Jury Returns Second Death Sentence Police Murder Case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A suspected drug dealer who killed a woman on a former police officer’s orders should be executed, a jury said Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan is bound to impose the jury’s verdict when Paul ``Cool″ Hardy, 28, is formally sentenced.
The jury found last week that the former New Orleans police officer, Len Davis, should be executed.
Kim Groves, a 32-year-old mother of three, was gunned down in front of her house in October 1994, the day after filing a complaint accusing Davis of pistol-whipping a teen-ager.
Davis, 31, and Hardy were convicted last week of conspiracy, civil rights violations and the premeditated killing of a federal witness. They are the first people sentenced to death in a civil rights case, according to Dave Bruck of the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project.
The investigation of Groves’ death grew out of a federal sting operation in which Davis and others eventually indicted for allegedly protecting a stash of illegal drugs. Davis still faces trial on that charge.