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State seeks death penalty for ex-Marine in family's deaths

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 33-year-old former Marine accused of massacring a Florida family under the delusion that they were child sex traffickers.In a news release sent Friday, the state attorney's office said the killings of a Lakeland man, his girlfriend, their baby and the child's grandmother were “committed on a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification."Bryan Riley is accused fatally shooting Justice Gleason, 40; his 33-year-old girlfriend, Theresa Lanham; their baby boy, Jody, who was born in May; and Catherine Delgado, 62, who was Lanham’s mother in their...
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EXPLAINER: What’s next in Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. death penalty case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s first and only federal capital punishment case is on hold after a federal judge threw out the death sentence given to Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in 2006 in the death of college student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson cited what he called misleading testimony from...
FARGO, ND
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Federal court dismisses lawsuit in Willie B. Smith death penalty case, execution to move forward

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit by death row inmate Willie B. Smith that was set for trial in 2022. Smith’s suit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds in a ruling issued Friday by Judge Emily Marks. It claimed that Smith’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act were violated when prison officials did not provide him with an accommodation that facilitated his understanding of a form asking the death row inmate whether he wished to opt into execution via nitrogen hypoxia.
BIRMINGHAM, AL
valleynewslive.com

North Dakota’s first and only capital punishment case on hold

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - North Dakota’s first and only federal capital punishment case is on hold after a federal judge threw out the death sentence given to Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in 2006 in the death of college student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson cited what he called misleading testimony from a medical examiner and failures by defense attorneys to say a new sentencing phase would be warranted. Prosecutors have to decide whether they will appeal first. That’s a question that comes as President Joe Biden personally opposes capital punishment and executions nationwide are on hold. Sjodin’s family has said they support the death penalty for Rodriguez.
FARGO, ND
kfgo.com

EXPLAINER: What’s next in Dru Sjodin death penalty case

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota’s first and only federal capital punishment case is on hold after a federal judge threw out the death sentence given to Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in 2006 in the death of college student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson cited what he called misleading testimony from a...
FARGO, ND
fox35orlando.com

State seeks death penalty for ex-Marine accused of killing 4 including baby

LAKELAND, Fla. - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 33-year-old former Marine accused of massacring a Florida family under the delusion that they were child sex traffickers. In a news release sent Friday, the state attorney’s office said the killings of a Lakeland man, his girlfriend, their baby...
LAKELAND, FL
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