, 48, is being tried on charges that he murdered hisbr /23-year-old roommate in Aug. 2016. (Pittsburg police dept.) 

The defense attorney called it a tragic act of self-defense, and played the jury a tape of the defendant’s 911

Read more at: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/25/pittsburg-roommate-killing-staged-scene-or-self-defense/

Arraignment for Fairfield woman accused of killing sister shifts to …

Antoinette Clay is shown in a photo released by the Fairfield Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield woman accused of fatally stabbing her sister and attacking another family member at a Walters Road trailer park made her first court appearance Wednesday.

Antoinette Clay, 43, did not enter pleas to charges of murder and attempted murder. Instead, the court agreed to her court-appointed public defender’s request to postpone Clay’s arraignment until Monday.

Clay has been in jail without bail since her arrest Monday night at a trailer in the Dover Mobile Home Park. Police went to the trailer around 6:45 p.m. in response to a disturbance complaint and found a bloody crime scene.

Clay’s sister, Mary E. Douglas, 41, was found dead at the trailer. The other relative was taken to the hospital and treated for wounds described by police as not

Read more at: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/arraignment-for-fairfield-woman-accused-of-killing-sister-shifts-to-next-week/

Arraignment for Fairfield woman accused of killing sister shifts to next week

Antoinette Clay is shown in a photo released by the Fairfield Police Department.

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield woman accused of fatally stabbing her sister and attacking another family member at a Walters Road trailer park made her first court appearance Wednesday.

Antoinette Clay, 43, did not enter pleas to charges of murder and attempted murder. Instead, the court agreed to her court-appointed public defender’s request to postpone Clay’s arraignment until Monday.

Clay has been in jail without bail since her arrest Monday night at a trailer in the Dover Mobile Home Park. Police went to the trailer around 6:45 p.m. in response to a disturbance complaint and found a bloody crime scene.

Clay’s sister, Mary E. Douglas, 41, was found dead at the trailer. The other relative was taken to the hospital and treated for wounds described by police as not

Read more at: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/fairfield/arraignment-for-fairfield-woman-accused-of-killing-sister-shifts-to-next-week/

Motive for killing not known; Vigil planned tonight – Glens Falls Post

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Son admits killing his mom and two brothers with a crossbow because he feared they’d expose his lies about having a …

A Toronto man admitted to killing his mother and two of his brothers with a crossbow out of fear of losing his fiancée three weeks before their wedding.

Brett Ryan, 36, appeared in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of his oldest brother, Christopher, and two counts of second-degree murder of his mother, Susan, and his younger brother Alexander.  

He also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his older brother Leigh, according to the Toronto Star

The family members were discovered at the home on August 25, 2016 suffering from serious wounds with a crossbow lying nearby. All three died at the scene.

Ryan planned his 66-year-old mother’s death because he feared she would expose the lies he had told to his fiancée, but according to the statement of facts in court, he only intended to persuade her not to mention his

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4745064/Man-admits-killing-mom-two-brothers-crossbow.html