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Far-Right Lone Wolf Terrorist ‘Laser Man’ to Stand Trial for Murder of Auschwitz Survivor

A Swedish far-right terrorist who targeted 11 people with immigrant backgrounds in a shooting spree in the early 90s is to stand trial in Germany for the unsolved murder of an Auschwitz survivor.

John Ausonius was nicknamed the “Laser Man” for his use of laser sights in the shootings he committed in Stockholm and Uppsala areas between August 1991 and January 1992. The attacks left an Iranian student dead and several other victims severely disabled.

media John Ausonius is pictured in a 2010 Swedish documentary. YouTube

Ausonius has told interviewers he targeted immigrants to scare them out of the country and discourage others from entering. 

The shootings are believed to have inspired other far-right extremsits to embark on solo

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/far-right-terrorist-laser-man-stand-trial-murder-auschwitz-survivor-746509

Pagosa Springs cold case murder suspect granted new trial

A truck driver from Lamar who was convicted for the 1988 murder of a Pagosa Springs woman and sentenced to 46 years in prison was granted a retrial by a state appeals court Wednesday.

The Colorado State Court of Appeals said evidence was used improperly during the 2013 trial for Charles Ray Stane and contributed to “substantially influencing the verdict or impairing the fairness of the trial.”

The appeals court reversed Stane’s conviction and set a new trial.

In 2012, authorities arrested Stane and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with the then-24 year-old-cold case, in which Vickie Dexter, then 40, was found dead in a hot spring pool in Pagosa Springs.

According to previous reports, authorities had identified Stane as a prime suspect days after the murder, which occurred during the night of Oct. 14-15, 1988. But at the time, there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.

However, advances in forensic

Read more at: https://the-journal.com/articles/75388-pagosa-springs-cold-case-murder-suspect-granted-new-trial

Pagosa Springs cold case murder suspect granted new trial

A truck driver from Lamar who was convicted for the 1988 murder of a Pagosa Springs woman and sentenced to 46 years in prison was granted a retrial by a state appeals court Wednesday.

The Colorado State Court of Appeals said evidence was used improperly during the 2013 trial for Charles Ray Stane and contributed to “substantially influencing the verdict or impairing the fairness of the trial.”

The appeals court reversed Stane’s conviction and set a new trial.

In 2012, authorities arrested Stane and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with the then-24 year-old-cold case, in which Vickie Dexter, then 40, was found dead in a hot spring pool in Pagosa Springs.

According to previous reports, authorities had identified Stane as a prime suspect days after the murder, which occurred during the night of Oct. 14-15, 1988. But at the time, there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.

However, advances in forensic

Read more at: https://durangoherald.com/articles/196198-pagosa-springs-cold-case-murder-suspect-granted-new-trial

Jury Process Begins in Ex-Priest’s Cold-Case Murder Trial

Former priest John Feit sits in court on Sept. 11 in Hidalgo County, Texas. (ERIK DE LA GARZA, Courthouse News Service)

EDINBURG, Texas (CN) – Hundreds of potential jurors streamed through a South Texas courthouse auditorium Tuesday for the trial of a former Catholic priest charged with the 1960 murder of a local beauty queen, his former parishioner.

It’s been a long, slow road to trial for 84-year-old John Feit, whose cold-case murder trial has been delayed at least twice this year.

Feit emerged as the prime suspect in the Easter weekend rape and murder of McAllen schoolteacher Irene Garza in 1960, but was not charged until 56 years later, when a new district attorney launched a fresh investigation.

Feit’s attorneys on Monday asked Hidalgo County Judge Luis Singleterry to exclude Garza’s autopsy from trial because the two medical examiners who conducted it

Read more at: https://www.courthousenews.com/jury-process-begins-ex-priests-cold-case-murder-trial/

State racing the clock to get testimony in cold case murder trial – WRCB

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) –

It took more than a decade to arrest a man for the murder of Sarah Perry

Now, the state is racing against the clock for the testimony of a key witness. 

Sarah Perry’s mother has waited 17 years to see the man she believes killed her daughter in handcuffs. 

READ MORE | Man charged with murder in 16-year-old East Ridge cold case

“To know that he has been free for 17 years, he has walked around without the burden of being incarcerated, it’s really hard to look at him,” Pam Hilton said. 

The body of the 21-year-old mother of two was found in a garbage can in an East Ridge creek in 2000. 

An autopsy later showed Perry was strangled to death. 

Last year, Perry’s ex-boyfriend Jason Sanford was charged with the crime and the case

Read more at: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/36717527/prosecutors-trying-to-preserve-witness-testimony-before-cold-case-trial

Cold-case murder trial aims to piece together Frederick teen’s final day

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Jury selection begins in 1991 cold case murder trial

Michael T. McIntyre 

MIDLAND, MI — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man accused of beating a woman to death back in 1991.

The morning of Monday, Oct. 16, 125 potential jurors visited the Midland County courthouse to be winnowed down to the select few who will decide the fate of 53-year-old Michael T. McIntyre. As of 2 p.m., the process was still underway before Circuit Judge Stephen P. Carras.

McIntyre is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder in connection with the slaying of Diane Ross, who was 43 at the time of her death. McIntyre was not arraigned on the charges until March 4, 2016. If a jury convicts him, he’ll face mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks is personally trying the case with an

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2017/10/jury_selection_begins_in_1991.html

Suspect in Palm Desert man’s cold case murder awaits trial

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A Northern California man is awaiting trial on charges of murdering another man’s romantic rival from Palm Desert, whose remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA, which was also used to link the accused killer-for-hire to the crime, the sheriff’s department announced Wednesday.

Russell Huber, 59, of Oroville, is charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait in the killing of 41-year-old Clyde Gregory Hayward,

Read more at: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2017/09/27/suspect-palm-desert-mans-cold-case-murder-awaits-trial/711327001/

Norfolk man says girlfriend overdosed by accident as cold-case murder trial begins – Virginian

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Billy Everett did heroin with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children one day in November 2007. The two then had sex and Everett fell asleep, his lawyer told jurors.

When he woke, Everett was lying next to her body, purple and blue. Lori Jordan killed herself through an accidental overdose, defense attorney Andrew Sacks said.

A decade later, Everett is on trial, accused of murdering Jordan. Prosecutors said Everett poisoned Jordan, intentionally giving her a deadly cocktail of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol.

Everett is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defiling and hiding a dead body. If jurors convict him, he faces 20 years to life in prison on the murder charge alone.

Sacks painted Jordan as a junkie whose death ended a years-long descent into drug addiction.

Jordan had three children, two with Everett, Sacks said. All three were taken from her because of her addiction. One of their

Read more at: http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/norfolk-man-says-girlfriend-overdosed-by-accident-as-cold-case/article_50aad758-6875-56a7-a8d8-d53d632f63f7.html

Cold-Case Murder Trial Meets Second Delay

EDINBURG, Texas (CN) — A state judge on Monday delayed until early October the trial of the former Catholic priest charged with the 1960 murder of a South Texas beauty queen, because of scheduling conflicts with one of his attorneys.

O. Rene Flores, one of two attorneys representing 84-year-old John Feit, is scheduled for trial next week in another high-profile murder case making local headlines. Prosecutors in that case accuse the daughter of a former Hidalgo County commissioner, Monica Melissa Patterson, of the death of a 96-year-old man who was under her care as director of Comfort House, a hospice facility.

Feit appeared trial-ready at a Monday morning hearing, for the first time out of prison clothes, dressed in a blue blazer, slacks and a button-down shirt. He was expected to face trial as early as this week, with jury selection scheduled for Wednesday.

Instead, Hidalgo

Read more at: https://www.courthousenews.com/cold-case-murder-trial-meets-second-delay/