In the wake of the jury deadlocked on whether to charge Michael Dunn for first-degree murder charges against the late Jordan Davis, pastors and Christian leaders have criticized Florida's Justifiable Use of Force law, most often referred to as the "Stand Your Ground" law.
Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder, but the Florida jury came to no consensus on Saturday on whether to convict or acquit the defendant in the African American teenager's 2012 murder.
Dunn, who is white, shot into Davis' car 10 times after the teenager ignored his requests to turn his music down and "mouthed off" to him. The defendant also claimed that Davis had a shotgun, but police found no weapons inside the car. more >>
A Detroit mother of two used an assault rifle to defend her family against three armed home invaders Monday night when she sent them running for their lives in a hail of bullets and it was all caught on surveillance video.
The mother, who remained unidentified for security reasons, told 7 Action News that when she heard her door being kicked in she got ready with a loaded gun. Once the three teenage intruders were insider her home she warned them that she was armed with a gun and was prepared to use it.
The brazen culprits, however, did not take the mother's threat seriously. more >>
A Knoxville, Tenn., woman described as "emotionally unstable" by her neighbor reportedly attempted to murder her 61-year-old mother Wednesday, because she is a powerful satanist who was trying to kill her and her young daughter through curses.
The woman, Katie Nichols, who confessed to Local 8 Now on video, said she had to kill her mother because she was trying to kill her through curses.
"I had to kill her. She was going to kill both of us. She was so powerful; I had no idea, I had no idea that my mother was that powerful," Nichols told Local 8 Now. more >>
A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith healing have been sentenced to prison for their refusal to send their infant son to a doctor when he was sick.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced Wednesday by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner to three and a half years in prison.
This was the second child of the Schaibles to die due to an untreated illness. The couple's first son died at age 2, in 2009. more >>
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 >>
Genesis Carmona, a Venezuelan beauty queen and marketing student who was in a coma following a gunshot wound to the head, died Wednesday. She was shot during a peaceful demonstration amid the country's ongoing political turmoil.
Carmona's death marks the fifth fatality in Venezuela since students led a march last week against government corruption, violence and poverty.
"How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" said a relative of Carmona, who asked to remain anonymous, reports New York Daily News. "She only needed one more semester to graduate." more >>