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Jury Finds Capital Gazette Shooter Criminally Responsible

A jury ruled that Jarrod Ramos was sane on June 28, 2018, when he shot his way through the small newsroom, killing four journalists and a sales assistant.

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Over three years since the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., in 2018, a jury in Maryland has found Jarrod Ramos criminally responsible for killing four journalists and a sales assistant. 

According to the Capital Gazette, a jury ruled that Ramos was sane on June 28, 2018, when he fired his way through the newsroom, killing four journalists and a sales assistant.

“This is a really bittersweet day here in Annapolis,” Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said. “It’s the day we’ve been waiting for more than three years.”

Ramos’ defense attorney claimed he was too mentally ill and wasn’t stable or competent in fully understanding his actions. He had pleaded guilty to 23 counts in the case; however, Ramos pleaded not criminally responsible, Maryland’s version of an insanity plea.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Paul Gillespie, a photographer who narrowly avoided a shotgun blast, said after court. “I’m glad he’s going to jail.”

Now that a jury has found Ramos sane, sentencing will occur in about two months, with no date set. Prosecutors in the case have stated they would seek at least five life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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Podcast Series Re-Opens the Murder Case of Michael Jordan’s Father

The podcast focuses on one of the defendants in the case, Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Jordan with testimony solely from Larry Demery who took a deal in exchange for identifying Green as the triggerman. 

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A new podcast hosted by investigative crime reporter Amanda Lamb casts doubt on the facts surrounding the murder case involving Michael Jordan’s father, James. 

The series is produced by WRAL Studios, with its parent Capitol Broadcasting Company, which co-produced the 2021 Amazon / IMDb TV Original Docu-series Moment of Truth about the Jordan case.

The podcast focuses on one of the defendants in the case, Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Jordan with testimony solely from Larry Demery who took a deal in exchange for identifying Green as the triggerman. 

“The podcast is the rest of the story,” said Shelly Leslie, head of streaming and podcasting for the Company and serves as Executive Producer on both projects. “The intimacy of audio allows us to take listeners deeply into the lives of all the central characters in this real-life tragedy, most importantly James Jordan and Daniel Green. Mr. Jordan was more than a celebrity’s father.” 

Episodes one and two will be released on July 22, with weekly episodes released every Thursday through Sept 16.

“My goal in this case, or any case I cover, is to seek the truth, based on facts and evidence,” said Lamb. “We’ll take people back to the scene of the crime, put them in the interrogation room, in the trial, in the echoing walls of a prison, and in the living room at home with Daniel’s mother and sister.” 

Lamb has been in touch with Green from prison, through letters, phone calls and in-person interviews, for the last 10 years. 

“The listener is the jury now, only this time they’ll have all the evidence, and they can decide who’s telling the truth,” she said. 

Follow the Truth is the first true-crime podcast from WRAL Studios & Capitol Broadcasting Company. 

You can follow the podcast on social media @Followtruthpod. 

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Orlando Paper Rips DeSantis for Texas Trip Amid Florida’s COVID Spike

DeSantis joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the southern border, a hot topic issue in the country over the last few months.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a trip to Texas over the weekend despite the rise in coronavirus cases in his state, which led to criticism from the Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board

DeSantis joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the southern border, a hot topic issue in the country over the last few months. Nonetheless, the newspaper rang the alarm regarding the state’s growing coronavirus cases as their leader was nowhere to be found. 

“Florida was all over the news this past weekend with one of the nation’s biggest spikes in COVID cases and hospitalizations. And where was Gov. Ron DeSantis as this health crisis resurged? Visiting hospitals? Consulting with physicians and public health experts? Huddling with his staff to brainstorm ways of persuading more Floridians to take the vaccine that would nip this pandemic in the bud?” the board asked.

“Nope. Florida’s governor was in Texas, 1,000 miles from Tallahassee, burnishing his 2024 presidential ambitions with a visit to the southern border.”

The state accounts for almost 20 percent of the country’s new COVID-19 infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fifty-five percent of Florida’s population has received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Meanwhile, 47.8 percent are fully vaccinated. 

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Reuters Photographer Dies While Covering Conflict in Afghanistan

The media outlet released a statement informing that Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a conflict between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near the border with Pakistan.

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Reuters is mourning the loss of its Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was killed on duty in Afghanistan this past weekend. 

The media outlet released a statement informing that Siddiqui was killed while covering a conflict between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near the border with Pakistan. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn that our photographer, Danish Siddiqui, has been killed in Afghanistan,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni said. 

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region, and support Danish’s family and colleagues. Danish was an outstanding, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Siddiqui joined Reuters as a photographer in 2010, where he has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Hong Kong protests, and earthquakes in Nepal.

In 2018, Siddiqui was a member of the team that received a Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.”

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