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Monday, June 16, 2008

Death Sentence In Colorado

I had hoped that we were done with death sentences in Colorado. Apparently I didn't hope hard enough.

Owens was found guilty in May on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Marshall-Fields and Wolfe, who had graduated from Colorado State University only weeks before they were killed.

Prosecutors said the deaths were particularly heinous because they were carried out only days before Marshall-Fields was slated to testify against Owens in connection with the death of his friend, Gregory Vann, at an Aurora park.

Owens is serving a life-without-parole sentence in connection with the death of Vann. Members of Vann's family attended the reading of the verdicts.

"This is not something we celebrate or take great joy in," said Arapahoe County Assistant District Attorney John Hower, who delivered the final arguments in the penalty phase of the trial on Friday. "But it is a just verdict."


Rocky Mountain News

4 comments:

Sam said...

A society that fully supports the murder of some in the name of some emotionally produced immoral theory of 'justice' can never reasonably expect the full or complete halting of murder by others.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Sam. Very well said. The arrogance and hypocrisy are well noted. Those who promote the murder of others by calling it the "death penalty" advocate more and more of the same, regardless of the crime. The inhumanity that agrees with death, are most certainly NOT pro-life. Murder upon murder is not going to solve anything. Many good men & women have had their lives taken via the "death penalty" only to be discovered they were innocent. They play 'God'. "But it is just a verdict" shows a character with no conscience. "Verdict" is just a word. DA Hower - can you simply keep it at that? JUST A WORD! ??? I did not believe so.

Anonymous said...

I love the death penalty! I never want a murderer wandering the streets in my town, ever. And I sure as hell don't want my tax dollars going to feeding and giveing that person shelter for the rest of thier life. I think that if there is concrete DNA evidence to support the conviction. Than that person needs to be removed from life!

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