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Execution Date set for Double Murderer: A Missouri man convicted of murdering two people and sentenced to death more than a decade ago has been scheduled to be executed by lethal injection next month.  Rudi Keller of the Colombia Daily Tribune reports that 40-year-old Earl Ringo Jr. was one of two people convicted in the robbery and murders of a restaurant manager and delivery truck driver in July 1998.  Ringo's accomplice pled guilty to first-degree murder in order to avoid a possible death sentence and was sentenced to life without parole. 

KS Attorney General to Appeal Capital Rulings: The Kansas Attorney General's office has announced plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for review of three recent state Supreme Court decisions that overturned death sentences for three murderers.  The Great Bend Tribune reports that during its last term, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear only five percent of petitions review filed by state attorneys general.  Kansas should be notified by the high court regarding its cases before the end of the year.  No one has been executed in Kansas since 1965. 

Arrest Made in Decades-Old Homicide Cold Case: A New Jersey mother has been charged with the murder of her five-year-old son 23 years after reporting him missing from a local carnival.  Lorenzo Ferrigno of CNN reports that Michelle Lodzinski, who has since relocated to Florida, had been a suspect, but police were unable find sufficient evidence to charge her.  During a cold case investigation, new evidence was discovered to support a grand jury indictment charging Lodzinski with her son's murder.   

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