April 08, 2005

Death Penalty for Mickel

Tonight the jury which took a half-hour finding former Evergreen State College student Andre Mickel guilty of murdering a California police officer took a full hour to find that he should be executed.

“Killing is no beautiful thing — it’s disgusting, it’s abhorrent. But when liberty is on the line, it’s necessary,” said the 26-year-old from Olympia, Wash.

“I think it’s very clear my son was murdered by an incoherent psychopath,” said the victim’s father, Richard Mobilio, after the jury returned its recommendation.

“He didn’t give any pity to Mobilio, and we didn’t give him any,” said jury foreman Chantelle Estess.