August 4, 2013 |
A death row inmate in Ohio who was scheduled to be executed in three days was found hanged in his cell early Sunday, officials said. Authorities found the body of Billy Slagle, 44, at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south of Columbus about 5 a.m., prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Los Angeles Times. He was declared dead at 6:11 a.m. Officials suspect suicide. Slagle would have been executed by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The prison typically places death row inmates on suicide watch 72 hours before the execution, Smith wrote in an email, but "inmate Slagle had not yet been placed on constant watch.
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November 2, 2012 |
Police and death row inmates agree on one thing, a law enforcement group told its members: They both oppose next week's ballot measure to replace the death penalty with life without parole. That statement, in a newsletter from the Los Angeles Police Protective League opposing Proposition 34, highlighted what some California criminal defense lawyers have been saying for months. Many death row inmates who are years away from execution would rather gamble on being executed than lose their state-paid lawyers, a preference that seems to be confirmed by a limited, informal survey of some on California's death row. VOTER GUIDE: 2012 California Propositions "That is a significant sentiment, since the death penalty in California is mostly life without parole anyway," said Don Specter, director of California's Prison Law Office, who personally supports the initiative.
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October 30, 2012 |
A federal appeals court Monday overturned the death sentence of California's longest-serving death row inmate on the grounds that his defense lawyer failed to investigate and present adequate mitigating evidence during the penalty phase of his murder trial. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 that Douglas R. Stankewitz, convicted of killing Theresa Greybeal in Fresno in 1978, should be re-sentenced to life without possibility of parole unless prosecutors retry the penalty phase of his murder case.
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October 9, 2012 |
SAN QUENTIN - John C. Abel is the first to admit he's led a crook's life. He robbed banks and convenience stores, grocery marts and check-cashing joints. He terrified people with Uzi-style Mac 11s and .22-caliber handguns, Browning pistols and Dirty Harry-style Magnums. His stickup jag dated to the 1960s and sliced through the country from Massachusetts to California. "Even a couple islands up there by Seattle," he adds, in the genial voice of an old ballplayer reminiscing about a far-traveling career.
September 28, 2012 |
A Louisiana man was released from death row on Friday after serving 15 years for a crime that DNA evidence shows he did not commit. Damon Thibodeaux, 38, was the 300 th prisoner nationwide to see his conviction overturned based on DNA evidence, according to lawyers who represented him from the New York-based Innocence Project. He was the 18 th death row prisoner freed based on such evidence. “This journey to freedom was a long time coming,” said one of his attorneys, Caroline Tillman of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, in a statement Friday.
September 5, 2012 |
Fans of Michael Clarke Duncan will be able to pay their respects to the late actor Sunday, when a public viewing of his closed casket will be held at a Los Angeles cemetery. The memorial will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, where stars from Bette Davis to Brittany Murphy are buried. A private invitation-only service will be held for Duncan the following day, according to his publicist Joy Fehily. The actor died at age 54 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. on Monday of natural causes . He had suffered a heart attack in July and never recovered.