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    The Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has requested a the reversal of a 1994 death sentence of a 'mentally' ill man who killed two college students, calling the penalty 'racist and morally untenable.'  Raymond Oscar Butler, now 46, was 18 years old when he killed Marymount California University students Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura in a 1994 carjacking in San Pedro.  Gascón has now requested to overturn his capital punishment sentence in a 264-page filing earlier this month, according to the Whittier Daily News. The DA said the murderer suffered from 'significant cognitive impairment' during the time of the crime due to mental illness and trauma.  The motion stated that Butler's cognitive impairment caused him to abuse drugs and alcohol to numb his distress, the Whittier Daily News reported.  If the motion is granted, Butler's sentenced will be reduced to life without parole.  However, it does not reverse the separate death penalty Butler received for fatally stabbing another inmate in 2012.  In a video posted to his Twitter, Gascón - who is strongly against capital punishment - said that 'over 50...
    The jury selection for Parkland school mass shooter Nikolas Cruz's death penalty hearing has been delayed for at least another week after the lead attorney fell ill.  Nickolas Cruz, 23, who was seen in court on Monday without his face mask, pled guilty in November to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.  The penalty trial will decide if Cruz receives a sentence of life in prison without parole or the death penalty in the Valentine's Day massacre.  At Monday's hearing, Melissa McNeill, Cruz's lead public defender, was absent. No explanation was given.  When Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer inquired if she was being tested, a private conversation was held, between the attorney's and Scherer, after which she adjourned, and said she hoped everyone stayed well, the Associated Press reported. The jury selection will now be delayed until May 9.  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz, 23, previously pled guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and...
    A California man could face the death penalty after he allegedly murdered his co-worker and the co-worker's roommate at their Anaheim apartment where neighbors described seeing blood 'everywhere.' Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, of Irvine was charged Friday with murder in the stabbing deaths of Griffin Cuomo, 23, and Jonathan Bahm, 23, early Tuesday morning, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Fahim was charged Friday with two counts of murder, two enhancements each of lying in wait, multiple murders, and the personal use of a deadly weapon. The special circumstances of lying in wait and multiple murders make him eligible for the death penalty, the DA's Office said.  A motive for the killings is not yet known, but prosecutors said that Fahim and Cuomo worked together at Pence Wealth Management in Orange County. Cuomo, who joined the company in 2021, served as a marketing and media assistant, according to his bio.  Prosecutors said a building security guard had encountered Fahim on the Katella Avenue apartment complex' roof at midnight on April 18, 2022, just hours before the men were murdered...
    MODENA goalkeeper Riccardo Gagno scored an extraordinary goal on Saturday to give his team a huge boost in their Serie B promotion hopes. The incredible incident occurred during the Serie C clash between Modena and Imolese. IL #MODENA VINCE CON IL GOL DEL PORTIERE ????Incredibile quanto accaduto a Modena: la capolista del #GironeB batte l’@ImoleseCalcio nel recupero con il gol di #Gagno, che scavalca #Rossi rinviando direttamente dalla propria area di rigore ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/iNZycPjVUm— Eleven Sports Italia (@ElevenSportsIT) April 9, 2022 1Gagno's goal helped Modena to a 2-1 winCredit: Twitter/@ElevenSportsIT The points were about to be shared as the game neared full time with the score at 1-1. But, in the 91st minute a moment of madness occurred as the ball was played back to Gagno who sent a long pass towards the opposition goal. The effort went unchallenged and the ball bounced over Imolese goalkeeper Gian Maria Rossi before rolling into the back of the net. The Canaries immediately swarmed their goalkeeper in celebration of the superb strike. Read More FootballIN THE RONG Ronaldo apologises after appearing to SMASH...
    Prosecutors in Oklahoma are seeking the death penalty against a former criminal defense attorney who fell in love with her client and then allegedly helped him murder his ex-girlfriend and her parents.  Keegan Kelley Harroz, 38, and her former client-turned-lover, Barry Roland Titus II, 40, are accused of breaking into the victims' house in rural Beggs, Oklahoma, in September 2019 and fatally shooting Titus' ex-girlfriend and her parents. The bodies of Tiffany Eichor, 43, and her parents - Jack Chandler, 65, and Evelynn Kaye Chandler, 69 - were found riddled with bullets. They had been shot multiple times by two different caliber weapons.  Harroz and Titus are in federal custody and are each charged with three counts of deliberate and intentional first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary, according to the documents. Now, the state wants to execute the former attorney who allegedly helped her client and lover commit the triple murder. New documents filed on March 28 by the New Okmulgee County District Attorney's Office details reasons why prosecutors believe Harroz 'should be punished by Death' for the murders. Keegan...
    Pentagon prosecutors are reportedly in talks with attorneys for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants about a plea agreement that could eliminate the prospect of the death penalty.  Guilty pleas in exchange for a life sentence could finally bring to a close the over two decade-long case, the longest ever at the war court.  Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi were all expected to face the death penalty if convicted. Their charges include: terrorism; hijacking aircraft; conspiracy; murder in violation of the law of war; attacking civilians; attacking civilian objects; intentionally causing serious bodily injury; and destruction of property in violation of the law of war. The al-Qaeda terrorists are accused of hijacking four airplanes and carrying out the coordinated attacks across the US that led to the death of 2,977 plus hundreds more who have died in subsequent years from breathing in toxic particles that were released in the rubble of the attacks. A lead prosecutor, Clayton Trivett Jr., wrote last week to the...
    SACRAMENTO —  In reality, capital punishment hasn’t existed in California for years. And Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest move will make it very difficult for any future governor to resume executions. First, right after taking office three years ago, Newsom — breaking a campaign pledge — declared a moratorium on capital punishment and disassembled the execution chamber. Now, he intends to move all condemned murderers off San Quentin’s death row and scatter them in other prisons around the state. He also plans to dismantle death row and turn the space into a rehabilitation center. The goal is to “create a positive, healing environment” at San Quentin, according to an administration request for $1.5 million to pay a private consultant to “repurpose” the cellblock. The “positive, healing environment” description sounds “a little too California,” says law professor Robert Weisberg, co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. “That could arouse the ire of the right wing,” he continues. “The irony is that prison reformers might gag at that. Because they don’t think of such a thing as a ‘healing environment’ in prisons. We don’t...
    Florida is seeking the death penalty for a Jacksonville man who is accused of fatally shooting three members of his family in their home in December, a legal filing reveals. William Conway Broyles, a 57-year-old church music director who turned himself in to law enforcement after he allegedly confessed to murdering his wife and two adult children, acted "in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification," the state said in a death penalty filling, FOX 30 of Jacksonville reported. FLORIDA AUTHORITIES RELEASE CHILLING DASHCAM VIDEO OF SHOOTING ON I-95: REPORT "The victim of the capital felony was particularly vulnerable due to advanced age or disability, or because the defendant stood in a position of familial or custodial authority over the victim (Count 2)," the state added, according to the report. The state’s "Notice of Intent to Seek Death Penalty and Notice of Aggravating Factors" was filed Jan. 26, after Broyles’ three counts of second-degree murder were upgraded by a Nassau County grand jury to three counts of first-degree murder two weeks earlier, FOX...
    Convicted killer Scott Peterson is scheduled to be re-sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife Laci, then 27, and their unborn son, Conner. Peterson, 48, was denied bail ahead of Wednesday's re-sentencing trial at the San Mateo County courthouse at 10 am PST.  He has spent 15 years living on death row after being sentenced in 2005. The California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence last year after the court found that jurors who disagreed with the death penalty, but were willing to impose it, had been improperly dismissed.  The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office has said that after speaking with Laci's family they will not be pursuing the death sentence again.  Scott Peterson, 48, is expected to be re-sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Wednesday at the San Mateo County courthouse in California Peterson (left) has spent 15 years on death row for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, (right) and their unborn son, Conner Laci's body washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay in April 2003,...
    By Theresa Waldrop | CNN Scott Peterson has been in prison limbo since the California Supreme Court reversed his death sentence in August 2020 for murdering his wife and unborn child. On Wednesday, a court will finally determine his fate. It is almost certain to be life in prison without the possibility of parole, as Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager said in a December 1 court filing. Fladager said earlier this year she would not seek to reinstate the death penalty after consulting with the victims’ family, who said the “process is simply too painful to endure once again.” “The People submit to the Court that the only sentence available for this defendant is a sentence of life without the possibility of parole plus 15 years to life for the murders of Laci and Conner,” Peterson’s wife and unborn son, the prosecutor’s December filing stated. The resentencing comes amid yet another legal tangle in Peterson’s case: In October 2020, the California Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reexamine his murder convictions because a juror did not disclose involvement...
    An Arkansas farmer who abducted and raped then murdered a nurse while she was out jogging has admitted his crimes and avoided execution as a result.    Quake Lewellyn, 29, of Jonesboro avoided the death penalty Friday after admitting to raping and murdering Sydney Sutherland, 25, in Newport on August 19 2020.   Lewellyn gave his statement at the Jackson County Circuit Court in front of Sutherland's family after confessing to the Arkansas State Police, with the victim's mom likening him to Satan in her victim impact statement.  He will now face life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to The New York Post, having avoided the prospect of execution by striking a plea deal which saw him plead guilty.  Arkansas farmer Quake Lewellyn, 29, plead guilty to rape and murder charges on Friday after he attacked Newport nurse Sydney Sutherland in August 2020 Sutherland was jogging on Jackson County Road 41 before Lewellyn claimed he hit her with his truck and then 'messed with her a bit' after taking her body to a nearby rice field Maggy Sutherland, Sydney's...
    A Dallas woman has been charged with orchestrating her American Airlines executive husband's murder by allegedly convincing her boyfriend to shoot him as the married couple walked their dogs last year. Federal court documents that were unsealed on Tuesday allege that Jennifer Faith, 49, used two phony email accounts to dupe her lover, Darren Lopez, into thinking that her of 15 years husband, Jamie Faith, was physically and sexually abusing her, as a way of justifying the murder plot. 'Ms. Faith’s alleged murder-for-hire scheme was depraved and calculated,' stated Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah. 'She preyed on her boyfriend’s protective instinct and his pocketbook in order to convince him to execute her husband.' Faith was charged on Tuesday with use of interstate commerce in the commission of murder-for-hire, which carries a potential death penalty. Jennifer Faith, 49, has been indicted on a federal murder-for-hire charge in the October 2020 killing of her husband, Jamie Faith (pictured together, left), which was allegedly carried out by the wife's boyfriend, Darren Lopez (right)  Jamie Faith was walking his dogs outside the family's grey...
    The GOP governor has referred to the death penalty as 'Texas justice.' Catholic activists say that puts him at odds with his own faith. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott oversaw his 55th execution on Tuesday. Rick Rhoades, who was convicted of double homicide in 1991, was executed on Tuesday after spending 28 years on death row. Rhoades' death marked Texas' third lethal injection this year. Rhoades chose not to make a final statement before he was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital. He was pronounced dead at 6:29 p.m. on Tuesday. In the past, Abbott has jokingly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice." Still, he maintains that he is a pro-life Christian guided by his own Roman Catholic faith. In May, Abbott signed into law the most draconian abortion ban in the country. The law, S.B. 8, effectively outlaws abortion at six weeks — before most patients even know they're pregnant. On Sept. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to strike down Texas' abortion law in a 5-4...
     A QAnon-obsessed killer dad who allegedly used a spear gun to fatally shoot both his children was handcuffed and dressed in a prison-issued jumpsuit as he was indicted by a federal grand jury for the 'heinous, cruel and depraved' crime. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday after he was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals. 'By law, the charges are eligible for death penalty,' the news release from the attorney's office read.  The new sketches illustrate the straight-faced Coleman standing for his hearing at a courtroom in the Royal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. Coleman, a surf school owner, killed his children two-year-old son Kaleo and ten-month-old daughter Roxy after leaving their Santa Barbara home on Saturday and killing them at a ranch in Mexico two days later, without his wife's knowledge. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, stands for his hearing at the Royal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles  The court sketches revealed a straight-faced Coleman standing handcuffed in front of the judge...
    THE QAnon obsessed dad who police say killed his two kids believing that they were "serpent monsters" could face the death penalty. Matthew Coleman, 40, who owns a surfing school in California, has been charged with the murder of his two-year-old son and his 10-month-old daughter. 4Matthew Coleman has been charged with the murder of his two-year-old son and his 10-month-old daughterCredit: Instagram/Matthew Taylor Coleman 4The QAnon obsessed dad killed his two kids believing that they were 'serpent monsters', according to policeCredit: Instagram/Matthew Taylor Coleman The Department of Justice said on Wednesday: "The indictment filed today charges Coleman with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals. "By law, the charges are eligible for the death penalty. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later date." Coleman, who was indicted on Wednesday, is said to have admitted to the FBI that he killed the two children in Mexico. 'MONSTERS' Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, said: "The murder of a child is...
    A QAnon-obsessed killer dad who allegedly used a spear gun to fatally shoot both his children, was indicted by a federal grand jury for the crime Wednesday morning. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals. 'By law, the charges are eligible for death penalty,' the news release from the attorney's office read. The Attorney General will decide at a later date whether Coleman will receive the punishment, according to the court documents. If the Attorney General decides against the death penalty Coleman's maximum sentence would be life in prison with a fine of up to $250,000. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals after shooting his two-year-old son Kaleo and 10-month-old daughter Roxy to death with a spear gun. The charge makes him eligible for the death penalty Coleman admitted to murdering his son Kaleo (left), two, and daughter Roxy (right), 10 months. The court documents also noted that Coleman thought he 'was saving the world from monsters'...
    A BOY of eight has become the youngest person to be charged under the Pakistan's notorious blasphemy laws. The youngster was accused of weeing on the floor of a religious school and the charges he faces can carry the death penalty. 3Pakistani Hindus protesting against the charges and attack on a templeCredit: EPA 3The Hindu temple was set on fire by a mobCredit: Reuters He is a member of country’s Hindu minority living in a conservative district in the Punjab province and his family have fled their home. At the Muslim crowd attacked a Hindu temple in the area after the boy’s release on bail last week but he is now in protective custody. A family member told The Guardian the youngster “is not even aware of such blasphemy issues”. “He still doesn’t understand what his crime was and why he was kept in jail for a week,” said the family member, whose name has been withheld for their own protection. “We have left our shops and work, the entire community is scared and we fear backlash. We don’t want to return...
    Chad Daybell at a court hearing in Idaho in August 2020. Associated Press Idaho prosecutors will seek the death penalty against "doomsday cult" husband Chad Daybell, who is accused of killing his ex-wife and the two children of his current wife.  Daybell and his wife, Lori Vallow, have been indicted on murder charges in connection with the deaths of Vallow's children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow. The children were missing for months before their bodies were ultimately found on Daybell's rural property.  Daybell has also been charged with the murder of his first wife, Tammy Daybell. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.  "The State will seek the death penalty against Chad Guy Daybell in the event of the defendant's conviction for any of the three counts of first-degree murder and/or any of the counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder as charged in the Indictment," according to newly filed court documents, NBC News reported.  In the court documents, the prosecutors called the murders "especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, or manifesting exceptional depravity." Daybell, the...
    (CNN)Prosecutors in Idaho are planning to seek the death penalty in the murder case against Chad Daybell, according to a court document filed Thursday. Daybell is accused of conspiring with his current wife, Lori Vallow, to murder two of her children and his first wife. He has pleaded not guilty.The prosecutors wrote in the court document that each homicide was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, manifesting exceptional depravity." A grand jury in Idaho indicted Daybell and Vallow in May on murder charges in connection with the deaths of Vallow's two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow. Daybell is also charged with murdering his then-wife, Tammy, who was initially believed to have died in her sleep in October 2019, less than three weeks before Daybell married Vallow.The children's disappearance became national news after Daybell and Vallow abruptly left Idaho following questioning by police about the disappearance of Tylee and JJ as well as Tammy Daybell's death.Police release information on investigation that led to charges against Lori Vallow in the murder of her former husbandRead MoreVallow's children were last...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who called 911 to say he was hearing voices and had struck his 5-year-old son with a baseball bat has been indicted on a new aggravated murder charge that could lead to a death sentence if convicted. Matthew Ponomarenko, 32, of Parma, was indicted by a grand jury in Cleveland earlier this week, cleveland.com reported on Friday. READ MORE: Upper St. Clair Family Starts Non-Profit Organization To Honor Son Who Died Of Kidney Disease Jax Ponomarenko was found dead after the beating in March. His father was indicted on an aggravated murder charge in April that didn’t include death penalty specifications. A judge ordered Ponomarenko to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he was competent to stand trial. Prosecutors at the time said they would consider seeking a new indictment with harsher potential penalties. READ MORE: Gov. Tom Wolf Releases Plan For Pennsylvanias 121 State Parks A message-seeking comment was left with Ponomarenko’s attorney on Friday. Ponomarenko remains jailed on a $5 million bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh...
    Doomsday author Chad Daybell appeared in court ahead of his wife Lori Vallow Wednesday after they were both charged with the murder of her two children.  The couple were each indicted by a grand jury Monday on charges of conspiracy, murder and grand theft in connection with the deaths of seven-year-old Joshua 'JJ' Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan. Chad is also charged with one count of murder and insurance fraud in connection with the death of his late wife Tammy Daybell.  If convicted, they face life in prison or the death penalty.  Daybell appeared to laugh and smirk during Wednesday's hearing as the charges against him were read out.  He will be back in court for his arraignment June 9, the judge told him. Lori - wearing a face mask - later appeared for her court hearing, also via Zoom. Her hearing was adjourned and she did not hear her charges in court. That came after Special Prosecutor Rob Wood objected to it continuing; it is not clear why.   Lori's children JJ and Tylee were last seen alive in September 2019, soon after Lori...
    The best friend and family of murder victim Sydney Sutherland say her alleged rapist and killer should get the death penalty.  Quake Lewellyn, 28, was taken into custody over the rape and murder of 25-year-old Sydney Sutherland after her body was found dumped in Newport in rural Arkansas late September last year.  Now her best friend says Lewellyn should face the death penalty when he goes to trial later this year and that they are still 'living a nightmare' months after her murder. Lewellyn told police he plowed down Sutherland with his truck while she was out running on the Jackson County Road 41 South on August 19, 2020, according to court documents obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in October. He then allegedly admitted to loading Sutherland's body onto his truck and driving her to a deserted field. Police said Lewellyn then raped Sutherland and buried her body.    Quake Lewellyn, 28, (pictured above) was taken into custody over the rape and murder of 25-year-old Sydney Sutherland after her body was found dumped in Newport in rural Arkansas late September last year Sydney Sutherland, pictured...
    (CNN)Lawyers for the White nationalist who killed nine people at a historically Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, will make their case Tuesday that his conviction and death sentence can't stand because he was too "disconnected from reality" to represent himself.That's the chief contention laid out in a sprawling 321-page motion filed last year in the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, attacking numerous elements of the federal trial and conviction stemming from the June 17, 2015, massacre."When Dylann Roof represented himself at his capital trial, he was a 22-year-old, ninth-grade dropout diagnosed with schizophrenia-spectrum disorder, autism, anxiety, and depression, who believed his sentence didn't matter because white nationalists would free him from prison after an impending race war," the filing says.JUST WATCHEDChilling moments from Dylann Roof's trialReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHChilling moments from Dylann Roof's trial 01:20Roof was sentenced to death after jurors returned guilty verdicts on 33 federal charges. Following his federal conviction, Roof pleaded guilty in April 2017 to state murder and attempted murder charges and received nine consecutive life sentences and three consecutive 30-year sentences on those...
    LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- Family and community members gathered on Saturday to celebrate Anthony Avalos, the Lancaster boy who was murdered, on what would've been his 13th birthday.Loved ones shared memories of him, describing Anthony as a sweet boy who loved to give hugs and always had a smile on his face.The 10-year-old boy died in June of 2018 after being found unresponsive. Prosecutors say he suffered horrific abuse in the last few days of his life. His mother, 31-year-old Heather Barron and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Kareem Leiva, are charged with murder and torture.Anthony's relatives focused on the life of the child who meant a lot to them.EMBED More News Videos An emotional viewing, memorial and funeral service took place Friday for Anthony Avalos, the 10-year-old boy who was allegedly tortured and murdered by his mother and her boyfriend. "He wasn't my nephew, he was more of a son, like my wife said. He lived with us, we raised him, we taught him how to walk, talk, potty train. We were mom and dad to him, we weren't uncle and...
    The father of Keishla Rodríguez, the pregnant woman who was allegedly killed and dumped in a lagoon by Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo, has said that he opposes the death penalty and expects the former champion to spend the rest of his life in prison thinking about what he did to his daughter and unborn grandchild.  Capital punishment, according to José Rodríguez, would just be a way out for the 27-year-old former champion who turned himself in Sunday, a day after Keishla Rodríguez's body was discovered.  'I don't believe in that because if you give the death penalty to a person who did what he did, you are helping him. It is better to throw 100 years on him and for him to keep that burden of conscience on his mind every day,' José Rodríguez told Puerto Rico television network TeleOnce.  'May he pay for it every day of his life and may he remember everything he did to my daughter. Because if one takes his life, he does not suffer, he is not going to suffer. It is better to leave...
    Scott Peterson's sister-in-law has said that he has been 'failed' by the Justice Department, insisting that she has new evidence that says he could not have murdered his wife. Peterson was found guilty in 2004 for the Christmas Eve murders of his wife Laci and unborn child. He was sentenced to death, but in August had his death penalty overturned by the California Supreme Court. A hearing was held on Tuesday to discuss a new sentencing hearing: his supporters and legal team are hoping to overturn the conviction entirely.   Janey Peterson, who has spent years investigating the case, said police in Modesto, 90 miles east of San Francisco, ignored tips and leads in this case. 'There is no series of circumstances that fits the evidence where he could possibly have done it,' she told CBS 13.  Janey Peterson said her brother-in-law had been failed by the justice system Her husband led the search for her for months but was arrested after Laci's badly decomposed body washed up on a San Francisco shoreline in April 2003. The couple married in 1997...
    A California prisoner has admitted to strangling the serial killer known as the I-5 Strangler in the cell prison cell that they shared. Jason Budrow, 40, claimed he murdered the notorious killer Roger Kibbe, 81, in a five-page letter he titled 'Ascension … May Their Souls Go To Heaven' to the local Bay Area News Group. Kibbe, who strangled and raped at least seven women in the 1970s and 1980s, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Mule Creek State Prison southeast of Sacramento on February 28 while Budrow was standing nearby.  An autopsy showed Kibbe had been manually strangled and officials ruled his death a homicide, the Amador County Sheriff's Office said. Jason Budrow, 40, (left) claimed he murdered the notorious killer Roger Kibbe, 81, (right) in a five-page letter he titled 'Ascension … May Their Souls Go To Heaven' An aerial view shows the Mule Creek State Prison where Budrow claims he killed the serial killer. Budrow is now in solitary confinement Budrow has claimed that he killed his cellmate the night before, according to...
    Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami said Tuesday that the city’s district attorney, George Gascone, was “pro-criminal [and] anti-victim” because he refused to invoke the death penalty for murder. Under U.S. law, deputy district attorneys, like Hatami, are appointed and serve under district attorneys such as Gascone. WATCH: “Millions of [people from Los Angeles] voted for the death penalty. We now have a district attorney who is pro-criminal, anti-victim, who refuses to follow the law,” Hatami, who is part of a movement to recall Gascone, said to “Fox & Friends.” Hatami referred specifically to the case of Anthony Avalos, a 10-year-old boy, who was tortured and murdered in 2018. Both defendants were indicted on charges of murder and torture, with the prosecution initially seeking the death penalty. Heather Barron, 29, and Kareem Leiva, 32, pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.  (RELATED: California Prosecutors To Consider Looters’ ‘Needs’ Mandated By District Attorney) Hatami said the decision to seek the death penalty “was made by a committee through a rigorous process,” which included discussions with the victim’s family....
    Television actor Pearl V. Puri revealed an interesting side of his persona on Monday, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The actor claimed he used to stand outside his coaching class for hours with friends just to nab eve-teasers red-handed! “As a kid, my friends and I used to stand outside our coaching classes to see if any guy is teasing a girl. We used to stand there for three to four hours, just to make sure if any guy teases a girl, we teach him a lesson,” said Pearl. Hina Khan Opens Up About Her Acting Journey, Recalls Lying to Parents About Moving to Mumbai. The “Bepanah Pyaar” actor goes on to say that the mindset of people won’t change unless law allows harsher punishments for crimes against women, including death penalty and life imprisonment. “The law of our country is undoubtedly doing a great duty, yet I feel it needs further strict rules to change the ment ality of a man. Crimes such as rape or molestation deserve death penalty and so does harassment. Bigg Boss 14: Rakhi...
    WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man doesn't want to attend this week's hearing that will determine whether he should be sentenced to death for killing a Lincoln woman who arranged a Tinder date with him. Aubrey Trail said in a motion filed Friday that he wants to skip the hearing at the end of this week that will determine his sentence. Trail, 54, was convicted in 2019 of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the November 2017 death and dismemberment of 24-year-old Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe, who disappeared after arranging a date with him. Loofe’s body parts were found in 14 pieces in ditches along a state highway, weeks after her disappearance. Trail missed much of his own trial after slashing his neck in the courtroom. A hearing will be held on Trail's latest motion on Wednesday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Trail's girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, was convicted in October of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and improper disposal of human remains for her role in Loofe's death. Boswell is set to be sentenced this summer. Copyright 2021 The Associated...
    A DEATH row inmate was granted a last-minute stay of execution after the Supreme Court ruled that we could not be killed without his priest by his side. Willie Smith, 52, was convicted of the 1991 killing of a 22-year-old woman in Birmingham, Alabama, after robbing her at gunpoint at an ATM. 2Smith's lawyers argued to the Supreme Court that he cannot be executed without his priest present Smith's lawyers over the decades have challenged his death sentence, arguing he has a below-average mental capacity. As the execution date approached, lawyers challenged the fact Smith's personal chaplain would not be allowed in the death chamber for security reasons. They also protested protocol changes prison authorities adopted because of Covid-19. Smith had asked that his pastor be by his side during his execution, to ease what he called the "transition between the worlds of the living and the dead". A federal court ruled in his favor Wednesday, issuing a temporary stay of execution, but Alabama authorities filed another appeal the following day with the US Supreme Court. And now a majority...
    A BRIT allegedly murdered his fiancée’s dad and entombed the body in concrete prompting the victim's family to demand the death penalty. Marcus Ricketts, 24, left Birmingham to live with his American lover in Alabama, where he is accused of stabbing William ‘Scotty’ Goldin to death. 5Marcus Ricketts has been accused of stabbing his fiancée’s dad to deathCredit: Dekalb Co Sheriff's Office 5Goldin was reported missing in May but it wasn't until July that his body was uncoveredCredit: Facebook In a chilling written confession, seen by The Sun, he allegedly admitted dumping the body in a 55-gallon drum, filling it with concrete and burying it in woods behind the victim’s garden. Members of Mr Goldin’s family want Ricketts to be given the death penalty if convicted – in a state which still dishes out lethal injections to murderers. But the district attorney overseeing the investigation confirmed last night that he was NOT seeking the sentence against the Brit. Richard Goldin, 66, the victim’s brother, told The Sun: “This has deeply affected our whole family. Some want him to face the...
    A Japanese man dubbed the 'Twitter killer' who was sentenced to death for the murders of nine people has reportedly said he will forgo an appeal against the verdict but wants to get married before his demise. On Tuesday a Tokyo court handed down the death penalty to Takahiro Shiraishi for killing and dismembering nine victims he met on the social media platform. Shiraishi targeted internet users who had posted comments about taking their own lives, telling them he could help them with their plans - and even die alongside them. On Tuesday a Tokyo court handed down the death penalty to Takahiro Shiraishi for killing and dismembering nine victims he met on Twitter While the 30-year-old has admitted killing and butchering his young victims - all but one of whom were women - his lawyers have begun procedures to appeal to a higher court While the 30-year-old has admitted killing and butchering his young victims - all but one of whom were women - his lawyers have begun procedures to appeal to a higher court. But Shiraishi,...
    A rising baseball star has been found guilty of beating his disabled father, his uncle and a bystander to death with a bat after he was released from a 72-hour mental health examination. Brandon Willie Martin, 27, killed father Michael Martin, 64, his brother-in-law Ricky Lee Anderson, 51, and Barry Swanson, 62, in Corona, California, in 2015, with a bat engraved with his own name. The District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty for the sports star who previously received a $1million signing on bonus when he was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays. Former Tampa Bay Rays baseball star Brandon Willie Martin has been found guilty of a brutal triple murder after beating his father, his uncle and a bystander to death with a bat But the victims' families are suing the county for negligence after they assessed his mental health and ruled he did not need further treatment, hours before the attack. The jury deliberated for less than a day and convicted him of the three murders as well as car theft, evading arrest, obstructing...
    A MOM who allegedly drowned her autistic nine-year-old son in a canal and faked his kidnapping is facing the death penalty. A grand jury indicted Patricia Ripley for first-degree murder and prosecutors said they will pursue the death penalty. 4Patricia Ripley has been indicted for first-degree murderCredit: Miami-Dade Police Department The Florida woman is accused of the May 21 death of Alejandro Ripley, and a host of other crimes. She remains in jail while awaiting trial, the Miami Herald reported. Her son suffered from severe autism and could not speak. His mother initially called 911 and said two black men took her son after running her off a road south of Miami and took the boy, police said. An Amber Alert was issued for the boy. The child’s body was found the next day in a canal a few miles from the area she said the abduction took place. 4A video emerged of the moment her son was in the canalCredit: Univision 4The video appeared to show her pushing him inCredit: Univision Investigators were initially suspicious of Ripley’s changing...
    By Erin Tracy | Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The reversal of Scott Peterson’s death sentence on Monday came as a “big relief” to his family, his sister-in-law said. And while Peterson’s attorney blames the District Attorney’s office for not speaking up when the judge erroneously excused jurors, the lead prosecutor on the case said they looked to the experienced judge for guidance. “To know they are not going to stick a needle in his arm, that is a big relief,” Janey Peterson said. “It was a very long wait and it is a heavy weight” to carry. Scott Peterson is the 38th inmate on California’s death row to see his sentence reversed since 1998, according to California Supreme Court data. The court reversed the death sentences in fewer than 8.5% of the 444 cases it has heard on automatic appeal during that time and Peterson’s attorney, Cliff Gardner, can think of only a few other cases that were reversed for the same reason. The trial judge in Peterson’s case, Al Delucchi, wrongly excluded 13 potential jurors who stated they...
    The lawyer and sister-in-law of Scott Peterson, who on Monday had his death penalty sentence overturned by the California Supreme Court, have not been able to tell him the news directly because of a coronavirus outbreak in the San Quentin State Prison where he is being held, Fox News has reported. Peterson has been on death row there since 2005, when he was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and their unborn son. His attorney Mark Geragos told Fox News that, due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the prison, he is not sure when he will get a face-to-face meeting with Peterson. Petersons sister-in-law and longtime advocate Janey Peterson also told Fox News that she was not able to get in touch with him directly, although she said she believes that he has heard the news. San Quentin has suffered the largest outbreak of coronavirus among prisoners in California, at one time having more than a third of its inmates testing positive. Although the murder conviction against Peterson remains, the court did order a new penalty phase trial....
    Scott Peterson does not yet know that he has won a reprieve from the death penalty, his lawyers said on Monday night, because coronavirus restrictions prevent them from entering the prison where he is housed.   The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned Peterson's planned death by lethal injection, owing to errors in the trial, but ruled that the conviction still stood. Peterson, now 47, was found guilty in 2004 of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, in a notorious case that held the tabloids and cable news channels in thrall, and spawned at least one made-for-TV movie.  Scott Peterson and his wife Laci are pictured in 2002, before her Christmas Eve disappearance Peterson was convicted of her murder in November 2004 and sentenced to death in 2005 Mark Geragos, his attorney, told Fox News on Monday night that he has not been able to tell Peterson the news 'because of the massive COVID issue' and is not sure when he will get a face-to-face meeting. 'I hope soon,' he said, without saying when. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned Scott Peterson’s 2005 death sentence for the murder of his pregnant wife in California in a case that garnered worldwide attention. The judges cited “major errors” in the selection of the jury in overturning the death penalty, but told prosecutors that they can request the sentence again if they so wish. Despite the ruling, the sentence of first degree murder for the death of his wife and the second degree murder of his unborn child remains. Laci Peterson, 27, was eight months pregnant with her unborn son, Connor, when she was killed. Investigators said that on Christmas Eve 2002, Peterson dumped their bodies from her fishing boat into San Francisco Bay, where they were found months later. “Peterson contends that his trial was flawed for multiple reasons, beginning with the unusual amount of pre-trial publicity surrounding the case,” the court said. “We reject Peterson’s claim that he received an unfair trial for his guilt, and therefore affirm his murder convictions.” But magistrates said the trial judge “made a number of clear...
    California's Supreme Court has reversed the death penalty conviction of Scott Peterson who murdered his pregnant wife and their unborn son 18 years ago.  The state's highest court on Monday overturned Peterson's 2005 death sentence but upheld his murder conviction.  Peterson was found guilty of killing his 27-year-old wife Laci Peterson in 2004. Laci was reported missing on Christmas Eve in 2002 when she was eight months pregnant with their son Connor.   Her husband led the search for her for months but was arrested for murder after her badly decomposed body washed up on a San Francisco shoreline in April 2003.   California's Supreme Court on Monday reversed the death penalty conviction of Scott Peterson who murdered his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son in 2002 In the ruling on Monday, the court said the death penalty was being removed because the trial judge made 'clear and significant errors' in jury selection that meant Peterson did not receive an impartial trial.  The court agreed with Peterson's argument that potential jurors were improperly dismissed from the jury pool after saying they...
    The Golden State Killer was wheeled into court to face 16 of his victims Tuesday, the first of four days of hearings before he is sentenced to life in prison. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, in June pleaded guilty to all 13 counts of murder, 13 counts of kidnapping, and confessed to 161 uncharged crimes - many of which were rapes - which go back beyond the statute of limitations.  The daughter of one victim, Patricia Murphy, told the court: 'He is an evil monster with no soul. He is subhuman.'  His sentencing, expected Friday after three days of testimony from his victims and survivors, brings to an end a sinister, decades-long saga of kidnappings, rapes and murders.  The 74-year-old, frail, in an orange prison jumpsuit and a mask Tuesday, was also known as the East Area Rapist and Visalia Ransacker. His sentencing ends a more than 45-year hunt for the notorious killer.  Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Thienvu Ho told a judge Monday: 'The blank stare, the halting answers that sometimes burst forth in gasps of breath, might lead...
    The parents of the 5-year-old boy shot to death while riding his bike in Wilson, North Carolina, want the death penalty for his alleged killer. “I want the death penalty, and I’m going to seek it,” Cannon Hinnant’s mother, Bonny Waddell, said recently according to Fox 8. “I agree with Cannon’s mother, that we are going to seek the death penalty,” the boy’s father, Austin Hinnant, commented. Twenty-five-year-old Darius Nathaniel Sessoms faced a first-degree murder charge after he allegedly shot Cannon, who was his next door neighbor, on August 9th at a Mobile home park in Wilson. “Family members told police that Cannon was outside on his bike, playing with his sisters, ages 8 and 7, when Sessoms walked up to the boy, pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger,” according to Breitbart News. Hinnant said Sessoms was their neighbor for eight years and the two shared dinner together the day before the shooting. He was inside the house when he heard the gun go off. “The first thing that went through my mind was maybe he just...
    THE neighbor who allegedly fatally shot Cannon Hinnant as the five-year-old was riding his bike will “face the death penalty”, predicts crime pundit Nancy Grace. She was speaking on Fox News about Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 25, who has been charged with first degree murder of the North Carolina boy. 11Five-year-old, Cannon Hinnant was riding his bike outside his dad's homeCredit: WRAL 11Nancy Grace was speaking with Tucker Carlson on FoxCredit: Getty Images - Getty The man accused of executing Cannon had dinner with the boy's dad during one of two visits he paid to the family in the days before the shocking murder. The revelation emerged as investigators search for a motive in the killing of Cannon, who was shot at point-blank range while playing in the yard of his father's home. Nancy Grace said: “When you put the picture up just then of Cannon, he was five years old,” “He was set to start kindergarten this week. "I think back on my children - they went to kindergarten and what a big day it was and now...
    DONALD Trump has demanded the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - after his life was spared by the appeals court. The President said the federal government must now challenge Friday's shock decision for the sake of those who died in the murderous atrocity on April 15, 2013. 9Donald Trump has demanded the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomberCredit: AFP or licensors A federal courts appeal overturned the death sentence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev He tweeted: 'Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 'The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities.’ Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence. So many lives lost and ruined. 'The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. 'Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand. Also, it is ridiculous that this process is taking so long!' Tsarnaev, 27, and his older brother Tamerlan killed three people and injured more than 260 when they detonated...
    The serial rapist and killer who terrorized California for roughly a decade in the 70s and 80s pleaded guilty to his crimes, which include 13 counts of first-degree murder, the Associated Press reported. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, the suspected Golden State Killer, was wheeled into a Sacramento courtroom Monday morning, where he pleaded guilty as part of an agreement that would spare him the death penalty, according to the Associated Press.  Following a DNA evidence match, DeAngelo was arrested in 2018. (RELATED: Retired Detectives Say Gang Of Serial Killers Is Responsible For At Least 70 ‘Accidental’ Drownings) SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 25: In this handout provided by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, is shown in his booking photo April 25, 2018 in Sacramento, California.(Photo by Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department via Getty Images) The decision to reach a plea agreement in the case was influenced by the coronavirus pandemic, which posed a risk to elderly people who may have to appear in the courtroom along with other complications, according to CNN. Instead, DeAngelo will face a life sentence...
    Governor of Trentino Maurizio Fugatti signed an order to capture and kill a bear that attacked a father and son while hiking June 22. Animal rights groups in Italy are calling on authorities to lift a death sentence on a brown bear that attacked a father and son last week on a hiking trail in the northern region of Trentino.https://t.co/hlQypbOAaG — CNN International (@cnni) June 27, 2020 Authorities are attempting to identify the bear via DNA samples left in claw and bite wounds of the victims, per CNN. Italy’s National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research regulations state that bears that attack humans must be euthanized. (RELATED: Russia Denies Nuclear Leak After Particles Detected In Another Country) Fabio Misseroni and his son Christian Misseroni were hiking June 22 on Mount Peller when the bear jumped into their path, per CNN. Fabio reportedly jumped on the bear’s back after the bear bit Christian on the leg. The bear then attacked Fabio, breaking his leg in three places. Christian got up and began clapping to scare the bear away, according to CNN....
    SAN FRANCISCO — Who’s to defend a man from facing the execution chambers of both the state and federal criminal justice system? That’s the question being tackled by U.S. District Judge Lauren Beeler, who on Tuesday presided over the first court appearance for Steven Carrillo, the Ben Lomond man accused of murdering Federal Protective Services Ofc. Dave Patrick Underwood in Oakland in late May, and then murdering Santa Cruz Sheriff Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller exactly one week later. Carrillo — who faces simultaneous federal and state charges of murdering a peace officer, making him eligible for two death sentences — appeared in a videoconference court hearing alongside his state court attorney, Jeffrey Stotter, who informed Beeler that he wished for a federal defense attorney to take over the Underwood murder case. The federal public defender’s office, which is representing Robert Justus, Carrillo’s co-defendant, informed the court that it had a conflict and couldn’t also represent Carrillo. That leaves an open question as to who will defend Carrillo, who was a sergeant with the U.S. Air Force at the time of both...
    SAN JOSE — A man who has spent more than four years in jail fighting allegations he raped and killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son is literally home free after a jury found him not guilty Friday, closing a death-penalty case in which his attorneys challenged the DNA evidence used to implicate him in the child’s death. Manuel Anthony Lopez, 26, heard the verdict in a San Jose courtroom Friday, after five days of juror deliberations for a murder trial that was halted for two months when state courts went largely dormant amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. On May 18, it became the first trial in the state to resume proceedings. Hours after the verdict, Lopez was out of the Santa Clara County jail and at home with his family. One of Lopez’s lead attorneys, Santa Clara County deputy public defender Michael Ogul, said he postponed his retirement to bring Lopez justice. “I knew with every ounce of my body, soul and existence, that he was innocent. I put off my retirement two years to see his case through,” Ogul said after...
    Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer fired after the killing of Rayshard Brooks last week, now faces charges including felony murder, which could potentially lead to the death penalty, a Georgia district attorney announced Wednesday. Brooks was shot and killed outside a Wendy’s restaurant where he’d apparently fallen asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test -- and ultimately was seen wrestling with the officers and running with one of their Tasers leading up to the shooting. "We've concluded, at the time Mr. Brooks was shot, that he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers," Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said at a news conference Wednesday. Rolfe will face at least 11 charges, Howard announced -- including felony murder and aggravated assault. The charges include counts in connection with a stray bullet that struck a bystander’s occupied vehicle. ATLANTA POLICE OFFICER GARRETT ROLFE FIRED, ANOTHER REASSIGNED AFTER RAYSHARD BROOKS DEATH Brooks, 27, was seen running across the parking lot with a bright object...
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