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A federal appeals court upheld death-row inmates Robert Lee Walden’s convictions in the rapes of three Tucson woman within weeks of each other in 1991, and the murder of one of his victims. It rejected Walden’s claims that he should have been tried separately for each crime and that police influenced witnesses in the case.

A federal appeals court upheld the convictions of an Arizona death-row inmate for the rapes of three Tucson women, one of whom was murdered, over the course of several weeks in 1991. Read more»

Protesters bring the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women to a rally during President Donald Trump’s visit to Phoenix in February. Advocates who have been raising the issue for years are cautiously optimistic about new federal legislation.

Native American advocates and victim’s families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country’s epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read more»

Overall crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of this year, a time when the toughest COVID-19 restrictions were in place. But while property crimes fell in both cities, aggravated assaults rose – sharply enough in Phoenix to drive up the overall violent crime rate compared to the first quarter.

The latest police data show reported crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of the year, a period in which Arizonans were largely confined to their homes by the governor’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Read more»

Mexican prosecutors said Monday they were investigating claims that a female vigilante who calls herself "Diana the huntress" killed two bus drivers in the city of Ciudad Juarez last week. Read more»

Graham Henry was sentenced to death for the 1986 stabbing murder of a Las Vegas man north of Kingman. Henry claimed juror and evidence problems tainted his case, but a federal appeals court upheld his conviction and sentence.

A federal appeals court denied claims by a death-row inmate Wednesday that evidence was doctored and suppressed in his trial for the 1986 kidnapping, robbery and murder of an elderly Las Vegas man near Kingman. Read more»

Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics

Murders by firearms have increased dramatically in the state of Florida since 2000, when there were 499 gun murders, according to data from Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Gun murders have since climbed 38 percent — with 691 murders committed with guns in 2011. Read more»

Fourteen dismembered bodies were found in a truck parked outside city hall in the Mexican town of Ciudad Mante. Read more»

Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded as many as 10 others at a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico on Sunday, almost a year to the day after a similar attack nearby. Read more»

Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president ousted in last year's Arab Spring uprisings, has been convicted of involvement in the murder of nearly 1,000 protesters and sentenced to life in prison. Read more»

Mauricio Funes, president of El Salvador, speaks at the United Nations in 2009. Funes initially said the cease-fire between the Mara Salvatrucha and Mara 18 had been brokered by the Catholic Church.

El Salvador's vicious gangs have called a cease-fire, enticed in part by conjugal visits for incarcerated leaders. Salvadorans are skeptical it will last. Read more»

Daniel Elizondo, a leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico, was arrested in connection to the killings of 49 people whose decapitated and dismembered corpses were found dumped next to a highway last week. Read more»

Charles Taylor supporters in Monrovia, Liberia, await the reading of Taylor's verdict in a trial for aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity at The Hague. Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes.

Charles Taylor, the former Liberian leader, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war, at his trial in The Hague. Read more»

In a photo from 2006, crosses mark an area where the bodies of murdered women were found outside Juarez.

An announcement Monday that the remains of 12 young women and girls were found near the Texas-Mexico border revives fears of renewed serial killing in Ciudad Juarez. Read more»

A shrine to Santa Muerte in a Mexico City market.

Authorities in Sonora have arrested eight people accused of killing two boys and one woman as human sacrifices for Santa Muerte — the saint of death. Read more»

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is so bad you have to wonder whether it was written accidentally by idiots or on purpose by morons. Read more»

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