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guilty verdict. lawyers argue he was insane when he strangled grace mann last year. leon: after three hours of deliberations, the jury recommended life in prison. tom roussey check swing now live. reporter: leon, it was just within the last half hour at the courthouse that the jury made that recommendation. they found steven briel guilty of abduction, strangulation, and first-degree murder. this is a picture of steven briel last year. he was a college student at the university of mary washington. his roommate and fellow student was grace mann. according to the defense, briel was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed mann and his other remains wanted to kill him. he strangled her and tied her up. what was in dispute was his mental state. grace mann's
gave a very emotional testimony to try to get a long sentence for briel. at one point, he talked about how in court there was an audiotape played of a phone call steven briel made to his family. thomas mann said, when they were talking about books and movies and laughing, my daughter was in a box in the ground, rotting. his emotional testimony may have influenced the jury. they did recommend a life sentence. attorneys on both sides spoke outside the courthouse. we begin with the attorney who prosecuted the case. >> given the brutality of this case, it was a very just sentence. >> this tragedy has unfolded. the family is still shocked, confused, and perplexed. but when you love someone, you don't abandon them
of need. reporter: the jury said that br iel should spend the rest of his life behind bars but the judge set the official sentencing for july 12. tom, thanks. a child rushed to the hospital after a near drowning in southeast. police say the boy is under the age of 10. he was found in a pool on boeing street. no word on the exact circumstances. we will keep you updated. alison: metro may reduce weekend service as part of a new maintenance plan. abc 7 news is confirming the general manager will unveil his plan any day now. sources tell abc 7 the board will meet friday. week only has 33 hours a where trains are not running in order to work on repairs. leon: repairs are needed at tysons corner. police say
silver diner worker crashed his car into the building during lunchtime. ur people were hurt in the fiery aftermath. jeannette reyes, tell us about it. reporter: the popular and busy silver diner now surrounded by police tape and partially boarded. although it is quiet now compared to earlier today, investigators are in for a busy night. here wasow the suspect a former cook on bereavement leave. >> what was that? reporter: in the blink of an eye, a quiet wednesday lunch at the silver diner turned into chaos and panic. >> sounded like a bomb going off. people were screaming. reporter: the building shook as the suspect rammed a 5000 pound hummer into the front entrance, hitting customers. >>
are in all different directions and i'm sure he broke them up. reporter: people jumped into action and tried to stop the driver. officials now say the man in his 60's was a cook at the diner for two years. he had been on bereavement leave. thehey were banging on windows and trying to stop him and he wouldn't stop. reporter: but it wasn't over yet. >> then he turned around and took some type of matches or accelerator. reporter: he was pulled out of his car and to safety against his will. >> he would have been burned to a crisp if people hadn't tried to help him. reporter: cleanup will continue late into the night. they are doing that right now. we did talk to the founder of silver diners and he tells us the hope is to open by monday or tuesday. police aren't saying much tonight, but we expect
more about the suspect and a possible motive within the next 24 hours. alison: thank you very much. a rockville mother gives her first tv interview after being shot on the way to pick up her son from a metro station. iris sherman was wounded by random gunfire just three days before christmas. she called her son who was at the metro station and he called 911, but he didn't know exactly where his mother was. then he heard a car morning blaring. he ran as fast as he could toward that sound. and --icked me up >> carried her into the passenger seat. with all my might. there was oncoming traffic. i drove right across into the fire station. sherman has trouble walking still, but she's thankful to be alive. police say the case has now gone cold.
that our reports can lead to justice. leon: we all do. new at 11:00, a teacher and her assistant accused of assaulting a four-year-old child. police say the girl had bruises after an incident at james julian mcneil the school academy. diggs and lisa campbell charged with assault and battery. police in dale city are investigating a shooting on derby dale avenue. when police arrived, they found the victim had been taken to a nearby shopping center. the victim is an adult male and has not been identified. no one is in custody at this point. alison: let's turn to the weather now. we've had a wet week so far and it looks like the rain isn't over yet. how will it be affecting the morning commute? steve rudin has a timeline on
steve: we keep saying the same thing over and over again. we have more shower activity to the south and west of us. right now, you are looking at moderate rain, but the good news, nothing is going to be severe. don't be surprised if you hear a rumble or two of thunder. nothing severe. let's track your forecast for tomorrow. temperatures in the 50's for daytime highs. scattered showers throughout the day. i will give you the timing, plus what to expect mother's day weekend, in just a few minutes. alison: thank you. millions of dollars have been spent laying down rubber fields in fairfax county, but parents concerned about a potential link between crum and cancer want to know why projects moved forward before key health questions were answered. our 7 on your side
did the next best thing, she got their e-mails. 722 pages worth. reporter: john down has been leading the charge to stop crime over fields in fairfax county, fueled by health experts who say there could be a link to cancer. >> the debate is the extent to which those carcinogens are harming children. reporter: with the debate heating up, what is fairfax county schools' take? the i-team looked through hundreds of e-mails to find out. though many messages from staffers sacrum fields are safe, last month, the athletics director suggested testing. >> the idea is that millions have been spent, questions have been raised, and now we are asking, is this safe? should probably find out. >> these questions should have been
but it appears some in the district were reluctant to explore other options. one says, we have not, nor do we intend to explore alternatives, citing a health department study, but no study was ever done, just a review of existing research. one staffer wrote, my primary concern is that it is not advisable to put the projects on the street and have the contractors create estimates if we are not moving ahead. how do you feel when you see somebody say, we can't make the contractors angry about what is happening? >> you hope that is not the case, but when you have documents showing that is the concern, it makes me feel terrible. i think anyone in the school system will tell you that if you are comparing the health and safety of kids to the business side, health and safety comes firs
questions from parents concerned about crumb. >> we need an answer, but we don't have one yet. reporter: the district continues to install fields based on existing science they say shows no conclusive link, even though messages show talk of putting some projects on hold. stewart, hatfield, and annandale, those fields got crumb rubber. >> they considered it, but chose to ignore the health warnings. reporter: pat hynes says the district felt comfortable forging ahead, now waiting for the results of federal testing. do ifill this district this federal study comes back and says there is a link between crumb rubber and cancer? you've invested tens of millions of dollars in this. >> if it turns out there is a health and safety concern for our kid
we have to fix that. reporter: we asked fairfax county schools to comment, but they declined. we wanted to know what the superintendent thought about these projects, but in the e-mails we obtained, her responses are specifically blacked out. ahead, on abc 7 news at 11:00 -- reporter: a big vote on a controversial building site in the nation's capital. that story when we return. alison: plus, far from home, how did this little beaver make his way to d.c. metro station?
this concept, though that doesn't mean the project is going to stop. morgan, ae in adams very popular site. this is 18th street and columbia road, where the old suntrust bank is located, where the knickerbocker theatre used to be located. proponents say this site will be inviting and useful with 58 condominium units, retail space, new landscaping, but opponents have some zoning and historical integrity concerns. they also say, we don't think this proposal is going to fit with the eclectic vibe that is very well known in adams morgan, and they say overall, the building is too big. >> it is too big. it is oppressively big. it is overpoweringly being. it is going to ruin the feel of that intersection. >> we've always been able to work out
at the end of the day, not everybody is happy. that is not realistic. a lot of times, the community disagrees on what it likes. we should note that this negative decision about commissioners is not binding, but we are told it does give weight as this proposal moves through the process. the developer is going to move forward. they have to go through other permitting process. if they are able to go through those processes, this please end up being built. the hope from the developer is starting construction around the beginning of 2017. leon: thank you. the department of justice says north carolina's controversial transgender bathroom law is discriminatory and violates the civil rights act. the doj has given north carolina
governor patrick really hold it and overreach by the obama administration. the law requires transgender people to use the bathroom listed on their birth certificate. alison: campaign news now. donald trump is officially the last man standing among the republicans. john kasich dropped out today after ted cruz stepped aside last night. now, trump is focusing on the general election. a new cnn poll has hillary clinton beating trump by 13 points in the matchup. leon: from donkeys and elephants to bears. he's back. today, that there that we saw yesterday, spotted once again in the same neighborhood. this is oakwood drive. neighbors call in yogi because he has been friendly so far. officials urge you to clean up any tr
talk about cute. look at this baby beaver that turned up outside the van ness metro station in northwest d.c. taking the metro, i guess. animal control check him for injuries and then released him back into the wild. they say the beaver is likely a few months old, old enough to be on his own. leon: now it has been wet here, but it hasn't been that went. so with that you've got water animals going up on land. to go he didn't have back. if the allergies are bothering you, this could be the reason why. tree pollen still in the high category. you are going to be sniffling and sneezing for the time being. 60 degrees for a daytime high. 12 degrees below average for this time of year. 54 leesburg, 52
andrews, 52 in annapolis. satellite and radar, more rain on the way. it is coming in from the west, moving toward the east. here we are inside the capital beltway. most of the action now to the west of us. become is going to severe as we move through the overnight hours, but don't be surprised if you hear some heavier downpours. clouds not very high. compare that to the bigger storms we had on monday night. those cloud tops were upwards of 45,000 feet. not looking for anything to become severe tonight. 48 to 53 degrees. wake up temperatures tomorrow morning, we will see a little fog develop closer to the river. this is our futurecast. leave a few extra minutes tomorrow morning. wet roadways around the capital beltwa
through the day. cloudy skies will stick around. notice how the moisture begins to move in from the east as opposed to the west. going to see easterly flow tomorrow night into friday. that is going to bring areas of heavy rain just in time for friday. looks like a washout for most of the day across much of the area. 5:00 or 6:00 in the afternoon, the rain will begin to ease. we will keep the clouds in place until early saturday morning. how much rain are we talking about? maybe an inch, in chennai have. high temperatures tomorrow, only 60 degrees. grab an umbrella as you head out the door. saturday looks pretty nice. mix of sun and clouds. mother's day, morning showers, temperatures around 75 degrees. leon: the
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unfortunately, this was one the capitals couldn't close out, even without the penguins, kris letang, they weren't able to take it vantage. caps were on their feet, biting their nails. it was a stressful one, a hard-fought battle from both teams. we are going to show you the highlights. let's pick this one up in the first period. jd goal is there for the rebound, backhands it past memory. tremendous throughout this series. it was an impossible angle. to the second, cap's down 2-1. justin williams comes away with it. the path to john carlson, he goes top shelf, and it is tied at 2-2. this one went to sudden death and it was patrick on quest who scored the game-winner,
final. a little bit better news for the nationals. they were taking on the defending champs in kansas city. let's look at those highlights. just a little bit. daniel murphy, the hero in this one. he gets the solo shot to right. four runs 4-5, scored, three r.b.i. as the nationals win big, 13-2. out here in pittsburgh, the capitals couldn't close it out. they are trailing in this series. they now face elimination on saturday. that game will be at verizon center. this is one the capitals really regret. leon: down to the last second. unbelievable. alison: thanks, aaron. calm, a little na
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-- you hear so much in country music about people wanting to get out of that town. these are the best days of my life. the hardest thing for me and so many of my friends was the thing i wanted to do, i couldn't really stay here. alison: charles esten and clare bowen say they are often caught off guard by what producers throw at them and they say you should expect plenty of surprises this season. leon: maybe that is when the beaver came out. "nashville" fan. could be. i don't know. alison: doubtful. shopping for an suv? well, this is the time. and your ford dealer is the place to get into a new ford escape. escape leads the way with the convenience of a foot-activated rear liftgate. plus, the power and efficiency of ecoboost technology. you'll find a full lineup of ford suvs designed to help you be unstoppable. right now you can drive a new escape and get 0% financing for 72 months plus $500 cash.