- - Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Janitor arrested in school shooting

PLACERVILLE | A janitor was arrested Wednesday after an administrator was shot while in the office of a Northern California elementary school, authorities said.

John Leubbers is suspected of shooting the administrator at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville, police said.

Mr. Leubbers was arrested at his home about an hour after authorities began a manhunt, Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott told KCRA-TV.

No children were hurt, and the school was locked down, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers said.

The motive for the shooting was not clear, he said.

The unidentified administrator was in “very serious condition,” according to a hospital statement.

DISTRICT

New trial sought in Levy case

Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy are asking for a new trial by claiming juror misconduct and an inappropriate closing argument by prosecutors.

Lawyers for Ingmar Guandique filed the motion for a new trial Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court. The filing says that one juror improperly used the notes of others in reaching a verdict during Guandique’s trial late last year. In addition, prosecutors improperly appealed to the jury’s emotions and facts that weren’t part of trial evidence in making a graphic final statement, the lawyers contend.

“It was as if the prosecutor were narrating a horror movie, with its tricks of foreshadowing to whip up fear in the audience. But this was not a movie; it was supposed to be a trial during which the jury clinically evaluated the facts,” Guandique’s lawyers wrote.

The 17-page document says that at the outset of the trial, jurors were told they could take notes if they wished but that jurors who did not should rely on their memory and “should not be influenced by another juror’s notes.” A similar instruction was given at the trial’s end.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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