Wednesday, April 6, 2011

State declines to seek death in Richardson case


After waiting 3 days for the jury to return a verdict, the state decided not to ask for a death sentence and no sentencing hearing went forward in the case.

Is this a classic example of the state proceeding on a death theory to bolster a weak case? Or was the state just convinced that this jury could not give death? Why would the state waste all these resources pursuing a capital trial (which is 3 to 10 times more expensive than a non-capital murder case), then abandon that effort after the trial?

Strange happenings in Pitt County. Press here.

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