Two prison inmates take their confinement out on some fellow inmates. A South Carolina convicted killer says he and a fellow inmate couldn't bear to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, so they killed four other inmates at Kirkland Correctional Institution. Thirty-five-year-old Denver Simmons tells The Associated Press that on April 7, he and 26-year-old Jacob Philip lured four men from the unit for mentally ill prisoners into Simmons' cell and beat and strangled them. Simmons says he and Philip want to be executed.
A woman is robbed at gunpoint while walking her dog at LaFortune Park around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Tulsa police tell us three men approached the victim, taking her cell phone before running away into the park near 51st and South Yale. Officers got into a foot chase with the suspects, following them to a nearby apartment complex. Tulsa Police Sergeant David Brice said, “However we were able to recover the victim’s cell phone where the officer last saw that suspect run into the apartment complex.” None of the suspects have been arrested.
A shooting victim dies in the hospital after being gunned down on a grocery store parking lot. Tulsa police tell us a 26- to 27-year male was shot around 10:30 Monday night at the Turley Food Express at 504 East 56 Street North. “Officers were able to locate witnesses that stated a black male arrived in the parking lot, exited a vehicle (and) fired multiple shots at the victim while in the parking lot,” said Tulsa Police Sergeant August Terbrock. We're told witnesses had no description of the vehicle or the suspect. Crime scene detectives have taken over the investigation. The victim’s name has not been released.
No charges will be filed in a police shooting last week. Investigators have found no criminal wrongdoing in the police killing of a mentally ill, knife-wielding black man by officers. Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker tells the Tulsa World about the findings Monday from the internal investigation of the June 9 shooting of Jason Barre. Tulsa County District Attorney's Office will review the findings next and decide if it concurs. Barre already was known to police as having a mental illness. When he walked down a street wielding two butcher knives on June 9, two sheriff's deputies and a police officer gave him room until he approached a convenience store. After a stun gun failed to stop Barre, the deputies and officer shot him.
Two dogs mauled a woman over the weekend. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Monday that 65-year-old Melissa Barnes was doing yard work Saturday at a residence west of Bozeman when she was attacked, first by a pit bull, followed by another dog. The breed of the second dog hasn't been confirmed. Barnes, who is an organ donor, was being kept on life support at a Billings hospital pending rabies tests on the dogs, which belonged to tenants on Barnes' property. The dogs were not current on their vaccinations. Their owners voluntarily euthanized them. Gootkin says the case is still under investigation, and no charges have yet been filed.
President-Elect Donald Trump is ready to choose Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as his Attorney General, selecting a campaign ally who was the first sitting Senator to get on board with Trump’s campaign for President.
“Jeff Sessions would be an excellent choice for such an important role,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Republican member of Congress from Session’s home state of Alabama.
BREAKING: Senior Trump official says Trump has offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the job of attorney general.
Sessions was first elected to the Senate from the Yellowhammer State in 1996, but he was in the spotlight in the Senate long before that.
Back in 1986, Sessions was chosen by President Reagan to be a federal judge; but amid charges of racism, the nomination was stopped in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ten years later, Sessions won a seat in the Senate, and has been a reliably conservative voice. He joined with Trump at a massive rally near Huntsville, Alabama in late February, and became a trusted advisor to Trump during the campaign.
Don’t be surprised to see liberal groups go after Sessions and try to breathe new life into his controversial confirmation hearings of 30 years ago.
But it would seem to be a long shot for that to return in 2016, and stop his nomination.
The way to have stopped Sessions from being AG was, primarily, to have beat Trump in the election.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.