Murderer admits to 12 more slayings

By wire services
Published November 3, 2005

MOBILE, Ala. - Jeremy Bryan Jones, a suspected serial killer convicted in the rape and murder of an Alabama woman, has admitted at least 12 more slayings in four other states since 1992, authorities said Wednesday.

"He enjoyed raping and killing," said Mobile County sheriff's Detective Paul Burch.

Jones, 32, of Miami, Okla., faces a possible death penalty Dec. 1 on his Oct. 28 capital murder conviction in the killing of Lisa Marie Nichols, 44, of rural Turnerville while high on methamphetamines.

He also faces charges in the slayings of a teenage girl in Georgia and a woman in Louisiana. He is a suspect in 10 other deaths - seven in Oklahoma, two in Georgia and one in Kansas - and could be linked to the slayings of four Atlanta-area prostitutes, law enforcement officials said at a news conference. That would bring to seven the number of possible victims in the metropolitan Atlanta area alone.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King described Jones as "a monster who would kill without remorse."

Investigators said they were unable to comment on the other crimes during Jones' trial. But Burch said Jones gave them the names of victims and locations of the other killings.

Court: Parents can't dictate kids' sex education

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by parents who were outraged that a school district had surveyed their elementary school-age children about sex.

The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the parents' claim that they have the exclusive right to tell their children about sex.

In upholding a lower court ruling against the parents, Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt said, "No such specific right can be found in the deep roots of the nation's history and tradition or implied in the concept of ordered liberty."

The appeals court noted that other courts have upheld mandatory health classes, a school system's condom distribution program and compulsory sex ed.

The district dropped the survey in 2002 amid complaints from parents. It was given to children in the first, third and fifth grades as part of a program to gauge early trauma and help youngsters overcome barriers to learning.

Bush adviser says U.S. policy forbids torture

WASHINGTON - President Bush's directive banning the torture of terror suspects applies to all prisoners - even if held in a secret prison reportedly set up by the CIA for its most important al-Qaida captives, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

National security adviser Stephen Hadley would not confirm or deny the existence of a secret, Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe that was described in a Washington Post account. The story said the facility was part of a covert prison system set up nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries.

Hadley said that "while we have to do what is necessary to defend the country against terrorist attacks and to win the war on terror, the president has been very clear that we're going to do that in a way that is consistent with our values."

"And that is why he's been very clear that the United States will not torture," Hadley said at a White House briefing. "The United States will conduct its activities in compliance with law and international obligations."