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Court of Appeals approves execution of child killer

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Federal Appeals Court rules in favor of executing Christopher Sepulvado. 

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced on August 30 that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled in favor of Louisiana, clearing the way for the execution of convicted child killer Christopher Sepulvado at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. 

"This horrific murder of a 6-year-old child occurred over 20 years ago. Jurors decided that this murderer beat and scalded to death his stepson, Wesley Allen Mercer, and over the past 16 years, state and federal courts at all levels have confirmed his guilt.  Now, the unanimous verdict handed down by a jury of his peers has finally been honored," said Caldwell.

In DeSoto Parish, District Attorney Richard Johnson said, "This was one of the very first cases that I assisted in prosecuting as an assistant district attorney in DeSoto Parish. I am glad that the family is finally getting closure and justice will be done."

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