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Guy Heinze Jr., who was re-indicted last year in the slaying of eight people in a Glynn County mobile home nearly four years ago, is back in court Tuesday as lawyers debate motions before setting a trial date.
Last fall, Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett threw out some statements Heinze made to police in the hours after they found Heinze’s father and six others beaten to death in August 2009. An eighth victim later died of injuries.
Scarlett said hours of interviews and a lie detector test with Heinz will be thrown out because the suspect hadn’t been read his Miranda Rights.
Heinze’s attorneys have filed dozens of motions to have evidence suppressed in the case.
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(CNN) — After 22 years on death row, Debra Milke is close to freedom.
A jury convicted the Arizona woman, now 49, of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse and kidnapping on October 12, 1990, less than a year after her 4-year-old son was found dead.
A judge sentenced her to death a few months later.
But those convictions and the related sentence were tossed out Thursday by a federal appeals court judge. In explaining his decision, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals chided the prosecution for remaining “unconstitutionally silent” on the “history of misconduct” of its key witness, a Phoenix police detective.
“The Constitution requires a fair trial,” Kozinski wrote. “This never happened in Milke’s case.”
via Arizona woman’s murder conviction, death sentence overturned – CNN.com.
An employee who arrived about 7:30 a.m. at CleanCar Touchless Car Wash on Beach near Kernan Road found the body, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Police say the man was face down and surrounded by coins and other items.Police say there were no signs of trauma on the body and no foul play was suspected. The medical examiner will determine the identity, cause of death and how long the man had been dead.
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(CNN) — The son of one of the world’s wealthiest men is under arrest in London after the body of his American-born wife was found in their home this week, her death unexplained.
Police stumbled into the mystery Monday, when they arrested Hans Kristian Rausing on drug charges.
A search of his home in one of London’s most expensive neighborhoods turned up the body of his wife, Eva, spurring police to arrest him again in connection with the death.
Eva Rausing had struggled with drug addiction for years, an acquaintance said.
“This has been an existing problem for a long time,” said Liz Brewer, who knew Rausing through charity and social circles. “I think the whole thing is a complete tragedy.”
The case puts the multimillionaire couple squarely back in the headlines four years after they were arrested on charges of possessing cocaine and heroin, according to media reports at the time.
Eva Rausing had tried to smuggle a small amount of crack cocaine and heroin into the U.S. Embassy in London, reports said. She and her husband were arrested when police found more drugs at their house.
via Swedish billionaire’s son arrested after U.S.-born wife found dead – CNN.com.
GREENWOOD, MISS. — State prison officials have denied a medical release for a man who killed a Leflore County sheriff’s deputy.The Mississippi Department of Corrections had considered allowing Earnest Conrod, 79, to leave prison, the Greenwood Commonwealth reports.Conrod was sentenced to life after pleading guilty in part to avoid the possibility of execution.Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps had said inmates are routinely considered for medical release when they become bed-bound. Such releases can save the prison system money on medical treatment.
via Miss. prison officials deny release for deputy’s killer | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com.