Murder Trial

Jason Smith, convicted in the murder of a Childrens Hospital doctor. (credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

Opening Statements Set For Today In Trial of Exterminator Charged With Killing Doctor in Her Center City Home

Defense lawyer Michael Farrell claims there was insufficient probable cause to arrest Smith at the time, and his subsequent ‘blurt out’ statement that ‘she was alive when I left the house,’ and confession to detectives in the homicide unit should not be presented to jurors.


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Kensington Man Will Go To Trial For Murder Of 95-Year-Old Neighbor

A man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he murdered a 95-year-old woman in their Kensington neighborhood during an attempted sexual assault earlier this year.


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UPDATE: Jury In Kaboni Savage Trial Votes Unanimously For Death Penalty

The federal jury considering the penalty for convicted drug kingpin and murderer Kaboni Savage has voted unanimously that Savage shall be sentenced to death.


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Gosnell To Plead Guilty To Distributing Prescription Pills Out Of Clinic

Convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is planning to plead guilty next week to federal charges he was distributing hundreds of thousands of prescription pills and other narcotics to patients out of his West Philadelphia women’s clinic.


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Pennsylvania Abortion Clinic Trial Jurors Break For Weekend

A Philadelphia jury is breaking for the weekend amid deliberations in the capital murder case of an abortion provider.


(Dr. Kermit Gosnell, in file photo.)

West Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Murder Trial Has National Impact

For weeks, jurors in Philadelphia heard grim testimony about deaths and squalor at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s inner-city abortion clinic. While they listened, the murder case reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing — at least for the moment — the tone of the national debate on abortion.


(Dr. Kermit Gosnell, in file photo.)

Opponents, Proponents Of Debate Exploit Philadelphia Abortion Doctor’s Murder Trial

Philadelphia prosecutors predicted two years ago that the indictment of an abortion provider charged with killing babies would be exploited by both sides of the nation’s polarized abortion debate.


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Admitted Hitman Hopes Testimony Equals Less Prison Time

Witness Lamont Lewis has admitted to committing 11 murders, including the arson murders of a witness’s family, but the defense contends he is lying about others to help himself.


Trial Underway For Teen Accused Of Gunning Down WWII Vet

Prosecutor Thomas Lipscomb has told the jury 87-year-old George Greaves survived the deadliest war in human history, only to be gunned down, shot once in the chest, in his driveway by a teenage girl.


(Murder victim Sabina O'Donnell, left, and Donte Johnson.)

Jury Deliberations Resume In Rape And Killing Of Sabina O’Donnel

Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume this morning in the murder trial of Donte Johnson. He is accused of raping and strangling 20-year-old Sabina O’Donnel near her Northern Liberties home two years ago.


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Parents Held For Trial In Son’s Death

Khalil Wimes, 6, weighed just 29 pounds when he died last month. Parents Floyd and Tina are accused of abusing Khalil and face 1st degree murder charges.


Witness Tearfully Recalls The Night Billy Panas Was Killed

There’s been heartbreaking testimony in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer charged with murdering a young man during a Port Richmond neighborhood fight in 2009.


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At Hearing, Witnesses Describe Fatal Nicetown Bar Shooting

Witnesses described the chaos and horror as a bar patron, kicked out for smoking, returns with a vengeance and a hail of bullets.


Behind The Doors Of Courtroom 306: Tales Of Murder And Bravery

A 13-year-old testifies to witnessing a murder, but can’t face the court. A 58-year-old woman testifies to witnessing another murder, and has one chilling wish: she hopes nobody hurts her. This is a typical day (yesterday), in courtroom 306, where murder preliminary hearings are heard.