A judge said Monday that she will consider a defense request to dismiss child pornography possession charges against one-time JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr. The announcement comes after Sonoma County Sheriff’s officials revealed last week the computer that allegedly held the illicit images was lost in 2002. Judge Cerena Wong is set to consider Wednesday whether the five misdemeanor charges Karr faces should be thrown out. She criticized prosecutor Joann Risse for not telling her that the computer was lost even though she has known about it since Aug. 30.
Illinois: Exam for murder suspect
A judge on Monday ordered a psychological examination for a woman accused of killing a pregnant acquaintance and cutting her fetus from her womb. Tiffany Hall, 24, looked sullen as she appeared at an arraignment hearing via video conference from the St. Clair County Jail, where she is being held on a $5 million bond. Prosecutors say she killed Jimella Tunstall, 23, who was about seven months pregnant, and her fetus. According to authorities, Hall told police she also drowned Tunstall’s three children – ages 7, 2 and 1 – and stuffed them into a washer and dryer at the apartment they shared with their mother.
New Mexico: Rocket falls short
The first rocket launched from New Mexico’s spaceport failed to reach suborbital space Monday, wobbling and dropping back to Earth barely a tenth of the way into its intended journey. The unmanned, 20-foot SpaceLoft XL rocket, carrying various experiments and other payloads, was supposed to journey 70 miles above Earth, but only reached an altitude of 40,000. Three miles from the launch site, witnesses saw the rocket wobble, then go into a corkscrew motion before disappearing in the clear sky.
From Herald news services