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Cousin of Aaron Hernandez takes stand in his murder trial

Cousin of ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez takes stand in murder trial, got immunity to testify
The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has taken the stand to testify in his murder trial.

Jennifer Mercado was granted immunity from prosecution before being called to testify Tuesday.

Hernandez is charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Canadian pleads guilty in U.S. in sex tourism case

Quebec man pleads guilty in Florida sex tourism case; sentencing set for June 4
The Associated Press

MIAMI - Authorities in the United States say a Canadian man has pleaded guilty to charges that he travelled to Florida to have sex with someone he believed was an underage boy.

Rene Roberge of Sherbrooke, Que., pleaded guilty to four counts Monday during a federal court hearing in Miami. Two of the counts include mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years.

The 47-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced June 4.

Police: No evidence of gang-rape at University of Virginia

Police chief: No evidence of gang rape doesn't mean something terrible didn't happen
Larry O'Dell, The Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to co-operate, authorities said Monday.

The magazine article, titled "A rape on campus," sparked a national conversation about sexual assaults at American universities after it was published last November.

No bond for millionaire Durst on New Orleans weapons charges

Magistrate: No bond for millionaire Durst on weapons charges; he's a flight risk, dangerous
Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is a flight risk and a danger to others, a judge decided Monday after considering what FBI agents found in his hotel room: an elaborate disguise and other escape tools fit for a spy movie.

Durst was arrested at the J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans, where he had registered under the name Everette Ward and was lying low while HBO aired the final chapters of his life story.

Former Alamo custodians sue for artifacts in collection

Former Alamo custodians sue for control of some 38,000 artifacts and books
Seth Robbins, The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - A group that served as guardians of the Alamo for more than a century before the state of Texas announced it was taking over day-to-day management of the historic site is suing for control of more than 30,000 books and artifacts at its library.

South African judge convicts retired tennis champion of rape

South African judge convicts retired tennis champion Bob Hewitt of rape, sexual assault
Lynsey Chutel, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - A judge in South Africa on Monday convicted Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam tennis champion, of raping and sexually assaulting three girls whom he had been coaching. The assaults occurred decades ago, according to the victims who are now grown women.

South African judge convicts retired tennis champion of rape

South African judge convicts retired tennis champion Bob Hewitt of rape, sexual assault
Lynsey Chutel, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - A judge in South Africa on Monday convicted Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam tennis champion, of raping and sexually assaulting three girls whom he had been coaching. The assaults occurred decades ago, according to the victims who are now grown women.

Woman spent 22 years on death row, murder case dismissed

Judge dismisses murder case against US woman who spent 22 years on death row in son's death
Terry Tang, The Associated Press

PHOENIX - A woman who spent more than two decades on death row for her 4-year-old son's killing saw her murder charge dismissed Monday, bringing an end to a controversial case that relied almost entirely on the work of a detective with a long history of misconduct.

Bill Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

Women accusing Cosby of sex assault respond to his motion to dismiss their defamation suit
Mark Pratt, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn't have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation lawsuit dismissed.

"Cosby claims a privilege to defame where none exists; tries to shield himself from liability, by hiding behind the actions of his spokespersons ... and infects the motion with irrelevant matters in an attempt to prejudice the court," the opposition filed Friday said.

Knox, ex-boyfriend face parallel trial by social media

Amanda Knox faces trial-by-social media in shadow of high court decision on guilty verdict
Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

MILAN - Italy's highest court this week takes up the Amanda Knox case for the second time as a parallel trial-by-social media rages online, with partisans on both sides seeking to shape public opinion over a murder case that has polarized observers in three nations.

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