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Georgia court decides whether it will hear Trump’s appeal to disqualify Fulton County DA

The Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed to review former President Donald Trump’s application to appeal Judge Scott McAfee’s ruling to keep embattled Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on the case.

Judge McAfee’s order in March said that special prosecutor Nathan Wade had to be removed in order to keep Willis from disqualification in the Trump election interference case in Georgia. Willis and Wade were alleged to have had an “improper” affair. 

Trump and several co-defendants alleged Willis and Wade were romantically involved prior to his hiring and that she financially benefited from the relationship. Both Willis and Wade denied those allegations.

Judge McAfee allowed the defense to appeal his ruling, and the appeals court announced Wednesday that they will hear the defense’s case to still have Willis disqualified.

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“President Trump looks forward to presenting interlocutory arguments to the Georgia Court of Appeals as to why the case should be dismissed and Fulton County DA Willis should be disqualified for her misconduct in this unjustified, unwarranted political persecution,” Trump lawyer SteveSadow said in a statement.

A court date has not yet been set.

McAfee’s ruling in March said that the defendants “failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case through her personal relationship and recurring travels with her lead prosecutor.”

“However, the established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team – an appearance that must be removed through the State’s selection of one of two options,” he wrote, adding that Willis and her whole office can choose to step aside, or Wade can withdraw from the case.

Wade subsequently resigned from his post as special prosecutor.

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The co-defendants had alleged that Willis benefited financially by hiring Wade because they were in a pre-existing relationship when he was hired in 2021 and would vacation together. 

Both Wade and Willis denied they were in a romantic relationship prior to his hiring and that the couple would split the costs of their shared travels; Willis said she reimbursed Wade for her share of the trips in cash.

In his March order, McAfee said while Willis’ “reimbursement practice” was “unusual and the lack of any documentary corroboration understandably concerning,” he ultimately decided that the defendants did not present “sufficient evidence” that expenses weren’t “roughly divided evenly.” 

He also said that “the evidence demonstrated that the financial gain flowing from her relationship with Wade was not a motivating factor on the part of the District Attorney to indict and prosecute this case.”

In February, Judge McAfee held a two-day evidentiary hearing where the defense, led by attorney Ashley Merchant, set out to expose a money trail that would mean Willis has a conflict of interest in the case against Trump and should be disqualified.

“[T]he Court finds that the record made at the evidentiary hearing established that the District Attorney’s prosecution is encumbered by an appearance of impropriety,” McAfee wrote in his order.

“As the case moves forward, reasonable members of the public could easily be left to wonder whether the financial exchanges have continued resulting in some form of benefit to the District Attorney, or even whether the romantic relationship has resumed.”

“Put differently, an outsider could reasonably think that the District Attorney is not exercising her independent professional judgment totally free of any compromising influences. As long as Wade remains on the case, this unnecessary perception will persist,” he said.

Both Willis and Wade insisted that their relationship started in 2022, after Wade was hired. But they contradict testimony from Robin Yeartie, a former “good friend” of Willis and past employee at the DA’s office. 

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Yeartie said she had “no doubt” that Willis and Wade’s relationship started in 2019, after the two met at a conference. 

When the defense in March submitted a joint motion for a Certificate of Immediate Review, McAfee said that his Order on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and Disqualify the Fulton County District Attorney issued March 15 “is of such importance to the case that immediate review should be had” and allowed the defendants to ask the Georgia appeals court for an opportunity to appeal – which the court granted on Wednesday.

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Willis and her office are leading the sweeping racketeering cases against the former president and 18 co-defendants.

Fox News’ Claudia Kelly-Bazan contributed to this report.

Furious residents of crime-ridden city send message to Biden ahead of fundraising visit

Chicago residents expressed frustration and anger with President Biden ahead of his visit to the city, warning that Black voters are turning on the Democratic Party in huge numbers.

P-Rae Easley and Betty Guider joined “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday to explain why they think the city is no longer “the Democratic stronghold that they anticipated.”

“The city is completely fed up with the Democratic Party. We are stepping over illegals every day. They are now trying to break into people’s homes. Gas is through the roof, groceries are through the roof, violence is up. Nothing is comfortable here under Democratic leadership. We’re all moving on,” said Easley. 

Guider explained that the Democratic Party has always counted on support from the Black community, but now Democrats seem to have stopped trying to appeal to Black voters.

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“So many of our Black members have decided to change over, to switch from blue to red. And I think it’s kind of too late now to come to Chicago to appeal to us. It’s nothing here for him. We are fed up,” said Guider.

Easley thinks more voters are going to vote for Trump despite Biden winning the city in 2020 by a landslide. She said the situation is changing quickly because of Democrats’ policies on migrants.

I think that they’re definitely going to vote for Donald Trump, because we can’t afford to keep subsidizing the illegals who are coming here. … People are proudly stating that they’re going to vote for the first time in their lives, and they’re going to run to the polls to vote for Donald John Trump,” she added.

Guider explained that Chicago residents are tired of the same issues facing the city but meanwhile, support is available for illegal immigrants

“Our school system here, particularly in the Black community, has suffered tremendously. Our students are leaving our communities to go to other schools. The crime rate is still very high here.”

Guider said there are many unsolved murders and voters are infuriated to see resources being allocated to illegal immigrants. 

“So many things that money could have been used for. And as a people here, we’ve been told that we have no money. There is no money for Chicago that has citizens here. But now all of a sudden, monies are coming in to support illegal aliens, not migrants, to support illegals. We are the citizens here, right? We’ve paid into the system. We’re suffering.” 

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According to FOX 32 Chicago, Biden will be in Chicago Wednesday for a fundraiser to support his campaign. Biden visited Chicago last month for another campaign fundraiser and VP Kamala Harris will visit next Thursday.

Antonio Brown makes crude remark about Caitlin Clark while addressing beef with the star

Caitlin Clark appeared to block Antonio Brown on social media, for pretty good reason.

After she became the NCAA’s all-time scorer, Brown was among those to send congratulations to the Hawkeyes sharpshooter, but it came in a strange way.

“Congrats to Caitlin Clark on becoming all-time leading scorer,” he wrote in a message on X accompanied by a GIF of actor Mel Gibson with long, flowing hair.

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Brown later called the former Iowa Hawkeyes star the “Cracker of the Day” after he revealed to his followers on X that she blocked him on the social media platform. It appeared that one lewd attack after another finally crossed the line for Clark.

Well, the former NFL receiver went on Jason Whitlock’s podcast to discuss their social media beef.

“Caitlin Clark, we love you. There’s no drama here. I’m excited about what you’re going to do for women’s basketball. You’re an amazing player. I love to watch your game. You bring a lot of excitement and energy,” Brown said.

Brown later said his made-up network, CTESPN, “would love to have you talk, express what you deal with, your traumas, your adversities, how you continue to be great,” saying his comments about Clark were “all in fun and games.” 

“Continue to be great, continue to keep focus on being the best athlete you want to be. Continue to lead women’s sports and pioneering it the way you want to pioneer it. I have a daughter, they look up to you and look up to everything you guys are doing. So shout out to you, Caitlin Clark.”

It was a nice message from Brown at first. But then, he couldn’t help but throw in one more crude comment.

“If it’s hairy, don’t worry about it,” Brown concluded.

It’s tough to imagine that Clark will be unblocking Brown any time soon after that.

The comment resulted in a sigh and little chuckle from Whitlock.

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Bizarre interactions with Clark from IndyStar columnist Gregg Doyel resulted in him no longer covering the WNBA for the outlet.

Clark scored 21 points in her first preseason game with the Indiana Fever last week after they selected her with the first overall pick in April. Her official WNBA debut will be next Tuesday against the Connecticut Sun.

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CNN legal analyst taken back by Stormy Daniels’ admission at Trump trial

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said that the cross-examination of adult film actress and Trump trial witness Stormy Daniels after her testimony against former President Trump was a disaster. 

While Honig said that Daniels’ testimony about a sexual encounter with Trump in a hotel room in 2006 was “plausible,” her responses under cross-examination by Trump’s team called her credibility into question. 

“Her responses were disastrous,” Honig said, referring to the moment when Daniels admitted that she hates Trump. 

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“That’s a big deal,” Honig said. 

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges stem from a years-long investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The charges are related to alleged payments made ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence Daniels about an alleged 2006 extramarital affair with Trump.

“When the witness hates the person whose liberty is at stake, that’s a big d— deal!” Honig said. “And she’s putting out tweets, fantasizing about him being in jail. That really undermines the credibility.”

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Daniels has made multiple posts about Trump on social media, including writing that she “will go to jail” before she has to “pay a penny” to Trump.    

“The fact that she owes him $500,000 by order of a court, owes Donald Trump a half million dollars, and said, ‘I will never pay him. I will defy a court order,’ the defense is gonna say, ‘She’s willing to defy a court order. She’s not willing to respect an order from a judge. Why is she gonna respect this oath she took?’ So, I thought it went quite poorly on cross-exam,” the analyst said. 

“I think the cross made real inroads,” Honig added.

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The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Bradford Betz contributed to this report. 

Roommate who lived at the Idaho student murders house speaks out

A former roommate of two of the University of Idaho students killed in an ambush attack in November 2022 has broken her silence in a local news interview as she pushes for campus safety for other undergrads around the country.

Suspected killer Bryan Kohberger, who was studying for a Ph.D. in criminology at the neighboring Washington State University, is being held without bail in a jail down the street awaiting trial on murder and burglary charges.

A 4 a.m. home invasion ambush at 1122 King Road, steps off the campus in Moscow, Idaho, claimed the lives of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Ethan Chapin, 20.

Ashlin Couch told the Spokane-based KXLY-TV that she was a close friend of Goncalves and Mogen when she moved into the off-campus party house in 2020. 

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The semester before the slayings, however, she moved out, freeing up the room where Kernodle and Chapin would have been sleeping had they not been ambushed.

She knew something was wrong when the University of Idaho sent out an alert to the campus community the morning of the murders.

“It crosses my mind that that could’ve happened while I was there, and you never know how long someone is watching your house,” she told the station.

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“I couldn’t even walk to my car in the dark for months after,” she said.

Separately, Latah County District Judge John Judge ordered Kohberger’s next hearing on May 14 to be held behind closed doors. 

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After the murders, the landlord donated the six-bedroom rental house to the University of Idaho, which had it demolished in December. 

Prosecutors and the defense are expected to discuss evidence – some of which will probably not be admissible at trial.

“During the hearing, it is anticipated that the parties will discuss specific items of discovery that may or may not be admissible at trial,” Judge wrote. “The disclosure of such evidence to the public at this stage of the case is not appropriate and may prejudice the jury pool.”

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The defense is seeking additional evidence through discovery, including the full surveillance video that allegedly places Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra near the crime scene.

Kohberger’s lead defense attorney, Anne Taylor, has accused prosecutors of withholding audio from the version of the surveillance video turned over to her team through discovery.

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Kohberger, in an alibi supplied to the court, has claimed he was driving around the mountain roads in the dark at the time of the murders, looking at the moon and stars.

However, police alleged in a probable cause affidavit that they found his DNA on a knife sheath under Mogen’s body. They also traced his movements with phone pings and surveillance video of his car.

Judge entered not guilty pleas on Kohberger’s behalf to four counts of first-degree murder and a felony burglary charge at his arraignment in May 2023.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

MLB catcher breaks arm in freak accident in middle of the game

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras will miss six to eight weeks with a broken arm he suffered in a freak accident from a catcher’s interference.

In the top of the second inning, J.D. Martinez was at the plate for the New York Mets when he swung at an 85 mph breaking ball from Miles Mikolas.

In his swing, though, Martinez’s bat hit Contreras near the wrist, and judging by Contreras’ reaction, it was clear that something was seriously wrong.

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Contreras rolled around in pain behind the plate, but when he stood up holding his arm, he began screaming in pain.

Manager Oliver Marmol and a trainer came out to check on him, but it was obvious he would not be staying in the game.

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X-rays later revealed a fracture in Contreras’ left forearm.

“It was numb, and I knew it wasn’t right. Once I tried to do some motion stuff, there was some cracking in [the arm] and I knew it was bad,” he said after the game.

“So right now I mean, I’m in pain pretty good, but I’m really upset missing. I know that it’s going to be tough for me to watch the games and not out there with the guys, but I’m going to do my best to stay present, pick each other up and cheer for them because that’s the best thing I can do.”

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“I hit meat,” Martinez said. “I felt like I hit meat. I didn’t hit like just like a glove where you kind of just point back to catcher, it was just solid. I was like, dude, I hit him good. … I felt terrible.”

MLB.com notes that Contreras has been setting up closer to the batter behind the plate to improve his defense – while a good strategy for framing pitches, it ultimately comes with quite a cost. 

“It’s a huge risk, and it was talked about in the offseason and a topic in discussion because there were more [catcher’s interference calls], because they are evaluated on framing,” Marmol said. “The closer they’re able to get to the hitter to get that low pitch, it’s definitely a topic of conversation. The risk is high, and we just experienced it.”

To make matters worse, Martinez was awarded first base.

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Contreras had doubled in the first inning, when St. Louis scored three runs, but the Mets eventually won, 7-5.

He is hitting .280 with six homers and 12 RBIs. The 31-year-old is in the second year of a five-year, $87.5 million contract.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

GREGG JARRETT: Bragg hoped Stormy Daniels would save his case. Something else happened

If you thought the Manhattan criminal trial of former President Donald Trump couldn’t devolve into more ridiculousness, it did on Tuesday.  

The folly of DA Alvin Bragg’s prosecution was further exposed when the notorious ex-porn star, Stormy Daniels, sashayed to the witness stand. Not unexpectedly, she offered a tutorial on her notorious vocation —sex.     

Her real name is Stephanie Clifford, but her nom de plume is what made her famous in the underworld of adult erotica. In court, she confirmed starring in “40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” That may have been titillating, but was there really a point? Like most of her testimony, no. Let’s review.   

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Daniels claims to have had a tryst with Trump 18 years ago, which he denies. She denied it, too, in writing… but only after squeezing $130,000 from Trump when he ran for president a decade later by promising to go public. Her demands and threats intensified as the election drew near. Extortion?  Sure looks like it. But Trump is on trial, not Daniels. Go figure.

Daniels worked overtime to profit financially off of her fleeting association with Trump and to appropriate his MAGA slogan. She headlined strip club appearances that she dubbed, “Make America Horny Again.” She published a tawdry tell-all book titled, “Full Disclosure,” replete with descriptions of male genitalia. She vented her disappointment, if not anger, that Trump refused to feature her in his popular reality television show, “The Apprentice.”  

Stormy Daniels worked overtime to profit financially off of her fleeting association with Trump and to appropriate his MAGA slogan.

On the stand, Daniels told the jury a salacious tale of meeting Trump privately for dinner and having sex with him only once. Curiously, she now claims she blacked out. Is any of it the truth? It doesn’t matter. It’s utterly immaterial to the case. Moreover, Daniels has a nasty habit of peddling inconsistent narratives about the purported episode. At one point, she reversed course and recanted her signed statement repudiating the affair.  Yet, on the stand she admitted faking her own signature.  

Adopting the mantle of an innocent, Daniels assured the jury that she didn’t care about the money; she only wanted to get her story about Trump out to the public. Really? Then why did she sell her story to Trump’s lawyer for a load of cash in exchange for remaining silent? That one statement alone from the mouth of the witness completely undermined any semblance of credibility. But that’s not all. Daniels confirmed that she instructed her manager to “get the story out and make some money!”

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It’s important to note that Daniels has multiple motives to lie.  Beyond wanting to advance her career, cashing in, and trying to justify the payola she pocketed in an apparent blackmail scheme, she lost her quixotic defamation lawsuit against Trump and was ordered by the courts to pay him more than half a million dollars in legal fees —a sum she still indignantly refuses to pay. 

Daniels responded by tweeting, “I will go to jail before I pay a penny.” No objection here.  

Bragg’s team of unscrupulous prosecutors called this untrustworthy witness for only one purpose: to slime Trump. That’s obvious. Because none of what she had to say on the stand Tuesday has anything to do with the charges against Trump —charges that don’t even constitute crimes under the law.  

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The indictment accuses Trump of falsifying business records.  Forget that there was nothing false about them. They were legal payments in exchange for a legal document that was negotiated by two lawyers and booked as “legal expenses” because that is what they were. The Trump Organization accountant who handled it corroborated it when he testified on Monday. 

So, how in the world does Daniels fit in to this sordid mess? She doesn’t. She was never privy to the internal accounting of the payments she received from Trump’s then-attorney, Michael Cohen.  She adds nothing to the case except to smear him with humiliating stories about her supposed transient encounter.

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Daniels never spoke to Trump about the payments or the non-disclosure agreement she signed or whether it was intended to help his campaign. She had access to none of the invoices reflecting reimbursements to Cohen. But prosecutors wanted her on the witness stand to drag the accused through the mud. Their goal was to malign and vilify Trump with an irrelevant witness.

Daniels did so with gusto. But under cross-examination she withered like a desert flower, admitting that she despised Trump and called him an “orange turd.” Classy. Defense attorney Susan Necheles confronted Daniels with her ever-changing accounts of what really happened with Trump. When it was convenient and lucrative, her story of sex was true. Other times, it was not.  

“You have been making money for more than a decade on the story that you had sex with Donald Trump,” said Necheles. Yes, but sometimes Daniels omitted the part about being intimate.  “This taught you that if you want to make money off of Trump you better talk about the sex,” to which the witness replied, “No, although that does seem to be the case.”  

Calling Daniels to the stand was wholly unnecessary. Her scheme for money and the payments made was already introduced as evidence through prior witnesses. Instead, with prodding by prosecutors, Daniels gratuitously offered sexually graphic details that would make a sailor blush. At one point, Judge Juan Merchan instructed the jurors to ignore some of the most prurient testimony. That’s like trying to unring the sound of a deafening bell.     

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The decision by Merchan to even allow such inflammatory testimony is so appalling that it prompted Trump’s lawyers to demand a mistrial. But since the judge was instrumental in creating the legal blunder, he naturally denied the motion that will surely be a bright red flag for the defense on appeal.  

As I’ve noted in prior columns, relevant evidence must be excluded “if its probative value is outweighed by the danger that its admission would create undue prejudice to a party.” (NY Rules of Evidence, 4.06) Here, the prejudice to Trump is manifest and immense, and the testimony itself has almost no probative value whatsoever.      

Neither the facts nor the law support Bragg’s anemic case. So, he has taken to defiling Trump in court with the hope that jurors will convict him over a smutty story bereft of criminal wrongdoing.       

We are three weeks into this absurd trial, and there is still no evidence that Trump committed any crimes.  No one has testified that the former president was involved in booking the Daniels legal payments as “legal expenses.” Prosecutors allege uncharged election crimes that they have no authority to enforce. Only the federal government can do that and chose not to because no crimes were committed.

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Bragg manufactured a phony case against a political enemy, and his lieutenants have polluted it with irrelevant, inflammatory, and prejudicial garbage.  The district attorney has made a mockery of fairness and due process. Judge Merchan should have stopped it.  Instead, he has enabled and emboldened a corrupt prosecution.  

If Americans care about our system of justice, they should be disgusted with this assault on the rule of law.     

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Cops throw curveball in case against suspect seen trying to kill pastor

The man accused of trying to kill a pastor during a Pennsylvania sermon Sunday has been charged with the unrelated murder of his cousin, who police say was killed with the same gun that failed to discharge during a thwarted attack on a Pittsburgh-area church.

Bernard Junior Polite, 26, allegedly walked into the Jesus’ Dwelling Place Church in North Braddock, sat near the front and eventually approached the pastor with a drawn handgun.

Deacon Clarence McCallister was looking through a camera’s viewfinder as he livestreamed the service. The recording shows a man walk up to the front of the church, aim a gun at the Rev. Glenn Germany and pull the trigger.

According to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital, Polite told police he heard the church music and was drawn inside, where he allegedly intended to kill the pastor so he could clear his mind in jail.

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Witnesses heard a click, but the gun misfired. McCallister jumped over a railing and tackled the suspect.

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He and the pastor wrestled the gun away and held the suspect in place until police arrived. Germany said the suspect told him he was hearing voices from spirits that encouraged him to murder.

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“I heard it click, and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, thank God that gun jammed,’” McCallister told Fox News Digital.

According to investigators, the firing pin struck the primer, but the weapon failed to discharge.

Polite allegedly claimed he had been possessed by spirits, and he sat smiling as he was being restrained.

“Mental illness is serious,” McCallister said. “This is something that needs to be taken seriously, and we need to do our best to recognize it.”

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Both McCallister and Germany told Fox News Digital they had never seen the suspect before Sunday. Public records show he has ties to New Jersey.

“I’ve never seen him before in the church, and I’ve never seen him before in public,” McCallister said.

Hours after the church incident, Polite’s relatives called Allegheny County Police to a nearby home where Polite lived with his cousin, Derek Polite.

Paramedics found Derek Polite dead at the scene. He had a gunshot wound to the head consistent with the .380-caliber handgun police recovered at the church, according to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital.

A neighbor told police he saw Bernard Polite pacing back on the front porch shortly before another witness overheard a gunshot around 10 a.m. Sunday. The church incident happened around  1 p.m.

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Polite now faces murder charges in addition to attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

He is being held without bail at the Allegheny County Jail. Authorities said he was expected to be arraigned on the murder charge at some point Wednesday.

Boeing plane has emergency moments before landing, then seen sliding across runway

A FedEx Airlines cargo plane was forced to land in Turkey without the use of its front landing gear on Wednesday morning, May 8, the Turkish transport ministry said.

Fedex Express Flight 6268, a Boeing 767, was flying from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Istanbul Airport when it informed the Turkish traffic control tower that its landing gear failed to open. Airport rescue and fire teams prepared the runway and the tower instructed the plane’s crew to proceed with landing.

Video of the landing, obtained from Reuters, showed sparks and smoke coming from the front of the plane as it scraped along the runway before coming to a stop. The plane was subsequently doused with firefighting foam.

No one was injured, the ministry said.

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The landing video shows the front wheels were initially deployed but appeared to fail to lock into place. They were not used during the landing as the body of the plane made contact with the runway. The aircraft managed to remain on the runway during the landing.

The runway was temporarily closed to air traffic, but traffic on other runways continued without any interruption, said airport operator IGA, Reuters reported.

Authorities are investigating the incident, a Turkish Transport Ministry official said. It gave no reason for the failure.

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The Boeing 767 is a nearly 10-year-old freighter. It is one of the most common cargo planes and uses a model dating back to the 1980s.

FedEX said in a statement to Reuters that it was coordinating with the investigation and would “provide additional information as it is available.”

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FOX Business reached out to Boeing, who deferred statements to FedEx. Manufacturers are not typically involved in the operation or maintenance of aircraft after they enter service.

Boeing has remained under intense media scrutiny following a series of incidents with their aircraft in recent months.

Reuters contributed to this report.