Harkins' body was never recovered, juries found all three suspects guilty of first-degree murder
This guy had to leave her body to go find a knife, and they still wouldn't go for first-degree murder
," recalls St.
Different incarnations of Abu-Jamal's defense attorneys have argued that he is either innocent of the crime or that he should not have been convicted of first-degree murder
The 33-year-old was charged with First-Degree Murder
of a Police Officer, Illegal Use of a Weapon, Disarming a Police Officer, Armed Robbery, Theft, Issuing Worthless Checks, and Attempted First-Degree Murder
They also discovered that, of the more than 130 men and women serving sentences of life without parole for aggravated first-degree murder
, only a small fraction might have been stopped by 1,593.
The judge in the Miranda case dropped the first-degree murder
charge and left the jury the choice of convicting Elmer of second-degree murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide.
Supreme Court decision holding that it is cruel and unusual punishment for states to require all juveniles who commit the crime of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and a decision rendered last year by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that all juveniles convicted of first-degree murder
under the age of 18 must be eligible for parole.
The alleged assailant, a 17-year-old male, was arrested about 16 hours after the incident and charged with First-Degree Murder
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in two cases in which 17-year-olds were convicted of first-degree murder
, which in Massachusetts carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the chance for parole.