Nevada Jury Reorders Execution Of 3-Time Killer
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada jury has reordered the execution of a three-time murderer who has been on death row for 34 years.
The jury in Reno deliberated about three hours after a weeklong resentencing hearing before rejecting a bid by 67-year-old Tracy Petrocelli to be allowed to serve life without parole.
Petrocelli stood from his wheelchair but showed no reaction to the unanimous verdict in support of his execution.
A federal appeals court two years ago upheld Petrocelli's conviction but ordered a new sentencing hearing because his rights were violated during the penalty phase of his trial in 1982.
He was convicted of murdering the owner of a Reno car dealership, his girlfriend in Seattle and a man in California, all in the span of a year.