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Ohio Murderer Kills Himself Prior to his Execution: Billy Slagle, an Ohio man sentenced to death for stabbing his neighbor, was found hanged in his cell Sunday morning just days prior to his scheduled execution date.  Thomas Sheeran of the Associated Press reports that Slagle was found in his cell alone, and authorities don't believe there were any other inmates involved in his death.  Prior to his suicide, the parole board had denied a stay of execution for Slagle despite a rare plea from the prosecution to sentence him to life without the possibility of parole.

Police Search for Motive After Deadly Hit-and-Run Attack: A Los Angeles man is being held in lieu of $1 million bail after he walked into the police station and admitted to being involved in a hit-and-run attack that left one woman dead and 11 others injured.  Fox News reports that 38-year-old Nathan Campbell surveyed the Venice Beach boardwalk area prior to getting into his vehicle and intentionally driving around security barriers and into a crowd of hundreds of tourists.  Police have yet to determine a motive, but have revealed that they don't believe it was an act of terrorism.  

Inmate Murderer Leading California Prison Hunger Strike: A California prison hunger strike  that started on July 8 with 33,000 inmates involved has dwindled down to 499 inmates as of Thursday.  SF Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders notes that the hunger strike, which is aimed at protesting the use of "solitary confinement" in California prisons, is being led by Todd Ashker, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, convicted of stabbing another inmate to death in 1987.  The California Department of Corrections stands by their policy of isolating roughly 3% of the prison population in order to keep the rest of the inmate population safe from potentially violent gang activity.    

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