Gerald Maxwell, 39, a convicted burglar who was caught breaking into the same Sarasota, Fla., home he had broken into last year, quickly tried to explain his innocence to officers.
“I was going back in there to leave a thank-you note, because I’m the guy who burglarized this place last year and I just got out of jail.”
Terrance Mitchell was arrested in Waterloo, Iowa, identified from video as the man who tried to shoplift surveillance equipment from a store.
Mitchell was thus apparently unaware that stores that sell surveillance equipment might operate surveillance cameras.
Michael Peterson was convicted in 2003 of murdering his wife, Kathleen, and sentenced to life in prison in North Carolina, but T. Lawrence Pollard, who was one of Peterson’s lawyers, has relentlessly offered the alternative theory (though not during Peterson’s trial) that Mrs. Peterson was instead killed by a rogue owl one night in her home.
Earlier this year, Raleigh’s News & Observer wrote a series on deficiencies in the state’s original investigation (though not about owls), and Pollard filed affidavits in August — one by an owl expert that Mrs. Peterson’s injuries were consistent with an attack by “a large bird of prey” and the other by scientists who offered to DNA-test what investigators say might be a faint microscopic “feather” from the crime scene.
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