Woman Who Locked 10-Year-Old Cousin In Trunk, Sentenced To Death

August 9, 2017
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A woman from Arizona has been sentenced to death in the killing of her 10-year-old cousin, who was locked in a trunk as punishment for stealing a popsicle.

Ame Deal’s death was probably one of the most shocking murders in  Arizona and Samantha Allen became the third woman sentenced to death in the state.

The jury deliberated for over a week before returning the verdict against Allen. She was convicted in June of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her cousin in 2011.

“We the jury duly impaneled and sworn in the above entitled actions upon our oaths having considered all the facts and circumstances unanimously find that the defendant should be sentenced to death.”

Allen put her head down and sobbed as the verdict was read.

The child suffocated after being locked in a trunk as punishment in triple-digit heat.

She didn’t care what happened to this child. It was all about what was going to happen to her,” stated a juror. “I was looking for something from her. That was her chance to plead for her life and it just felt short.”

Another juror said, “I think the hardest thing for all of us was the victim and learning about what her life really entailed and the years of abuse that she suffered.”

The jurors all agreed that Allen did not seem to be sorry about her role in Ame’s death, hence the death sentence.

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