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dsst.cole.mitchell.middle.school.one.crime.sceneBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Prosecutors have announced that the fourteen-year-old suspect in an August 28 shooting outside a middle school has been charged with felony first-degree assault and a misdemeanor gun-possession count in juvenile court. But with the victim still in critical condition more than a week after the incident, a spokesperson for the DA is noncommittal about a possible transfer to adult court should the situation change. Westword has the story.

bruco.eastwood.mug.shot.largeReading from the Voice Media empire: On Friday, December 15, a judge will determine if Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood will be allowed to venture unsupervised off the grounds of a state mental hospital, where he’s resided since being found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting and wounding two students at Deer Creek Middle School seven years ago. Among those who strongly oppose this idea are Pete Weir, current DA where Eastwood was prosecuted, and the family of Matt Thieu, who survived after Eastwood shot him in the torso. Westword has the story.

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Mention Bal Harbour to a random Miamian, and two things come to mind: an über-luxury shopping mall and one of the most notorious speed traps on A1A. Violent drug-related shootings would certainly not appear on that list.

Yet that’s exactly what Bal Harbour’s small police force — fresh off a house cleaning over a major international money-laundering scandal — has been grappling with for the past two weeks after a 49-year-old man was shot twice in the parking lot of a beachfront condo building.

img_0237To John Thornton, who was outside grabbing the morning paper, it at first sounded like a dumpster lid crashing down. To Julie Bolin, it sounded like a truck carrying tanks of oxygen may have crashed, the tanks perhaps popping.

“My husband and I just went to target practice yesterday,” Bolin said. “You’d think it would snap for me that it was gunfire.”

Like dozens of other neighbors, Thornton and Bolin encountered a scene that repeats itself across the nation on a seemingly daily basis, but one they could barely believe was unfolding in their own backyard: a mass shooting, one that left nine injured and the gunman dead.

Read on to see how the gunman, a local Houston lawyer, was described by police and colleagues.

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Christy Sheats

After Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls sat down with Jason Sheats — whose wife, Christy Sheats, killed their two daughters before a police officer fatally shot her — Nehls made public what Jason believed may have led to the tragic event.

“We asked Mr. Sheats for a motive in his own words, and why would Christy kill their two daughters,” Nehls said at a news conference. “He stated that he felt Christy wanted him to suffer. During this incident, Christy had ample time and opportunity to shoot and kill Mr. Sheats in the home, but she chose not to. Mr. Sheats stated Christy knew how much he loved Taylor and Madison, and how much they loved him.”

Charges are expected to be filed today in the case of a young man allegedly murdered for insulting a woman at a late-night party in Glendale, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman says.

The victim was identified this week by Glendale police as 25-year-old Phillip Niles Jr., who had moved to Los Angeles recently from Daytona Beach, Florida, according to police.

He was fatally shot about 3:55 a.m. Saturday after walking two women to a car following a night of partying at a friend’s apartment in the 1700 block of North Verdugo Road, the Glendale Police Department reported in a statement.

feat_img_6_4Coty Beavers was in his northwest Houston apartment on November 12, 2012, when the bullets ripped through him from behind. Whoever pulled the trigger slipped out as easily as he had gotten in, leaving the 28-year-old to die on the floor.

Two days earlier, a dark-haired man with thick eyebrows perched above his glasses had been wandering around the Legacy Park Apartments, asking people if they knew which apartment was Beavers’s. He looked to be maybe in his forties, with an average build. A police sketch didn’t turn up any leads.

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