Murder-accused bought acid-proof boots after uncle’s disappearance, trial hears

A Brisbane man accused of murder purchased protective clothing including goggles, a mask, gloves and boots to “work with acids” a week after his uncle disappeared, a court has heard. Robert James Wagner pleaded not guilty at the beginning of his Supreme Court trial in Brisbane to murdering his uncle Gerhard Wagner in January 1999. The court heard neither his body or motorbike has ever been found, and that his death was financially motivated because he held significant assets. Prosecutor Phil McCarthy said Robert Wagner was in a “precarious financial position” at the time of his uncle’s disappearance. He said an employee from a hardware store would give evidence about a customer who purchased protective clothing about a week later. “The customer he was dealing with specifically indicated that he was working with acids and he was working with acids to clean a garage floor,” Mr McCarthy said in his opening address. “Together through this trial we will learn about the precarious financial position of the defendant at that time. The prosecution told the jury it would hear evidence that Robert Wagner told a friend police had accused him...

Warriors discuss reality of no longer being NBA championship favorites

SAN FRANCISCO — Twelve months ago, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins gathered together in the Warriors’ Oakland facility for a picture that documented perhaps the best starting five of all time.  Similar sights were few in far between during media day Monday afternoon. Gone was the Oakland facility, replaced by the new Biofreeze Center tucked inside the Chase Center. Gone was Durant, who helped Golden State to three Finals appearances in the last three years. And gone was the foregone conclusion that Golden State will be the last team standing in June.  “I think there’s definitely a lot of unknowns,” Warriors forward Draymond Green admitted during media day. “But it is exciting.” In front of a similar white backdrop Monday, Green posed alongside a slightly different crop of All-Stars. Cousins and Durant were replaced by D’Angelo Russell, acquired in the sign-and-trade that facilitated Durant’s departure. Russell — who averaged 21.1 points and seven assists with the Brooklyn Nets last season — is among eight new additions to the team.  Posing just to the right of Russel...