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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A threat affecting planes originating in Houston prompted additional screening and course changes for at least two flights, ABC News has confirmed. The threat was found to be non-specific and non-credible.

First, a Delta flight from Houston to Atlanta was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff this morning due to security concerns. Customers and baggage were re-screened, and the flight was allowed to take off after a short delay.

Then, an American Eagle flight from Houston to Los Angeles with 71 on board landed and parked at a remote location at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after officials became aware of a threat. Video appeared to show law enforcement officers approaching the aircraft with guns drawn.

An investigation to determine the person or persons responsible for the threat is in progress, according to a spokesperson for the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

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FBI(NEW YORK) -- Federal officials arrested a young New York City man Tuesday for allegedly supporting ISIS, the culmination of an elaborate joint FBI-New York Police Department sting operation in which the 22-year-old was duped by at least four undercover law enforcement agents, according to court documents.

Bronx resident Sajmir Alimehmeti was arrested before dawn Tuesday morning without incident. A criminal complaint filed by the Department of Justice alleges that Alimehmeti helped a person he believed to be an ISIS recruit -- who was in fact working for federal authorities -- travel to Syria to fight with ISIS by giving advice and helping the individual grab last-minute supplies.

Alimehmeti was also charged with passport fraud for allegedly lying about losing his passport in an attempt to get a new one.

Alimehmeti had previously attempted to join ISIS himself in 2014, the complaint says, but he was stopped in the United Kingdom twice -- once because “authorities found camouflage pants and shirts, as well as nunchucks, in Alimehmeti’s luggage.” The second time, U.K. authorities reported that “a number of images of ISIL [ISIS] flags and improvised explosive device (‘IED’) attacks.” He was sent back to the U.S.

The complaint says U.K. authorities shared this information with the U.S. in late 2014 and by the fall of 2015, a complicated plan had come together to use a team of undercover agents in an investigation into Alimehmeti’s purported connection to ISIS, including the staging of one agent’s fake travel to Raqqa, Syria, complete with photographs of the agent with what looked like desert in the background.

Alimehmeti spent some time with a rotating cast of undercover agents and allegedly repeatedly showed his support for ISIS. Upon learning of the one undercover agent’s apparent travel to Syria, Alimehmeti “expressed excitement and indicated, in sum and substance, that he was jealous of [the undercover employee] and that [the employee] should ‘hook him up,’” according to the complaint.

“I’m ready to f---ing go with you, man… You know I would… I’m done with this place. There are kuffar [unbelievers] everywhere,” he said later, upon learning of another “ISIS recruit’s” plans to travel to Syria, according to the complaint.

A search of Alimehmeti’s computer turned up more purported evidence of his support for ISIS, including a photograph of him with the black flag commonly associated with ISIS in the background. The computer also contained photos of ISIS fighters in the Middle East, the FBI said.

Making yet another appearance in a domestic terrorism case is Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born member of al Qaeda who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011. Al-Awlaki’s sermons preaching jihad and violence against the West have been found on computers of several Americans accused of terror-related crimes, and he is believed to have inspired several attacks against the American homeland. In this case, the FBI says several of his lectures were found on Alimehmeti’s computer.

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ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Amid a storm of outrage and criticism, George Zimmerman on Monday explained publicly for the first time why he auctioned off the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation in 2012.

The former neighborhood-watch volunteer, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July of 2013, said he auctioned off his 9-mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol for $250,000. He also promised to use some of the proceeds to push back against the civil rights movement Black Lives Matter, which has risen in popularity in the wake of the death of Martin and other unarmed black victims of gun and police violence.

A Black Lives Matter community Facebook page has over 130,000 “likes,” and uses as its cover page an illustration of an activist wearing a black hood, symbolic of the protests that erupted after 17-year-old Martin was killed by Zimmerman near his Florida home.

Speaking Monday to ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV-TV via Skype between puffs from a thick cigar, Zimmerman struck a pose of defiance, discussing the process of auctioning the gun, and accusing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton of pandering to the black community to get votes.

"I was tired of Hillary Clinton's anti-gun rhetoric,” Zimmerman said of his rationale for auctioning off the pistol. "She has been stumping around for a false campaign for the Trayvon Martin Foundation. She lied, saying that I killed him when he was walking home in his daddy's neighborhood. Which if anyone watched more than seven minutes of the trial they would know that is false."

The unarmed Martin was visiting his father's fiancée’s neighborhood where he was returning from a convenience store before the deadly encounter with Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense.

Zimmerman said he would use some of the proceeds to help cops who had been targeted by violence.

"I am going to donate to officers such as the deputy in Texas that was shot in the head at point-blank range for no other reason than he was in uniform,” Zimmerman said, referring to Alden Clopton, a police officer who was shot four times ambush-style and survived. “No one can replace his life. No one can replace the service he was doing to his community. My goal is to attempt to make his family as whole as possible again."

Zimmerman has been savaged by critics from the moment he announced his desire to auction off the pistol. Shaun King, a prominent civil rights activist and surrogate of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, penned an op-ed in the New York Daily News calling Zimmerman "injustice in the flesh".

"He is the living, breathing, walking, talking personification of injustice. He is injustice in the flesh. It nauseates us. It infuriates us. It takes us somewhere, emotionally, where we don't want to go, but we can't help it," King wrote.

This is not the first time Zimmerman has provoked outrage since being acquitted of murdering Martin. In 2015, he generated headlines for retweeting an image of Martin's corpse.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thieves robbed a New York City bank over the weekend, apparently by cutting a wide hole in the roof, police said, noting that the sophisticated heist at the Maspeth Federal Savings branch in Rego Park, Queens, is the tenth of its kind across New York City.

A bank employee first saw the gaping hole in the roof of the building upon arriving for work shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday, police said. A ladder was also found in the back of the bank. The hole apparently gave the thieves access to the vault area, which houses safety deposit boxes and teller’s cash.

“There is wood on the roof. They cut directly through the metal that sits underneath there. They go after the safety deposit boxes, normally this crew,” New York Police Department Detectives Bureau Chief Robert Boyce told ABC News. “They are pros, because they cut the video cameras.”

An unknown amount of safety deposit boxes, which customers rent from the bank to keep important documents, valuable jewelry and other prized possessions, were found to have been removed from the vault. Police discovered dozens of empty boxes piled on the roof of the building.

“Generally, they seek to get the boxes inside and they just stack them up on the roof and they go through it,” Boyce said.

The burglary is part of “a 10-case pattern” across the city that’s been occurring since 2011, Boyce said. The one at the Maspeth Federal Savings branch is likely connected to another through-the-roof raid that happened in Brooklyn’s Borough Park in April, in which thieves pilfered nearly $300,000, Boyce said. No arrests have been made in any of the cases and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Maspeth Federal Savings released a statement Monday, saying its Rego Park branch will remain closed while authorities conduct a forensic investigation over the coming days. ABC News reached out to bank employees for additional comment but did not immediately hear back.

“Maspeth Federal Savings is a community bank and this burglary really hits home,” the bank said on its Facebook page. “The full extent of what was stolen is still being determined but includes a number of safe deposit boxes and teller’s cash, which is kept in the same area.”

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Scott Mall(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A North Carolina mother of two who was charged with child abuse last year after letting her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart during a family vacation is now sharing her story publicly.

Julie and Scott Mall were watching a sunset on exclusive Bald Head Island off the coast of North Carolina last July when, they said, their son asked to drive the golf cart back to their $1,000 per night rented cottage. Moments later, police officers stopped the family.

Julie Mall, 43, of the Charlotte area, described to the Charlotte Observer how she remembers the police officer handling her.

"He has my arm behind my back and I sort of fall to my knees, because it hurts, and then he pushes me down into the ground, puts his knee into my back and he's a big dude,” Mall told the newspaper.

Mall’s husband recorded video as police handcuffed Mall and carried her away, taking her to jail and charging her with resisting arrest and child abuse.

Bald Head Island is an area accessible only by boat. No cars are allowed and golf carts are allowed to be driven by people age 16 and older.

The arresting officer, James Hunter, claimed Mall was at fault in the arrest. In the arresting documents, the officer said Mall failed to “surrender her hands to be handcuffed” and that Mall and her husband were “intoxicated…uncooperative and obstinate.”

Mall told the Charlotte Observer neither she nor her husband was intoxicated, adding that she had one glass of wine with dinner earlier in the evening. The mom of two told the Observer she was taken to a detention center on the mainland and charged with resisting a public officer, being intoxicated and disruptive and misdemeanor child abuse.

The state later dismissed the case against Mall after Officer Hunter twice failed to appear in court, according to the Observer.

Under North Carolina law, the charges against Mall could be reinstated at any time up to two years after the offense.

Neither the village of Bald Head Island nor the attorney for Officer Hunter replied to ABC News’ requests for comment.

Mall’s criminal defense attorney said his client “got a good outcome.”

"Julie and her family suffered a great deal during this ordeal, but got a good outcome in the end,” Bruce Mason told ABC News. “It should be noted that widespread use of cameras means that officers are now monitored by the people. When their conduct exceeds their authority, they will be held accountable."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LIHUE, Hawaii) -- In separate incidents, two planes crashed in Hawaii Monday morning, authorities said.

The first crash, which occurred at 9:30 a.m. local time, killed all five adults on-board the Cessna 182H taking off for a skydiving trip, going down shortly after departure from Port Allen Airport on the island of Kauai, according to Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

The plane held a pilot, two instructors and two jumpers, likely preparing for a tandem jump over the island, Sakahara said.

The crash caused a brush fire just outside the fence line of the airport, where one of the victims was transported to a local hospital before being pronounced dead, authorities said.

Kauai Fire Department said the plane belonged to Skydive Kaua. The company did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The second crash occurred under more unclear circumstances, but with less grim results.

According to Honolulu EMS, the separate accident occurred about 2 hours later when a 56-year-old pilot and his 52-year-old female passenger crashed just yards off the shore of the island of Oahu. Both were rescued by Ocean Safety lifeguards and brought to shore. They both survived the crash. One had injuries, but was declared stable.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told ABC News the Beechcraft Sundowner experienced engine trouble while inbound to Honolulu International Airport and landed just off of Makaha Beach.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate both crashes, according to Gregor and the NTSB.

Sakahara confirmed the second crash and told ABC News the weather appeared clear Monday morning.


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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kelly Hoggan, the Transportation Security Administration's head of security, has been removed from his post, according to an internal memo and the House Oversight Committee.

Even after TSA failed to catch fake bombs and banned weapons smuggled through checkpoints by undercover investigators, Hogan received bonuses totaling $90,000, causing widespread outrage among lawmakers.

 

UPDATE: Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA, following our hearing on May 12 on mismanagement at TSA.

— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) May 23, 2016

Deputy Assistant Administrator Darby LaJoye will temporarily take Hoggan’s place, according to the TSA internal memo, which does not name Hoggan.

LaJoye will take the reins as the TSA grapples with long lines and a stagnant workforce nationwide.


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Win McNamee/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Federal authorities have been looking into whether donations made to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign to become governor may have violated federal law, a source with knowledge of the probe told ABC News.

The probe could very well turn up no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the source said.

According to an attorney for the Democratic governor’s campaign, McAuliffe has not been told he is under FBI investigation, and neither he nor the campaign know anything about the matter.

Nevertheless, as part of the FBI’s review, agents have looked at McAuliffe’s time associated with the Clinton Global Initiative and contributions to his 2013 campaign from foreign nationals such as Wang Wenliang, a prominent Chinese businessman who reportedly donated $120,000 to McAuliffe’s campaign, the source said.

“[C]ontributions to the campaign from Mr. Wang were completely lawful,” McAuliffe campaign attorney Marc Elias said in a statement to ABC News. “The Governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it.”

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on news of the probe, which was first reported by CNN.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — A judge found Baltimore police officer Edward Nero not guilty Monday on all four charges for his role in the events leading up to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Nero, 30, had pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from his actions during the initial stop and arrest of Gray, who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while in police custody. Gray died one week later and his death sparked days of violent protests in Baltimore. Because Nero opted for a bench trial, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams decided his fate rather than a jury.

During the case, prosecutors argued that Nero had no regard for Gray’s safety and was reckless by ignoring policing rules when he failed to place a seat belt on Gray, who was placed on his stomach in shackles in the back of a police transport vehicle. Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said he would like to see seat belts in every police van moving forward.

Williams grilled prosecutors during closing arguments last Thursday, questioning whether a crime was in fact committed by Nero.

“So, every time there’s an arrest without probable justification -- it is a crime?” Williams asked.

“We believe that the search and arrest without justification are assault, your honor,” Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe responded. “There’s no question about that.”

Legal experts say the tone of Williams' pointed questions during closing arguments gave an indication it would be an uphill battle for prosecutors to win their case against Nero.

The verdict comes more than a year after Gray’s death last April. His death became a symbol of the black community’s distrust of police, triggering days of rioting and angry backlash from community members.

Defense attorney Marc Zayon said that his client's actions were completely legal and protected by the law, and that the state’s case against Nero is “nonsensical.”

“I can’t believe I even have to argue this,” he said. “The detention is okay, the cuffing is okay, the moving is okay,” he said. “Being detained is a horrible thing, being cuffed is a horrible thing…but the law allows it.”

Public officials, including Cummings, called for peace and respect for the rule of law following the verdict.

“Whatever may be Judge Barry Williams' decision with respect to Officer Nero’s role in the death of Freddie Gray, that verdict will have as much legitimacy as our society and our justice system can provide,” Cummings said last week. “We will respect the decision.”


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Courtesy Frank Chi(WASHINGTON) -- In a new film to be shown at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building over Memorial Day weekend, filmmaker Frank Chi attempts to help us learn from our darker moments in American history by juxtaposing them with the present.

The result is a heartbreaking resonance of past and present.

Chi filmed Muslim kids reading letters to Japanese-American survivors of the World War II internment camps. The letters were written by children in the internment camps, at a time when discrimination against Japanese Americans ran high. Many of the sentiments expressed in the letters sound eerily similar to the xenophobia that Muslim kids in America face today, more than 70 years later.

"We all know that there are people all over the world who hate certain races and they just can't help it," one of the letters in the film states, "but I’m sure when this war is over, there will be no racial discrimination, and we won’t have to doubt for a minute the great principles of democracy.”

Chi, the film's director, told ABC News, "The idea sort of came to me at the end of last year, right after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, and then when we had our very discouraging debate about Syrian refugees."

Rep. Mike Honda, D-California, "said to me many years ago that the Islamophobia he hears today reminds him of what he heard growing up as a Japanese American," Chi said. "This is something that a lot of survivors of these camps say."

"The idea is powerful when you think about putting those two moments in history together," Chi said, "I have been in a million film shoots before, and I've never cried on set before this."

"Hate can be like a fungus, it just spreads. There needs to be moments when you see hate coming back into our politics, when you need to really remind people that we are talking about human beings here," Chi told ABC News. "It's important to respond to hate with love, and that to me is what this film does."

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A black man who was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by an all-white jury in Georgia, has successfully convinced the Supreme Court that the jury selection in his case was racially biased three decades later.

The defendant, Timothy Foster, argued that the prosecution violated his rights by using race as a determining factor during jury selection.

Both the trial court and the Georgia Supreme Court initially rejected his claim, but Foster eventually obtained copies of the file used by the prosecution during his trial, which helped move his case to the Supreme Court.

He will likely get a new trial, nearly 30 years after his original sentencing.

What the Court Decided

Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, with a concurrence by Samuel Alito, concluded that the Georgia courts’ determination that Foster failed to show purposeful discrimination was "clearly erroneous." Clarence Thomas was the only justice to dissent.

"[T]he focus on race in the prosecution's file plainly demonstrates a concerted effort to keep black prospective jurors off the jury," Roberts wrote.

Stephen Bright, Foster's lawyer and President of Southern Center for Human Rights, said that the discrimination only became apparent because they obtained the prosecution’s notes "which revealed their intent to discriminate."

"The Court had no choice. The prosecution’s notes which were discovered and introduced as evidence left no doubt that the strikes were motivated by race to get an all-white jury," he said in a statement released after the Supreme Court's decision.

"Jury strikes motivated by race cannot be tolerated. The exclusion of black citizens from jury service results in juries that do not represent their communities and undermines the credibility and legitimacy of the criminal justice system."

Background

Foster, who was 18 years old at the time, was arrested and convicted for the 1986 murder of a 79-year-old retired school teacher in Rome, Georgia. The state used "peremptory challenges" to strike all four qualified black prospective jurors during jury selection. Foster argued that the state's strikes were racially motivated.

Foster was convicted and sentenced to death.

Long after his trial, Foster obtained previously withheld prosecutors' notes, in which the prosecution wrote the letter “B” next to the names of prospective black jurors, circled the word "black" on questionnaires, identified prospective black jurors as B#1, B#2, etc, and had a note that said "if it comes down to having to pick one of the black jurors,[this one] might be okay," according to the opinion.

An "N" for "no" appeared next to each of the black prospective jurors' names.

He argued that the prosecution violated his rights during jury selection, before, during and after his trial, according to the court.

The question is whether these facts constitute race discrimination under the Supreme Court’s Batson case, in which the Court set forth a framework for evaluating the use of race in jury selection.

Analysis

Roberts has not always been receptive to claims of race discrimination, but this is a strong and sweeping condemnation of the conduct of the Georgia prosecutors in this case, whose attempts to argue that these strikes were not motivated by race he finds totally implausible.

In Monday's opinion, he wrote that "prosecutors were motivated in substantial part by race."

"Two peremptory strikes on the basis of race are two more that the Constitution allows," said the opinion.

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Courtesy Priscilla York(NEW YORK) -- One Marine dad’s touching gesture to celebrate every major holiday with his son early before his deployment was soon met with an even bigger Father’s Day surprise for himself.

Staff Sgt. John York’s wife, Priscilla York, and their 3-year-old son, Bryson, wanted to ensure their beloved husband and father knew how much he was appreciated for doing “the dad thing right,” even while he is 7,000 miles away, so they secretly compiled a video of each of those early holidays unbeknownst to him.

“He didn’t know I was making the video and when I showed it to him I think he watched it 1,000 times over and over and over again,” Priscilla told ABC News of capturing her family’s sweet moments. “I had to portray it the way it was meant to be felt. The video made his vision comes to life in a way he didn’t expect. I think the whole process meant more to him knowing that it was recorded like that.”

Making the most of his precious 10 days of pre-deployment leave at home, John York devised a plan to celebrate every single day with his son.

“He just came home from work and said, ‘I have an idea of what I want to do when I have the 10 days of pre-deployment leave. I really want to do all the holidays, all his favorite holidays that I’m going to miss,’” Priscilla said of John’s sweet gesture for their young son.

The father-son duo went trick or treating together in honor of Halloween.

“He went to every neighbor’s house on the block and he had candy that he handed to them so they’d be ready when Bryson rang the doorbell,” Priscilla said of John’s perfect plan. “He brought candy to each of their houses if they were home. The neighbors were so great about it."

Santa also came early with wrapped gifts delivered under a decorated, fake tree.

“He just woke and Santa came. He was just so taken aback,” Priscilla recalled. “He was like, ‘What’s going on? Why is the Christmas tree up?’ He was so excited.”

They even enjoyed an early birthday cake, blowing out the candles before he turns 4 years old in a few weeks.

“He was really excited about his new bike,” said the proud mom. “He was really pumped about his birthday.”

Although enjoying the holidays early was an amazing treat for their little boy, having a video keepsake of those moments was an even better treat for John.

The father and son have a bond that Priscilla says she’d “never be able to match.”

“He just adores him. He adores that man,” she said of Bryson.

And as for her husband, “He is the most incredible dad and husband I’ve ever met,” she said. “He helps me out so much. He takes over everything when he comes home.”

This is John’s third deployment, and his first since Bryson was born.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Another violent weekend in Chicago left five dead and more than 30 hurt.

With Memorial Day -- the unofficial start of summer -- just a week away, Chicago Police have released a statement on behalf of Superintendent Eddie Johnson, saying as the summer months approach, "violence will not be tolerated -- period."

"[W]e need more values, fewer guns and stronger sentences against violent offenders," the statement reads.

Johnson is asking for help from all residents, saying "everyone has a role to play in fixing" the violence.

Among those killed in this past weekend's shootings was Yvonne Nelson, an operator for the city's 311 service. She was shot in the chest not far from Chicago Police headquarters.

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DEBBIE NODA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New allegations made by the defense in a new trial for the man accused of murdering Chandra Levy are raising questions about the disappearance of Levy, the FBI intern who vanished in May 2001 and whose remains were found the next year in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park.

The Washington murder case ended the career of former California Congressman Gary Condit, who was at one point the primary suspect before police ruled him out despite his romantic link to Levy. Condit's alleged secret sex life is now in the spotlight after defense attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing 24-year-old Levy, filed a new motion last week.

Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted by a jury in 2010 based on a jailhouse confession to other inmates. However, his conviction was later set aside. Last year, prosecutors dropped their opposition to Guandique's attorneys' request for a new trial.

Guandique is facing a new trial this fall.

The new motion filed by Guandique's lawyers claims that "aggressive sex involving bondage" may have killed Levy.

When Levy's body was found in 2002 in Rock Creek Park, investigators found a pair of knotted tights nearby. Defense attorneys claim Condit may have used the tights to restrain Levy during a rough sex act gone wrong.

Condit's DNA was found at Levy's home, providing proof of the affair, but authorities ruled Condit out as a suspect after it came to light that a predator -- allegedly Guandique -- had been attacking female joggers in the park.

Condit was once a powerful Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. He famously broke with his party over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, demanding that then-president Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair with Lewinsky.

Condit has denied he had anything to do with Levy's murder. He returned to private life after losing to a primary challenger in 2002.

Levy's parents, Robert and Susan Levy, are split over the defense's efforts to reevaluate Condit's possible role in their daughter's murder.

"I think Condit was fooling around and doing that but it doesn't prove he was the murderer," Robert Levy told ABC News.

Susan Levy added, "Young women can be caught up in the web of predators or powerful people and you don't know what happened to them."

The defense motion claims that Condit had "a powerful motive to either kill and/or cover-up the circumstances of her death, whether her death was intentional or accidental."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines, prosecuting the Guandique case a second time, in court called the new motion, "a sensational, salacious and an effort to taint the jury pool."

Condit's civil attorney, L. Lin Wood, described the defense strategy from Guandique's lawyers as "reprehensible."

"Mr. Condit was long ago cleared by law enforcement in connection with her murder. Now a public defender for Mr. Guandique is wasting tax payer dollars to re-assert accusations to support a defense theory that has been unequivocally rejected," Wood said in a statement to ABC News.

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WCVB-TV(AUBURN, Mass.) -- The suspect in the killing of a 42-year-old Massachusetts police officer was shot and killed Sunday evening during a shootout at a home just miles from the initial incident, officials said.

A state trooper was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, who was identified as 35-year-old Jorge Zambrano, who officials said had an extensive criminal history.

Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino leaves behind his wife and children after he was fatally shot during a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. in Auburn, about 50 miles west of Boston, police said.

The shooter fled the scene, and he was eventually located at a duplex in Oxford, Massachusetts, police said.

Police surrounded the home, which was less than 5 miles from the shooting scene this afternoon, and though police would not say what was going on, ABC News reporters on the scene heard officers apparently negotiating with someone inside the house, trying to convince them to come out.

The apartment where the suspect was found was initially cleared by police, but upon finding an opening in the cellar of the home, a state police Special Tactical Operations Team entered the building, officials said.

Officers encountered Zambrano on the second floor of the building after he burst out of a closet, shooting and wounding the trooper. An officer returned fire, fatally shooting Zambrano, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said.

The injured trooper, an 18-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and a former Navy SEAL, was able to walk as he was taken to UMass Lake Side Hospital.

Officials declined to release the trooper's name, but said he is expected to survive.

Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis called the killing of Tarentino a "tragic loss," describing him as a "dedicated and brave public servant."

"Officer Tarentino worked here for two years and there's not a member of this department that didn't embrace him and like him," Sluckis said this evening. "He got along with everybody. He was somebody that was always smiling."

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said the investigation into Tarentino's murder is ongoing, even though the suspect is dead.

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