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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Oklahoma Death Sentence: The Associated Press reports the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday upheld the death sentence for Oklahoma convicted murderer George Ochoa. Ochoa was convicted in the murders of Francisco Morales and Maria Yanez in their Oklahoma City home, where their children were present. The decision is here

Arkansas Supreme Court Speeds Up Review of State's Execution Policy:
Jeannie Nuss of The Associated Press reports the Arkansas Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to speed up a lawsuit that challenges the way the state executes its inmates. The Court granted the state's request to expedite the case, which centers both on what drugs are used to execute inmates and who has the authority to set Arkansas' execution policy. The issue came to the state Supreme Court after a lower court judge ruled part of the lethal injection law unconstitutional.

One of Last Two Victims of Houston Serial Killer Identified: Lise Olsen of the Houston Chronicle reports a team of Harris County forensic scientists have identified one of the last unknown victims of Houston serial killer Dean Corll as Roy Eugene Bunton. Bunton was a teenager when he went missing in 1971. Burton's body was recently exhumed as part of an effort paid for by the National Institute of Justice. He was identified through a combination of DNA and circumstantial evidence. Bunton was one of only two still unidentified victims of Corll, who tortured and kidnapped at least 28 Houston teens before he was killed by one of his accomplices in 1973. Both were found buried in a boathouse that belonged to Corll.

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