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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A killer whose sentencing led to changes in Delaware's death penalty law is asking the Board of Pardons to commute his prison sentence.

Kenneth L. Rodgers is one of four men convicted of robbing and murdering two armored car guards in 1990. The defendants all received life sentences after jurors could not unanimously agree on the death penalty.

The killings so outraged the public that legislators held a special session to change the law, giving judges the final say on imposing the death penalty after considering a jury's recommendation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Board of Pardons has refused to hear a commutation request from a killer whose sentencing led to changes in Delaware's death penalty law.

James Llewellyn Jr. is one of four men convicted of robbing and murdering two armored car guards in December 1990. The defendants all received life sentences after jurors could not unanimously agree on the death penalty.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The judge tapped by Gov. Jack Markell to become Delaware's new chief justice says he is personally opposed to the death penalty.

But Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. said Monday that judges and other public officials must follow the law in performing their duties and not impose their personal political preferences.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A convicted killer is asking the state Board of Pardons to commute his life sentence for first-degree murder.

Robert W. Hassett III was convicted of stabbing his stepmother to death with a steak knife in 2000.

According to court records, the stabbing followed an argument between Hassett and his father over loud music and partying in the apartment where he lived next to his father's mobile home in Seaford.

Hassett claimed that a friend of his killed his stepmother, but the jury rejected the notion.