User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Judge Zell: Weighing All Evidence, Information

October 26, 2011, 10:05 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Judge Zell: Weighing All Evidence, Information
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Judge Zell still has more than 450 pages of Eric Robert's criminal file to read and that's just part of the work he'll do prior to issuing a decision.
 
Zell has presided over death penalty cases before. He said he understood Robert's reasons for not wanting a jury to deliberate the punishment.

Off all the facts presented this week, the one that has not been disputed is that only one man will decide the fate of another.

“But I must weigh all the evidence given; all the information,” Zell said. “And I just follow my oath and follow the law and determine what it shall be.”

And attorneys for both sides addressed the court one last time Wednesday.

“Eric Robert has few freedoms left to him,” Mark Kadi, Robert’s attorney, said. “But he has these rights. And I support his right to make the choices which he still has the freedom left to make.”

“The state has demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that this offender, the actions of Eric Donald Robert were outrageous and wantonly vile; that they were inhumane,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said.

Zell must now sift through hundreds of pages of documents, letters from Robert's other victims, and weigh the emotional testimony from the family of slain corrections officer Ron Johnson. Zell said Robert's request for the death penalty will be just another part of his decision.

“It will not be made upon sympathy,” Zell said. “It will not be made upon passion. It will not be made by a wish that you seek.

But it will be made in line with the law and in a timely matter. Zell also said he will return one final time to the same courtroom where Robert's punishment has been debated all week to share the final judgment.

During Wednesday's closing arguments, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley also submitted even more letters from Robert's other victims. They range from relatives to people within the State Penitentiary Community.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Jesus Take The Wheel

9/25/2014 10:00 PM

Miracle on the highway: that's how many people are describing a bad crash between a semi-truck and car in which no one was killed.

Full Story | Watch
Autistic Student Gets Royal Treatment

9/26/2014 4:55 PM

Friday night's homecoming at Brandon Valley High School is a crowning achievement for a senior who's living with autism.

Full Story | Watch
Iowa Teen Dies Two Days After Fight At School

9/28/2014 11:42 AM

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school.

Full Story
Brandon Woman Seriously Hurt In I-229 Crash

9/30/2014 5:00 PM

Two people are hurt, one seriously, after a chain-reaction crash in eastern Sioux Falls involving a semi-truck and four other vehicles.

Full Story | Watch
Police: Missing Boy Shows Up At School

9/26/2014 6:39 AM

Sioux Falls police say a missing boy showed up for school Friday morning.  

Full Story


Events