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Larry David, Accidental Hero: How ‘Curb’ Got An Innocent Man Acquitted from a Murder Charge

NYU film grad Jacob LaMendola visited the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” trivia page on IMDB on a lazy day in 2012, expecting to find frivolities like how many f-bombs Susie Essman dropped in her angriest episode. Instead, the top entry explained that outtakes from “The Carpool Lane” — the season-four installment in which creator and star Larry David evaded traffic by inviting a prostitute to a Dodger game — exonerated a murder suspect.

Telling that story became “Long Shot,” which is now streaming on Netflix. It took LaMendola five years to make the 40-minute documentary: “I knew that it was worth taking the time to tell it correctly,” he said.

This was the backstory: The victim, 16-year-old Martha Puebla, was shot and killed on her Los Angeles doorstep in May 2003. Three months later, police arrested Juan Catalan, a machinist who resembed a sketch artist’s composite. They believed

Read more at: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/10/larry-david-netflix-long-shot-curb-your-enthusiasm-1201881409/

Ohio Teen Who Shot Dad in the Head to Allegedly Escape His Abuse Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

The controversial case of Ohio teen Bresha Meadows, who fatally shot her father in the head last year to end what she claimed was his years-long abuse, has come to a close.

In a deal with prosecutors, Bresha, now 15 years old, pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to a year and one day in juvenile detention, six additional months in a private mental health facility and two years’ probation.

Since Bresha has been behind bars for nine months, her lawyer tells PEOPLE, she will only serve two more months in juvenile detention before being moved to the treatment facility.

The judge also agreed that when she turns 21, Bresha’s conviction will be expunged from her record.

She had been charged in family court with one count of murder in the July 2016 death of her 41-year-old father, Jonathan Meadows, to which she

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/bresha-meadows-pleads-guilty-abusive-dad-murder/

Texas Dad Arrested on Child Abuse Charge Days After TV Interview Defending Himself

A Texas father accused of abusing his infant daughter — who doctors say at one point had 25 broken bones — has been taken into custody days after a warrant was issued for his arrest, PEOPLE confirms.

Police in Austin, Texas, arrested 20-year-old Joel Ortiz Rodriguez on Wednesday morning, a police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

He was taken to the Travis County Jail, where he is being held on a $20,000 bond. No court date has been set, and he has not entered a plea. It was not immediately clear if he has retained an attorney.

Rodriguez’s arrest comes almost a week after a warrant was issued for him on a charge of injury to a child, which is a state jail felony, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

It remains unclear why Rodriguez was not immediately taken into custody — though he gave an interview last week with a

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/austin-texas-dad-arrested-daughter-child-abuse/

Prosecutors charge sons of true crime author Ann Rule with theft and abuse

True crime author Ann Rule’s two sons allegedly coerced their bestselling mother out of $100,000, authorities say, according to the Huffington Post. The report says that one son even “demanded money while she ‘cowered in her wheelchair.’” Michael and Andrew Rule have been charged with domestic violence crimes in Ann’s home of King County, Washington. 

84-year-old Rule, who has written 30 New York Times bestsellers, including The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy, has suffered ill health since October of 2013, when she broke her hip in a fall. According to documents the Huffington Post received from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Rule is “on oxygen at all times,” is prone to bouts of “extreme confusion,” and is “vulnerable to undue influence.” The author is “unable to perform many activities of daily living without assistance.”

On March 2, Rule’s son-in-law, Glen Scorr, reported to the prosecutor’s office that he suspected Rule was

Read more at: http://ew.com/article/2015/04/23/prosecutors-charge-sons-true-crime-author-ann-rule-theft-and-abuse/