MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The father of a disabled girl and the child's home-health aide stand accused of murder after the 12-year old East Tennessee girl died from gangrene and infected bedsores.
The Shelby County district attorney general's office says that a grand jury has indicted the girl's father, 42-year-old Errol Johnson, and 41-year-old home-health worker Chasara Jones on a charge of first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child neglect.
A third defendant has been indicted but will not be named until transported to Shelby County from Louisiana.
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge plans to order that Martin Luther King Jr.'s bible and Nobel Peace Prize be placed in a safe deposit box controlled by the court pending the outcome of a legal dispute over who owns the items.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney made the decision Wednesday. King's estate is controlled by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. They asked the judge to order that their sister, Bernice King, turn over the two prized items.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant.
Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday along with activists Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE' OH'-bed) and Michael Walli. The men were sentenced to more than five years in prison.
The three activists cut through three fences on July 28, 2012, and reached a storage bunker that holds the nation's primary supply of bomb-grade uranium.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville was withdrawn from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Under the measure, a person or group wouldn't have to provide services for a domestic partnership or marriage not recognized by the state if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Tennessee does not recognize same-sex marriages.