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Some crimes call for the death penalty

Sunday, August 21, 2011

For those opposed to the death penalty, justify your opposition in the case of Senath resident Shawn Morgan and the tragic death of 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez.

Morgan is charged with kidnapping the child, suffocating her and dumping her body in a ditch in Dunklin County.

Full details of the case have yet to be announced. But the circumstances matter little. All that matters is that this sick animal took it into his own hands to take the life of a precious child.

There has been ample opposition to the death penalty through the years and the arguments continue even today. Criminals of all stripes have mounted countless arguments to oppose the death penalty and spare their lives.

But then you come across a case like that in Senath. And I find no argument strong enough to compel me to believe this case does not justify the death penalty.

OK granted, this man - as with all of us - is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And rest assured, he will get his day in court and taxpayers will fund his legal counsel.

But if the facts remain as they appear today, this was nothing more than a sick, brazen act by a sick person. His warped mind is no justification to avoid the death penalty.

A life sentence in prison in no way compares to the horrendous nature of this crime. You can never return this little girl to her family and repair the damage that has clearly been done.

The death penalty is not revenge. It's a reflection of the seriousness of the crime. It is simply punishment to match the crime.

Take the case of the West Memphis Three - three young men who killed three young Boy Scouts for no other reason than they wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone.

These three killers are on the verge of leaving prison after 20 years. How do you explain or justify that decision to the families of the three young Scouts who were killed? The answer is obvious - you can't explain this decision and you can't justify their release.

Shawn Morgan will receive his day in court. Unless something drastically changes, he will likely be found guilty.

The real decision will be his eventual fate. I pray a jury weighs the nature of his crime and the impact on the family and community. And then I pray the jury hands down the death penalty.

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