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Convicted Killer Asks Supreme Court to Ignore Appeals: A Pennsylvania man convicted of murdering four people and sentenced to death in 2011 has sent a letter the U.S. Supreme Court asking to have his current appeal rejected because he is ready to die.  Will Lewis of WFMZ reports that Michael Ballard included in his letter that the appeal was filed without his consent and submitted by a law group that doesn't represent him and is acting against his personal wishes.  The appeal was submitted by the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation-a non-profit death penalty resource center.

OK Lawmaker Supports Additional Execution Methods: An Oklahoma state representative is requesting a legislative hearing on the state's death penalty methods after announcing that he wants to give death row inmates the option to select their execution method.  The Associated Press reports that Representative Mike Christian believes that aside from lethal injection, condemned inmates should also be given the option of death by firing squad, hanging or the electric chair.  Last month, Tennessee became the first state to allow the use of the electric chair in some circumstances if lethal injection drugs were unavailable.

DNA Sample Leads to Cold Case Arrest: A West Virginia man is in custody after authorities determined he was responsible for a vicious attack involving several victims more than 14 years ago.  Metro News reports that Juan Manuel Pagan was wanted on several charges including rape, burglary and three counts of making terrorist threats stemming from a home invasion in 2000.  Pagan's DNA was entered into a national database after he was released from custody on unrelated charges in 2012, it was then discovered that his DNA matched a sample collected from a victim in the cold case home invasion and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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