COLUMBIA, SC: Man trying to sell Xbox, drugs found guilty of murder | Crime | The State

COLUMBIA, SC — A man arrested last year after shooting and killing one and critically wounding another in lower Richland County will spend his life in prison, officials say.

Jabriel Singleton, 21, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder after a week-long jury trial held at the Richland County courthouse, spokeswoman for the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Nicole Holland said early Saturday.

In January 2012, Singleton was arrested inside a Richland County motel room after an extensive search and charged with the shooting death of Dashawn Jones, 24. He was also charged with shooting Jonathan Frazier, 25, as the three sat in an SUV in Hopkins.

via COLUMBIA, SC: Man trying to sell Xbox, drugs found guilty of murder | Crime | The State.

Only on 4: New evidence released in Matthew Hinson murder case | News – Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

Channel 4 has obtained hours of video footage, including police interviews with Matthew Hinson, the man accused of killing William ‘Chris’ Pettry at the Jacksonville Landing last year.

Landing murder suspect pleads not guilty

Hundreds of pages of investigative reports capture some of the chaos and confusion from the night Pettry was killed on Oct. 6, 2012.

Pettry was visiting from Illinois to watch the Bears play the Jaguars that Sunday, but he never made it to the game.

According to police, Pettry was having a conversation with Matthew Hinson’s wife at Fionn McCool’s at the Landing. From there, police say Hinson slashed Pettry’s throat, killing him.

via Only on 4: New evidence released in Matthew Hinson murder case | News – Home.

Suspect arrested in fatal DeKalb double shooting; attorney denies charges | ajc.com

Travis L. Graves, 26, is accused of fatally shooting Antonio Smith and neighbor DeLaine King in a home on Willa Drive late Tuesday night.

Graves’ attorney, Gerald Griggs, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday morning that his client wouldn’t commit such a crime.

“He vehemently denies he had anything to do with this,” Griggs said via phone.

Police have not released a motive, but said a fight started in the house on Willa Drive near Decatur.

“They killed everyone that didn’t jump out of a window. They came to murder everybody in that house,” neighbor Jim Rodgers told Channel 2 Action News.

via Suspect arrested in fatal DeKalb double shooting; attorney denies charges  | ajc.com.

Death penalty sought in inmate killing | ajc.com

Because Brian Richardson is already serving the equivalent of a life sentence for a series of armed robberies, a sentence of life without parole is “simply no punishment,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill McKinnon said during closing arguments of a six-week trial.

Richardson’s lawyer, federal defender Brian Mendelsohn, asked for mercy, saying his client and siblings were abused as children and that Richardson is mentally ill and now responding to proper medication.

Mendelsohn called allegations by prosecutors that Richardson is an evil predator to be “distorted reality,” based on false, grandiose statements by the defendant himself and inmate snitches who took the stand and told lies to get their own sentences reduced.

via Death penalty sought in inmate killing  | ajc.com.

Sacto 9-1-1: Jury convicts woman of murder for setting up party shooting

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A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Tamara Nicole Bassett of first-degree murder in her retrial for the the April 19, 2009, shooting death of Alison Joelle Freeseha at a party in Elk Grove.

The jury also convicted Bassett, who is now 26, on three additional attempted murder counts for the shootings of three men who attended the party in the early morning hours on Paseo Del Sol Way.

A jury last year failed to reach a verdict on Bassett’s role in the shootings. The same jury convicted her boyfriend, Raymond Thomas Vigel,23, of first-degree murder in the death of Freeseha, 25, and one attempted murder count. That panel could not reach verdicts on two other attempted murder counts against Vigel. He was convicted today on those charges.

via http://blogs.sacbee.com/crime/archives/2012/03/jury-convicts-woman-of-murder-for-setting-up-party-shooting.html

Skakel Loses Sentence Reduction Bid – Courant.com

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel has lost his bid for a reduction in his prison sentence of 20 years to life for a 1975 killing.

A three-judge panel rejected Skakel’s request in a decision obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The panel says there was nothing inappropriate about the sentence.

via Skakel Loses Sentence Reduction Bid – Courant.com.

Jacksonville man convicted of manslaughter then acquitted of murder in 2 killings in 1 morning | jacksonville.com

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A man was convicted of manslaughter in one killing and then acquitted in another that occurred just hours earlier in a West Jacksonville neighborhood.

After approximately nine hours of deliberations, Rashard Antwan Evans, 23, was convicted for his involvement in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Monquell Deshaun Wimberly as he rode his bicycle down Kings Road the morning of July 20, 2008.

A witness identified his co-defendant, Billy Jim Sheppard Jr., 25, as the man she saw open fire from the passenger window of a car stolen two hours earlier at a nearby convenience store.

Police later found Evans’ fingerprints on the stolen car. A video from the store showed the co-defendants in the store together just moments before the car was taken. The jury found Evans guilty of grand theft auto.

via Jacksonville man convicted of manslaughter then acquitted of murder in 2 killings in 1 morning | jacksonville.com.