<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/crime Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:08:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years]]> http://gazette.com/baltimore-killings-soar-to-a-level-unseen-in-43-years/article/1556587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baltimore-killings-soar-to-a-level-unseen-in-43-years/article/1556587?custom_click=rss

BALTIMORE — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

The 43rd recorded homicide was Jermaine Miller, 18, who was shot in the head just before noon the day before.

With his death on Friday, this year's total homicides reached 187, far outpacing the 119 killings by July's end in 2014. Non-fatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July's total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:05:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect]]> http://gazette.com/not-guilty-plea-in-federal-court-for-church-shooting-suspect/article/1556579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/not-guilty-plea-in-federal-court-for-church-shooting-suspect/article/1556579?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A federal magistrate entered not guilty pleas on 33 federal charges, including for hate crimes, for a white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston.

During Friday's hearing for 21-year-old Dylann Roof, his attorney told U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant that his client wanted to enter a plea of guilty to all the counts. But the lawyer said that because the government hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty on some of the counts, attorneys could not advise Roof on the issue.

Marchant then entered the not-guilty plea on all counts.

Roof appeared in a gray striped prison jumpsuit, his hands in shackles.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:59:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Movie theater shooter's mental problems didn't stop gun buy]]> http://gazette.com/movie-theater-shooters-mental-problems-didnt-stop-gun-buy/article/1556270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movie-theater-shooters-mental-problems-didnt-stop-gun-buy/article/1556270?custom_click=rss


LAFAYETTE, La. — John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theater in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn't keep him from buying the handgun he used.

Despite obvious and public signs of mental illness — most importantly, a Georgia judge's order committing him to mental health treatment against his will as a danger to himself and others in 2008 — Houser was able to walk into an Alabama pawn shop six years later and buy a .40-caliber handgun.

It was the same weapon Houser used to kill two people and wound nine others before killing himself at a Thursday showing of "Trainwreck." Three people remained hospitalized Saturday.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:59:11 -0600