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Court reinstates death penalty for killer of Lodi grad

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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 11:05 am, Wed Sep 17, 2014.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the death penalty for a man who killed a 19-year-old Lodi woman for her $100 stereo.

It's the third time the country's highest court has heard the appeal of Fernando Belmontes, and the third time justices have overturned a decision in the case by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  • posted at 3:55 am on Thu, Nov 19, 2009.


    Bring back public hanging. Maybe if the scumballs saw murderers kicking at the end of a rope, it might make them think twice before they killed anyone. I have NO sympathy for anyone who murders a human being for any reason. The death penalty was supposed to be a deterrent. But since most die of old age, not much of a deterrent.

  • posted at 2:43 pm on Wed, Nov 18, 2009.


    Just like Lester moore, 6 rounds froma 44 no less no more...

  • posted at 1:18 pm on Tue, Nov 17, 2009.


    I don't know about this sleepy bye bye method of judicial homicide. That can't be a deterrent. Go to sleep and no more worrying. Maybe a large log chipper could help Fernando? It would be quick and it would work as a deterrent. Also there would be no delays for not finding the "right" vein. You would have to hose the area off afterward, but there would probably be a lot of volunteers to help? There would definitely be a deterrent effect!

  • posted at 7:16 am on Tue, Nov 17, 2009.


    Why don't we get rid of the criminals in the same way they killed their victims? America has become to lax in how we deal with criminals. Look at what some of the other countries do. Draging sometime like this out for 28 years means we the tax payers have had to support a murderer by housing, feeding and clothing him.

  • posted at 4:59 am on Tue, Nov 17, 2009.


    GhettoLodi, after that remark, wash your mouth out with a .38. Elimate the killers, all babies deserve to live.

  • posted at 4:04 am on Tue, Nov 17, 2009.


    This sickens me. As a true liberal, I believe that we should not focus on killing criminals, but rather, killing babies. Criminals deserve to live, babies do not.

  • posted at 2:20 am on Tue, Nov 17, 2009.


    solve this darn lethal injection matter and get rid of Belmontes and the other scum. Worried about the pain they might receive as the lethal injection process is now? What about their victims? Are we (the taxpayers) going to feed and shelter these criminals until they die of old age. They are treated better than our homeless. These criminals already had their day in court, get rid of them and let victims and victim's families get some closure.

  • posted at 11:32 pm on Mon, Nov 16, 2009.


    I recently was in a trial and the fact that the defendant was currently in prison on even worse charges was not allowed in court. We (the Jury) did not know it until after the trial when the DA pulled me aside and told me. How can that not be relevant? I appreciate that Lawyers do their best and laws need to deal with specifics and not hearsay but there is something seriously wrong with the way our laws are written. Much more important than what Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton are up to right now.

  • posted at 11:18 pm on Mon, Nov 16, 2009.


    I realize money is tight these days, what the heck are they going to do, wait for him to die of old age?

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