Do I really want to open this for debate?
I don't know enough about this case to really defend or condem the actions that lead to it's eventual outcome but...
How many (attempted) appeals did this person have (prior to the one in question)regarding their crime and how severe was the crime?
Is the death penalty a matter of convection of one's opinions or is it a matter of fiscal servitude regarding feasability of an over crowded prison system.
most accomplishments are made because you visualize it before it happens...RMS