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The death penalty is now off the table in the resentencing of convicted murderer Dale Shackelford, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports. The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld all convictions and sentences against Shackelford for the 1999 killing of his ex-wife and her boyfriend except for the death penalty, which was imposed in addition to a fixed life term in prison without the possibility of parole; the Ring vs. Arizona decision from the U.S. Supreme Court requires juries, rather than judges, to find aggravating factors warranting a death penalty.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said seeking the death sentence would mean requesting a new 10-week trial and jury selection in an attempt to reconvict Shackelford on the two murder counts. “We simply couldn't justify that,” he told the Daily News; he'll now seek consecutive life sentences for each count of first-degree murder. Shackelford is in the state's maximum-security prison; click below for a full report.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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