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CALIFORNIA D.A. TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR CRAZY MAN

CALIFORNIA D.A. TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR CRAZY MAN

Cooley said the complaint would be amended to add another count to refer to the 11th victim, found in the wreckage late Wednesday night. And he said the defendant’s suicidal intent didn’t make any difference to him.

“He’s not going to engage my sympathy because he was despondent. His despondency doesn’t move me,” the district attorney told The Associated Press.

Arraignment was planned for Thursday afternoon but could be delayed depending on Alvarez’s medical condition.

Alvarez, 25, got out of his green Jeep Cherokee before the two commuter trains crashed Wednesday morning in this Los Angeles suburb. He stood by as the gruesome chain-reaction wreck scattered wreckage and bodies over a quarter-mile of track.

The SUV was stuck between tracks away from a crossing and once there, he could not have moved it even if he had tried, Metrolink CEO David Solow said. The southbound train that struck it bolted skyward, hit a parked Union Pacific railcar, then clipped the northbound train.

For the love of.

I am not a proponent of the death penalty under any circumstances, but this case hardly seems to serve any of the death penalty’s ends.

8 Responses to “CALIFORNIA D.A. TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR CRAZY MAN”

  1. Gib Says:

    Where does it say the DA is seeking the death penalty?

    Cooley stressed however that the case were still being evaulated.

    He’s filed murder charges with “special circumstances” that make this case eligible to seek the death penalty, but nowhere does anyone say “Oh, yeah, we’re frying this guy, even though we know he’s crazy.”

  2. ugarte Says:

    Perhaps in light of all of the death and destruction this man caused, maybe shitty newspaper writing isn’t the thing I should be complaining about, but He stood by as the gruesome chain-reaction wreck scattered wreckage and bodies over a quarter-mile of track.?

    Did they expect him to hold the train on the track? Provide medical assistance? Reverse time? Would it have been better if he ran away screaming as the gruesome chain reaction…?

    I agree that this isn’t a suitable case for the death penalty (and I oppose it as you do, Dawn), but Gib is right. If you are the person responsible for enforcing the DP, it is your job to make sure that the guy is crazy and not a sociopath.

  3. pearatty Says:

    “Separately, a suicidal man who parked his sport utility vehicle on railroad tracks in Orange County was arrested early Thursday, said Irvine police Cmdr. Dave Freedland, declining to say if it was a copycat situation.”

    In case we were wondering if charging the guy with the death penalty would have any deterrent effect.

  4. ugarte Says:

    A deterrent effect on suicide? Insanity?

  5. cube Says:

    so did the train try to stop, or did it derail after it hit the suv?

    they should train train operators to never stop.

  6. Dawn Summers Says:

    It derailed after it hit the SUV.

  7. pearatty Says:

    By the time a train operator sees something on the tracks, it’s almost always too late to stop before hitting it.

  8. Hi there Says:

    Are you there?

    Thanks for clearing this up .

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