Craig Hicks, the atheist accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina on Tuesday, is said to be a devoted follower of prominent British atheist, Richard Dawkins. Although Hicks' wife insists that the brutal killings were not hate crimes, anti-religious sentiment on his Facebook page suggests otherwise.
The 46-year-old Chapel Hill resident was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of newlywed couple Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three were shot in the head at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus following a parking dispute.
As police continue to investigate the possibility of a hate crime, Hicks' atheist beliefs – as seen in various posts on his alleged Facebook page – have fueled concerns amongst the victims' loved ones that anti-religious views may have precipitated the shootings. more >>
Real life "American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle broke down in tears while testifying about her late husband, Chris Kyle, in a Texas court on Wednesday during the trial of his accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh.
The 40-year-old mother of two took to the stand for an hour and 10 minutes dressed in a fitted brown dress and matching shawl with a diamond crucifix around her neck. Routh, who sat across from the emotional widow, is accused of fatally shooting Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013 and Taya answered questions about that fateful day, reported ABC News.
"We said we loved each other and gave each other a hug and kissed," Taya said recalling the moment her husband unknowingly said goodbye for the last time. more >>
A 19-year-old West Virginia woman has been charged with the first-degree murder of 69-year-old Ronald Browning, a hospital chaplain and pastor.
"I would have to say this is one of the most disturbing cases I've seen," Detective Morgan Bragg told NBC News. "We've yet to determine a true logical motive for what was done."
Camille Brown was arrested by police on Sunday night and charged with murder on Monday morning. Her victim was Browning, a hospital chaplain and the victim of a home invasion. Brown entered the chaplain's home and beat him to death before fleeing. His wife found him dead later that day, and police received a report of a break-in the following day. Brown was found in the second home, taken to the hospital before appearing in court. She allegedly confessed to murdering "a man with gray hair." more >>
Police say the brutal shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina on Tuesday may have been motivated by an ongoing dispute with a neighbor over parking.
Chapel Hill resident Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of newlywed couple Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three were shot in the head at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus.
While a preliminary investigation suggests that an argument over parking may have precipitated the shooting, police continue to investigate and they have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. more >>
A Maryland Episcopal Bishop Suffragan has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 counts stemming from a fatal hit-and-run accident from late last year.
Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was indicted last week by a Baltimore-based grand jury, which alleges that the clergy fatally struck a bicyclist with her car last December.
Since facing charges of hit-and-run, new charges have been added to the indictment, according to Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service. more >>
Jesse Matthew, the man suspected of killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Albemarle County authorities are scheduled to announce the murder charge at a press conference on Tuesday, CBS6 reported.
Matthew, a 32-year-old nursing assistant, is behind bars awaiting to stand trial on March 9 on separate charges that he sexually assaulted another woman in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2005. He has also been forensically linked to the 2009 disappearance of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, Morgan Harrington. more >>