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ABC News(LOVELOCK, Nev.) -- At O.J. Simpson's parole hearing in Nevada Thursday, he told the board of the botched robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room that landed him in prison, "I wasn't there to steal from anybody."

If he's granted parole on Thursday, he could be a free man later this year.

Simpson, 70, is appearing remotely via video conference from Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada, where he's serving time for kidnapping and armed robbery.

Dressed in a blue button-down shirt, Simpson was smiling and appeared in good spirits as the hearing started.

Simpson explained what he said led to crime, telling the board how he learned that some of his personal mementos were in Las Vegas and "some guys" were trying to "fence my property."

"As a perfect storm we all ended up in Las Vegas, you know? I was there for a wedding and [a friend] told me that the property was there," he said.

He later continued, "I said, 'Of course I would like to get the property.' He told me the names of what he thought were the people in the room, and I realized these are friends of mine. You know? Actually guys who helped me move, helped me move and store some of this stuff."

Simpson explained, "When I came into the [hotel] room I noticed spread out everywhere was my personal property. The only thing I saw that was on display that wasn't mine was some baseballs, and I made it clear to everybody those are not mine. All I want is my property."

Simpson's fate will be determined and announced later Thursday.

The commissioners will consider items including: his conduct in prison, participation in prison programs, potential letter of support and an assessment of the risk of re-offending.

He needs four votes from commissioners to get paroled.

Four commissioners will deliberate in Carson City; if they are unanimous, that will become the final decision.

If the panel splits in any way, they will stop the voting and call in via phone two additional commissioners who will be on standby in Las Vegas so the voting can resume.

If the deliberation moves to six commissioners, four of them must grant parole for Simpson to be released.

If the parole board is split evenly, the board has established a policy to deny parole for six months, and a subsequent hearing will be held in January 2018.

If the former football star is granted parole on Thursday, his earliest possible release date would be Oct. 1.

If he is not granted parole, commissioners will decide the date of the next parole board meeting, which could be as far away as five years.

Simpson's football career took him from the University of Southern California to the Buffalo Bills. Following his retirement, his celebrity status catapulted him to movie stardom and a cushy Brentwood, California, mansion.

More than 20 years ago, Simpson went on trial for the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The two were found on June 12, 1994, stabbed to death at her Los Angeles home. On Oct. 3, 1995, at the end of a televised trial that captivated the nation, Simpson was acquitted of all criminal charges. He has always maintained his innocence.

A civil jury later ordered Simpson to pay $33.5 million in damages after finding him liable for wrongful death in the double murder.

Simpson is in prison following an arrest in 2007 during a botched robbery in Las Vegas, when he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. The former football star contended the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him.

He was charged with a number of felony counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery. He was found guilty and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison.

His bid for a new trial in the case was rejected in 2013, but he was granted parole that same year on some of the charges, based on good behavior. He was not released from prison at that time, since his prison sentences were set to run consecutively. Simpson had to wait until this year to appear again before the parole board.

Simpson’s friend, Tom Scotto, told ABC News that Simpson is "hopeful." Scotto said if Simpson is freed, he would want "to just keep a low profile, be with his kids, be with his family, play golf."

Hours before the parole hearing, Ron Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, "What's troubling to me is not only him, but the whole system gives second chances to violent felons or, for that matter, anyone in jail. ... Ron doesn't get a second chance."

"Ron never gets to spend his life doing what he wanted to do," Fred Goldman continued. "We'll never get to share his life, and the killer will walk free and get to do whatever he wants."

Fred Goldman said the parole board should take into account that Simpson was found liable for the killings in the 1997 civil trial.

"I think his whole history of violence, ignoring the law, no respect for the law, no remorse for virtually anything he's ever done is an indication of who he is as a person," Fred Goldman said. "I don’t think there's any reason to think that he's going to be a decent human being in society. I think he's proved otherwise."

Added Ron Goldman's sister, Kim Goldman, "We lived our life with [Simpson] walking the streets and sharing the same roads that we did."

"With him being locked up in Lovelock, it's been a chance for us to kind of reclaim some control over our life and have some glimpse of sanity," she said. "I'm preparing myself for that to be changing come October."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hours before O.J. Simpson is to go before a Nevada parole board, Fred and Kim Goldman, the father and sister of Ron Goldman, spoke out and said they may never see justice for the killing of their family member.

"Ron never gets to spend his life doing what he wanted to do," a tearful Fred Goldman told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Thursday on Good Morning America. "We'll never get to share his life, and the killer will walk free and get to do whatever he wants."

Stephanopoulos asked the Goldmans if they think they may ever see justice.

We'll "probably never see that ... never get the justice," Fred Goldman said.

Fred and Kim Goldman were present as Simpson stood trial for the 1994 killing of Ron Goldman and the football star's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.

Simpson was acquitted of charges in both killings but in an unrelated case he is serving a 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada in connection with a kidnapping and armed robbery.

Simpson has so far served nine years and will have a parole hearing Thursday in which case, the former Heisman trophy winner could walk free.

Craig Arnett, a former guard at Lovelock Correctional, described Simpson as a model prisoner.

"He's still an inmate, but he definitely wasn't a problem child like some of the other ones were," Arnett told ABC News Wednesday. "I think he has a strong chance of getting out. I think he hasn't really been a problem in prison."

If Simpson is granted parole, his earliest possible release date is Oct. 1.

Denial could mean at least another three years behind bars.

ABC will have live coverage of Simpson's parole hearing Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(AURORA, Colo.) -- It was a cool summer night on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado as Batman fans took their seats at the Century 16 movie theater for a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

The highly anticipated third installment of the Batman trilogy opened to packed auditoriums at midnight showings across the country, but little did the moviegoers in Aurora know that their attendance to see the summer blockbuster would come to a terrible conclusion in real life.

Five years later, here is a look back at the devastating shooting that shocked a nation:

Shooter James Holmes purchased four guns prior to the massacre

In the 60 days leading up to the shooting, Holmes had purchased four guns from local shops and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition, police said at the time.

All of the weapons and ammunition were purchased legally, police said.

Sold-out midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises

Holmes had bought a ticket to the movie before slipping out and propping an emergency exit open, federal law enforcement sources told ABC News.

About 30 minutes into the movie, Holmes had gathered his weapons and re-entered the movie auditorium through the emergency exit wearing a ballistics helmet, bulletproof vest, bulletproof leggings, a gas mask and gloves.

Holmes then detonated multiple smoke bombs before he unloaded four weapons' full of ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd of hundreds of attendees, police said.

12 people were killed, dozens more injured

Ten victims died at the scene, while another two died at local hospitals. Among the dead was a 6-year-old girl.

Seventy people were injured in the ordeal, police said. Most were injured by gunfire, but a "handful" were injured during the chaos that ensued. One injured victim was hit by gunfire in an adjacent theater.

A 3-month-old was among those taken to the University of Colorado Hospital, but he or she was quickly discharged, Dr. Comilla Sasson told ABC News at the time. Twenty-two victims were taken to University of Colorado Hospital that night.

At the time, the massacre was the deadliest shooting since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

Witnesses recall the horror

Witnesses said they thought the smoke and gunshots were part of the movie until they saw Holmes standing in front of the screen.

"You just smelled smoke and you just kept hearing it, you just heard bam bam bam, non-stop," one witness told ABC News in 2012. "The gunman never had to reload. Shots just kept going, kept going, kept going."

Moviegoer Christopher Ramos told ABC News in 2012 that "people were running everywhere," including on top of him, and called the shooting a "real-life nightmare."

"I froze up. I was scared," Ramos said. "I honestly thought I was going to die."

Some lied on the ground to protect themselves.

"I'm with coworkers and we're on the floor praying to God we don't get shot, and the gunshots continue on and on, and when the sound finally stopped, we started to get up and people were just bleeding," another theatergoer said at the time.

At one point, Holmes exited the theater, only to wait outside and shoot patrons as they attempted to flee, witness Jennifer Seeger said on ABC News' Good Morning America after the shooting.

Holmes arrested nearby within minutes of the shooting


Police apprehended Holmes in his car behind the theater within minutes of the shooting. He was found in full riot gear and carrying three weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, and a .40 caliber Glock handgun. A fourth handgun was also found inside the vehicle.

Holmes told arresting officers that he was "The Joker," referring to the villain in the second installment of the Batman movie trilogy, The Dark Knight.

Holmes had booby-trapped his apartment

When Holmes was arrested, he warned police that he had booby-trapped his apartment.

The next day, police, bomb squads and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found a large number of explosive devices and trip wires at Holmes' apartment.

At first, Hazmat teams had to proceed searching Holmes' apartment with caution, since the materials could have blown up Holmes' apartment building and the ones near it, police said.

Video from a bomb squad robot showed gun powder, gasoline and motor oil scattered across Holmes' apartment floor. The video also revealed dozens of black spheres with fuses all connected to them and pickle jars filled with liquid and bullets inside of them.

The first booby trap was a trip-wire made of fishing line with one end connected to the door jam and the other connected to a thermos, said Richard Orman, senior deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado. The thermos had a bottle of nearly pure glycerin perched precariously on a frying pan that contained the chemical potassium permanganate.

If the glycerin had fallen in, it would have ignited an explosion big enough to blow up the entire apartment, Orman said in 2015 following the release of an FBI report.

More than 20 bombs and incendiaries were found in the apartment.

Holmes sentenced to life in prison without parole

On Aug. 7, 2015, more than three years after the shooting, Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Holmes avoided the death penalty because the jury could not come to a unanimous decision.

In July 2015, Holmes was found guilty of all charges against him, included two counts of first-degree murder for each of the deceased victims and two counts of attempted murder for reach of the 70 others who were injured but survived.

Holmes had admitted to the killings but argued that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys pushed for him to be committed to a mental hospital for the rest of his life. State prosecutors sought the death penalty.

What we know about Holmes' past

Holmes was originally from Riverside, California and attended the University of California branch there, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said after the shooting.

Neighbors had reported that Holmes lived alone and kept to himself, Oates said.

Prior to the massacre, Holmes was an honors student and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado medical center, authorities said. He had a clear arrest record.

An acquaintance of Holmes said he did not show any anger or anti-social tendencies in the days before the shooting.

"He seemed kind of geeky," said Jackie Mitchell, who lived a block away from Holmes in Aurora. "We just talked about football ... that kind of thing."

Another neighbor, Kaitlyn Fonzi, who lived directly below Holmes, said she heard loud techno music coming from his apartment the night of the shooting.

Psychology experts at the time told ABC News that while it's hard to know what Holmes' state of mind was before the rampage, certain details, such has him referring to himself as "the Joker," suggest that he was a deeply disturbed individual.

After the shooting, Holmes' mother and her husband released a statement saying their "hearts go out to those involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PAYSON, Ariz.) -- The remains found near a debris-filled creek in central Arizona on Wednesday night are believed to be those of a 27-year-old man who went missing after a deadly flash flood over the weekend.

The Gila County Sheriff’s office said it located remains near the Shoo Fly Creek that are "believed to be related to the search" for Hector Garnica, who went missing Saturday after torrential rains flooded the Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson, Arizona, where he and his family were celebrating his wife's birthday.

Garnica’s wife, Maria Garnica, and their three children -- Danny, 7; Mia, 5; and Emily, 3 -- were carried away and killed in the flood. Five other members of the family were also killed; four family members were rescued.

Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd called the investigation "open and very complex" at a Wednesday evening press conference where he said the remains would be examined to confirm the victim’s identity.

"We are working with the dept. of public safety to do a DNA analysis on the remains to make sure that this is the individual that we’re looking for," Shepherd said, "and of course that being our tenth victim to this situation, Hector Garnica."

Hector Garnica’s family announced earlier on Wednesday that funeral services for the nine relatives who died in the flood would be held early next week. Only four of the 14 family members who were swimming at the creek were rescued, officials said.

Shepherd confirmed that the family had been notified about the remains.

"We have been working with the family," Shepherd said Wednesday. "They have been notified and we have been talking to them."

Authorities said a Department of Public Safety helicopter crew spotted the remains on the side of the East Verde River as they were mapping out a search plan.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SALEM, Mass.) -- A memorial to people who were executed on charges of witchcraft 325 years ago was unveiled on Wednesday in Salem, Massachusetts.

In 1692, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin and 15 others were hung at the location known as Procter’s Ledge, while another victim, Giles Corey, was crushed to death.

The executions were part of a mass hysteria in colonial Massachusetts in which some local people were accused of practicing witchcraft. City officials are now trying to move past their city’s dark history in the form of a stone memorial.

“The sun casts few shadows this time of day, and yet the shadows from this site extend across our city in way we cannot see with our eyes,” Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.

Inscribed with the names of 19 of the people killed at the site, the semicircular wall of stone brought comfort to some of the victims’ descendants who attended Wednesday’s ceremony.

According to WCVB, the memorial was largely funded by a $174,000 Community Preservation Act, while descendants of the victims had also contributed smaller donations.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A juror who served on the 1995 O.J. Simpson criminal trial says his perception of Simpson’s innocence has changed over the years, but he ultimately stands by the not guilty verdict.

“Based off the evidence as presented in the trial … the only conclusion I can come to is not guilty,” Lon Cryer told ABC News' Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris. “It wasn't based on whether or not I really thought he did it or didn't do it… The only thing that trial did was raise reasonable doubt in my mind about whether or not he was the perpetrator or not.”

In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in what became known as the “trial of the century.” In 1997, however, Simpson lost a wrongful death civil suit that the Goldman and Brown families brought against him, and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages. Simpson has always maintained he did not kill Goldman and Brown.

Watch the full story on "Nightline" Thursday at 12:35 a.m. ET

Cryer, who was juror No. 247 in the 1995 “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” criminal trial, said he now feels differently about Simpson.

“I'm probably pretty sure that he probably is the person that went over there and killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldberg,” he said.

Cryer said his perception changed after Simpson’s notorious book, If I Did It: Confessions of a Killer, came to light.

“I thought that was so bush league,” he said. “It became apparent to me in my mind that he was probably the person that went over there and killed those people.”

Cryer is perhaps best known as the juror who gave Simpson a black power salute -- a raised fist -- as he left the courtroom after the verdict was announced.

“It was only to say to Mr. Simpson ... ‘Hey man, enjoy your life, go back and be a real person again, because really, truthfully this was a blessing to you that we gave you here,’” Cryer said. “I wanted to try to let him know how I felt about it, really, about him and about the fact that he had been acquitted.”

Cryer is featured in a four-part series, The Jury Speaks, airing on Oxygen that takes a look at some of the major trials of our time through the jurors’ eyes and asks them to recast their verdict votes given what they know now.

Nancy Glass, the executive producer of the Oxygen series, said she believes the public is still fascinated with the Simpson case because it’s still “an unsolved mystery.”

“And it involves money, celebrity, sex, murder,” she said. “I think it will always capture our imagination even if an answer is found.”

Reflecting on big moments during the 1995 criminal trial, Cryer brought up the infamous glove experiment, in which Simpson tried on a bloody glove found at the crime scene and the glove didn’t fit. Cryer said he thought that demonstration “backfired on the prosecution.”

“It screams out to me that obviously those gloves don't fit him which means that maybe he wasn't the perpetrator of the crimes,” he said.

Simpson had put on rubber gloves before trying on the glove in court, which Cryer acknowledged would likely change how the glove fit.

“But you have to remember that the prosecution allowed that to happen,” he said.

That experiment is something Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the trial, said she tried to stop from ever happening.

“I didn’t want to do it,” she told ABC News in a 2016 interview. “I knew it was a mistake … I objected. I said the latex is going to screw up the fit, they’ve shrunk, you know, I mean, I was on the record.”

Another pivotal moment in the trial was the audio tapes of LAPD Det. Mark Fuhrman, the officer who found the bloody glove and was heard the recordings using racial slurs. Hearing the Fuhrman tapes, Cryer said, was a big moment for him as a juror.

“It just it threw light on him as a perjurer in that case and of course he was a major prosecution witness,” Cryer said.

Simpson’s defense team brought the issue of race to the forefront, and they argued the LAPD had planted or contaminated evidence the prosecution presented during the trial.

“Whoever committed the crimes had bloody clothes, the bloody murder weapon, as well as bloody shoes, none of those pieces have ever been found,” Cryer said. “I don't think that the perpetrator of that crime would have been clumsy enough to drop a glove … I actually believe those pieces of evidence were planted.”

But from his perspective, Cryer said he doesn’t feel race had an impact on the resulting verdict.

“There were some people that tried to infer that the verdict was a payback for the Rodney King verdicts,” he said. “I think a lot of people thought that some of us were predisposed to decisions beforehand. I personally wasn't and I feel that none of the other jurors on the case were personally disposed to come up with a verdict other than what they would have come up with.”

The jurors were sequestered in a hotel for months throughout the trial. They weren’t allowed to watch television or read the newspaper and they were given a strict curfew every day.

“There were times where it really did feel like you were in jail. It wasn't fun at all,” Cryer said. “I believe it created a certain tension because of course it created stress for people.”

After 253 days of trial and hearing testimony from 156 witnesses, the case was finally handed over to the jury to deliberate.

“We took a straw poll and of course the straw poll came back 10-2 for acquittal and I will admit to you, the adrenaline was flying in me,” Cryer said. “I didn't lose sight of what I was supposed to do, but what it was about was I had been sequestered for 10 and a half months. I had no control over anything. When we were at the point of deliberation at this point, we as the jury have control of how much longer we're going to be here.”

After less than four hours of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict and Simpson was found not guilty. But afterward, Cryer says his first days of freedom were mired in fear.

“The night that we were released I didn't even stay at my own home. I was in fear. I wound up staying at a hotel the first night,” he said. “I had people camped out at my home in Los Angeles all the time and I had people would show up at my house and leave threatening remarks if … I answered my intercom switch and stuff.”

Simpson is currently serving a nine-to-33-year prison term for armed robbery and kidnapping after a 2007 Las Vegas hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia. His next parole hearing is Thursday.

When he heard about Simpson's conviction for the 2007 incident, Cryer said he felt like saying, "How stupid can you be?"

"All you had to do was just stay quiet," he said. As for the sentence Simpson received for that incident, which some maintain was harsher than most for the crime, he said, “I believe that was Nevada's way of saying, ‘We're not California.'"

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minneapolis Police Department has released transcripts of the 911 calls placed by a bride-to-be moments before a responding officer shot her to death.

Justine Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian native, placed her first call to 911 Saturday night at 11:27 p.m. local time to report what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home in Minneapolis' Fulton neighborhood.

"I can hear someone out the back and I -- I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped," Ruszczyk told the 911 operator, according to the transcript released by police.

"It's been going on for a while and I think she tried to say help and it sounds distressed," she adds.

"OK, I've already got an officer on the way," the 911 operator tells her.

Ruszczyk called 911 again about eight minutes later, expressing concern that police hadn't arrived yet.

According to the transcript, the operator answers: "911, what is the address of the emergency?"

"I just reported one but no one's here and was wondering if they got the address wrong," Ruszczyk says.

"Are you Justine?" the operator asks. "You're hearing a female screaming?"

"Yeah," Ruszczyk responds. "Yes, along behind the house."

"Yup, officers are on the way there," the operator says.

Two officers form the Minneapolis Police Department, identified by authorities as Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor, responded to Ruszczyk's call Saturday night.

Harrity was driving the squad car, while Noor was in the passenger seat, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. As they neared Ruszczyk's home, Harrity indicated that he was startled by a loud sound near the car, after which Ruszczyk immediately approached the driver's side, authorities said.

Noor then fired his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the driver's side window, which was open, the Minnesota DPS said. The officers provided medical assistance to Ruszczyk until medics arrived but she was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday that Ruszczyk died of a single gunshot wound to her abdomen.

Both officers have been placed on standard paid administrative leave pending the investigation. Ruszczyk's death has been ruled a homicide.

Police have launched an internal affairs review of the officers' use of force.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune said the woman was Australian and went by the name Justine Damond, using the last name of her fiance, Don Damond.

"Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk," the Star Tribune reported. "While the couple were not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her personal website."

Damond's website says she was a yoga instructor, a personal health and life coach and a "meditation teacher, embracing and teaching the neuro-scientific benefits of meditation."

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(Peter Houde) Jude Sparks, 10, found an animal fossil near his home in New Mexico, which is now being preserved at New Mexico State University. Peter Houde Jude Sparks, 10, found an animal fossil near his home in New Mexico, which is now being preserved at New Mexico State University. (LAS CRUCES, N.M.) -- A piece of history has been found thanks to a boy stumbling upon a rare, 1.2 million-year-old animal fossil.

In November 2016, Jude Sparks, now 10, was on an outing with his family near their New Mexico home when he tripped over what he thought was a cow skull.

Now, researchers at New Mexico State University are preserving the discovery, which was identified as a Stegomastodon -- a mastodon-like or elephant-like animal.

"I imagined through my own mind of being 9 years old and finding something like that and how incredible it would be," dad Kyle Sparks. "Like most kids, he had this really strong phase, maybe 5 or 6 years old, where he'd be reading every dinosaur and fossil book you can imagine. He's ecstatic about it."

Sparks, a father of three, said he left what to do with the fossil up to Jude, who decided he wanted to call an expert.

Sparks reached to Peter Houde, a professor at New Mexico State University, who had experience with the same type of fossil in the past.

The next day, Houde came out to see the remains for himself.

"I was real excited," Houde told ABC News. "I really like to encourage people to be aware. It was really fortuitous that this particular family did what they did. Had they tried to dig up something themselves, it really takes a great deal of technical know-how without destroying the specimen in the process. They were really responsible to try to get in touch with somebody.

"It is great for the community because now everybody can appreciate it," he added.

Houde said the university was granted permission from the landowner where the fossil was found to perform an extrication in late May.

Prior, Houde confirmed the fossil to be that of a Stegomastodon.

Houde extricated the remains of the species with his fellow faculty members and a geologist.

Houde said one of the tusks is missing from the animal, suggesting that there could be more skeleton near the site where Jude found the skull. He hopes to return to the site with geologists for an additional search, he added.

Jude and his family have been invited to visit the fossil as researchers preserve it at the university, his father said.

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- Authorities in Virginia say an arrest was made Wednesday in an apparent road-rage shooting Wednesday morning, that left a woman hospitalized and the vehicle she was driving riddled with bullets.

The Alexandria Police Department said Wednesday that Ernest Stickwell, 58, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, had been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Authorities said he'd been taken into custody by the Maryland State Police and would, at some point, be extradited to Virginia.

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According to police, officers were called to the shooting in Alexandria around 7:56 a.m.

Police said the incident started on an interstate between the occupants of a black sport utility vehicle and another vehicle.

After the two vehicles exited the interstate, police said, they reached a stoplight. That's when, according to police, the driver of one vehicle allegedly opened fire, shattering the SUV's windows.

"Based on eyewitness testimony and interviewing the two people that were shot at, we're starting to develop a picture that indicates it was a road-rage incident," said the police department's David Huckler. "I don't know the exact circumstances that led to this shooting ... What we're concentrating on is to figure out exactly what happened in this case, discover the facts and present the case to the commonwealth attorney's office."

The SUV's driver, a 33-year-old Bladensburg, Maryland, woman, suffered gunshot wounds to her upper body. She was taken to a hospital, where she was in stable condition. Her identity had not been released. A man, who was also in the SUV, was not injured.

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minnesota state officials have identified the two Minneapolis Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Australian woman who called 911 on Saturday.

Police have launched an internal affairs review of the officers' use of force.

Here's what we know about the officers and the tragic death that took place over the weekend.

The responding officers

Matthew Harrity, who has been with the Minneapolis Police Department for a year, and Mohamed Noor, who has been with the department for 21 months, were the responding officers to the scene after Justine Maia Ruszczyk called 911 to report a possible assault near her home on Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced in a press release Tuesday night.

Harrity was driving the squad car, while Noor was in the passenger seat. As they neared Ruszczyk's home, Harrity indicated that he was startled by a loud sound near the car, after which Ruszczyk immediately approached the driver's side, according to the Minnesota DPS.

The deadly shooting

Noor then fired his weapon, striking Ruszczyk through the driver's side window, which was open, the Minnesota DPS said. The officers provided medical assistance to Ruszczyk until EMS arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday that Ruszczyk died of a single gunshot wound to her abdomen after she was shot.

Both officers have been placed on standard paid administrative leave pending the investigation. Ruszczyk's death has been ruled a homicide.

Investigators are seeking to interview a white male about 18 to 25 years old who was seen riding a bicycle in the area immediately before the shooting, according to the Minnesota DPS.

Complaints on file

ABC affiliate KSTP in Saint Paul, Minnesota, reported that Noor had at least three prior complaints on file with the department, according to city data.

Two of the complaints are still open and the other has been dismissed without disciplinary action, according to the department's Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR), which investigates allegations of police misconduct in the city. The office did not provide information on the nature of the complaints.

The victim, a bride-to-be

The Minneapolis Star Tribune said Ruszczyk was Australian and went by the name Justine Damond, using the last name of her fiancé, Don Damond.

"Her maiden name was Justine Ruszczyk," the Star Tribune reported. "While the couple were not yet married, Justine referred to herself as Damond on her personal website."

Ruszczyk's website says the bride-to-be was a yoga instructor, a personal health and life coach and a "meditation teacher, embracing and teaching the neuro-scientific benefits of meditation."

Unanswered questions

In a statement Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges described Ruszczyk's death as "tragic," adding that she will continue to keep the lines of communication among officials and the public open due to interest in the case.

Harrity was interviewed by investigators Tuesday, but Noor declined to be interviewed, according to the Minnesota DPS. The Minnesota DPS Bureau of Criminal Apprehension cannot compel Noor to testify, and Noor's attorney did not provide clarification on when, if ever, an interview will take place.

"We all want answers, we all want justice to be done ... I wish he would make that statement," Hodges said at press conference Tuesday night.

However, Noor’s attorney, Tom Plunkett, issued a statement describing Noor as a caring person with a family and said he “empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.“

“The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling,” Plunkett said in the statement. “We would like to say more, and will in the future. At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.”

The officers' body cameras were not turned on during the shooting, authorities said. The reason why police did not have their body cameras turned on is a "key question" for investigators, Hodges said on Good Morning America on Tuesday.

Minneapolis Police Department Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo said at Tuesday night's press conference that the department is eight months out from fully rolling out body cameras across the force. He added that police department will soon review the body camera program.

Arradondo said the 911 call's transcript will be released after Ruszczyk's family has reviewed it.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau was out of the state for personal travel in the aftermath of the shooting but is cutting the trip short due to the incident, a spokesperson for the department told ABC News. She has been in constant contact with her team over the last three days, the spokesperson said.

In a statement, Harteau called the shooting "clearly a tragic death," adding that she wants to "acknowledge the pain and frustration that family and community members have."

"I also want to assure you that I understand why so many people have so many questions at this point," she said. "I have many of the same questions and it is why we immediately asked for an external and independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting death. I've asked for the investigation to be expedited to provide transparency and to answer as many questions as quickly as we can.”

On Tuesday night, Minneapolis City Council member Linea Palmisano expressed her dissatisfaction with the information released so far, describing it as "underwhelming."

The victim's family and friends speak out

While speaking to reporters in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon, Damond said his fiancée's death is a "loss to everyone who knew her."

"She touched so many people with her loving and generous heart. She was a teacher to so many and living a life of openness, love, and kindness," he said. "Our lives are forever changed as a result of knowing her. She was so kind and so darn funny ... It is difficult to fathom how to go forward without her in my life."

Ruszczyk's family has demanded more information about how she died, her fiancé said.

"We are desperate for information," Damond told reporters. "Piecing together Justine’s last moments before the homicide would be a small comfort as we grieve this tragedy."

Justine Ruszczyk's father, John Ruszczyk, said Tuesday he's struggling to understand why she died.

"We thought yesterday was our worst nightmare, but we awoke to the ugly truth and it hurt even more," John Ruszczyk told reporters. "Justine was a beacon to all of us. We only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death."

Family friend Julie Reed read a statement on behalf of Justine Ruszczyk's family at a press conference in Australia.

"She was treasured and loved and we will really miss her," Reed said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- O.J. Simpson will face a Nevada parole board Thursday after serving nine years in prison for armed robbery.

Craig Arnett, a former guard at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, said he got to see Simpson regularly during his first three years working at the prison. Arnett described Simpson as a model prisoner.

"He's still an inmate, but he definitely wasn't a problem child like some of the other ones were," Arnett told ABC News. "I think he has a strong chance of getting out. I think he hasn't really been a problem in prison."

The parole board's six commissioners will also consider the potential risk Simpson could pose to society should he be released. Simpson needs a majority vote of four of the six commissioners to be granted parole.

Simpson was convicted of armed robbery after he tried to steal sports memorabilia from Bruce Fromong and his friend in 2007. Simpson said he was attempting to get back his own personal memorabilia, but he was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning football star apologized for his actions during a 2013 parole hearing.

"I didn't know I was doing anything illegal, so I'm sorry," Simpson said at the time. "I'm sorry for all of it."

Now 70, Simpson is expected to speak at his parole hearing Thursday, which will be streamed live to the public.

Fromong told ABC News that he will be speaking on Simpson's behalf.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MARIPOSA, Calif.) -- An entire California town was evacuated on Tuesday evening due to a 25,000-acre wildfire that had already destroyed eight structures, officials said.

California fire officials issued an evacuation order for the town of Mariposa, which has a population of about 2,000, on Tuesday as the wildfire threatened to burn some 1,500 homes and structures, according to fire officials.

The wildfire, dubbed the Detwiler Fire by authorities, ignited on Sunday. It was 5 percent contained as of late Tuesday evening, according to fire officials.

Officials said the fire also threatens to damage power lines that feed to the Yosemite National Park, located in the state’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County on Tuesday due to the fire, which he said had damaged power, water and communication infrastructure and forced the closure of major highways and local roads in the area.

"I don't think we can emphasize enough how erratic and active this fire activity is -- especially with this fire," Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies told ABC affiliate KFSN-TV on Tuesday. “It's done stuff that we've never seen before.”

More than 1,400 fire personnel from multiple agencies were dispatched to fight the “extreme and aggressive fire” via air and ground but the battle was complicated by severe temperatures and humidity, fire officials said.

"When you add the challenge that we're in the foothills -- when you add the slopes and grades and the temperatures we're dealing with, the humidity we're dealing with -- it's a full on the challenge," Cal Fire public information officer Isaac Sanchez told KFSN.

Officials said the fire threatened several communities surrounding Mariposa, located about 160 miles east of San Francisco, as well as some “culturally and historically sensitive areas.”

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Julie Jacobson-Pool/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- All eyes will be on one of America's most famous inmates, O.J. Simpson, on Thursday, as he appears in front of a parole board from behind bars at a Nevada prison.

If granted parole, Simpson, who was acquitted of all criminal charges in the 1994 killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, could be released from prison as early as October.

Here is everything you need to know about the parole hearing:

The conviction

Simpson, 70, is in prison following an arrest in 2007 during a botched robbery in Las Vegas, when he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal his own sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He was charged with a number of felony counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery. He was found guilty and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison.

The former football star contended the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him. His bid for a new trial in the case was rejected in 2013, but he was granted parole that same year on some of the charges, based on good behavior. He was not released from prison at that time, since his prison sentences were set to run consecutively. Simpson had to wait until this year to appear again before the parole board.

The hearing

On July 20, Simpson will appear in front of the Nevada Parole Board in Carson City, Nevada, remotely via video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock. The hearing is set for 1 p.m. ET.

The decision

Simpson's fate will be determined the same day as the hearing.

The commissioners will consider items including: his conduct in prison, participation in prison programs, potential letter of support and an assessment of the risk of re-offending.

He needs four votes from commissioners to get paroled.

Four commissioners will deliberate in Carson City; if they are unanimous, that will become the final decision.

If the panel splits in any way, they will stop the voting and call in via phone two additional commissioners who will be on standby in Las Vegas so the voting can resume.

If the deliberation moves to six commissioners, four of them must grant parole for Simpson to be released.

If the parole board is split evenly, the board has established a policy to deny parole for six months, and a subsequent hearing will be held in January 2018.

If granted parole

If Simpson is granted parole, his earliest possible release date is Oct. 1.

He could potentially leave the state; however, parole restrictions may require him to serve a year of community service in Clark County, Nevada.

Simpson’s friend, Tom Scotto, told ABC News that Simpson is "hopeful" he'll be paroled. Scotto said if Simpson is freed, he would want "to just keep a low profile, be with his kids, be with his family, play golf."

A July 14 statement on behalf of Ron Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, and sister, Kim Goldman, said, "Fred and Kim Goldman anxiously await" Simpson's parole hearing.

"While they respect the legal process, they are feeling both frustration and anticipation over how this will change their lives again should Simpson be released. As with all victims and survivors, they will remain patient and optimistic that the system will do what is necessary to ensure the public’s safety remains a priority and that proper justice will be served,” the statement continued.

Goldman's family told ABC News earlier this year they cannot bear the idea of Simpson as a free man.

"Disgust," Ron Goldman said when asked what it would look like to him if Simpson was paroled.

Added Kim Goldman, "He committed a horrible heinous crime, and I have no feeling except rot in hell."

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Brandon West(PHOENIX) -- An eyewitness who captured video of the powerful flash flood that killed nine people this weekend in Arizona questioned during the ordeal whether he would even survive to talk about it.

"You make the wrong step and you get sucked under. You just pray you make the right decision," Brandon West of Chandler, Arizona, told ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV.

West, 36, a friend and his dog named Lucky were headed to the area for a swim in the hot weather, KNXV-TV reported, when they encountered the rolling tide of black water, thick with debris.

West not only survived but managed to record what he saw on video.

But the nine people from a single family, including several children, who were swept to their deaths were less fortunate.

Meanwhile, police are also still searching for a 27-year-old man who went missing as "part of a group of 14 individuals caught in a flash flood in the East Verde River just North of Payson Saturday," according to the Gila County Sheriff's office.

They also released the names of the dead, whose ages range from 2 to 57.

Jonathan Leon, 13, Mia Garnica, 5, Emily Garnica, 3, Danial Garnica, 7, Javier Raya-Garcia, 19, Selia Garcia Castaneda, 57, Erica Raya-Garcia, 2, Maribel Raya-Garcia, 24, and Maria Raya-Garcia, 27, were all found dead after the flood, according to the sheriff's office.

Julio Garcia, 29, Esthela Atondo, 28, Acis Garcia, 8, Marina Garcia, 1, were rescued and survived the incident, the Sheriff's office noted.

ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo said that what Arizona experiences during its monsoon season differs significantly from heavy rainfall in other areas, like Florida, partly because of the terrain.

Arizona's long periods of sustained, dry heat played a role in giving the rushing fluid its thickness and blackish color, he said.

The dry heat in Arizona weakens trees and brush, making it easier for them to break apart under pressure, Golembo said. As a result, debris accumulates in the flowing water.

"When water sweeps along it can pick up the branches and take them along," he said. "That's why in video of the flooding, the water has that very dark color."

That made the water significantly more dangerous than it would have been without the debris, Golembo noted.

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ABCNews.com(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty after he was captured on video appearing to race down a highway into oncoming traffic on Sunday night.

Sergeant Michael Baker of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety told ABC News in an email that "Trooper T.J. Williamson was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation by the State Highway Patrol" on Monday.

ABC affiliate WSOC-TV reported that the trooper was responding to complaints of illegal street racing when he drove onto the wrong side of Highway 321 in Catawba County. WSOC-TV reported that state troopers had previously received numerous calls about street racers endangering others along the four-lane highway.

Carisa Lynn captured the incident involving Williamson on her cell phone, telling WSOC-TV that "street racing isn't what you should be doing but it was more reckless, in my opinion, of the police officer to be driving the way he was driving, in general, to pull over some people racing."

Baker said Williamson has been employed with the patrol since August 2016 and that an internal investigation into the incident is being conducted.

Seven people were arrested in the traffic stop on charges related to street racing and five vehicles were impounded by the state highway patrol, WSOC-TV reported.

ABC News has reached out to the North Carolina division of the Police Benevolent Association but did not immediately receive a response.

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