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A Georgia police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in a fatal shooting is scheduled to appear in court.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning for Zechariah Presley in Camden County Magistrate Court. Presley worked as a police officer in the small city of Kingsland when he was charged in the June 20 shooting of 33-year-old Tony Green.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said Green was fleeing when Presley shot him following a brief altercation. The bureau said Presley had been following Green's vehicle when Green got out and ran on foot, but it has not said what prompted the pursuit.

Kingsland city officials fired 27-year-old Presley from his police job following his arrest a week after the shooting. The city is located near the Georgia-Florida state line.

Teens head to court for stealing cop's gun

  Criminal Law  -   POSTED: 2018/07/16 13:14

Three Massachusetts teenagers charged with stealing a gun from a retired police officer are heading to court.

The Sun of Lowell reports that the boys, all age 15 or 16, are scheduled to appear in Lawrence Juvenile Court on Monday to answer to charges of possession of a firearm. One of the teens is also charged with larceny of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a proper permit.

Their names were not released because of their age. All are from Lowell. Authorities say the gun was stolen from inside a locked car in Dracut on June 5 and reported to police the next day.

Interim Lowell Police Superintendent Jonathan Webb says because the vehicle was locked and the firearm's locking mechanism was engaged the retired officer was not charged.



A man who confessed to a string of rapes and murders with his brother and now wants to be released from an Ohio prison is due back in court.

Attorneys for Nathaniel Cook say a plea deal signed nearly 20 years ago forces the court to order his release this year. A judge plans to hold a hearing Thursday in Toledo, when she could decide whether to free Cook.

The judge has ordered Cook to undergo evaluations, but she said last month that more information was needed before she could make a decision about his release.

An agreement with prosecutors two decades ago forced Nathaniel Cook to admit he killed three people while his brother confessed to killing five others in the 1980s. His brother is serving two life sentences.



A Southern California man who was arrested on an explosives charge after a blast killed his former girlfriend last week at her day spa is scheduled to appear in court.

Fifty-nine-year-old Stephen Beal is set to appear in federal court in Santa Ana Monday afternoon.

Beal is charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device that the FBI says was found at his home.

He has not been charged with the blast that killed 48-year-old Ildiko Krajnyak (IL-di-koh KRY-nyak) on May 15 when she opened up a cardboard box at the spa in the city of Aliso Viejo south of Los Angeles.

Beal and Krajnyak dated until recently and remained business partners.

Beal did not enter a plea during a court appearance last week and his public defender would not comment.


The man suspected of fatally stabbing the co-owner of a Massachusetts bakery is heading to court to face a murder charge.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Franklin Conza is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The Springfield man was arrested after police responded to the Ludlow Central Bakery just before 7 p.m. Friday and found 70-year-old Carlos Santos suffering from multiple stab wounds. He died at the hospit

Conza, who was being restrained by a bystander, struggled with police before being taken into custody.

He was held over the weekend on $1 million bail. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive.

The bakery said on Facebook that staff are heartbroken by the loss of "our dear Carlos Santos" and will be temporarily closed.



A Maryland court has adopted the “mailbox rule” for prison inmates, setting the filing date of petitions for post-conviction relief based on when papers are submitted to the prison mailroom.

The Daily Record reports that the Court of Appeals unanimously ruled last week to revive a convicted murderer’s petition that both the Baltimore City Circuit Court and the Court of Special Appeals had rejected for reaching the circuit court clerk’s office a day late.

The Court of Appeals ruled that Thoyt Hackney had indeed met the 10-year filing deadline because he handed the papers to the prison mailroom three days before the deadline. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera noted in the opinion that inmates are dependent on prison officials and the postal system for court correspondence.




The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision upholding the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers.

Death row inmate Richard Beasley was convicted of partnering with a teenage boy in 2011 to lure victims with promises of jobs on an Ohio farm.

The court in February upheld Beasley's death sentence. On Wednesday the court unanimously rejected Beasley's arguments that Justice Patrick DeWine should have excused himself because his father is Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Justice Pat Fischer said Beasley lost the chance to argue over the DeWine family connection by failing to raise it initially. Fischer also said the connection wouldn't violate current judicial codes of conduct.

Beasley's attorney plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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