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7 Killed in Michigan Slaughter

Written on July 14, 2011

Dozens of police officers with guns drawn descended Thursday night on a Grand Rapids, Mich., neighborhood and cornered a suspect wanted in the deaths of seven people, including two children. Police said that after a high-speed pursuit, the suspect crashed his vehicle, ran and broke into a home and took what was intially reported to be two people hostage. One hostage, a 53-year-old woman, was released, but police later said there were still two hostages inside the house.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said police are communicating with the man, identified as 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler. Three shots were fired from inside but no one was believed injured, The Grand Rapids Press reported. The Press said that the suspect threatened to kill a hostage if he didn't get a Gatorade and cigarettes and that a hostage came out and retrieved the items, then returned inside the home. The woman was released about 20 minutes later. The newspaper said police radio traffic indicated that the suspect was threatening to commit suicide. Police received a call from the suspect "indicating he was unhappy about the pursuit," according to the newspaper...Read the Rest of This Article.

Jury Find Casey Anthony Innocent of Murder

Casey Anthony Found Innocent

Written on July 14, 2011

As the emotional smoke clears, some have started to question why Casey Anthony's defense was publicly financed through the Justice Administrative Commission in Florida.Anthony’s defense team filed a motion early in the case asking that the judge confirm her indigent status, essentially ordering the State of Florida to pay her legal defense fees and expenses.

Her legal team maintains they must provide a comprehensive and competent defense “against the open checkbook enjoyed by the prosecution in this murder case,” according to lead attorney Jose Baez in an interview.Once it was decided by the Orange County Clerk's office that Casey Anthony was indigent then all those involved in the case have right to counsel – not just any counsel – but effective counsel. Though the Anthony trial is over, the costs are still coming in, including protection and security for the Anthony family provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department...Read the Rest of This Article.

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