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    Oct 2010

    Joseph Weldon Smith - Nevada Death Row

    Joseph Weldon Smith

    Summary of Offense:

    Sentenced to death in April 1996 for the strangulation and hammer slaying of his two stepdaughters, Wendy J. Cox, 20, and Kristy Cox, 12, in their Green Valley home in October 1990. Smith was originally convicted of killing his two stepdaughters and his wife Judith Smith, 47. He was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of his wife and given the death penalty for the murders of his two stepdaughters. The Supreme Court ordered Smith's sentence for the murder of Kristy Cox be reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But the death penalty still stands for the murder of Wendy Cox.

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    Oct 2010
    On March 13, 2007, Smith filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    On March 13, 2014, Smith's habeas petition was DENIED.

    On April 15, 2014, Smith filed an appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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    Sep 2011
    Capital Region NY
    7 years to get through federal court? Yikes!

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