Judge doesn’t bar insanity defense in 2016 Rittenhouse stabbing
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Judge doesn’t bar insanity defense in 2016 Rittenhouse stabbing

Steven Simminger’s paranoid schizophrenia and anxiety were well documented, developing after a 1994 auto accident in the Navy cost him a leg, and left him with a traumatic brain injury and a disability discharge. But does that mean Simminger, 41, was legally insane early on March 13, 2016, when he fatally stabbed a man in...

August 13, 2017February 11, 2020by In News
Rittenhouse Square stabbing suspect appears in court
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Rittenhouse Square stabbing suspect appears in court

CENTER CITY (WPVI) — A stabbing suspect faced a judge Wednesday, more than two weeks after a deadly altercation in Rittenhouse Square. Prosecutors are describing this as a case of cold-blooded murder. 24-year-old Colin McGovern of Bucks County was allegedly stabbed to death by 40-year-old Steven Simminger of Media on Sunday, March 13th right around...

Defense challenges DNA identification in 1989 ‘cold case’
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Defense challenges DNA identification in 1989 ‘cold case’

The prosecution alleges that Rudolph Churchill committed two rape-murders in 1989, based on the identification of his DNA a quarter-century later on two items found near the bodies of Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible. On Monday, a lawyer for the 54-year-old South Jersey man questioned the integrity of that DNA evidence. Gina Capuano spent almost...

April 25, 2016February 11, 2020by In News
Defense: No evidence connects men to A.C.’s Dirty Blok gang
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Defense: No evidence connects men to A.C.’s Dirty Blok gang

Friendships, phone calls and photos do not add up to conspiracy, according to defense attorneys for four men charged as part of an allegedly violent Atlantic City drug-trafficking organization. Circumstances — but not necessarily evidence — connect Kareem Bailey, Terry Davis, Lamar Macon and Dominique Venable to the Dirty Blok gang, said their attorneys during...

January 15, 2015February 11, 2020by In News
Judge nixes statement from suspect in Chesco rape case
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Judge nixes statement from suspect in Chesco rape case

WEST CHESTER – A Common Pleas Court judge has ruled that a statement taken from a suspect in two West Chester rapes cannot be used at his trial because police questioning him had improperly circumvented his Miranda rights by not telling him they had an arrest warrant in the case. Judge David Bortner on April...

Social-service official pleads in fraud case
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Social-service official pleads in fraud case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – June 10, 2009 Manuelita Buenaflor, 65, of Philadelphia became the first official with MultiEthnic Behavioral Services to enter a plea in the case, although two underlings have signed guilty pleas. The city paid MultiEthnic a $1 million a year to visit at-risk children like Danieal Kelly, a disabled girl who lived in...

June 10, 2010February 11, 2020by In News