Jason Van Dyke

Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago officer who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times was sentenced to 81 months in prison on Friday. Van Dyke was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder in October - more than four years after Laquan's death.

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Mother of trans nurse calls plea deal a 'slap in the face'
 
Dwanya Hickerson

Dwanya Hickerson said he "lost it" when he stabbed a transexual nurse 190 times at a Pascagoula hotel on July 23, 2016.

Hickerson, 23, was arrested 2 days later and charged with capital murder in the brutal death of 25-year-old Dee Whigham, a nurse at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

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hung jury in Freddie Gray case

The jury is hung in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray, 25, died of complications due to a severed spine he suffered during a "rough ride" in the back of a police van in April.

Freddie Gray's death sparked civil unrest and rioting that left 20 officers injured and millions of dollars in property damage in Baltimore.

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Lawyers for convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius hope a South African parole review board will release him to home confinement today.

Pistorius, 28, was found not guilty of murder and convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

Pistorius claimed he thought an intruder was in his Pretoria mansion when he fired five shots through a bathroom door.

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gay panic defense

An Atlanta teenager was convicted of murder after a Fulton County jury rejected his gay panic defense.

19-year-old Marquavyian Gude (inset) told the court he expected to meet a girl for random sex, but Devontavius McClain, also 19, showed up instead.

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Padge-Victoria Windslowe

A Philadelphia rapper on trial for murder testified that he administered liquid silicone butt injections to Hollywood celebrities including Amber Rose and "Chris Brown's girlfriend."

Padge-Victoria Windslowe, a 43-year-old transgender rapper who performed under the name "Black Madam", is on trial for 3rd degree murder in the 2011 death of 20-year-old British dancer Claudia Aderotimi.

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Oscar Pistorius

A South African judge has cleared Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius of murdering his girlfriend. Judge Thokozile Masipa, who is a black female, simply said Pistorius was "negligent" when he fired multiple shots through a bathroom door killing model Reeva Steenkamp last year.

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Pamela Ballin Judge Mark Anthony Scott

A DeKalb County judge is accused of making a mockery of the justice system after he freed a woman who was convicted of murder.

A jury found Pamela Ballin guilty of killing her husband Derrick "Ricky" Ballin at his home in 2009.

But Stone Mountain (GA) Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott overturned the jury's verdict and released Pamela Ballin on bond.

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Accused Killer Can Wear Turtleneck to Hide Neck Tattoo A Kansas judge has ruled that an accused killer can wear a turtleneck sweater to cover his neck tattoo because his body can be used against him in court.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Chapman, 32, argued that jurors would prejudge Chapman if they were allowed to see the word "MURDER" that is tattooed backwards across his neck from ear to ear.

The Kansas man is in jail awaiting trial for a 2011 murder.

State law prevents a tattoo artist from going into a licensed jail facility to remove the tattoo.

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Reeva Steenkamp

Before she was murdered, model Reeva Steenkamp sent text messages to Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius telling him she was "scared" of him.

Pistorius, 27, is currently on trial in a South African court for premeditated murder in the shooting death of Steenkamp.

“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy ninety percent of the time and I think we are amazing together … but I am not some other bitch ... trying to kill your vibe,” Steenkamp wrote in a Jan. 27, 2013, WhatsApp message.

Pistorius bowed his head as police investigator Francois Moller read Steenkamp's text messages aloud in court.

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Oscar Pistorius enters court on day 3

Day 3 of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial ended just moments ago in Pretoria, South Africa. Professional boxer Kevin Lerena, a friend of Pistorius, testified that a gun Pistorius was handling went off as they dined in a restaurant in January 2013. Lerena testified the bullet grazed his toe.

Pistorius, 27, is accused of shooting and killing his 29-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home on Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty, claiming he thought he shot an intruder who was hiding in the toilet.

Pistorius is a double amputee Olympic sprinter dubbed the "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic legs.

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Oscar Pistorius teenage girlfriend

British tabloid The Sun revealed the teenage lover of Oscar Pistorius, who is on trial for murdering his previous girlfriend.

Leah Sky Malan, 19, was spotted leaving a hair salon in her hometown of Potchefstroom, the NY Post reports.

Pistorius and Malan met in Mozambique last December while she was vacationing with her family, the NY Post explained. She’s studying to become a paramedic.

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Juror #8 in Michael Dunn murder trial

One of the 2 black female jurors on the Michael Dunn jury has spoken out on whether racism was a factor in the jury deliberations.

Dunn, 47, was convicted on 4 of 5 counts against him in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis following an argument over loud rap music.

Juror #8 said race was not a factor in convicting Dunn on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted murder and 1 count of throwing a missile.

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