No new trial for McCowen; Two-Car Crash at Busy Hyannis Intersection

Christopher McCowen's sentence confirmed, judge denies motion for new trial
Garbage collector Christopher McCowen, the black man convicted of murdering Christa Worthington in her Truro home in front of her infant daughter, heard this morning that Judge Nickerson had denied his attorney Robert George's motion for a new trial based on the racial remarks of jurors.  After McCowen's conviction in November 2006, three jurors complained that several other jurors made negative racial remarks about McCowen and blacks in general during their deliberations. At the January hearing, the jurors traded allegations of racism. Several told Nickerson that two white jurors made biased remarks about McCowen and his race.
See the stories on the Christa Worthington murder trial here.

Two-Car Crash at Busy Hyannis Intersection Sends One to the Hospital
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   The scene after a Friday morning rear-ender at this busy Hyannis intersection.
hyannis040408b_250HYANNIS - The always busy intersection of Route 28 and Willow Street in Hyannis was the scene of a classic rear-ender Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.  One driver stopped suddenly and the car behind plowed into him.  The Hyannis Fire Department transported the driver of the first vehicle to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.  Heavy rain was falling at the time, but it is not known if weather was either a factor or cause of the crash.  Barnstable Police are investigating. Story and photos  by Richard Copley.

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