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Autopsy: Nashville singer shot in back of head
Written by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:21

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An autopsy for a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who was killed by a bar owner shows Wayne Mills was shot in the back of the head.

Bar owner Chris Ferrell has told police he shot Mills in self-defense in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 23. Ferrell says the two got into an argument over the musician smoking a cigarette in a no-smoking area of Ferrell's Pit and Barrel bar in downtown Nashville.

Mills was brought to Vanderbilt University Medical Center at about 5:30 a.m. and died there about twelve hours later.

According to the autopsy from the Davidson County Medical Examiner's Office, Mills died from the gunshot wound, although he also had two broken ribs plus several bruises and scrapes. The report said there was no evidence the gun was fired at close range.

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Unclear future for executions after Ohio's longest
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's latest experience with putting an inmate to death raises new question about the ability of states to carry out executions in constitutional fashion.

A gasping, snorting Dennis McGuire took 26 minutes to die after the chemicals began flowing Thursday — the longest execution of the 53 carried out in Ohio since capital punishment resumed 15 years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis.

McGuire's adult children said it amounted to torture, with the convicted killer's son, also named Dennis, saying: "Nobody deserves to go through that."

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Pope defrocks 400 priests in two years
Written by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press   
Friday, 17 January 2014 15:19

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

The statistics for 2011-12 represent the first time that the Vatican has provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received.

The document was prepared from data the Vatican had been collecting to help the Holy See defend itself before a U.N. committee this week in Geneva.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's U.N. ambassador in Geneva, referred to just one of the statistics in the course of eight hours of oftentimes pointed criticism and questioning from the U.N. human rights committee. The AP obtained the document Friday.

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Heilprin reported from Geneva.

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Police: Utah officer kills four family members, self
Written by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press   
Friday, 17 January 2014 15:21

A 34-year-old officer with a small Utah police department shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two young children and turned the gun on himself, authorities said Friday.

Spanish Fork police said the five were found dead about 11 p.m. Thursday, when co-workers reported Joshua Boren didn't show up for his night shift as a patrol officer at the Lindon Police Department.

Police who looked through the window saw blood on the carpet and shell casings in the front room of the two-story home, police said. When they went inside, they found Boren's 55-year-old mother-in-law Marie King dead in a bedroom, and Joshua Boren and his immediate family dead in the bedroom next door.

The other victims were identified as Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua "Jaden" Boren, 7, and Haley Boren, 5.

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Footnote to murder plot: $50,000 car repair bill
Written by Footnote to murder plot: $50,000 car repair bill   
Friday, 17 January 2014 14:20

NEW YORK (AP) — A dispute over a bill for vintage car repairs has become a bizarre footnote to a New York City murder-for-hire case.

A Long Island mechanic has testified that the defendant, Joseph Romano, owed him $50,000 when Romano went to jail in 2010 for defrauding investors. To try to cover the bill, the mechanic placed a lien on Romano's 1968 Camaro.

Federal prosecutors in New York City say Romano schemed behind bars to have the mechanic assaulted as payback. The mechanic testified this week that the FBI staged a photo to look like he'd been beaten outside his shop.

After Romano was shown the photo, prosecutors say he hired the supposed hit man to try to kill the prosecutor and judge in his fraud case.

Romano's trial resumes Tuesday.


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