Friday, May 21, 2010
1st Death Verdict of Year: Michael Ryan
Today, Michael Ryan was sentenced to death in Gaston County.
Ryan fired his lawyers after he was found guilty of 1st degree murder, refused to submit any mitigating factors to the jury and essentially asked for a death sentence, citing as his reasons the additional appeals and post-conviction legal assistance provided to death row inmates.
His lawyers requests for a continuance to convince their client not to take this course of "suicide by jury" was denied by the court.
Michael Ryan was tried last year and the jury hung (8-4) on the issue of guilt.