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Texas commutes death sentence, Florida executes murderer

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate’s family was able to receive a rare clemency recommendation.

Florida executed a man convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of a college student, media reports said, while Alabama plans to execute a convicted murderer later in the evening.

In Texas, Thomas Whitaker, 38, was convicted of masterminding a 2003 plot against his family in which his mother Tricia, 51, and brother Kevin, 19, were killed. His father, Kent, was shot in the chest and survived.

 (Thomas Whitaker via Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Reuters)

A devout Christian and retired executive,

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What Gianni Versace’s Death Tells Us About Madonna’s ‘Ray Of …

These events positioned her, however privately, at the center of an international tragedy ― just as she was throughout the AIDS crisis, when, for example, she crafted the “Erotica” balled “In This Life,” dedicated to her longtime chum and collaborator Martin Burgoyne, who’d died from the disease in 1986. Of all people, Donatella thought to call Madonna, a celebrity among celebrities, with the news of her brother’s scandalous death. And what episode of Madonna’s career better fits that narrative than the one dedicated to her spiritual fortification?

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What Gianni Versace’s Death Tells Us About Madonna’s ‘Ray Of Light’ Renaissance

These events positioned her, however privately, at the center of an international tragedy ― just as she was throughout the AIDS crisis, when, for example, she crafted the “Erotica” balled “In This Life,” dedicated to her longtime chum and collaborator Martin Burgoyne, who’d died from the disease in 1986. Of all people, Donatella thought to call Madonna, a celebrity among celebrities, with the news of her brother’s scandalous death. And what episode of Madonna’s career better fits that narrative than the one dedicated to her spiritual fortification?

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Ammo seller to Las Vegas killer says he’s received death threats

(CNN)Douglas Haig, an Arizona man who says he sold tracer ammunition to the gunman in October’s Las Vegas massacre, was arrested Friday on a charge of conspiring to manufacture and sell another type of ammunition — armor-piercing bullets — in violation of federal law.

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Death of gunman in Fayette County mass shooting ruled a suicide – Tribune

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The accused gunman in a shooting that claimed four other lives Sunday at a Fayette County car wash died after shooting himself in the head, authorities ruled Wednesday.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled suicide in the death of Timothy O. Smith, 28, of Stahlstown. Smith was pronounced dead at 8:54 p.m. Sunday in Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, although authorities said until Tuesday that he was on life support with a gunshot wound to the head.

Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower confirmed Tuesday that Smith was declared clinically dead Sunday night.

According to Bower, Smith fired on four others in an ambush just before 3 a.m. Sunday at Ed’s Car Wash on Indian Creek Valley Road in the Saltlick Township village of Melcroft. Bower said Smith, armed with an AR15 semi-automatic rifle

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Clearfield Co. spree killer among death row inmates suing over solitary – The Courier

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Spree killer Spotz among death row inmates suing over solitary

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Long Branch shooting: Prosecutor says teen held in shooting death of parents, sister, family friend

LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A 16-year-old New Jersey boy armed with a semi-automatic rifle shot and killed his parents, sister and a family friend inside the home where they lived, authorities said Monday. Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni said Monday that the teen will be charged with four counts of murder and a weapons offense stemming from the shooting that occurred late Sunday night, less than 20 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in the shore town of Long Branch.

A possible motive for the shooting has not been disclosed. The rifle used in the shooting was legally registered to a resident of the house, Gramiccioni said.

The teen’s name has not been disclosed, and it wasn’t known Monday if he’s retained an attorney.

The victims were identified as the boy’s parents, Steven Kologi, 44, and Linda Kologi, 42; his 18-year-old sister, Brittany, and 70-year-old Mary Schultz, who lived with the family.

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Two security guards shot to death at hotel-casino in Las Vegas; suspect in critical condition

Two security guards were shot dead inside a hotel room at a Las Vegas hotel-casino early Saturday morning before the gunman fled and ultimately shot and injured himself.

Las Vegas Police Lt. Dan McGrath said the shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. at Arizona Charlie’s Hotel and Casino on Decatur Boulevard, after a woman called security to report a disturbance.

The guards, employed by the casino, had entered the room on the hotel’s fourth floor and were shot with a handgun by the man, who was the lone occupant in the room, McGrath said.

He said the suspect then fled down the hallway with the gun and exited the rear of the casino, which is adjacent to a residential neighborhood.