Parolee Released Two Days Prior To Murder: A New York
man who opened fire inside a pub last weekend shooting seven people, one
fatally, was a parolee released on bail less than two nights before. WHEC reports that the suspect, David
Alligood, was arrested for a misdemeanor assault charge some 30 hours before
the shooting occurred and had a criminal past, including being on parole for a
drug conviction. A town supervisor said that granting bail to Alligood "is another case where the parole system broke down."
State To Remove Doctors From Executions:
House lawmakers in North Carolina are attempting to end the de
facto moratorium on the death penalty by permitting any medical professional
to carry out executions. Amanda Lamb of
WRAL reports that House Bill 774, or the Restoring Proper Justice Act, would no
longer require a physician to preside over executions, an issue that
has caused problems regarding a physician's medical ethics. The new legislation would allow any licensed physician
assistant, advanced degree nurse, registered nurse, paramedic or EMT to
participate, although a physician would still have to be the one to pronounce
a murderer dead.
Murder, Violent Crime
Up in Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Police Department in North Carolina is concerned that an increase in stolen
guns is partly to blame for the sharp rise in murders and other violent crimes during
the first three months of the year.
Gavin Off of the Charlotte Observer reports that homicides are up by 80
percent, rapes have increased 34 percent, and aggravated assaults are 33
percent compared to the first quarter of 2014. Katrina Graue, deputy chief of CMPD, believes
that the 30 percent increase in gun theft is putting more firearms on the
streets and creating more opportunities for criminals.
Judge Stays Murderer's Execution:
Robert Pruett's execution death for the stabbing a prison guard to death 15 years ago was stayed by a Texas Judge on Tuesday, hours before it was to be carried out. Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports that although the U.S. Supreme Court denied Pruett's claim that a second DNA test should be performed on a metal rod used in the murder, Judge Bert Richardson announced that it "not impossible to conceive" that the new test could be favorable for the defendant. The Supreme Court also denied Pruitt's claims of ineffective assistance and a failure to consider evidence of his dysfunctional childhood. The judge has ordered the test results be made available by May 28.
Sex Offender Rotation
Angers Milwaukee Leaders: A secret
state program that rotates dangerous sex offenders through homes in
neighborhoods near schools and families has Milwaukee officials and residents
Henry of WISN reports that after the sex offender residency restriction
legislation passed last fall, many sex offenders were left homeless, and state
workers began shuffling them through a circuit of 10 homes. Residents of the neighborhoods where these
homes were located were never informed of the presence of sex offenders in
Poll Shows American Majority Oppose Immigration Policy:
A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports reveals that the majority
of Americans surveyed oppose President Obama's executive action allowing five
million illegal immigrants to remain in the country. Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News
reports that 56% oppose the executive order, while 35 percent support it. Also, 60 percent feel the President should work with Congress rather than act on his own.