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Investigators say a man fired gunshots into a bedroom wall and pointed a gun at his roommate before he was fatally shot by St. Paul police.

A search warrant filed Tuesday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension contains details about the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting on Aug. 5.

The document says William "Billy" Hughes became angry and fired two or three gunshots into a wall in his apartment before pointing a gun at his roommate's head. The Star Tribune says the roommate fled and called police.

The warrant says relatives told investigators Hughes had been suicidal over a terminal illness that limited his quality of life.

The bureau has said Hughes was shot after police knocked on one of the apartment's doors and he came out another. The agency continues its investigation.



Pennsylvania's highest court will consider whether the state can lawfully designate certain sex offenders as sexually violent predators, as it's seeking to do in the case of Bill Cosby.

Cosby's attorneys also are challenging the constitutionality of the law.

But the state Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to review the statute was made in response to an appeal by the state in a different case, not Cosby's challenge. A lower court judge had found the process by which offenders are deemed predators unconstitutional.

A state panel last week recommended a judge find Cosby to be a sexually violent predator after the 81-year-old's April conviction on aggravated indecent assault charges.

That classification would require him to receive sex offender counseling by a state-approved provider for the rest of his life. Cosby faces sentencing Sept. 24. He plans to appeal.



A man charged with killing five people in The Capital newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, is scheduled to be in court.

An initial appearance for Jarrod Ramos is set for Monday morning in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. A grand jury has indicted Ramos on 23 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault.

County police say Ramos used a shotgun to blast his way into the newsroom on June 28. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed.

The Capital newspaper had written about Ramos pleading guilty to harassing a former high school classmate in 2011. Ramos unsuccessfully sued the writer and the newspaper's publisher for defamation.

Police arrested Ramos in the newsroom. They say he blocked an exit before shooting his way through the entrance.



A Georgia police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in a fatal shooting is scheduled to appear in court.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning for Zechariah Presley in Camden County Magistrate Court. Presley worked as a police officer in the small city of Kingsland when he was charged in the June 20 shooting of 33-year-old Tony Green.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said Green was fleeing when Presley shot him following a brief altercation. The bureau said Presley had been following Green's vehicle when Green got out and ran on foot, but it has not said what prompted the pursuit.

Kingsland city officials fired 27-year-old Presley from his police job following his arrest a week after the shooting. The city is located near the Georgia-Florida state line.

Teens head to court for stealing cop's gun

  Criminal Law  -   POSTED: 2018/07/16 13:14

Three Massachusetts teenagers charged with stealing a gun from a retired police officer are heading to court.

The Sun of Lowell reports that the boys, all age 15 or 16, are scheduled to appear in Lawrence Juvenile Court on Monday to answer to charges of possession of a firearm. One of the teens is also charged with larceny of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a proper permit.

Their names were not released because of their age. All are from Lowell. Authorities say the gun was stolen from inside a locked car in Dracut on June 5 and reported to police the next day.

Interim Lowell Police Superintendent Jonathan Webb says because the vehicle was locked and the firearm's locking mechanism was engaged the retired officer was not charged.



A man who confessed to a string of rapes and murders with his brother and now wants to be released from an Ohio prison is due back in court.

Attorneys for Nathaniel Cook say a plea deal signed nearly 20 years ago forces the court to order his release this year. A judge plans to hold a hearing Thursday in Toledo, when she could decide whether to free Cook.

The judge has ordered Cook to undergo evaluations, but she said last month that more information was needed before she could make a decision about his release.

An agreement with prosecutors two decades ago forced Nathaniel Cook to admit he killed three people while his brother confessed to killing five others in the 1980s. His brother is serving two life sentences.



A Southern California man who was arrested on an explosives charge after a blast killed his former girlfriend last week at her day spa is scheduled to appear in court.

Fifty-nine-year-old Stephen Beal is set to appear in federal court in Santa Ana Monday afternoon.

Beal is charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device that the FBI says was found at his home.

He has not been charged with the blast that killed 48-year-old Ildiko Krajnyak (IL-di-koh KRY-nyak) on May 15 when she opened up a cardboard box at the spa in the city of Aliso Viejo south of Los Angeles.

Beal and Krajnyak dated until recently and remained business partners.

Beal did not enter a plea during a court appearance last week and his public defender would not comment.

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