Developmental disorders

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Sparks. The Texas inmate who says he is intellectually disabled is set to be executed Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, 2019, for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in their North Texas home that also killed his wife. Sparks, 45, faces lethal injection for the September 2007 slayings of 9-year-old Harold Sublet and 10-year-old Raekwon Agnew in their Dallas home. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 10:35 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the slayings of 9-...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Texas death row inmate Mark Soliz. Soliz is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, for the 2010 slaying of Nancy Weatherly during a robbery at her home near Godley, Texas. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 8:38 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an eight-day spate of crimes that included thefts and another killing. Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, received a lethal injection at the...
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Darin Schilmiller appears in state court for his arraignment Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, on charges of murder in Anchorage, Alaska. The 21-year-old Indiana man, charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman, pleaded not guilty to multiple murder counts. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Indiana man charged with masterminding the death of a developmentally disabled Anchorage woman has pleaded not guilty to five murder counts. The Anchorage Daily News reports Darin Schilmiller entered his pleas Friday. He's charged in the death of 19-year-old...
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File - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff's Office shows Apolinar Altamirano, a citizen of Mexico charged with murder in the shooting death four years ago of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb. A judge has ruled prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against Altamirano because he is intellectually disabled. The ruling means Altamirano will face life in prison if he's convicted of murder in the 2015 killing. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, File)
July 05, 2019 - 6:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against a Mexican immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb because the accused is intellectually disabled, a judge has ruled. The ruling Wednesday means Apolinar...
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June 20, 2019 - 5:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has vacated the federal death sentence for an Arkansas man convicted in the 1994 slaying of a 16-year-old Texas girl, concluding the inmate can't be put to death because he's intellectually disabled. Attorneys for Bruce Carneil Webster had challenged his death sentence based...
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In this Sunday, June 9, 2019 photo, Denali Brehmer, 18, stands at her arraignment in the Anchorage Correctional Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Brehmer has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cynthia Hoffman. . (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 5:22 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska teens hoping to cash in on a $9 million offer from a Midwest millionaire brutally killed a developmentally disabled woman on a popular trail outside Anchorage, shooting her in the back of the head and dumping her body in a river, authorities allege. The...
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Axon Immersion Training Virtual Reality (VR) headset, used in training police officers to learn the best way to interact with people who suffer with autism, Thursday, May 23, 2019 in Washington. Police officers are now using virtual reality to learn the best ways to interact with people who suffer from autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry. A new training simulation using virtual reality headsets is being rolled out by Aon, the company best known for developing the Taser. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
May 24, 2019 - 10:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — An autistic man walks out of a store without paying for a toy he picked up. He's followed by a storekeeper demanding he come back inside. The situation quickly escalates, and police are called. Officers arrive, their patrol car's lights flashing and sirens blaring, to find the man...
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April 01, 2019 - 11:08 am
PARIS (AP) — The French government has outlined measures to ensure early diagnostic testing for young children with autism and help for them going to school. In a statement following a Cabinet meeting Monday, the government promised that expenses linked to diagnostic testing will be fully...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 27, 2019 - 9:22 pm
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday defended a proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, pushing back against a storm of criticism from athletes, celebrities and politicians who rallied to support the organization. DeVos became a target on social media after Democrats slammed...
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Ethan Lindenberger testifies during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to examine vaccines, focusing on preventable disease outbreaks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 05, 2019 - 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio teen defied his mother's anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it's crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents. Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother's "love,...
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