TEXAS: Sex case defendant missing
One of the men accused in a series of sexual assaults of a young girl disappeared from his trial Wednesday, following a day of emotional testimony from the now 13-year-old, who cried as a video of one of the encounters was played for jurors. Testimony continued despite the absence of Eric McGowen, 20, one of 14 adults accused of having sex with the girl during a nearly three-month span two years ago. Six juveniles were also charged. Judge Mark Morefield said a bench warrant had been issued, and McGowen's bond was increased from $35,000 to $250,000. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and faces up to life in prison if convicted.
CALIFORNIA: Wife pleads not guilty
A professional tennis lineswoman beat her husband, 80, to death with a coffee cup and used the broken handle to repeatedly stab him before judging a tennis match and getting a manicure, prosecutors said in court Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Sharon Ransom urged that bail for Lois Ann Goodman, 70, be kept at $1 million but, after hearing defense arguments, Superior Court Commissioner Mitchell Block reduced bail to $500,000 and allowed home confinement with electronic monitoring after bail is posted. Two dozen supporters filled the Van Nuys courtroom as Goodman pleaded not guilty to murder.
11 injured by driver, 100
Preston Carter, 100, backed his car onto a sidewalk and hit 11 people, including nine children, across from an elementary school in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Fire Capt. Jaime Moore said four children in critical condition were stabilized and were in serious condition at a hospital. Some victims were trapped under the powder blue Cadillac before witnesses helped pull them out, he said. "My brakes failed; it was out of control," Carter told KCAL-TV. He said he will be 101 years old Sept. 5.