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Road Rage Murder in Killing of Mandeep Bedi

The death of Mandeep Bedi may be considered road rage murder. Mandeep Bedi was the passenger in his wife's car as Elizabeth Bedi tried to merge into traffic in Chicago's South Side, reports the Chicago Sun Times. But another driver was not happy with Elizabeth Bedi's driving skills, setting off a chain of events that resulted in Mandeep Bedi's death and Elizabeth Bedi's hospitalization.

After Elizabeth Bedi merged into traffic, an unidentified driver pulled alongside and began shouting obscenities at the University of Chicago student. The two drivers went at it until both cars stopped and the drivers got out to confront each other. The other driver then went back into her car and "came at" the Bedis, reversing her car into the couple, reports the Sun-Times.

Elizabeth Bedi was injured. Her husband was killed.

Drew Peterson Murder Trial Evidence Mess

The Drew Peterson murder trial continues to go on and continues to stall. Now, in a battle to admit hearsay evidence, prosecutors have called on the state Supreme Court to intervene.

Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook cop, was accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The two were going through a bitter divorce, and Peterson allegedly choked her to death in a bathtub.

Sex Trafficking in Chicago Nets Chicago Vice Lords

Several members of the Chicago Vice Lords and other gangs were arrested for sex trafficking in Chicago after an 18-month sting operation called “Operation Little Girl Lost.” The victims of the sex trafficking include girls as young as 12 who were forced to become prostitutes and beaten when they tried to leave.

Girls and women between the ages of 12 and 30 were recruited to become prostitutes in a complex homegrown operation that spanned Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Many of the victims were forced to sell their bodies for sex on a daily basis, often working 24-hour shifts, and then forced to give all of their earnings to their pimps. Those that didn’t cooperate, were beaten, whipped, threatened with death, and branded with tattoos as punishments.

Timothy Jones Kills Pregnant Teen, Avoids Fetal Homicide Charge

Eighteen-year old Timothy Jones was charged with first degree murder after gunning down Charinez Jefferson. The 17-year-old pregnant girl died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and head, but her unborn child survived the attack and Jones will avoid fetal homicide charges.

Jefferson had been walking with a group of people last week when Jones allegedly got out of a car and began firing at the group, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The pregnant girl was shot in the heart and head and died. She was six months pregnant, and doctors were able to save her unborn baby.

Zervont Thomas Charged with Murder in Gurnee Stabbing

Be careful who you give a ride to. Thirty-three-year-old Stefan Metel gave a ride to 18-year old Zervont Thomas. For his kindness, Metel was stabbed to death in a strange and bloody car ride. Thomas was charged with first degree murder for the Gurnee stabbing death.

Metel reportedly met Thomas while the two served time in prison, writes the Chicago Tribune. On the day of the stabbing, Thomas apparently called Metel for a ride, and Metel obliged. Picking up Thomas, Metel drove along Grand Avenue in Gurnee with another teen passenger in the front seat and Thomas in the back seat.

John Regan Gets 60 Days for Church Theft

First Carolyn Towns gets busted for selling occupied cemetery plots to feed her gambling addiction. Now, Reverend John Regan gets busted for church theft after he was found guilty of stealing nearly $300,000 from St. Walter Parish to feed his gambling addiction.

A self-described "action gambler," the Catholic priest frequented suburban riverboat casinos where he would test his faith in craps and blackjack, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. But earning only $25,000 a year as a pastor at St. Walter, Regan needed additional funds to keep gaming.

Luis Ramirez Charged With First-Degree Traffic Murder

It's rare to see first-degree murder charges in a traffic accident. But in a mysterious set of circumstances, prosecutors are charging Luis Ramirez with first-degree traffic murder in the fatal car accident that killed 38-year old Sonia Hume in McHenry County.

Ramirez was traveling west on Tryon Grove Road earlier this month when he allegedly veered his car into the eastbound lane and struck Hume's vehicle head-on, killing her, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Attempted Murder Charge for Son Who Tried to Kill Mom

Alexander Georg faces an attempted murder charge after he brutally beat and stabbed his own mother — seemingly over a sandwich.

According to the Daily Herald, the 27-year-old Naperville resident chased his mother through their house and into the street after she offered him lunch. Georg eventually caught up with his mom, knocked her down, and began bashing her head into the ground. Georg then took a butcher knife and stabbed her three times in the chest and once in the neck. The stabbing was reportedly so brutal that Georg’s knife snapped mid-attack.

Prince Watson Charged in iPhone Murder

A Chicago teen faces murder charges in the killing of Sally Katona-King at a North Side train station. Seventeen-year old Prince Watson allegedly stole an iPhone at the station and in the course of his escape, pushed Katona-King down a flight of stairs, killing her. Watson now faces charges for the iPhone murder.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the robbery and murder occurred at the Fullerton CTA station on March 28. Watson allegedly robbed a woman riding the Brown Line of her iPhone and took off running. Katona-King, a 68-year-old Lutheran deacon, unluckily got in Watson's way and was pushed down a flight of stairs.

Jacques Rivera, Wrongly Convicted of Murder?

Northwestern University Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions has picked up the cause of Jacques Rivera and is seeking a new trial for the man it believes may be wrongly convicted of murder.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rivera, a former Latin King, has been in jail since 1988 after he was convicted of murdering a teenage gang rival, Felix Valentin, in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park. Rivera was sentenced to 80 years in jail based largely on the eyewitness testimony of a 12-year old boy, Orlando Lopez.

Online Safety for Kids and Illinois Internet Safety Laws

The good thing about the Internet is that it allows your children to have the world at their fingertips. The bad thing about the Internet is that it allows your children to have the world at their fingertips.

Online safety for kids is a hot topic because kids are increasingly exposed to harmful and criminal material over the Internet. Ever-younger children are going online, and unfortunately, there are predators waiting to bully or take advantage. For example, students have killed themselves over Facebook bullying, young children have been victimized by sexual predators, and minors have been exploited by those who prey on the innocent.

Rod Blagojevich Sentencing: Will He Get 300 Years?

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich sentencing will be determined on October 6th. Blagojevich faces 300 years for crimes he committed while in office. However, legal experts say he more likely will get between six and 15 years, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

In June, Blagojecvich was found guilty of 17 of the 20 corruption and fraud charges brought against him. He was convicted of all 11 counts of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after Mr. Obama was elected President in 2008. He was also convicted of all three counts of attempting to shake down Children’s Memorial Hospital and a racetrack executive, as well as charges for wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery, and conspiracy.