Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged with first degree murder in the death of a friend on Wednesday, hours after he was taken from his North Attleborough mansion in handcuffs.
Also on Wednesday, Connecticut police detained Carlos A. Ortiz near Bristol, CT on a fugitive from justice warrant.
Ortiz, 23, is believed to be one of two men who was with Hernandez the night semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bond. His charges have not been released.
The woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was confronted and shot by George Zimmerman inside a gated community took the witness stand today.
Rachel Jeantel, 19, told jurors she was not Trayvon’s girlfriend. She recounted the phone conversation she had with Trayvon before he was shot to death by the self-appointed neighborhood watchman inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in February.
Speaking almost in a whisper, Jeantel said Trayvon used the N-word several times as she described what she heard Martin say to a male. She said Trayvon told her the man was following him as he returned to his father’s fiancee’s home from a convenience store. He described the man as “creepy” and a “cracker.”
The New England Patriots have released their celebrated tight end Aaron Hernandez just hours after he was taken into police custody this morning.
Hernandez, 23, is a suspect in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. A rental car connected to Hernandez was located near the body. Hernandez will be charged with, at the least, obstruction of justice for destroying evidence in the ongoing homicide investigation.
The Supreme Court ruled on two cases today that will change the way traditional marriage has been defined for ages. The SCOTUS judges voted to strike down key provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the voter-backed law that bans gay marriage in California.
In a 5-4 decision, the supreme court ruled that gays married in states where gay marriage is legal can collect federal benefits in all states — except Utah, which refuses to recognize gay marriage.
The supreme court avoided ruling on the issue of gay marriage altogether. Which means 36 states can still ban gay marriage.
On Prop 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of California can vacate and remand the decision, essentially ignoring voters who disapproved of gay marriage.
Meanwhile, here’s an article that you won’t hear much about in the mainstream media: a gay man and his brother have been charged with killing a woman to cash in on her insurance policy.
Update: Earlier I noted that gays who marry in states where gay marriage is legal will be recognized in all states as a result of today’s supreme court ruling. That was incorrect. States where gay marriage is not legal do not have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
Atlanta Police are on the lookout for 6 brazen thieves who robbed the Mayors Jewelry store in Lenox Square Mall on Friday afternoon in upscale Buckhead.
Police say one man stood lookout while 5 casually dressed men entered the jewelry store on the upper level of Lenox Square Mall. Footage from Mayors security cameras shows the men loitering around the center island where pricey diamonds are on display.
The men then drifted over to the Rolex case at the back of the store. Two of the men produced hammers and smashed the glass cases, grabbing Rolex watches priced upwards of $100,000 a piece. Police estimate the thieves snatched $940,000 worth of Rolex Watches in 30 seconds.
“This was well-coordinated and thought-out,” Sgt. Greg Lyon told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “They had seconds to commit this and get away.”
The new Nike LeBron X EXT “Denim” was released Saturday morning at a few stores in the Atlanta area, and it is already knocking ‘em dead — literally.
The line started forming at 5:30 a.m. outside Wish urban clothing store in Little 5 Points near Atlanta Saturday morning. Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News that a pick pocket tried to rob the people waiting in line.
That’s when a man got out of the line, pulled a gun and shot the robber, then returned to his place in line.
Nine owners of 7-Eleven stores in Long Island were arrested in a human smuggling scheme that exploited and abused illegal immigrants. The feds also plan to raid an additional 40 7-Eleven stores in NY and Virginia, The NY Times reports.
9 people — 8 men and 1 woman — were taken into custody in NY, and charged with wire fraud, identity theft and other charges. Among the arrested were alleged ring leader Farrukh Baig, left, and his wife, Bushra Baig.