Judge orders release of death row inmate
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Nevada judge has ordered the release of a 60-year-old former death row inmate after testimony that he might have been wrongfully convicted in a 1980 slaying.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that District Court Judge Richard Wagner in Lovelock ordered Ronnie Milligan freed based on a 2006 Nevada Supreme Court ruling applied retroactively to Milligan’s case.
The high court said prosecutors can’t use the same aggravating factors against a defendant for conviction and again in a death penalty phase.
Milligan was one of a handful of death row inmates who benefited from the decision.
He was in his 20s when he was convicted of the 1980 robbery-slaying of
77-year-old tourist Zolihon Voinski outside Winnemucca.
Milligan and two others were tried. He was the only one sentenced to death.