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Death sentence tossed out in 1982 Lebanon County murder case

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2014 12:58 PM
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(Lebanon) -- A judge has tossed out the death sentence imposed on a man convicted in the murder of a south-central Pennsylvania woman more than three decades ago. 

Lebanon County President Judge John Tylwalk has commuted 56-year-old Freeman May's sentence and imposed a life prison term without possibility of parole. 

May was convicted of the 1982 stabbing death of 22-year-old Kathy Lynn Fair, whose remains were found six years later in woods in Lebanon County. 

The judge ruled in April that May was incompetent after a forensic psychologist testified that he suffered from a delusional disorder. 

District Attorney David Arnold called it "frustrating'' May hadn't been executed earlier. But, he says the life term was appropriate now because mentally incompetent defendants can't be executed.  

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