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Lawyer: Teen likely to plead guilty in Temple student hit and run

philly.com — Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:54 AM The North Philadelphia teen charged with the hit-and-run accident that critically injured a Temple University student waived his preliminary hearing Friday and his lawyer said he will "accept responsibility" and likely plead guilty.

Teen waives hearing in Temple student hit-run

philly.com — Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:54 AM The North Philadelphia teen charged with the hit-and-run accident that critically injured a Temple University student waived his preliminary hearing Friday and his lawyer said he will "accept responsibility" and likely plead guilty.

Suspect in slaying outside her Tioga home headed to trial

philly.com — Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:47 PM It took 11 months before police arrested Alisa Davis and charged her with murder in the shooting of boyfriend William Blount, whose body was found in his minivan on Easter morning 2014.

20-40 years in prison for rapist in assault at Suburban Station

philly.com — Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:44 PM An East Germantown man was sentenced on Friday to 20 to 40 years in prison for the 2013 rape of woman he forced into the commuter rail tunnel at Suburban Station. Rafiq Smith seemed stunned by the sentence imposed by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Donna M.

Judge allows as evidence blood tests done on excavator operator in Center City collapse

philly.com — Last updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 2:20 PM A Philadelphia judge on Thursday denied a defense motion to bar prosecutors from using results of blood tests done on the excavator operator in the 2013 collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City and killed six people.

Jury convicts Bucks exterminator in strangling of CHOP doctor

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:15 PM An hour into deliberations Wednesday, the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury considering the fate of a Levittown exterminator accused of strangling pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti requested four key pieces of evidence.

Prosecutor grills doctor's alleged killer

philly.com — Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 1:30 PM Confronted repeatedly by his own laughter and voice discussing trial strategy with his girlfriend on recorded prison phone calls, Bucks County exterminator Jason Smith struggled Tuesday to rebut a prosecutor's claim that he killed pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti and burned her body.

Prosecutor grills doctor's alleged killer

philly.com — Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 1:30 PM Confronted repeatedly by his own laughter and voice discussing trial strategy with his girlfriend on recorded prison phone calls, Bucks County exterminator Jason Smith struggled Tuesday to rebut a prosecutor's claim that he killed pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti and burned her body.

FBI hair errors call convictions into question

philly.com — Before DNA testing became the gold standard in forensic science, hair analysis was often a prosecutor's trump card. Developed by the FBI's vaunted crime lab, microscopic hair analysis - comparing a hair found at a crime scene with one from a criminal defendant - as described in polished, confident testimony by an FBI hair analyst, could seal a guilty verdict.

Doctor's alleged killer takes the stand: "She was alive when I left."

philly.com — Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015, 1:52 PM Trying to reassure his girlfriend in a recorded prison phone call, the accused killer of Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti boasted that he was smart not to have agreed to let detectives videotape his confession.
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May 26, 2015

'My first and only true love' - NE Philly man, sobs, begs forgiveness for strangling wife and mom to his 2 daughters. bit.ly/1KkUoWD

May 26, 2015

Mournful legacy: NE Philly father of 2 pleads guilty to 3d-deg murder in strangling of wife, is sentenced to 20-40 yrs prison. More to come.

May 22, 2015

Philly's Msgr. Wm Lynn still in prison while Pa. Superior Court considers latest appeals in RC church sex scandal. bit.ly/1Sp6io7

May 22, 2015

3 wks post hit&run, Temple student Rachel Hall, 22, still unconscious. Teen driver waives prelim, may plead guilty. bit.ly/1K9dTRP

May 22, 2015

N Philly teen waives prelim hrg in hit and run of TU student Rachel Hall. More coming.

May 20, 2015

2 N Philly brothers, waive prelim hrg, head to trial in murder of Officer Robt Wilson. DA mulling death penalty. philly.com/philly/news/20…

May 20, 2015

2 men charged w/slaying Philly cop Robt Wilson waive prelim hrg and will go to trial. Pros. outlines evidence in packed room. More coming.

May 20, 2015

Both men accused in killing of Philly cop Ro err Wilson waive prelim. Hearings, proceed to trial,

May 15, 2015

'Danger to the community' - Philly judge sentences man to 20-40 yrs prison for '13 rape of woman, 54, in rail tunnel. bit.ly/1KSdNyg

May 15, 2015

East Germantown man gets 20-40 yrs prison for 2013 rape & robbery of woman in Center City rail tunnel. More to come.

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