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July 18, 2013 | By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
PHOENIX - A new jury could be impaneled to decide whether Jodi Arias should be sentenced to death or life in prison sometime in late September, a judge said Tuesday, as attorneys continue to file motions and keep mum on any talk of a deal to resolve the case without another trial. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. About two weeks later, the same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentence.
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July 17, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown, Associated Press
FORT HOOD, Texas - Prosecutors asked Monday that three Army officers be dismissed as potential jurors in the murder trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect because of their views on the death penalty. Six potential jurors - four colonels and two lieutenant colonels - were brought in from Army posts nationwide and overseas as questioning continued in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. The Army psychiatrist faces execution or life in prison without parole if convicted in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post.
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July 10, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a deal to avoid the death penalty, a Bucks County man pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and killing his former girlfriend in 2010. The agreement was spawned by Kenneth Patterson's willingness - after more than two years - to tell authorities where he hid the body of Diane Corado, whom he had beaten with a metal pipe. Patterson, 50, will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. "This is definitely a heinous crime," Bucks County First Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry told reporters after the sentencing.
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July 9, 2013 | BY KIRK BLOODSWORTH
ALMOST EXACTLY 20 years ago, I became the first death-row prisoner in the United States to clear my name through DNA evidence. The crime for which I was convicted was the brutal rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl named Dawn Hamilton. My community in Maryland was devastated and needed someone to blame, so the district attorney's office built a capital case against me based on a few flimsy pieces of so-called evidence. My arrest followed my neighbor's call to the police, in which she claimed that I resembled the sketch shown on TV - a sketch that had been crafted through the eyewitness accounts of two young boys.
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June 27, 2013 | By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the United States in nearly three years. McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating, and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
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June 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three motions filed this week in Montgomery County Court suggest some of the arguments defense attorneys will make in the case of a man charged with killing a baby and her grandmother last year at the King of Prussia apartment complex where they all lived. The charges against Raghunandan Yandamuri, 27, include two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and kidnapping for ransom. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty in the case.
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June 18, 2013
Jim Holshouser, 78, who was North Carolina's first Republican governor of the 20th century, died Monday. In a statement released by Gov. Pat McCrory's office, Mr. Holshouser's family said he had been in declining health. Mr. Holshouser was a state legislator who became North Carolina's youngest governor at 38 when he was swept into office by President Richard Nixon's 1972 electoral landslide. He served a single term. He is remembered for establishing rural health clinics, laying the plan for a criminal justice information system, and reorganizing state government.
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June 13, 2013 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - The man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade pleaded not guilty yesterday to hundreds of rape and kidnapping charges, and the defense hinted at avoiding a trial with a plea deal if the death penalty were ruled out. The death penalty is in play because among the accusations facing Ariel Castro is that he forced a miscarriage by one of the women, which is considered a killing under Ohio law. That charge doesn't...
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June 13, 2013 | By Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press
CLEVELAND - A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hundreds of rape and kidnapping charges, and the defense hinted at avoiding a trial with a plea deal if the death penalty were ruled out. The death penalty is in play because among the accusations facing Ariel Castro, 52, is that he forced one of the women to miscarry, which is considered a killing under Ohio law. That charge doesn't...
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June 2, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury on Friday ordered the death penalty for Kaboni Savage, who became one of the city's most notorious criminals by orchestrating the murders of government witnesses, their relatives, and rivals who threatened him or his sprawling drug operation. The federal court panel deliberated about 10 hours over two days before unanimously recommending that Savage be executed for 12 murders, including a 2004 firebombing in North Philadelphia that killed four children and two women related to a witness cooperating with the FBI. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick said he would impose the sentence Monday.
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