Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

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.

Theodore Wafer takes the stand in own defense

Theodore Wafer takes the stand in own defense

The man accused of murdering 19 year old Renisha McBride takes the stand in his own defense.  Theodore Wafer told the jury he was petrified in the moments leading up to the shooting.  He says he was home alone when he heard loud, intense banging at his front and side doors around 4:30 in the morning.  He claims he couldn’t find his cellphone to call for help so he grabbed his shotgun.  Wafer says he didn’t know it was loaded when he went to the front door and claims shooting Renisha in the face was a “reflex reaction.”  But do interrogation tapes tell a different story?  And will the jury believe him?

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Mom charged in daughters' bloody crime scene

Mom charged in daughters' bloody crime scene

New information in the Jessica Smith alleged murder case. Cops say Smith, 40, killed her precious 2 year old daughter Isabella and tried to murder her 13 year old daughter Alana inside a hotel room. She is now charged with aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.

Cops say last Wednesday Smith loaded up her two daughters into her Suburban and drove almost 200 miles, crossing from Washington State into Oregon, to get a room at a resort in Cannon Beach. Two days later a housekeeper found the youngest daughter, Isabella, dead and her sister, Alana, wounded. Cops launched a huge manhunt for Smith and she was arrested last night on a logging road about 15 miles away from the crime scene. Smith was arraigned earlier today.

Teens literally lighting themselves on fire

Teens literally lighting themselves on fire

Teenagers across the country are dousing their bodies in flammable liquids, lighting themselves on fire, filming it, and posting that video on the internet.  This is not a premise from Mike Judge’s terrifyingly prescient film “Idiocracy” or a fictional trend from the next dystopian young adult book series:  this is real life.  And one 16-year-old California teen is suffering the very real consequences.

Fernando Valencia sustained second- and third-degree burns after participating in the “fire challenge” last Friday.  Fortunately, his injuries are not life threatening, and now he’s warning others not to participate in this dangerous "game."  Many other teenagers have been seriously injured, and 15-year-old James Shores even died last month after attempting the fire challenge.

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