JUMP-START THE CHAIR: NEW JERSEY FAVORS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT; STATE HAS RESERVATIONS, BUT WANTS PACE OF EXECUTIONS MOVED UP

Posted at 12:01 am October 10, 1999, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

In 1989 John Martini kidnapped New Jersey businessman Irving Flax and, after being paid a $25,000 ransom, killed him with three bullets to the head. Martini, who has confessed to two other murders, was scheduLed to be executed September 22 before a new federal appeal gave him a reprieve. He would have been the first person executed in the state since 1963. Seven-in-ten New Jerseyans want him dead.

 

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