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Lawyers for Dale Eaton oppose new death hearing

Lawyers for Dale Eaton oppose new death hearing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawyers for a convicted murderer want a judge to block Wyoming prosecutors from holding a new hearing on whether to reinstate the death penalty against their client.

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Wyoming lawmaker still plans to push firing squad bill

Wyoming lawmaker still plans to push firing squad bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming state lawmaker says he still intends to push a bill to allow the use of firing squads to execute condemned inmates even though a recent federal court decision leaves no one in the state on death row.

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Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge

Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge

On Dec. 1, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sidney R. Thomas of Billings will become the circuit’s new chief judge.

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Lawmakers to debate ending death penalty

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will discuss next week whether to sponsor a bill in the 2015 session that would abolish the death penalty.

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Wyoming firing squad execution bill released in draft form

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will consider a draft bill next week that would permit execution by firing squad.

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Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Sidney teacher's killing

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Sidney teacher's killing

Prosecutors ended their pursuit of the death penalty for a Colorado man who experts said was mentally disabled after he was charged in the killing of a teacher in Montana's oil patch, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

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Death penalty ruled out in Gillette murder case

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty in a first-degree murder case against a 21-year-old man charged in a fatal shooting in Gillette on Thanksgiving.

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In the interim, legislators discuss death penalty methods

In the interim, legislators discuss death penalty methods

CASPER, Wyo. — A legislative committee will continue discussing Wyoming's options to execute inmates convicted of capital crimes in the coming months.

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Cheyenne shooting

Cheyenne shooting

Nick Castellano listens to his attorney, Tina Olson, as his trial begins at the Laramie County Courthouse on Wednesday in Cheyenne, Wyo. Castellano, 34, of Cheyenne faces charges of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. 

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Eaton lawyers attack death penalty in hefty brief

Eaton lawyers attack death penalty in hefty brief

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawyers for Wyoming’s lone death row inmate have filed a massive court brief asking a federal judge to overturn his death sentence.

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No death penalty decision in Wyoming triple slaying yet

No death penalty decision in Wyoming triple slaying yet

POWELL, Wyo. — The Park County attorney hasn't decided whether to pursue the death penalty against two teens accused of killing three people in Clark in March.

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Twito: No death penalty in Laster murder case

Twito: No death penalty in Laster murder case

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito announced Monday that he will not seek the death penalty for the Billings man accused of kidnapping and killing Dejuan Laster.

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Prosecutor eyes death penalty in Laster murder case

Prosecutor eyes death penalty in Laster murder case

Should a Billings man accused of kidnapping and murder join the short list of Montana prison inmates on death row?

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Death penalty ban fails in Montana House committee

Death penalty ban fails in Montana House committee

HELENA — On a mostly party line vote, the House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected and tabled a bill that would have abolished the death penalty and replaced it with life imprisonment without parole.

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Effort launched to ban Montana death penalty

Effort launched to ban Montana death penalty

HELENA — Four Montana legislators spearheading a bipartisan effort to replace the death penalty with life in prison say they have a good chance of success this session.

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Gazette state poll: Voters say keep death penalty, relax environmental regulations

Gazette state poll: Voters say keep death penalty, relax environmental regulations

HELENA — A solid majority of Montanans oppose repealing the state’s death penalty, and a majority favors relaxing environmental law to encourage more coal, oil and gas development in the state, a Gazette state oll shows. The poll, taken last week, also showed support among Montanans for a “r…

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Lawyers spar ahead of Cheyenne death penalty trial

CHEYENNE — A Cheyenne man accused of gunning down two people and critically wounding a third at his house last summer faces a possible death sentence if found guilty in a trial set to start in mid-August.

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DA questions condemned Wyoming inmate's appeals time

DA questions condemned Wyoming inmate's appeals time

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The prosecutor who secured the death penalty conviction for Wyoming's lone death row inmate said Monday he doesn't see why the condemned man's appeal is moving so slowly.

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Montana won't seek death penalty in inmate stabbing

Montana won't seek death penalty in inmate stabbing

DEER LODGE – Prosecutors do not intend to seek the death penalty against a Montana State Prison inmate accused of killing a fellow prisoner last September, according to recent court filings.

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Montana, 4 other Western states shielding part of executions

BOISE, Idaho — A U.S. appeals court ruled in 2002 that every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses, from the moment the condemned enters the death chamber to his or her final heartbeat.

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