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Death for '60 Freeway Slayer'

By Iamseven     Jan 3, 2007 in Crime
Jurors recommended the death penalty for the "60 Freeway Slayer," a man who was convicted of killing six prostitutes and then dumping their bodies along the highway running east from LA.
Ivan Hill, also known as the "60 Freeway Slayer", was recommended for the death penalty after juror deliberated on his punishment for four days.
Last month during testimony, friends and relatives of Hill urged jurors to spare his life. They stated that Hill was a good man who grew up in an abusive home where he saw his father shoot his mother on Christmas Day in 1968.
Prosecutors cited Hill's violent past as a reason for his deserving the death penalty.
Hill was convicted on November 17th of six counts of first-degree murder. His victims were Roxanne Bates, 31; Helen Ruth Hill, 36; Donna L. Goldsmith, 35; Cheryl Sayers, 34; Betty Sure Harris, 37; and Debra Denise Brown, 33. The murders took place in 1993 and 1994.
I'm not usually a fan of the death penalty but some cases in the past year have really made me rethink my stance. They didn't really give any details on the killings in the article, however. In any event, I'm sure this was a hard decision for the jury to make and maybe now the families of these poor women can find some peace.
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