death penalty

Jacob Sullivan
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
May 01, 2020 - 12:44 pm
The man who was sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend's 14-year-old foster daughter in what was described by prosecutors as a "rape murder fantasy" has died in prison.
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Shana Decree, 45, and her daughter Dominique Decree, 19, are charged with five counts of murder and conspiracy.
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
February 18, 2020 - 2:11 pm
Nearly one year after a mother and daughter were charged with killing five family members in a small Morrisville apartment, the pair made their first appearance in Bucks County court, where they both pleaded not guilty. Read more here.
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Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub speaks after the Sean Kratz sentencing.
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Jim Melwert
November 18, 2019 - 10:59 am
Sean Kratz was sentenced on Monday to life plus 18-36 years in prison for his convictions in the deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis and Tom Meo on a Bucks County farm in 2017. Prosecutors announced earlier Monday morning that they would not pursue the death penalty.
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A lethal injection facility
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images
Cherri Gregg
September 11, 2019 - 2:33 pm
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on the state's death penalty, debating that the statute violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the state constitution. Read more here.
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Pennsylvania capitol building in Harrisburg
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Cherri Gregg
September 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on two cases dealing with the death penalty. Philadelphia's district attorney wants the court to strike down the policy. Read more here.
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Jaleel Loper
Bucks County District Attorney’s Office
Jim Melwert
August 08, 2019 - 12:58 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old Philadelphia man who prosecutors say strangled and killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and their unborn child. Jaleel Loper entered a plea of not guilty for the murder of...
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In this March 17, 2003 file photo, guard towers and razor wire ring the compound at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the last federal execution.
Michael Conroy/AP Photo
July 26, 2019 - 10:32 am
By Will Weissert, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked,...
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In this July 8, 2019 file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C. The Justice Department says it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003.
John Bazemore/AP Photo
July 25, 2019 - 1:11 pm
By Michael Balsamo and Colleen Long, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will execute federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003, the Justice Department announced Thursday, bringing back a seldom-used punishment pushed by President Donald Trump and escalating another...
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Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio
Jim Melwert
July 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The group representing county prosecutors is pushing back against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s argument that Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court should declare the death penalty unconstitutional. The Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association argues...
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Frazier Glenn Miller Jr.
Joe Ledford/The Kansas City Star via AP, Pool, File
June 26, 2019 - 12:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts...
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