facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Father gets death in murder of infant

June 18, 2009 at 10:09 PM   |   Comments

ORANGEBURG, S.C., June 18 (UPI) -- A second hearing Thursday upheld Robert Northcutt's death sentence for the murder of his 4-month-old daughter in 2001.

Lexington County, S.C., Circuit Court Judge James Williams took slightly more than an hour to confirm the sentence, first imposed in 2003 but overthrown by the state Supreme Court in 2007.

The re-sentencing hearing in Orangeburg, S.C., took three days, The (Columbia, S.C.) State reported. Williams said the 28-year-old Northcutt's killing of Breanna represented "conduct so shocking it is undeserving of mercy," the newspaper said.

In 2003, a jury sentenced Northcutt to death, but his attorney claimed Solicitor Donnie Myers was "overly zealous" in his closing argument and the Supreme Court agreed.

Northcutt was 20 when he confessed to killing the baby in a fit of rage. He said he slapped, punched, choked and shook the 12-pound child before breaking her back on a crib rail because she wouldn't stop crying.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach Shark attacks surfer at Santa Cruz beach
2
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
3
Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test
4
Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl Ohio school bus driver killed saving girl
5
Man suspected of killing woman sets himself on fire on Ohio highway Man suspected of killing woman sets himself on fire on Ohio highway
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback