Court tosses murder conviction over fire in secret tunnels

first_imgCOLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland appeals court has overturned a wealthy stock trader’s conviction on a murder charge in the fiery death of a man who was helping him dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker. Daniel Beckwitt was sentenced in 2019 to nine years in prison after a jury convicted him for the death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra. A Court of Special Appeals panel ruled Friday that the evidence wasn’t sufficient to sustain Beckwitt’s second-degree “depraved heart” murder conviction. But it upheld his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Prosecutors said extreme hoarding conditions in Beckwitt’s home prevented Khafra from escaping after a fire broke out above the tunnels in a suburb of Washington, D.C.last_img

New Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone

first_imgHealth officials say there are fears of further infections as the cases occurred in a densely populated slum. Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre said there was great concern because all Ebola quarantine facilities in Freetown had been closed. West Africa is recovering from the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. More than 11,000 people have died since December 2013.Health officials said six people have been under observation since the first of the new cases – a casual labourer – tested positive on June 17.Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May, but hopes that neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea would quickly follow suit have been dashed recently, with the weekly toll of infections in the two countries hovering around 25.The latest cases were found in the Freetown slum of Magazine.  The north of Sierra Leone continues to be affected by Ebola, as does neighbouring Guinea. Last month, six people were put in isolation in prison in Guinea after being accused of travelling with a corpse of a relative who had died of Ebola. Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic.last_img read more

Plenty of action on final transfer day

first_imgIn the final hour of the January window, Stoke announced the capture of highly-rated defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula from FC Porto for 18.3 million pounds.The French international has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at the Britannia Stadium.That deal bettered the 13.5 million pounds that Everton paid for Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow after Irish international Aiden McGeady had earlier been allowed to leave Goodison Park to join Sheffield Wednesday on-loan for the season.last_img