Hammond Sentenced to Death for Julie Love’s Murder
ATLANTA (AP) _ A man convicted in a murder that was cited by the group claiming responsibility for two deadly mail bombs was sentenced to die in the electric chair.
Emmanuel Hammond, 24, was sentenced Friday by the jury that had convicted him Wednesday of the kidnapping, murder and armed robbery of Julie Love, a 27- year-old Atlanta preschool fitness teacher.
A racist letter from a group claiming responsibility for the pre-Christmas mail bomb deaths of Judge Robert Vance of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Savannah lawyer Robert Robinson said the attacks were motivated by outrage over Miss Love’s killing.
Hammond is black. Love was white.
Miss Love’s father, Jerry Love; her stepmother; and her fiance were in the courtroom when the sentence was announced.
″I’m very grateful to the jury, the prosecutor and the judge for what they did, and I feel that justice was done,″ Love said. ″It’s a victory of sorts, but a very shallow victory.″
The victim’s fiance, Mark Kaplan, said, ″An impartial jury, black, white, male and female, made a decision that sent out a strong signal - that society is not going to put up with this type of savage behavior.″
The judge ordered the execution to take place next month, but the conviction and sentence automatically will be appealed.
Miss Love disappeared in July 1988. Her body was found in a wooded dumping ground 13 months later. She had been shot in the head.
Hammond’s co-defendant and cousin, W. Maurice Porter, has pleaded guilty to murder, armed robbery and rape in the killing. He has not been sentenced.