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Authorities Investigate Triple Homicide in Palmdale

The victims matched the description of the people who live in the home, but they have not been positively identified, officials said. 34.579434
-118.116461 Deputies discovered a man dead inside the home and eventually found two more victims, a man and a woman in another room, officials said in a news release. Saturday after a sister of one the victims asked them to check on the welfare of the residents. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Authorities are investigating a triple homicide in Palmdale and the victims are believed to be a family, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Sunday. 14, 2018. Anyone with information about the incident can call the sheriff’s department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.. All three appear to have suffered “some trauma to their bodies,” but the exact cause of death is under investigation. John Corina said investigators believe the victims are a father, the owner of the home, his son, believed to be in his 50s, and the man’s wife, also in her 50s. Officials had no suspect description. (Credit: KTLA)
Deputies responded to a home in 1100 block of West Avenue N-12 about 3:50 p.m. Authorities investigate a triple homicide in a Palmdale home on Jan. Lt.

2 Injured After Car Goes Airborne, Crashes Into Second Floor of Santa Ana Building; Speed, Narcotics Appear to Be Factors

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— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) January 14, 2018

KTLA’s Sarah Fenton contributed to this story. Debris from the building lay scattered on the floor below what appears to be a white sedan. on Jan. (Credit: KTLA)
A fire was quickly extinguished after the crash, officials said. Orange County firefighters, along with a Los Angeles County search and rescue team, removed the vehicle from the building. ​Cpl. Both people inside the car were able to get out safely and suffered minor injuries, according to the OCFA.
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) January 14, 2018

OCFA in Santa Ana of a vehicle that crashed into the building. A car remains lodged inside the second floor of a Santa Ana dentist office after the driver crashed into the building on Jan. One person still trapped inside the vehicle. Public works officials also responded to the crash to examine the integrity of the vehicle. 14, 2018. The OCFA tweeted that the car “went airborne and landed into the building.”
Police said the driver admitted to using narcotics and was expected to be admitted to a hospital for observation. The fire was quickly extinguished, both victims are out of the vehicle safely with minor injuries. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Two people were injured after the driver of a car, who was apparently speeding, crashed into a Santa Ana building and somehow ended up in the second floor, Orange County Fire Agency officials said Sunday morning. Crews remove the car from the second floor of the building about 7:50 a.m. OCFA on scene in SANTA ANA of a vehicle into a building. Anthony Bertagna said police will be submitting the case to the Orange County District’s Attorney’s Office after running toxicology tests to determined possible charges. (Credit: KTLA)
The car remained lodged inside a dental office along at 319 East 17th Street until about 7:50 a.m., when crews were able to get it out. Members from OCFA & LA COUNTY Urban Search & Rescue teams are removing the vehicle from the building. 33.745472
-117.867653 The Santa Ana Police Department said that the driver was driving at a very high rate of speed down French Street when he or she hit the center median.

False Ballistic Missile Warning Was ‘Unacceptable,’ Underscores Need for Talks With North Korea, Hawaii Rep. Says


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Gabbard said she wants Trump to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally. 29, 2016. Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday. “It’s not just the President making a decision to launch a nuclear weapon,” Gabbard said. “They see it as the only deterrent against the US coming in an overthrowing their regime there,” Gabbard said. (Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
“We’ve got to get to the underlying issue here of why are the people of Hawaii and this country facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea today, and what is this President doing urgently to eliminate that threat?” Gabbard said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
A false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday warned people to seek shelter due to an inbound ballistic missile threat. “I’ve been calling on President Trump to directly negotiate with North Korea, to sit across the table from Kim Jong Un,” Gabbard said, adding that the talks should “happen without preconditions.”
She said forcing the precondition that North Korea relinquish its nuclear program would be unlikely and self-defeating, adding that the US must recognize Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons development is informed by decades of US attempts to overthrow foreign governments. U.S. “The fact that these processes failed so epically, that caused this trauma, that caused this terror all across the state of Hawaii, must be fixed immediately, and those responsible for this happening need to be held accountable,” Gabbard said. Representative, HI-02 Tulsi Gabbard speaks during a summit in New York City on Jan. Trump has insulted Kim as “Rocket Man” on Twitter and in a speech before the United Nations, and he has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury.”
Kim has insulted Trump and threatened to attack the United States as his country continues to develop and test nuclear weapons and missile systems. The false ballistic missile warning in Hawaii was “unacceptable” and points to a need for President Donald Trump to negotiate with North Korea directly, Hawaii Democratic Rep. Trump has dismissed attempts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to deescalate the situation through direct talks, and last month the White House reined in Tillerson’s offer to start talks without preconditions. “It’s these kinds of mistakes that we have seen happen in the past that bring us to this brink of nuclear war that could be unintentional.”
Gabbard said she was “angry” the false alarm went out and said she was hearing stories from all over Hawaii about the traumatic moments in the wake of the alert. State leaders and emergency officials said it was a false message, and Hawaii Gov. In an apparent shift on Wednesday, Trump said he might be willing to have dialogue with North Korea when it’s “appropriate.”
‘Terror all across the state of Hawaii’
Outside of the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, Gabbard said the false alarm highlighted the threat of nuclear war due to mistakes and false information. David Ige told CNN “an employee pushed the wrong button,” causing the erroneous alert.

Trump Tweets DACA Is ‘Probably Dead’, Because Democrats ‘Don’t Really Want It’

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Trump’s remarks come after talks on a bipartisan immigration proposal froze after the President made disparaging comments in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers in which he derided African nations as “shithole countries” and asked why more immigrants couldn’t come from Norway. Dick Durbin, who was at the White House meeting, said Friday that the President “said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”
Republican Sens. In a second tweet a few minutes later, he wrote: “I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. 12, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted, “I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA. Donald Trump waves to journalists as he boards Marine One on departure from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his annual physical examination on Jan. #AMERICA FIRST.”
Trump’s tweets came just hours after his administration resumed receiving renewal applications for “Dreamers” under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following a federal court order blocking the administration from ending the program. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, who were also in the meeting and have been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, said in a statement that they didn’t recall Trump making the derogatory comments, “but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest.”


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“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. Too bad!”

DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military. Trump has denied making the remarks, but Illinois Democratic Sen. Democrats have been demanding protections for DACA recipients in exchange for border security funding that could include money for Trump’s promised border wall. They are all talk and no action. The program has protected undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported. — Donald J. No more Lotteries! President Donald Trump again blamed Democrats on Sunday for the stall in talks over a potential immigration deal as the threat of a government shutdown looms this Friday. The administration announced the end of DACA in September, with recipients beginning to lose their status in early March.

Sunday “Gayle on the Go!”, Sunday, January 14th, 2018

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Body World: Pulse
California Science Center
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Los Angeles
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We can see the artistry of our own bodies at the California Science Center exhibit BODY WORLDS: PULSE. The celebration happens each year after the Tournament of Roses Parade paying homage to Lionel Sternberger credited with inventing the cheeseburger in 1924 while working at the family’s Pasadena Rite Spot roadside stand and restaurant. Well, there’s a lot going on there. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
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Happy Sunday! Here’s the link: Add the staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery creating a sumptuous feast for the senses. The unique venue allows us to learn about ourselves; how our bodies function when healthy and when not; and how the choices we make effect our health. Don’t forget you can always post your information on the KTLA Community Calendar. “Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, explores the sculpting, paintings, and drawings of artist Edgar Degas. The deadline for your information is EVERY Tuesday 5pm. See this and more at the California Science Center. -0-
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Rembrandt: Prints “of a Particular Spirit”
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While we’re on the subject of art, have you ever wondered about Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum, the building you see every New Year’s Day in the background of the Rose Parade Presented by Honda? “Rembrandt: Prints of a Particular Spirit” contains 21-Rembrandt prints on loan from London’s National Gallery. At the moment, there are three important exhibitions. “Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News. Relax and enjoy several Sunday activities on the SUNDAY, GAYLE ON THE GO!” lis
Free! Layers of mesmerizing decor are combined with live music, gravity-defying acrobatics and aerial stunts. Find a location you might like at the website:
Have a TASTY Sunday! This global art fair has a new partnership with The Museum of the Arts of Guadalajara as well as exhibitors from more than 18-countries. In addition to the meteorites, see old manuscripts as well as meteorite-related art. Pasadena Cheeseburger Week wraps up this weekend. Meteorite Show and Tell @ 1pm
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And, how about a snack? Adults, youngsters, seniors, and members of the military are invited to skate from 4pm to 10:30pm. Families and friends are invited to organize their own “Cheeseburger Crawl” and visit many of the participating Pasadena Week Cheeseburger Week restaurants. BODY WORLDS: PULSE closes next month. Audiences are taken to a live Hollywood-style movie set, where the moving interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action. -0-
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After Fire, Mudslides, Montecito Struggles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Rebound

(Credit: Frederic J. In Montecito, where mud slides killed at least 17 people last week, all businesses were closed. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Caltrans said Friday that the 101 Freeway, from the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line to South Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, would remain closed indefinitely. While the freeway closure lasts, Island Packers (, which usually runs boat trips to the Channel Islands, is running shuttle service between Ventura and Santa Barbara harbors. Amtrak ( on Jan. A vehicle drives across a flooded US 101 freeway near the San Ysidro exit in Montecito on Jan. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has imposed a public safety exclusion zone, banning nonresidents from the area. Read the full story on 11 resumed train service between Oxnard and Santa Barbara. 9, 2018. 34.448050

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Before and After Photos Show What Mudslides Did to Montecito For updates, check the agency’s website at or call (800) 427-7623. After December’s fires and early January’s floods, any visit to Santa Barbara County will require homework. Though most visitor attractions in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties avoided the fires and floods and have reopened, several are closed.

Porter Ranch Residents Call on Gubernatorial Candidates to Shut Down Aliso Canyon Gas Facility

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A mysterious disease is spreading through Kyoko Hibino’s neighborhood, but you’d never know it by glancing at her sunny, tree-lined Southern California community, she says. Hibino said her cat also started getting nosebleeds, and now has cancer. (Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Porter Ranch Residents Call on Gubernatorial Candidates to Shut Down Aliso Canyon Gas Facility

The Aliso Canyon gas storage facility drew scrutiny when an natural gas leak forced residents in nearby Porter Ranch from their homes. storage facility at Aliso Canyon — the largest methane leak in U.S. “It’s not ‘dramatic’ enough.”
Three years after a massive gas leak at the Southern California Gas Co. The Aliso Canyon gas storage facility drew scrutiny when an natural gas leak forced residents in nearby Porter Ranch from their homes. Read the full story on “We are slowly being killed,” she said, noting that the air near her house is clear, making the problem hard to spot. history — nearby residents say they’re still suffering health problems from toxins in the air. 34.282213

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Death Toll in Montecito Mudslides Reaches 20 as Recovery Effort Continues

9 brought debris left behind from the Thomas Fire tumbling down hillsides and onto homes. Torrential rain on Jan. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Nearly 500 homes were damaged and at one point, 3,000 homes were threatened. Top row, from left: Marilyn Ramos, 27; her daughter Kailly Benitez, 3; Roy Rohter, 84; Rebecca Riskin, 61. At least three other people are unaccounted for. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Another person was determined dead in the devastating Montecito mudslides, marking the death toll at 20, officials announced Sunday morning. Her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer, had also died in the mudslides, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. His daughter, Lydia, is still missing, officials said. He was found in the area of Hot Springs Road near Olive Mill Road, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said. 12, 2018.(Credit: Frederic J. As of 7 a.m. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
The 20th victim was identified as Pinit Sutthithepa, 30. His 6-year-old son, Peerawat, and his 79-year-old father-in-law Richard Loring Taylor, are also among the dead. The 101 Freeway in the Santa Barbara County city remains closed indefinitely as crews work to clean up layers of mud along the roadway. The deadly mudslides have also caused 28 injuries and destroyed 65 single-family homes. Authorities discovered the body of Morgan Corey, 25, Saturday morning in mud and debris. Bottom row, from left: Alice Mitchell, 78; her husband, Jim Mitchell, 89; Peter Fleurat, 73; Josephine Gower, 69 are shown in photos obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Sunday, officials said they are calling the incident a search and recovery effort, and no longer a search and rescue effort. “Of all the different disasters I’ve been to with regards to water, this is probably the most destructive I’ve seen in my career,” the captain told KTLA. Search and rescue team workers walk past a destroyed property in Montecito on Jan. Tom Henzgen said firefighters and other rescue workers are breaking down trees in order to do a thorough search of the 30-square mile  area, looking for any possible victims buried underneath. “The Sheriff’s Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones,” authorities said in a news release. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, authorities were still searching for the following individuals:
• John “Jack” Cantin, 17
• Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28
• Lydia Sutthithepa, 2
• John “Jack” Keating, 53


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1 Fatally Shot by LAPD in Montecito Heights; 2nd Person Sought

Aguilar said the Amethyst Street in the area is expected to be closed for a few hours. When the officers arrived, an officer-involved shooting occurred, Aguilar said without elaborating. Officers were responding to reports of two men in the area, one of which was believed to have a gun. The second person ran from the area and has not been found, Aguilar said. (Credit: KTLA)
The incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Officers hold down the scene of a police shooting in Montecito Heights on Jan. in the 3400 block of Amethyst Street, Detective Meghan Aguilar told KTLA. hour interviewing officers and witnesses to piece together what happened. 34.083946
-118.194794 Investigators remained at the scene through the 10 a.m. One person was shot and declared dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel. One person was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in El Sereno Sunday morning and another person is being sought, officials said. No officers were injured. 14, 2018. A handgun was found at the scene near the person who was killed, police said.

Violence in Tijuana Continues After Unprecedented Number of Homicides Recorded in 2017

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As homicides soared to unprecedented levels across Mexico in 2017, Tijuana registered one of the steepest increases in the country. “The main issue right now with the power struggle is Sinaloa and the CJNG battling for street dealers, narcomenudeo,” said an official with the U.S. After spiking to unprecedented levels last year, the bloodshed in Tijuana has continued at an unrelenting pace in the first days of the new year as two powerful drug trafficking organizations battle for control of the city’s lucrative street drug sales: The long-established Sinaloa cartel and a newer, aggressive group known as the cartel Nueva Generación Jalisco, often abbreviated as CJNG. 32.514947
-117.038247 “You have got to understand, the money that they make in Tijuana, that’s as much as crossing the border” with smuggled drugs. Close to 90% of the victims are low-level operatives in the local drug trade, they say. Forensic personnel arrive at the property where a mass grave was found, in eastern Tijuana, Mexico on August 17, 2017.More than 600 human bone fragments were found in the mass grave. The tally for the year was a record 1,744 homicides — almost double the record of 910 homicides set in 2016, according to figures from the Baja California Attorney General’s Office. Drug Enforcement Administration, speaking on condition that he not be named. Though bullets have struck innocent bystanders, the killings have been largely targeted and carried out in the city’s impoverished and working class neighborhoods, authorities say. Read the full story on

Authorities Used Snapchat to Help Identify Suspect in Blaze Bernstein Homicide, But Motive Still a Mystery

Blaze Bernstein is seen in an undated photo shared by his family. Detectives used Bernstein’s Snapchat account to identify a friend who had picked him up the night before, said Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes. He was on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania and visiting his parents in Lake Forest when he disappeared. Orange County authorities said they used Blaze Bernstein’s Snapchat account to help identify the suspect arrested in connection with the slaying of the Ivy League college student, but authorities have not revealed details about a possible motive in the case. 33.646944

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Report: Court Document Reveals New Details About Friend of Blaze Bernstein in Homicide Investigation 3 by his family, who became concerned after he didn’t show up for a dental appointment and they found his wallet and glasses in his room. Bernstein, 19, was reported missing Jan. Read the full story on Authorities on Friday arrested Bernstein’s former high school classmate Samuel Lincoln Woodward. That friend told investigators that he had left Bernstein after he walked off by himself in Borrego Park, Barnes said.

Two L.A. City Council Members Plan to Sue Big Oil Companies Over Climate Change

It just has some wide-ranging and comprehensive implications.”
Read the full story on “We’re getting rising sea levels, wildfires, mudslides — that’s the implication of climate change right there,” Bonin said in an interview. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Two L.A. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Friday for legal action against an array of petroleum companies, saying fossil fuel emissions have contributed to natural disasters and “abnormally intense weather patterns” that are proving costly for taxpayers. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, seen in 2016, is calling for a climate change lawsuit against the nation's oil producers. “That does damage to our infrastructure. 34.052234
-118.243685 In their written proposal, Councilmen Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz said oil and gas companies knew they were contributing to climate change and did “nothing to stop their destructive ways.” The result, they said, has been expensive repairs to streets and other public facilities. City Council Members Plan to Sue Big Oil Companies Over Climate Change

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, seen in 2016, is calling for a climate change lawsuit against the nation's oil producers. The push for financial reimbursement comes as Southern California communities continue to deal with the aftermath of an especially intense wildfire season and, in recent days, devastating mudslides caused by a recent storm.

9th Circuit to Study Workplace Conditions After Retirement of Pasadena-Based Judge Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas did not mention Kozinski by name in announcing the selection of the committee, but noted there were rules in place to deal with complaints against federal judges. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals named four judges and an employment lawyer to the committee, which will review policies to protect workers and recommend changes if necessary. 37.774929

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9th Circuit to Study Workplace Conditions After Retirement of Pasadena-Based Judge Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski looks on during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Thomas said Friday that he first created the committee Dec. Thomas of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski looks on during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Read the full story on (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A federal appeals court has assigned a committee to investigate workplace conditions in the wake of sexual misconduct charges that recently forced a high-profile judge to retire.

Klansman Convicted of Killing 3 Civil Rights Workers in Mississippi Dies in Prison

The lone holdout said she couldn’t convict a preacher. Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly gave the time frame of the case being closed. “It has been a thorough and complete investigation,” Hood said. The slayings were among the most notorious of the civil rights era and were the subject of the 1988 movie “Mississippi Burning.”
The killings of James Chaney, 21, Andrew Goodman, 20, and Michael Schwerner, 24, helped galvanize the civil rights movement that ushered in major reforms in access to voting, education and public accommodations. None served more than six years in prison. Edgar Ray Killen, a part-time Baptist minister and the plot leader, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter nearly 13 years ago. A Klansman found guilty for his role in the 1964 Freedom Summer killings of three civil rights workers has died in prison, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld his convictions in 2007. The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy. It was closed in June 2016. After their release from the county jail in Philadelphia, a Ku Klux Klan mob tailed their car, forced it off the road and shot them to death. At age 80, he was convicted on June 21, 2005, based on new evidence unveiled in 2000 and was sentenced to three consecutive 20-year sentences. At the time, no federal murder statutes existed, and the state of Mississippi never brought charges. Their bodies were found 44 days later, buried in an earthen dam, after an extensive FBI investigation. Freedom Summer
On June 21,1964, the three — all civil rights workers registering African-Americans to vote — were on their way to investigate the burning of a black church in Neshoba County when a sheriff’s deputy took them into custody for speeding. That year in a federal trial, Killen avoided prison when a jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of his conviction. Edgar Ray Killen is shown in an undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Prosecutions sought three years after killings
In 1967, prosecutors convicted eight defendants for violating the federal criminal civil rights conspiracy statute, namely the victims’ right to live. Nearly 40 years later, he was retried after the state reopened the murder investigations. Over the past 40 years, authorities have convicted people of notorious murders during the civil rights era. Federal investigation reopened
In 2010, federal authorities reopened the investigation in search of evidence to allow them to convict the remaining suspects. However, no foul play is suspected, it said. They include the Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing in 1963 that killed four black girls and the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, a NAACP leader, in Jackson, Mississippi, by a member of the White Citizens’ Council, who was convicted more than 30 years later based on new evidence. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said that investigation ran up against a stone wall 18 months ago when a witness backed out at the last minute after pledging to sign a sworn statement that would have implicated a suspect. “I am convinced that during the last 52 years, investigators have done everything possible under the law to find those responsible and hold them accountable; however, we have determined that there is no likelihood of any additional convictions.”
In June 2016, federal and Mississippi authorities closed the books on the case, saying no viable prosecutions remain in the more than half-century-old investigation. Killen, who would have turned 93 on January 17, was pronounced dead Thursday night at the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, the department said. 32.354668