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Chicago officer convicted of murder in slaying of Laquan McDonald

A white Chicago officer was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager that was captured on shocking dashcam video that showed him crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from police.

Guilty pleas entered in Pedersen murder

Two men who strangled another man, beat him with rocks and dumped his body in the Spokane River in June 2013 have pleaded guilty to murder. The pleas are part of a deal with prosecutors that call for about 15 years in prison.

Bryant not lone guilty party in Campton death, officials believe

Potential jurors filed into a Stevens County courtroom earlier this month, expecting a lengthy trial in the brutal slaying of a 62-year-old Northport, Wash., woman in her home over the Thanksgiving holiday two years ago. Instead, they were told a plea deal had been reached. Jeremy Bryant, 36, would be spending most of the next 20 years in prison for stabbing Narleen Campton in the throat.

Convicted murderer wins new trial for 2004 killings

A Cheney man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend by pushing her out of a moving car has won a new trial. State appeals court judges ruled Tuesday that attorneys should not have been allowed to question potential jurors privately during jury selection.

Man suspected in toddler’s death pleads not guilty

The man charged in the death of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old toddler pleaded not guilty Monday and has told investigators he thinks the child’s fatal injuries were caused by an accidental fall. Joshua D. Burnett, 23, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the March 31 death of 18-month-old Rylee Castner. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Rylee died from blunt force trauma to his head.

Police say father shot son

An Airway Heights man told police that he accidentally shot his son in the face during an early Sunday morning fight, according to court records. The fight and fatal shooting happened after a night of drinking.