April 1st, 2013
04:20 AM ET

Tensions mount in Texas after 2 prosecutors killed

Frayed nerves and a palpable tension cloak this quiet Texas county where the FBI, the Texas Rangers and half a dozen other agencies are on the hunt for the killer or killers bent on taking out top criminal justice officials.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in their house Saturday, two months after an assistant district attorney was gunned down in broad daylight outside the county courthouse.

The killings have residents and prosecutors in Kaufman, east of Dallas, on edge - and on guard.

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DA killed 2 months after deputy gunned down
Kaufman County, Texas, District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead Saturday.
March 30th, 2013
11:41 PM ET

DA killed 2 months after deputy gunned down

A Texas county district attorney and his wife were found dead in their home Saturday night two months after a prosecutor there was gunned down.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office is in the preliminary stages of investigating the slaying of DA Mike McLelland and his wife, according to Justin Lewis of the sheriff's office.

Lewis said he did not know if the deaths Saturday were connected to the killing of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was shot and killed on his way to work in January.

According to the DA's office web site, McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, had two daughters and three sons. One son is a Dallas Police Officer.

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Colorado suspect had 28 violations in prison
The gun Evan Ebel used in a shootout with Texas police has been linked to a prison official's killing in Colorado.
March 28th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Colorado suspect had 28 violations in prison

Evan Ebel, the man suspected of killing the head of the Colorado prison system, was written up for 28 violations during his incarceration in the state, according to records released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Ebel said he would make the guard "beg for her life" if he ever saw her on the streets, records indicate. He also was involved in two fights and three cases of assault and was written up for 28 violations during his imprisonment, the reports said.

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Autopsy: Dead adoptee had 30-plus bruises
Max Shatto, 3, was pronounced dead on January 21 in Texas.
March 27th, 2013
03:33 PM ET

Autopsy: Dead adoptee had 30-plus bruises

Max Shatto, a 3-year-old child adopted from Russia by a Texas couple, had more than 30 bruises on his body in various stages of healing when he was pronounced dead on January 21, according to an Ector County medical examiner's autopsy report obtained by CNN.

Last week, the grand jury in Ector County declined to indict Laura and Alan Shatto, Max's adoptive parents.

District Attorney Bobby Bland said the grand jury found no evidence to charge the Shattos.

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Authorities: Bomb materials in Colo. suspect's car
The gun Evan Ebel used in a shootout with Texas police has been linked to a prison official's killing in Colorado.
March 26th, 2013
05:44 PM ET

Authorities: Bomb materials in Colo. suspect's car

Texas authorities said Tuesday that investigators found bomb-making materials in the car of Evan Ebel, the man suspected of killing Tom Clements, the Colorado prison system chief.

A report from the Texas Department of Public Safety said officers found the bomb-making materials in a duffel bag in the trunk as well as instructions on how to make an explosive device.

Texas Rangers also discovered tan pants with apparent blood on them in a cooler.

Clements was shot to death March 19 at his home outside Colorado Springs. Ebel was mortally wounded two days later in northern Texas in a gunbattle with authorities that also left a sheriff's deputy wounded.

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Gun links Colorado prison chief's killing to Texas shootout
March 25th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Gun links Colorado prison chief's killing to Texas shootout

The bullets that killed Colorado prison chief Tom Clements came from the gun found with a former inmate who died in a shootout with Texas police two days later, investigators confirmed Monday.

The news came as Colorado held a public memorial service for Clements, the executive director of the state Department of Corrections. The El Paso, Texas, County Sheriff's Department said it was still trying to determine whether the suspect in Clements' slaying, Evan Ebel, acted alone or what his motive may have been.
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March 22nd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

Focus on Colorado parolee in prison chief's death

Colorado investigators are in Decatur, Texas, Friday morning eager to examine evidence found in a black Cadillac whose driver might have been involved in the slaying of Colorado's prison system chief.

The driver was Evan Ebel, a former Colorado prison inmate, El Paso County, Colorado, Undersheriff Paula Presley confirmed to CNN Friday. He died Thursday evening after being shot at the end of a high-speed chase that followed the wounding of a deputy.

Ebel is the focus of the investigation into the shooting Tuesday of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements, who was shot dead Tuesday evening as he opened the door of his rural Colorado home.

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March 21st, 2013
03:04 PM ET

Chase ends in crash that kills 6, hurts 9

Six people were killed and nine others injured when a truck that was being chased by police crashed into a security barrier at a Navy base on the Gulf Coast of Texas, a base spokesman said Thursday.

The crash happened late Wednesday, when an extended-cab pickup slammed into a security barrier outside the naval air station in Kingsville, south of Corpus Christi, spokesman Jon Gagne told CNN. The GMC Sierra was being chased by a Kingsville police cruiser  about 11:15 p.m. when it ran a checkpoint outside the air base at high speed, Gagne said.

Earlier reports that a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol vehicle also was involved in the chase were incorrect, CBP spokesman Michael Freel told CNN.

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Judge rejects options for guilty pleas by Fort Hood defendant
Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 at Fort Hood in 2009.
March 20th, 2013
08:27 PM ET

Judge rejects options for guilty pleas by Fort Hood defendant

The judge in the court-martial of an Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting spree on a Texas military base rejected three options presented by his lawyers under which he would plead guilty and ordered the trial to begin in May.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009, called the worst incident of its kind on a military base.

 

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March 18th, 2013
10:26 PM ET

Syrian opposition group selects leader

The main Syrian opposition umbrella group, meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, has chosen a U.S.-educated Kurdish businessman to head its provisional government, an opposition activist who attended the vote said Monday.

Ghassan Hitto, an information technology executive who went to college in Indiana and lived for many years in Dallas, was elected Monday to lead a government whose specific role may be spelled out at a planned news conference Tuesday.

Hitto was born in Damascus and is a member of the board of the Syrian American Council, the council said in a news release after the vote.

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March 12th, 2013
04:39 AM ET

5 teens die in fiery collision in Texas

At the intersection of the two country roads, charred debris lies strewn haphazardly. The earth around it is scorched for yards around.

It is here, in this corner of Dumas, Texas, that a sports utility vehicle slammed into a gas tanker Sunday afternoon. The tanker's flammable cargo sent both vehicles up in flames, seriously injuring the truck driver and killing all five passengers in the Chevy SUV.

All of those who perished were teenagers.

The crash, coupled with another tragic one in Warren, Ohio, the same day, highlighted yet again how motor vehicle wrecks continue to be the number one killer of youths in the United States.

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March 1st, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Death of adopted Russian boy ruled accidental

The death of a Russian boy, Max Shatto, who was adopted by American parents has been ruled accidental, the district attorney of Ector County, Texas, told CNN Friday.

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March 1st, 2013
03:47 AM ET

Japan sentences 2 U.S. servicemen for rape

A Japanese court Friday sentenced two American servicemen to prison for a rape committed last year while they were on duty at a U.S. military base in Okinawa.

The Naha District Court handed down a sentence of 10 years to Navy Seaman Christopher Daniel Browning and nine years to Petty Officer Skyler A Dozierwalker for raping a Japanese woman after attacking her in a parking lot.

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Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78
Van Cliburn, whose 1958 victory in a major Moscow competition swelled U.S. pride when it was near a Cold War low, died Wednesday.
February 27th, 2013
12:32 PM ET

Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78

Van Cliburn, a classical pianist honored by a New York ticker-tape parade for winning a major Moscow competition in 1958, died Wednesday after a battle with bone cancer, his publicist said.

"He died peacefully in his Fort Worth, Texas, home ... surrounded by loved ones," spokeswoman Mary Lou Falcone said.

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February 18th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Russia decries death of adopted boy in Texas

Officials in West Texas said Monday they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 3-year-old boy, adopted from Russia, the same day a Russian official blamed the death on "inhuman abuse."

The boy was born on January 9, 2010, and died on January 21, 2013, according to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights.

"I would like to draw your attention to another case of inhuman abuse of a Russian child by U.S. adoptive parents," he said in a statement.

Dolgov claimed the child suffered injuries to his head and legs, as well as to his abdomen and internal organs. The wounds, he said, "could only be caused by strong blows."

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February 16th, 2013
07:14 PM ET

Texas police: Prisoner who stabbed detective killed days after escape

Authorities in Texas shot and killed an escaped prisoner early Saturday, several days after they say he stabbed a detective tasked with taking him across the country.

Alberto Morales, 42, was killed shortly after he was located in a wooded area in Grapevine, near Dallas, said Grapevine Police Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling.

With the help of a helicopter, authorities found Morales not far from a home where someone stole jewelery and men's clothing.

"At this point, as far as the investigation is concerned, Mr. Morales was shot and is now deceased. This matter is still under investigation ... and we'll have more details at a later point," Eberling told reporters.

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Shooting at Lone Star College
January 25th, 2013
08:29 AM ET

2nd suspect charged in Texas college shooting

A second suspect has been charged and arrested in connection with the shooting at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas.

According to Harris County Sheriff's Office, Trey Foster, 22, was arrested early Friday morning in Plano, Texas. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Three people, including a maintenance man who was accidentally shot and two people who were fighting each other, were injured during fight at Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, officials say.

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Shooting at Lone Star College
January 23rd, 2013
07:29 PM ET

'Stupidity' led to Texas shooting, sheriff says

The exact subject of the argument that led to a shooting a Houston-area community college hadn't been determined Wednesday, but Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said he had a general idea of the cause.

"Idiocy. Stupidity," Garcia told reporters. "We had individuals who did not care about putting other people in harm's way. It was a ridiculous, adolescent confrontation that occurred. But if we can make an example out of anyone, we will."

Pressed for details, Garcia added, "We're still clearing that up. But a confrontation occurred, and somebody thought, in their peanut-sized brain, that maybe a firearm on a campus would be the way to settle it."

Garcia's blunt assessment came a day after three people were wounded at Lone Star College. One of those shot, 22-year-old Carlton Berry, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and remains under guard at a hospital, Garcia said. The other two were still hospitalized as well, he said.

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Shooting at Lone Star College
January 22nd, 2013
06:08 PM ET

3 injured in shooting, fight at Lone Star College in Houston

  • Three people, including a maintenance man who was accidentally shot and two people who were fighting each other, were injured during fight at Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, officials say
  • Fourth person also sent to hospital with medical condition, officials say
  • It's not immediately clear whether one or two people fired shots, or how the two "persons of interest" were injured
  • Below are updates as they came to us; full story here. Also, check out CNN affiliates KHOU, KPRC and KTRK

[Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET] "We don’t know exactly if she had a heart attack or a stroke,” Harris County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza says of the female who was hospitalized with an unspecified medical condition.

[Updated at 5:44 p.m. ET] According to officials at a news conference, four people were taken to hospitals three who were injured and one who suffered an unspecified medical condition but the account of who they were differs from information we received earlier.

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December 24th, 2012
01:22 PM ET

Police officer, bystander killed after Houston car chase

A police officer and a bystander died from wounds suffered in a parking lot shootout after a car chase in a Houston suburb Monday, police said.

The pursuit started after a driver refused to stop when a Bellaire, Texas, police officer tried to pull over his vehicle, Houston police spokesman John Cannon said.

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