SAN DIEGO (AP) -- David Westerfield should be put to death for kidnapping and killing 7-year-old neighbor Danielle van Dam, the jurors who convicted him of murder told a judge.
The recommendation came after nearly two weeks of deliberations in a case that has riveted San Diego since the little girl's abduction in February. The abduction was the first in a line of highly publicized child kidnappings this year.
Westerfield, 50, showed no emotion after Monday's jury recommendation, but his mother shook and cried as one of the defense attorneys tried to console her.
Train derailment evacuees return home
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The last of nearly 3,000 residents forced to evacuate because of a sulfuric acid leak from a derailed freight train were allowed to return home Tuesday morning.
A 141-car Norfolk Southern train bound for Birmingham, Ala., derailed Sunday morning. The cause of the accident remained under investigation.
Yosemite killer found sane
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- After deciding convicted killer Cary Stayner was sane when he murdered three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999, a jury must now recommend if he should be executed or imprisoned for the rest of his life.
It took less than four hours of deliberations Monday to reject a defense claim that Stayner, 41, a motel handyman, was driven by voices and was not responsible for the February 1999 slayings.
Stayner stood for the verdict, but showed no emotion as it was read.
Deckhand acquitted of killing captain
DIAMOND, La. (AP) -- A deckhand was acquitted Monday night of killing his captain on a storm-tossed shrimp boat two years ago.
Alvin Latham, 48, hugged his attorney after the verdict clearing him of second-degree murder was read. He would've faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted in the death of Raymond Leiker, 35.
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