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Chicago verdict comes 4 years after Laquan McDonald’s death

Chicago police Of cer Jason Van Dyke, left, is taken into custody after jurors found him guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the Leighton Criminal Court

Gerry Broome, Associated Press

October 8, 2018

Four years after he fired 16 bullets into a black teenager, three years after dashcam video of the shooting was released and three weeks after his murder trial began, Jason Van Dyke's transformation from Chicago patrol officer to convicted felon came suddenly. A clerk announced the jury's decision....

War at home: Routh found guilty in ‘American Sniper’ murder

Former Marine Corporal Eddie Ray Routh appears in court on opening day of his capital murder trial Feb. 11. (Tom Fox | Tribune News Service)

Sharon Lavin

March 8, 2015

It all started from a generous act of compassion, but turned south for a motive unknown.  Eddie Ray Routh, former U.S. Marine and diagnosed schizophrenic, will spend the rest of his life in prison for a murder he committed two years ago. Routh shot “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield in a day that was planned to b...

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