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Tue Jul 6 23:32:51 CDT 2004
Jurors deliberate death penalty in Hartford murder-for-hire
In New Haven, jurors Tuesday began deliberating whether a Hartford drug
dealer should get the death penalty or life in prison for the
murder-for-hire of a drug rival.
The jury in U.S. District Court deliberated for about three hours Tuesday
and is scheduled to resume deliberations Wednesday.
Wilfredo Perez could become the 1st person to face a federal death
sentence in Connecticut since Congress 10 years ago added 60 crimes to a
list of offenses punishable by death.
Perez, 37, was convicted last week of four counts related to the May 24,
1996, shooting of Theodore "Teddy" Casiano in a car in Hartford.
Casiano, a member of the Savage Nomads street gang, threatened Perez's
cocaine drug business, prosecutors said.
They said he paid killers from New York $6,000 to kill Perez.
(source: Associated Press)
Religious Leaders Request Death Penalty Moratorium
In Raleigh, 34 North Carolina religious leaders have asked members of the
state House to approve a 2-year freeze on executions.
In a letter to the 120 House members, the heads of major Christian
denominations, rabbis and Muslim leaders asked for a vote on a moratorium
The Senate approved the moratorium last year, but the House co-speakers
have agreed not to address any controversial legislation during this short
The names of the state's 3 bishops of the Episcopal Church and the 2 Roman
Catholic bishops appear on the letter. The heads of the General Baptist
State Convention of North Carolina and the North Carolina synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America also are listed.
A recent poll funded by the North Carolina Council of Churches found that
nearly 2/3 of the state's residents support a moratorium.
(source: Associated Press)
Soldier could face death penalty
A judge ruled last week that the state may seek the death penalty for a
Special Forces soldier accused of killing his stepdaughter.
Daniel Carlson is charged with 1st-degree murder and felony child abuse in
the beating death of Andrea Sophia Chavarria. Andrea died Aug. 8, one week
shy of her second birthday. An autopsy showed the girl died of "abusive
Carlson's wife, Karla, is also charged with 1st-degree murder. Karla
Carlson remains in the Cumberland County Jail. Carlson, a soldier in the
7th Special Forces Group, posted bail in March and has been living on Fort
Judge Jack Thompson heard arguments last month on whether Carlson should
be eligible for the death penalty. Thompson issued his ruling Thursday in
Cumberland County Superior Court.
Assistant District Attorney Cal Colyer had argued that Carlson should be
eligible for the death penalty because Andrea's death was "especially
heinous, atrocious or cruel." Prosecutors may pursue the death penalty if
certain aggravating factors are met.
Carlson's lawyers, Haral Carlin and Jim Parish, contended that Carlson
should not be eligible for the death penalty. They said that Carlson was
out of the country on military deployments for much of the time in
question and that their client was not the child's primary caretaker.
The Carlsons lived at 917 Kennesaw Drive off Rim Road in western
Cumberland County. The couple met in the fall of 2002 while Carlson was
deployed in Nicaragua.
Karla and Andrea moved to Fayetteville in January 2003, and the couple
married a few weeks later.
Daniel Carlson called 911 on Aug. 7 and said Andrea was throwing up and
had stopped breathing. Karla had gone to Wal-Mart just before her husband
called 911. Andrea was taken to the hospital but died a few hours later.
She was buried in Nicaragua.
Colyer noted that the girl had previous injuries that were in various
stages of healing when she died. Those included broken collarbones, a
broken ankle and broken ribs.
Carlin and Parish said some of the child's injuries as reported in an
affidavit for a search warrant were not confirmed by the autopsy. Some of
the child's broken bones, they said, were caused when medical personnel
tried to revive her.
(source: Fayetteville Observer)
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