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Friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber seeks trial venue change

BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Tuesday asked a judge to move his trial on charges of interfering with the investigation, arguing that pretrial publicity has made it impossible for him to get a fair hearing in Massachusetts. Kazakh exchange student Dias Kadyrbayev filed papers in U.S. District Court in Boston, joining earlier motions by two other defendants, Azamat Tazhayakov, also of Kazakhstan, and Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man who went on a weeks-long shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, arrested on Thursday at his home, is believed to have acted alone in the string of shootings, said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. He is being held on $1 million cash bond.

French lawyer appeals conviction for 36-year-old murder

A decades-old murder case in France took a new twist on Saturday when a former Riviera lawyer convicted of killing his casino heiress mistress 36 years ago said he would appeal the verdict. Maurice Agnelet, 76, was on Friday sentenced to 20 years in prison in his third trial for the killing of his then mistress, Agnes Le Roux. She disappeared in October 1977, aged 29. Her body has never been found. His lawyer said on Saturday after visiting his client in jail that Agnelet "is contesting the guilty verdict."

Fort Hood gunman fired at least 35 shots in eight minutes

A troubled US soldier shot his semi-automatic pistol at least 35 times during an eight-minute killing spree at the Fort Hood military base, investigators said Monday. Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said Specialist Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 after an argument over his request for leave. Grey did not, however, indicate whether officials had granted Lopez's request. The shooting took place in an area equivalent to two city blocks, as Lopez proceeded to shoot from his slowly moving vehicle after the argument.

Fort Hood base shooting rampage lasted eight minutes: investigators

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The shooting rampage at Fort Hood U.S. Army base last week started with an argument over leave and lasted eight minutes, with the suspected shooter getting in and out of his car as he fired on soldiers he worked with and others who happened onto his path, investigators said on Monday.

US woman's death sentence overturned

The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed Monday a woman's capital murder conviction and ordered a new trial in her case. Michelle Byrom had been on death row in the southern US state since her 2000 conviction for capital murder linked to a murder-for-hire plot to kill her allegedly abusive husband, Edward Byrom Sr. Their son, Edward Byrom Jr, had admitted to being the killer in jailhouse letters and in an interview with a court-appointed psychologist. But he recanted on the witness stand.

Maryland mall shooter may have copied Columbine massacre: police

By Alice Popovici MARRIOTTSVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) - The gunman who killed two store employees at a Maryland mall early this year may have been obsessed with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and left a journal behind in which he wrote that he might already be dead, police said on Wednesday. The shooter, Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, did not know the victims when he opened fire at a crowded Columbia, Maryland, mall about 20 miles west of Baltimore on January 25 before killing himself with his 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun.

UK police face fresh probe over racist murder of Stephen Lawrence

Two decades after the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence shook Britain, the government on Thursday ordered a second major inquiry into the role of the police following "profoundly shocking" new revelations. The Macpherson inquiry in 1999 found the police investigation into Lawrence's murder six years earlier was seriously flawed and marred by "institutional racism", a finding viewed as a watershed moment in British race relations.

Amanda Knox's former boyfriend distances himself in Italian murder appeal

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox is distancing himself from the U.S. former exchange student, convicted of murdering her British roommate in an Italian university town, as he pursues his own appeal in the case, his U.S.-based lawyer said on Wednesday.

Triple homicide: two Quebec teens charged with first-degree murder

TROIS-RIVIERES, - Two Quebec adolescents have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the deaths of three people found in a home. The 17-year-old males were arraigned in Trois-Rivieres today. Each faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of conspiracy, including one involving the murder of several police officers. The victims are sisters aged 22 and 17 as well as a 17-year-old boy. Their bodies were found in a house in Trois-Rivieres on Tuesday morning.
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