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12:31 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Longest Serving Delaware Death Row Inmate, Tried Again


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors are moving forward with the case of a man whose conviction and death sentence for a 1991 slaying were tossed out by the state Supreme Court earlier this year.

The Supreme Court overturned Jermaine Wright's conviction and death sentence in May because prosecutors repeatedly withheld evidence that could have helped Wright's defense attorneys fight murder charges for the killing of Wilmington liquor store clerk Phillip Seifert.

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11:45 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Death Row Inmate Dies In Maryland Prison

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Maryland corrections officials say a death row inmate has died, apparently of natural causes.

Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says 60-year-old John Booth-El died Sunday after staff found him unresponsive in his cell at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland. As first reported by The Baltimore Sun, Vernarelli says Booth-El was pronounced dead a short time later despite attempts to revive him.

He says Booth-El's death appears to be from natural causes, but a state medical examiner autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

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9:50 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Delaware Senate Set to Vote on Death Penalty Repeal


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty and sparing 17 killers already on death row.

The measure cleared a Senate committee last week and was scheduled for a vote by the full Senate on Tuesday.

Supporters of the bill argue that the death penalty is morally wrong, racially discriminatory, ineffective as a deterrent to violent crime and far more costly than putting killers in prison for life.  They also point to cases in other states where condemned killers have later been exonerated.

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11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MD Senate Passes Death Penalty Repeal

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a measure to repeal the death penalty.

The Senate is set to consider amendments to the bill on Friday.

A vote on the measure is not expected until next week.

Maryland has five men on death row. The state's last execution was in 2005.

Maryland's death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 court ruling found the state's lethal injection protocols weren't properly approved by a legislative committee.

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2:44 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Reversal of Death Row Inmate's Conviction Stands

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia attorney general's office says it won't seek further review of a court's decision vacating a death row inmate's conviction and sentence.

The state did not oppose an order Friday finalizing a federal appeals court decision in Justin Wolfe's case. The attorney general's office said in an email to The Associated Press that further litigation would not change the result.

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12:44 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Former Death Row Inmate Given Bail in Delaware


      WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has set bail at $200,000 cash for a former death row inmate accused of killing a liquor store clerk during a 1991 robbery.

     In setting the bail for 39-year-old Jermaine Wright on Monday, Judge John Parkins rejected arguments by prosecutors that he did not have jurisdiction to do so. Parkins agreed to stay his ruling for two days to allow the state to appeal.

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