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Death sought for Falater
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 17Dec99 D2
By Jerry Kammer: The Arizona Republic

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- The sentencing hearing for former LDS high councilor Scott Falater concluded Thursday with prosecutor Juan Martinez calling on the Judge to give Falater the death penalty. Martinez asked Judge Ronald Reinstein to imagine what Yarmila Falater must have felt when her husband of 20 years attacked her.

Defense attorneys ended the hearing with a plea for mercy from the judge, describing Falater as a good man whose attack on his wife was "inexplicable." During the original trial, Falater's defense claimed that he was 'sleepwalking' during the attack, and therefore not responsible for the crime. A jury convicted Falater last June.

State law says that the Judge should give Falater the death penalty if his crime was "especially cruel, heinous or depraved." The judge is scheduled to rule in the case in January.


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