STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri murder case will hinge on claims of self-defense and whether a property owner had the right to shoot a canoer who may have intruded on his land.
James Crocker had grown weary of the people encroaching on his property along the Meramec River. A nasty confrontation in July ended when Crocker allegedly shot and killed Paul Dart Jr., who was on a canoe trip.
Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker is covered by the state's castle doctrine, which allows the use of deadly force to protect property. Bert says Crocker also felt his life was in danger.
Prosecutors cited witnesses who said Crocker flew into a rage and opened fire after a man relieved himself near his yard. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was killed and a woman wounded by shots fired from a vehicle that was chasing other vehicles.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened early Saturday. Police identified the man who was killed as Desmond Adair of St. Louis.
Police say the suspect was in a vehicle that chased two vehicles through city streets. The vehicle in which Adair was riding struck a pole. Occupants in the second vehicle that was being fired upon stopped and pulled Adair out. They took him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A 23-year-old woman in the second vehicle was shot in the arm. She was listed in stable condition at an area hospital.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.
The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century once automatic appeals are exhausted. But the lead prosecutor assured jurors that Hasan would "never be a martyr" despite his attempt to tie the attack to his Islamic faith.
Gale Hunt, whose son was killed in the shooting, told reporters, "Anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism serves no god except their own hatred and self-interest."
A suspect is back in custody after police say he escaped a St. Louis hospital.
Why was he in the hospital? He was shot in the face during an attempted burglary.
The owner of an East St. Louis towing company was patrolling the company grounds when he saw two burglars. The owner shot one of the men in the head before calling police. One suspect was arrested, the other taken to SLU hospital. While the injured suspect was in the hospital, he managed to escape and fled to his girlfriend's apartment. Police quickly found him and arrested him again.
The suspect will need reconstructive facial surgery, but is expected to survive.
Charges are filed against a 20-year-old man for allegedly shooting and killing his teenage sister.
Police say Marcus Anderson accidentally shot his sister, Alicia Anderson in their North St. Louis home Thursday afternoon. It appears that Marcus, who has a mental disability, was playing with a shotgun when he fired the shot. Investigators say the gun did not belong any family members, but was being stored for a family friend.
A judge set Anderson's bond at $20,000.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head.
Police say the woman was in a car with three other people around 10:45 last night when a car pulled alongside them and someone opened fire. The woman was hit in the head and rushed to the hospital. Officers say there was a baby in the car when the shooting occurred.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
A St. Louis Police officer is in the hospital after an accident on the firing range.
A Police spokeswoman says the officer was training on the range with SWAT around 2 PM when he accidentally shot himself in the left foot. The officer has five years of service on the force. He is in serious but stable condition.
Police say a 15-year-old girl is dead after a shooting in North St. Louis. Police say the girl's 20-year-old brother is in custody.
Chief Sam Dotson tweeted that the suspect was mentally-challenged and says the incident illustrates the importance of gun control.
It is not known why the shooting occurred.
Two men wanted for shooting a 12 year old girl Sunday are now in police custody.
Police say the two men had been arguing at Loretta Hall Park near 15th and Cole when they fired several shots. Police believe it was a stray bullet that hit the girl in the hand. The men fled the scene.
St. Louis Police spokesperson Schron Jackson says the suspects were arrested Tuesday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Suntree Drive in St. Louis County.
The suspects are being withheld until charges are filed.
The St. Louis Police Department tweeted a photo of two people they want to question connected to the shooting of a 12-year-old girl.
The girl was shot in the hand Sunday night in Carr Square Park in North St. Louis. Police say the shooters were firing into a crowd of people when the girl was hit. Officers do not believe she was the intended target. The girl was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Anyone who can identify the pair is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.