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Police link suspect to murders of 4 women

DETROIT (AP) -- Four women were killed outside of Detroit, but their bodies were abandoned inside cars that were left in the city, authorities said Saturday as they filed the first charges since the victims were discovered more than four months ago.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee described James Brown as the "main culprit," but Brown was not charged with killing the women. The Sterling Heights man was arraigned on charges of moving the bodies and arson, and bond was set at $1 million.

Demesha Hunt and Renisha Lander were found in the trunk of a car in Detroit on Dec. 19. On Dec. 25, the bodies of Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary were found in a burning car. All were in their 20s, and three of the women had placed online ads for adult dating services.

Godbee suggested that the only barrier to murder charges is deciding where to file them. He believes the women were not killed in Detroit and possibly not in Wayne County. The Wayne County prosecutor's office handles crimes committed in Detroit.

The 24-year-old Brown, who was arrested Tuesday, asked for a court-appointed lawyer. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each of the four charges.


Clinton ad opposes marriage amendment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton has recorded an audio advertisement opposing North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Clinton urges voters to oppose the amendment, saying it won't change North Carolina's statutory ban on gay marriages.

But he says it will affect the state's ability to attract new businesses and will take health care from children. He says it also could diminish the state's laws protecting women from domestic violence.

The pro-amendment side also has its share of heavy hitters supporting it. The Rev. Billy Graham issued a statement supporting the amendment, saying the Bible is clear that God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.


Woman, 3 daughters believed abducted

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities say three girls and their mother may be in extreme danger after they were abducted in Tennessee.

They were last seen in Mississippi. The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Saturday morning, and Tennessee authorities also issued an alert. The girls are believed to be with their mother, 31-year-old Jo Ann Bain, and 35-year-old Adam Mayes.

The girls are 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain, 12-year-old Alexandria and 14-year-old Adrienne. Warrants are being issued for Mayes' arrest on kidnapping charges.