An Ohio murderer may have suffered from a rare medical phenomenon known as "air hunger" while being executed Thursday. The criminal, Dennis McGuire, reportedly said he's "going to heaven" before he gasped and choked for breath for 10 minutes before being pronounced dead.
The death row convict, who was found guilty of the 1989 rape and murder of newlywed Joy Stewart, was the first criminal to receive a new, lethal combination of drugs that had never been tested or used before in U.S. executions. The drugs included a cocktail of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction used the new two-drug combo because its standard execution drug, Pentobarbital, has run out of supply.
McGuire's lawyers had argued against the use of the new drug cocktail in a last minute federal appeals effort, saying that the new lethal injection could prompt a medical phenomenon known as "air hunger," when the receiver experiences feelings of terror or panic as they strain for breath for several minutes. more >>
Online dating website ChristianMingle.com that advertises itself as a place where Christians can "Find God's Match for You," recently served up a devilish Nigerian conman to a 66-year-old San Jose, Calif., woman looking for love who duped her out of $500,000.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which did not identify the woman, said the woman was lucky to recover $200,000 from a bank in Turkey, but warned that the case should serve as a warning about scams on international dating sites like ChristianMingle.com, according to a CBS report.
Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourland said the victim, who is a divorcee, befriended the Nigerian con man on ChristianMingle shortly after she joined the dating site. She, however, thought that she had befriended and Irish citizen working on a Scottish oilrig named "David Holmes," who was represented by a photo of a male model the con man downloaded from the Internet. more >>
A 32-year-old Syracuse, Utah, mother has left behind a trail of grief regret and anger after she was found dead Tuesday along with her two young daughters in what police suspect is a murder-suicide a day after her boyfriend moved out.
Police identified the young mother as Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva and her daughters as Kenadee Oliva, 13, and 7-year-old Isabella Oliva, according to the Standard-Examiner. They all had gunshot wounds.
While the case is still being investigated, police say the evidence currently points to a murder-suicide. more >>
The Vatican promised to make changes to the way it handles child abuse cases after a U.N. panel in Geneva on Thursday questioned why the Roman Catholic Church refuses to release more information about such incidents, and what it is doing to prevent future abuse.
"We will very gladly take this occasion as a constructive moment, an important occasion, to reaffirm the value and the procedures of the convention and to accept any good advice that is given for that can be helpful in the protection of children," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva.
The Roman Catholic Church was asked if it believes "that pedophilia is something that can be successfully overcome." The Convention on the Rights of the Child pointed to child sexual abuse cases concerning clergy who were moved instead of defrocked. more >>
A couple who say they came under the angry glare of former police captain Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, just two weeks ago for texting in the same movie theater where he shot dead Chad Oulson, 43, during an argument over the same offense say it chills them to think they could have suffered the same fate.
Michael and Jamira Dixon explained in a CNN report that they believe Reeves, who is now facing a life sentence after being charged with second-degree murder for shooting Oulson in the chest, reported them to the theater management for texting in late December and he seemed upset by their actions.
The couple explained that on Dec. 28, 2013, during a matinee showing of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" a man they now identify as Reeves was inside the Cobb Theater's Grove 16 & CineBistro and he appeared "bothered by everything." more >>
Retired Tampa, Fla., police captain Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, who was charged Monday with second-degree murder after he shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson dead in a dispute over texting at a movie theater Monday is a church going man who attends Bible study regularly.
Information highlighted during a court hearing Tuesday revealed that the former officer, who was also once a homicide detective, is an active participant at a local First Baptist church and regularly attends Bible study meetings, according to his defense lawyer in a video recording of the hearing posted to YouTube.
A Tampa Bay Times report said Reeves had the support of family and church members at the hearing and spoke very little as his lawyer painted him as an upstanding, God-fearing member of his community. The Christian Post reached out to several First Baptist churches in the area to verify his lawyer's claim, but none of them had Reeves as a member on record. more >>