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Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man who burned ex-roommate to death

An appeals court Thursday rejected an Arizona death-row inmate’s argument that his sentence was unconstitutional because his crime, burning a former roommate to death, was committed in a brief window when the state was revising its death penalty law. ... Read more»

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Court rejects claim cops planted evidence in '84 murder of Tucson girl

A federal court Wednesday rejected a death-row inmate's claim that authorities planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction in Flagstaff police officer’s murder

The court rejected Eric Michael Clark's argument that lawyers did not push his claims of mental incompetence aggressively enough. Clark, who thought aliens had invaded Flagstaff at the time of the 2000 shooting, needed years of treatment before he was able to stand trial. ... Read more»

TPD: 3 arrested in Monday home invasion turned homicide

Tucson Police officers have arrested three men in connection with a home invasion that left one man dead and another injured Monday night... Read more»

Gun Wars

At least 28k children killed by guns over 11 years

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.... Read more»1

Shooting death suspect busted in traffic stop

Police arrested a man suspected in the Friday shooting death of a man on the North Side. Madison Michael Molina, 18, was booked into Pima County jail one count of first degree murder. ... Read more»

Virginia man arrested in 2010 Tucson murder case

A man has been arrested in Virginia in a 2010 Tucson murder case, authorities said.... Read more»

Cops: Murder-suicide leaves 3 dead, including infant

A woman and baby were found shot to death in the front yard of an East Side home overnight, where police also found a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.Two dogs were also found shot to death.... Read more»

TPD: Suspect named in North Side shooting death

Police have identified a man suspected in the Friday shooting death of a man on the North Side. A warrant has been issued Madison Michael Molina, 18, on one count of first degree murder. Molina, who is still at large, is considered armed and dangerous.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun deaths: Twice as many suicides as homicides

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. ... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction in El Grande Market triple murder

A federal appeals court Friday upheld Martin Fong Soto’s murder and robbery convictions in the 1992 robbery at El Grande Market in South Tucson that left three people dead. Fong claimed his trial was tainted, noting two co-defendants whose convictions were overturned after it was learned that a detective gave false testimony in their cases. ... Read more»

Two apparent murder-suicides in less than a week

Two suspected murder-suicides have taken place in the Tucson area in less than a week. One happened on Thursday on the West Side, the other on Saturday evening in Green Valley. ... Read more»

Az among 23 states with self-defense laws like Florida's

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First," “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Arizona is among the many states with a similar statute.... Read more»

Arrest warrant issued in killing of Jordan Peterson

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 21-year-old man in connection with the killing of Jordan "JP" Peterson, who went missing in November.... Read more»1

ICE reports record number of removals from U.S.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed a record number of people from the United States during the 2011 fiscal year, the agency announced Tuesday.... Read more»4

DNA frees Tx. man after 25 years in prison

Michael Morton, who served 25 years in a Texas prison for the murder of his wife Christine, will be released after his attorneys reached an agreement with prosecutors, who said Monday in a legal filing that Morton was not his wife's killer.... Read more»

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