A white South Carolina police officer has been arrested and charged with murder for the shooting of a black man who was running away during a traffic shop in an incident that was caught on video.
CBS affiliate WCSC reported that North Charleston Patrolman First Class Michael Slager, 33, was denied bail on Tuesday night after being arrested for shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott.
"As a result of that video and bad decisions made by our officer, he will be charged with murder," said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. more >>
The brother of a Pakistani human rights lawyer who is defending the family of two teen Christian girls, who were gang raped in the middle of the night last December by five Muslim men, was shot by an enraged Muslim after consistently refusing to settle on a court-avoiding legal compromise.
Pervaiz Gill, the brother of attorney Sadar Mushtaq Gill, was shot in the back last Wednesday in Kasur after declining multiple times to agree on a legal settlement in the court case brought forth by the Christian teens' father, Ilyas Masih, the British Pakistani Christian Association reported.
Masih is seeking justice for his two daughters, Sherish and Farzana, who were abducted from outside their home last Dec. 3 and were gang raped by a group of Muslim men. The two girls were found lying unconscious the next morning along the roadside several miles away from their home village of Jaranwala. more >>
Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz researched suicide methods and cockpit doors days before crashing the plane last week in the French Alps and killing all 150 people on board, officials revealed.
Investigators discovered the information after finding an iPad belonging to Lubitz at his apartment in Düsseldorf, and went through the browser history from March 16 to March 23, The New York Times reported.
"During this time, the user was searching for medical treatments, as well as informing himself about ways and possibilities of killing himself," prosecutors said in a statement. more >>
Embattled Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Heather Cook, who was charged with a drunk-driving incident last December that caused the death of 41-year-old cyclist and father of two Thomas Palermo, effectively entered a not-guilty plea at her arraignment Thursday by accepting a trial date for June.
Palermo's disappointed family members who were in court Thursday said they were "disappointed" by the bishop's actions and are hoping she will do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions.
"Today, in support of my sister, Rachel Palermo, and her young children, our family attended the arraignment of Bishop Heather Cook. We were hopeful that Bishop Heather Cook would do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions by pleading guilty. We are disappointed that this did not happen today, but we know that this is the first step in a long process," said Alisa Rock in a statement from the family to The Christian Post Thursday. more >>
The Anti Terrorism Court in Lahore, Pakistan, has indicted 16 Christians who it says were responsible for the killing and burning of two terror suspects believed to have been involved in the March 15 suicide-bombing of two churches in Youhanabad, which killed 17 people. Non-profit groups have meanwhile highlighted that women and children are among the 90 or so critically injured churchgoers that need urgent help.
Fides News Agency reported that while 16 Christians have been accused of murdering the two Muslim suspects, another 12 have also been indicted for damage to state property in the riots following the attack on the churches.
These numbers are down from the 100 or so people who were detained last week following the riots. more >>
Abortion rights activists are outraged after a 33-year-old married Indiana woman who got pregnant as a result of an affair with her co-worker was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday on charges of feticide — the act of causing the death of a pre-born baby — and the neglect of a dependent.
The woman, Purvi Patel, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the neglect charge, but 10 of those were suspended, according to WNCN. Patel, who also became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide, will serve an additional six years in prison for that crime. Both sentences are expected to be served concurrently.
"What this conviction means is that anti-abortion laws will be used to punish pregnant women," Lynn Paltrow, executive director for the so-called National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an abortion advocacy organization, told WNCN. more >>