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Shooting spree suspect Kori Muhammad gets court date to determine competency

Accused Fresno shooting-rampage suspect Kori Ali Muhammad will stand trial on Jan. 8 to determine whether he is legally competent to face murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the spree that left four people dead in April.

Prosecutor Brian Hutchins and Muhammad’s attorney, Richard Beshwate Jr., on Thursday confirmed the Jan. 8 date in Fresno County Superior Court. Three court-appointed doctors who have examined Muhammad in jail will likely testify in the trial. Two of the doctors contend Muhammad is incompetent to stand trial.

The hearing will not determine whether Muhammad is guilty or innocent of the criminal charges. Rather, it will decide if he is competent enough to understand the charges against him.

Muhammad, 39, was arrested April 18 after police said he went on a shooting spree near downtown Fresno that left three men dead: Mark Gassett, David Jackson and Zackary Randalls. Muhammad also faces attempted murder charges for

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No new trial for Sheley: Appellate court says judge’s nap doesn’t warrant relitigation

Nicholas Sheley looks around the courtroom during opening arguments May 19, 2014, at the Rock Island County Justice Center. An Illinois appeals court has ruled that the judge falling asleep during one of Sheley’s murder trials doesn’t warrant a retrial, saying Judge Jeffrey O’Connor’s nap was harmless as long as he wasn’t sleeping during crucial evidence or motions.
Judge Jeffrey O’Connor listens to prosecutor Bill Elward in May 2014 during Nicholas Sheley’s trial in Rock Island. An Illinois appeals court ruled that the former Whiteside County judge falling asleep during one of Sheley’s murder trials doesn’t warrant a retrial, saying the nap was harmless as long as he wasn’t sleeping during crucial evidence or motions.
Convicted murderer Nick Sheley enters the Jefferson County Courthouse in Hillsboro, Missouri, for his hearing Oct. 4 afternoon.

OTTAWA — An Illinois appeals court has ruled

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Top Regional News: Court upholds Sheley conviction – Galesburg Register

The following stories are among today’s top news of central Illinois.

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Court upholds Sheley conviction

GALESBURG — An appellate court upheld the convictions of spree killer Nicholas T. Sheley in his Rock Falls case in an opinion issued late last week.

In a 2-1 decision, the Third District Court of Appeals in Ottawa upheld Sheley’s conviction on four counts of first-degree murder that led to four life sentences. That Whiteside County case involved the June 2008 killings in Rock Falls of Brock Branson, 29; Kilynna Blake, 20, and her son, Dayan, 2; and Kenneth Ulve, 25.

The issue brought up on appeal was that Circuit Judge Jeffrey O’Connor fell asleep while a videotape was played during the 2014 jury trial. That occurred while then-Galesburg Police Officer Bradley Cirmotich testified to security camera footage that showed Sheley in Galesburg on June 28, which is when Sheley murdered Ronald Randall in

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Appellate court upholds Sheley conviction in Rock Falls – Galesburg Register

GALESBURG — An appellate court upheld the convictions of spree killer Nicholas T. Sheley in his Rock Falls case in an opinion issued late last week.

In a 2-1 decision, the Third District Court of Appeals in Ottawa upheld Sheley’s conviction on four counts of first-degree murder that led to four life sentences. That Whiteside County case involved the June 2008 killings in Rock Falls of Brock Branson, 29; Kilynna Blake, 20, and her son, Dayan, 2; and Kenneth Ulve, 25.

The issue brought up on appeal was that Circuit Judge Jeffrey O’Connor fell asleep while a videotape was played during the 2014 jury trial. That occurred while then-Galesburg Police Officer Bradley Cirmotich testified to security camera footage that showed Sheley in Galesburg on June 28, which is when Sheley murdered Ronald Randall in Galesburg.

After the video ended, defense attorney

Read more at: http://www.galesburg.com/news/20171102/appellate-court-upholds-sheley-conviction-in-rock-falls

U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Cleveland mass murderer Anthony …

Anthony Sowell 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will not review Anthony Sowell’s appeal, after the state’s top court upheld the Cleveland mass murderer’s convictions and death sentence.

The Supreme Court’s denial of Sowell’s case is just the latest in what will be a litany of challenges and court decisions in the years to come.

Sowell, 58, is on death row for killing 11 women and burying their bodies at his Imperial Avenue home on the city’s southeast side.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in December and rejected Sowell’s argument for a new trial on the grounds that the judge who presided over Sowell’s 2011 trial had improperly closed a hearing. Ohio Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote that while the judge did not correctly document all of the findings

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US Supreme Court will not hear Cleveland mass murderer Anthony Sowell’s appeal

Anthony Sowell 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will not review Anthony Sowell’s appeal, after the state’s top court upheld the Cleveland mass murderer’s convictions and death sentence.

The Supreme Court’s denial of Sowell’s case is just the latest in what will be a litany of challenges and court decisions in the years to come.

Sowell, 58, is on death row for killing 11 women and burying their bodies at his Imperial Avenue home on the city’s southeast side.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in December and rejected Sowell’s argument for a new trial on the grounds that the judge who presided over Sowell’s 2011 trial had improperly closed a hearing to the public. Ohio Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote that while the judge did not correctly document all

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2017/10/us_supreme_court_will_not_hear.html

Court records released on Clovis mass shooting suspect

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) –

We are continuing to learn more details on the Clovis-Carver Public Library shooting incident that left two people dead and four injured.

Court records released today says 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett took two handguns from his father’s safe. His father then called 911 to report the guns missing just 16 minutes after police were alerted of the shooting.

Jouett admitted to the shooting and said it’s something he’s been thinking about “for a while.”

“I didn’t think I would do it,” said Jouett, “I thought I would kill myself or a bunch of people.” 

Jouett continued on by telling officers that he didn’t intend to shoot anyone in particular and he just began shooting and yelling.

Court records show that Jouett continued to walk through the library until he was confronted by police. 

He admitted to officers that he was kind of

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Court documents detail fatal library shooting in New Mexico

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The father of a teenager accused of gunning down two employees inside a New Mexico public library and wounding four others sensed trouble when he discovered two handguns were missing from his home safe.

He called Clovis police to report that information and the fact that his troubled 16-year-old son — on suspension from high school — was not at home.

But by then, the fatal shooting had already occurred.

According to court documents filed Wednesday, Nathaniel Jouett had planned to shoot up his high school but went to the rural community’s library instead Monday afternoon.

Jouett faces nearly a dozen charges including first-degree murder, child abuse, assault with intent to commit a violent felony and aggravated battery.

He remains in custody at a juvenile detention center pending a hearing Thursday afternoon.

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Court Records Reveal New Details on Motivation for Mass Shooting

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New York Times Editor To Court: Paper Didn’t Blame Sarah Palin For Mass Shooting

Attorneys for Sarah Palin and the New York Times put the newspaper’s editorial sausage-making process under examination today, as a Manhattan federal district court judge heard testimony about how, exactly, one particularly gristly bite came into being.

Insisting he did not intend to imply a “causal link” between the 2011 mass shooting that left Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona severely wounded and a notorious “crosshairs” map distributed by a Sarah Palin PAC, Times editorial page editor James Bennet took the court through an exhaustively detailed parsing of a recent editorial that the former VP candidate claims was defamatory.

Bennet, who wrote the most objectionable portions of the editorial being challenged by Palin’s lawsuit, said he in no way meant to suggest that shooter “was acting because of this map.”

The map, distributed by a Palin PAC prior to the 2011 Giffords shooting that left six people

Read more at: http://deadline.com/2017/08/sarah-palin-new-york-times-james-bennet-defamation-lawsuit-1202150019/