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Florida Inmate Executed for 1991 Killing:  The state of Florida executed convicted murderer Darius Kimbrough Tuesday evening for the 1991 slaying of 28-year-old Denise Collins.  Tamara Lush of the Associated Press reports that Kimbrough is the second inmate to be executed with a new mix of drugs (midazolam and hydromorphone); and, records state that the execution went smoothly "with no apparent movements or unusual activity" exhibited.  In 1991, Kimbrough used a ladder to break into Collins' Orlando apartment, then attacked and killed her.  Blood and semen samples taken from Collins' bed matched with Kimbrough's, who was then convicted and sentenced to death in 1994.

Prosecutors, Prison Guards Could Carry in Gun-Free Zones:  Legislation approved yesterday by Michigan's House would permit county prosecutors, assistant prosecutors, prison guards, retired corrections officers, parole and probation officers, as well as some federal law enforcement officers to carry concealed pistols in gun-free zones.  Jonothan Oosting of MLive reports that the three-bill package will allow these various individuals with the responsibility of locking up and punishing some of the country's worst offenders to protect themselves and their families from future retaliation.  Michigan Open Carry Inc., a gun-rights group who has lobbied for the elimination of all weapons-free zones, believes that the relaxed gun laws should not only be applied to those who are "politically connected."  The bills now face review by the Senate.

New Courtrooms in Fresno Could Ease Overcrowding:  A proposal for two new courtrooms has been introduced in Fresno County in an effort to relieve jail overcrowding.  John Ellis of the Fresno Bee reports that the new so-called "arraignment court," would handle lower-level criminal cases, plea agreements, and sentencing for offenders who cannot be sentenced to prison.  A pilot program is being designed at a cost of about $1.5 million to test the proposed court's effectiveness.  Presently, 69% of inmates in the county jail are awaiting trial, but the new arraignment court is predicted to take almost a third of the cases out of the seven "home" courts and into the new one.

Death Sentence for Murderer of  84-year-old Widow:  Yesterday, a 29-year-old man was sentenced to death for raping, torturing, and stabbing an 84-year-old widow to death after breaking into her home in Anaheim, California.  Adolfo Flores of the Los Angeles Times reports that Anthony Darnell Wade broke into Bessie Whyman's home in January 2010, raped her, bound her hands and feet, beat her, and killed her by attacking her with a saw and a kitchen knife.  Wade was apprehended after he attempted to use Whyman's credit card at a store he had driven to in the victim's car.  Wade was found guilty of multiple counts on September 6, and the jury recommended the death penalty on October 7.

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