Criminal courts reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; writer, Crime & Punishment blog for

Nine years later, strip-club manager's fatal punch yields a prison sentence — Almost nine years after James Koons died from a single punch to the head, a Philadelphia judge sentenced the manager of the Southwest Philadelphia strip club who threw that punch to 71/2 to 15 years in prison.

Man gets 30-60 years for rape and robbery of Chinatown business owner — Almost two years later, the victim remained so traumatized she could not speak at Thursday's sentencing of admitted rapist Brandon Menley. But after she left the Philadelphia courtroom in tears at a break, the woman returned to court and Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb read aloud her handwritten note.

After acquittal D.A. pledges to investigate any 'specific' evidence of police misconduct — After lawyers for Anthony Wright - who was acquitted of rape and murder Tuesday - accused homicide detectives of coercing a false confession, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has promised to investigate any "evidence of specific misconduct" by police.

A day after murder acquittal, Anthony Wright rejoices in family, friends, freedom — For a man who spent 25 years in prison for a rape and murder a jury concluded he didn't commit, Anthony Wright was emotional and tearful, elated and optimistic. Bitter he was not.

Philly jury deliberating in retrial of '91 rape-murder of Nicetown woman, 77 — Almost 25 years after 77-year-old Louise Talley was raped and fatally stabbed in her Nicetown home, a Philadelphia jury is again deciding whether Anthony Wright was her assailant. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men began deliberations about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, after Judge Sandy L.V.

Anthony Wright takes the stand, denies 1991 rape, murder of 77-year-old Nicetown woman — Anthony Wright returned to the witness stand Friday for the first time since 1993 to again deny that he had anything to do with the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. He also denied ever having confessed to the crime.

Neighbor places DNA-proven rapist in vicinity of Nicetown woman's murder — Three years ago, Ronnie Byrd died in a South Carolina prison at age 62, forgotten in his hometown of Philadelphia until DNA testing showed he raped 77-year-old Louise Talley back in 1991 in her Nicetown home.

DNA test results go on trial in retrial of 1991 rape-murder of Nicetown woman — DNA testing won Anthony Wright a new trial, and on Wednesday a DNA analyst began explaining the results of those tests to the Philadelphia jury that will decide if he is guilty of the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer

Detective is challenged on authenticity of 1991 rape-murder confession — As described by retired Philadelphia Police Homicide Detective Manuel Santiago, Anthony Wright's 1991 confession to raping and murdering 77-year-old Louise Talley was an unexpected coup. Brought in for questioning at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 20, 1991 - the day after Talley was fatally stabbed in her house in the 3900 block of Nice Street in Nicetown - Wright was cordial and volunteered to be questioned without a lawyer.

'This isn't TV,' retired Philly detective responds to grilling in rape-murder retrial — Defense lawyers on Monday challenged a series of retired Philadelphia Police homicide detectives on why they made Anthony Wright the prime suspect in the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. "I was 18 years a detective," responded one of them, retired Detective Frank Jastrzemski.
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Aug 25, 2016

Philly judge gives 7.5-15 yrs prison to mgr of SW Philly strip club who killed patron with one punch to head in '09. More coming.

Aug 25, 2016

Ex-Reading man gets 30-60 yrs for stalking, bludgeoning, raping business owner in Philly's Chinatown. More coming.

Aug 24, 2016

'I wish you a long, happy life' - Philly jury forewoman to Anthony Wright at reunion day after his acquittal in '91 rape-murder. More coming

Aug 23, 2016

He served 23 yrs of life term for rape, murder. DNA sets Anthony Wright free - Philly jury acquits on all counts. 

Aug 23, 2016

Not Guilty: verdict in DNA-sparked retrial of Anthonw Wright in '91 Philly rape-murder of woman. 77. More coming.

Aug 23, 2016

Out just over 60 mins, Philly jury says it has verdict in Anthony Wright retrial in '91 rape-murder of Nicetown woman, 77. Parties gathering

Aug 23, 2016

Up to the jury: Philly jury starts deliberating in DNA-sparked retrial of Anthony Wright in '91 rape-murder. 

Aug 23, 2016

Philly jury begins deliberating in retrial of Anthony Wright for '91 rape-murder of Nicetown woman, 77. More to come.

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