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Execution in Texas Carried Out: Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports George Rivas, 41, was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. CST yesterday for killing 29-year-old police officer Aubrey Hawkins. Four officers who worked with Hawkins and Toby Shook, the former Dallas County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Rivas, attended the execution on behalf of his family. "Today is about justice for Aubrey Hawkins and Aubrey's fellow police officers," said Shook.

Rapist Tells Victim "Learn to Let Go": Jose Martinez of the New York Post reports Adam Wright, who raped a 12-year-old girl in 2002, told his now-adult victim in court yesterday, "Let go. Learn to let go. Don't hold on to any pain, don't hold on to it," Wright told her as he was given a 47-year prison sentence. Wright had acted as his own attorney during the trial, and twice his victim ran off the witness stand in tears as he cross-examined her. The 2002 rape went unsolved until 2008, when Wright's arrest for carrying an open container of alcohol led to a DNA hit for the attack. Judge Dineen Riviezzo tore into Wright for not showing any remorse for the "particular heartlessness" of his crime. "The defendant raped a 12-year-old stranger, then completely dressed her, leading her to believe, however fleetingly, that her nightmare was over," Riviezzo said. "Then he undressed her and raped her a second time."

Family Holds Funeral for "Speed Freak Killers" Victim: Jordan Guinn of The Stockton Record reports a memorial service is being held today for Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler, who disappeared from Stockton in 1985 when she was 16-years-old. Her remains were found less than three weeks ago in Calaveras County. "I never thought we'd get her back," said Wheeler's mom.

Signatures Turned in for California Death Penalty Repeal Measure: Sam Stanton of The Sacramento Bee reports those behind the proposed ballot measure to repeal the death penalty in California announced they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November 2012 ballot. The measure would also convert the sentences of the over 700 inmates currently on death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The latest Field Poll, released last September, found that 68 percent of California voters still support the death penalty.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/01/4303959/death-penalty-opponents-say-voters.html#storylink=cpy

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