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Teen Pleads Guilty To Killing Friend Prosecutors To Recommend No More Than Two Years Detention For Idaho Falls Boy In Russian Roulette Death

A 15-year-old Idaho Falls boy has described in court how he killed his friend in a game of Russian Roulette. Frank L. Dana has been charged as an adult with …


Man Admits Shooting Death Of His Brother Charges Are Plea-Bargained To Voluntary Manslaughter In Mercy Killing At Hospital

Curt Doty


Man’s Death Called ‘Suspicious’

Police say the death of a 69-year-old man found in his apartment Monday night appears suspicious. Authorities said William J. Smith, manager of Harmony House Apartments at 205 Indian Ave., …


Menendez Brothers To Face Single Jury

Lyle and Erik Menendez will be retried together before one jury for the 1989 shotgun slayings of their wealthy parents, a judge ruled Monday. Defense attorneys argued for separate trials, …


Former Employee Kills Five, Himself

A former employee opened fire Monday in a refinery inspection company, killing the owner, his wife and three workers before fatally shooting himself, police said. James Simpson, a 28-year-old former …


Custody Fight Erupts After Mother Slain With Father Accused Of Killing Mom, Kin Battle For Right To Keep Four Girls

Mary MacInnes, mother of stabbing victim Mary “Cookie” Birnel, would like to obtain custody of her grandchildren. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Collecting Insurance Money ‘Like A Sweepstakes’ Man Accused Of Killing Relative Testifies He Split $460,000 Insurance Payoff

A Pasco man accused of killing his brother-in-law in 1982 testified that the insurance money he received for the death was similar to winning a sweepstakes. Dale Norwick also testified …


Mother Accused Of Starving 14-Year-Old Daughter To Death Girl, Who Had Cerebral Palsy, Was Confined For Months Associated Press

Cerebral palsy took part of Annie Marshall’s sight and hearing, and led to retardation and other disorders. Yet it was her mother, authorities said, who killed the 14-year-old by confining …


Murder Suspect ‘Obsessed’ With Singer, Friends Recall Saldivar Was Fired Wednesday Over Financial Discrepancies

Yolanda Saldivar, right, who is now a murder suspect, joined Selena on stage during an awards show in San Antonio last year. Photo by Associated Press


Man Convicted Of Mail-Bombing Family

A man was convicted Friday in a wave of mail bombings that targeted his girlfriend’s family and left five people dead, all within an hour. A federal jury took just …


Slain Woman Was Cut More Than 30 Times Husband May Have Taken Knife Away From Woman After He Was Attacked, Investigators Say

The woman who was stabbed to death in her Spokane Valley home this week may have started the fight with her estranged husband, investigators said Friday. Mary “Cookie” Birnel suffered …


Singer Selena Fatally Shot By Fan Her Death At 23 Brings An Outpouring Of Grief In The Nation’s Hispanic Communities

Selena during a 1994 performance. Photo by Associated Press


Released Replacement Player Instrumental In Solving Crime

Terry Blocker, an outfielder released a few days ago by the Atlanta Braves, remembers sitting in the clubhouse and talking with Dave Shotkoski. Last week, Shotkoski was shot dead. And …


Doctor: Teen Was Sane At Time Of Murders

A College Place teenager accused of suffocating his sister and her friend was sane at the time of the slayings, a psychiatrist has found. The psychiatrist made the determination after …


Police Arrest Habitual Offender For Pitcher’s Murder

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Top Adviser To Military Killed In Haiti

Machine gun-wielding assassins killed a top legal strategist for the military government just days before President Bill Clinton is to arrive to mark the United Nations takeover of peacekeeping duties …


Bullet Ends Major-League Dream

Shotkoski


City Agrees To Settle In Dahmer Suit

The city tentatively agreed to pay $850,000 to the family of one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, a teenager who was returned to the serial killer by police after being found …


Newlywed Arrested In Wife’s Death

A woman married last Valentine’s Day has been found dead in her home, and police suspect her husband. Emory Snell was arrested in western Massachusetts on Sunday on a murder …


Kukrall Enters Plea Of Guilty Agrees To Testify Against Suspect In Elk-Area Shooting

A trembling, red-eyed Jason Kukrall pleaded guilty Wednesday to the Jan. 11 murder of Elk-area homeowner Steve Roscoe and agreed to testify against co-defendant Tobias Stackhouse. Kukrall said nothing on …


Defense Tries To Demonstrate Misconduct By Fuhrman

A lawyer for O.J. Simpson set out to show Monday that a police detective was so incurably racist that he picked up one of two bloody gloves at the crime …


Attackers Kill Pipeline Workers In Burma

Attackers killed five Burmese workers surveying the route of a natural gas pipeline being built by French and American companies inside Burma, Thai military intelligence officers said Saturday. The officers, …


Man Shoots Bosses, Then Kills Himself

A civilian Navy employee shot and wounded two co-workers in their office Friday after an argument, then killed himself in front of other office employees. Ernest J. Cooper Jr. twice …


Judge Delays Testimony Decision

A federal magistrate delayed a decision Thursday on whether the informant who says Malcolm X’s daughter hired him to kill Louis Farrakhan must field defense questions before trial. U.S. Magistrate …


Girl Discovers Human Skull, Leg Bone At Lyle Lake

A human skull and a leg bone have been found at Lyle Lake, the Adams County sheriff said. An 8-year-old girl found the skull in shallow water Sunday.


Pang Arraignment Set But Suspect In Hiding

An arraignment hearing has been set for Monday for Martin Pang, a fugitive charged with four counts of murder in the Jan. 5 arson that destroyed his parents’ business and …


Spokane Man Found Dead In Port Angeles Motel Room

A Spokane man was found dead in his motel room Wednesday, police said. The man was identified as 37-year-old Thomas R. Rohr.


‘Ice Cream Defense’ Takes Lumps

It looks like the O.J. Simpson ice-cream defense has been liquidated. The Ben & Jerry’s cup found on a banister at Nicole Brown Simpson’s condominium contained Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, …


Four More Killed In Suspected Mafia Hits

Suspected Mafia gunmen killed four more people in Sicily on Monday, including the reported nephew of a prominent mob turncoat, Tommaso Buscetta. Mafia-affiliated gunmen have killed at least 10 people …


TV Crew Films Police Execution Brazilian State Police Pin Down, Kill Unarmed Suspect After Mall Robbery

A television crew covering a mall robbery’s aftermath filmed state troopers killing an unarmed suspect with three shots to the back Saturday as he lay prone on the ground, held …