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Notorious Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger ‘wanted to die,’ former prison warden claims

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Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who was discovered beaten to death in a high-security West Virginia prison last year, may have “wanted to die,” a former prison official suggested.

Charles Lockett, the former warden of a Florida prison where Bulger was initially held, said the 89-year-old gangster repeatedly denied medical treatment for severe chest pains, prompting his transfer to Hazelton federal prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, NBC News reported Monday.

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“Quite frankly, I think he wanted to die,” the former Coleman II warden told the news outlet. “I think whatever issues he had, he had come to peace with them.”

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An original photo released by the FBI in 1984 shows James “Whitey” Bulger. (AP/FBI)

Bulger was found bloodied and wrapped in a blanket at 8:21 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2018, apparently beaten with a lock stuffed in a sock. He had arrived at the facility less than 12 hours prior to his death.

A death certificate indicated that Bulger had died from “blunt force injuries of the head.” The crime boss was “assaulted by other(s)” in his “prison cell,” the document said. His death was ruled a homicide.

“It’s a tragedy, but I don’t think anyone was deficient in their duty,” Lockett told NBC News.

Bulger’s transfer came after he threatened a nursing supervisor who had urged the inmate to see a specialist for his heart issues, Lockett said. Since prisoners cannot be forced to receive treatment, staff could only monitor Bulger’s condition, which later improved.

“They couldn’t make a decision whether he was sick or not,” Lockett told the outlet. “He didn’t want any medical care whatsoever, which is sad. If he would have agreed to go see a specialist, he probably would have gone to another medical facility. But the fact that he refused to see a medical specialist is what created these issues.”

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Bulger was sentenced to life in prison for 11 murders and other crimes in 2013. He was infamously known as one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in late 1994 until his capture in 2011.

No charges have been filed in Bulger’s death, but officials have said two Massachusetts mobsters are under suspicion in his killing.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Report: Illinois gunman vowed to kill others if he was fired

The gunman who killed five colleagues at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant and wounded five police officers before he was killed in a shootout had told a co-worker that February morning that he would kill everyone there and “blow police up” if he was fired, prosecutors said in a report released Monday.

The Henry Pratt Co. employee told authorities in Aurora that he knew Gary Martin carried a firearm in his vehicle, but that he didn’t report Martin’s comments to his superiors because he routinely made “off the wall” statements and that he didn’t believe Martin would do anything violent, according to the nine-page Kane County State’s Attorney’s office report . The employee is not named in the report.

While it has widely been reported that Martin had been fired, the report marks the first time officials have explained that Martin’s firing came during a Feb. 15 disciplinary meeting that was called because of his refusal to wear safety glasses.

He anticipated he was about to be fired, telling his co-worker that morning: “If I get fired, I’m going to kill every motherf—er in here,” the report says.

It also explains that Martin apparently brought the gun and ammunition into the plant when he arrived at 6:45 a.m. that day. Immediately before the shooting, Martin walked “over to his workstation to retrieve something,” put on a hoodie and went into the bathroom, it says.

Martin then went to the meeting during which he was told by Clayton Parks, the company’s human resources manager, that he’d been fired. Martin responded with profanities and plant manager Josh Pinkard said, “OK, it’s over.” Martin said, “Yeah, it is over,” and opened fire.

Both Parks and Pinkard were among those who were killed.

The report also gives an account of the police response, beginning with officers being dispatched to the scene at 1:24 p.m. when they are confronted by Martin. Video surveillance footage indicates Martin was waiting for police to arrive after he killed his colleagues and “positioning himself near a doorway.” In a five-minute period, five officers were shot in the parking lot and inside the building.

Naperville Police Officer Shaun Moy described searching the building carrying a protective shield and coming upon the bodies of two people on the second floor who he believed were dead, the report says. On the first floor of the warehouse, the officer heard noises from a workshop and saw Martin “quickly pop up from behind some machinery and point a gun at him that was equipped with a green laser,” it says.

Moy said he believed the gun was pointing “directly at him,” and that he saw Martin fire at least four shots. The officer said he returned fire as other officers set off flash bangs — noisy explosives designed to distract — that allowed other officers to take cover behind a partition wall. Later in the report, Aurora police Detective Chris Bosson said he saw Martin inside a room in the warehouse sitting in a chair, holding a pistol in his right hand.

“It appeared that the offender was waiting for police to enter the area where the offender was located in order to ambush the police,” according to the report. The officer said he fired his rifle twice, hitting Martin in the chest and head. The officer said he saw another officer fire his weapon three times.

The report, citing an autopsy, says Martin was shot six times: once in the middle of the forehead, four times in the chest, and once in the jaw — an injury that fractured his skull that the Kane County coroner’s report concluded was likely self-inflicted.

Martin fired his weapon dozens of times. Prosecutors wrote that the Illinois State Police recovered 64 casings at the scene from the semi-automatic handgun Martin was carrying.

The report does not say the exact time the shooting started, but that police were dispatched to the scene at 1:24 p.m. The first officers entered the building about four minutes later, and five officers suffered gunshot wounds outside and inside the building between 1:30 and 1:35, the report says.

The next time listed on the timeline is 2:59 p.m. with the words, “suspect is down.”

The report concludes that the officers were justified in using deadly force.

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The Latest: Prosecutor questions key claim at cop’s trial

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The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman in July 2017 (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Prosecutors at the trial of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman minutes after she called 911 are asking jurors to question a key part of the officer’s account.

Mohamed Noor is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.

Noor testified that he heard a loud bang on his car that made him fear a possible ambush right before Damond appeared at his partner’s window. He said he fired to stop a threat.

Prosecutor Amy Sweasy described the bang on the car as a theory that originated with other officers who arrived at the scene and were struggling to understand how the shooting could have happened. She says neither officer mentioned a noise until Noor’s partner talked with state investigators three days later, and there’s “no conclusive proof” Damond ever touched the car.

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10:35 a.m.

The jury that will deliberate the fate of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 has been instructed to consider the case without the benefit of hindsight.

Mohamed Noor is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.

Before closing arguments were given, Judge Kathryn Quaintance told the jury Monday that when they get the case they will have to decide if Noor was justified in using deadly force based only on what he knew when he fired his gun.

Noor testified that he was startled by a loud bang on his squad car that made him fearful of an ambush right before Damond appeared at his partner’s window.

Prosecutors have argued that Noor’s decision was unreasonable because he saw no weapon and hadn’t seen Damond’s hands before he fired.

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Midnight:

Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman in July 2017.

Mohamed Noor is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.

Noor testified he was in a squad car’s passenger seat when he heard a bang on the driver’s side, then his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, yelled and tried to pull his gun. Noor said he then saw a woman raise her arm outside Harrity’s window and he fired to save Harrity’s life.

Noor’s attorneys have argued he was justified in using deadly force. Prosecutors say he acted unreasonably.

Prosecutors are expected to call at least one rebuttal witness Monday before closing arguments. Jurors will likely start deliberating Monday and will be sequestered.

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Check out the AP’s complete coverage of Mohamed Noor’s trial.

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Michael Avenatti pleads not guilty in federal wire, bank fraud case

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Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, pleaded not guilty Monday federal charges that he allegedly stole millions of dollars from his clients, failed to pay taxes and lied in bankruptcy cases.

The 48-year-old Avenatti, who was indicted earlier this month on 36 counts including wire and bank fraud, appeared in federal court for an arraignment in Santa Ana, California on Monday.

Prosecutors accused Avenatti of embezzling settlement funds and proceeds from other matters he handled for five clients and doled out small portions, sometimes labeling them as advances to prevent thefts from being discovered.

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Avenatti, who was once rumored to be a 2020 presidential candidate, has denied the charges. Ahead of the arraignment, he said he had made powerful enemies and would fight the case.

“The right to a presumption of innocence and the right to a jury trial are two fundamental rights that our founding fathers demanded when this country was formed over 200 years ago,” he said in a statement earlier Monday.

As part of the 61-indictment against him, Avenatti is accused of embezzling from a paraplegic man and four other clients and deceiving them by shuffling money between accounts to pay off small portions of what they were due to lull them into thinking they were getting paid.

He is also accused of not paying personal income taxes, not paying taxes for his various businesses – including two law firms – and pocketing payroll taxes from the Tully’s Coffee chain that he owned, the indictment said.

If convicted on all charges, he faces 335 years in prison, federal investigators have said.

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Avenatti was arrested in March in New York on a separate case alleging he demanded millions to stay quiet about claims he planned to reveal about Nike paying high school athletes. He is accused of trying to shake the athletic clothes empire of up to $25 million.

He faces up to 47 years in prison and has denied any wrongdoing in that case as well.

The charges are the latest blow to a legal career that took off when Avenatti represented Daniels in her lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement with Trump to stay mum about an affair they allegedly had.

Avenatti became one of Trump’s leading adversaries, attacking him on cable news programs and Twitter. At one point, Avenatti considered challenging Trump in the 2020 elections, event visiting Iowa at one point.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man accused of marrying 4 women pleads guilty

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A man accused of being married to four women pleaded guilty Monday to bigamy in New Hampshire, but he will avoid jail time if he behaves for the next five years.

Michael Middleton, 43, married a Georgia woman in 2006, an Alabama woman in 2011 and a New Hampshire woman in 2013. That led to the bigamy charge in New Hampshire, but according to court documents, he also married a fourth woman in Kentucky in 2016.

Prosecutors say he used the marriages to gain access to the women’s assets. In court Monday, Assistant Strafford County Attorney Michael Rotman read a statement from Middleton’s New Hampshire wife, Alicia Grant, who blamed Middleton for her transformation from a compassionate person to someone with a “not-my-problem” attitude.

She said she was “satisfied” that he was facing consequences for his actions.

“When we got married six years ago, what I thought I had found in him was a life partner, someone that I could face life’s ups and downs with, someone my children could look up to,” Grant wrote. “Instead I got six years of pain and misery as I tried to free myself from the prison of his lies and manipulations.”

Middleton was arrested in Ohio in February. He also has faced domestic violence charges in Maine.

As part of his 12-month suspended sentence, Middleton was ordered to undergo screenings for domestic abuse and substance abuse, and comply with any recommended counseling or programs. Neither he nor his attorney spoke at the hearing other than to answer brief questions from the judge.

After the hearing, Middleton was asked if he was sorry for his actions. He told reporters he felt “compassion and understanding” for his New Hampshire wife, Grant, after hearing her letter.

“It was a good outcome,” he said. “I hope to move forward with my life and everything, and abide by everything that was handed down to me.”

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Iraq War vet recounts chasing after California synagogue gunman: ‘I scared the hell out of him’

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The Iraq War veteran who fearlessly rushed the Southern California synagogue shooter said he acted on instinct when he heard gunshots ring out during services on Saturday morning.

Oscar Stewart, 51, spoke to reporters on Sunday about his courageous actions at Chabad of Poway, where he confronted the suspect accused of killing one worshipper and injuring three others.

“I heard gunshots,” Stewart said. “And everybody got up and started trying to get out the back door, so I – for whatever reason – I didn’t do that. I ran the other way. I ran towards the gunshots.”

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When he reached the lobby of the synagogue, he saw the suspect – identified by authorities as 19-year-old John T. Earnest.

“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guy so his rifle couldn’t get to me,” Stewart said. “So, I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”

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Oscar Stewart, who chased off the gunman inside the synagogue, speaks with members of the media in front of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Poway, California. (SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Stewart said he chased him out to the parking lot, where the shooter was able to lock himself in his car.

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As Stewart pounded on the door, Jonathan Morales, an off-duty Border Patrol agent, joined him and shot several bullets at the vehicle, intending to disable it.

Earnest was able to escape, but Stewart and Morales took down the license plate number. Earnest was arrested a short time later, and faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

Stewart, who served in the Navy in explosive ordnance disposal from 1990 to 1994 and then enlisted in the Army in 2001 because of the September 11 terror attacks, said he didn’t think before he leapt into action.

Stewart believes his actions helped stop the killer, but he said the real hero is 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye, who lost her life in the shooting.

“People in the aftermath here have been saying it’s important to be strong and defend ourselves. I also think it’s important to know that being strong and defending ourselves requires a lot of sacrifice, too.”

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“I don’t know if I consciously made the choice to potentially sacrifice myself,” he added. “But I did. And this lady, she stood and she jumped in front of the shooter and she saved the rabbi’s life. When somebody said I was a hero, I’m like, she was a hero. I just did it instinctively, like an animal. There was no conscious decision. I just did it.”

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Mom accused of abandoning baby is now charged with murder

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Charges have been upgraded against a South Carolina woman accused of leaving her newborn daughter to die in a cardboard box in an empty field.

The Greenville News reports that Brook Graham’s original charge of homicide by child abuse was upgraded to murder last week.

A man was picking flowers in the vacant field to prepare for Valentine’s Day in 1990 when he found the baby now known as Julie Valentine.

Julie was born alive outside of a hospital. She was found dead, wrapped in newspaper and bedding with her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. It’s unclear why she was abandoned.

Authorities said DNA submitted to genealogy sites revealed a likely match to the baby’s father, who then pointed police to Graham. She was arrested this month.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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Man accused of marrying 4 women to plead guilty

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A man accused of being married to four women is set to plead guilty to bigamy in New Hampshire.

Authorities allege that 43-year-old Michael Middleton married a Georgia woman in 2006, an Alabama woman in 2011 and a New Hampshire woman in 2013. That led to the bigamy charge in New Hampshire, but court documents say he also married a fourth woman in Kentucky in 2016. Prosecutors say he used the marriages to gain access to the women’s assets, including $20,000 from his New Hampshire wife.

Middleton was arrested in Ohio in February. He also has faced domestic violence charges in Maine.

Middleton is scheduled to plead guilty Monday. Assistant Strafford County Attorney David Rotman says he faces 3 ½ to seven years in prison.

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Tip leads police to 4 bodies at Ohio apartment complex

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Four bodies were found at a West Chester Township apartment complex and police say foul play is suspected.

WCPO-TV reports that Chief Joel Herzog says authorities are investigating the deaths as homicides and that police are still searching for a suspect.

A tip to authorities on Sunday at about 10 p.m. led police to find the bodies at the apartment complex Lakefront at West Chester on Wyndtree Drive.

Authorities established a perimeter around the complex early Monday but did not find a suspect. Police have said there was no immediate threat to the community. A spokesperson says police do not yet have a “person of interest.”

Police did not release any information on the victims or how they died.

Multiple agencies are assisting in the investigation.

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‘One of the worst cases’: Alabama man accused of girl’s rape

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An Alabama man is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl, who was hospitalized and underwent surgery following the attack.

News outlets report 28-year-old Steven Sarandon Barnes was arrested over the weekend on charges including first-degree rape and chemical endangerment of a child.

Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson says authorities responded Thursday to a Prattville hospital for a report of a sexually assaulted child. He says she underwent surgery, and he believed the girl was in stable condition as of Saturday.

Authorities identified Barnes as the suspect and later arrested him in the neighborhood where the attack happened.

Johnson says this is one of the worst cases he’s seen in his 31 years in law enforcement. Barnes is being held on $106,000 bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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