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May 24, 2019

SANDRA BLAND - TEXAS TROOPER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities are expected to face sharp questioning over why cellphone video Sandra Bland took during her confrontational 2015 traffic stop never publicly surfaced until now.

A state House committee wants answers at a hearing Friday after the 39-second clip emerged this month. Bland was found hanging in a jail cell near Houston three days after she was pulled over for not signaling a lane change.

The death of the 28-year-old black woman set off protests nationwide.

Her cellphone video shows Trooper Brian Encinia, who is white, drawing a stun gun while ordering Bland out of the car.

Texas authorities say the video was given to Bland’s family attorney with other evidence. But the family says they never saw it.

MURDER CHARGE FOR MAN WHO KILLED DAUGHTER AFTER MISTAKING HER FOR INTRUDER

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina have charged a man with killing his daughter, whom he mistook for a potential intruder.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Jermaine Pressley faces charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, in addition to drug charges.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jimmy Bolt said in a statement that Pressley heard someone trying to enter his home, so he shot through a door.

Deputies said officers responding to the shooting early Sunday found heroin and cocaine in Pressley’s Greenville home.

The coroner’s office says the gunfire fatally wounded 23-year-old Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley.

Pressley is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center. It’s not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

ATTORNEY DEFENDS WOMAN ACCUSED OF SHOVING MAN OFF LAS VEGAS BUS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense lawyer says there’s more to know than a bus security video clip shows about a murder case against a woman accused of killing a 74-year-old man by shoving him off a public bus in Las Vegas.

Attorney Michael Becker, representing 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop, says unspecified “circumstances and events” that have yet to be made public preceded Serge Fournier’s death.

A judge rescheduled a preliminary hearing of evidence for July 17.

Fournier died April 23, a month after falling face-first from the bus to a sidewalk. Authorities ruled his death a homicide resulting from his injuries.

Witnesses told police Fournier had asked Bishop to be nice to other passengers.

The judge let Bishop remain free on $100,000 bond with strict electronic monitoring.

FINAL U.S. SLAVE SHIP FOUND

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The wreck of the final U.S. slave ship has been found in coastal waters infested with alligators and poisonous snakes. The question now is what to do with it.

Some have suggested raising the ship and putting it in a museum. Others want it to become the centerpiece of a national memorial to the slave trade. Leaving the remains in the river and marking the area is another possibility.

Archaeologist James Delgado participated in the work and says the find represents a remarkable chance for research and inspiration.

The United States banned slaved importation in 1808, but a ship called the Clotilda arrived in Mobile, Alabama, in 1860 with an illegal cargo of captured Africans.

The ship was burned to hide evidence, and its exact whereabouts were unknown until now.

DALLAS - ROBERT E. LEE STATUE

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas leaders have decided to sell a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was removed from public view nearly two years ago.

The Dallas City Council on Wednesday designated the 1935 sculpture as surplus property to be sold to the highest bidder.

City leaders say the buyer must pay at least $450,000. That’s what it cost to move the bronze sculpture from a park in September 2017 and put it into storage.

The statue was appraised at $950,000. Dallas authorities say that could pay for the planned removal of a Confederate War Memorial.

Dallas was among cities nationwide that removed Confederate statues following a deadly white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Civil rights advocates say such statues are monuments to racism.

STRANGER STEELER FANS

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A woman will stand trial on allegations she beat her mother and shaved her head because she thought the older woman was listening to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game too loudly on the radio.

A judge ruled this week that Delores Amorino was competent to stand trial.

But the judge said Amorino’s teenage daughter, who faces similar charges, wasn’t competent and ordered her to continue mental health treatments at a state psychiatric hospital.

Authorities have said the two women beat Amorino’s mother and shaved her head during an August 2017 attack in their Youngwood home.

A psychiatrist testified Amorino and her daughter have been diagnosed with a rare psychological disorder in which both suffered from shared delusions that they’re in romantic relationships with a current and a former member of the Steelers.

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