Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 26, 2006 20:42:01 GMT -5
In Carthage, prosecutors in the retrial of Dan Ramsey once again will seek the death penalty if the Keokuk native is convicted of 1stdegree murder.
"It has always been the state's plan to seek the death penalty in this case, given the nature of the crime," Hanthingy County State's Attorney Jim Drozdz said Friday.
Ramsey was found guilty in the 1996 shooting deaths of Lonna Sloop and Laura Marson in rural Hanthingy County, Ill. He was spared death by lethal injection on appeal in 2000 by the Illinois Supreme Court on a technicality.
Ramsey will appear Aug. 18 for a pretrial conference where attorneys from both sides will hash out a trial schedule. The deadline for filing motions in the case is Thursday.
"He could be retried later this year, but more likely it will happen early next year," Drozdz said.
Ramsey, 27, was convicted in 1997 of 1stdegree murder and sentenced to die by a McDonough County, Ill., jury for the deaths of Sloop, 12, of rural Dallas City, Ill., and Marson, 16, of Basco, Ill.