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Oklahoma teens plead not guilty to murder of Australian athlete

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Australian baseball player attending a university in the state pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Thursday, a court clerk said. Michael Jones, 18, and Chancey Luna, 16, also waived their right to a speedy trial at the arraignment at the Stephens County Court before Judge Joe Enos. They will go on trial on August 18, the court clerk said.

Oklahoma teens plead not guilty to murder of Australian athlete

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Australian baseball player attending a university in the state pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Thursday, a court clerk said. Michael Jones, 18, and Chancey Luna, 16, also waived their right to a speedy trial at the arraignment at the Stephens County Court before Judge Joe Enos. They will go on trial on August 18, the court clerk said.

Explosives at airport: Montreal suspect gets a new lawyer, and a bail delay

MONTREAL - A man accused of planning to carry bomb-making equipment onto an airplane has switched lawyers after one court appearance. Antony Piazza was back in court for the second time today, this time with a new lawyer, and he requested that his bail hearing be postponed until next Wednesday. There will be a publication ban, requested by the prosecution, for that hearing on Nov. 6. The judge has agreed that such a ban is necessary given sensitive information in the ongoing investigation.

Three friends of Boston bombing suspect in court

Three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to separate charges of lying to investigators and conspiring to obstruct justice. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan, are charged with impeding the investigation into the April 15 attack that left three dead and about 200 injured by trying to conceal and cover-up evidence. Robel Phillipos, 19, another college friend of Tsarnaev's, pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to police after the attack.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder

By Richard Valdmanis FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Ex-National Football League player Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Friday to murder in connection with the June killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, and his lawyer said that not "one shred" of damning evidence had yet been presented.

Judge sets trial date for US theater shooting suspect

A US judge entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on behalf of alleged Aurora theater gunman James Holmes, and set an August date for him to stand trial over the horrific massacre. The 25-year-old's lawyers said they were not yet ready to enter a plea at Holmes's arraignment for the killing of 12 people in the Colorado town of Aurora last July. Judge William Sylvester said lawyers for Holmes -- who watched proceedings wearing a reddish prison jump suit in a courtroom packed with relatives -- could enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity at a later date.

Judge enters plea for US theater shooting suspect

A US judge entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of alleged Aurora theater gunman James Holmes on Tuesday, after his lawyers said they were not ready to enter a plea. The judge left it open for lawyers for the 25-year-old to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity at a later date, at Holmes's arraignment for the killing of 12 people in the Colorado town of Aurora last July. Judge William Sylvester set a trial date for August 5 for Holmes, who watched proceedings wearing a reddish prison jump suit in a courtroom packed with relatives and media.

Bin Laden son in law pleads not guilty to terror

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former spokesman pleaded not guilty Friday to terrorism charges in New York, where he was brought a week ago after a top secret US operation. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, reportedly a 47-year-old Kuwaiti and allegedly a senior propagandist in the Al-Qaeda network, is accused of conspiring "to kill nationals of the United States." He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if found guilty.

UPDATE 3-Victim's dad tells accused Colorado gunman to 'Rot in hell'

* Outburst caps week of wrenching testimony about massacre * Defendant James Holmes shows no visible reaction * Judge postpones arraignment date to March 12 (Rewrites with outburst, adds details) By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., Jan 11 (Reuters) - Emotions boiled over on Friday at a court hearing for James Holmes, the man charged with shooting 12 people to death and wounding dozens more at a Batman movie, when the father of one victim shouted, "Rot in hell, Holmes!"

Lawyers for accused Colorado gunman not ready to enter plea

* Postponement of plea likely at Friday's hearing * Legal experts see insanity defense in the making By Keith Coffman DENVER, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Accused movie theater gunman James Holmes has been ordered to stand trial on charges he shot 12 people to death and wounded dozens more at a midnight screening of a Batman film last summer, but he is unlikely to enter a plea at a Friday court appearance.
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