Altamonte Springs cook sent to death row hopes new DNA clears him

2-week hearing begins Monday in Sanford for Clemente "Shorty" Aguirre, convicted in two brutal knife murders
SANFORD — DNA helped send Clemente Javier "Shorty" Aguirre to death row in 2006 for murdering an Altamonte Springs neighbor and her wheelchair-bound mother. Now a team of attorneys hopes to use a new round of DNA tests to set him free. Aguirre, 33, returns to a Sanford courtroom Monday for a two-week trial-like hearing at which he will ask Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler to throw out his conviction.

dallas murder rate 2012

Dallas murder totals are at lowest level in decades, but further declines may be tough
DMN 13 01 2012

There were 11 murders per 100,000 people in Dallas in 2011, compared with 49 per 100,000 in 1991.

Houston's murder rate ranked 46th of U.S. cities with a population over 250,000 in 2005 (per capita rate of 16.3 murders per 100,000 population). In 2010, the city's murder rate (per capita rate of 11.8 murders per 100,000 population) was ranked fifth among U.S. cities with a population of over 750,000 (behind New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia)according to the FBI.

Oklahoma has the higher execution rate but ...

Oklahoma City's 2012 homicide rate on track to be one of the highest in 20 years
News Ok 25 Nov 2012 
One neighborhood not far from the state Capitol has experienced 14 homicides so far this year. People who live and work in the area say poverty, violence, crime and gang activity are constant problems.

As DC homicides decline, murder still a stubborn crime to solve and prosecute

WaPo Sunday, October 14, 2012
Despite a stunning drop in homicides in the District — from a peak of 482 in 1991 to 108 last year — murder remains a stubborn crime to solve and prosecute in the nation’s capital. A Washington Post review of nearly 2,300 slayings in the city between 2000 and 2011 found that less than a third have led to a conviction for murder or manslaughter, although the numbers have improved in the past few years. More than 1,000 cases remain unsolved.

Deterrence and the Death Penalty

Daniel S. Nagin and John V. Pepper, Editors

National Research Council

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