January 16, 2004 SANTA MARIA, Calif. (Reuters) -- Michael Jackson
will plead not guilty to child molestation charges on Friday, his lead attorney said, amid a growing frenzy over the pop star's
first court appearance in a case that could leave his remarkable career in ruins and send him to prison for years.
January 16, 2004 (NBC Nightly News) -- With a sea of cameras and fans outside the courthouse, Michael Jackson pleaded innocent
Friday to child-molestation charges that could send him to prison - and was scolded by the judge for being 21 minutes late
for his first court appearance. For additional details, please go to MSNBC.
Durst Acquitted In Neighbor's MurderNovember 11, 2003 GALVESTON, Texas --
A Galveston jury has declared a cross-dressing New York millionaire innocent of murder charges in the shooting death of his
elderly neighbor. Prosecutors and the defense agree that Robert Durst cut up the body of Morris Black and dumped the parts
in Galveston Bay.
But his lawyers say it wasn't murder. They say Durst had accidentally shot the neighbor in a scuffle
after catching the man in his apartment. Durst says he panicked after shooting Black and decided to dispose of the body and
Durst told jurors he came to Galveston disguised as a mute woman in 2000 to escape media attention
in New York after the investigation of his wife's 1982 disappearance was reopened. He was a fugitive for six weeks after the
killing. He was eventually caught in Pennsylvania when he tried to shoplift a sandwich.
Jurors deliberated more than
five days after nearly six weeks of testimony. -- KXAN News
11, 2003 GALVESTON, Texas -- As jurors deliberated his fate for a fourth day Tuesday, Robert Durst, who was later found
not guilty of murder, sat at the defense table reading a children's book called "Hurry Home, Candy" about a lost dog who has
no one to love him. But the pooch hangs on in the face of adversity and, at the end of the book, finds a home.
had no name and no one to love him," Amazon.com says in describing the book. "He has only the silent, empty countryside and
a few crumbs and bare bones he could pick up. He had only himself, and he was afraid. Along the way, the little dog found
a few friends, people who gave him shelter for a while, but always he moved on -- until he found a place he could call home
The story sounds like Durst's life -- or, rather, the way wanted the eight-woman, four-man jury to view it.
the witness stand, Durst said he'd been driven from New York to Galveston, Texas, by a frenzy of publicity sparked by the
disclosure that Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro had reopened the probe into the disappearance of his first
wife, Kathy. Seeking solace, he rented a $300-a-month efficiency apartment pretending to be a mute woman named Dorothy Ciner.
his 71-year-old neighbor, Morris Black, died in a struggle for a gun, Durst says, he panicked, chopped up the body and dumped
the parts into Galveston Bay, where they surfaced the next day. Durst went on the lam for six weeks, trying to limit his spending
to $200 a day so he could stretch the $37,000 he had. He was busted in Bath, Pa., on Nov. 30, 2001, for shoplifting a $5.99
Durst's story differs with reality, however. When the new probe was revealed, Durst was primarily
living in Dallas, not New York. And before that, he spent five years in the northern California town of Eureka. In fact, he
testified that after 1994, "I spent little time in New York." -- FOX News
Millionaire Durst Cleared in Texas Death
November 11, 2003 GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- Durst is the son of the
late Seymour Durst, patriarch
of the Durst Organization, a privately
held, billion-dollar real estate company that owns several New York
Robert Durst has been estranged from the family
since the early 1990s. The company declined to comment on the verdict.
Durst Found Not Guilty of Murdering 71-Year-Old Neighbor
New York Times -- Robert A. Durst, the millionaire real estate heir who was living
like a drifter in South Texas, was acquitted today of charges that he murdered his 71-year-old neighbor. Durst, 60, was charged
with killing Morris Black in September 2001, butchering him, putting his body parts in garbage bags and dumping them into
Galveston Bay. After the jury returned the not guilty verdict, Mr. Durst looked stunned, his mouth agape, and then he looked
upward as if in relief.
Millionaire Durst Cleared in Texas Death
San Jose Mercury News, CA -- Eccentric
New York millionaire Robert Durst, who said he accidentally killed a hot-tempered neighbor in self-defense and then dismembered
the body in a panic, was found innocent Tuesday of murder. Durst, 60, who is under suspicion in two other killings and who
posed for a time as a mute woman, testified in his own defense for nearly four days. He insisted that Black was shot accidentally
during a struggle over a gun, and said he used two saws and an ax to cut up the body. The victim's head has never been found.
Princess Anne to Send Dog to Animal Psychologist
January 4, 2004 -- Princess
Anne will send her dog to an animal psychologist to avoid having it euthanized after it attacked a royal maid and fatally
mauled one of the Queen beloved corgis. Psychologist Roger Mugford said he expected to begin work with Florence the bull terrier
next week. Mugford said that he believed the attacks were related to an underlying medical factor.
Florence attacked a corgi named Pharos at Sandringham, injuring him so
badly that he had to be euthanized. The royal maid, 55-year-old Ruby Brooker, was treated for a minor bite following Saturday's
attack at the royal Sandringham estate in eastern England, the palace said.
News media reports had widely blamed another of Princess Anne's bull terriers,
Dotty, for the corgi incident, but Buckingham Palace cleared her last Tuesday and blamed Florence instead. The British media
reported that Florence has no history of violent behavior, unlike Dotty, who bit two children in a park in 2002 and landed
Princess Anne with a fine. -- Edited and excerpted from the full
article in the Canadian Press
|Bonny Lee Bakely Murder, Robert Blake
|Actor/Husband, Arrested for Shooting Her
Robert Blake/Bonny Bakely Slaying
"Every time you think you got it made, old Mother Nature kicks you in the scrotum."
~ Robert Blake
"Give me a cigarette," Blake, 69, said to his defense investigator as
he stepped out of the downtown jail. He took a drag before briefly commenting to a crush of reporters and photographers.
"I never thought I'd make 11 months in a cement box," Blake said
when he was released, adding: "This is God's day. He's never let me down." -- CBS On March 13, 2003, he was released on $1.5 million bail, restricted by the court to surrender his passport, live in one residence, and submit to electronic monitoring. Earle Caldwell,
Blake's bodyguard, was arrested on conspiracy charges and has been free on $1 million bail posted by Blake.
They were both arraigned on March 27, 2003, and are both still awaiting
trial as of June 2003.