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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a death row inmate who shot a suburban St. Louis police officer.

   The court's 5-2 decision yesterday dealt with Kevin Johnson. He was convicted of fatally shooting Kirkwood Police Sgt. Bill McEntee in 2005.

   Johnson's current attorneys raised about a dozen claims that his original attorneys were ineffective. Among other things, they claimed the presence of numerous uniformed police in the courtroom and halls could have influenced jurors to find Johnson guilty.

   Judge George Draper III rejected that argument in the Supreme Court's majority opinion.

   But judges Patricia Breckenridge and Laura Denvir Stith dissented. They said Johnson's attorneys should have objected to the police presence, and he deserves a hearing on whether he got a fair trial.

 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 02:47
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Gay marriage supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois.

   Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups.

   In a statement Tuesday, the group says it will place 15 field organizers throughout the state to engage supporters. They plan to target legislators who oppose a measure to lift Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.

   The Illinois Senate passed the bill in February. It wasn't called for a vote in the House because the bill's sponsor said it didn't have the votes to pass.

   Jim Bennett is chairman of the coalition. He says the next few months are critical because lawmakers could take up the bill in the fall.

   Opponents say marriage should be between a man and woman.

 

 
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   One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday afternoon.

   Police say about 4 p.m, a man approached a home near Fairground Park.  He reportedly yelled at the people sitting on the front porch and then fired shots at them.  

   One man was hit in the chest.  He later died.  Another man was hit in the back. He's hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.  

   Police say a 20 year old man has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting.  Police say a disagreement over a debt led to the confrontation.

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Prison is the next stop for 26-year-old Carl Matthews.

He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for sex trafficking. Prosecutors say Matthews conspired with co-defendant Carla Matthews to force to women to engage in prostitution at a local hotel. Carl also forced the woman to apply for federal aid and food stamps to help support the operation.

Carla Matthews will go to trial at a later date.

 

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