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California Teen Convicted in Brutal Double Murder:  A California jury has determined that a teenager convicted of murdering an elderly couple in 2013 was sane at the time of the crime.  News 10 Sacramento reports that 17-year-old Daniel Marsh broke into the couple's home in April 2013 and tortured the pair before stabbing them dozens of times.  Authorities say Marsh showed no remorse after his arrest and had even bragged to his friends about the killing.  Marsh faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole, the death penalty was not an option due to his age at the time of the crime.

Tennessee High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to uphold the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering six people in 2008.  Samantha Bryson of the Commercial Appeal reports that Jessie Dotson fatally shot his brother, his fiancee, and two other adults before stabbing and beating two young boys to death. Authorities say Dotson also stabbed his 9-year-old nephew in the head, but the young boy was able to survive along with two other children found at the scene.  Dotson was given six death sentences for each of his first-degree murder convictions and was also given three consecutive 40-year sentences for each attempted murder charge.

Convicted Killer to Stand Trial in Inmate Murder
: Prosecutors in Kentucky have announced that they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with murdering a fellow inmate at a high-security federal prison in 2009.  The Associated Press reports that 31-year-old John Millner allegedly stabbed another inmate with a homemade icepick before he strangling him to death.  At the time of the killing, Millner was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a murder he committed in Washington in 2002.   

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