Death Penalty

David A. McClelland will stand trial in the stabbing death of his 92-year-old neighbor, Evelyn Stepko.  (Credit: KDKA)

Death Penalty Sought For 1 Suspect In Elderly Woman’s Death

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty against one of three people accused of robbing and killing their neighbor in Washington County.


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Did Georgia Execute An Innocent Man?

The United States Supreme Court refused to issue a stay of execution Wednesday night for death row inmate Troy Davis, who was convicted of murdering a police officer in Georgia based primarily on eyewitness testimony.

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA–09/22/2011

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Judge: No New Trial For Baumhammers

A judge has denied convicted killer Richard Baumhammers’ request for a new trial.


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Baumhammers Wants Death Sentence Thrown Out

A judge is continuing to hear arguments in the case of convicted killer Richard Baumhammers. Baumhammers, who currently sits on death row for a shooting rampage that killed five people on April 28, 2000, wants his death sentence thrown out.


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Time to Get Rid of Death Penalty in PA?

With convicted murderer Richard Baumhammers seeking to overturn his 2001 death sentence on psychological grounds, NewsRadio 1020 KDKA’s Mike Pintek talks with criminal law professor John Burkoff about whether the death penalty should be banned in Pennsylvania.

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA–09/13/2011

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Poplawski To Reporters: ‘I’ll Be Back’

Convicted cop-killer Richard Poplawski was in court on Tuesday to be sentenced on other charges stemming from the the tragic 2009 incident in Stanton Heights.


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Reports Detail Costs For Poplawski Trial

New details have been released about how much the murder trial of Richard Poplawski actually cost.


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Poplawski Likely To Have Lengthy Stay On Death Row

Since the late 1970s, hundreds of death warrants have been signed by Pennsylvania governors, but only three convicted murderers have been executed and none in the last 12 years.


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Jury Sentences Poplawski To Death

It took a jury just about two hours to decide that convicted cop-killer Richard Poplawski should be sentenced to death. The jury received the case around 4:30 p.m. and the verdict was read shortly after 7 p.m.


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Jurors Discuss Poplawski Death Sentence

It took less than two hours for a jury from Dauphin County to render a verdict in the penalty phase in the trial of convicted cop-killer Richard Poplawski.


Death Penalty

Reverend Dr. Roger Thomas, a criminal justice analyst, and member of the PA Innocence Commission, talks to Chris about a new study that shows the death penalty is racially biased.