Tag: Crime and Incidents

R. Kelly’s Lawyer Gets Chance to Question Government Witness

CHICAGO—R. Kelly’s legal team will get its chance to question the government’s star witness on Friday after she gave what jurors could see as damning testimony against Kelly at his federal trial in Chicago on charges that include the production of child pornography. Jane, the pseudonym used for her during the trial, has been central…


Doctor Paid $60,000 Worth of Bitcoin to Kidnap His Wife; How He Tried to Remain Anonymous

A 55-year-old former neonatologist from Spokane, Washington, has confessed to paying $60,000 worth of Bitcoin to kidnap his estranged wife. According to federal prosecutors, Ronald Ilg intended to kidnap and inject his wife with substances, so she would drop divorce proceedings. Not only that, it’s alleged that he paid multiple assassins on the Dark Web to cause…


Emergency Order Sought for Ohio Juror’s Cellphone Data

A battle over the cellphone data of “Juror X,” who repeatedly posted on Facebook about her involvement in a high-profile Ohio case, has intensified. In a recently released order, Judge Douglas Cole allowed prosecutors and defense lawyers to question two more jurors about possible improper influences during the trial of P.G. Sittenfeld, a former Cincinnati…


Prosecution Rests Its Case at Whitmer Kidnapping Trial

After hearing from more than a dozen witnesses over seven days of testimony, federal prosecutors rested their case on Thursday against two men charged with conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer just before the 2020 election. The men are also charged with conspiracy to use explosives to facilitate a getaway. This is the second…


Salman Rushdie Attack Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder, Assault

MAYVILLE, N.Y.—The man accused of stabbing novelist Salman Rushdie last week in western New York pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and assault charges on Thursday and was held without bail. Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of wounding Rushdie, 75, on Friday just before the “The Satanic Verses” author was to deliver a lecture…


Gov. DeSantis Announces the Pending Arrest of 20 for Voter Fraud

DeSantis announces “the state of Florida has charged and is in the process of arresting 20 individuals across the state for voter fraud.” At a press conference that began at 2:43 p.m.in Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 18, Flordia, Gov. Ron DeSantis—backed by no less than 15 law enforcement officers and flanked by Attorney General Ashley Moody,…


Florida Charges 20 With Voter Fraud, Gov. DeSantis Says

Twenty people in Florida who had been disqualified from voting because of felony convictions are now facing voter fraud charges, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Aug. 18. “The Office of Election Crimes and Security, in conjunction with the Attorney General’s office and the FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement], has charged and is in the…


Ex-Indiana Lawmaker Sentenced in Casino Money Scheme

INDIANAPOLIS—A former Indiana state senator and a longtime casino executive were sentenced Wednesday to federal prison terms for their roles in a scheme that illegally funneled gambling company money to the politician’s unsuccessful 2016 congressional campaign. The federal investigation into contributions to Republican Brent Waltz’s campaign tied to casino company lawyer John Keeler led the…


Man’s Mental Health Questioned in Vegas Airport Panic Case

LAS VEGAS—A defense attorney raised questions Wednesday about the mental health of his client, a California man accused of causing panic early Sunday during his second arrest in two days at busy Harry Reid International Airport. Stefan Mathias Hutchison, 33, of Oakland, stood in shackles as a Las Vegas judge granted his lawyer’s request to…


Vegas Man Faces Death Penalty in Boy’s Body-in-Freezer Case

LAS VEGAS—Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for a Las Vegas man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son and hiding the body in a freezer—where police found it when the boy’s sister gave notes to her teacher saying her mother was being held captive at the man’s home. Brandon Lee Toseland, 36, has…