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Dakota Theriot, suspect in 5 killings in Louisiana, arrested in Virginia

Dakota Theriot, suspect in 5 killings in Louisiana, arrested in VirginiaAuthorities said the killings in two areas around Baton Rouge appeared to involve a domestic dispute.



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Three police jailed for 40 years in first conviction over Philippine drug war killings

Three police jailed for 40 years in first conviction over Philippine drug war killingsA Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president's deadly crackdown on drugs. Regional Trial Court Presiding Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. ruled the officers murdered Kian Loyd Delos Santos during a raid in Caloocan city's slums in the Manila metropolis last year. It rejected the policemen's claim that the 17-year-old fired back while resisting arrest. The court sentenced the officers, Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz, to be imprisoned for up to 40 years without parole, although they can appeal. Activists light candles in front of the picture of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos in Manila Credit: AP Photo/Aaron Favila Aside from the prison term, the policemen, who appeared in court in handcuffs and yellow detainee shirts, were ordered to pay damages to Santos's impoverished family. President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown, which has left thousands of suspects dead, reportedly in clashes with the police, has alarmed Western governments and UN rights experts and horrified human rights watchdogs. The volatile president has stressed he does not condone extrajudicial killings, although he has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death and has assured police he would back them up in ways that human rights watchdogs say have encouraged law enforcers to act with impunity. "A shoot first, think later attitude can never be countenanced in a civilized society. Never has homicide or murder been a function of law enforcement," Mr Azucena said in his ruling. "The public peace is never predicated on the cost of human life." Mr Duterte's government called the ruling "a triumph of justice" which disproved critics' assertion that the judiciary was a rubberstamp. "As we have always stressed, the conduct of the government's anti-illegal drug campaign is based on accountability. Therefore, we do not – and we will never – tolerate unjustified police violence, brutality or killing," presidential spokesman and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo told a news conference. Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, who has railed against the drug killings, said the court decision proved that extrajudicial killings under Duterte's crackdown were being committed by rogue members of the national police force. "This is a light in the darkness," Ms Hontiveros said in a statement. "Despite the gruesome climate of killing and impunity in the country, this verdict sends the message that there is hope and justice. And we will fight for more light and truth until the darkness cannot overcome them." Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to pardon authorities involved in his bloody crackdown, but even he refused to defend the 2017 killing of Kian Delos Santos Credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images Ms Hontiveros said the numbers of drug killings, which started to rise when Mr Duterte took office in mid-2016 and launched his war against drugs, could not have reached "catastrophic levels if these killings did not have a sinister principle and policy behind them." Mr Duterte and police officials have repeatedly stated there was no state policy to kill drug suspects illegally. Mr Duterte faces at least two mass murder complaints before the International Criminal Court, which he said would never acquire jurisdiction over him. Delos Santos's killing on Aug 16, 2017, sparked an outcry and a televised Senate inquiry, and prompted Mr Duterte to temporarily order a small anti-drug agency with only about 1,000 men to oversee the campaign against illegal drugs. The crackdown had been previously led by the national police, which Mr Duterte once described as "corrupt to the core." The policemen claimed Delos Santos was a drug dealer who fired at officers during the raid, but his family and witnesses testified in official investigations that he was shot in a dark alley near a creek as he pleaded for his life.



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The Suspect in a Series of California Killings Had Already Been Deported Six Times, Officials Say

The Suspect in a Series of California Killings Had Already Been Deported Six Times, Officials SayRamon Escobar, 47, is suspected of killing three people and injuring four



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$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

$  2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in TexasHOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $ 2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape.



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Suspect in 6 Arizona killings never got over his divorce

Suspect in 6 Arizona killings never got over his divorcePHOENIX (AP) — Dwight Lamon Jones apparently never put his bitter divorce behind him.



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Man suspected in series of killings in Arizona found dead

Man suspected in series of killings in Arizona found deadThe suspect who went on a four-day murder spree killed himself on Monday when officers cornered him in a hotel.



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Suspect In Arizona Spree Killings Dies By Suicide: Report

Suspect In Arizona Spree Killings Dies By Suicide: ReportA suspect wanted in connection with a deadly killing spree has reportedly died



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Hundreds In Israel And Beyond Protest Killings Of Palestinians On Gaza Border

Hundreds In Israel And Beyond Protest Killings Of Palestinians On Gaza BorderHundreds took to the streets in Tel Aviv, Israel, and other cities worldwide



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The Latest: Suspect in serial killings isn't in wheelchair

The Latest: Suspect in serial killings isn't in wheelchairSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing for the suspect in the Golden State Killer case (all times local):



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The Latest: Man charged in dog killings disputes allegations

The Latest: Man charged in dog killings disputes allegationsHARRAH, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on an Oklahoma man who faces animal cruelty charges after his teenage daughter accused him of killing her two dogs to punish her for not doing the dishes (all times local):



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