Texas Judge Jean Boyd, who sentenced a rich teen drunk driver to probation at a plush rehab center for a nasty crash that killed four people and injured nine others in June, reportedly sent a 14-year-old black boy to prison last March after his punch resulted in one death.
Boyd's controversial ruling in the case of drunk driver Ethan Couch, 16, has outraged many people across the country. And although she is expected to retire next year, they are demanding that Texas Governor Rick Perry remove her from the bench in a change.org petition.
"This sentence is a slap in the face [of] the families of those who were killed. He's sent to California to a spa-type center while the families of the victims get to go to a cemetery," wrote a supporter of the petition, Stephen Pyka of Texas. more >>
A psychologist who diagnosed Ethan Couch, a wealthy Texas teen with "affluenza," which subsequently led to a judge sentencing him to probation and rehab in a swanky facility after his reckless drunk driving killed a pastor and three others, says he wished "everybody could do what this kid gets to do."
In a recent interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, psychologist Dick Miller admitted that while affluenza is not an officially recognized medical condition, it's a saying that he has used in his practice to group people who "have too much" and don't know what to do with it.
Couch, 16, caused a horrific accident while driving drunk in June, which killed a beloved youth pastor Brian Jennings; mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell. more >>
An Indiana pastor was convicted of three counts of child molestation by a jury on Tuesday.
Otis Benard Jetter, 71, was arrested in December 2012. At the time of his arrest, he was a pastor of Indianapolis-based Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Ethan Couch, 16, won't spend a day in jail after his careless drunk driving caused a horrific crash in June, which killed a beloved youth pastor and three others, because he is a victim of "affluenza" and his parents never taught him right from wrong.
According to investigators of the June 15 crash in a WFAA report, the Texas teen was driving a pickup truck between 68 and 70 miles-per-hour in a 40 mph zone. At the time of the crash, Couch also had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit of .08 for an adult, said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson.
Beloved youth pastor Brian Jennings, mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyles, and Breanna Mitchell, 24, all died in the accident. The four deceased were standing at the side of the road outside their vehicles when they were hit. Pastor Jennings had stopped to help a stranded motorist shortly after celebrating the high school graduation of his oldest son, Evan Jennings, on the eve of Father's Day. Nine others were also injured in the crash. more >>
A Christmas party in Arizona turned deadly when a neighbor tried to crash the party. However, when he was asked to leave he went home and later returned to the party dressed in camouflage carrying a gun - he opened fire at partygoers in what is being described as a horrifying incident. Daniel Taylor, 18, was later arrested after a standoff with police and later charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
"He was not invited, but he thought he could just come in anyway," Sgt. Michael Pooley said on Monday. "They asked him to leave. He came back about an hour later; this time he was wearing a suit coat, slacks, and a nice shirt."
When partygoers recognized Taylor and asked him to leave, "he came back about 20 minutes later back in camouflage and had a gun." He "reached into the patio area and just started firing rounds, six to eight rounds. Unfortunately, one of those did strike Jeff Ward in the neck" and killed him instantly. more >>
A single mom living near Detroit, Michigan reportedly deterred an intruder from attacking her further when she began preaching to him, telling him that God loved him and that he didn't really want to proceed with the attack.
The victim, a single mother with a special needs daughter who has not been named by local media, was reportedly sleeping in her bedroom in Dearborn Heights early Monday morning when an intruder entered through the basement window of her home and began assaulting her.
Julie Wilding, a neighbor and friend of the 38-year-old victim, told local WXYZ-TV that the victim started telling the intruder "God loves you, you don't want to do this," while also preaching bible verses to him. Her words seemed to have a direct affect on the intruder as he reportedly got up and left the home without attacking the woman further and without touching the daughter. more >>