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Monday, 10 February 2014 13:34

Convicted killer of wife, 2 sons appeals

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - A man serving life in prison for the 2009 killings of his wife and their two young sons in southwestern Illinois is asking for his convictions to be tossed on claims that decisions by the trial judge prejudiced jurors against him.
 
An attorney for Christopher Coleman argues in a petition with the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court that jurors were wrongly allowed to see videos and photographs of Coleman and his lover.
 
Coleman's appeal also argues that prosecutors didn't sufficiently prove their case.
 
Thirty-seven-year-old Coleman was convicted of strangling his wife and sons at the Coleman's Columbia home in 2009.
 
He is serving his life sentences at a prison outside of Illinois.
 
The state appellate prosecutor's office has until March 31 to file a response to the appeal.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his roommate so he could steal his heroin.

The Springfield News-Leader reports 40-year-old Jarrod Sirois was found guilty in December of first-degree murder in the beating death of 45-year-old Robert Pugh.

Judge Calvin Holden sentenced Sirois on Friday after denying his motion for a new trial.

Sirois told authorities he killed Pugh so he could steal his drugs, with the intention of overdosing on it, July 6, 2012.

Sirois admitted using a metal pipe to hit Pugh in the head three or four times while Pugh was asleep on the couch.

He told police he was only trying to knock Pugh out.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:43

Woodworth prosecutor seeks removal

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A local prosecutor who inherited the case of a Chillicothe man facing a third murder trial in his neighbor's shooting death wants to be removed because of social media postings suggesting he has a conflict of interest.
 
Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren was appointed to the case last week after a northwest Missouri judge barred the state Attorney General from again prosecuting Mark Woodworth in Cathy Robertson's 1990 death.
 
The judge said that a private investigator's "secret investigation" on behalf of the county tainted evidence used to twice convict Woodworth.
 
The Associated Press obtained a written request filed by Warren on Monday in Platte County Circuit Court, citing a "social media position which may cast a prejudgment claim" on his ability to independently review the evidence against Woodworth.
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St. Louis police are investigating the city's fourteenth homicide of the year.

 

Officers say 21-year-old Erick Burney was walking in the 1500 block of Montgomery in North St. Louis on Monday afternoon, when a driver pulled up alongside him. Investigators say someone inside the car started shooting. Burney was hit multiple times and died at the hospital.

 

No information on a suspect has been released.

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A second man has been charged connected to a double murder in December.

 

Daveis Sands is facing two charges of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting an killing brothers Justin and Devin Gordon. The Gordons were killed on December 5 inside a North St. Louis home. Ryan Handson was charged with murder in the chase last week.

 

Police have not said what the motive in the shooting might have been.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a February 26th execution for a man who pleaded guilty in the 1989 abduction, rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old Kansas City girl.

Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley were charged with kidnapping Ann Harrison as she waited for a school bus near her home. She was raped, stabbed and left bleeding to death in the trunk of a car.

The high court set Taylor's execution date on Friday.

Taylor's lawyer said the scheduling was premature in light of ongoing lawsuits against Missouri's execution procedures. The state switched to a one-drug lethal injection method since drug companies stopped selling the traditional three-drug mixture for use in executions.

Nunley was scheduled to be executed in 2010, but was granted a stay.

Published in Local News
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An autopsy has revealed that a San Francisco Bay Area transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.
 
   The results of the autopsy on Bay Area Rapid Transit police Sgt. Tom Smith were released Thursday by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
 
   Smith was wearing a bulletproof vest, but Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Nelson said the bullet struck an area that was not covered.
 
   The 42-year-old Smith was shot Tuesday while authorities searched a one-bedroom apartment in Dublin for items stolen during an armed holdup at a train station in Oakland.
   Investigators are trying to determine whether the officer's gun discharged accidentally or he mistook Smith for someone else.
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Police have identified the man killed during a robbery Monday night.

 

Police say 28-year-old Randy Burgess and another man were sitting in a car North St. Louis last night. Just before 9 PM two suspects walked up to the car and demanded money from the men. The suspects shot into the vehicle, the driver of the car got out and ran away.

 

Burgess was hit twice and died at the scene. Police have not announced any suspects.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:54

Man charged in connection to double shooting

A St. Louis man is facing charges connected to a double shooting that happened last week.

 

Police say that John Trevillion shot Tony West and Brian Jordan in the 4700 block of Fletcher in Northwoods. West survived the attack, but Jordan died. Trevillion now faces several felony charges including first-degree murder.

Published in Local News
KTRS - St. Louis - St. Louis County Police are leading the search for a murder suspect.
 
Police say John Tevillion, who is also known by the nickname "Birdie", is the suspect in a double shooting in Northwoods. The shootings happened Monday evening around 5 PM. One person was killed another injured. Trevillion was last seen in a 1997 silver Dodge Ram 1500, with Missouri license plate 2YR634.
 
Authorities say he is armed and dangerous. If you have any information on Trevillion’s whereabouts, you are urged to call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or 911
 
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