Steven Slaughter Murder Arrest, Phylicia Barnes Murder Trial #3

Steven Slaughter Murder Arrest

DC police have mad an arrest in the murder of 14-year-old Steven Slaughter.  The 9th grader was shot and killed in January while walking home from a neighborhood store.  DC Police Chief Peter Newsham says Slaughter was killed during an attempted robbery. 21-year-old Anthony DeAndre Allen of Southeast was arrested and charged in the murder.

Phylicia Barnes Murder Trial #3

The man accused of killing a North Carolina teenager in Maryland in 2010 is being tried on murder charges for a third time. However, Michael Johnson will not have his case heard by a jury this time after opting for a bench trial during a court appearance in downtown Baltimore this morning. Johnson is accused of killing Phylicia Barnes, who had been visiting relatives in Baltimore. Johnson’s first two court cases ended in mistrial, including the most recent one in which a judge dismissed the charges, but an appeals court overturned that decision.

Pretrial Hearing For Bill Cosby Underway

A pretrial hearing for Bill Cosby is underway in Pennsylvania. Cosby smiled and waved to reporters before his pretrial hearing started in Norristown to decide what evidence can be shown to the jury. The judge will also have to decide if any more of Cosby’s alleged victims can testify against him. The comedian and actor will be retried on sexual assault charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury last June. His defense is looking to have the second case thrown out before heading for that April retrial. Jury selection is slated to begin March 29th.

Florida School Safety Package Gets Final Senate Vote Today

The Florida state Senate will vote on a school safety package today in response to the deadly mass shooting at a high school last month. Lawmakers debated all day Saturday. They defeated amendments offered by Democrats, who wanted to remove the school marshal program that would arm teachers and ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. But Republicans did agree that school marshals should have diversity training so they know how to deal with students of different races and cultures.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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