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Cop Killer Seeks Change in Death Penalty Sentence

image269052g Cop Killer Seeks Change in Death Penalty Sentence One of the men on death row for the 2000 Christmas Eve murder of an Irving policeman thinks he got a raw deal at sentencing.  Randy Halprin is one of six prison escapees sentenced to death for murdering officer Aubrey Hawkins nearly ten years ago while they were stealing firearms and ammo from an Irving sporting goods store.  They had been on the lam for eleven days after escaping from a south Texas prison.

After the murder, they disappeared for five weeks before being captured in Colorado.  One of the seven committed suicide as police were closing in, while the others were convicted and received the death penalty.  One of them has already been executed.

Now, Halprin’s lawyers say he ranked last on a document listing the seven escapees according to the strength of their personalities. They say the jury never saw that document and claim it might have made a difference in whether or not they would have voted for capital punishment.

A state district judge is asking Halprin’s lawyers and Dallas County prosecutors to submit their written arguments by the end of October.

  • Tom

    Who the hell cares about the ranking of his personality? The idiot is a adult, and he and he alone is responsible for his actions and the consequences of his actions. He was resposible for the resulting death of the officer, and it is now time to pay his debt to society. So shut up, man up, and step up.

    This is partly the lawyers fault, as they have forgotten what their duties and responsibilities to society really are. It is not for the prosecutor to get a conviction, or the defense to get the accused off. Their true duties and responsibilities are to ensure that a fair trail and speedy trial occurs, with ALL the facts presented, including the accused past behavior, and that a judgement is passed based upon these facts.

  • David

    He’s getting a whole lot more mercy that he deserves… he got to live 10 years more than the police officer they killed.

  • bill

    I wonder if the killer found Jesus like so many other inmates do in lock up and when they get back out into society if allowed they sell there souls short of a chance again to remain free.They busted out killed a cop on Christmas who had a family waiting for him to come home.The killer should just make peace with society and let his maker if any be his attorney.

  • Joe

    Alll true above statements. My problem with Randy is that in all cases – beating up a baby or leaving a dying cop – he ran. Had he stayed and helped, I would agree he should get life not death. But instead, he ran…

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