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KMGH(DENVER) -- A former sheriff’s deputy in Colorado is in custody, accused of killing his wife nearly three years ago, a death that was originally ruled a suicide.

Tom Fallis, 34, who now lives in Bloomington, Indiana, appeared in court Thursday for an extradition hearing. He will soon be moved to Colorado to formally face charges for the New Year’s 2012 murder of his wife Ashley Fallis, 28.

According to a grand jury indictment, the husband “became irate” at the end of a New Year’s party, stormed into their master bedroom, grabbed a handgun and shot his wife. He is charged with two felony charges of murder.

Tom Fallis’ attorney said the man is innocent.

The husband called 911 to report his wife’s death. “My wife just shot herself in the head. Please help me! Please help me!” he told dispatchers at the time.

Four different agencies initially agreed it was a suicide, police said.

Dan Recht, an attorney for Ashley Fallis’ family, said her relatives could never accept that analysis.

“They just knew their daughter, she was very happy, a young mother with three young children. And the idea that she would somehow decide to commit suicide, they would never accept it,” Recht said.

As new witness testimony came to light, police reopened the investigation, leading to the grand jury that brought charges against Tom Fallis.

Jenna Fox, Ashley’s mother, said she’s stunned by the arrest.

“Shock, elation, sadnes …it encompasses every emotion you could have,” Fox said.


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Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson says he has changed his perspective on child discipline after facing child abuse charges and an ongoing suspension from the NFL.

“I won’t ever use a switch again,” he said in an interview published Thursday by USA Today, his first extensive comments since being charged with felony child abuse in September in Texas.

“There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your child.”

The six-time All-Pro was charged for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son, leaving bruises and welts. He agreed to a plea deal with no jail time earlier this month, pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault.

Peterson’s bail terms prohibit him from having face-to-face contact with the boy, but Peterson said they recently spoke over the phone, their first conversation in five months.

“I was like, ‘Hey buddy, how you doing?’” Peterson, 29, said, recounting the conversation to USA Today.

“I’m doing OK,” the boy said.

“I was like, ‘I love you.’”

“He was like, ‘I love you too, Dad. Can I come over to your house?’”

Peterson’s latest comments mark a departure from his statements days after he was indicted. At the time, he said, “I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child.” Without that discipline, “I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets,” he said.

Peterson acknowledged that leaving the Minnesota Vikings might be the best for both him and the team.

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there," he told USA Today. "But if there's word out that, hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

The former NFL MVP is suspended by the league without pay, a punishment the NFL Players Association has appealed.

Peterson disagrees with the sentiments of Commissioner Roger Goodell, who stated that Peterson failed to show “meaningful remorse” for his conduct.

"Ultimately, I know I'll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I'll be able to say a lot of the same things that I've said to you," Peterson told USA Today. "Don't say that I'm not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine."


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Scott Olson/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — With the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case set to deliver a verdict at any time, the father of the slain teenager released a public service video Thursday urging supporters to protest peacefully regardless of the decision.

In anticipation that the grand jury might not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the racially charged case, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has already issued a state of emergency, with law enforcement authorities ready in anticipation of civil unrest that could turn violent.

Michael Brown Sr.’s statement begins by thanking supporters “for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation -- but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.”

Saying that he doesn’t want his son’s death to have been in vain, Brown asks that it instead leads “to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”

Brown concludes his statement by asking everyone in the community and the nation at large to “work together to heal and to create lasting change for all people regardless of race.”

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said, “There's a time and place for civil unrest, and this apparently is the time and this is the place, but we do -- we do hope that people understand the property rights of others and the value of human life.”


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Myron May is seen in this undated handout photo. Courtesy Daunton Family(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Eight acquaintances of Myron May are said to be expecting packages in the mail sent before police say May opened fire on Florida State University’s campus.

Joe Paul said he was a former student at the university with May, and the two reconnected while living in Houston. May sent a message alerting the acquaintances -- who evidently don’t know one another -- that they would receive packages, Paul told ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Paul contacted police, and has been advised to call local authorities when the package arrives.

“What did he send everyone? Was it a manifesto? Was it a message? I don’t know. I think I’m just as curious as everyone else,” Paul said in the interview.

May, 31, was identified by police as the shooter who opened fire at the Florida State University library early Thursday morning, wounding three people before police shot him to death. Authorities said they have no motive for May's rampage, other than to say that May was "in a state of crisis."

May was a foster child who succeeded in becoming a lawyer, but he recently deteriorated to the point where his ex-girlfriend called police saying he was acting erratically and she feared for his life.

His foster mother, Abigail Taunton, said she is shocked by May’s inexplicable actions.

"It has to be some mental illness going on that we were not aware," Taunton said.

One of the students in the shooting was listed in critical condition Thursday, with two others suffering non-life-threatening injuries.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

The explosion happened about 4 p.m. on board the rig stationed roughly 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans.

The three injured workers were undergoing treatment in a medical facility on the rig, said the BSEE. Their conditions weren't immediately released.

The oil rig is owned by Houston-based Fieldwood Energy, which reported the explosion. The rig wasn't in production at the time of the explosion, said the BSEE.

The damage was limited to the explosion area and no pollution was reported.

It was unclear what caused the explosion. The BSEE was investigating.


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