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11 -  General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial - Jodi Arias

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: October 16, 2014, 12:33:51 PM

Jury to be seated in Arias penalty-phase retrial
Oct. 16, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — A jury for the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be sworn in next week as prosecutors again seek a death sentence.

Arias was found guilty last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend in Arizona, but jurors couldn't agree on a sentence.

While her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have one more shot at securing a death sentence with the new jury. Otherwise, Arias faces life in prison.

A judge announced Thursday that the new jury will be seated on Tuesday. However, additional arguments are planned for Monday.

Arias acknowledged killing Travis Alexander, but she said it was self-defense. Prosecutors argued the killing was carried out in a jealous rage after Alexander wanted to end their affair.

The retrial is expected to last into December.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/16/jury-to-be-seated-in-arias-penalty-phase-retrial/

12 -  General Death Penalty / Pennsylvania Death Penalty News / Re: Pennsylvania Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: October 16, 2014, 12:31:41 PM

Baby killer gets death penalty
10/14/14

norristown >> After 3˝ hours of deliberation Tuesday a jury of seven men and five women unanimously condemned Raghunandan Yandamuri to two death sentences for the murders of Satyavathi Venna and her 10-month-old granddaughter Saanvi Venna in Upper Merion in October 2012.

First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said he was happy the jury took its time to deliberate and come out with what he called the right sentence.

“We hope that it can bring a little closure for the Vennas,” Steele said. “This has been a difficult two years for them. They lost their mother, their 10-month-old daughter. It was heart-wrenching to hear what they’ve gone through.”

The Venna family was not in court Tuesday, but Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman said prosecutors had been in constant contact with them throughout the trial. Previously, Steele told reporters the Venna family supported prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Yandamuri.

For the jurors to reach their decision, they each had to weigh aggravating factors against mitigating factors to decide if Yandamuri, 28, should be given life in prison or the death penalty. Under the law, if the jurors unanimously find the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating factors, they may sentence him to death.

Cauffman said that, now, the Vennas may begin to feel closure.

“I’m very pleased with what has happened as a result of this case,” she said. “I’m very pleased that we can give a little bit of something back to the Venna family. It was a rough road for everyone involved.”

In court, Yandamuri appeared emotionless as the jurors one-by-one confirmed both death sentences. While the jury was being individually polled, he frantically wrote on a legal pad at the defense table.

“He tends to deal with his frustrations by writing furiously on a notepad,” penalty-phase defense attorney Henry Hilles said.

Hilles said he did not read what Yandamuri wrote on the notepad. Stephen Heckman, who acted as Yandamuri’s standby counsel during the guilt phase of the trial, said Yandamuri did not say anything to him after the sentence was announced.

“He just wrote notes, and right now he just wanted to let his mother know,” Heckman said.

Hilles said he was disappointed but not shocked by the sentence rendered Tuesday night.

He and Heckman told Yandamuri the sentence was likely, Hilles said, and the fact that Yandamuri represented himself during the trial made it more likely the jury would sentence him to death. Hilles also said he believes a jury may have thought differently if Yandamuri had showed some remorse throughout the trial.

Yandamuri was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder last Thursday. He was also convicted of burglary, robbery, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse. Judge Steven O’Neill announced he would hold a formal sentence hearing in 45 days in which Yandamuri will be formally sentenced to death and will also be sentenced for the additional charges. Yandamuri will be allowed an appeal, but only after he is formally sentenced.

The investigation began on Oct. 22, 2012, when police were called to the Marquis Apartments in Upper Merion for a report of a killing. Police soon learned from the victim’s son that his daughter was missing and he had found a ransom note at the scene of the crime demanding $50,000 for his daughter’s life.

The ransom note used nicknames for the baby’s parents that only a few people were familiar with. After going down a list, investigators found Yandamuri and, after several hours of questioning on Oct. 25-Oct. 26, 2012, Yandamuri admitted to the killings. He then told police he put the body of Saanvi Venna in the sauna of the Marquis Apartments after she died.

During trial however, he tried to present evidence to the jury that two white men, whom he identified only as Josh and Matt, forced him to help them into the apartment where they killed Satyavathi Venna and kidnapped Saanvi Venna.

http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20141014/baby-killer-gets-death-penalty

13 -  General Death Penalty / Ohio Death Penalty News / Re: Ohio Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: October 16, 2014, 12:23:09 PM

Judge sentences Warren County teen to death
October 16, 2014

A Warren County teenager who killed a childhood friend and dumped his body in Preble County will become Ohio's youngest inmate on death row after a judge sentenced him to death Thursday.

Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Donald Oda sentenced Austin Myers, 19, in the Jan. 28 robbery and murder of 18-year-old Justin Back, a 2013 Waynesville High School graduate who was set to enter the U.S. Navy the week after his death.

"You have no respect for death," Oda told Myers, who displayed no emotion upon the reading of the sentence.

A Warren County jury last week recommended Myers be put to death after convicting him of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, grand theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence, safe cracking and abuse of a corpse.

Prosecutors said Myers orchestrated a plot with co-defendant Timothy Mosley, 19, to rob and kill Back at the Wayne Township home he shared with his parents.

Authorities said Myers and Mosley visited Back at his home on Corwin Road and watched movies with him before attacking him in the kitchen. Investigators said they tried to choke Back before Mosley stabbed him 21 times as Myers watched.

Mosley and Myers then took a gun, a safe and some of Back's clothing from the home to make it look like Back had run away. They dumped Back's body in Preble County.

Mosley testified against Myers during the trial in an agreement with prosecutors that removed the death penalty from his possible sentence.

Myers now becomes the youngest person on Ohio's death row. Myers, who turns 20 on Jan. 4, is about five years younger than the youngest death row inmate currently.

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/courts/2014/10/16/judge-sentences-warren-co-teen-to-death/17356109/

14 -  General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Larry Hatten - TX - 10/16/13 - Stayed

Started by roo28 - Last post by ChevyWolken on: October 16, 2014, 09:08:33 AM

OMG they find a filing after 17 years two days before he should finally gettin X'd for killing a child  >:( >:( >:( 

15 -  General Death Penalty / Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by Henrik - Sweden on: October 15, 2014, 07:48:06 AM

According to TDCJ:s own webpage DR #999030 Kim Lim had his sentence reduced to life this summer and was removed from DR 08/19/2014. New TDCJ-number is #1943002.

I have not been able to locate any more information about the decision.

Lim was convicted in the robbery and execution-style slaying of Pixh Xhhuon, 19, and 5-year-old Priesty Chhay in Houston. Both victims were shot in the back of the head after Lim and two accomplices broke into their home. Also shot was 51-year-old Sameoeurn Phuong, who survived. Cheau Lay Sreng, the 46-year-old mother and grandmother of the two victims, was beaten along with a 14-month-old child. Both survived. Lim fled to California where he was arrested three months later. (from crime.about.com)

Lim had been on DR since 1992. I found some information from sources that cannot be regarded as fully reliable that there was an issue regarding his mental competence, but I have no idea if that was the reason behind the reduction of his penalty.

16 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Charles Frederick Warner - OK - 11/13/2014

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 14, 2014, 09:45:00 AM

Oklahoma delays three scheduled executions


National News 15 hours ago        

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has demanded for a delay in the execution of a convicted murderer and other two executions.

Post a 60-day stay- a motion filed by the state; the three planned executions to be held in November in Oklahoma have been deferred.

The decision was made after the state demanded an extended period to overcome problems in obtaining drugs and training staff on new lethal injection protocols put in place after an execution of Clayton Lockett, went skewed in April.

Pruitt wrote in the filing: “The state does not want to rush implementation of this new training program, especially so soon after revision of the execution protocol. The additional requested time for all three executions will allow [the Oklahoma department of corrections] sufficient time in which to obtain the necessary drugs and medical personnel and to fully and thoroughly train each member of the new execution team.”

Department of Corrections told that they currently lack drugs and proper commitments from medical personnel that are required for the execution.

Charles Warner, a child murderer had been originally scheduled to die on April 29. Warner was convicted in the 1997 rape and murder of 11 month-old Adrianna Walker, daughter of his roommate.

Pruitt is asking for Richard Glossip’s execution to be rescheduled for Jan. 29 next year and John Grant’s execution to be postponed for Feb. 19.

Few weeks back, Oklahoma officials provided members of the press a visit to their newly renovated execution facilities and were found boasting and commenting- “we will be ready” to restart executions on 13 November.

“While we continue to work diligently to meet the mandates of the training required in the protocol, we feel we should not rush the training,” said Corrections Department Director Robert Patton agreed in a statement.

“We appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts on our behalf and we await the decision from the court.”

www.capitalotc.com

17 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: John Marion Grant - OK - 12/4/14

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 14, 2014, 09:43:08 AM

Oklahoma delays three scheduled executions


National News 15 hours ago        

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has demanded for a delay in the execution of a convicted murderer and other two executions.

Post a 60-day stay- a motion filed by the state; the three planned executions to be held in November in Oklahoma have been deferred.

The decision was made after the state demanded an extended period to overcome problems in obtaining drugs and training staff on new lethal injection protocols put in place after an execution of Clayton Lockett, went skewed in April.

Pruitt wrote in the filing: “The state does not want to rush implementation of this new training program, especially so soon after revision of the execution protocol. The additional requested time for all three executions will allow [the Oklahoma department of corrections] sufficient time in which to obtain the necessary drugs and medical personnel and to fully and thoroughly train each member of the new execution team.”

Department of Corrections told that they currently lack drugs and proper commitments from medical personnel that are required for the execution.

Charles Warner, a child murderer had been originally scheduled to die on April 29. Warner was convicted in the 1997 rape and murder of 11 month-old Adrianna Walker, daughter of his roommate.

Pruitt is asking for Richard Glossip’s execution to be rescheduled for Jan. 29 next year and John Grant’s execution to be postponed for Feb. 19.

Few weeks back, Oklahoma officials provided members of the press a visit to their newly renovated execution facilities and were found boasting and commenting- “we will be ready” to restart executions on 13 November.

“While we continue to work diligently to meet the mandates of the training required in the protocol, we feel we should not rush the training,” said Corrections Department Director Robert Patton agreed in a statement.

“We appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts on our behalf and we await the decision from the court.”

www.capitalotc.com

18 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Eugene Glossip - OK - 11/20/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 14, 2014, 09:42:30 AM

Oklahoma delays three scheduled executions


National News 15 hours ago        

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has demanded for a delay in the execution of a convicted murderer and other two executions.

Post a 60-day stay- a motion filed by the state; the three planned executions to be held in November in Oklahoma have been deferred.

The decision was made after the state demanded an extended period to overcome problems in obtaining drugs and training staff on new lethal injection protocols put in place after an execution of Clayton Lockett, went skewed in April.

Pruitt wrote in the filing: “The state does not want to rush implementation of this new training program, especially so soon after revision of the execution protocol. The additional requested time for all three executions will allow [the Oklahoma department of corrections] sufficient time in which to obtain the necessary drugs and medical personnel and to fully and thoroughly train each member of the new execution team.”

Department of Corrections told that they currently lack drugs and proper commitments from medical personnel that are required for the execution.

Charles Warner, a child murderer had been originally scheduled to die on April 29. Warner was convicted in the 1997 rape and murder of 11 month-old Adrianna Walker, daughter of his roommate.

Pruitt is asking for Richard Glossip’s execution to be rescheduled for Jan. 29 next year and John Grant’s execution to be postponed for Feb. 19.

Few weeks back, Oklahoma officials provided members of the press a visit to their newly renovated execution facilities and were found boasting and commenting- “we will be ready” to restart executions on 13 November.

“While we continue to work diligently to meet the mandates of the training required in the protocol, we feel we should not rush the training,” said Corrections Department Director Robert Patton agreed in a statement.

“We appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts on our behalf and we await the decision from the court.”

www.capitalotc.com

19 -  General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Larry Hatten - TX - 10/15/14 - Stayed

Started by roo28 - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: October 14, 2014, 07:26:35 AM

Well I guess he can stay where he is for another six months...

Hatten Execution Delayed

Corpus Christi - The state's highest criminal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution this week of a 40-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy sleeping with his mother at a Corpus Christi apartment 20 years ago.

Larry Hatten had ordered no appeals be filed to stop his scheduled Wednesday evening lethal injection in Huntsville for the slaying of Isaac Jackson.

But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has given him a reprieve to resolve a 1997 filing with his trial court in Nueces County. The judges said Monday in a three-page ruling that the filing never was decided by the trial court and was never properly forwarded to the appeals court.

The appeals court has given the trial court six months to resolve the claims in the in filing.

www.kristv.com

20 -  Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Re: Humor, Jokes, Cartoons

Started by zankuto - Last post by phlebbb on: October 13, 2014, 02:02:52 PM

And more current events...

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