Gravely Injured Cop Makes Progress In Recovery

CBS Chicago

(CBS) — A Chicago Police officer injured in a shocking accident four years ago — and left a quadriplegic — is making encouraging signs of improvement.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker has his story.

“It was extremely terrifying,” Officer Densey Cole II recalls. “I thought I was going to die.”

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The 42-year-old CPD officer thought Rasaan Shannon would kill him with his own gun. Shannon had taken it from him as Cole lay paralyzed with a broken neck inside his police SUV after an accident at 98th and Halsted in 2009.

“He was calling me a pig and yelling at me, telling me he was going to kill me,” Cole recalls.

But Shannon did not. Instead, he stole the officer’s gun and wallet, jumped into his own car nearby and drove off.

Cole, a strapping young cop, was left a quadriplegic and has spent the…

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Marathon Bombing Suspect’s In-Laws Testify At Grand Jury

Never even thought they would be married.

CBS Boston

BOSTON (AP) — The in-laws of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev testified Thursday before a federal grand jury investigating the deadly April 15 attack.

Judith and Warren Russell, parents of Katherine Russell, declined to comment to The Associated Press as they entered the grand jury room in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Katherine Russell is the widow of Tsarnaev, who was killed following a gunbattle with authorities pursuing him and his brother for allegedly setting off two bombs near the race’s finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260.

The U.S. Attorney’s office would not comment on whether Russell or anyone else is being investigated or why a grand jury continues to meet after four people have already been indicted.

Josh Dratel, a lawyer who represents Katherine Russell and her family, said her parents appeared after being subpoenaed to testify, and said they “told the…

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30-Year Sentence For Teen Involved In Videotaped Beating Death

CBS Chicago

(STMW) — A Cook County judge Thursday handed down a 30-year sentence for a teenager convicted of murder in videotaped, fatal beating of a 62-year-old Mexican native collecting soda cans in a West Rogers Park alley last year.

Disabled while working construction in the 1990s in Chicago, Delfino Mora had been picking up soda cans in the alley in the 6300 block of North Artesian Avenue to supplement his small disability payments when he was attacked by three teens playing a game called “Pick ‘em out, knock ‘em out,” prosecutors allege.

The teens were caught and charged after the video of the attack ended up on Facebook, authorities said.

Anthony Malcolm gave his “sincere apologies” to Mora’s family, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“I could feel your pain,” the teenager said looking at Mora’s family. “I’m truly sorry. . . . It was something I never wanted to happen.”

Judge…

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