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Man Gets Death in Conn. Pregnant Killing

December 18, 2003

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A jury sentenced a man to death Wednesday for stabbing a pregnant woman to death over a drug debt.

Robert Courchesne was found guilty in 2001 of luring Demetris Rodgers to an ATM and stabbing her to death in 1998. The baby was born minutes after the attack, but died six weeks later. The woman was eight months pregnant.

Prosecutors said Rogers was stabbed over a $410 drug debt.

Prosecutor John Connelly argued that Courchesne did not immediately tell anyone what had happened _ instead leaving Rodgers in the street to die.

But public defender Ronald Gold said the death penalty should be reserved for ``the worst people who commit the worst crimes.″

``Can a good person do something terribly, terribly wrong? Yes. That’s what happened to Bob Courchesne,″ Gold said.

Judge Frank M. D’Addabbo will formally sentence Courchesne on Jan. 15. He is bound by the jury’s decision, unless he finds flaws with the verdict.

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