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POLL: What Should Happen To the Men on Connecticut’s Death Row?

The Supreme Court will decide the fate of the 11 men.

CT Supreme Court; Patch file photo
CT Supreme Court; Patch file photo

Russell Peeler Jr. was sentenced to death in 2007 for ordering the killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport in 1999. He has had the longest series of criminal trials in the state’s history.

In 2012 the state repealed the death penalty - but only for future crimes. And so Peeler Jr. and 10 other men still sit on death row, according to The New Haven Register.

Now, Connecticut Supreme Court must decide whether these men already condemned to die by the state’s judiciary system should still face that punishment. At the time of the repeal, people questioned what this would mean for the 11 men on death row.

The Supreme Court will hold a special summer session on June 30 to hear Peeler Jr.’s death penalty appeal, The New Haven Register reports. No upcoming court dates have been scheduled for any of the other men:

  • Daniel Webb awaits execution for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of a Connecticut bank executive.

  • Richard Roszkowski was convicted in 2009 of killing a nine-year-old girl, her mother and his former roommate in Bridgeport.

  • Jessie Campbell III was convicted of capital felony, murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons violations in 2000.

  • Sedrick “Ricky” Cobb was convicted of capital felony, kidnapping, murder, sexual assault and robbery in 1991.

  • Richard Reynolds awaits execution for the 1992 murder of a Waterbury police officer.
  • Eduardo Santiago was convicted on capital felony and murder charges.
    Prosecutors say he carried out the killing in exchange for a snowmobile.

  • Todd Rizzo confessed to and was convicted of the killing of a 13-year-old boy in 1997.

  • Lazale Ashby was sent to death row for raping and murdering his neighbor in 2002.

  • Steven Hayes was convicted of the 2007 murder of a mother and her two daughters in Cheshire.
  • Joshua Komisarjevky is on death row for the same 2007 triple murder as Steven Hayes.
  • Robert Breton was convicted of the murders of his wife and son in Waterbury in 1987.

Source: The Hartford Courant


But tell us - what do you think?


Philip June 13, 2014 at 07:43 AM
If you care about life so much, go adopt a homeless pet - don't hold hardworking taxpayers money and safety at risk for your idiotic beliefs
Thomas Johnson June 14, 2014 at 05:23 PM
I'm against the death penalty the way it's applied today, the so-called lethal injection. That's what you do to a beloved dog who is old and suffering and is relieved of their pain by a merciful act. That's too good for these turdballs. May I suggest we bring back the rock pile and force them to make little ones out of big ones every single day remaining in their miserable lives. Every day. 365 days a year and 366 in a leap year. Just work and sleep. Enough cheap, bland food to support all the hard work and not one calorie more. No TV or entertainment of any kind. No time for that. They'll then be able to contemplate their dastardly deeds while sweating and producing gravel. Don't let them commit suicide either but if they do, oh well... Just work and more work. Billions of poor people around the globe who have done nothing wrong face these conditions every day so it's not inhumane to subject these condemned losers to them. Is it?
Philip June 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Brad, has there ever been a case where someone was convicted using DNA and later found innocent? So enough excuses - guilty beyond 'reasonable' doubt, get rid of these scum
Jackie Giamini July 09, 2014 at 07:37 AM
It's TIME for CT to take out the garbage!
fedspy July 09, 2014 at 07:48 AM
talk to edith sprague, she voted for the death penalty before she voted against it. liberals in ct. rule the state, and a certain religious group, i believe in the legislature, catholic, voted against it. what the voters want is not acknowledged by these elected officials.

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