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Trump wants you to think he's racist so you won't notice he's corrupt and killing jobs

Trump wants you to think he's racist so you won't notice he's corrupt and killing jobs'Who is the real racist, the person warning about illegal immigrants or the person saying that’s racist?' When that’s the debate, Donald Trump wins.



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'Serial killer' charged with killing four women and leaving their bodies in abandoned houses

'Serial killer' charged with killing four women and leaving their bodies in abandoned housesA suspected serial killer has been charged with murdering four women and leaving their bodies in abandoned houses in Detroit.Police had arrested Deangelo Martin in June for allegedly stabbing and sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman, who managed to escape, the previous month.



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Ex-cheerleader accused of killing newborn found not guilty on most serious charges

Ex-cheerleader accused of killing newborn found not guilty on most serious chargesSkylar Richardson was found not guilty of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter. She was accused of deliberately killing her and burying her baby.



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Mother accused of killing newborn sentenced to time served, gets to go home

Mother accused of killing newborn sentenced to time served, gets to go homeBrooke Skylar Richardson was sentenced to seven days after being convicted of gross abuse of a corpse. She had already served seven days in jail.



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Young Ohio mother acquitted of killing newborn

Young Ohio mother acquitted of killing newbornA young Ohio mother who prosecutors said killed and buried her unwanted newborn in her backyard just days after her senior prom so that she could keep her “perfect life” was acquitted of murder Thursday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, began shaking and sobbing while a judge read the not guilty verdicts on aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges. Richardson, though, was found guilty of corpse abuse by the Warren County jury that deliberated for four hours.



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Grand jury indicts man accused of killing 22 people at Texas Walmart

Grand jury indicts man accused of killing 22 people at Texas WalmartPatrick Crusius, 21, was indicted for capital murder and will face the death penalty if he is convicted, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza said in a statement. “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work hard to ensure that justice is done and is committed to assisting the victims through the judicial process,” Esparza said.



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Woman, 73, charged with killing her 82-year-old neighbor with brick at a home for seniors

Woman, 73, charged with killing her 82-year-old neighbor with brick at a home for seniorsChun Yong Oh is charged with first and second degree murder for the death of Hwa Cha Pak, her neighbor at a home for senior citizens in Maryland.



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Texas Inmate Mark Soliz Executed for 2010 Killing

Texas Inmate Mark Soliz Executed for 2010 KillingFort Worth Star-Telegram/GettyA Texas death-row inmate convicted of murdering a 61-year-old woman during a robbery in 2010 was executed on Tuesday night, becoming the state’s sixth execution this year. Mark Soliz, 37, died by lethal injection despite claims by his lawyers that he suffered from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and therefore should be spared from execution. Soliz was the 15th prisoner put to death this year. Despite his hopes for a reprieve from the death penalty, Soliz reportedly did not file a last-minute appeal with the Supreme Court. According to The Huntsville Item, Soliz was apologetic to the family of his victim—Nancy Weatherly—in his final statement.“I want to apologize for the grief and the pain that I caused y’all,” Soliz reportedly said to the two members of the Weatherly family who attended the execution. “I’ve been considering changing my life, it took me 27 years to do so. I don’t know if me passing will bring y’all comfort for the pain and suffering I caused y’all. I’m at peace.”Soliz and his lawyers went through the appeals process for years, with the most recent denial reportedly coming last week. His lawyers had cited a decision two weeks ago by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which stayed the execution of Dexter Johnson based on new standards for evaluating mental disability.“They’re almost identical,” Soliz’s lawyer, Seth Kretzer, said of the two cases.“It’s simply not right to execute the mentally disabled,” Kretzer said, adding that he knows they may not prevail. “Hope is a very dangerous thing to have in prison. We’ve used every legal tool we can to fight this and now we just have to wait.”Gary Ray Bowles, ‘I-95’ Serial Killer Who Preyed on Gay Men, Executed in FloridaUnder the old medical standards, Soliz’s IQ of more than 70 meant he did not qualify as mentally disabled. But under new criteria, Soliz’s lawyers say his diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome should qualify him as mentally disabled and ultimately save him from a lethal dose of pentobarbital. “Because Mr. Soliz suffers from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, he should be categorically exempted from the death penalty under the eighth amendment to the United States constitution,” his lawyers argued in court documents.“[Fetal alcohol syndrome] is the functional equivalent of the conditions already recognized as disqualifying exemptions to the death penalty such as intellectual disability.”Soliz’s mother was a prostitute who drank and huffed glue during her pregnancy. He scored 75 on his last IQ test, which falls within the 70-84 range considered borderline intellectual functioning, according to an evaluation paid for by his lawyers and reported in the Austin Chronicle. Greg Westfall, who represented Soliz during his 2012 trial, said that in a different jurisdiction, his client would have received a life sentence.“Johnson County has a huge evangelical presence and a large amount of people who believe in the death penalty,” he said, adding, “and there’s racial overtones to the case. He’s a Hispanic who killed a white grandmother.”Soliz’s deadly crime spree began in June 22, 2010, when he and co-defendant Jose Ramos stole several guns. The pair went on to steal from several stores and killed a man in one of the robberies, making a widow of his eight-months pregnant wife. (Ramos pleaded guilty and was given a life sentence for the slaying.)On June 29, 2010, Weatherly, a grandmother and engineer at an aerospace company in Godley, Texas, heard her doorbell ring around 10:30 a.m. and opened her front door to find Soliz pointing a Hi-Point 9 mm semiautomatic handgun in her face.Soliz brought her inside and began to search the house for valuables. When she asked him not to take her deceased mother’s jewelry box, he told her she would join her mother shortly and shot her in the back of the head. John William King, Racist Who Dragged James Byrd Jr. to Death, Executed in TexasJohnson County Assistant District Attorney Martin Strahan told a local paper last week that Soliz deserved death. “He was a very dangerous person who would hurt other people if there was ever any chance he might be let loose, which is why we decided to go with the death penalty option,” Strahan said. Fort Worth Detective Danny Paine called Soliz “the most dangerous person he had ever come in contact with during his law enforcement career.”During the trial, Soliz scratched his gang name, “Kilo,” into the defense table and managed to memorize the mailing address of a potential female member of the jury and wrote her a romantic letter that was intercepted according to the Celburne Times Review. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Ex-Trump Adviser: Taliban Doesn’t Care About Killing Civilians, So Neither Should We

Ex-Trump Adviser: Taliban Doesn’t Care About Killing Civilians, So Neither Should WeDuring a Monday morning Fox News appearance, former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland reacted to the Trump administration’s scuttled peace talks with the Taliban by suggesting the United States shouldn’t be concerned with “civilian deaths” in Afghanistan in the future, calling for a large-scale bombing campaign if any Americans are killed “anywhere in the world.”Asked by Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer to give her take on Trump canceling a planned Camp David meeting with the Taliban just days before the anniversary of 9/11, McFarland first said that it was a “great place to announce it” as they were “hoping they would have a deal.”“But now that they don’t have a deal, I think it’s important that they canceled it,” she noted. “You don’t want the Taliban to think they have the upper hand.”McFarland, a former Fox News contributor, went on to say that the Taliban needs to “look at what life is going to be like when America leaves” as there will be no American aid or assistance, adding that they “can go ahead and kill each other until the end of time.”After further stating that since there was no deal it would have been a “travesty” to have the meeting at Camp David so close to 9/11, McFarland was asked to respond to Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s pointed criticism of the canceled meeting.“I think she is absolutely wrong,” McFarland said of the Minnesota senator’s complaint that President Trump was treating foreign policy like a “game show.”McFarland then said the administration should tell both Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban that American troops will leave under the condition that “you don’t kill Americans, you don’t kill Americans in Afghanistan, you don’t kill Americans anywhere in the world and you sure as heck don’t kill Americans in the American homeland.”“If you do, you won’t get another dollar of American aid any place, anytime, anywhere, and secondly, we’ll come back here and we’ll find who helped assist attacks on the American homeland and we will bomb them,” she continued. “We will bomb the training camps, we will bomb the bases and since you don’t care about civilian deaths, we aren’t going to either.”McFarland’s desire to see Afghanistan civilian deaths comes on the heels of Fox News contributor Joey Jones calling for the execution of detainees any time an American soldier is killed overseas.“The first thing I would do today, is every time one of our soldiers dies overseas during these talks, I would go down to Guantanamo and I would execute a Taliban captive,” he said during a Fox & Friends appearance on Saturday. “We have to show them that we’re not just looking for an exit strategy.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Trial to begin in 9-year-old's killing that shocked Chicago

Trial to begin in 9-year-old's killing that shocked ChicagoIt stands as one of Chicago's most horrific crimes, in large part because of small details that are impossible to shake: The promise of a juice box that lured the 9-year-old boy off a playground and into an alley, and the basketball he dropped when he was shot and killed there. Jury selection will begin Friday in the murder trial of two of three men charged with carrying out the November 2015 attack on Tyshawn Lee, a smart fourth-grader who prosecutors say was killed by gang members to send a message to his father, a purported member of a rival gang. Dwright Boone-Doty, who will represent himself, and Corey Morgan will be tried together but before separate juries, each of which will only consider the evidence as it pertains to one of the defendants.



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