Like With Dallas' Serial Murder Suspect, DAs Seek Death Penalty When Crimes Are ‘heinous Enough'

After Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot's decision this week to seek the death penalty for serial murder suspect Billy Chemirmir, current and former top prosecutors said Friday they know the emotional toll that came with that choice.Take former Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who said Friday he has struggled with the death penalty even though as district attorney he sought it time and time again.His qualms about the ultimate punishment aren't just political. They're personal. His great-grandfather was executed by the state in 1932 for the murder of a Fort Worth man.  Continue reading...

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