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PORTLAND — A jury on Monday sentenced one of Oregon’s most prolific serial killers to death for the fourth time, an ultimately symbolic decision in a state that has not executed anyone in nearly 20 years.
Dayton Leroy Rogers, 62, who killed eight women in the 1980s, had previously been sentenced to death three times for his crimes, and each time the penalty was overturned on legal grounds. The jury’s new verdict comes despite a moratorium on executions imposed by the past two governors.
The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for a convicted serial killer on Friday who trolled the Internet for female victims, sometimes using promises of work or sex, and stuffed some of their bodies into barrels on his rural property.
The ruling in the case of John E. Robinson Sr. — accused of killing seven women and a teenage girl in Kansas and Missouri — marked the first time that Kansas’ high court has upheld a death sentence since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1994.
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Gallup: Solid Majority Continue to Support Death Penalty
Posted by Kent Scheidegger of CJLF
Andrew Dugan has this report for the Gallup Poll with the above title.
Still, there is no denying that the opponents have made inroads. The number of people answering “not in favor” to Gallup’s poorly worded basic question is the highest it has been since before Furman v. Georgia in 1972, when the Supreme Court’s audacious act of judicial activism precipitated a sharp drop in opposition and a sharp jump in support.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man already being sought for a neighbor’s slaying when he killed a Dallas police officer outside a club was executed Wednesday.
Licho Escamilla was put to death for the November 2001 death of Christopher Kevin James who was trying to break up a brawl involving Escamilla. The 33-year-old prisoner was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. CDT — 18 minutes after the lethal injection began.
Escamilla became the 24th convicted killer executed this year in the United States. Texas has accounted for 12 of the executions.
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Texas executes inmate for killing man in $8 robbery
A convicted killer in Texas was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting another man in a robbery that yielded just $8. That’s right $8 dollars.
The execution of Alfredo Prieto: Witnessing a serial killer’s final moments
– He entered the death chamber at 8:52 p.m. Thursday, and was dead by 9:17 p.m.
– A diverse crowd of witnesses watched every moment intently, some in the chamber with him, some victims’ family members and friends in a room peering through one-way glass, and then about 18 more people – Lawyers, corrections officials, and four reporters including me — facing him straight on from another room.
-We watched what appeared to be an utterly painless death for a man who brutally killed nine people and devastated nine families, and here is how it unfolded:A muted injection process, watched by two dozen hushed witnesses.
Fairfax Co., VA Prosecutor RAY MORROGH witnessed the killer’s death by lethal injection.
-“I thought Prieto died a much easier death than any of his victims, he said. He passed very quietly. The way he was administered the lethal injection and went to sleep, I’ve seen family and friends struggle to the last heartbeat. His death was a lot easier than those women who begged for their lives.” (Click here for full Washington Post article)
Posted by Bill Otis
The title of this post is taken from Debra Saunders’ spot-on and mind-bendingly ironic column in today’s SF Gate. As Ms. Saunders notes:
California has a new Death Row — it’s called Virginia. Death penalty opponents, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin Death Row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006.
There is undoubtedly someone more deserving of execution than the killer facing his imminent punishment in Virginia, but it’s hard to think of one off-hand:
Take serial killer Alfredo Prieto. In 2005, Prieto was on San Quentin’s Death Row for the 1990 rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Riverside County, when DNA evidence linked him to three 1988 murders in Virginia.
Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California sent Prieto to Virginia, where killers sentenced to death actually face the likelihood of execution. (Authorities say evidence links Prieto to nine murders.)
In 2010, a Virginia jury sentenced Prieto to death for the murder of Rachel Raver and Warren Fulton, both 22. Prieto is scheduled for lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Virginia Thursday night.
Just 13 inmates have been executed in California since the death penalty resumed in 1978. Prieto will become the second√ California Death Row prisoner to be executed in another state.
We will probably never know how many innocent people are dead because Prieto wasn’t executed before now.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he will not intervene in the scheduled execution of a convicted serial murderer, allowing the execution to move forward this week.
Tom Jackman of the Washington Post reports that 49-year-old ALFREDO PRIETO received two death sentences in 2010 for the 1988 murderers of Rachel Raver and Warren Fulton III, and was also linked by DNA to another Northern Virginia murder that occurred that same year.
It is believed Prieto committed nine murders between 1988 and 1990. He received a death sentence in California for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl. Prieto’s defense lawyers claimed he was mentally retarded in his 2007 and 2008 trials in an effort convince the juries to spare his life, but the juries in both trials convicted him of capital murder. He faces death by lethal injection Thursday night.
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Charleston Shooter Wants to Deal: The man accused of shooting nine parishioners at a church in South Carolina is willing to plead guilty to murder charges in order to avoid the death penalty, his attorney said Wednesday.
Harriet McLeod of Reuters reports that a guilty plea would also avoid a trial in the case against Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man who gunned down nine black churchgoers during a Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.
The case’s latest hearing addresses whether a judge will release 911 calls and police reports about the June 17 massacre, all of which were sealed by a judge in July. In addition to state murder charges,
Roof faces 33 federal hate crime and weapons charges that could also result in a death sentence.