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Final Florida debate for gov. heated and personal

18 hours 45 min ago

Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick Scott spent their final debate of the campaign sharply criticizing each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty. The debate Tuesday night was the last of three held in the past few weeks.

'Mercy' of victims' families allows Pelham man convicted in 3 murders to avoid death penalty

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:25pm

A Pelham man convicted of capital murder will serve life in prison without parole and will not appeal his case, after reaching an agreement with the victims' families and attorneys. Jon Ingram Staggs Jr., 22, was convicted Monday on five counts of capital murder in the 2012 deaths of Casey Lee Cumberland, 22, Joshua Adam Smith, 22, and Simeon Gilmore, 19. The trial, which lasted more than two weeks, began Oct. 6 with jury selection.

Political ad critical of governor's stance on death penalty

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:29pm

The father of a victim in the 1993 murders of four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora criticizes Gov. John Hickenlooper for sparing the killer from execution. Dennis O'Connor speaks in a 13-minute, emotionally intense political video posted Sunday on YouTube by the Denver-based "A Better Colorado Future" and supervised by Republicans Andy George and Kelly Maher.

Mother Of Armenian Teen Murdered By Azeri Saboteurs Demand Death Penalty

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:37pm

MOTHER OF ARMENIAN TEEN MURDERED BY AZERI SABOTEURS DEMAND DEATH PENALTY 01:05, 21.10.2014 STEPANAKERT. - The Azeri saboteurs do not deserve to live after they murdered my son, told Karine Tsakalyan, the mother of a teenage boy Smbat Tsakalyan, who was killed by Azerbaijani saboteurs on th territory of Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Armenia News reports.

Jury retrial to begin on whether Jodi Arias should get life or death sentence

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:45am

Jodi Arias and her legal team will begin fighting for her life this week when a new jury hears opening arguments on whether she should receive a life or death sentence for her murder 's been a long legal journey for Arias, 34, whom a jury found guilty last year of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, 30. This week's court proceeding in Arizona is a retrial of the penalty phase. In 2013, the same jury that convicted her became deadlocked later on whether she should be executed for the 2008 murder of Alexander, who was stabbed 29 times, shot in the face and had his neck slit from ear to ear.

China 'executed 2,400 people last year', rights group reveals

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:01am

Figure from a knowledgeable source marks a fall of 20 per cent in executions, but China retains world lead in using death penalty The world's top executioner, China, put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said on Tuesday, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret. The figure was a fall of 20 per cent from 2012, the Dui Hua Foundation said, and a fraction of the 12,000 in 2002.

Alleged Kansas JCC shooter could face death penalty

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:21am

Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. appears at his arraignment on capital murder and first-degree murder charges on April 15, 2014 in New Century, Kansas. A court in Kansas amended charges against the alleged gunman in a shooting spree at two Jewish agencies in Kansas City.

Trial could start soon for man accused of stabbing wife to death

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:43pm

A 44-year-old Central Florida man faces the death penalty if he is convicted of killing his wife outside of a local sub shop. STORY AND UPDATE YOU AS THE SHOW CONTINUES TO PROGRESS.

5 things to know about the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias, a year after murder verdict

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:40pm

Jurors in Phoenix will once again be asked to decide whether Jodi Arias should be executed for the gruesome murder of her former boyfriend. Lawyers are expected to make opening statements Tuesday at the sentencing retrial, more than a year after a jury found her guilty of killing Travis Alexander in June 2008.

CrimeAdam Matos pleads not guilty; prosecutors to seek death penalty

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:38pm

Adam Matos, charged with murdering four people in Hudson last month, entered a not guilty plea in court Monday morning, while prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty. Standing in a red prison jumpsuit before Circuit Court Judge William Webb, Matos confirmed he will waive his right to a speedy trial.

High court to review California death penalty case

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:43am

The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the conviction and death sentence for a California man in a 29-year-old triple murder in San Diego. The justices said Monday they will hear California's appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that overturned the conviction and sentence for Hector Ayala.

End futility of death penalty system

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:57am

If there's one thing for which Pennsylvanians can thank confessed double murderer William Parrish, it's pointing out the mirage of the state's capital punishment law. “Mirage” is no mere opinion.

Alarming Rise in Use of Death Penalty in Iraq

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:00am

Equally troubling, warn the officials, is that the report details how executions in Iraq are often carried out in batches on one occasion last year, up to 34 individuals were executed in a single day and that overall, many convictions are based on questionable evidence and systemic failures in the administration of justice. Published jointly today by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights , the report document that the number of executions carried out in Iraq rose substantially between 2005 and 2009.

Two charged in shooting death to have pre-trial hearing

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:25pm

CHAMBERSBURG >> Carl Leonard Varner and Jason C. Shauf are scheduled to have a pre-trial conference as co-defendants on Wednesday, for the first-degree murder and robbery charges they are facing in the death of Victor Hugo Campos-Olguin. According to court documents, Varner, 56, and Shauf, 40, allegedly burglarized and robbed 310 E. King St., on Oct. 22, 2012 at 10:06 p.m., and killed Campos-Olguin during the incident.

UN: Iraq has executed 60 people this year

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:33pm

Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to reconsider its position on the implementation of the death penalty. Mladenov said the high number of executions in Iraq is, "alarming, especially since many of these convictions are based on questionable evidence and systemic failures in the administration of justice."

UN: Iraq has executed 60 people this year

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:33pm

The United Nations mission in Iraq says at least 60 people have been executed in the country so far in 2014, expressing concern over possible "miscarriages of justice." In a report issued Sunday, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq said the figure accounted for executions during the first nine months of 2014.

ELECTION 2014: Murder trial conduct enters Jefferson prosecutor race

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

The question of prosecutorial misconduct in the first trial of accused double-murderer Michael J. Pierce lingers as incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Scott Rosekrans prepares for a challenge from Michael Haas, a Port Townsend defense attorney, in the Nov. 4 general election. In 2010, a Jefferson County jury convicted Pierce of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the 2009 murders of Quilcene residents Pat and Janice Yarr.

Jodi Arias trial attorneys get snarky in court, defense credibility in question

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:55pm

The countdown is on as attorneys for both the State and the defense tie up the last loose ends of their preparation for the retrial of the penalty phase of the State of Arizona versus Jodi Arias , trial for the murder of Travis Alexander. In just a matter of days, a jury will be sworn in for the retrial, and attorneys will begin their opening arguments.

Suspect bragged about killing Chinese USC students

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:12pm

Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California were played a videotape Thursday where he bragged about the shootings. Prosecutors played the video of Javier Bolden boasting to a cellmate after his arrest in the killings of Ming Qu and Ying Wu.

Federal judges rule in favor of gay marriage in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:28pm

Barriers to gay marriage fell on Friday in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming following a series of federal court actions, the latest legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in the United States. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick wrote in a ruling made public Friday that the state's restrictions on gay marriage were "unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law."