[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----ARK., S.C.
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Wed Oct 19 17:29:16 CDT 2005
ARKANSAS----new execution date
Execution Set For Arkansas Condemned Killer----Federal Panel Rejects
Governor Mike Huckabee has set a November 28 execution date for a man
convicted of killing an 18-year-old Malvern woman. The governor noted
there is no court order pending that would stop the execution of Eric
Randall Nance from going forward.
Nance lost a federal appeal in December of his death sentence for capital
murder and attempted rape convictions in the 1993 death of Julie Heath. A
hunter, about a week after she vanished, found the young womans body. Her
throat had been cut. Nance was 33 at the time of his arrest.
A federal appeals panel rejected claims by Nance that his trial lawyers
were ineffective in the guilt phase of his trial.
(source: KTHV News)
SOUTH CAROLINA----inmate seeks to drop appeals
Death row inmate asking Supreme Court to allow execution to go forward
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednedasy on whether a man on
death row for killing a York County sheriff's deputy is competent to waive
his right to further appeals.
The case involves Mar-Reece Hughes who was convicted in 1995 of shooting
Deputy Brent McCants during a traffic stop in 1992.
Hughes says for 6 years he has wanted to waive his right to
post-conviction relief. He wants the Department of Corrections to go
forward with his execution and says he would prefer electrocution rather
than lethal injection.
(source: WIS-TV News)
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