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Virginia Tech linebacker has been indicted by a grand jury in the mistaken-gender murder of a male Tinder date.
Isimemen Etute, 18, was indicted by a grand jury on second-degree murder charges in the beating death of Jerry Smith, 40, who Etute mistook for a woman.
Etute swiped right on Smith's profile, under the mistaken belief that Smith was a woman named "Angie."
Smith allegedly used a woman's picture in his Tinder profile and asked men to wear a blindfold when they arrived at his apartment.
Etute reportedly said he visited Smith's darkened apartment in April to engage in oral sex.
He returned to the apartment on May 31 to confirm if Smith was male or female, according to the Roanoke Times.
Etute groped Smith's genitals in the dark apartment before beating him to death, a detective testified.
Etute told police he punched Smith repeatedly in the face and continued punching and stomping the victim after he fell to the floor. He said he heard Smith "bubbling and gurgling" and left the apartment without calling the police or medics.
Smith's body was found in his Blacksburg, Va. apartment on June 1. The coroner's report noted Smith lost multiple teeth, had multiple skull fractures and every bone in his face was broken.
Rumors had spread on campus that Smith was a man who tricked young males into believing he was female. Smith was allegedly fired from Blacksburg area bars for sexually harassing young men.
Multiple Virginia Tech players -- most of them wearing Virginia Tech gear -- were in attendance to support Etute at his packed bond hearing in June.
He reportedly spent the summer under house arrest with his family in Virginia Beach.
Etute was suspended from Virginia Tech and the football team following his arrest in June.
Another hearing is scheduled for November 18.
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Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren has agreed to resign as part of a plea deal to avoid a lengthy prison term for campaign finance violations.
Warren agreed to resign on the day her criminal trial started in Rochester, NY.
The disgraced Democratic mayor was indicted in 2020 on charges she violated campaign finance rules during her 2017 reelection campaign.
Warren was scheduled to go on trial Monday, Oct. 4, on felony charges that she and two assistants tried to circumvent contribution limits.
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Warren and her two co-defendants each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of accepting campaign contributions that exceeded legal limits, according to the Monroe County district attorney's office.
Warren's resignation will be effective on December 1, 2021.
Warren slammed authorities after her husband was arrested on drug trafficking charges in May.
Timothy Granison, 43, was arrested during a raid of the couple's Rochester home as part of a months long drug trafficking sting.
Warren lashed out at police for the "highly suspicious" timing of her husband's arrest -- coming on the heels of her own legal troubles.
She insisted she and her husband were being targeted because they are Black.
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A former U.S. postal service employee plead guilty to stealing gift cards and cash from U.S. mail letters.
Markeyta McAllister, 30, pleaded guilty on Dec. 17 to Obstruction of United States Mail for stealing thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards between July 7, 2014 to December 3, 2019.
"While most U.S. Postal Service employees serve Americans with integrity and honesty – McAllister did not," said U.S. Attorney Byung J. 'BJay' Pak. "By opening peoples' mail to steal money and gift cards, McAllister betrayed both the citizens she supposedly served and the reputation of her fellow employees."
Pak says McAllister, of Jefferson, Georgia, opened mailed letters to steal prepaid Visa gift cards and cash from letters addressed to residents in Duluth, Georgia, where she worked at a U.S. mail facility.
McAllister later used the stolen gift cards at stores such as Kroger and Walmart.
After pleading guilty, McAllister confirmed that she "fully underst[ood] that it is a crime, punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both, to knowingly or willfully obstruct or delay the mail, or to steal or attempt to steal mail of any kind."
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Jussie Smollett's lawyer believes "politics" is to blame for the actor's indictment in Chicago on Tuesday.
The former 'Empire' star was indicted on charges of making false reports to the Chicago Police Department following a hate-crime hoax last year.
The 37-year-old disgraced actor is facing 6 new charges of disorderly conduct by special prosecutor Dan Webb, who was appointed to investigate why State Attorney Kim Foxx's initial 16-count felony indictment against Smollett was dropped.
Smollett's lawyer, Tina Glandian, released a statement criticizing the indictment on Tuesday, WENN.com reported.
"After more than five months of investigation, the Office of the Special Prosecutor has not found any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever related to the dismissal of the charges against Mr. Smollett," she said.
Glandian defended Kim Foxx's action, saying "the charges were appropriately dismissed the first time because they were not supported by the evidence."
She suggested that the new charges were timed to disrupt Foxx's reelection as Illinois state prosecutor.
"The attempt to re-prosecute Mr. Smollett one year later on the eve of the Cook County State's Attorney election is clearly all about politics, not justice," Glandian said.
Smollett is due back in court on February 24, according to local news channel Fox32.
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10 former NFL players have been charged with defrauding a healthcare program set up to reimburse out-of-pocket medical expenses.
The ten NFL players, including ex-Redskins star Clinton Portis, face 20 years in prison if they are convicted of defrauding the league's healthcare program.
U.S. Justice Department prosecutors allege the players defrauded the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. The healthcare plan was established in 2006 to provide tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses.
$3.4 million was paid out in 2017 and 2018 to former players, their wives and dependents for a total of $10 million. Some of the former players claimed they suffered from CTE-type brain injuries during their playing days.
Other players submitted claims to be reimbursed for expensive medical equipment like oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, and electromagnetic therapy devices costing up to $50,000 each.
The alleged ringleaders accepted $10,000 in kickbacks from players involved in the scheme.
The Justice Department announced the indictments during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Other former players charged in the scheme include Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris "C.C." Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett and Etrick Pruitt.
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An intense manhunt is underway for a gunman who ambushed and shot a Texas judge in the driveway of her Austin home late Friday.
Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek was returning home with "others" when a gunman stepped out of the shadows and shot her at about 10 p.m. No one else with the judge was shot.
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A Virginia grand jury has indicted a former Portsmouth, Virginia police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
Stephen D. Rankin was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of William Chapman II, 18.
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