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    John Edward Weik - South Carolina



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    Was convicted in Dorchester County in 1999 for the shotgun slaying of 27-year-old Susan Hutto Krasae at her home in Knightsville. She was the mother of Weik's son, Daniel. Weik had confessed that he fired at least four shotgun blasts into Krasae.

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    On September 3, 2002, Weik's sentence was affirmed by the South Carolina Supreme Court on direct appeal.

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/sc-suprem...t/1319639.html

    On June 16, 2003, the US Supreme Court denied Weik's certiorari petition.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.a...s/02-10101.htm

    On June 19, 2003, Weik filed an application for post-conviction relief in Dorchester County Circuit Court.

    On April 4, 2007, Weik's application was denied.

    http://publicindex.sccourts.org/dorc...070&CaseType=V

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    Death row inmate in Dorchester County murder to get new sentencing hearing

    A death row inmate who was convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend in the 1990s in Dorchester County will get a new sentencing hearing, according to a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling released Wednesday.

    John Edward Weik, 47, of Moncks Corner was given the death penalty after has murder conviction in the 1998 shooting of Susan Hutto Krasae at her Knightsville home.

    During the sentencing hearing, Weik's defense attorneys presented three mental health experts who testified Weik suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, including hallucinations, paranoid delusions and suicidal thoughts.

    The defense, however, didn't present evidence concerning Weik's "chaotic upbringing and dysfunctional family," according to the Supreme Court ruling.

    Krasae was the mother of Weik's son, Daniel, who was 10 years old at the time. She also had a daughter, Amber, 8 years old at the time, by her ex-husband. Amber testified during the trial that she saw Weik shoot her mother.

    The burglary charge was one of two aggravating factors the state used to seek the death penalty. The other was physical torture, which the 1st Circuit solicitor at the time, Walter Bailey, defined as "prolonging the suffering of a murder victim."

    In his confession, Weik said he fired at least four shotgun blasts into Krasae.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/articl...-supreme-court

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