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.
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.