Victim John Paul was shot and killed when he confronted the intruders in March 2012, and his wife Sherrell was shot nearly a dozen times and left for dead. She survived.
The preliminary hearing for defendants Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and Katherine Knott will be the first court test of the prosecution’s evidence in a case that has drawn national attention.
Officer Richard DeCoatsworth had been charged with a long list of crimes including prostitution and human trafficking. Earlier, he was acknowledged by the Obama administration as a hero for his work as a cop.
US attorney Zane Memeger says these 41 gang members carried guns and sometimes used them in the course of their drug trade.
A Philadelphia municipal court judge who resigned Tuesday has now pleaded guilty in federal court to corruption charges.
A close friend of the two men was speaking on their behalf this morning.
“We concluded our investigation and got the file over to the district attorney’s office yesterday,” says
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey. “They are reviewing it now to determine who, if anyone, should be charged.”
The Philadelphia district attorney has agreed to vacate the man’s 1993 verdict and sentence, making way for a new trial based on new DNA evidence.
Robert Merritt was the one who actually set the fire at about 5am, throwing a lit gasoline can into the living room on orders of a local drug kingpin.
Authorities are seeking a life sentence for the final defendant convicted at trial the 2004 firebombing that killed six people.
While Philadelphia police continue to investigate last week’s attack on a gay couple in center city, federal authorities are waiting in the wings to press their own case, if warranted.
Defendant Robert Coppack admitted to a series of abusive, obscene, and profane actions.
Investigators say a stray bullet hit the woman in the face from nearly a block away. Investigators think the gunman was aiming at a car passing by.
A Philadelphia jury has found Christina Regusters guilty of kidnapping a five-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia kindergarten class, molesting her, then leaving her in an Upper Darby playground.
The five-year-old victim was kidnapped from her kindergarten class by a woman impersonating her mother, then taken to a house and abused in unspeakable ways, causing horrific physical injuries.