Ohio executes killer who stabbed woman 138 times

Updated 14 November 2012
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Ohio executes killer who stabbed woman 138 times

LUCASVILLE, Ohio: Ohio on Tuesday executed a condemned killer who claimed he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.
“I’m good, let’s roll,” Brett Hartman said.
The effect of the single dose of pentobarbital did not seem as immediate as in other executions at the state prison in Lucasville. Four minutes after Hartman first appeared to be reacting to it as his abdomen began to rise and fall, his abdomen rose and fell again, he coughed and his head shifted rhythmically for a few moments.
Hartman was the 49th inmate put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999. The US Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal Hartman on Monday.
Amnesty International says only China, Iran, North Korea and Yemen executed more people than the US last year.
Hartman, 38, acknowledged that he had sex with Winda Snipes early on the morning of Sept. 9, 1997 at her apartment. He also says he went back to Snipes’ apartment later that day, found her mutilated body and panicked, trying to clean up the mess before calling police.
But Hartman said he didn’t kill her, a claim rejected by numerous courts over the years.
The Ohio Parole Board had unanimously denied Hartman’s requests for clemency three times, citing the brutality of the Snipes’ slaying and the “overwhelming evidence” of Hartman’s guilt.
Hartman’s attorneys have long said that crucial evidence from the crime scene and Snipes’ body had never been tested, raising questions about Hartman’s innocence. The evidence included fingerprints allegedly found on a clock and a mop handle. Hartman also argued the evidence could implicate an alternate suspect.
The attorneys had argued that if Hartman’s innocence claim wasn’t accepted, he should still be spared because of the effects of a “remarkably chaotic and nomadic early childhood,” including being abandoned by his mother and left with an aunt on an isolated Indian reservation.
The state opposed those arguments, citing the strength of the evidence and the fact that courts have repeatedly upheld Hartman’s conviction and death sentence. The state also said Hartman refused to take responsibility and show remorse.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.