Michael Worthington, the man who admitted to raping and killing a 24-year-old girl in Missouri was executed early Wednesday morning, bringing closure to the parents of the young girl.
He was executed by the State of Missouri by lethal injection at the state prison and was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m. He was sentenced to death after admitting to raping and killing Melinda "Mindy" Griffin during a burglary of her condominium. Her parents were present for the execution and hoped that it would bring a sense of closure to the case that has haunted them for 19 years.
"I figure I'll wake up in a better place tomorrow," Worthington told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. "I'm just accepting of whatever's going to happen because I have no choice. The courts don't seem to care about what's right or wrong anymore." more >>
The family of Eric Garner, the man killed in a police officer's choke-hold, gathered in New York over the weekend and offered thanks to Jesus.
Garner's mother Gwen Carr expressed her gratitude for the medical examiner ruling her son's death a homicide last week following his death last month.
"When I heard the coroner's report, I tell you," Garner's mother said during a rally in Harlem, New York on Saturday, Aug. 2, according to CBS News. "I was downtown Brooklyn and I was in a store, and when I got the telephone call I guess people thought I was crazy. I just started saying 'Thank you Jesus.'" more >>
A California pastor who said he "didn't want to die in the pulpit" is now being sued by a deacon for trying to sell the church and parsonage without the consent of his congregation, which weren't even aware that their leader was trying to relieve them of their place of worship.
"He claims that the properties were gifted to him by the board. The church belongs to the members," said Deacon Arthel Coleman, who filed the lawsuit reported by the Palo Alto Online. Palo Alto Attorney Stephen Pappas is representing Coleman.
Coleman filed the lawsuit with the support of members of the Born Again Christian Center on Monday, July 28 in San Mateo County Superior Court. The church's angry members feel as if the pastor and his family tried to hoodwink them out of property valued at more than $1 million. more >>
Results of an autopsy conducted by the New York City medical examiner's office revealed Friday that Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after a struggle with police last month, was killed by a chokehold administered by an officer.
A report in the New York Times noted that the autopsy showed Garner died as a result of "compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."
The city is now examining the use of the maneuver it banned more than 20 years ago. more >>
A pastor from Linton, Indiana, who drove almost 1,000 miles to officiate a funeral in Houston, got quite a shock Tuesday morning when he woke up to find all four tires missing from his vehicle shortly before the start of the funeral.
Pastor Doug Cassel of Bethel Baptist Church in Indiana told KHOU that he was staying at the Comfort Suites on Highway 59 North in Humble, Texas, when he woke up to find his Chevrolet Avalanche sitting on cinder blocks. This was just two hours before he was set to officiate at the funeral of a family member of one of his parishioners.
"It was pretty obvious. You could see it clear across the lot," Cassel told KHOU. "The day was about honoring the memory of Grandma Jane. We didn't want this to have any part or be any distraction." more >>
A Chicago shooting resulted in one man critically wounded and another dead after an upset executive came into a private meeting with a gun Thursday. Anthony DeFrances, 60, was upset that he had been demoted amongst recent layoffs, so he shot the ArrowStream CEO and chairman Steven LaVoie twice before turning the gun on himself.
The Chicago shooting took place at the 17th floor of the Bank of America building at about 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. DeFrances, of Barrington, Illinois, showed up to a private meeting with the CEO and pulled a 9mm pistol out shortly afterwards.
The two men reportedly struggled before DeFrances shot LaVoie in the stomach and then again in the head before shooting himself. Both men were found on the floor of the office unresponsive but LaVoie was still alive and taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. more >>