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June 26, 2011 at 10:36 PM
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Triple-murder suspect recaptured in Okla.

PURCELL, Okla., June 26 (UPI) -- Shaun Michael Bosse, a 28-year-old triple murder suspect who escaped from an Oklahoma jail Sunday, was recaptured 10 hours later, police said.

Bosse overpowered a guard at the McClain County jail in Purcell at about 10 a.m. Sunday. He locked the guard in a cell and then walked out of the jail without anyone stopping him, The Oklahoman reported. Bosse was gone for 30 minutes before the guard was able to alert anyone.

Bosse stole a jail employee's black 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix bearing a paper tag displaying "06/08/11," the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.

Law enforcement officers had Bosse back in custody by 8 p.m., Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown told The Oklahoman, without providing further details. The stolen Pontiac was found at an apartment complex in Blanchard.

Bosse, who is white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 215 pounds with green eyes, was being held in the July 23, 2010, killings of Katrina Griffin and her two children, Christian Griffin, 8, and Chasity Hammer, 6. They were found dead in their burned-out mobile home.

Bosse was arrested the next day and is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Police found pawn tickets in his wallet for electronics that belonged to Griffin, and the items turned up his fingerprints.


Cop-killer Poplawski guilty on all counts

PITTSBURGH, June 26 (UPI) -- Stanton Heights gunman Richard Poplawski was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of three Pittsburgh police officers.

Allegheny County prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Poplawski, 24, after his Saturday conviction, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday.

"He had to face his accusers. We are pleased with the decision of the jury," Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said. "We are happy that they have officially recognized Richard Poplawski for the deaths of Paul Sciullo, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly."

The three officers were killed April 4, 2009, after responding to a domestic violence call at Poplawski's Stanton Heights home.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated for less than 4 hours in reaching their verdict on the sixth day of the trial.

"I think the jury worked very hard to come to this decision, one they obviously felt was appropriate based on the evidence," defense attorney Lisa Middleman said. "To ask a jury to render a verdict other than first-degree murder when the victims are three police officers would have been an unreasonable expectation."


6 French climbers killed in fall in Alps

GRENOBLE, France, June 26 (UPI) -- Another climber found the bodies of six French mountaineers Sunday morning in a narrow pass in the Hautes-Alpes.

The six -- two men and three women, all middle-aged, and a teenage boy -- apparently fell from the mountainside Saturday morning during an attempt to climb Neige Cordier, a peak south of Grenoble, The Guardian reported. They were roped together in two groups of three each and had crampons and ice axes.

"On the face of it there wasn't an avalanche," said Remy Avon, a local magistrate. "They came unattached. At the moment we don't know why."

Xavier Cret, mayor of Villar-d'Arene, where the bodies were flown for examination, said he is a mountain guide and described the climb as not particularly difficult. But he said the mountaineers apparently fell "at the most technical part of the ascent."

Once the climbers slipped, they fell more than 600 feet.


Two inmates confess to Yemen jailbreak

MUKALLA, Yemen, June 26 (UPI) -- Two prisoners confessed to digging a tunnel through which 63 inmates escaped from a jail in Mukalla, Yemen, an official said.

One prison guard and three inmates were killed in the operation, while two other inmates were arrested, an Interior Ministry official told Yemen's state-run Saba news agency.

Armed militants launched an attack on the prison Wednesday morning, including heavy artillery, facilitating the escape, Saba said in a report Sunday.

The prison's warden and deputy and several guards are being questioned, the report said. Some escapees have been convicted, while others are still awaiting trial.

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