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Quad-Killer Duo May Be Exhumed for DNA: Alyssa Newcomb of ABC News reports DNA may link already executed Perry Smith and Richard Hickock to the murder of a Florida family. The two were featured in Truman Capote's  book "In Cold Blood" detailing the  quadruple murders of a Kansas family for which they were convicted and executed.  Smith and Hickock had been investigated but ruled out as suspects in the Florida murders after passing a polygraph test. The duo is suspected of the 1959 shooting and killing of the Walker family, including both parents and two toddlers. Sarasota County Sheriff's investigators are awaiting approval from a judge to exhume the killers' bodies.

SCOTUS Weighs AZ Death Row Inmate's Appeal: The Associated Press reports the U.S. Supreme court will decide whether to grant Arizona death row inmate Richard Dale Stokley a new hearing on sentencing evidence. Stokley and an accomplice were convicted of the 1991 murders of two 13-year-old girls. He is set to be executed Wednesday.  See also Kent's post on the Ninth Circuit decision.  Update:  Stay, certiorari and habeas corpus denied.  Orders are here and here.  No dissent is noted.

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