The California Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Angelina Rodriguez, who was convicted of killing her husband and implicated in the death of her baby daughter. Rodriguez plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to save her life.
Rodriguez was found guilty of the murder of husband Jose Francisco Rodriguez in 2004. She reportedly poured him drinks laced with oleander and antifreeze in 2000 just months after convincing him to take out joint life insurance policies. It was the second attempt on his life, Justice Ming W. Chin wrote in his ruling. She previously tried to kill Jose by loosening the natural gas valves in their garage.
A Colorado woman is claiming Jesus Christ told her to lay a newborn girl on train tracks as a train prepared to depart the Pueblo station last week.
Witnesses watched with horror on Feb. 14 at around 2:15 p.m. when they saw 31-year-old Jennifer Sloan allegedly place a newborn on the tracks in front of a train preparing to depart from the north end of Pueblo, near 29th and Lowell. Passengers reportedly began knocking on the first car of the train to alert the conductor of the baby on the tracks, while others chased after Sloan, stopping her and keeping her at the station until police arrived.
The train's conductor alerted two city workers of the situation, and the workers rescued the newborn from the tracks. It remains uncertain if Sloan is the mother of the child. more >>
The mother of a teenager who found herself with an unwanted pregnancy is charged with helping her daughter have an abortion at home, with illegally obtained drugs from abroad. Jennifer A. Whalen, 38, claims she did not know that she needed to have a prescription for the drugs and that her daughter needed to be seen by a doctor.
The abortion took place in 2012, but Whalen was not arrested until earlier this week, after an investigation into the matter was concluded. Doctors became aware of the situation when Whalen brought her daughter to the Geisinger Medical Center two weeks after administering the pills. The girl was treated for "an incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection."
Whalen told police that she could not find a local abortion provider and did not want to travel out of state to get her daughter the procedure. Instead, she ordered a drug package online, which consisted of Misoprostol and Mifepristone, two common abortive agents, for $45. The drugs are meant to be used under the supervision of a doctor because they can have adverse side effects and cause incomplete abortions, which pose great risks to the patient. more >>
The man responsible for firing a shot that killed 15-year-old Adrian Broadway after an alleged prank has spoken out to tell his side of the story. Willie Noble, 48, fired several shots at the carful of teens after they vandalized one of his cars with eggs and mayonnaise and claims that he did so in order to "scare" them away from his property.
The teens left the mixture of eggs, mayonnaise and leaves on one of the cars, then left. Instead of calling police to report the vandalism, Noble went inside to wait for them to return.
"Mr. Noble stated that once they returned (45 minutes later), he fired his handgun to scare them," a statement released by police explained. "Apparently Mr. Noble's teenage son had done a prank on some of the kids that were inside the vehicle on Halloween night. As a result, they were doing a retaliation prank and it ultimately had deadly results," Lieutenant Sidney Allen said. more >>
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has put to rest any question pertaining to the execution of inmate Michael Anthony Taylor. Nixon confirmed that Taylor will indeed be put to death on February 26, in accordance with his sentence in the 1989 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison.
Taylor filed a lawsuit in order to prevent an Oklahoma pharmacy from selling the necessary drug, pentobarbital, to the Missouri prison and was successful in blocking the sale of the drug. But Governor Nixon told the press that the drug situation is under control but refused to say whether there was another deal with a different pharmacy or how the state came to receive the necessary drug.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible face 20 or more years in prison after the death of their second child, who died after their 8-month-old son died without seeing a doctor. The Schaible family put their trust in faith-healing and lost two sons to illness.
The Schaibles were initially convicted of involuntary manslaughter in their son Kent's death. Kent, 2, died of untreated pneumonia in 2009 and in addition to the conviction, the Schaibles were ordered to seek medical care if any other child got sick. Baby Brandon showed symptoms "similar" to those of his brother, prosecutors said, and passed away.
"We believe in divine healing, that Jesus shed blood for our healing and that he died on the cross to break the devil's power. [Medicine] is against our religious beliefs," Herbert Schaible told police in 2013. more >>