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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ind. Decisions - "Life without parole off table for killer"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today on yesterday's Supreme Court decision in the case of State of Indiana v. Zolo Agona Azania (see ILB entry here). It begins:

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that convicted police killer Zolo Agona Azania will not be eligible for life in prison without parole when an Allen County jury decides his fate again.

The justices had previously decided that prosecutors could seek the death penalty for the third time against Azania, who killed Gary police officer George Yaros during a botched bank robbery in 1981.

But Wednesday’s ruling further clarified which death penalty statute applied – the current scheme or the one that existed in 1981.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 8, 2007 06:23 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions