Crime

Man indicted on murder charge in beating of college student

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been indicted on murder charges stemming from the fatal beating of a college student from Tennessee. Timothy Puskas, of New Brunswick, also faces two weapons charges and two counts of…

Tennessean gets 20-30 years for attempted murder in Nebraska

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A 25-year-old Tennessee man has been given 20 to 30 years in a Nebraska prison for trying to kill a friend. The Kearney Hub reports (http://bit.ly/1EU8PAH ) that Evan Swenson, of Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced on…

Testimony begins in Facebook 'unfriending' murder trial

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (AP) - The first day of testimony has begun in a double-murder trial in a case prosecutors say was caused by a woman being deleted as a friend on Facebook. The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/1E4dADW) reports testimony…

Murder on Greenway leads police to increase security patrols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police have increased their presence on Knoxville's Third Creek Greenway since a woman was murdered there Sunday. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Qi4xqP) reports Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch made the announcement Monday at a news conference.…

Reward increased to $21K in cold murder case of 2 brothers

JASPER, Tenn. (AP) - The reward offered in a Tennessee cold case has been increased to $21,000. WRCB-TV (http://bit.ly/1EU95Qh) reports in March, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam offered a $10,000 reward in the 18-year-old murder case of Sean and Donny Goetcheus.…

Mexican woman extradited to Nashville on murder charge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Mexican citizen has been extradited to Nashville to face a murder charge in the death of her nephew nearly eight years ago. According to Metro Nashville Police, Marisol Alvarado was taking care of her 7-week-old…

Bar owner sentenced to 20 years in country musician's murder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville bar owner who shot and killed country musician Wayne Mills has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Chris Ferrell shot Mills in 2013 after the friends had been drinking at Ferrell's now-closed bar,…

TBI: Dickson man offered to kill child's murderer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Dickson man is accused of seeking out a grief-stricken father and offering to kill his child's murderer for money. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that 43-year-old Jamey Earl Donegan has been charged with one…

Opening statements in Jackson murder case

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Opening arguments began Wednesday in the murder trial of a Jackson man accused of fatally shooting a friend of his ex-girlfriend. Ytockie Fuller is accused of shooting…

Appeals court overturns Shelby County murder conviction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of a December 2009 murder in Shelby County. In a decision released Friday, the appeals court ruled Eric Williams must receive a…

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