Today on the Pi Press' Web stie, they had a news brief reporting that Rashad Raleigh, who plead guilty to killing Howard Porter in May 2007, a probation officer and former basketball star, received a sentence of life without parole. He pleaded guilty to this crime in an agreement to avoid charges for a triple murder in Ramsey county that took place just a few months before the Porter murder. He could still face federal charges for that crime, however.
It was a standard news brief, which had its middle paragraph devoted to telling facts about Porter — his basketball stardom at Villanova in the early '70s, his seven pro seasons thereafter, his cocaine abuse and rehabilitation.The brief says that another defendent pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting, and a third defendent's murder trial is set to begin soon.
On StarTribune.com, they have a much more in-depth, almost feature-style account of Monday's court proceedings.
In this version, we find out that the defense's attempt to remove Raleigh from the court during the prosecution's impact testimonies was turned down by the court, so he had to stay in the court while Porter's widow and sister told stories of how their lives have been changed.
Also divulged are the details of the murder, and the two other defendents' names: Tonya E. Johnson, who pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting, and Fredquinzo (Snake Eyes) King.
Johnson ployed Porter into her house under pretenses of sexual intercourse. While they were in the middle of a sex act, Raleigh and King helped Johnson beat him to death. The motive was robbery.
Also learned from this article were the circumstances of the triple murder Raleigh was allegedly involved in but was able to avoid a state trial for. Slain were Maria McLay, 32, her boyfriend, Otahl Saunders, and her 15-year-old daughter, Brittany Kekedakis, in the head. Two younger children escaped. Those slain were shot to death.
The Star Tribune account has many quick jots of descriptions about the weeping witnesses and the "red-eyed and expressionless" Raleigh.
"Eventually, [Judge] McGunnigle asked Raleigh if he wanted to address the court before his sentence was read.
He replied simply, 'No.' "
One has to think that the news brief was the most coverage (at least online) in the Pioneer Press because this was a case that happened in Minneapolis, but the Star Tribune article said that 2,500 people mourned him, attending services in more than three states.
One article went for facts, one went for emotion.