Federal inmate faces death penalty for killing cellmate suspected
Federal prosecutors plan to present closing arguments in a death penalty case
against an inmate accused of killing his cellmate.
Brian Richardson could be sentenced to death if he's convicted of the July 2007
stabbing and strangling of Steven Obara at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.
Richardson told investigators he used a fire extinguisher pin to kill Obara
because he was a convicted child molester and said he hoped the killing would
land him on death row.
Richardson was serving a 65-year sentence for armed bank robberies when he was
put in the same cell with Obara, who was serving 10 years for possessing child
pornography and child molestation.
Defense attorneys say Richardson should be charged with lesser crimes, such as
manslaughter, that wouldn't subject him to the death penalty.
(source: Associated Press)