A health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled son was convicted of manslaughter Wednesday in what her defense portrayed as a mercy killing by a mother trying to escape a labyrinth of fear and despair.
Gigi Jordan had been charged with murder after her 8-year-old son’s death in a pill-strewn luxury hotel room in February 2010. Jurors found her guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter after her lawyers argued she was overcome by emotion when she killed Jude Mirra and tried to kill herself.
She faces up to 25 years in prison. The murder charge could have put her behind bars for life. Her sentencing hasn’t been set, but she’s due back in court in January.
A Florida man who lost his hands and feet to bacterial meningitis is a person of interest in the deaths of his parents, police say.
Sean Petrozzino, 30, had moved in with his parents, Nancy, 64 and Michael, 63, after separating from his wife.
On Wednesday, the couple was found fatally shot in their home, and their son was nowhere to be found. Cops ruled their deaths homicides. Although he has not been named a suspect, police say Petrozzino is dangerous.
An 11-year-old girl had been reaching out for help on a social media site before her suicidal grandfather killed her and her mother on Monday night.
Police say Honorario Yano, 78, shot the pair dead in Seattle before turning the gun on himself. KIRO identifies the victims as Yano’s daughter, Christine Dela Isla, 39, and 11-year-old granddaughter Anahlia Cowherd.
Cowherd had been complaining about her grandfather on her blog for some time. She claimed to be the victim of constant sexual abuse, and wrote one final panicked entry just hours before her death.
New York photographer Dominick Williams was walking down the street in Queens last Thursday afternoon when he spotted four NYPD rookie officers joking around on patrol. Williams snapped a slice-of-life photo.
“I saw these cops just chillin’,” the 21-year-old told The Huffington Post. “And I asked them if I could capture the moment.”
The officers obliged, kidding him not to blast the photos all over social media. Williams took a photo, then another. Before he could take a third, a hatchet-wielding man — identified as 32-year-old Zale Thompson — ran at the cops, swinging his weapon wildly.
Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said. Human rights groups had called for new President Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions to address concerns about the handling of the case. The incident sparked concern in Afghanistan’s conservative society over public security at a time when foreign troops are leaving the country.
The men were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex, but not rape — which is widely seen as a taboo subject. The victims were returning home from a wedding along with their families outside Kabul in August. Officials said a large group of men, some dressed in police uniforms, and carrying assault rifles, stopped a convoy of cars. They dragged four women out of the cars in the middle of the night and raped them in a field near the main road. The assault provoked such an outpouring of rage that former President Hamid Karzai told a delegation of women the perpetrators would face the death penalty. Karzai confirmed the death sentences just before leaving office late last month.
Nooses hang at an execution site in Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on Wednesday.
Police say a man shot and killed a woman after she rejected his advances at an event in Detroit over the weekend. Five people were also injured during the incident.
Mary Spears, 27, was at the American Legion Joe Louis Post No. 375 on the east side of Detroit when the 38-year-old suspect allegedly approached her and began talking to her, according to WDIV.
When the suspect asked for her number, Spears, whose fiancé was also at the event, told him she was already involved with someone, WJBK reports. The suspect, however, continued harassing her, family members told the station.
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