Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Alabama jury votes to impose death penalty for Peter Capote in Shoals teen's slaying

Peter Capote
A jury today recommended the death penalty for Peter Capote, one of five people accused in the 2016 slaying of Shoals teenager Ki-Jana Freeman.

The Colbert County jury voted 10-2 to impose the death penalty after convicting Capote, a 24-year-old Muscle Shoals man, of capital murder. He also was convicted of first-degree assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Circuit Judge Hal Hughston Jr. will issue a formal sentence May 24.

Freeman was fatally shot March 1, 2016 as he sat in a Mustang with his friend Tyler Blythe outside Spring Creek Apartments in Tuscumbia. Blythe, 17, was injured in the shooting.

Colbert County Assistant District Attorneys Kyle Brown and Angela Hulsey prosecuted the case. After today's verdict, Brown said he's thankful to get justice for Freeman's family.

"They've been through so much," Brown said. "Their patience and strength have been so impressive to me."

Capote is the third man convicted in the case. 

Prosecutors said Capote and Benjamin Young, who was sentenced to death last month, were the trigger men. 

De'Vontae Bates pleaded guilty last year to criminal conspiracy and agreed to testify about the plan to kill Freeman. His sentencing is scheduled later this year.

Two others -- Riley Hamm Jr. and Thomas Hubbard -- are awaiting trial. Hubbard is set for trial in June. Hamm's case likely will go to trial next year.

Authorities have said the suspects arranged to either buy or sell an Xbox to Freeman, but the transaction was a setup. 

The suspects believed Freeman and another man had stolen an XBox and TV two days earlier in a burglary.

Source: AL.com, Ashley Remkus, April 26, 2018

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