Ricky David Sechrest, sat on Nevada’s death row for the brutal murder of two children. Like most in his position, he continued to appeal his sentence even though he had been turned down ten times. On his eleventh try, his attorneys finally won in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which ordered a new penalty hearing.
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a death sentence against a Nevada man convicted of killing two young girls a quarter-century ago, because the prosecutor made false statements to scare jurors into believing only execution would keep the killer off the streets.The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Nevada authorities to remove Ricky David Sechrest from death row pending possible further appeals and resentencing.
Maggie Schindler, 10 — whom the court opinion refers to as Maggie Weaver — and Carly Villa, 9, were kidnapped from an ice-skating rink in Reno in May 1983, and their bodies were found in Logomarsino Canyon east of Reno a few weeks later.
Later that year, Sechrest, then 22, was convicted of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to death
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) –
Condemned inmate Ricky Sechrest’s death sentence for the 1983 beating deaths of 2 Reno girls was overturned by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.The San Francisco-based appeals court said Sechrest’s death sentence couldn’t stand because his rights were violated by “false, inflammatory statements” and “gross misconduct” by a prosecutor during his trial. The court also said Sechrest had inadequate legal counsel.