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High Court Rejects Death Penalty Appeal: The United States Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Texas man convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1997.  Lou Antonelli of the Daily Tribune reports that Robert Charles Ladd was sentenced to death in 1997 after being found guilty of brutally raping and murdering a woman before setting her home on fire.  The victim's family is hopeful that since the appeal was denied, an execution date will be set in the near future.

Illegal Immigrant Responsible for Hit and Run: Police in North Carolina revealed that the man responsible for running over two young children last week and then fleeing the scene was an illegal immigrant with an active deportation warrant.  Lisa Boykin Batts of The Wilson Times reports that a county judge raised Marcos Santiaga Bautista's bond from $30,000 to more than $1 million after realizing he was a fugitive.  In addition to the felony hit and run charge, Bautista has also been charged with several other crimes including failure to register a motor vehicle and displaying fictitious registration.

Execution Date set for Convicted Killer: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed a December 2 execution date for convicted murderer Michael Ballard.  Tom Shortell of The Express-Times reports that Ballard pled guilty to murdering four people in a brutal knife attack in 2010.  If the execution is carried out as planned, this will be the first execution carried out in the state of Pennsylvania since 1999.

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