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Man killed in shooting was previously shot 10 times in six months, police say

An Alabama man gunned down outside a gas station in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon had previously been shot 10 times in a six-month period. 

Antoine “Twin” Collier, 29, of Birmingham, was killed when two unidentified gunmen fired more than 40 bullets in the parking lot of an Exxon service station in the city, AL.com reported. He died on the sidewalk in front of the store. 

A Birmingham police spokesman said the shooting took place just before 1:30 p.m., as Collier and his girlfriend were entering the convenience store. AL.com reported that Collier’s girlfriend was not injured, but a female bystander who had just gotten food at a pizza place adjoining the Exxon was struck multiple times.

The unidentified woman was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. 

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Police officials were familiar with Collier, who investigators believe was the target in the shooting that ultimately took his life.

“These guys were looking for him,” Lt. Sean Edwards, a police spokesman, told AL.com. “It’s obvious they were looking for him. They definitely targeted him.”

In at least two of the previous shootings in which Collier was injured, he was accused of stealing illegal drugs from another person, police officials said. Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper said the circumstances that may have led to his killing do not matter.

“It’s a tragedy for his family, but regardless of the circumstances that led to his murder, we need to bring the killers to justice,” Roper told AL.com

In April, Collier’s mother, Kimberly Flowers, spoke out about her son’s past

“I’m the mother who hates to answer the phone,” Flowers said at the time. “You worry about your child.”

Her son, whose name was not made public at that time because he was a target for harm, had been released from prison a year before, but kept finding himself in trouble. The most recent shooting prior to Tuesday’s fatal one had been the most serious, with Collier suffering a gunshot wound to the face. 

At the time of Flowers’ April media interview, Collier was still recovering from that shooting in a protective rehabilitation facility, AL.com reported. In a text message, Collier expressed hope that participation in the city’s Violence Reduction Initiative could help him turn his life around.

“I’ve cried till I can’t cry anymore, ‘cause I’m blessed,” Collier wrote, according to AL.com. “I think when my health gets better, I wanna speak to young black males about violence.” 

Collier was released from the rehab facility this summer. 

Alleged cop-killer smears feces on self in court, halting jury selection in murder trial

A man accused of murdering a New Orleans police officer in 2015 halted jury selection in his trial Wednesday by smearing feces on his face, head and mouth, horrifying potential jurors and courtroom spectators. 

Travis Boys, 35, apparently put the feces, wrapped in tissue, in his pocket during a bathroom break earlier in the day, NOLA.com reported. He was seated at the defense table with his attorneys when he pulled the tissue out and silently rubbed the waste on himself. 

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Boys is charged with first-degree murder in the June 20, 2015, shooting death of Officer Daryle Holloway. The officer was transporting Boys to jail when Boys allegedly shot him inside his police SUV. 

Boys escaped custody and was at large for about 24 hours before being recaptured. If convicted, he faces life in prison. 

The Advocate reported that criminal defense lawyer David Belfield, who is Holloway’s uncle, witnessed the incident. Belfield said he believed Boys was trying to sway potential jurors. 

“It’s calculated, and it shows that he’s not insane, not crazy,” Belfield told the newspaper

Boys has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, the Advocate reported. District Court Judge Karen Herman ruled last month that Boys was competent to stand trial in Holloway’s slaying. 

After halting the proceedings Wednesday, however, Herman ordered that another competency hearing be held on Thursday. His attorneys have argued that Boys suffers from low IQ and mental health problems. 

Though Herman ruled him competent to stand trial, she is allowing the defense to present evidence of schizophrenia in Boys’ family, the Advocate said. 

The judge dismissed the panel of potential jurors who witnessed Boys’ actions on Wednesday. 

The Advocate reported that the odor of bleach clung to the air an hour after the incident. 

Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

A New Orleans man who told police he killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God told him to do it” stabbed the girl multiple times in the heart then held her as she cried for hours before suffocating her, authorities said. 

Mark Hambrick, 45, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, Orleans Parish jail records show. He is being held without bond. 

NOLA.com reported that Hambrick, who called 911 early Tuesday morning to report that he’d killed his daughter, told investigators that he stabbed the girl four times in the heart with a serrated kitchen knife.

He waited for her to “bleed out,” holding the crying baby in his arms for nearly five hours, court documents said. Finally, he suffocated her. 

New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a Tuesday news conference that Hambrick told 911 dispatchers he suffocated the girl to “put the child out of its misery.”

A warrant for Hambrick stated that he told police “God told him to” kill his daughter so “the State of Louisiana can kill him so he can be resurrected,” NOLA.com reported

The Advocate in Baton Rouge reported that Hambrick’s daughter, who police have not named publicly, was identified on social media as Amina. 

Hambrick’s wife, Amina’s mother, was working in Baton Rouge at the time of the slaying. Monika Gerhart-Hambrick is on the staff of Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Broome said in a statement Tuesday that she stood behind Gerhart-Hambrick during this “unimaginable” situation. 

“This is a horrible tragedy,” Broome said, according to NOLA.com. “No parent should ever have to lose a child, especially in such a violent way. We are here for Monika and her family for whatever they need.”

Neighbors in Hambrick’s Bywater neighborhood were stunned by Tuesday’s slaying, and by the allegations against Hambrick, who worked as an internal audit analyst at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. One neighbor described the family to NOLA.com as “sweet people.”

Other neighbors said that the baby had recently learned to walk and was talkative, often heard babbling as her parents took her for walks in her stroller. Hambrick’s own Facebook page has a number of photos that appear to show a happy family. 

Hambrick seemed like a normal dad, neighbors told New Orleans’ WVUE television station

“They interacted with each other well,” one neighbor said. “There was no body language that would indicate that something like this would happen.”

Harrison said Tuesday that investigators were looking into Hambrick’s background to determine if mental illness or drugs or alcohol played a part in the homicide. Despite his explanation of why he killed his daughter, Hambrick told detectives that he knew what he did was wrong, according to NOLA.com

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Hambrick called 911 around 7 a.m. Tuesday and told dispatchers what he had done. Harrison said in a news conference, recorded and shared by NOLA.com, that Hambrirck gave dispatchers a description of himself and of his daughter, and told them where he and the child would be when officers arrived. 

Officers who responded to the scene found Hambrick sitting on his porch, as he said he’d be. They handcuffed Hambrick and went into the house, where they found the child lying dead on a bed. She had multiple stab wounds.

Harrison said an autopsy will determine if the baby was also suffocated. The knife used in the slaying was found near the girl’s body. 

Dispatchers who questioned Hambrick asked why he killed the baby, Harrison said.

“He gave us some details, but simply put, he told us over the phone that God made him do it,” the police superintendent said Tuesday. 

Food Lion vice president arrested in underage sex sting, police say

An executive at Food Lion's corporate office was arrested Wednesday in a sting and charged with a sex offense.

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Detectives from North Carolina's Hendersonville Police Department took Paul Robert LaCroix, 54, into custody following the investigation.

Lacroix, from Concord, has been charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense. He is being held in the Henderson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

Investigators said LaCroix, a vice president with Food Lion, was communicating with who he thought was an underage girl online and attempted to meet her for sex, but the girl was a law enforcement officer, police said.

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Officers are continuing their investigation after they took LaCroix's computers and cellphone.

A spokesperson for Food Lion confirmed that LaCroix was a vice president with the company and has been suspended immediately.

"Food Lion was recently made aware of the situation involving Paul LaCroix today. He was suspended immediately from the organization, pending further investigation," Food Lion said in a statement.

2 security officials fired after United Airlines passenger dragged off plane in viral video

Airport security officials who were caught on video in April forcibly removing a passenger from a United Airlines flight in Chicago have been disciplined. Two employees were fired and two suspended following the incident, which caused public outrage after the footage went viral, the Washington Post reports.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Man forcibly removed from flight after not voluntarily giving up seat

The fiasco became a huge public relations headache for United. In the videos, officers are seen aggressively grabbing a passenger — Dr. David Dao — who was reportedly selected at random to be removed from the overbooked flight so that his seat could be given to a United crew member.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: United passenger dragged from plane reaches settlement with airline

In a quarterly report, Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General found that a Chicago Department of Aviation security officer “improperly escalated the incident” and that a sergeant “made misleading statements” and “deliberately removed material facts” from employee reports on the April 9 incident aboard United Express Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky. The first officer and the sergeant were fired, and another two officers involved in the incident were suspended — one of whom subsequently resigned, the report said.

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The security officers “mishandled a non-threatening situation,” which led to the “violent” removal of the 69-year-old Dao, the inspector general’s report said. “The use of excessive force caused the passenger to hit his face on an armrest, resulting in a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth,” a news release accompanying the report stated.

2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns

The FBI has apprehended two women suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania while dressed as nuns, The Associated Press is reporting.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: ‘Nuns’ try to rob bank, get nothing from tellers

Melisa Aquino Arias, 23, of the Dominican Republic, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, of New Haven, Connecticut, were actually charged with robbing two banks in New Jersey while wearing head scarves, but law enforcement officials say the two women are also suspected in the attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28.

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The Tannersville heist — which reportedly was carried out by two young women wearing black nun’s habits and veils — ended in failure when the perpetrators fled the scene without any money after an alarm was triggered. The FBI had posted surveillance photos from the heist on Twitter.

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Pedraza-Rodriguez and Aquino Arias appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday after being charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Robberies carried out by criminals dressed as nuns are something of a pop culture trope. The 2012 crime drama “The Town” featured robbers disguised as nuns, and the 1990 crime comedy film “Nuns on the Run” depicted two male crooks on the run while wearing habits.

Wife stabbed 123 times in alleged 'cold medicine' killing, autopsy shows

An autopsy has found 123 stab wounds and cuts on a woman who police say was stabbed by her husband after he said he awoke from a dream with blood all over him.

>> On WSOCTV.com: Raleigh man who blamed cold meds after stabbing wife to death faces judge

WSOC-TV's partner in Raleigh, WTVD, obtained the autopsy report for 29-year-old Lauren Phelps which details 24 stab wounds and 20 cuts to her head and neck, as well as dozens of wounds to her torso and arms.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Man claims cold medicine caused fatal stabbing of wife

In a 911 call, Phelps' 27-year-old husband, Matthew, told the operator he took more cold medicine than he should have Sept. 1 and woke up after his dream with blood all over him and a knife on the bed he shared with his wife in their Raleigh home.

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Matthew Phelps is charged with first-degree murder.

Convicted rapist won't have joint custody of victim's child after judge rescinds ruling

The Michigan judge behind a controversial ruling last month, which granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody to the child conceived by his 12-year-old victim in 2008, has rescinded his decisionCBS News reports.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Woman’s rapist gets joint custody of child he fathered in assault

Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross ruled Tuesday that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo will not have any parental rights to the 8-year-old boy. However, he will still be expected to pay for child support.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Lawyer: Rapist granted joint custody of boy he fathered will not seek visitation

Mirasolo was not seeking custody of the child. This odd scenario started when the mother, now 21, sought state assistance for her son. Ross ruled for joint legal custody after a DNA test verified Mirasolo was the boy’s biological father.

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Why did Ross initially grant Mirasolo legal custody? John Nevin, a spokesman for the Michigan Supreme Court, said that Ross wasn’t aware of Mirasolo’s two convictions, nor of how he and the mother were connected. After learning of Mirasolo’s record, Ross put the order on hold and rescheduled a hearing for Tuesday.

In a statement released to the Port Huron Times Herald, Sanilac County Prosecutor James Young said he wanted to “express [officials’] apologies for the manner in which this case was handled.”

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The mother, identified only as Tiffany, spoke to CBS News earlier this month and expressed dismay that the judge would grant her attacker joint custody of her son. She said she had to provide the father’s name as a condition of receiving state financial assistance.

“I was receiving government assistance, and they told me if I did not tell them who the father was of my child, that they would take that away from me,” Tiffany said.

She said “horrible things” and “flashbacks” still come to mind when she hears Mirasolo’s name.

Oklahoma police officer who shot, killed daughter's boyfriend found guilty of manslaughter

A jury has reached a verdict in the fourth murder trial of a former Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer.

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After more than five hours of deliberation, the jury found Shannon Kepler guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 killing of Jeremy Lake, his daughter's boyfriend, and recommended 15 years in prison.

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Kepler is accused of killing Lake in 2014 while off duty.

Though he was charged with first-degree murder, the jury also considered the lesser charge of manslaughter in the heat of passion.

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Three previous trials ended in mistrial.

Some members of Lake's extended family traveled over an hour to be at the trial.

While the district attorney said evidence doesn't show that Kepler needed to use deadly force to defend himself, the defense claimed the state's evidence did not show that Kepler went to Lake's home with bad intentions.

Father of man accused of killing 6-year-old calls son 'gentle giant'

The father of the 19-year-old man who is accused of killing 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko and leaving his body in a dumpster in Lynnwood, Washington, spoke from Texas on Tuesday.

Randy Henckel said he is grieving the death of his grandson, Dayvid, and trying to make sense of the arrest of his son, Andrew Henckel, in connection with it.

Andrew Henckel, who was visiting from Texas, is Dayvid's uncle.

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Randy Henckel described his son as a gentle giant who is more than 6 feet tall, weighs 200 pounds and has been diagnosed with autism. Randy Henckel said his son’s place on the autism spectrum leans toward Asperger’s syndrome.

"He's extremely mild,” Randy Henckel said. “He's introverted. He's everything aside from the Asperger's. He's been a perfect child.”

He said his son, the only suspect in Dayvid's death, has never been in trouble with the law and probably has no understanding of the legal process.

"My viewpoint on this is (that) they probably did Mirandize him, but he wouldn’t have any context for that," Randy Henckel said.

A frantic search for Dayvid was launched Monday night after the 6-year-old, who was also described as having mild autism, disappeared while he was under Andrew Henckel’s care, police said.

Teams of people fanned out near Dayid’s home, near Lynnwood. His body was found Tuesday morning in a dumpster just feet from where he lived. Andrew Henckel was taken into custody, questioned and later arrested. 

Since his son’s arrest, Randy Henckel said he’s had only limited access to his son.

>> Related: 19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Washington boy found in dumpster

“My daughter, Andrew's sister, out of Austin, Texas, is up there right now,” he said. “She's not allowed to see him, and she's physically there.”

Randy Henckel believes his son can't fully understand what is happening and that his condition may make him more compliant and willing to answer questions.

“I told the detective last night, while they were still searching for my grandson, that he was autistic. And they said, 'We get that and we'll handle him with special care,'” Randy Henckel said. “Special care does not include not letting family members talk to him, or explaining why he might want a lawyer there."

Randy Henckel admitted that he does not know what happened to his grandson, but he wants to make sure Andrew Henckel was not coerced into admitting anything that could put him in legal jeopardy.

>> Related: Body of missing 6-year-old boy found in dumpster

“As far as demeanor leading up to this event, whatever it was, there was absolutely zero indication that Andrew was capable of something like this,” he said.

He also expressed deep concern over Andrew Henckel’s ability to process any of the rigorous questions and situations that come with a legal investigation.

“He hasn't had any interactions with the law whatsoever, we'll put it that way,” he said. “So this process of bringing him in and interrogating him, with his autism, makes me question the validity of anything he said without legal counsel present or a family member present.”

Randy Henckel said that his son may not even fully understand what a lawyer is, let alone understand his rights.

“You know what they do. They asked him, ‘Do you waive your rights?' and he would have said, 'Yes, I'll talk to you,'” he said.

Both he and his family have been trying to contact Andrew Henckel through the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Randy Henckel said.

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