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Convicted knife killer died in jet ski crash on Caribbean holiday, inquest hears


Convicted knife killer, 29, who was turning his life around on university course died in jet ski crash on Caribbean holiday, inquest hears

  • Jordan Mayers, 29, suffered a fatal head injury when he hit his cousin’s jet ski
  • Student was previously convicted of the murder of Emmanuel Odenewu in 2006
  • His family said Mayers had ‘turned his life around’ after his release from jail

Faith Ridler For Mailonline

A convicted knife killer who had ‘turned his life around’ died in a horrific jet ski crash on the first day of a Caribbean holiday, an inquest heard.

Jordan Mayers, 29, was studying business management in an attempt to get his life back on track after he spent years behind bars for the killing of a…

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Texas couple convicted of keeping African girl as slave for 16 years


A couple who enslaved a West African girl at their home in Texas for 16 years have been convicted by a federal jury.

Mohamed Touré, the son of Guinea’s first president Ahmed Sékou Touré, and his wife Denise Cros-Toure arranged for the child to travel to the US when she was only five years old.

They forced…

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Couple Convicted of Forcing Young, West African Girl to Labor in Their Southlake, Texas, Home for 16 Years | OPA


Defendants Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, of Southlake, Texas, were convicted late yesterday by a federal jury in Ft. Worth, Texas, of forced labor and other federal felonies for compelling the domestic labor of a young, undocumented West African girl for 16 years. The verdicts were announced by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey McGallicher of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Houston Field Office. 

“The defendants preyed on a young and extremely vulnerable girl. Their despicable actions included cruelly abusing her, forcing her to work in their home, hidden in plain sight, for years without pay,…

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Texas pair convicted of enslaving African girl for 16 years


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal jury has found a suburban North Texas couple guilty of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years.

Jurors found Mohamed Toure (TOHR’-eh) and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, guilty Thursday of forced labor. They face up to 20 years in prison, but no sentencing date was immediately set.

Toure is the son of a former president of the West African country of Guinea. The Southlake, Texas, pair was accused of bringing the 5-year-old girl from her rural Guinean village in 2000 and forcing her to work without pay in their home for years. Authorities began investigating after…

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Execution Date Set for Texas Inmate Convicted In 1998 Dragging Death of Black Man


An April execution date looms for a white Texas man condemned for the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr.

John William King faces lethal injection on April 24, 2019, for the grisly murder committed in the East Texas city of Jasper 20 years ago. King was one of three men convicted in Byrd’s June 1998 death, during which the African-American man’s body was chained to the back of a truck and dragged down a road.

John William King was one of three white men charged and convicted for tying James Byrd Jr.’s body to a truck and dragging it down the road. (Image courtesy of AP)

District Judge Craig Mixon signed the execution order on Friday, Dec. 21, The Associated Press reported. 

In February, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected King’s appeal arguing that…

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Caribbean Court of Justice orders release of convicted murderer in Belize


The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Wednesday ordered the release of Japhet Bennett, who had been found guilty of a 2009 murder in Belize.

Bennett had been convicted of murdering Ellis Meighan Sr. in Belize City and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013.

During his trial, Marlon Middleton, the brother in law of the murdered man denied sections of his statement to the police that had identified Bennett as standing over the body with a gun.   The jury, however, found him guilty of murder despite a submission by his attorney that there was little evidence to convict his client.

But the CCJ, by a 4-1 majority decision, allowed Bennett’s appeal after it found that there had been no other evidence which could have allowed the jury to properly assess…

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