Emotional protests erupted as new questions emerged in the mysterious death of Kendrick Johnson. Johnson was found dead inside of a rolled-up gym mat in his Georgia High School.
The Sheriff’s Office initially concluded that the death was accidental. They said Johnson climbed into the mat to get his shoe, got stuck and suffocated. But his parents say that is nonsense and claim their son was murdered.
A mother of two has been charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill her boyfriend. Police say 33-year-old Jessica Strom offered an ex-classmate $1,000 and “lots of sex” if he would kill her lawyer boyfriend.
The alleged target was her boyfriend John Schellpfeffer. John spoke exclusively to Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Rising TV star Ana Trujillo is accused of killing her boyfriend by stabbing him in the neck and face with the heel of her stiletto. Police say she stabbed Stefan Anderson at least 25 times. But the defense says Trujillo stabbed him out of self-defense after a life and death struggle with her boyfriend.
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Shannon Kleeman was found murdered in the basement of her stepmother’s home. The 21-year-old was found shot multiple times and covered in blood. But reporters tell us that police are baffled as to who might have done such a terrible thing.
Shannon was at her stepmother’s house pet sitting while the stepmother was in the hospital. On Friday, her sister couldn’t get a hold of her and went to the stepmother’s house. She discovered Shannon’s “mutilated body” in the basement. Who would shoot Shannon multiple times and why?
Andrea Yates was convicted of drowning her children in a bathtub. She was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity. Her ex-husband, Rusty Yates, stood by her during her trial. Rusty spoke to Jane Velez-Mitchell about why he stood by his ex-wife and he talks about the Michelle Schlemmer case.
Michelle Schlemmer admits to holding two of her young sons under the water in the bathtub killing one and leaving the other fighting for his life. Schlemmer put her oldest son on the school bus then came back in the house and told her other two sons ages 6 and 3 to get in the tub.
A mom of three admits to holding two of her young sons under the water in the bathtub killing one and leaving the other fighting for his life. Michelle Schlemmer put her oldest son on the school bus then came back in the house and told her other two sons ages 6 and 3 to get in the tub.
Schlemmer then says she got in the tub with them and held them under the water, even sitting on them at one point. Her three-year-old son is dead and her six-year-old is on life support. Schlemmer says ‘crazy voices’ told her to do it. She told police she thought she could be a better mom to her oldest son if her the two younger boys were gone.
The family of Johran McCormick, a 17-year-old shot and killed by his girlfriend's father March 13, wants charges filed against the girlfriend as well as her dad. So far, no one has been charged in the Texas teen's death.
According to CNN affiliate KHOU, a group in support of McCormick's family held a rally Wednesday in front of the Houston-area home where he was killed.
Lacey DeWent was reported missing Monday when she did not show up to her Albuquerque, New Mexico school. Police believe the 14-year-old may be with an online predator. Lacey’s parents had recently taken out a restraining order against 26-year-old Robert Butler. They say Butler had met Lacey online and the two had been communicating for the past year.
Lacey’s mom told HLN that she had recently found Robert hiding in Lacey’s closet. She called the police but because Lacey had let him into the home they were unable to charge him. Lacey’s mom then filed the restraining order but she says Robert repeatedly violated it.
A New Jersey family and their beloved dog Wesley reunited Tuesday after almost a year and a half apart. The Cruz family said their Labrador went missing way back in November 2012 after running out of the family yard. As months passed with no sign of Wesley anywhere, the family said they were heartbroken.
So you can imagine their surprise when they received a phone call on April 1 from police telling them they found Wesley! An officer from the West Windsor police department responded to a report of a dog on the loose in central New Jersey. At the scene, the officer said he found a friendly, large dog who was more than happy to jump into his patrol car and go for a ride.
Jane Velez-Mitchell is an outspoken advocate for animal rights and safety. She has won multiple Genesis awards given by the Humane Society of the United States for her work speaking out against animal cruelty. Read all of our animal stories here.