Homicide

Montgomery Biscuits manager Morgan Ensberg, left, fights back tears as Ryan Thompson, a pitcher with the team, talks about teammate Blake Bivens Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 in Montgomery, Ala. A Virginia man appears to have used a .30-30 rifle and a sledgehammer in a deadly rampage that claimed the lives of minor league baseball player Blake Biven's wife, 1-year-old son and mother-in-law, according to court documents released Thursday. (Kirsten Fiscus/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
August 30, 2019 - 9:38 am
KEELING, Va. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens said his "heart was turned to ash" when his wife, 1-year-old son and mother-in-law were slain this week. "My life as I knew it is destroyed," the 24-year-old pitcher wrote Thursday night in an Instagram post, his first public statement...
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Matthew Thomas Bernard puts his hands on Keeling Baptist Church groundskeeper Loyd Gauldin, as a state police officer attempts to take him into custody on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 in Keeling, Va. The wife, toddler son and mother-in-law of minor league baseball player Blake Bivens have been killed. Bernard, Bivens’ brother-in-law, has been charged with first-degree murder. (Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)
August 28, 2019 - 7:21 pm
CHATHAM, Va. (AP) — The brother-in-law of a minor league baseball pitcher killed the athlete's wife, toddler son and mother-in-law before he was captured naked during a manhunt in a tiny southern Virginia community, authorities said Wednesday. Matthew Thomas Bernard, an 18-year-old relative of the...
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This image provided by the Todd County (Minn.) Sheriff's office shows Dylan John Bennett. Authorities say Dylan John Bennett, the son of a former NFL lineman wanted on murder charges in the death of his parents has been arrested in Mexico The Todd County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Dylan John Bennett was arrested at a hotel Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in Cancun. (Todd County Sheriff's Office via AP)
August 24, 2019 - 5:53 pm
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the son of a former NFL lineman wanted on murder charges in Minnesota for the shooting of his parents has been arrested in Mexico. The Todd County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Dylan John Bennett was arrested at a hotel Saturday in Cancun. Authorities...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 1987, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals place kicker Jim Breech (3) and New York Jets' Barry Bennett (78) react after Bennett blocked his game winning field goal attempt as they watch Jets' Rich Miano pick up the ball and run 67 yards for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Authorities in Minnesota are investigating the deaths of a former NFL lineman and his wife and say the couple's son is a suspect. The bodies of 63-year-old Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol, were found Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, after a friend went to their home in Long Prairie for a welfare check. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)
August 23, 2019 - 3:24 pm
LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett is accused of shooting Bennett and his wife multiple times, killing them, then driving out of state and boarding a flight to Mexico, according to criminal charges filed Friday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant and were...
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Michael Barisone appears in court in Morristown, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The former Olympian was charged with shooting and wounding a woman at a farm where he trained other riders will be detained pending trial. Barisone appeared in court Wednesday, a week after the shooting at his training center in Morris County. The judge said Barisone was still a danger to others. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 14, 2019 - 2:28 pm
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A judge declined Wednesday to release a former Olympic equestrian charged with shooting and wounding a woman at his training center, while the man's lawyer claimed he was the target of threats and harassment by the victim and her fiance. Michael Barisone is charged with two...
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Michael Barisone appears in court in Morristown, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The former Olympian was charged with shooting and wounding a woman at a farm where he trained other riders will be detained pending trial. Barisone appeared in court Wednesday, a week after the shooting at his training center in Morris County. The judge said Barisone was still a danger to others. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 14, 2019 - 2:26 pm
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A judge declined Wednesday to release a former Olympic equestrian charged with shooting and wounding a woman at his training center, while the man's lawyer claimed he was the target of and harassment by the victim and her fiance. Michael Barisone is charged with two counts...
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This May 2019 photo shows Corey Ballentine of the New York Giants NFL football team. An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged in the April attack that wounded Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons. Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and five counts of aggravated battery in the April 28 attack, the Shawnee County district attorney's office said in a news release. (AP Photo)
July 13, 2019 - 3:24 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged in the April attack that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons. Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-...
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Director of the National Police, General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, projects a photograph taken of former Boston batter David Ortiz, second from right, with others on the night he was shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday June 19, 2019. According to Bautista Almonte, Ortiz was shot by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, Sixto David Fernández, not in the projected photo, who was seated at the same table with the former baseball star on the night of June 9. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)
June 19, 2019 - 9:51 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday. The Dominican Republic's attorney general and...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office former shows former Texas A&M football player Thomas Johnson. Johnson, accused of hacking a Dallas jogger to death with a machete in 2015, has been convicted of murder. A Dallas County jury swiftly returned a guilty verdict Tuesday in Johnson's trial in the killing of David Stevens after the former wide receiver's legal defense declined to call a single witness. (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
May 01, 2019 - 1:56 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas A&M football player was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the slaying of a Dallas jogger who was hacked to death with a machete in 2015. A Dallas County jury had found Thomas Johnson guilty of murder Tuesday for the seemingly random killing of David Stevens...
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This file photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office shows Thomas Johnson. The former Texas A&M football player is being tried for the killing of a jogger police say was hacked to death with a machete in 2015. Johnson's murder trial began Monday, April 29, 2019, after years of litigation over whether the 25-year old former wide receiver is mentally competent to be tried for the killing of David Stevens. (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP)
April 29, 2019 - 2:30 pm
DALLAS (AP) — David Stevens was out for his usual morning run in October of 2015 when he passed under a bridge on a Dallas jogging path. There, prosecutors say, he was accosted and hacked to death by a former Texas A&M football player wielding a machete. That player, Thomas Johnson, went on...
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