Boston: Lawyers in Gary Lee Sampson case poised to return to court

Lawyers will be back in Boston Federal Court on Tuesday in the case of convicted killer Gary Lee Sampson.

Sampson, a drifter who grew up in Abington, faces a second trial on whether he should be executed.

Sampson killed two men in Massachusetts and was sentenced to death.

He also pleaded guilty to separate state charges for killing a man in New Hampshire during the same weeklong crime spree in 2001.

Sampson’s sentence was tossed out three years ago in a ruling that was upheld by an appeals court.

Prosecutors will ask for a trial date at a status hearing tomorrow.

Sampson carjacked and killed Jonathan Rizzo of Kingston  and Philip McCloskey of Taunton.

He fled to New Hampshire, where he killed Robert Whitney, a former Concord city councilor from Concord.

Sampson is the first person sentenced to death in Massachusetts under the federal death penalty law.

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