Boston:Judge to hold hearing in MA death penalty case

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BOSTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers are due in court in the case of a convicted killer from Massachusetts who faces a second trial on whether he should receive the death penalty.

Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter who grew up in Abington, pleaded guilty to federal charges for killing 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 crime spree in 2001.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf threw out Sampson’s sentence in 2011. Prosecutors said last month that they will seek the death penalty a second time during a resentencing trial.

A status hearing is scheduled in court on Tuesday.

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