Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-27-19)

3 Wrongly Incarcerated Maryland Men Freed After 36 Years in Prison

  • On Monday, three Maryland men wrongly incarcerated for 36 years were freed from prison.
  • Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart walked out of prison after their convictions for a 1983 murder were overturned.
  • The three were sentenced to life in prison for allegedly shooting 14-year-old DeWitt Duckett over a Georgetown jacket.
  • However, evidence in police reports against a then-18-year-old suspect was ignored.
  • The suspect who wasn’t convicted ditched a gun and a witness saw him leaving the scene.

Benjamen Carter gets life sentence for killing Portland mother over missing wallet

The family of a 21-year-old Portland mother shot and killed in Trousdale County over a missing wallet said justice is finally served after the suspect plead guilty. Benjamen Carter was awaiting trial for the death of Bailey Donoho next year but decided to change plea yesterday. As a result, Carter received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 51 years. Donoho’s parents, sister and 5-year-old son were all in the courtroom. In an exclusive interview moments after the hearing, the family said they are relieved and glad but feel numb. The family approved dropping the attempted charge against Carter per the plea deal.


Trial of Metro Police officer charged with murder to be held in Nashville

The trial of Metro Nashville Police officer Andrew Delke, who is charged with first degree murder will be held in Nashville. On Tuesday, Judge Monte Watkins denied Delke’s change of venue request. Delke is accused of shooting and killing Daniel Hambrick after an attempted traffic stop. The decommissioned officer’s attorneys argued he couldn’t get a fair trial in Nashville.


TRUMP KNEW OF WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT

When Donald Trump finally released military aid to Ukraine in September, he had already learned about a whistle-blower’s complaint about his handling of the matter, says two people with knowledge of the situation. White House lawyers told Trump about the complaint and told him they were trying to figure out whether they had to give the information to Congress. When Trump decided to release the $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine, he denied to an ambassador there was “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.


Deputy says it was his “purpose” to save teen from suicide

On Monday, Deputy Adrian Finch was dispatched to the Natchez Trace Bridge, the site of multiple recent suicides, for a report of a suicidal teen. Finch managed to talk the teen off the ledge and back safely onto the bridge. Body camera video shows Finch walk calmly to the boy and began to speak with him. Now he is speaking publicly for the first time.  “I just started talking to him and I was listening to everything he was saying and it makes you become very compassionate,” says Finch. Finch said he’s been to the Natchez Trace Bridge several times to help counsel people dealing with thoughts of suicide and described the moment as a “crossroads” in the teen’s life.

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