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Murder Suspect Rejects Retarded Label: An Ohio man accused of murdering a Cincinnati pizzeria owner last summer is refusing to be labeled as retarded despite having a low IQ, a decision that may result in a possible death sentence.  Sasha Goldstein of the New York Daily News reports that 28-year-old John Deloney believes that the label is disrespectful to him, even though a successful claim of retardation could spare him from a death sentence.  Prosecutors have video surveillance, DNA evidence, and a reported confession linking Deloney to the killing, but he still maintains his innocence and feels confident going to trial.

Ohio Inmate Charged in Cold Case Rapes, Murder: An Ohio man already serving an 11-year sentence for sexual assault has been named as the prime suspect and charged in five cold case rapes as well as the murder of one of his victims.  The Associated Press reports that 38-year-old Larry McGowan was indicted on 23 charges last week after DNA evidence linked him to the cold case crimes that authorities say were committed between 1996 and 2010.  McGowan had been in and out of prison since 1993 for charges related to non-sexual offenses, however his DNA was not collected until he was arrested in 2012 for rape.  

Teen Gets 50 Years for Assaulting Elderly Woman: A judge has sentenced an Indiana teenager to 50 years behind bars for his role in the violent rape of a 93-year-old woman.  TheIndyChannel.com reports that Iquise Taylor, who was 17-years-old at the time of the attack, agreed to plead guilty last month to charges of rape, burglary, criminal confinement and strangulation after being found competent to stand trial and waived to adult court.  Taylor was given the maximum possible sentence.

AL Appeals Court Upholds Eight Death Sentences: The Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions and death sentences of eight of the state's death row inmates. Kent Faulk of AL.com reports that the eight murderers were from five different counties and have been on death row between 5 and 18 years.  Currently, Alabama has 197 inmates on death row.

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