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Given all the ongoing discussion about what makes a proper death penalty case in a modern trial, perhaps we should be tracking the cases that get the death penalty.

The first example:

A Johnson County jury deliberated just one hour Friday before sentencing Mark Anthony Soliz to death for killing a 61-year-old Godley grandmother during an eight-day crime spree that also left a Fort Worth man dead.

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Marion McCottry and William Wilson seemed to be a solid match as far as roommates go - both hailed from the same town, there was only a five-year age difference, and each was serving a lengthy prison term for murder.

McCottry, 51, and Wilson, 56, both convicted killers from Bexar County, shared a cell at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Telford Unit; that is until Feb. 29, when an alleged argument left McCottry dead and Wilson reportedly admitting to assaulting him, according to TDCJ officials.

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Maura Irby, the woman who raised two children alone after her police officer husband was gunned down in 1990, sobbed as she hugged more than a dozen police officers in a Houston courtroom Tuesday.

"I'm relieved. I'm elated. I feel vindicated," the widow said after the man who shot Houston motorcycle officer James Irby in the head during a traffic stop was sentenced, again, to die for his crime.

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When a murderer kills again behind bars, prosecutors will usually seek the death penalty, depending on the evidence, Troyer said.

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"They were being very bad by crying a lot for nothing," Hernandez wrote. [So, then you beat them with a flashlight?]

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Normally, killing lots of people is an easy justification for seeking the death penalty. Here, however, it becomes a reason for negotiating more life sentences:

A trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago.

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A former Texas nurse accused of killing five of her patients and injuring five others by injecting bleach into their kidney dialysis tubing was found guilty of capital murder Friday.

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Prosecutors failed to show she would present a future danger for violence, one of the questions they must answer in deciding a death penalty, defense lawyer Steve Taylor told jurors. "She's never getting out no matter what you do. ... Society is protected. You will never see her again."

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Multiple robberies, death by stabbing.

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Killing six women.

In all, Gore killed four teenage girls and two women, authorities say.

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Hijacking US citizens in international waters.

Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against three Somalis charged with murder in the fatal shooting of four Americans aboard a hijacked yacht last year, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday.

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An editorial by a former NY mayor:

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Murder of a police officer?

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Multiple murders in same transaction?
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Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what appeared to be the latest blow in an escalating war of intimidation among drug gangs.

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[And they say there is no death penalty in Mexico.]
 
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"Whenever you have a police officer killed in the line of duty, I think that in and of itself is a strong factor" for the death penalty, Zellerbach said. "We have law enforcement personnel putting their lives on the line every day for our own safety."

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Dismemberment

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"Critics say too often, at prisons across the country, convicted killers pass the time playing dominos and basketball, use well-stocked commissaries selling snacks and sodas, and enjoy state-of-the-art gyms, or time in the arts and crafts room."

"They're playing on softball fields with lined base paths and umpires in uniforms, while other guys are hanging out, getting a suntan," Blecker said. "Those who committed the worst crimes, who deserve to suffer the most, generally suffer the least."

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A judge sentenced Earl Ellis Green to death Monday for the execution-style shooting of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio.

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Killing a cell mate.

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