Rapper arrested after fatal T.I. concert shooting

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the concert of hip-hop artist T.I. at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Police have arrested 33-year-old Brooklyn rapper Roland Collins, who goes by stage name Troy Ave, on Thursday, May 26, saying video surveillance showed him firing a weapon as he entered the venue.

An associate of the shooter identified as Ronald McPhatter died during the shooting. He was part of Collins’ entourage. Approximately 1,000 people were inside the concert venue when the shooting occurred. A concertgoer, Maggie Heckstall, was shot in the leg, while another member of the audience was shot in the chest, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. Police Commissioner William Bratton attributed the act to “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists, who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they did all their lives.”

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18-year-old sentenced to 38 years after shooting death of Iraqi man

Eighteen-year-old Nykerion Nealon was sentenced to 38 years in prison last Monday, May 23 for the death of 36-year-old Iraqi national Ahmed Al-Jumaili on March 4, 2015. Al-Jumaili was outside his apartment complex in Dallas, Texas taking pictures of snow with his wife and brother when he was killed.

Al-Jumaili left his country to escape from the violence and to be with his wife. Mohammed Altaae, Al-Jumaili’s father-in-law, said that Al-Jumaili saved money for a year to finance his move to the United States. Russell Wilson, Nealon’s legal counsel, argued that even though Nealon was near the vicinity of the area where Al-Jumaili was shot at the time of the incident, it was another person who pulled the trigger.

Wilson also criticized the sentence and compared it to the sentence given to Ethan Couch, who caused the death of four people in 2013 because of drunk driving. Couch, who had been 16 at the time of the accident and sentencing, received two years in prison after breaking his probation – 180 days for each person killed in the accident.

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Off-duty police officer gave ride to main suspect in UT Austin murder

An off-duty police officer in central Texas reportedly gave the 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner a ride from Georgetown to a hospital in Austin around 10 days before Criner was charged with the murder of a University of Texas at Austin college student.

Criner is currently being held under police custody as the main suspect in the murder of 18-year-old Oregon resident and University of Texas student Haruka Weiser. Georgetown Assistant Police Chief Cory Tchida said the police deputy who helped Criner will not be subject to any violation, noting that “He was trying to be decent and help somebody out.” Criner was under the care of Child Protective Services before being reported as a runaway on March 24, 2016.

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Execution delayed for Dallas man who killed his children

Sixty-year-old former Dallas, Texas accountant John Battaglia, who was given the death penalty after shooting his two daughters – nine-year-old Faith and six-year-old Liberty – was granted a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday, March 30 from the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals in order for his defense attorney to pursue mental incompetency claims.

The execution, which was set for 6 p.m. that day, was postponed until the courts can determine whether Battaglia should not be executed on the basis of possible mental problems and “delusions”.

On May 2, 2001, Battaglia shot his two daughters in his Deep Ellum loft while his ex-wife was listening on the phone.

At his capital murder trial, an adult daughter from a previous marriage said Battaglia was suffering from narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by manipulative behavior, a lack of empathy, and a hyper-inflated sense of importance, according to his psychiatrists.

Gregory Gardner, Battaglia’s present legal counsel, said Battaglia has long “exhibited bizarre behavior consistent with severe mental illness”.

The appeals court did not decide whether or not Battaglia qualified for an insanity defense but concurred that he previously “lacked counsel to prepare his claim of incompetency”, noting that Battaglia had a history of saying that his lawyers wanted to secure his execution.

Arlington police officer accused of shooting and killing college football player to possibly face criminal charges

Former Police Officer Brad Miller of the Arlington Police Department in Texas, who was recently fired after shooting and killing 19-year-old college football player Christian Taylor during a suspected robbery at a Texas car dealership, could possibly face criminal charges or civil lawsuits, with authorities stating that the Tarrant County District Attorney could make their case to a grand jury in a few weeks.

The Arlington Police Department is currently under the process of awaiting toxicology reports on Taylor, who was seen in surveillance videos breaking the windshield of a car on the dealership parking lot and then driving the vehicle into the glass showroom.

The shooting itself was not taken by video camera.

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Former Texas death row inmate seeks $2M

A report from The Houston Chronicle stated that former death row inmate Alfred Brown is seeking almost $2 million from the state of Texas after being imprisoned for over twelve years following a wrongful conviction.

Brown was found guilty of capital murder in 2005 in relation to the killing of Houston police officer Charles Clarke during an attempted robbery at a check-cashing store in southeast Houston in 2003. Brown was sentenced to death even though his defense attorneys claimed that he was “borderline mentally handicapped.”

Texas legislators approved the Tim Cole Act in 2011 following the false conviction of Lubbock resident Tim Cole on rape charges. Cole died halfway through his 25-year sentence in 1999, four years before the man who actually committed the rape confessed to the crime and almost ten years before DNA evidence would overturn his wrongful conviction.

The Tim Cole law set the amount of financial compensation the state of Texas could be liable for after a wrongful conviction to as much as $80,000 per year served in prison. Brown’s lawyers are now claiming that, according to this law, Brown is entitled to compensation as he is technically an exoneree.

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Texas appeals court stayed fourteen executions in 2015

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued fourteen stays of execution in 2015, almost twice as many as in any other year. Three new judges served on the appeals court bench last year after being elected in 2014: Bert Richardson, Kevin Yeary, and David Newell.

Of the fourteen stays issued in 2015, two were rescheduled and later carried out, according to data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and yearly reports from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has established a reputation for being hard on criminals, however experts have noted that the stays granted in 2015 likely indicate a shift in state and national attitudes towards the death penalty. On a national scale, the 28 executions carried out in 2015 represent the fewest number in the past 24 years. While it’s true that almost half of those occurred in Texas, the decline is still evident. According to Lee Kovarsky, a law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey who has been involved in Texas death penalty cases, “You’re seeing a national trend show up in state-level decision-making.”

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Man on death row appeals Harris County capital murder conviction

Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Gene Will II, who has been on death row for 13 years since he was convicted of capital murder in relation to the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff’s Officer Barrett Hill back in 2000, claimed in a federal habeas petition, which he filed on Friday, November 27 before United States District Judge Keith Ellison, that prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas have illegally withheld evidence that could exonerate him.

Case records showed that Hill and another police officer responded to a report that two men were breaking into cars at a Houston apartment complex on Dec. 4, 2000 at around 6:00 in the morning. Records state that the officers found Will and his partner at the scene, at which point the officers chased the two men into a wooded area nearby. It was in this field that authorities claim Will shot and killed Officer Hill.

Will claims that Harris County prosecutors pursued this line of argument with only circumstantial evidence backing them up.

Twelve Texas inmates have already been executed this year, more than any other state.

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Two men arrested for DUI crimes after collisions on the same street

Two adult males have been arrested last Sunday, November 29 for driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing vehicular accidents, police officers in El Paso, Texas reported.

The men arrested were identified as Justin Estes and Andrew Gonzalez, who caused accidents on the 8900 block of Gateway East in the Lower Valley.

According to a preliminary investigation, the first crash happened at around 2:00 in the morning when Estes caused a two-vehicular collision around the area. Estes allegedly attempted to drive away from the collision, but officers were able to stop him before a chase began.

While police officers were working to document the first crash, Gonzalez, who was driving along that same stretch of road, crashed into a police car that was parked near the area and had its emergency lights on.

Estes and Gonzalez were charged with driving while intoxicated.

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Defense, prosecution rest in trial of South by Southwest car crash case

Both the prosecution and the defense rested their cases in the trial of 23-year-old Rashed Owens, who is accused of killing four pedestrians when he struck them with the vehicle he was driving during an attempt to evade police officers during last year’s South by Southwest film, media, and music festival in Austin, Texas.

Owens is facing capital murder charges in the fatal vehicular accident he allegedly caused in March of 2014 when his car sped through a downtown crowd, causing the deaths of four individuals. According to prosecutors, Owens had been driving under the influence of alcohol and was speeding to avoid a traffic stop.

Owens did not testify in the court hearing last Thursday, November 6, and the defense came to a rest without calling any witnesses. Owens’s attorney maintained that it was not the defendant’s intention to hurt any person.

Austin Police Detective Richard Harrington, a crash reconstruction expert and the prosecution’s final witness that day, said surveillance footage showed that Owens had been traveling at a rate of 55 miles per hour during the incident.

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