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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 8, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The stepfather of a slain Smithsburg police officer is urging local state lawmakers to support the death penalty and impose it as quickly as possible. Paul Highbarger wrote to Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, who cast the deciding vote last year against a death penalty repeal. In his letter, Highbarger called Gov. Martin O'Malley's support of a death-penalty repeal "wrong" and said constituents want "the death penalty to be utilized, more effectively.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 29, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Prosecutors on Friday filed a notice of intention to seek the death penalty if Douglas Wayne Pryor is convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the December 2007 shooting death of a Smithsburg police officer. The notice was filed in Washington County Circuit Court after prosecutors consulted with the family of slain Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson, Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said Friday afternoon. Nicholson's family supported the motion, Strong said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 29, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- After bills to repeal Maryland's death penalty failed for two straight years, a commission will study the state's capital punishment system instead. During the 2008 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly agreed to create the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment and give it nearly six months to issue a report. The process of picking commission members is still under way, Christine Hansen, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, said Wednesday.
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By DON AINES | June 4, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with criminal homicide in a downtown shooting probably will not face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. "Based on the evidence presently available it doesn't appear to fit any of the enumerated aggravating circumstances that must be present in order for it to be a death penalty case," Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said Friday after a hearing before Judge John R. Walker in the case of Timothy J. Ross.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 27, 2009
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- "Yes, sir. " That's how Douglas Pryor responded Dec. 21, 2007, when an investigator asked him, "Do you think you deserve to die over what you did by killing two people. " "Yes, sir. It's not right," Pryor said again when asked if he deserves the death penalty. Pryor does face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 19, 2007, shooting death of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson. Pryor also faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Alison Munson, the mother of Pryor's children.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 5, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY ? Discussions about death and taxes are certainties in the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, Washington County's state representatives said. Lawmakers also expect to be engaged in further debate about same-sex marriage. With their own bills, they plan to push for tighter ID requirements for voters, broader registration of sex offenders in a state database and a clearer definition of liability for horse boarders. The General Assembly's 425th session begins Wednesday.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 4, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The date of the first meeting of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment - July 28 - had a separate significance for Marty Price of Hagerstown. The meeting was held exactly 20 years after Mervil Leon Price Jr., Marty Price's father, murdered his wife and teenage stepdaughter. The meeting also was about seven months after another homicide that touched Marty Price's life. His nephew, Christopher Nicholson, was shot and killed on Dec. 19, 2007, while on duty as a police officer in Smithsburg.
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by DON AINES | October 23, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month refused to review the case of Albert E. Reid, one of two Franklin County men on Pennsylvania's death row, but his attorney says it will be at least two years before a death warrant reaches the governor's desk. Reid, 53, formerly of Chambersburg, was convicted of first-degree homicide and sentenced to death for the Dec. 27, 1996, murders of his estranged wife, Carla Reid, 36, and her 14-year-old daughter, Deidra Moore.
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By ERIN JULIUS | February 19, 2009
HANCOCK -- The man charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two sisters in a Monday night fire in Hancock could face the death penalty if convicted, according to Washington County District Court documents. Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said prosecutors were "reviewing the situation" and any decision regarding whether to seek the death penalty would be made only after discussions with the victims' relatives. Clarence Franklin Meyers, 38, the boyfriend of the victims' mother, has admitted he set the Monday night blaze at the home the four shared.
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