Authorities said Seath Jackson was lured to a home Sunday in Ocala, Florida, where he was beaten and shot.
- NEW: Michael Bargo could face the death penalty if convicted, his attorney says
- NEW: "We are not admitting any guilt at this time," says attorney Charles Holloman
- Divers find three paint buckets suspected of containing the victim's remains
- Bargo appeared in court Thursday, where he was denied bond.
(CNN) -- The suspected ringleader of a group arrested for allegedly luring a 15-year-old boy to a Florida home, shooting him several times, burning his body in a fire pit and putting the remains into paint cans, could face the death penalty if convicted, his attorney said Thursday.
But defense attorney Charles Holloman added, "We are not admitting any guilt at this time."
Michael Bargo, 18, appeared in court Thursday where he was denied bond in the killing of Seath Jackson, an act that allegedly involved five other people Sunday in the central Florida city of Ocala, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Holloman said Jackson and Bargo had dated the same girl, though not at the same time.
Jackson at one point went to Bargo's home yelling and screaming in the front yard, threatening to burn down Bargo's house, Holloman added. CNN cannot independently confirm that statement.
Prosecutors say two females later lured Jackson to the home, where he was beaten with a wooden object. He was then shot several times with a .22 caliber gun, authorities said.
As the wounded teen attempted to flee, he was tackled and shot again, according to the sheriff's statement. His body was allegedly placed in a sleeping bag and burned in a fire pit outside the home.
His ashes were placed into several paint containers and thrown into a large garbage can, authorities said.
Authorities said they learned of the alleged plot from a member of the group who admitted witnessing the killing.
Four adults and two minors have been charged in connection with the death.
Bargo, Charlie Kay Ely, 18; Justin Soto, 20, and two minors face first-degree murder charges, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
James Haven, 37, faces charges of accessory to the crime for allegedly helping to dispose of Jackson's remains and driving one of the suspects out of the area to avoid arrest, authorities said.
Sheriff's department documents gave little information on what led to the killing other than brief statements by suspects about a dispute and a growing hatred.
Divers on Wednesday found three paint buckets in a water-filled rock quarry that are suspected of containing the victim's remains, authorities said.
The contents of the buckets were delivered to a forensic specialist at the University of Florida in Gainesville to determine if the ashes and bone fragments match those of Jackson.
Haven, who is not represented by an attorney, posted a $10,000 bond and was released Wednesday morning.
The two minors involved in the case are currently being represented by public defenders, who could not comment.
A jury trial that was expected to take place on May 2 has been postponed, said Holloman.
Soto's public defender, Bill Miller, would not comment on the case. Ely is not represented by an attorney.
Bargo also had a restraining order issued against him, forbidding contact with a person named Calib, who is not connected to the Jackson case, Holloman said.
How very mature of these two.
The two even planned on having a play date with their kids last week, just before Brooke relapsed and checked back into rehab.
"Brooke and Denise talk quite frequently. It was Denise's idea to get together for dinner with Brooke with their children. Denise's children with Charlie, Sam and Lola, have spent time in the past with their half-siblings, Bob and Max. Denise wants all the children to hang out together.
Denise has reached out to Brooke since her relapse to offer her support. Denise wants to have the girls spend time with their brothers, when she is assured that Brooke is sober, and wants it be a fun outing for everyone, with no drama. It's about the kids forming a bond, and nothing else."
Denise insists that all of Charlie's kids become close and knows that he's not capable of having custody of his children. The source continues:
"Denise is fiercely protective of the girls and will not permit them to be in any environment that has the possibility of causing any emotional harm to them.
Denise makes a mama bear that is protective of her cubs look like a wimp. Let?s face it, Denise has very good reasons to feel the way she does. Denise went through hell with Charlie and she won't let that happen to her girls, period."
We admire her tenacity to keep all the children together. If anything, Brooke and Charlie's sons Bob and Max need stability more than ever. With a father on a tourpedo of anger and a mother in sober living, we're glad that Denise is willing to step in and be a mature adult by bonding with Brooke and her sons.
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Posted: April 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm
- "The Bang Bang Club" film debuts in the U.S. this week at the Tribeca film festival
- It's based on a book about the humanity of four journalists who chronicle inhumanity
- The four photographers covered the bloody political violence as apartheid ended in South Africa
- Today, only two are alive, including Joao Silva, who was injured last year in Afghanistan
Editor's note: CNN's Tom Cohen was based in South Africa from 1990 to 1998 for The Associated Press and worked with Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva. He covered many of the events depicted in the book and film. Note, this story contains graphic photos and some profanity.
(CNN) -- More than 20 years later, the image remains both horrifying and riveting.
An attacker slams a machete into the skull of a kneeling man engulfed in flames as a boy runs past in celebration.
"As I focused, I noted that the early sun was right behind the burning man," photographer Greg Marinovich wrote of how he captured the moment to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1991. "The camera's light meter did not work, and so I twisted the aperture wide open: f5.6 should be right."
That instant of emotional detachment -- setting his aperture as a man gets brutally murdered a few feet away -- is at the heart of the book "The Bang-Bang Club" by Marinovich and Joao Silva on covering South Africa's chaotic township violence in the final years of white rule.
Published in 2000, the book is considered a must-read by many journalists who report on human conflict for a living.
It is a gritty and honest account of how Marinovich, Silva and two other acclaimed photographers -- Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter -- confronted tragedy, risk and their own compassion in recording the fallout of a secret war waged by the last white South African government and its Zulu nationalist allies against Nelson Mandela's African National Congress.
Joao Silva, on the set of "The Bang Bang Club" assisting actor Ryan Phillippe.
This week, a movie based on the book, starring Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman, will be released in the United States after its American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Also titled "The Bang Bang Club," the film raises anew questions about the humanity of conflict journalists who make a living chronicling inhumanity.
Written and directed by Steven Silver, the film is a well-intentioned but flawed account of what happened to the foursome given the "Bang-Bang Club" nickname for a willingness to get close enough to photograph the chronic political violence in black townships around Johannesburg.
In reality, there was no club, just a group of young photographers working to cover the endgame of apartheid and make their names. It was hard, draining work that evoked a range of sometimes contradictory reactions: the adrenaline rush from proximity to danger, exhilaration when capturing momentous images, disgust with the human carnage and grief over the accompanying misery.
In the end, it exacted a heavy toll. Of the four main characters in "The Bang-Bang Club," only Marinovich and Silva survived, and both bear heavy scars from their chosen careers.
Marinovich was shot four times in almost two decades of conflict photography. Now married with two children, he no longer accepts combat assignments.
Silva emerged unscathed from the South African violence and went on to become a combat photographer for The New York Times.
Then, in October, his "number came up," as he it put it.
He stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan, losing both legs below the knee and suffering internal injuries.
Now the 44-year-old is learning to walk on prosthetics. Also married with two children, he wants to cover conflict again, if possible, and expresses no regrets.
"I was not surprised when it happened," Silva said, noting all the years that he has put himself in dangerous situations. "It's been a long time. I've been very lucky. And finally I've run out of luck."
As a conflict photographer, Silva explained, he has always benefited "as a result of somebody else's suffering."
"Yes, what we do is important. We show the world certain reality that most people would like to ignore," he said.
But, "for us to have a good day photographically in a combat type situation, somebody else has got have an incredibly shitty day, and that's a reality that's always been in the back of my mind."
Scarred, but alive
Covering the South African violence in the early 1990s could seem like an endless cycle: up before dawn to chronicle the overnight violence at first light, dodging gunfire and tear gas, rushing back to file photos, then going back out for the good light of the late afternoon, filing more photos, followed by nights of drunken and stoned commiseration and arising before dawn to do it all again.
Danger and stress were ever-present.
Oosterbroek was shot to death in a fierce battle in Thokoza township a week before Mandela's party won the nation's first all-race election in 1994.
Kevin Carter's photo that captured the famine in Sudan earned the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. He committed suicide later that year.
Three months later, Carter -- who won a Pulitzer Prize that year for his haunting photo of a starving child stalked by a vulture in southern Sudan -- committed suicide.
Marinovich and Silva, meanwhile, built their careers on their township photos. Along with Marinovich's Pulitzer, they have won other international honors for their work.
At the same time, they also have questioned the necessary cost for their success.
In the book, Marinovich told how the first time he was shot, in the same volley that killed Oosterbroek, he felt immense pain but also a sense of relief because he too was shedding blood along with the victims in his photos.
"That's a very real emotion," Marinovich, 48, said last week.
He described the discomfort of "always being the voyeur, always being the outsider that comes and goes, always making money out of it."
"If you're a decent human being, it's going to bother you," he said.
A passage in the book describes a 1992 conversation between Silva and Carter on the moral implications of their work. Marinovich writes:
"Joao was adamant that there was a price to be paid for the pictures we took. This was something we hardly ever discussed.
"Kevin was having none of it and he was getting annoyed. 'Retribution? In order to have retribution, there has to be a sin.'
"'There has to be retribution for the things we sometimes do,' Joao persisted.
"'Are you saying what we do is a sin?' Kevin asked.
"Joao could not answer, but he felt there had to be some form of retribution for watching people kill each other through our viewfinders when all we did was take pictures."
A heavy price to pay
The book and film also explore the question of whether these photographers should remain uninvolved in chronicling the violence that unfolded in front of them, or put down their cameras and intervene.
Greg Marinovich, center, was shot and wounded in this 1994 gun battle in a South Africa township. Colleague Ken Oosterbroek, in the background, did not survive.
While taking his Pulitzer-winning photos, Marinovich engaged in a brief negotiation with the attackers when they told him to stop.
"I'll stop taking pictures when you stop killing him," he responded.
As the attack continued, he kept snapping photos.
Only after he returned to his car did his emotions come out, and he pounded the steering wheel in frustration.
It was a question asked of Carter when he won his Pulitzer: Had he helped the starving girl shown in a state of near collapse as a vulture approached from behind?
Carter said he drove off the vulture and was certain the girl reached a nearby feeding center, but the questioning persisted on why he didn't carry her there himself.
Crippled by longstanding feelings of inadequacy and heavy drug use, Carter deteriorated further after the death of Oosterbroek, until he ran a hose from his pickup's exhaust into the cab and got stoned while writing a long and increasingly rambling suicide note.
"I have always had it all at my feet -- but being me just fucks it up anyway," the note said.
Silver, the director, said he believes the photographers had more than one motive for pursuing their work.
On one hand, they chose a life of risk to record the injustice of apartheid, but they also fed off the action and energy and adrenaline of that life, he said.
"Do I like them? Not all the time," Silver said of the film's main characters. "But I don't like myself all the time."
In the end, he said, the film is "really about the cost of bearing witness, the price you pay for doing this kind of thing."
Heroes to some, villains to others
The book, which sold more than 60,000 copies worldwide and is being re-released with the film's limited U.S. distribution, has achieved a kind of cult status in some circles for its depiction of the complex reality of covering conflict.
Marinovich said he regularly receives e-mails about it from strangers, such as a recent message from aspiring Brazilian photojournalist Giordanno Bruno, who wrote: "I'm doing my finals on journalism, and I'm speaking about ethics on war photography. The question is: do your job, or help who needs? The Bang Bang Club is my bible on this, and I'm using it to 'discover' what photographers should really do."
Marinovich visits Silva in the hospital where he is recovering after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan in October.
For Silva, the role of a photographer is to record the moment for history, and he faced a personal dilemma over his responsibility at the height of the township violence.
When fellow photographer Abdul Shariff got killed in crossfire during an unexpected battle at an ANC event in January 1994, Silva went to the nearby Natalspruit Hospital on hearing the news. He was shown Shariff's body lying on a gurney, but when Silva raised his camera to take a photo, the accompanying nurse protested.
Silva took the picture anyway, saying he photographed the corpses of strangers all the time and now he needed to photograph his dead friend.
Three months later, Silva instinctively photographed the moment when two of his best friends, Oosterbroek and Marinovich, were shot in Thokoza.
Images of the mortally wounded Oosterbroek were published the next day, and Oosterbroek's widow lashed out at Silva for taking the pictures.
"Because it was me, one of Ken's closest friends, it broke the rules" in her mind, he said. "It hurt me deeply. It made me question my motive. It made me question my humanity, you know."
He struggled with that issue for weeks, eventually finding clarity in his chosen role.
If you're a decent human being, it's going to bother you.
--Greg Marinovich, photographer
"It all falls into the same category: casualties of war," Silva said. "If you have the guts to photograph people you don't know -- corpses in the street -- then if it happens to your own friends, journalists, you have to have the courage to photograph them too."
That remained true for him in October in Afghanistan. After the land mine exploded, Silva's first instinct on seeing his mangled legs was to take photos.
He snapped off three frames before the pain forced him to drop the camera.
"I wanted a picture of the medics working on me from my perspective," Silva said. "If it had been a soldier, I'd be trying to get the same picture."
His motive was simple: "I was a casualty of war. I was trying to capture a bit of my own history as a casualty of war."
Slain student's parents, boyfriend talk
- NEW: Long-distance witness: "I was cursing him from my webcam"
- A friend in China sees the woman attacked in her Toronto apartment
- Police later find Qian Liu dead in the apartment
- Investigators have not said how they tied the suspect to Liu's death
(CNN) -- Police in Canada have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 23-year-old exchange student who was attacked in her Toronto apartment while a friend in China watched via webcam.
Toronto police arrested Brian Dickson, 29, Wednesday afternoon and charged him with first degree murder.
Authorities did not say how they tied Dickson to the death of Qian Liu, an exchange student from Beijing.
The suspect was scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday.
Police said Liu was talking early Friday morning to a male friend from home when a man allegedly knocked on her door, asking to use her phone.
The online witness said he saw Liu and the unknown man struggle for a time before the attacker turned off her laptop, police said.
"The man tried to hurt Liu cheng," the witness told CNN affiliate CTV. "She was resisting and saying 'No, no, please don't.'
At that time my mind went blank. And I was cursing him from my webcam."
"I was so far away I couldn't reach her," he added. "I felt helpless and I couldn't calm down."
Ten hours later, police arrived at the basement apartment to find Liu's dead body, naked from the waist down. Her laptop was missing.
There were no obvious signs of sexual assault or severe physical trauma, and police have said they were awaiting toxicology reports.
Liu's father, Liu Jianhui, told CNN affiliate CTV that he had trouble believing the incident.
"At the beginning I did not believe it was true," he said. "She was a very hardworking, outstanding girl."
This is not the first time a crime has been captured by webcam. In the most notorious incident, Meleanie Hain of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was shot dead in 2009 while talking to a friend via webcam. The friend was looking away when he heard a shot and a scream, police said.
Upon looking back at the screen, the friend saw Hain's husband firing a handgun at where his wife had been, authorities said.
Police later found both Hain and her husband dead in their home.
The last year has seen a huge rise in sales of Apple's iPhones, but iPad sales disappointed
Latest profits for the computer giant Apple beat hopes, including a higher-than-expected rise in iPhone sales.
Net income for the three months to March jumped 85% on the same period a year ago, with iPhone sales of 18.65m - a rise of 113%.
The figures are the latest in a string of good results from the US's technology companies.
Intel's figures, released on Wednesday, were also well above hopes and helped share prices to a three-year high.
Apple reported quarterly net profits of $5.99bn (£3.6bn), 95% up on the $3bn it made a year ago. Revenue was $24.67bn, a rise of 83%.
Sales of the company's computers were strongly higher, up by 28% from a year ago driven by its tweaked MacBook Pro.
Apple's figures were not uniformly positive. It sold 4.69m iPad tablet computers in the quarter, below expectations.
Another disappointment was sales of its one-time star, the iPod, down by 17% on the year at 9m units.
Most analysts were enthusiastic about the figures.
Channing Smith, portfolio manager at Capital Advisors growth fund, said: "Dynamite numbers across the board. The only hiccup is lower than expected iPad numbers."
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said in a statement: "With quarterly revenue growth of 83% and profit growth of 95% we're firing on all cylinders."
Mr Jobs, who went on medical leave in January with an undisclosed illness, continued: "We will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year."
The day-to-day running of Apple is currently being done by chief operating officer Tim Cook.
Real Madrid celebrated the club's first Spanish Cup victory since 1993 after beating Barcelona in the final in Valencia.
- Real Madrid win Copa del Rey for the 18th time, beating Barcelona 1-0 final
- Cristiano Ronaldo scores the only goal in Valencia, heading home in extra time
- Jose Mourinho lifts his first trophy with Real ahead of Champions League semis
- AC Milan held to a 2-2 draw at home by Palermo in first leg of Italian Cup semifinal
(CNN) -- Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning extra-time header gave Jose Mourinho his first trophy as Real Madrid coach on Wednesday, winning the Spanish Cup final 1-0 against arch-rivals Barcelona.
Real went to Valencia seeking a first Copa del Rey triumph since 1993, and the 42nd goal this season by the world's most expensive player handed the club an 18th success in the competition.
The Portugal captain rose high at the far post to power in a 103rd-minute effort from a teasing cross by Angel Di Maria, who was sent off for a second booking at the end of the second spell of extra time.
It was Ronaldo's second goal in two games against Barca, having netted a late equalizing penalty in Saturday's 1-1 draw that left the Catalans eight points clear in La Liga.
Mourinho employed the defensive midfield formation he used in that second "El Clasico" clash this season between the two teams, who will meet again in the semifinals of the European Champions League next Wednesday.
The tactic paid off as Real had the better of the first half of regulation play, and converted midfielder Pepe came closest to breaking the deadlock with a thumping header that hit the post in the 44th minute.
Barcelona battled back into the game in the second half, and had the ball in the net with 69 minutes gone but Pedro was ruled to have been marginally offside as he gathered a superb pass from Lionel Messi.
Captain Iker Casillas then saved Real with superb efforts to deny Messi and Pedro in rapid succession, and the match went to extra time.
Madrid waited for counter-attacking opportunities, and the first came in the 98th minute as Ronaldo raced clear before driving just wide of Jose Manuel Pinto's far post.
But he made no mistake five minutes later as Di Maria combined well down the left with Marcelo and delivered the perfect cross.
The Argentine departed the scene in time added on, but Barcelona did not make anything of the resulting free-kick and Pep Guardiola's team -- seeking an overall 26th triumph -- could not force a penalty shootout.
It gave Mourinho his first victory over Barca since taking charge at Real, and went some way to avenging the 5-0 thrashing at the Nou Camp in the first half of the season.
He has now won a trophy in every country in which he has coached -- his native Portugal, England, Italy and now Spain.
Meanwhile, AC Milan had to come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Palermo in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal on Wednesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Milan ahead in the fourth minute on the day he failed to overturn a three-match Serie A ban for swearing in the direction of a linesman.
The Swedish striker, who missed Saturday's 3-0 win over Sampdoria that put Milan six points clear in the league, volleyed home from close range at the far post from Massimo Oddo's deep cross.
Argentine forward Javier Pastore leveled 10 minutes later after combining well with Maurizio Pinilla, and young Uruguayan strike partner Abel Hernandez followed up his weekend double from the win over Roma to make it 2-1 in the 53rd minute with a fierce shot that went in off the crossbar.
However, Urby Emanuelson equalized with 14 minutes to play after Ibrahimovic ran into the box and the ball ran loose to the Dutchman.
Pastore could have restored Palermo's lead ahead of the second leg in Sicily on May 10 but goalkeeper Marco Amelia made a fine save to deny him.
Cup holders Inter Milan will take a 1-0 lead into the May 11 home leg of their semi against Roma after Dejan Stankovic scored the only goal at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday in a repeat scoreline of last year's final.
No way! Not even! We're calling BS on this - and if Matthew Morrison proves us wrong, we're going to be devastated!
Sources are claiming that Matthew is using his upcoming debut album as "a launching pad to leave Glee.? He supposedly is "desperate" to break free from the show and is hoping his new friendships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Elton John will help him launch his career beyond the confines of McKinley High.
But, but, but?WHY???
The show catapulted him into everyone's radar - just like Lea, Cory and Dianna - and gave him the freedom to make this album while still doing the show. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us! Why wouldn't he have any loyalty towards Ryan Murphy and Co. for that?!
BS! Completely BS!
UPDATE: Cool your jets, Gleeks. Mr. Schue isn't resigning. His rep was contacted for comment and confirmed that: ?This is not true at all.? He isn't leaving the show and more importantly, he doesn't want to leave the show.
And somewhere in Lima, Ohio, Sue Sylvester is torturing a Cheerio in a blind rage.
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Posted: April 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm
LOS ANGELES ? Prosecutors of Dr. Conrad Murray want jurors in his involuntary manslaughter trial to see images of his superstar patient, Michael Jackson, dead and alive.
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In motions filed Tuesday, they ask to use video clips from the Jackson concert movie, "This Is It," to show the singer was in good health, engaged in planning his concert tour and had every reason to live.
They say this would contradict defense claims that Jackson took his own life.Story: Prosecutors say Jackson's doctor changed story
Prosecutors also want to use limited autopsy photos of Jackson to prove that although thin, he was in excellent health. They say the photos would not be gruesome. Defense lawyers say the photos would inflame the jury's emotions.
Murray has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection resumes May 4 and motions are to be argued Thursday.
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