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High court upholds death penalty in church deaths

4 years ago Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:41:19 PM CST November 30, 2010 Tuesday, November 30 2010 Nov 30, 2010 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death penalty for Anthony Bell, who killed four of his in-laws and his wife after bursting into a Baton Rouge church in 2006.

Bell was convicted in 2008 of five counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree murder. He shot his wife's mother and four others at the Ministry of Jesus Christ Church, where his mother-in-law was pastor. He kidnapped his wife Erica from the church and shot her at a nearby apartment building parking lot. Only his mother-in-law survived.

The Supreme Court rejected defense arguments that Bell was mentally retarded and could therefore not be legally executed.

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