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October 7, 2013 |
A 53-year-old man convicted of killing two Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies in 1997 has died after possibly committing suicide, corrections authorities said Monday afternoon. Timothy Russell was convicted in the ambush slayings of James Lehmann Jr., 41, an Apple Valley resident, and Michael Haugen 33, who lived in San Jacinto. The deputies had responded to an early morning domestic-violence call outside a remote desert-area mobile home where Russell lived. Authorities said Russell was hiding behind scrub brush and opened fire with a World War II-vintage military carbine as the deputies got out of their patrol cars in pre-dawn darkness on Jan. 5. They died at the scene.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Although Texas executes far more prisoners than any other state, Los Angeles and three other Southern California counties lead the nation in sentencing convicts to die, according to a report released Wednesday. Los Angeles County had 228 inmates on death row at the start of the year, more than double that of second-place Harris County, Texas. Riverside, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties also ranked in the top 12, as did Alameda and Sacramento counties. In all, seven of the top 12 were in California.
September 14, 2013 |
Is the only good rapist a dead rapist? That certainly appears to be the sentiment of many in India after a judge on Friday sentenced four men to be hanged for their parts in the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in December. What's the view of the man on the street? Well, as my colleague Mark Magnier reported from New Delhi : Pawan Kumar, a 52-year-old textile shopkeeper, said he would be happy to do the honors. "They deserve capital punishment," the northern Uttar Pradesh state resident said.
August 27, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- She had been married for five years with three children and plans for more, plans to buy a house and build a life -- but that life ended Nov. 5, 2009. Dressed in black, Shoua Her took the stand Monday and told a military jury about the toll the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post, which killed 13, had taken on her and her family. They had met in middle school, married and had two boys and a girl, ages 4, 2 and less than a year. They had come from Minnesota, where Pfc. Kham See Xiong, 23, had joined up after he was laid off. She didn't want him to, but he had a father and two brothers in the military.
August 7, 2013 |
The death two weeks ago of a 450-pound inmate who had said he was too fat to be executed has done little to temper an escalating debate in Ohio over capital punishment. Ronald Post was 53 when he died in a prison hospital in Columbus on July 26. He had captured national attention a year ago with his plea for leniency from death row. He claimed executioners would not be able to find any veins in his arms or legs necessary for the lethal injection. His lawyers worried he might even break the death chamber gurney.
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June 26, 2013 |
A man was sentenced to death Wednesday in the 1998 killing of a Long Beach woman who was tortured and sexually assaulted before her body was dumped on an embankment along the San Diego Freeway. Kevin Darnell Pearson, 36, was one of three men who raped, robbed and beat to death 43-year-old Penny Keprta, also known as Penny Sigler, on the night of Dec. 29, 1998. Deputy Dist. Atty. Corene Locke-Noble, who prosecuted all three killers, said Keprta's body was “totally unrecognizable” after the gruesome attack.