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Wednesday, May 7, 2008 01:39 am

Murderers' Row

Fifteen men face the death penalty in Illinois.

Untitled Document Rodney Adkins Adkins, 44, was sentenced by a Cook County judge in August 2007 for the 2003
killing of an Oak Park woman during a burglary.

Teodoro Baez Baez, 31, was sentenced by a Cook County judge in March 2004 for murdering
and partially dismembering two people in a drug dispute.

Dion Banks Banks, 46, was sentenced by a Cook County jury in May 2006 for killing a woman in
2001 in front of her two young sons during a carjacking at a mall.

Joseph Bannister Bannister, 39, was sentenced by a Cook County jury in May 2005 for the 2000 shooting
of an ex-girlfriend and killing of her sister during a home invasion.

Eric Hanson Hanson, 31, was sentenced by a DuPage County jury in February 2008 for killing his
parents, sister, and brother-in-law in 2005.

Ricardo Harris Harris, 43, was sentenced by a Cook County jury in February 2004 for the 1999
murders of two liquor-store employees.

Laurence Lovejoy Lovejoy, 42, was sentenced by a DuPage County jury in February 2007 for killing his
16-year-old stepdaughter in 2004.

Anthony Mertz Mertz, 32, was sentenced by a Coles County jury in February 2003 for the June 2001 murder of a fellow Eastern Illinois University student.
Brian Nelson Nelson, 25, was sentenced by a Will County jury in October 2006 for killing his
19-year-old girlfriend, her brother, her father, and her father’s girlfriend in 2002.

Gary Pate Pate, 38, was sentenced by a White County jury in March 2008 for the 2006 murder
of his estranged wife and her daughter.

Daniel Ramsey Ramsey, 30, was sentenced by a Hancock County jury in May 2007 for a 1996 shooting spree in which he killed two young girls and wounded his ex-girlfriend and two toddlers.
Paul Runge Runge, 38, a confessed serial killer, was sentenced by a Cook County jury in February 2006 for the 1997 rape and murder of a Chicago woman and her 10-year-old daughter.
Cecil Sutherland Sutherland, 52, was sentenced by a St. Clair County jury in June 2004 for the 1987 abduction, rape, and murder of a 10-year-old.
Curtis Thompson Thompson, 66, was sentenced by a Stark County judge in August 2003 for killing a sheriff’s deputy and couple in 2002.
Andrew Urdiales Urdiales, 43, was sentenced by a Livingston County jury in May 2004 for the 1996
murder of a 21-year-old woman from Hammond, Ind.

Sources: Illinois Department of Corrections, Chicago Tribune, and Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
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