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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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Investigator | Prosecutors want death row inmate back behind bars for violent murder and rape – WKYC

Marty Flynn still remembers the silence…33 years later. The eerie silence belied the horror waiting inside an old Brooklyn duplex. 

“I walked upstairs and looked in her room and found her on her bed.” It was his sister. 

The scene was disturbing. Mary Anne Flynn, a 33-year-old nurse, was raped and strangled. 

Cleveland Police quickly focused on neighbor Tony Apanovitch, a roughneck drinker with a sordid past of sex offenses. He once painted Flynn’s home, but she feared him. 

But despite a bloody crime scene, there was no physical evidence…not yet anyway. 

“Anthony Apanovitch is a violent killer and rapist,” says Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “I have no doubt whatsoever about that.”

O’Malley says Apanovitch had already been convicted of forcibly raping a 16-year-old in 1976. But the conviction was reversed and he pleaded guilty to sexual battery. 

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Investigator | Prosecutors want death row inmate back behind bars … – WKYC

Marty Flynn still remembers the silence…33 years later. The eerie silence belied the horror waiting inside an old Brooklyn duplex. 

“I walked upstairs and looked in her room and found her on her bed.” It was his sister. 

The scene was disturbing. Mary Anne Flynn, a 33-year-old nurse, was raped and strangled. 

Cleveland Police quickly focused on neighbor Tony Apanovitch, a roughneck drinker with a sordid past of sex offenses. He once painted Flynn’s home, but she feared him. 

But despite a bloody crime scene, there was no physical evidence…not yet anyway. 

“Anthony Apanovitch is a violent killer and rapist,” says Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “I have no doubt whatsoever about that.”

O’Malley says Apanovitch had already been convicted of forcibly raping a 16-year-old in 1976. But the conviction was reversed and he pleaded guilty to sexual battery. 

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Prosecutors seek life sentence in Lubbock woman’s ‘inhumane’ stabbing death

Courtney Boyd, an assistant Lubbock County district attorney, stood before jurors Tuesday and used her opening statement to prepare them for the gruesome case they were about to hear. She told them that, after hearing the evidence in the case, she was confident they would find the only punishment that would bring justice to the family of a slain 23-year-old woman was a life sentence for her killer, Ruben Ramos III.

“Nothing changes the cruelty of the crime you’re going to see,” she said. “Nothing fixes the inhumane way Nakasha Nolan died.”


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Ramos, 23, on Monday pleaded guilty to murder before jury selection in his trial in the 364th District Court. He faces a punishment of five years to life in

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