• feixianhu/iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS) -- Noura Jackson was just 18 years old when she discovered her mother covered in blood and lying on the floor of their Memphis, Tennessee, home.Jennifer Jackson, 39, had been stabbed to death 50 times.And while most teenagers at that age would be preparing for their senior year of high school or making plans for college, Noura Jackson found herself facing a first-degree murder charge for her mother’s death.Less than 1 percent of all murders are daughter-mother matricide, according to the FBI.Noura Jackson maintains her innocence to this day. “Being incarcerated is tough in itself, but being incarcerated for something you didn’t do is something else entirely,” Noura Jackson told ABC News’ “20/20.”After a second-degree murder conviction and the involvement of the Tennessee Supreme Court, Noura Jackson eventually won her freedom in 2016 when she was released from prison.Read the timeline of the Noura Jackson case below, and WATCH the full story on ABC News’ “20/20” on Friday, March 24, at 10 p.m. ET.January 2004:Noura Jackson’s father, Nazmi Hassanieh, was shot and killed at the gas station convenience store he owned. The murder remains unsolved.June 4, 2005:On Saturday, June 4, Noura Jackson said she got her nails done during the day and then went out partying that night. She told police she went to a local Italian festival and later attended two parties at friends’ houses.Noura Jackson said she had been drinking and smoking marijuana that night.June 5, 2005:Noura Jackson told police that at 12:46 a.m., she went to a gas station for cigarettes. She also tells police she went to a friend’s house around 3:30 a.m., then bought gas at 4:20 a.m., before heading home. Her cellphone was quiet from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Authorities believe that Jennifer Jackson was killed between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on June 5.A security camera recorded Jackson at 4 a.m., purchasing first aid supplies and asking for a paper towel to clean blood off a cut on her hand.Arriving home at 5 a.m., Jackson said she encountered glass from a broken window of their door. This had happened before, Noura Jackson said, when her mother was locked out of their house.“As I went back to my bedroom, I noticed that my mom’s door was open,” Noura Jackson told “20/20.” “I found my mom.”Jennifer Jackson was sprawled naked on the floor and covered in blood.Noura Jackson then went across the street to get a neighbor, and the two ran back to the house together. She then called 911.Paramedics rushed to the scene but were unable to save Jennifer Jackson.Sept. 29, 2005:After Shelby County sheriffs interrogated Noura Jackson for months about her mother’s murder, they arrested her on Sept. 29, 2005, and charged her with first-degree murder for her mother’s death.Noura Jackson was unable to make the $500,000 bond, so she spent more than three years in jail awaiting trial.Feb. 9, 2009:Noura Jackson’s trial began on Feb. 9, 2009.Her defense attorney, Valerie Corder, took on the case pro bono. During the trial, Corder argued that there was a lack of physical evidence and DNA connecting Noura Jackson to the crime.The then-Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Amy Weirich sought a life sentence for Noura Jackson.The prosecution called some of Jackson’s now-former friends to testify about her hard-partying reputation and raise suspicions about her behavior on the night of the crime.Andrew Hammack, who had described himself as one of Jackson’s “friends with benefits,” told the jury that he received calls and texts from Jackson around the time of the murder, and that she asked him to meet her at her house.Judge Christopher Craft, who presided over the case, described Jackson as an out of control teen who was upset that her mother was trying to shut down her wild lifestyle and send her to boarding
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  • monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A desperate nationwide manhunt underway for Tad Cummins, the 50-year-old ex-teacher accused of kidnapping his former student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, but given what’s being alleged, this case doesn’t stand alone.Thomas has been missing since March 13. There has been speculation over whether Cummins and Thomas were in a romantic relationship together. Cummins, a married father and grandfather, researched teen marriage online, specifically the age of consent, according to law enforcement officials. A schoolmate reported seeing Thomas and Cummins kiss in his classroom on Jan. 23, according to a school district investigative report, but Thomas and Cummins denied the claim.Cummins is wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.There’s a grim history of teachers abusing those in their care, turning a “school girl crush” into something sinister. Jenny Kutner experienced firsthand what it's like to be taken advantage of by a teacher.Kutner, now 25, was 13 years old when her history teacher Lance Mueller started an inappropriate flirtation with her.“It struck me as very innocent at the time, which now seems delusional,” she told "Nightline" co-anchor JuJu Chang. “I was very insecure. I had never had a boyfriend, I had never been kissed.”At the time, Mueller was a 23-year-old teacher at Kutner’s middle school and engaged to be married. Kutner says she was bookish and more concerned with her classes than with cheerleading. So when Mueller first singled her out, she said she felt “really flattered” and “really special.”“I felt that he really saw me, which was a feeling that I didn't have often among the teenage boys,” she said. "He felt so mature and I felt that I was so mature for my age."Despite their 10-year age gap, Mueller spent time with Kutner individually in his truck, eventually coming to her house when her parents weren’t around.“I can’t remember a moment during a given day in that period when I wasn’t speaking with him except for when I was in class,” Kutner said. “He started using pet names pretty early, always referred to me as ‘babe’ or ‘baby, ‘sweetheart.’”Soon, she said, the manipulation escalated.“He was telling me that we were in a relationship, and he was telling me that he loved me more than his wife,” she said. “He would say that if I ever left him that he might have to kill me because he couldn’t imagine anyone else being with me or he would have to kill himself for the same reason -- very manipulative things.”And then, right after her 14th birthday, at which point she was in high school, Kutner said the relationship crossed the line from highly inappropriate to criminal. They got sexual in her bedroom, again when her parents were away.“I felt that I was the one asking for this relationship to go further,” she said. “I was the one who wanted him in my bedroom.”At the time, Kutner said, she blamed herself for instigating their relationship, but now she says she knows better.“The ‘grooming’ occurs not so that an abuser can propose some sort of sexual behavior, it’s almost so that the victim is the one that suggests it,” she said.Kutner finally confided in friends about the relationship, who then told her parents. In shock and horror, her parents called the police.“It was very traumatic,” she said. “At the time, it felt like I was very much choosing to be involved in this. I also knew that he had more of the upper hand in the situation. But either way, it very much felt that he was pursuing me.”After lengthy legal proceedings, Mueller pleaded guilty to sexual assault, spent 180 days in jail and was placed on the sex offender registry.It took Kutner years to
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Jewish man who is a dual Israeli-American citizen has been arrested in Israel in connection with a series of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers and Jewish schools in the United States and other countries, sources told ABC News.Police believe the man, 19, carried out fake bomb threats in New Zealand, Australia and against scores of Jewish institutions across the U.S.He also allegedly called in fake bomb threats to two Delta flights at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.The threats grounded the flights while passengers were evacuated and luggage was re-screened.The suspect was arrested early Thursday morning in his family's home in the southern city of Ashkelon after a months-long investigation that included the FBI and European law enforcement agencies, Rosenfeld said.Israeli police confiscated several computers, antennas, satellite equipment and other advanced technology. Some of the equipment was allegedly used to "camouflage" the suspect's voice for automated calls, Rosenfeld said. The suspect also allegedly had equipment that allowed him to use many different IP addresses, making it hard to trace him, Rosenfeld added.According to an official briefed on the investigation, the suspect had been deemed insufficiently mentally stable to be drafted into the Israeli Army.The suspect's attorney, Galit Bash, told ABC News in a statement, "This is a young man without a criminal record who suffers from serious medical problems from a young age. There is a concern that his medical condition affects his cognitive functions. In light of this, we asked the court to order the young man to undergo a medical examination. The court accepted our arguments and ordered the police to examine the young man's medical condition."The suspect appeared in an Israeli court Thursday and the judge ruled that his identity would not be released until his next court appearance on March 30.Police have not commented on the suspect's motives. It is unclear if the suspect will be tried in Israel or the U.S., police said.Doron Krakow, president and CEO of the JCC Association of North America, said the organization is "troubled to learn that the individual suspected of making these threats against Jewish Community Centers, which play a central role in the Jewish community, as well as serve as inclusive and welcoming places for all – is reportedly Jewish."He continued, “Emblematic of the strength of JCCs and the important model they represent for acceptance, inclusion, and appreciation for diversity is the remarkable support we have received from communities and community leaders across North America, including civic, political and faith community leaders. Throughout this long running period of concern and disruption that we are hopeful has come to an end, JCCs have had the opportunity to review and assess our security protocols and procedures, and we are confident that JCCs are safer today than ever before."Gilad Erdan, Israel's minister of public security, said in a statement following reports of the arrest, "I congratulate the Israeli Police on leading a complex international investigation, together with law enforcement agencies from around the world, which led to the arrest of the suspect. We hope that this investigation will help shed light on some of the recent threats against Jewish institutions, which have caused great concern both among Jewish communities and the Israeli government."The FBI said in a statement, "Investigating hate crimes is a top priority for the FBI and we will continue to work to make sure all races and religions feel safe in their communities and in their places of worship."U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the arrest "the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents for hate crimes against Jewish communities across our country.""The Department of Justice is co
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  • The Birmingham Police Department(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Police arrested and charged a suspect on Wednesday in connection with an alleged Alabama kidnapping that ended when the victim escaped from the trunk of a moving car.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A woman who spent five days stranded in the Grand Canyon described the "true panic" of her harrowing experience in an exclusive interview with ABC News."I was panicking and crying and sobbing -- I was a mess," said Amber Vanhecke, 24, about the moment she first realized she was lost without GPS or cell reception.Originally from Denton, Texas, Vanhecke was sight-seeing by herself near the Southern rim of the Grand Canyon when her GPS instructed her to make a wrong turn, and lead her through increasingly tough terrain.An experienced Girl Scout and outdoor adventurer, Vanhecke had traveled by herself numerous times before and visited other national parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoias and Redwoods."I planned out my itinerary, had it posted on Facebook and stuff and off I went with some non-perishables and water," Vanhecke, a college student, said of the spring break trip she'd been planning since January. She left Denton and spent a day in Carlsbad, New Mexico, before driving the rest of the night to the Grand Canyon.During her drive, she followed her GPS from a highway to a dirt road. But she eventually came across a more primitive road with grass and cacti."The problem was, the road wasn't there," she recalled. Vanhecke said that eventually her GPS stopped working entirely and her car ran out of gas.As it started to get dark and she knew she was lost, Vanhecke started to worry about her spotty cellphone signal and GPS, which eventually stopped working. She was able to briefly get through to a 911 dispatcher in a moment of desperation."He said 'what's the nature of your emergency?' and I said 'please help me' because I was panicking and crying and sobbing." But then the call dropped."And that was the first moment I felt true panic," she said.Using her outdoors knowledge, she slept until daylight and re-assessed her situation, but she said that day "no one drove by" past the road she was on.The second day she made an SOS sign as well as a signal fire hoping that a helicopter or small plane would see her distress signal, both survival skills she said she learned as a girl scout and from movies and television shows."I felt very disconnected from just everything and everyone," Vanhecke said.She initially thought a search party would be sent after her, but it soon became apparent that she might be on her own."[A]pparently there was a miscommunication somewhere and no one was looking for me at all," she said.It dawned on Vanhecke that she would have to take her rescue into her own hands.
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  • KTRK(KATY, Texas) — A couple was arrested on Tuesday after their eight-week-old baby boy was left in his car seat on the ground of a busy parking lot in Katy, Texas.Sarah Shibley, 33, and Gary Collins, 39, were charged with endangering a child, ABC News affiliate KTRK reported Tuesday.A man found the infant and handed him over to Dee Griffin-Stevens, a mother of three who said she cared for the baby until authorities arrived, the report said."I was crying. I was crying because I couldn't believe it was happening," Griffin-Stevens told KTRK. "I'm holding him and I'm thinking, 'Where's your mom?'"She said the child was alone in the car seat without a bottle or a blanket.Griffin-Stevens' friend captured the emotional moment on video.Authorities estimate the baby had been alone for about 45 minutes before the man found him.Shibley, the baby’s mother, was crying when she was arrested after returning to the scene, according to the KTRK report.During the couple's first court appearance on Wednesday, a prosecutor said the couple had left the child there by mistake."Mrs. Shibley advised she walked out of work with the child in her hand and placed him on the ground. She says she thought Mr. Collins grabbed the child and put him in the vehicle. Apparently, nobody did," the prosecutor said.The baby is currently in Child Protective Services’ custody until workers can find relatives to care for him.A CPS spokeswoman described him as a "happy, healthy, chunky baby who looks as if he has been cared for."Both Shibley and Collins have requested court-appointed attorneys. They are scheduled to appear back in court on Thursday.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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