Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Best Buddies!

Best Buddies!

Wafer found guilty on all charges

Wafer found guilty on all charges

The jury has reached verdict in the porch shooting murder trial.  After about 8 hours of deliberation, the jury announced their decision, finding Theodore Wafer guilty on all three counts in the shooting death of Renisha McBride.

19 year old Renisha was shot in the face and killed after knocking on Wafer’s door, presumably looking for help after she crashed her car.  The 55 year old airport maintenance worker took the witness stand in his own defense, saying he was in fear for his life when you he was woken up around 4:30a.m. by pounding on his front and side doors.  He claimed he couldn’t find his cell phone to call for help so he grabbed his shotgun and went to investigate.  Wafer told the jury he didn’t know if a man, a woman or several people were outside his Detroit area home.  He claims he shot a faceless figure who came out of the darkness.

Philadelphia mom found strangled to death

Philadelphia mom found strangled to death

Police launch a manhunt for a murderer in Philadelphia. Police say Connie McClain-Murray was found strangled to death in a local park.

Investigators say the mother of two left her house Monday night around 9 PM to go for a jog. When she didn't come home two to three hours later, her family searched for her and then alerted the police by 2 AM. McClain-Murray’s body was found by someone walking a dog just a few hours later but her cell phone and ear buds were missing. Police say they have no suspects and no motives for the killing.

Summer Snacks!

Summer Snacks!

Details emerge in missing girls fathers' past

Details emerge in missing girls fathers' past

It’s a frantic race to find a missing Jenise Wright, 6, in Washington State. Wright vanished this weekend from her family’s trailer park home and today the FBI joined the search.  

Police say Wright’s parents are cooperating with the investigation, but new information has surfaced about Jenise’s father, James Wright. About 14 years ago Wright was accused of child molestation of two girls, ages 8 and 14. The charges were deferred when Wright pled guilty to fourth degree assault charges. Police say they are not focused on those accusations and have not named any suspects. 

Front porch murder trial deliberations begin

Front porch murder trial deliberations begin

Jury deliberations are underway in the Renisha McBride murder trial.  The 19 year old woman was shot in the face when she knocked on Theodore Wafer’s door looking for help after she crashed her car.  The 55 year old airport maintenance worker says he was alone around 4:30 in the morning when he heard violent banging at the front and side door of his Michigan home.  When it didn’t stop Wafer claims he couldn’t find his cellphone to call 911 so he grabbed a shotgun, went to the front door, saw a faceless figure dart out of nowhere and pulled the trigger of what he claims he thought was an unloaded gun.  But it was loaded and the single gunshot wound killed Renisha.

In closing arguments the defense argued Wafer was terrified and shot in self-defense.  The prosecution said Wafer was angry and looking for a confrontation.  What will the jury decide?  It is second degree murder or a mistake? 

Government plans to round up 800 horses

Government plans to round up 800 horses

The Cloud Foundation and other animal rights groups have filed a lawsuit to block the Bureau of Land Management's planned roundup of over 800 horses at the end of the month.  The BLM wants to move these horses out of Wyoming's so-called checkerboard, located in the southern part of the state.  However, much of the more than one million acres in question is public land.

These round ups are incredibly traumatic.  Helicopters chase down these terrified horses, corralling them into pens.  Critics say the BLM is placing ranching special interests over their duty to protect our wild horses-and they're using our tax dollars.  It costs the government more than $46 million annually to care for the over 50,000 wild horses currently in government holding pens.

Doggie Diva's

Doggie Diva's

Jodi Arias the lawyer?

Jodi Arias the lawyer?

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias is heading back to court in just a few weeks so a jury can decide if she lives or dies. But this time, Jodi is going to be her own lawyer.

Jodi was convicted just over a year ago of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander by stabbing him 29 times, slitting his throat from ear to ear and then shooting him in head. The trial lasted for months, and included phone sex tapes, gruesome crime scene photos, and Jodi herself on the stand for 18 days. The jury hung on the death penalty phase, but Jodi gets a chance to defend herself in the new sentencing trial starting in September. 

Body of missing Oregon mom found

Body of missing Oregon mom found

The body of a Dundee, Oregon mom who vanished almost 2 weeks ago was found off a remote road about a half hour drive from where she was last seen.  According to her husband Kallen, Jennifer Huston left her home around 5:45 p.m. on July 24 to run errands.  The mother of 2 young boys drove a few miles to Newberg where she stopped at an ATM, then was photographed on surveillance entering a Rite Aide where she purchased sleeping pills, trail mix, and Gatorade.  She was last seen filling up her tank at a gas station nearby.

Around 10:30 a.m. this morning, Jennifer's car was found on a 30 acre wooded property near Sheridan, Oregon, less than 30 miles southwest of where she was last seen.  Investigators found her body approximately 50 yards away from her abandoned SUV.  During a press conference, a spokesperson said police  are fairly certain they know how Jennifer died, but revealed only that they do not believe she was in a car accident.

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