In Mississippi, 3 teens charged in boy’s death are denied bond

Three Mississippi teens accused of killing a 6-year-old boy last week were denied bond during their first court appearances on Monday.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest briefed reporters Monday about the case and said there would be no more arrests.

The suspects have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Kingston Frazier. The boy was found dead in his mother’s car on Thursday morning, hours after the vehicle was reported stolen.

Byron McBride, 19, Dwan Wakefield, 17, and D’Allen Washington, 17, were being held without bond in the Madison County Detention Center, authorities said.

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 26.

A theft, then an Amber Alert

The incident occurred early Thursday in Jackson, the Mississippi state capital located in Hinds County.

The boy had been left alone in a Toyota Camry in a Kroger parking lot at 1:15 a.m.

The three suspects pulled into the parking lot in a separate car, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office said.

One of them allegedly got into the Camry before both vehicles pulled away. It’s not clear whether the driver of the Camry knew the child was in the car.

When Kingston’s mother came out of the store, she alerted a nearby sheriff’s deputy that her vehicle was missing.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert when it became clear a child had been inside the stolen vehicle.

Kingston was found dead later Thursday morning in neighboring Madison County when a passerby noticed the car abandoned on the side of the road and recognized it from the Amber Alert.

The boy was shot in the back of the head, the Madison County sheriff’s office said.

Red Nose Day founder says ‘Love Actually’ short was an easy sell

In just a few days, “Love Actually” fans will find out what has happened to their favorite characters since the film first turned audiences into absolute mush 14 years ago.

The film’s writer and director, Richard Curtis, who is also the co-founder of Comic Relief, a charity that produces Red Nose Day in the U.S. and UK, said it was a no-brainer to get his cast back together for a short sequel.

“I picked ‘Love Actually’ because it was one thing I had up my sleeve,” he told CNN. “I saw the film for the first time in a decade, and that got me thinking I could very quickly say what’s happened to everyone.”

The 10-minute short premieres as part of “The Red Nose Day Special” on May 25 on NBC.

Reuniting Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley and Liam Neeson on screen didn’t take much convincing, according to Curtis.

“They were very willing,” he said.

But a full-length sequel is not in the works.

“The truth of the matter is sequels are hard, and ‘Love Actually’ was very hard to get right,” Curtis explained. “It was the film of mine that changed most between script and edit. The script went really well, but there’s a particularly complicated thing with 10 stories. The edit is like three-dimensional chess.”

Curtis co-founded Comic Relief with his friend Lenny Harry in 1985, after a trip to Ethiopia. Curtis said he “saw such terrible things” that he wanted to do his part to end child poverty. Three years later, they launched their first Red Nose Day in the UK.

“When I started it, I thought it would last for one year,” he said. “So it’s turned out to be a very unruly, but long-lasting child.”

According to the organization, Red Nose Day has raised $1.3 billion since its inception. Money raised goes to multiple charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America, Save the Children and Oxfam.

Curtis said celebrity involvement has had a tremendous impact on the success of Red Nose Day over the last three decades. He cited the time he asked J.K. Rowling if she would donate a signed copy of “Harry Potter” as an example.

“She said, ‘You know, I’ve been thinking of doing these two ‘Harry Potter’ pamphlets ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the one about Quidditch,’ and she said, ‘Why don’t I write those for you?’ From that one letter I wrote, we made $28 million dollars.”

“If you ask somebody to do something for good, it’s amazing the things they will do,” Curtis said.

Beyond celebrity participation, Curtis also credits the longevity of Red Nose Day to its “strangely” appealing symbol.

“The first year at Walgreens, my girlfriend said you’ll sell 50,000 [noses] and we sold five million in the first 10 days. There is just some little magic there,” Curtis said.

TPS program for Haitians in US extended for six months

Pressure has been mounting as Haitians living in the U.S. awaited a decision by the Trump Administration to extend the Temporary Protected Status program. But they learned on Monday that the program has been extended for six months, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, confirmed.

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue a formal notice on the matter later in the day.

The program, which grants work permits and legal residency, was in limbo unless it was renewed by the Trump administration.

The future of some 50,000 Haitians depended on the decision, as the program was set to expire on July 22.

A crowd of people showed their Haitian pride earlier this month outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami field office in northwest Miami-Dade. 

Across from the federal building at 8801 NW 7 Ave., the crowd chanted: “Donald Trump! TPS now!”

The decision to extend the program was in the hands of John F. Kelly, Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security. Earlier this year, he requested an analysis of the criminal history of Haitians living in the U.S.

Former President Barack Obama allowed the TPS to protect Haitians in the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake. Immigration authorities have extended the program three times since.

“If I go to Haiti, many schools, many properties have been destroyed,” Marleine Bastien told Local 10 News.

Bastien’s father is a nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has been in the U.S.  for 18 years and has two U.S.-born children in school.

“I hope they help my parents and they keep me here,” Bastien said before hearing that the TPS program had been extended.

 

The TPS extension for Haitians is one of the rare issues that Florida lawmakers across party lines have urged the president and Department of Homeland Security to act upon, for humanitarian reasons and economic reasons, in a state where immigrants are a critical part of the workforce.

Attorneys make closing arguments in Margate man’s penis defense murder trial

Closing arguments began Monday morning in the murder trial of a South Florida man whose defense is that he accidentally choked his ex-girlfriend with his penis.

Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, is charged with second-degree murder in the choking death of his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, in 2015.

Patterson’s attorney, Ken Padowitz, argued during trial that his client accidentally choked Marquinez during oral sex.

Patterson did not testify. Instead, the defense called on Dr. Ronald Wright, a former Broward County medical examiner, who said it was possible that Marquinez could have choked during oral sex.

Assistant state attorney Peter Sapak questioned why Patterson didn’t call 911 right away and reminded jurors of testimony from an ex-girlfriend, who said he told her that he choked Marquinez. He also re-read a text message that Patterson’s daughter said she sent him to him the day after Marquinez was killed.

“Your dad did something really bad last night,” Sapak said, reading the text Amanda Schneider said Patterson sent to her. “I’m so, so sorry.”

Before the trial began, Padowitz filed a motion asking that the jury be allowed to see Patterson’s penis, but the defense rested before Broward County Judge Lisa Porter made a decision.

Rep. Al Green Inundated With Racist Death Threats Following Call For Trump’s Impeachment

U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, released recordings of threatening voicemails he received after he called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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