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Couple who tortured and killed 3-year-old could face death penalty in Pennsylvania watch

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    (Original post by The Independent)
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    The death penalty is being sought by prosecutors against a couple who have been charged with the torture and murder of the woman’s three-year-old son in what was described as “an American horror story”.

    Jillian Tait and her boyfriend, Gary Lee Fellenbaum, were said to have had sex, went shopping and ate pizza as toddler Scott McMillan lay dying on 4 November after alleged incidents of escalating violence by the pair including, it is claimed, beating him with a frying pan and hanging him upside down by his feet.

    Fellenbaum is alleged to have used electrical tape to trap the boy in his seat while he abused him and investigators said that he had left him in the shower for 30 minutes while he was unresponsive. The alleged crimes could be punishable by death in the US as prosecutors claim the boy died by torture and he was under 12 years of age.

    The last prisoner to have been executed by the state of Pennsylvania was Gary Heidnik in 1999 by lethal injection for kidnapping, torturing and raping six women and keeping them detained in his basement in Philadelphia.

    District Attorney Tom Hogan said he is seeking the death penalty against the couple saying the abuse had been so horrific that medics were reported to have cried at the sight of the boy's bruised and punctured body after he was rushed to hospital following at least weeks of alleged violence that, it is claimed, had intensified during his last three days, as reported by 6abc Philadelphia.

    Huge dents in the wall were found by investigators next to the mattress that Scott was seemingly put on after he was allegedly beaten and Tait claimed in a police statement that they were caused by Fellenbaum hitting the boy’s head against it in response to him refusing to eat his toast before he died.

    Tait, 31, and Fellenbaum, 23, pleaded not guilty to the indictments, which include murder and child abuse, on Wednesday after they were formally charged. Their hearing was made by video link to where they are detained in Chester County prison, Pennsylvania.
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    Truly sickening. I simply don't know how people can be so depraved. They left the boy for dead whilst they had sex, ate pizza and went out shopping. It's just unbelievable. Is the death penalty the right mode of punishment here though?

    The mother and her partner can be seen here:

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    They are not human, I would say proceed with the execution.
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    I'm in favour. Kill them.
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    This is the problem with mob rule, one sad case and people's emotions get the better of them.

    They should not be executed (however depraved one might find their actions).
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    What the fudge? Sick.
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    Nothing is gained by execution, it just wastes public money.
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    (Original post by Law-Hopeful)
    This is the problem with mob rule, one sad case and people's emotions get the better of them.

    They should not be executed (however depraved one might find their actions).
    So what do you propose?
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    (Original post by Law-Hopeful)
    This is the problem with mob rule, one sad case and people's emotions get the better of them.

    They should not be executed (however depraved one might find their actions).
    Yes, they should.

    These people are scum and should just be shot. In fact they should be shot even without a trial and years of appeals because that would just waste taxpayers money.
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    (Original post by james22)
    Nothing is gained by execution, it just wastes public money.
    Are you even for real?

    A life sentence doesn't cost the public any money then? Having to house, clothe, warm, and feed these *****?
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    RIP to the poor 3 year old :sad: hopefully they get what is coming to them! Be it the death penalty or a life sentence!
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    and nothing of value was lost that day, kill them
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    (Original post by SarcasticMel)
    Are you even for real?

    A life sentence doesn't cost the public any money then? Having to house, clothe, warm, and feed these *****?
    The beaurocracy of US capital punishment means it's actually more expensive than life imprisonment.
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    (Original post by SarcasticMel)
    Are you even for real?

    A life sentence doesn't cost the public any money then? Having to house, clothe, warm, and feed these *****?
    Executing them costs more than life in prison.

    Please don't insult me, esspecially when you are wrong.
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    (Original post by Law-Hopeful)
    This is the problem with mob rule, one sad case and people's emotions get the better of them.

    They should not be executed (however depraved one might find their actions).
    What do you suggest then? Have them live with no future while they drain taxpayers money?
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    (Original post by james22)
    Executing them costs more than life in prison.

    Please don't insult me, esspecially when you are wrong.
    I highly doubt that. The only costs with execution are the continuous appeals...and as I said above, they should just kill them now and avoid all that.
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    (Original post by SarcasticMel)
    I highly doubt that. The only costs with execution are the continuous appeals...and as I said above, they should just kill them now and avoid all that.
    You don't believe in giving people appeals? Do you have any idea how many people on death row are found not guilty on appeal?
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    (Original post by grassntai)
    What do you suggest then? Have them live with no future while they drain taxpayers money?
    Bigger drain to execute them as it costs more.
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    (Original post by james22)
    Bigger drain to execute them as it costs more.
    Please give me some statistics as to why it'd cost more.
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    This is just disgusting, I don't know how people can become so twisted and evil and ****ed up to do things like this. Let them burn
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    (Original post by grassntai)
    Please give me some statistics as to why it'd cost more.
    http://www.deathpenalty.org/article.php?id=42
 
 
 
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