- - Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ORLANDO — Forensic tests made public Wednesday show that the DNA of George Zimmerman was the only DNA that could be identified on the grip of the gun used to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The results rule out Trayvon’s DNA from being on the gun’s grip. Mr. Zimmerman’s DNA also was identified on the gun’s holster, but no determination could be made as to whether the teenager’s DNA was on the holster, according to the report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Mr. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford in February.

Mr. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.


Mayor of struggling city to admit corruption

PROVIDENCE — The longtime mayor of struggling Central Falls resigned and has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts in exchange for handing out a lucrative contract to board up city houses, according to papers filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors.

Charles Moreau and his friend, businessman Michael Bouthillette, were charged. Mr. Bouthillette was charged with one count of giving gifts, according to the documents.

Mr. Moreau and Mr. Bouthillette acknowledge in a plea agreement that Mr. Bouthillette paid at least in part for a furnace installed at Mr. Moreau’s former Central Falls home and for renovations at a home Mr. Moreau owned in Lincoln.

In exchange, Mr. Moreau used his emergency powers to order homes that were foreclosed boarded up by Mr. Bouthillette’s business.


11 hurt in prison riot, including 1 shot by officers

FOLSOM — A riot at a California state prison on Wednesday left 11 inmates hospitalized, including one who was shot by officers, officials said.

The disturbance at the California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom involved an unknown number of inmates, officials said. It broke out in a yard at the maximum-security facility shortly after 11 a.m.

In addition to the inmate who was shot, at least 10 were either stabbed or slashed during the incident.

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