A Phoenix jury will hear evidence in the trial of Jodi Arias, a 32-year-old photographer charged with the 2008 murder of her boyfriend, Alexander Travis. The 30-year-old man’s body, found in the shower of his Mesa home, told a story of a brutal end to a promising life. The motivational speaker and insurance salesman had been stabbed 27 times, shot in the face, and his throat was slit from ear to ear.
Jurors in a Stockton, Calif., courtroom were shown graphic images of a woman’s decomposing body Friday and told by a prosecutor that the woman, 35-year-old Veronica Jones died a brutal death. The defendant, Jones’s boyfriend Devon Epps, is accused of raping and killing her, and then living with her dead body for several months.
A trial began today in a ten-year-old murder case that shook up the Department of Family Services in Florida and across the country. Geralyn Graham, 66, is being tried for the murder of foster child Rilya Wilson who disappeared a decade ago and whose body has never been found.
Rodney King, 47, the man whose 1991 beating by L.A. police was surreptitiously videotaped by a witness, and eventually led to the trial of his assailants, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday. There are at this time no reported indications of foul play. King’s case was made famous by the acquittal of the accused officers, which engendered such rage in his supporters, that it sparked the L.A. riots. A look in photos at his case, and other shocking acquittals.
A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.
Peterson is on trial killing his first wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004, and is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his second wife, Stacy. Read about the case from the beginning.
George Huguely, the University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of the 2010 killing of his college girlfriend and women’s lacrosse team member Yeardley Love, was sentenced yesterday to 23 years in prison, three less years that the jury that convicted him of second-degree murder back in February recommended.
In a Friday afternoon jaw-dropping cliffhanger, Matt Sandusky, 33, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, alleged that he was molested by the former Penn State assistant football coach — and the sequestered jury is unaware of this new development in the case.
Norwegian prosecutors have asked for convicted mass murderer Anders Breivik to be transferred to a mental institution, rather than face prison. It is likely, however, that the defense will dispute the request, because, as Breivik has stated in the past, he believes that putting his sanity on trial is the prosecution’s way of rendering his cause, and commitment to it, ridiculous.
Charles Bergeron invited young boys to his house to party, and rendered them unable to fend off his advances with alcohol or drugs, before performing oral sex on them. According to Prosecutor Cynthia Guillory, “He said he told them that he was an old man and needed testosterone…needed their semen to live, basically,” Guillory said, calling him “the sickest of the sick.”