CROWN POINT | The Lake County prosecutor's office will spend the coming weeks determining whether a Gary man should face the death penalty over allegations he ambushed Gary patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield earlier this month.
Officer Jeffrey Westerfield was the first Gary police officer shot in the line of duty in 16 years.
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We likely will argue the merits of the death penalty until the end of time.
The definition of homicide is the unlawful killing of one human being by another. We give capital punishment to those who have committed homicide, yet capital punishment is itself homicide.
CROWN POINT | Lake County's race history could be in the docket next month along with a Gary man going on trial for death penalty murder.
CROWN POINT | A potential juror in the upcoming death penalty murder trial of a Gary man narrowly avoided jail herself Thursday.
CROWN POINT | The public already is being billed $250,000 for a death penalty trial that doesn't begin for more than seven weeks.
Lake County deputy prosecutor John Burke has rested his case after 37 years of putting murderers and other hardened criminals away.
CROWN POINT | Jury selection for the capital murder trial of a Gary man will begin in April, more than five months before the first evidence is presented.
I am not sure that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has done anything but make a temporary situation permanent by signing the abolition of the death penalty in that state.
SPRINGFIELD | After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, a decision that was certain to fuel renewed calls for other states to do the same.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn said he would decide the fate of inmates now on death row when he reaches a decision on whether to sign legislation abolishing the death penalty.
Bill and Glenda Breeden embrace during the 168 minutes of silence held by the anti-death penalty protesters outside the federal prison in Terre Haute where Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 10, 2001.
On April 6, Wayne Kubsch, a 43-year-old Mishawaka man convicted of fatally stabbing his wife and stepson and his wife's ex-husband in 1998, is set to join a list of 20 other convicted murderers executed by the state of Indiana.
Bill and Glenda Breeden embrace during the 168 minutes of silence protest held by anti-death penalty protesters outside the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute where Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 10, 2001.
Indiana State Prison in Michigan City is where Death Row prisoners are housed and where capital punishment is administered. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, 20 inmates have been executed.
SPRINGFIELD | The pressure is on the governor's pen. All eyes are on Illinois to see if it becomes the 16th state to kill the death penalty.
A convicted serial killer sitting on death row in Illinois for the 1996 murder of a Hammond woman had his life spared once and possibly could again, at least in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to abolish capital punishment, sending the historic issue to Gov. Pat Quinn and putting the state back at the center of an ongoing national debate.
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