A convicted murderer who is spending life in prison without parole, will be resentenced.
Ledale Nathan was 16-years-old when he was tried as an adult for the 2009 murder of Gina Stallis. Nathan was convicted on 26 charges including first-degree murder. Nathan's lawyers filed an appeal saying the state did not prove first-degree murder. The appeal also said his age should have factored into the sentencing.
The State Supreme Court is upholding the convictions but sending the case back to lower courts for resentencing. The high court says the punishment is a violation of Nathan's Eighth Amendment rights.
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman is accused of tossing her infant through a car window while trying to flee after authorities say she shoplifted from a department store.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 23-year-old Mykayla M. Bator of Swansea with felony counts of theft and drug possession, as well as misdemeanor child endangerment.
Fairview Heights police say Bator bolted to a waiting vehicle with her 1-year-old, tossing the child through an open window into the back seat after she was confronted as a suspected shoplifter outside a Kohl's store.
Then she got in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which drove away.
Police say the child wasn't injured.
Bator doesn't have a listed telephone number. Online court records don't show whether she has an attorney.
The Clayton branch of Fifth Third Bank was robbed on Monday afternoon.
Police say the suspect entered the bank just before 2PM, handed the teller a note demanding money, and left. The suspect is a middle-aged white man. He is 5'9" tall with a slim build. He drove from the scene in a blue or purple Hyundai that was driven by a woman.
Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Clayton police at 314-645-3000.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags in Ohio has been indicted on 14 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping.
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office announced Monday that a grand jury charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with six counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of having weapons under disability.
Police discovered the first of three bodies in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood July 19 after responding to a call about a foul odor. Madison was arrested the same day at his mother's house after a brief standoff with police.
Madison has no attorney listed in the county.
Police will not say if there is any connection between two smash and grab burglaries that were discovered this morning.
The first occurred at 4:30 AM when a group of thieves drove a pickup truck through the front of Sam Light Loans at the corner of Olive and Jefferson. The criminals left the truck in the building, then drove off in another pickup.
Just over an hour later a similar truck drove through the front of a north county Stop and Shop. Authorities said items were taken from the store. The truck used in that crime was found several blocks away and had been reported stolen.
These are the latest two smash-and-grab crimes reported in recent months.
Police have identified the man shot and killed this morning in North St. Louis.
Police received a call about a shooting just after 8 AM. When officers arrived they found 45-year-old Sean Jackson with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No information on any suspects or a motive for the shooting.
3 St. Louis children were rescued as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.
The FBI announced today that the sting was carried out over the last three days and resulted in 150 arrests and the recovery of 105 kids. An FBI spokesperson said this is a reminder that child prostitution can happen anywhere.
There were no arrests made as part of the sting in St. Louis.
The complete breakdown of the sweep can be found here.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in Hannibal, Mo., are trying to determine who is responsible for burning an American flag that sits atop Lover's Leap, a high bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River and downtown.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that a tourist visiting Lover's Leap on Tuesday found the charred remains of the flag.
Hannibal Parks and Recreation director Andy Dorian says he was "disgusted" by the vandalism. Police Chief Lyndell Davis says little evidence was left behind, but he remains hopeful leads can be developed.
Hannibal is the boyhood home of Mark Twain. The northeast Missouri town of 17,000 draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - Newly released surveillance photos show former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez holding what authorities say appears to be a gun, shortly after his friend was shot to death.
The photos taken from Hernandez's home surveillance system are contained in more than 100 pages of court records released Thursday.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's home.
An affidavit says the pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun not long after Lloyd was killed. The surveillance was cut off within minutes.
Other photos show what authorities say is Hernandez in his living room before Lloyd's killing also holding what they believe is a gun.
Police say Lloyd was killed with a .45 caliber gun, but it has not been recovered.
Charges are filed against a St. Louis woman who bragged on Facebook about lighting a dog on fire.
On July 10, a dog owner found his pet on fire in the back yard of his house. The dog, named Brownie, died from the injuries. Police say they were alerted to a post on Facebook, in which the poster, identified as Adrienne Martin, referenced setting the animal on fire.
The post read “I’m on killa mode… kill dogs… today. I mean what I say and I say what I mean… all dogs don’t go to heaven.”
Martin was charged with felony animal abuse and knowingly burning on Thursday. No word on whether she is in police custody at this time.