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Execution of ‘Texas 7’ member halted amid claims judge is anti-Semite

A Texas appeals court halted the execution of a Jewish death row inmate Friday after he claimed the judge at his trial was anti-Semitic.

Randy Halprin, who was part of the “Texas 7” group of prisoners who escaped from a South Texas prison and convicted in the 2000 murder of a police officer, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection this coming Thursday. His attorneys argued that former Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham had used racial slurs to describe him after the trial.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent the case back to Dallas County for review of the claims, The Texas Tribune reported.

“A fair trial requires an impartial judge – and Mr. Halprin did not have a fair and neutral judge when his life was at stake,” one of Halprin’s attorneys, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement after the ruling.

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In this Dec. 3, 2003, photo, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer, File)

Halprin’s lawyers claimed Cunningham made various racist comments, including that people of color would “go down” in his courtroom and that Jews “needed to be shut down.” They attributed the comments to first-hand accounts, according to a court filing reported by The Texas Tribune.

The Dallas Morning News reported in 2018 that Cunningham admitted to adding stipulations in his will that his children could only receive an inheritance by marrying a straight, white Christian. He has denied the claims.

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Halprin, 42, was sentenced to death in 2003 for the murder of Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on Dec. 24, 2000. The seven prisoners had escaped from prison more than a week earlier and committed numerous robberies while on the run.

They were allegedly robbing a sporting goods store when the 31-year-old officer arrived. Halprin was captured a month later.

Four of the “Texas 7” have been executed. Aside from Halprin, Patrick Murphy is the only other member alive. His execution was halted in March because the state wouldn’t allow a Buddhist spiritual adviser in the execution chamber with him.

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Iowa teacher on leave after threatening Facebook post about climate activist Greta Thunberg

An Iowa science teacher has been placed on leave after posting what appeared to be a threatening comment on social media aimed at young climate change activist Greta Thunberg before her planned visit to the state.

In an emailed statement to Fox News, the Waterloo Community School District said Friday that the Facebook post “rose to the level of putting this employee on administrative leave pending an investigation.”

Local media have identified the teacher as Matt Baish, who is listed as a science teacher on Waterloo West High’s website.

The post came ahead of the Swedish teen’s planned visit to Iowa City for a student-led climate protest on Friday.

The post asked, “Who’s all going?” to the event.

A user named Matt Baish responded, “Dont have my sniper rifle.”

Iowa City police said security would be heightened for the event. Once the district was notified of the comment, a message was sent to school staff and families, district spokeswoman Tara Thomas told Fox News.

The district’s social media policies warn staffers to “think twice before posting” and to not post “threats of physical or bodily harm.”

Thunberg, 16, has made headlines for her calls to world leaders to take aggressive measures to combat the damaging effects of climate change.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to reporters after receiving the key to the city of Montreal during a ceremony in Montreal last month. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Last month, she testified before Congress and denounced world leaders at a United Nations summit for an insufficient action plan on climate change.

“You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us,” Thunberg said. “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

Her blunt nature has also come under criticism. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said “no one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and … people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden.”

During her appearance at the University of Iowa on Friday, she told a cheering crowd “as we all know, the U.N. Climate Action Summit was a failure,” according to Reuters. “No matter what, we need to continue.”

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Memphis pastor says he forgives vandals who caused $50G in damage to church: ‘God still loves you’

The pastor of a local church in Frayser, Tenn., walked in Sunday morning to see his church had been almost completely destroyed overnight.

Davante Hill, the pastor of One Church, told the police that when he entered at 8 a.m. he found musical instruments broken, paint thrown at the walls, pews destroyed, 90 percent of the chairs damaged and the power had been cut off. Money and several speakers were also stolen.

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“When I walked in… what broke me, was not the condition of the sanctuary, what broke me was the condition of someone’s heart to be willing to do such a thing,” Hill told WMC, a local TV station.

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(Courtesy of Devante Hill)

The pastor said he believes that the person that did this to the church, which has been in the community for only five months, has been there before because the vandals turned off the security cameras before the incident.

Police are still investigating the burglary.

Pastor Hill hopes the police find those who are responsible for this damage to the congregation but still sends words of forgiveness and support to the vandals that did this to the house of worship.

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(Courtesy of Devante Hill)

“I would love for whoever is responsible to consider my heart when I say, ‘I love you and God still loves you. And that this is not the end, there is life after this,” he told WMC. “And that whatever it is that has you broken, whatever it is that has you destroyed on the inside, there is help for you.”

The Memphis Police Department told FOX 13 that the estimated damage at the church is between $15,000 to $20,000, but Hill said it could be well over $50,000.

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On Facebook, the pastor thanked the community for the support they have given the church in this hard time.

“The amount of love and support at One Church Memphis right now has me speechless,” he shared.

Fox News College Associate Thiery Lantigua contributed to this report.

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Florida woman drives car into tree after telling four kids to remove seat belts: ‘The devil can’t hurt you’

A Florida woman, who accused her husband of placing a “hex” on her, was arrested Wednesday for attempted murder after police say she told her four young children to remove their seat belts before she intentionally crashed her car into a tree — allegedly in a twisted bid to save them from the “devil.”

Calicia Williams, 36, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after investigators say she drove her white Pontiac minivan at a “high rate of speed” onto a grass median and directly into tree, without braking.

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Ocala Police responded to the 800 block of SE 31st on Tuesday over reports of single vehicle collision.

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Calicia Williams, 36, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after investigators say she drove her white Pontiac minivan at a “high rate of speed” onto a grass median and directly into tree, without breaking.  (Ocala Police Department )

Once on the scene, police found four young children, ages 7 to 13, inside the car wearing no seatbelts. Williams was said to be “making spontaneous utterances” and appeared to be “extremely agitated” when being interviewed by authorities.

According to a police affidavit, she stated that her “husband put a hex on her and caused her to crash.” The responding officer said she kept “rambling on about spells and voodoo.”

Witnesses also told investigators that Williams advised the children to take off their seatbelts before stretching out her hands and saying, “The devil can’t hurt you, he only hurts bad people. You have the light of Jesus in you and only Jesus can cure us.”

Investigators on the scene observed evidence that indicated that Williams did not attempt to brake before crashing into the tree. It also appeared that she directly targeted the passenger side of the vehicle on impact.

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Williams also had burns to her neck that indicated she was wearing a seat belt — unlike her children.

The children and suspect were taken to the hospital but their condition was unknown. Williams will be held without bond following treatment.

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Washington state teen’s cold case murder cracked after nearly three decades

The cold case rape and murder of a popular Washington state teenager has finally been solved after nearly three decades, authorities said.

Sara Yarborough, 16, was supposed to board a bus with her Federal Way High School drill team in December 1991. She never did.

Teens found her body after they saw a man emerge from bushes behind the high school. She had been strangled with her own nylons, according to reports.

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Patrick Nicholas, 55, was arrested Thursday in the cold case rape and murder of 16-year-old Sara Yarborough in Washington state nearly three decades ago.  (Kings County Sheriff’s Office)

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Authorities now say Patrick Nicholas, 55, was linked to the crime after cops tested a discarded cigarette butt outside a dry-cleaning business in Kent on Sunday, the Seattle Times reported. DNA from the butt matched evidence recovered from Yarborough’s body.

A forensic genealogist identified Nicholas as a potential suspect after uploading the crime scene DNA to a genealogy website to create a family tree.

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Laura Yarborough told a news conference on Thursday that detectives never gave up trying to solve her daughter’s murder, even when she had given up at times.<br><br> (Kings County Sheriff’s Office)

“Few things are more satisfying in law enforcement than being able to tell a victim’s family that a suspect has been caught,” King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said Thursday in announcing Nicholas’ arrest for Sara’s murder, according to Q13 Fox. “Last night, deputies were able to tell Sarah Yarborough’s family that.”

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“They had never given up,” said Laura Yarborough, Sara’s mother, according to the station. “Even when I had given up, they didn’t. I guess it’s a warning, if you do something heinous here, they’ll come to get you.”

She said she wondered if her daughter’s killer was still alive.

“But the detectives were extremely dogged and kept going even when I was ready to throw in the towel,” she said.

The case went cold even with witnesses, 4,000 tips and the killer’s DNA profile.

Last year a Virginia lab used DNA from the crime scene to create composite sketches of Sara’s killer as an older person.

According to the Times, Nicholas was released from prison in an attempted rape case four years before Sara’s murder and was arrested in a 1994 child molestation case that resulted in an assault conviction.

A prosecutor said in court papers that for the past several years Nicholas had been living in a dilapidated building on a large piece of property with few community ties, according to the paper.

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The prosecutor was quoted as saying that Nicholas’ crime was “one of opportunity and extreme violence.”

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Chicago jury convicts gangbanger who executed 9-year-old in revenge killing

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A Chicago jury on Thursday convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box.

Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee before Boone-Doty took a gun Morgan gave him and shot the boy, prosecutors said.

The Cook County jury found Boone-Doty guilty on Thursday night. A separate jury deciding Morgan’s fate has been sequestered after not being able to reach a verdict.

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The two alleged members of the Bang Gang/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones gang were co-defendants but were tried before separate juries as they sought to pin the blame on each other for the child’s slaying, reports said.

Prosecutors said that although Morgan did not wield the gun, he had the motive for murder. He allegedly targeted the 9-year-old because his father, Pierre Stokes, belongs to a rival gang — the Killa Ward faction of the Gangster Disciples.

Morgan blamed that gang for an October 2015 shooting that killed his brother and injured his mother. Morgan’s family also arranged the purchase of the gun that killed Lee, prosecutors added.

Three men drove to a park in the South Side of Chicago in November 2015 where Lee regularly went after school to play, according to prosecutors. He lured him into an alleyway and shot him in the head with a .40-caliber handgun, prosecutors said.

Morgan and Kevin Edwards, who prosecutors claimed was the getaway driver, watched from an SUV parked down the block. Edwards pleaded guilty before the trial to first-degree murder in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Morgan’s attorney, Thomas Breen, tried to distance his client from the crime.

“That execution of that 9-year-old boy has to come from one singularly evil person,” Breen told jurors without naming Doty. “Not from a plan. His killer did so of his own volition and for his own reason. Not at the behest or help of Corey Morgan.”

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Prosecutors played a tape of Boone-Doty bragging to another jail inmate that he’d killed the boy. Boone-Doty’s lawyer dismissed the tape, saying that Boone-Doty was lying to the other inmate to make himself look tough. “I’m looking at him. We walking. Bop,” Boone-Doty said on the tape, according to The Washington Post. “Hit the ground. Bop-bop-bop-bop-bop. I’m laughing.” He faces up to life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas judge’s gift of Bible to Amber Guyger draws complaint from atheist group

An atheist group that has counted Ron Reagan Jr. among its members says it was inappropriate for a judge to give a Bible to Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who convicted this week of murdering a neighbor last year.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) – the atheist group for which the 61-year-old son of former President Ronald Reagan has appeared in television ads – filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The Wisconsin-based group objected to Judge Tammy Kemp giving one of her Bibles to Guyger after the former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant.

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“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith,” Kemp said to a tearful Guyger, handing the Bible to her before the convicted former officer left the courtroom. “You start with this.”

Kemp also hugged Guyger – as did a brother of the murder victim, in actions that some observers said showed compassion for the newly convicted defendant.

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State District Judge Tammy Kemp gives former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger a hug before Guyger leaves for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

But in a letter Thursday to the Texas commission, the atheist group objected to what it termed the judge’s “proselytizing actions,” saying they “overstepped judicial authority,” and were “inappropriate” and “unconstitutional.”

“It is perfectly acceptable for private citizens to express their religious beliefs in court,” the letter states later, “but the rules are different for those acting in a governmental role.”

In a separate Twitter message, FFRF attorney Andrew L. Seidel further explained the group’s position.

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system,” Seidel wrote, “but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system, but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

— Andrew L. Seidel, attorney, Freedom from Religion Foundation

Seidel is the author of “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American.”

Neither the group nor Seidel appeared to demand punishment for the judge. Their messages seemed aimed only at drawing attention to a “possible violation” of rules of judicial conduct.

However, another group – the Texas-based First Liberty Institute, which supports religious freedom – came to the judge’s defense.

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions,” said Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute. “We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions. We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

— Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute

Guyger claimed she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, one floor above hers, thinking it was her own home, and shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder in her apartment.

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But on Tuesday, a jury decided that Guyger, 31, was guilty of murder. Guyger had been a member of the Dallas force for nearly five years.

Also on Thursday, the atheist group posted a Twitter message objecting to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s support of “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” saying the Republican governor’s stand was “narrow-minded and totally inappropriate.”

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Texas man who secretly filmed foreign exchange students get 30 years: report

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A Texas man was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations while he acted as a host to foreign exchange students.

Joseph Patrick Mosher, 50, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexually exploiting children.

Authorities told the court that a teen who knew Mosher altered school officials in 2018 that he believed he was being secretly filmed while using his bathroom, CBS DFW reported. The Carrollton Police Department seized the cameras from his home while executing a search warrant. There were a total of five believed victims,  the report said.

“This case is another warning to parents to be aware of who their children are communicating with, and to be careful about who they allow to be around their children,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Brown. “There are threats from so many different directions these days, and the internet makes it so much easier for offenders. We have to get the message to our kids to be aware of these threats.”

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Reports said that besides the prison sentence, he needs to pay a $50,000 fine and forfeit $50,000 from the sale of his home.

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This Day in History: Oct. 4

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On this day, Oct. 4 …

2002: “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh receives a 20-year sentence after a sobbing plea for forgiveness before a federal judge in Alexandria, Va. In a federal court in Boston, a laughing Richard Reid pleads guilty to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives in his shoes (the British citizen was later sentenced to life in prison).

Also on this day:

  • 1777: Gen. George Washington’s troops launch an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.
  • 1861: During the Civil War, the U.S. Navy authorizes construction of the first ironclad ship, the USS Monitor.
  • 1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in the Alps.
  • 1951: The MGM movie musical “An American in Paris,” starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, has its U.S. premiere in New York City.
  • 1957: The Space Age begins as the Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. A Soviet technician works on Sputnik 1 before the satellite’s Oct. 4, 1957, launch. (NASA)  
  • 1970: Rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, is found dead in her Hollywood hotel room.
  • 1989: Triple Crown-winning racehorse Secretariat, suffering a hoof ailment, is humanely destroyed at age 19.
  • 1990: After six decades apart, lawmakers gather in the Reichstag for the first meeting of reunified Germany’s parliament.
  • 1991: The U.S. and 25 other nations sign the Madrid Protocol, which imposes a 50-year ban on oil exploration and mining in Antarctica.
  • 2003: A Palestinian woman blows herself up inside a restaurant in Haifa, Israel, killing 21 bystanders.
  • 2009: Greek socialists trounce the governing conservatives in a landslide election; Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa, 74, dies in Buenos Aires.
  • 2004: The SpaceShipOne rocket plane breaks through Earth’s atmosphere to the edge of space for the second time in five days, capturing the $10 million Ansari X prize aimed at opening the final frontier to tourists; Pioneering astronaut Gordon Cooper dies in Ventura, Calif., at age 77.
  • 2014: North Korea’s presumptive No. 2 leader, Hwang Pyong So, and other members of Pyongyang’s inner circle meet with South Korean officials in the rivals’ highest level face-to-face talks in five years. Former Haitian “president for life” Jean-Claude Duvalier, 63, dies in Port-au-Prince. Paul Revere, 76, organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, dies in Garden Vallley, Idaho.
  • 2017: President Trump visits hospital bedsides and a police base in Las Vegas in the aftermath of a shooting rampage in the city three nights earlier that left 58 people dead. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with surgeon Dr. John Fildes at the University Medical Center after meeting with victims of the mass shooting Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)  
  • 2018: The Senate Judiciary Committee says it has received an FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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Search for pregnant postal worker in Illinois continues one year after she disappeared

Wednesday marked one year since a pregnant Illinois postal worker was last seen. On Thursday police told reporters the case “is still an active missing persons investigation.”

Kierra Coles, the Chicago woman who was 26 when she vanished, was three months pregnant when she was last seen on Oct. 2, 2018, walking around outside her South Side apartment. That same day, she called out sick.

The U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was due to give birth on April 23.

Her family members have said they believe she’s still alive.

MISSING PREGNANT CHICAGO POSTAL WORKER’S FAMILY MAKES RENEWED PLEA TO PUBLIC FOR HELP IN FINDING HER

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Wednesday marked one year since a pregnant postal worker, Kierra Coles, was last seen. (Chicago Police Department)

Surveillance video showed Coles wearing her uniform and walking up and down a street the morning she vanished, according to WBBM-TV.

Following the disappearance, Coles’ purse and cellphone were found in her car, which was reportedly parked on her block.

Chicago police have been working with the postal Inspection service to find Coles, but new information has not been released. Last October police said they suspected “possible foul play.”

“It’s frustrating for everyone that’s involved because our federal agencies, we’re all working together and trying to get any information that we can to locate Kierra,” Chicago Police Lt. Senora Ben told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

Ben added that someone must know something and said police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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Kierra Coles is described as being 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds, with a “Lucky Libra” tattoo on her back and one of a heart on her hand. (Chicago Police Department)

POLICE SUSPECT ‘FOUL PLAY’ IN DISAPPEARANCE OF KIERRA COLES

Coles’ family and the U.S. Postal Service have offered more than $46,000 in reward money for information leading to her whereabouts, WBBM-TV reported.

“It’s a struggle to wake up every day not knowing where your child is,” her mother, Karen Phillips, said in August. “We have hope. We know Kierra is coming home, we are going to bring her home. We are not going to stop until she is home.”

Coles is described as being 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds, with a “Lucky Libra” tattoo on her back and one of a heart on her hand.

Anyone with information about Coles is urged to call the Chicago Police Department at 312-747-8274 or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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