Police in Arizona released a disturbing dashboard camera video Friday showing a brawl between officers and members of a traveling "Christian family band" in a Walmart parking lot last month that left one band member dead and others shrieking in pain.
The Facebook page for the band, called "Matthew 24 Now," in reference to a chapter of the Bible in the book of Matthew that addresses the end of time, is filled with other references to Scripture. Since the release of the video, the page has also been littered with comments critical of the brawling band.
An Arizona police officer who was shot during a fatal gunfight with members of a Christian family band last week has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Cottonwood Police Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, 31, was allegedly attacked by members of the Gaver family outside a local Walmart on March 21 while responding to an assault complaint.
The 10-year veteran officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg while on duty but has since been treated and is said to be recuperating at home, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. more >>
Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, is under fire for suggesting that there should be a law that would make church attendance mandatory for Americans every Sunday.
During a committee hearing on Tuesday about legislation which would allow individuals who have permits to carry concealed weapons to bring them into public buildings, Allen declared that she felt the committee should be debating a bill about mandatory church attendance instead of guns.
"I believe what's happening to our country is that there is a horrible erosion of the soul of America," said Allen whose comments were first highlighted on Twitter by Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson, who was at that same meeting. more >>
A mistrial was declared on the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial when the jury deadlocked over Juror 17, whom they accused of holding out and not deliberating with the rest of the jurors.
Jodi Arias' murder sentencing retrial was declared a mistrial after the jury accused Juror 17 to be holding out and having a separate agenda. They also pointed out the lone juror's failure to deliberate.
According to Court documents released just two days before the mistrial was declared, Juror 17 informed the court she felt she was being harassed by her fellow jurors. more >>
Jodi Arias, the woman convicted of killing her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, will either be spending life in prison or eligible for parole after 25 years, because a second jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether to sentence her to death on Thursday.
Arias was put on trial two years ago for the gruesome murder of Alexander, who was stabbed, had his throat slit, and was shot in the head. She was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2013, but the jury in that case was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty. The judge then ruled that the sentencing portion of the case would be handed to another jury; the guilty verdict would stand and the jury would only rule on the punishment.
The jury received the case on Feb. 25 after listening to hours of testimony on both sides. Finally, after a nearly 26 hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a note to Judge Sherry Stephens stating that they couldn't reach a verdict, and even if given more time it wouldn't help them come to an agreement. The jury also stated that several members wanted to be removed if the judge ordered them to take more time to reach a verdict. more >>
Hundreds of mourners lit candles at the Arizona courthouse in Prescott on Wednesday to honor the life of Kayla Mueller, the Christian aid worker who was killed at the hands of ISIS earlier this month. Her brother, Eric Mueller, read out a letter and said that his sister is "in God's hands" now and that sometimes God "takes his angels home early."
"I love you. You can rest in peace knowing that you changed this world. I miss you so much and I'm lost without your smile," Mueller addressed his sister in his speech, according to The Arizona Republic.
He continued: "We will make it, knowing you are still here in spirit. I still feel your touch. I still feel your hugs. I know you are protecting us. God works in mysterious ways — ways we don't agree with, ways we don't understand — but sometimes he takes his angels home early. I'll never stop loving you. I love you, Kayla." more >>