Ga. death penalty bid falls apart

Feds spend a bundle trying to execute killer serving life in prison


By Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — The Justice Department doesn't often seek the death penalty, but this case appeared to be as close to a slam dunk as a prosecutor could get.

Brian Richardson was already serving the rest of his life in prison for armed robberies. Now he had methodically killed his cellmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta. After repeatedly stabbing and then strangling the 60-year-old man, Richardson decided to shave before alerting guards.

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