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No Death Penalty Raises Questions With Seneca Case

Posted by wlpo on March 10, 2011

Abolishing the death penalty opens up more issues than it closes according to La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne.

Towne was putting together a death penalty case against accused double murderer Keith Mackowiak when Governor Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty yesterday.  He says the decision may require more legislative action to clarify what needs to be done in the Mackowiak case including who pays for his defense.

One thought is his potential sentence will automatically be life in prison.  A status hearing for Mackowiak will happen Friday at one.  Lawyers were supposed to argue if the death penalty was unconstitutional but that is a moot point now.

Towne expects extensive talk between the lawyers about where to go next in the case.

You can hear an interview with Towne by visiting the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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