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…

Indiana Serial Killer Pleads Guilty to Killing Seven Women Out of 'Anger,' Is Spared Death Penalty

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A former Marine who admitted Friday to murdering 7 women in Indiana will be spared the death penalty as part of his plea deal, according to multiple reports.

Darren D. Vann, a resident of Gary, was first arrested in 2014. His trial was set to begin in October and prosecutors had indicated they would seek the death penalty, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But on Friday, The New York Times reports, Vann pleaded guilty to the strangulation deaths of Afrikka Hardy, 19, of Hammond, and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, and five Gary women: Teaira Batey, 28; Tracy Martin, 41; Kristine Williams, 36; Sonya Billingsley, 53; and Tanya Gatlin, 27.

After his arrest for killing Hardy, Vann led police to the bodies of the 6 other women.

Vann will likely learn at his sentencing hearing May 25 that he'll be sentenced to life in prison without parole, reports the Times of Northwest Indiana.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that Vann targeted women who lived in an area of Gary where women gathered to use drugs or prostitute.

Vann was asked by detectives why he started killing women in Indiana, and, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana, he told them, "Just I guess, anger. 'Cause I feel I shouldn't have went to prison the 1st time. You see what I'm saying?"

Vann served several years in a Texas prison for sexual assault, and moved back to Indiana upon being released in 2013.

Vann served in the Marines before receiving an "other than honorable" discharge in 1993.

Source: people.com, May 10, 2018

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