06 Mar 2013
FBI agents executed a search warrant at Northern Illinois University Wednesday morning as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Officials won’t say what they are looking for on the DeKalb campus. They would say the NIU warrant is part of ongoing investigation involving Illinois State Police, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The FBI says the warrant is not in response to any public safety concerns.
“It is not interrupting the public safety functions at this time,” Brad Hoey, Northern Illinois University spokesperson, said.0 Comments Continue reading
Police in Winnsboro, Louisiana confirmed on Monday that a woman had been set on fire over the weekend and racial slurs were found scrawled on her car.
Sharmeka Moffitt told police that she was attacked and burned by three men wearing white hoodies at a park in Franklin Parish on Sunday, according to KNOE.
At a press conference on Monday, police said that the letters “KKK” were spray-painted on the hood of her car.Winnsboro Police Chief Kevin Cobb said that the FBI was investigating whether the incident was a hate crime, but authorities declined to classify the attack as racially motivated on Monday. The Franklin Parish Sheriff, Louisiana State Police and the state fire Marshall’s office were also participating in the investigation.0 Comments Continue reading
William Balfour has been convicted of the murders of actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
Hudson bowed her head as jurors entered the courtroom around 4:40 p.m. The Academy Award-winning actress, who attended each day of the trial, leaned forward when the verdict was read and softly cried as her fiancé comforted her and family members squeezed her shoulders.
When jurors walked out of the courtroom, Hudson stood on tiptoe to watch them.
The family of Balfour cried on hearing the verdict. He faces mandatory life in prison.
The verdict came less than three hours after jurors sent out a note telling the judge they were split but still trying to reach a decision. Jurors gave a breakdown of their votes but Judge Charles Burns did not disclose it.
A second note, issued at the same time, asked for all available evidence about the “cell phone tower coverage.” The note concluded by saying “we are trying,” an apparent reference to their continued talks.
The judge agreed to send back a transcript of the testimony of FBI Special Agent Nikki Skovran, who performed a forensic analysis of Balfour’s cell phone from the day of the murders that placed him near the Hudson home around the time the victims were shot.
“With regard to the first question, please continue to deliberate,” Burns wrote.0 Comments Continue reading