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Judge sets Harlow execution for end of month

Judge sets Harlow execution for end of month

Associated Press

RAWLINS — A judge has set March 31 as the execution date for a twice-convicted murderer on Wyoming's death row.

District Judge Wade Waldrip set the date after the state Supreme Court last month rejected James Martin Harlow's appeal that he did not get a fair trial because he was shackled in the courtroom — the second time in as many years the court had rejected an appeal from Harlow.

Harlow has been an inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary since 1988, when he was given a life sentence for the rape and murder of 16-year-old Tammy Shoopman, of Rock Springs.

In 1997, Harlow and two other inmates, Bryan Collins and Richard Dowdell, killed prison guard Wayne Martinez while trying to escape. Harlow was sentenced to death; Collins and Dowdell were given life sentences.

Attorneys for Harlow have said they would appeal through the federal court system.

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