Last month there was concern voiced whether the death penalties would be upheld in the cases of John Couey, and Fred Coffey, Jr. The latest case being looked at is that of Howard Steven Ault, convicted of murdering two sisters.
(CBS4) FT. LAUDERDALE Jury selection will begin Monday in the sentencing phase of convicted child killer Howard Steven Ault.
The jurors will decide whether to give Ault life in prison or death by lethal injection.
Howard Steven Ault was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two young sisters, eleven-year-old Deanne Mu’min and seven-year-old Alicia Jones. Ault was also charged with two counts of sexual battery on a child under twelve years old, two counts of kidnaping a child under thirteen years old, and two counts of aggravated child abuse
Similar to Terapon Adhahn, in Washington, he lived in Arlington, Tx. previously and was believed at one time to be connected to the murder of Amber Hagerman. Police later determined that not to be the case.
Update 08-13-07 The re-sentencing trial began today.
On November 4th, 1996 Ault picked the girls up at school and said if they went with him back to his place they could have candy. Two days later, Ault confessed to police that he had sexually assaulted DeAnn while Alicia watched helplessly, then strangled them both. He then told investigators where he had hidden their bodies.
Mark Dean Schwab, John Couey, Joseph Smith,
Howard Steven Ault
Update 08-20-07: Final arguments were given today.
Update 08-22-07 Miami Herald “Child-killer Ault should be executed, jury decides“.
Update 08-24-07 John Couey is expected to be sentenced to death at 2:00 today by a judge.
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