Monday, November 07, 2005

Conviction, death penalty upheld

The U.S. Court of Appeals today affirmed the kidnaping, rape and murder convictions and sentence of death for Wesley Ira Purkey.

In a published opinion, the court ruled: "A jury convicted Wesley Purkey of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Jennifer Long, and sentenced him to death. See 18 U.S.C. ยงยง 1201(a), (g), 3559(d), 3591-3598. On appeal, Mr. Purkey raises myriad challenges to his conviction and sentence. After careful review, we conclude that his arguments lack merit and therefore affirm the judgment of the district court."

Here is the court's opinion.

Here is our news release announcing the conviction.