Friday, January 30, 2009

Man convicted of murder loses court challenge

VOLUSIA COUNTY - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the latest court challenge from death-row inmate Peter Ventura, who was convicted in the 1981 murder of a DeLand businessman. The state's highest court and federal courts already have upheld Ventura's conviction and death sentence several times. Ventura filed a new challenge, arguing against the use of lethal injection as a method of execution. He also tried to fire his court-appointed attorneys with Capital Collateral Regional Counsel. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court denied his challenges, calling one of his court motions "meritless." Ventura was convicted of killing Robert Clemente, a boat salesman for a St. Johns River marina, as part of a plot to collect on a $153,000 insurance policy.

(Source : OralandoSentinel )

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