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The fiance of an art student who went missing nearly 12 years ago has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in her death. John Carter's bail was set at $1 million during his initial court appearance Monday. The 34-year-old Hamilton man was arrested Wednesday and remains in the Butler County Jail. The charges stem from the August 2011 disappearance of Katelyn Markham, who was last seen at her home in Fairfield. Skeletal remains identified as Markham’s were found in 2013 in a wooded area in Cedar Grove, Indiana, about 20 miles west of her home. Authorities ruled her death a homicide.

The  philanthropist, sports franchise executive and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson is writing a memoir. “Walk Through Fire” will document her rise from a middle class family in Illinois to becoming a pioneering Black woman billionaire, and how she endured her troubled marriage to fellow BET founder Robert L. Johnson. Johnson and her former husband started BET in 1980, and sold it 19 years later to Viacom. She has also owned all or part of the Washington Capitals of the NHL, the Washington Wizards of the NBA and the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.

Joe James, a Black man, was asleep under a tree when he was grabbed, beaten and then arrested for the murder of a white man in Springfield, Illinois. Before he was put on trial and later executed, a white mob seeking vengeance for the crime James was accused of committing took out its hate and anger on other Blacks. The 1908 race riot left Black-owned businesses and homes looted and burned. At least two other Black men were lynched weeks before an all-white jury convened in the aftermath of the violence found James guilty. Legal teams petitioning for a pardon 114 years after the fact argue that the jury was racially prejudiced and James did not receive a fair trial.


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