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USA: (California): Further information on: Death penalty / Legal concern, Donald Jay Beardslee

, Index number: AMR 51/014/2005

Donald Beardslee was executed in California in the first few minutes of 19 January. He had been sentenced to death in 1984 for the murder in 1981 of Paula Geddling. A recent examination had revealed that he suffered from severe brain damage, which the jurors who sentenced him to death did not know.

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