|Colin Willoughby, desperately seeking a death sentence.|
The last two capital trials in Wake County, Joshua Stepp and Samuel Cooper, both ended in a jury verdict of less than death. Cooper was charged with the murder of 5; Stepp with raping and murdering a child.
Despite these two discouraging verdict, Wake County DA continues on in his quest to obtain a death sentence. Death penalty cases tie up the office--as murder trials last much longer and require additional personnel--limited resources that could be used elsewhere. Also, even if a death verdict is returned, instead of closure, the families get to endure 10-15 years of additional litigation as talented lawyers review and challenge all aspects of the case.
Instead of pleading these cases out for life without parole or trying them non-capitally, Willoughby continues his quixotic quest with state money. Isn't enough enough?