Officials say Ricky Dubose died in an apparent suicide just 10 days after he was sentenced to death. He had been convicted of killing corrections officers Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue while escaping a prison transport bus in 2017.
Darlene Brister allegedly stabbed five of her seven children as the house burned around them. Brister's husband told reporters his wife had been struggling with her mental health and they'd tried to get her help.
The identity of an infant who became known as "Baby Boy Hugo" was a mystery for nearly 30 years. Authorities now say DNA helped them arrest Meaonia Michelle Allen, who allegedly confessed to slashing her son's throat shortly after his birth.
After Charles Rhines, a gay man, was convicted of murder, jurors weighing a death sentence argued that sending him to prison for life would have been “sending him where he wants to go” because of all the men there.
Wako John Hawk Co-Cke' says that discrimination stemming from colonization and church tyranny continues to affect indigenous gender non-conforming people, who face higher threats of violence than the rest of the population.
There are a few notable cases where defendants in murder trials used the legal strategy of blaming the victim's sexual or gender identity — which is no longer legal in some states — to soften their sentences.
Morgan Geyser was just 12 when she and Anissa Weier lured another girl into the woods and nearly stabbed her to death to please a fictitious character known as "Slender Man." Weier was conditionally released last year.