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‘Innocent’ man released from prison — again — after 42 years

After more than 40 years behind bars, a Bronx man Friday was ordered freed by a Manhattan federal judge who said there is enough evidence to suggest he’s innocent.

David Bryant was 18 in 1975 when he was arrested for brutally raping and murdering an 8-year old girl in the stairwell of an apartment complex.

He was convicted in 1976 and is serving of 25 years to life.

In 2010, Bryant found new lawyers, who tested his blood — which had not been done before his original trial.

Blood tests can also analyze semen. And the results showed the semen found on the girl’s clothing was not his.

The result of the testing gave Bryant a brief taste of freedom.

In 2013, he was sprung after a Bronx Supreme Court judge vacated his conviction based on the new evidence.

But he was sent back to the slammer a year later after a state appeals court

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/08/04/innocent-man-released-from-prison-again-after-42-years/

Head of American arts academy stepping down after 27 years

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The American Academy of Arts and Letters will soon have new leadership.

Executive director Virginia Dajani is stepping down after 27 years, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday. She will be succeeded by Cody Upton, currently the director of operations. During her time as executive director, Dajani presided over numerous capital projects and helped expand the academy’s lucrative awards programs.

Dozens of honours are given annually, the prize money exceeding $1 million. Dajani also helped guide the organization’s transition from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, of which the academy was a separate entity, to the National Academy of Arts and Letters.

The academy is an honour society founded in 1898. Members over the years have included Mark Twain, Duke Ellington and Joan Didion.

Read more at: http://www.660news.com/2017/06/29/head-of-american-arts-academy-stepping-down-after-27-years/

Second arrest made years after Coral Spring man killed – WPLG

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – It’s been six years since the killing of Michael Hamilton, a man who was found dead in his Coral Springs apartment in what was described by police as a bloody crime scene.

“He was not an angry man. He was a kind, gentle soul,” the victim’s mother, Cathy Hamilton, said.

Cathy Hamilton and her husband now have a sense of closure amid the news that police have now nabbed two men in connection with her son’s murder.

“Losing a loved one to murder is never easy, and all those involved want to bring justice for the family of the victim. I am so grateful that we have two arrests in Michael’s case,” Cathy Hamilton said. “They are no longer among us, and they are now behind bars.”

Thanks to DNA evidence, Kadian Roper was arrested a few days ago and charged with first-degree murder.

Police arrested Jason Martinez last fall. He

Read more at: https://www.local10.com/news/crime/second-arrest-made-years-after-coral-spring-cold-case-homicide

Second arrest made years after Coral Spring man killed

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – It’s been six years since the killing of Michael Hamilton, a man who was found dead in his Coral Springs apartment in what was described by police as a bloody crime scene.

“He was not an angry man. He was a kind, gentle soul,” the victim’s mother, Cathy Hamilton, said.

Cathy Hamilton and her husband now have a sense of closure amid the news that police have now nabbed two men in connection with her son’s murder.

“Losing a loved one to murder is never easy, and all those involved want to bring justice for the family of the victim. I am so grateful that we have two arrests in Michael’s case,” Cathy Hamilton said. “They are no longer among us, and they are now behind bars.”

Thanks to DNA evidence, Kadian Roper was arrested a few days ago and charged with first-degree murder.

Police arrested Jason Martinez last fall. He

Read more at: https://www.local10.com/news/crime/second-arrest-made-years-after-coral-spring-cold-case-homicide

Second arrest made years after Coral Spring cold case homicide

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – It’s been six years since the murder of Michael Hamilton, a man who was found dead in his Coral Springs apartment in what was described by police as a bloody crime scene.

“He was not an angry man. He was a kind gentle soul,” the victim’s mother, Cathy Hamilton, said.

Cathy Hamilton and her husband now have a sense of closure amid the news that police have now nabbed two men in connection with her son’s murder.

“Losing a loved one to murder is never easy, and all those involved who want to bring justice to the family of the victims, I am so grateful we have justice in Michael’s case,” Cathy Hamilton said. “They are no longer among us, and they are now behind bars.”

Thanks to DNA evidence, Kadian Roper was arrested a few days ago and charged with first-degree murder.

Police arrested Jason Martinez last fall. He is

Read more at: https://www.local10.com/news/crime/second-arrest-made-years-after-coral-spring-cold-case-homicide

Accomplice gets 12-plus years in Wrightsville murder of Sami Young

The family of murder victim Samantha Young said in court Thursday that Natasha Stover was obsessively jealous of Young and that the only reason Stover didn’t participate in Young’s slaying was because she couldn’t get to the bloody crime scene in time.

They asked presiding Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness to impose a sentence that would deprive the 21-year-old woman of the chance to have her own child someday, arguing that would be justice for taking Young from her then-1-year-old daughter, Arteya.

As they did when “Sami” Young’s murderer and ex-boyfriend, Marcus Bordelon, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 10 to 20 years, for first-degree murder and related charges, they also spoke about

Read more at: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/27/murder-wrightsville-young-police-stover-sentence/100988952/

Man gets 75 years for stabbing mother, son

Lubbock Judge William Eichman told 47-year-old Juan Martinez on Tuesday he believed Martinez didn’t intend to kill a 36-year-old mother of three when he entered their central Lubbock home on the morning of Thanksgiving 2015. However, Eichman said he believed Martinez’s attack on Elizabeth Lopez and her son was deliberate and his record of violence showed he was a danger to society.

“This was a pretty violent incident,” Eichman told Martinez as pictures of the bloody crime scene were displayed on a projector screen in the courtroom.

Martinez entered an open plea of guilty Friday to a three-count indictment of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit injury to a child, aggravated assault and retaliation. Martinez asked Eichman to determine his punishment.

Martinez, who in 1988 was convicted in the stabbing death of his mother’s ex-boyfriend and then was convicted of possessing a shiv in his prison cell, faced a punishment of

Read more at: http://lubbockonline.com/news/2017-01-10/man-gets-75-years-stabbing-mother-son