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Ohio High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a man convicted of murdering a woman four years ago.  Kathleen Maloney of WKYC News reports that Jeremiah Jackson was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and several attempted murder charges and sentenced to death by a three-judge panel after he waived his right to a jury trial.  Jackson was challenging his death sentence based on the claim that the presiding judge in his case exhibited judicial bias and neglected to evaluate his IQ scores.

NY Murder Suspect Released 30 Days Before Attack: The New York man arrested and charged with this weekend's murder of an elderly man during a robbery attempt had been released without bail just 30 days ago after being arrested for a burglary-related felony.  John M. Annese of SLive.com reports that 20-year-old Dante Viggiano broke into an elderly couple's home while they were away celebrating their birthdays.  When they returned, Viggiano stabbed them both multiple times, leaving the husband dead and the wife severely injured.  Viggiano had been released from jail August 2 on his own recognizance for a fourth-degree grand larceny charge and was scheduled to be back in court later this month.  He faces charges including murder, attempted murder, and burglary. 

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Cellmate Murder Case: Authorities in Utah will seek the death penalty for a man accused of murdering his cellmate in April 2013.  Emiley Morgan of KSL News reports that 33-year-old Steven Crutcher strangled his cellmate to death with a bed sheet in what prison officials believe may have been a racially motivated attack.  At the time of the killing, Crutcher was serving a 10-years-to-life prison sentence for kidnapping a correctional officer during an escape attempt.

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