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Two Executions Scheduled For Today: Brent Kallestad and Tamara Lush of The Associated Press report (registration required) Oba Chandler, 65, is scheduled to die by lethal injection today at the Florida State Prison. Chandler was convicted in 1994 for killing a woman and her two daughters while they were on vacation in Florida. In Ohio, Alan Johnson of The Columbus Dispatch reports Reginald Brooks, 66, is scheduled to be executed this afternoon for killing his three son ages 11, 15, and 17 in 1982. Brooks used a gun he had recently purchased to kill his sons while they slept in their beds.

Stay of Execution Denied For Convicted Idaho Killer: Laura Zuckerman of Reuters reports a federal judge Monday refused to grant a stay in the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades, 53, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday in Idaho for murdering two women. Rhoades sought a stay while his legal challenge that Idaho's method of execution breached his constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment was being weighed by the courts. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush said there was little chance that Rhoades would prevail in his lawsuit. It will be Idaho's first execution in 17 years.

Man Who Volunteered DNA Convicted of Three Murders: The Associated Press reports
Francisco Acevedo, 43, was convicted Monday of killing three women in New York after giving a DNA sample as part of an optional parole application. Acevedo was in prison on a drunk driving charge in 2009 when his blood sample was matched to the three killings. Acevedo was convicted for the 1989, 1991, and 1996 murders where each woman was found naked, bound at the hands, strangled, and facing upward. His sentencing is scheduled for January 17, where he could face a prison term of 75 years to life. 

Justice On Hold:
Jim Mustian of the Ledger-Enquirer has this article (registration required) about the case of James Douglas Andrews, 42, who has served 19 years on death row in Georgia without filing an initial appeal. Since 1993 Andrews' initial motion for a new trial has been held up in Muscogee County Superior Court. According to Anne S. Emanuel, a death penalty expert and professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, "until that motion is ruled upon, the clock on an appeal will not start running." Andrews is the oldest of three cases (1994, 1998) that remains similarly stalled at step one of the appeals process and have not filed mandatory appeals to to the Georgia Supreme Court. 

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