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Friday, August 29, 2008

No death penalty in Precious Doe case

A lot of people said, from the get go, that prosecutors wouldn't be able to pull this off. Snip from Christine:

The man charged with killing 3-year-old Erica Green will not face the death penalty, Jackson County prosecutor Jim Kanatzar announced today.

But the first-degree murder trial for Harrell Johnson, 28, still will be heard in Jackson County, not in St. Louis. A judge had agreed to a change of venue for Johnson, but Johnson rescinded his request in exchange for the removal of the death penalty.

... He said his office decided it would be “inappropriate” to pursue the death penalty because it should be used only in cases where the evidence is “clear and beyond any possible argument.”

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