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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ind. Decisions - "Supreme Court sets execution date in 1984 stabbing death"

The AP is reporting:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A man on death row for 22 years for killing a 77-year-old neighbor during a robbery is scheduled to die by injection on May 4. * * *

Woods [David Leon Woods, see ILB summary of the Court's 3/26/07 order here] would be the first person to be put to death in Indiana since January 2006, when Marvin Bieghler was executed. In 2005, five people were executed at the state prison in Michigan City, the most in the state since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1970s.

Norman Timberlake was scheduled to die Jan. 19 for the 1993 slaying of a state trooper, but the Indiana Supreme Court granted him a stay because of his mental illness, saying it wanted to wait for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar case. Timberlake's attorneys have argued that he should not die because he is insane and therefore does not qualify for the death penalty.

An Indianapolis Star story from March 27th (see ILB entry here) notes:
Woods and Death Row inmate Michael Allen Lambert have asked a U.S. District Court judge to add them to a lawsuit filed by another inmate, Norman Timberlake, whose execution has been on hold since January. Timberlake's suit contends that Indiana's lethal injection procedures amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 28, 2007 01:45 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions