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The fiance of an art student who went missing nearly 12 years ago has been indicted on two counts of murder in her death. John Carter was arrested Wednesday and remains in the Butler County Jail. The indictment against the 34-year-old Hamilton man was unsealed Thursday morning, and it wasn’t clear if he has retained an attorney. The charges stem from the August 2011 disappearance of Katelyn Markham, who was last seen at her home in Fairfield. Skeletal remains identified as Markham’s were found in 2013 in a wooded area in Cedar Grove, Indiana, about 20 miles west of her home in Fairfield. Authorities ruled her death a homicide.

The Michigan Court of Appeals says the parents of a teenager who killed four students at a high school can face trial for involuntary manslaughter. The groundbreaking case involves criminal responsibility for the acts of a child. The appeals court says the murders would not have happened if Jennifer and James Crumbley hadn’t purchased a gun for Ethan Crumbley, or if they had taken him home after Oxford High School staff discovered his extreme drawings in 2021. The court noted that the legal threshold at this stage of the case is fairly low under Michigan law. Ethan Crumbley awaits his sentence after pleading guilty to murder.

Mississippi residents will continue being unable to bypass lawmakers and put policy proposals on statewide ballots. A key senator on Thursday killed a plan to create a new initiative process. The proposal would've let people petition on a wide range of issues, but not on abortion. Republican Sen. John Polk says he liked the ban on abortion initiatives, but he had concerns about other parts of the proposal. The Senate proposed about 240,000 signatures to put a proposal on the ballot and the House proposed about 106,000. Polk said he was unwilling to go close to the House number.

A northern Virginia police officer has been fired after fatally shooting a shoplifting suspect last month following a foot chase at a busy shopping mall. Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis announced the dismissal Thursday at a press conference in which he also released body camera footage showing the Feb. 22 shooting of Timothy McCree Johnson outside Tysons Corner Center. Davis said two officers who chased Johnson that night used their weapons; the one who shot the fatal round has been fired, while the other officer remains on restricted duty as the investigation continues. Johnson's family saw the video on Wednesday. The family's lawyer characterized Johnson's death as an execution.


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