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Connecticut high court to hear death penalty case


HARTFORD — The state Supreme Court has delayed hearing arguments on whether a man convicted of ordering the 1999 killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport should have received the death penalty.

The court was scheduled to take up the appeal of Russell Peeler Jr. on Monday. It has been delayed to July 10.

Peeler was condemned to die for ordering his brother to kill Karen Clarke and her son, Leroy “B.J.” Brown. The boy was a key witness against Peeler in another murder case.

Peeler’s brother, Adrian, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being acquitted of murder but convicted of conspiring to kill Clarke and her son.

Russell Peeler raised 33 appeal issues, including the rejection of three black people for the jury and the 2012 repeal of Connecticut’s death penalty for future murders only.



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