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Police Arrest Man Tied To False Conviction & Nightly Roundup


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Dallas police have arrested a man whose fingerprint was found at the scene where a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted - a crime for which a deaf man was wrongfully convicted.

Robert Warterfield was arrested Wednesday as a suspect in a different sexual assault.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office says its forensics lab confirmed a DNA match between Warterfield and evidence left at the scene of a 1989 sexual assault of a 9-year-old Dallas girl.

Stephen Brodie was exonerated last month after spending 10 years behind bars for the 1990 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in Richardson, a northern suburb of Dallas. A fingerprint at the crime scene matched Warterfield's, but he never was arrested.

Warterfield's attorney did not immediately respond to a message.

Witnesses point to Maj. Hasan as Fort Hood gunman

A hearing to determine if the accused shooter in last year's rampage at Fort Hood should be bound over for trial has wrapped up for the day. Eight witnesses Wednesday gave consistent accounts tying Maj. Nidal Hasan to the gunfire that left 13 people dead and dozens more wounded at the Texas post last November.

They also told of the chaos, blood and fear, and of attempts by some people in a soldier processing area to stop the gunman by throwing chairs at him.

The 40-year-old Hasan was in the courtroom Wednesday, seated in a wheelchair. He is paralyzed from the waist down after police shot him to end the attack.

Witnesses repeatedly told of how the officer, dressed in an Army combat uniform, pulled guns, shouted "God is Great" in Arabic and opened fire.

Earthquake shakes Okla., bordering states, among state's strongest

One of the strongest earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma rattled parts of five states Wednesday and left two people with minor injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.3-magnitude quake struck at 9:06 a.m. about six miles northeast of Norman, Okla., sharply shaking portions of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

The National Earthquake Information Center says the quake was felt up to 170 miles away and that reports came from as far away as Arkansas, Missouri and Texas.

Oklahoma has had only three stronger quakes since becoming a state in 1907. Oklahoma Geological Survey records show the state's sharpest temblor was a magnitude-5.0 earthquake that struck El Reno, just west of Oklahoma City, in 1952. Quakes of 4.4 magnitude struck Hughes County in 1939 and Coal County in 1997. Another tremor struck in northeastern Indian Territory in 1882.