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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Ring v. Arizona
Citation:536 U.S. 583 (2002)
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At the trial of petitioner Timothy Ring for murder, armed robbery, and related charges, the prosecutor presented evidence sufficient to permit the jury to find the facts here recounted. On November 1994, a Wells Fargo armored van pulled up to the Dillard’s department store at Arrowhead Mall in Arizona. Courier Dave Moss left the van to pick up money inside the store. When he returned, the van and its driver, Magoch, were gone. Under Arizona law, Ring could not be sentenced to death unless further findings were made. The trial judge entered his special verdict sentencing Right to death. Because Ring was convicted of felony murder, not premeditated murder, the judge recognized that Ring was eligible for the death penalty only if he was Magoch’s actual killer or if he was a major participant in the armed robbery that led to the killing and exhibited a reckless disregard for human life. The judge eventually sentenced petitioner to death.
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