Death Penalty Upheld in Vegas Hammer Murders

By: AP
By: AP

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada Supreme Court majority has upheld the death penalty for a 45-year-old man convicted in the September 2005 hammer slaying and robbery of two people in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the state high court on Wednesday denied Thomas Richardson's appeal in a 5-2 decision.

Co-defendant Robert Dehnart testified at trial against Richardson in the robbery-slayings of Steve Folker and Estelle Feldman.

Dehnart was 18 at the time. He's now serving 24 to 80 years for murder and robbery.

The court majority said Dehnart's trial testimony was "sufficiently corroborated," and substantial evidence supported the jury verdict.

But dissenting justices Michael Cherry and Nancy Saitta cited errors at trial and called the evidence "not overwhelming."

Richardson maintained he was in California at the time of the murders.

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