Homicide

FILE - In this May 3, 2019, file photo, cars line up as mourners head to visitation services for AJ Freund at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake, Ill. JoAnn Cunningham who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of AJ Freund, her 5-year-old son, faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in state prison when she returns to court on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Brian Hill/The Daily Herald via AP, File)
July 16, 2020 - 12:50 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The voice of a 5-year-old boy who was beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave filled a northern Illinois courtroom Thursday during a hearing in which a judge will decide if his mother, who admitted to killing the child, should die in prison. McHenry County prosecutors played a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2005, file photo, Dustin Lee Honken is led by US Marshals into the Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, prior to his sentencing. Honken an Iowa meth kingpin who kidnapped and killed five people, including two young girls, to thwart his prosecution for drug trafficking in 1993 is set to become the third federal inmate to be executed this week. Honken would become the first defendant from Iowa to die from capital punishment since 1963 if his lethal injection takes place as scheduled on Friday, July 17, 2020 in Terre Haute, Ind. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette via AP, File)
July 16, 2020 - 10:31 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A ruthless Iowa meth kingpin who killed five people, including two young girls, in 1993 to thwart his prosecution for drug trafficking is set to become the third federal inmate to be executed this week. Dustin Honken, 52, would become the first Iowa defendant to to be put to...
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Protesters against the death penalty gather in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening at the federal prison in Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
July 15, 2020 - 11:55 pm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Legal wrangling continued Wednesday night with execution still...
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump wears a face mask with the words "Where's the love?" after announcing Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Minneapolis the filing of a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died at the hands of police during an arrest on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
July 15, 2020 - 3:54 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd's family filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged in his death, alleging the officers violated Floyd's rights when they restrained him and that the city allowed a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to...
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In this 1998 photo, Wesley Ira Purkey, center, is escorted by police officers in Kansas City, Kan., after he was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Purkey was also convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl and is scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2020, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Jim Barcus/The Kansas City Star via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 7:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The man next on the list to be executed by the federal government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week may have a better chance of avoiding lethal injection, legal experts say, because he suffers from dementia and so, his lawyers say, can no longer grasp why he's slated to...
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U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, center, announces at a news conference Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Clarksburg, W.Va., that Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, W.Va., a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., pled guilty to murder and assault in the deaths of eighth veterans under her care in federal court in Clarksburg, W.Va., Tuesday, July 14, 2020.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
July 14, 2020 - 5:17 pm
A former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin, capping a sweeping federal investigation into a series of mysterious deaths at the medical center. Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.(Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)
July 14, 2020 - 3:01 pm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday carried out its first execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Myon Burrell sits inside his cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, Minn. An independent panel of national legal experts will review the conviction of Burrell, who was a teenager when sentenced to life in prison nearly two decades ago for the murder of little girl struck by a stray bullet while studying in her south Minneapolis home, Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and the New York-based Innocence Project announced Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
July 13, 2020 - 10:55 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An independent panel of national legal experts will review the conviction of an African American man sentenced as a teenager to life in prison for the murder of a little girl struck by a stray bullet, Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and the New York-based...
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FILE - This image released by Republic Records shows rapper Pop Smoke. Authorities believe the rising rapper, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting. Prosecutors say two men and two teens have been charged in the death of the rapper. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement Monday, July 13, 2020, that Corey Walker and Keandre Rodgers were charged with a murder that occurred during the commission of a robbery and burglary. The two male teens were also charged with murder and robbery in juvenile court. (Tracy Awino/Republic Records via AP)
July 13, 2020 - 9:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men and two teens have been charged in the death of rising rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February, the district attorney’s office said Monday. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement that Corey...
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This photo provided by the family shows Nancy Mueller. Mueller was killed by Daniel Lewis Lee in 1996. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. (Earlene Peterson/Courtesy of Family via AP)
July 13, 2020 - 8:54 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family members of three people slain in Arkansas more than 20 years ago have been among the most vocal opponents to the federal government's plan to execute one of the men convicted of killing their loved ones. That man, Daniel Lewis Lee, is first on the list of prisoners...
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