News out of Canada a few days ago about the first-degree murder convictions and life sentences of a man, his wife, and their 21-year-old son: Their victims were the parents' three daughters, ages 19, 17, and 13, and the husband's first wife. Authorities found the bodies of the four fema ... More >>
Just back from downtown Phoenix's county courthouse, where Faleh Almaleki has been sentenced to 34 1/2 years behind bars for the 2009 murder of his daughter Noor and near-murder of another woman. Faleh Almaleki: "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" We'll be writing in more detail about th ... More >>
The jury at the "honor killing" trial of Faleh Almaleki still hasn't decided which degree of homicide to impose in the closely watched case.Faleh Almaleki's legal fate still up in airMaricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle sent the panel home for the long weekend after several hours o ... More >>
Maricopa County jurors went home yesterday without reaching a verdict in the "honor killing" case of Glendale man Faleh Almaleki, who stands accused of killing his daughter Noor and seriously injuring a former family friend.Waiting game continues for Faleh AlmalekiThe 12-person panel deliberated ... More >>
Faleh Almaleki's attorney had but three words to say when the Maricopa County Superior Court judge asked him to call his first witness late this morning. "The defense rests," assistant public defender Jeffrey Kirchler muttered. It meant that Almaleki, the 50-year-old Glendale man accused of mur ... More >>
Assistant public defender Jeffrey Kirchler tried to suggest at Faleh Almaleki's murder trial yesterday that the lead detective in the case invented the "honor killing" angle that turned this Maricopa County case into an international sensation. Faleh Almaleki: Will he take the witness stand ... More >>
Amal Khalaf, the woman who survived after being crushed by a Jeep Cherokee driven by accused murderer Faleh Almaleki, took the witness stand late this morning in downtown Phoenix. Murder defendant Faleh Almaleki Speaking through an Arabic translator, Ms. Khalaf testified dramatica ... More >>
Faleh Almaleki sat between his attorneys in court on Monday afternoon, listening through an Arabic interpreter to Deputy County Attorney Laura Reckart rip him up. "What could be more dishonorable than a father ripping away the life of his own flesh and blood?" Reckart told the 16-member jury ... More >>
Justin Draper will serve six months in jail for his role in a September 2006 collision near Tatum Boulevard and Bell Road that left three teens dead Perhaps it was seeing Justin Draper's 1-year-old boy scream for his daddy in the courtroom. Or that four years have gone by. Or maybe even ... More >>
Not a day or two goes by without someone contacting us to ask about the legal status of Faleh Al-Maleki, the Glendale man whose fatal October 2009 attack-by-car on his 20-year-old daughter Noor appalled (much of) the world. The comments usually go along the lines of this: "When is that sorry ... More >>
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Christopher Walter (left), Isaac DelgadoIf you're wanted on a felony warrant, hanging out at a county jail that's swarming with cops seems like a great place to get yourself caught.That didn't stop a Phoenix man, though, who paid a visit to a friend in the c ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Cesar Angeles-Ballester (a.k.a. Angeles-Ballesteros) was arrested in connection with last week's brazen kidnapping of four people.Four family members kidnapped in Phoenix last week remain missing despite the arrest of a man who allegedly tr ... More >>
The Balsz Elementary District in the Valley has added 20 days to the school year, giving students four more weeks at school. The extension is an attempt to improve student achievement in the district, which lost 300 pupils last year...The Phoenix Suns lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, with ... More >>
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