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Man on trial for killing ex-girlfriend in 1995

Original post made on Sep 18, 2012

A trial for a man charged with murdering his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend after a First Communion party in East Palo Alto more than 17 years ago got under way in San Mateo County Superior Court Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:14 AM


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

"He used to hit her, he used to grab her. They used to have loud fights all the time for various reasons," he said.

Quite a man, hitting a woman. A real man walks away.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

> Prosecutors said that the crime was witnessed by the couple's daughter, Stephanie, who was almost three years old at the time.

So I take it there is no real doubt as to the guilt of the defendant. I wonder why such a person as this would not qualify for the death penalty? I am totally against the death penalty if there is absolutely any doubt or extenuating circumstances. I understand the issues, but California is not Texas.

When I heard that the man in Sweden who murdered all those people, Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77, injured 242 ... and received as a sentence (from Wikipedia):

On 24 August 2012, Oslo District Court found Breivik sane and guilty of murdering 77 people. He was sentenced to preventive detention, a special form of prison sentence, with a term of 21 years and a minimum of 10 years, with the possibility of extension for as long as he is deemed a danger to society;

I think how can such a man be allowed to live? If there was a doubt, or a politically extenuating circumstance, a mental defect, some contrition ... something, but it seems to me there are some people who deserve the death penalty.

This criminal seems like one who deserves death, as distinquished from life in prison or life in prison without parole.

I have to also express that the post prior to mine about 'a real man walking away' instead of hitting a women seems so inadequate as to almost be comedic ... as if there was any doubt about severing someone's head by stabbing being manly?

As far as being manly or even human, why did this poor woman and her child not receive some kind of help or protection from this criminally insane monster?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Anon - that wasn't Sweden. To us, all of those Scando places may seem the same, but they actually aren't. Also, what does that killer have to w/this case? What did I miss? to me, it seems like you're comparing apples & oranges. This is why: they are a different country, w/a different sized population, a different amount of crime & to a certain extent, different views on murder, which may result in punishments different from ours.