Jury Chooses Death Penalty in Hatchet Killing

AP, Apr. 19

LOCK HAVEN, Pa.—After deliberating for only 2 1/2 hours, a Clinton County jury sentenced a woman to die Tuesday for murdering her elderly neighbor with a hatchet in 2003.

Shonda Walter, 25, sat quietly as the jury’s foreman announced the sentence. She is the first person to be sentenced to death in the county since Pennsylvania reinstated capital punishment in the early 1970s, and will be one of only a few women on death row.

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