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Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in drug-deal killing of Huntsville teen

Prosecutors don’t plan to seek the death penalty if Huntsville capital murder suspect Terrance Rodgers is convicted of killing a 20-year-old during a drug deal.

Terrance Rodgers 

Rodgers is a Huntsville 18-year-old who admitted during recorded Madison County Jail phone calls that he killed Antonio Melson, according to police. Rodgers was arrested following the July 11 drug-deal killing of 20-year-old Melson.

Madison County Assistant District Attorney Bill Starnes said he met with Melson’s family members before deciding not to seek the death penalty.

“Among many other items, we discussed the penalties which might apply in a case of this nature and the thoughts of those present concerning that question,” Starnes wrote in court records. “In light of conversations…the state will not be seeking the death penalty.”

Starnes filed the notice in response to a request from defense attorneys Jake Watson and Shay Golden. The document

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Deliberations over death penalty set to begin in Sampson trial

For the second time, a federal jury is set to begin deliberating the fate of admitted serial killer Gary Lee Sampson, after hearing a prosecutor recount in vivid detail how Sampson tortured and killed three people in a violent weeklong spree in 2001 — crimes, the prosecutor said in closing arguments, that warrant the death penalty.

Assistant US Attorney Zachary R. Hafer displayed a photo of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo as he described to jurors how Sampson tied him to a tree and stabbed him after Rizzo offered to give him a ride. Hafer recounted how Sampson dragged 69-year-old Philip McCloskey, a retired plumber from Taunton, up a hill before stabbing him to death.

“Never forget it was that man,” Hafer said, pointing at Sampson, “who turned this caring grandfather into that horrific crime scene.”

“That was cruel, that was heinous, that was depraved,” Hafer said, using the legal terms that justify sentencing a

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The death penalty of Dylann Roof enters day two with testimony focusing on the horrific crime scene.

A Charleston courtroom sat in stunned silence Thursday afternoon as graphic images of bodies, blood and bullets from the Emanuel AME Church shooting were shown to a federal jury that will decide accused gunman Dylann Roof’s fate in connection with the massacre of nine worshipers.

Roof, 22, sat still and emotionless, looking down at the defense table, as federal prosecutors in his hate crimes trial showed 360-degree image scans from inside the church fellowship hall where the mass shooting occurred. The chilling images showed the dead lying on a white tile floor smeared with blood and littered with spent shell casings and emptied magazines that had been cast aside when they had exhausted their rounds.

Brittany Burke, a former State Law Enforcement Division crime scene technician, methodically walked the court through the visual display, identifying the fallen and pointing out the evidence left in the killer’s wake. One left the courtroom, while

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