Post by Helen Dagner on Aug 23, 2011 17:22:30 GMT -5
Ohio jury hung on verdict in girl's 1967 killing
TOLEDO, Ohio — Jurors deadlocked today on a lone murder charge against a man accused of snatching a teen on her way home from school in 1967 and holding her captive in his basement before killing her and dumping her body in Michigan.
The jury told a judge it could not reach a unanimous verdict needed to convict or acquit Robert Bowman after about 12 hours of deliberations over two days. Bowman is charged in the killing that stumped investigators over four decades even after his ex-wife had told them she had found the girl alive and tied up in the basement.
Assistant Lucas County prosecutor Tim Braun said he could not discuss whether the office will seek another trial, citing a gag order in the case.
Bowman, now 75, sexually assaulted 14-year-old Eileen Adams, prosecutors said, before dumping her body in southern Michigan six weeks after she disappeared. She had been tied up with telephone and drapery cords and a nail had been driven into her head.
Adams, a high school freshman, was either strangled or died from a blow to the head that cracked her skull, prosecutors said.
Bowman had been a successful businessman before disappearing in the 1980s into a life on the streets in Florida and California. He faced up to life in prison if convicted. Baby tossed from building; mom held
ORANGE, Calif. — Police in Southern California say they've arrested a woman whose 7-month-old son was tossed from the upper level of a parking structure.
The baby is in critical condition at University of California, Irvine Medical Center.
Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams says 31-year-old Sonia Hermosillo of La Habra was arrested late Monday and booked for investigation of attempted murder. She is being held without bail.
A witness called 911 after seeing the baby falling to the ground just after 6 p.m. Monday. The baby went over the rail, possibly from the fourth floor, of the parking structure at Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Investigators say surveillance video shows Hermosillo's tan Chevrolet Blazer sport utility vehicle with an empty child restraint seat leaving the parking structure.
La Habra police received a 911 call Monday evening from Hermosillo's husband reporting his wife and infant son were missing. Man sells soil from serial killer's home
CLEVELAND — An entrepreneur is selling soil from a serial killer's home in Cleveland, outraging victims' families.
The Plain Dealer reports Eric Gein of Jackson, Fla., had an associate fill two sandwich bags with dirt from Anthony Sowell's house two weeks ago and is selling it on his website called serialkillersink.net for $25 per gram. Gein expects to make a total of $500.
Sowell was convicted last month of murdering 11 women and dumping their remains around his property. Gein says the soil is valuable to people because Sowell's victims were buried in it. He also says: “We live in a sick world.”
Denise Hunter's sister was killed and tells WJW-TV Gein has no morals. She hopes people will show compassion for the victims and not buy the dirt. Syria opposition tries to unite; divisions remain
BEIRUT — Syria's fragmented opposition took steps toward forming a national council today, but serious divisions and mistrust among the members prevented them from presenting a unified front against President Bashar Assad's regime more than five months into the country's uprising, participants said.
Syria's opposition, fragmented by years of sectarian and ideological tensions, has made unprecedented gains against the regime, but there is no clear leadership or platform beyond the demands for more freedom and for Assad to step down.
With Assad's forces cracking down on the protests, the overall death toll has reached 2,200, the United Nations said this week.
A group of opposition members have been meeting in neighboring Turkey in recent days, but participants gave conflicting reports about exactly what emerged. Obeida al-Nahhas told The Associated Press that a council had been formed but the details were still being completed; others said there was no council to speak of yet.
The unrest in Syria shows no sign of abating, with both sides of the conflict energized. Protesters pour into the streets every Friday, defying the near-certain barrage of shelling and sniper fire. But the regime is strong as well and in no imminent danger of collapse, setting the stage for what could be a drawn-out and bloody stalemate.
Assad has shrugged off broad international condemnation and calls for him to step down, insisting that armed gang and thugs are driving the violence, not true reform-seekers.
Activists said today that Syrian security forces killed at least seven people in the central city of Homs on Monday, soon after a U.N. humanitarian team left the area because the security situation was deteriorating. Iran shows off new cruise missile
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's president claimed today the country's military can cripple enemies on their own ground as Tehran put a new Iranian-made cruise missile on display, the latest addition to the nation's growing arsenal.
The state TV reported that the new missile, showcased at a ceremony in Tehran, is designed for sea-based targets, with a range of 124 miles and is capable of destroying a warship. The TV said it can travel at low altitudes and has a lighter weight and smaller dimensions.
“The best deterrence is that the enemy does not dare to invade,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during the ceremony. As he spoke, the TV showed footage of the weapon, dubbed “Ghader,” or “Capable” in Farsi.
“The enemy should be crippled on its own ground and not over the skies of Tehran,” said Ahmadinejad.
He did not name any specific country, though Iran considers Israel and the United States as its enemies.
Iran has an array of short and medium range ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets in the region, including Israel and U.S. military bases in the Gulf. Self-styled king loses Stonehenge bones case
LONDON — A self-styled Druid king has lost a legal bid to reclaim remains which had been dug up at the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge.
Justice Wyn Williams ruled today that the Rev. King Arthur Uther Pendragon, who claims the title of chief of the Loyal Arthurian Warband Druid order, would not be allowed to pursue his case against Britain's Ministry of Justice.
The ministry has allowed researchers from Sheffield University to keep the 5,000-year-old cremated remains of more than 40 bodies until 2015.
King Arthur is a 57-year-old military veteran who had his name legally changed. He dressed in white druid robes and represented himself in court.
He says he fears the remains will never be returned. UN expert chides US over domestic violence
GENEVA — A U.N. human rights expert has criticized the United States for failing to properly protect women from domestic violence, citing a 1999 Colorado child slaying case.
The U.N. investigator on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, says U.S. laws on domestic violence lack substance and aren't properly enforced.
Manjoo singled out the case of Colorado woman Jessica Lenahan whose three daughters were killed by her estranged husband. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last week sided with Lenahan in a complaint against the United States.